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Eyelid Lift

What is an eyelid lift?

An eyelid lift is a procedure to rejuvenate the eyelids. The upper eyelids can be treated, the lower eyelids, or both the upper and lower eyelids. The procedure involves removing excess skin, removing or repositioning fat, and often tightening the muscle of the lower eyelid.

How do I know if I am a candidate for an eyelid lift?

Patients often seek consultation because they feel, or have been told, that they always look tired. Excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids can make them look heavy. The lower eyelids often look baggy with excess skin and fat. The Clareo doctor will review the options most appropriate to you during your consultation.

What is the downtime after an eyelid lift?

Patients should avoid strenuous activity for three weeks after surgery. Bruising generally lasts seven to ten days, and patients often return to non-strenuous work activities seven to ten days after blepharoplasty.

How much does an eyelid lift cost?

This depends if you are having the upper, lower, or both upper and lower eyelids done. The range is $2,500 to $5,000.

Facelift

What is a facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure to counteract the effects of aging and restore the youthful appearance to the face. We think of aesthetic rejuvenation of the face as occurring in three areas: the brows, the cheeks, and the neck. Any combination of treatment areas can be referred to as a facelift. Each facelift is tailored to address the concerns and aging patterns of each patient.

How do I know if I am a candidate for a facelift?

Low eyebrows, jowls, and loose skin or banding of the neck are common indications for a facelift. We have learned that patients are often happier with the results of a facelift performed relatively early in the aging process rather than the dramatic change seen when the aging process has progressed. Our doctors will review your options with you during your consultation.

Will I look overdone after my facelift?

While some patients (and their surgeons) persist with multiple surgeries and are left with an extreme look, most patients (and surgeons) prefer a natural rejuvenation. Facelifts are meant to make patients look healthy and energized for their age; not to make them look inappropriately youthful.

Are other procedures performed with a facelift?

Two commonly procedures performed with facelift are fat transfer and eyelid surgery. Fat transfer is almost always part of a cheek lift to restore the fat loss in the upper cheek seen with aging. Eyelid rejuvenation can, and often is, performed at the same time as a facelift.

What is the downtime after a facelift?

Bruising will be apparent for seven to ten days. Patients should avoid strenuous activities for three weeks after their procedure. Patients often resume non-strenuous work activities ten to fourteen days after a facelift.

Are there any risks from a facelift?

Risks of a facelift include bleeding, nerve injury, and inadequate blood supply to the skin edges resulting in skin death. While each of these risks are quite low, it is important that you tell your doctor about any medications, including over the counter, and supplements you are taking; it is also important to tell your doctor if you smoke.

How much does a facelift cost?

The costs vary from patient to patient dependent on the procedures chosen; the range is $6,000 to $20,000.

Neck Lift

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift rejuvenates the neck by surgically addressing the changes associated with aging: extra fat (double chin), hanging skin, and muscle banding (turkey gobbler); patients can have one, two, or all three of these issues. You Clareo doctor will review options that are best for you.

What is the downtime after a neck lift?

Patients wear a compression garment around the clock for the first week after surgery, and then when they are home for the next two weeks. Patients typically return to non-strenuous work activities a week after surgery.

How do I know if I am a candidate for a neck lift?

If you are bothered by a double chin, “turkey gobbler” neck, or loose neck skin, you may be a candidate for a neck lift. Your Clareo doctor will review your options with you during your consultation.

Where are the scars for a neck lift?

The scars are usually behind the ears, in front of the ear lobe, and often under the chin.

How much does a neck lift cost?

The cost generally ranges from $4,000 to $8,000.

Brow Lift

What is a brow lift?

A brow lift is a surgical procedure to elevate the position of the eyebrows on the forehead. A brow lift is performed to “open up” the eyes and can make patients look less stern or angry.

Where are the scars for a brow lift?

The scars for a brow lift are placed within the hair or at the hairline.

Am I a candidate for a brow lift?

If you believe that your eyebrows are making you look stern or angry, or are detracting from your eyes, you may be a candidate for a brow lift. Your doctor will review the options best for you during your consultation.

What is the downtime after a brow lift?

Patients generally return to non-strenuous work within a week of surgery.

How much does a brow lift cost?

A brow lift generally costs between $3,500 and $6,000.

Fat Transfer to the Face

What is fat transfer to the face?

The aging process is associated with a loss of fat in the face, called “fat atrophy.” Fat transfer involves three steps: taking fat from another part of your body, preparing it in the operating room, and injecting it into the areas of the face that have lost volume. Fat transfer helps restore a youthful appearance to the face.

How is fat transfer different from injectable fillers?

Fat transfer and injectable fillers treat many of the same areas and issues of facial aging. Fat transfer provides essentially a limitless supply of filler and thus can be more efficient than many syringes of injectable filler. The effects from fat transfer can be longer lasting that the effects of injectable fillers. Fat transfer is also easily added to other procedures in the operating room.

Can fat transfer to the face be combined with other procedures?

Yes, fat transfer can be combined with other procedures and is often an integral part of facial rejuvenation along with a facelift. Fat transfer is also easily combined with liposuction.

How long does fat transfer to the face last?

Once the transferred fat cells gain their new blood supply, they become living cells and thus long lasting.

How much does fat transfer to the face cost?

Fat transfer to the face costs in the range of $3,500 and $4,500. Costs are higher if other procedures are performed at the same time.

Nose Reshaping

What is a nose reshaping?

Nose reshaping, technically called “rhinoplasty,” and colloquially called a “nose job,” is an operation to improve the appearance of the bridge as well as the tip of the nose. Nose reshaping can also repair impaired breathing or a deviated septum.

What is the downtime?

Most nose reshaping requires breaking and setting of the nasal bones, in which case there is often bruising for seven to ten days after surgery. Most patients return to non-strenuous work approximately a week after surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for four weeks after surgery and avoid being struck in the nose for three months after surgery.

When will I see the results?

Noticeable swelling will subside approximately three weeks after surgery; however, it will take six months for all of the swelling in the tip of the nose to go away.

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

The cost generally ranges from $4,000 to $7,000.

Botox®

What is Botox®?

Botox, botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic agent that when injected into muscle weakens or paralyzes the muscle. Used in an aesthetic setting, the effect of the muscle relaxation is an improvement or disappearance of the fine lines or creases caused by animation of the muscle. Weakening certain muscles can have other beneficial effects, such as raising the eyebrow.

Is Botox® safe?

Yes, when administered by a trained professional in a proper setting.

When will I see the effects of Botox® and how long will the effects last?

You will see the effects of Botox® approximately one week after treatment, and the effects will last four to six months.

How is Botox® administered?

Botox® is an injection given as an office procedure.

Injectable Fillers

What are injectable fillers?

Injectable fillers are volume-enhancing agents injected into the soft tissues of the face. They are injected with a syringe during an office procedure.

What do injectable fillers treat?

Injectable fillers treat areas of volume loss such as in the upper cheeks or lips, or tissue hollowing such as at the smile lines called “nasolabial folds,” vertical lines down from the side of the mouth, called “marionette lines,” or fine lines, such as those in the upper lip.

How long do injectable fillers last?

The longevity of the injectable depends on the product, but anywhere from six to twenty-four months.

Are injectable fillers safe?

When administered by a trained professional, injectable fillers are very safe.

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