For men and women who are unhappy with their appearance or are interested in "setting back the clock," there are numerous plastic surgery procedures available for the face that can help them meet their cosmetic goals. Facial plastic surgery can accomplish everything from refining the shape of the nose to lifting loose skin and eliminating fat beneath the chin for improved facial contour. If you are considering facial plastic surgery, it is worthwhile to meet with a plastic surgeon and investigate your options.
Facial plastic surgery is generally sought to accomplish one of two goals: To give the face a more youthful appearance or to improve the shape and contour of facial features such as the nose, eyes, cheeks, chin, brow, and ears.
Common facial plastic surgery procedures include:
Brow lift surgery, also known as a forehead lift, is a relatively straightforward facial plastic surgery procedure that addresses hooded brows, as well as deep lines and wrinkles on the forehead. The procedure can help you look more youthful and rested, and can eliminate the appearance of stern or "furrowed" brows.
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Cheek augmentation is an attractive facial plastic surgery solution for individuals who are seeking enhanced facial definition. Cheek implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be custom shaped to augment weak facial structure or combat the effects of aging.
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Chin augmentation surgery involves the placement of a small implant used to enhance the chin and create a stronger profile or more balanced facial features. The procedure is often part of a comprehensive facial plastic surgery plan that includes cosmetic enhancement of the nose.
Chin reduction surgery involves the removal of some of the patient's natural jaw bone to reduce the appearance of a prominent chin and create more harmony among all of the patients's facial features.
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Ear surgery, also known as ear pinning or otoplasty, is a procedure that is available to both adults and children with protruding ears. This type of facial plastic surgery can alleviate much of the social anxiety experienced by those with overly large or protruding ears and can also be used to correct deformed ears.
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Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, involves the removal of excess skin and fat around the eyes. Eyelid surgery is designed to rejuvenate the eye area and eliminate the "tired" appearance of aging eyes. The procedure can also address functional problems posed by extremely droopy eyelids, including impaired vision.
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Face lift surgery is designed to address moderate to deep facial wrinkles and reduce or eliminate the more obvious signs of aging, including sagging facial skin. The procedure is ideal for men and women who are concerned with deep wrinkles and problem areas near the jaw and lower two-thirds of the face.
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Lip augmentation can be achieved through soft, pliable lip implants or with cosmetic dermal fillers. The goal of lip augmentation procedures is to create fuller, plumper lips that look more youthful.
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Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
Rhinoplasty, or nasal reshaping, is a popular facial plastic surgery procedure that can help create a better balance between the features of the face. Plastic surgery of the nose can be performed for functional purposes (e.g., to correct a deviated septum) or for cosmetic purposes (e.g., to address a bump on the bridge of the nose, wide nostrils, a bulbous tip, or a "hooked" nose).
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Choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon
If you are considering facial plastic surgery, you should make sure to research the qualifications, training, and certifications of several cosmetic surgeons or facial plastic surgeons before choosing the doctor that is right for you. Learn more about what to look for in a plastic surgeon, and what questions you should be asking prospective surgeons by visiting DocShop's choose a facial plastic surgeon page.
Speak with a Plastic Surgeon in Your Area
To find out if facial plastic surgery is right for you, it is important to speak with an experienced plastic surgeon. Browse through our education pages and use our online directory to locate a surgeon and compare facial plastic and reconstructive surgery centers in your area.