Different Types of Face-Lifts

A board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. David Santos treats patients at Facial Beauty in Bellevue, Washington. With more than two decades of experience as a plastic surgeon, Dr. David Santos is familiar with a wide range of aesthetic facial procedures, having completed more than 4,000 face-lifts throughout his career.

There are a wide range of face-lift surgeries available, making it possible to accommodate each individual’s goals and preferences. The procedures vary in several ways, most notably by degree of invasiveness and incision type, and come with different risks. The following lists just a few of the available face-lift surgeries:

Traditional face-lift
Also called an SMAS face-lift, this type focuses on the neck and lower facial areas. The surgeon typically makes incisions along the hairline, tightening the muscles and lifting the skin to eliminate sagging. Traditional face-lifts are one of the least expensive options and are recommended for people with mild looseness and sagging around the middle of the face.

Deep-plane face-lift
The deep-plane face-lift involves lifting the skin at a deeper level than that of traditional face-lifts. Results last for roughly 10 years and are most dramatic among individuals with severe sagging. However, since they are much more invasive than traditional face-lifts, deep-plane lifts are much more expensive.

Short scar face-lift
This term covers a few subtypes, including the MACS and S-shaped lifts, but in general, short scar face-lifts are characterized by a smaller scar than those seen in traditional lifts. More popular among individuals who have minimal to moderate loose facial skin and few signs of aging on their neck, short scar lifts are another fairly inexpensive option.


An Overview of Laser Lipolysis

Facelift specialist Dr. David Santos leads Facial Beauty in Bellevue, Washington. Among other procedures, Dr. David Santos performs laser lipolysis.

Laser lipolysis is a technique that a plastic surgeons can use to reduce areas of fat in smaller areas of the body, such as the jowls or neck. These areas are often of particular concern to people. The neck, for example, often appears saggy with age. Similarly, the jowls, or the bottom part of the check, take on a more lax appearance over time. With laser lipolysis, a doctor can sculpt these areas and provide a smoother, more youthful appearance.

During the procedure, the doctor makes a small incision behind the ear and places a laser fiber gently underneath the skin. The doctor then moves this fiber to the specific areas of unwanted fat, and the fat is melted, and supplemental removal of fat occurs with some suctioning. The procedure is considered minimally invasive than other types of surgeries. It only requires local anesthesia, and it has a relatively short period of recovery. The swelling that immediately follows the procedure makes it difficult to notice the reduction in fat in the area at first. Therefore, a person typically needs to wait several weeks to see the actual results of the laser lipolysis.

Tips for Lengthening a Swimmer’s Crawl Stroke

A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Santos has practiced in his field for two decades. Before initiating his career as a plastic surgeon, Dr. David Santos attended the University of California, Berkeley, as an undergraduate, during which time he captained the school’s two-time NCAA Division 1 championship swim team, secured nine all-American honors, and placed fifth in the 400 meter individual medley at the 1980 Olympic Trials.

In the front crawl, a swimmer needs a long and smooth stroke. This begins with the body as a whole remaining parallel to the floor of the pool. The head should be tilted forward at approximately 45 degrees so that the average hairline rests at the surface of the water. The athlete should avoid lifting the head any further, lest the face create resistance.

The upper back muscles and neck should relax, and the arm should extend its full length forward with every stroke. The swimmer can enhance this effect by reaching forward with the shoulder approximately 6 inches, as though he or she were trying to touch something just out of reach. Rolling and lengthening forward with the hips also helps the swimmer to pivot the body and achieve a greater reach, provided that the trunk remains in alignment.

Fat Grafting in Facelift Surgeries

David Santos, MD, graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine and began his career as a plastic surgeon after completing a fellowship at an Indianapolis facial surgery practice. Currently practicing at Facial Beauty in Bellevue, Washington, he has performed more than 4,000 facelifts as a plastic surgeon.

According to a recent study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 85 percent of surveyed plastic surgeons use fat grafting in facelift procedures. The methodology involves removing small fat deposits from the midsection or thighs, then injecting them into particular regions of the face to add volume. Many surgeons choose to graft into the cheek region, as the injected fat cells add a youthful fullness and roundness. Fat injected into the area above the cheek and below the eyes has a similar effect, as does grafting into the nasolabial folds.

Of the 309 surveyed members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), more than 70 percent reported having adopted fat grafting within the past 10 years, while more than 45 percent use the technique in over half of their total number of facelifts. These statistics suggest that the technique has rapidly increased in popularity within the surgical profession, and positive patient response suggests that it will remain in use for some time.

Improving Your Swimming Speed

David Santos, MD, is a reputable plastic surgeon currently practicing at Facial Beauty in Bellevue, Washington. He holds double board certification and has won a number of awards for his high-quality work as a plastic surgeon. Outside of medicine, Dr. David Santos maintains a strong passion for swimming. He has set several swimming records over the years, some of which he still holds, and he has participated in a range of championship swim matches.

Although many adults can swim, most adults do not swim effectively. The sport is highly technical, and improving swimming speed requires that you to improve your technique, not just your conditioning. Becoming aware of your swimming pace is typically the first step to improving overall speed. Have a friend or your coach check your time at the 25-, 50-, and 100-meter markers during a 400- to 1500-meter trial. This helps you see if you are exerting yourself too much early on or are maintaining a good pace throughout. If you find that your average times drop as your go, focus on finding the right pace, and then turn your focus to altering your technique.

Reducing your drag is something that is often overlooked, but it can greatly improve your times. There are several ways of decreasing drag, including improving your balance and making yourself as tall as you can while swimming. By staying as balanced in the water as possible, you disrupt a smaller amount of water particles, thus helping you move more quickly. Similarly, stretching your body out longer creates less disruption than maintaining a more compact position.

Improving your kicking also promotes less drag. Make sure you time your kicks to better suit your stroke cycle and prevent your legs from going too far below or above the water’s surface.

Recovering after a Facelift Surgery

An accomplished plastic surgeon, David Santos, MD, currently practices at Facial Beauty in Bellevue, Washington. He provides a wide range of procedures and is especially experienced with facelift surgeries. Throughout the course of his career as a plastic surgeon, Dr. David Santos has completed more than 4,000 facelift surgeries, and he currently performs between 400 and 500 facelifts a year.

As with any surgery, facelift surgery requires that patients pay special attention to their activities and healing during the recovery stage. The process takes about two weeks to a month before patients are back to normal and includes several post-facelift appointments with the plastic surgeon to check on how the healing is progressing. Right after the surgery, most patients have some swelling and bruising. During the first week of recovery, patients should limit activity but not be completely bed-ridden. Within a couple days, most patients can move around the house, which promotes faster healing.

By the second week, swelling and bruises begin going away. There may be some tingling or numbness around the face, but that, too, should dissipate. It is important that patients are careful when brushing or working with their hair during this time because, while the staples are typically already removed, the incision can still be sensitive. By the third week, the incision is mostly healed, and most people cannot notice patients have had work done. Patients should still limit any exercise to basic walking or stretching and avoid hot showers or saunas. Finally, by the end of four weeks, most patients have resumed their normal activities.