The first thing you do when thinking about facial plastic surgery is to get the opinion of an expert. Find out if you actually need surgery, or if a skin care procedure such as laser skin rejuvenation, BOTOX or filler injection can achieve the results you want. Seek the opinion of a medical professional who specializes in the human face. When looking for a plastic surgeon in Charlotte, one good place to go for recommendations is the Web site realself.com.
Three of the most common types of facial plastic surgery are rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and face lifts. Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States have these procedures done every year. In some cases, nose jobs and eyelid surgeries are performed to correct medical problems such as sleep apnea or eyelids that sag to the point where they interfere with vision.
There are other kinds of facial plastic surgery. For example, there are two kinds of lip enhancement — lip augmentation, which uses an injectable filler, and the lip lift, which slightly shortens the upper lip and makes it look fuller without adding tissue. Other procedures are otoplasty, neck lifts, malar pad lifts and facial implants. Otoplasty corrects excess protrusion of the ears, and is often performed on small children. A neck lift removes loose skin and fat from under the jaw. A malar pad lift elevates the pads of fat under the skin of the cheeks. Facial implants can add definition and balance to the cheeks and chin. While some of these procedures have to be 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 to recover from.
If you do decide on surgery, you’ll want it to be done by someone with years of experience. It would be a bad idea to choose an e-mailed offer of discounted treatment. These are often performed by unqualified personnel, with bad results even in the case of minor procedures like BOTOX or laser treatments. Find a facial plastic surgeon with a known reputation and a gallery of before and after photographs of patients.
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.