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Before your facelift procedure, preparation is critical. That includes using sunscreen to protect your face.

In South Florida, it can be difficult to avoid exposing your face to the sun. However, protecting your face will help you maintain the results of your facelift. UV light from the sun accelerates the aging process, leading to age spots, lines, and wrinkles. It’s particularly important to avoid sun exposure during the first few weeks after your facelift. During that time, your healing skin will be especially sensitive to the sun. Sunlight can also cause your healing incisions to discolor, making them more visible.

If you haven’t started your surgery, it’s helpful to get in the habit of wearing sunscreen everyday; choose one with an SPF of at least 30. A combination product, such as a moisturizer that contains sunscreen, can make it easy to remember to apply. You can further protect your face from damaging UV rays by wearing a hat while outdoors, putting on sunglasses and minimizing time spent outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its most intense.

 

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Do you look in the mirror and see an aging face that does not reflect how you feel inside? As you age, your skin loses elasticity, wrinkles develop and facial tissue loses its youthful fullness. This process can start as early as your 30s. With advances in facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Nathan Nachlas is able to help his patients achieve natural results. Specifically, his patients enjoy a more youthful appearance that helps them look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside.

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This is a 55-year-old female with significant loss of skin elasticity and jowl formation. Facial cosmetic surgery restored a more youthful appearance to her neck and jaw line.

Dr. Nachlas stresses natural and subtle cosmetic procedures, which enhance rather than change one’s appearance. In his years of extensive training and experience in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Nachlas has developed advanced techniques for creating natural-looking results. He will work closely with you to determine treatment options that match your individual needs. As with all elective surgery, good health and realistic expectations are a must.

Successful facial plastic surgery is a result of a good rapport between patient and surgeon. Because each patient is different, your treatment plan should be customized for you. Dr. Nachlas will spend a good deal of time with you, discussing your procedure, your questions, and your goals in order to develop this individualized treatment plan.

Facial Cosmetic Surgery: What Are My Options?

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If you’re looking for non-surgical cosmetic procedures, consider facial rejuvenation such as injectable fillers or other aesthetic services. To discuss which facial cosmetic surgery procedure is right for you schedule an appointment with Dr Nachlas.  Call Sandy Friedman, director of patient relations at (561) 939-0909 or you can also request an appointment.

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No one wants to look older than they feel, but sometimes your face ages faster than you would like. The Florida sun, repeated facial expressions and genetics all contribute to skin wrinkles. By your 40’s or 50’s, these wrinkles can alter your face’s appearance. To maintain your youthful face, Dr. Nathan Nachlas and his Boca Raton practice offer the minimal-downtime facelift, which can rejuvenate your face with natural-looking results.

Dr. Nachlas is a double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon. He trained at the renowned Yale-New Haven Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition, Dr. Nachlas earned a prestigious facial plastic surgery fellowship in Beverly Hills. During his extensive training, he learned advanced techniques in facial plastic surgery. His surgical skill is matched by the high level of personal attention he provides to each of his facial cosmetic surgery patients. It’s no wonder, then, that patients travel from West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale to see Dr. Nachlas.

Minimal-Downtime Facelift: Different In A Good Way

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A minimal-downtime facelift, while a more limited procedure than the usual facelift, yields beautiful results.

Minimal-downtime facelift surgery addresses many of the same concerns that traditional facelift surgery does. The difference? Smaller and fewer incisions. This approach to facelift surgery is best suited for: 1) people with more moderate skin sagging and 2) those who would like a more limited procedure that still yields beautiful results.

The minimal-downtime facelift involves making short incisions. These incisions are made in front of and occasionally behind your ears. Don’t worry: They should not disrupt the hairline. Next, underlying facial tissue is repositioned and muscles are tightened, creating a more youthful foundation for your skin. Then, excess sagging or lax skin is removed. Finally, the skin is repositioned and held in place with tiny sutures. The result is firmer, lifted cheeks, smoother skin, and a sculpted, youthful-looking jaw line.

Dr. Nachlas performs minimal-downtime facelift surgery as an outpatient procedure, using general anesthesia for optimal patient comfort. The surgery typically takes 1 to 1.5 hours. The exception is if it is being performed in conjunction with other procedures such as eyelid surgery or nose surgery. Many patients find their minimal-downtime facelift results can be enhanced with injectable fillers. Dr. Nachlas’ practice in Boca Raton offers these as well.

Minimal-Downtime Facelift:   Recovery and Results

Dr. Nachlas will bandage your face overnight; minimal swelling is typical. He will make sure that you have prescription pain medication in case you need it to manage your discomfort. Over several weeks, Dr. Nachlas will monitor your recovery closely, and will let you know as soon as you can resume normal activities. Most patients typically return to work within 1 week.

Learn more about facelift options from Dr. Nachlas. Schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Nachlas in Boca Raton: Call now at (561) 939-0909 or request a consultation.

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One way to extend the life of your facelift is to look closely at your diet. The healthier your diet is, the more likely that your facelift results will be lengthy. Try to steer clear of eating a lot of sugar, as it leads to the production of advanced glycation end-products, which can play a part in the aging of your skin. Instead of sugary foods, try to eat foods with nutrients and vitamins, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats. Here are several facelift-boosting foods:

Facelift Boosting Foods

Avocados and grapefruit can extend the life of your facelift.

  • Spinach, like many other dark green leafy vegetables, is rich in an antioxidant called lutein. Spinach is good for preventing facelift-damaging wrinkles by helping to retain the face’s moisture and elasticity, increasing lipid levels and preventing damage caused by free radicals. In addition, spinach has the power to reduce dark circles under the eyes due to its high levels of Vitamins K and C. Diets high in Vitamins K and C increase circulation and strengthen capillary walls.
  • Oysters, clams and mussels are high in Vitamin B12 and iron. Your facelift gets a boost from these vitamins, as they stave off anaemia and combat pasty skin.
  • Garlic can safeguard your facelift, too. Particularly when eaten raw or crushed, garlic can reduce future acne breakouts, while its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the swelling and inflammation of acne.
  • Avocados are a treat for your facelift. They moisturize your skin from the inside and increase collagen production, helping to prevent wrinkles. The high levels of Vitamin E keep your skin supple and prevent premature aging.
  • Bananas, strawberries, melon and papaya prevent fluid retention, a primary cause of a puffy face and bags under the eyes. When your body’s sodium/potassium balance is off, fluid retention increases. Increase your intake of potassium-rich foods like bananas.

See before-and-after photos from Dr. Nachlas’s facelift patients here. Learn more about facelift options from Dr. Nachlas.

Schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Nachlas in Boca Raton: Call now at (561) 939-0909 or request an consultation.

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Smoking can reverse your facelift results.

Although a facelift focuses on the external features of your face, smoothing out sagginess and easing the appearance of lines and creases, what you put inside your body plays an important part in how well the surgical results hold up.

Smoking or using tobacco is one way to speed up the aging process and quickly reverse facelift results. The nicotine in cigarettes and other forms of tobacco disrupts blood flow. Decreased blood circulation in your skin keeps it from getting the nutrients it needs to stay youthful looking and smooth. Smoking also destroys the collagen in the dermal layer of the skin. Without collagen, your skin is more likely to sag or droop, since nothing is there to hold it up.

If you do smoke, you usually get a jumpstart on quitting before surgery, as most surgeons–including Dr. Nachlas–strongly advise quitting at least two weeks before a facelift procedure. Quitting before surgery and remaining smoke-free for at least two weeks afterwards cuts your risk for complications and helps your body heal more quickly after the surgery. Quitting is tough, but Dr. Nachlas can provide guidance to help you through it and to help you stay away from tobacco after your facelift procedure.

See before-and-after photos from Dr. Nachlas’s facelift patients here. Learn more about facelift options from Dr. Nachlas.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Nachlas in Boca Raton: Call now at (561) 939-0909 or request an consultation.

 

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Tips for Extending the Life of Your FaceliftAlthough they won’t last forever, the results from a traditional facelift will last a lot longer than the results from a mini facelift or from a non-surgical option, such as an injectable filler. Since people age at different rates, how long one person’s results last can be very different from how long another person’s results last.

Genes aren’t the only factor that determine how long your facelift results will last. Your habits and lifestyle also play a part. Make the results from your surgery last as long as possible by making some changes to your life. Ten years down the road, when your face still looks youthful and fresh, you’ll be thanking yourself for the small changes you made today.

Focus on Your Health

Although a facelift focuses on the external features of your face, smoothing out sagginess and easing the appearance of lines and creases, what you put inside your body plays an important part in how well the surgical results hold up. What you eat, drink and inhale all impact your surgical results.

Smoking or using tobacco is one way to speed up the aging process and quickly undo the results of your facelift. The nicotine in cigarettes and other forms of tobacco disrupts blood flow. Decreased blood circulation in your skin keeps it from getting the nutrients it needs to stay youthful looking and smooth. Smoking also destroys the collagen in the dermal layer of skin. Without collagen, your skin is more likely to sag or droop, since nothing is there to hold it up.

If you do smoke, you usually get a jumpstart on quitting before surgery, as most surgeons strongly advise quitting at least two weeks before a procedure. Quitting before surgery and remaining smoke-free for at least two weeks afterwards helps cut your risk for complications and helps your body heal more quickly after the surgery. Quitting is tough, but your surgeon can provide guidance to help you through it and to help you stay away from tobacco after your facelift.

Another way to improve your health and extend the life of your facelift is to take a close look at your diet. The healthier your diet is, the more likely it is your facelift results will be lengthy. Try to steer clear of eating a lot of sugar, as it leads to the production of advanced glycation end products, which can play a part in the aging of your skin. Instead of sugary foods, try to eat foods that contain a lot of nutrients and vitamins, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats.

Stay Out of the Sun

In Florida, it can be difficult to avoid exposure to the sun. But, doing so will help you maintain the results of your facelift for as long as possible. Ultraviolet light from the sun contributes to the aging process, leading to age spots or hyperpigmentation and lines and wrinkles. It’s particularly important to avoid exposure to the sun in the first few days and weeks after your facelift. During that time, your healing skin will be very sensitive to the sun. Sunlight can also cause the healing incisions to discolor, making them more visible.

If you haven’t started before your surgery, it’s helpful to get in the habit of wearing sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30, everyday. A combination product, such as a moisturizer that contains sunscreen, can make it easy to remember to apply it. Along with using sunscreen, you can further protect your face from the sun’s aging rays by wearing a hat when you’re outdoors, putting on sunglasses and trying to avoid spending a lot of time outside when the sun is at its most intense, usually daytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Get a Boost From an Injection

Another way to keep your face looking youthful for longer is to give it a boost with an injection. Dermal fillers can enhance or extend the life of your facelift. Depending on the type of filler injection you receive, it can help smooth lines or wrinkles or add volume to your face. Your surgeon can help you choose the filler that will provide the most benefit.

Dr. Nathan Nachlas is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Boca Raton, Florida. He is happy to answer any questions you might have about facelift surgery and about ways to maintain the results of your surgery for years to come.

To schedule a consultation call Sandy Friedman, director of patient relations for Dr. Nachlas at (561) 939-0909 or you can request an appointment online at drnachlas.com/contact-us.

Recovering Comfortably After Cosmetic SurgeryRecovery and downtime are part of the facial plastic surgery journey. Your new nose or younger-looking face won’t be instantly visible. Your body needs time to heal. Usually, the initial recovery period lasts about a week or two. After that, your surgeon will most likely give you permission to head back to work or to resume certain activities.

Taking up to two weeks off to rest and recuperate might not seem like much fun. But, with some careful planning, you can make your recovery period a comfortable and possibly even enjoyable one.

Stock Up on Soft, Bland Foods

Chewing might be a challenge after you have a rhinoplasty or other facial surgery. You don’t want to move your jaw too much or you risk disturbing the sutures or affecting the results of the procedure. Get your kitchen and pantry ready for your recovery time by stocking up on easy to swallow, soft foods beforehand. Canned or boxed soups are great to have, because they are filling and easy to prepare.

Your surgeon might recommend sticking with liquids for the first few hours after your surgery. After that, light meals are recommended. If you feel very hungry after your procedure, it’s usually okay to eat, but check with your surgeon before you have a big, full meal.

Pick Out a Good Chair

Although you’ll be able to walk around within the first few days after your procedure, having a great chair to relax in can help make the recovery a bit more comfortable. Since keeping your head elevated after a facelift or other facial surgery is recommended, to keep swelling and bruising down, picking out a chair that reclines slightly while keeping the head propped up is usually optimal: something like a La-Z-Boy or other recliner so that you have a comfortable seat to settle into.

Stock Up on Pillows

Pillows can be your best friend during your recovery period. Usually, surgeons recommend sleeping with your head elevated, lying on your back. A few pillows can give you just the right amount of lift to keep bruising to a minimum. If you’re not used to sleeping on your back, putting a few pillows along each side of you can help keep you from rolling over to your side or stomach in your sleep. It can also be comforting to hold a pillow as you sit and relax. You can really  never have too many pillows.

Take It Easy

A big part of the recovery process after a facelift is relaxing and taking it easy. Admittedly, that can be difficult to do, especially if you are usually an active person. Instead of thinking about the things you can’t do while you recuperate, think of the things you’ll finally get around to doing. The first few days after surgery are a great time to listen to your favorite music, catch up on your favorite shows or see films you missed. If you’ve had eyelid surgery, now’s a great time to catch up with audiobooks or to listen to popular podcasts.

Don’t Forget the Ice

Ice packs or cold compresses can help reduce swelling and bruising. They also feel a bit soothing. You can make up a few ice packs before your procedure to have ready afterwards, using ice cubes and plastic bags. A less messy option is to soak a washcloth in cold water, wring it out and freeze it for about 15 minutes. The cloth will be cold enough to do the trick, but won’t leak all over the place when the ice starts melting. You can also buy first aid ice packs, which become cold without the need for freezing them.

Recovery Starts Before Surgery

Ideally, preparation for your recovery period should begin several weeks before you even have surgery, right around the time of your consultation. Your surgeon will most likely recommend some lifestyle changes to you, if needed, such as quitting smoking. You might be told to cut back on alcoholic beverages, as well.

It’s also a good idea to start eating a healthy diet in advance of your surgery. The better you eat, the better prepared your body will be to handle the recovery period. Fill up on foods that are packed with nutrients, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats. Talk to your surgeon if you have any questions about diet and nutrition before the surgery.

Dr. Nathan Nachlas is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Nachlas is committed to helping patients feel healthier and happier after surgery. To find out more about your surgical options and ways to enjoy a comfortable recovery, contact Dr. Nachlas  for a consultation today by calling  (561) 939-0909 or you can request an appointment online at drnachlas.com/contact-us.

 

 

Dr Nachlas Skin Care After Surgery | Boca Raton, FLSurgery can only do so much to improve the way a person looks. Conditions like acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and enlarged pores will not go away with a lift or liposuction. To feel their best, patients may need a combination of procedures. The outcome of a surgery may be able to be enhanced through specially designed treatments for the skin.

Facial plastic surgery procedures can certainly help a patient look more youthful, but a good deal of how good the results are depends on how well the person is willing to take care of their new appearance. Dr. Nachlas works alongside Carol Maguire, Licensed Clinical Paramedical Aesthetician, to create the best results for his patients. That facelift will stand out even more after reducing the effects of sun damage. Acne treatments, facials, microdermabrasion, resurfacing with non-ablative or ablative lasers, and chemical peels may be able to be performed in conjunction with, or following, facial rejuvenation surgery.

There are other tips you can follow at home to ensure that your skin remains bright and healthy. Surgery is traumatic to the skin, but the proper steps will help it heal just fine.

  • Do not touch the skin at the surgical site. Swelling, bruising, redness, minor pain, and even itching are normal. Scratching or rubbing the area may cause further damage, including infection. It can be hard not to touch, but you will not need to worry about needing an additional procedure to remove scars or pits in the skin.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Well-hydrated skin heals faster than dry skin. Dehydration can also slow the immune system. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is ideal.
  • Practice good sun protection. The skin may be very sensitive to sunlight following surgery. Limit sun exposure by staying out of direct light. Always use a broadband sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or 40 that protects against UVA and UVB radiation. Higher SPFs may block pores.

Following any procedure, it is important to continue to follow a quality skincare regimen with the right projects. Hypoallergenic cleaners and moisturizers will leave you with soft, healthy skin. Dr. Nachlas has his own skincare line, available at the practice, in addition to other proven brands that he recommends.  To schedule a consultation call Sandy Friedman, director of patient relations for Dr. Nachlas, at (561) 939-0909. You can also reach us at drnachlas.com/contact-us.

Nathan E. Nachlas, MD