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I’ve seen television commercials for facelifts. Does Dr. Falconer do this type of procedure?

The technical name for this type of facelift is a SMAS plication facelift. Dr Falconer does do this type of facelift but he also uses other techniques when appropriate. A “one size fits all” approach does not lend itself to the best results. Because every patient has unique needs and desires, Dr. Falconer uses an individualized approach to each patient.

Are there non surgical alternatives to facelifts?

The answer is a qualified yes. For people with minimal to moderate aging changes, treatments such as fillers and botox can be very helpful to postpone the need for surgery for a period of time. Sometimes, however, patients spend as much (or more) money and downtime for these temporary treatments as they would for a procedure that provides lasting results. Many practices provide only non-surgical treatments and they are unable to provide a patient with all the information needed to make a fully informed decision about treatment options.

Can other procedures be done at the same time as a facelift?

Yes- Dr Falconer frequently combines procedures such as eyelid surgery ,laser peels, and chin augmentation to give patients maximum benefits. Safety is of utmost importance and Dr Falconer’s experience allows him to know what procedures can be done in the same setting. Dr Falconer will also explain any differences in downtime and discomfort that could be expected from combined procedures.

What is a “minilift”?

Younger patients with good skin tone and minimal age-related facial changes are good candidates for a less aggressive facelift known by many names but usually considered a “minilift”. This procedure targets the jaw line and under-chin area to reduce jowls and “bands” in the neck, two of the earliest signs of facial aging. As a less aggressive procedure, both costs and downtime are typically less than that of a “full “facelift.

How long does a facelift “last?”

A facelift does “turn the clock back” but the clock continues to run. Patients are typically pleased with their results for five or more years, often longer. This time varies from patient to patient based on variables such as smoking, skin care, and sun protection.

What type of peel procedure would be best for me?

Peel procedures (such as laser or chemical peels) are performed to reduce wrinkles and pigmentation problems as well as to improve skin texture. Depending on the degree of skin aging, a graduated approach yields the best results. Dr Falconer has extensive experience in a wide variety of peels and he can even combine or “blend” techniques to suit a patients individual needs.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Smaller procedures are performed under local anesthesia, sometimes with anti-anxiety medicine given by mouth. Longer procedures are performed under light sedation administered by a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Patients are not “asleep” and typically recover without the nausea and disorientation associated with recovery from general anesthesia.

Can Dr. Falconer show me what my results might be?

In addition to viewing before and after photos of patients with similar concerns, Dr. Falconer can also use computer imaging to give patients some idea of their anticipated results. Of course, this is not a
guarantee but generally gives the patient a good idea of expected results. The appearance of incisions and other pertinent issues will be discussed thoroughly.

Do my fees cover other costs such as facility fees or postoperative care?

Postoperative care is vital to obtain the best results from your procedure. As such, all routine postoperative care is included in the surgeon’s fee. Dr. Falconer will discuss both the frequency and timing of postoperative visits.
Surgical fees do include facility fees unless otherwise stated.