Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures


Face

Dr. Cruise offers a number of facial surgery options, including brow lift, chin implant, lower and upper eyelid surgery, facelift, facial rejuvenation, fat transfer, lip augmentation, neck lift, and nose surgery. With this array of treatment options, there is sure to be a procedure that is right for you and your individual goals.

BROW LIFT (Temple Lift)

Procedure:

Minimize drooping eyebrows, hooding over eyes, frown lines by removing excess tissue, altering muscles and tightening the skin. Most often done on people over 40.

Length:

1 to 2 hours.

Anesthesia:

Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient:

 Usually outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary swelling, numbness, headaches, bruising. Possible itching and hair loss.

Risk:

Injury to facial nerve, causing loss of motion, muscle weakness, or asymmetrical look. Infection. Broad or excessive scarring.

Recovery:

Back to work: 7 to 10 days. More strenuous activity: several weeks. Full recovery from bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Limit sun exposure for several months.

Result:

Usually 5 to 10 years.
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CHIN IMPLANT

Procedure:

Change the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin or to add prominence to cheekbones.

Length:

1 to 3 hours.

Anesthesia:

Usually locally with sedation or general anesthesia if combined with other procedures.

In/Outpatient:

 Usually outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes.

Risk:

Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).

Recovery:

Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling: several weeks.

Result:

Several years. Sometimes permanent.
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EYELID SURGERY LOWER (Lower Blepharoplasty)

Procedure:

Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle.

Length:

1 to 3 hours.

Anesthesia:

Usually locally with sedation or general anesthesia if combined with other procedures.

In/Outpatient:

 Usually outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.

Risk:

Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).

Recovery:

Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling: several weeks.

Result:

Several years. Sometimes permanent.
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EYELID SURGERY UPPER (Upper Blepharoplasty)

Procedure:

Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle.

Length:

1 hour

Anesthesia:

Local anesthesia or general anesthesia if combined with other procedures.

In/Outpatient:

 Usually outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.

Risk:

Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).

Recovery:

Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling: several weeks.

Result:

Several years. Sometimes permanent.
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FACELIFT

Procedure:

Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40.

Length:

2-4 hours

Anesthesia:

Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient:

For younger patients with great health mostly outpatient, for others may reuquire 1-2 nights nursing care or overnight stay.

Side Effect:

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight feeling, dry skin.

Risk:

Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.

Recovery:

Back to work: 2 to 3 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 weeks or more. Bruising: 2 to 4 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.

Result:

Usually 5 to 10 years.
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FACIAL REJUVENATION

Procedure:

Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Can also be the addition of volume in the face where volume has been lost.  Most often done on men and women over 40.

Length:

2-3 hours

Anesthesia:

General anesthesia.

In/Outpatient:

May require overnight nurse.

Side Effect:

Asymetric swelling, compromised mouth motion, compromised brow motion, stitch abscess, blood in the eye, numbness.

Risk:

 Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary). Infection, bleeding, excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in the hairline.

Recovery:

Back to work: 2 to 3 weeks. More strenuous activity 4 weeks or more. Bruising 2-4 weeks. Limit sun exposure for several months.

Result:

Usually 5-10 years, can be more or less depending on lifestyle.
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FAT TRANSFER

Procedure:

Adds volume to face where volume has been lost. Creates a more youthful appearance and improves skin quality and texture.

Length:

45 minutes to 1 hour

Anesthesia:

Local anesthesia

In/Outpatient:

Usually outpatient surgery.

Side Effect:

Prolonged swelling and bruising

Risk:

Asymmetry

Recovery:

2 - 5 days

Result:

Permanent
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LIP AUGMENTATION

Procedure:

Adds volume

Length:

15 minutes

Anesthesia:

Local anesthesia

In/Outpatient:

Usually outpatient surgery.

Side Effect:

Lumps on injection site, prolonged swelling, numbness.

Risk:

Asymmetry

Recovery:

1 day

Result:

Varies
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NECK LIFT

Procedure:

Improves loose neck skin and/or excess heaviness by removing fat, tightening the muscles, and redraping the skin.

Length:

1.5 - 2 hours

Anesthesia:

Local or general anesthesia

In/Outpatient:

Usually outpatient if not combined with other procedures

Side Effect:

Numbness, discomfort, bruising

Risk:

Infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, excessive scarring

Recovery:

5 - 7 days

Result:

 Usually 5 to 10 years
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NOSE SURGERY (Rhinoplasty)

Procedure:

Reshape nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. May also relieve some breathing problems. (May be covered by insurance)

Length:

1 to 2 hours or more

Anesthesia:

General anesthesia

In/Outpatient:

 Usually outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary swelling, bruising around eyes, nose and headaches. Some bleeding and stiffness

Risk:

Infection. Small burst blood vessels resulting in tiny, permanent red spots. Incomplete improvement, requiring additional surgery

Recovery:

Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid hitting the nose or sun exposure: 8 weeks. Final appearance: 1 year or more

Result:

Permanent
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Body

At Cruise Plastic Surgery, we offer an array of body procedures to help sculpt your silhouette. Procedures include arm lift, Brazilian butt lift, gynecomastia, liposuction, mommy makeover, and tummy tuck.

BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT

Procedure:

Use your body's own fat to create a fuller backside

Length:

Anesthesia:

In/Outpatient:

Side Effect:

Risk:

Recovery:

Result:

Permanent.
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Procedure: GYNECOMASTIA

Reduce enlarged, female-like breast in men using liposuction and/or cutting out excess glandular tissue and skin.

Length:

1-3 hours

Anesthesia:

General or local with sedation

In/Outpatient:

 Usually outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation

Risk:

Infection. Fluid accumulation. Injury to the skin. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Asymmetry. Pigmentation changes (may become permanent if exposed to sun). Excessive scarring if tissue was cut away. Need for second procedure to remove additional tissue.

Recovery:

Back to work: 3 to 7 days. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Swelling and bruising: 3 to 6 months.

Result:

Permanent
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LIPOSUCTION

Procedure:

Improves body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vacuum device. Can be performed using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Common locations for liposuction include: abdomen, flanks, lateral and medial thighs, medial knees, under the chin area, auxila, breast roll.

Length:

1-3 hours

Anesthesia:

Local with sedation, or general

In/Outpatient:

Usually outpatient. Extensive procedures may require short inpatient stay

Side Effect:

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation. Tumescent: Temporary fluid drainage from incision sites. UAL: Larger incisions for cannula

Risk:

Asymmetry. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Pigmentation changes. Skin injury. Fluid retention. Excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Infection. UAL: thermal burn injury caused by the heat from the ultrasound device

Recovery:

Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising: 1 to 6 months or more. Use of tumescent technique or UAL may decrease post-operative bruising and swelling

Result:

Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise
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MOMMY MAKEOVER

Procedure:

Combination of a breast procedure and tummy tuck. Breasts are reshaped and raised by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining breast tissue and nipples. Breast implant may be used as well. Abdomen is flattened by removing excess fat and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Belly button is recreated and repositioned. Often times additional liposuction is performed to remove excess fat in the flanks/hips.

Length:

4-6 hours

Anesthesia:

General anesthesia

In/Outpatient:

Usually requires 1-2 night stay with a nurse or at a recovery center

Side Effect:

Stitch abscess, swelling, bruising, discomfort, bloating, constipation, back pain

Risk:

Tummy Tuck: Blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor wound healing resulting in skin loss or excessive scarring. Need for a second surgery. Breast Lift: thick, wide scars; skin loss, infection, unevenly positioned nipples, permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breasts

Recovery:

2-4 weeks with full recovery in 6 months. Fading and flattening of the scars: 3 months to 2 years

Result:

Permanent.
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TUMMY TUCK

Procedure:

Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.

Length:

2 to 5 hours

Anesthesia:

General, or local with sedation

In/Outpatient:

Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery

Side Effect:

Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months

Risk:

Blood clots. Infection. Bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. Need for a second operation.

Recovery:

Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years

Result:

Permanent.
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Body

At Cruise Plastic Surgery, we offer an array of body procedures to help sculpt your silhouette. Procedures include arm lift, Brazilian butt lift, gynecomastia, liposuction, mommy makeover, and tummy tuck.

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Breast

Highly skilled in breast surgery, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Cruise offers the most up-to-date technologies to ensure optimal breast surgery results. Whether you would like to increase, decrease, or change the overall contour of your breasts, there is a surgery option right for you. Breast procedures include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and gynecomastia.

BREAST AUGMENTATION

Procedure:

Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline or gel filled silicone implants.

Length:

1 to 2 hours.

Anesthesia:

General or local with sedation

In/Outpatient:

 Outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks

Risk:

Lack of implant permanence -- surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent.

Recovery:

Back to work: 3 to 5 days. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more

Result:

Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.
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BREAST LIFT (mastopexy)

Procedure:

Raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples.

Length:

2 to 4 hours

Anesthesia:

Local with sedation, or general

In/Outpatient:

Usually outpatient. Sometimes inpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin. Permanent scars

Risk:

Thick, wide scars; skin loss; infection. Unevenly positioned nipples. Permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast

Recovery:

Back to work: 1 week or more. Strenuous activities: 1 month. Fading of scars: several months to a year

Result:

Variable; gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure
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Breast Reduction (female)

Procedure:

Removal of excess volume and heaviness in the breasts.

Length:

2 - 3 hours

Anesthesia:

General anesthesia

In/Outpatient:

 Outpatient.

Side Effect:

Swelling, bruising, discomfort, stitch abscess

Risk:

Recovery:

1-2 weeks with full results in 6 months

Result:

Permanent
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Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

Procedure:

Reduce enlarged, female-like breast in men using liposuction and/or cutting out excess glandular tissue and skin.

Length:

1-3 hours

Anesthesia:

General or local with sedation

In/Outpatient:

 Outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation

Risk:

Infection. Fluid accumulation. Injury to the skin. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Asymmetry. Pigmentation changes (may become permanent if exposed to sun). Excessive scarring if tissue was cut away. Need for second procedure to remove additional tissue.

Recovery:

Back to work: 3 to 7 days. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Swelling and bruising: 3 to 6 months.

Result:

Permanent
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Other

Along with face, body, and breast, Dr. Cruise also performs other procedures, including fat transfer, scar revision, and ear surgery. These procedures are meant to address various areas of the body for a boost in confidence.

Botox

Procedure:

Impairs muscle movement which improves the appearance of lines in the forehead, between the eyebrows (glabella), and around the outer eyes (crow's feet).

Length:

15 minutes

Anesthesia:

No anesthesia needed, done in office

In/Outpatient:

 Outpatient.

Side Effect:

Compromised brow motion, brow drooping, headache, minor swelling or bruising, flu-like symptoms, allergic reaction

Risk:

No improvement after treatment

Recovery:

1 hour

Result:

3-4 months, must be repeated to maintain results
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Dermabrasion

Procedure:

Mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. Softens sharp edges of surface irregularities, including acne and other scars and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.

Length:

A few minutes to 1 hour. May require more than 1 session

Anesthesia:

Local, numbing spray, or general

In/Outpatient:

 Outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary tingling, burning, itching, swelling, redness. Lightening of treated skin. Acute sensitivity to sun; loss of ability to make pigment (tan)

Risk:

Abnormal color changes (permanent). Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.

Recovery:

Back to work: 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 4 to 6 weeks. Fading of redness: about 3 months. Return of pigmentation/sun exposure: 6 to 12 months

Result:

Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages
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Fat Transfer

Procedure:

Adds volume to face where volume has been lost. Creates a more youthful appearance and improves skin quality and texture.

Length:

45 minutes to 1 hour

Anesthesia:

Local anesthesia

In/Outpatient:

Outpatient surgery unless combined with a facelift which requires an overnight stay in a recovery center

Side Effect:

Prolonged swelling and bruising

Risk:

Asymmetry

Recovery:

2 - 5 days

Result:

Permanent
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Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

Procedure:

Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Performed on adults or children between the ages of 4 and 14 years

Length:

2 to 3 hours

Anesthesia:

Young children: usually general. Older children or adults: general or local with sedation

In/Outpatient:

Outpatient

Side Effect:

Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, numbness

Risk:

Infection of cartilage. Excessive scarring. Blood clot that may need to be drained. Mismatched or artificial- looking ears. Recurrence of the protrusion, requiring repeat surgery

Recovery:

Back to work or school: 5 to 7 days
Strenuous activity, contact sports: 1 to 2 months

Result:

Usually permanent
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Fillers

Procedure:

Plump up creased, furrowed, or sunken facial skin; add fullness to lips and backs of hands. Works best on thin, dry, light-colored skin.

Length:

1 to 15 minutes to 1 hour per sessionhours.

Anesthesia:

Local may be included with the injection. Fat: local

In/Outpatient:

 Outpatient.

Side Effect:

Temporary stinging, throbbing, or burning sensation. Faint redness, swelling, excess fullness

Risk:

Contour irregularities

Recovery:

Back to work: 3 to 5 days. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more

Result:

Variable; a few months to 1 year
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Other

Along with face, body, and breast, Dr. Cruise also performs other procedures, including fat transfer, scar revision, and ear surgery. These procedures are meant to address various areas of the body for a boost in confidence.

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This page offers a general overview of cosmetic surgery procedures. For more in-depth information, please click the name of each procedure.

While this section explores cosmetic surgical offerings, many of these procedures may also fulfill true medical needs. You should understand that the circumstances and experience of every individual will be unique.

In addition, please note that all surgery carries some uncertainty and risk, including the possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and adverse reactions to the anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified board certified plastic surgeon and closely following his or her advice, both before and after surgery.

BROW LIFT (Temple Lift)
Procedure: Minimize drooping eyebrows, hooding over eyes, frown lines by removing excess tissue, altering muscles and tightening the skin. Most often done on people over 40.
Length: 1 to 2 hours.
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, numbness, headaches, bruising. Possible itching and hair loss.
Risks: Injury to facial nerve, causing loss of motion, muscle weakness, or asymmetrical look. Infection. Broad or excessive scarring.
Recovery: Back to work: 7 to 10 days. More strenuous activity: several weeks. Full recovery from bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Limit sun exposure for several months.
Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.
CHIN IMPLANT
Procedure: Change the basic shape and balance of the face using carefully shaped implants to build up a receding chin or to add prominence to cheekbones.
Length: 1 hour
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia or general anesthesia if combined with Rhinoplasty or other facial procedures.
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Side Effects: Compromised mouth motion, jaw pain.
Risks: Shifting or imprecise positioning of implant, or infection around it, requiring a second operation or removal.
Recovery: Back to work: 2-5 days depending on swelling.
Results: Permanent
EYELID SURGERY LOWER (Lower Blepharoplasty)
Procedure: Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle.
Length: 1 to 3 hours.
Anesthesia: Usually locally with sedation or general anesthesia if combined with other procedures.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).
Recovery: Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling: several weeks.
Results: Several years. Sometimes permanent.
EYELID SURGERY UPPER (Upper Blepharoplasty)
Procedure: Correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle.
Length: 1 hour
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia or general anesthesia if combined with other procedures.
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling, bruising. Temporary dryness, burning, itching of eyes. Excessive tearing, sensitivity to light for the first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision. Infection, bleeding. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids. Dry eyes. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare).
Recovery: Reading: 2 or 3 days. Back to work: 7 to 10 days. Contact lenses: two weeks or more. Strenuous activities: about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling: several weeks.
Results: Several years. Sometimes permanent.
FACE LIFT (Rhytidectomy)
Procedure: Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Most often done on men and women over 40.
Length: 2-4 hours
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general.
In/Outpatient: For younger patients with great health mostly outpatient, for others may reuquire 1-2 nights nursing care or overnight stay.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin; tight feeling, dry skin.
Risks: Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 to 3 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 weeks or more. Bruising: 2 to 4 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.
Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.
FACIAL REJUVENATION
Procedure: Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, redraping skin. Can also be the addition of volume in the face where volume has been lost.  Most often done on men and women over 40.
Length: 2-3 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia.
In/Outpatient: May require overnight nurse.
Side Effects: Asymetric swelling, compromised mouth motion, compromised brow motion, stitch abscess, blood in the eye, numbness.
Risks:  Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary). Infection, bleeding, excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in the hairline.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 to 3 weeks. More strenuous activity 4 weeks or more. Bruising 2-4 weeks. Limit sun exposure for several months.
Results: Usually 5-10 years, can be more or less depending on lifestyle.
FAT TRANSFER
Procedure: Adds volume to face where volume has been lost. Creates a more youthful appearance and improves skin quality and texture.
Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient surgery.
Side Effects: Prolonged swelling and bruising
Risks: Asymmetry
Recovery: 2 - 5 days
Results: Permanent
LIP AUGMENTATION
Procedure: Adds volume
Length: 15 minutes
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient surgery.
Side Effects: Lumps on injection site, prolonged swelling, numbness.
Risks: Asymmetry
Recovery: 1 day
Results: Varies
NECK LIFT
Procedure: Improves loose neck skin and/or excess heaviness by removing fat, tightening the muscles, and redraping the skin.
Length: 1.5 - 2 hours
Anesthesia: Local or general anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient if not combined with other procedures
Side Effects: Numbness, discomfort, bruising
Risks: Infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, excessive scarring
Recovery: 5 - 7 days
Results:  Usually 5 to 10 years
NOSE SURGERY (Rhinoplasty)
Procedure: Reshape nose by reducing or increasing size, removing hump, changing shape of tip or bridge, narrowing span of nostrils, or changing angle between nose and upper lip. May also relieve some breathing problems. (May be covered by insurance)
Length: 1 to 2 hours or more
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising around eyes, nose and headaches. Some bleeding and stiffness
Risks: Infection. Small burst blood vessels resulting in tiny, permanent red spots. Incomplete improvement, requiring additional surgery
Recovery: Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid hitting the nose or sun exposure: 8 weeks. Final appearance: 1 year or more
Results: Permanent
ARM LIFT
Procedure: Improves loose sagging skin and excess volume in the upper under arm area.
Length: 2.5 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Side Effects: Discomfort, swelling, bruising
Risks: Infection, bleeding, poor wound healing (scarring)
Recovery: 2 - 3 weeks
Results: Permanent
GYNECOMASTIA
Procedure: Reduce enlarged, female-like breast in men using liposuction and/or cutting out excess glandular tissue and skin.
Length: 1-3 hours
Anesthesia: General or local with sedation
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation
Risks: Infection. Fluid accumulation. Injury to the skin. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Asymmetry. Pigmentation changes (may become permanent if exposed to sun). Excessive scarring if tissue was cut away. Need for second procedure to remove additional tissue.
Recovery: Back to work: 3 to 7 days. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Swelling and bruising: 3 to 6 months.
Results: Permanent
LIPOSUCTION (Suction-Assisted Lipectomy)
Procedure: Improves body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vacuum device. Can be performed using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling. Common locations for liposuction include: abdomen, flanks, lateral and medial thighs, medial knees, under the chin area, auxila, breast roll.
Length: 1 to 3 hours
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Extensive procedures may require short inpatient stay
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, burning sensation. Tumescent: Temporary fluid drainage from incision sites. UAL: Larger incisions for cannula
Risks: Asymmetry. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Pigmentation changes. Skin injury. Fluid retention. Excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Infection. UAL: thermal burn injury caused by the heat from the ultrasound device
Recovery: Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising: 1 to 6 months or more. Use of tumescent technique or UAL may decrease post-operative bruising and swelling
Results: Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise
MOMMY MAKE OVER
Procedure: Combination of a breast procedure and tummy tuck. Breasts are reshaped and raised by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining breast tissue and nipples. Breast implant may be used as well. Abdomen is flattened by removing excess fat and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Belly button is recreated and repositioned. Often times additional liposuction is performed to remove excess fat in the flanks/hips.
Length: 4-6 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Usually requires 1-2 night stay with a nurse or at a recovery center
Side Effects: Stitch abscess, swelling, bruising, discomfort, bloating, constipation, back pain
Risks: Tummy Tuck: Blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor wound healing resulting in skin loss or excessive scarring. Need for a second surgery. Breast Lift: thick, wide scars; skin loss, infection, unevenly positioned nipples, permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breasts
Recovery: 2-4 weeks with full recovery in 6 months. Fading and flattening of the scars: 3 months to 2 years
Results: Permanent
TUMMY TUCK (Abdominoplasty)
Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.
Length: 2 to 5 hours
Anesthesia: General, or local with sedation
In/Outpatient: Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery
Side Effects: Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months
Risks: Blood clots. Infection. Bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. Need for a second operation.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years
BREAST AUGMENTATION (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
Procedure: Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline or gel filled silicone implants.
Length: 1 to 2 hours
Anesthesia: General or local with sedation
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks
Risks: Lack of implant permanence -- surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent.
Recovery: Back to work: 3 to 5 days. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more
Results: Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.
BREAST LIFT (Mastopexy)
Procedure: Raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples.
Length: 2 to 4 hours
Anesthesia: Local with sedation, or general
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Sometimes inpatient
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin. Permanent scars
Risks: Thick, wide scars; skin loss; infection. Unevenly positioned nipples. Permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast
Recovery: Back to work: 1 week or more. Strenuous activities: 1 month. Fading of scars: several months to a year
Results: Variable; gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure
BREAST REDUCTION FEMALE
Procedure: Removal of excess volume and heaviness in the breasts.
Length: 2 - 3 hours
Anesthesia: General anesthesia
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Side Effects: Swelling, bruising, discomfort, stitch abscess
Risks:
Recovery: 1-2 weeks with full results in 6 months
Results: Permanent
BOTOX
Procedure: Impairs muscle movement which improves the appearance of lines in the forehead, between the eyebrows (glabella), and around the outer eyes (crow's feet).
Length: 15 minutes
Anesthesia: No anesthesia needed, done in office
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Side Effects: Compromised brow motion, brow drooping, headache, minor swelling or bruising, flu-like symptoms, allergic reaction
Risks: No improvement after treatment
Recovery: 1 hour
Results: 3-4 months, must be repeated to maintain results
CHEMICAL PEEL (TCA)
Procedure: Restore wrinkled, blemished, unevenly pigmented, or sun-damaged facial skin, using a chemical solution to peel away skin's top layers. Works best on fair, thin skin with superficial wrinkles.
Length: 1 to 2 hours for full face
Anesthesia: Local with or without sedation
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary throbbing, tingling, swelling, redness; acute sensitivity to sun
Risks: Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.
Recovery: Formation of new skin: 5 to 10 days. Normal activities: 2 to 4 weeks. Full healing and fading of redness: 3 to 6 months.
Results: TCA: variable (temporary)
DERMABRASION
Procedure: Mechanical scraping of the top layers of skin using a high-speed rotary wheel. Softens sharp edges of surface irregularities, including acne and other scars and fine wrinkles, especially around the mouth.
Length: A few minutes to 1 hour. May require more than 1 session
Anesthesia: Local, numbing spray, or general
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary tingling, burning, itching, swelling, redness. Lightening of treated skin. Acute sensitivity to sun; loss of ability to make pigment (tan)
Risks: Abnormal color changes (permanent). Tiny whiteheads (temporary); infection; scarring; flare-up of skin allergies, fever blisters, cold sores.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 weeks. More strenuous activities: 4 to 6 weeks. Fading of redness: about 3 months. Return of pigmentation/sun exposure: 6 to 12 months
Results: Permanent, although new wrinkles may form as skin ages
EAR SURGERY (Otoplasy)
Procedure: Set prominent ears back closer to the head, or reduce the size of large ears. Performed on adults or children between the ages of 4 and 14 years
Length: 2 to 3 hours
Anesthesia: Young children: usually general. Older children or adults: general or local with sedation
In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary throbbing, aching, swelling, redness, numbness
Risks: Infection of cartilage. Excessive scarring. Blood clot that may need to be drained. Mismatched or artificial- looking ears. Recurrence of the protrusion, requiring repeat surgery
Recovery: Back to work or school: 5 to 7 days
Strenuous activity, contact sports: 1 to 2 months
Results: Usually permanent
SCAR REVISION
Procedure: Improves unfavorable scarring due to previous surgery or trauma.
Length: Depends on scar type
Anesthesia: Local or general anesthesia depending on scar type and size
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Side Effects: Depends on scar type
Risks: No improvement, Keloid
Results: Depends on scar type
SOFT TISSUE FILLERS
Procedure: Plump up creased, furrowed, or sunken facial skin; add fullness to lips and backs of hands. Works best on thin, dry, light-colored skin.
Length: 15 minutes to 1 hour per session
Anesthesia: Local may be included with the injection. Fat: local
In/Outpatient: Outpatient
Side Effects: Temporary stinging, throbbing, or burning sensation. Faint redness, swelling, excess fullness
Risks: Contour irregularities
Results: Variable; a few months to 1 year