Am I a Candidate for Facial Cosmetic Surgery?
Candidates for facial cosmetic surgery often feel unhappy with their facial aging or the structure of their anatomy. These procedures can restore youthful skin or sculpt facial features to enhance confidence. Patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations of their results. Thus, it is essential to discuss all of your goals with Dr. Goldschmidt during your consultation. Dr. Goldschmidt’s office is located just south of Cleveland, in Independence, Ohio.
What Are My Facial Cosmetic Surgery Options?
Dr. Goldschmidt will discuss your facial rejuvenation options with you to determine which procedure(s) is right for you. Typically, full facial rejuvenation includes a combination of treatments.
Fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss are common along the lower two-thirds of the face. While this is expected, it is still undesirable, and many patients are interested in eliminating these signs of aging. Facelift surgery is performed to remove extra skin, tighten tissues, and restore volume to the areas of the face between the eyes and the jawline. Scars are hidden in the creases in front of the ear, behind the ear, and beneath the chin. Patients who require a lesser degree of correction can undergo a mini, or weekend, lift. This technique tightens skin and restores a youthful appearance with less recovery and downtime.
While a facelift can address signs of aging on the jawline, it does not extend to the area beneath the chin unless a neck lift is also performed. Neck lift surgery recontours the neck and jawline by removing extra skin and strengthening the neck muscles. This technique eliminates the appearance of vertical banding or a “turkey neck.” Additionally, neck lift surgery can include liposuction if there is excess fat beneath the chin.
Some individuals have deep-seated insecurities about the appearance of their nose. Rhinoplasty is aesthetic nasal surgery; it can change the size, profile, and width of the nose, and in doing so, enhance the patient’s ease of breathing. Nose job incisions are made on the inside of the nose to prevent any external scarring. An additional incision across the columella may become necessary. However, this scar will heal well, and well hidden in the natural contours of the face.
The eyes are often your most striking facial feature; unfortunately, they are also among the first to display visible aging. Blepharoplasty treats skin laxity on the upper eyelids and puffy bags beneath the eyes. Furthermore, this surgical procedure removes years from your appearance and can increase your range of sight.
While anti-aging facial cosmetic surgeries can restore a younger, healthier look, they cannot alter the shape of the face. Facial implants augment the facial bone structure to enhance angular lines or increase fullness. Facial implants add volume to the cheeks, lips, and/or chin. Dr. Goldschmidt makes the inside of the mouth with no visible scars on the outside of the face.
Chemical peels improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and acne scars. This treatment applies a chemical solution to the face that causes the upper layer of damaged and dry skin to peel away and reveal a smoother, healthier skin. Chemical peels of different strengths with varying chemical makeups are available. For example, Dr. Goldschmidt offers TCA, phenol, glycolic, and retinol peels to his Cleveland patients.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for patients with rough skin and skin laxity. A fractional laser is used to deliver intense pulses of light energy into the skin. This laser stimulates collagen production and causes the top layer of damaged skin to peel away so that the healthy layers can shine through.
Large or protruding ears develop during childhood and can become an emotional burden throughout adolescence and adulthood. Otoplasty is cosmetic ear surgery. It is performed on children and adults whose ears are large or stick out. Incisions are made behind the ear, and permanent sutures are used to reshape and reposition the ears so that they sit closer to the scalp. Dr. Goldschmidt may remove some skin and cartilage to enhance the appearance and position of the ear.
A lip lift is performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the upper lip after it has lost volume due to age. This technique makes an incision above the lip to shorten the distance between your nose and your mouth. With a lip lift, more of the upper lip becomes visible when smiling and speaking.
How Long Is My Facial Cosmetic Surgery Recovery?
Facial cosmetic surgeries are outpatient procedures, and most take a few hours to complete. While the extent of your recovery will vary, many patients discover that they feel good enough to return to their jobs and regular lives within three to five days. Additionally, Dr. Goldschmidt will provide detailed instructions on how to take care of your incisions.
When Will I See My Facial Cosmetic Surgery Results?
The results of your facial cosmetic surgery will become apparent once the bruising and swelling subside. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months. Facial cosmetic surgery can make you look anywhere from five to 10 years younger, and the results are long lasting when paired with a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, facial cosmetic surgery will address the signs of aging present at the time of the procedure. However, it will not prevent future aging. Patients can maintain their results by keeping their face hydrated and moisturized and protecting it from the sun.
Frequently Asked Questions About Facial Cosmetic Surgery
How much will my facial cosmetic surgery cost?
The question of cost is one that understandably comes up often. Surgery costs vary since Dr. Goldschmidt customizes each procedure to meet the unique needs of the patient. Therefore, it is extremely important to budget for the results and extent of surgery needed to make your actual goals a reality, instead of compromising your goals to fit within a specific dollar amount.
Before scheduling any cosmetic procedure, you will receive specific quotes for your treatment(s). At the Cosmetic Surgery Center, we provide convenient, outside payment plan options to meet any financial situation. The Cosmetic Surgery team commits itself to making facial cosmetic surgery fit your budget.
What is the ideal age to have facial cosmetic surgery?
Patients can have most facial cosmetic surgery procedures at any point in their life as long as the treated area reached full maturity.
For instance, Dr. Goldschmidt only performs a nose job when the nose fully develops. This happens around age 13 to 14 for girls and 15 to 16 for boys. Your cosmetic surgeon can provide expert advice on which procedures can guarantee the best results in the safest way possible.
Am I better suited for facial cosmetic surgery or a less invasive treatment?
This will depend on the specific concerns you wish to address. If you have significant skin laxity or deep creases, surgery may become your only option. Surgery produces longer-term and more dramatic results than non-invasive options. However, it also involves extended recovery timelines, which include discomfort, swelling, and bruising.
They have a shorter recovery time, less scarring, and pose fewer risks when compared to invasive facial procedures. Non-invasive procedures are also a particularly good option for patients with health considerations that make them unsuitable for more invasive procedures.
Ultimately, Dr. Goldschmidt will discuss your concerns and explain your options and their benefits so that you can make a fully informed decision.
What is the difference between facial cosmetic surgery and facial reconstructive surgery?
Facial cosmetic surgery focuses on addressing cosmetic concerns, which can include either structural or rejuvenating enhancements. Structural cosmetic surgery includes procedures that alter the shape of facial structures such as the nose, chin, ears, cheekbones, or lips. In contrast, rejuvenating facial surgery procedures treat signs of aging like loose skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and jowls on the face and neck to restore a young look.
Many facial reconstructive surgery patients want to correct congenital, traumatic, and post-surgical deformities caused by injury or illness. For example, correcting crookedness after a nose break, addressing the jaw position, and even revisional surgeries after previous cosmetic procedures. Therefore, it is designed to restore both form and function.