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Plastic Surgery FAQs

What is different between your face-lift and The Lifestyle Lift?

There are no secrets or trademark procedure for surgical rejuvenation of the face and eyelids. Marketing is what is unique to the Lifestyle Lift.

The Lifestyle Lift talks about a “shortened” surgery time and recovery time. How is this?

It is a known fact and a principle of plastic surgery that time honored incisions and dissections are what make a result good and long lasting. Shorter incision face-lifts so not allow adequate skin removal and hence are not as effective. This is based on over 30 years’ experience.

Are eyelids surgeries always necessary with a face-lift?

Not always, I judge each patient individually and only recommend that which I think will get the “biggest bang for the buck.”

Does a face-lift reduce or get rid of wrinkles?

It depends on the depth of the wrinkles. Deeper creases can be improved but finer wrinkles require a skincare program, which we include with our face-lifts.

What is a skin peel?

A skin peel utilizes certain acidic based compounds that gently or aggressively take off superficial layers of skin damaged skin. The greater the strength percentage of the acid, the deeper the peel. Dr. Lavine does deeper peels; the Medical Skin Care Center does more superficial ones.

I’ve heard about “lunch hour” laser peels. Do they work?

There are many so called “laser face-lifts” I have tried a variety of lasers in my career and have always come back to acid peels or a combination of that with other skincare regimens. If you are considering laser treatments for aging, PLEASE call us first.

Is surgery always an answer to facial rejuvenation?

Definitely not. I take pride in often talking patients out of surgery and trying injectable projects first. One that I am so impressed with is “Sculptra” marketing by a local Fort Worth company, Galderma. I have used it for over 5 years with excellent results. Usually two or three sessions are needed.

What are breast implants made of, and where are they placed?

Implants are silicone shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel (approved by the FDA). They are placed behind each breast, underneath either breast tissue or the chest wall muscle. Placement behind the chest wall muscle offers a few advantages over placement beneath the breast tissue only. These include reduced risk of capsular contracture (post-operative tightening around the implant) and less interference with mammogram examinations. Possible disadvantages include elevated pain in the first few days following surgery.

Should women who are pregnant or plan to be pregnant wait before undergoing a breast lift or breast reduction?

Pregnancy and nursing can counteract the results of a breast lift so patients planning to have children should consider this prior to scheduling surgery. A breast lift does not effect your ability to breast feed. however, we DO NOT recomment breast feeding following a breast reduction.

Does breast surgery cause scarring?

Yes, although scars can be hidden with a bra, bathing suit or low-cut top. During surgery, incisions are made in inconspicuous places on the breast to minimize scar visibility. Scars do fade with time.

On what areas of the body can liposuction be performed?

Liposuction sculpting can remove undesirable fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, neck, upper arms and back/ bra area that have not responded to diet and exercise.

Are there different liposuction techniques?

There are several different methods that surgeons use when performing liposuction. In all types, a tiny incision is made in as inconspicuous a place as possible. A cannula (small tube) is inserted and moved back-and-forth beneath the skin, breaking up the fat layer and suctioning it out. Tumescent liposuction and super-wet liposuction use fluid injection, which facilitates fat removal, reduces blood loss, provides anesthesia during and after surgery, and helps to reduce the amount of bruising after surgery.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?

The best candidates are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise. Older, slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity can be helped. Abdominoplasty can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy, although results from the procedure will diminish if they continue to bear children. For this reason, women who plan to have children again are advised to delay abdominoplasty. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight are also encouraged to wait before undergoing the procedure, since skin in that area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.

What problems can a facelift correct?

A facelift can reduce signs of aging (wrinkles, lines, sagging skin, drooping brow) by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and redraping the skin around the neck and face.

What are the advantages of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?

By removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes. It is typically a cosmetic procedure, but can also improve vision by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision.

What can rhinoplasty do for me?

Rhinoplasty can reshape, reduce or augment the nose, remove a hump, narrow nostril width, change the angle between the nose and the mouth, or correct injury, birth defects, or other problems that affect breathing.

What days do you see patients?

Dr. Lavine sees patients for consultation on Monday and Thursday. He performs surgery Monday through Friday.

How much is the consultation fee?

The fee is normally $50 and is applied toward the procedure if you schedule surgery. However, we are currently offering a coupon for a Free Consultation.

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Do you offer a guarantee?

Because medicine is not an exact science, it is difficult to guarantee a specific outcome. However, Dr. Lavine does offer what he calls the “12 Month Rule”, which states that if a complication occurs within 12 months of the original surgery, there will be no physician’s fee to return to surgery. If a patient has to be returned to the operating room, there may be facility and anesthesia fees incurred, but there will be no doctor’s fee.