A face lift is a cosmetic procedure performed to address signs of facial aging such as wrinkles, sagging and jowls. The face is the where the first signs of aging appear. As we age gravity takes it toll and our facial skin sags. In addition, we lose elasticity and volume in our face as well. With face lift surgery, Dr. Morin can redrape the skin to tighten and smooth out wrinkles and sagging skin. Face lift surgery is often combined with a neck lift and eye lift procedures.
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The neck is often one of the first areas of the body affected by the signs of facial aging. As people age, descending facial fat and loose skin begins to hang below the jaw line. An excessive accumulation of fat below the chin can also produce an undesirable appearance.
A neck lift is a surgical procedure that sculpts and smoothes the jaw line and neck. During the procedure, excess fat is removed, the neck muscles are tightened and the loose skin is excised. The procedure is usually performed in combination with a facelift in order to produce a more youthful appearing neck that complements a rejuvenated face.
The effect of facial aging on the upper third of the face often results in a look that is angry, tired or sad. Brow lifts can counteract this look by revitalizing this area. By removing excess skin and weakening hyperactive muscles, a brow lift can smooth wrinkled foreheads. In addition, the procedure results in the elevation of abnormally low eyebrows. The result is a happier, more youthful and more awake appearance. Either a traditional (open) or a minimally invasive (endoscopic) technique can be used. Brow lifts are usually combined with other procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelift to improve the look of the entire face.
Puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes can be improved significantly by a procedure known as a blepharoplasty. A variety of techniques can be used in eyelid surgery and your surgeon should cater his or her technique based on your anatomy and concerns. Most techniques involve the removal or redistribution of excess fat, the removal of skin and the tightening or removal of muscle. Surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids. A blepharoplasty may be performed for cosmetic reasons or, in some cases, it might actually improve a patient’s sight by lifting a droopy eyelid out of their field of vision. A blepharoplasty may also have the effect of lightening the dark circles seen under some patient’s eyes.
A blepharoplasty can be combined with other facial surgical procedures in order to properly rejuvenate the eyes. BOTOX® treatments complement the effects of a blepharoplasty as well by reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the sides of the eyes commonly called crow’s feet.
Upper eyelid surgery may be performed in an office setting with local anesthesia. Lower eyelid surgery usually requires general anesthesia so a hospital or surgery center is recommended. Incisions are made in natural skin creases along the eyelids or on the inside of the eyelids if no skin needs to be removed. This is called the transconjunctival approach; it results in no visible scars on the skin.
The rejuvenating effects of a blepharoplasty can last a long time.
A genioplasty, also known as chin surgery, is a surgical procedure that reshapes and repositions the chin. This procedure is most commonly performed on people who have a weak or deficient chin. By cutting across the chin bone and sliding the lower portion forward, a surgeon is able to lengthen the chin and give it more forward projection. If a chin is too big, bone can be removed and the tip of the chin can be moved back. It is almost never necessary to put an implant into the chin because the same result can be achieved by using only a patient’s own bone. Using one’s natural tissue avoids many potential complications of artificial implants.
A genioplasty is often performed in combination with a rhinoplasty in order to achieve an ideal facial relationship. Chin surgery helps to provide a harmonious balance to your facial features and the result is often a dramatic improvement.
A septoplasty is a surgical procedure that corrects deformities of the nasal septum. The septum is a thin piece of cartilage and bone that separates the two nostrils. When the septum is deformed or abnormally positioned, airway obstruction can result. Several medical conditions may be treated by performing a septoplasty. The most common condition, a deviated septum, is corrected by removing some of the septum and properly repositioning what remains. Less common conditions include septal perforations (a hole in the septum) and septal fractures. Often, a septoplasty is performed in conjunction with a rhinoplasty in order to properly reshape the entire nose. Septal cartilage may also be harvested during a rhinoplasty and used to reshape another part of the nose like the dorsum or the tip.
A rhinoplasty is nose-reshaping cosmetic procedure to correct the size and shape of the nose. A rhinoplasty address aesthetic concerns of the nose such as a nasal bump, wide nose, drooping tip or asymmetry. A rhinoplasty procedure can be combined with functional nasal procedures such as a septoplasty for a deviated nasal septum.
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