Southeastern Society of
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons
Anesthesia for Facial Plastic Surgery
There is a movement afoot to try to legislate safety in Plastic Surgery by controlling what we do rather than taking the more difficult route of controlling the credentials and training of practitioners.
Our before and after photos are not "touched-up." We do not use special lighting, photography lenses (such as the "portrait lense), or professional "glamour-shot" make-up. It is NOT industry standard to show before and after photos where the patient is "smiling." A smile can be an instant facelift thus hiding the true result.
The break throughs in Plastic Surgery have always been driven by our patients. Today's Plastic Surgery consumer is asking for facial rejuvenation with shorter, less conspicuous scars, a shorter recovery, and a more natural refreshed look without the danger and complications of general anesthesia. These are not small requests and are out of the comfort zone of most Cosmetic Surgeons. The "thread lift" was subsequently devised to address these issues but failed terribly as many of the non-surgical aesthetic practitioners saw an introduction into the cosmetic industry without training and surgical skill. The thread-lift failed to achieve the results promised and now remains one of the failed gimmicks of Plastic Surgery history.
For the last 5 years, we have been refining the short-scar, progressive tension cheek-lift so that it is now performed simply in the office with sedation and nerve blocks anesthetize the entirety of the face. Further break throughs include the judicious use of "micro drains" to reduce swelling and bruising, and meticulous detail regarding the earlobes and tragal incisions.
The result of those refinements has been fewer complications, a shorter recovery, and less bruising wth a result comparable to older facelift techniques.
We believe the midface to be the key to most facial rejuvenation procedures and as such it must be safe, effective, natural appearing, and affordable.
A Facelift, or Rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that repositions the skin and soft tissues of the face that have been affected by the aging process. The procedure is intended to give the patient a more rested and youthful contour to the face. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results. Dr. Howard also offers a Non-Surgical Facelifting for patients who are not yet ready or in need of a mini or full surgical Facelift.
You may be candidate for if you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face. A Facelift is also desirable if you are showing the signs of aging with the development of jowls, deep creases creating frown lines, and may also be helpful if you believe you have a tired facial appearance. An ideal candidate for a facial rejuvenation is also one who:
•Is physically healthy
•Is a non-smoker
•has a positive outlook and realistic expectations
Facelifts range in size from "mini" to "mid" to “full” depending on location and extent of skin laxity. The operation is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with oral sedation. Incisions are made along the ear, extending down around the earlobe, and ending behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers and facial muscles are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed. The patient goes home with head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed the next day. Minimal initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication and ice compresses. Sutures are removed within 7 days.
Bruising and swelling will decrease over 7-14 days. Most patients are able to be socially presentable with the use of sunglasses, a scarf, and/or full coverage make-up after one week.
The average recovery for Dr. Howard's patients is approximately one week. Some patients are able to drive after only a few days and have been known to take excursions out of the house with simple sunglasses, a hat, and maybe a scarf. Dr. Paul Howard is one of the first plastic surgeons to offer this minimum incision facelift for over 15 years. For detailed instructions on recovery, please visit our Face Lift Recovery Page.
Dr. Howard's Howard Lift prices begin at $4900.
The Lifestyle Lift™ is a registered trademark owned by a marketing company and not an actual "revolutionary" surgical procedure. It is a company that markets a name to the general public, instead of the surgeon's credentials or surgical ability. Dr. Howard has performed Facelifts, Mid-Facelifts, Mini-Facelifts for over 20 years. Dr. Howard has been performing short-scar, minimal incision face lift procedures under local anesthesia with "twilight" for over 15 years. He is not a physician employed by the Lifestyle Lift™ company where each physician is required to perform approximately 4-5 facelifts a day each and there is no guarantee your surgeon will even be a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Instead, Dr. Howard offers his exclusive "One Facelift a Day Promise" where patient's receive the VIP treatment and are truly special!
Dr. Howard's Facelift Patients are the only surgery case for that day. You are his sole concern and focus, he is not rushed to perform his surgery since you are the only patient and it is not performed under general anesthesia. Even your Consultation with Dr. Howard is exclusive. His office staff schedules one hour for consulations, meaning your are his only patient allowing ample time to thoroughly discuss your faclift plan without interruption.
Stated by one of Dr. Howard's recent patients