As you age, the skin of your face can become too big for your skull. The everyday motion of smiling and moving stretches the skin and it tries to elastically snap back. Over time, the stretching wins and in our 40’s and 50’s and 60’s we see extra skin around the eyes, folds on the front of our cheeks, jowls on our jaws, and too much skin on our neck. The result is we look older or more tired than we feel. While we can try and snug the skin without surgery, many times the results are best and longest lasting with some surgical procedure.
Not only does the skin get too big, but the repetitive motion in certain areas truly wears out the skin. Just as you can bend a paper clip back and forth enough to wear out the metal, constant motion can wear lines into our face. The frown lines between our brows (“the 11s”), crow’s feet, forehead lines, lines between our cheek and upper lip, or the frown lines lower down between cheek and chin are all due to motion. Depending on the depth of the line and its location, Botox® and wrinkle fillers can be very helpful.
This page describes the facial surgery procedures offered at our practice. Be sure to visit the before and after photo gallery for examples.
- Brow Lift
- Chin Surgery
- Ear Surgery
- Eyelid Surgery
- Nose Surgery
- Facial Implants
- Hair Replacement
A forehead lift or browlift is a procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.
Chin surgery, also known as mentoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reshape the chin either by enhancement with an implant or reduction surgery on the bone.
Dermabrasion and dermaplaning help to refinish the skin's top layers through a method of controlled surgical scraping. The treatments soften the sharp edges of surface irregularities, giving the skin a smoother appearance.
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is usually done to set prominent ears back closer to the head or to reduce the size of large ears. The operation is usually done on children between the ages of four and 14.
Eyelid surgery can be the best value in the surgical treatment of the aging face. Often the excess skin and fat of the upper and lower eyelids can be removed in an office procedure room rather than a formal hospital operating room. Unfortunately, the thin skin of the eyes bruises easily and the bruising can last 10-14 days. The surgery itself takes just a bit more than an hour. The results can last a decade or more. Eyelid surgery can be done at the same time as a full or limited facelift.
Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common of all plastic surgery procedures. Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip.
The gold standard for the aging face and neck is the elevation of the skin of the face and neck and the internal suspension of the supporting muscle both in the face and in the neck. The skin is then re-draped over the new tighter inner face and the excess skin removed. After a good facelift, a person should look better, more rested, and natural. No one wants the bad celebrity facelift. I am VERY aware of this and am very careful with you in the design of your surgery not to have you look “overdone.”
Facial implants are used to improve and enhance facial contours. Frequently, these implants will help provide a more harmonious balance to your face and features so that you feel better about the way you look.
Hair transplantation involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing scalp grafts from a donor site and relocating them to a bald or thinning area.