There are many surgeons offering facial plastic surgery, especially facelift procedures in Inland Empire. Sun and heat coupled with low humidity promote facial aging. If you’re looking to have some work done here, naturally you want the best facelift in Inland Empire. There are a number of good
plastic and facial plastic surgeons available. How do you choose between them?
Renowned educator Booker T. Washington stated: “Success in life is founded upon attention to small things.” There are established guidelines for facial plastic surgery. Some surgeons follow them to the “T.” However, plastic and facial plastic surgeons with the greatest experience often take things a step further. Of course, they follow the required protocols. But they’re always on the lookout for small things they can add to get even better results for their patients. I’d like to share some examples of innovations that I believe can help you get the best facelift, neck lift or other procedure. You be the judge.
“The safest method available” for a facelift or neck lift
That’s how Dr. Malcolm Paul, MD, FACS, Past President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery referred to using local anesthesia with oral sedation for facial plastic surgery procedures. I’ve performed some 4,000 surgeries using that method. Here’s why:
Research consistently reveals that facelifts, neck lifts and similar cosmetic procedures are among the safest surgeries you can have. Problems rarely happen. When they do, they’re usually caused by complications from general anesthesia. Problems can also develop with the popular I.V. sedative Propofol.
Surgeons who perform facelifts in Inland Empire and metro Los Angeles often like to use Propofol. With this anesthesia, patients fall asleep more readily, wake up faster and feel better after their procedure.
Unfortunately, there are also some substantial risks for some patients who use Propofol. Many do well with it, but with some people, Propofol can cause serious, even life-threatening complications. Propofol frequently slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. For most that’s not a problem, but some people’s blood pressure drops too much. If that happens to you, your blood oxygen can drop to dangerous levels. That’s what investigators believe took place when Joan Rivers died. You can read more about this in “The Safest Facelift Provides Great, Natural-Looking Results”, an article I published on LookYounger.News.
Many states wisely require that if a surgeon uses Propofol, a licensed anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist must also be on hand to carefully watch the patient’s vital signs. That extra doctor or nurse
makes your procedure cost more. I believe it makes better medical and economic sense to use the safer method that doesn’t require an additional doctor or nurse.
Making sure you get the great results you want
When trying to get the best facelift in Inland Empire, most people focus on the surgeon’s qualifications and experience. That makes sense. To get great results your plastic or facial plastic surgeon must provide an outstanding procedure. But another factor is just as important: You must do a good job healing. In many cases where patients weren’t satisfied with their results, their surgeon’s technique was good or excellent. But they didn’t heal properly.
There are two things you can do to make sure you heal well after surgery. Nicotine reduces the flow of blood you need to heal; You must not smoke or vape. And you must precisely follow your physician’s post-surgical instructions. Frequently these include avoiding medications, supplements and even foods that can thin your blood. Aspirin, Vitamin E and Gingko Biloba, for instance, as well as medicinal foods like ginger and turmeric can promote post-surgical bleeding. They make it harder for your blood to clot. That can be a healthy move at times. But when you’re healing after a procedure, it’s important for your blood to clot normally. This article in Medical News Today explains more about foods to avoid after surgery.
Suction (Vacuum) Drains
To ensure the best results, the most experienced facial plastic surgeons will often insert suction or vacuum drains at the end of your procedure. This can prevent fluid from building up and interfering with your healing. In a study published in Archives of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, researchers looked at 222 facelifts performed by the same surgeon employing the same technique. With half the patients he used suction (vacuum) drains. With the other half he didn’t.
The benefit was clear. Without vacuum drains, 37% of patients developed pockets of fluid called seromas, composed of blood plasma and liquids common to injured cells. With suction drains, less than half that number – 15% – developed seromas. Facial plastic surgeons that use suction drains improve the odds you’ll get the results you want.
Tranexamic Acid further aids healing
Any highly experienced facial plastic surgeon in Inland Empire and anywhere else will agree: To heal well after your procedure you must avoid continuing to bleed. I’m sure that every board-certified doctor’s instructions include temporarily stopping medications and supplements that can promote bleeding, as we described above. I like to do a little more.
Tranexamic Acid works well to reduce bleeding. Gynecologists often prescribe it for women with heavy menstrual cycles. Here’s how it works: When you start bleeding, your body converts fibrinogen, a liquid protein, into solid fibers called fibrin. These fibers stick together to form a net, which is the foundation for blood clots. When you heal enough that you no longer need that blood clot, your body dispatches enzymes to dissolve it. But if that happens too soon, you start to bleed again.
Tranexamic Acid reduces the risk of this occurring. So, I add it to the fluid you receive during your facial plastic surgery procedure. We use enough to lower your bleeding risk without promoting unwanted blood clots. This is one more innovation I use in pursuing my goal of providing you with the best facelift in Inland Empire.
Virtual Consultations make it easier to learn your options
Sometimes good things come out of bad situations. The COVID-19 pandemic closed plastic surgeons’ offices across California. In response, STC Plastic Surgery in Ontario, Inland Empire now offers virtual consultations. It helps people who want to learn their best options to improve their appearance but who are concerned about social distancing. It’s also great for those with very busy schedules.
We’ve found that the Zoom platform works well, particularly with a PC, laptop or certain smartphones. FaceTime can be even better, but it’s not as secure. If you participate in a virtual consultation, never use public Wi-Fi. Others could intercept your private communications with your doctor.
We can often correctly diagnose a number of face and neck conditions using this method. Please remember, nothing can take the place of an in-person examination with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. But a virtual consultation can be a good first step as you gather information to help you decide on what could be the best procedure for you.
Working to get you the best facelift in Inland Empire
Performing some 4,000 facial plastic surgery procedures has taught me the importance of two vital factors needed for a great new look: Your surgeon must do an outstanding job. And you must heal well. To ensure you’ll have a great procedure, choose a highly experienced board-certified facial plastic or plastic surgeon. Find out what he or she does to assure that you’ll have the safest surgery possible. And ask what steps your surgeon takes to maximize your ability to heal.
Booker T. Washington was right. Small things can make a big difference. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure such as a facelift in Inland Empire, please feel free to contact me about an in-person or virtual consultation.