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- How are incisions closed?
- The method of closure depends on the type of surgery you are having. Your surgeon may choose to close incisions with dissolvable sutures that are gradually absorbed by the body as the incision heals, and therefore do not need to be removed. Permanent skin sutures do not dissolve so you will need to return within five to ten days to have your “stitches” removed. Incisions made in the hairline may be closed with surgical stainless steel staples that will need to be removed.
- How long will it take to recover from surgery? Will I need to take time off work?
- Recovery time depends on the procedure you’ve undergone and how quickly your own body usually heals. Some procedures, such as a microdermabrasion, Botox treatments or facial filler injections require no recovery time, and you can return to your regular activities immediately afterward. Following eyelid or facial surgery, the majority of patients will benefit from a week off from work and exercise.
- Is facial cosmetic surgery right for me?
- Facial cosmetic surgery is performed on men and women of all ages for various reasons. Some want to improve their self-image. Others wish to repair function to a specific area, such as drooping eyelids that interfere with sight. It is important to realize that cosmetic surgery cannot provide eternal youth, but it can help restore a more youthful appearance.
- Is facial surgery painful?
- Patients are often pleasantly surprised to discover that facial cosmetic surgery is usually not painful. Pain after surgery can be managed with Tylenol; however your surgeon will still prescribe narcotic-strength pain medication. It is important not to use blood thinners, Motrin or aspirin-containing products, as they can cause bleeding and can worsen bruising.
- What should I expect from the consultation?
- During your first visit, you and your surgeon will discuss functional and cosmetic goals and establish realistic expectations as you review the different types of procedures. Many patients find it helpful to bring a written list of questions to the consultation.
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