The three most common types of facial plastic surgery are rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and face lifts, in that order. Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States seek out these procedures every year. If you feel that one of them is right for you, seek out the opinion of a professional facial plastic surgeon.
Another type of facial plastic surgery is lip enhancement. There are two kinds of lip enhancement — lip augmentation, which uses an injectable filler to make the lips fuller, and the lip lift, which slightly shortens the upper lip and causes it to appear a little fuller. Other procedures are neck lifts, otoplasty, facial implants and malar pad lifts. Deciding which procedure is right in your case is something only an experienced facial plastic surgeon can do. A neck lift removes loose skin and fat from under the jaw. Otoplasty corrects excess protrusion of the ears, and can be performed on children. Facial implants add balance and definition to the chin and cheeks. A malar pad lift elevates the pads of fat under the skin of the cheeks.
While some of these procedures must be done in an operating room and need several weeks of recovery afterward, others can be performed in the office of the surgeon and need only a few days of recovery time. It would be a mistake, however, to accept any form of treatment offered at a discount. These are often performed by unqualified personnel, with poor results. If you want to spend money to improve your appearance, choose a real surgeon with a known reputation and a gallery of before and after photographs of patients. If your surgeon does fail you, there are facial plastic surgeons who know how to improve on the work of other surgeons, although you may need some recovery time before seeking them out.
If you are considering facial plastic surgery, the first step is to talk with an expert. It is possible that a simple skincare procedure, such as laser skin rejuvenation, can do everything you need. If you do decide on surgery, you will want it to be done by someone with a lot of experience.
Dr. Sean Freeman, MD 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 are interested in using modern medicine to improving your appearance, make an appointment or request an online consultation today.