Many men and women are interested in improving various aspects of their face. But when it comes to making a consultation appointment with a plastic surgeon, they’re hesitant.
Of course, this is understandable. The idea of getting facial plastic surgery can be daunting in the first place, and when you factor in the myriad opinions concerning what procedures are best, it can seem simpler just to avoid pursuing surgery altogether.
But the truth is that plastic surgery of the face actually involves only a few basic, tried-and-true procedures. These treatments have been well-established and are highly-effective. When combined, they can help you realize any look you want to achieve.
Most Common Plastic Surgeries of the Face
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) San Francisco
According to Mayo Clinic, the muscles around our eyes tend to weaken and stretch as we age. This causes the skin below and on top of the eyelids to gather excess fat. In turn, bags begin to appear beneath the lids, and the upper eyelids end up droopy and sagging. The result is an older, tired appearance that can even negatively affect your eyesight — especially your peripheral vision.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) is the eyelid surgery that repairs this bagginess, drooping, and sagging around the eyes. The procedure removes extra fat, skin, and muscle to help the eyes appear more open, clear, and youthful.
As a result of the nature of this surgery, the best candidates are usually older individuals who have seen the shape and volume of the skin around their eyes change over time. The procedure itself is relatively short, and your surgeon will mostly likely use a simple local anesthetic, or, in some cases, IV sedation. This will largely depend on how many eyelids are being targeted and the extent of the fat, skin, and muscle removal.
Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)
Colloquially known as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty is the procedure responsible for reshaping countless noses to achieve more facial harmony with other features. In some cases, rhinoplasty is used to improve breathing as well (more on this particular procedure below).
In general, you will start by speaking with your surgeon about how you would like your nose to look. You might show them pictures of a celebrity nose that you like or explain where you’d like more or less volume. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, nearly all desired looks can be realized through rhinoplasty and the direction of a skilled and experienced surgeon.
Some patients are interested in using rhinoplasty to straighten their nose, remove a prominent ridge or bump on their bridge, shape a bulbous contour at the tip, or reduce their overall nose length. All of these goals and more can be achieved with rhinoplasty.
Revision Rhinoplasty (Revision Nose Surgery)
If you’ve previously undergone rhinoplasty but are now unhappy with the results, the procedure you’re looking for to remedy your situation is revision rhinoplasty.
Unfortunately, with unskilled and inexperienced surgeons, it can be the case that unexpected results arise after nose surgery. For the patient, this is truly a difficult experience to go through. Not only will you have paid for the surgery and undergone the multiple appointments and actual procedure itself, but you will also have dealt with recovery, only to reveal that your results were less than what you expected.
Fortunately, even disappointing or unexpected results can be remedied with revision rhinoplasty. This chance to correct your original surgery can be used to properly reshape your nose and achieve your desired results once and for all.
Septoplasty (Septum Surgery)
Both rhinoplasty and septoplasty deal with reshaping the nose. But while rhinoplasty procedures tend to deal with reshaping the outernose, septoplasty focuses on the structural interior of the nose. In this way, if you have a breathing issue that may be remedied by changing the shape of your nose, this is best carried out with septoplasty, or surgery of the septum.
Most of the time, septoplasty comes into play when a patient has a deviated septum. Breathing issues may be present when the septum (the cartilage and bone, which divides the nose into two nostrils) is not aligned properly. Patients with a deviated septum may have trouble breathing through their nose, recurrent nosebleeds and sinus infections, and a regular postnasal drip, which can cause headaches and sleeping problems. With septoplasty, the septum can be fixed to improve the health of the patient.
In some cases, both rhinoplasty and septoplasty are used in tandem, ultimately providing improved form and function for the patient.
Another procedure that targets signs of aging, rhytidectomy ( known as a facelift) aims to lift and reshape the lower portion of the face. It is in this area (the lower cheeks, jawline, and around the mouth) that drooping and sagging tends to occur with time.
Unfortunately, these natural changes can make you appear more tired and rundown than you feel inside. The drooping skin can collect into undesirable “jowls” on the jawline, and deep lines may form on either side of the lower nose and around the mouth. Below the face, the skin beneath the chin and on the neck can also appear excessively wrinkled and sagging.
All of these “problem areas” can fortunately be fixed with a facelift. The procedure is well-established and highly effective. As long as you have a trained and skilled surgeon, the results are also extremely natural. Where necessary, it may be combined with a brow lift, which lifts and reshapes the brow area and forehead.
Fat Transfer to the Face
Also called facial fat grafting, fat transfer is rather new, but because of its beautifully natural results, it’s risen sharply in popularity in recent years. In fact, it is now the most popular minimally invasive soft-tissue facial treatment available.
Essentially, fat transfer (also called facial fat grafting) involves your surgeon removing fat from areas of the body that you are not happy with. For example, if you would like to reduce the volume of your abdomen, buttocks, or hips, your surgeon will start there. Next, this fat will be transferred to an area of the face that you would like to increase the volume of. For example, it can be used to plump the cheeks, shape the jawline or temples, or add volume to the lips.
The procedure itself is at the same time highly effective and versatile and minimally invasive.
Are You a Good Candidate for Facial Plastic Surgery?
Quality candidates for the facial plastic surgeries listed above are in good overall health and take good care of their skin. It’s best to be at a healthy weight and to be a nonsmoker. If you are currently a smoker, however, simply commit to becoming a nonsmoker for at least a month before your procedure. This will help your body heal properly once your procedure is done.
If you’re ready to look your best with facial plastic surgery, be sure to choose the plastic surgeon San Francisco residents trust most. Dr. Sieber is one of the only double board-certified plastic surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as one of the top surgeons specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Sieber today, and be one step closer to the face you’ve always wanted.