Cosmetic Surgery FAQ

When you determine that a certain cosmetic procedure is right for you, you will likely have many questions. Our surgeons will be able to answer any questions you have during your consultation, and you can also look through this FAQ:

Face Procedures

We offer a variety of facial procedures at the Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, from a facelift to chin augmentation. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

What does the procedure entail?

A facelift is an extremely common procedure that is able to provide a more youthful appearance by removing excess skin and fat on the face and neck. The procedure will typically take around 2-3 hours to complete, and you will wear a dressing over the cheek and neck area for the first 24 hours.

What will my recovery be like?

Fortunately, minimal pain is associated with a facelift. The average recovery time is 10-14 days, and most patients need two weeks before returning to work. Sutures will be removed within ten days, but avoid working out or raising your blood pressure for a full three weeks after.

Mid Facelift

What does the procedure entail?

A mid facelift is able to address the changes in your jowl and neck area, along with the lower eyelid and cheek. This procedure elevates the soft tissue from the mid-cheek back to the upper-cheek and lower eyelid area. Mid facelifts take about two hours, and you will wear a dressing around the cheeks and neck for the initial 24 hours.

What will my recovery be like?

Your sutures will be removed within ten days, and recovery will take between two to six weeks. You will be able to start working out again after three weeks, and can shower and wash your hair after 48 hours. Though some swelling and/or bruising is common, little to no pain is associated with a mid facelift.

Mini Facelift

What does the procedure entail?

A mini facelift is perfect for those that want a little lift, but do not want a full facelift. Traditionally, a mini facelift lifts the jowl area and leaves the patient with a more youthful appearance. The procedure is less invasive than a facelift or mid facelift, and it involves a small incision in front of the ear.

What will my recovery be like?

The recovery time for a mini facelift is 7-10 days, and does not involve any sutures or dressings. You can go back to work within two weeks, but should not workout until three weeks after the procedure. Minimal pain is involved with a mini facelift, and there is less bruising or swelling than a full facelift.

Endoscopic Brow Lift

What does the procedure entail?

An endoscopic brow lift is perfect for those that need a lift around their eyebrows, upper eyelids, and/or forehead. This procedure involves many small incisions near the scalp with an endoscope, all of which will be completely covered with your hair.

What will my recovery be like?

After the endoscopic brow lift is completed, the treated area will be covered with padding and a bandage to prevent any infections, swelling, or bleeding. The dressing will be there for the first couple of days, and the overall recovery time is ten to fourteen days.

Eye Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

What does the procedure entail?

A blepharoplasty lifts the eyelids to achieve younger looking and brighter eyes. Our surgeon will be able to trim sagging skin/muscle, and remove any excess fat and tissue around the eyelid. Once this is complete, our surgeon will use small stitches to complete the procedure.

What will my recovery be like?

The average recovery time for a blepharoplasty is seven days, but you will want to avoid raising blood pressure for three weeks, and prevent too much sun exposure. You may also experience swelling for up to ten days after the procedure.

Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

What does the procedure entail?

For those with protruding or asymmetric ears, otoplasty may be the perfect option. Our surgeon is able to reshape patients’ ears with minimal surgery, depending on the exact problem they will be fixing. This procedure is done with general or local anesthesia with sedation.

What will my recovery be like?

Ear surgery is relatively painless, and the average recovery time is only seven to ten days. You may experience some degree of discomfort, swelling, and redness, but this should subside within the recovery period. You should be able to return to work within a week, but do not work out before three weeks after the procedure.

Neck Lift

What does the procedure entail?

As patients get older, the skin on their neck begins to sag. Fortunately, with a neck lift, this skin can be tightened, leading to a more youthful appearance. Our surgeon will tighten loosened muscles after performing a liposuction procedure on your neck. Depending on the patient’s needs, the exact procedure will vary.

What will my recovery be like?

For three days after a neck lift, you will have to wear a compression bandage for three days to make sure the healing process is successful. The recovery time is only seven days, on average, and you should be able to return to normal activities after this time.

Chin Augmentation

What does the procedure entail?

Patients choose chin implants for a variety of reasons, such as to improve facial proportion. Our surgeon will consult with you to determine the perfect fit for your needs, so you can feel confident in the results. The implants at CCLS are made of a synthetic material that is similar to your body’s natural facial tissue. The actual procedure will involve our surgeon making an incision in the chin, where he will then gently stretch the tissue to fit the implant in the chin.

What will my recovery be like?

Recovery time is seven days, depending on the exact procedure. Many patients find they can get back to their normal activities within the week, but your chin will be a tad sore and swollen. You may have a small bandage or dressing to make sure the implant stays in the right position in case there is swelling. A chin augmentation is a relatively pain-free procedure, but some patients do take oral pain medication for a couple of days after.

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

What does the procedure entail?

Rhinoplasty is extremely common, and Dr. Rubach has performed over 1,000 of these surgeries. Patients turn to rhinoplasty to improve the aesthetic look of their nose, though nose surgery is also used for medical reasons as well. During your consultation, Dr. Rubach will determine if an open or closed approach will be appropriate, and he will be able to tell how extensive the surgery will need to be.

What will my recovery be like?

Dr. Rubach has taken the time to understand how to handle tissue delicately and precisely, meaning that there is a reduction in post surgical swelling and trauma. Here at CCLS, instead of nasal packing, we typically use very thin splints that are removed after a week. In addition, Dr. Rubach uses a local anesthetic that lasts up to ten hours following the surgery to reduce the amount of pain post-procedure. Swelling or bruising will go down within ten to 14 days, which is the average recovery period for our patients.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

What does the procedure entail?

Laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive treatment that helps patients improve their skin tone, texture, clarity, and quality. The procedure is convenient and effective, along with safe for all skin types. During your consultation, our experts will determine the best laser to use, along with the amount of treatments that will be best for your skin and individual needs.

What will my recovery be like?

Depending on the exact treatment, your recovery will be extremely simple. You will have to apply a thick layer of aquaphor every day to the treated area for seven days, but this is a painless process. The treated area will be red for a short while, but you should be able to return to normal activities quickly. Avoid any sun exposure for two weeks, and no makeup can be worn for ten days after.

Body Procedures

Breast Augmentation/Lift

What does the procedure entail?

Whether you decide that a breast augmentation or a breast lift is the right option for you, it is important to always choose an experienced surgeon that you feel comfortable with. At CCLS, we will take the time to discuss all of your options, and show you before and after results. A breast augmentation involves either silicone or saline implants, and they will be inserted either beneath or outside of the muscle. The implants will be inserted either in the lower crease between the breast and ribs or around the areola. A breast lift is often paired with a breast augmentation, but a lift involves removing and tightening excess skin around the breast.

What will my recovery be like?

Every patient has a bit of a different recovery, particularly if a breast lift is paired with a breast augmentation. However, there are guidelines to aid in your recovery. You will be able to resume your normal diet immediately, and are encouraged to walk right after, though you will want to wait to do any brisk walking for two weeks and running for four weeks. Avoid raising your elbows above your shoulders for a week, and don’t lift more than five pounds in each hand for three weeks. Prior to three weeks after surgery, you will not be able to wear any underwire bras. You will have follow up appointments to remove sutures and check on your recovery.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

What does the procedure entail?

A tummy tuck is a great option for those that have lost a dramatic amount of weight or have had multiple children, as it is able to manage excess amounts of fat and skin. Oftentimes, those that have lost a lot of weight have excess skin that no amount of diet or exercise will be able to minimize. This procedure removes the skin and extra fat so that your abdominal muscles are more toned and firm. Ideal candidates are typically healthy and at a normal weight.

What will my recovery be like?

Most patients take one or two weeks to recover, but you will want to wait to exercise for a full three weeks (six weeks for any weight lifting). For three to four days after surgery, you will want to stick to small meals, and you will have to sleep on your back for one week. One of the best parts about a tummy tuck is that the results can last your whole life with regular diet and exercise.

Liposuction

What does the procedure entail?

Excess fat is often difficult to be rid of, even with regular diet and exercise. For those that are at a relatively healthy weight, but have pockets of fat that they cannot seem to get rid of, liposuction is a great option. In your consultation, you’ll be able to discuss the areas on your body you want to see improvement on, whether your arms, stomach, back, etc. You will be given anesthesia for the actual procedure, and our surgeon will remove the excess fat with a cannula. Once you have recovered fully, the area will be better contoured and sculpted.

What will my recovery be like?

Liposuction recovery depends on the extent of the procedure, and the area or areas we have targeted. You will be able to resume a normal diet immediately, along with walk and do stairs after the surgery. Plan on wearing comfortable clothes, as you will need to wear an elastic girdle for up to a week post-surgery. Results will show after 48 hours, but swelling and bruising may last for up to eight weeks. You’ll be able to resume working out after two weeks.

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* All patient testimonials & photos express individual opinions and results. These testimonials have not been substantiated by Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery. No two procedures are the same and results will vary from patient to patient.