Now, more than ever before, there are a wide range of nonsurgical and surgical cosmetic procedures available to help enhance a person’s appearance, and the type of procedure that is most suitable will depend on many different factors, including the type of issue, desired results, overall health, and budget.
If you are considering facial plastic surgery, read on to learn more about the things you should know to ensure you are well informed about what’s involved and what results you can expect to achieve.
Is Facial Plastic Surgery Right For Me?
If you are looking for cosmetic facial enhancements, surgery is not the only option to consider. Many plastic surgeons offer a range of effective nonsurgical options, as well as surgical procedures to help you achieve the desired results. Depending on your overall goal, you may want to consider a nonsurgical enhancement before embarking on surgery.
Do Your Research
When going to a plastic surgeon, it pays to do research beforehand to find out:
- What procedures may be available to offer you the enhancement you want.
- The costs involved (including aftercare and future procedures you may need to maintain the look).
- What the risks are – regardless of whether you opt for a nonsurgical or surgical treatments, there are always some risks involved.
- What benefits/results you can expect from different treatments.
- What the recovery will be like.
Ensure you use reputable sources to learn about the different procedures available, to make sure you get all the correct facts.
Speak To An Expert For Advice
If you are considering facial plastic surgery, visit an experienced, board-certified, and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon. Book a consultation to discuss suitable cosmetic enhancement options, to discuss why you want the procedure and what you hope to achieve, and to check if you are a candidate for the procedure. A good plastic surgeon will be able to help you decide which procedure is best suited to your needs, inform you about what risks are involved, and what you can expect from treatment.
After your consultation, you should give yourself time to think over everything before making any decision.
What Types of Facial Treatments Does A Facial Plastic Surgeon Provide?
A facial plastic surgeon can provide a wide-range of nonsurgical and surgical enhancement procedures. The most popular nonsurgical facial cosmetic enhancements include:
Fat transfer injections – a method used to sculpt an area of the face or body using your own body tissue. It works by transferring fat from one area of the body, such as the outer thigh, into target areas, such as the cheeks or lower eyelids, to add volume or to fill in irregularities.
Facial laser treatments – used to treat wrinkles, scars, birthmarks, and sun-damaged skin. It involves the use of a CO2 laser, which uses carbon dioxide to remove the uppermost layer of skin, without causing damage to surrounding tissue. Treatment also stimulates new collagen growth to the underlying skin, making it appear clearer, smoother, and firmer. The treatment can also be used on other areas of the body, such as the neck, chest, arms, and legs.
Chemical peels – used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and to smooth uneven or textured skin. It involves the use of a special liquid solution that is applied to the surface of the skin to painlessly remove the outer, damaged layer. After a few days, the damaged layer of skin peels away, and skin appears younger, healthier, and more vibrant.
Injectables – injectable solutions, such as Botox and dermal fillers, are temporary but long-lasting treatments to enhance facial appearance such as reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Botox works by temporarily stopping the muscle contractions that lead to wrinkles, noticeably smoothing out facial lines. Dermal fillers work differently and typically involve injecting hyaluronic acid (a gel-like substance similar to what is naturally produced by the body) to enhance facial contours, restore lost volume, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
The most popular surgical facial cosmetic procedures include:
Face lift/forehead lift – a procedure that aims to raise the eyebrows, improve the area around the eyes, and reduce the appearance of frown lines on the forehead. The procedure may be done alone or in combination with other facial cosmetic surgeries.
Chin augmentation (genioplasty) – surgery performed to enhance the size or shape of the chin to help balance facial features. An implant may be used during chin augmentation or the bones of the lower jaw may be repositioned.
Cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty) – surgery performed to adjust the shape, position, or size of the ears.
Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) – surgery performed to correct droopy eyes and give a more youthful appearance. Excess skin and/or fat are removed to lift the eyelids. A lower lid blepharoplasty aims to tighten the area under the eyes and to help remove under-eye bags or wrinkles.
Lip lift – surgery performed to reduce the space between the nose and lips to achieve a fuller look to the lips. A lip lift may be performed in several different ways, depending on the shape of the lips and the desired result.
Neck lift (platysmaplasty) – surgery performed to remove excess tissue (saggy skin) on the neck to give a more defined and youthful appearance.
Nose job (rhinoplasty) – surgery performed to change the size or shape, or improve the symmetry, of the nose to achieve better facial proportions.
Facial Plastic Surgeon in Atlanta, GA
If you are looking for cosmetic enhancements that will result in the best possible version of you, contact board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Mackay, MD. We can help you achieve the results you are looking for.
Dr. Mackay provides natural looking results and offers a wide range of nonsurgical and surgical cosmetic enhancements for the face and body. To find out more or to book a consultation, call us at (404) 255-2975 or you can request an appointment online.