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Learn About Face Procedures

Face plastic surgeryEveryone enjoys a double-take… that moment someone wonders if you really are the age on your driver’s license. When your inner youth isn’t reflected in the mirror, assess your options. Facial plastic surgeons with Lehigh Valley Health Network blend artistic vision with surgical expertise to compose a naturally beautiful you.

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Furrows between the eyes and lines on the forehead are an aggravating reminder of the countless times we’ve expressed our concern or irritation at the whims of the world. But those furrows and lines aren’t necessarily forever if you consider a browlift.

This lift procedure focuses on the forehead to reduce creases and frown lines, as well as to elevate the eyebrows. The procedure may be done using an endoscopic technique that conceals small incisions in the hair and scalp. Browlift is an outpatient surgery that takes approximately two hours.

Ear surgery (otoplasty)

Ears literally frame the face and can either blend into the background or stand out in a way that may bother you. Otoplasty is a procedure that focuses on restoring balance and symmetry to the ears. This is an outpatient procedure, and depending on the extent of the surgery, can take one to three hours.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)

Your eyes express delight, concern and caring, but could they possibly tell the world you are older or more tired than you truly are? Over time, eyes may become obstructed by droopy or baggy skin. An eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, can remove puffiness or bags under the eyes, as well as correct droopy eyelids. 

In this procedure, the doctor surgically removes excess skin, muscle and fat from both the upper and lower eyelids to redefine and reopen the eyes. Blepharoplasty is typically conducted as an outpatient surgery, but in some cases may be done as an in-office procedure. On average, allow one to two hours for this surgery.

Facelift (rhytidectomy)

Gravity is no friend to the face, but a facelift, or rhytidectomy, can dash the effects of that ever-present downward drag. To restore a smoother, more youthful look, this procedure targets excess facial fat for removal, tightens the underlying muscles, and then re-drapes the facial skin to approximate a smoother, firmer appearance.

There are many facelift options you and your surgeon can discuss, including whether you also want to have a necklift at the same time, as well as consideration for downtime afterwards. Surgical time can range from two to four hours, with most procedures done in the outpatient setting.

Facial implants

You’ve heard the clichés – a steely jaw, high cheekbones, a strong chin.  Yet sometimes our facial bone structure doesn’t live up to the myth. Restoring symmetry or proportion to the face can be accomplished with facial implants. These structures can reshape the chin, cheek or jaw and provide a permanent solution to bone structure that is either lacking or damaged. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Surgery time depends on the location and type of implant that is used.

Nasal surgery (rhinoplasty)

Cosmetic nose reshaping is also known as rhinoplasty, and can subtly, or even dramatically, change your profile. Depending on your needs, or desires, the surgeon can reshape your nose to a more appealing appearance. This procedure can also correct some breathing problems if you are troubled by that, too. This is typically an outpatient procedure that can last up to two hours.

Necklift

As with the face, the neck can reveal more about your age than you might care to share. A necklift procedure can be done on its own, or combined with a facelift. The surgeon will correct any separated musculature and remove any excess fat and skin, revealing a more youthful neckline. This is usually an outpatient procedure that can take up to two hours.

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