Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in Facelift on June 13th
Threadlifts seemed so popular when they first came out but now you don't hear much about them, at least not much that's good. What's changed?
Threadlifting has not met the early expectations associated with the procedure. In fact, over time, the results have been rather disappointing. We prefer more conventional facelifting techniques that offer reliable and long-term results. Unfortunately, threadlifting does not meet these criteria.
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in Facelift on June 7th
How much improvement can I expect from a mini facelift vs. a traditional facelift?
A mini facelift can essentially improve the jaw line, whereas a traditional facelift offers more improvement in the region of the neck. One should always be aware that a mini facelift will not offer dramatic improvement, but can give subtle enhancements, whereas a traditional facelift more often has a more dramatic effect on the lower face and neck.
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in Facelift on June 6th
A friend of mine from Troy had a facelift and she looks great. I'd love to get one but I was pretty surprised by the location of her incisions/scars. They're very small and located behind her ears, but if she pull her hair back they're pretty obvious. I wear my hair back all the time. Is there any way to have smaller incisions?
We have developed facelift incisions that are very inconspicuous. Preoperatively, we can show you where we place our incisions and these can be modified if necessary, based on how you wear your hair. Over time, our patients and our hair dressers have a very hard time noticing the incision.
I am 68 years old, and am seeking a facelift procedure, but I live alone. My family lives at least an hour away from me. Is it possible to drive myself home after the facelift surgery?
We perform our facelift procedures in the operating room under a twilight anesthesia, called monitored anesthesia care. After one undergoes such a procedure, they are not allowed to drive home, nor should they stay by themselves the night after surgery. Fortunately, we can arrange to have someone take you home or to a nearby hotel, after surgery, and stay the night with you. This can be discussed at the time of your consultation.
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in Facelift on January 25th
It sounds like a lot of doctors do not think much of mini facelifts. Why is this?
Over the years, a number of different techniques have been developed to address sagging of the soft tissues of the face. These have also been given a number of different names. Typically, a mini facelift refers to a limited dissection and limited tightening of the tissues under the skin. As long as the patient understands the limitations to the degree of correction a mini facelift will achieve, as well as the duration of this correction, a mini facelift does not necessarily equate to a bad procedure. It is always best to have an open exchange with one's surgeon about one's expectations from a given procedure, and the same applies when considering a "mini facelift".
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in Facelift on July 27th
Question: I’m interested in getting a facelift but I’ve been using Restylane and Botox for about six months now. Will the injectables interfere with the surgery and do I need to wait until their effects wear off?
Answer: Injectables will not interfere or affect the decision-making with regard to a facelift procedure. The main reason for this is we treat a different problem that has to do with settling soft tissue and volume loss. This can be done in the early post-op period or in the pre-op period with no significant interference.
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in Facelift on July 25th
Question: How long after my browlift do I need to come in for a follow up procedure?
Answer: Typically the recovery for browlift is about seven-ten days. We like to see the patients again at one month, three months, and a final follow-up at one year. We tell patients that they can expect to be in public comfortably at seven-ten days.
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in Facelift on June 18th
Question: I’m an African American female in my mid-60s. I’ve been doing my research about a mini-facelift and would like some more information on the process. What is the recovery like? What kind of anesthesia will be used?
Answer: A mini-lift is a procedure where the incision is placed somewhat around the ears allowing the doctor to address the jawline and jowls. The recovery period is approximately five-seven days at which time the patient can return to work. The anesthesia that is used is a twilight anesthesia that is augmented with local anesthesia.
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in Facelift on June 18th
Question: What is a local lift?
Answer: A local lift is a mini-lift that addresses the jowl area and it is one that we refer to as a weekend lift. It can be explored in more detail on our website.
Posted by Dr. Edwin Williams in Facelift on June 16th
Question: I’m a gym teacher and lead a very active life. After my facelift, what type of lifestyle changes would you recommend?
Answer: For someone who is a gym teacher, the lifestyle changes should be similar to anyone else. Namely, the first week or so we do not allow patients to return to the gym but they can start with stretching exercises and light aerobic activity after two weeks. Stretching exercises and walking after a facelift are allowed between one-two weeks and after three weeks, no restrictions.
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