Facelift

A face-lift is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the face by removing excess skin and restoring the correct positioning of the cheek fat pads. This procedure can be combined with other procedures, including brow lift, upper and lower blepharoplasty, neck lift and liposuction/fat grafting.

How long will the procedure take?

Face-lift is a procedure done under general anesthesia and typically takes three to four hours. It is a surgery performed on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

Face-lift incisions are typically hidden in the hair of the scalp and behind the ears.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of your procedure. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you about two days later to evaluate bruising and possibly remove a drain. Dr. Aboutanos will give you instructions on when you are safe to wear make-up. Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about face-lift?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the surgical sites to help with post-operative pain. You will have better results if you keep your head elevated during this time. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

Neck Lift

A neck lift is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the neck. This procedure can address many features of the neck, including the excess skin and fat. It can be combined with other procedures such as a face-lift and liposuction.

How long will the procedure take?

A neck lift is a procedure done under general anesthesia. It is a procedure that typically takes two hours and is done on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

Neck lift incisions are typically hidden behind the ears and possibly behind the chin.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of your procedure. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you in about one week. Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about a neck lift?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the surgical sites to help with post-operative pain. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

Eyelid (Blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids. This procedure can address many features of the eyelids, including extra skin and puffiness.

How long will the procedure take?

Blepharoplasty is a procedure done under general anesthesia and typically takes two hours. It is performed on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

Blepharoplasty incisions are typically hidden along the skin creases of the upper and lower lids.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of your procedure. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you about one week later. Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about blepharoplasty?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the surgical sites to help with post-operative pain. You will have better results if you keep your head elevated during this time. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

Brow Lift

A brow lift is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of and restore the correct positioning of the brows. This procedure can improve the appearance of heavy or droopy brows. It can be combined with upper and lower blepharoplasty.

How long will the procedure take?

Brow lift is a procedure done under general anesthesia and typically takes two hours. It is usually performed on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

Brow lift incisions are typically hidden in the hair of the scalp.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of your procedure. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you about one week later. Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about brow lift?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the surgical sites to help with post-operative pain. You will have better results if you keep your head elevated during this time. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

Earlobe Surgery

Earlobe surgery is a procedure designed to treat earlobes with torn piercings or widened piercings. This procedure is done by addressing the skin of the earlobe. Earlobe surgery can be done for one or both ears. It is a procedure that can be done for children and adults. Ears repaired with earlobe surgery an be re-pierced after healing, if desired. Dr. Aboutanos offers ear piercing and can take special care to ensure you have a symmetrical result that camouflages any residual scarring.

How long will the procedure take?

Earlobe surgery typically takes about 30 minutes. In some cases it can be done in the office under local anesthesia.

Where will the incisions be?

The incisions will be along the front and back of the earlobe.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about one to two days. You will receive instructions on how to care for the repair afterwards. You should be able to shower the day after the procedure. The stitches will be removed in 10 to 14 days.

Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, contact sports, swimming, heavy lifting, and housework.

What else should I know about earlobe procedures?

Dr. Aboutanos can discuss re-piercing the earlobe after the repair has healed completely.

Ear Piercing

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Ear piercing is a simple procedure done in the office to let you wear your special earrings. Dr. Aboutanos can pierce your earlobes in a safe and efficient manner, without the risks associated with ear piercing guns or unsanitary piercing stalls at the mall.

Dr. Aboutanos can provide this service for babies, young children, and adults for the first time or after earlobe repair. Ear piercing services include a pair of earrings, one bottle of antiseptic solution, and instructions for after-care. To schedule a consultation for ear piercing with Dr. Aboutanos in Richmond, VA, please call 355-3410.

Ear Pinning (Otoplasty)

Ear pinning, also known as otoplasty, is a procedure designed to treat prominent ears by improving their appearance. This procedure is done by addressing the skin and cartilage of the ear. Otoplasty can be done for one or both ears. It is a procedure that can be done for children and adults.

How long will the procedure take?

Ear pinning, or otoplasty, is a procedure done under general anesthesia. Otoplasty typically takes two hours and is done on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

Otoplasty incisions are typically hidden along the back of the ear so that they are not visible.

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of the repair. You will go home in a head wrap dressing. This will be removed in the office in the next two days. You will receive instructions on the type of dressing to be used afterwards. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure.


Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, contact sports, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about otoplasty?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the surgical sites to help with post-operative pain. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

Nose (Rhinoplasty)

Rhinoplasty is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the nose. This procedure can address many features of the nose, including the width, the appearance of the tip, and how straight the nose is.

How long will the procedure take?

Rhinoplasty is a procedure done under general anesthesia. It is a procedure that typically takes two hours and is done on an outpatient basis.

Where will the incisions be?

Rhinoplasty incisions are typically hidden along the inner part of the nose and along the columella (the thin part of the nose that meets the upper lip).

What will recovery be like?

Typically, the immediate recovery is about two weeks. This can vary from person-to-person and depends on the extent of your procedure. You should be able to shower about two to three days after the procedure. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you in about one week. Initially, you should plan to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, and housework. You will need to walk and keep your legs moving after surgery to avoid complications.

What else should I know about rhinoplasty?

Long-acting pain medication is placed throughout the surgical sites to help with post-operative pain. You may go home with a nasal splint and packing to help prevent injury and ensure better long-term results. This will be removed by your surgeon in about one week. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos and her staff will review all of these instructions with you. Dr. Aboutanos will be there every step of the way to ensure the best results.

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