Small Procedures for the Face

CANDIDATES:
Generally men and women above of 35 years.

OBJECTIVE:
Improve the deep furrow that goes from the nose to the corner of the mouth, the cheeks, the jaw line, the double chin and to give volume to the cheekbones and to the lips.

INCISIONS AND TECHNIQUE
There are different procedures. In general none of them it uses incisions. The techniques use use very thin needles. To correct the neck we can use liposuction or syringe lipoesculture, improving the contour. We utilize the thinnest c�nulas for recontour the jawline, and inject fat in the nasolabial, malar and glabela (between the eyebrows) regions, the lips and the eyelids. When liposuction is not necessary and we want only to augment, we can use, instead of fat the so-called "fillers", that can be temporary or lasting, according to preferences of the patient. When it is necessary provoke an elevation of the structures we can use self-sustaining threads, also called Russian threads. To improve the quality of the skin we use a series of chemical "peelings', that vary in intensity according to the type of skin. This combination can postpone the first facelift, or complement the result of our older patients. Refreshment techniques, however do not give the same result as a facelift. It is a gentler way to improve facial contour and a complement to other techniques.

DURATION
30 to 40 minutes.

ANESTHESIA
Local with or without sedation.

IN/OUT PATIENT:
Outpatient.

SIDE EFFECTS:
Equimoses temporary, swelling, in case of of the "peeling", skin flaking.

RECUPERATION:
Back to work: 2 to 5 days. More stressful physical activities: two weeks or more. Ecchymosis: 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid sun exposure for 30 days.

RISKS:
Complications are not frequent. Hematoma (accumulation of blood under the skin), infection.

DETAILS:
Rejuvenation can be described as a state of mind, but there is always the factor that improving the appearance helps to improve the state of mind. "It is much better to look young and have no wrinkles, than to carry the burden of an old face all your life" said a patient. The interesting point is that the changes need not be drastic to provoke a more youthful appearance and elevate the spirit and the "tired" face. The human appearance is the sum of a number of components. It has been studied for centuries by artists and more recently by psychologists and plastic surgeons.

DURATION OF THE RESULTS
Depends on the procedure and the patient's age.