Plastic Surgery - Lite
What is Minimal Incision Plastic Surgery?
In many cases, patients with only a moderate amount of visible aging can benefit from the use of minimal incision plastic surgery. You can think of it as Plastic Surgery Lite, if you wish. These methods have continued to evolve, delivering much of what the full surgery can deliver, but with dramatically smaller incisions. This makes for less pain, scarring, and much easier recovery.
For most surgical procedures, Dr. Duboys may now have an option of using only minimal incisions.
The same idea applies to mini tummy tucks, mini facelifts, mini breast lifts, and other procedures.
Often an endoscope is used for some of these procedures to allow our Dr. Duboys to still see under the skin, yet not have to make long incisions. Instead, short incisions are made and an endoscope inserted. This has really changed the brow lift, for instance.
What Procedures Can Be Done With Minimal Incision Plastic Surgery?
Tummy tucks, arm lifts, facelifts, breast lifts, and brow lifts can all be done using minimal incision methods.
A Mini-Tummy Tuck will quickly tighten up a saggy abdomen, while a Minimal Incision Breast Lift will give you a more youthful silhouette. An Eyelid Lift or Minimal-Incision Face Lift will give new life and energy to your face in a very short time.
Botox Cosmetic® and Laser Treatments can quickly smooth wrinkles and worry lines. Every one of these procedures requires minimal incisions and minimal recovery time, with the least possible discomfort. Devote a little time for yourself and look your best in no time at all.
Non-surgical procedures such as injectables and fillers, will also plump out wrinkles for a new, younger appearance, and can be used in conjunction with any of the other techniques to further enhance the effectiveness.
Mini-Tummy Tuck vs Tummy Tuck
A mini-abdominoplasty addresses the skin and muscles from the belly-button to the pubis, while a full tummy tuck addresses skin and muscle from the breasts to the pubic region. Click here to learn more about a full tummy tuck.
Minimal Incision Breast Lift vs Breast Lift
A minimal incision breast lift (mastopexy) involves an incision around the areola and/or a vertical incision from the areolar to the breast crease. A full mastopexy includes the aforementioned as well as a scar underneath the breast (breast crease)
Minimal Incision Facelift vs Face Lift?
The standard face lift incision starts in the temporal hair line, continues in front of the ear, curves behind the ear and ends in the hair behind the ear. With today’s modern techniques the scar starts in the side-burn region then in front of the ear and stops half-way on the skin behind the ear.
Plastic Surgery Lite Laser Treatments
All laser treatments could be utilized during plastic surgery lite from radiofrequncy skin tightening to YAG and or IPL as indicated.
Plastic Surgery Lite Fillers and Injectables
We consider all treatments that are non-invasive to be plastic surgery lite. Some people consider fillers and botox as part of a liquid face lift. Remember, we will not be able to achieve the same results with fillers and botox as we would if we were to do surgery. Dr. Duboys will custom tailor your treatment to achieve your desired results.
What Will My Results Be With Minimal Incision Surgery?
If a patient has extensive sagging and the skin has lost much of its inherent elasticity, minimal incision techniques may not provide the amount of tightening/lifting desired. For instance, a mini tummy tuck is right for patients with a stomach pooch but who still have good skin elasticity. A mini tuck doesn't address loose skin above the navel, whereas a full tummy tuck targets the entire stomach area from below the breasts down to the top of the pubic area.
Minimal incision methods, however, can provide excellent results for those with moderate signs of aging and they do so with far less scarring and with an easier recovery.
Can I Have All of My Procedures Done at Once?
Certain procedures can be done at the same time – for instance limited incision face lift and eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty and breast lift. Be sure to ask Dr. Duboys what he recommends.
Is Anesthesia Used During Treatment?
Anesthesia is used for all treatments except for some of the fillers and botulinium treatments.
Is There Any Discomfort Associated With Treatment?
There is discomfort with any surgery, however Dr. Duboys will prescribe pain medications to make sure your recovery period is as comfortable as possible. Most of the procedures such as face lift, breast lift cause minimal discomfort and you will take minimal, if any pain medication. However when we tighten the muscles with abdominoplasty you will experience discomfort for several days. Prescription pain medication will be prescribed to minimize any discomfort.
Minimal Incision Plastic Surgery Risks
The risks are the same with any plastic surgery: reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, possible infection, and the like. But since shorter incisions are used, the risks with minimal incisions are somewhat less than with the full options of these various procedures.