Still, every procedure has risks, “so you need to inform the patient,” says Dr. Mardirossian, an assistant professor of surgery at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. “You also need to have high surgical training and experience to perform these procedures efficiently and safely.”
Dr. Mardirossian educates his patients about prioritizing procedures. “You kind of take a step back and look at their face and the contour of the face and the shape of the face,” he says. “Moreover, everyone comes in with a different idea of how much recovery time they want, so you need to take that into account when proposing individual procedures. Overall, you want to establish a good relationship with a patient.”
The No. 1 fear of patients is downtime, according to Dr. Mardirossian. “For something as simple as a facelift, the downtime will be about 7 to 10 days,” he conveys. “But for more complicated facial contouring procedures, the downtime can extend to 3 weeks.”
On the other hand, injectables are often considered “lunchtime” procedures. “If the patient is concerned with bruising or swelling, topical anesthesia, icing and Arnica gel can help,” Dr. Mardirossian says.
Through the years, Dr. Mardirossian has refined his techniques so that recovery is predictable and faster. However, one of the challenges of scheduling many of these procedures is for the patient to find an adult willing to spend the first night with them at home for recovery.
“I really care about my patients,” says Dr. Mardirossian, whose practice relies mostly on word of mouth. “If they look good, then we look good.”