Facial appearance is vitally important. How your face looks plays an important part in human interaction, particularly during social activities. Having an attractive face helps with making an excellent first impression, and can influence how others perceive you.
Improving your facial appearance can have significant effects on your attitude, personality, and self-esteem. It is no wonder why many people are opting for facial cosmetic surgery. But what results are possible with the various procedures available today?
If you have ever wondered about that question, you have come to the right place. Here are the most popular facial surgical techniques being used today, and the results you can achieve by choosing an experienced cosmetic surgeon, such as Doctor Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts.
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Popular Facial Cosmetic Surgeries and The Results You Can Achieve
Most people have heard of the facelift. Many people know at least one celebrity who appears younger after opting for this popular cosmetic surgery. The technique reduces sagging skin and helps to smooth folds of skin from the jawline and cheeks. Facelifts can also be used to address deep folds of skin on the sides of the nose and corners of the mouth. Medically, this procedure is known as a rhytidectomy.
During the facelift, a flap of skin on each side of the face is cut and pulled back. Tissues below the skin are molded to the proper shape before excess skin is removed. When the flap of skin is put back into place, the face takes on a more youthful shape.
While the facelift can make you appear younger, the technique cannot treat skin damage, such as excess skin exposure. This may include fine lines and wrinkles. Other cosmetic surgeries are sometimes paired with the facelift to address skin quality.
The neck lift can be performed in tandem with the facelift or as a standalone procedure. The cosmetic surgery is aimed at removing excess skin and fat from around the jaw. The effect produces a defined and youthful neck. The results are long-lasting, though no amount of cosmetic surgery can stop age in its tracks forever.
Patients opt for the neck lift to primarily reduce the signs of age in the lower quadrants of the face. The surgical session often involves liposuction and tiny incisions below the ears and under the chin. The overall results give you a more defined jaw and neck.
To maintain the results of the neck lift, it is important to avoid excess skin exposure and to be gentle with the surgical incisions until the treatment area heals. It can take several weeks to several months for the swelling and bruising to fully disappear. The incision lines should be fully healed by the six-month mark.
Eyelid surgery, otherwise referred to as blepharoplasty, is a procedure aimed at removing excess tissue from the eyelids. Eyelid skin is incredibly thin. As we age, the skin stretches, and the muscles that support the lids weaken. Excess skin can sometimes form, and fat can accumulate above and below the eyelids. The results make your eyelids appear droopy with under-eye bags.
Not only are saggy and droopy eyelids unsightly, but your vision can sometimes be negatively affected, particularly your peripheral vision.
Eyelid surgery removes the excess skin and fat to make your eyes appear younger and more alert and to return your sight to pre-age conditions.
You might be an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery if you have saggy or droopy eyelids and excess skin along the upper eyelids that block your peripheral vision. Under-eye bags and excess skin on the lower eyelids can also qualify you for this popular facial cosmetic surgery.
Eyelid surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure but is also performed alongside the facelift, brow lift, and during skin resurfacing.
The results can literally shave years off of your facial appearance. Patients who undergo eyelid surgery report feeling more confident because people say they look younger and better rested.
There is scarring from the procedure, but they usually fade within a few months. Bruising or swelling can take up to two weeks to subside. You should take care to limit sun exposure to maintain your results. The surgical results can last a lifetime. For some rare individuals, droopy eyelids can return. A follow-up procedure may be necessary if that happens.
This facial cosmetic surgery is also sometimes called a forehead lift or forehead rejuvenation. The purpose of a brow lift is to raise the eyebrows. Doing so improves the appearance of the forehead, eyebrows, and the area around the eyes.
You might be a suitable candidate for the brow lift if you have saggy eyebrows or eyebrow asymmetry. The procedure is often performed alone but is also sometimes paired with eyelid surgery or the facelift.
Patients opt for the brow lift when age has moved the eyebrows lower on the face. As we age, skin and soft tissues along the forehead lose their elasticity. This can cause the distance between the brows and eyelashes to shorten. The lower your eyebrows become, the more tired and angry, and often sad you appear. A brow lift raises the eyebrows and restores a refreshed appearance to the forehead, improving your attractiveness and your self-confidence.
The results of the brow lift make you look years younger, and the results are long-lasting, though age can never be stopped forever.
Most people know this facial cosmetic procedure by its nickname, the nose job. Rhinoplasty is meant to change the shape of the nose. Some people also opt for the nose job to both become more attractive and improve breathing.
During the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon can change the bone, cartilage, or skin. Some procedures involve changing all three elements. The surgeon considers all your other facial features to ensure your new nose creates harmony with the rest of your face.
The results can have a dramatic effect on your facial appearance. The procedure can remove bumps in the nose, and crookedness, and occasionally change the nose shape entirely to give you a more attractive face.
Fat Grafting and Transfer
Facial fat grafting involves moving fatty tissue from another part of your body to your face. This technique also goes by the following names: fat transfer technique, facial fat rejuvenation, autologous fat grafting/transfer, microlipoinjection, or simply fat injection.
Having fat removed from a donor site, such as your abdomen, and transferring the fatty tissue to your face can make you appear more youthful. The fatty tissue fills in areas that can become hollowed out with age. In some cases, the fat transfer technique can treat problem areas like scars.
Patients often opt for fat transfer when they need tissue rejuvenation around the lips, folds around the mouth, under the eyes, and around the cheeks. The treatment can be used alone or alongside other cosmetic surgeries such as the facelift or eye lift.
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Most people are aware of implants used to enhance the breasts or buttocks. Facial implants work the same way. Facial implants can be used on the chin, jaw, and on both cheeks.
You and your cosmetic surgeon will agree on the type and size of implant to use, depending on your facial appearance goals. Chin implants are used to increase the size and projection of the chin in cases where the chin is not in proportion with the forehead and middle of the face.
Jaw implants are aimed at increasing the width of the lower third of your face. Like chin implants, jaw implants are aimed at improving facial balance.
Cheek implants increase the projection of both cheekbones. The implants add volume to areas that may be recessed or flat due to genetics or age.
Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation
Cosmetic surgery is not the only way to improve facial appearance. There are several medical spa techniques that do not involve surgery, but that can dramatically improve the way you look.
Kybella Double Chin Treatment
Kybella is also known as deoxycholic acid, which is a natural substance that dissolves body fat. When a medical professional such as a cosmetic surgeon injects Kybella under the chin, the acid attacks fat cell membranes. This liquefies the fat, allowing the fat cells to become absorbed by your body.
Patients opt for Kybella when they have double chins, which is a crude colloquial term for submental fat or submental fullness under the chin. The effect of this fullness does create the appearance of dual chins. Kybella can treat this problem, leaving the chin and jaw more defined.
The double chin treatment is permanent. The fat cells that create the fullness under the chin are destroyed after the acid is injected into the area. However, gaining weight can cause the double chin to return. To maintain the effects of Kybella, stick to a healthy lifestyle and diet. Follow-up Kybella injections can help if the condition returns post-procedure.
Morpheus8 is a safe and effective treatment that uses radiofrequency technology to make the face and neck appear more youthful. The treatment is commonly referred to as the non-surgical alternative to the facelift.
Morpheus8 is effective at treating a number of facial irregularities, including jowling, nasal labial fold lines, under-eye bags, frown lines, cheek lines, and necklines. In some cases, the radiofrequency technique is also recommended for cystic acne and acne scars.
The results make you look years younger. Collagen produced during the treatment makes the skin of the face appear tighter with greater volume and a glowing complexion. The results continue to improve with time for up to six weeks following the procedure.
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Botox is a neurotoxin that temporarily prevents muscles in the face from moving. When injected into strategic areas around the face, this non-surgical facial technique can make you appear more rested, rejuvenated, and youthful.
Patients often opt for Botox to treat brow lines and crow’s feet (wrinkling around the eyes). The non-surgical facial rejuvenation technique can also treat under-eye bags and minor wrinkles around the eyelids. The injections must be repeated every few months to maintain the results.
Dermal fillers involve various substances that are injected into the skin to smooth away wrinkles and make them less noticeable. Dermal fillers also referred to as facial fillers or soft tissue fillers, can contour the jawline, make you look younger, and restore lost volume due to age or illness.
Cosmetic surgeons and other medical professionals that offer dermal fillers have several to choose from, depending on the intended result. The fillers may need to be reinjected every six to twelve months to maintain the youthful effect.
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InstaLift Non-Surgical Facelift
InstaLift is aimed at those wishing for a more youthful face who aren’t ready to commit to a surgical facelift. The technique takes around forty-five minutes to complete and involves the insertion of absorbable threads or suspension sutures into the skin that tighten, lift, and rejuvenate the facial features.
The results are immediate though there will be slight bruising and swelling that should subside within a few days. The results make you look younger and more refreshed without the time or expense of the traditional facelift procedure.
CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing
CO2 fractional resurfacing uses a carbon dioxide laser to remove the deep outer layers of damaged facial skin. The process stimulates new skin to grow, which emerges looking healthier, younger, and more refreshed. The CO2 laser is effective at treating deep wrinkles, scarring, sun damage, texture problems, and skin laxity.
The laser treatment does produce some discomfort, but most patients liken it to the same “pins and needles” sensation you get when a limb falls asleep. It can take up to three weeks for the skin to heal. During this time, the treatment area will appear slightly pink. You should begin noticing improved skin texture and tone as time progresses. It can take up to three to six months for the skin to fully heal.
The results of CO2 laser resurfacing make your skin appear more youthful with fewer noticeable blemishes and improved skin texture.
Lumecca IPL Skin Rejuvenation
Lumecca uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to treat vascular lesions and pigment problems on the face. A single session can create marked improvements to the complexion and clarity of the skin. The treatment uses a technique known as photothermolysis, which provides a photo facial by delivering a comfortable light treatment.
It can take one to three sessions to see the final results, which can improve the appearance of age spots, rosacea, freckles, sun damage, and vascular lesions (spider veins). The results are apparent within a few days following the first session. The skin will continue to appear more brilliant over time with the final results noticeable after one or two weeks. Undergoing multiple IPL treatments can improve facial appearance dramatically.
Are You Ready for a Face Makeover with These Surgical and Non-Surgical Techniques?
The way your face looks says a lot about you. Others will also judge you for your facial appearance. You can improve your facial attractiveness with a range of surgical and non-surgical techniques. Now that you know more about the results you can achieve with cosmetic surgery and medical spa procedures, schedule a consultation with Doctor Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts.
Doctor Moein is world-renowned and offers all of his services in an accredited surgical center in Los Angeles, California. He invites you to meet with him during a consultation to discuss your cosmetic surgery goals and to answer any questions that you might have. Dial now to choose a time for your appointment that works best for you (310)694-4486.