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Plastic Surgery for Wrinkles

Plastic surgery for wrinkles is an expensive, arguably extreme measure.. The results of plastic surgery depend heavily on the doctor performing the surgery. If a patient expects to look like a celebrity after the surgery, he is likely to be disappointed. Plastic surgery involves tightening the tissues below the skin, removing excess fat and skin, and draping the skin smoothly over the reconstructed tissues. There are numerous risks associated with plastic surgery for wrinkles.

The Steps in Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery begins with a consultation. The surgeon and the patient discus desired results and expectations. The patient should ask the surgeon about the surgeon's experience, the pros and cons of the plastic surgery, the details of the anesthetic, the length of any hospital stay and recovery times, the costs, and any follow up procedures that might be necessary. He might also look at pictures that show the results from previous plastic surgery that the surgeon performed.

In the operating room, the surgery starts with anesthesia. The patient might also receive a sedative. The surgeon cuts open the skin and moves it out of the way to access the tissue underneath. Next, the doctor tightens the muscles and connective tissue below the skin. Then the surgeon removes extra fat and skin. Finally, he/she replaces the skin over the muscles and connective tissue and stitches up the incision.

The recovery time after plastic surgery varies. The bandages are normally removed in 1 or 2 days. The stitches are taken out 5 to 10 days after the surgery. Patients should avoid tobacco smoke for 2 to 4 weeks after the operations, because tobacco smoke may cause tissue damage, delayed healing, and scarring. Normal activity can be resumed in 2 to 3 weeks, although numbness, skin dryness, and skin roughness may last for months.

The Risks of Plastic Surgery for Wrinkles

In addition to numbness, dryness, and roughness, there are many serious risks of plastic surgery. Bleeding below the skin, bad reactions to the anesthesia, nerve damage, and infections are possible. Scarring, hair loss, and blood clots may also occur. As with any surgery, the decision to undergo plastic surgery should not be taken lightly.


Plastic Surgery Recovery Times

Removing Bandages

1 to 2 Days

Removing Stitches

5 to 10 Days

Resuming Normal Activity

2 to 3 Weeks

Avoiding Tobacco Smoke

2 to 4 Weeks

Numbness, Skin Dryness, Skin Roughness

Several Months

Plastic surgery is an involved process. It starts with consultations with a plastic surgeon. The surgery requires anesthesia and recovery time. It can take months before a patient fully recovers from plastic surgery. The same risks that are associated with other types of surgery are also associates with plastic surgery. Weigh the risks and benefits carefully before choosing plastic surgery for wrinkles.


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2. Cosmetic Surgery: What to Know Beforehand. Mayo Clinic

3. Face-lift (rhytidectomy). Healthwise Knowledgebase
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