The three most common types of facial plastic surgery are rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and face lifts. Then there’s 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 neck lifts, otoplasty, facial implants and malar pad lifts. A neck lift removes loose skin and fat from under the jaw. Otoplasty corrects excess ear protrusion, and can be given to small children. Facial implants add balance and definition to the chin and cheeks. A malar pad lift raises the pads of fat under the skin of the cheeks. Only an experienced facial plastic surgeon can decide which one is right for you.
Some of these procedures must be done in an operating room and need weeks of recovery time. Others can be done in the surgeon’s office, and you’ll only need a few days off. Whatever you do, don’t take any facial plastic surgery offered at a discount online — it’s likely to be done by unqualified personnel, with bad results. If you want to spend money to improve your appearance, choose a real surgeon with many positive testimonials and a gallery of before and after photographs of patients. If the surgery doesn’t turn out the way you hoped, there are facial plastic surgeons who specialize in fixing the work of other surgeons, although you may need some recovery time before seeking them out.
There are different guidelines for preparing for plastic surgery, depending on what sort of treatment you want. A general rule is that you should 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 surgeon will be able to give you more specific guidelines.
If you’re thinking about facial plastic surgery, the first step is to talk with an expert. Maybe a simple skincare procedure, like laser skin rejuvenation, can do everything you need. If you decide on surgery, you’ll want it done by someone with a lot of experience.
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.