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Looking Refreshed and Revitalized for Fall

If you want a refreshed appearance for fall, we offer multiple cosmetic procedures that can help you achieve a more youthful look. Below are a few common cosmetic procedures that will leave you looking more radiant in time for the cooler weather and holiday season.

Blepharoplasty. Also known as an eyelid lift, blepharoplasty is a procedure that corrects droopy eyelids. A blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids to eliminate excess skin and fat from the area. An eyelid-lift procedure will make you appear more alert and will rejuvenate the delicate eye area, giving you a more youthful appearance. 

A blepharoplasty generally takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may experience some swelling and bruising around your eyes after your surgery. Cold compresses will alleviate the swelling. 

Rhinoplasty. A rhinoplasty, which is also commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is a routine cosmetic procedure that corrects the shape of the nose so that it is proportionate to the rest of the face. There are two types of techniques that can be performed during a rhinoplasty: the closed technique and the open technique. 

I perform an Open or Structure Rhinoplasty. This more modern type of rhinoplasty is more precise and leaves the nose much stronger than the older style Closed of Reduction Rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty scars hide well and are barely noticeable. Often times the internal (functional) issues, like obstruction and septal deviation, can be addressed along with the external or aesthetic concerns.

Generally, a rhinoplasty takes 60-90 minutes to complete, and you should plan to take at least a week off work and/or your normal activities while you recover. 

Face and Neck Lift. As we age, the skin on our face and neck loses its elasticity. Loss of fat and muscle tone also occur naturally with the aging process. A facelift combined with a neck lift can help reverse the inevitable effects of aging and give you a more youthful appearance.

As opposed to a traditional facelift, which involves a long scar including the hairline, I do a more modern short scar technique. The incision is only from the sideburn to just behind the ear. We typically add fat to the lower lid and cheekbone areas to replace some of the fat that is naturally lost over time. The short scar surgery has a shorter recovery, less scar and looks more natural. We add PRP (platelet rich plasma) and thrombin to create a glue that limits swelling and bruising while speeding recovery. 

Face and neck lift procedures can take 1-3 hours to complete depending on the complexity of the surgery. Each face procedure is unique and requires different methods and lengths of recovery time. We will discuss these aspects of the procedures during our initial consultation. 

Schedule a free consultation. If you are interested in learning more about blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, face or neck lifts, or any other cosmetic procedure, please contact our office at 925-736-5757 to schedule a complimentary consultation. 

By Stephen J. Ronan MD FACS, Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa

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