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Is a Face Lift Painful?

July 23rd, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

Face Lift surgery

Most surgeries involve some discomfort. Surprisingly rhytidectomy (facelift) surgery is not particularly painful but depends on how much is done and the technique of the surgeon.

Most patients experience limited pain due to the numbness caused by nerve blocks given at the time of surgery, head elevation and no pressure issues such as tight head garments or a hematoma. For those patients that have moderate pain caused by swelling and bruising, the pain can be controlled by ice packs and prescription pain medication.

If you feel over the counter medication would control your discomfort, be sure you do not take any blood thinners such as aspirin for a minimum of two weeks after surgery. Tylenol is an acceptable remedy.

Dr. Miguel Delgado a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon serving Marin and Sonoma Counties advises patients to be sure to contact their surgeon if there is a sudden onset of pain or pain that is not controlled by pain medication.

How Long will Breast Implants Last?

July 6th, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

Saline breast implant deflation

When contemplating breast augmentation surgery, many Marin County women ask how long breast implants will last. There is no way to know how, as it is different for everyone. There isn’t an expiration date on them. If you are not having a problem, they do not need to be replaced. You should be prepared to have breast revision surgery at least once in your life.

Basically all breast implants have the same design. They are made up of a silicone envelope and filled with either saline or silicone gel. Breast implants can develop a tear or hole. Ruptures or deflations can happen if there is a severe blow to the chest or aging of the implant. If implants are old, it is possible that they can rupture during a mammogram. Saline implants have a valve. If the valve is defective, or breaks, it will deflate.

Recent advancements for breast implants have made them safer and longer lasting than ever. Breast implant manufacturers stand behind their products and give them a lifetime replacement warranty. They also extend a ten year warranty for reimbursement of some of the surgical costs, if breast revision surgery becomes necessary.