Am I a Candidate for Facial Cosmetic Surgery?
Candidates for facial cosmetic surgery are displeased with their facial aging or the structure of their anatomy. These procedures can restore a youthful complexion or sculpt facial features to enhance confidence. Patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations of their results; 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 excess skin, tighten tissues, and restore volume to the areas of the face between the eyes and the jawline. Incisions 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 excess skin and altering the neck muscles. This technique eliminates the appearance of vertical banding or a “turkey neck.” Neck lift surgery can be performed with 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. Rhinoplasty incisions are made on the inside of the nose to prevent any external scarring. An additional incision may be necessary across the columella; however, this incision will heal well, and the scar will be well-hidden.
The eyes are often your most striking facial feature; unfortunately, they are also among the first to display visible aging. Blepharoplasty addresses skin laxity on the upper eyelids and puffy bags beneath the eyes. This surgical procedure removes years from your appearance and can increase your range of vision.
While anti-aging facial cosmetic surgeries can restore a younger, healthier appearance, 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. Incisions are made inside of the mouth so that there will be no visible scars.
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 complexion. Chemical peels of different strengths with varying chemical makeups are available. Dr. Goldschmidt offers TCA, phenol, glycolic, and retinol peels to his Cleveland patients.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for patients with textural concerns 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 underlying 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. Some skin and cartilage may be removed to enhance the appearance and placement of the ear further.
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 will be 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. 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 be 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 they are paired with a healthy lifestyle. Facial cosmetic surgery will address the signs of aging present at the time that the procedure is performed; 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 each procedure is specifically customized to meet the unique needs of the patient. 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 be given specific quotes for your anticipated treatment(s). At the Cosmetic Surgery Center, we provide convenient payment plan options to meet any financial situation. We are committed to making facial cosmetic surgery a comfortable fit for your budget.
What is the ideal age to have facial cosmetic surgery?
Most facial cosmetic surgery procedures can be performed at any point in a patient’s life as long as full facial maturation has been reached.
A nose job, for instance, can only be performed when the nose is fully developed. This happens around age 13 to 14 for girls and 15 to 16 for boys. Your cosmetic surgeon can provide expert guidance on specific procedures to guarantee the best results in the safest way possible.
Am I better suited for facial cosmetic surgery or a less invasive facial rejuvenation treatment?
This will depend on the specific concerns you wish to address. If you have significant skin laxity or deep creases, surgery may be 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 individuals with health considerations that make them unsuitable for more invasive procedures.
Ultimately, Dr. Goldschmidt will discuss your concerns and explain your options and their anticipated 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 primarily focuses on addressing cosmetic concerns, which can either be structural or rejuvenative. Structural cosmetic surgery includes procedures that alter the shape of facial structures such as the nose, chin, ears, cheekbones, or lips. Rejuvenative facial surgery procedures, on the other hand, address signs of aging like skin laxity, fine lines, wrinkles, and jowls on the face and neck to restore youthfulness.
Many facial reconstructive surgery patients seek to correct congenital, traumatic, and post-surgical deformities caused by injury or illness. It is designed to restore both function and appearance.