If you want to look refreshed and youthful, there are three popular cosmetic facial surgeries that go well together. The brow lift, facelift, and fat transfer help smooth wrinkles, tighten muscles, and restore fat to areas where it has diminished.
By undergoing the three procedures in one day, you end up saving money on anesthesiologist and facility fees. In addition, if you go through three separate surgeries a few months apart, you’ll need to take time off work for each recovery period.
Save time and money and head to Austin, Texas, and undergo all three procedures under the care of Dr. Edward Buckingham, a board certified facial plastic surgeon.
What to Expect After a Brow Lift
Dr. Buckingham performs endoscopic brow lifts to help tighten slack skin on the forehead. This also helps ease creasing on the forehead. Short incisions are made in the hairline to help hide any small scars. The endoscopic surgery ensures you avoid the startled look that some experience after a traditional brow lift. Plus, the healing time is faster because incisions are smaller and there is less bruising and swelling.
Endoscopic brow lifts are performed as outpatient surgeries, meaning you go home the same day. There may be mild swelling and bruising, but resting with your head elevated helps reduce swelling. Cold compresses also help with the swelling. Sutures are removed after approximately a week. At 7-10 days, you can return to work or social activities. Listen to Dr. Buckingham’s advice on when you can resume more strenuous activities.
What to Expect After a Facelift
The facelift tightens skin on the upper neck, along the jawline, and on the lower cheeks. At the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Buckingham uses minimally invasive techniques to help lessen your recovery time. Incisions are hidden within the hairline and sometimes a second incision is made under the chin to tighten the platysma muscle.
Following facelift surgery, plan to refrain from strenuous activities for two or three weeks. You will be ready to return to work and go out with friends after 10 to 14 days. Mild residual swelling may take up to three months to subside, but usually the noticeable swelling is gone after a week or two.
What to Expect After Fat Transfer
As you age, fat stores in your face diminish. It’s particularly noticeable under the eyes in the area known as the tear trough. It can lead to a gaunt appearance that is not pleasing to many men and women. Restoring the fat is a common request. While there are dermal fillers that add volume, fat transfer takes fat from another area of your body and moves it to your face.
Fat is usually harvested from the abdomen or hips using a cannula. It’s then readied and injected into the facial areas where hollows have formed. Fat transfer is a very long lasting and perhaps permanent procedure, and there is no risk of rejection because the fat came from your own body. Plan for the fat transfer to take an hour.
Fat transfer often requires overfilling, so you may look puffy for a short while. Mild bruising or redness are other issues some patients experience following fat transfer. Due to the swollen appearance, you may want to take a week or two off from work or social activities.
Take a look at the before and after pictures of facial plastic surgery patients who turned to Dr. Buckingham for help correcting some of the signs of aging. Dr. Buckingham is conveniently located on Bee Caves Road in Austin. To schedule an appointment or learn more about facial plastic surgery, call (512) 401-2500.