Facial Cosmetic Surgery
For long, cosmetic surgery has been the preferred solution for correcting physical deformity that results from disease, aging, birth defects and injury. However, in recent years, a number of men and women of varying ages are opting for facial cosmetic surgery in order to improve their appearance & reduce signs of aging.
Is Cosmetic Surgery for You?
Today, there has been a great advancement in medical devices & biomaterials. A number of facial cosmetic procedures that are used today are minimally invasive and can also be performed in a dental office-setting with the use of either intravenous or local anesthesia. Certain procedures may need the use of an outpatient/same day surgery center/hospital.
On account of their surgical & dental background, oral & maxillofacial surgeons are very uniquely qualified to perform these cosmetic procedures which involve the aesthetic & functional aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face. Oral & maxillofacial surgeons undergo extensive education and training in various surgical procedures that involve soft tissue (skin & muscle) and hard tissue (bone & cartilage) and they are very finely attuned to creating the perfect balance between facial appearance & function.
The Different Procedures
Cheekbone Implants (Malar Augmentation) – These create an appearance of higher, and more prominent cheekbones & better facial balance
Chin Surgery (Genioplasty) – This increases/reduces the chin length & projection
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty) – It is generally done to set very prominent ears back and closer to the head/ change the shape/reduce the size of very large ears
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – It removes fat & excess skin from the lower & upper eyelids, and can be performed by itself /in conjunction with certain facial surgery procedures such as a browlift/facelift
Facelift (Rhytidectomy) – It provides a much more youthful appearance by effectively tightening the facial skin, muscles & removing excess skin. The mini facelift is a minimally-invasive technique that involves only small incisions
Facial & Neck Liposuction – Helps in sculpting the face by removing the excess fat
Neck liposuction – This is generally performed along with procedures such as genioplasty & corrective jaw surgery
Forehead/Brow Lift – The surgery is generally done along with blepharoplasty and improves brow positioning, minimizes frown lines & reduces forehead wrinkles
Lip Enhancement – Reshapes the upper & lower lip and gives a more aesthetic/youthful appearance. In addition, augmentation of the lips can be accomplished by using different materials that help to “plump” the lips, and create fullness & decrease vertical lines
Nasal Reconstruction (Rhinoplasty) – This reduces/increases the actual size of your nose, changes the shape of the bridge/tip, narrow the nostril span/or changes the angle between your upper lip & your nose
Today, there are a number of techniques to treat skin that is scarred, damaged or wrinkled. The improvement level will vary and is dependent on what the initial condition of the patient’s skin was & the procedure used:
Botox® Injections– These can reduce signs of aging by reducing wrinkles & muscle activity of the eyebrow & forehead. It is especially-effective in reducing your frown lines
Chemical Peel – The procedure involves application of a solution which causes the wrinkled/damaged top-layers of skin to get peeled and reveals new & healthier skin after it has healed. There are a number of different chemical peels- the light peel removes superficial wrinkles, a medium-depth peel & a deep-peel for much more severe conditions.
Dermabrasion – It smoothes the surface irregularities and produces a much more uniform appearance.
Laser – A special laser is used to remove the outer layers of wrinkled/damaged skin. The new skin that appears is healthier & smoother and gives a rejuvenated, and more youthful appearance
Injectable Fillers (collagen, Restylane®, etc.) – They are synthetic/naturally-occurring materials which are placed with small needles and help in plumping wrinkles, furrows/grooves on the skin. These results are instantaneous though the duration will vary based on the material used
Facing the Facts
Facial cosmetic surgery can enhance, refine, and/or rejuvenate the existing features. It cannot give you a new face/a new life. The extent of change that is realized is based on the individual & the extent of that surgical procedure. Your health, age, bone structure, skin texture, healing capacity & personal habits such as alcohol consumption/smoking are the factors that could affect your surgery results.
Every procedure that is outlined here entails a certain amount of recovery period and you may experience some bruising, swelling &discomfort & these are all a part of the standard healing process. If you want to learn more about these procedures & want to determine whether cosmetic surgery is for you , please call us and schedule a consultation with your oral & maxillofacial surgeon.