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ALHAMBRA LOCATION
1108 S. Garfield Ave.
Suite A
Alhambra, CA 91801
Phone Number: 626-457-1118

ARCADIA LOCATION
624 W. Duarte Road
Suite 101
Arcadia, CA 91007
Phone Number: 877-457-5750

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Your face is the one major area where you cannot hide the effects of aging. Whether to reclaim a more youthful appearance or to look as good as you feel, SoCal Plastic Surgery Center offers safe and dramatic results. We provide the following facial processes:

BROW LIFT/FOREHEAD LIFT

Whether to reclaim a more youthful appearance or to look as good as you feel, SoCal Plastic Surgery Center offers safe and dramatic results.

PROCEDURE: You may feel perfectly rested and content only to have people tell you that you look tired or worried. This can be the result of deep furrows or sagging eyebrows, which not only produces a look that does not fit how you feel, but also makes you look tired, old, sad, or angry. A brow lift or forehead lift minimizes forehead creases, drooping eyebrows, hooding over eyes, furrowed forehead and frown lines by removing excess tissue, altering muscles and tightening the forehead skin.  It may be done using the traditional technique, with an incision across the top of the head just behind the hairline, or with the use of an endoscope, which requires 3 to 5 short incisions.  The endoscope technique is most often done on people over 40.

LENGTH: 1 to 2 hours

ANESTHESIA: Local with sedation, or general.

SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary swelling, numbness, headaches, bruising.  Traditional method:  possible itching and hair loss.

RECOVERY: Back to work: 7 to 10 days, usually sooner for an endoscopic brow lift.  More strenuous activity: Several weeks.  Full recovery from bruising: 2 to 3 weeks.  Limit sun exposure for several months.

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EAR SURGERY

Also known as otoplasty, this procedure helps reduce protrusion of the ear away from the head.  Most often, ear surgery is performed on children between the ages of four to fourteen.  Ears that “stick out” are often the source of teasing and ridicule in young children which can have a devastating effect on the child’s psyche. It may also be performed on older patients.

Why Ear Surgery?

  • Bring proportion to the face if the ears “stick out” too much.
  • Correct folded ear tips (lop ear).
  • Reshape long or offset earlobes.
  • Enhance very small ears or other congenital defects.
  • Remedy an accidental injury, including the loss of an ear.

Procedure: General anesthesia for children and local anesthesia for adults. The standard procedure brings the ears closer to the head. Takes approximately one to two hours, depending upon the extent of surgery.

After surgery, large bandages will be wrapped around the head to secure the ear in place and assist with the healing process. The bandages are usually removed within a week and replaced with smaller dressings.

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EYELID SURGERY

One of the first things noticed about a person is their eyes. Eyelid surgery (known as blepharoplasty) is a corrective procedure that can:

  • Reduce dark circles or bags under the eyes.
  • Remove excessive skin or wrinkles surrounding the eyelids.
  • Provide a more youthful appearance to the eyes.
  • Remedy a tired appearance or puffiness due to inherited factors.

Procedure: Includes tiny incisions made in the natural contours around the eyes which should leave no visible scarring. Takes 1-3 hours and is performed in the physician’s office. Eyelid surgery is often performed in conjunction with other facial procedures such as a face lift or nose surgery. If additional cosmetic procedures are being performed, the eyelid surgery could last longer.

Recovery: Slightly longer than most other forms of cosmetic surgery; however, the benefits are long-lasting. Patients will have a more rested and youthful appearance.

Reading: 2 to 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: Two weeks or more. Strenuous activities, alcohol: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling gone: Several weeks

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FACE LIFT

A Facelift (Rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure designed to smooth and firm the skin, providing a fresh, youthful appearance.

Reasons

  • Sagging skin, muscles, and fats in the face and neck.
  • Excess skin and fat on the neck.
  • Sagging jaw line.
  • Crease lines along the nose, mouth, and chin.

Procedure: May take several hours or longer depending on whether other cosmetic procedures are completed at the same time. Sometimes other procedures may be performed in separate appointments. Patients can discuss with their physician which method is best for them when they come in for their consultation.

Recovery: The face is immediately fitted with bandages to decrease the recovery time and to reduce swelling. The stitches, clips, or staples are normally removed within a week.

Back to work: 10 to 14 days. More strenuous activity: 2 weeks or more. Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.

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FACIAL IMPLANTS

High cheekbones and a strong jaw line have long had a history of allure. Along with the eyes, the cheekbones and jaw line form the most photogenic aspects of the face.

Reasons:

  • Extend or enlarge the chin if the chin is recessed or small.
  • Create a more defined facial profile if the jaw, chin, or cheeks lack distinction.
  • Bring the various aspects of the face into proportion.
  • Round out the cheeks if they are hollow due to heredity or aging.
  • Accent the upper cheeks making them appear higher and fuller.

Procedure: With chin surgery, an implant is inserted in front of the jawbone in order to augment the chin or jaw. A small incision is made inside the mouth to allow the implant to be positioned in a pocket just under the skin. An alternate location for this incision is below the chin (on the outside). Chin surgery is commonly performed along with rhinoplasty (nose surgery). With cheek augmentation, incisions are made either inside the mouth, through the lower cheek, or directly below the bottom eyelid on the high cheek. Cheek surgery is often performed in conjunction with a facelift procedure. Both chin and cheek implant procedures normally last from 30 minutes to one hour.

Recovery: The face will immediately be fitted with bandages, taped, or otherwise secured in order to speed the recovery process and to reduce swelling. Keeping the head elevated during the initial recovery phase is also important. Patients may experience some swelling and bruising of the face which can be eased by using cold compresses. A liquid diet may be required for a few days, as chewing may be difficult. The substance used for chin and cheek implants is made of durable, solid material that will last for years.

Back to work: About 1 week. Normal appearance: 2 to 4 weeks. Activity that could jar or bump face: 6 weeks or more.

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RHINOPLASTY

Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is a procedure to reshape the nose in order to create a more pleasing look and, in some instances, to correct severe breathing problems. With approximately 400,000 operations performed each year, rhinoplasty is considered the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States.

Reasons for Considering Nose Surgery:

  • Bring a better proportion to the nose and facial features.
  • Reduce the size of the nose that is too large or too wide.
  • Correct an overly arched or “Roman” nose.
  • Re-form a crooked or elongated nose tip.
  • Restore the nose if damaged from an accident or sports injury.
  • Help with breathing problems by rebuilding the nasal passage.
  • Treat nasal deformities caused at birth.

Note: If rhinoplasty is being utilized to correct a breathing problem or nose deformity, the procedure may be covered under the patient’s insurance policy.

Procedure: Lasts from 1-3 hours. The surgeon may elect to utilize either local or general anesthesia, depending upon the complexity of the operation.

Recovery: Any noticeable swelling will disappear within a few weeks. A splint, bandages, and/or gauze are applied immediately following surgery to aid in the healing process and to minimize movement of the nose. Patients must refrain from smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery. In addition, any corrective glasses that are worn must be taped up and off the nose. The nose will need to be well-protected from the sun for the first year after the procedure while the body is adjusting to the new look. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with the surgery. Pain can be effectively treated with oral medication and/or cold compresses.

Back to work: 3 to 7 days. More strenuous activity: 2 to 3 weeks. Swelling and bruising: 3 to 6 months.

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FACE PROCEDURES

 

  • Generally, post-operative instructions for most procedures call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.
  • Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. Any pain can be treated effectively with oral medication.
  • While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given after surgery.
  • Length of procedure may depend upon the extent of surgery.

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