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Dr. Paul Howard

Howard Plastic Surgery
Facelift Specialist Birmingham ALBirmingham Facelift Surgeon

Facelift Birmingham by Dr. Paul Howard

The break throughs in Plastic Surgery have always been driven by our patients. Today's Plastic Surgery consumer is asking for facial rejuvenation with shorter, less conspicuous scars, a shorter recovery, and a more natural refreshed look without the danger and complications of general anesthesia. These are not small requests and are out of the comfort zone of most Cosmetic Surgeons. The "thread lift" was subsequently devised to address these issues but failed terribly as many of the non-surgical aesthetic practitioners saw an introduction into the cosmetic industry without training and surgical skill. The thread-lift failed to achieve the results promised and now remains one of the failed gimmicks of Plastic Surgery history.

For the last 5 years, we have been refining the short-scar, progressive tension cheek-lift so that it is now performed simply in the office with sedation and nerve blocks anesthetize the entirety of the face. Further break throughs include the judicious use of "micro drains" to reduce swelling and bruising, and meticulous detail regarding the earlobes and tragal incisions.

The result of those refinements has been fewer complications, a shorter recovery, and less bruising wth a result comparable to older facelift techniques.

We believe the midface to be the key to most facial rejuvenation procedures and as such it must be safe, effective, natural appearinTop facelift surgeon Dr. Paul Howardg, and affordable.

Dr. Howard offers his exclusive

One Facelift A Day Promise

Dr. Howard's Facelift Patients are the only surgery case for that day. You are his sole concern and focus, he is not rushed to perform his surgery since you are the only patient and it is not performed under general anesthesia. Even your Consultation with Dr. Howard is exclusive. His office staff schedules one hour for consulations, meaning your are his only patient allowing ample time to thoroughly discuss your faclift plan without interruption.





What is a facelift?

A Facelift, or Rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that repositions the skin and soft tissues of the face that have been affected by the aging process. The procedure is intended to give the patient a more rested and youthful contour to the face. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results. Dr. Howard also offers a Non-Surgical Facelifting for patients who are not yet ready or in need of a mini or full surgical Facelift.

When is it time for a facelift?

You may be candidate for if you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face. A Facelift is also desirable if you are showing the signs of aging with the development of jowls, deep creases creating frown lines, and may also be helpful if you believe you have a tired facial appearance. An ideal candidate for a facial rejuvenation is also one who: •Is physically healthy •Is a non-smoker •has a positive outlook and realistic expectations

How is a facelift done & where are facelift scars?

Facelifts range in size from "mini" to "mid" to “full” depending on location and extent of skin laxity. The operation is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with oral sedation. Incisions are made along the ear, extending down around the earlobe, and ending behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers and facial muscles are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed. The patient goes home with head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed the next day. Minimal initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication and ice compresses. Sutures are removed within 7 days. Bruising and swelling will decrease over 7-14 days. Most patients are able to be socially presentable with the use of sunglasses, a scarf, and/or full coverage make-up after one week.

What is the recovery time for a Facelift?

The average recovery for Dr. Howard's patients is approximately one week. Some patients are able to drive after only a few days and have been known to take excursions out of the house with simple sunglasses, a hat, and maybe a scarf. Dr. Paul Howard is one of the first plastic surgeons to offer this minimum incision facelift for over 15 years. For detailed instructions on recovery, please visit our Face Lift Recovery Page.

Pain after facelift

Most patients experience very little pain; often stating they only needed the pain medications for the first night after surgery. A majority of Dr. Howard's facelift patients report switching to Tylenol on the second or third day following their procedure if they experience any discomfort.

Swelling after facelift

Most patients experience swelling after any kind of surgical procedure whether on the face or body. Swelling after facelift is to be expected and usually resolves completely after a few weeks. In some cases, swelling after facelift can last longer depending on your particular life-style and personal health. Some factors that prolong swelling after facelift are as follows: smoking and other tobacco use including second-hand smoke exposure, high blood pressure, anxiety, high sodium diet, depression, stress, sun exposure, and other pre-existing health conditions that may affect your ability to heal. Facelift patients are encouraged to drink plenty of purified water, avoid high sodium food products, use of cold compresses is encouraged, sleep elevated, and avoid alcohol for two weeks before and after your procedure.

Do you Perform the LifeStyle Lift™ ?

The Lifestyle Lift™ is a registered trademark owned by a marketing company and not an actual "revolutionary" surgical procedure. It is a company that markets a name to the general public, instead of the surgeon's credentials or surgical ability. Dr. Howard has performed facelifts, mid-facelifts, mini-facelifts for over 20 years. Dr. Howard has been performing short-scar, minimal incision face lift procedures under local anesthesia with "twilight" for over 15 years. He is not a physician employed by the Lifestyle Lift™ company where each physician is required to perform approximately 4-5 facelifts a day each and there is no guarantee your surgeon will even be a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Instead, Dr. Howard offers his exclusive "One Facelift a Day Promise" where patient's receive the VIP treatment and are truly special!

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