FAQ's

Face

Q. Forehead lines: Which is the best treatment – Botox or a surgical Brow lift?
A. Botox works well for most lines, but its effect is temporary, lasting 4-6 months. Many people have heavy droopy eyebrows best treated with surgery which also improves forehead lines.
Q. Will a simpler Face lift procedure such as a “mid Face lift” or “S-Lift” work for me?
A. Dr. Dick can be counted upon to help you choose a procedure appropriate for your needs, desire, and budget.
Q. When can I dye my hair?
A. Up to 1 week before Face lift / Brow lift and then starting 3 weeks after surgery.
Q. When can I wear Makeup?
A. Makeup can be applied 5-7 days after surgery.
Q. How long can I expect results to last?
A. A reasonable estimate must take into account any smoking history, family genetics, sun damage, and age. Up to 10 years in your fifties, 8-10 years in your sixties, and 6-8 years in your seventies.
Q. Will another lengthy surgery then be required?
A. Usually not. You may only need a minor trimming of eyelid skin or cheek filler. Remember Dr. Dick’s goal is to keep you looking natural so have no fear of being over pulled, over tightened – what we call the “celebrity misadventure”.
Q. Can I expect a lot of pain immediately after facial surgery?
A. You will be pleasantly surprised at experiencing a small to medium amount of pain. In fact, if you follow the instructions to keep ice on your eyes the first 48 hours, you will have very little pain, even with additional face or brow lift.
Q. What is recommended to reduce bruising?
A. Avoiding aspirin, Motrin / Ibuprofen/ Advil and alcohol before surgery. Eating freshly cut pineapple after surgery (contains Bromelain), and we will give you Arnica Montana, an herbal supplement, for after surgery.

Eyes

Q. Dark circles of lower eyelids: What is the best treatment?
A. Difficult to treat, and bleaching creams rarely help. We have seen improvement in some patients using a combination of photo rejuvenation intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, and fractional laser. An eyelid lift may also improve circles.
Q. Crow’s Feet/ Laugh Lines: What is the best treatment?
A. While the best treatment is pulling the skin surgically up to the hairline, many patients find improvements with fractional laser, fillers, and / or Botox., An eyelid lift may only provide partial improvement if any.
Q. I have dry eyes. Can I still undergo my eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty)?
A. Based on the severity of your dryness Dr. Dick may recommend that you NOT do your upper and lower eyelids at the same time. Most patients experience 2-3 weeks of dryness after eyelid surgery. We will recommend several over-the-counter brands of eye drops to use after your surgery.
Q. When can I wear Makeup?
A. Makeup can be applied 5-7 days after surgery.
Q. When can I resume wearing contact lenses?
A. Dr. Dick recommends waiting 2-3 weeks for two reasons:

  1. Your eyes will feel dry for 2-3 weeks after surgery so use your wetting drops liberally.
  2. Avoid pulling on your lids for 2-3 weeks. When you are ready to wear contacts be sure to bring your glasses with you just in case you realize that it’s too early to wear contacts.

Breast Surgery

Q. Can I still breast feed after my breast reduction?
A. You may not be able to breast feed after your surgery, so if this is important to you, it may be best that you postpone your surgery until after you have finished bearing children.
Q. Will my nipples still have sensation after any type of breast surgery?
A. Usually sensation remains intact, although you may have temporary numbness around the nipple for several months.

CoolSculpting

Q: Am I a good candidate?
A: Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
Q: How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?
A: We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals.
Q: Where does the fat go? Are the results permanent?
A: Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), your body processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.
Q: Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?
A: Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.
Q: When will I see results?
A: You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.
Q: Does CoolSculpting work better than dieting?
A:  95% of diets fail usually because dieting shrinks fat cells that stand ready to enlarge once again. On the other hand, CoolSculpting, like liposuction, results in a decreased population of fat cells providing a long lasting, if not permanent, improvement.

General Category

Q. When can I go out in public or back to work after my face, abdomen, or breast surgery?
A. A good rule of thumb?

  • 5-7 Days = Minimum time off
  • 7-10 days = Nice
  • 2-3 weeks = Luxury

These guidelines also apply to resuming “normal” activities such as driving a car, light housework, cooking, etc.

Q. When can I exercise?

A. It is recommended that you wait at least 2 weeks before resuming exercise. Why? Because it will increase your cardiac output resulting in prolonged and unwanted swelling, thereby slowing your healing and delaying your recovery.

When you do resume exercising, gradually increase the amount (time, repetitions, weight, resistance, distance) so that you reach your comfortable goal by 8 weeks.

Q. How long will it take my surgery to heal?
A. While you appear “normal” by several weeks, you will feel swollen, decreased sensation (woody), tender to touch for 3-6 months! Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal.

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