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For naturally gorgeous results, choose a facial cosmetic surgeon for these surgical procedures.

Our surgeons offer a full range of rejuvenation options — surgical, non-surgical, and minimally invasive — for the head, face, and neck. Below are descriptions of commonly performed surgical procedures, and reasons why each is best entrusted to a facial cosmetic specialist.

  • Eye Reshaping Procedures
    • Eyelid lift (Upper/lower blepharoplasty)
    • Double fold eyelid surgery
  • Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
  • Neck contouring (Neck lift and/or liposuction)
  • Nose reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
  • Chin augmentation (Genioplasty)
  • Jawline surgery (Orthognathic surgery)

Eye Reshaping Procedures

Eyelid lift (Upper and/or lower blepharoplasty)

An eyelid lift, also known as an eye lift or blepharoplasty, corrects sagging, puffiness, wrinkles, and excess skin in the delicate area around the eye. In this procedure, your surgeon repositions the muscles and underlying tissues and removes excess skin, creating a refreshed, open appearance. This procedure can be performed on the upper and/or lower eyelids and is a consistently popular procedure for both women and men.

Double eyelid surgery

In many cases, overhanging eyelids (or “monolids”) are genetic, and not caused by the aging process. Double fold eyelid surgery is a cosmetic eye reshaping procedure to lift naturally hooded upper eyelids. To achieve double eyelid contours that match your natural eye shape and overall appearance, your surgeon must have experience and skill in this uniquely nuanced procedure. In their before-and-after gallery, look for images of patients who resemble you in the “before” pictures and see if you like the results provided.

Why your choice of surgeon is key when it comes to eyelid surgery

While these eye procedures do not take long to perform and recovery is easy, do not take your choice of surgeon lightly: the area around the eye is highly sensitive and just a few millimeters of skin or the tiniest difference in suture technique can make all the difference between a successful, aesthetically pleasing result and an unfortunate complication. American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery surgeons can be depended on to have full knowledge of and extensive experience with this procedure.

Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that smoothes wrinkles and lifts sagging skin in the cheeks and mid-face, through the jawline, and in the neck. A facelift restores a clearly contoured jawline, lifts sagging jowls, and improves the appearance of creases and crepe-like skin in the neck. To enhance results, rejuvenation procedures for the upper face, such as brow lift or eyelid lift, are commonly performed along with a facelift during the same operation.

Why your choice of surgeon is key when it comes to facelift surgery

Choosing a highly qualified surgeon for your facelift procedure is imperative to receiving natural-looking results. Less experienced surgeons may not have a full understanding of how to reposition facial tissues and musculature, resulting in a pulled-tight appearance that reveals itself as a surgical procedure. In contrast, ABFCS surgeons are fully versed in techniques to ensure youthful volume and natural lifting. Modern facelift techniques involve careful repositioning of the underlying musculature and fat pads; rather than stretching skin, the skin is gently re-draped on this new, stable foundation. This leads to lasting results that appear natural.

Neck contouring (Neck lift and/or liposuction)

A neck lift tightens tissues throughout the chin, jawline, and neck, a common area to show signs of aging, including wrinkles, skin laxity, thin skin, “turkey neck,” and submental fullness, or the “double chin.” A neck lift tightens underlying tissues and musculature, removes excess skin, and repositions skin to appear smoother, revealing more of the natural jawline.

Liposuction may be included in a neck lift procedure to address fat deposits that contribute to submental fullness. Patients with good skin elasticity who simply desire a reduction in their submental area may only require liposuction.

Why your choice of surgeon is key to a natural-looking neck contouring result

Neck lift, like facelift, is a procedure requiring deep understanding of the anatomy and aging process of facial tissues and musculature. Your surgeon must understand the anatomic causes of your concerns to determine the appropriate treatment plan. Entrust your neck contouring to an experienced, skilled facial cosmetic surgeon with board certification from the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery.

Nose reshaping (Rhinoplasty)

The goal of rhinoplasty (also called nose reshaping or a nose job) may be to smooth a dorsal hump, narrow or straighten the bridge of the nose, reshape cartilage, reshape the nostrils, and/or create a nose that is proportional with other facial features. Rhinoplasty may also have the goal of improving nasal function.

Why your choice of a surgeon is key for a customized, attractive rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex cosmetic procedures to perform, so it is critical to make smart choices as a patient. Your chosen surgeon should have undergone extensive hands-on training and should continue to specialize in this procedure, as specialization shows that your surgeon has the correct tools and skills to achieve a customized outcome with this procedure. Experienced surgeons will also take measures to ensure that your results age gracefully.

ABFCS surgeons are committed to providing thoughtful consultation, listening to your goals, and providing detailed explanation of your procedure options. They should have performed rhinoplasty on many previous patients whose “before” photos show that they have similar anatomy to yours, and whose “after” results include examples you can easily point to in order to help your surgeon understand what you want.

Chin augmentation (Genioplasty)

A weak or recessed chin may create an imbalance throughout the face, making the nose appear overly large or the cheeks sunken. To strike a balance and create a strong chin contour that appears to lengthen the jawline, chin augmentation is traditionally performed using a customized silicone implant or a bone graft. Chin enhancement may also be performed using dermal filler injections, which allows you to “try on” chin enhancement, as most filler dissolves after about a year.

Why your choice of a surgeon is key for balanced chin augmentation results

Personalizing your chin enhancement results requires a surgeon who truly understands both aesthetic principles and your desired outcome. Augmenting the chin to be proportional with the nose and to help the face appear balanced requires precise surgical technique and aesthetic mastery of facial proportions.

Jawline surgery (Orthognathic surgery)

Jawline surgery is performed to reshape the jaw and/or chin for cosmetic (V-line surgery) or physiological reasons. Jawline surgery can be used to augment or elongate the jaw, using an implant or bone graft. The procedure may also reduce the size of the jaw by removing or reshaping small amounts of jawbone. In some cases, your surgeon may also reposition your jaw.

Why your choice of surgeon is key for cosmetic or functional jawline surgery

Jawline reshaping requires a highly specialized skill set, so be sure to find a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon to consult with you on your jawline and chin contouring options. In many cases, contouring the chin and neck may further enhance the results of a jawline procedure; your surgeon can help determine the best procedure for you.

Find a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon for your procedure

The American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery is the only medical board dedicated to certifying surgeons exclusively in facial cosmetic surgery. Our board-certified facial cosmetic surgeons have a deep understanding of the functional and anatomical aspects of the face and are highly trained in the appropriate cosmetic procedures. Schedule a consultation with a board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon to see for yourself what makes our surgeons stand apart.

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