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Rhinoplasty - Nose Job

Achieving the perfect nose isn’t a privilege of the wealthy. The rhinoplasty cost in Turkey allows the wider public to get operated in world-class facilities, with all travel arrangements covered, including a private driver in Istanbul.

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Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as nose surgery, is an operation that improves the proportion and look of the nose. The plastic surgeons at our clinics employ the most up-to-date methods and tools to produce outcomes that are both natural-looking and enhance the nose's overall balance, size, and shape. Additionally, this technique can aid in resolving nose-related respiratory issues.

A nose job in Turkey is the most accessible choice for an impecable surgery performed by highly experienced surgeons, allowing you to attain your ideal nose while saving 70% of your money.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures for patients of all ages, genders and ethnicities. There are very good reasons for its popularity. The nose is one of the most prominent physical features on the face, and it also plays a significant role in defining the overall facial aesthetic. Nose reshaping surgery can dramatically improve the shape, size and symmetry of the nose, as well as the balance and harmony of the entire face. However, not everyone is interested in or is a candidate for surgical correction.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty offers an alternative, also called the “15-minute nose job” or liquid rhinoplasty. This minimally invasive approach can improve the appearance of your nose and overall facial symmetry in less than thirty minutes, by using injectable dermal fillers.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty, please contact with us to request a consultation.

Rhinoplasty can be performed for two main reasons: cosmetic or functional. Results can be beneficial through a double action:

1. Breathing Quality: rhinoplasty  is often performed to address issues such as breathing shortages or sleep apnea, through a specific procedure known as setoplasty or septorhinoplasty in Turkey.

2. Facial Harmony: Nasal reshaping surgery is also performed for aesthetic reasons, its goal is then to harmonise facial features by naturally remodeling its central, focal point: the nose.

The nose is located in the center of the face and is one of the most striking organs on the face. The nose significantly affects the aesthetic appearance in proportion to the other structures on the face. If the individual finds one or more of the following problems with the shape of the nose disturbing, they may be inclined to consider surgery:

Arched nose

Curved nose

Sagging of the tip of the nose

Long nose tip

Wide and large nose tip

Narrow nose

Flattened nose tip

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Women over the age of 16 and men over the age of 18 are suitable candidates for rhinoplasty surgery.

As a result of preoperative evaluations, suitable candidates for rhinoplasty are determined. Suitable candidates are as follows:

Individuals without health problems.

Individuals with nasal deformity.

Individuals who are psychologically affected by nasal deformity.

Rhinoplasty candidates with realistic expectations.

Individuals 18 years of age and older.

Individuals without psychological problems.

These criteria constitute the basic criteria in determining the individuals who are suitable for rhinoplasty surgery.

Due to its surgical and travel implications, rhinoplasty is not suitable for everyone.

After careful examination, surgeons may refuse to operate you. This is for your own personal safety. Refusal criteria may include any of the following:

You take certain medications (ex: certain anti-depressants)

You suffer from a chronic illness (ex: heart disease)

You are under severe psychological stress

Your nose development is incomplete

If any of these apply to you, you may still get operated under certain circumstances. We will inform you about all requisites in great detail upon examination.

What are the Types of Rhinoplasty?

Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to improve the shape and appearance of the nose. It is one of the most commonly applied methods in rhinoplasty and usually includes aesthetic improvements such as correction of the nasal arch and nasal tip reshaping.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty refers to a second surgery performed for patients who are unhappy with the results of a previous rhinoplasty surgery or are experiencing problems. It is performed to correct aesthetic or functional problems that arose after the first surgery.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a type of rhinoplasty that includes aesthetic corrections suitable for the nasal structures of individuals with different ethnic origins. This method aims to achieve the desired aesthetic results while preserving the ethnic characteristics of the patient.

Ultrasonic (Piezo) Rhinoplasty

Ultrasonic rhinoplasty is a modern rhinoplasty technique using ultrasonic instruments that allow the surgeon to precisely shape the bones. It can provide less trauma and swelling compared to traditional methods.

Turbinate Reduction Surgery

Turbinate reduction surgery is a type of surgery that involves the reduction of flesh-like structures in the nose. This procedure aims to provide a solution to nasal congestion and breathing problems.

Tipplasty (nose tip surgery)

Tipplasty is a type of rhinoplasty that involves aesthetic corrections on the tip of the nose. It can be applied to correct the shape, size or symmetry of the tip of the nose.

Bulbous Nose Rhinoplasty

Bulbous nose rhinoplasty involves aesthetic corrections for patients with a wide or rounded nasal tip. The tip of the nose is thinned and the overall nasal aesthetics are improved.

Droopy Tip Rhinoplasty

Droopy type rhinoplasty is a surgical intervention to correct a drooping nasal tip. It is used to lift the tip of the nose and provide a more aesthetic profile.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is an aesthetic procedure performed to improve the appearance of the nose through non-surgical methods, usually using fillers or botox.

Bulbous Nose Tip without Surgery

Bulbous nose tip without surgery refers to alternative treatment methods to correct the problem of a wide or rounded nasal tip without surgical intervention.

How is Nose Surgery Performed in Turkey?

During rhinoplasty surgery at our hospitals and clinics, the plastic surgeon makes thin incisions in the nose to access the nasal bones and cartilage. These incisions are usually designed to be invisible after surgery. Depending on each patient’s wishes and appearance goals, the surgeon may remove some bone or cartilage or add additional tissue. Once the surgeon has completed the bone and cartilage arrangements, the skin and tissue are closed to reshape the nasal structure.

After the operation, a splint is placed outside the nose to support the new nasal shape. A nasal tampon may be used internally to provide additional support. At our hospitals and clinics, rhinoplasty is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, although in some cases patients may need to stay overnight. Whether the operation is performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia depends on the patient’s unique situation and the surgeon’s discretion.

The Techniques Used in Nose Surgery

What is an Open Rhinoplasty?

An open rhinoplasty is performed in nose reshaping to improve the appearance and function of the nose. It is called “open” technique because it involves making an incision on the outside of the nose between the nostrils (columella) to access the underlying nasal structures.

Advantages: the “open technique” allows greater visibility to the surgeon, allowing for more precise and accurate alterations.

Disadvantages: this surgery will require a longer recovery time and scars will be initially more visible

What is a Closed Rhinoplasty ?

A closed rhinoplasty also known as endonasal rhinoplasty, is used to improve the appearance and function of the nose. It is a “closed” technique because incisions are made inside the nose, without any external cuts. This technique is typically used for minor to moderate changes and does not require the same level of exposure as an open rhinoplasty.

Advantages: it typically results in less swelling, bruising and faster recovery than an open rhinoplasty.

Disadvantages: it may be more difficult for the surgeon to access the nasal structures, making it more challenging to achieve certain types of changes.

What should you consider before and after rhinoplasty?

Before rhinoplasty

For cosmetic operations, the patient's age, physical characteristics, expectations, anatomical structure and current health status must be evaluated in detail. A special operational plan must be created for each patient.

Rhinoplasty operations should be carried out by specialized plastic surgeons, capable of correcting the aesthetic appearance of the nose and at the same time repairing its functional structure.

Before the operation, it is important that the patient informs the surgeon and anesthesiologist in detail about their current medications, general health and history. In addition, any upper respiratory infections, fever, cough, sore throat, abdominal pain, flu, cold or herpes should be reported to the doctor before the operation.

The use of anticoagulants, herbal teas, fish oil, etc. should be stopped before the operation and special herbal cures should be avoided.

Since smoking can interfere with the healing process, it is recommended to limit smoking for 2 to 3 weeks before surgery.

After rhinoplasty

After rhinoplasty, it is important to support the head and sleep in an upright position to reduce the risk of developing edema.

It is important to eat and sleep regularly to speed up the healing process. Strenuous activities and those that require bending should be avoided for at least three weeks.

Wearing glasses is not recommended for the first 4 to 6 weeks. Additionally, direct exposure to the sun should be avoided and the use of a high-factor sunscreen or protective hat is recommended.

Swimming in the sea, swimming pool and sauna should be avoided for the first 4 to 5 weeks. Alcohol and smoking should be avoided after surgery, as these habits can interfere with the healing of stitches and prevent tissue regeneration.

Avoiding blowing in the first few weeks will also have a positive effect on the healing process of the stitches.

Why should I have rhinoplasty in Türkiye?

Opting for rhinoplasty in Türkiye has several advantages. The country has established itself as a leading destination for medical tourism, offering high-quality cosmetic procedures at a fraction of the cost in many Western countries. Renowned for its qualified and experienced plastic surgeons, modern medical facilities and adherence to international standards, Turkey guarantees a safe and effective rhinoplasty experience. Beyond medical considerations, the ability to combine the procedure with exploring Turkey's rich culture and picturesque landscapes adds a unique dimension to the overall experience. With its affordability, expertise and prime location, Turkey has become a popular choice for people seeking quality rhinoplasty.

Travel Experience of Rhinoplasty in Turkey 


The first step is to schedule an online consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. This allows the surgeon to assess your needs and goals and answer any questions you may have.

2-Arrival in Turkey

Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by your private driver. He will take you to your hotel and provide you with information.

3 - Pre-operative Evaluation

Before the procedure, you will be evaluated with your surgeon to discuss goals and review your main health signs. Your surgeon will also take photographs and measurements of your nose to help plan the procedure.


Surgery will be performed in a modern surgical facility. The procedure typically takes 1-3 hours, depending on the complexity.


After surgery, you will wake up in a recovery room and will be closely monitored by medical staff. You will typically stay in the hospital for 2 nights.

6 - Post-op Care

During the recovery period, you will have regular check-ups with your nurses at the hospital and hotel. They will provide all necessary care and instructions, including medication, hygiene & recommendations.

7 - Return Home

After a final check-up with your surgeon, you will be free to return home. We will drive you to the airport and assist you for the last good bye!

Otoplasty - Ear Aesthetics

Ear surgery, sometimes referred to as otoplasty, is a procedure that can make the ears look better. Large or prominent ears, malformed ears, and ears that protrude too far from the skull can all be treated by the plastic surgeons at our hospitals and clinics. Additionally, this surgery may aid in enhancing the face's overall proportion and balance.

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Otoplasty creates a more natural shape while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem. If protruding or disfigured ears bother you or your child, you may consider plastic surgery.

What is otoplasty?

Otoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that alters the shape, size, and/or position of the ears with a customized surgical plan. Most otoplasties involve incisions placed behind the ears to sculpt the cartilage, reposition the ears closer to the head, or reduce their size. Ear pinning is a type of otoplasty surgery.

What does otoplasty treat?

Ear surgery is used to correct a variety of ear conditions, such as:

Large or prominent ears

Protruding ears on one or both sides

Previous ear surgery correction

Ear shape irregularities due to trauma or injury

Good candidates

To be a suitable candidate for otoplasty, you must be a non-smoker in good health who is motivated to correct the contours of the ear and has realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. Children can undergo otoplasty from the age of five. a non-smoker in good health who is motivated to correct the contours of the ear, with realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. Children can undergo otoplasty from the age of five.

The otoplasty procedure

Before otoplasty, you will be administered anesthesia to keep you comfortable during surgery—either local, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will create incisions in the back of the ears, reshape the cartilage, reposition ears closer to the head, and close incisions with sutures. In some cases, your surgeon may make incisions in the front of the ears, but these are typically made within the folds to hide any scars.

Key Benefits
Improved shape, position, or proportion of the ears
Restore ear symmetry
Enhanced facial harmony and balance
Boost self-confidence
Long-lasting and immediate results

Consultation for otoplasty

During your consultation, expect your surgeon to evaluate your health and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors you have. They will physically examine your ears and will likely take photographs for your medical records. You will have the chance to ask about your options, look at before and after images of the surgeon’s other patients, and learn what your surgeon recommends to help you achieve the goals you have for your appearance. This conversation should also cover likely outcomes and potential risks so that you can make an informed decision about proceeding with surgery.

Preparing for your ear surgery

Expect your surgeon to provide detailed pre-operative instructions, with a thorough explanation of recovery restrictions. You may need to stop taking certain medications or adjust your current medications before surgery, and refrain from smoking or using any nicotine products, which can interfere with the healing process. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery unless your surgeon tells you otherwise.

Risks and potential complications of otoplasty

There are risks associated with ear pinning surgery, just as there are with any cosmetic procedure. Risks include infection, bleeding, asymmetries, visible scarring, or changes in skin sensation.

Recovery and results

Your ears will be bandaged for protection and support after surgery. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for your ears, which medications to apply topically or take orally, and when to follow up. A soft headband or a dressing may need to be worn for a few weeks to keep your ears in their new position.
You will likely experience some discomfort, but this can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It’s essential to keep your head elevated as much as possible to minimize swelling. Closely follow your surgeon’s instructions as far as restrictions on contact sports, heavy lifting, and strenuous activities. Avoid any activities that could result in trauma to the ears.

The results of otoplasty are typically long-lasting. Incisions for otoplasty are usually made behind the ears or within the natural creases of the ears, making them virtually invisible over time, as any visible scarring will fade to blend in with the surrounding skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have otoplasty on just one ear?

Yes, it’s possible to have otoplasty on just one ear if that ear is protruding significantly more or if it has a different shape compared to the other. The aim is always to create balance and symmetry, so the surgeon will evaluate your individual case and suggest the best approach.

Is otoplasty covered by insurance?

Coverage for otoplasty depends on your health insurance provider and your specific procedure plan. In general, if the surgery is considered cosmetic — that is, performed to enhance appearance — it’s less likely to be covered. However, if the procedure is deemed medically necessary, such as when the shape or position of the ears causes physical discomfort or hearing issues, insurance may cover it. Always check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered under your plan.

What is the ideal age for otoplasty?

Otoplasty can be performed on patients of almost any age, but it’s most commonly done on children between the ages of 5 and 14. By age 5, the ear is usually close to its adult size, and having the procedure at a young age can potentially prevent school-age teasing. However, many adults also undergo otoplasty, and there is no upper age limit for the procedure.

Can I drive home after surgery?

No, you should not plan on driving yourself home after an otoplasty. You will have been under anesthesia, and it may take several hours for its effects to wear off. You’ll need a friend, family member, or other trusted person to take you home.

Is otoplasty considered to be a minor surgery?

Otoplasty is often considered minor compared to more invasive procedures, but any surgery carries potential risks and should be taken seriously. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day, and the recovery process is usually straightforward.

Is otoplasty the same as ear pinning?

Yes, otoplasty is often referred to as “ear pinning.” However, while the procedure can aim to bring the ears closer to the head, it can also involve reshaping the ears or reducing their size.

How do you sleep after otoplasty?

After otoplasty, you will likely need to sleep on your back with your head elevated (avoid placing pressure on your ears). This helps to minimize swelling. Some doctors may suggest using a travel or neck pillow to help keep your head in proper position.

Does otoplasty look unnatural?

A well-performed otoplasty should result in a natural look. The aim of the procedure is to achieve a balance and proportion with your other facial features. However, the outcome can depend on the skill and experience of the surgeon, so be sure to choose a reputable professional for your procedure.

Will my ears stick out again after otoplasty?

It’s very uncommon for ears to return to their pre-surgery position after otoplasty. However, in some rare cases, this might occur due to the natural elasticity of ear cartilage, especially if aftercare instructions are not followed properly. Discuss any concerns with your surgeon to ensure you understand the procedure and its aftercare thoroughly.

How long after otoplasty can you wear earrings?

The timeline can vary, but generally, you should wait until your ears are completely healed before wearing earrings again. This usually takes at least 6 weeks. It’s crucial to avoid any potential sources of infection while your ears are healing, so be sure to keep them clean and avoid earrings or contact with other foreign objects. Always consult your surgeon for advice tailored to your specific case.

The facelift is a well-established procedure for addressing the most visible signs of aging. In the hands of certified facial cosmetic surgeon who customizes result with advanced techniques, this cosmetic surgery can turn back the hands of time 10+ years. Learn the details, plus how to choose an expert surgeon, below.

What is a facelift?

Facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that smoothes wrinkles and lifts sagging skin in the cheeks and mid-face, along the jawline, and through the neck. A facelift restores a youthfully contoured jawline, lifts the jowls, and reduces the appearance of creases in the neck. Facelift results may be enhanced by combining the operation with upper face rejuvenation procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid lift, or techniques to amplify and refine results, like fat grafting or a lip lift.

Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

Good candidates for facelift surgery are individuals in good overall health, at a stable weight, who wish to address visible signs of aging on their face and neck. Concerns you have may include jowls, deep naso-labial folds, neck lines, a “double chin,” and sunken cheeks. 

You should also have realistic expectations for the potential aesthetic outcome of the surgery. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon to determine if a facelift is a suitable option for you at this time.

Types of facelifts

There are several facelift techniques, each addressing specific concerns:

Traditional facelift: Also known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) technique, this addresses aging in the mid and lower face.

Deep plane facelift: Targets deeper facial tissues (i.e. ligaments) and provides more natural looking results that may be more durable over time.

Mid-facelift: Focuses on the cheeks and midface, lifting sagging skin and restoring volume.

Mini facelift: A less invasive option, best suited for patients with early signs of aging, involving smaller incisions and shorter recovery time.

Other techniques, such as the “ponytail facelift,” are typically variations on these established facelift techniques. Your cosmetic surgeon will recommend the most appropriate approach based on your goals and individual needs.

The facelift consultation

During your facelift consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will:

Review your medical history

Evaluate your facial structure and skin quality

Discuss your goals and expectations

Recommend the appropriate facelift technique

Explain the procedure, recovery, benefits, and potential risks

The consultation is not simply a formality, but is an important meeting with your surgeon; take the opportunity to ask questions and ensure you feel comfortable with your surgeon and the proposed treatment plan. You may choose to bring “wish pics” and a list of questions to the consultation. Look for an experienced surgeon who patiently answers questions and helps you feel at ease.

Preparing for facelift surgery
To prepare for your facelift, follow your surgeon’s instructions, which may include:

Quitting smoking several weeks before surgery
Avoiding certain medications and supplements that act as blood thinners
Arranging for someone to drive you home and assist with post-operative care
Preparing your post-operative recovery space, including supportive pillows that allow you to sleep with your head elevated
Filling prescriptions for medications you will take during recovery

The Facelift Procedure

Facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, and an anesthesiologist should be present to monitor your anesthesia. Here are the primary steps that happen during surgery:

1. Administering general anesthesia (or local, depending on the patient and the treatment plan)

2. Creating the incision based on the chosen facelift technique

3. Lifting and tightening facial tissues

4. Removing excess skin

5. Repositioning fat for improved contours

6. Closing incisions with sutures

Key Benefits

Removes sagging skin (skin laxity)
Softens deep wrinkles and folds (rhytids) in the lower face and neck
Minimizes sagging jowls
Enhances jawline definition
Smoothes crepe-like neck skin
Reduces submental fullness (below the chin)
Restores facial volume
Creates an overall more youthful appearance

Facelift Recovery

After facelift surgery, you will likely experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Your surgeon will provide pain medication and instructions for managing these symptoms. Key aspects of the recovery process include:

Wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling
Keeping your head elevated, even during sleep
Avoiding strenuous activity for several weeks
Following a gentle skincare routine
Attending follow-up appointments to monitor healing

You will need to rest for the first few days as the side effects of anesthesia wear off, but most patients can return to work and social activities within two to three weeks. Full recovery can take several weeks, and it’s essential to follow your surgeon’s advice and allow your body adequate time to heal. You will be asked to avoid vigorous workouts or strenuous activities for up to six weeks; your surgeon will guide you back to normal and answer questions about recovery during post-operative visits.

While you may notice immediate improvements, final results will become more apparent as swelling and bruising subside. Facelift surgery can create a more youthful, refreshed appearance that lasts for many years. To maintain your results, practice good skincare habits, protect your skin from the sun, and consider non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers for ongoing facial rejuvenation.

Potential risks and complications

As with any surgical procedure, facelift surgery carries some risks. These may include:
Nerve injury
Asymmetrical results
Anesthesia-related complications

Combining rhytidectomy with other procedures

To achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation and maintain results, some patients choose to combine facelift surgery with other procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. These additional surgeries or treatments can often enhance the overall outcome, delivering a more harmonious look:

Fat transfer to the face

Fat transfer involves the careful harvesting of fat cells from another area of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, which are then meticulously processed and injected into areas of the face that have lost volume over time. When combined with a facelift, this procedure can enhance the lifting and tightening effect by restoring natural-looking, youthful facial fullness.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)

An eye lift addresses drooping upper and/or lower eyelids (eyelid ptosis). An upper eyelid lift involves removing excess skin and fat through an incision placed along the natural crease of the lid; a lower eyelid lift removes skin and fat through an incision hidden within the lower eyelid. This procedure can result in a more alert, rested appearance that complements the anti-aging results of a facelift.

Brow lift

A brow lift raises heavy, sagging brows and reduces forehead wrinkles. It can also minimize frown lines that appear above the nose or between the eyebrows. By combining a brow lift with a facelift, your cosmetic surgeon can address signs of aging in both the upper and lower face, which may help to create a more seamless outcome.

Neck lift

A neck lift, also known as platysmaplasty, is frequently performed as part of a facelift, since signs of aging typically develop in the lower face and the neck concurrently. A neck lift tightens the neck muscles and removes excess skin and fat from the neck and below the chin to create a smoother, firmer neck contour. Neck liposuction could also be used to contour the neck and complement the effects of a facelift.

Laser skin resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a non-surgical procedure that uses concentrated beams of light to promote collagen production. In turn, it reduces fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. While a facelift removes excess tissue and creates a firm foundation, it cannot improve the surface texture of crepe-like skin or treat discoloration and sun damage; laser treatment enhances the results of a facelift by providing a smoother, more even skin texture and tone.

Dermal fillers

Non-surgical dermal fillers, which are injected beneath the skin, can be used to add volume to areas of the face that may have lost fullness over time, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of recessed scars. Dermal fillers may also be used to increase volume in areas such as the lips or cheeks for a more sculpted appearance. 

When used in conjunction with a facelift, dermal fillers can provide a more comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. While fat transfer to the face offers a long-lasting solution to facial volume loss, some patients may prefer dermal fillers because they are temporary, which allows patients to “try out” the look of facial volume restoration before committing long-term (depending on the formula, fillers last for about 6 months up to a year or longer).

Any procedure combination should be carefully selected based on your goals and candidacy for the procedure during your cosmetic surgery consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time should I take off work?

The recovery time following a facelift procedure varies from person to person, but generally, most patients feel comfortable returning to work around one to two weeks after surgery. Some bruising and swelling may still be present at this stage, so if you’re concerned about others noticing, you might want to take a bit more time off. Your surgeon can provide a personalized timeline based on your specific procedure and the nature of your job.

Where will my scars be?

The incisions for a facelift are typically made in areas where the resulting scars can be easily concealed in natural facial contours and by your hairline. This usually includes the area in front of and behind the ears, extending into the hairline, as well as potentially beneath the chin. The exact placement of incisions can vary depending on the specifics of your surgery.

How do I minimize postoperative scarring?

There are several steps you can take to minimize scarring after your procedure: protect healing incisions from sun exposure with sunscreen and physical cover, follow your surgeon’s instructions for limiting physical activity and movement during recovery, get proper nutrition, and treat healed scars with topical sheets or gels intended to help them diminish more quickly.

What if I lose weight after surgery?

Significant weight loss after a facelift can affect your results, as it will change the shape and contour of your face, and you may experience some sagging or laxity in the skin. Most facial cosmetic surgeons recommend that you reach a stable, easy-to-maintain weight before undergoing a facelift for this reason. Still, if you lose weight after your facelift, non-surgical treatments or a secondary procedure (revision) could be appropriate to help maintain your rejuvenated appearance.

What is the best age for a facelift?

There is no “best age” for a facelift; the right time for you based on your individual needs and goals is likely to be different from that of another person. Generally speaking, patients in their 40s to 70s make up the majority of facelift patients, but the procedure can be a good fit when you are younger or older.

Can I get a facelift without surgery?

Non-surgical alternatives to facelifts, such as dermal fillers, laser treatments, and thread lifts,can provide temporary facial rejuvenation. However, these options cannot achieve the same level of lifting and tightening as a surgical facelift, and the results will not be as long-lasting.

Aging, genetics, and environmental factors may all contribute to visible signs of aging in the neck area. Performed by experienced ,certified facial cosmetic surgeons,a neck lift can yield very natural-looking results, even when significant signs of neck aging are present.

In this guide, we will explore the neck lift procedure, its benefits and risks, and what you can expect throughout the surgical process.

What is a neck lift?

A neck lift, sometimes called a platysmaplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that contours the neck and jawline. During a neck lift, your facial cosmetic surgeon removes excess skin, tightens the underlying muscles, and removes fat deposits as needed. The procedure can address various concerns, including:
Sagging skin or loose skin in the neck area
Excess fat under the chin (double chin)
Vertical neck bands
Wrinkles and fine lines

By addressing these concerns, a neck lift can create a more defined and youthful neckline and jawline, enhancing your overall facial appearance and. Neck lifts are often performed in combination with a facelift for comprehensive and natural-looking results. 

Am I a good candidate for a neck lift?
Ideal candidates for a neck lift are individuals who:

Are bothered by the appearance of their neck due to sagging skin, excess fat, or visible signs of aging
Have talked with a cosmetic surgeon to develop realistic expectations about the results of the surgery, including its limits
Are in good overall health
Do not smoke (or are willing to quit smoking before the procedure and throughout recovery)

During your consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will evaluate your concerns, go over your full medical history and any medications you take, and ask you about your goals to determine if a neck lift is the ideal option for you at this time.

Whether you choose a surgical or non-surgical option, it is important to work with an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon to minimize risks. 

Types of neck lift procedures

There are several techniques that a cosmetic surgeon may employ when they are performing what we call a “neck lift.” Depending on your unique concerns and your goals for your appearance, these may include:


Cervicoplasty is a technique that involves removing excess skin from the neck through incisions placed behind the ears and/or under the chin. Skin is re-draped and the remaining skin is sutured for a smoother, more youthful appearance.


Platysmaplasty is a technique that tightens the underlying neck muscles (the platysma) through small incisions placed under the chin and/or behind the ears. This allows your cosmetic surgeon to tighten the platysma muscle in order to create a smoother, more defined neck contour.


If excess fat is a concern,liposuction may be performed as part of your neck lift. The surgeon inserts a small cannula (tube) through a tiny incision and suctions out the unwanted fat cells. Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other neck lift techniques to achieve optimal results.

Key Benefits

Creates a well-defined jawline
Smoothes sagging or crepe-like skin
Tightens the muscles and skin of the neck for a firm contour
Addresses a “double chin” or “turkey neck”

Combination procedures

In some cases, a neck lift may be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery to achieve more comprehensive results. Even less invasive treatments like neuromodulators , which temper muscle movement, and dermal fillers, which add volume beneath the skin, may be strategically placed to enhance results and slow the development of further signs of aging. Your cosmetic surgeon will ask about your specific needs and goals to recommend the appropriate combination of procedures during your consultation.

Preparing for your neck lift surgery

For a successful neck lift procedure and a smooth recovery, prepare yourself and follow your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions, which may include:
Quitting smoking at least six weeks before the surgery
Avoiding certain medications and supplements that can increase bleeding risk
Arranging for a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery

Risks and complications

Like any surgical procedure, neck lift surgery carries some risks and potential complications. These can include bleeding, infection, swelling, bruising, scarring, and nerve damage. However, serious complications are rare, especially when the procedure is performed by an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss the risks and potential complications with you in detail, and help you make an informed decision about whether neck lift surgery is the right choice for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recovery time for neck lift?

Most patients return to work within two weeks of surgery, although full recovery takes about 6 weeks before you can return to rigorous exercise or strenuous tasks. Swelling will continue to go down and your results will improve even after the 6-week mark. Your surgeon will go over your expected recovery time in detail based on your personal surgical case and the extent of the surgery.

Can a neck lift be combined with other cosmetic surgeries?

Yes, a neck lift can be performed at the same time as other facial rejuvenation procedures. The most common combination is a lower facelift, but brow lift, eyelid surgery, or even laser skin resurfacing are also complementary combinations that may help certain patients see desired results. Talk with your cosmetic surgeon about the appropriate combination to meet your goals and whether or not they can be safely performed at once under a single period of anesthesia.

Are there non-surgical alternatives?

There are several neck rejuvenation procedures that may improve signs of aging in the neck temporarily; however, these are not as long-lasting as a neck lift, nor are the results comparable to that of the neck lift and/or liposuction.

What are the potential risks and complications associated with a neck lift?

Surgical complications and risks include nerve damage, scarring, bleeding, and infection. Swelling and bruising are common side effects after surgery. Choose an experienced, specialty-trained facial cosmetic surgeon to minimize risks and serious complications.Certified surgeons operate in accredited, well-equipped facilities and use modern techniques that are research-backed to help minimize risks and keep you safe.

What do neck lift scars look like?

Incisions for a neck lift are placed in discreet locations, concealed by the natural contours of your ears, chin, and your hairline. They will likely appear pink and raised at first, but will gradually fade to be very close to your skin tone with proper care. Incision placement helps to minimize visible scarring, and following your surgeon’s after care instructions for activity restrictions and wound care will help to ensure proper healing and minimal scarring. Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice any irregularities with your incisions, as a healthy healing process is key to achieving a minimal scar appearance.

How long do the results last?

The results of a neck lift are considered to be quite long-lasting, as the procedure “resets” the clock so that you continue to appear younger for years to come, despite the continued aging process. Maintain your results with a healthy lifestyle, sun protection, and a physician-grade skin care regimen.

Is the neck lift procedure painful?

A neck lift is most often performed under general anesthesia or sedation anesthesia so that you will not feel any pain during surgery. However, post-operative discomfort must be managed with pain medication. Your surgeon will go over your pain management protocol to ensure that you remain as comfortable as possible throughout recovery.

Will health insurance cover a neck lift procedure?

No, health insurance does not typically offer coverage for neck lifts, as this procedure is considered to be an elective cosmetic surgery.

What is the difference between a lower facelift and a neck lift?

A lower facelift and a neck lift are both cosmetic surgical procedures designed to rejuvenate areas of the face and neck, yet they target differing regions and address distinct concerns. 

A lower facelift addresses the lower third of the face, aiming to improve the appearance of jowls, reduce deep lines around the mouth (such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines), and uplift the corners of the mouth. The procedure essentially tightens the facial muscles and skin giving a more youthful and refreshed look to the lower part of the face.

On the other hand, a neck lift solely targets the neck and submental area to soften the appearance of “turkey neck,” reduce excess fat under the chin (a “double chin”), and address vertical banding that tends to occur as a result of aging or weight loss. The goal is to achieve a smoother, firmer, and more defined neck and jawline. 

While these two procedures are distinct, they are frequently performed together for a natural-looking result that addresses all highly visible signs of aging in the lower face and neck. In fact, the term “facelift” is often used to reference a lower face and neck lift. Talk with your cosmetic surgeon for a physical exam and personalized advice about which procedure, or combination of procedures, is well-suited to meet your goals for your face.

What can I do to ensure a smooth recovery after a neck lift?

To ensure a smooth recovery, it’s crucial to follow all of your surgeon’s post-operative instructions. This may include wound care instructions, medications to take, activities to avoid, and signs of complications to watch for. It’s also essential to keep all follow-up appointments with your surgeon.

Chin Augmentation - Genioplasty

When it comes to facial aesthetics, a well-defined chin helps to create balance and harmony, while a chin that is weak or receding can disturb the symmetry of the face, making the nose appear larger or the neck and submental area (below the chin) ill-defined.

Chin augmentation, also known as genioplasty, is a highly customizable procedure that can enhance your chin’s size and shape to reach your ideal facial proportions.       

What is chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation involves the use of either a chin implant or injectable dermal fillers to enhance the projection, shape, and contour of the chin. This procedure is often chosen by patients hoping to have more balanced facial features.

Chin implant Alloplastic chin implants are typically made of sturdy, biologically compatible materials such as silicone. Today’s chin implants are slightly longer than your chin and extend slightly into the jawline area. When a facial cosmetic surgeon selects an implant, they choose one that is the ideal shape and size to help you reach the specific enhancement you desire (or, your chin implant may be custom sculpted for your needs). The chin implant is placed around the chin bone through incisions made either within the mouth or beneath the chin. Chin filler For patients who are either not ready for surgery, looking to try out a temporary solution, or in need of a very small adjustment, non-surgical chin augmentation with dermal filler is an option. This treatment carries the benefit of little-to-no recovery time. Fat transfer Facial fat transfer is an increasingly popular procedure for adjusting the contours of the face, and in certain cases, chin augmentation may be accomplished with a liposuction and fat transfer procedure. Osseous genioplasty An osseous genioplasty involves the surgical cutting and repositioning of the chin bone rather than placing an implant over the existing chin bone. Because of advances in synthetic chin implant technology, this technique has fallen out of favor. Who is a good candidate for chin augmentation? If you have a weak or receding chin and want to improve your facial harmony, you could be a good candidate for chin augmentation. Chin augmentation may also be a solution for patients who feel their noses are too prominent but who may see desired results by balancing the chin’s projection with that of the nose. Patients who undergo this procedure should be non-smokers, in good health, and should have realistic expectations for what the surgery can and cannot accomplish.

It is important to speak with a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon or similarly qualified surgeon to learn if you are a good candidate for chin augmentation. For example, patients who have significant jawline-related (orthognathic) issues may not see satisfactory results with chin augmentation alone, and orthagnatic surgery may be recommended.

Anesthesia for chin enhancement Chin augmentation with an implant is performed either under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on your health status, preferences, and the complexity of the procedure. Chin filler simply requires topical numbing to keep you comfortable during the injections.

Key Benefits

Improved facial balance
Enhanced jawline definition
Increased confidence and self-esteem
Lasting solution
Can be combined with complementary procedures for maximized results

Side effects, risks, and complications

As with any surgical procedure, chin augmentation carries risks, including:

Poor wound healing
Implant displacement
Implant rejection by the body
Dissatisfaction with the aesthetic results
Bone erosion behind the implant

However, selecting a highly skilled surgeon can help to minimize these risks, as properly trained surgeons will carefully screen patients before offering the procedure, use safe surgical techniques to help minimize complications, and provide follow-up care. 

Post-operative care

After chin augmentation, your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions for post-operative care. This should include wound care, prescription and/or over-the-counter pain medications (and possibly antibiotics), as well as follow up appointments with your surgeon. During these follow up appointments, your surgeon will check for signs of complications and check that you are healing well. You may be required to eat a soft diet for a time if you had intraoral incisions.


The recovery time after chin augmentation varies based on the surgical plan. Generally, most patients return to their normal day-to-day activities within a week post-procedure, though a longer period of “social downtime” may be desired as noticeable swelling and bruising take about two weeks to subside. Your surgeon will provide specific recovery guidelines, and it is critical to follow these closely. Most patients will need to avoid workouts or exercise for about 4-6 weeks after surgery, or until cleared by their surgeon.

Related procedures


Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping, can also help rebalance facial proportions, either alone or in combination with chin augmentation: up to 25% of rhinoplasty patients can benefit cosmetically from incorporating a chin implant into their surgical plan.

Chin liposuction Liposuction in the submental area (below the chin) may be combined with a chin implant (or performed alone) to further create balance and a well-defined jawline when excess submental fat creates or enhances the appearance of a weak or recessed chin. Facelift and neck lift A facelift and/or neck lift can lift and tighten the lower face and/or neck when lax muscles or loose skin and wrinkles obscure the face’s proportions. Combining this procedure with chin augmentation may help to create a stronger foundation for the raised tissues in certain patients. Your chin augmentation consultation Schedule a consultation with a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon when you are ready to discuss the details of the procedure, ask questions, and learn whether you may be a good candidate. They will provide a thorough evaluation, discuss your aesthetic goals, and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Expect a detailed overview of the chin augmentation procedure, potential risks, and the expected results; this is your opportunity to ask questions and understand every aspect of the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there alternatives to chin augmentation? Yes, there are alternatives to surgical chin augmentation. These can include non-surgical methods like dermal fillers, fat grafting, or even mandibular advancement surgery in cases of severe retrognathia.  What materials are used for chin implants? Chin implants are commonly made from medical-grade silicone, which is soft, flexible, and well-tolerated by the body. Other materials, such as polyethylene or porous polyethylene (Medpor®), might also be used. These materials are designed to be very long-lasting. How should I prepare for chin augmentation surgery? Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions based on your health history and the specifics of your surgery. General preparation might include avoiding certain medications or supplements that can increase bleeding, stopping smoking at least a few weeks before the surgery, arranging for a ride home and help during the initial recovery period, and fasting for a certain period (usually the night before) ahead of your procedure. How long does the swelling last after chin augmentation? While swelling usually begins to subside after a week, it can take several weeks to several months for all of the swelling to resolve completely. During this time, your chin’s shape will continue to refine as you heal. How long does a typical chin augmentation procedure take? Chin augmentation generally takes about one to two hours. However, the exact length of the procedure can vary depending on the specifics of the surgical plan. What is the expected lifespan of chin implants? Chin implants are designed to be permanent and can last a lifetime. However, they can be removed or replaced if complications occur or if you decide to change the size or shape of the implant. What alternatives are there to surgical chin augmentation? Non-surgical chin augmentation can be achieved with dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm®, Restylane®, or Sculptra®. These injections can enhance the chin’s shape and size without surgery, yet they offer temporary results, typically lasting from six months to two years depending on the formula of filler used. How many syringes are needed for non-surgical chin filler? Somewhere between 1-3 syringes are typically needed to provide noticeable chin enhancement with filler, though the number will vary from person to person based on your anatomy and goals. Note that many providers will only inject about 1-2 syringes per dermal filler session to allow swelling to subside between each treatment and to give you time to adjust to the change gradually. How many consultations do I need before surgery? Typically, you will have at least one consultation before surgery. However, some patients may require more consultations if they have complex medical histories or specific aesthetic goals that need to be thoroughly discussed. Your facial surgeon will guide you through this process to ensure you are fully informed and comfortable before proceeding with the procedure. How much does chin augmentation cost? The cost of chin augmentation can vary depending on the specific procedure, the surgeon’s expertise, and the average prices in your geographical area. A consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can provide you with a detailed cost breakdown. Your choice of surgeon should never be based on cost alone, but rather on the surgeon’s qualifications and your trust in them. Most cosmetic surgeons offer patient financing options to break down the cost of surgery into installments, and each surgeon’s practice can offer you insight into their options. Can chin augmentation correct an overbite? While chin augmentation can improve the aesthetic appearance of an overbite by enhancing the profile, it does not correct the overbite itself. For functional issues such as an overbite, jaw/orthognathic surgery may be recommended by your dental care provider or oral surgeon. Can a chin implant be removed? Yes, if you are unhappy with the results of your chin augmentation procedure, the implant can be removed in a second procedure. However, most patients are highly satisfied with their results when the procedure is performed by a skilled, board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon, and you should only undergo this procedure if you expect to be happy with the results long-term. Will there be scarring after a chin augmentation procedure? Chin augmentation surgery can result in some scarring, although facial cosmetic surgeons make every effort to hide the scars in inconspicuous locations. If the incision is made under the chin, a small scar may be visible up close. If the incision is made inside the mouth, the scar won’t be visible at all. Rest assured that, with proper care, scars continue to improve in appearance for at least two years after surgery. How soon can I return to work after chin augmentation? Most patients can return to work at a relatively sedentary job (i.e. a desk job) within a week following chin augmentation surgery, but you may need more time away from work depending on the nature of your job.

Brow Lift - Forehead Lift

For a heavy, sagging brow and wrinkles in the forehead, a brow lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to smooth the skin, lift sagging brows, and create a more youthful, refreshed appearance.Choosing a skilled , certified facial cosmetic surgeon can offer peace of mind that your surgeon is vetted for both safety and aesthetic ability. Learn more below.

What is a brow lift?

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift or browplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to lift and reposition the eyebrows, smooth forehead wrinkles, and reduce frown lines, resulting in a more alert and youthful appearance. Certain brow lifts may be performed endoscopically, using smaller incisions. A brow lift is commonly paired with a face and neck lift, as well as upper and lower eyelid lifting, for even anti-aging results throughout the face and neck.

Who is a good candidate for a brow lift?

Ideal candidates for brow lift surgery are individuals in good overall health who wish to address sagging brows (brow ptosis), low-set brows, forehead wrinkles, and intense frown lines. Good candidates for surgery must also have realistic expectations for what the procedure can accomplish. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon to determine if a brow lift is the right procedure for your needs.

Brow lift techniques

There are several eyebrow lift techniques, and your cosmetic surgeon will recommend the most suitable option based on your unique goals and anatomy:

Endoscopic brow lift
This minimally invasive technique utilizes small incisions and a tiny camera to lift the forehead tissues and reposition the eyebrows.
Coronal brow lift
The traditional technique, a coronal lift (or open brow lift) lifts the forehead and brow area through an incision hidden in the hairline across the top of the head.
Hairline brow lift
The hairline brow lift works similar to the coronal technique, but instead places the incision along the hairline. This technique is ideal for patients with a high forehead or receding hairline.
Temporal brow lift
This technique targets only the outer portion of the eyebrows, using incisions placed within the hairline at the temples.
The brow lift consultation
During your brow lift consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will review your medical history and medications to determine whether you are in good health for elective surgery. They will then evaluate your facial structure and skin quality and talk with you about your goals and expectations. Based on this conversation, they will be able to recommend the most appropriate brow lift technique (or other options) to achieve your desired outcome. 
Your cosmetic surgeon should explain the procedure, recovery, and potential risks before surgery with full transparency, allowing you time to ask any questions you have. Treat this meeting as an opportunity to further vet your surgeon’s qualifications, research options, and ensure you feel comfortable with the proposed treatment plan.

The brow lift procedure

Brow lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure generally involves:

Administering anesthesia
Making incisions based on the chosen brow lift technique
Lifting and repositioning the forehead tissues and eyebrows
Closing incisions with sutures, clips, or adhesive

The surgery can take one to two hours, depending on which technique is used.

Brow lift recovery

After brow lift surgery, you are likely to experience temporary swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Your surgeon will provide pain medication and instructions for managing these symptoms. Key aspects of the recovery process include:

Keeping your head elevated, even during sleep
Applying cold compresses to reduce swelling
Avoiding strenuous activity for several weeks
Following a gentle skincare routine
Attending follow-up appointments to monitor healing

Most patients can return to work and social activities within one to two weeks, with full recovery taking several weeks.

Potential risks and complications

As with any surgical procedure, brow lift surgery carries some risks. These include:

Anesthesia complications
Nerve injury
Hair loss at the incision site

Key Benefits

Lifts and and repositions sagging eyebrows
Smooths forehead wrinkles and frown lines
Creates a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance
Enhances the results of other facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery or a facelift

Combining brow lift surgery with other procedures

It is common to combine brow lift surgery with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures or noninvasive skin treatments, such as:

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty): Eyelid lifts remove excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids and/or lower eyelids to provide a more rested, alert appearance. Eye lifts often perfectly complement brow lifts. Facelift: A facelift treats the lower half of the face, and usually the neck, making it the ideal complement to brow lift surgery; both procedures can be typically performed in a single operation to consolidate your time under general anesthesia. Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® are injected beneath the skin to rebuild lost volume due to skin aging or to enhance your best features. In the hands of an experienced injector with an eye for aesthetic harmony, fillers can add final touches to your brow lift results. Laser skin resurfacing: Laser treatment promotes collagen production deep beneath the skin, addressing thin skin texture and fine lines, as well as discoloration and sun damage. Neuromodulator injections: Injectable neuromodulators like Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are an ideal follow-up treatment to forehead lift surgery, as they contain botulinum toxin type A to temporarily relax muscles and thus prevent the recurrence of wrinkles in the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows, and the crow’s feet (canthal lines) beside the eyes. Facial cosmetic surgery is both a science and an art, and each consultation with a surgeon is an opportunity to learn their unique approach to achieve your goals; considering complementary procedures is often the ideal method for comprehensive and natural-looking rejuvenation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do brow lift results last? Brow lift results can last for many years, depending on environmental factors, sun exposure, lifestyle, and skincare habits. To maintain your results, use topical skin care, protect your skin from the sun, and consider non-surgical treatments such as Botox (softens and prevents forehead wrinkles) or laser treatment (boost collagen for firmer skin) for ongoing rejuvenation. Can I have a brow lift without surgery? Non-surgical alternatives to brow lifts, such as Botox or dermal fillers, can provide temporary effects. However, these options cannot achieve the same level of lifting and tightening as a surgical brow lift. What is the best age for a brow lift? Brow lifts are not age-specific, and each individual ages in their own unique way. If you are interested in addressing a sagging brow at any age, talk with a facial cosmetic surgeon about your options. How long does it take to recover from a brow lift? Brow lift recovery takes about 1-2 weeks for most patients to return to work and social activities. Still, expect full recovery to take several weeks and continue to follow your surgeon’s advice as you gradually resume your full activity level. Will I have visible scars after a brow lift? Today’s brow lift techniques place incisions in discreet locations, such as within the hairline or at the temples above the ears, to result in minimal visible scarring. Over time, scars continue to fade more and more. Talk with your surgeon to discuss the specifics of the incision placement needed to meet your goals during your consultation, and they can help to address any concerns you have about scar appearance. What is the Botox brow lift? A Botox brow lift is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the strategic injection of Botox, or botulinum toxin, to achieve a more youthful and refreshed look in the eyebrow and forehead region. Botox is a neuromodulator, which temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscles, inhibiting their contraction. In the context of a brow lift, Botox is typically injected into the muscles that pull the eyebrows down, thereby relaxing these muscles and allowing the opposing muscles, which lift the eyebrows, to lift the brows slightly higher than normal. 

This procedure is non-surgical and requires no downtime, making it an appealing option for those seeking aesthetic improvement without undergoing a traditional surgical brow lift. However, it’s important to note that the results are both mild and temporary, typically lasting between three to four months. The procedure will need to be repeated to maintain the effect.

Lip Lift

As we age, the upper lip can lose volume and the philtrum column can elongate, resulting in a less youthful appearance. A lip lift is a surgical procedure that restores a youthful and balanced look by shortening the space between the nose and the upper lip, increasing the amount of “lip show” and creating the appearance of more lip fullness. Below, we explain what you can expect from a lip lift in the hands of an experienced, certified facial cosmetic surgeon.

What is a lip lift?

A lip lift, or perioral lip lift, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that elevates the position of the upper lip to increase the amount of vermillion (red) lip show and enhance the Cupid’s bow of the upper lip. 

During lip lift surgery, a facial cosmetic surgeon removes a small strip of skin from below the nose in order to shorten the distance between the nose and the upper lip—effectively “lifting” the lip and enhancing its shape. Other incision patterns may be used as well, depending on your goals and anatomy.

Lip lift techniques

There are various techniques used during a lip lift. Talk with your surgeon beforehand about the technique that will best help you meet your goals based on your facial anatomy and desired outcomes.

Indirect lip lift

This procedure, also known as a subnasal bullhorn lip lift, involves lifting the lip through an incision below the nose, hiding the scar in the natural shadow under the nose.

Central lip lift

This procedure focuses on elevating the central portion of the upper lip rather than the full upper lip, helping enhance the volume and the shape of the Cupid’s bow with incisions placed below the nose.

Direct lip lift

This procedure involves making an incision along the border of the upper lip. The scar is typically concealed in the natural border of the lip.

Corner lip lift

A corner lip lift raises the corners of the lip through incisions placed in the natural creases of the corners of the upper lip

Key Benefits

Long-lasting results without maintenance treatments (unlike temporary solutions such as lip fillers or Botox® lip flip)

No need for implants or injections

Natural-looking results, as no volume is added, but more of the natural lip is revealed

Enhanced smile, exposing more of the upper teeth

Reduced signs of aging (lengthened philtrum and/or downturned mouth corners)

Good candidates for a lip lift

You may be a good candidate for a lip lift if you feel that your red upper lip is disproportionately thin, whether due to genetics or aging. You may also be motivated to shorten the length of the philtrum, which connects the nose to the upper lip, or to have more “tooth show” when you smile. A lip lift may not be ideal for you if your smile already reveals a good deal of tooth and gum show, as a lip lift may exaggerate this.

Some patients choose a lip lift as a more permanent alternative to lip filler, though it is important to understand that lip lift only increases the amount of lip show and does not add volume in the same way that lip filler does.

Finally, as with any cosmetic surgery, you should be in good overall health, a non-smoker, and have clear and realistic expectations for what the surgery can accomplish.

What to expect during surgery

A lip lift is typically performed under local anesthesia, with or without sedation. Local anesthesia means you are awake but the area being operated on is numbed. It may also be performed under general anesthesia in certain cases.

Your facial cosmetic surgeon will make the incision, remove tissues, and suture the incision carefully. The procedure usually takes about 1 hour, and you are able to go home after the operation. A responsible adult should drive you home, and if you had general anesthesia, you will need someone to stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery.

Recovery and results after a lip lift

Following the procedure, patients may experience some swelling and discomfort which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. Patients can usually return to their normal activities within a week. As with any surgical procedure, the full results of a lip lift will become apparent once all swelling has subsided and the area has fully healed.

Combining lip lift with other procedures

Lip lift surgery can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a facelift surgery or rhinoplasty, or with non-surgical procedures like dermal fillers or neurotoxin injections, to further enhance results. While lip lift surgery increases the amount of visible lip, it does not add volume or fullness to the lips themselves, so lip filler may be a helpful complement for some patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a lip lift and lip fillers? While both lip lift surgery and fillers may enhance the appearance of the lips, a lip lift is a surgical procedure that physically lifts the upper lip without adding volume, while fillers are injections that solely add volume to the lips and can provide some shape enhancement. How long do lip lift results last? The results of a lip lift are typically long-lasting. Unlike fillers, which can dissolve over time, a lip lift provides a lasting change in the structure of your lips. Still, the natural aging process may lead to further skin laxity over time. Is the lip lift procedure painful? The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the surgery. After the procedure, your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help you manage discomfort or soreness. How long is the recovery after a lip lift? Most patients can return to their normal activities within a week. However, swelling and bruising may take a few weeks to fully subside, so you may prefer to take a longer period of social downtime. Will I have a noticeable scar after a lip lift? Incisions for a lip lift are made in a discreet location so that resulting scars are well hidden. Indirect and central lip lift techniques hide incisions within the natural crease under the nose, while a direct lip lift technique hides them along the border of the upper lip. How much does a lip lift cost? The cost of a lip lift varies depending on several factors including the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s experience, and geographic location Can I combine a lip lift with other procedures? Yes, a lip lift can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelifts, rhinoplasty, or non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers or Botox. What are the risks associated with a lip lift? As with any surgical procedure, a lip lift carries potential risks such as infection, poor healing, or dissatisfaction with the aesthetic result. Discuss the potential risks with your surgeon during your consultation so that you can make a well-informed decision about surgery, and ask what steps the surgeon will take to minimize your risk of complications. How can I prepare for my lip lift procedure? In preparation for your lip lift, your surgeon may ask you to stop smoking, avoid taking certain medications, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Expect your surgeon to provide detailed pre-operative instructions with estimated timelines for returning to work, everyday activities, and strenuous activity like exercise.

Jaw Surgery - Orthognathic

Misalignment of the jaw can cause a number of problems, both functional and aesthetic. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) can resolve these problems in a personalised way and improve your quality of life.

Find out below what jaw surgery can involve, why patients have it and how to choose a surgeon.

What is orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure performed to correct a wide range of skeletal and dental irregularities in the jaw bones and the teeth. This surgery can address issues related to chewing, speaking, and breathing, and it can also enhance facial aesthetics. 

While an oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs the operation, your orthodontist plays a crucial role in preoperative planning and postoperative care, working to make sure that teeth alignment complements your newly positioned jaws.

The specific surgical steps vary depending on the type of correction needed, but the procedure generally involves surgical manipulation and realignment of the jaw bones. Screws, wires, or plates may be used to secure the new position of the jaws. There are three main types of jaw surgery:

Maxillary osteotomy, or surgery of the upper jaw

Mandibular osteotomy, or surgery of the lower jaw

Genioplasty, or chin surgery

Jawline surgery typically takes about two to five hours and is performed under general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. Recovery may last 6 to 12 weeks.

Conditions that jaw surgery treats

Jaw surgery can address a wide range of problems, including but not limited to:

Jaw growth anomalies
Malocclusion (misaligned bite)
Overbite or underbite
Misalignment of the jaw
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
Prognathism (protruding upper or lower jaw)
Retrognathism (recessed jaw)
Facial asymmetry due to uneven jaw growth
Sleep apnea related to jaw structure
Congenital defects such as cleft palate
Trauma or injuries to the jaw

Benefits of orthognathic surgery

Depending on your individual needs, benefits of jaw surgery may include improved ability to chew and speak, enhanced facial balance and appearance, relief from jaw pain and discomfort, and better oral health.

Good candidates

The best way to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for orthognathic surgery is to consult with both an orthodontist and a surgeon who has extensive experience in corrective jaw surgery. They can assess your condition, discuss your goals and concerns, and educate you throughout the decision-making process.

Determining eligibility for this procedure involves a comprehensive evaluation by your surgeon and your orthodontist. Both physicians must examine your jaw alignment, the position of your teeth, and your overall oral health. Imaging studies like X-rays or CT scans might be necessary for a detailed assessment.

Candidates for orthognathic surgery typically have significant jaw misalignment or malocclusion that cannot be corrected through orthodontics alone. Factors such as overall health, age, and your expectations for the outcome of surgery also influence whether or not you are a good candidate.

Key Benefits

Improved facial appearance
Enhanced jaw function
Relief from jaw pain and discomfort 
Improved speech and chewing difficulties 
Minimized sleep apnea

Pre-surgery instructions

Preparation for surgery involves a series of appointments with your healthcare provider and orthodontist. Braces may be used for a period of time before surgery in order to align the teeth, if needed. Closer to your surgery date, specific instructions will be given about dietary restrictions, certain medications to avoid, and guidelines for optimal oral hygiene.

What to expect during jaw surgery recovery

Jaw surgery recovery requires some dedication to allow your body to heal. Generally speaking, recovery takes about 6-12 weeks.
Pain and swelling are normal after surgery; you will be prescribed pain medication to manage your discomfort, and your surgeon will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your healing progress. You will likely need to follow a liquid or soft food diet for up to 6 weeks after surgery. Temporary changes in facial sensation, swelling, and bruising are normal. It takes most patients between 1-3 weeks before their surgeon clears them to return to work, although it may be longer if your job is strenuous.

Expect detailed instructions from your surgeon outlining:

Medications for pain
Restrictions around eating
Oral hygiene practices
How long to avoid exercise or strenuous activity

It is also very important to avoid tobacco or nicotine products for a period of time before and after surgery to promote a healthy healing process.

Risks and potential complications

While orthognathic surgery is generally safe, like any surgical procedure, it carries potential risks, including:

Need for a second surgery
Nerve injury
Jaw movement issues
Adverse reactions to anesthesia

Ask your surgeon to discuss the risks with you in detail before the procedure so that you are fully informed. They should also talk to you about surgical techniques and recovery protocols they follow to help minimize complications.

Alternative procedures

Orthognathic surgery may not be necessary if the concerns you wish to treat are solely cosmetic, as changes in the jaw’s appearance are possible with either dermal filler or chin augmentation surgery: 

Dermal filler, a temporary solution, can be injected into the chin and/or jawline to balance features and promote symmetry or a stronger chin in your profile.

A chin implant can balance facial features and augment the chin with a synthetic implant placed around the chin bone.

Sliding genioplasty (osseous genioplasty) surgically enhances the chin as desired by surgically cutting and sliding the chin bone.

For mild issues with the bite and jaw, some patients may be able to consult with their orthodontist to adjust their bite with braces or other less invasive treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get fillers and Botox instead of jawline surgery?

If your concerns are purely cosmetic, non-surgical alternatives like dermal fillers and Botox can be used to modify the appearance of the jawline temporarily. Dermal fillers add volume to the desired areas, and Botox can be used to reduce the size of the masseter muscle for a slimmer jawline. These options are less invasive and have shorter recovery times compared to surgical interventions. However, their results are temporary and require regular maintenance.

How painful is the procedure?

Jawline surgery is performed under general anesthesia, so the patient does not experience pain during the procedure. After surgery, discomfort and pain are to be expected, but they are managed with prescribed pain medications. The severity of postoperative pain often depends on the extent of the surgical plan and individual pain tolerance. Talk with your cosmetic surgeon about their pain medication protocol and how they help to manage discomfort during the recovery period.

How do people develop jaw bone problems?

Jaw bone problems can arise from various sources, including congenital defects, traumatic injury, disease, or irregular growth patterns during childhood and adolescence. Conditions such as arthritis can affect the temporomandibular joint, leading to jaw dysfunction. Teeth grinding or clenching can also contribute to jaw problems over time.

Can you fix a weak jawline without surgery?

Yes, there are non-surgical interventions that can help improve a weak jawline. These include the use of dermal fillers to add volume and enhance the jawline contour, fat reduction techniques like Kybella® injections or liposuction for reducing a double chin, and neuromodulators like Botox for masseter muscle reduction to sculpt a more refined appearance.

Am I a candidate for non-surgical treatment?

Whether you are a candidate for non-surgical treatment depends on your individual circumstances, including your aesthetic goals and your anatomy. Non-surgical treatments like fillers and Botox can be suitable for mild to moderate aesthetic changes. However, significant jaw misalignments, TMJ disorders, and other functional or severe aesthetic issues may require surgical intervention.

Does jaw surgery affect your smile?

Yes, jaw surgery can potentially affect your smile as it alters the structural foundation of your face. This can lead to changes in how your lips rest and move, impacting your smile. In most cases, these changes are positive and contribute to a more balanced smile. However, potential risks and outcomes should be thoroughly discussed with the surgeon prior to the procedure.

Eyelid Lift - Blepharoplasty

Sagging eyelids or puffy under-eye bags may disproportionately age your appearance, or make you look tired when you are not. An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to improve their appearance. This treatment targets both the upper and lower eyelids, eliminating droopy lids, bags under the eyes, and excess skin that can impair vision and make you look tired or aged.

Blepharoplasty techniques

The eyelid lift procedure varies slightly for the upper and lower eyelids, but both remove excess skin and/or fat to create a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Patients may have upper and lower blepharoplasty together in one procedure, if needed.

Upper eyelid lift

During an upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision in the natural crease of the eyelid to minimize visible scarring. The surgeon then removes excess skin and removes or repositions fat. If necessary, they will also adjust the muscle to lift droopy eyelids. The incision is then closed with fine sutures or surgical glue.

Lower eyelid lift

In a lower blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision either just below the lash line or inside the lower eyelid (a transconjunctival incision). Excess fat is removed or repositioned to reduce bags under the eyes, and excess skin may also be removed. The incision is then closed with sutures, or simply left to heal naturally in the case of an incision within the lower lid.

Who is a good candidate for an eyelid lift?

Ideal candidates for eyelid surgery are non-smokers in good overall health. If you have droopy eyelids, bags under the eyes, or excess skin around the eyes that impairs vision, then you may benefit from this procedure. It is also important to have realistic expectations about the results that your surgeon can achieve through this surgery.

Key Benefits

Restores youthful appearance

Removes sagging skin

Reduced bags and dark circles under the eyes

Improves vision if droopy lids were interfering with sight

Side effects, risks, and complications

Swelling, discomfort, and bruising are normal reactions after surgery, and patients should expect these side effects. As with any surgical procedure, blepharoplasty has potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, and visible scarring. Other risks unique to eye lift surgery include worsened dry eye after surgery or difficulty closing the eyes. However, these risks are minimal when the procedure is performed by an experienced board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon.

Preparing for your eyelid lift

Pre-surgery care
Prior to surgery, patients are advised to avoid medications and supplements that can increase bleeding, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain herbal supplements. Smokers will need to stop smoking well in advance of the procedure.
If you are a parent of young children, make any childcare arrangements needed to allow you a restful recovery period per your surgeon’s instructions. All patients will need a responsible adult to drive them home after surgery, and if you undergo general anesthesia, they should stay with you for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

What to expect during the procedure

Discuss with your surgeon what will happen during the operation and what options are available to you. Blepharoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia, which numbs only the operated area; sedative anesthesia, where you remain awake but sedated; or general anesthesia, where you are completely unconscious. The choice depends on your comfort and your surgeon's recommendations. So be sure to discuss with him or her the type of sedation he or she recommends and the effect it will have on your recovery and comfort level. Blepharoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, which means you'll go home with a responsible adult after the operation.

Recovery after eyelid lift

After the procedure, patients typically experience discomfort, swelling, and bruising, which should subside within a week or two. Cold compresses and elevating your head while sleeping or resting can help reduce these symptoms.

Post-surgery recovery care

Most patients return to normal daily activities within a week to ten days post-surgery. During the recovery period, it’s crucial to protect the eyes from excessive strain, sunlight, and dust. Following post-operative instructions, including avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous exercise, is essential to having a smooth recovery and avoiding complications. 


Noticeable improvements in the appearance of the eyes and the overall facial aesthetics are typically apparent within several weeks, as the bulk of your swelling and bruising diminish. The results of blepharoplasty are long-lasting. Ask your surgeon to see before and after photos of patients with similar concerns and surgical plans, which will provide a visual representation of the transformation you will have with an eyelid lift. 

Can eyelid lift be combined with other procedures?

Yes, eyelid lift is frequently performed at the same time as other facial cosmetic procedures such as a facelift or brow lift to enhance the overall rejuvenating effect. Your cosmetic surgeon can provide personalized advice based on your aesthetic goals.

Non-surgical enhancements

For patients seeking additional facial rejuvenation, non-surgical treatments like Botox® or fillers can complement the results of an eyelid lift.

Alternatives to eyelid lift

For those not ready for surgery, there are non-surgical alternatives to blepharoplasty, such as laser resurfacing, microneedling, or chemical peels, which can improve the skin’s texture and tone. However, these treatments are not able to address excess eyelid skin or fat pockets around the eyes.      

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average cost of an eyelid lift?
The cost of an eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, can vary widely based on geographic location, surgeon’s expertise, the complexity of the procedure, and the type of anesthesia used. Several elements of the process determine the cost, including surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related expenses. During your consultation with your blepharoplasty surgeon, you should expect to be presented with a clear and comprehensive cost quote

What is an upper eye lift called?
An upper eye lift is also commonly referred to as an upper blepharoplasty. This procedure targets the excess skin and fat in the upper eyelid area, which can cause a droopy or heavy appearance.

Is it safe to have an eyelid lift when I have blepharospasms?

Safety and appropriateness of an eyelid lift in patients with blepharospasms can vary, and should be determined on a case-by-case basis. It’s crucial that you have a thorough discussion with your ophthalmologist and cosmetic surgeon about the potential benefits and risks of the procudure.

What kind of doctor performs an eye lift?
Eye lift surgeries are typically performed by cosmetic or plastic surgeons who have additional specialty training in facial cosmetic surgeries, oculoplastic surgery, or reconstructive procedures of the face. Look for a surgeon who has a proven track record based on their before and after photos, online patient reviews on Real Patient Ratings and other trusted platforms, and reputation among other surgeons and previous patients. Finally, make sure that they perform eyelid lift as a regular part of their practice. 

Can I get an eye lift without surgery?

While you cannot achieve the long-lasting and transformative results of surgery through non-surgical methods, options like eye lifting tape offer temporary improvement in eye definition and ptosis by holding up the excess skin in the upper eyelid area. A skilled injector may also use Botox-type neurotoxins to subtly lift the brow, which can help create the appearance of a lift even though it will not directly improve sagging eyelids or puffy bags.

Which is better, eye lift or brow surgery?
The choice between an eye lift (blepharoplasty) and brow lift surgery depends on the individual’s unique facial anatomy and aesthetic goals. An eye lift is ideal for removing excess skin and fat from the eyelids, while a brow lift is designed to raise the eyebrows and reduce creases and wrinkles on the forehead. Sometimes, for optimal results, these procedures may be recommended together. It’s important to discuss these options with your facial plastic surgeon to determine the best approach for you.

What are the incisions for eyelid lift surgery?
In upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon usually makes an incision along the natural crease of the upper eyelid. For a lower blepharoplasty, the incision is typically made just below the lash line. These locations allow for excess skin and fat to be removed while keeping scars hidden in the natural folds and lines of your eyes.

Thread Lifts

If you’ve been seeking a less invasive alternative to a surgical facelift, a minimally-invasive thread lift might be the ideal option for you. In the hands of a skilled facial cosmetic surgeon,thread lifts offer a subtle, natural-looking lift that can reduce sagging and enhance your facial contours. Nicknamed the “lunchtime lift,” this cosmetic procedure uses dissolvable threads to both instantly lift and promote collagen for a more youthful complexion.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift, also known as facial threading, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves inserting dissolvable threads under the skin to lift and anchor sagging skin of the face and neck slightly higher. The procedure also promotes collagen production, which increases skin firmness over time.  

For the right patient, a thread lift can serve as an alternative to a surgical facelift with less downtime. However, the thread lift procedure should only be performed by a medical provider with both aesthetic and medical expertise who can help you decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on your anatomy, goals, and expectations.

Areas that a thread lift can treat

Thread lifts can treat a variety of areas, including the:

Midface and cheek area
Jawline and jowls
Nasolabial folds
Marionette lines

This treatment is ideal for patients with early signs of aging, such as jowls, loss of volume in the cheeks, and skin that is beginning to lose its elasticity. 

What are the threads composed of?

This procedure involves biodegradable PDO threads, which are sutures composed of polydioxanone, a long-chain polysaccharide similar to sugar. Sometimes the threads’ surface is textured with extremely tiny cones or barbs (composed of the same material) to help hold the skin in place.

How does a thread lift work?

The thread lift procedure usually takes between 45 minutes to an hour. Before the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the treatment area and keep you comfortable. 

The surgeon will then create small entry points in strategic, hidden areas of the face or neck. PDO threads are inserted under the skin at these points using a thin cannula or needle, lifted into place, and then secured. Your provider will carefully lift the sagging skin and tissue and attach the threads to underlying tissues higher on the face. This provides an instant lifting effect.

The threads remain under the skin, and the entry points typically heal and become virtually invisible. Over time, these threads dissolve, but they leave behind a beneficial effect: increased collagen production in the treated area. Collagen is a protein responsible for keeping our skin firm and supple. As we age, collagen production naturally decreases, which can lead to sagging and wrinkles. So, by stimulating collagen production, a thread lift provides a long-lasting improvement.

Is a thread lift painful?

Most patients report minimal discomfort during the thread lift procedure. Local anesthesia is used to numb the treatment area, though some patients may experience a slight pulling sensation during the lift. Any discomfort following the procedure is generally mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication as directed by your surgeon.

Key Benefits

Minimally invasive with minimal downtime
Immediate results
Quick procedure time
Lasting collagen-boosting effects
Natural-looking results

Good candidates

Good candidates for thread lifts are typically individuals around their late 30s to early 50s with relatively good skin tone but some mild to moderate sagging in the face and neck. It is key to only undergo a thread lift if you are a good candidate, or you may be disappointed with the results; patients with more advanced signs of aging are often happier with a surgical facelift, which has much greater reshaping and lifting capabilities.

If you are interested in a thread lift, consult with an experienced, board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon. They will assess your skin condition, discuss your aesthetic goals, and advise if a thread lift is the most suitable procedure for you.

Side effects and downtime

Though a thread lift is a minimally invasive procedure, it still carries possible side effects like any cosmetic treatment. These side effects are usually temporary and resolve within a few days to a week, and they may include minor swelling and bruising. In rare cases, there is a risk of infection at the needle entry points. 
Most patients can return to their normal activities within a couple of days.

Restrictions after a thread lift

After a thread lift, patients are typically advised to avoid sleeping on their face or putting pressure on the treated areas for the first week or so. Sleeping with your head elevated on pillows can help minimize swelling and ensure that the threads remain in their proper position as they begin to integrate with the surrounding tissues. This position can also aid in reducing any potential discomfort and promote optimal healing.

Your surgeon will likely provide you with specific guidelines tailored to your individual procedure, including sleeping positions that will best support your recovery. Follow these instructions closely, as adhering to post-procedure care guidelines can significantly impact the success and longevity of your thread lift results. If you have any questions or concerns about your post-procedure care, don’t hesitate to reach out to your surgeon or their medical team, as they will have the best understanding of your unique situation and needs.

When will I see results?

Immediately after the procedure, you’ll notice a subtle lifting effect in the treated areas. However, full results develop over the following weeks and months as your body’s natural collagen production increases. This provides gradual and natural-looking rejuvenation of your face.

Keep in mind that while a thread lift offers noticeable results, it doesn’t provide the same level of lift as a surgical facelift. It is best suited for people looking for a more subtle improvement rather than a dramatic transformation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do thread lift results last?

Thread lift results typically last one to three years, depending on individual factors such as age, lifestyle, and how well you follow post-procedure guidelines.

Is a thread lift better than dermal fillers or Botox?

A thread lift, dermal fillers, and Botox all serve different aesthetic goals. Botox primarily reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by relaxing facial muscles, and dermal fillers add volume to specific areas of the face. On the other hand, a thread lift physically lifts the skin and also promotes collagen production.

How much does a thread lift typically cost?

The cost of a thread lift can vary widely depending on the specific areas being treated, the experience of the surgeon, and the geographic location of the clinic. It’s best to consult with your cosmetic surgeon for an accurate estimate based on your individual needs.

Can I combine a thread lift with other cosmetic treatments?

Yes, many patients choose to combine a thread lift with other procedures such as dermal fillers or Botox to achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Your cosmetic surgeon can develop a customized treatment plan to address your unique concerns and aesthetic goals.

Are there any restrictions or special care instructions after a thread lift?

After a thread lift, patients are generally advised to avoid strenuous activities, excessive facial movements, and heavy lifting for a few weeks. Additionally, sleeping with your head elevated can help minimize swelling. 

Will I have visible scars after a thread lift?

One of the benefits of a thread lift is that it does not leave visible scars. The threads are inserted through tiny entry points that usually heal without noticeable scarring. 

Are you numb for a thread lift?

Yes, topical anesthesia is typically administered before a thread lift procedure to ensure the patient’s comfort. This anesthesia numbs the specific area of the face or neck where the PDO threads will be inserted, allowing the patient to remain awake but feel no pain during the procedure. Some patients might feel a slight pressure or pulling sensation as the threads are being placed, but the numbing prevents any significant discomfort.

Can you feel a thread lift in your skin?

Most patients do not feel the threads once they have been placed under the skin. Some patients may experience a mild sensation or tightness immediately following the procedure, but this typically subsides as the treated area heals. If you do feel anything unusual after the anesthesia wears off, it’s essential to communicate with your surgeon.

Can I get a second thread lift?

Yes, it is possible to get a second thread lift. Thread lift results generally last between one to three years, so some patients choose to have the procedure repeated to maintain its effects or address new or recurring areas of concern. 

Buccal Fat Pad Removal - Bichectomy

The popularity of a sculpted, model-like facial appearance has led to increased interest in buccal fat removal, also known as bichectomy or buccal lipectomy, which reduces volume in the mid-to-lower cheeks. For the right candidate, removing these fat pads subtly enhances the cheekbones for a more contoured and chiseled facial appearance.

What are buccal fat pads?

Buccal fat pads are small pads of fat, each about the size of an egg yolk or walnut, located in the lower portion of the cheeks between the cheekbone and jawbone.

How is buccal fat removal performed?

The buccal fat removal procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation so that you are awake but comfortably relaxed during surgery. It can also be performed under general anesthesia for patients who prefer it or for those who are having more extensive combination surgery. 

During this cheek reduction surgery, your surgeon creates intraoral incisions (inside the mouth) to access the buccal fat pads. This incision is placed inside of the cheek, near the back of the mouth. Your surgeon extracts the buccal fat pads from this incision, carefully removing the right amount of fatty tissue to achieve a natural result without causing a gaunt or aged appearance. There are two techniques your surgeon may use to remove the fat pad:

Direct excision, in which the fat pad is manually loosened and removed

Liposuction, in which a small cannula is used to suction out fat

One or both of these techniques may be used during surgery to re-contour the cheeks and help you meet your goals. Buccal fat removal surgery typically takes less than an hour to complete.

Good candidates for buccal fat removal

You should be in good health and a non-smoker with a stable body weight before proceeding with surgery. This procedure is usually best suited for those who have plenty of fullness in the lower cheeks, or “chipmunk cheeks.” 

You should be motivated to see more definition in your cheekbones and jawline, but you must also understand that results from this surgery can be subtle. It is key to have realistic expectations about the procedure’s results.

Note that this procedure might not be suitable for individuals with a naturally thin face, as removal of buccal fat could potentially lead to a gaunt or overly aged appearance due to natural volume loss that occurs over time.

Combined procedures

While buccal fat pad removal results may be subtle on their own, this surgery can be combined with further facial contouring procedures to help achieve your goals if you desire greater transformation in your features. Procedures commonly paired with buccal fat removal include:

Neck/ chin liposuction


Chin augmentation


Cheek augmentation

Jaw enhancement with dermal filler

These procedures may further enhance the cheeks or jawline or provide balance and symmetry to facial features, enhancing your results.

Key Benefits

Creates a more sculpted facial appearance for the right patient

Can be performed under local and sedation anesthesia for quick recovery

No visible scars, as incisions are placed inside the mouth

What to expect during your consultation

During your consultation, your facial cosmetic surgeon will assess your facial anatomy, skin elasticity, and personal aesthetic goals to determine if you may benefit from buccal fat removal. They will also review your medical history and make sure that you are in good health before recommending surgery. 

You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the procedure, recovery, potential complications, and expected results. You should also ask to see before and after photos of the surgeon’s previous patients, looking at patients who resemble you in the “before” photos to get a glimpse of the results you could expect from this surgeon. Ask the surgeon how many buccal fat pad removal surgeries they have performed to ascertain whether they have sufficient expertise and experience with this specialized procedure.

Recovery and results

Following the procedure, patients typically return home the same day. Initial recovery usually lasts a few days, during which time patients may experience some swelling and discomfort in the treated area. Most people can return to work and light activities within a week. You may need to eat a liquid-only diet at first to avoid straining or damaging your intraoral incisions, and you may need to avoid eating any sharp or hard foods for a period of time after that, as well. It may take several weeks for the swelling to fully subside and for final results to become visible.

It’s important to note that while the procedure can dramatically change the contours of your face, it does not prevent the natural aging process or changes in facial fat distribution that may occur with significant weight loss or gain.

Risks and complications

As with all surgeries, buccal fat removal comes with potential risks. These may include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, unfavorable scarring, and changes in sensation. More rare complications can include facial nerve damage or an unnatural, hollow look if too much fat is removed. These risks can be minimized by choosing a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon with experience in performing this procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the results of buccal fat removal permanent?

Yes, the results of buccal fat removal are generally permanent. This is because the removed buccal fat pads do not grow back. However, any remaining fat cells may still grow if you gain weight, so changes in weight and other factors like aging can still affect the overall shape and fullness of the face.

What kind of anesthesia is used during buccal fat removal surgery?

Buccal fat removal is usually performed under local anesthesia, meaning the patient is awake but the area being operated on is numbed. Sedation can also be used for patients who prefer to be more relaxed through the procedure. The choice will depend on your comfort level and your surgeon’s recommendation.

How should I prepare for buccal fat removal surgery?

Preparation may include avoiding certain medications and substances that could increase bleeding, like aspirin, NSAIDs, and alcohol. Smoking should also be avoided, as it can hinder the healing process. A short period of fasting may also be necessary before the procedure.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to buccal fat removal?

Currently, there are no non-surgical alternatives that provide the same results as buccal fat removal. Weight loss can help reduce overall facial fat, but it doesn’t specifically target the buccal fat pads. It is important to work with a skilled facial cosmetic surgeon with experience in a breadth of facial procedures to learn about any alternatives that may help you meet your goals.

How does buccal fat removal affect facial aging in the long term?

Buccal fat removal may accelerate the appearance of aging in some individuals. The face naturally loses fat with age, and removing additional fat can contribute to a more aged appearance over time. Each individual will age differently, and the effects will vary from person to person.

Can the buccal fat pad grow back after removal?

Once removed, buccal fat pads do not grow back. However, overall facial fullness can still be influenced by factors such as weight gain.

Can buccal fat removal change my smile or facial expressions?

Buccal fat removal should not impact your smile or facial expressions. The buccal fat pad is not directly involved in facial movements or expressions. However, significant swelling post-surgery can temporarily affect the appearance of your smile.

What criteria do surgeons use to determine how much fat to remove?

Surgeons use various criteria to determine the amount of fat to remove, including the size of the fat pad, the patient’s other facial features, and their aesthetic goals. Making this choice based on such complex factors requires refined aesthetic and medical judgment. The aim is to create a natural, balanced look that enhances the patient’s features for years to come.

Is there a chance of nerve damage during buccal fat removal surgery?

While rare, there is a small risk of facial nerve damage during buccal fat removal, which could result in facial weakness or asymmetry. However, the procedure is typically safe when performed by a qualified, board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon with a detailed understanding of facial anatomical layers.

What is the cost of buccal fat removal, and is it covered by insurance?

The cost of buccal fat removal can vary widely based on surgeon’s fees, geographic location, and other factors. Since it’s considered a cosmetic procedure, it is not typically covered by insurance. You will have the chance to discuss cost and payment options, such as financing, with your surgeon during the initial consultation.

What are the qualifications I should look for in a buccal fat removal surgeon?

Your surgeon should be certified in cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery and should have extensive experience in facial cosmetic surgery. They should also be able to provide before-and-after photos of previous buccal fat removals and have positive reviews from past patients. 

How long does the procedure take, and can I go home the same day?

Buccal fat removal typically takes one hour or less, and it is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day. However, you will need someone to drive you home and potentially stay with you as you recover from the anesthesia.

How will my diet and eating habits be affected immediately after the surgery?

Immediately after the surgery, your diet may be limited to soft foods and liquids to avoid straining the surgical site. Most patients will want to avoid sharp or hard foods for a period of time, as well.

How often will I need to schedule follow-up appointments after the surgery?

Follow-up appointments can vary based on the individual and the surgeon, but typically, the first post-operative visit is within one week of surgery, with additional visits scheduled over the following weeks to months as needed to monitor your healing process and assess results.

How will buccal fat removal affect my facial contours in profile view?

Buccal fat removal can give the face a more sculpted, defined appearance in the profile view. By reducing fullness in the lower cheeks, it can highlight the cheekbones and create a more angular facial structure.

Facial Fat Transfer

In the world of facial rejuvenation, facial fat transfer (lipofilling) has emerged as a highly effective procedure for restoring youthful volume to the face with natural-looking, long-lasting results.

What is facial fat transfer? 

Facial fat transfer, also known as autologous fat grafting or fat injection, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses your own fat to restore volume, improve contours, and rejuvenate the face. The procedure involves harvesting fat from areas of the body where it is in excess—usually the abdomen, flanks, or thighs; purifying it with a centrifuge; and then injecting it into areas of the face that have lost volume (i.e. due to aging or weight loss). Not only does transferred fat physically fill and plump areas, but it also contains growth factors which are thought to further improve the appearance of the skin.

Facial areas treated with fat transfer

Fat transfer is commonly used to augment areas of the face that can become sunken or less plump with age, such as the cheeks and temples. This is an increasingly popular choice for facial rejuvenation due to its natural and lasting results, and it is also a popular add-on to procedures like facelift, neck lift, and eyelid lift surgery. 

Transferred fat may also be used as a filler for tear troughs (under-eye hollows) and deep wrinkles like the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Additionally, the procedure can be used to enhance the lips, contour the jawline, and soften the appearance of indented or pitted acne scars.

The procedure

Facial fat transfer surgery typically involves three stages:

1. Fat harvesting: Your surgeon performs liposuction on a donor site—usually the abdomen, thighs, or flanks—to harvest fat to inject into the face.

2. Purification: The harvested fat is then processed to separate the fat cells from other components, i.e. in a centrifuge.

3. Injection: Using a fine needle, your cosmetic surgeon precisely injects fat cells into the desired areas of the face.

Anesthesia options

Facial fat transfer may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your preference and any combination procedures you may have at the same time. Local anesthesia has the benefit of shortening recovery time, while general anesthesia may be preferable if you are having a lengthier or more extensive procedure, or if you are having multiple procedures in one operation.

Complementary procedures

Facial fat transfer is often combined with other procedures to complete the facial rejuvenation process such as skin lifting or tightening and/or treatments that address the texture of the skin’s surface.

Facelift (rhytidectomy)

A facelift tightens loose skin and muscles in the mid- to lower face (and usually the neck), while facial fat transfer replaces lost volume. Together, these two procedures address two primary signs of aging in the face and may provide ideal results for certain patients who desire a younger-looking appearance.

Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) or brow lift (browplasty)

An eyelid lift or brow lift can improve the appearance of sagging or drooping upper facial features, while facial fat transfer can restore volume and youthful contours to the mid and lower face for more balanced rejuvenation.

Laser skin resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing (and similar procedures, such as microneedling) promotes collagen production and leads to firmer, smoother skin and a more even complexion. Laser treatment may be an ideal complement to facial fat transfer for patients with fine lines and wrinkles or sun damage, helping to complete their results.

Good candidates

You may be a good candidate for fat transfer if you have lost volume in your face due to aging or weight loss, and you are at a stable weight without plans to lose weight in the future. It is important to be in good overall health, with a sufficient amount of fat on your body for transferring to the face. You should also have realistic expectations for the results that facial fat transfer can accomplish for you based on a thorough exam and conversation with your facial cosmetic surgeon. Many patients consider facial fat transfer as a more lasting and natural alternative to dermal fillers.

Key Benefits

Improved facial volume
Natural alternative to facial fillers
When combined with a facelift, you’ll see more comprehensive anti-aging results than a facelift alone can provide
Compared with fillers, other benefits include:
Because it uses your own fat, there is no risk of an allergic reaction
The results are natural-looking and can be long-lasting, as the transferred fat cells integrate with existing tissue
The areas from which the fat is harvested often benefit from the contouring effects of the procedure.

Recovery and downtime

In recovery after facial fat transfer, swelling, bruising, and redness are normal. These symptoms typically subside within about two weeks, yet you may be comfortable returning to work and many of your normal routine activities within a week. 

It is important to avoid massaging or placing anything tight over the treated area to allow the fat time to integrate into your tissues. Follow your surgeon’s specific aftercare instructions you need to follow carefully, which will include a period of time away from strenuous activities or exercise to support a healthy healing process and beautiful results. 

While the longevity of results varies from patient to patient, facial fat transfer generally offers more lasting results compared to synthetic dermal fillers. Once the transferred fat cells have integrated with existing tissues, they can last for many years.

Risks and complications

Facial fat transfer is a surgical procedure, and thus carries risks including infection, bleeding, unsatisfactory results, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia. Choosing a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon with proven expertise in fat transfer is an important step, as our surgeons have passed rigorous tests to demonstrate their safety and operate solely in accredited, fully equipped surgical facilities for your safety.

The risk of fat resorption

There is always a risk that the transferred fat will fail to “take” and, therefore, would not remain long-term in the treated area, making fat grafting a very delicate procedure that requires extensive knowledge of best practices for harvesting and purifying fat to increase its odds of survival. To help you achieve excellent results, it is key to find a facial cosmetic surgeon who is skilled in this particular anti-aging technique and who performs this procedure as a major part of their practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I lose weight after fat grafting?

If you lose weight after fat grafting, your transferred fat cells will shrink in proportion with the weight loss throughout the rest of your body. Thus, it is critical to be at a stable weight that you plan to maintain before proceeding with surgery.

Are you awake during fat transfer?

Fat transfer can be performed with either general anesthesia, in which case you are completely asleep, or with local anesthesia and sedation, meaning you are awake but sedated and may remember the operation.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase breast size and enhance breast shape, typically through the placement of silicone or saline breast implants. From a cosmetic surgeon’s perspective, the ultimate goal of breast augmentation is to enhance a patient’s natural proportions and create a more symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing breast profile. The exact procedure is tailored to meet a woman’s individual needs.

There is no “typical” breast augmentation patient, and women choose to have the procedure for many different reasons—the desire to have larger breasts is just one of them. Breast augmentation is one of the most effective procedures to correct noticeable breast asymmetry, and breast implants can be used to help correct tuberous breast deformities. Other common goals of breast augmentation inlcude:

Restoring breast fullness lost after pregnancy & breastfeeding
Feeling more confident in a swimsuit
Adding balance to better complement curvy hips
Enhancing self-image



The Procedure


Key Benefits

Enhances breast size: Breast augmentation can increase the volume of the breasts, creating a more curvaceous and feminine silhouette. This can be particularly beneficial for women who lack breast volume due to genetics, weight loss, pregnancy, or aging.
Improves breast shape: Breast implants can also improve the shape of the breasts, adding fullness in the upper pole, for example, and correcting issues such as asymmetry. This can result in a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Boosts self-confidence: Many women who undergo breast augmentation report feeling more confident and comfortable in their own skin.

Choices for Breast Implants

There’s never been a better time to have breast augmentation, as today you have more choices than ever to help you customize your new look. Whether you’d like more dramatic curves or a modest boost in cleavage, there’s an option for you. Here are some choices you can expect to go over during your consultation process: 

Filling type: Saline, Silicone Gel, or Highly Cohesive Silicone “Gummy Bear” Implants. Neither is “best,” but there are some differences in cost, feel, and incision requirements that you need to consider. Your cosmetic surgeon will help you find the right implant type for you.

Shape: Saline & Silicone Gel implants are typically round, while gummy bear implants come in shaped and round options. Round implants will typically achieve a fuller upper pole (the top portion of your breast), while shaped implants lend a gently sloping look to your breast profile. Both can look verynatural with a skilled cosmetic surgeon’s help.

Profile: Your cosmetic surgeon will help you choose this based on your existing proportions and your goals. Generally, patients with a more petite frame will require a higher profile implant to achieve the desired size increase while ensuring the implants are not too wide at the base.

Size: Breast implants range in size from about 150cc to 800cc or larger. Many patients require a different sized breast implant for each breast; this helps to achieve the best possible symmetry. The size you choose depends on your existing breast size, your personal goals, and your cosmetic surgeon’s recommendations.

Of course, all of these implant options make it even more important to choose a cosmetic surgeon who is well-qualified and has experience using a variety of breast implants.

Augmentation Without Implants: Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

While breast implants are the gold standard for improved breast shape and size, they are not the only way to increase breast volume: a small increase can be achieved without any implants, using your own fat.

"Fat transfer breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves removing fat via liposuction from an area of the body such as the hips, flanks, stomach, or thighs and re-injecting that fat strategically into the breast to add volume. This technique can be customized to improve asymmetry, add cleavage, and/or increase volume up to about 1 cup size.

Incision Options for Breast Augmentation

One common question that patients have before breast augmentation is, “What will my scars look like?” You’ll be glad to learn that an experienced, qualified cosmetic surgeon will use a surgical technique that places breast augmentation incisions so the resulting scars are easily hidden and inconspicuous, even to the patient themself. Depending on your anatomy and your desired outcome, your cosmetic surgeon will use one of the following incision techniques to place your breast implants:

Inframammary. This involves a short incision made in the crease underneath the breast, called the inframammary fold. This leaves a thin, 1 to 2 inch scar that is easily concealed within the crease. Advantages of this incision type include a wider access point, allowing a cosmetic surgeon to place larger silicone implants or gummy bear implants with precision.

Peri-areolar. The incision is made around the outer edge of the areola, so the resulting scar is located within this natural transition in pigmentation. Cosmetic surgeons will often use this incision type if they are also performing a mild to moderate breast lift at the same time.

Trans-axillary. This involves a small incision made within the armpit, through which your cosmetic surgeon will place the breast implant using a specialized camera and instruments to ensure optimal placement. This leaves a small scar within the armpit but achieves a breast augmentation with no scar on the breast itself.

Transumbilical. This technique involves an incision just above the belly button. Each breast implant is inserted through this incision and then brought up to the breast. Advantages of the transumbilical technique include a single scar with no scarring on the breast itself.

Results & Recovery: Life After Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is an outpatient procedure, typically performed using general anesthesia. You can expect to walk around on your own a few hours after surgery, and most patients feel up to leaving the house within the next day or two.

You may feel sore the first week or so, and you will need to limit strenuous exercise for about 2-4 weeks. Your cosmetic surgeon may also ask you to wear a supportive surgical bra or sports bra for a certain period of time after breast augmentation—it is crucial to follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions to ensure you heal optimally.

If your breast implants are placed partially beneath the pectoral muscle—the preferred method in most cases—your breasts may seem to sit high on the chest at first. This is normal, and your implants will settle into their optimal position over the next several weeks, with final results after a couple of months.
Once you have your breast implants, you’ll want to keep the following in mind:

It’s safe to have mammograms with breast implants, so be sure to maintain regular screening as prescribed by your doctor.
For silicone implants, it is recommended that patients undergo periodic monitoring (via mammogram, ultrasound or MRI) to screen for ruptures, which are rare.
Future pregnancies or weight fluctuations may affect your results, and a secondary surgery may be needed to correct any changes you are unhappy with over time.
Nothing can stop the normal aging process; over time, breast tissue will change. You can help prevent unnecessary sagging by wearing a bra with adequate support for your activity level.

What Is Breast Repair?

Breast repair surgery can be performed for a number of reasons, such as routine replacement, change in implant size, or complication correction.

Breast repair is the surgical removal and replacement of your silicone or saline breast implants for an even exchange or different implant altogether. No matter the case, any of our 3 experienced breast revision surgeons will perform a personalized technique that provides you with your specific aesthetic desires.

Motivation For Breast Revision Surgery

Implant deflation or rupture

Dissatisfaction with a previous breast surgery due to poor implant placement, or the desire for larger or smaller breast implants.

Capsular contracture – a hardening of the breasts, caused by scar tissue around the breast implant. This issue is the most common reason for breast revision surgery, and requires the removal of scar tissue through a capsulectomy or capsulotomy.

The desire to change the type of implant (switching from saline to silicone) because of rippling problems, or wanting a softer, more natural-feeling implant.

Correction of negative breast changes after substantial weight loss, pregnancy, or age-related aesthetic breast changes

Removal of breast implants, which is sometimes performed in conjunction with a breast lift.

Create a more natural nipple, and restore breast balance and symmetry after breast reconstruction following mastectomy.

Ideal Candidates?

Ideal candidates for breast revision surgery are women who are in good health, not pregnant or nursing, and either:

Experienced a complication
Desire an aesthetic change
Wish to improve the look of your implants that were placed from a previous breast implant surgery
Gained or lost weight that causes an obvious change in the appearance of your breasts
Have second thoughts and wish to remove them altogether

It is important to understand what breast revision surgery can and cannot provide. Breast revision will give you an up-to-date aesthetic change; it will not however guarantee a boost in confidence. Breast revision or breast augmentation in general is reserved for those who are doing it because they want to, not because they think it leads to an automatic rise in self confidence and not to please anyone else. Any of our surgeons will gladly discuss this with you during aa private consultation and see if breast augmentation or breast revision surgery is right for you.

Motivation For Breast Revision

Change in Implant Size

Some patients may realize they desire a larger size after their breast augmentation, while others desire a smaller bust. For larger implants, your surgeon will enlarge the pocket to accommodate the size. For smaller implants, the pocket size is reduced to make sure the implant is secure in place.

Implant Rippling

Implant rippling is a term used when the edges of your implants are visible and/or felt through the skin’s surface. Saline or silicone implants can potentially move around inside the pocket and wrinkle if not placed properly. Another cause of rippling can be when breast tissue surrounding the implant changes with time due to factors such as thinning skin or hormonal fluctuations. When this happens, new implant placement is necessary for aesthetic improvement.

Implant Malposition

In some cases, breast implants may shift overtime and become lopsided or asymmetric. Alternatively, previous breast augmentation surgeons may have poorly inserted your implants, causing them to look too close together or too far apart. This is why it is so important to get breast work done by an experienced surgeon to avoid this unfortunate result.

Implant Rupture

Though unlikely, implants can rupture. The chance of rupture increases with time. When an implant ruptures the symptoms can be very obvious, such as a deflated breast or change in shape, but there can also be no symptoms at all. This is why it is important to come in every few years for an examination.

Capsular Contracture

When an implant is inserted into the breasts, the body naturally responds to this foreign object by forming a collagen fiber capsule around it. This very normal occurrence is the body’s way of creating a protective layer between the implant and the rest of the body. In rare cases, the collagen fibers shrink, tightening the capsule around the implant; this is called capsular contracture.

Implant Removal

If a patient desires implant removal, often times just removing the implant is enough, and your breast skin will bounce back to its original size and shape. However, in the instances of very large implants, a breast lift may need to be performed along with the removal surgery.

Aesthetic Displeasure

You are not stuck with your bust size. If you are unhappy with the look of your breasts, breast revision surgery gives you the opportunity to change anything you’d like about your breasts simply by choosing different implants. This can include changing the type, size, and/or shape, as well as adding ancillary procedures such as a breast lift.


During your private consultation with one of our 3 expert breast revision surgeons, you will discuss your cosmetic goals, whether completely different or the same as your original results. Your surgeon will perform an examination, and taking into consideration your body type, skin type, your current size and shape, and your cosmetic goals, he will offer his opinions on what he thinks would suit you best. Please mention present or past medical conditions, allergies, and routine medications as these can affect the decision. Any questions will gladly be answered at this time in full detail. Our goal at CSA is to make you feel as comfortable with your decision as possible.


Do not smoke or drink alcohol for the month before your surgery.

Avoid anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements.

Get an up-to-date mammogram before undergoing your breast revision surgery.

Drink plenty of water; hydration is key for optimal results.

Place all necessary recovery items at counter level as your arm range will be very limited.

Arrange for someone to pick you up from surgery; you will not be able to drive yourself. It is highly recommended to have this person stay overnight with you.

Make sure you have enough clothing items that you wrap around you. You cannot wear anything that you have to pull over your head.


Breast revision surgery typically takes 1-3 hours depending on the extent of the individual case. It’s performed as an outpatient procedure in our operating suite and often without general anesthesia. No matter the reasoning, majority of the time breast revision incisions will be made in the same spot as your initial breast augmentation to decrease the amount of scarring. Once the incisions are created, the old implants are extracted, and either the same kind or different size/type implants are inserted. You may also decide to remain without implants.

Ancillary Procedures

Breast revision surgery can be performed on its own, or in conjunction with ancillary procedures. If you opt for a smaller implant size or have recently lost a significant amount of weight, you may benefit from a breast lift as well. Breast revision surgery can also be performed as a part of a Mommy Makeover, enhancing both the breasts and the body. Your surgeon can evaluate during your consultation if an ancillary procedure would be beneficial in your case.


Recovery is fairly similar to your initial breast augmentation surgery. After your surgeon completes your breast revision surgery, he will wrap bandaging around your breasts and/or place you in a surgical support bra. Drainage tubes may be placed in the incisions to catch any excess fluids; you will receive instructions on how to care for them. Your surgeon will closely monitor your recovery and healing progress to ensure everything is going smoothly. Slight discomfort, swelling, or bruising is normal and will subside with time. Pain medication can be prescribed to help keep you as comfortable as possible.

For the first week you will need to sleep on your back with your head elevated to help reduce swelling. You will be able to return to work and normal daily activities in about 7-10 days, but this number changes case by case. Do not go in saunas or hot tubs for 3 weeks following your surgery. Strenuous physical activity can be resumed 4-6 weeks after your surgery. Generally it takes a couple of months for the implants to settle into their position in your breast.

What is Breast Reduction Surgery?

Breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the size and weight of large, heavy breasts, helping to create a more aesthetically pleasing breast contour that is better proportioned to a patient’s body. By removing excess breast tissue, fat, and sagging, stretched skin, a cosmetic surgeon can not only make the breasts smaller, lighter, and firmer, but also improve breast symmetry and eliminate sagging.

Why Consider a Breast Reduction

While many patients choose breast reduction to alleviate physical symptoms such as back, neck or shoulder pain, shoulder grooves, or discomfort while exercising, the cosmetic benefits of breast reduction should not be overlooked:

Your breast will be lifted and firmer, helping you look more youthful
Bras will fit more comfortably and attractively
With better proportioned breasts, your overall silhouette will be more balanced and attractive
Stretched areolas and/or large nipples can be reduced during the same procedure, helping you look better in and out of clothing
Swimsuits, sports bras, and form-fitting clothes will look and feel better, helping boost your confidence during activity

Key Benefits

Reduces breast size: Breast reduction surgery can remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin, reducing the size of the breasts and creating a more proportionate body shape. This can be particularly beneficial for women who experience physical discomfort, such as back pain or shoulder strain, due to the weight of their breasts.

Alleviates physical discomfort: In addition to reducing breast size, breast reduction surgery can also alleviate physical discomfort associated with large breasts, such as skin irritation, bra strap grooving, or difficulty exercising.

Improves overall body proportion: By reducing the size of the breasts and improving overall body proportion, breast reduction surgery can help women to look and feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin.

Breast Reduction Options

Cosmetic surgeons can use one of several different surgical techniques when performing breast reduction; which technique a surgeon will use for any given patient depends on the patient’s existing breast anatomy, the type and amount of tissue to be removed, and the patient’s desired outcome.

Liposuction for Breast Reduction

In certain cases, breast reduction can be performed using liposuction alone.

The advantages of liposuction for breast reduction are a shorter, less invasive procedure, virtually undetectable scars on the breast, and lasting results. However, this technique will only achieve optimal results in certain patients. The best candidates are those who need or desire a slight to moderate reduction in breast size, have good skin elasticity and little to no sagging to correct, and whose excess breast size is largely due to excess fatty tissue.

If you have sagging, asymmetrical breasts, stretched skin, or a more significant amount of tissue to remove, one of the next breast reduction techniques will probably benefit you the most.

Vertical or “Lollipop” Breast Reduction

Patients who need a moderate reduction in breast size and have more noticeable sagging are often good candidates for a vertical breast reduction. This involves two incision sites: one is around the edge of the areola, and a second incision running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, or the crease beneath the breast. This incision pattern allows a cosmetic surgeon to remove excess fat, skin and breast tissue, reshape the new smaller breast internally, and lift the breast into a more youthful position.

While a vertical breast reduction leaves some scarring on the breast, it is limited to the area below the nipple and therefore can be easily hidden beneath a bra or bikini top.

Inverted-T or “Anchor” Breast Reduction

The inverted-T breast reduction involves 3 incisions: one around the edge of the areola, one vertically from the areola to the breast crease, and one made along the crease underneath the breast. Because this technique allows for the maximum degree of tissue removal and reshaping, cosmetic surgeons will typically use this approach if a patient needs a more significant breast size reduction and/or has considerable sagging or asymmetry to correct.

The scars resulting from an inverted-T or anchor breast reduction are similar to those from a vertical reduction, with one additional, thin scar running along the crease beneath the breast. With proper care, scars typically fade considerably over the first year or so after surgery and are easily concealed by clothing, even a bikini top.

Breast Reduction Surgery & Recovery

Breast reduction surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation with local anesthesia. After making the incisions using one of the techniques described above, your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin, moving the nipple/areola complex to a higher, more forward position on the chest. The remaining breast tissue and skin will be reshaped and closed with dissolvable sutures. The areolas can be reduced to a more proportional size during the procedure as well.

After spending a brief time in supervised recovery, you will be able to go home that same day to continue your recovery. Your chest will be bandaged, and you may be sent home in a surgical bra. You can expect to feel considerable soreness the first couple of days after your procedure, and your cosmetic surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help keep you comfortable during this initial period. Gently placing ice packs on top of the bandages can help alleviate discomfort as well.

The amount of time you need to recover from breast reduction will depend on your natural healing rate as well as the extent of surgery performed. You will be able to get up and walk around the same day of surgery, although you should have a trusted adult with you during the first 24 hours. While you may be permitted to shower a few days after surgery, you will probably need help getting dressed, as you will not have full range of motion in your chest and shoulders at first.

Most patients feel ready to drive and return to a desk job within 1 week, after they are no longer taking prescription pain medication. Your cosmetic surgeon will likely have you wait a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks before resuming exercise other than walking; this helps to ensure your incisions heal properly. It is essential to follow your cosmetic surgeon’s regarding activity after breast reduction.

Life After Breast Reduction

Because it both alleviates physical and emotional discomfort and enhances a patient’s appearance, breast reduction can be one of the most rewarding cosmetic surgery procedures. Patients note an increase in self-confidence as well as a renewed sense of freedom to wear the clothes they want to wear and participate in physical activities they had previously avoided.

While many patients experience an immediate relief from back and shoulder pain after breast reduction, it is important to understand that it will take some time for your final results to settle in. Swelling, soreness, and tingling are typical after breast reduction, so your new smaller breasts may appear a little larger than you had expected while initial swelling is present. Additionally, the breasts often heal at a different rate, so you may notice some asymmetry during the first few months of your recovery.

After about 2-3 months, your final results will be more or less in place and you can shop for new bras with confidence. However, you may notice subtle changes for the first 6 to 12 months.

What is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. This not only can improve a patient’s appearance by restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but  also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively.

By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast.       

Key Benefits

Lifts sagging breasts: Breast lift surgery can lift and reshape sagging breasts, creating a more youthful and lifted appearance. This can be particularly beneficial for women who have experienced significant weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

Improves breast shape: In addition to lifting the breasts, breast lift surgery can also improve their shape and contour, correcting issues such as asymmetry or elongation of the nipples.

Adjusts nipple position and size: As needed, a breast lift can move the nipple-areola complex higher on the breast mound and resize the areola to create a proportionate look.

Common reasons women choose breast lift surgery:

To restore a better breast shape following pregnancy & breastfeeding. Pregnancy can bring some unwelcome changes to the breasts, often leaving them stretched and sagging. A breast lift, with or without implants, can help undo these changes and restore a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

To improve breast contour after significant weight loss. Losing weight often means losing breast volume. A breast lift can help restore a more proportional, youthful breast shape by removing excess skin.

To enjoy a beautiful, perky breast shape for the first time. A small but growing number of breast lift patients have had drooping breasts since their teens. Breast lift surgery can help a woman get the breast profile she has always wanted.

How to Tell if You Need a Breast Lift

While the only way to confirm whether or not a breast lift is right for your is to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon, there are a couple of questions you can ask yourself to get a general idea about how a breast lift might help improve your breast shape.
Do my nipples seem to point downward? As skin at the base of the breast stretches out and begins to sag, the weight of breast tissue will pull the nipple downward. A breast lift will reposition the breast tissue so the nipples are facing forward.

Does the nipple/areola sit below the crease underneath my breast? One trait cosmetic surgeons frequently look for when evaluating a breast lift candidate is the position of the nipple/areola in relation to the inframammary fold, or crease beneath the breast. Try this test: slide a plain sheet of paper underneath your breast (no bra) so it sits against the breast crease. When looking in the mirror, do your nipples sit below the top edge of the paper? If so, this is a good indication that you have enough sagging to warrant a breast lift.

Am I happy with my breast size when wearing a bra? A breast lift alone will not significantly change the size of your breasts. It can help your breasts look fuller, rounder, and better in a bra, but if you would like your breasts to be larger or smaller, a breast lift in conjunction with a breast augmentation or reduction may be the right option for you.

Are my breasts asymmetrical or unusually shaped? Since breast lift surgery reshapes the breast tissue as well as lifts sagging breasts, this procedure can be very effective in improving breast symmetry, and a skilled cosmetic surgeon can use breast lift techniques to restore a more normal, rounded shape to tuberous breasts.

Types of Breast Lifts

Cosmetic surgeons use a variety of incision techniques for breast lift surgery; the exact technique used will vary based on a patient’s existing breast tissue, the amount of excess skin to be removed, and her personal goals. Your cosmetic surgeon will recommend the type of breast lift that will achieve optimal results with the least conspicuous scarring possible.

Crescent Lift: Minimal Scarring to Correct Minimal Sagging
Cosmetic surgeons may use the “crescent lift” technique for women who have a very small amount of sagging to correct. This involves a small incision running halfway around the top half of the edge of the areola. Usually, a crescent lift is only done when a patient is also having breast augmentation, and even in these cases the crescent incision type is less frequently used.

Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift: Corrects Mild Sagging with a Single Scar
Women who are experiencing mild sagging, yet still will benefit from a breast lift, are often good candidates for a peri-areolar lift. This involves a circular incision running around the edge of the areola, and like the crescent lift, is commonly performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. This lift can also be effective in helping reduce areola size. The resulting scar traces the edge of the areola.

Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift: Corrects Moderate Sagging & Provides More Extensive Reshaping
This type of breast lift is commonly used, as it allows a cosmetic surgeon to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast with modest, easily hidden scars. A vertical lift involves 2 incisions: one around the edge of the areola, and one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, creating a “lollipop” shape.

Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift: Dramatic Reshaping to Correct Extensive Sagging

If you have considerable sagging, pendulous breasts, an anchor lift, which allows a cosmetic surgeon to remove a significant amount of excess skin and sagging tissues, may yield the best results. This technique involves 3 incisions: one around the edge of the areola, one vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and one along the inframammary fold, hidden in the breast crease. Your cosmetic surgeon may also use this technique if you are having a breast reduction with lift. While the anchor lift comes with some visible scarring, these typically will fade significantly with proper care, and are easily hidden by a bikini top.

Combining a Breast Lift with Augmentation

In some cases, a breast lift alone may not achieve a patient’s desired results. If you feel your breasts look “deflated” or have lost volume due to aging, weight loss, or pregnancy, your cosmetic surgeon can place breast implants during breast lift surgery to restore fullness and shape to the breast. If you have always wanted larger, lifted breasts, a breast augmentation with lift can help you achieve both with a single procedure and recovery.

Life after Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia or local anesthesia + intravenous sedation. The procedure takes about 1-2 hours to perform, depending on the extent of surgery. You will be able to go home shortly after surgery to continue your recovery. Your breasts will be bandaged or placed in a surgical bra.

Most patients experience some soreness and swelling after breast lift surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help keep you comfortable, and many patients find they can switch to Tylenol after the first few days.

While you’ll be able to get up and walk around the house the same day of surgery, take it easy for the first few days. Also, expect to sleep on your back for the first several weeks or more after surgery. If you normally sleep on your side or stomach, invest in some extra pillows to help keep you from turning over.

Many patients return to work within the first week after breast lift surgery, depending on the nature of their jobs, and resume most daily activities after a week or so. You will need to limit exercise other than walking for the first 2-6 weeks after a breast lift; your cosmetic surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions about when it is safe to resume any activity.

Residual soreness and swelling should gradually subside over the first several months after a breast lift, and most patients are permitted to begin wearing underwire bras again after about 8 weeks.

Why are Breasts Asymmetrical?

Breast asymmetry is not uncommon. Most women have some variance in size from one breast to the other. Issues arise when that variance is significant. Asymmetry, when one breast is a vastly different shape or size than the other, can make it difficult to fit a bra or bathing suit. Naturally, this condition can cause a great deal of frustration and self-consciousness. Asymmetry is rarely a medical concern, but it is a cosmetic problem that may require correction. There are a number of direct reasons why asymmetry may occur, from pregnancy and breastfeeding to underdevelopment to hypertrophy. Behind them all seems to be some form of hormonal disruption, often during puberty.

Most women have breasts which are minimally asymmetric or slightly different with respect to size, shape and/or position.  They may notice a slight difference in how they “fill out” their bra or may not even be aware of any difference.  However, for a small number of women, their breast asymmetry may be more pronounced and noticeable.  Such pronounced asymmetry may arise unexpectedly during pubertal breast development or may be attributable to specific congenital or birth defects.  Alternatively, chest wall trauma, surgery or burns in childhood can affect female breast development and create significant breast asymmetry.  For these women, surgical breast asymmetry correction may be appropriate.

Who is a candidate for Breast Asymmetry Correction?

Most healthy women who wish to achieve or restore harmony to their appearance can be good candidates for breast asymmetry correction. This treatment is not a singular procedure, such as breast augmentation; it is a treatment protocol that is tailored to the individual. Patients should be in good health and should not smoke. If you are interested in plastic surgery to improve the appearance of your breasts and you smoke, now is a good time to quit. The more time between smoking cessation and your surgery, the better equipped your body will be to heal properly. 

In addition to maintaining good health, breast surgery patients generally achieve the most satisfying results when they have realistic expectations.

Can you combine Breast Asymmetry surgery with other procedures?

Plastic surgery procedures are often combined to achieve optimal results. Breast procedures performed to improve symmetry may be combined with other techniques, such as abdominoplasty or liposuction, to accentuate shape even further.

How can I prepare for Breast Asymmetry Correction?

Patients who are interested in correcting asymmetrical breasts can begin to prepare for their plastic surgery procedure by nourishing their bodies. The primary objective before surgery is to set the body up for optimal healing after the procedure. This can be achieved by getting plenty of rest, eating nutritious foods, and avoiding smoking and alcohol. Patients should inform our office regarding all medications and supplements they are taking. Some products thin the blood and may need to be avoided before surgery.

How is Breast Asymmetry Correction Surgery performed?

Breast asymmetry correction is not a given procedure. The process looks different for every patient and is designed based on the findings of their initial examination. Some asymmetry may be corrected with breast implants alone. Some may require a breast lift or reconstructive techniques. Our patients leave their consultation with a clear understanding of what it would take to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.

Does Breast Asymmetry Correction Require Anesthesia?

These surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia lasting 2-4 hours.

Is Breast Asymmetry Correction Surgery painful?

Certified surgeon performs his breast procedures in an accredited outpatient surgery center utilizing general anesthesia. Patients have no recollection of their procedure, and feel no pain during surgery. After anesthesia begins to wear off while the patient is still in the monitored recovery area, they may feel soreness or a heavy or tight sensation, depending on the procedure they have had done. Prescription pain medication aids in the early phase of recovery. Patients are advised to take their medication as directed and get plenty of rest. These steps, as well as wearing the recommended compression bra, work together to minimize swelling and discomfort. 

What is Recovery Like After a Breast Asymmetry Correction Procedure?

Recovery from most breast procedures is relatively short. Pain and swelling subside significantly in 5 to 7 days and are managed with prescription medication and compression. Patients receive detailed post-op recovery instructions regarding showering and activity levels. Generally, it is necessary to avoid lifting, pushing, or carrying objects that weigh more than a few pounds. Patients can and should walk a few times a day as they are comfortable. This helps maintain good circulation through the tissues that are healing and also minimizes the risk of blood clots in the legs. While most patients can return to work after 10 to 14 days, those whose jobs are physically demanding may need more time off. Full clearance for normal activities is usually granted about 6 weeks post-op.

What Will My Results Look Like After a Breast Asymmetry Correction Procedure?

Breast asymmetry correction is tailored to every patient. The extent of improvement is usually very good but will be influenced by the degree of asymmetry that is present. Dr. Kimmel is thoughtful in his discussion with each patient when setting expectations for their potential results. Breast symmetry is never perfect, not even in the most beautiful bodies. However, the right plastic surgery procedures can achieve significant improvement. To get to know what is possible for you, schedule a consultation in one of our friendly offices.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a medical term used to describe enlarged breasts in male patients.  This condition is actually quite common, affecting up to 40 to 60 percent of adolescent males during their pubertal development and may affect either one or both breasts.  However, most cases of adolescent gynecomastia resolve spontaneously with the transition to adulthood.  For those males with persistent post-pubertal gynecomastia, surgical removal of excess breast tissue is appropriate.

What Causes Male Breast Enlargement?

Male breast tissue enlarges due to an imbalance in estrogen and testosterone. When there is a) an increase in estrogen levels, or b) a decrease in testosterone levels, the breast tissue can begin to grow and enlarge. This can occur due to a variety of factors: 

Biological Reasons
Certain medical conditions, medications, or lifestyle. For example, an overactive thyroid gland, liver disease, or steroids.
During puberty, hormonal changes can cause temporary breast tissue growth.
As men age, their testosterone levels naturally decrease, while their estrogen levels may increase.
Excess body fat can cause an increase in estrogen production. For more Obesity Treatment information you can check out our Bariatric Surgery in Turkey page.

Should You Undergo Gynecomastia?

The first step is to identify the underlying cause behind the condition. It is important to consult a healthcare professional and determine the best medical plan moving forward.

If you have tried to deal with the situation without any results, and experience physical discomfort, emotional distress, or other complications due to breast enlargement, gynecomastia in Turkey can lead to a great increase in your quality of life.

Eligibility: Can You Undergo Gynecomastia Surgery?

The eligibility criteria for gynecomastia surgery may vary depending on the surgeon’s preferences and the patient’s specific circumstances. However, in general, candidates for gynecomastia surgery should meet the following criteria:

After careful examination, surgeons may refuse to operate patients for their own personal safety. Refusal criteria may include:

Good overall health

Stable weight (usually BMI lower than 30)

Do not experience any of the following conditions: blood clotting, heart disease or high blood pressure, diabetes, immune system disorders, allergies to anesthesia, liver disease or COPD

Do not take any of the following drugs & medication: blood thinners, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids & certain anti-depressants and antipsychotics

It is important to note that each patient’s situation is unique, and the eligibility criteria may vary. A board-certified plastic surgeon can evaluate your condition, discuss the options, and determine whether gynecomastia in Turkey is an appropriate solution.

Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

The question of whether surgery can resolve your enlarged breasts involves ruling some things out. If a man’s enlarged breasts are due to weight gain, the first step is to lose the weight and see if the condition persists. Heavy drinkers and marijuana users also aren’t candidates for surgery, as their breast enlargement comes from their lifestyle choices.

Certified surgeons can diagnose when gynecomastia is to blame. During your consultation, They’ll feel for a firm, rubbery mass underneath the nipple area. The size of this mass is usually less than two inches in diameter. It will often be sensitive to applied pressure. Before opting for surgery,Certified surgeons will likely begin treatment by prescribing medication that reduces the amount of estrogen the patient’s body is producing. One important criterion is that you still need to have good elasticity in your chest skin, so that the skin is able to tighten down after this surgery.

Risks of Gynecomastia Surgery

All surgeries have risks, as a matter of fact. However, ricks are extremely low, especially when the operation is performed in a good facility by an experienced surgeon. However, it is the duty of any medical practitioner to duly inform their patients about all aspects of the procedure.

Gynecomastia is particularly safe, as it does not involve the manipulation of any organs or highly sensitive body areas. But gynecomastia in Turkey still carries some potential complications. These may include:

Nipple or breast sensation changes
Uneven contour or asymmetry
Anesthesia risks
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Persistent breast enlargement

It is important to carefully following your surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions, to minimize these risks and achieve the best possible outcome. You consent will be taken before surgery and all necessary medical tests will be performed to establish if surgery is contraindicated. Your safety is always our priority.

How is Male Breast Reduction Surgery Performed?

Performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at  surgery center , gynecomastia excision involves the removal of excess glandular and fatty tissue from the breasts in order to reestablish an optimal male chest wall contour.

This procedure is usually performed through small, approximately 1 inch, incisions located at the border of the areolae (pigmented tissue surrounding the nipples) and is frequently combined with liposuction to enhance the transition between the breasts and surrounding chest wall contour.  In cases of more advanced Gynecomastia with ptotic or ‘drooping’ breasts, removal of excess skin may be required.

Surgery lasts between 1-2 hours and patients may be discharged to home after a brief recovery period.  Most men may then return to work in 5 to 7 days, while using a snugly-fitting compression vest concealed beneath their clothing for several weeks.

What is recovery like after male breast reduction surgery?

Recovery after this surgery  is not difficult. You will have some swelling and discomfort that may last up to two weeks, but it will begin to resolve relatively quickly. Most patients don’t require the prescription pain medication, opting for over-the-counter options instead. You will need to wear a compression shirt or vest to reduce swelling and to help your chest conform to its new contour. Most of your recovery is complete in just 7-10 days.

What Should You Avoid After Gynecomastia?

After gynecomastia surgery, it is important to follow the post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. Some of the things that should be avoided include physical activity, smoking and alcohol sleeping on the stomach and exposing the incision site to sunlight. Patients are also strongly encouraged to wear the compression garment and take all prescribed medication.

How soon after breast reduction surgery can I get back to normal activities?

It is unfortunate that more men who suffer from enlarged breasts don’t have surgery to correct the problem, as the procedure and recovery are not difficult. After the first week or two at most, patients can return to light exercise, such as walking. Strenuous exercise needs to wait for a month or so. But you’ll quickly be able to return to work and regular activities. Any exercise, such as weight training that targets the chest, will likely need to be avoided for up to six weeks.


Balance, proportion and contour are fundamental elements of an attractive human form. Using liposuction, a cosmetic surgeon can sculpt a better shape to almost any area of the body, achieving dramatic improvements with subtle changes. Learn all about liposuction below.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction surgery removes excess deposits of fat to sculpt an improved shape to a patient’s body. While liposuction is best known as a fat removal procedure, it is also one of the best procedures to help a patient refine their shape. In fact, cosmetic surgeons often use liposuction to refine the results of other procedures, as no other technique allows for such detailed improvements in body contour.

During the procedure, a certified cosmetic surgeon carefully and precisely removes excess fat through a small, hollow tube called a cannula. Suction is applied as the surgeon moves the cannula through the fat deposit, removing excess fat cells and sculpting a slimmer body contour.

Key Benefits

Reduces fat deposits: Liposuction can target stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and arms. This can result in a slimmer, more toned appearance.

Improves body contours: By removing excess fat, liposuction can improve the overall shape and proportion of the body.

Enhances muscle definition: In some cases, liposuction can be used to sculpt the body and enhance muscle definition. This is particularly effective for individuals who are already in good physical shape but have pockets of fat that are obscuring their muscle tone.

Highly customizable: Liposuction can be used in a variety of body areas to a small or large extent, allowing your board certified cosmetic surgeon to carefully personalize your results.

Why consider this surgical body contouring procedure

Both men and women undergo liposuction every year to achieve a variety of different goals. Some patients want to look better in a swimsuit, while others want to find jeans that fit more comfortably. For men, liposuction can often successfully treat gynecomastia. Cosmetic surgeons will frequently use liposuction to enhance the results of other procedures.

If you are in good health, and one or more of the following apply to you, liposuction is an option to consider:

I wish to remove fat deposits from my hips, belly, thighs, neck, chin, arms or chest that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction surgery is excellent for reducing fatty bulges and sculpting a beautifully natural contour to the body.

I feel like certain areas are out of proportion with the rest of my figure. Reducing excess fat on one area of the body can bring it into better balance with your natural features.

I have good skin elasticity – sagging skin is not a problem for me. For optimal results, the skin should have good enough tone to contract to the body’s new contours.

I am at or near my desired body weight. Liposuction is best for reducing localized fat deposits, and the most satisfied patients are typically happy with their overall weight before surgery. Please see your healthcare provider to determine if you are healthy enough for a surgical procedure.

The ideal liposuction patient has localized fat deposits & good skin tone. See more photos in our gallery.

However, it’s important to have realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve. If any of the following apply to you, then liposuction may only offer limited success in helping you achieve your goals. Your cosmetic surgeon can recommend the options best suited to your needs.

I have loose, sagging skin that I want to address. Since liposuction is designed specifically to target fatty tissue, it will not significantly improve the appearance of loose skin. Other body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck or body lift, may be better options for you.

I want to lose a significant amount of weight. Liposuction can improve your shape, which can help you look thinner and more fit, but it’s not a weight loss method. While some overweight patients can benefit from the reshaping effects, the most satisfied patients tend to be happy with their weight prior to surgery.

Patients with sagging skin or muscle laxity may get better results from a tummy tuck.

Surgical vs Non-surgical Body Contouring

In recent years, non-surgical or minimally invasive alternatives to liposuction have been gaining popularity. These body countering treatments typically do not require an incision or anesthesia, and they often come with less downtime.

Liposuction surgery may be an excellent option for reducing larger deposits of excess fat. It can significantly improve your figure in several areas at once. Some negatives include a higher cost and greater risk for health complications than noninvasive techniques. Non-surgical fat reduction may be a better fit if you are already at your ideal weight, have good skin elasticity, and want to target smaller, stubborn trouble spots. However, the results will not be as dramatic as surgery would provide, and multiple treatments may be necessary.

Types of Liposuction

There are many different liposuction procedure techniques available to surgeons today. The main difference between types of liposuction is the technology they use to assist the fat removal process. The manufacturers of each of these types claim to have unique advantages, and surgeons will sometimes prefer a certain technique depending on the nature of the procedure. Just remember that the skill and experience of the cosmetic surgeon performing liposuction will make the biggest difference in your results.

Below are some of the types of liposuction more commonly used by cosmetic surgeons today:

Tumescent Liposuction: With this technique, a cosmetic surgeon will inject an anesthetic “tumescent” solution into the treatment areas to minimize bleeding and discomfort during the procedure. Depending on the patient, tumescent liposuction can often be performed with local anesthesia.

Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction: This technique utilizes ultrasound energy to help break up the fatty tissue and loosen it from the body, allowing for easier removal of larger amounts of fat with a faster surgery. Variations include VASER Liposelection.

Laser Assisted Liposuction: Known under brand names like SmartLipo and Slimlipo, these techniques use laser energy to help dislodge fat cells.

Suction Assisted Liposuction: This technique uses a vacuum like device to help remove the fat. Power Assisted Liposuction is a similar technique that involves a tool that enhances the motion of the cannula used to remove the fat.

How the Procedure Works

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure and can be safely performed using general anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or local anesthesia, depending on the nature of the procedure. Your cosmetic surgeon will recommend the anesthesia method that is most appropriate for your needs.
Your cosmetic surgeon will make one or more small incisions near the treatment areas. A cannula, or thin tube, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat beneath the skin. Then, the fat is suctioned out. The entire procedure can take under an hour or up to 3 hours or longer, depending on the number of areas treated.

Your Recovery & Results

Today’s advanced liposuction techniques are designed to minimize swelling, trauma and discomfort, and when the procedure is performed by a qualified cosmetic surgeon, recovery from liposuction can be remarkably quick. Many patients return to work just a few days after their procedures, depending on the physical requirements of their jobs and the extent of their procedures. While your cosmetic surgeon can prescribe pain medication, most patients find over the counter options more than enough to manage any post-operative soreness.

Your cosmetic surgeon may give you a compression garment to wear for a few weeks following surgery. This helps to minimize swelling and encourage optimal skin contraction. With proper care, scars should fade significantly over the months following surgery; in many cases, scars are barely visible after a year or so.

Results can last permanently with proper care

Liposuction can remove fat cells from your body, and these fat cells will not grow back. However, it is important to maintain a stable weight to ensure that your new look remains optimal. If you gain a significant amount of weight in the future, your overall appearance is likely to change as your body stores excess fat in other areas.

A firm, flat abdomen is a hallmark of a beautiful body contour. A tummy tuck, personalized to your needs, can help you improve your abdominal shape for years to come.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical body contouring procedure which tightens and reshapes the abdominal area, helping to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing, slimmer overall appearance. Having a flatter, firmer midsection can dramatically improve the way clothing fits and looks, helping you feel more confident and comfortable in your body.

During the surgery, the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess, sagging skin is eliminated, correcting a protruding belly and leaving the midsection flatter and better toned. Tummy tucks are a popular procedure for men and women, particularly those whose bodies have undergone dramatic changes from weight loss or pregnancy.

Key Benefits

Tightens abdominal muscles: Tummy tuck surgery can tighten the abdominal muscles that have become stretched or weakened, creating a flatter, more toned appearance. This can be particularly beneficial after pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Removes excess skin: In addition to tightening the muscles, tummy tuck surgery can also remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, creating a more streamlined appearance.

Improves abdominal contour: By tightening the muscles and removing excess skin and fat, tummy tuck surgery can improve the overall contour and shape of the abdomen.

Who Might Benefit from Abdominoplasty?

The decision to have any cosmetic procedure is personal, and patients choose to have tummy tucks for a variety of reasons. The best candidates for this surgery are at or near their ideal body weight, are non-smokers in good health, and have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve for them.

The best candidates are at a stable weight & in good health

If any of the following describe you, a tummy tuck is an option to consider:

Diet & exercise have helped with weight loss, but your abdomen still protrudes and lacks tone.

Your abdominal muscles and skin are stretched and sagging following pregnancy.

After significant weight loss, you now have loose, excess skin hanging around your belly.

You have always had a belly that “sticks out,” even though you are healthy and in very good shape.

You are a non-smoker and are in good health.

The surgery can help patients in any of these situations address what they don’t like about their shape and achieve a firmer, flatter abdomen.

Types of Tummy Tucks

No two abdominoplasty patients start with identical concerns, nor will any two patients share the exact same goals. Your cosmetic surgeon will recommend the type of tummy tuck that will achieve your desired outcome and create natural-appearing results with the least scarring possible.

Mini-Tummy Tuck: Less Extensive & Improves the Lower Belly

Are you mainly bothered by a “pooch” or loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button? A mini-tummy tuck may be a good option for you. This technique involves a single incision made just above the pubic mound, through which your cosmetic surgeon will tighten loose muscles (flattening the “pooch”) and remove excess skin to restore a smooth, flat abdominal wall.

The resulting scar from a mini-tummy tuck is a thin, horizontal line that is typically just a few inches long. Benefits include a shorter, less involved procedure, a quicker recovery, and a flatter, slimmer lower abdomen that looks better in swimsuits and fitted clothing.

Classic or “Full” Tummy Tuck: Improves the Upper & Lower Abdomen

Are you bothered by roundness and/or excess skin folds above and below your belly button? A full tummy tuck, which addresses the full length of the abdominal wall, may yield the best results. Through a horizontal or U-shaped incision, made in the skin above the pubic mound, your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. In some cases, a second incision is made in the skin around the navel to address excess skin above the belly button and achieve the most natural looking results.

The resulting scar from a full tummy tuck looks similar to that for a mini-tummy tuck, but will typically be longer, running from hip bone to hip bone. Even so, a full tummy tuck scar can usually be hidden beneath a swimsuit bottom. Benefits of a full tummy tuck include a much flatter, smoother abdomen, reduced appearance of stretch marks, and enhanced comfort in pants and skirts. You will also find that form-fitting dresses and swimsuits have a more flattering fit.

Extended Tummy Tuck: Improves the Upper & Lower Abdomen and Flanks

Have you lost a lot of weight and now have excess, sagging skin hanging around the front half of your body? Or, have you noticed significant laxity in your skin or abdominal muscles following multiple pregnancies? An extended tummy tuck may be the best option to address your concerns. Although it involves a longer incision, an extended tummy tuck removes excess, hanging skin from the front (upper and lower abdomen) and the flanks, as well as tightens the abdominal wall.

The resulting scar from an extended tummy tuck can often be hidden by clothing, including many swimsuits, but it may not be entirely covered for some patients. Even so, many patients consider some visible scarring a worthwhile price for a much improved body shape.

Life After Abdominoplasty

The majority of tummy tucks can be performed as outpatient procedures, and patients go home a few hours after surgery. However, your cosmetic surgeon may require an overnight hospital stay after a more extensive abdominoplasty so you can be safely monitored during the initial hours of your recovery. Because a tummy tuck involves surgery on the abdominal muscles, recovery after abdominoplasty takes more time than that for other procedures.

Expect to be sore and somewhat uncomfortable for the first week or so and spend the first few days resting quietly at home, although you will be encouraged to get up and walk around the house to maintain healthy circulation. It is not uncommon for patients to have drains temporarily placed in the incisions to help remove fluid after surgery. If this is the case for you, your cosmetic surgeon will give you detailed instructions for keeping the area clean and well-maintained until drain removal a few days following surgery.

When Can I Return to Work?

Depending on how physically demanding your job is, you may be ready to return to work after 2 to 4 weeks. If you have a desk job, you should be able to go back to work on the early side of this time frame, but if your job involves lifting, straining or other strenuous activities, expect to take up to a month away from such tasks.

How Can I Take Care of My Kids?

Tummy tuck surgery is especially popular with moms post-pregnancy, and childcare is a common concern. Because of the limits placed on lifting and straining, you will need to have full-time help with small children for the first few weeks after a surgery. Lifting even a 25 pound child too soon after a tummy tuck can jeopardize your results by stretching the incision site and possibly leading to prolonged bleeding and swelling. Follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions carefully and completely.

If your children are a little older, you should be able to resume many of your parenting duties, such as driving, cooking, and shopping, after the first 2 or 3 weeks following abdominoplasty. Just make sure you have plenty of help carrying groceries, feeding the pets, and doing other more active tasks while you recover from the surgery.

Brazilian Butt Lift

The shape and proportion of the buttocks are important factors in an attractive, well-proportioned body. With Brazilian butt lift surgery, a skilled cosmetic surgeon can use specialized fat transfer techniques to achieve a fuller, rounder buttock contour.

What is a Brazilian butt lift?

A Brazilian butt lift is a specialized fat transfer procedure that augments the size and shape of the buttocks without implants. Excess fat is removed from the hips, abdomen, lower back, or thighs with liposuction, and a portion of this fat is then strategically injected into the buttocks.

A skilled cosmetic surgeon can improve the proportions of the entire lower body with Brazilian butt lift surgery, helping a patient lose fat in common “problem areas” and enhance the buttocks, with results lasting many years.

Continue reading to learn more about this increasingly popular procedure:

What is involved in Brazilian butt lift surgery?

A Brazilian butt lift involves three basic steps:

1 . Fat is removed from the hips, lower back, thighs, abdomen, and/or other areas with liposuction

2. The extracted fat is purified and prepared for transfer

3. The cosmetic surgeon injects fat into specific points on the buttocks to increase volume and improve shape

Surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. It is typical for a portion of the injected fat not to “take” in its new location—an experienced cosmetic surgeon will take this into account and may initially inject a slightly greater amount of fat into the buttocks than is needed to ensure your final results most closely achieve your goals.

Key Benefits

Enhances buttock size: Brazilian butt lift surgery can increase the size of the buttocks, creating a more voluptuous and curvaceous appearance. This is achieved by transferring fat from other areas of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, to the buttocks.

Improves buttock shape: In addition to enhancing size, Brazilian butt lift surgery can also improve the shape and contour of the buttocks, creating a more lifted appearance.

Contours the body: By enhancing size and improving the buttocks’ shape, Brazilian butt lift surgery can contribute to a more hourglass-shaped figure.

Why have a Brazilian butt lift?

The shape and proportion of a person’s buttocks are largely determined by genetics; both your skeletal structure and how your body stores fat influence the appearance of the lower body. A healthy diet and exercise can work to achieve a healthy body weight and tone the muscles, but many patients remain unhappy with a “flat” buttocks that lacks shape, despite a healthy lifestyle.

Brazilian butt lift surgery can help overcome the effects of genetics by reshaping the buttocks and surrounding areas, such as the hips, lower back, and thighs. You might consider a Brazilian butt lift to:

Enhance the curves of your lower body

Reduce fat pockets on your hips, thighs or belly while adding fullness to the buttocks

Help clothing fit more attractively

Give a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing shape to flat buttocks

Enhance your overall proportions by improving balance between your upper and lower body

Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?

A Brazilian butt lift can be a great option to improve the shape and size of the buttocks; however, certain patients are better suited to the procedure, and it is important to have realistic expectations about the surgery, recovery, and results. In general, you are likely a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift if you agree with the following:

You want a buttock augmentation without implants
You have good skin tone in the hips and buttocks
You have adequate fat stores in other areas to harvest for injection into the buttocks
You are willing and able to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for several weeks

Despite its name, a Brazilian butt lift is not a traditional “lifting” procedure—it does not address loose skin on the buttocks. If you are bothered by excess, sagging skin on the buttocks or thighs, thigh & buttock lift surgery may be a more suitable option.

Brazilian butt lift vs. buttock implants

One significant advantage of Brazilian butt lift surgery is that it increases buttock size without implants. In the hands of a specially trained cosmetic surgeon who operates in an accredited facility, the procedure has a low risk for complications and can achieve remarkably natural looking and feeling results.

However, if you are very lean, you may not have enough fat to harvest, and buttock implants may be the only way to achieve your desired size increase. Buttock implants may be a good option for some patients; however, it is important to understand the added risks of having implants, including capsular contracture and a higher risk for infection. Buttock implants can also look and feel less natural compared to a skillfully performed Brazilian butt lift.

Brazilian butt lift safety
Safe BBL technique
To perform a Brazilian butt lift surgery that minimizes patient risks, cosmetic surgeons should use the following techniques:

Subcutaneous fat injection: Fat should be injected no deeper than the subcutaneous plane, or directly beneath the skin. Muscles are highly vascular, which means that injecting into or beneath the muscle increases the risk of fat entering the bloodstream and causing a dangerous fat embolism
Larger cannula size: Blunt-tip cannulas are the thin, hollow tubes used to remove and inject fat. Larger cannulas, with a diameter of at least 4 millimeters, help to prevent injection into a small blood vessel.
Upward angle of injection: An upward angle of fat injection also helps to ensure the fat is placed in the subcutaneous plane. Surgeons should angle the cannula slightly upwards, or at least parallel with the spine, when performing buttock augmentation.

Surgeons can significantly minimize BBL risks by adhering to these safety guidelines. Not only should you ask your surgeon about their training and experience, but also about their technique and the latest safety guidelines for Brazilian butt lift. Many cosmetic surgeons now use ultrasound-guided Brazilian butt lift tools, in addition to the above protocols, for injecting fat to help ensure they avoid blood vessels.

Recovering after your Brazilian butt lift

Having an operation on the buttocks requires some special modifications during recovery. While pain is typically minimal and easily controlled through pain medication, you will not be allowed to sit or lie directly on your buttocks for about 2 weeks after a Brazilian butt lift.

During this time, you will need to sleep on your stomach or side, and either lie this way or stand for all activity except using the toilet. When you are ready, your cosmetic surgeon will allow you to sit in a modified position, using a “donut” seat or placing a pillow under your thighs to avoid pressure on the buttocks. Normal sitting activity is typically allowed after 8 weeks or so.

Given you follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions, you should be able to resume light daily activities within 1 week after surgery and return to work within 10 to 14 days.

Life after Brazilian butt lift surgery

Brazilian butt lift results are meant to last for many years. Fat cells removed with liposuction will not return to the area, and fat cells that survive transfer to the buttocks will remain for years to come. However, significant weight fluctuations can affect your results, so maintain a stable weight to keep your results looking their best.

Results are typically final within 6 months of surgery, after residual swelling has gone away and you are fully healed. By this time, your curvier buttocks and improved lower body proportions will be noticeable in how you look and in the way clothing fits.

Arm Lift

Arm lift is one of the effective body surgery procedures used to tighten the skin of the upper arms and to treat a medical condition known as batwing deformity.The procedure is designed to reshape arms to result in smoother skin and contours, resulting in a more toned and proportionate appearance.

Good Candidates for Arm Lift Surgery

The best candidates to undergo arm lift in Turkey are healthy individuals, possess realistic expectations and at or near their ideal weight.
Excess skin in upper arms
Fat in upper arms

Preparing for Arm Lift

One month before Arm Lift
If you are a smoker, it is advisable you stop smoking one month in advance before you travel to Turkey for arm lift. Specific medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as Aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and some vitamins should be stopped prior to surgery.

One week before Arm Lift
During the consultation session with one of Esteworld plastic surgeons in Turkey, you will be supplied with all the vital instructions for preoperative care. You may be required to complete blood tests and cardiac evaluation.

One Day before Arm Lift
Do not ingest any food or drink after the time advised by your surgeon,
Pack a bag with comfortable shoes and clothing, specifically clothing that zips or buttons.

Morning of Arm Lift
Shower or bathe normally. Avoid using body lotions on your body.

Arm Lift Procedure

During your consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, we will determine what type of reduction is best suited for you. Liposuction is often used to correct hanging arm tissue. There are two types of brachioplasty surgery available in Turkey.

A partial arm lift is performed by making a small incision in the armpit region, which may extend a short distance onto the inside of the upper arm. A full arm lift may require a longer axial incision down the medial arm to the elbow.

Arm lift and liposuction can be both used in one surgery to remove excess tissue and encourages the skin to shrink and to conform to the contour of the new arm.

After Arm Lift Surgery

One day after Arm Lift

You will be given all the medical garments and medicine which will include pain medication, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.

One week after Arm Lift

Avoid straining yourself or making effort with your arms. Try to rest for the first few days and avoid driving. It is best to have someone who can help during the first week after arm lift surgery.

One month after Arm Lift

Most patients experience muscle discomfort about 7 to 10 days after arm lift surgery, so it is vital to take your medication on schedule.

General risks of Arm Lift Surgery

Unattractive scarring
Swelling of the hands
Seroma formation

Frequently Asked Questions

Will arm lift surgery be painful?

Patient undergoing an upper arm reduction procedure will need a few days of oral pain medication to treat discomfort.

Will there be scarring with arm lift surgery?

Arm reduction surgery in Turkey involves the removal of skin and places incision near the elbow, traversing to the arm pit and often crosses onto the chest wall. Your plastic surgeon may place the incision towards the back of the arm so that it is not visible from the front.

Leg Lift

Many people find it difficult to develop their calf muscles, no matter how extensive and targeted their exercise is. For some individuals, despite intense workout their lower legs remain thin and undefined. Other people suffer from an illness which caused the leg muscles to appear under-developed. Calf implants in treatment come in a variety of sizes and shapes.Recognized as calf augmentation; the procedure is designed to increase the size and shape of the calf. They are placed over the calf muscles to enhance their appearance and give them a more defined contours.

What makes our clinics the best choice for Calf Implants

Our clinics plastic surgeons perform and recommend calf augmentation surgery in Turkey to people who desire to correct imbalance, add size and shape to their physique when traditional methods of exercising, dieting and weightlifting don’t produce the desired results.

Our doctors are committed to fully educating patients about all plastic surgery and reconstructive procedures and will spend the time necessary to discuss all possible techniques and non-surgical alternatives.

Good Candidates for Calf Implants

Ideal candidates are individuals who are in good physical health and:

Psychologically stable
Would like to have more developed looking muscles
Behold realistic in their expectations for the outcomes

Preparing for your Calf Implants

If you are a smoker, it is important that you stop smoking before your surgery and during the recovery period because smoking can impede the healing process.

Certain medications and natural supplements may increase the risk of bleeding. Your plastic surgeon will give you a list of medications that you must stop taking prior to surgery. If you do not see one of your medications on this list, be sure to ask the surgeon.

One month before Calf Implants

Stop taking medicines such as Aspirin and Vitamin E. Stop smoking completely.

One week before Calf Implants

You will be asked to complete blood tests and cardiac evaluation.

One day before Calf Implants

Do not ingest any food or drink after the time advised by your surgeon

Pack a bag with comfortable shoes and clothing, specifically clothing that zips or buttons

Morning of Calf Implants

Shower or bathe normally.

Calf Implants Procedure

On the day of calf augmentation in Turkey, you will be placed under general anesthesia and turned face down on the operating room table. An incision is made in the fascia of the muscle. The fascia is the fibrous covering of the muscle itself. Sutures close the incision.

A special instrument is employed to create a pocket between the fascia and the underlying muscle. This pocket is made just big enough for the implant to fit into securely. The leg is examined for effect and if the result renders effective then the incision in the fascia is closed with stitches. The patient will be returned to face-up position and then taken to recovery.

After Calf Implant Surgery

One day after Calf Implants
You must spend the first twenty-four hours after calf implants surgery in bed with as little movement as possible. When sitting or lying still, make sure you keep your legs elevated.

One week after Calf Implants
On average most patients return back to work and normal routine within 3 to 7 days after calf implants surgery.

General risks of Calf Implants

Hematoma (collection of blood)
Seroma (fluid buildup)
Implant shifting
Anesthesia complications

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have visible scars from Calf Implants ?

No. During calf augmentation surgery, our plastic surgeons at clinic place incisions inconspicuously in the crease behind the knee.

When will I be able to exercise vigorously again?

This varies with every patient. However patients who underwent calf implants surgery must avoid vigorous activity for about one month or longer.

What kind of implants are used in Calf Implant Surgery?

The type of implants used in calf implant surgery is soft, sold silicon to achieve amplified definition and give the leg calf a well-sculpted appearance.

Thigh Lift - Thighplasty

A thigh lift (thighplasty) is a cosmetic procedure that can improve the contours and tone of your thighs. This surgery works by removing excess fat and sagging skin. You may choose to get a thigh lift if you’ve lost a lot of weight. You should see the full results of your thigh lift after six months.

What is a thigh lift?

A thigh lift (thighplasty) is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat, reshaping your thighs to give you a more contoured appearance. It also relieves pain and irritation that occurs when your thighs continuously rub against each other.

Who gets a thigh lift?

You may consider getting a thigh lift procedure if you lose a significant amount of weight. Major weight loss can lead to poor skin tone and loss of elasticity in areas that store excess fat, like your thighs. This can cause:

Cellulite or lumpy, dimpled skin.

Rashes or chafing.

Bleeding and discoloration.

Sagging skin.

Who is a candidate for a thigh lift?

You may be a candidate for thigh lift surgery if you:

Don’t smoke.

Have any underlying medical conditions that are well managed (like diabetes), or you don’t have any conditions that can complicate your recovery.

Have maintained your goal weight for a year, and don’t plan to lose more.

A surgeon will evaluate whether you’re a candidate for a thigh lift procedure by checking your general health and medical history.

Procedure Details

How should I prepare for this procedure?

Before your surgery, you’ll meet with your plastic surgeon, who’ll go over the procedure with you and answer any questions. During this consultation, your surgeon will examine your skin, learn about your goals and expected outcome, and let you know about possible side effects. Your surgeon may take pictures of your thighs to compare before and after results.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how you can prepare for surgery, which may include taking certain medications or stopping smoking.

What happens during a thigh lift?

A thigh lift takes place in a hospital, accredited in-office surgical facility or ambulatory surgery center.

On the day of your surgery, here’s what to expect:

Before the procedure, your surgeon marks incision lines while you’re standing. They may position the sagging skin at different angles to guide these efforts.

Your anesthesiologist will give you anesthesia to put you to sleep so you won’t feel any pain during the surgery.

Your surgeon makes an incision in your groin. Depending on the type of thigh lift you have, the incision may extend around the back of your thigh, down toward your knee or around your hip and back.

Your surgeon removes fat, repositions tissue and tightens nearby muscles. They also trim away excess skin.

Stitches (sutures) help secure tissue deep in your thigh to support your new shape.

Before completing the procedure, your surgeon uses stitches, clips or a special skin adhesive to close the incision.

Where will I have thigh lift scars?

You’ll have scars from a thigh lift on the location of the incision or area where your surgeon cut your skin. The incision location and size depend on which part of your thigh you wish to target. Options include:

Mini thigh lift repairs sagging in the upper and inner region of your thigh. It uses a small incision in your groin.

Inner (medial) thigh lift tightens the inner part of your thigh. It requires an incision that starts in your groin and extends around the back of your thigh below your butt. Another technique involves a vertical incision from your groin to your knee.

Outer (bilateral) thigh lift targets fat and excess skin near your waist and butt. The incision starts in your upper groin, wraps around your hip and extends across your back at the waistline.

Spiral thigh lift sculpts your thigh with an incision that extends from your butt to your groin to target several areas of your thigh, including the front, back, inner and outer thigh.

How long does thigh lift surgery take?

Thigh lift surgery may take two hours to complete. Your surgeon will go over the time estimate with you during your consultation.

Can I get other cosmetic procedures done at the same time as a thigh lift?

You may choose to get more than just one cosmetic procedure done at the same time as a thigh lift. It’s common for people to also receive a butt lift or a lower body lift while they’re getting a thigh lift done. Your surgeon will let you know if it’s possible to combine different procedures to meet your goals.

What happens after a thigh lift?

After a thigh lift surgery, you’ll move to a recovery area until you wake up from general anesthesia. You may need to stay in the hospital after your surgery, or your surgeon will allow you to go home on the same day. You should plan to have someone drive you home after your surgery.

Your surgeon will give you instructions on how to care for your surgical site at home. You’ll need plenty of rest, and you should avoid moving around a lot or participating in strenuous activities until your surgeon says it’s safe to do so.

Your thighs will feel sore, and you may have mild swelling for several days after surgery.

After a week, you’ll have a follow-up appointment so your care team can see how your surgical site is healing.

Risks / Benefits

What are the benefits of a thigh lift?

Benefits of a thigh lift include:

Smoother thighs.
Reshaped thighs.
Reduced appearance of stretch marks.
Reduced friction rashes.
Tighter muscles.
Less sagging skin.
More confidence in your appearance.

What are the risks of a thigh lift?

Potential risks of a thigh lift include:

Asymmetry (one thigh’s shape doesn’t match the other).
Changes in skin sensation.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Fluid accumulation (seroma).
Poor wound healing or closure (dehiscence).
Swelling (edema).

Recovery and Outlook

What can I expect after a thigh lift?

After your thigh lift procedure, you’ll need a lot of rest so your thighs can heal. You should rest your legs as much as possible for up to 10 days. During this time, you should stay home from work or school. Your plastic surgeon will let you know when you can go back.

You’ll likely need to wear compression garments for at least six weeks. Most people resume daily activities within six weeks.

The procedure requires large incisions that may be sensitive to movement, temperature and touch. Carefully follow all care instructions that your surgeon gave you. Your surgeon may have placed small, temporary tubes under your skin to clear blood and other fluid. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can help you stay comfortable.

Complications after a thigh lift aren’t uncommon, but they’re usually not serious. You may experience issues with wound healing or fluid buildup. These issues may need extra medical care, but corrective surgery is rarely necessary.

Scars from the surgery will fade over time but not completely go away. You may also lose some firmness in your thighs as you age or if you gain weight.

When will I see the results of a thigh lift?

Your incision sites should heal after six weeks. The swelling should go away completely after six months. After six months, you’ll see the results of your thigh lift.

What is Abdominal Etching?

Abdominal etching is also known as liposuction for abs for patients who want to achieve a washboard stomach. The procedure creates a more defined six-pack. In most cases, it’s a very safe and effective surgery.

If you have a stubborn layer of fat that you’re struggling to get rid of, abdominal etching may benefit you. It’s a type of liposuction that removes stomach fat. The ideal candidate for this surgery is at a healthy weight, eats well, and has stubborn stomach fat but already has underlying tone in the abs.

What Happens During Abdominal Etching Surgery?

Abdominal etching surgery takes between 1 to 2 hours to complete. It’s a minimally invasive form of liposuction. Before your procedure, your surgeon will outline your abdominal muscles with markers. These help to guide the surgery. When you are fully happy with your markings, you will be put under general anaesthetic.

During the procedure, your surgeon uses small cannulas to remove pockets of fat from the abdomen and tightens the skin. It’s similar to traditional liposuction, but with a complete focus on the stomach and removing that layer of fat that covers your natural abs. 

After the surgery, the incisions are closed with a protective dressing. Because the cannulas are so small, the actual incisions don’t need sutures. So, you don’t have to worry about removing sutures at a later date.

What are the Benefits of Abdominal Etching?

Abdominal etching is a popular treatment among men and women. The procedure is not considered a weight-loss tool. Patients should already be at a good weight before the surgery to achieve the best results. Benefits of abdominal etching include: 

Defined six-pack 
Washboard abs 
Boost confidence 
Minimal scarring 
Long-lasting results 

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Abdominal Etching Surgery?

Immediately following your surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment. This helps to reduce swelling and ease your recovery. You will wear a compression garment for the first 2 weeks. 

In general, you will need about 1 week off work to recover. You will experience mild discomfort initially. Your surgeon will give you directions on managing any pain and how to use your compression garment. During this time, you should avoid any exercise while you recover. You should start to see results after about 6 weeks. The final result should appear in 3-6 months. You can usually resume normal activities and exercise in 3-4 weeks. 

What Happens During Your Abdominal Etching Consultation?

During your consultation, you will discuss your concerns with your stomach, medical history and current medications. Your surgeon will take photos, discuss the procedure, and determine if you are suitable for the surgery. 

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Abdominal Etching?

You are a suitable candidate for abdominal etching if you have a healthy diet and exercise regularly. You should be at a healthy weight with no more than 20% body fat. You have some resistant tummy fat but have an underlying tone in your abdomen muscles. If you have previously undergone tummy tuck surgery or liposuction, you can usually go head with abdomen etching to achieve a more chisilled appearance. 

How to Prepare for Abdominal Etching

Before your surgery, you should stop smoking and taking certain medications. Follow a healthy diet and be as healthy as possible to prepare for abdominal etching.

What to Expect After Surgery

After the procedure, you should expect some swelling and bruising, which can be managed by painkillers. You should be able to shower one day after your procedure. 

When Will You See the Final Result?

You can see the results immediately, but the final result can be seen between 6 and 12 months.

Are the Results Permanent?

Abdominal etching is considered permanent because it’s unlikely that the fat cells in the abdomen will be replaced. However, you need to maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly to retain your abdominal etching results.

What are the Scars Like Following the Surgery?

Lipo etching uses small cannula tubes; therefore, it will only need small incisions. The incisions are strategically placed, so even if you have some scarring, it will be well-hidden.

What is the Difference Between Liposuction and Abdominal Etching?

The main difference between the two procedures is that liposuction removes fat from multiple problem areas of the body. Whereas abdominal etching removes localised fat from the abdomen with the sole purpose of creating a more defined abdomen. 
Is Abdominal Etching Painful?

After your surgery, you may feel a little sore. Any discomfort should subside in about 3-4 days. In a couple of weeks, your body will feel much more back to normal. 

Can You Combine Abdominal Etching With Other Procedures?

Abdominal etching can be performed as a standalone procedure or combined with other procedures, such as: 

Mini tummy tuck 
Body contouring procedures 
Brazilian butt lift

There are some limitations with combining abdominal etching and a mini tummy tuck. If the stomach muscles are too loose, there may be some limits with what can be achieved through a mini tummy tuck. 

Is Abdominal Etching Safe?

Abdominal etching is considered a safe procedure when done by an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon has expert knowledge of human anatomy and liposuction techniques to achieve maximum results. 

What are the Potential Risks and Complications of Abdominal Etching?

There are potential risks and compilation with any surgery. With this type of treatment, you must attend any follow-up appointments after your procedure. This is key for spotting any fluid build-up to treat seromas if they occur. Other potential risks and complications include: 
Anaesthesia risks 
Skin and or fat/necrosis 
Fluid accumulation 
Poor wound healing
Poor scarring 
Nerve injury 
Contour irregularity
Over/under correction
Damage to other structures
Chest infection