Traditional facelift vs noninvasive facelift

Traditional facelift vs noninvasive facelift

Father Time is an inevitable being, and when your face begins to show a few too many wrinkles for your liking, you may consider a facelift procedure in order to stave off further changes. You may have noticed the world of plastic surgery, ever-changing and evolving, has adopted novel methods in the realm of injections and fillings. Therefore, many people now have the option to avoid a traditional-style facelift where incisions are created near the forehead line and the facial muscles are pulled taut. However, how is one to decide what procedure best fits their needs and the outcomes that they can anticipate? Read on to find out!

The type of facelift that is most invasive to the body is known as a “traditional facelift”. It has been the go-to for people looking for facelifts for the last several decades. Cosmetically, it simply repositions the skin along the face by moving the fine sinew of muscle upwards. As we age, skin stretches with the forces of gravity because it can no longer repair itself to maintain its stretch and rebound. Over time this can create excess skin as the cells duplicate and form more wrinkles. A traditional facelift has the benefits of removing this excess skin during the process. Despite sounding like an ordeal, several techniques are used to minimize discomfort such as performing an endoscopic-style facelift. Basically what this does is make the incision lines as small as possible along the face to minimize any scarring and to reduce healing time. Traditional facelifts are best for people who are seeking to eliminate excess skin and have already a large amount of wrinkles or creases. Therefore, this style facelift is also more common with an older demographic.

A non-invasive facelift is now possible thanks to modern advances in dermal fillers and other chemicals. Dermal fillers serve to remove facial lines and restore degree of plumpness back to the face. As people age, they gradually begin to lose fat below the skin. Due to the facial muscles moving closer to the skin, crow’s feet and frown/smile lines become all the more visible. What dermal fillers are best at tackling are removing shadows under the lower eyelids, softening wrinkles and facial creases, improving the healing of deep-set scars and plumping up lips. It’s even possible to use dermal fillers to remove or otherwise Contour deformities of the face. Non-invasive facelifts are therefore ideal for somebody who is seeking genuine results while also trying to avoid any chances of pain or scarring that they could possibly experience from a traditional facelift. Generally, non-invasive facelifts are more popular with a younger demographic. However, it’s significant to know that the reasons behind this are mainly because younger patients wouldn’t require the same level of wrinkle-management on average compared to an older demographic. Another potential consideration is that dermal fillers tend to not last longer than two years maximum, with some lasting only a single year.

Regardless of the style of procedure you decide on, always make sure to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who puts you as the patient first!

Want to go bigger or smaller? Maybe you need a breast implant exchange

Breast implants are one of the most common plastic surgery procedures done each year. Having the ability to change and potentially improve the size, shape, firmness, and volume of your breasts can be empowering. However, implants do not last forever. While they are long-lasting with a lifetime of 10-15 years, they usually need to be exchanged. Or, sometimes, women decide to exchange their implants for cosmetic reasons. Talk to Dr. Carpenter at Allegany Plastic Surgery about your implant exchange options. 

What Is Breast Implant Exchange Surgery?

An implant exchange procedure is when a woman has her current breast implants removed and replaced. This procedure may be done electively, or it may be due to possible complications or issues with the current implants.

In some cases, breast implant exchange surgery is combined with breast lift surgery. If there is excess skin or sagging and drooping of the breasts, a breast lift may be a great complementary option. Your medical care provider will assess your situation and decide if this option is right for you.

Why Is Breast Implant Exchange Done?

Some reasons you may get implant exchange surgery include:

  • Wanting to change the size, either going bigger or smaller
  • Changing of the breasts over time
  • Changing from saline to silicone implants or vice versa
  • Changing from smooth to textured implants or vice versa

There are medically necessary reasons to get this surgery, also. These reasons can include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture
  • Swelling
  • Implant shifting out of place

No matter what the reason is that leads to this surgery, it can help you look and feel better. You can get or maintain the size, shape, and look you desire. You can also eliminate any pain or complications that may have popped up.

Breast implants don’t need to be exchanged on a timeline, such as every decade. It’s very individual how long they last. If you want or need to change your implants, you have the choice available.

What Is A Consultation Like?

When you want or need a breast implant exchange, the next step is to talk to a qualified surgeon such as Dr. Carpenter. Make a consultation at Allegany Platic Surgery to get started. There are a few things that you can expect to happen in the consultation:

1. Your surgeon will want to see the information on your original surgery and implants to gauge how to move forward.

2. Your surgeon will ask you what you dislike about the look and/or feel of your breasts and your goals for the procedure.

3. Your surgeon will do a physical exam which will include taking relevant measurements they need to proceed.

4. Your surgeon will work together with you to find an implant that is the correct size, shape, and type to most closely give you your ideal results,

If you feel like you are ready to get breast implant exchange surgery, call the staff at  Allegany Plastic Surgery today to book a consultation.

Tackling Common Tummy Tuck Myths

Despite the popularity of the tummy tuck, it can be difficult for first-time patients to navigate the world of information and misinformation available. There can be a lot of myths and misunderstandings about tummy tucks and plastic surgery in general, meaning it’s extremely important to gather the right facts before you opt for surgery. Although your board certified plastic surgeon is the best authority on your unique procedure, you’ll need to do your research before your consultation. Here are some common myths you’ll find about tummy tucks and what it’ll mean for your results with Dr. Carpenter.

Myth 1: Tummy tucks are one-size-fits-all procedures

The reality is that tummy tucks are as unique as the patients who undergo them. Your plastic surgeon will carefully evaluate your goals and anatomy to create the best possible surgical plan for you rather than using any single technique or approach. for this reason, it’s important to choose a plastic surgeon with experience and expertise in tummy tuck procedures so that they’re well-versed in the different tummy tuck methods and will ensure your results are natural and flattering.

Myth 2: Diet and exercise can get the same results as a tummy tuck

The reality is that tummy tucks address issues that exercise or dieting can’t fix. Even though eating well and exercising can help you lose weight, they can’t eliminate stretched skin and muscles caused by pregnancy or weight loss. The tummy tuck can even come with medical benefits to reduce symptoms that come with stretched muscles like back pain and incontinence. This means that the tummy tuck can be an integral part of recovering from pregnancy and significant weight loss.

Myth 3: Tummy tucks are an excellent way to initiate weight loss

The tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. Rather, it can help put the finishing touches on your new body after you lose weight. This is because significant changes in your body like weight gain or loss can affect your results. Most plastic surgeons advocate that you be at a stable weight for at least a few months before considering a tummy tuck for best results.

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The tummy tuck is one of the best ways to transform your stomach and enjoy a flatter, more contoured figure. To meet with our board certified plastic surgeon and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact our Allegany office by calling or filling out our online form.

What’s behind the cost of Botox and injectable fillers?

If you’re considering Botox or other injectable fillers, the cost of these treatments is definitely on your mind. The cost of these treatments vary. 

The price of Botox includes much more than just the injections themselves. You are paying for an experienced practitioner to administer the treatment in a way that is going to enhance your beauty, smooth out wrinkles, and that is completely safe. Dr. Carpenter and our team at Allegany Plastic Surgery work with you to find the right treatments that will enhance your look in a safe, effective matter. 

What Factors Into The Cost?

Other than the cost of going to an experienced professional, it’s important to understand that many units of fillers or Botox are used in a single session. On average 30-40 units of Botox are used when smoothing out wrinkles in the eye and forehead region. The product used is the largest portion of the cost that you pay. If prices are unbelievingly low, then you may not be receiving enough of the product to see a noticeable improvement.

Choosing a Specialist

Let’s talk about some other things to keep in mind when choosing a Botox or injection filler specialist. 

Firstly, check their reviews across multiple sources. If their reviews are very high in one place but low across all of the others, then you may want to be cautious. Take the time to read the comments left by other people who have received the same procedure. Comments left by other patients can help to direct your line of questioning when you have your consultation.

Secondly, when you choose to have your first consultation, make sure that you ask enough questions so that you understand exactly what they are going to do and approximately how many units of a product they will use. Research the base cost of the filler they will use. For example, Botox is around $10-15 per unit. If they are going to use between 30-40 units, then the total base cost of the product is $300-600 for one session, not including labor and care. If their total price is on the low end, then you may consider if the treatment is going to be effective. 

An experienced professional will walk through each aspect of the cost with you so you completely understand what you are spending your money on. 

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At Allegany Plastic Surgery, we want you to leave satisfied and looking like the “you” that you envision. Our staff is highly specialized and we use the latest techniques. We also have many injectable fillers available to suit every need and problem area. Don’t bargain-shop when it comes to cosmetic treatments. You want the very best so that you can be your very best.

How long does Botox last?

Thanks to Botox, people can treat their wrinkles without any surgery. Botox is an injectable toxin. It works by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and preventing the formation of new ones. Our team at Allegany Plastic Surgery can answer any questions you may have about Botox. One of the most common questions people have about Botox is how long it lasts. Before answering that question, we must first understand how it works.

How Does Botox Work?

When Botox is injected, it blocks the brain’s signals from reaching the muscles, ultimately preventing the muscles from contracting. When facial muscles aren’t contracted, wrinkles and fine lines are less noticeable. There’s also less stress on the skin, which can help prevent the formation of new wrinkles.

Botox Procedure

Patients about to receive Botox will have their faces cleansed and sterilized before their first injection. When the patient is ready, the provider will inject Botox into the targeted treatment areas. Small bumps may appear immediately at the injection sites, but they should fade within a few minutes.

Botox Results

Botox takes a few days to affect the muscles, so the results aren’t immediate. Some people will see mild bruising for the first 24-48 hours after receiving Botox. The first changes can be seen 3-5 days after receiving treatment. Full results are expected to appear after two weeks. The results can vary from person to person, so some people may see changes sooner or later than what’s considered typical.

How Long Does It Last?

Under normal circumstances, Botox is expected to last for 3-4 months. Once the effects wear off, the patient can opt to get another treatment. Once again, actual results can vary between each patient depending on many factors. Botox is, unfortunately, a temporary solution for fine lines and wrinkles. Luckily, it’s safe, FDA-approved, and relatively affordable, so most people can receive multiple treatments of Botox without any trouble.

Is Botox Right for You?

The ideal candidate for Botox is in good general health, has fine lines and mild-to-moderate wrinkles, and maintains realistic expectations. Most providers of Botox are also educated on any alternatives for patients who aren’t ideal candidates. The best way to figure out if you’re an ideal candidate is to consult an expert.

If you’re unsatisfied with the lines in your face, you should know that you don’t have to live with them anymore. The friendly experts at Allegany Plastic Surgery can help you banish them for good. Contact us at Allegany Plastic Surgery to begin your Botox journey.

Is Eyelid Surgery Right for Me?

If you are thinking about your eyelid surgery options, your plastic surgeon will be able to offer guidance about what will work best for you. Since the eyes can have a big effect on the overall face and vice versa, there are a few different variables that have to be considered. The most important of these is whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Here are some factors to consider as you plan your consultation.

The right candidate:

  • Is the ideal age for eyelid surgery

Although there are no hard and fast rules for eyelid surgery when it comes to age, patients who are experiencing signs of aging usually benefit most from eyelid surgery. This is because a loss of volume and skin elasticity can cause sagging associated with eyelid surgery. In most cases, patients should be old enough to elect for surgery, however.

  • Is in good health

Just like other plastic surgeries, the results you get will be optimal if you are in good physical health and don’t smoke. You should also have realistic expectations and have a positive attitude towards your recovery. Dr. Carpenter will discuss any conditions or health concerns that might put you at greater risk while undergoing surgery, so be sure to bring a list of these and any medications you take.

  • Does not require a brow lift instead

Blepharoplasty and the brow lift can be somewhat difficult to distinguish when it comes to eye rejuvenation since hooded or sagging eyes can be caused by looseness in the brow rather than only the eyes. This makes it especially important to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon, who can make a recommendation. These two procedures can be performed at the same time, in many cases.

  • Does not have certain eye conditions

Although this might seem obvious, patients that have eye conditions like glaucoma or infections should avoid eyelid surgery. Although eyelid surgery does not deal with the eye itself, it’s still important that your eyes are healthy and will not compromise your results or recovery, which will include incisions. These can sometimes even be placed inside the eyelid, in the case of lower eyelid surgery, and come into direct contact with the eye. For this reason, it’s important to discuss any health conditions you may have.

Determining whether eyelid surgery is best for you is an important step of your consultation with Dr. Carpenter. To begin discussing your options, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.


Getting Ready for Your Rhinoplasty Recovery

If you are ready to undergo plastic surgery, it’s a good idea to think ahead about how to make the best of your recovery. In the case of rhinoplasty, your recovery can be long and more involved than other procedures, so here are some ways to make yourself ready.


Dr. Carpenter will prescribe medications for you to take during your initial recovery, which usually includes painkillers and anti-nausea medications. It’s important to fill these prescriptions before your surgery date so that they’re available when you come home after your procedure. Unfortunately, these medications can sometimes cause constipation, so you should be sure to adjust your after-surgery diet accordingly.

Recovery Den

The most important part of your recovery will be resting and allowing your body to heal. For this reason, you should carefully select the place you’d like to set up for your recovery. A big and comfy bed or couch is best, especially one that is in a quiet, climate-controlled room. You’ll need to stock up on pillows, as these will help your head and upper body stay elevated, as well as prevent you from rolling onto your side as you sleep. Also, make sure you have an area in this room where you can keep medications, snacks, and water nearby.

Aftercare Instructions

Before your surgery date, Dr. Carpenter will make sure you have a detailed list of aftercare instructions to follow, so you should read these a couple of times to familiarize yourself with the steps you and your helper will need to follow. This includes avoiding certain things like blood thinners, some dietary supplements, alcohol, nicotine, and medications that can intervene with the effectiveness of others’. This might also include how long to wear your nasal splint for, as well as when to begin wearing glasses again. You’ll also be instructed to come in for check-up appointments with Dr. Carpenter.

These are only a few things to get in order before your surgery date, but Dr. Carpenter will make sure you have all the information you need to make it a smooth recovery. To schedule your consultation or ask any questions you might have about your rhinoplasty procedure, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

Preparing for Your Breast Augmentation Recovery

Although you’re probably excited about your breast augmentation procedure, there can still be a lot to prepare before your surgery date. This can seem a little overwhelming, but you can be sure that our professional staff will make sure you have everything you need. In the meantime, here are some basics to prepare yourself and make sure your recovery is smooth and effective.

Make Sure You Have Everything You Need

It can seem like there’s a never-ending list of things you might need during your recovery, but it’s a good idea to take the time to have these things nearby. During your initial recovery, you likely won’t be getting up, moving around, or certainly not making a trip to the store, so you should make yourself a list of things you think you might appreciate after your surgery. This should include filling prescriptions, prepping some reheatable meals, and collecting plenty of pillows to keep yourself elevated. If you’re nervous about your recovery, it can be helpful to gather a list of books, shows, or movies to indulge in while you rest.

Make Sure Your Home is Ready

Because your initial recovery can be difficult and uncomfortable at times, it’s important to set up a room where you can rest. This should be climate-controlled and have a large and comfy bed or couch. It should also have a place where you can keep things like water or medications nearby. If you have any specific rituals or requirements for sleeping like darkness or white noise, you should be sure to provide these beforehand so that you can get plenty of rest in the days following your surgery. It can even be helpful to spend a night or two in your recovery den before your surgery so that you can adjust.

Make Sure You Have Help

Breast augmentation can be an extensive surgery, meaning you’ll be required to be taken home by a close friend or family member. Once home, it’s important to have someone watch after you for the first few days and assist with any children, pets, or chores as needed. This is because you’ll be asked to limit any lifting or arm movement during the first few days. You should be sure to review your surgical and recovery plans with this helper so that they understand which signs of complication to watch out for and when to take any prescription medications. Our staff will provide important phone numbers during your recovery if needed, so you should make sure these are in a visible place.

It’s most important to remember the excellent results you’ll achieve with your breast augmentation, and remember that your recovery is only one step in the process. To schedule your consultation or ask any questions about your breast augmentation procedure, contact our Cumberland office by calling or filling out our online form.

When Is the Right Time for a Facelift?

When you’re considering plastic surgery, it’s normal to look for easy answers. However, plastic surgery isn’t always so black and white. This can be especially so when you’re looking at your candidacy for your chosen procedure, and it might take a conversation with your plastic surgeon to determine what your options are and whether your chosen procedure will benefit you most. With a facelift procedure, each patient’s unique situation and goals are some of the most important ways to determine this, so here are some factors to consider as you plan your consultation.


It can seem tempting to look for a magic number when it comes to age and plastic surgery, but every patient ages differently, so this isn’t always the best indicator of whether you can benefit from a procedure. Most plastic surgeons would recommend against procedures on patients that are too young or too elderly, of course, but it’s more effective to objectively look at your signs of aging and assess whether they can benefit from tightening and lifting. As a general rule, a facelift can remove a decade off of your features, so you should take that into consideration when looking at your options.


This can be an important consideration for any plastic surgery procedure, but it’s always important to keep in mind. If you’re opting for surgery, you should be in a period of good health and able to recover from an invasive procedure. For this reason, it’s important to discuss any health conditions you might have with Dr. Carpenter so he can assess whether you might be putting yourself at risk. This can include whether you’ve recently undergone childbirth or nursing since some patients opt for a facelift as part of their mommy makeover procedure. If you’re immunocompromised, Dr. Carpenter might recommend you postpone your surgery.

Non-Surgical Options

Although facelift is one of the most effective facial rejuvenation options, it may not be for everyone. If you’re unable to undergo surgery or simply aren’t showing substantial signs of aging yet, you may benefit from exploring non-surgical options like fillers, neuromodulators, or skin treatments. Most patients that opt for a facelift have already undergone some non-surgical treatments before deciding that a facelift will benefit them most, so it’s worth consulting with our non-surgical experts to look at your options.

Whatever your goals for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Carpenter can professionally recommend the best treatment plan for you during a consultation at our Cumberland office. To schedule a private consultation, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.

The Mommy Makeover and You: What to Know

No matter where you look, it seems you’re bombarded with pictures of celebrities who look slim and trim even though they’ve given birth only a few months before. While it’s easy to be fooled by photo editing apps, many people, including A-listers, turn to plastic surgery to speed up the process. This plastic surgery procedure is known as the mommy makeover and includes a powerful combination of techniques to reshape and restore your post-baby body. Here’s what to know about it.

What is a Mommy Makeover?

Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding all contribute to the changes that happen to a woman’s body. When exercise and following a healthy diet don’t yield results, many moms consider a mommy makeover to achieve their goals. Because no two women are the same, it’s important to note that their surgeries will also differ. Below are a few of the most common procedures included as a part of a Mommy Makeover:

  • Body Contouring: Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, removes excess skin or fat to achieve a taut tummy. It can also tighten the underlying muscles that can become stretched and loose during pregnancy. Liposuction, and other minimally-invasive options can help to shape the body and eliminate stubborn fatty areas.
  • Breast Augmentation: Breast reduction and a breast lift can change the shape and size of your breasts to restore the firmness and perkiness you had prior to pregnancy. Some patients also opt for implants to restore volume.
  • Additional Procedures: Pregnancy and delivery can result in permanent changes to your skin’s tone and texture. Treatment for stretch marks or varicose veins is also common during a mommy makeover.

What to Expect

During your initial consultation, we’ll address your areas of concern, discuss your expectations, and also review your past medical history. Mommy makeovers can be performed on new moms and seasoned ones alike. Your recovery will depend on your unique mommy makeover, so Dr. Carpenter will make sure you know what to expect during your consultation.

Things to Consider

For the best long-term results, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating right and regular exercise go a long way in maximizing your results. Most importantly, patients need to have realistic expectations of what a mommy makeover can and cannot do.

You should keep in mind that you will have scars after your surgery. While these will fade over time and become less visible, it’s important to realize that you will have them. In addition, it’s recommended that you wait at least 6 to 12 months after delivery to undergo a mommy makeover so that your body can return to its normal hormonal state. If you’re planning on having more children in the future, you may want to postpone any surgeries or consider non-surgical alternatives until you have completed your family.

Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

Since most patients choose to have multiple procedures performed at one time, it’s extremely important to choose a plastic surgeon who is skilled in mommy makeovers. Always ask to see before and after photos of previous patients who had the same surgeries you are considering. You should also verify that your surgeon is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Finally, choose a surgeon that regularly performs mommy makeovers or your chosen procedures.

As with any type of plastic surgery, the decision to have a mommy makeover should never be a quick one. Weighs the pros and cons of each procedure and make sure you have your mommy makeover performed by a reputable plastic surgeon who you feel comfortable with. To meet with Dr. Carpenter and begin discussing your options for a mommy makeover procedure, contact our Allegany office by calling or filling out our online form.

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