Facial plastic surgery is popular with patients who want to correct flaws, reduce the signs of aging, or improve their self-confidence. Some of the more common procedures include:
- Facelift. Used to smooth and tighten sagging skin and eliminate excess skin and fat. The face is usually the first area to show signs of aging.
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Job). Used to repair or reshape the nose, specifically enlarging or reducing its size, straightening the bridge, narrowing the width of the nostrils, or reshaping the tip. Patients may be correcting congenital defects or repairing damage that has resulted from trauma.
- Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery). Used to correct droopy eyelids and remove bags and circles from under the eyes. Excess skin and wrinkles from the lower eyelids, and fatty deposits from the upper eyelids, are removed.
- Otoplasty. Used to fix ear defects by altering the shape, position or size of the ears. Patients who have experienced trauma to the ears or were born with defects are prime candidates.
- Botox. This injectable drug is used to reduce wrinkles, creases, crow’s feet and frown lines by paralyzing facial muscles and preventing them from contracting. Results last 3-12 months.
- Injectable Fillers. These soft tissue fillers are used to fill in lines, folds and wrinkles on the face. They use substances such as hyaluronic acid, polyactic acid or calcium hydro-xylapatite and last between 6 months and 2 years. Popular brand names include Juvaderm, Radiesse and Sculptra.