Facial surgery can deliver the largest amount of desired change in good candidates, which is why it’s often referred to as the “Gold Standard” of facial rejuvenation. The improvements are substantial, and they can last in the range of 8 – 10 years. A natural, more youthful appearance is the fundamental goal for any facelift procedure.
Facial surgeries are all outpatient which means that you can leave the same day as your procedure. However, recovery can take two to three weeks which means that even though patients leave the same day as the procedure, they should plan on taking two or three weeks off to recover.
We keep close tabs on patients as they recover. Surgery is medicine and medicine is about healing. Once recovery is behind you, you can look forward to your rejuvenated face smiling at you in the mirror for years to come.
It is important to realize that procedures can be performed simultaneously or in stages to gradually improve your facial appearance without overly dramatic changes. Areas of concern may be treated early to avoid larger procedures later. The best results are often achieved in conjunction with the use of injectable fillers and regular skin care procedures.
Types of Facial Surgery
Cosmetic chin surgery reshapes the chin relative to the rest of the face. This procedure is often accomplished with facial implants.
With eyelid surgery, we work toward restoring a youthful and refreshed appearance to your eyes without noticeable scarring.
Facelift surgery will not stop the aging process, but will restore a more youthful appearance for a period of time. Sun protection, regimented skin care program and a healthy lifestyle can prolong and enhance the results of a facelift.
Also known as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty can address the external nasal structures (nasal hump, bulbous nasal tip or drooping tip) and also the internal nasal structures such as a deviated nasal septum.
Other Facial Surgeries
Our skin loses elasticity and previously tight tissues can begin to droop. This can lead to wrinkled lines across the forehead, to frown lines between the eyebrows and to sagging eyebrows that can hood the upper eyelid. A brow lift can correct this. In this procedure, we raise the eyebrows. The entire procedure is performed through a small incision just above the hairline under general anesthesia. Patients typically recover in two to three weeks.
As we age, we lose facial fat. In the area of the face referred to as the mid-face—the cheeks and the region just beneath the lower eyelids—furrows can develop and the cheek tissue can become lax and appear irregular.
In addition, the nasolabial folds, the crease going from the nose down to the corner of the mouth, can become quite deep. In this case we can consider doing a cheek or a “mid-face lift,” a procedure designed to elevate the cheeks.
By lifting the cheek, we soften the crease of the nasolabial folds and bring tissue up under the eye; this shortens and better supports the eyelids. Patients typically recover in two to three weeks.