Lost weight - skin isn't rebounding. Daughter passed away & the sadness has aged me more. I don't want to feel old & ugly.
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Facelift, Blepharoplasty, Liposuction with Breast Reduction and Possible Body lift
Planning body make over after weight loss
- First - I am very very sorry for your loss.
- It sounds as though you lost a lot of weight.
- Make a list of the areas that bother you most -
- And if you can decide, start with the face - the eyes and neck.
- Then you have have an upper body lift with breast reduction.
- Then a lower body lift assuming it is needed.
- These would be 3 sessions of major surgery - they could not be done all at once.
- The facial surgery - depending on what is done might be $8000 - $12,000 very very roughly.
Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes
I am sure you have thought about the procedures you inquired about, but I would move slowly. Stress and loss can often cause all of us to make hasty decisions, particularly in areas that might give relief, offer distraction, or provide a pick me up. However, while recovering from cosmetic facial procedures, patients can sometimes experience a phase of depression. If you add a financial stress as well, that can compound the problem. You may not want to add these things to your plate until you are prepared for these realities of cosmetic surgery.
That being said, when you do feel ready I would break up the procedures into smaller chunks. Neck lift and eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) are commonly performed together. The recovery is relatively easy and with minimal discomfort, but you will need to take it easy for at least 1 week. With photographs, I could give you a more accurate quote. As for the body procedures, I would have to defer to a general plastic surgeon that specialized body contouring.
Sorry if my response is a downer, but I would hate for you not to have a great experience because the timing isn't quite right yet. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to ask. My thoughts will be with you and your family. Take care.
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Lost weight - skin isn't rebounding.
I you have "Jowls", they represent sagging facial tissues and are an indication for some form of a SMAS facelift. The underlying SMAS layer, of the face, must be dissected, lifted, trimmed and re-sutured. The excess skin is then removed and the facelift incisions closed.
My most popular facelift is the minimally invasive, short incision facelift that has all the benefits of more invasive facelifts (traditional, mid-face, deep plane and subperiosteal facelifts) but with these added benefits:
•very small incisions
•minimal tissue dissection = less bruising and swelling = rapid recovery
•can be performed in 90 minutes or less, with or without anesthesia
•no incisions within the hair = no hair loss
•excess fat can be removed
•excess skin removed
•cheeks, chin and jaw line can be augmented with dermal fillers (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or facial implants
•most patients fly back home to parts all over the world in as little as 3 days post-op
I tell potential facelift patients to think of creating a more beautiful or handsome face by working on three tissue levels. The bony structure should be appropriate to make a woman’s face heart shaped and a man’s face chiseled and angular which is described below. Next the fatty layer should be reduced or shaped allowing the shape to be seen and finally excess SMAS and skin evidenced by the presence of jowls) should be removed from the face and neck.
Hope this helps.
Lost weight, multiple procedures of interest
Lost weight - skin isn't rebounding.
In the interim do some research on web sites like RealSelf to learn more about each procedure.
Good luck and best wishes,
Jon A. Perlman MD FACS
Associate Clinical Prof. of Plastic Surgery, UCLA Medical Center
ABC-TV Extreme Makeover Plastic Surgeon
Beverly Hills, California
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