Ears that are too large or protrude can be a source of embarrassment, especially for school aged children. Ear surgery, also called otoplasty, is performed in adults and children 6 years of age and older whose ears have fully grown. A variety of defects, including “lop ears” and “cupped ears” can be corrected with the procedure, improving the balance of the head and face as well as emotional wellbeing.
Youthful, vibrant eyes are an attractive facial feature, but they are also important to our eyesight. As a person ages, the skin and muscle of the eyelids become lax and sag, making it difficult to fully open the eyes and see. Fat deposits can also cause puffiness and bags under the eyes which cause a perpetually tired appearance, even after a good night’s rest. Blepharoplasty, also commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, removes excess skin, muscle, and fat, resulting in a rested and youthful appearance.
Looking in the mirror and seeing loose, wrinkled skin in the face contrasts with the way many patients feel on the inside. An effective way restore a youthful facial appearance is with a SMAS facelift. Patients often look as though they have traveled back in time 10 years following the procedure, complimenting their feelings of being young at heart. During the procedure, facial muscles and skin are tightened and repositioned while carefully ensuring that natural facial movement is preserved. The goal is not to alter the person’s appearance but to create a better rejuvenated version, much like restoring a beautiful painting.
Wrinkle reduction with dermal fillers is a common and effective treatment, but some patients are apprehensive about the risk of an allergic response. An alternative solution is fat transplantation (micro-lipoinjection). Fat transfer is similar in the ability to rejuvenate the face, minimizing wrinkles and adding volume to the lips, cheeks, and hollows of the eyes. The difference is that the filler material is fat harvested from other areas of the patient’s own body. The natural fat will not be rejected or cause an allergic reaction. The technique is also used to add fullness to the breasts and buttocks.
It can be frustrating to have others constantly think you are angry or sad because of your appearance, when really you are quite the opposite. A forehead lift elevates the brows and erases creases in the forehead to create a more relaxed and peaceful expression which also translates to one that is more youthful.
Lip augmentation delivers to patients natural-looking, full and kissable lips during a short procedure and with minimal downtime. Injectable fillers help to enhance a patient’s pout without making them seem too large or “fake.” When performed with skill, the lips will complement the rest of the face and be in perfect harmony. Lip augmentation is perfect for individuals who have lips that are too thin or are poorly defined.
Anyone who has looked in the mirror knows that the nose is one of the most prominent facial features. When it is not in balance with other facial features, either due to size, shape, or a deformity, it can affect the way a person views themselves. Defects in the nose can also cause problems with breathing. Rhinoplasty restores the ability for patients to feel beautiful again by reshaping the nose and correcting imperfections. The complex surgery requires expertise and an artist’s touch to achieve the best results.
The most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the United States among women is breast augmentation. Technically known as augmentation mammoplasty, breast augmentation enhances the breasts’ aesthetic while serving to heighten a patient’s confidence. The feminine contours can be improved by increasing the size of the breasts, adding fullness, improving symmetry, or addressing a congenital defect. Many patients elect to undergo the procedure following volume loss due to pregnancy or mastectomy, although women from all walks of life have benefited physically and emotionally from breast augmentation.
Mastopexy, or breast lift, cosmetically enhances the breast contour and profile. The procedure lifts sagging breast tissue to a more youthful position with immediate results. Women often notice drooping of the breasts after pregnancy, breast feeding, weight fluctuations, or age. Genetics may also be a reason for the lower breast position. During breast lift, the size of the areola can be made smaller if needed and/or a breast augmentation can be performed in combination with the surgery to increase fullness.
Typically following a partial or full mastectomy, breast reconstruction rebuilds one or both of the breasts. Breast reconstruction procedures are designed to restore the breast to close to its original form prior to removal. The procedure may also be performed on lumpectomy patients. In all cases, breast reconstruction is an important part of healing after breast cancer.
Reduction mammaplasty, or a breast reduction as it is more often called, is a life changing plastic surgery procedure that ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction. Women with overly large breasts can suffer from chronic physical discomfort and emotional distress because of an excess of breast tissue. Difficulty with breathing, back pain, skin irritation, and low self-esteem are only a few of the issues that having breasts that are too large can cause. Breast reduction removes unnecessary fat, tissue, and skin and creates a more pleasing breast contour.
Following pregnancy and weight fluctuations, or for no reason other than age and a patient’s genetic makeup, the abdominal muscles can become lax over time, resulting in sagging around the waistline. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is designed to tighten the abdominal muscles and trim away excess skin for a firmer, more attractive midsection. Excess fat in the abdominal region may also be removed during the procedure.
Diet and exercise are the primary solution for maintaining a healthy and fit body, but sometimes certain areas seem to retain fat deposits no matter how food-conscious or active one is. Liposuction has become a commonly used safe and effective procedure to address stubborn fat of the abdomen, waist, buttocks, thighs, hips, knees, upper arms, and even the delicate areas of the cheeks, chin and neck. Liposuction patients are close to their ideal weight, but need a little extra help in achieving the body of their dreams.
Loss of skin elasticity in various areas of the body is a normal side effect of aging, but the appearance of the body when this happens can cause many men and women to hide certain body parts beneath clothing, such as the arms. The muscles of upper arms can be toned by lifting weights, but exercise will not entirely eliminate fatty tissue or loose skin. A brachioplasty, commonly known as an arm lift, can. Arm lift is a cosmetic surgery to remove excess fat from the underside of the upper arms and tighten sagging skin through the elbow.
Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, age, and gravity all play a significant role in the appearance of the body contours. Excess fat and loose skin in the abdomen, hips, lower back, buttocks, and thighs can be corrected in one fell swoop during a procedure called a lower body lift. A lower body lift, otherwise called a belt lipectomy, will improve firmness and the appearance of cellulite within the contours of the lower body.
Exposure to the elements and the natural effects of aging, such as thinning of the skin and loss of elasticity, can cause the hands to truly show their years. Various techniques are available to restore volume and firmness while reversing sun damage and improving skin tone. Hand rejuvenation techniques include the use of injectable fillers, laser skin resurfacing, and chemical peels, among other procedures, to influence a more youthful look.
Dynamic wrinkles, caused by facial movements and expressions, can create permanent wrinkles and creases in the face which may be hard to hide even with careful makeup application. One of the best proven methods for treating the lines between the eyes and around the mouth is Botox. Botox is an injectable that is FDA approved and considered very safe when performed by a trained physician. Examples of lines that can be treated are worry lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines. Botox may be used in conjunction with dermal fillers, which treat static wrinkles.
When looking for a minimally invasive procedure to reverse sun damage, acne scars, fine lines, and a wide range of other skin conditions, chemical peels have proven to be an effecting method of facial rejuvenation. Chemical peels refresh the skin while stripping away the damaged outer layer. The end result is smoother skin texture and a brighter, more vibrant complexion.
Collagen is a natural protein found in connective tissue. The substance is what gives the skin its firmness and elastic quality. When the production of collagen diminishes with age the skin becomes lax and forms wrinkles. Youthful skin can be restored by injecting collagen fillers into areas of the face that can benefit from additional volume, such as fine lines and wrinkles and depressed scars.
Restylane is an injectable gel filler composed of hyaluronic acid, an organic substance found in the human body. The filler is used to improve the appearance of sagging and wrinkles in the face, such as worry lines, smile lines, and nasolabial folds. Restylane can also be used to augment the lips and improve the appearance of depressed scars. Smooth skin is visible immediately after treatment.