FAQ’s

Face

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.

Dr. Dick can be counted upon to help you choose a procedure appropriate for your needs, desire, and budget.

Up to 1 week before Face lift / Brow lift and then starting 3 weeks after surgery.

Makeup can be applied 5-7 days after surgery.

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.

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”.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Makeup can be applied 5-7 days after surgery.

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

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.

Usually sensation remains intact, although you may have temporary numbness around the nipple for several months.

CoolSculpting

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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