Getting Back to "Normal" After Plastic Surgery: What You Can Expect

Whether you're thinking of a facial plastic surgery, such as a facelift, or a body procedure, such as a breast augmentation, you're probably aware that you'll need some time to rest and recover after the surgery. How long it will take you to get back to "normal" after plastic surgery depends on a few factors, including the type of procedure you have and how you take care of yourself.

While results can be different for different people, here's what you can generally expect after plastic surgery.

after plastic surgery what to expectWhat You'll Feel Like

It's common to expect some discomfort after a surgical procedure. You'll have incisions that are healing and you can generally expect to feel slightly sore. You may feel slightly fatigued or tired after your surgery, especially if you were under general anesthesia.

The good news is that any discomfort you feel right after your surgery can usually be managed with pain medications and some rest. Your surgeon will most likely prescribe medications to you or recommend over-the-counter medicines to try. If you find that the pain relievers you're taking aren't doing much to help you out, you can ask your surgeon for a different prescription or a different recommendation.

One other common side effect of plastic surgery that patients don't anticipate is constipation. Several factors connected with surgery come together to create the perfect storm. Those factors include anesthesia, taking pain medications and changes to your activity levels and dietary habits. If you experience constipation, you can try to move things along by taking a laxative or by adding prune juice to your diet.

Resting up at home after your plastic surgery is important for a speedy recovery. While some rest will help you feel better, too much rest can have the opposite effect. Take it easy, but do try to get up and walk around, at least a little bit, during the first few days after your procedure.

What You'll Look Like

Final results after any type of plastic surgery, whether breast augmentation or rhinoplasty, usually take some time to appear. You won't look picture-perfect or even picture-ready for some time after your procedure.

Initially, you can expect to see some swelling and bruising in the area of the surgery. Keeping the area elevated and use ice packs as directed to bring the swelling down and reduce bruising. Depending on the size of the incisions, you might have some very visible, very angry looking marks after your procedure.

It's fairly common for patients to question their decision to have surgery during the first few weeks of recovery. Depending on the surgery you had, your nose might be swollen, your face puffy or your breasts might look "fake." You might wonder what you've done to yourself or if you made a mistake.

Fortunately, as the swelling goes down and your body continues to heal, the results will begin to emerge. At that point in time, you'll be more likely to remember why you decided to have the surgery in the first place.

What You'll Be Doing

Some time off from work or other daily activities is a given after surgery. The amount of time you'll need off depends on the surgery you have and the type of work you do. If you have a job that involves lots of physical activity, you'll need more time off than someone who works at a desk. Some surgeries, such as abdominoplasty, typically require more time off than surgeries such as an eyelid lift.

Even once you're able to resume light activities, you might still want to hold off on physically challenging activities. That doesn't have to mean you'll be stuck sitting around all day, though. Some light movement, such as taking a walk, is usually a good idea, even just a day or two after your surgery. If you're wondering when you'll be able to pick up certain hobbies or activities again, your surgeon can provide you with a clearer idea based on your procedure and how your recovery is moving along.

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Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of facial and body procedures. They can provide you with an idea of what to expect after plastic surgery and how long it will take to feel back to your old self again. To schedule your free patient consultation at The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today

plastic surgery before an eventAn invitation just arrived in your mailbox for your high school or college reunion. Or, your partner just proposed and you're about to jump into wedding planning. One thing many people think about when they've got a milestone event coming up is having plastic surgery. For plenty of people, the idea of seeing old classmates again decades later can be a reminder that time has marched on and left its mark. Others think about their wedding photos and decide that the time is right for surgery that will correct areas they have disliked for years.

Whether you are considering a rejuvenating procedure such as a facelift or a procedure such as a rhinoplasty, there's a lot to think about before you schedule your plastic surgery. Here's what you need to know about cosmetic procedures before a big event.

Timing is Key

Timing is everything when it comes to plastic surgery. You need to allow enough time to prepare for the surgery and enough time to recuperate afterward.

One thing that people don't consider when they are thinking about a procedure before a big event is that it does take some time before results are fully visible, even after the initial bruising and swelling have subsided. For that reason, it's a good idea to schedule surgery for several months, if not a full year, before a major event in your life.

Giving yourself plenty of time before the event won't only mean that there's ample time for healing. It will also give you time to adjust to your new look or size. For example, it can take a few months after breast augmentation or breast reduction for the breasts to settle into their final size and position. Allowing enough time between the surgery and an event such as a wedding means you'll have plenty of time to get your outfit properly fitted before the big day.

Ask Yourself Why You Want Surgery

If you're thinking about pre-wedding or pre-school reunion plastic surgery, it can be worth the effort to check in with yourself and find out why you want surgery. Are you seeking a facelift to "show off" to your old classmates how well you've aged? Or are you doing it for yourself, because it will make you happy? Are you considering breast augmentation before your wedding to make your future spouse happy or is it something you've always wanted?

It's important to make sure that you're looking out for yourself when you're considering any sort of cosmetic procedure. In the long run, the only person who needs to give their stamp of approval on your surgery is you. If you're not doing it for yourself, you're most likely not going to be happy with the results.

Non-Surgical Options Can Be a "Quick Fix"

Sometimes, you might not have months or a full year to get ready for a big event. Maybe you and your partner want to get hitched ASAP or your reunion crept up on you.

While surgery might not be an option if you've only got a few months before an event, there are some procedures that can provide a "quick," temporary fix. For example, injectable fillers can help to minimize the appearance of wrinkles or lines. Fillers usually provide instant results and don't have the lengthy recovery time associated with surgery. The results can last for several months and up to two years, depending on the type of filler used.

Other non-surgical procedures can provide some rejuvenating effects without the recovery time needed for surgery. Chemical peels and laser treatments help to improve skin's texture and appearance. How long recovery takes depends on the depth of the peel or the intensity of the laser. Some provide subtle results with a very short recovery period. Others are more dramatic, but also have a substantial recovery time. The type of laser or chemical peel that's right for you depends in part on your goals and in part on how much time you have before your event.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Plastic Surgery Before a Big Event

At the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic SurgeryDr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. Masri Clinic offers surgery and non-surgical options such as laser treatments and injectable fillers at practice locations in Birmingham and Dearborn, Michigan. To schedule a consultation with the Masri Clinic,  call (866) 487-3223.

It wasn't that long ago when, if you wanted to make changes to your appearance, plastic surgery was the only option available to you. For example, if you had stubborn fat, you could choose to have liposuction. If you were unhappy about your nose's size or shape, you could choose rhinoplasty.surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure - how to choose

In recent years, non-surgical cosmetic treatments haven't become both available and wildly popular. In many cases, they've become more popular than their surgical alternatives. While for many people, non-surgical options will provide their desired results, surgery still remains a good pick for others. Here's how to tell whether surgery or a non-surgical option is the best choice for you.

How Much Time Do You  Have?

The amount of time you have to dedicate to the procedure itself and to recovery afterward can be a pretty significant determining factor when you're deciding between a surgical or non-surgical treatment.

Generally speaking, surgery is going to require more time on your part. Surgical procedures take longer to perform, in some cases, several hours. In contrast, many non-surgical options, such as injectable fillers, take less than 30 minutes to administer.

There's also prep time before the procedure and recovery time afterward to keep in mind. Depending on the type of surgery you're going to have, you might need to spend a few days or weeks getting ready for it. Preparation for surgery might include stopping or adjusting certain medications, quitting smoking or improving your diet.

Usually, there's very little or even no preparation required before a non-surgical procedure. The same is often true afterward. Many people can go back to their regular activities and lives immediately after Botox or another injection, for example.

Surgery often requires a significant recovery period. How long depends on the procedure and how quickly you "bounce back," but for the most part, you can expect to take at least a week off from work after a plastic surgery procedure.

How Dramatic Do You Want Your Results to Be?

Another thing to consider when deciding between surgery or a minimally invasive treatment is the type of results you're looking for. Surgical liposuction is often able to remove more fat from the body than non-surgical fat reduction treatments, for example. A surgical rhinoplasty is able to make more changes to the nose than a non-surgical nose job. A facelift can minimize severe cases of sagging while non-surgical skin tightening procedures usually can only help people with a small amount of skin laxity and sagging.

How Long Do You Want Your Results to Last?

Results from a minimally invasive procedure usually don't last for as long as the results from surgery. For example, injectable fillers can help to add volume to the cheeks for up to a couple of years. Cheek implants, on the other hand, are meant to be permanent. The results from a facelift can last for about a decade, if not longer, and the results from a surgical rhinoplasty can be permanent.

Do You Want Repeat Treatments?

Although minimally invasive procedures usually don't provide very long-lasting results, they are often repeatable. That means you can schedule an appointment for another round of fillers or Botox as the results start to fade.

For some patients, having to see their plastic surgeon on a regular basis, such as every few months, is worth the hassle, if they don't have to devote a lengthy amount of time to recovery. It all comes down to personal preference. Surgery can be a "one and done" option while non-surgical options can require frequent touch-ups or follow-ups.

Learn More About Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments Today

Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They offer a range of facial and body procedures. They can help you decide on the treatment option that will best meet your goals, and that will work with your schedule. To schedule your free patient consultation at The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today

Baby Boomers and Plastic Surgery“Baby boomers” is the nickname given to the generation that was born after the end of World War II. This generation consists of over one fourth of the population and is responsible for a number of trends that have sprouted up over the past few decades, including plastic surgery. Now, baby boomers are reaching their 60s and creating a whole new surge in plastic surgery popularity. Why are more members of this generation getting cosmetic surgery? The answer may surprise you – baby boomers want to stay active in the workforce.

Generally speaking, people are expected to retire around the age of 65. It’s the age when you can be considered a senior citizen and are entitled to all the benefits that come with that title, including retirement. However, despite this expectation, a significant portion of baby boomers aren’t interested in retiring when they reach 65. Some of them want to continue working because they love what they do and want to enjoy it as long as possible. Others need to continue working to support their families, especially if they had their children later in life. Whatever the reason, more and more baby boomers are looking to extend their careers.

Unfortunately, baby boomers are also up against growing prejudice against older people, which makes it harder for them to stay in their jobs. Being older means looking older, which leads others to believe that they shouldn’t be in the workforce anymore.

To combat this prejudice and prolong their retirement, baby boomers are turning to plastic surgery to give them a more youthful appearance. Procedures like facelifts, eyelid lifts, and dermal filler injections are among the most common performed on people over 60 years of age because they’re highly effective at removing or reducing signs of aging from the face. Lift procedures help brighten up the face by lifting the skin so that it isn’t loose or sagging around the brow, eyes, and even the mouth. Dermal fillers like Botox and Dysport are well-known for their ability to improve the look of wrinkles in the forehead, around the eyes, and around the mouth. Other fillers can restore volume to the face so make it appear smoother and more youthful. Depending on the type of procedures, plastic surgery can take up to ten years of a person’s appearance.

Just as each face is different, each patient is different in what they need for plastic surgery. Scheduling a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon is the first step to obtaining a younger-looking appearance. Dr. Haitham Masri is a board-certified plastic surgeon with 25 years of experience performing surgical and nonsurgical facial procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Masri will meet with you and ask questions about what you’re hoping to achieve with your surgery and the areas you would like to improve. Dr. Masri will also conduct a physical examination to determine the best course of action for your surgery.

Call (866) 487-3223 to schedule your consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. You can also reach us by sending your information through the form on our Contact page.

Plastic Surgery and Your Medical HistoryWhen it comes to plastic surgery, there are certain requirements that patients must meet to undergo many procedures. These requirements differ based on the type of procedure, but in general, patients must be relatively healthy to undergo plastic surgery or invasive treatments. There’s a good reason for this—as elective procedures, there is no reason to put a patient through a risky treatment for cosmetic benefit. For reputable plastic surgeons, safety and successful outcomes are key, and turning patients away who are not healthy enough for surgery or who are unlikely to enjoy good outcomes from cosmetic procedures is just the responsible thing to do. However, this policy causes some prospective patients to fudge the truth about their medical history or habits in order to be considered a good candidate and get the procedure they really want. Here’s why this is simply a bad idea.

You Could Put Yourself In Danger

The first reason why it is important to be honest about your medical history with your plastic surgeon is that it is simply unsafe to do otherwise. You don’t know all of the problems any conditions you may have could cause in the operating room, so you need to explain everything you know about your health history. Your surgeon will ask you questions about any potential problems, and you should always answer honestly for your own safety. Complications in plastic surgery are rare these days, but that generalization depends on the assumption that patients are healthy and good candidates for their procedures.

Why Explaining All Your Medications is Important

Anesthesia and medications will be used during almost any procedure you choose, and you need to disclose all the prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal supplements you take. This is to prevent drug interactions, problems with anesthesia, and poor healing. Some people are surprised that herbal remedies can have an effect on their surgery, but many natural supplements can increase bleeding risks and cause other problems. Many over-the-counter and supplements must be discontinued about 2 weeks before surgery and for a time afterwards.

Your Habits and Lifestyle Count

If you engage in certain habits, such as smoking, you may not be eligible for many procedures unless you quit for a period of time before and after surgery. Smoking can greatly increase surgical risks, interfere with normal healing, and speed up the aging process. This and other habits can affect your candidacy for certain procedures.

Other surgery have other specific requirements—fat transfer and liposuction patients should be at a stable weight in order to see good results and maintain those results after surgery. Tummy tuck patients should be done having children, and all plastic surgery candidates need to have realistic expectations and be prepared to dedicate themselves to the healing process for good results.

Remember—It’s all for Your Well-Being

Aside from the safety risks, reputable plastic surgeons have your well-being and results as top priorities. They are always working to make sure patients have a relatively comfortable and smooth recovery, with beautiful results to show off at the end of the process. Figuring out the best procedure for each patient isn’t easy, but a talented, board certified plastic surgeon will use all the information they have to make the right call for you. Consider their advice carefully before you make a decision.

Ask Yourself: Is it Worth the Risk?

Many people don’t intend to stretch the truth when they head in for their consultation, but sometimes it happens anyway. If you’re tempted to frame yourself as a better candidate than you actually are, ask yourself: is it worth the risks? Is it worth jeopardizing your safety or risking poor results to be dishonest about your medical history and possible candidacy? Prospective surgeons will help you come up with a solution that works for your health and your needs, so put some trust in them—they are the experts.

Talk to an Expert Plastic Surgeon

If you are interested in pursuing cosmetic treatments, your first step is to discuss your goals for plastic surgery and the procedures you are interested in with an expert plastic surgeon. Remember, even if you don’t qualify for surgery, you may be eligible to undergo minimally invasive treatments that can yield excellent results.

Not sure where to start? Dr. Haitham Masri at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery can help you come up with a treatment plan that works for you, your lifestyle, and your goals. All of our surgeons have decades of experience and are standing by to help you realize your plastic surgery dreams. Call our offices at 866-487-3223 to schedule a free consultation at our Birmingham, or Dearborn, MI locations today.

Can Plastic Surgery Make You Appear as More Trustworthy?Unfortunately, there has always been at least some stigma attached to the practice of plastic surgery, though attitudes toward the industry have improved somewhat over the years, as demand and acceptance for cosmetic procedures have grown. Growing acceptance, however, does not lead to full societal trust of cosmetic enhancement. But the effects of plastic surgery may be more than skin deep, it seems. Researchers have recently taken the opportunity to see how plastic surgery affects perceptions of peoples’ personalities at first glance—and the results are surprising.

The Study

Dr. Mike Reilly, the lead author of the study, worked with other researchers at Georgetown University in an analysis of how facial rejuvenation surgery affects the perceptions of others on factors like aggression, extroversion, likeability, and trustworthiness. This is one of the first studies to examine how plastic surgery affects first impressions and assumptions about personality traits. Researchers focused on surgeries that are common for facial rejuvenation and affect the patient’s resting facial expression. 30 participants (all Caucasian women) were photographed before and after their surgeries, and these sets of photos were used to create six online surveys, none of which contained both the before and after photos of any one woman simultaneously. The surveys were answered by 170 people, who rated on a seven point scale how much they agreed that the women pictured possessed certain traits.

Findings

Researchers focused on surgeries that affect the resting facial expressions, because that is one of the ways we make judgements about people. The findings of the study showed that “after” photos tended to elicit more positive answers in terms of traits such as trustworthiness and likeability. In addition to making the participants look younger, it seems that the surgery also affected people’s initial impressions. The procedures that induced the most dramatic findings were the lower eyelid lift and facelift. It is thought that these surgeries emphasized a happier and more feminine appearance in the women, and therefore prompted more positive responses. Reilly describes some of his thoughts on these findings:

“I don’t think of plastic surgery as deceptive, but the idea of altering your appearance then seeming more trustworthy is interesting... When your eyes are more open, [you appear] more trustworthy— your parents, like mine, probably told you if you’re making eye contact, you’re not lying.”

These results are only from a very small study, but they are encouraging for prospective patients who wonder how they will be perceived by others following an anti-aging procedure.

Improved Confidence and Self-Esteem

Regardless of how plastic surgery affects the way people perceive someone after the operation, the results of the procedure can have immense psychological benefits for the patients. For those who enjoy excellent results from surgery, there is typically a large boost in the self-esteem that goes follows. Patients who are happiest with their results maintain realistic expectations throughout the process and practice diligent aftercare.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

If you are interested in pursuing any type of plastic surgery, then you will want to be sure you are setting yourself up for success. The best way to do that is to find a qualified plastic or facial plastic surgeon to help you plan your surgery and give you the results you’re looking for. You don’t necessarily need to know the exact procedure you want to pursue since an experienced, board-certified surgeon will evaluate you, your needs, and your candidacy, and help you find the perfect treatment plan for you.

If you would like to speak with an expert in the Dearborn or Birmingham, Michigan, areas, come to Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and meet with our highly trained and experienced team of doctors. We offer a wide range of face and body procedures to help you look and feel great. To schedule your free consultation, call 866-487-3223 today.

The Plastic Surgery Trends of 2014Beauty is a cultural phenomenon, and there will always be shifting trends in what’s perceived as attractive or not. This is true for clothing, hairstyles, and even plastic surgery. Celebrities often influence these trends, and can cause a huge surge in procedures that were relatively rare in prior years. So what did the plastic surgery landscape look like in 2014? Thanks to the statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) earlier this year, we now have a glimpse into what Americans were choosing at the plastic surgeon’s office in 2014.

Major Procedures Still Rule

It’s not a surprise that classic procedures such as liposuction and breast augmentation still dominate the industry. These procedures are less affected by trends because they show such reliable results and address concerns that many Americans share year after year. While the top surgical procedures shift a bit with each survey, these classic treatments are relatively stable, and consistently help patients gain confidence and self-esteem when the procedure is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. These popular procedures tend to be safe and effective, with many surgeons becoming highly experienced in performing them and giving patients great results. The most popular surgeries include:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
  • Facelift

Non-Invasive Treatments

Non-invasive treatments such as injectable fillers and skin treatments continue to grow in popularity, and there are many reasons why. These procedures offer patients great results with little to no downtime, a fairly painless experience, and excellent results at an accessible price point. In addition, these treatments are suitable for many different patients and involve very low rates of complications. Here are some of the most popular minimally and non-invasive treatments that were performed in 2014:

  • Botulinum toxin injections (Botox/Dysport)
  • Soft Tissue Fillers (Hyaluronic Acid & Other Formulas)
  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Microdermabrasion

Buttock Augmentation

Celebrities have fueled an uptick in buttock augmentation over the last year, with a huge increase in these procedures. However, the number of buttock augmentations performed is still a tiny number compared with procedures such as liposuction and breast augmentation.

Breast Revision

It seems that many women are undergoing breast revision surgery to replace old implants or switch to newer implant types, now that the choices in materials have expanded. New breast implant types include the “gummy bear” silicone implants as well as the return of the silicone gel implants (at one time banned) in the last few years.

Skipping the Trends: The Importance of Customization

While many people look to entertainment icons and other celebrities for inspiration, there is a danger in this practice: incompatibility and individualization. What looks good on a celebrity may not suit another person’s body type or facial features. This is especially true for procedures such as rhinoplasty, as the nose is a dominant facial feature that must be in harmony with the rest of the face to look balanced and symmetrical.

Despite the popularity of certain trendy procedures, it’s not usually a good idea for patients to seek inspiration for major physical changes in this way. Plastic surgery is a momentous decision, and it should come from the patient’s desire to make specific changes, rather than fueled by the trends of the day or others’ opinions.

When it comes to plastic surgery, it is very important that decisions are made about procedures according to the patient’s unique needs and goals. Today, there is a great deal of flexibility in the types of treatments available, which means that each patient can receive safe, effective treatment for their specific areas of concern. Everyone’s body and rate of aging is different, and the number of new technologies that are available today empower patients to request custom procedures and treatment plans. This is an essential step of getting optimal results for patients of all backgrounds.

Choosing a Surgeon

Not sure what procedure is best for you? Want to have your candidacy assessed? If you would like to move forward with plastic surgery or non-invasive treatments, then it is time to speak with an expert about your options.

You should only seek help from an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon like our experts at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. We offer a range of effective body and facial surgeries and cosmetic treatments to help you look and feel your best. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule your free consultation with our highly experienced, skilled, and compassionate doctors.

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