• Cosmetic Surgical Procedures

    Brow/forehead lift

    Cosmetic plastic surgeons Christine DiEdwardo, MD, FACS, and Sonal Pandya, MD, discuss a case.This surgical procedure eliminates a heaviness or overhanging of the brow. It addresses brow position and allows the upper portion of the face to have a more open and rested appearance. A brow/forehead lift can be performed in conjunction with eyelid surgery.

    Cheek augmentation

    This surgical procedure was originally used for reconstructive purposes to help reverse the effects of birth defects and trauma-related injuries, but it is commonly used today for cosmetic purposes, as well. The goal of surgery is to improve the appearance and prominence of the patient's cheeks by bringing them into balance with the rest of the face. The procedure involves the use of implants, typically made of hard silicone, to achieve this objective.

    Cheek augmentation surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia and takes about one to one and one half hours to complete. Depending on the surgeon's choice of incision site, scarring for the procedure ranges from none to minimal. Bruising and swelling are normal in the weeks following surgery, with the final results from surgery typically being visible by seven months post-op.

    Chin augmentation

    When the shape of your facial profile is off-balance due to the presence of a weak or receding chin, chin augmentation may be a viable option to help restore facial symmetry. Depending on the degree of surgery required to restore facial harmony, this procedure will involve one of two techniques:

    For significant augmentation: The desired facial profile is achieved by moving forward a portion of the chin bone to reshape the chin and enhance its size.

    For mild to moderate augmentation: Inserting a prosthetic implant-made of silicone, Teflon or Dacron-allows for adequate reshaping of the chin when only modest augmentation is needed to achieve facial symmetry.

    Chin augmentation surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia and takes about one to one and one half hours to complete. Depending on the surgeon's choice of incision site, scarring for the procedure ranges from none to minimal. Bruising and swelling can be expected for about two weeks following chin augmentation surgery, though results should be immediately noticeable.

    Ear reconstruction (otoplasty)

    This procedure is performed to correct excessive prominence of the ears.

    Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty)

    The eyes show the signs of aging more than any other facial feature. A blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift, is designed for those who feel they have a tired or sad eye appearance that makes them look older than they feel. This procedure removes drooping skin from the upper eyelids and minimizes bags of the lower lids by removing excess fat and tissue, leaving your eyes with a more rested and alert appearance.

    Facelift (rhytidectomy)

    A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a surgical procedure that can smooth loose skin of the face and neck by tightening underlying tissue. This procedure rejuvenates the face by restoring a more youthful neck and jaw line. Facelifts are performed in the operating room under anesthesia.

    Neck lift

    If you've lost a significant amount of weight, you may have excess fat and skin on your neck that you can't do anything about. Or, if weakened or loose neck muscles are in your genes and result in the appearance of bands on your neck, you may be a good candidate for neck lift surgery.

    Neck lift surgery involves a combination of procedures to improve the appearance of your neck, including:

    • Cervicoplasty (used to remove excess skin)
    • Platysmaplasty (used to remove and/or alter neck muscles)
    • Neck liposuction (used to remove excess fat), and/or
    • Botox injections (used to relax the neck muscles responsible for the appearance of "bands" of skin)

    The amount of time required for neck lift surgery is dependent upon each patient's unique set of circumstances and his/her desired surgical results, but it typically averages about two to three hours. Bruising and swelling, as well as tightness and pulling in the neck, can be expected for several weeks following surgery.

    Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)

    Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that manipulates the underlying structures of the nose to change its external appearance. The procedure can increase or reduce the size of the nose, or change the shape of the tip and bridge. Rhinoplasty may be used to help correct breathing problems.

    Arm tuck (brachioplasty)

    This procedure is designed to address the laxity of the arms, where, as a result of aging or significant weight loss, the skin can become resistant to weight training and exercise. Surgical removal of excess tissue results in a more well-defined, toned appearance of the arm. 

    Liposuction

    Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes deposits of excess fat from specific areas of the face, neck or body. Liposuction often targets those stubborn areas of fat that fail to change with diet and exercise. In removing excess fat, this procedure can improve the contour of desired areas and create a smoother, more proportioned appearance. Please note, however, that liposuction should not be used as an alternative to weight loss.

    Thigh/buttock lift

    Unlike other surgical procedures, the thigh/buttock lift can address the laxity of tissue in the medial and lateral thigh, along with the sagginess of the buttocks. Tightening and lifting the excess skin and tissue dramatically improves the contour and appearance of the lower body. A consult with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons is recommended to determine if the thigh/buttock lift is an appropriate option for you.

    Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)

    Surgery of the abdomen is performed to improve the contour and appearance of the lower abdomen. Following pregnancies or significant weight loss, the abdominal area is often left with excess fat and loose, sagging skin. Unfortunately, abdominal workouts and diet cannot adequately address these conditions. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a procedure used to surgically remove the excess tissue and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Following abdominoplasty, patients are left with a smoother, more defined stomach and an improved abdominal profile.

    Breast enlargement

    Breast enhancement surgery is a procedure performed on women who desire fuller, shapelier breasts. Breast augmentation can correct asymmetries of the breast or restore natural breast volume that may have decreased following pregnancy.

    Breast lift

    Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, weight loss, and the force of gravity can change the appearance of a woman's breasts. As the skin loses elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift is a surgical procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts and lifts them to a more aesthetically pleasing position. If the size of the breasts is also a concern, a breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation.

    Breast reduction

    Breast reduction surgery is a procedure designed to remove excess breast tissue and skin in women with exceptionally large breasts who suffer from symptoms such as back pain, shoulder pain, grooving of the shoulders, and skin breakdown. Breast reduction surgery not only helps alleviate these symptoms, but also improves patients' quality of life by eliminating many of the physical restrictions placed upon them preoperatively.

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