A face lift generally addresses the lower half of the face – sagging jowls or excess skin and tissue in the neck and lower face. When performed correctly, a face lift affects all layers of the soft tissue of the face – not just the skin; it involves repositioning of the fat pads and deeper tissues, so that skin can be rewrapped and trimmed on top with no tension. Additionally, scars are hidden around the ear and hairline, and are closed meticulously with the microscope. Face lifts vary in their complexity: there are less invasive ones with quick recovery or more invasive ones with dramatic effects. Face lifts are often combined with a tightening of the neck or perhaps liposuction.
The brow and forehead areas are often the first to show the effects of aging: frown lines, wrinkles, heaviness around the eyebrows and eyelids. So, a brow lift is an effective method to mitigate the angry or sad appearance that results. Patients often don’t appreciate the impact that a sagging brow has on the face. Oftentimes, “droopy eyelids” are largely the result of a “droopy brow.” A balanced facial rejuvenation often requires attending to the forehead and brow with a simple brow lift. Incisions just inside the hairline, avoiding raising the hairline, can durably address the muscles that cause frown lines and horizontal forehead lines.
Your eyes make you uniquely you: they convey emotion and expression, and are often the first place others focus when they connect with you. Extras fold of skin, bags, or fullness of your eyelids – whether hereditary or part of aging – inhibit your eyes’ expressiveness, make you appear older, and may even hinder vision. Upper blepharoplasty restores smoothness and youthfulness to your upper eyelids, while lower blepharoplasty removes bags and skin that cast shadows below.
Most people seeking rhinoplasty have concerns that the nose they have is not right for them. They don’t like, for instance, the hump on their nose, or that the nose is crooked, or that the tip is misshaped or boxy pr sharp. Rhinoplasty addresses those aesthetic concerns and can also simultaneously alleviate problems of airway obstruction inside the nose. Recovery is usually a week or two.
Liposculpting for the face and neck can be enlisted to improve a “double chin,” shape a more distinct jaw line, or create a more slender, defined neck. A small incision may be made just below the chin and tiny incisions may be made behind the ears as well. Excess fat is removed from the neck and jowls either directly through the incision or through a tiny suction device called a cannula.
“Laser lipo” can accomplish the same goals as liposculpting, but uses a laser to “melt away” the unwanted fat rather than creating an incision to remove the fat. The advantage of laser lipolysis is that, as it destroys fat cells, it also tightens the dermis layer of the skin.
Skin cancers on the face represent challenging surgical problems. Certainly a primary objective is to remove the entire cancer, but it is paramount to also put the face back together in such a way that facial deformity and functional impairment is minimized. At Fine Arts Skin & Laser, we use binocular microscopy from start to finish, ensuring that our work will be highly detailed and specific. We perform tumor removal and facial reconstruction in the same visit, and can accomplish 95% of these procedures in our state-of-the-art office surgical suites. We take great pride in very high rates of complete tumor removal with exceptional functional and cosmetic preservation.