Facelift surgery is a well known surgery that is used when the face starts to “sag”. With time, gravity, sun, genetics, and other factors take their toll and the skin begins to loose its elasticity and fullness. With a Facelift, excess skin is removed and the tissue beneath is molded to revitalize the face for a more youthful appearance. The days of drawing the face too tight with a “windswept” look are gone as techniques have been refined to provide a beautiful and natural appearance.
Face lifts are designed to reduce the slack found in the tissues of the face; a face lift tightens or excises muscle, fat and skin, producing a more youthful, rested appearance. Generally, face lift procedures only address the lower two-thirds of the face, although a surgery can combine both face lift and either eyelid surgery or brow lift. Most patients who receive this procedure are suffering from age related facial sagging or wrinkling. Over time, facial skin can become loose or stretched out and face lifts have become the preferred method of correction.
Endoscopic Face Lifts
The most popular choice for those seeking a face lift is the endoscopic procedure. By using the endoscope, a surgeon can pinpoint areas of the face for modification. This allows the surgeon to make smaller and more concentrated adjustments. This surgery has become very popular because the recovery time is drastically shorter than other facial correction techniques. The endoscopic procedure has very few complications and side effects. The incisions that are made are very small and over a short period of time become invisible. The incisions are most commonly made near the hair line or behind the ears. A small camera at the tip of a probe is placed under the skin, which allows the surgeon to see the activity under the skin. The endoscopic procedure greatly reduces swelling, bruising, and bleeding, all common side effects of most plastic surgery procedures.
A non-surgical face lift is an alternative method many people choose when seeking this procedure. The non-surgical method of face lifting is preferred because it can immediately clear up wrinkles or slight sagging. Even more so than the new and improved endoscopic procedure, non-surgical procedures require even less recovery time. This less-invasive procedure has drastically less side effects or risk of complication than the endoscopic face lift. The trade off for this non-surgical procedure is that the results are short term. The changes made during the procedure have to be re-done every few years to maintain the same appearance. Most people who receive the non-surgical procedure seek to correct very minor wrinkles or sagging of the face.
Often the Necklift is combined with the Facelift for a more powerful result. People who have inherited the “double-chin” or have had an extreme weight loss can benefit greatly from this procedure. Excess skin and fat are removed and the tissues underlying these are tightened to improve the neck and jawline.
Brow lifting is a surgery that can be done a variety of ways. Most frequently it is performed using minimally invasive means, i.e. through a camera with very small incisions. This procedure helps rejuvenate the eyes by elevating a heavy brow without giving the patient that wide-eyed look.
Eyelid surgery helps to rid the patient of the excess skin and puffiness that can accumulate both above and below the eye. This excess skin and tissue can make people look tired, angry, and can even impair vision. Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) is a great procedure that will improve the look of your entire face with a small amount of downtime.
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
Nose surgery (Rhinoplasty) is a procedure in which we are altering the focal point of the face. We take great care in listening to our patient’s wishes so we can deliver a nose that is in harmony with their face and that they can be proud of. Whether you’ve always been unhappy with your nose, or you have had an injury, or you have medical issues associated with your nose, we can help. A rhinoplasty operation can greatly alter the shape of the nose and has serious side effects. In general, swelling, bruising, and tenderness of the nose will occur following surgery. The operation can also affect the breathing and nasal passages. The rhinoplasty procedure is a very detailed operation in which the surgeon must make sure the symmetry of the nose is kept natural.
Ear surgery (Otoplasty)
Ear surgery (Otoplasty) is a procedure used to address different issues with the ear. In children and adults, the ears can be adjusted to fix prominence and cupping of the ear. This will not affect the hearing, but can have dramatic changes from a cosmetic perspective and can help with interpersonal interactions. As with any surgery some risks and complications are: bleeding, infection and swelling. A small percentage of patients may develop a blood clot of the ear. Please talk with your physician concerning these issues. Aesthetic ear surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Depending on the degree of difficulty, the time of the surgery will vary.