There are many occasions and special events where you would like to look your very best; perhaps a wedding, reunion or other event. All too often, by the time someone thinks about it, the window of opportunity has closed, leading to disappointment
Every procedure, regardless if surgical or non-surgical, requires a consultation. This enables you to discuss your concerns with the doctor and to review treatment options. It can take up to several weeks to get a consultation. It can then take 2-10 weeks to coordinate procedures depending on surgical vs non-surgical. It is important to keep this in mind when considering your time frame. This is especially important when planning around big events such as weddings or reunions. Planning is key-don’t wait to the last minute!
Wrinkles can cause you to appear aged, stressed, and angry, even if you are feeling great. Botox and its competitor Dysport is made up of botulinum toxin, which blocks muscular nerve signals and weakens muscles so they cannot contract. This helps to smooth unwanted crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and frown-lines with no downtime. Botox/Dysport is a quick and easy treatment with Dysport taking effect within 48-hours and Botox within 5-7 days, with results commonly lasting about three to six months.
Dermal fillers can help to restore volume in hollow areas of the face, rejuvenate the eyes and cheeks, plump the lips, and soften facial creases and wrinkles. At Stanislaw Facial Plastic Surgery Center, we offer a variety of dermal fillers, including Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Sculptra, Restylane, Restylane Lyft, and Restylane Silk. Dermal fillers work instantly, though the duration of fillers depends on which product is used and where it is injected. As a general rule, the closer to the mouth, the quicker it breaks down. Overall, fillers can help to give you a younger, more rejuvenated appearance. Recovery time varies from 1-2 weeks for most injections however we recommend 6-8 weeks for eye rejuvenation to play it safe. Although bruising is significantly reduced with our new injection techniques, it does not guarantee you will not bruise so plan ahead!
Upper Blepharoplasty, or upper eyelid surgery, can be beneficial to those with loose or sagging skin on of their upper eyelids,. This sagging skin can make you appear aged and tired. Allow at least 1-2 months for recovery for this procedure.
Lower Blepharoplasty, or lower eyelid surgery can be done lower lids to correct bags under the eyes. This procedure will help you to appear as vibrant as you feel. Recovery lasts around one to two weeks. In some cases, fillers can be used instead of surgery however a consultation would be needed to determine if you are a candidate for this as an alternative treatment.
It is not uncommon for patients undergoing lower eyelid surgery to require fillers to the lower eyelid 1-month post-operatively to address volume loss to achieve the best aesthetic outcome. In this case, we recommend an additional 2-month to your recovery.
Some patients can get by with a non-surgical facelift, also known as a liquid facelift. This could be a combination of Botox/Dysport, dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane products, Sculptra, a bio-stimulator or any combination of these products. In some cases, a liquid facelift can be achieved with minimal down time over a relatively short period of time. If a significant amount of volume loss exists, it may be more cost-effective to start with a series of Sculptra injections. Sculptra, is a bio-stimulator that encourages the production of collagen. Sculptra Injections are spaced 8-weeks apart and are done in a series (a minimum of 3 and up to 5 sessions). Once a good foundation is established with the Sculptra treatments, dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane are used to fine tune the liquid facelift. A liquid facelift can take as little as several weeks and up to a year to finish depending on the treatment plan. It is important to note that a liquid facelift cannot address loose skin of the neck; surgery is the only effective treatment for the neck.
If you are experiencing sagging of the lower face and neck, a facelift may be the answer. This procedure can be done in office or at an outpatient surgical center; both with the same outcomes. Bruising and swelling will occur during the healing process, often lasting about two weeks. Most patients are able to return to work after two weeks. We recommend allowing 2-3 months following a facelift for optimum recovery, more like 4-6 month if you’re also adding volume through fillers. When planning a facelift, ideally allow a year if possible but at least 6-months to play it safe and allow adequate time for preparing for and recovering from the procedure.
If you are located in Connecticut and are interested in any of these procedures to look and feel your best for the holidays, contact us today to schedule a consultation.