Monthly Archives: April 2016

A nose job is for when you’re ready

Rhinoplasty in Charlotte, NC

Rhinoplasty – Charlotte, NC

The right age for a nose job

While procedures such as the eye lift, the brow lift and the face lift are usually performed to reverse the effects of aging, the nose job is most often performed to actually improve on nature. Otoplasty (ear surgery) is similar, but where otoplasty can be performed on very small children, rhinoplasty should be put off until a patient has reached a certain age — about 15 in the case of girls and 17 in the case of boys.

This means that if your teenage son or daughter wants a nose job, it’s likely to be several years before it would be a good idea for him or her to get one. Use this time wisely. There should be a long discussion between the teenager, the parents and the surgeon in which the teen is given the chance to give voice to his or her hopes and expectations. Computer imaging, which displays the possible results of surgery so that your teenager can choose exactly what he or she wants, is a great tool to use at this point. A collection of before and after photos, testimonies from other patients and FAQs about rhinoplasty are also useful.

Charlotte’s top rhinoplasty surgeon

Dr. Sean Freeman is the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Charlotte today. Since 1988 he has concentrated on facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. If you or your son or daughter lives in or near Charlotte and wants a nose job, schedule an appointment or online consultation with Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon today.

Eye lift patients should know how to recover

Eyelid Surgery or Eyelift in Charlotte, NC

Eyelid Surgery – Charlotte, NC

Deciding if an eye lift is right for you

If you want an eye lift, you should be health, with no medical conditions. Blurry vision, dry eye, double vision, diabetes or thyroid problems would make an eye lift a bad idea. If you smoke, you should stop before undergoing the surgery, as it makes your body heal slower. Avoid taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs just before the surgery. Tell your surgeon beforehand about any other medications you’re taking, and follow his or her advice on taking them before surgery.

On average, most patients are back to normal in two weeks, with only a little bruising. Resting, keeping your head elevated and using cold packs will speed recovery time. Take whatever medication your surgeon prescribes to reduce the risk of infection and speed the healing process. Keep your eyes out of the sun — if you must go outside on sunny days, use dark-tinted sunglasses. Your surgeon will have more advice for you.

When an eye lift is being performed to reduce the effects of aging, it’s usually performed alongside other procedures with similar aims, such as lower lid surgery, a brow lift, filler injections, laser skin resurfacing or BOTOX. This may mean spending a little more time recovering.

Eye lift surgery in Charlotte

Sean Freeman, MD, is Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon. He runs a state-of-the-art facility and has made a YouTube video that explains the procedure. If you are interested in an eye lift, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.

Taking care of your rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty in Charlotte, NC

Rhinoplasty – Charlotte, NC

The nose job, and the followup

If you’re planning to get a nose job, you should begin preparing now for what comes after. How you handle it will play a significant role in the success of your rhinoplasty. To begin with, you won’t be in any shape to drive home afterward, so get someone to drive you or call a cab.

The first two to three days after rhinoplasty are the worst. You should have someone to take care of you for at least this long. Be sure to take your pain medication and antibiotics. You may not feel up to eating real food for a while, but you’ll need to burn calories in order to heal. Have some snacks, such as crackers. Also, drink plenty of fluids and be sure to get enough sleep. While you’re sleeping, elevate your head and torso — particularly your head. This will reduce the swelling that usually follows rhinoplasty.

Obviously you don’t want to bump your nose into anything. In fact, you should avoid pullover sweaters that brush against your nose when you put them on or take them off. Don’t drink or take any aspirin for the first three weeks. If you’re a smoker, don’t start again until the process is complete. Be sure to go to any post-operative appointments you’ve made.

Charlotte’s number one rhinoplasty surgeon

Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon. He has been certified by two different surgery boards. If you need rhinoplasty, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.

The deep plane minituck restores youth to the midface

Deep plane minituck in Charlotte, NC

Deep plane minituck – Charlotte, NC

Rejuvenating the midface

We know when we’re looking older, but we don’t often think about what the signs of aging are. The signs of aging in the midface are created not just by sagging skin, but by loss of volume due to deposits of fat shrinking and migrating downwards. The endotine face lift, a procedure that involves absorbable implants under the skin, can be used to reverse this, but the effect is only short-term. Fat injections are another way of restoring volume.

If this skin around your mouth and neck is lax, you might be a candidate for a deep plane minituck. The looseness around your neck should be caused by skin and muscle only, not excess fat under the neck, looseness of the submandibular glands or both. A facial plastic surgeon can tell you if the procedure is right for you.

In a deep plane minituck, the surgeon makes an incision around the ear, lifts the connective tissue under the skin of the cheeks and releases the ligaments. The fatty tissue under the skin of the upper cheek, may also be lifted. You should be able to return to normal activity within 10 to 14 days after surgery. Wait for the swelling to go down before you decide if you like your new look. This may take several weeks.

The best place for a deep plane minituck in Charlotte

The best surgeon to go to for a deep plane minituck in the Charlotte area is Dr. Sean Freeman. He has been certified by two surgery boards. If you live in the Charlotte area and are interested in a deep plane minituck, make an appointment today.

When rhinoplasty goes wrong, revision can help

Rhinoplasty in Charlotte, NC

Rhinoplasty – Charlotte, NC

So you’ve had a bad nose job

According to the Web site Real Self, 90% of those who rated their nose jobs in the last two years said that they were worth it. Unfortunately, somebody has to be in that one in ten.

If the shape of your new nose is obviously wrong, a number of things might have happened. The surgeon may have underestimated the thickness of the skin on your nose, or overestimated the strength of your nasal cartilage. This can happen with an inexperienced surgeon. Or, for that matter, he or she may have given you exactly the nose you asked for without mentioning that it would be unsuitable given the structure of your face — this sometimes happens when surgeons and patients fail to fully communicate. The healing process itself might have gone wrong — you might have sustained an injury while your nose was still fragile.

The good news is that there is no need for you to spend the rest of your life looking like this. Revision rhinoplasty is a specialized form of rhinoplasty that can correct the mistakes or accidents that sometimes happen with nose jobs. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until at least a year after the initial surgery to have the corrective surgery done.

Charlotte’s number one rhinoplasty surgeon

Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon. Since 1988 he has done only facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already had rhinoplasty done by other surgeons, and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to get the results they really wanted. If you are in need of revision rhinoplasty, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.

Face lift questions and answers

Face lift in Charlotte, NC

Face lift – Charlotte, NC

Questions people have about face lifts

Many people have questions about face lifts. Here are some common ones.

How long does a face lift last?

It depends on the procedure. A face lift that only involves the skin will last three to six years, but it will last longer if there are additional treatments, such as fat injection to restore volume.

Is there a specific procedure for lifting jowls?

In a younger patient, liposuction might work better than a face lift. In an older patient with marionette lines (lines that go down to the jowl) a surgeon may recommend fillers, or may suggest another procedure, such as a deep plane minituck.

Why do so many Hollywood stars have such terrible plastic surgery outcomes when they should be able to afford the best facial plastic surgeons in the world?

Because when a star gets good plastic surgery, no one notices — everyone just looks at them and thinks they’re holding up well. The ones you notice are the few whose surgeries didn’t work.

Getting a face lift in Charlotte

If you have more questions, you should ask a professional. Dr. Sean Freeman is the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has practiced only facial plastic surgery since 1988. He pioneered the use of the deep plane minituck. If you are interested in a face lift, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.

Most nose job customers are happy

Rhinoplasty in Charlotte, NC

Rhinoplasty – Charlotte, NC

A nose job can be something to be proud of

Over a hundred thousand people get rhinoplasties every year, and the vast majority of them are very pleased with the results. According to a recent study, 3.3 percent of rhinoplasties (about one in thirty) need revision, and according to the Web site Real Self, 90% of those who rated their rhinoplasties in the last two years said they were worth it. For those who’ve felt self-conscious about their noses and faces for most of their lives, it’s great to finally be able to show the world a face you are comfortable with.

Getting a nose job is no longer seen as something to be embarrassed about.  Some young women have begun documenting their own rhinoplasties and recoveries for their friends, including the transition period between the end of the surgery and the dissipation of the aftereffects.

Charlotte’s top rhinoplasty surgeon

Using computer imaging, a rhinoplasty surgeon can show you various possible outcomes, so that you can describe precisely the results you want. Dr. Sean Freeman is Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has done only facial plastic surgery, including nose jobs. Many of his patients have already had rhinoplasty done by other surgeons, and come to him for revision rhinoplasty to get the results they really wanted. If you live in or near Charlotte and are looking for a nose job, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.

Facial plastic surgery best done by a professional

Facelift or Facial plastic surgery in Charlotte, NC

Facelift or Facial plastic surgery – Charlotte, NC

Three common types of surgery

If you’re interested in plastic surgery, you don’t want to accept an e-mailed offer of discounted laser treatment or BOTOX. These are often performed by unqualified personnel, and the results aren’t what you want to look like. When looking for a plastic surgeon in Charlotte, one good place for recommendations is the Web site realself.com.

The three most common types of facial plastic surgery are (in this order) rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and face lifts. Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States have these procedures done every year. Only a professional facial plastic surgeon can tell you for certain if one of them is right for you. In some cases, for example, a nose can be made to look the right size not by making it smaller, but by making the chin more prominent.

Charlotte’s best facial plastic surgeon

If you’re considering facial plastic surgery, the first step is to talk with an expert. After all, you might not even need surgery — in some cases a simple skincare procedure, such as laser skin rejuvenation, can do everything you need. If you do decide on surgery, you will want it to be done by someone with a lot of experience.

Dr. Sean Freeman, MD is the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has done only facial plastic surgery since 1988, including improvements to plastic surgery done by other doctors. If you’re interested in facial plastic surgery, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.

Best SEO in Charlotte or not?

Best SEO in Charlotte or a scam?

Best SEO in Charlotte

Does a company offer the “BEST SEO IN CHARLOTTE” or is it a scam?  There are so many people offering SEO, website design, social media marketing and online marketing on the internet today- who do you trust? Which ones are just novices- fresh out of class- just wanting your money?

It’s rare that I get really upset about something, but there are so many deceitful people in the SEO and online marketing industry- sometimes I just need to vent …and, it’s important to teach you how to protect yourself from these people! If you’d like a copy of my ebook on Internet Scams- click here.

The most recent scam I have experienced is a man, out of England, who teaches an online class. He tells his students to list themselves as “experts” near the end of class, encourages the students to all leave fake references for each other on LinkedIn (which they copy onto their websites!)

This particular student:

  • Backdated the founding of their business, by using an old business name- now claiming, on day ONE, six years of experience

o    The funny part, with this is that she said she founded her business 3 years before the teacher founded his business (that taught her the class!)

  • Posted the fake references from fellow students on her website.

o    How to check this- just go to their LinkedIn profile and click on the reference- you will actually be able to make a list of students that just finished this man’s course

This sort of business, based on false promised, lies and deceitfulness will never be successful long-term; lying is never an option to begin a legitimate business….Simply unbelievable.

What to look for in a legitimate company:

  • Years of experience
  • No contracts! You use their services as long as you are satisfied.
  • References. (Genuine, real references from clients who have received services from that company.)
  • Exclusivity. Companies that offer their services to everyone in your market will never help you get ahead.

Not many of you know that I became interested in the online marketing business because I had several people ask me for help. They saw the work I had done on my own website, The Blended and Step Family Resource Center, and my years of work online, and they wanted help with their websites, social media and wanted to grow their businesses and practices. I was a best selling author, social media guru, and highly respected counselor- but would never have considered myself an SEO expert or would have the audacity to put “Best SEO in Charlotte” on my website.

I helped two medical practices for free- then realized that I could found a business based on my social media, online marketing, and SEO skills- BUT, I knew I needed to offer the very best for my clients. I went back and took more classes, was mentored for months, THEN- I offered my services AT NO CHARGE to a medical practice. (Actually, I bartered with them for Lasik Eye Surgery for 3 months of online marketing.) I received fantastic care and 20/20 vision due to the expertise of Dr. Ivan Mac, and Metrolina Eye Associates received 3 months of my best online marketing skills. Here is the result:

“We have been very satisfied with SCD Consulting Services online marketing services. We have seen impressive results and we are reaching our goals for the search engine rankings for our keywords. Her services more than pay for themselves.”  Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Ivan Mac MD and CEO, Metrolina Eye Associates

When you do an excellent job- and produce results- you don’t have to lie or deceive.

Trust your online marketing, SEO, social media, reputation management and more to a company you can trust!  It doesn’t have to be my company, heaven knows there are enough large and small companies all over Charlotte and the United States. Some provide great services, and some, like the one listed above- just jumped into the industry as “Experts” – and want to cheat their way to your business.

I challenge those companies to work your way to a legitimate business- it may mean giving some business way, or bartering- but prove your skills legitimately- don’t dirty my field of expertise with your lies. There are so many good companies out there that are legitimate.

 

A short history of rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty in Charlotte, NC

Rhinoplasty – Charlotte, NC

From the Pyramids to the waiting room

Rhinoplasty is a very old form of surgery. The ancient Egyptians had techniques for reconstructing the nose. In India in the sixth century B.C., surgeons reshaped skin from the forehead or cheek of the patient. Techniques were also known to the ancient Romans.

In the sixteenth century, rhinoplasty was used in Europe to repair damage from war or syphilis. They attached a flap of skin from the upper arm to the nose. In the nineteenth century, anesthesia was introduced to the process. Also in this century, scientists began finding ways to use rhinoplasty to correct not only major damage, but congenital deformities. It was the beginning of the process that led to modern rhinoplasty, which can make a functional nose look better.

First, the surgeon looks at your medical history to make sure there are no medical issues that might make a nose job a bad idea. Then you discuss with him or her exactly how you want your nose to look. Computer imaging can help make this more precise, and will allow you to see how the nose you’ve chosen would look on your face. The surgeon will look at your nose to determine what can be done with it and how.

Charlotte’s best rhinoplasty surgeon

The best rhinoplasty surgeon in Charlotte is Dr. Sean Freeman, who has been certified by two different boards of surgery. Since 1988 he has focused on facial plastic surgery. If you live in the Charlotte area and are interested in a nose job, schedule your appointment today.