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How to Prepare for Facelift Surgery to Expedite Healing

November 30th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

Before and After Facelift Surgery

The pro-active rhytidectomy (face lift) patient can speed up the healing process by following a few before and after surgery recommendations.

Decide if you are at your goal weight or close to it. You do not need to lose weight prior to surgery if you are at a weight you can comfortably maintain. It is not a good idea to try to lose a significant amount of weight after surgery as you may end up with loose skin on your neck and jowls.

It is mandatory to stop smoking 2 to 4 weeks prior to surgery.  Studies show that smoking increases inflammation which increases the risk of infection, cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke. Smokers also usually suffer with a higher level of pain. You must wait 2 to 4 weeks after surgery to resume smoking. If you have managed to quit for 8 weeks, one of the best things you can do for your health and skin is never start smoking again.

If you color your hair, try to do that prior to face lift surgery or you will need to wait 4 weeks after surgery.

Eat healthy foods, lots of fruits, vegetables, fiber and protein. Drink lots of fresh water. Dr. Delgado encourages his patients to take a high quality multivitamin, both before and after surgery. Dr. Delgado has found Vitamedica to be a superior vitamin supplement that does not contain vitamin E, which must be avoided due to its blood thinning qualities.

Many Marin County patients begin a good skin care regime before surgery and continue it for life. To maintain their rejuvenated new face, they get products and maintenance skin care from the esthetician at cosmetic plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Miguel Delgado’s office at 165 Rowland Way Suite 300 Novato, CA, by calling (415) 898-4161 for an appointment.

Is 60 Too Old For a Mommy Makeover?

November 17th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

62 year old Before and After Mommy Makeover

The popular term Mommy Makeover is a combination of an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with breast surgery, usually a breast reduction or a breast lift with or without breast implants. Both procedures are complex and extensive.

The patient’s chronological age is not as important as the physiologic age. If the patient receives medical clearance from their doctor, making sure that heart and lung functions are good, and there are no other medical issues, the patient should be able to proceed with surgery. If there is any concern, it is possible to stage the procedures, doing them one at a time. Safety for the patient is of utmost concern, and all aspects need to be evaluated by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Pictured above is a 62 year old San Francisco Bay Area patient that had her Mommy Makeover staged. She had a tummy tuck first, then a year later had her breast reduction surgery.