Remember Ben Franklin, the guy whose face lights up a hundred dollar bill? He once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Not only is that a great saying to take through life, it’s something to keep in the front of your mind if you are planning on having any type of cosmetic or plastic surgery. Technological advances in cosmetic surgery, and the popularity of so many procedures threaten to belie the fact that surgery is serious business. The positive results from surgery are greatly enhanced by the proper preparation.
Internationally recognized cosmetic and plastic surgeon Dr. Shoib Myint encourages his patients to get as much information from him as possible before surgery. “You should begin at least a month ahead by first making sure that all of your questions about your upcoming procedure are answered. No question is too stupid, says Dr. Myint. ‘Your piece of mind has a significant impact on your physiology. If you are anxious, that affects your immune system. A strong immune system is the key to proper and quick post-surgery healing.
Some of your lifestyle choices come into play in your preparation. If you smoke you need to stop. Smoking adversely affects the blood flow in your body and you need proper blood flow during and after surgery. You should stop consuming alcohol. It suppresses the immune system and increases bleeding which could lead to difficult healing.
There are certain foods that are normally very good for your diet but in the days leading up and after surgery they should be kept at a minimum because they contain salicylates which can cause bruising. Lay off of all berries, almonds, citrus, grapes, peaches, cucumbers, and vinegar.
We live in a pill popping culture so be sure that you consult with your doctor on all of your medications at least two weeks ahead. Here are a few of the medications that you absolutely want to stay away from because they adversely affect coagulation, All Aspirin and Ibuprofen, Vitamin E, and arthritis medication. There are recommended vitamins that you will want to take prior pre and post surgery. They include, any multi vitamin that doesn’t include vitamin E, you need collagen synthesis so take vitamin C, vitamin A for the immune system, and Bromelain to fight swelling. Also, change your diet to avoid breads, starches, and sweets. Eat your veggies and a little protein three times a day.
It’s important to remember the logistics as you get close to your surgery date. Make sure all of your prescriptions are filled and you have purchased the clothing you need to wear while you are healing. Think about a hair style that you may want to cover any surgical effects. If you are going to be sedated, arrange for transportation to and from.
The night before your surgery, no food or liquid if you are going to be sedated. You can wash your hair but don’t use hair products like spray. Wash the areas that are going to be covered by the surgery. On the day of surgery don’t apply lotions or perfume and leave all of your jewelry and valuables at home.
Always consult your doctor for final instructions and let their office know how your preparation is coming along.
Scarring. One of the most frequently heard concerns by those contemplating a facelift. It’s understandable. There are a lot of bad face jobs out there and it’s the tell-tale marks that give them away. One of the marks (no pun intended) of a good facelift is the imperceptible scar. There is no such thing as a scar-less, “miracle lift”. Every true face lift requires getting under the skin, manipulating and securing the underlying tissue, and re-draping the skin over the tissue. I’m sure a hundred years ago that would have been a medical miracle, but today it is common and safe but still requires a skilled surgeon to create a natural result with their work carefully hidden. The most easily hidden scars are those from short-scar face lifts.
A short-scar face lift, or mini face lift, is the most preferred if you are a good candidate for the surgery, and you have a surgeon who is accomplished in this slightly more complicated procedure. Internationally recognized plastic surgeon Dr. Shoib Myint, the founder of Myint Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery says that younger patients tend to be better candidates for this. “The short-scar face lift is recommended if the patient does not have a lot of excess skin in the neck and lower face”, says, Dr. Myint. “The older you get the more excess skin you have, so younger patients, as a group, tend to be better candidates”.
A fuller face lift is required if there is more sagging skin and a greater area of underlying tissue that needs attending to. The incision is usually longer and positioned behind the ear. There are exceptions to this based on the anatomy of the patient and the technique being practiced by the doctor. This is all explained in a consultation so there are no surprises. It’s much more difficult to hide the scar from the full face lift surgery since it is placed behind the ear. Women in particular feel a bit more self-conscious about it for cosmetic reasons because it is more difficult to hide with their hair.
There are some significant advantages in recovery time for a short-scar facelift. The surgical time is shorter, the amount of general anesthesia is often less (some patients can tolerate local anesthesia for this), and the incision heals faster because the dissected portion is much smaller.
If you are looking for a subtle, but still substantial change of appearance then the short scar/mini face lift could be a great option.
Stop using your turtleneck to hide your turkey neck! You can recover that youthful elegant neck with a simple surgical solution, a neck lift. If your swan-like neck from yesteryear has succumbed to the ravages of age and gravity, a neck lift can restore that tight, supple, elegant neck that you want.
Dr. Shoib Myint, the founder of Myint Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery says that patients come to him with three mean concerns about the appearance of their neck. “Most of my patients have fat necks, loose skin, or turkey necks, says Myint. “They each require a separate solution that will easily restore the appearance that they are looking for.”
Dr. Myint explains that Platysmaplasty, the technical name for eliminating the turkey neck, or turkey wattle, is done by making small incisions under the chin or behind the ears to access the neck muscle and manipulate it to achieve the desired results. Sometimes this can be done as less invasive endoscopic procedure.
A fat neck can be remedied with liposuction in the same fashion that other fat areas of the anatomy.
Excessive and loose neck skin can be removed through a procedure known as Cervicoplasty. “One of the few downsides to rapid weight loss is loose skin”, says Dr, Myint.”Many patients are committed to a total makeover and lifestyle change. If they have lost a lot of weight it’s very common that they have necks that have thinned out but they have left all the loose skin behind.”
As always, it’s important to consult with a qualified doctor to determine best procedure to get your desired results. This includes determining whether you will need general or local anesthesia. Recovery time from a neck lift is generally 10-14 days.
Get ready to use your fabulous collection of Hermes, ( or T.J. Max) scarves as a fashion statement instead of a cover-up for your old, tired, neck. Give Dr. Myint a call today to talk to him about achieving a new look in the New Year.
Unless you just hit the lottery or are sitting on several thousand shares of Google stock, you have to make real decisions on how to spend your hard earned money. If you have been looking at your face in the mirror for the last forty years, (and who hasn’t), you begin to appreciate the thought of using a little disposable income to combat the ravages of stress,sun, gravity, and questionable lifestyle habits. Joan Rivers, the very funny comedienne, who began looking in the mirror when Lincoln was president once said, “My motto is, ‘Better a new face coming out of an old car than an old face coming out of a new car.’ Spend your money on you.”
Internationally recognized plastic surgeon Dr. Shoib Myint, the founder of Myint Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery says that if you are going to invest your money in your face there is no better value than the facelift. “ A facelift addresses the bottom third of your face”, says Dr. Myint “its where the skin is sagging around your jowls and chin as well as the wrinkles and folds on your neck. That is a lot of facial and neck area to cover so the difference after the surgery is significant.”
The face lift procedure removes fat and loose skin from these areas, and then the remaining skin is tightened to give you the youthful, healthy look you have been wishing for. A facelift doesn’t stop you from aging but because it is changing the underlying structure of the face, the results usually last around ten years.
Dr. Myint says recovery time should take between two and three weeks, and scars should fade after about a year, but hair, jewelry, and the right cosmetics are effective as a cover up if needed. It’s important that the patient closely follows the doctor’s post-surgery instructions”, says Dr. Myint, “I have done thousands of facelifts and the patients that are the most satisfied are the ones that prepare for the surgery conscientiously and take the time to heal properly. After all if you are going to invest in your face, you want to do it wisely.”
Asian eyelid surgery is growing in popularity in Asian countries as well as in North America. Fifty per cent of the Asian population has no crease in their eyelid. Unlike Caucasian eyelid surgery patients, most Asian eyelid patients are young women and a growing number of Asian men that are seeking out surgery that will give them a double eyelid, or divide the lid into two areas.
A double eyelid, or a creased eyelid, is sought after by patients that find that their crease is not sufficient or asymmetrical. It is also chosen to better apply make-up without smudging.
Creating a crease in an Asian eyelid is done in either of two ways. It is done either with an incision, or by the placement of sutures without an incision. Suture blepharoplasty is done by passing certain sutures in the eyelid with only local sedation. The skin is not cut and is free of scars. This can achieve a natural looking eyelid crease. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and the healing is very quick.
You and Dr. Myint may decide that a bladeless blepharoplasty may be more appropriate. This newly formed eyelid crease is created by using a laser to make the incision. The procedure usually takes an hour and the sutures are removed a week later. You are able to go back to a normal routine in a week.
Both the bladeless and the suture blepharoplasty require finesse on the part of the plastic surgeon so it is absolutely essential that you go to a plastic surgeon that has specialized training in this type of surgery such as an oculofacial plastic surgeon.
It is important to Dr. Myint that he creates a crease that completely simulates a natural one in the width, height, and shape. This will maintain the desired aesthetics, without any noticeable reminders of the eyelid having had any surgery.
Above all the key is natural.
Did you know that there are 5 new super foods to make you look beautiful?
They have omega-3s. This will lower inflammation and slow down your aging, particularly in the skin. You can sprinkle them on your salad, homemade baked goods or in your soup.
BLACK GARLIC: Black garlic has a mild licorice flavor and a sweeter taste. It is a powerful antioxidant which has been found to prevent cancer and improve blood pressure
POPCORN: Did you know that popcorn may have more antioxidant than fruits or vegetables? It’s also packed with polyphenols that reduce skin inflammation and protect your cells.
CUPUACO FRIUT: This fruit comes from the rainforest. It is full of B vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants like vitamins A and C, which are crucial to your glowing skin. You can find the fruit in supplement form. Look out, you may also start seeing it on face cream soon.
SPIRULINA: This is packed with vitamin A. It will fight off free radicals, speed skin cell turnover and prevent acne-causing bacteria.
- Did you know that if you were a candidate and undergoing gastric bypass, you would have increased the length of your telomeres in your genes? What is that you might ask? Telomeres? For those of you who are not privy to this medical jargon, it is the genetic code that keeps your cells young. Well it just so happens that size does matter. The longer your telomeres the longer you might live! Wow! If you think you are a candidate for gastric bypass (you have to fall into a certain category), please consult with your surgeon who specializes in that kind of surgery. Live long and prosper!
Plastic Surgery Myth
Did you know that plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery might not mean the same thing? All Plastic surgeons are cosmetic surgeons in one way or another, but not all cosmetic surgeons are plastic surgeons. While plastic surgeons have specialized training and undergo rigorous exams, cosmetic surgeons could be someone who took a seminar to learn how to do liposuction or eyelid surgery.
It is your responsibility to do your due diligence. If your doctor says he or she is a cosmetic surgeon, make sure he or she is board certified and trained as a plastic surgeon, oculofacial plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, ENT Facial plastic surgeon, Dermatologist or maxillofacial plastic surgeon. You wouldn’t just go buy a nice car without knowing something about it, would you?