Facelift

How Long Will Your Facelift Last?

mature woman smilingFacelifts can give some pretty amazing results — firm, youthful skin, sculpted features, and a rejuvenated glow. But how long can you expect the results to last? While most people can expect their facelifts to last about eight to 10 years, some factors can influence the longevity of your results.

What Areas Are Involved in Your Facelift

The first thing to consider is that facelifts are actually a combination of facial procedures customized to give each patient their desired results. Some people choose to have just the skin lifted in the lower half of their face. Others choose to have work done on their eyes, forehead or neck as well. Each procedure yields different results that last varying amounts of time. For instance, the lower cheek area is typically the first place you’ll see a relapse, while the neck, eyelid and eyebrow areas typically maintain their results for much longer than 10 years.

Who Performs Your Procedure

As in every aspect of life, the quality of work relies on the quality of the cosmetic surgeon performing it. Before making the decision to have a cosmetic procedure done, you need to do a lot of homework by asking questions such as:

  • Which procedures would be best for me?
  • What will recovery be like?
  • How permanent are the results?
  • And, most important of all, how do I find the most qualified surgeon?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) suggests that surgeons should:

  • Have a degree from an accredited medical school
  • Complete at least six years of surgical training, including a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
  • Hold a board certification from a well-respected group, like ASPS
  • Perform surgery only in accredited, state-licensed or Medicare-certified surgical facilities

What Your Skin and Bone Structure Is Like

Unfortunately, some things are just not under your or your surgeon’s control, like the overall quality of your skin and bone framework. For example, if your skin has less elasticity than is typical, you shouldn’t expect your results to last as long as they would in someone with a normal amount of skin elasticity. While you aren’t able to change these factors, your surgeon should be able to identify them and discuss possible complications before you undergo a procedure.

Your Willingness to Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

It’s a pretty simple concept — healthy lifestyle choices enhance your appearance and unhealthy choices detract from it. Nutritious eating and consistent exercise keep you looking and feeling your best, but there are two other lifestyle factors that also play a big role in how long your facelift results hold up: smoking and sun damage.

To extend the life of your facelift, avoid smoking and being around others who are smoking. Also, make sure you’re not getting too much sun exposure and that you’re following sun-safety tips. Use a sunscreen with a 30 SPF or higher every day and avoid being out in the sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The expert cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center are experienced in performing facelifts. We’ll guide you through the process from consult to recovery and help you get the results you are looking for.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and speak to a cosmetic surgeon about the approach that’s right for you.

About Dr. Nahai

Dr. Foad NahaiFoad Nahai, M.D., F.A.C.S., Maurice J. Jurkiewicz chair in Plastic Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, has taught for over forty years. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery where he served as a director of the board for six years.

Not only do Dr. Nahai’s patients, but also his peers, benefit from his incomparable wealth of experience. His contributions to the field of plastic surgery make him a highly sought-after presenter, both domestically and internationally. He has developed and implemented many procedures, some of which he has been invited to demonstrate live.

 

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Avoid Facelift Scarring with the Right Surgeon, Experienced Approach

woman looking at skin in mirrorA facelift can restore a youthful appearance and make you feel younger than your age by adding volume to your cheeks, erasing lines from around your mouth and eyes, and smoothing the skin around your neck. Done properly, your scars won’t even be noticeable.

So why do so many facelift patients have red and swollen scars on their face in plain sight? The answer is an unfortunate truth: Because poorly planned and executed facelifts are far too common.

If you’re considering a facelift, learn more about proper facelift technique — and the importance of finding a skilled cosmetic surgeon — so you can experience the best possible results.

 

Proper Facelift Technique Erases Aging and Scars

Facelifts should not, and generally do not, leave noticeable scars. However, if a patient’s skin is pulled too tight, it can distort the earlobe, and cause scars to spread and turn red. This is not the case in the before and after photo below.

facelift scarring

Thanks to an experienced Emory cosmetic surgeon with a clear understanding of how and where to place incisions, the patient above enjoyed impressive results without visible evidence of scarring. In fact, the patient felt so confident with her results, she cut her hair short to show off her new profile.

Reduce Your Risk of Scarring

While you may not be the one performing the surgery, there are steps you can do to take control of your facelift and reduce your risk of scarring.

1. Talk to your surgeon before surgery

Find out about your surgeon’s technique, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about how they avoid noticeable scars, swelling, and redness. There should be a clear plan for where your scars will begin and end. In fact, experienced surgeons will show you exactly where your incisions will be placed and will share how their techniques reduce scarring risk.

2. Ask for before-and-after pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes. After all, if your surgeon’s past patients have noticeable scars, you can likely expect similar results. It’s both appropriate and smart to ask to see photos. You may also want to ask for a wide range of ages, ethnicities, and genders so you can compare results across patients.

3. Use online reviews

Online reviews of your surgeon are a great way to find out what patients are saying about their facelift results. These reviews often provide a very candid glimpse into patients’ experiences and outcomes.

4. Rely on your friends and family for advice

Scan your personal social network for others who understand what you’re going through and have experience with a cosmetic surgeon in your area. A referral from a trusted source can help you feel more at ease with your decision to have a facelift and with your choice of surgeon.

5. Follow your surgeon’s instructions

After a facelift, you’ll be given care instructions designed for your optimal healing and recovery. For example, you may be asked to keep the surgical area clean and to gently massage the area around your incisions. Closely following these instructions will help reduce your risk of scarring and swelling.

If you have any questions about your recovery, please contact your surgeon’s office to get additional information.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The expert surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center are experienced in performing facelifts without noticeable scarring. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and speak to a surgeon about the approach that’s right for you.

About Dr. Zubowicz

Vincent Zubowicz, MD, assistant professor of Surgery, division of Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University, is a renowned leader in the Atlanta medical community where he has practiced for over 35 years. He is triple board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Zubowicz is not only a leader in Plastic, Reconstructive, and Maxillofacial Surgery, but also a leader in patient communication. He is one of the Top 50 Contributors on Real Self, the nation’s premier online communication resource for patients, where he serves on the national media committee. As an advocate for open patient communication, Dr. Zubowicz has written over 18,000 individual answers to patients seeking insights on both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Zubowicz is a prevailing voice of medical expertise for the Atlanta media, most recently appearing on CNN to discuss the selection and safety of free-standing aesthetic surgery centers.

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Facelift or Injectables: Which is Right for Me?

facelift or injectablesIn the not-so-distant past, invasive surgery was really the only option for fighting the signs of aging. Thankfully, today we have more options for treating patients than ever before. New therapies and treatment options, such as injectables, offer solutions for those not quite ready for (or not quite ready to commit to) traditional cosmetic surgery.

When you’re ready to consult with a cosmetic surgeon, having a better understanding of your options will help you ask better questions — and ultimately help you be better equipped to make the best decision for you.

What is a Facelift?

Facelifts offer unparalleled results. They can correct volume loss, remove sagging skin and eliminate wrinkles — resulting in a dramatically refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance.

It’s a common misconception that the term “facelift” refers to one specific procedure. Really, it’s a combination of surgeries designed to target your specific problem areas. This makes them fully customizable to your unique needs. Some examples are:

  • The classic facelift includes a lower face and a neck lift. It works to tighten the lower two-thirds of your face, including removing sagging skin from your jawline (jowls), as well as your neck.
  • The mini-facelift is a less invasive version of the classic facelift (it requires shorter incisions). This technique is best if you have less advanced signs of aging, including mild skin sagging on your lower face and jawline.
  • The mid-facelift concentrates on your cheeks and lower eyelid area. This procedure targets deep nasolabial folds (the lines running between your mouth and nose), sagging cheeks and hollowed undereyes.

In addition to the facelifts listed above, there’s also opportunity for lip lifts, chin liposuction, upper eyelid surgery and more. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what cosmetic surgery can do for you.

What are Injectables?

Injectables offer a nonsurgical way to temporarily address signs of aging. There are two categories of injectables. One relaxes the muscles that can cause wrinkles and the other restores volume.

Botox®

Botulinum toxin injections (Botox is the most common brand) are used to treat dynamic wrinkles and lines that appear when you make certain facial expressions, like smiling or squinting. The injection takes just a few minutes and there’s no downtime. It takes about a week to see the full results and it lasts for three to four months.

Botox injections are commonly used to treat:

  • Chin dimples
  • “Crow’s feet” (the small wrinkles that develop next to your eyes when smiling)
  • Downward turned corners of the mouth
  • Forehead lines
  • Muscle (platysma) bands on the neck
  • “The elevens” (the two vertical lines that appear in the middle of your eyebrows)

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers “plump up” targeted areas to improve deep wrinkles and volume loss in your face. There are different types of dermal fillers, but the most commonly used are made of hyaluronic acids (HAs). Fillers can reshape your face and “lift” the tissues, improve facial symmetry and highlight facial contours. Results usually last from six months to a year.

Fillers are commonly used to:

  • Fill in tear troughs (undereye)
  • Hide dark circles
  • Plump the upper cheeks
  • Reshape the lips or jawline

How Do I Know What’s Right for Me?

It’s important to work with a skilled cosmetic surgeon to determine which options are right for you. Honest and open discussion about your goals is critical to ensuring you get the results you want. Many factors will play a role in determining your treatment plan, including your age, specific problem areas and budget.

If you’re under 40, or have only mild signs of aging, injectables may be a good option for you. If you have more advanced aging symptoms, a facelift will give you more dramatic results.

In terms of cost-effectiveness, it depends on when you’re beginning treatments, what you’re trying to treat and how significant your problem areas are. Getting an injection, for example, is far less expensive than having surgery. While facelifts, on the other hand, yield results lasting far longer (up to 10 years as opposed to injectables that last a few months). So, if you add up the ongoing cost of injectables over the years and compare that to the one-time cost of surgery, you may find that surgery is the more cost-effective option in the long run.

Emory Aesthetic Center

The skilled cosmetic surgeons at Emory Aesthetic Center are available to consult with you to determine what procedure will give you the results you want. Our experts are highly skilled in the full array of cosmetic injectable and facelift procedures. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

About Dr. Nahai

Dr. Foad NahaiFoad Nahai, M.D., F.A.C.S., Maurice J. Jurkiewicz chair in Plastic Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine, has taught for over forty years. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery where he served as a director of the board for six years.

Not only do Dr. Nahai’s patients, but also his peers, benefit from his incomparable wealth of experience. His contributions to the field of plastic surgery make him a highly sought-after presenter, both domestically and internationally. He has developed and implemented many procedures, some of which he has been invited to demonstrate live.

 

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Emerging Plastic Surgery Techniques: A Fad or Here to Stay?

It seems like a new cosmetic product, technique or device emerges almost daily — typically with great marketing fanfare. Some will become excellent additions to our treatment options. Botox®, injectable fillers and fat grafts are great examples of breakthroughs that have become proven, accepted standards. However, the majority of new treatments have proven to be ineffective or even unsafe. So, how can you, as a potential patient, know what’s worthwhile and what’s not?

What to Watch Out For

In today’s world, the media buzz tends to get more attention than good, solid facts. But when it comes to medical interventions, you want to make sure you’re looking at the science behind them. During your quest for information, watch out for some common traps.

The “Latest and Greatest” Attraction

The first thing you should be aware of is that it’s human nature to be attracted to novelty. Cognitive scientists have long recognized that people have deeply ingrained biases toward things that are new. We tend to assume that new equals better — not because there’s evidence or proof to support that, but only because it’s new. That’s why the “latest and greatest” sales pitch works. People are wired to get drawn in to this way of thinking. It’s important to understand that the majority of new treatments and products aren’t better (and can often be worse) than established, proven ones. So, when you hear about the latest “advancements,” remember to approach them with a healthy amount of skepticism.

Prestige and Profit

The second thing to consider is the profit/prestige motive. Of course, a company that makes a new cosmetic treatment wants to hype up its product and claim the most amazing results it can. Every company’s primary objective is to make the largest possible profit. And if a doctor develops a new procedure … well, that’s their “baby,” and they often can’t help but believe it’s the best. However, as a savvy patient, it’s important not to be overly swayed by glossy ads or the enthusiasm of an innovator.

Biased Reviews

Searching the internet for reviews seems like a good place to find out how well a product works. The problem is we almost never know the source of a review. I’ll share a great example. A few years ago, a fast-growing company called Lifestyle Lift was promoting its “revolutionary” new lunchtime facelift. Unfortunately, there were a number of problems with Lifestyle Lift. First of all, the procedure wasn’t new at all. It had basically been around for decades and was considered by most plastic surgeons as inferior to standard techniques. A second problem was that Lifestyle Lift paid its employees to create fake identities online to give rave reviews of surgical results and experiences. In 2009, the company admitted to creating these false reviews and was fined $300,000 by the New York attorney general. Unfortunately, people that want to make money don’t always do it ethically. That’s why you have to take a critical look at the facts instead of getting drawn in by the glitz and glamour.

How to Get Legitimate Answers

So, how do you know which new things are good, which are not, and which we just don’t have enough information about to draw a conclusion? First, approach it with a bit of skepticism — make them prove that what they’re offering is good.

You may want to begin with conducting some research online. Just be sure to go to trustworthy sites like the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or larger rating sites, such as RealSelf.com. Then, after you do a little research on your own, schedule a consultation with a well-trained plastic surgeon who can explain all your options. And, if the treatment is new, you should consider getting a second (or even third) opinion.

During your consultation(s), be sure to ask:

    1. How much information is known about the technique?
    2. Why he or she feels one treatment is better than another?
    3. What are reasonable expectations from each procedure?

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center offers complimentary consultations with experienced, well-trained plastic surgeons. We’ll answer all your questions about different techniques available and work with you to choose the best options for you. Schedule your consultation today.

About Felmont Eaves III, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Felmont F. Eaves III, M.D., F.A.C.S., leads the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Eaves’s leadership is apparent in his impressive accumulation of distinctions. He serves as Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the board that certifies plastic surgeons nationally. Previously, he served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; he is currently a Trustee.

 

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Choosing a Cosmetic Surgery Center

View of Emory Aesthetic Center Building EntranceWhy Choose Emory Aesthetic Center? If you’ve been thinking about cosmetic surgery, you probably have a lot of questions like “Why choose Emory Aesthetic Center.” “How do I find the right doctor for me?” “How do I know it will be safe?” “What kind of procedure do I need?” Then, like most people, you’ll likely turn to the internet for answers. But is the information accurate? Who and what can you believe?

Emory Healthcare: A Name You Can Trust

Emory Healthcare is the region’s most comprehensive academic healthcare system. It’s home to highly-regarded doctors who conduct innovative research and are ranked among the top for patient care. But is Emory the right place for cosmetic surgery? Absolutely. With an aesthetic center dedicated solely to surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, how could you go wrong?

Specialized Cosmetic Surgery Team

Cosmetic surgery is what we do. When you choose Emory Aesthetic Center you get a cosmetic surgery team filled with innovators in the field. Many of our expert surgeons teach nationally and internationally and have served as leaders in regional, national and international societies. Collectively, our team has also published hundreds of contributions in journals and books about how to perform cosmetic procedures — safely.

In addition to top-notch surgeons, our entire staff — including anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, nurses, technicians and more — works together to provide the best care in a center that meets the highest standards of credentialing.

Wide-Array of Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures

How can you know if the procedure being recommended is the best choice for you? There’s a saying, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.” That’s the problem with going to a center that has limited offerings. You will only be offered the choices they are able to provide.

Body contouring is an excellent example of why it’s important to go to a center that can offer a variety of procedures. Let’s say you want to improve the look of your abdominal area. There are several surgical and nonsurgical options for different situations:

  • Coolsculpting® can reduce small amounts of localized fat deposits, without surgery.
  • Liposuction may be needed if there is a higher percentage of fat to be removed.
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is needed to remove significant excess skin from the tummy.
  • A body lift may be needed to tighten and firm the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks of a patient who has lost a significant amount of weight.
  • Or a combination of the procedures above may be required to give the best results.

At Emory Aesthetic Center, we’re continually studying, teaching and publishing about cosmetic procedures, so we’re always on top of the newest developments. We offer the entire spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including cosmetic surgery, skin care, facial rejuvenation and body contouring. Our familiarity with the full-variety of techniques available enables us to guide you toward the procedure that fits you best.

Luxurious Atmosphere

At Emory Aesthetic Center, you’ll get the best of both worlds — clinical excellence and a luxurious experience. You won’t feel like you’re in a hospital. Our center is quiet and elegant and stands remote from the main campus. Our entire staff is focused on ensuring you have a great experience. Whether you’re here for a skin treatment in our Spa or surgical treatment in the operating room, we’re ready to give you the experience of a lifetime.

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Emory Aesthetic Center is the right choice for your cosmetic procedure. But don’t take our word for it, schedule your complimentary consultation and experience the Emory difference today.

Your Age Defying Questions Answered: Secrets to Defying the Aging Process

facial-rejuvenation-emailAging is a part of life. And yes, your appearance will change as you get older. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Aging gracefully is about allowing the best version of yourself to shine through, and there are countless facial rejuvenation tools and treatments to help you do just that.

During our live chat on Tuesday, July 19th, Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Felmont Eaves, answered all of your questions about helping to defy the aging process. Dr. Eaves discussed everything from skin care products to injectable treatments to cosmetic surgical options, such as Botox®, facelifts and eyelid lifts.

Below are just a few questions we were unable to respond to due to the large number of questions we received. For a full listing of questions and answers, please read our chat transcript. It is full of useful tips and answers that may be relevant to you. You may also visit emoryaesthetic.org for a full list of services and treatments offered by the Emory Aesthetic Center.

Question: How do I minimize dark circles beyond getting more sleep?

Dr. Eaves: There are two reasons that we may develop dark circles under the eyes. The first reason is that there is a dark tone to the skin itself. That is a difficult problem to treat, as currently we don’t have a great solution to dark circles. Sometimes bleaching creams containing hydroquinone can help, but that isn’t always successful. And chemical peels typically don’t work in this situation.

The other reason for dark circles, however, is the shadowing caused by bulging fat pads of the lower lids. Either surgery to remove or reposition the lower lid fat, or an injection of filler into the depressed area underneath the prominent fat – can soften or eliminate that shadow.

Question: What’s the best way to help with my lower face sagging without injecting a bunch of fillers?

Dr. Eaves: In the right patient, fillers can be great, but when the face truly begins sagging (not just deep folds by the mouth), then surgery is required to make truly significant changes. With a lower face lift (which typically includes tightening the neck as well) the jowls can be reduced, the cheek contours can be improved, and deeper folds/wrinkles around the mouth can be softened. It can provide dramatic, long lasting results, and recovery is generally relatively quick.

Question: How can you stop sagging eyelids?

Dr. Eaves: Sagging eyelids are generally treated with a blepharoplasty (an eyelid tuck and eyelid lift). Blepharoplasty can be used to treat the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids, or both, and are often combined with other areas of facial rejuvenation, such as a facelift, neck lift, and brow lift. Sometimes a sagging upper eyelid also has a component of malposition, where it isn’t just saggy skin. In those cases the lid can be repositioned while the blepharoplasty is being done.

Ask the Doctor: What is the Difference Between a Forehead Lift and a Brow Lift?

looking-upIt is not surprising that cosmetic surgeons are often asked what is the difference between a brow lift and a forehead lift. After all, both descriptions involve the same area of the face, and both imply a lift. The brow is considered the hairy part right above the eyelids – the eyebrows, and the forehead is the area between the eyebrows and the scalp. Most patients, and even plastic surgeons, may use these terms interchangeably. Both of these terms describe a procedure intended to smooth and lift the skin of the forehead, and to lift and reposition the brows. How this works, however, is different for each of the areas.

In order to highlight these differences, it can be helpful to compare a brow lift or forehead lift to a facelift. When a facelift is performed, the pulled skin stretches fairly evenly, with the effect seen over the entire length of the face. It is similar to pulling a rubber band that is anchored on one end. In the forehead, however, the skin is thicker and less elastic. When the forehead is pulled, there is much less stretching of the skin.

In order to smooth and lift the skin of the brow/forehead, your surgeon will first gently create a separation between two of the tissue planes of the forehead, allowing them to glide on each other. Your surgeon will also release the attachments of the brows so that they can more freely be moved to the desired position, and then the tissues are then fixed in their new position.

So far, so good . . . but you may be asking, if the forehead skin is not stretched out very much, why do the wrinkles in the forehead get better? That is an interesting question, and the answer is equally interesting. The horizontal wrinkles in the forehead are not static – rather, they are dynamic. In other words they result from the activity of the underlying muscles that work to lift the brows. When the brows are lifted by surgery, then these muscles calm down and become less active because the stimulus to lift the brows is reduced. In addition, a brow/forehead lift often removes the muscles that are between the eyebrows. These muscles, called the corrugators, are the cause of the vertical wrinkles – also known as the “11s”. The corrugators and the muscles that lift the forehead tend to work against each other, so when the corrugators are weakened, the muscles that create the forehead wrinkles tend to work less, also helping the wrinkles to fade.

There are many different brow/forehead lift techniques that you and your cosmetic surgeon can consider depending on your individual needs. In most instances, an endoscopic approach allows for very small incisions hidden in the hairline. But there are some instances where an endoscopic approach can be combined with an incision in the eyelid performed along with an eyelid lift. And although not as common, an incision hidden along the hairline can actually lower the forehead while the brows are being raised in patients who have very high foreheads.

While we tend to use the terms brow lift and forehead lift synonymously, there are procedures where the brow is directly lifted but the forehead is not. A direct brow lift is rarely done, but works by removing a strip of skin along the upper border of the brows. This creates a scar in this area, however this technique can be used in the elderly as these scars may fade well. Another technique is to perform a browpexy, where sutures are placed using an eyelid incision to sew the undersurface of the brow to the bone. This can create a nice elevation of the brow, although it is less powerful than a full brow/forehead lift. As you can guess, this latter technique is most often combined with an upper eyelid lift.

The terms brow lift and forehead lift are used practically to describe the same thing. But what is more important than the terms, is the need to consult with your surgeon to make sure the strategies and techniques they use are best suited for your goals and anatomy. At the Emory Aesthetic Center, our multi-disciplinary team of board-certified physicians can help you navigate all the terms and decisions to come up with a treatment plan custom tailored just for you.


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About Dr. Eaves

eaves-iii-felmontDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.

The Skinny on Non-Surgical Facelifts

happy-ladyNothing could sound better, right? Getting all the benefits of a facelift without the need to undergo cosmetic surgery? But like most things, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually isn’t. The truth is that non-surgical treatments simply can’t replace what a facelift can do. In order to get the best results in your facial rejuvenation, it is often a combination of both non-surgical and surgical options that give you the best result.

More and more, we find ourselves actually combining surgical and non-surgical techniques to give our patients the best results. For example, while a blepharoplasty (eyelid tuck) can tighten the loose skin of the upper eyelid or reduce bagging of the lower eyelid, Botox® can be used to treat the “crow’s feet” at the corner of the eyes while chemical peels, micro-needling, or lasers can help improve the appearance of the lower eyelid skin.

Although a brow lift can create a more open appearance to the eyes, it may not totally address the wrinkles of the brow. Botox® can help here as well, and in addition, dermal fillers can add attractive volume to the brow itself or fill in a temple that has lost volume. In the face, fat grafts as part of a facelift can soften the deeper nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth) but will not help fill in the more superficial lines around the mouth. Chemical peels, lasers, or dermal fillers can be employed to do that.

For a sagging jawline or jowls, only a facelift can predictably help to create a smoother, more youthful jawline. A facelift is the only real tool to tighten loose and sagging skin in the neck. With that being said, it is important not to underestimate the power of non-surgical treatments in this area as well. While they cannot remove the jowls, injectable fillers can camouflage the jowls in younger patients. And while it cannot tighten the loose skin of neck, neurotoxins like Botox® can soften muscular bands in the neck.

In order to figure out what is right for you, it is important that you have a consultation with a surgeon who is an expert in providing both surgical and non-surgical treatments to the face. The options will change depending on your individual needs, your preferences, and your age. At the Emory Aesthetic Center, our board certified physicians are here to help you figure out a treatment plan that is customized just for you.

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About Dr. Eaves

eaves-iii-felmontDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.

Can Men Get Plastic Surgery?

guysAt the Emory Aesthetic Center, we have traded in our Cosmopolitan subscription and replaced it with Sports Illustrated. Why? It’s simple. Plastic surgery is no longer just for women.

Today, we are seeing more and more men of all ages requesting plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. We’ve discovered that men are just as worried about their appearance as women. But it is important to know that men’s needs may be different, as most cosmetic procedures have been designed with women in mind. Factors to consider include skin thickness, beard growth, and body type.

Let’s review the top plastic surgery procedures men are requesting by the numbers.

Face-Lift/Neck-Lift
Results last: 10 to 15 years
Recovery: 7-10 days
Cost: $12-14,000

Eyelid Lift
Results last: 15 to 20 years
Recovery: 7-10 days
Cost: $6-8000 for upper and lower (half of that for just upper)

Body Liposuction
Results last: Depends on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight
Recovery: 1-2 days
Cost: minimum $4500-unmlimited based on areas treated

Breast Reduction
Results last: Permanent
Recovery: 2-3 days
Cost: $8-10,000

Rhinoplasty
Results last: Permanent
Recovery: 5-7 days
Cost: $7-9,000

Botox®
Results last: 6 to 9 months
Recovery: 0 days
Cost: $300-600 per treatment

Dermal Fillers
Results last: 1 to 2 years
Recovery: 1-2 days
Cost: $450-800 per syringe

At the Emory Aesthetic Center, our board-certified physicians understand that the delivery of plastic surgery is different for men than women. We will approach your individual goals with personal attention and help you choose the procedure that is right for you.

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About Dr. Anderson

Erica Anderson, MDErica Anderson, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University. Dr. Anderson completed her general surgery residency and plastic surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and associated hospitals in Denver, CO. She completed a year of advanced training in Aesthetic Surgery at Grotting Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Anderson returns to Emory University after being in private practice in Arlington, Virginia. While there, she maintained a busy aesthetic and reconstructive practice and also served as Medical Director for the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Virginia Hospital Center.

Dr. Anderson’s academic and research interests are largely focused on clinical outcomes with regards to cosmetic surgery. Her areas of clinical interest are diverse including cosmetic surgery of the breast and body as well chest wall reconstruction and wound care.

Dr. Anderson is married with 3 children, Trent, Connor and Fiona, and 2 vizslas, Max and Mimi.

Ask the Doctor: How Does Botox© Work?

Botox Before and AfterBotox©, or botulinum toxin, is an injectable medication that stops muscles from moving over a short-term period, usually 3-4 months. In order for muscles to move, they must receive a signal, a chemical transmitter, which attaches to a receptor on the muscle and gives it the signal to contract. Botulinum toxin stops the release of that transmitter, so the muscle cannot move. In nature, though rare, this toxin is considered one of the most deadly toxins, because it can cause the muscles that help you breath to stop working. Over time, and after having been studied and perfected for almost 50 years now, Botox has become the number one cosmetic treatment the world over. Injected in very small doses, this medication can not only treat lines and wrinkles around the forehead, between eyes and the crows feet, but can also prevent the formation of new ones!

Botox is not only a cosmetic treatment, however. The first uses for Botox were for an eye muscle condition called strabismus. Spasms of the eye, migraines, large muscle movement disorders and voice tremors can also be treated with this effective and life-impacting drug.

The indications, both FDA-approved and not approved, for this medication are ever increasing. The key, however, is to ensure your treatment is performed in the very safest way possible. In order to save money, patients may frequent medical spas, attend “Botox” parties, sign up at dental offices, or other non-surgical specialties, thinking Botox at one place is the same as any other. In truth, the risks of having an injection into the wrong muscle group, or at too high a dose, can be far too great to engage in this type of cost cutting.

Make sure you undergo your injections with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who performs injections on a regular basis, and has the understanding of underlying facial and neck musculature before undergoing treatment. Ask any questions that may concern you prior to your treatment as well as noting any precautions for after being injected. Botox is one of the most-studied medications we use today and has positively impacted the lives of many patients, both cosmetic and otherwise. When used safely, the vast majority is extremely pleased and loves their fresher and more youthful appearance.

If you are considering Botox©, or facial fillers, let the board certified physicians of the Emory Aesthetic Center help you decide what treatment is best for you.

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About Dr. Sethna

Anita Sethna, MDAnita Sethna, MD, understands that facial plastic and reconstructive surgery demand a marriage of science and artistry, and she enjoys using precision, skill, and vision to make her patients’ dreams reality. Dr. Sethna’s meticulous attention to detail and her passion for maintaining a natural look ensure optimum results for her patients. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Sethna is devoted to assisting residents in facial trauma or reconstructive cases at Grady Hospital. She relishes the opportunity to educate residents and medical students in all aspects of patient care. Dr. Sethna has a strong interest in several areas of facial plastic surgery research and has presented at national meetings on the importance of resident and fellow education in rhinoplasty techniques and adjunctive measures to decrease discomfort during cosmetic procedures.