Many people (both women and men) have at least a slight interest in adjusting some aspect of their facial appearance. Perhaps they are looking for a straighter and smoother nose. Maybe they are looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines across their midface. Or, still, maybe they are looking to eliminate their drooping eyelids that are interfering with their peripheral vision.
With facial cosmetic surgery, a licensed surgeon corrects or adjusts the treatment area in a safe, sterilized environment. Patients have dozens of cosmetic surgery options to choose from — some procedures make small alterations while others transform their appearance.
Here’s a look at some of the most common surgeries.
Top Facial Surgeries Today
Many people are insecure about the size and shape of their noses. Nose surgery reshapes the nose by reducing the size or altering the profile, increasing the patient’s self-confidence.
Typically, the recovery period lasts about two weeks. Patients experience some swelling and bruising while they wait for their nose to heal. Swelling can last for over a year, but the patients see the results in the end.
Facelift/ Mini Facelift
Patients who want a facelift but don’t want to undergo the full procedure can invest in a mini facelift. A mini facelift tightens their skin to reduce sagging and wrinkling. The surgeon also adds fillers or fat to give the skin more volume, giving the patient a more youthful appearance.
Patients with mild signs of aging are good candidates for mini facelifts.
Cosmetic Ear Surgery
Patients who feel self-conscious about the size of their ears can undergo cosmetic ear surgery that alters the size and shape while also pinning the ears closer to the head. After the surgery, their ears will be small and subtle.
Recovery takes over a month, but most patients only experience pain for a few days. Bruising is common with this procedure. While most cosmetic surgery patients are adults, children are also candidates for this procedure.
Over time, lips become thin and lose their volume. Some patients also have naturally thin lips that they find unattractive. Lip fillers make their lips full and plump, but they’re a temporary solution that eventually wears off. A lip lift is a more permanent solution that makes the upper lip higher and fuller. Patients will experience pain and swelling after the procedure for at least a week.
As they age, patients experience drooping and sagging around their eyelids. This causes permanent wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness that makes patients look aged or tired. Drooping eyelids can also hang over the eye, blocking or limiting your peripheral vision.
An eyelid lift tightens and reshapes the skin around the eyes for a healthy, youthful appearance. This procedure results in minimal — if any — scarring due to the surgeon’s delicate approach.
A licensed surgeon in your area may perform any of these procedures. Reach out to a local surgeon to see if you are qualified.
Although liposuction is usually associated with body contouring, some patients choose liposuction to address excess fat in the submental area (beneath the chin). Liposuction reduces the appearance of a double chin by using a small tube to suck excess fat out of the body.
Surgeons use different methods to remove small amounts and large pockets of fat, allowing them to target specific areas. Patients can usually go back to work after a few days, but they’ll have to avoid physical activity for several weeks.
This is just a small sample of potential facial cosmetic surgery options. Reach out to a cosmetic surgeon today to learn more about all of your options.