Aesthetic surgery of the face is the quintessence of plastic surgery. No other anatomical feature has garnered as much attention by the media, though one could argue that breasts run a close second. The film industry portrays plastic surgeons as being able to move faces back and forth between patients; and as early as November 2005, we have accomplished facial transplants for reconstructing serious injuries.
Most commonly, facial aesthetic surgery addresses reversing noticeable signs of facial aging which include eyebrow descent, the appearance of excess upper lid skin, lengthening of the vertical extent of the lower lid with protrusion of fat pads (bags), the appearance of nasolabial folds, marionette lines and jowls, blunting of the angle between the chin and neck, and the formation of bands in the neck called platysma bands. Signs of aging appear as a result of one’s genetic makeup and gravity (two things we have no control over), facial expressions and environmental exposures such as sun and smoking.
Our ability to correct these features is based on a thorough understanding of facial anatomy (including the course of nerves, arteries, veins, the locations of muscles and glands), wound healing, patient characteristics (anatomical features, skin tone/laxity) and patient motivations, as well as our ability to put this all together with an aesthetic eye.
All of our facial plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at The Facial Surgery Center by a board certified anesthesiologist.