FAQ - Straith Clinic

Face lift

What happens during the postoperative period?

A bandage is wrapped around the head and neck, but not your face. This bandage is removed the next morning. There will be swelling, discoloration and tightness of the skin for ten to fourteen days and possibly longer. Some numbness may be present around the operative areas. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual. Normal healing is a gradual process and final result is not fully realized for approximately six months.

When are the sutures removed?

All sutures are usually removed by the fourteenth day.

When can I wash my hair?

The hair must be washed the next morning. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo, at least every other day thereafter, and before each visit to the office. Postoperative instructions will be given to you when you schedule your surgery.

When can I dye my hair and/or use makeup?

Hair color and/or a permanent can be applied three to four weeks after surgery, if completely healed. New facial makeup can be applied to cover up any bruising as early as three days after surgery, but not on the incisions. It is important to gently remove all makeup.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed between one and two weeks after surgery depending on the type of procedure. Strenuous exercise and activities such as sports should be avoided for three to four weeks. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Brow Lift / Eyelid Lift

What happens during the postoperative period?

The eyes are not bandaged. There will be swelling and discoloration around the eye area which will diminish gradually. Redness of the eyes, if present, disappears gradually. Slight blurring of vision, tearing and sensitivity to bright light may occur. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual. All sutures are usually removed by the seventh day.

When can I wash my hair and/or use makeup?

The hair can be generally washed anytime after surgery. The healing process may cause your physician to change these instructions. New facial makeup can be applied to cover up any bruising as early as three days after surgery, but not on the incisions. It is important to gently remove all makeup.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed three to seven days after surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities such as sports should be avoided for two to three weeks. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

At what age can a Rhinoplasty be performed?

A Rhinoplasty can be performed on patients as young as fifteen years old depending on the patient's physical stage of development and emotional maturity.

Will there be scars?

Depending on the technique used, small external scars may be present at the base of the nose. These scars become almost invisible. The majority of the incisions are placed inside the nose.

What happens during the postoperative period?

A splint is applied immediately after surgery and left in place for seven days. Patients should then wear the splint at night for four to six weeks to minimize swelling. You will experience some discomfort with breathing and your nose may seem "stuffed up" due to the swelling of the nasal tissue. "Black eyes" plus swelling of the lids and nose will be present for seven to fourteen days or longer. External sutures will be removed within the first week. Some numbness may be present around the operated areas. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual. The nasal tip drops to its permanent position in three to six months. Although your "new nose" generally looks better after two to three weeks, it usually continues to improve for many months. The nose does not have its permanent appearance until one year postoperatively. Minor adjustments or revisions are sometimes desirable and may require additional surgery.

When can I wash my hair and/or use makeup?

The hair may be washed after the splint has been removed. If you wish to wash your hair sooner, ask your surgeon for instructions. Facial makeup may be applied to cover up bruising anytime after surgery, but not on any external incisions.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed seven days after surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities should be avoided for three to four weeks. Body contact sports should be avoided for at least two months. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Chin Augmentation

What happens in the postoperative period?

There will be some discoloration and swelling for approximately seven to ten days. Some numbness may be present around the operated areas. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual. Dressings and sutures are removed five to seven days after surgery.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed three to seven days after surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities should be avoided for ten days. Body contact sports should be avoided for six to eight weeks. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Protruding Ears (Otoplasty)

What happens in the postoperative period?

Large pressure dressings and bandages are applied around the ears and head, turban fashion. Bandages are left in place for three to four days. Then a clean headband should be worn at night for three to six weeks following surgery. There will be discoloration and swelling for approximately ten to fourteen days. Some numbness may be present around the operated area and tenderness may last up to three months after surgery. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual. Occasionally, an ear can protrude again, necessitating a second operation.

When are the sutures removed?

All sutures are removed within ten to fourteen days.

When can I wash my hair?

The hair can generally be washed after the bandages are removed (usually by the fifth day). The healing process may cause your physician to change these instructions.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed five to ten days after surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities should be avoided for two to three weeks. Body contact sports should be avoided for six to eight weeks. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Liposuction

What happens in the postoperative period?

Some numbness may be present around the operated areas. The intensity and duration vary with each individual. If surface imperfections such as skin dimpling often called "cellulite" are present before surgery, they will remain after.

When are the sutures removed?

Sutures are minimal and removed seven to ten days after surgery. A compression garment is worn immediately after surgery for four to six weeks, possibly longer.

When can I take a shower?

A shower can generally be taken the day after surgery. The healing process may cause your surgeon to change these instructions.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed three to five days after surgery, depending on the extent of surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities such as sports should be avoided for approximately three weeks depending on the extent of the surgery. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Abdominal Lipectomy (Tummy Tuck)

What happens in the postoperative period?

A dressing plus a binder is usually applied for support. The dressing is removed in approximately two days and a binder is worn for three to six weeks. A soft, wireless, elastic stretch girdle can be worn afterwards for support. Your doctor will advise when to discontinue its use. You may experience some postoperative pain. However, pain medication will be administered as necessary. Discoloration and swelling is present around the incision area. Any straining of abdominal muscles should be avoided. Some numbness may be present around the operated areas. Numbness from the lower abdomen to the navel could be permanent. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual.

When are the sutures removed?

The sutures and/or staples will be removed seven days after surgery. The healing process may delay suture removal.

When can I take a shower?

When all the dressings are removed, you can take a shower daily, with the consent of your surgeon. The healing process may cause your surgeon to change these instructions.

When can I resume my social activities?

Generally, full social and employment activities can be resumed approximately two to three weeks after surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities such as sports are restricted for approximately six weeks and may be increased gradually every day, with the consent of your doctor. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Augmentation Mammoplasty (Breast Implants)

Can I breast feed?

Since the implant is placed underneath the breast tissue, it does not interfere with breast-feeding. This should be discussed further with your surgeon.

What happens in the postoperative period?

A soft wireless, full support brassiere (cotton stretch) may be worn as tolerated by the patient or instructed by the surgeon. There may be some swelling and discoloration for a few days. A sense of fullness and tightness will be present for a few weeks. Some numbness of the nipple and operative areas may be experienced. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual.

Since a breast implant is a foreign substance, the body surrounds it with scar tissue. Generally, the scar tissue is thin. In some patients the scar tissue becomes thick, contracts, and changes the shape and softness of the breast. Your doctor will discuss this with you at the time of your consultation.

When are the sutures removed?

All sutures are usually removed by the seventh day.

When can I take a shower?

A shower can generally be taken the day after surgery. The healing process may cause your surgeon to change these instructions.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed three to ten days after surgery. Excessive use of the arms must be restricted for at least five to seven days. You may drive a car with an automatic shift and power steering after one week. Strenuous exercise and activities should be restricted for two to four weeks. Body contact sports should be avoided for six to eight weeks. The healing process may cause the length of time to vary.

Breast Reduction (Reduction Mamoplasty) / Breast Uplift (Mastopexy)

What happens in the postoperative period?

A dressing is applied immediately after surgery and left in place for varying length of time depending on the surgeon. Once the dressing is removed, a soft, wireless, full support brassiere (nylon stretch) must be worn twenty-four hours a day for two to four weeks, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. There will be some swelling and discoloration. Some numbness will be present around the operated areas. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual. There could be some loss of sensation in the nipples (especially grafted nipples). Sagging of the breasts can recur with the aging process, pregnancy, and weight changes. Wearing a brassiere is recommended to help maintain your new appearance.

When are the sutures removed?

All sutures are removed seven to fourteen days following surgery.

When can I take a shower?

A shower can generally be taken two days after surgery. Your surgeon may change these instructions.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed seven to ten days after surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities should be avoided for four to six weeks. Use of arms should be limited during this period. You may drive a car with an automatic shift and power steering in two weeks. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

What happens in the postoperative period?

A pressure bandage is worn for approximately three weeks. There will be some swelling and discoloration. Some numbness may be present around the operated areas. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual.

When are the sutures removed?

External sutures are removed seven days after surgery. The remaining sutures dissolve.

When can I take a shower?

Usually, a shower can be taken two days after surgery (when dressings are removed). Your surgeon may change these instructions.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed ten to fourteen days after surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities such as sports should be avoided for three to four weeks. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Arm Reduction and Thigh Lift

What happens in the postoperative period?

There will be some discoloration and swelling for two to three weeks and possibly longer. Some numbness may be present around the operated areas. The intensity and duration of these conditions vary with each individual.

When are the sutures removed?

All sutures are generally removed in seven to fourteen days.

When can I take a shower?

Usually, a shower can be taken two to three days after surgery. Your surgeon may change these instructions.

When can I resume my social activities?

Normally, full social and employment activities can be resumed two to three weeks after surgery. Strenuous exercise and activities such as sports should be avoided for six to eight weeks. The healing process and your occupation may cause the length of time to vary.

Botox®

Will I still be able to make expressions? I don't want to look frozen.

You will still have expressions. The muscle activity is temporarily reduced, giving a softer, more relaxed look.

How long does it last?

Typically, results last in most patients three to four months.

Is Botox treatment painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and treatment only takes about 10 minutes.

Facial Fillers

What fillers do you use?

We offer Juvederm®, Perlane®, and Restylane® which are hyaluronic acid based products, a hydrating substance we naturally have in our skin. These fillers be used for the lines from the nose to the month, the corners of the month, lips, and the lines from the corners of the month down into the chin and cheeks area. They are used to put back volume that the skin loses as we age.

We also offer Radiesse which has calcium based microspheres which increase volume and diminish the signs of aging. It can be used in all the areas listed above, expect for the lips.

How long do fillers last?

Fillers can last six (6) months to one year, but can vary from person to person.

How long before I can see the results?

You will see the difference immediately, but there can be some swelling and possible bruising which is usually minimal and can be covered with make up.

Does it hurt?

Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Perlane® have a built in anesthetic to provide a more comfortable experience. For Radiesse, the surgeon numbs the area with a local anesthetic, similar to what a dentist would use.

What happens if I don't like the results?

For Juvederm®, Perlane®, and Restylane® only the result can be reversed.

Fraxel®

How much downtime will I have?

Typically 3 to 5 days of swelling

Sometimes the skin becomes darker in color until it starts fading or peeling which may take up to 7 to 10 days.

How Many treatments do I need?

3 to 5 treatments, once a month depending on the skin challenge and the patient.

Can I go in the sun afterwards?

Yes, as long as you use a 45+ SPF with a hat and sunglasses during summer months.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

How much downtime will I have?

The skin may darken for 24 to 48 hours and slowly fade. The brown spots can turn to a light scab by day three and eventually flake off on their own.

Will I be more sensitive to the sun after IPL?

Yes. Sunscreen should always be used which is recommended regardless.

Microdermabrasion

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a gentle exfoliation of the skin which leaves the skin looking moist and soft.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

When you start it is always best to do a series of three (3) spaced no more than ten (10) days apart. A periodic maintenance is recommended to keep the skin healthy,

Can I exfoliate at home?

Yes you can. However, professional machine with a powerful suction will give you a deeper, more even peel.