Things To Consider Before Plastic Surgery

So, you’ve decided perhaps a “nip and tuck” is needed on your face. Where do you begin your search for a facial plastic surgeon that is right for you?

Of course, “word of mouth” is always a good starting point, but there are other questions you need to ask:

1. To whom should you trust your face?

Although many plastic surgeons can do plastic surgery on faces, doesn’t it make sense to consult with a surgeon whose specialty is faces and only faces? It is also recommended that the doctor be a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) as well. Of course, it should go without saying that the physician should be board certified.

2. What character qualities should the physician have?

While a pleasant personality is a wonderful attribute, it is also important that the physician show compassion and empathy towards his patients; have good judgment; and possess a strong sense of ethics.

3. Is Board-Certification and membership in an academy enough?

Standards from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery include the requirement that the surgeon must be a graduate of an approved Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) surgical residency program, possess a valid state medical license, undergo a peer-review evaluation of his surgical experience, achieve satisfactory passing of a rigorous written and oral exam, provide references from several other reputable surgeons, and possess a high code of ethics (www.abfprs.org). Therefore, we recommend this added credentialing be part of your consideration of a facial plastic surgeon.

4. Are there other medical areas you need to consider?

  • It is suggested that you ask how long the surgeon has been practicing, and how many procedures has he done similar to the surgery you are considering.
  • Ask about where the surgeon has privileges. If the doctor does not use a hospital, is the surgery center they use accredited?
  • When you visit the practice, how comfortable are you with not only the physician, but with the staff and surroundings?
  • Did the doctor, or his staff, discussed all the various options you have for surgery?

Once you feel as if you are ready to discuss all your cosmetic options, contact the region’s only Board Certified and Fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Daniel Daube, for a complimentary consultation. We believe you’ll find Dr. Daube meets and exceeds all the qualifications and considerations mentioned above. In addition, Dr. Daube practices in an on-site, State of Florida-approved surgical center. Everyone at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics is proud to live up to their slogan: Where Art and Medicine Come Face to Face.©

Choosing the Right Facial Plastic Surgeon for a Facelift

To whom should you trust your face?

Selecting the correct facial plastic surgeon for your facelift or other procedures is essential. Most of us have heard horror stories of procedures gone wrong, and we’ve seen the
images of renowned celebrities who looked anything but natural following an inferior surgery. Whenever you opt to have any procedure performed, understand that while there are some risks
involved, you can greatly reduce those risks by choosing a board-certified, and experienced, physician.

How can you ensure that you pick the right surgeon? Price alone should never be a determining factor; in fact, costs really need to be the last thing you consider. Here are essential aspects to consider when deciding on a suitable facial plastic surgeon.

Credentials:

Not only should your physician be highly credentialed by a recognized association like the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), but they should also be board-certified, which means the surgeon has completed additional training in this specialty. Dr. Daniel Daube meets and exceeds these requirements in that he is the region’s only Board-Certified and Fellowship-trained Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Experience:

While training and education are of the utmost importance, the physician’s experience is also very significant. Once you are comfortable with the doctor’s qualifications, have a candid conversation with them regarding the numbers of procedures they have done similar to the surgery you are considering. Remember, there are different techniques for conducting facelifts, and at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, Dr. Daube believes in using the Gold Standard technique.

All procedures offer different pros and cons, and your doctor will advise you accordingly. Don’t forget to inquire about aftercare to get optimum results.

Reviews:

Before you select your surgeon, make certain you check sites like Healthgrades.com, UCompareHealthcare.com, and Google to name just a few. These sites provide patients with an opportunity to critique doctors firsthand. Here you will find people who have gone through procedures like the one you are considering and states whether they were satisfied with the surgeon’s level of competence or not. However, know some reviews may, or may not, be subjective, so take negative reviews into consideration, and then discuss any concerns you may have directly with the doctor.

Communication:

A professional facial plastic surgeon should be someone with whom it is easy to communicate, even about sensitive issues like questionable reviews. In addition, they need to take time to ensure you understand the procedure and the specific techniques used during surgery. You should feel comfortable with the physician and be able to communicate easily with them as well as their staff.

Hospital Privileges:

Most surgeons provide outpatient services, but be certain to ask if the doctor also has hospital privileges. Why is this important? Hospitals do background checks before hiring or permitting a physician to practice on their premises. If a doctor isn’t granted hospital privileges, then that should be a “red flag” to the potential patient.

These are just a few tips when deciding on the right facial plastic surgeon for your needs. Word-of-mouth marketing has been very important in Dr. Daube’s more than 20-year career, so be sure to talk to others about their experiences at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics. We strive to provide quality medical care enhanced by compassion and understanding for the needs of our patients.

The Benefits of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery, medically referred to as blepharoplasty, is done for a variety of reasons. This procedure is mainly performed for aesthetic appeal, but can also address physical effects and concerns from drooping or sagging eyelids. No matter the patient’s desire (or need) for eyelid surgery, the benefits are substantial. Below we have laid out a few of the benefits of eyelid surgery.

Look Years Younger

When eyelids begin to droop and sag, primarily due to age, the effect is an older or more tired appearance. The weakened muscles create wrinkles and make eyes appear smaller and even partially closed depending on the severity of the sagging. This results in a more “mature” look and can become more noticeable over time. Correcting this condition will open your eyes, making your face look uplifted and youthful. The procedure can take years off your appearance, even without any other work done to your face.

Better Makeup Application

It can be challenging to apply makeup when your eyelids are not quite cooperating. The sagginess and droopiness can make it difficult to put on makeup as intended. The creases and fine lines can cause eyeshadow to settle in the wrong places. Mascara can wind up on the skin of your eyelids and eyeliner may look messy, uneven, and unnatural. When eyelid surgery is complete, makeup is able to be applied effortlessly and may even stay on longer.

Eliminate Physical Issues

Beauty benefits aside, eyelid surgery can help people with more extreme issues such as sight impairment and discomfort. When sagging and drooping eyelids affect everyday tasks and to-dos, beauty becomes a secondary perk. The lift from eyelid surgery can help alleviate this problem, allowing for better visibility and a return to normal functionality.

If you are over 35 years of age or have a genetic predisposition to droopy, sagging eyelids, you may be a good candidate for eyelid surgery. The benefits are plentiful and the results can be remarkable. Contact Gulf Coast Facial Plastics to schedule a consultation today!

 

Practical Tips for Maintaining Your Facial Plastic Surgery Results

Now that you’ve made the decision to undergo facial plastic surgery, you will want to make sure the results last as long as possible. Maintaining your youthful glow for as long as possible will make your decision even more beneficial. The key is taking proper care of your skin so you feel just as good years from now as you do shortly after you’ve healed. Below are practical tips for maintaining your facial plastic surgery results:

Follow Post-Operative Instructions From Your Doctor

When you have a facial plastic procedure done at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, Dr. Daniel Daube will provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care. Do not disregard these directions, no matter how well you may be healing. These customized instructions are carefully designed to help you heal and recover in the best way possible and in the shortest amount of time. It is important to understand that it will take time for your body to heal and for the true results to show.

Make sure you completely understand what is required of you to achieve the best outcome. Your surgeon will likely give you a print-out of these post-op instructions, so keep them handy until you are completely recovered. If someone else will be helping care for you after your procedure, be sure they are fully aware of what is required as well. Do not hesitate to ask questions if you are not completely clear about any of the steps set forth. Our team will be more than happy to explain each step until you are 100% sure what you need to do.

Concerns? Contact Us ASAP

Do not take matters into your own hands if you think something is not quite right any time after your facial plastics procedure. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of something going wrong. You know your body better than anyone, so pay attention and avoid complications. No issue is too small to have it seen. Even a phone call may help alleviate any worries you may have.

Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

Many facial plastics procedures are aimed towards achieving a more youthful appearance. Part of your post-operative directions may be to stay out of the sun – particularly for procedures like chemical peels and skin resurfacing. However, almost any procedure can benefit from time out of the sun for optimal healing and maintaining a youthful glow. Too much sun causes damage to the skin, including dryness and wrinkling. You certainly do not want to counteract your treatment by adding harmful sun exposure!

Follow Up as Advised

You will most likely need to visit our office for a follow-up visit, perhaps more than once. No matter how you look or feel, be sure to follow Dr. Daube’s recommendations and come in when suggested. He will assess how the healing process is progressing for you so the optimum result is achieved.

Providing proper care for your body after your facial plastics procedure is extremely important. Not only immediately following the procedure, but for weeks, months, and even years down the road. Whether you had a minor procedure or a major surgery, following post-operative instructions is essential in maintaining your results.

If you have any questions about post-operative care at our office, or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Gulf Coast Facial Plastics today!

Show Your Face Some LOVE with These Procedures

Are you ready for a Valentine’s Day that you won’t forget? At Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, we pride ourselves on being the best in facial surgeries, and we want you to look and feel amazing this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for a rhinoplasty procedure or a facial reconstruction, Gulf Coast Facial Plastics’ experienced staff will work with you in great detail to understand exactly what procedure will be best fit for your wants and needs.

Let’s go over some frequently asked questions about facelifts, rhinoplasty, neck, ear and chin surgeries and other procedures. If we don’t cover any of your questions, it’s important to note that your consultation will give you that “Aha!” moment where any questions or confusion you may have will be made clear by our expert staff and doctors.

Facial Plastics FAQ

Which types of facial procedures does Gulf Coast Facial Plastics offer?

Gulf Coast Facial Plastics’ expertise stretches across the facial surgery landscape. Here’s a list of the services that we offer:

Check out the different services we offer and book a consultation today!

I’d really like to look younger. Can Gulf Coast Facial Plastics help?

We’ve been helping our clients look younger for years, and it’s why more and more people turn to us every year. Whether you want to look younger or address a facial feature that you aren’t fond of, we are happy to learn more about what you’re looking for, and we’ll work with you to achieve your facial plastics goals.

How do I know if a facelift, rhinoplasty or a different procedure is right for me?

During your consultation, we’ll be able to provide feedback on which options are best for you along with why. Based on what you’re looking to accomplish and your features, we can come up with a personalized procedure that will match your needs and wants. We’ll thoroughly cover different services that may be beneficial to you and give you everything you need to make the right decision.

What’s the recovery process like? Will I be in pain, and if so, for how long?

The recovery process is different for not only every procedure but also for every patient. During your consultation, we will discuss the recovery process in great length and answer any questions you have. Our team will work one-on-one with you to make sure that you are properly taken care of following your procedure.

I’m looking to get a facial procedure done, but I don’t know which doctor to go to. How does Gulf Coast Facial Plastics stand out?

It’s important to find a doctor and medical team you trust before you undergo any procedure, minor or major. Check out what our previous patients have said about their experience with us!

What to Expect from Your Facelift

A facelift, also known as a Rhytidectomy, is a common type of anti-aging plastic surgery requested by both men and women. This procedure may help with creases around the nose and mouth, loose skin along the jawline, excess fat in the neck area, and an uneven appearance to the face due to lost or shifted fat deposits.

Why Do I Need a Facelift?

Your skin can grow to appear aged and old due to a variety of factors such as thinning skin, sun damage, smoking, stress, heredity, loss of facial fat, etc. The procedure is recommended for people who have advanced signs of aging that cannot be corrected with dermal fillers and less invasive procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. A facelift can help reduce the overall signs of aging and can restore your youthful, natural look.

What Does a Facelift Consist Of?

The technique used for a facelift is tailored to the patient. You may only need surgery to help signs of aging in the lower third of your face, or you may need a more extensive facelift that corrects wrinkles and creases over your entire face. As with any type of surgery, this procedure creates scars. To make your facelift look as natural as possible, Dr. Daniel Daube makes incisions where the scars are less visible, such as under your chin, in the ear crease, and along the hairline. After the incisions are made, the skin is pulled taut, and the underlying muscles may be sutured in place. This helps to contour the face and restore a youthful, natural shape.

How Long Will It Take to Recover From a Facelift?

After your facelift, your head is wrapped in a compression bandage to promote proper healing. Healing from a facelift may take several months, and this timeframe varies by patient. You will have some bruising and swelling that mask the full results of the procedure. These are normal side effects, but if they are excessive or you think there might be a problem, contact us right away. It is important to keep up with your follow up appointments and doctors visits after your procedure and to follow any after-care instructions that your surgeon gives you.

While a facelift does not stop the aging process, it can keep you looking younger for many years if you take proper care of your skin. If you are interested in this procedure or just want to learn more about it, contact us at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics today!

How to Plan for Your Neck Lift

The neck is one of the areas that shows the earliest signs of aging in both men and women. Do you have loose skin under your chin and along the underside of your jawline? Do you have excess fat under your chin and jaw? Do you have crinkled skin, wrinkles, and lines? Neck lift surgery may help with these issues to give your neck a younger and smoother appearance. Like all medical procedures, a neck lift requires careful planning. Here are all the things to consider when planning your surgery:

Take Time Off of Work

Although you will be able to return to work just a few days after your neck lift, you will still need to plan to take time off from your daily activities. You should avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities or exercise. Bruising and swelling are inevitable, but overworking yourself before you fully recover can make them worse. You will be able to resume your normal activities in seven to 14 days, but until then, it is important to get plenty of rest and stay in bed if possible.

Ask for Help

It is important to have a friend or family members take care of you the day of and days following your procedure. Moving will be challenging, and you will mostly be in bed for the initial time period after the lift. It is necessary to have someone monitor you closely during this time.

Know What to Expect

Your neck will not feel like its normal self right after the procedure. In fact, it will likely remain tight, bruised, and swollen for a few weeks while you recover. You may also experience pain and discomfort and will need to keep your head elevated to aid in healing.

Pay Attention to Your Healing

With any medical procedure, there is a risk of infection and bleeding. Minor oozing of blood may occur immediately after surgery, however, if this persists, please contact our office right away.

A neck lift can help give your neck a more youthful, healthy appearance. With proper planning and care, this procedure can run seamlessly. If you want to learn more about neck lift surgery or have any questions about this procedure, contact us today!

 

The Best Facial Procedures for the Holidays

The holidays are a great time to treat yourself, so why not give yourself a gift that will make you feel and look better in time for the holidays. Here are some of the best facial procedures that we recommend for the holidays:

Botox®

One of the most popular and time-efficient facial beauty treatments is Botox®. Botox® works by freezing your facial muscles to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkles in your face can be caused by an array of factors such as stress, poor health, and sun damage. The recovery time for Botox® is incredibly quick and there is no downtime, making it a great treatment to complete before the holidays arrive.

Kybella®

Another minimally invasive procedure that you may consider before the holidays is Kybella®. Kybella® is used to treat a condition known as submental fullness, which many people refer to a double chin. Having excess fat in the upper neck area is not always due to lifestyle or fitness level. It is most commonly caused by genetics. Kybella® uses digestive tract enzymes that target and break down this fat. Kybella® has little downtime and requires no incisions. The results of Kybella® can take several weeks to appear, so schedule your appointment today!

Skin Resurfacing

Do you have age spots or sun damage that you’d like to eliminate in time for the holidays? Skin resurfacing can help remove damaged layers of skin to reveal young, fresh, flawless cells. This procedure can help with brown spots, wrinkles, fine lines, acne scarring, and more. Skin resurfacing uses laser technology to remove the outer layers of skin. The recovery time for this procedure is fairly quick and doesn’t require extensive downtime. Skin resurfacing will give your skin a fresh, new start in the new year.

If you are interested in learning more about these facial procedures, or any of the other services we provide, contact us today!

Is Kybella® Right for You?

Are you troubled by a double chin that diet and exercise will not eliminate? Do you want your face to look firmer and lifted without surgery? If you are struggling with these issues, you may be a good candidate for Kybella®. Kybella® is a nonsurgical treatment that can give you a smooth, youthful jawline.

What is Kybella®?

Kybella® is the only FDA-approved medication that is used to dissolve fat underneath the chin. Known as submental fullness, the condition is not necessarily indicative of a person’s health status or fitness level. Having excess fat in the upper neck area is most commonly caused by genetics.

The active ingredient in Kybella® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the body. Your body uses it to break down fat deposits. When injected into the fat under the chin, this acid helps to break up the fat and reduce fullness under the chin. It also destroys these cells so they can’t regrow.

What are the benefits of Kybella®?

Benefits of Kybella® include:

  • Noticeable improvement almost immediately
  • Results may be permanent
  • Has little downtime and requires no incisions
  • FDA-approved
  • Works where diet and exercise have failed

What is involved in receiving Kybella®?

The Kybella® injection is done using a long, slender needle. You won’t experience any pain during the treatment except maybe at the spot of the incision, like any other shot. You’ll start to see dramatic improvement after just two treatments. Most people achieve the results they want in about six treatments.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Kybella®, talk to us at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics. We’ll determine whether Kybella® is right for you.