Your face is perhaps the first thing people see when they greet you, and for many, its features often succumb to the effects of aging, sun, smoking, and the stresses of daily life. While Botox and fillers provide temporary results for those seeking a more dramatic transition, facial rejuvenation surgeries present another inviting option to help restore your youthful glow.
Each face is unique, and with it, the treatments designed to offer aesthetic improvements can be customized to suit each person’s particular needs and expectations. Some of the most common facial procedures include the facelift, brow lift, eyelid, nose and ear surgeries, and chin and cheek implants, each with its own purposes and benefits.
A facelift, known as a rhytidectomy, counteracts the signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, leaving your face refreshed and rejuvenated. Facelifts can be performed by a variety of methods, the most traditional of which includes fat sculpting, the lifting and repositioning of deeper tissues, and the removal and redraping of excess skin. For those desiring a less dramatic change, there are “mini” versions of this procedure that require much smaller incisions. For maximum impact, some patients elect to supplement with other facial treatments.
A brow lift, often referred to as a forehead lift, is intended to rejuvenate the upper portion of the face by removing excess skin and repositioning underlying muscle tissue, helping to restore a smoother, more youthful contour. There are several different variations, namely, endoscopic—which requires a series of short incisions near the hairline—and temporal, which involves much longer incisions.
Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is designed to improve the appearance of sagging, droopy, tired-looking eyes, as they succumb to the effects of aging, sun damage, smoking and obesity, over time. It tightens the muscle and tissue of the eyelid by removing excess fat and surrounding skin, and can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelid, or both. In certain instances, eyelid surgery may become necessary if peripheral vision becomes affected, which is referred to as a “functional” blepharoplasty.
Nose surgery, known as rhinoplasty, can reshape, reduce, or augment this prominent facial feature, to improve its appearance, or in the case of injury, repair a broken nose. It can involve modifying bone, skin, cartilage, or all three, and is generally recommended for those age 16 and older, when facial growth is completed. For patients with a deviated septum, nose surgery may be performed along with septoplasty to effectively treat any recurring breathing problems.
Ear surgery, known as otoplasty, is most often performed to correct cases of abnormally protruding ears, namely, in children between 5 and 14 years old. Following a small incision behind the ear, cartilage is then shaped to achieve the desired result. It does not affect hearing, and is strictly designed to offer aesthetic improvement. Ears are typically fully developed by the age of 5, making this an ideal time for the surgery. Less complex issues, such as torn or stretched earlobes, can be repaired via a simple procedure, as well.
Chin surgery, known as mentoplasty, is designed to reshape this facial feature through augmentation or reduction, and is often performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty. Augmentation can be accomplished through the use of injectable fillers, or for more dramatic results, a surgical implant. In the case of a reduction, excess tissue is removed through a small incision inside the mouth or under the chin. Cheek augmentation, similarly, can be performed via injectable fillers or implants, as well.