We provide cosmetic surgery price ranges (estimates only) on our web site. Actual surgery prices depend on your specific anatomy, operating time involved, surgical technique used, and type of anesthesia. Dr. Potter will give you a specific, individual fee quote at your free personal cosmetic consultation. Free quotes are good for six months, which allows you time to think about it and plan ahead.
During your first cosmetic consultation, Dr. Potter will discuss the goals you have for the surgery and explain your probable outcome of treatment. In order to choose the surgical approach that will best achieve your cosmetic goals, your doctor will help you decide between the “open” or classical method, or the endoscopic forehead lift. With the use of before and after photos for patients having similar conditions, we will explain the treatment you can expect to receive. Before and after phots can be taken of your area to document your results.
The forehead area is often where wrinkles and frown lines first start to appear. A browlift (or forehead lift) , smooths out wrinkles and corrects drooping brows and heavy lids creating a youthful and friendlier appearance. Browlifts can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or along with other cosmetic procedures such as a facelift, eyelid surgery, or laser skin resurfacing.
Endoscopic or minimal scar browlift is performed using a small fiberoptic lens inserted through half-inch incisions placed in the hairline. The lens is attached to a camera, which connects to a screen allowing for a visualization of the surgery. More half inch incisions are made for the insertion of tiny scalpels, scissors, and retractors. Your surgeon performs the procedure while watching the monitor and manipulating the instruments externally.
An endoscopic brow lift is especially useful for younger patients where the removal of excess skin is not necessary. With this procedure loss of sensation or hair is minimized. An endoscopic browlift significantly reduces frown lines between the eyes and is often performed in conjunction with the upper eyelid surgery to achieve optimal results.
Browlifts are performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia with deep sedation, or general anesthesia, and usually takes 1-2 hours. The classical or “open” method conceals the incision just under the hairline across the scalp and between the ears. The surgeon lessens the appearance of wrinkles by removing the selected muscles and releasing the facial tissues that cause wrinkles. The eyebrows can also be lifted. Excess skin at the incision is removed to allow a gentle draping of your forehead skin.
The Browlift Procedure
After Dr. Potter performs your browlift, there is a minimal amount of discomfort. Swelling and bruising may last 7-10 days. For some patients this includes cheeks and eyelids. Keeping your head elevated as well as the application of a cod compress will help to reduce swelling. You may notice itching and possibly some numbness. Your symptoms will diminish over time. Make-up can be worn after 3 day. Sutures will be removed in 7-10 days. Strenuous activity is restricted for 6 weeks.
What will your browlift surgery recovery look like?
What are the benefits of Endoscopic Browlift Surgery?
Less hair loss
With this procedure being classified as cosmetic, most health insurance companies do not cover the procedure. However, if the implants are used to for reconstruction or to correct a defect, insurance may cover the procedure in part or in whole. It is your responsibility to check with your insurance provider for information on the degree of coverage. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding payment arrangements. If you have been wondering if having more distinctive facial features might enhance your appearance and improve your self-confidence, you should schedule a consultation with our surgeon.
What About Insurance For Chin And Cheek Implants?
Both chin and cheek implantation procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis. The procedures can be preformed with general anesthesia with the patient asleep or using a local anesthesia to numb the treated area while the patient remains awake. After cleansing the area, Dr. Potter will place small incisions in natural crease lines or inside the mouth. The implants are placed through the incision and into position. The incisions are then closed using tiny sutures.
The Chin and Cheek Implant Procedure
Facial implants are a proven safe, predictable, low cost, low risk cosmetic surgical procedure. No reported case of allergic reactions has ever been recorded with the materials most often used such as silicone, porous polyethylene and expanded polyletra-fluoroethylene have been implanted.
The implants used come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to provide structure to the midfacial cheek area and chin. The implants can be custom trimmed by your surgeon for a more natural fit.
Are Chin And Cheek Implants Safe?
During your initial consultation, our physician will assess your facial structure and discuss concerns you may have, your expectations and explain the probable outcome of your procedure. We will show you several before and after treatment photographs of patients with similar facial structure and will explain the treatment you can expect to receive. Before and after photos may be taken to document your results.
Are Chin And Cheek Facial Implants For You?
To achieve better facial balance, chin implants are often recommended patients undergoing nose surgery. Cheek implants can improve the midfacial contour and restore sagging midfacial soft tissues, thus postponing the need for a facelift for patients 38-50 years old. Chin augmentation (meatoplasty) and cheek implants (malar augmentation) provide a more vibrant and attractive look of distinction.
Some discomfort, aching and come numbness along with temporary swelling is expected after Dr. Potter preforms cheek augmentation. To keep this to a minimum, one should keep their head elevated and apply cold compresses during the first 24 hours following the procedure. Medication can be used to control post-operative discomfort. Chewing food and brushing your teeth might be a little uncomfortable for a week to 10 days. After Dr. Potter performs chin augmentation, a dressing will be applied to cover the area for about 3 days. All swelling should be gone within 6 weeks. External scars are minimal and will fade significantly over time. Strenuous activities should be avoided for several weeks.
How Will My Face Feel After My Chin And Cheek Implants Are In?
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is performed by Dr. Potter to correct sagging eyelids, remove fatty pouches beneath the eyes and remove excess skin from the upper eyelids. This procedure can be done alone or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift, a brow lift or laser skin resurfacing.
Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation
The initial consultation will consist of discussing your current condition, your expectations, and the probable outcome of the surgery. With the help of before and after photos from patients with similar conditions, you will be shown examples of the surgery. Before and after photos may be taken of your treated area in order to track and document your results.
The Eyelid Surgery Procedure
Blepharoplasty is generally preformed under local anesthesia but can be performed under general anesthesia. Upper eyelid is corrected with fine incisions in the crease above each eye where a tin crescent of excess skin and muscle is removed. To remove the fatty deposits beneath the eyes, the incisions are placed just inside the lower eyelid. After the fat is removed, the incisions may be closed with absorbable sutures or may be left to heal naturally. When excess skin and muscle needs to be removed from the lower lids, the incisions are placed in the natural smile crease below the lash line. depending on the extent of the surgery the procedure can take between 1 – 2 hours.
What About Insurance For Eyelid Surgery?
Even in younger people, eyelid problems are common. When eyelid problems interfere with your vision, correction may be covered by your health insurance. Cosmetic eyelid surgery may not be covered in part or in whole by your health insurance. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider for the information on the degree of coverage.
What About Recovery For Eyelid Surgery?
When Dr. Potter performs your eyelid surgery alone, and not with a facelift, it is generally done under local anesthesia. After the surgery, the area around your eye will be bruised and swollen for about 2 weeks. Patients should keep their heads up and place cold compresses on their eyes periodically. Antibiotic eye drops or ointment may be prescribed. Patients cannot wear contact lenses for about 2 weeks since the eyelids may be stiff and sore. Make-up may be worn after about 10 days. The resulting hairline scars which follow the natural contour of the eyelids tend to fade in about 2 months. After cosmetic surgery, our patients have a softer, more youthful look to their faces. Many seem to have a new spring in their step after facing their fresher reflections in the mirror.
A facelift provides an overall lift to the lower third of your face by tightening loose skin in the jowls, neck, and jaw line. If you have been considering a facelift to reverse the signs of aging, you should understand what a facelift can and cannot do. Although the incisions made for a facelift are hidden back in your hairline, it does nothing to correct the visible signs of aging in the upper face. Forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet or bags under your eyes will not be removed with a facelift alone. However, these can be treated during a facelift procedure. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your condition, your expectations, and the probable outcome of your various treatment options. Before and After photographs of patients having similar conditions and we will explain the details of your procedure. Before and after photos may be taken of your face to document your results.
Looking As Young As You Feel With A Facelift
Wrinkles, sagging skin, laxity in the jowls and neck begin to appear after years of exposure to the elements, facial expressions and the natural aging process. A facelift is one of the most well accepted and most frequently performed cosmetic procedures in the United States. Dr. Potter preforms facelifts that can make you look longer and feel better.
A facelift procedure may be performed in your doctor’s office or in an outpatient surgical facility. In order to relax the patient, premedication is generally recommended. Usually, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia with the patient asleep but can be performed using a local anesthesia. Your surgeon will operate on one side of the face at a time. The incision is placed in the natural crease of the facial skin and begins inside the hairline, in the temple area above and forward of the ear. It continues inside the ear, or in front of the ear around the earlobe and behind the ear. The skin is lifted outward, and the surgeon tightens and repositions the underlying muscles and tissues. Excess skin and fat may be removed. The incision is then closed with fine sutures and/or metal clips. If metal clips are used, shaving hair from the incision site may be avoided. A facelift can take between 2 – 4 hours depending on the extent of the procedure.
The Facelift Procedure
Your lifestyle choices, bone structure, skin type, sun exposure and heredity all play a role in determining how many years can be removed and for how long. If you are in your forties, the effects may last up to 10 years. If you are in your sixties, your results may last 5 – 7 years.
How Long Will Results Last After My Facelift?
What Happens After My Facelift Surgery?
After our physician performs your facelift, there will be bruising and swelling that will persist for a few days. Pain is normally minimal and can be controlled with oral medication. Bandages can be taken off by us in our office 1 – 2 days after surgery. You may go home and take a shower. To minimize scarring sutures may be removed in stages. Healing is a gradual process. Your face will feel completely “normal” in about 10 – 12 weeks. Direct sun should be avoided for several weeks. Most patients are delighted with their new, more youthful, and relaxed appearance.
Most men and women who have localized facial fatty deposits are good candidates for Facial Liposuction provided they:
Who Are The Best Candidates For Facial Liposuction?
Liposuction is performed to remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. Your Liposuction surgeon uses a special tube called a cannula. The cannula is inserted through a tiny incision placed in an inconspicuous location on the face or neck. Using a suction syringe or pump attached to the cannula, the fat cells are extracted. The result is a re-sculpting of bulging areas into more attractive and more youthful facial contours.
What is Facial Liposuction?
Feel bothered by excess fat around your cheeks, chin, and neck? These areas do not usually respond to diet and exercise. They can also affect your self-image. Now, Facial Liposuction is performed by Dr. Potter in Hays, Kansas to provide them with an improved profile. Facial Liposuction can make a dramatic change in the way you look by removing the excess fat from your cheeks, chin and neck.
Is Facial Liposuction For You?
One procedure is usually sufficient. However, some patients require a fine-tuning procedure at a future date.
Will I Need A Second Procedure?
Yes! After puberty, we do not create many new fat cells. When you gain weight, you expand the fat cells that you have. Facial Liposuction permanently removes fat cells to improve your facial contour. If you gain weight after liposuction, it goes to the fat cells that remain in your body. The localized fatty deposits that existed prior to liposuction can no longer balloon up out of proportion to the surrounding areas.
Is The Fat Removal Permanent?
Are in good health.
Have fat deposits disproportionate to the rest of their bodies.
Have good skin elasticity.
Have realistic expectations.
If excess fatty tissue in your face or neck is bothering you, Facial Liposuction may be able to help. Your doctor can help you determine what the best treatment will be to obtain your desired results.
How Will I Look After Surgery
What Will My Recovery Be Like?
After Dr. Potter preforms your procedure, the results can be dramatic. The use of smaller cannulas allow the fibrous connections between your skin and body to remain. These connections will contract over time. As a result, excessive neck skin folds are so rare that many patients avoid the necessity for surgical skin removal by having excellent results with Facial Liposuction alone.
One or two small stitches may be needed to close the tiny incisions. You will wear a snug elastic dressing over the treated area for a few days, and you may be advised to wear it at night for a few weeks. You will go home after the procedure and rest for at least 24 hours. Mild pain relievers may be needed along with cold packs for a few days. Most patients resume normal activities after 2 – 4 days.
The following procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis and usually require local anesthesia.
Excisional Surgery is the cutting away of scar tissue. Punch grafting is the removal of the scar tissue and replacement with a graft of good, healthy skin.
Scar & Wrinkle release is a minimally-invasive technique (also known as “undermining” or “subcision”) that breaks apart the depressed scars, deep creases, or fine lines with a special needle or instrument. New tissue is created that raises the scar or unwanted depression. It is also used to smooth wrinkles. The procedure takes about an hour.
Dermal Filler Injections are good treatments for shallow and deep scars. These fillers can be injected into the area of the scar, smoothing depressions. Results are immediately apparent. Patients usually require touch-up treatments every 6 months to 2 years.
Microdermabrasion can be likened to a “superficial skin polishing” using micro crystals vacuumed through a delicate hand piece. In as little as 20 minutes, this gentle abrasive technique efficiently produces satisfying results. Treatments are progressive and are applied through a course of weekly sessions.
Chemical Peels use a chemical solution to gently burn away, in a controlled fashion, the fine outer layers of the skin. The solutions are available in several strengths, depending on the degree of peeling desired. Healing of the skin tissue can take from 3 days to 3 weeks. A new, smoother layer of skin is then formed.
Non-Ablative Laser Treatments are not painful and there is no downtime. Most patients receive a series of about 5 treatments. Depending on the type of scar, improvement can be dramatic. The improvement is gradual and continues to improve even after the treatment stops.
Fractional skin resurfacing treats facial scars by delivering the laser’s energy in microbeams. Fractional treatments promote the production softer, smoother skin.
Laser Resurfacing gives your physician precise control as the procedure gently vaporizes the damaged or acne-scarred skin to reveal the smooth, fresh skin underneath. Scars are removed in a precise, rapid, bloodless fashion achieving excellent results. Laser scar removal can be performed with local anesthesia if limited areas are treated, while full face resurfacing is usually performed with the administration of intravenous sedation by an anesthesiologist. Both procedures may be performed in our office.
The Facial Scar Treatment Procedures
Based on the goals and expectations discussed during your consultation with Dr. Potter, an assessment of the nature of your scars, your expectations and explain the probable outcome of your procedure. The doctor will prescribe the most appropriate treatment to achieve your expectations. You may be shown several before and after treatment photographs of patients with similar scars, and your surgeon will explain the procedure you can expect to receive and the results that you can anticipate.
What Treatment Is Best For Me?
There are multiple treatment modalities that doctors can choose from today. Options include excisional surgery, punch grafting, soft tissue augmentation, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermabrasion.
What Are My Options
Facial scarring has been a source of low self-esteem for men, women, and children throughout history. Facial scarring is usually caused by pervasive cystic acne, trauma, burns, surgery, or a result of aggressive chicken pox. Scars form as part of the body’s healing process whenever multiple layers of skin are injured. Facial scars can negatively affect a patient’s self-esteem and social life. Many of these patients seek treatment to improve the appearance or texture of their facial scars.
Other Considerations With Nose Surgery
During your consultation Dr. Potter will discuss your concerns about your nose, your expectations, and explain the probable outcome of your procedure. With the use of before and after photos of patients having similar noses, you will be able to see possible outcomes. Before and after photos may be taken of your nose to document your results.
Your Nose Surgery Consultation
As the most prominent feature on your face, the size and shape of your nose may be one of the most defining characteristic of your face. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States elect to improve the appearance and/or function of their noses through nose surgery or rhinoplasty. Some people want a different size or shape. Others wish to repair damage caused by an injury, and some just want to breathe easier.
What About Insurance For Nose Surgery?
Rhinoplasty is the reshaping of the nose. It can be performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes 1 – 2 hours, although a complicated procedure may take longer. Most incisions are made inside the nose, where they are invisible. The skin and tissues of the nose along with the underlying bone and cartilage are sculpted by the surgeon to your desired new shape. Noses that point up or droop down can be redirected by trimming the septum which divides the two nasal passages. Skin can be removed from both sides of the nostrils at the center, to narrow the base of the nose. Sometimes the contour can be improved by adding tissue.
The Nose Surgery Procedure
Before making the decision to have a rhinoplasty, ask our surgeon if there are any additional facial procedures that may enhance the effects of your nose surgery. Many patients elect to have chin or cheek implants to enhance and balance their facial features.
Patients are up and active within 2 days after a rhinoplasty. Your first day should be spent in bed with your head elevated. You will wear a small splint over your nose to protect it and keep it stable, for a week or so. Your nose and head will probably ache, and your face will feel puffy. This discomfort can be alleviated with medication prescribed by your surgeon. After about 3 days, the swelling and bruising around your eyes will begin to subside. It should be almost completely gone in about 2 weeks. Cold compresses applied to the area will help reduce the swelling. Bleeding is common the first few days after surgery, along with some stuffiness that could last a few weeks. It is recommended that you not blow your nose during the first week while the tissues are healing. After 10 – 12 days all dressings, splints, and sutures should be removed, and you can return to a normal life. Strenuous activities, rubbing or bumping your nose should be avoided for several more weeks.
What Will My Recovery Be Like
Breathing problems are common, even in younger people. Correcting problems that interfere with your breathing may be covered by your health insurance. However, when a rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic reasons, it may not be covered, in part or in whole, by your health insurance. It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider for information on the degree of coverage. We will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding payment.
Depending on the extent of the procedure, you may have some swelling and localized bruising which can be covered with make-up. Both are generally gone within 4 – 10 days. A bandage will be placed underneath your chin and an elastic bandage is wrapped around your neck and head. The next morning you may remove the bandage. However, it is important that you continue to wear the elastic garment at night for 2 weeks. Any sutures that require removal are taken out after about a week to 10 days. Over the next several months, as the healing process occurs, the soft suppleness of the neck skin will return. After your neck rejuvenation procedure, your pulled back and tightened neck will have a youthful, more defined profile. You may resume normal activities almost immediately. Most patients are active and going out by the next day.
What is the Recovery Like?
Neck rejuvenation procedures are generally performed on an outpatient basis. They may be combined with other procedures in order to maximize improvement. Lasers can be used to tighten the skin that is only a little loose, while neck liposuction is accomplished through tiny incisions placed behind the ears and under the chin. With neck liposuction, little straw-like cannulas are used to suction the fat away. Endoscopic surgery through a small incision placed underneath the chin may be used to tighten the neck muscles if you do not have excessive skin. A neck lift may be the best approach if the excess skin is significant. The skin is pulled up and back and the excess skin is removed. This provides a new, more pleasing neck and jaw line. The incisions are hidden inconspicuously behind your ears. Your doctor will help you choose the procedure or combination of procedures that will best meet your goals.
During your first consultation, Dr. Potter will discuss your goals for the surgery and explain your probable outcome of treatment. Next is the discussion on which procedure or combination of procedures will best meet your cosmetic goals. Before and after treatment photographs of patients having similar conditions will be used to explain the treatment you can expect to receive. Before and after photographs may be taken of your neck to document the results.
Your Neck Rejuvenation Consultation
There are multiple treatment modalities that doctors can choose from today. Options include excisional surgery, punch grafting, soft tissue augmentation, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermabrasion.
With age, the face and neck are affected differently. Some people develop wrinkling and sun damage in their entire face and neck. Some people seem to lose facial fat, while others accumulate fat in the neck and maintain good skin tone. Others may develop more exaggerated signs of aging in their neck. Neck rejuvenation surgery provides dramatic results and a more pleasing profile. These results are especially dramatic when combined with our other rejuvenating procedures.
Who Is A Candidate?
The Neck Rejuvenation Procedure
Most moles develop sometime after birth, but some people are born with moles. Very large moles that have been present since birth do have an increased risk of transforming into melanoma over time. The development of a new mole or any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole may be a sign of skin cancer, and should be checked right away. Melanomas can develop anywhere on the body, even in places that are not exposed to the sun, such as the soles of your feet or even your nails. There is no need to panic. Non-melanoma skin cancer is not necessarily life-threatening, nor does its therapy have to be disfiguring; however, if left untreated, the disease can continue to progress. Even though there is a strong correlation between ultraviolet radiation from the sun and all types of skin cancer, you can still get skin cancer even if you stay out of the sun. Always be sure to check your skin for any new or changing lesions every month.
Warning Signs Of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Over a million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Anyone can get skin cancer. Your risk of developing skin cancer is increased if your parent, child or sibling has had any form of skin cancer – particularly melanoma. Redheads and blondes have a two-fold to four-fold greater risk of developing melanoma. However, darker-skinned patients are still at risk.
Three Main Types of Skin Cancer
There are many options available to treat skin cancers, including scraping and burning, freezing, radiation, and excisional surgery. A highly specialized type of surgery performed by doctors is called Mohs micrographic surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery combines the surgical removal of the tumor with the immediate microscopic examination of the tumor. It is the treatment of choice for recurrent cancers, large cancers, cancers where the edges cannot be clearly defined, or in areas where it is important to preserve healthy tissue for the maximum functional and cosmetic results. Before Dr. Potter performs your skin cancer treatment, it is necessary to consider all the benefits and drawbacks of each procedure. Your risks of skin cancer can be reduced when you protect yourself from the sun, are aware of suspicious growths and visit our practice for regular check-ups.
Skin Cancer Treatments Avaliable
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and represents about 80 percent of new skin cancers. This type is rarely life-threatening and does not usually spread. A predisposition to basal cell carcinoma can be inherited, but these lesions usually occur in patients who have had repeated sun exposure. Patients that develop a basal cell cancer have a 60 percent chance of developing another one within five years, so it is essential that all patients who have had a skin cancer continue to see our physician regularly. Basal Cell Carcinoma may appear as a red, flesh-colored or pearly bump, or may have the appearance of an ulcer.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is another common type of skin cancer that is rarely life-threatening when caught early. It represents about 16 percent of new skin cancers and is found most often in people with fair complexions. This type may develop from an actinic keratosis which is a pre-cancer that tends to be a red and scaly lesion on sun-damaged skin. Actinic keratosis can often range in size from a pencil eraser to the size of a coin and form on all sun-exposed areas of the body. Squamous Cell Carcinoma can also appear as a red bump, or may have the appearance of an ulcer.
Malignant Melanoma represents about four percent of newly diagnosed skin cancers. It is the most serious form of skin cancer and can be deadly. However, if treated early while it is still thin, the cure rate is about 95 percent. If it is allowed to grow it can be fatal. This cancer usually stems from a mole that has been present for many years. If you have a mole that increases in size or changes in color, you should have it examined by a doctor immediately. Malignant Melanoma may also appear as a dark, irregular pigmented patch.