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Eyebrow Lift FAQ

Is an eyebrow lift permanent?

An eyebrow lift can take many years off your appearance, but it does not stop the aging process. As such, you will continue to age normally, but will always appear younger than you would have if you had not had the procedure.

Should I have a full brow lift, or a mini lift?

This depends entirely on your individual needs and preferences. If you do not have extensive wrinkling and furrowing of the brow, you may want to opt for the endoscopic brow lift. If you do have extensive problems with the brow area, and you want more dramatic results from the procedure, you may want to choose the open brow lift. As always, it is wise to discuss your goals and your expectations with your plastic surgeon beforehand.

Will I have scarring?

Because the incision is made behind the natural hairline, an eyebrow lift should not result in visible scarring. However, in some rare cases, the scar may be wide and create a visible line. In such cases, there are procedures available to repair this.

What are the risks?

Most of the risks of eyebrow lifts are general risks associated with any surgical procedure.

Risks inherent to the eyebrow lift procedure are rare, and most are minor. These include the risk that the nerves in the forehead may become damaged, causing you to lose the ability to feel the eyebrow and forehead area. Other risks include excessive scarring and minor hair loss in the area of the incisions.

Other questions?

If you need help from a board certified eyebrow lift plastic surgeon, please feel free to email us or call for a consultation today. Call 616.454.1256 if you’re in the Grand Rapids, Cadillac and Traverse City area, or toll free at 800.968.7474.

Eyelid Lift FAQ

Will I have scars?

There will be scars at the incision sites, but the incisions for blepharoplasty – eyelid surgery – are designed to be placed inconspicuously, and in most cases, any scarring that is visible will fade within a few months following the surgery.

Is eyelid surgery right for me?

Eyelid surgery can be an ideal solution to rejuvenate the appearance of patients who suffer from extensive drooping of the eyelid, under eye bags, or light wrinkling in the eyelid area.

To evaluate the effect eyelid surgery might have on your appearance, discuss the procedure with a reputable and experienced plastic surgeon who can evaluate your goals, your needs, and your expectations, to help you decide whether the procedure is right for you.

Will eyelid surgery change the overall shape of my eyes?

With upper lid eyelid surgery, the lifting of the skin over the eye will make your eye appear rounder and more alert than it was before the procedure, but the procedure should not significantly affect the natural shape of your eyes.

What are the risks of eyelid surgery?

Most of the risks of eyelid surgery are general risks associated with any surgical procedure.

Following the procedure, some patients also experience temporary blurring of the vision, and swelling near the incision sites. These conditions usually clear up on their own within a few days.

Other questions?

If you need help exploring eyelid surgery, please feel free to email us or call for a consultation today. Call 616.454.1256 if you’re in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, or toll free at 800.968.7474.

Nose Reshaping FAQ

Are the results of nose surgery permanent?

Yes. The nose does not change significantly due to natural aging or other lifestyle changes, so unless you suffer some trauma to the nose, your new sculpted nose should be yours for life.

How long is the recovery period following nose surgery?

This, of course, will depend on a number of individual factors, including your unique physiology and healing abilities, as well as the type of procedure you’ve had. However, as a general guideline, most patients are able to return to work and other relatively non-strenuous activities within one to three weeks, and make a full return to normal activities within about six weeks after the surgery.

Will I have scarring?

If you’ve had a closed nose surgery, you will not have any visible scarring at all. If you’ve had an open nose surgery, you will have a small scar on the underside of the nose, across the columella (the area between your nostrils). This scar is usually very minor, and is not visible in normal circumstances.

What are the risks of nose surgery?

Most of the risks of nose surgery are general risks associated with any surgical procedure.

Risks specific to the nose surgery procedure include the visible scarring along the columella and minor defects to the nose, which can be repaired with corrective surgery.

Other questions?

If you need help exploring nose reshaping surgery, please feel free to email us or call for a consultation today. Call 616.454.1256 if you’re in the Michigan area, or toll free at 800.968.7474.

Face Lift FAQ

Will my face looked pulled tight?

Face lift procedures have improved significantly since the old procedures that left patients looking like their faces were being pulled back. Modern facelift procedures lift and re-position the facial features in a much more natural looking way.

How long will my face lift last?

Your face lift will not halt the aging process, so you will continue to age at a normal rate. The facelift, however, will serve to ‘restart’ the process, so your appearance will always be more youthful with the face lift than it would have been without it.

Will I have scars after my face lift?

In most face lifts, the incisions are made behind the hairline and in front of the natural ear. In some, an incision is also made under the chin. The scars are largely obscured, and are usually quite small.

What are the risks?

Most of the risks of face lifts are general risks associated with any surgical procedure.

Risks specific to face lift surgery include the potential for nerve damage, which can result in numbness and weakness of the facial muscles. This risk of delayed healing is relatively minor, but it is increased in patients who smoke.

Other questions?

If you need help exploring face lift surgery, please feel free to email us or call for a consultation today. Call 616.454.1256 if you’re in the Michigan area, or toll free at 800.968.7474.