There are many safe and effective facial plastic surgery procedures available today, some of which can be performed in the office of the surgeon and need only a few days of recovery time afterwards. It would be a mistake, however, to opt for a special offer of discounted laser treatment or BOTOX or an at home party. These are often performed by unqualified personnel, with less than satisfactory results. Just as having the face you always wanted can restore your confidence, surgery that gives you a face you are not pleased with at all can have the opposite effect. Look for a facial plastic surgeon with a known reputation and a gallery of before and after photographs of patients.
Surprisingly, the cure for unsatisfactory facial plastic surgery is in fact better facial plastic surgery, performed by a cosmetic surgeon who knows how to improve the work of other doctors. So if you have undergone plastic surgery that left you dissatisfied with the results, now is not the time to give up.
Common types of facial plastic surgery include lip enhancement, neck lifts, facial implants, malar pad lifts and otoplasty. 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. 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. Facial implants add balance and definition to the chin and cheeks. A malar pad lift creates a more youthful appearance by elevating the pads of fat under the skin of the cheeks. Otoplasty, or surgery on the ears, corrects a defect in the structure of the ears resulting in excess protrusion, and can be performed on children.
If you are considering facial plastic surgery, the first step is to talk with an expert, discussing what improvements you want to your face and how they should be made. 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.
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.