5 Makeup Tricks to Enhance Your Post-Facelift Appearance

Injectables are useful tools for temporarily minimizing some of the signs of premature aging, but when it comes to addressing loose jowls and sagging skin around the cheek areas long term, there’s no better way to make your face look dramatically younger than a facelift. Patients who have had a facelift, otherwise known as a rhytidectomy, in the Philadelphia area from Timothy M. Greco, MD, FACS, can feel more self-confident afterward and are often ready to flaunt their new look. At the same time, patients often want to keep the fact that they’ve had facial plastic surgery performed discreet.

It’s common to experience some bruising, swelling, and numbness before peak results are eventually visible. During this time, keep your head elevated and avoid certain medications that may worsen common side effects of surgery, such as bruising. Dr. Greco and the team will advise you on when it will be okay to start wearing makeup again.

With that in mind, here are a few pointers on accentuating your natural beauty with cosmetics after having a few surgical “tweaks.”

1. Use Lightweight Foundation

It’s important not to irritate the skin if you’ve recently had cosmetic surgery. Look for lighter products that won’t clog the pores and are designed for sensitive skin. Avoid caking the face in too much makeup, as the thick layer may look unnatural and draw more attention.

2. Hydrate the Skin

Using a good moisturizer is essential after your procedure, as a facelift may result in the skin physiology changing and becoming very dry and flaky.

3. Camouflage with Concealers

Makeup is great for covering up visible, post-operative bruising and scarring. Some brands offer kits with colors designed specifically for reducing the appearance of discoloration on the face.

4. Find the Right Blush

A dash of blush that fits your skin tone will brighten and refresh your face while accentuating your cheekbones.

5. Bring Attention to Your Lips

If you’re proud of your lip shape, emphasize their beauty by lining them, choosing a bold color, and adding some shiny gloss.

Get started on a new facial plastic surgery treatment from the office of double board-certified physician Dr. Timothy Greco in the Philadelphia area. If you’d like to start planning your rhytidectomy, talk to us today by calling (610) 664-8830 or write to us directly.

Thread Lifts vs. Facelifts: Which is the Better Choice for You?

When you stand in front of the mirror, do you notice major changes happening to your face—like sagging, lax skin around the cheeks and jaw, deep creases, and hollowed cheeks? It may be time to try a cosmetic treatment or procedure. But which should you pick?

A facelift is the ultimate surgical solution for rejuvenating a face marked by sagging jowls and neck laxity. This procedure offers dramatic and long-lasting results, but it isn’t the only way to lift aging skin. For patients not ready for surgery, thread lifting bridges the gap between injectables and surgical procedures, providing an alternative for patients who need more drastic improvement but do not want facelift surgery. At our Philadelphia area practice, Dr. Timothy Greco often receives questions from patients who are unsure as to which treatment will accomplish more for them. During your initial consultation, he can assess your face and help you determine the best course of action.

Aging causes the contours of the face to change. What starts off in your youth as a more heart-shaped face with high, round cheeks leading down to a clean, firm jawline often turns into what is sometimes referred to as a “pyramid of age.” Skin and fat slide downward, forming a heavier jaw, while the cheeks and temples may appear sunken in. To make matters worse, your skin produces less collagen over time. Collagen, along with elastin and hyaluronic acid, is responsible for keeping skin supple and strong.

When your face gets to this stage, lifting the tissues is an important strategy for anyone who wants to reclaim youthful contours. A facelift involves the removal of excess skin and fat, allowing the remaining skin to sit more tightly against the underlying structures. A thread thrift, on the other hand, helps to re-structure your face and restore its contours to a more youthful position by elevating the skin with small, internal sutures. Thread lifts also have the benefit of stimulating the production of collagen in the treatment site, continuing to enhance the tone and texture of the skin over time. The recovery time is much shorter than it would be for a facelift. and side effects are minimal in comparison, though the results are not as dramatic as with a facelift.

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of thread lifts, facelifts, or other facial procedures, get in touch with our team at Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC‘s office in the Philadelphia area. To set up an appointment with Dr. Timothy Greco, call us at (610) 664-8830 or write to us directly.

Rhinoplasty vs. Non-Surgical Nose Job: What Are the Differences?

The nose is one of the most prominent features of the human body, because it is positioned in the center of the face and contributes to its overall symmetry and aesthetics. Unfortunately, not everyone is naturally blessed with an attractive nose. In addition, trauma, genetics, and the effects of aging may distort its shape. Dr. Timothy Greco, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, specializes exclusively in procedures for the face, head, and neck. With such a focus, he often hears from patients wondering whether a “non-surgical” nose job can be an effective solution for their problem. Some offer fillers as an alternative to surgical rhinoplasty, or to enhance the results of a previous rhinoplasty. Dr. Greco has a specific preference for performing “liquid” nose jobs at our Philadelphia-area practice: using Restylane Lyft® to give patients a better idea of what their final results from a surgical rhinoplasty would look like. The following is a basic rundown of what’s involved in the procedures:

Surgical Rhinoplasty

The classic rhinoplasty can be used for functional and/or aesthetic purposes. It can be beneficial for improving breathing issues due to internal blockages or misalignments, but is most frequently chosen for purely aesthetic reasons to alter almost any aspect of the nose resulting in accentuating a patient’s favorite individual features. Patients are sedated with conscious anesthesia, after which Dr. Greco makes strategic incisions that allow him to modify the bone and cartilage structure. Patients should expect one to two weeks of recovery time, as well as six months to a year for the nose to fully heal and settle into its new shape and size.

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

A non-surgical nose job, also referred to as nose filler or a liquid rhinoplasty, involves changing the shape of the nose and correcting imperfections by the injection of hyaluronic acid fillers instead of surgery. Unlike rhinoplasties, this strategy only temporarily changes the look of the nose. With that in mind, some patients opt for the treatment because it requires virtually no downtime. Fillers also cause less discomfort and can be dissolved if desired. This technique most often corrects a dorsal hump and can improve asymmetry as well as tip projection. It cannot reduce the size of a large nose.

Both cosmetic treatments for the nose are designed to provide a more aesthetically pleasing, harmonious appearance. Coming to a decision requires extensively discussing your goals with Dr. Greco, being clear about what aspects of your nose bother you, and learning to set realistic expectations. By working together, you can achieve visible changes that improve symmetry, proportion, and balance. Video- imaging is an invaluable tool used during consultation that allows you to see how changes to your nose will affect your facial aesthetics.

Discover more about the benefits of nose jobs and other forms of facial plastic surgery available from Timothy M. Greco, MD, FACS, and our staff serving the Philadelphia area. Set up an appointment today by calling us at (610) 664-8830 or send us a message to get started.