"As a facial cosmetic plastic surgeon on the Main Line and Philadelphia, my relationship with each patient is very important to me. I strive to provide clear understanding and realistic expectations of the procedures offered so that we can achieve our main goal: a very satisfied patient who has received unsurpassed care."
– Dr. Timothy M. Greco
As in life, there are no guarantees in facial aesthetic surgery, and any surgeon who guarantees results should be viewed with skepticism. I offer only one promise: that you will receive my very best effort. Your final results will depend not only on my skill, training, and experience, but also on your age, health, skin condition, bone structure, and complexity of your specific problem. Given these variables, "enhancement" procedures are occasionally required.
As a plastic surgery patient, you should understand that facial plastic surgery always results in some degree of swelling, which is a normal part of the healing process that ultimately subsides. A rule of thumb for most facial procedures is that 80% of swelling disappears after 2 weeks, with 10% of swelling resolving after 2 months. The remainder dissipates over an additional 6 months. Most people can expect to be presentable in public after 2 weeks.
You should also understand that whenever an incision is made through all layers of the skin, nature will join the two edges by forming a scar. A scar is like nature's glue. Because of the increased blood circulation and unique characteristics of facial skin, facial scars usually heal very well; however, they will go through a maturation process. Initially, the scar may be raised, red, and lumpy during the healing phase, but medication and the use of the pulsed dye laser (Vbeam Perfecta) can improve this condition. Within a year, most scars will heal to a thin, white line.
Facial aesthetic treatments are not a cure-all for life's problems, but they can make you feel better about yourself. This renewed confidence and improved self-esteem may contribute to greater success and a better outlook on life.
Surgical patients must share some of the responsibility for their results by carefully following pre- and post-operative instructions, maintaining good health habits, and limiting activity. For example, smoking not only prematurely ages the skin, but also interferes with scar healing and can lead to increased bleeding, infection, and the chance of skin loss. If this applies to you, you must entirely avoid smoking for 2 weeks prior to and after your surgery.
The risk of facial aesthetic surgery is usually minimal. Potential complications tend to be minor and easily treatable. Risks include infection, unfavorable scarring, and reactions to antibiotics or medications, including anesthesia.
I focus my practice exclusively on excellence in aesthetic surgery of the face, and I treat patients from Philadelphia and out of the area. If you would like to speak with me about your facial plastic surgery goals, call Timothy M. Greco, MD, PC at (610) 664-8830, or request a consultation online today.