Like all surgical procedures, a facelift is accompanied by a recovery period while your body heals. There will generally be some downtime required during the first few weeks after your procedure. Before moving forward with your facelift, it’s important to understand the recovery process and make sure you are comfortable with everything involved. Continue reading What Is the Recovery Process after a Facelift?
Last month, Dr. Larrabee presented the keynote lecture at the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery in Amsterdam. During this address, he discussed the Larrabee Center for Plastic Surgery approach to facial rejuvenation with some of the most well renowned plastic surgeons in the world. In particular, his speech focused on the nonsurgical solutions we use to restore a more youthful facial appearance. Continue reading Dr. Larrabee Discusses Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation Options at European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery in Amsterdam
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is our most commonly performed procedure. A well done operation can immeasurably enhance appearance in general and simultaneously make the entire face appear more youthful. Dr. Larrabee performed the reconstructive as well as cosmetic eyelid procedures at Virginia Mason Clinic and did special training in these procedures at the Moorfield’s Eye Hospital in London UK. Like many procedures in facial plastic surgery, good craft must be married to a good aesthetic sense and the procedure tailored to each patient’s facial contour.
Upper lid surgery alone can be performed under local anesthesia on most patients. Youthful lids are full and not hollow. It is important in male patients not to feminize their eyelids by removing too much eyelid skin or fat. Some patients who come in for this surgery have primarily a low brow. The surgeon must make the correct diagnosis and perform a forehead lift as well as eyelid surgery if indicated. Other patients have “ptosis” which means their actual lid margin is lower and the muscle/tendon that lift the lid needs to be repaired. Other patients have eyelid folds that are asymmetric or too low. Many Asian patients, in particular, want to create or elevate their lid folds.
Because of our Seattle location and Dr. Larrabee’s work in Asia, we have considerable experience performing Asian eyelid operations. Our goals are not to “westernize” the patient’s eyes but to give them the more open look they desire and place the fold in a natural position that harmonizes with the rest of their face. Lengthy experience with many types of blepharoplasty allows the surgeon to select the right procedure for each patient.
Lower lid operations can be complex and have evolved over time. We do most fat removal from inside the lids (transconjunctival) and are conservative so we don’t get a hollow look. In some cases, rather than remove fat, it is transposed into hollow cheek areas below the lids (e.g. tear trough deformities). In many situations, laser resurfacing or chemical peels can be used to smooth and tighten the skin of the lower lid. This can decrease the times actual skin excision is necessary. The specific lower lid procedure recommended will depend on many factors, including the lid support, skin type, and muscle laxity. A good examination will permit us to make the best recommendations.
Upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery provides an excellent rejuvenation with few complications. It is usually the first procedure patients seek out. Here are a few patients who had blepharoplasty with or without other procedures.
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Below you will find actions we have taken to ensure that you are protected and that we maintain Suite 385 as a Non-Covid Care (NCC) Zone:
- We will not be shaking hands or hugging patients
- We will continue to disinfect all contact surfaces between all patients in compliance with our infection control policy
- We request that if you are sick, have a family member who is sick or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms, please contact our office to cancel your appointment
- We have compiled a screening questionnaire for patients to be Covid-19 Clear status. If any symptoms are present during the screening questions, their procedure will be cancelled and they will be asked to leave, follow up with their PCP and self- quarantine, all surfaces will need to be sanitized
- We have installed additional hand sanitizing stations throughout our facility
- We will not allow guests to accompany you to your appointment. If you have a ride, they must wait in the car.
- We ask that you wear a sanitized mask to enter the office and comply with our social distancing policies
- We will not have multiple patients in the waiting area. Patients will be roomed immediately to avoid contamination.
- Our staff is required to change into freshly laundered scrubs once at the office.
- Employees will fill out wellness screening checklists at the beginning and end of shifts.
- Employees shall not come to work if they have been exposed to a positive Covid-19 person or have any symptoms, and they should alert the safety officer so that any further steps to sanitize or potentially close an office space, or let exposed staff members know of a potential exposure may need to occur.
- All staff is required to wear a mask and gloves. Hand washing prior to and after any patient contact, before engaging in clean or aseptic procedures, after any exposure to body fluids, after touching patient surroundings
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