Face FAQs


What can rhinoplasty do for me?

Rhinoplasty can reshape, reduce or augment the nose, remove a hump, narrow nostril width, change the angle between the nose and the mouth, or correct injury, birth defects, or other problems that affect breathing.*


What are the risks?

Complications are rare and, when they occur, minor. These may include infection, nosebleed, or a reaction to the anesthesia. Also, a second procedure is required in about one out of every ten cases.*


What problems can otoplasty correct?

Ear surgery typically serves two functions: setting prominent ears back closer to the head, and reducing the size of large ears. Surgery may also be helpful for “lop ear,” “cupped ear” and “shell ear,” large or stretched earlobes, and lobes with large creases and wrinkles. Surgeons are also able to construct new ears for patients who are missing them from injury or other causes.*


What are the risks?

Complications are rare and usually minor but may include blood clots and cartilage infection (usually treatable with antibiotics but occasionally requires surgery).*


What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Also known as “laser peel,” laser skin resurfacing removes the uppermost damaged layers of skin with a carbon dioxide laser beam.*


What does the procedure treat?

Laser peels can treat wrinkles, sun damage, uneven pigmentation, fine lines around the mouth and the eyes, and facial scars.*


What problems can a facelift correct?

A facelift can reduce signs of aging (wrinkles, lines, sagging skin, drooping brow) by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and redraping the skin around the neck and face.*


What is collagen?

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein found in the second layer of skin (the dermis) that “plumps up” the skin, joints, bones, and ligaments.* Injectable collagen is derived from purified bovine collagen, which is similar to human collagen after processing. It was approved by the FDA in 1981 and is produced in various thicknesses for individual patients’ needs.*


What does injectable collagen do?

Injectable collagen counteracts the effects of gravity, sun exposure and years of facial muscle movement by filling in wrinkles, lines and scars, adding fullness to areas of the face, such as the lips, cheeks, and forehead and sometimes other areas of the body, such as the neck, back, and chest.*


What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face to smooth texture, reduce scarring, and remove blemishes and precancerous growths to produce healthy, glowing skin.*


What can a brow lift do for me?

Brow lifts can revitalize drooping or lined foreheads by tightening skin and muscles above the eyes, smoothing wrinkles and raising the eyebrows, helping you to look less angry, sad, or tired.*


What’s the difference between traditional and endoscopic methods?

The main difference lies in the type of incision made. In a traditional brow lift, the surgeon makes a coronal (headphone-shaped) incision behind the hairline, stretching between the ears and across the top of the forehead. In a minimally invasive endoscopic brow lift, the surgeon makes three to five short incisions (less than an inch long) behind the hairline. The endoscope — a slim instrument with a camera on the end — is placed in one incision so the surgeon can see beneath the skin while he or she lifts the skin and adjusts muscles through the other incisions.*


What are the risks?

Complications are rare and usually minor but may include temporary numbness or reduced sensation along the incision; nerve injury, causing loss of ability to raise the eyebrows or wrinkle the forehead and potentially requiring another operation; hair loss along scar edges; formation of a broad scar, possibly requiring surgical correction; infection and bleeding, while rare, are also possible.*


What are the advantages of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)?

By removing excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids, blepharoplasty can rejuvenate puffy, sagging, or tired-looking eyes.* It is typically a cosmetic procedure but can also improve vision by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision.*


What are the risks?

Complications from the procedure are uncommon but can include infection, reaction to anesthesia, double or blurred vision for a few days, temporary swelling of the eyelids, tiny whiteheads, and difficulty closing eyes when going to sleep.* Uneven healing and scarring, and ectropion (pulling down of the lower lids) are very rare and may require surgical correction*


Breast FAQs


Am I a good candidate for breast augmentation and breast lift?

If you have sagging breasts and loss of fullness in the top portion of your breasts, you are likely a candidate for the combination breast augmentation and breast lift procedure.*


It will take several days to return to normal activities after your combination breast augmentation and breast lift procedure. However, it is important to your recovery that you get up and move around during that time. After the procedure, it is often possible to return to work within a week.* Physical activity should be avoided for at least the first couple of weeks following surgery.* After that, care must be taken to be extremely gentle with your breasts for at least the next month.*


What are the risks and complications of combination breast augmentation and breast lift?

Complications following combination breast augmentation and breast lift surgery are rare and usually minimal.* Possible complications include capsular contracture, swelling and pain, infection around the implant, a change in nipple sensation, decreased milk production, and breakage or leakage of the implant (implant rupture).*


Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery?

Women with large, disproportionate breasts who experience pain, discomfort, and embarrassment due to their breast size may be good candidates for breast reduction surgery.* Ideal candidates for breast reduction are women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding.* Although the procedure is generally recommended for mature women with fully developed breasts, breast reduction surgery can be performed on younger women if their breasts are causing serious pain and physical discomfort.*


How long will the results of breast reduction surgery last?

After breast reduction surgery, breasts will remain smaller than they would be if the procedure had never been performed.* Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your breast size should remain fairly constant. However, the effects of aging and gravity may cause breasts to sag over time.* If, after a period of years, you become dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts, you may choose to undergo a breast lift procedure to restore their more youthful contour.*


What are the major risks and complications of breast reduction surgery?

Breast reduction surgery may have potential complications that are possible for all surgeries, including bleeding, infection, hematoma, adverse reactions to anesthesia, and scarring.* Potential risks that are specific to breast reduction surgery include asymmetrical breasts, altered or loss of nipple and areola sensitivity, and the inability to breastfeed.*


Body Lift FAQs


Can I combine the body lift with other procedures?

Since these procedures depend on each individual’s exam and assessment this question is best reserved until a full evaluation and goals are assessed.* In general, Dr. Sawan suggests not combining the arm lift with a thigh lift since this would make recovery difficult for the patients.* The arms or the thighs can be combined with a body lift, but this still depends on the examination of the individual patient.*



*Results may vary