Happy Black Woman With Smooth Skin, Bright Smile & Sculpted Neck

During some of his facelift consultations with Dallas patients, local facial plastic surgeon Dr. Bassichis sometimes interacts with men and women who also have concerns about the appearance of the neck. You see, the neck isn’t spared from the aging process. Additional factors, such as sun exposure, can also cause your neck to sag, lose it’s once slimmer contour, thicken up, and the neck muscles can even weaken and become band-like.

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Bassichis is especially qualified to perform neck lift surgery on Dallas patients. But how do the two procedures differ? Read on to learn more.

How a Facelift is Performed

To make the mid and lower face appear more youthful, Dr. Bassichis makes incisions in your hairline on both sides of your face. The incision begins above your ear, then down and around the back of the hairline.

From these hairline incisions, Dr. Bassichis has ample access to your underlying facial structure to remedy the following common signs of aging on the face, including

  • Wrinkles
  • Lost facial volume, such as sunken cheeks
  • Facial drooping and sagging

If you have jowls around your chin, Dr. Bassichis can also make an incision underneath your chin during your procedure to remove that extra skin.

The Difference in How a Neck Lift is Performed

Though some Dallas patients combine facelift and neck lift surgery into one surgical event, a neck lift is distinctly different.

First, a neck lift involves a variety of surgical techniques, including:

  • Using minimally invasive endoscopic surgical techniques to remove excess neck fat and tighten up loosened neck muscles
  • Surgically removing excess neck fat and skin
  • Repositioning the neck muscles to provide a more aesthetically pleasing contour
  • Performing neck liposuction to remove small fatty pockets in the neck

In addition to the above surgical techniques, some Dallas neck lift patients have non-surgical fractional CO2 laser resurfacing to improve the look of their necks.

A Chin Implant – A Common Surgery Combined with Neck Lifts

Neck lifts also differ from facelifts in that sometimes, Dallas patients combine a chin implant to their surgical treatment plan. This is done to improve your overall contour and appearance, including reducing the size of a neck that looks thick or heavy.

Which Procedures Are Right for You?

While the best way to determine which procedures are right for you is to consult with Dr. Bassichis, here are some general guidelines to help educate you on when each individual surgery may be warranted:

  • A facelift is often recommended if you have wrinkling or sagging skin in your mid to lower face, hollowed cheeks, or jowls hanging from your chin
  • A Neck lift is usually a good plastic surgery choice if you have a neck that seems too thick for the rest of your body, is showing signs of aging (sometimes even before your face does), is wrinkled, or has the appearance of a “turkey neck”
  • A chin implant is warranted if you want to modify the appearance of your chin, or if you want to accentuate the contours of your neck and face by having a chin implant accentuate your facial features

Why Choose Dr. Bassichis for Your Facial Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Bassichis knows there are a variety of plastic surgeons in our area who perform facial plastic surgery. But many of them also perform other procedures on the body, such as breast augmentation and tummy tucks. Dr. Bassichis works exclusively on enhancing facial features, so he’s uniquely qualified to help you with any problem area on your face or neck with which you are concerned.

Schedule a Facelift Consultation Today

To meet with Dr. Bassichis to discuss your facial and neck problem areas and desired outcomes, schedule an initial consultation with him at Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery.

Contact our Dallas office to schedule your facelift at (972) 774-1777.

 

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If you’re a Dallas patient desiring rhinoplasty, and you also smoke (or vape or use chewing tobacco), you might be wondering if your habit will affect your recovery process. The answer is a resounding, “yes”! Additionally, it can also complicate your surgery. For these reasons, Dr. Bassichis of Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery Center requires all his patients to refrain from nicotine usage of any kind for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery.

Why Does Smoking Affect the Rhinoplasty Recovery Process

Smoking has adverse effects on nose job recovery because it constricts your blood vessels. After rhinoplasty, or any surgery for that matter, you want to ensure you have the best possible blood flow so you can heal as quickly and properly as possible.

You see, our blood is a stream that delivers cells and antibodies to every part of our bodies through a complicated system of arteries and veins. Your body needs to flow at its maximum capacity to transfer nutrients to your nose after rhinoplasty so that you can heal.

But because nicotine usage constricts blood vessels, Dallas patients who choose to continue with their habit during their recovery process experience delayed healing. And the longer it takes for you to heal properly, the more at risk you are for developing complications – such as infections at your incision sites.

For the best possible recovery from rhinoplasty, Dr. Bassichis of Dallas’ Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery urges all his patients to quit smoking, vaping, or using chewing tobacco for at least 2 weeks after their procedure.

How Smoking Affects Your Surgery

So we’ve learned that smoking constricts blood vessels. Guess what? Blood vessel constriction can also make your nose job surgery more difficult to complete by restricting the amount of blood flowing during your procedure. We know you want your surgery day to go as smoothly as possible. For this reason, Dr. Bassichis also requires his facial plastic surgery patients to refrain from any nicotine usage for at least 2 weeks before their surgeries.

Getting Help Abstaining

We know that nicotine is addictive, and it’s really hard to quit. If you’re considering getting a nose job, it might be time to decide to quit for good. Before your surgery, you can use an over-the-counter smoking cessation product, such as step down nicotine gum, lozenges, or patches. You can also visit your Dallas primary care physician to be prescribed medication that has been proven to reduce nicotine cravings.

If over-the-counter or prescription medications aren’t enough to help you quit, you can sign up for a smoking cessation program that will help with the psychological and social aspects of kicking the habit, too. For a recommendation, ask your primary care physician or Dr. Bassichis during your initial consultation.

Ask Dr. Bassichis If You Have Any Questions

If you have any other questions about smoking and nose job recovery, or how to quit, don’t be afraid to ask Dr. Bassichis during your initial consultation or leave a message at his Dallas practice, Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery.

The important thing is to be honest. While Dr. Bassichis cares deeply about providing you with the surgical results you desire, your overall health and surgical safety his primary concern. If your surgery day is approaching, and you haven’t been able to stop smoking, Dr. Bassichis needs to know.

To schedule an initial consultation or talk to Dr. Bassichis about quitting your nicotine habit, contact our Dallas office at (972) 774-1777.

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Young Man with Facial Hair and Defining Features

Many of Dr. Bassichis’ Dallas patients report that the days and weeks leading up to their facelift is an exciting time. After all, they’re looking forward to their new, more youthful look!

But preparing for plastic surgery, especially on the face, may leave you with some questions about what you can do ahead of time to prepare for the big day. To help you out, here are 10 tips from Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery Center on how to prepare for a facelift.

1. Share Any Questions or Concerns with Dr. Bassichis

Whether you have pre-surgery jitters or realize you aren’t sure about a certain aspect of your surgery, Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Bassichis wants to know before you head into the operating room so he can answer all of your questions. Just reach out to our office to leave him a message.

2. Make Sure You’re Wearing Sunscreen on Your Face in the Days and Weeks leading up to Your Surgery

You should always wear sunscreen (hint, hint), but it’s especially important for Dallas facelift patients to do so before their surgery.

3. If You Use Any Tobacco Products, Now’s the Time to Quit

We don’t mean to lecture you about smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco, but quitting before surgery is very important. Nicotine usage constricts blood vessels, which can complicate surgery, as well as delay your healing process. If you need help quitting, talk to Dr. Bassichis about a smoking cessation program

4. Coordinate Aftercare Help

You’re going to need to rest and recover in the days after your facelift surgery, which means you won’t be able to do your normal daily household chores. If you have a partner, see if he or she can arrange for time off work to help you the first few days after your procedure, or find a friend or relative who can help around the house instead.

5. Arrange for a Ride to and From Your Surgery (Uber or Lyft Won’t Cut It)

Dr. Bassichis’ Dallas facelift patients will be receiving general anesthesia for their surgeries, which will put them completely asleep. Because this medication is so strong, you won’t be allowed to drive yourself home after your procedure. Additionally, Dr. Bassichis wants his patients to be released into the care of a friend or family member, not a ridesharing app driver. Make sure to find a friend or family member who can take you to your surgery, stay in the waiting room while you have your procedure, and drive you home safely.

6. Don’t Skip Your Pre-Op Appointment with Your Primary Care Physician

Pre-op appointments are important for any elective surgery because they ensure you are in sufficient health to undergo a non-emergency surgery. Keeping this appointment with your Dallas primary care physician is one of Dr. Bassichis’ requirements for all his plastic surgery patients.

7. Stop Taking Non-Essential Medications and Herbal Supplements as Directed by Dr. Bassichis

If you take anti-inflammatories or herbal supplements, Dr. Bassichis will coordinate with your prescribing physician to see if they are necessary to take daily, or if you can temporarily abstain from them for your surgery. This is done under an abundance of caution, as some non-essential medications and herbal supplements may interfere with your anesthesia or the surgical process.

8. Stay Sober 3-5 Days Before Your Surgery Date

Alcohol thins your blood, which may lead to excessive bleeding during surgery. To prevent this, enjoy a mocktail or grape juice instead of wine or a cocktail 3-5 days before your surgery.

9. Make Sure to Wash Your Hair the Evening Before Your Surgery

Since your surgical incisions will be made in your hairline, you won’t be able to shower until several days after your surgery. This means washing your hair the night before surgery is a must.

10. Begin Fasting the Night Before Your Surgery

Because you’ll be receiving general anesthesia for your surgery, you’ll need to fast for at least 12 hours before your surgical appointment. Make sure you time your fasting right to ensure you meet this requirement.

Contact Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery Center With Any Facial Surgery Questions

We hope you find these tips helpful! Remember, if you have any additional questions about how to prepare for your surgery, we want to know.

Schedule your facelift consultation in Dallas today at (972) 774-1777.

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