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Landin
2 years ago
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39 year old male

Doctors,

Me: 39 yr old, male. Lifting skin midface knocks years off.

I don't have a lot of time for Dr. shopping. My questions:

A.) Which "MUST HAVE" attributes must a Dr. have before he cuts me? Follow-up: How can I verify them?

B.) What kind of plastic is "TYPICAL" for a 39 yr old?

C.) May I have a "FAIR" price range?

Thank-you very much for your assistance & time

Procedure: Facelift
Type: Question

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Steven Wallach
ASPS Surgeon
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It is difficult to answer your question without evaluating you in person. It is not very common for a 39-year-old male to need a facelift. You might be better off with facial filler products. Again it would be best to be seen in person

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Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Hey, Landin, thanks for coming to the right source for a board-certified plastic surgeon. I agree with Dr Wallach that it is tough to offer any advice without seeing you in person. Early aging signs can often be addressed with some filler (to replace some of the fat your face naturally loses over time) and/or some type of skin tightening procedure using laser or peel. Certainly you get the most skin tightening with surgery and in men without too much lax skin in the neck a mid face or upper facelift can do well. Prices vary by region. An upper facelift here in Sacramento runs about $8000, but is likely twice that in New York or LA. Your best bet is an ASPS member surgeon. Use our Find A Surgeon feature to find members close to where you live. Check websites and reviews and see who makes you feel the most comfortable. You need to find a surgeon who “gets” you, communicates well, and will be there for you from the initial consultation until your recovery is complete. Good luck!

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Jonathan Zelken
ASPS Surgeon
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A.) Which "MUST HAVE" attributes must a Dr. have before he cuts me? Follow-up: How can I verify them?

Board certified in PLASTIC SURGERY by ABMS. Go to abplasticsurgery.org and click the "Is my surgeon board certified?" link.

B.) What kind of plastic is "TYPICAL" for a 39 yr old?

Usually limited to Botox and fillers in the absence of congenital changes. Blepharoplasty is uncommon, and facelifts are very uncommon (and possibly ill-advised). Of course you exam will dictate this. Options like FaceTite (radiofrequency tightening) are gaining popularity and may be considered.

C.) May I have a "FAIR" price range?

Depends on you physical exam and surgical plan. Happy to chat by Skype.

Hope this helps,

Jonathan Zelken, MD

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Jon Ver Halen
ASPS Surgeon
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Dear Landin, Hello and thank you for your excellent question. To answer your questions, I recommend that you search for a board eligible or board certified plastic surgeon in your area. You may not need a facelift, and may instead be a good candidate for botox, filler, or some other minimally-invasive technique. It is essential that you have an in-person consultation to develop a treatment plan that specifically addresses your personal surgical goals, and your body’s anatomy. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!

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Michael Law
ASPS Surgeon
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Please take your time checking the training and safety record of a surgeon you are trusting with your appearance and well being.

Must Haves

1) Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

2) Surgical Center accredited by Joint Commission and / or AAAASF

3) Hospital Privileges to perform the surgery you desire - even if surgery isn't performed in hospital MD must have admitting privileges

4) Full staff of talented medical professionals who will assist in your care before, during, and after surgery

5) Many, many before and after images of the procedure of interest that he / she has performed (not stock photos)

6) Board-Certified MD anesthesiologist during your surgery

7) Someone with whom you can communicate easily and understands your goals

8) No pressure to schedule surgery

9) At 39, it is possible that there are non-surgical alternatives that could provide pleasing results. A PS should be able to discuss all options

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