Your facial plastic surgeon is the best one to consult when you believe you may need face surgery. If you want facial plastic surgery, first you need to know why you want it. It should not be a spur of the moment decision, and should not be because of pressure from someone else. Cosmetic surgery is expensive, and not usually covered by insurance. Moreover, the effects of a face lift will be with you for years — until your face ages again — and the effects of a nose job or cheek or chin implant, if done right, will be with you for the rest of your life.
You will want a facial plastic surgeon who takes the time to figure out what you really want and the best way to achieve it. If your nose seems too big, you will almost certainly want a nose job, although in some cases what you really need is a chin implant. Whereas if you want to look younger, you may want to talk to an expert to find out if what you need is a face lift, a brow lift, an eye lift, a neck lift or some combination of these. It may be that a simple procedure, like BOTOX or laser skin rejuvenation, can do everything you need. If you decide on surgery, you will want it done by someone with decades of experience, many positive testimonials, a gallery of before and after photographs of patients and at least one if not two board certifications.
In addition to the procedures mentioned above, there is lip enhancement, of which there are two kinds — lip augmentation, which uses an injectable filler to make the lips fuller, and the lip lift, which shortens the upper lip and makes it look a little fuller. Other procedures are otoplasty and malar pad lifts.
There are a few general rules governing cosmetic surgery. Quit smoking for a few weeks before any procedure, and refrain from taking aspirin or ibuprofen for the same amount of time. Nicotine constricts blood vessels and slows the healing process, while aspirin and ibuprofen thin the blood and cause more extensive bruising. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to give you more specific guidelines.
Dr. Sean Freeman is the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has practiced only facial plastic surgery since 1988, including improvements to plastic surgery done by other doctors. If you’re interested in using modern medicine to make yourself look better, make an appointment today or ask for an online consultation to get a discount on the consultation fee.