Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to restore a more youthful facial appearance. Facelift surgery can reduce the appearance of: wrinkles on the face, sagging skin in the cheek and jaw area, and excess fat on the neck among other things. To perform the surgery, a facial plastic surgeon will make incisions in necessary areas on the face; lift and tighten underlying muscles; then remove, redistribute, and/or sculpt the fat in your face to create a more aesthetically pleasing facial structure. A facelift surgery will not stop lip the aging process completely but it can slow it down.
Mini facelifts can be done in our operating room under local anesthetic with oral sedation. To determine if you are a candidate for a mini facelift or traditional facelift will depend on your individual factors such as skin laxity, age, and sun damage. Call our office to come in for a free consult with Dr. Laughlin to discuss which type of procedure fits your needs!
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of the eyelids. This procedure is commonly used to fix: droopy or baggy upper eyelids, excess skin on the upper or lower eyelids, and bags or puffiness under the eyes among other things. To perform the surgery a facial plastic surgeon will make incisions in necessary areas on or around the eyelids, then remove or reposition existing fat in order to enhance the skins appearance, leaving you with a refreshed and rejuvenated look.
Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job”, is a surgical procedure used to enhance the contour of the nose in order to improve facial harmony. Rhinoplasty can be used to improve: proportion of the nose to the face, nasal asymmetry, and nose profile with visible indentations and/or protuberances on the bridge among other things. To perform rhinoplasty, a plastic surgeon will create incisions inside the nose; then the underlying cartilage and bone will be rearranged, reduced, or enlarged to create a more aesthetically pleasing nose structure. A rhinoplasty can also be used to correct an obstructed airway, such as a deviated septum, in order to improve breathing.
A brow lift, or forehead lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to rejuvenate and enhance the appearance of the skin on the forehead. A brow lift can be used to: reduce wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyes, place the eyebrows in a more youthful and aware position, and raise sagging eyebrows among other things. To perform a brow lift, a facial plastic surgeon will make incisions in necessary areas along the hairline or forehead; then remove skin or tissue if needed; and then lift the forehead into its new place.
Chin surgery, also known as genioplasty in cases of chin augmentation and mentoplasty in cases of chin reduction, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to improve the shape of the chin in order to enhance facial harmony and structure. Chin surgery can be used to correct: chin misalignment, contour or shape of the chin, fat excess in the chin, and chin recession among other things. To perform a genioplastic surgery, a cosmetic plastic surgeon will make incisions in necessary areas; then implant a synthetic material into the chin in order to improve the augmentation of the chin. To perform a mentoplastic surgery, a cosmetic plastic surgeon will make incisions in necessary areas; then sculpt, remove, or reposition the existing bone to a more aesthetically pleasing shape. Chin surgery can also be recommended for patients who have decided to undergo rhinoplasty, as the new shape of the nose may create an imbalance in the face; which can be corrected by mentoplasty or genioplasty. Chin surgery may also be used to improve chewing dynamics and occlusion.
A facial implant is a cosmetic surgical procedure in which a synthetic material that is compatible with human tissue, such as silicone, is used to improve the balance and proportions of the face. There are several types of facial implants that exist, such as: cheek implants, which increase the proportions of the cheekbones; jaw implants, which can increase jaw definition and width; and chin implants, which can improve the chins proportion to the rest of the face to create a natural harmonious balance.
Lip Augmentation / Enhancement
Lip augmentation/enhancement is a cosmetic surgical procedure in which a filler is injected into the lips in order to achieve fuller and plumper lips. Different types of filling methods may be used, such as: tissue grafting, which uses a thin strip of fat and collagen tissue from the patients own body to apply to the lips; soft tissue filers, which uses products that contain substances similar to hyaluronic acid, a substance found in the body that naturally increases volume; and fat transfers, which removes a small amount preexisting fat found on the body, usually in the abdomen or buttocks, and places it into the lips.
IPL, Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments
IPL and fractional CO2 laser treatments are treatments designed to remove blemishes from the skin. Imperfections such as wrinkles, sun spots, scars, warts, and liver spots may be removed with these methods. Other cosmetic undesirables like non-responsive skin after a face lift, enlarged oil glands on the nose, and inconstant skin complexion may also be corrected with IPL and laser treatments.
Injectable fillers, like Botox and dermal fillers, are used to enhance certain features of the face and give them a plumper, fuller look. Certain facial features like the lips, cheeks, glabellar lines (frown lines), and nasolabial folds (smile/laugh lines) among others can benefit from injectable fillers. Another common reason injectable fillers are used is to treat dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles commonly found around the eyes and mouth; the purpose of the procedure in this case would be to achieve a smoother, youthful look. Most injectable fillers are only temporary or semi-permanent, if you are looking for a permanent solution ask us about face, eye, or brow lifts.
Ear Surgery / Protuberant Ears
Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery used to correct protuberant ears in order to achieve a naturally proportionate facial balance. This procedure is mostly performed on children between the ages of four and fourteen but can be done on adults as well. Otoplasty is also used to fix certain deformations of the ear such as: lop ear, when the tip of the ear appears to fold downwards; cupped ear, an unusually small ear; and shell ear, when many of the natural folds and lines found in the ear are not there. Otoplasty may also be used to improve large or stretched earlobes, as well as lobes with heavy wrinkles. To perform the surgery, the surgeon will create necessary incisions around the ear; then sculpt the cartilage to achieve the desired proportions.
Dermabrasion is a type of cosmetic procedure that involves removing the outer, older, layers of skin to reveal newer and younger looking skin underneath. It utilizes a rotating exfoliating instrument in order to remove the top layers of skin. Dermabrasion is generally used to achieve a more youthful appearance. It may also treat: acne scars, age spots, fine wrinkles, tattoos, sun damage, precancerous skin patches, and uneven skin tones among other things.