Q. What is best in my case, an upper eye and forehead lift, lower lift or both at the same time? I am wondering what would give the best outcome. A full facelift, or lower and upper eye and forehead lift at two separate times. My rationale is for the surgeons to concentrate on one area at the time in addition to a lower amount of swelling so that I could get the best natural outcome. We have an eye specialist in our area, so I thought I could also find someone to do the lower. Will travel for the optimum result.
A. Without an in-person evaluation it is most difficult to determine what is best for you. There are many factors to consider:
- Your medical history,
- Your physical needs and whether non-invasive, minimally invasive or surgical options are best for you,
- And many other concerns to evaluate.
Most experienced and skilled, Board Certified Plastic Surgeons would be able to offer a single staged procedure if it is correct option for you. Such a procedure will provide the tunnels and tissue separation required to maximally suspend the underlying soft tissues while gently redraping the skin over the re-contoured facial form.
Performing a forehead lift, facelift, neck lift and upper / lower eyelid lift in stages may compromise each procedure as the lifting, redraping and incisions will encroach on each other and require re-lifting of other facial areas and prolonging each individual procedure. This option may be best for patients with prior surgery, radiation, trauma or other procedures which have altered the anatomy or disturbed the circulation.
Yes, limited procedures will limit the amount of bruising and swelling to the area operated on but not diminish by much the surgical healing time as the body goes through a very ordered healing process each and every time it is injured or operated on. Therefore, separating the overall desired result into separate procedures will only lengthen the total time of recoveries and number of anesthetics required.
You must feel comfortable with your Team of Surgeon(s), nurses and surgical practice personnel. Consult with as many Boarded Plastic Surgeons as you need to provide the trust you need to progress with the proper procedures for you.
I wish you all the best!
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