Thirty-five-year-old Marcus Kemeter let doctors amputate his hand and replace it with a bionic hand. It’s not because he is a touched Star Wars fan who dreams Darth Vader is his father and wanted a new hand like Luke Skywalker. It’s not because he wants to selflessly volunteer to advance the knowledge of man like those signing-up for a one-way trip to Mars.
The Michelangelo Hand by Ottobock has a flexible wrist, seven hand positions, an independent thumb… and Captain Hook’s ire.
The Decision Took Time
Seventeen years before making the decision to replace his hand, Marcus injured his shoulder in a motorcycle accident. He lost function of the nerves that controlled his arm. The medical term for this type of injury is a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a collection of nerve “cables” that connect the spinal cord to the arm.
Brachial plexus injuries are as common as they are devastating. Any strong blow to the shoulder can stretch and injure the nerves causing changes in sensation, weakness and even paralysis. While motor vehicle accidents are a common cause, falls and sports are too. The nerves can be repaired, to restore function. However, while motion of the upper arm is often improved, function of the hand is not.
Nerve Injuries Recover Slowly
Even the best results, leave a patient with the dexterity of wearing boxing gloves. The hand can be used as an assist, but grasping and fine motor skills are lost. Without sensation, the ability to protect the hand from further injury is lost. Even minor cuts are more likely to become life and limb threatening, because a numb limb does not heal as well. The extremity becomes a liability.
In His Own Words
In his case, Marcus’s brachial plexus was repaired in 1996, helping his shoulder and elbow, but the forearm and hand never recovered. When questioned about his decision to exchange his injured hand for a bionic one Mr. Kemeter stated:
“I could feel everything but I couldn’t do anything with the hand. It wasn’t hard for me to decide to do the operation,” said Kemeter. “I couldn’t do anything with my hand. The prosthesis doesn’t replace a full hand, but I can do a lot of stuff.”
In 2011, Dr. Oskar C. Aszmann, Plastic Surgeon at the Medical University of Vienna’s Center for Extremity Reconstruction and Rehabilitation, transplanted nerves from Marcus’s leg to his forearm.
Bionic Hand Training: Marcus’s forearm is attached to sensors that pick-up the commands his brain sends to the transplanted nerves in his forearm. A computer interprets the neuro-transmissions and translates them into motion of the prosthesis.
After three months, the nerve grafts had matured to the point where they could be connected to a computer for practice moving the prosthetic hand. With brain retrained, the point-of-no-return is negotiated. According to Dr. Aszmann:
“When it’s obvious this mechatronic hand can be of great use to them, then the decision to have the hand amputated is a very easy one,” he said. “If I have to convince someone, they’re not a good [candidate].”
Thanks to all the preconditioning, once the amputation was healed and the prosthesis fitted, it took only a few days for Mr. Kemeter to adjust to his new bionic hand:
“I can do much more than before,” Kemeter said. “Carrying big things, for example, wasn’t possible with only one hand. Now I can do it.”
Anything is Possible
As our understanding of the human body increases, and better materials are found, anything is possible. Notice the boy’s right arm? Someday, you won’t be able to.
As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and an Electrical, Computer Engineering major, these devices fascinate me. I blogged before on the subject about the diversity encompassed by Plastic Surgery. While plastic surgeons are better known for Breast Augmentation, more reconstructive plastic surgery is performed than cosmetic. Stories like the replacement of Marcus’s hand reveal the benefit of both sides of the profession. The restoration of form and function is the ultimate goal, and it is happening now. It’s not a fantasy like Star Wars, and will only get better in the future, like round-trips to Mars.
My wife sent me an article this week about a woman who tragically lost her life in the pursuit of larger buttocks. The article entitled “Michelangelo of Buttock Injections Charged With Murder,” tells a story that has been told before, and unfortunately, will likely be told again. The latest story wasn’t about a woman traveling from the UK to Thailand for Plastic Surgery, but about a woman traveling from the UK to the US for Plastic Surgery, and about a home-grown US scam artist preying on naive 20-year-olds who lack the funds or the foundation to know why you should choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who uses a Certified Surgical Facility.
Buttock’s created by the real Michelangelo. Coincidentally, David’s backside is also as hard as a rock.
Medical Tourism has many problems, especially if you live in the United States. The United States has the most regulated system of medical care in the world. Many of the protections we enjoy here in the US are not available in other countries.
In Thailand for example, the head of the regulatory Medical Council of Thailand, Dr Samphan Komkrit, told the World News Blog that “historically (in Thailand), breast implants, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty – these jobs were not done by plastic surgeons… we don’t want to discriminate against doctors who are not plastic surgeons. This is about self-interest and business interest.” This was in response to a woman dying at the hands of a Thai General Practitioner who was operating on a woman, in his office, at 11 PM, to remove infected Buttock Implants he had placed the week before, presumably also in his office. To save money, an accredited surgery center was not used, nor was an anesthesiologist. The GP was acting not only as a Plastic Surgeon, but at the same time was administering general anesthesia, by himself. More frightening than the head of the county’s medical council’s defense of the current standard of care, is the fact that in Thailand, short of a conviction, there is nothing Dr. Komkrit, or any other medical society on Thailand can do to suspend the offending doctor’s license.
There are no FDA approved fillers to enlarge the Buttocks
To date, the FDA has not approved any buttock fillers.
Despite the large volume of information available on the Internet, and the recommendations from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, these types of problems continue to occur. I saw a young woman yesterday who had silicone injected into her buttocks in Mexico 10 years ago by an anesthesiologist. Sadly, there is little I can offer that will not lead to further disfigurement. There is no way to just suck it back out.
The Brazilian Butt Lift
Last week’s Brazilian Butt Lift article provides information on fat grafting to the buttocks as a method for enlarging the buttocks. It is a procedure that will only work for a selected group of patients, and I only perform it in an accredited surgical facility with the help of a real anesthesiologist. This is the safest way I know of to perform the operation.
Why Plastic Surgery Society Memberships Matter
Belonging to our State, National and International Plastic Surgery Societies is not cheap. While each provides an attractive membership document suitable for framing, the main reason I maintain active membership is to keep abreast of the latest in plastic surgery patient safety and plastic surgery procedures. These societies have stricter criteria for membership than those required to have a medical license. So as a consumer, you can be assured that members of these societies are being held to a higher standard.
A Few of the ways I make certain I am qualified to take care of my Plastic Surgery patients.
Two requirements are that members operate in accredited facilities, and that we have hospital privileges for these procedures. This means a hospital has independently checked our qualifications, and that the facilities we use are also inspected by an independent organization to be certain that everything is up to medical standards. The advantage of an accredited surgery center has been reaffirmed most recently with decreased infection rates.
The advantage of having an anesthesiologist present during surgery should be obvious. Yes, it cost more, but you’re comfort and safety are worth it. The anesthesiologists only job is to make certain that you are both comfortable and safe. This allows me to concentrate of what you are really interested in – results.
How to Choose Your Plastic Surgeon
I have written posts before about How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon. The article is as true today as the day it was posted. It includes links to check you doctors qualifications. If you are considering Plastic Surgery, and would like to make a personalized consultation appointment, call (925) 943-6353 and see what a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can do for you.
The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) uses your own fat to augment and contour your buttocks. Through a combination of Liposuction to frame the buttocks, and fat grafting to augment the buttocks, the Brazilian Butt Lift can not only enlarge, but can reshape the buttocks too. Over the last two years, the BBL consistently maintains a 93% “worth it” rating on RealSelf.com.
Brazilian Butt Lift Video
Below is a segment from a recently aired Body Beautiful live broadcast on the Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. I discuss the Brazilian Butt Lift, its risks, benefits and indications with host Janelle Marie. Unfortunately, our video processor went down right before air time, so we could not show the before and after pictures during the show. Just one of the risks of doing live television.
If you are considering a Brazilian Butt Lift, a personal consultation is the best way to learn what the procedure can do for you. Call (925) 943-6353 to speak directly with our San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery staff in the East Bay City of Walnut Creek for your private, confidential appointment.
Tummy Tucks are designed to fix flabby bellies. After pregnancy or weight loss, the abdominal skin and the muscle beneath can get stretched out. To get back to a tight tummy, the Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty may be just what the doctor ordered.
Tummy Tucks Do What Diet and Exercise Cannot
Diet and Exercise are important to a toned body, but after pregnancy and weight loss, diet and exercise may not get us all the way to the goal. Once over-stretched, the abdominal wall cannot recoil. The abdominal skin often remains flaccid, even with vigorous exercise. Being close to an ideal weight can reduce abdominal girth, but it cannot fix loose skin.
Tummy Tuck Video on KRON 4’s Body Beautiful
Abdominoplasty means abdomen changing, and San Francisco Bay Area Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph A. Mele, MD, has all the details in this Tummy Tuck Video Segment from the Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4, in San Francisco, CA.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Video Presentation in San Francisco
Each of the above Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures has specific benefits, and when indicated, each should be discussed during the Abdominoplasty Consultation, so you can make a well informed decision about the options.
Tummy Tuck Consultation
An in-person consultation appointment can help sort through the Tummy Tuck Options, and find the procedure that best fits your tummy. Call (925) 943-6353 to schedule a personalized consultation, or use the contact form in the margin for further Abdominoplasty Information.
It’s easy to see what a facelift can do, try a “six finger face lift”. You can do it right now. All you need is a mirror and two hands. Place the tip of your index finger on the angle of your jaw, the tip of the thumb under the the jaw and the middle finger on the cheek. Gently, push your facial skin up and back to tighten the neck, smooth out the jowls and lift the cheek.
How Is The Rhytidectomy (Face Lift / Neck Lift) Performed?
There are almost as many methods of Face Lifts and Neck Lifts as there are Plastic Surgeons performing them. Most of them are variations on two basic methods, lifting just the skin or incorporating the deeper layers. There are pluses and minuses to each method, which need to be discussed in detail tailored specifically to your face. However, no matter which technique is selected, even the Mini Face Lift takes longer then the “six finger face lift” described above.
Rhytidectomy (Facelift and Necklift) Consultations
There are many methods of lifting the face. My goal is to provide the best results in the safest and most predictable way possible. I prefer to use the simplest method that will work. For the best results, there needs to be the proper balance between the problem and the solution. A big lift for a small problem can lead to a tight or “over done” appearance. On the other hand, sometimes less is just too little.
Call (925) 943-6353 to schedule a private consultation at my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office in Walnut Creek, CA. You can also send your questions via the contact form in the column.
Facial Plastic Surgery is designed to provide you with a more rested and youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty, or the Eyelid Lift, can do this and more.
Blepharoplasty on KRON 4 Body Beautiful in San Francisco
I recently had the opportunity to discuss Blepharoplasty with Bay Area New Station anchor Janelle Marie. The show, entitled Body Beautiful, aired live on KRON 4 last month. We discussed many of the details of eyelid aging, and how to fix it. The information on the video is supplemented below and on my main web site with more general information. If you are considering eyelid surgery, the best thing to do is visit an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon near you, so that the details are covered too.
Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) Video Presentation
Eyelid Lift Before and After Photos
If you already watched the video, you may have noticed the usual Before and After Pictures were missing. This Body Beautiful show was the last live broadcast from the old San Francisco Van Ness Avenue Studios. Maybe it was the studio ghosts way of saying she’ll miss us, but just before going live, the video editor ate the before and after pictures. You can see them here on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog in my post from earlier this month: All Eyes on You – SF Bay Area Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty), or visit the DrMele.com Plastic Surgery Photo Gallery.
What Happens to the Eyelids?
The Eyelids aging is due to intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The Intrinsic Factors we are born with. For example, the eyelids have the thinest skin on the body, and they move a lot. The amount of fat around the eyes is also genetic. Thicker, elastic skin and the proper amount of eyelid fat, contribute to the appearance of fewer wrinkles and smaller bags.
Extrinsic Factors are the environmental influences that change the appearance of our eyelids. Sun exposure and smoking are two areas over which we have some control. Using sunscreen, hats and moisturizers can protect the eyelid skin, prolong a youthful appearance and prevent skin cancer. Not smoking is good idea for many reasons.
How Blepharoplasty Works
Blepharoplasty is a facial plastic surgery procedure that literally means eyelid changing. Though both the upper and lower eyelids can have excess skin and fat, the most common problems corrected are excess skin of the upper eyelid and bulging fat bags of the lower eyelids. Both these features make us look older and tired.
Upper Eyelid Lifts
The Upper Blepharoplasty can be performed for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Sometimes, insurance will cover upper eyelid surgery when the excess skin is blocking your vision. Each insurance company has its own rules defining what is cosmetic and what is covered, so it is important to check with your insurance before having the surgery if your vision is compromised.
Lower Eyelid Lifts
The Lower Blepharoplasty is used to remove bags from under the eyes. Excess fat and skin are removed, and the eyelid is tightened. Fine lines can also be treated with chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing.
Eyelid Rejuvenation Consultations
As mentioned above, the best, if not the only way to find out if Blepharoplasty is right for you is via an in-person consultation appointment. A brief history and physical examination is necessary to be certain the procedure is appropriate for you. To schedule a private cosmetic eyelid surgery consultation, call (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form in the margin to contact my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office.
This Friday marks the 166th anniversary of Elizabeth Blackwell‘s graduation from Geneva Medical College, now Hobart College. Like many people in the US at the time, Elizabeth was born in England. In 1828, at the age of eleven, she moved from Bristol, Gloucestershire, to the Untied States of America, to escape social unrest.
Plaque on the wall of the childhood home of Elizabeth Blackwell in Bristol, n.1 Wilson Street.
New York City, New York
Samuel Blackwell, Elizabeth’s father, was a sugar refiner who established the Congress Sugar Refinery in New York City. He was also a Congregationalist who believed each child should be given the opportunity for unlimited development of his/her talents and gifts. A sentiment also embodied in his association with Abolitionist leaders including William Lloyd Garrison and Theodore Weld. In 1838, Samuel Blackwell moved his family to Cincinnati, Ohio. The move was planned to salvage his failing business after his sugar refinery caught fire, but also it was fueled by an interest in cultivating sugar beets, an alternative to the slave-labor-intensive sugar cane. Unfortunately, shortly after the move he died, leaving his widow and nine children in debt.
Cincinnati, Ohio to Asheville, North Carolina
Elizabeth Blackwell commemorative bench located on the side of the Wachovia Bank Building on Patton Avenue in Asheville, NC.
Elizabeth and her older sisters, Anna and Marian, established a boarding school, The Cincinnati English and French Academy for Young Ladies, to make ends meet. Her decision to enter Medicine seems arbitrary. She despised everything to do with bodily functions and medical books; additionally, “female physicians” at the time was the name given to doctors who performed abortions. On the other hand, medicine would provide her with the ability to live an unattached life, independent of a man and the chains of matrimony. The added difficulty of overcoming the patriarchal status-quo, likely helped to keep her on her quest for a medical education.
The sisters once again came through. Anna helped Elizabeth get a job in Asheville, North Carolina, teaching music, with goal of saving $3000 for Medical School. She lodged with Reverend John Dickson who allowed her to use the medical books in his library and introduced her to his physician brother, Samuel Henry Dickson. Her initial attempts at obtaining a medical education where obstructed. Most physicians recommended that she either go to Paris to study, or that she take up a disguise as a man to study medicine.
After much perseverance, Elizabeth Blackwell was accepted by the Geneva Medical College class of 1849, literally. The story, as told by Robert H. Curtis, M.D., in Great Lives: Medicine is as follows:
The dean and faculty, usually responsible for evaluating an applicant for matriculation, were not able to make a decision due to the special nature of Blackwell’s case. They put the issue up to vote by the 150 male students of the class with the stipulation that if one student objected, Blackwell would be turned away. The young men thought this request was so ludicrous that they believed it to be a joke, and responding accordingly, voted unanimously to accept her.
People there were surprised when Blackwell actually showed up, and they were not at all welcoming; the acceptance letter was intended as a practical joke. Professors forced her to sit separately at lectures, and she was often excluded from labs. Blackwell, however, did not give up and eventually earned the respect of many professors and fellow students. Between her two years at medical college, Blackwell spent the summer at Blockley Almshouse in Philadelphia where she was given permission to observe the patients and physicians. The physicians, however, did not want her there and were not helpful. In her time at Blockley, she observed the city’s poorest patients, many of whom were suffering from typhus. She wrote her thesis on that disease, which is preventable with proper sanitation.
As described by Stephen Smith in a letter entitled The Medical Co-education of the Sexes, which was published in the New York Church Union newspaper in 1892:
Blackwell had an enormous impact on the class. Her presence turned a group of boisterous young men into well-behaved gentlemen. Whereas before, there was so much confusion and chaos in the lecture hall that the lecture itself was barely audible, with Blackwell’s arrival, the male students sat quietly and listened attentively to lecture.
Not only was Elizabeth Blackwell the first woman to graduate from a U.S. Medical School, she also graduated first in her class.
Bronze statue of Elizabeth Blackwell on the Hobart and William Smith College campus. She was admitted in 1847, after been refused by sixteen medical schools.
Fallout with Florence Nightingale
Elizabeth Blackwell continued her education by taking a midwifery course at La Maternité in Paris. While treating a sick child, she got a serious eye infection which made it necessary to remove her left eye. She was forced to give up her dream to become a surgeon. She never married, but she adopted an Irish orphan named Kitty Barry in 1856 and continued in her quest to help empower women. Great drive can also rub people the wrong way, even those who presumably are on your side. Elizabeth and Florence Nightingale become friends over the year, and discussed opening a hospital together. Their plans, however, fell apart because Florence wanted Elizabeth to train nurses rather than train female physicians.
Remembering Elizabeth Blackwell
Commemorative 1974 18-cent U.S. postage stamp designed by Joseph Stanley Kozlowski. This one resides in the Syracuse University Medical School collection.
Many monuments to Elizabeth Blackwell’s memory have been erected both in the U.S. and in Europe. A few of them are included above. In 1974, Elizabeth Blackwell was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp. Her life is an illustration of how personal perseverance can overcome the sometimes enormous obstacles that are a normal part of life. She is widely accepted as one of the most influential figures in Medicine, and would be happy to learn that women made up the majority of my medical school class of 1989, at the University of California, Davis. Not sure if that was a first, but it was nice change from my undergraduate major of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the U.C. Davis College of Engineering.
On May 31, 1910, Elizabeth Blackwell died in her home in Hastings, Sussex. Her ashes are interned at St. Munn’s Parish Church in Kilmun, Scotland, the place where three years earlier a fall down a flight of stairs left her almost completely mentally and physically disabled.
St. Munn’s Parish Church in Kilmin, Scotland, is the final resting place of Elizabeth Blackwell.
The life story of Elizabeth Blackwell is interesting and well documented. It is a story worth reading for anyone who fights for the ideal that the world should be a fair place. She inspired many women to become physicians, including her younger sister, Emily Blackwell, who became the third woman to graduate from a U.S. Medical School, and the second from Case Western Reserve University.
The Brazilian Butt Lift has come to the SF Bay Area. More patients are requesting that the fat removed with Liposuction be transplanted into their buttocks to provide them with a more shapely contour.
The Brazilian Butt Lift adds volume to the buttocks. Liposuction is used to remove the disproportionate fat from the lower back, and then the fat is transplanted into the buttocks to form more shapely buttocks.
What is the Brazilian Butt Lift?
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that is used to restore volume to the buttocks. Whether you never had full buttocks, or if that fullness has been lost, the Brazilian Butt Lift is a way to pump your booty up.
The procedure can be performed with any Tumescent Liposuction. The first step is to obtain the fat for grafting. Tumescent Liposuction is performed on an area of your body that is disproportionate. After the fat cells are collected, they are transplanted into the buttocks. The cells can be selectively injected to enhance the desired contours.
Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After Pictures
Liposculpture was used to contour and remove excess fat above and below the buttocks. The fat was then grafted into the buttocks to provide additional fullness in the desired areas.
The combination of removing the disproportionate fat and augmenting areas of buttocks atrophy, can achieve dramatic changes in contour. The combination of Liposculpture above and below the buttocks, and the Brazilian Butt Lift to provide Buttocks Augmentation, creates a more feminine shape, as seen in the Before and After Pictures above.
Brazilian Butt Lift Consultation
If you are considering a Brazilian Butt Lift, a consultation appointment is necessary to determine if you are a good candidate and what you can expect from the procedure. Call (925) 943-6353 today, and schedule your personal consultation appointment. You can also send a question to us via the contact form in the margin.
These Mommy Makeover before and after photos display the most popular combination of belly and breast enhancement: The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) with Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants).
What’s a Mommy Makeover?
A Mommy Makeover is any combination of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures that restore what pregnancy takes away: perky breasts and a flat belly. Pregnancy can be hard on the breasts and the belly, so the most common combination for a Mommy Makeover is Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck. This combination of procedures is also useful after massive weight loss, which also often leaves women and men with deflated sagging breasts and a loose stretched-out tummy.
Other Mommy Makeover Combinations – Upper Half
Another Mommy Makeover is the Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift. If you are happy with your breast size, but not the shape, sagging or looseness, a Breast Lift may be all that is needed.
Breast Implants are not always necessary for a Mommy Makeover. If your breasts are a good size, but have dropped, a Breast Lift may be enough to restore your Breast Aesthetics and Body Confidence. There are many options for your Breast Lift, or Mastopexy. If the breasts have dropped and volume is missing, a combination of Breast Lift and Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mastopexy) is utilized.
Other Mommy Makeover Combinations – Lower Half
With severe muscle laxity, diet, exercise, even Liposuction is futile. The Tummy Tuck is the only way to fix this. Lesser problems, on the other hand, may improve with smaller procedures.
The Tummy Tuck repairs skin laxity, lower abdominal disproportionate fat, and it is the only procedure that effectively tightens the abdominal muscles. For the belly above, muscle laxity is the primary problem, so only a Full Tummy Tuck can provide the optimal result. It works like an internal corset to flatten the tummy.
Sometimes, a smaller procedure is enough. If you only have disproportionate fat, and have maintained good skin and muscle tone, Liposuction may be a better option with a shorter recovery and lower cost. If your muscle and skin laxity is confined to the area below the belly button, a Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini Abdominoplasty) may be enough to achieve the desired look.
Schedule Your Mommy Makeover Consultation
Mommy Makeovers are as unique as mommies, so the best way to learn your options is during a personalized consultation appointment with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. To schedule a private consultation appointment in our San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office call (925) 943-6353, or ask a question via the contact form in the left margin of the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog.
Media is buzzing about the Selfie leading to more Plastic Surgery. It is no secret that Selfies and FaceTime allow us to view ourselves and our faces in a new way. Perhaps we are seeing ourselves a little more often because of video chat services like FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts. On the other hand, mirrors, photographs and video have been around much longer. The ability to compare past and present in visual form has often provided the motivation for self improvement, and portable video chat technology is yet another way for us to see how we look to others.
Are Selfies and FaceTime driving a surge in Facelifts?
Physiognomy (from the Gk. physis meaning “nature” and gnomon meaning “judge” or “interpreter”) is the assessment of a person’s character or personality from his or her outer appearance, especially the face. Physiognomy is a double edged sword. It is part of forming a first impression when we meet someone new. It is a starting point that helps us to interpret whether someone is friend or foe. Study after study shows that initially we prefer attractive faces. This is not a learned behavior and can be demonstrated in infants as young as 6 months of age. While Physiognomy becomes less important for relationships after we get to know someone, it is an initial metric that is undeniably inherent in being human.
Facelifts and Job Opportunities
Studies of job interviews show that all other variables being equal, attractive people are more likely to get the job and to get the promotion. Attractive sales people are more likely to make the sale. Many of my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery patients mention the desire to maintain a successful career as part of the reason for getting Plastic Surgery. One of the more popular procedures as we get older is the Facelift or Rhytidectomy.
What Does the Face Lift Do?
Facelifts can reverse signs of aging and remove lines associated with worry, fatigue and even anger.
The Facelift is unique in that it can reverse signs associated with aging and diminish facial animation lines associated with fatigue, disinterest, anger or worry.
Face Lift or Neck Lift?
Neck Lifts and Face Lifts both treat the neck. The procedures are very similar, and they are usually performed together, so really you don’t have to choose between the two. The difference in the names is more an indication of where the emphasis is placed, rather than a difference in techniques. Below is a view of the face not usually seen on FaceTime or in a Selfie, but is often seen in the photographs patients bring in as an illustration of what they want fixed. Often, pre-Facelift and pre-Rhinoplasty patients will purposefully avoid profile pictures until after their procedures.
Before and After Neck Lift as seen from the side. Loose skin under the chin is removed and the angle between the neck and chin is improved. Facelifts also improve jowls, clean-up the jawline and reduce the loose skin that accumulates around the mouth and sides of the nose as we age.
Facial Rejuvenation Consultation
When considering a Face Lift, Neck Lift, Mini Facelift or any other Facial Plastic Surgery, be certain to get the advice of an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. We Board Certified Plastic Surgeons dedicate our professional lives to learning and refining the techniques specific to Facial Rejuvenation and applying these techniques uniquely for each of our patients, and it’s a great job to have.
During your personal Face Lift Consultation, you can expect a frank discussion of not just the risks and benefits of the procedure, but more importantly the options available to correct the aspects of your appearance that you would like to see improved.
To schedule your private consultation, call (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form in the margin.