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  • Q. Is a face lift permanent?

    A. While a good face lift has the potential to take 10-15 years off your appearance, you are still aging. However, several factors will affect how you age and maintain your appearance. These factors include your diet, exercise, lifestyle, use of sunscreen, not smoking and moderate consumption of alcohol.

  • Q. Can I have my face lift in a private surgery center?

    A. We have a private, fully accredited surgical suite in which the majority of cosmetic procedures are performed safely and effectively under monitored conscious IV sedation.

  • Q. What is a deep plane face lift?

    A. A deep plane face lift is a deep layer dissection and release and lifting underneath the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) fascia. It has been argued to have a more effective pull on the anterior facial tissues, but studies have shown equal longevity of techniques that are not deep plane. The recovery of the deep plane face lift is longer and it carries some additional risks. The current trend is toward more conservative techniques.

  • Q. Is a deep plane SMAS face lift better than other face lifts?

    A. A deep plane face lift has not been shown to be better than more conservative techniques. The longevity of the face lift and deep plane face lift has been shown to be about equal, and the deep plane face lift carries with it a longer recovery and additional risks.

  • Q. What is fat transfer used for?

    A. Autologous fat transfer (AFT) is a technique in which fat is taken from a donor site (abdomen and thighs are common) and transplanted to other areas of the body such as the face, neck, buttocks, breasts and abdominal muscle. It is a soft tissue filler that offers permanent results to enhance or fill in volume depleted over time. Examples include restoration of cheekbones, aged lower eyelids, facial furrows, deep wrinkles, enhance the jawline and more.

  • Q. What are the side effects of fat transfers?

    A. You can expect to be swollen, bruised and sore in the donor and recipient site. Since we use your own tissue, the rejection risk is minimal. Additional infrequent risks include cysts, assymetries and resorption. Before your procedure, Dr. Schmid will thoroughly review the benefits and risks so you can make an informed decision.

  • Q. My friend told me she is getting Juvederm injections for her wrinkles. What is it and how does it work?

    A. Your friend's cosmetic surgeon is treating her wrinkles with a "filler." There are many fillers on the market today: Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and more. Even one's own adipose (fat) tissue can be used ad a filler. Fillers are basically an injectable gel derived from common substances like hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring sugar in the body). Since a wrinkle is essentially a severe, localized loss of volume, a filler is injected directly under the offending wrinkle and re-volumizes it. Fillers have been used for years to correct wrinkles, enhance the lips and volumize hallowed under eye areas.

  • Q. What is a brow lift and what does it improve?

    A. A brow lift, also called a forehead lift, is a procedure used to improve the forehead/brow. Often as we age the forehead will descend so much it encroaches upon the eyebrows and may push the brows down creating a tired look. Similar to a face lift, forehead/brow lifts remove excess skin of the forehead and reposition it in a more appealing and youthful manner.

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