About the Surgery
About the Operating Facility
Dr. Little performs all of his surgeries in long-established, multi-specialty, out-patient surgery centers within the District of Columbia, Northwest. All, of course, are fully accredited by key accrediting agencies.
For his facelift anesthesia, Dr. Little prefers total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) over conventional general inhalation anesthesia. Patients awaken more quickly, typically without nausea, and are ready for discharge from the facility earlier.
About the Recovery
Patients typically leave the Surgery Center within ninety minutes of arrival in the Recovery Room. They are accompanied by a medical monitor (EMT) to a nearby hotel for overnight care; this newer, all-suite facility with kitchenettes is located a block from Dr. Little’s office. Patients are brought to the office the next day, where the dressing is changed and lightened. Local patients from the nearby metropolitan area then return to their homes, while out-of-town and overseas patients return to the hotel, where they will remain one week before returning home (a large portion of Dr. Little’s patients travel from outside the local area). Almost all of the sutures placed by Dr. Little are dissolvable, requiring no removal. Surprisingly, most patients experience little or no pain during their recovery from this superficial facial surgery; for those few who do, effective oral pain killers are provided. After the first week, most patients return to progressive activity and exercise. The majority return to work between two and three weeks after surgery. Highly-visible roles (i.e. “mother-of-the-bride”) are best planned later in the recovery process and should be individually discussed with Dr. Little.