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Should I Limit My Sun Exposure After a Facelift?

Congratulations! You’ve recently undergone a facelift! This is the start of a new and improved you brimming with confidence. But wait! There are some things you should take into consideration to ensure you heal properly, as excessive sunlight exposure can cause some setbacks to your facelift results.

Due to the nature of a facelift surgery, incisions are made to tighten the skin and muscles underneath. This can often leave you feeling bruised and sore thereafter as your body beings to heal, beginning the recovery phase. It is during this time you are most vulnerable to the effects of the sun and need to be proactive in preventing unwanted consequences from excessive sunlight exposure. 

The Effect of Sunlight 

Sunlight feels great on the skin; we bathe in it, tan using it, and can’t seem to get enough of it. However, there are many hidden dangers to increased sun exposure that we often forget to consider. The main one being the damaging effect it has on your skin, especially after recently undergone a facelift procedure.

Sustained sunlight exposure exposes you to UV (ultraviolet) rays which penetrate the skin leading to skin damage and increased melanin production; the main component causing your skin to darken. If no precaution is taken, sunburns will likely occur potentially compromising your facelift results. 

Excessive sun exposure can lead to undesirable outcomes, such as improper healing and increased scar visibility. To help promote the healing process and maintain your facelift results, the following are some important things to keep in mind after a facelift procedure. 

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun after a Facelift

During the first week of your recovery phase it is recommended to avoid sun altogether due to the heat it generates. In fact, all types of heat sources should be avoided during this time as they can increase post-operative inflammation. Inflammation can lead to excessive swelling and potentially prolong your recovery phase. To negate the effects of swelling, a cold compress is recommended on the surgical area site for the first 48 to 72 hours. Medication may also be prescribed to help reduce swelling. 

Direct sun exposure to the incision lines and scars from your facelift surgery may cause them to darken in color, or become hyperpigmented. This can cause surgical scars to become more visible, giving an undesirable appearance. The good news is that your cosmetic surgeon will hide these scars as best as possible, usually within the creases of your ears, making them easy to protect from the sun. 

When Sunlight is Unavoidable 

During the first few months after having your facelift it is important to stay vigilant towards sun avoidance. While it is understandable that it is impossible to stay out of the sun completely, by adhering to the following recommendations you will help mitigate any negative effect the sun may contribute to. 

Use a broad spectrum high SPF sunscreen on your incision lines and scars. It is recommended that you choose one that is at least 30 SPF, but going higher won’t hurt. Wear protective clothing as well. This may be in the form of a wide-brimmed hat, a shawl, or anything else that you see fit to completely block out the sun’s rays from your face. Wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection will also help protect the skin around the eyes, especially if you have also undergone a complementary eyelid lift procedure (blepharoplasty) to your facelift. Using all of these recommendations in conjunction will provide you with the best defence in direct sunlight.   

Preparing for the Long Term

To help maintain you’re your newly acquired youthful appearance for long term it is essential that you maintain a daily skincare regimen. This is involves using skin moisturizers that contain a modest SPF rating.  Excessive sun exposure can lead to the accelerated development of wrinkles, brown spots, and fine lines when not properly guarded against. This is especially important for those who have had a facelift, as these negative effects from sun damage will certainly counteract your facelift results. 

 

If you are interested in cosmetic surgery to improve your appearance, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help your reach your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation in Westlake, CA at (805)371-0004 or in West Hills, CA at (818) 888-7878.

Refresh Your Eyes: Fillers or Blepharoplasty?

The New Year is a time to press reset and give yourself a fresh start. If you are looking to refresh your appearance, you may be considering starting with the most prominent feature of your face: Your eyes. If aging or genetics have left your eyes looking tired, puffy, or saggy, we can help you awaken a more youthful appearance for 2019.

Thanks to advancements in cosmetic medicine, patients now have plenty of options when choosing how they want to go about their aesthetic enhancements. While surgery used to be the only way one could improve their facial appearance, newer non-surgical alternatives are now available and are highly popular among women and men.

This holds true when it comes to lower eyelid rejuvenation. Patients can now choose between a permanent traditional lower blepharoplasty or a temporary dermal filler treatment. Below, we explain how each of these treatments can alleviate a gaunt eye appearance:

Lower Blepharoplasty

Dr. Matt Hershcovitch has performed countless lower blepharoplasty procedures to help patients look younger and more alert. Depending on each patient’s specific needs, he uses either the transconjunctival or transcutaneous method. Both of these procedures achieve the same goal in the same manner but vary in incision location and overall scarring.

Transconjunctival

This method of lower blepharoplasty surgery requires Dr. Hershcovitch to create an incision along the lash line to remove extra skin, redistribute fat, and tighten loose muscle. While this method is considered to leave more scarring than the transcutaneous method, its scars are barely visible.

Transcutaneous

The transcutaneous method of lower blepharoplasty also removes extra skin, redistributes fat, and tightens loose muscle. However, the incisions are created inside the eyelid. This incision placement completely hides any scars left by the procedure.

After each of these methods are performed, patients can expect swelling, soreness, light sensitivity, blurry vision and feelings of tightness. These effects usually last about a week, and we recommend patients sleep with their head elevated and avoid too much screen and reading time. You can return to work after the first week of recovery is over, but strenuous activity should be postponed for a minimum of two weeks.

Dermal Fillers

Blepharoplasty surgery is a great treatment and permanent solution for undereye circles and a gaunt appearance. However, not all patients are open to or comfortable with surgery. With the introduction of dermal fillers as a solution to aged eyes, surgery is no longer the only option.

Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Radiesse can be injected into the tear trough to create volume where fat has been lost and promote collagen regeneration. When volume is added to the undereye area, patients experience a smoother transition from their eyes to cheeks and nose. This helps enhance the illusion of a younger, well-rested appearance.

When HA fillers are injected into the tear troughs, the doctor and patient have the advantage of reversing some or all of the effects with an enzyme solution until a satisfactory result is achieved.  While this usually isn’t needed, many patients like to have the option.

Unlike blepharoplasty, patients do not need to schedule recovery time and can be back to their regular routine promptly after their treatments. Also, unlike blepharoplasty surgery, results are not permanent, and patients must schedule follow up appointments every year to maintain their results.

The best way to make an informed decision about your eyelid procedure is to schedule a consultation with the board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, by calling (818) 888-7878. During your visit, you will discuss your medical history and desired outcomes to decide which treatment is best for you. Call today to start refreshing your appearance for 2019!

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Can a Liquid Facelift Delay Surgery?

No one likes the look of sagging skin or deep wrinkles. However, not everyone wants to undergo the cost, hassle, and downtime that is involved with plastic surgery to improve these signs of aging. Though plastic surgery may eventually become inevitable to truly achieve your skin goals, there are certain cosmetic procedures that can be performed that can delay the necessity for plastic surgery. One of those procedures is called a liquid facelift, and it’s performed by board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. Using a combination of gel fillers, liquid facelifts can revitalize your appearance by providing tighter, clearer skin that has stronger definition. Many patients are so satisfied with their results from a liquid facelift that actual plastic surgery is put on hold for years into the future.

What is a Liquid Facelift?

A liquid facelift involves injecting a smooth, soft gel made out of hyaluronic acid (HA) into areas of concern. This substance keeps the skin nourished and hydrated and is naturally occurring in our own bodies. However, as we age, HA is gradually depleted and can be mimicked by the injection of dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero, and Radiesse. The injectables can volumize the treatment area, lifting areas that have sagged and smoothing out deep lines and wrinkles. A completely safe procedure, these substances are absorbed back into the body over time, leaving no residue or negative side effects. These fillers are also easily reversible by the simple injection of an enzyme that dissolves their effects. Depending on the individual patient’s needs, the doctor will choose one or more of the available fillers to use in the liquid facelift treatment.

How is a Liquid Facelift Different from Plastic Surgery?

Unlike plastic surgery, liquid face lifts are non-invasive, reversible, and require little to no downtime or recovery. They are simple procedures that are performed in Dr. Hershcovitch’s office and are out-patient. A patient who receives a liquid facelift can generally return to their normal schedule the very next day with no side effects other than some mild swelling or bruising. Liquid facelifts are also less costly than plastic surgery and many believe them to produce more natural-looking results.

What is the Process of a Liquid Facelift?

The success behind a liquid facelift lies in the careful analysis of your facial anatomy and a detailed inventory of the areas you want treated. This allows Dr. Hershcovitch to make a detailed plan guiding him to place the right types of injections in the most desirable locations to provide natural, long-lasting results. One of the common areas treated with liquid facelifts is the cheekbone area as it tends to lose their definition for most people as they age. Care is also taken not to inject certain types of fillers like Radiesse near the lips or around the eyes as they do carry some risk of clumping.

The actual procedure usually takes less than an hour to perform and patients are released from the medical clinic shortly after completion.

Can a Liquid Facelift Delay the Need for Plastic Surgery?

The results of a liquid facelift are very similar to those of plastic surgery, so they can certainly delay the need for surgery for months or even years. Dr. Hershcovitch recommends that his patients who have a liquid facelift come in every few months for an evaluation and possible touch-up. However, since liquid facelifts are safe, they can be performed numerous times or can be repeated with different types of fillers that address the patients needs. Though there is no one answer to the question of how long these procedures can delay plastic surgery, most people find that these procedures can provide them years of the youthful-looking skin they desire.

Where Can I Get a Liquid Facelift?

Dr. Matt Hershcovitch specializes in cutting-edge procedures such as liquid facelifts in his office in West Hills, California. He has years of experience in providing his patients the most skilled and sophisticated treatments to keep them looking youthful no matter what their age. Dr. Hershcovitch performs all of his liquid facelift procedures personally in his state-of-the-art medical office. He listens to each patient to find out their unique goals for having cosmetic treatments and provides compassionate follow-up and continued care.

If you are interested in delaying the need for plastic surgery with a liquid facelift, contact board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, for more detailed information.

 

 

Does Your Facelift Need a Neck Lift?

While age-related changes on the face are a common concern, the neck is sometimes overlooked. The delicate tissues of the neck are just as susceptible to aging as the face. Sunblock and anti-aging creams aren’t always applied to the neck, which can further accelerate aging in this area.

To fully address facial and neck aging, Dr. Hershcovitch frequently performs facelift surgery with a neck lift. These procedures provide tremendous benefits for patients interested in comprehensive rejuvenation. Below we’re exploring all you need to know about this popular surgical combination.

Facelift and Neck lift: The Perfect Combination

Most people seeking facial rejuvenation know what a facelift is, but many are unclear about what areas of the face this procedure actually treats. Most facelifts only address the cheeks, midface, and part of the jaw area. The area above the brows can be addressed with a browlift, but the neck is not included in any of these procedures.

A facelift performed on its own offers excellent results, but adding a neck lift can produce results that seamlessly transition from your face down to your jawline and neck. The procedure is performed by making incisions that are carefully concealed under the chin and behind the ear.

The chin incision allows Dr. Hershcovitch to remove excess fat and tighten the underlying neck muscles. Through the other incisions, Dr. Hershcovitch can lift and tighten the muscles on the sides of the neck and remove excess skin. The result is a slimmer neck silhouette that is free of excess skin and fat. This procedure is the perfect complement to a facelift, because it comprehensively addresses aging from the neck all the way up to the midface.

Deciding Whether You Need a Necklift

Most first-time necklift patients are in their late forties to early fifties, but age isn’t always the best way to determine if you’re ready for this procedure. The aging process affects all patients differently due to genetics and lifestyle factors.

Ideal candidates for this procedure exhibit the following:

  • Loose, excess skin on the neck
  • Excess fat deposits that contribute to a double chin
  • Prominent neck bands
  • Deep wrinkles and folds on the neck

For those concerned about adding to the recovery period, a necklift does not lengthen the overall recovery time for a facelift. In fact, patients can take advantage of having a shared recovery rather than opting for two separate procedures. Most patients return to their regular routine within about two weeks, and strenuous activity can be resumed by about four weeks.

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This popular surgical combination is a favorite among Dr. Hershcovitch’s patients. These procedures won’t make you look overcorrected; you’ll simply look like a younger, more rejuvenated version of yourself.

If you’re considering a facelift, neck lift, or both, contact board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. He will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is customized to your goals and preferences.

 

Board Certification: Why it Matters for Your Safety and Results

Those considering plastic surgery have likely come across phrases like “board-certified cosmetic surgeon” or “board-certified plastic surgeon,” but these are not the same thing. For superior results and a safe outcome, it’s important for patients to understand what it means to be a board-certified plastic surgeon. Below we’re sharing what patients need to know about board certification and why it matters.

What Is Board Certification?

When undergoing any type of treatment by a physician, patients deserve the peace of mind that they’re receiving the highest standard of care, and this all comes down to the practitioner’s technical skills, experience, and knowledge. One way to validate a doctor’s level of skill is through board certification in his or her specialty. Although it might seem like board certification would be mandated by law, it is completely voluntary.

Technically, any practicing physician with a valid medical license can perform cosmetic surgery. This means that a doctor whose specialty is general medicine or emergency medicine can legally perform highly complex plastic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty or breast augmentation. These doctors may market themselves as “cosmetic surgeons,” or claim to be a “board-certified cosmetic surgeon.” However, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Patients should be sure to choose a surgeon who is board certified by either the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which have very high standards for certification.

Most plastic surgeons in the United States spend about 16 years undergoing postsecondary training and education. This also includes highly specialized training in reconstructive and plastic surgery. In order to become board certified in plastic surgery, they must then pass rigorous written and oral examinations to demonstrate their proficiency. Patients can verify the status of their potential plastic surgeon’s board certification online.

Dr. Hershcovitch is double board certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. This wealth of knowledge allows him to provide the highest level of care to patients seeking facial plastic surgery.

Why Board Certification Matters

Safety

In skilled hands, most plastic surgery procedures are fairly safe and predictable. But as with any procedure, sometimes unexpected medical events occur. In such a scenario, a board-certified physician is best qualified to handle the situation and ensure the safest outcome possible. This high level of skill is important even for patients undergoing minimally invasive or non-surgical treatments, such as Botox injections and fillers.

Results

When undergoing plastic surgery of the face or another highly visible part of the body, many patients are concerned that their results will make them look unnatural or overcorrected. This is another area where board certification can provide a tremendous benefit.

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Hershcovitch has an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy and how it relates to facial aesthetics. Plastic surgery is an art as much as it is a science; properly certified surgeons such as Dr. Hershcovitch combine their meticulous surgical skill with aesthetic insight to produce truly natural-looking results.

If you’re considering facial plastic surgery and you’d like to speak with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, contact Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. Based on your concerns and cosmetic goals, he will work with you to create a completely customized treatment plan.

 

Get Ready for the Holidays with a Facelift in the Fall

For most people, the holiday season is packed with parties and end-of-the-year celebrations. Before the busiest part of the year approaches, many men and women choose to undergo cosmetic procedures, such as facelift surgery, during fall.

A facelift performed in the fall will make sure you enter the holiday season looking and feeling your best. With our quick guide, you can learn what to expect in terms of recovery, allowing you to look perfectly refreshed for your first party of the season.

Planning your Facelift in the Fall: What to Expect

First Week: Rest and Recover

The first week after the procedure is when your post-surgery symptoms will peak, but you will be provided with a prescription for pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. You should focus on resting for the first few days to ensure a successful recovery.

In the initial stages of recovery, it’s common for patients to feel anxious, because swelling may temporarily obscure the results. Swelling is completely normal and is just the body’s response to surgery. During the first week, you can also expect to have some bruising and feelings of soreness or tightness along your incisions.

Although these symptoms will reach their peak during the first week, you’ll still feel well enough to get up and move around 2-3 days after surgery.

Second Week: Slowly Ease Back into Your Routine

Some patients have residual bruising about 2 weeks after surgery, and most will still have light swelling. It’s also common to have tingling sensations or feelings of numbness, but don’t worry – these sensations just mean your tissues are working on healing.

Patients will begin to see the new contours of their face take shape as swelling gradually decreases. You should still be taking it easy at this point, but some patients feel comfortable enough to go back to work after the second week.

Third Week: Getting Back to Normal

By the third week, your facelift incisions should feel much better. While they tend to look puckered during the first couple of weeks, they should take on a smoother appearance by the third week as the tissues heal and swelling subsides. Some areas might still feel a little tight. Most patients have returned to work by this point. It’s usually safe to also resume light physical exercise.

Fourth Week: You’re Party Ready!

At week four, most patients will be considered fully recovered from their facelift. Although it’s common to have very light swelling for up to a year afterward, this will likely be noticeable by only you and your surgeon, allowing you to head into the holiday season with confidence.

Whether you have a packed holiday schedule or you simply want to freshen up your look this fall, there’s no better time than now to get started on your treatment plan. If you’re considering a facelift or related procedure, contact facial plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. He’d be happy to help you explore your full range of surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation options.

Procedures to Complement Your Facelift Results

Facelift surgery is a powerful tool to combat the major signs of aging, including deep lines, wrinkles, and jowls. It is considered the gold standard when it comes to facial rejuvenation, but it’s often performed with additional procedures to enhance the overall results. If you’re interested in undergoing a facelift in the future, consider adding the following procedures into your treatment plan:

Blepharoplasty

The eyes play an important role in your overall facial appearance. They’re also one of the first parts of the face to show the signs of age. The fat pads beneath the eyes tend to droop over time, creating a hollowed-out appearance and “eyebags.” The eyelids might also start to sag and develop deep wrinkles. For patients concerned about aging around the eyes, blepharoplasty can help.

Also called an “eyelid lift,” this procedure allows Dr. Hershcovitch to trim sagging eyelid skin and remove any excess fat deposits that are creating eyebags. The incisions are carefully concealed along the natural crease of the eyelid, within the lower lid, or along the lower lash line, so scars are virtually undetectable. Patients love the naturally refreshed appearance that blepharoplasty can achieve, especially when combined with a facelift.

Browlift

Many patients are surprised to learn that a facelift does not treat the upper part of the face. While it’s a great way to address aging in the mid-lower face area, it leaves the forehead untouched. Browlift surgery (sometimes called a “forehead” lift) is a great complement to a facelift because it produces seamless rejuvenation that extends up the face.

During the procedure, excess skin is trimmed and the deeper tissues of the face are lifted, and then sutured into a more youthful position. The muscle tissue is manipulated to smooth out any stubborn creases as well. While there are different options for incisions (depending on your extent of aging), most incisions can easily be concealed. In some cases, the procedure can even be performed endoscopically.

Necklift

A slim, smooth neck has long been associated with elegance and youthful beauty. But over time, aging can cause the neck to have a loose and wrinkled appearance. When performed with a facelift, necklift surgery can restore a slim neck silhouette while also treating the major signs of facial aging.

The necklift incision is easily hidden along the natural contours of your face and neck. Through these incisions, Dr. Hershcovitch will lift the deeper structures and soft tissue to release neck banding, smooth away deep wrinkles, and trim excess skin. He can also remove fat deposits that create the appearance of a double chin.

Together, these procedures beautifully restore a youthful appearance to the face and neck. And with only one trip to the operating room, patients can take advantage of only having one recovery period for several procedures.

If you’d like to explore your options for facial rejuvenation, take the next step by contacting double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. He’d be happy to discuss your cosmetic goals and create a personalized treatment plan.

Nose Gone Wrong: Revision Rhinoplasty Explained

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed every year. In 2017 alone, there were 218,924 rhinoplasty procedures performed in the United States. However, rhinoplasty requires a high degree of both artistry and surgical precision; it’s considered to be one of the most complex plastic surgery procedures.

As a result, it’s common for patients to seek secondary or revision rhinoplasty after their initial nose reshaping procedure. Below, we’ll be exploring why revision rhinoplasty is sometimes necessary, and how this procedure can help you achieve the results you deserve.

Common Reasons for Seeking Revision Rhinoplasty

Nasal Bridge Collapse

Cartilage forms an important part of the nose’s internal structure and foundation. When too much cartilage is removed during the initial rhinoplasty procedure, this can cause certain parts of the nose to collapse. This is usually a gradual process, with areas like the middle of the nose eventually collapsing and possibly creating a nasal obstruction.

When the patient lacks adequate cartilage, Dr. Hershcovitch can perform a cartilage grafting procedure to help build up the structure of the nose. This reinforces the nasal structure to help restore a more natural appearance to the nose. This technique can also be used in a primary rhinoplasty when the patient lacks cartilage and wants their nasal bridge to look more elevated.

Overcorrected Nasal Tip

Some patients are unhappy with the results of their nose surgery due to an overcorrected nasal tip. This usually results in an over-rotated and upturned nose, or an under-rotated, droopy nasal tip.

Over-rotation typically occurs when too much of the supporting elements of the nasal tip are removed. Without adequate support, the tip essentially falls backward, causing an upturned appearance. This can also be caused by the contracture of scar tissue, which pulls the tip of the nose. To address these issues, Dr. Hershcovitch can rebuild the structure of the nose and release the scar tissue, if needed.

In some cases, overcorrection of the nasal tip may lead to the opposite problem: a drooping nose. When the nose lacks proper structure, the nasal tip may droop downward. By rebuilding the underlying support system, Dr. Hershcovitch can correct these cosmetic irregularities through revision rhinoplasty.

Asymmetrical Nostrils

The nose is made up of many intricate and delicate components; even a slight overcorrection can significantly affect the aesthetic outcome. While most noses have a slight degree of asymmetry, complications from rhinoplasty can make the nostrils looks unnaturally asymmetrical.

When patients have uneven nostrils after rhinoplasty, it is frequently caused by removing too much of the pieces of cartilage that support the nasal tip. The weakened points basically buckle, causing one side of the nose to project into the other side. When correcting this type of complication, Dr. Hershcovitch works to restructure the nasal tip and strengthen its foundation to prevent further cosmetic irregularities from developing.

Avoid Rhinoplasty Complications by Choosing an Expert

While the above complications can occur, you can increase your chances of an optimal outcome by choosing a surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty. Dr. Matt Hershcovitch is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is renowned for his ability to create natural-looking results. Whether you’d like to correct irregularities left by your first nose surgery, or you’re seeking rhinoplasty for the first time, he can help you attain facial harmony. To take the next step, contact him today to schedule your personal consultation.

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Eyelid Surgery

 

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can fully rejuvenate the eye area. Since the eyes play an important role in overall facial aesthetics, this procedure is one of the most effective ways to refresh your entire look.

If you’re considering eyelid surgery, the next step is scheduling a consultation. Below we’re exploring some of the top questions you should ask during your consultation, so you can decide whether this procedure is right for you.

Am I a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery usually isn’t very invasive, making it a safe and effective procedure for most healthy people. Ideal candidates for this procedure include men and women who:

  • Have excess or sagging upper eyelid skin
  • Have undereye puffiness and drooping lower eyelid skin
  • Want to correct naturally hooded eyelids
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not have serious eye conditions

Will I Need Upper or Lower Blepharoplasty?

Depending on your cosmetic goals, you may need upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or both. Upper blepharoplasty can remove excess eyelid skin, reposition fat pads, and tighten muscles that have started to droop. Lower blepharoplasty reduces the appearance of undereye bags and produces a lifted, youthful look. When treating the undereye area, Dr. Hershcovitch is careful not to remove too much fat. Instead, he repositions the fat to create a smooth, youthful texture that ideally complements the eyes.

What is Recovery Like?

This procedure has a relatively easy recovery. During the first week, you might have some mild swelling, bruising, dry eyes, and feelings of tightness around your incisions. Most patients do not find these symptoms to be very painful and can alleviate them with OTC medication and cold compresses.

By ten days – 2 weeks, many patients feel comfortable returning to work and social activities.

When Can I Wear Contacts Again?

After surgery, it’s important to be as gentle as possible with your incisions so they can fully heal. Since inserting your contact lenses requires you to pull or lift your eyelids, it’s recommended that patients wait at least two weeks before wearing their contacts.

Will I Have Visible Scars?

In most cases, you will not have noticeable scars after eyelid surgery. For upper blepharoplasty, the incisions are made within the natural creases of the eyelid, so they are nicely concealed once healed. Lower blepharoplasty is performed by making incisions either just below the lash line or within the inner eyelid, so these scars will also be concealed.

What’s the Best Option for Sagging Brows?

It’s common for sagging brows to be present in those who have drooping eyelid skin. While blepharoplasty can only treat the eyelids, a brow lift (sometimes called a forehead lift) is the perfect option for correcting cosmetic concerns above the eyebrows.

Using well-concealed incisions along the hairline, Dr. Hershcovitch can tighten the underlying tissues and gently reposition them during a brow lift. The result is a smoother, wrinkle-free forehead with youthfully positioned eyebrows. This procedure can also be performed endoscopically, which is minimally invasive and requires much shorter recovery time.

What Other Procedures are Performed with Eyelid Surgery?

Several other procedures can complement the results of eyelid surgery. Many patients choose to pair their blepharoplasty with a facelift to treat aging from the midface down to the neck.

For those who don’t feel ready for a facelift, injectables perfectly bridge the gap between non-invasive treatments and surgical procedures. If you’ve been researching your options for facial rejuvenation, then you’ve probably come across products like Restylane, Juvéderm, and Radiesse. These injectables are called dermal fillers, and they work by replenishing volume to the face. This has several effects:

  • Smooths away fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restores volume under the eyes and to other areas that have lost fullness
  • Provides structure and lift to areas that are starting to droop

Injectables like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin (known as “neuromodulators”) are also great alternatives if you’re not ready for facial surgery. Neuromodulators reduce the appearance of movement-related wrinkles by relaxing certain facial muscles. They are often injected near the eye area to reduce crow’s feet and creases between the eyebrows.

Are You a Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon?

While board-certified plastic surgeons are perfectly qualified to perform blepharoplasty, it’s beneficial to choose a surgeon who is specifically board certified in facial plastic surgery. The American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a separate governing body from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and requires specialized training for surgery of the face, head, and neck. Board-certified facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Hershcovitch have a deep understanding of facial anatomy, allowing them to produce superior results that blend in seamlessly with the natural architecture of a patient’s face.

If you’re considering blepharoplasty and you’re ready to take the next step, contact Dr. Matt Hershcovitch to schedule a private consultation today. Dr. Hershcovitch is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who provides the highest level of surgical care and artistry for those seeking cosmetic enhancements.

Awaken Your Appearance with an Eyelid Lift

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can dramatically improve your appearance and brighten up your face. This procedure removes excess skin, tightens muscles, and repositions the tissue surrounding the eyes. The result is smoother skin with a defined and youthful eyelid contour.

With a relatively quick recovery and a short procedure time, eyelid surgery is a great option for those seeking facial rejuvenation but who aren’t ready for more invasive procedures. Discover how this popular surgery can awaken your appearance and address common age-related changes.

How Blepharoplasty Rejuvenates the Face

Removes Excess Skin

Over time, the delicate tissues surrounding the eyes lose elasticity. As collagen and elastin decline, the skin starts to droop and sag. This is one of the main reasons why people seek blepharoplasty. Drooping eyelid skin can affect the overall aesthetic of your face and may cause an angry, tired, or upset appearance. In some cases, sagging eyelid skin can also obscure vision.

During blepharoplasty, Dr. Hershcovitch restores the natural contour of the upper eyelids by trimming excess skin. For those who have drooping lower eyelids, a lower blepharoplasty can also be performed to fully rejuvenate the eyes. Even though a small amount of skin is removed, these subtle adjustments can dramatically improve your appearance while allowing you to still look like yourself.

Reduces Eyebags and Puffiness

While sagging eyelid skin is usually the top complaint for patients considering blepharoplasty, under-eye puffiness is another concern. As you age, the pad of subcutaneous fat in your face shifts downward. This downward shifting causes fat to settle beneath the eyes, creating “eyebags.” Puffy under-eye bags can also worsen dark circles and make you look tired, even when you feel great.

Dr. Hershcovitch treats this common issue by carefully repositioning the fat pad so that a smooth, even texture is produced. He will also remove any excess fat to make sure puffiness is reduced. The key to achieving natural-looking results with this technique is to leave enough fat so the under-eye area still looks youthful. When too much fat is removed, it can actually create hollowness under the eyes. With a balanced approach, Dr. Hershcovitch restores a bright, youthful look without compromising your natural features.

Corrects Hooded Lids

Blepharoplasty isn’t always sought for facial aging alone. Some men and women with naturally hooded eyelids would prefer to have more lid space. Others feel that their hooded lids give their eyes a heavy or tired appearance. In either case, eyelid surgery can correct these cosmetic concerns.

Blepharoplasty for hooded eyelids is designed to remove small amounts of skin so that more lid space is revealed to brighten up the eyes. This procedure is also an excellent choice for those who lack an eyelid crease and want to have a more defined eyelid contour.

Softens Lines and Wrinkles

While topical products can help soften the appearance of fine lines, there’s only so much they can do. Many patients choose blepharoplasty to reduce bothersome wrinkles, especially the deep skin folds that tend to develop beneath the eyes.

During lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Hershcovitch will make an incision either just below the lower lash line or on the inside of the lower eyelid. This ensures that no resultant scars will be visible. Through these small incisions he will tighten muscles that have started to droop, and gently re-drape the tissue for a refreshed look.

Other Options to Consider

If you don’t feel ready for blepharoplasty, there are non-surgical options available that produce great results for minor cosmetic concerns. One option that many patients turn to is Botox. Botox injections force certain facial muscles to relax, which softens the appearance of movement-related wrinkles such as crow’s feet and creases between the eyebrows. Botox can also provide subtle lift to the eyebrows.

If your main concerns are undereye circles and hollowing under the eyes, dermal fillers are a perfect choice. These injectables reduce dark circles by replenishing volume under the eyes. They can also fill in lines and wrinkles and produce a smooth, supple skin texture.

If you’re ready to take the next step but you’re not sure which procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Matt Hershcovitch to schedule a personal consultation today. Dr. Hershcovitch is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is committed to delivering personalized, natural-looking results for those seeking cosmetic enhancements.

Mini Facelift vs. Full Facelift: What to Expect

While you can’t control the aging process, facial plastic surgery makes it possible to restore a youthful, refreshed look. One procedure in particular that many men and women turn to is facelift surgery. When the signs of age start to appear, this effective surgery can essentially turn back time while allowing you to still look like yourself.

If you’re researching your options for facelift surgery, then you’ve probably come across the terms “full facelift” and “mini facelift.” But how do you know which procedure is right for you? Read on to discover everything you need to know about these popular facial surgeries.

Full Facelift

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Full Facelift?

Full facelifts are great if you’re seeking a more dramatic transformation, and you have severe facial aging that you’d like to address. Ideal candidates for a traditional facelift typically exhibit the following:

  • Deep folds and wrinkles on the face
  • Sagging skin on the cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Marionette lines
  • Skin laxity on the neck

About the Procedure

A full facelift can target basically everything from the midface down to the neck, and it is great for tightening up loose skin on the neck, cheeks, and on the majority of the face. When performing a full facelift, Dr. Hershcovitch lifts the deeper structures of the face to produce a truly natural-looking lift. This is usually done by using one of the following techniques: the SMAS technique or the deep plane method.

The SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) is a layer of fibrous tissue under the skin that goes from the forehead down to the collarbone area. During an SMAS facelift, Dr. Hershcovitch will make incisions along the natural contours of your face, and then gently reposition the SMAS to restore volume and produce lift. A deep plane lift – which targets the layer below the SMAS – allows even deeper facial structures to be lifted. In either case, the goal is to lift the deeper tissues where aging occurs. This supports a more naturally rejuvenated appearance, rather than just pulling the skin tight.

Benefits of a full facelift include:

  • Offers the most dramatic reduction of facial aging
  • Can address a larger area of the face
  • Long-term results

Recovering from a Full Facelift

Each facelift is customized to the patient’s individual needs, so recovery varies depending on the extent of your procedure. But in general, full facelifts typically require about 1-2 weeks of recovery. Immediately after your procedure, you will need to wear a bandage and headwrap for a day or two to facilitate healing.

It’s common to experience bruising, swelling, and soreness after the procedure, but these temporary side effects resolve within about a month. Most patients are comfortable returning to work and social events within a week or two. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to 6 weeks.

Mini Facelift

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift is excellent for people who have mild to moderate facial aging. This procedure is not well suited for those who have significant sagging or deep skin folds, but it is a popular option for men and women who need a bit more rejuvenation than non-invasive procedures can provide.

Ideal candidates for a mini facelift usually exhibit the following:

  • Diminished skin elasticity from the midface down to the neck
  • Decreasing jawline definition
  • Mild to moderate wrinkles

About the Procedure

Similar to a full facelift, a mini facelift allows the surgeon to reposition the deeper structures of the face to provide lift. However, a mini facelift typically addresses only the SMAS layer, making it a less-invasive approach. A mini facelift can also be performed as an in-office procedure using local anesthesia only. Because it does not require general anesthesia and uses shorter incisions, this procedure is ideal for those seeking facial rejuvenation without the inconvenience of more invasive procedures.

Patients can enjoy the following benefits from a mini facelift:

  • Procedure is less invasive
  • Shorter downtime
  • Provides subtle, natural-looking rejuvenation

Recovering from a Mini Facelift

Since the mini facelift takes a less aggressive approach, downtime is much shorter when compared to a traditional facelift. Temporary post-op symptoms, like bruising and swelling, usually subside quickly. While all patients will vary in their recovery, most can return to work within a week, sometimes even sooner.

Both mini facelifts and full facelifts can produce incredible results for people seeking facial rejuvenation. Rather than making you look like a completely different person, a facelift can simply reverse the changes that age has caused. The right procedure for you ultimately depends on your cosmetic goals and preferences.

If you’re considering facial plastic surgery, you deserve to put your care in the hands of an expert, like Dr. Matt Hershcovitch. Dr. Hershcovitch is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, and he is considered a leader in the field. Contact him today to schedule your personal consultation.

5 Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the world because it delivers beautiful results that allow a patient’s natural beauty to shine through. Many patients also enjoy a boost of self-esteem and confidence after their procedure. If you are considering rhinoplasty, we’ve outlined five reasons to finally make the first move:

  • You desire a nose that is proportionate to your face.
  • You want your nose to be a more aesthetically pleasing shape.
  • You are looking to straighten your nose and eliminate visible bumps.
  • You would like to reduce or enlarge the size of your nostrils.
  • You are looking to correct breathing problems due to your nasal structure.

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