Month: November 2018

Today’s Facelift: What It Can and Cannot Do

Face Lift Cincinnati OH Facelift surgery has been popular for decades. However, alongside consistent interest has been lingering fears related to this procedure. The most common concern that patients have is that the results of a facelift might be too much, that they will look tight and windblown. This is usually not the case. One of the critical factors to an optimal outcome from facelift surgery is to select a board-certified plastic surgeon to conduct this procedure. Beyond that, it is necessary to understand what a facelift can and cannot do.

Why Choose to Have a Facelift?

When we have so many non-surgical treatments available, why would a person choose to have a facelift at all anymore? Injectables like Botox and dermal fillers can achieve impressive results. In fact, injectables make a fine complement to facelift surgery for many of our patients. However, the primary limitation of this method of facial rejuvenation is that results last months rather than years. This is the reason why facelift procedures are still in demand; because patients want to look several years younger for several years at a time.

If you’re considering a facelift, know that your procedure can:

  • Reposition muscle and other superficial tissue. The modern techniques employed in facelift surgery achieve better results than those used years ago because surgeons now do much more than pull back and remove excess skin. Today’s facelift procedures involve repositioning of muscle tissue over the bony structure to provide more support and a slower aging process.
  • Pass the “street test.” Here is where you really want your facelift to count. The ultimate goal of surgery is to look younger, not “done.” The street test dictates the success of a facelift. Passing the street test means people would observe your face and never know you’ve had work done.
  • Turn back the clock 7 to 10 years. The average rejuvenation of a facelift is said to be 7 years. Patients can maintain this by practicing good sun habits (wear sunscreen!) and utilizing quality skincare products. Injectables and routine non-surgical treatments also help to extend the results of a facelift.
  • Facelift surgery cannot:
  • Improve the tone or texture of the skin. If part of your concern is that your skin has become rough or mottled with sunspots, know that a facelift will not correct these problems. However, laser treatments can! Many people schedule laser skin resurfacing to coincide with their facelift to achieve maximum rejuvenation. The use of medical-grade skincare products is also recommended.
  • Lift the brow. A common misconception about facelift surgery is that a full facelift will correct the signs of aging on the entire face. Not so. The forehead and brow area are not included in facelift surgery, only the lower face is involved in the procedure. If the eyes and brow are a concern, blepharoplasty or brow lift surgery may be performed at the same time as a facelift.

Learn more about facial rejuvenation and modern facelift techniques. Contact our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850.

Help! I Don’t Like My Breast Implants Anymore!

Breast Augmentation Cincinnati OH Breast augmentation continues to be one of the leading cosmetic procedures, as it has been for many years. As we have learned more about this procedure and information has become more readily available, most patients understand that breast implants don’t last forever. Still, what do you do if you reach a point at which the appearance of your augmented breasts just doesn’t please you anymore? You may have a few options.

Replacement

There are several reasons why a woman may become dissatisfied with her augmented breasts over time. One of the first questions to consider is whether or not there is a desire to maintain fullness and shape that has come from breast implants. If so, replacement is an excellent option.

  • Replacement may be necessary if original breast implants become defective. Some patients undergo their initial surgery out of the country or with a cosmetic surgeon offering a “good deal.” Cutting corners does not save on cost in the long run.
  • Replacement can be a good option if the look or feel of the breasts is unsatisfying due to placement or material. For example, a woman under the age of 22 may initially receive saline implants and later desire a transition to form-stable silicone implants.
  • Many women today are replacing larger implants with smaller or lower-profile ones that look more natural and conservative.
  • Further enlargement is also a reason that some women give for wanting to replace implants.

Whatever the reason for replacement, our objective is to help our patients feel their best. Dr. Krummen spends time consulting with each woman to understand her motivation and her desired outcome.

Removal

It doesn’t happen quite as often, but there are instances in which women want to have their implants completely removed. Breast implant removal may also be referred to as breast explantation. The primary concern related to this procedure is how breasts will look without implants. In some cases, it may be possible to predict how breast tissue will respond after implants are removed. Patients may choose to undergo breast implant removal only and observe how tissue contracts naturally over time. Alternatively, some women choose to combine their breast explantation with breast lift surgery. This allows them to return to their natural size without suffering the effects of age-related deflation.

Breast augmentation revision may be desired for several reasons. Whatever yours are, your Cincinnati female plastic surgeon has your best interest in mind. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Krummen, contact us at 513.985.0850.

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