Facial Plastic Surgery Services:
Introduction to Services
At Northwest ENT and Allergy Center we provide our patients with individualized attention and surgical excellence. Our doctors are dedicated to improving function as well as appearance, with an emphasis on a natural “un-operated” look. Our philosophy is the best cosmetic surgery does not draw attention to itself, but to a refreshed and natural appearing you.
We offer a complete range of cosmetic procedures including rhinoplasty, chin/cheek implants, neck liposuction, facelift, eyelift, brow lift and earlobe repair. We also offer medical grade skin care, Restylane and BOTOX injections and skin resurfacing peels and laser treatments. Reconstructive surgical procedures include excision and repair of skin lesions, scar revisions, keloid removal, facial fractures and otoplasty for protruding or malformed ears.
During your confidential consultation, we will discuss your goals and concerns in considering cosmetic surgery. We strive to answer all your questions and provide you with information on the procedures and products that will help you achieve your goal of gaining a more youthful appearance or addressing reconstructive needs.
Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)
Droopy eyelids can be due to inherited or the result of the individual’s aging process, and can make you look older and even impair vision. Puffiness and bags under the eyes also give a tired appearance. Blepharoplasty removes the excess skin and fat in the eyelids. In upper eyelid surgery, a fine incision is placed in the natural eyelid crease to remove the loose skin and bulging fat. For lower eyelids, fat can be removed with no external incision through the inside of the eyelid. If there is loose skin, a fine incision is made in the natural line underneath the lower lashes. Blepharoplasty, when performed conservatively, can result in a natural, rested appearance that does not change the shape of the eye.
Skin loses elasticity as we age. The aging forehead can develop frown lines and eyebrows can become heavy in appearance giving a tired, angry or sad appearance to the upper face. Droopy, tired eyelids may result from excess eyelid skin and fat alone. However, drooping eyebrows can also contribute to the excess skin and tired appearance of the upper face. Elevating the brow, alone or in conjunction with an eyelid lift, can result in a natural, refreshed appearance. Brow lifts are frequently performed endoscopically with minimal incisions hidden in the hair.
As we age, the mid-face descends, resulting in loss of fullness of the cheeks, deepening nasolabial lines and a hollow appearance in the lower eyelids. A mid-face lift is performed primarily through incisions hidden in the hair. These techniques are ideal for younger patients with minimal aging changes in the lower neck. Rejuvenating the mid-face can bring fullness back to the cheek, improve the lower eyelid area, and soften nasolabial folds.
Excess fat under the chin can be hereditary and may not respond to diet and exercise. In younger patients with good skin elasticity, removal of this excess fat can improve the neck and jaw line. In patients with a receding chin, the addition of a chin implant can help improve the neckline and balance of the profile. Facial liposuction is also frequently combined with a facelift.
Full lips can improve facial harmony and complement other facial features. Undersized lips can be inherited or lips may thin and wrinkle as we age. Lip implants can be used to enhance the fullness and shape of your lips. The procedure can be done in our offices under local anesthesia or in an operating room setting. Injectable fillers such as Restylane can also be used to improve the shape and fullness of the lips and are less invasive. Restylane typically lasts six months, after which follow up injections can be performed to maintain fullness.
Skin resurfacing removes the outer layers of the skin stimulating new skin growth. Chemical peels and laser resurfacing can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, age spots and sun damage, and improve overall skin quality and texture. A few days of recovery time is usually required. These resurfacing procedures leave your skin with a fresher, more youthful appearance.
Botox is a therapeutic muscle relaxing agent approved for the treatment of facial wrinkles. When injected into specific facial muscles, it reduces the appearance of lines caused by muscle tension. It is most often used to improve frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. The effects of Botox treatment typically last three-to-four months and follow up maintenance injections are necessary.
Restylane is a synthetic hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally in the skin. Injectable fillers can plump up depressions and wrinkles and soften the appearance of facial folds. Restylane is commonly used for nasolabial lines (smile lines), marionette lines (corner of mouth), lip augmentation and wrinkles. Restylane typically lasts six months and can be performed in the office.
Trauma to the face can affect both appearance and function. Broken facial bones can be repositioned and stabilized with surgery when necessary. Incisions can be placed in hidden or strategic locations to minimize or eliminate any external facial scars. A complete head and neck exam along with CT scanning are usually required to fully evaluate the extent of the trauma and allow for effective treatment planning.
Otoplasty can correct protruding or misshapen ears in both children and adults. For protruding ears, the ears are repositioned more closely to the head creating a more balanced appearance. For a misshapen ear or “lop ear” deformity, the ear can be reshaped to a more natural and symmetric appearance. In children, otoplasty is generally recommended at age five or six before starting school.
Skin lesions can range from benign blemishes to malignant skin cancers. A complete examination of the head and neck, combined with an evaluation of the skin is important to appropriately diagnose, evaluate and treat skin lesions. For large skin cancers, especially of the face, nose and ears, reconstructive surgery is frequently required to restore a functional and cosmetically acceptable appearance.
Facial scars can occur from surgery, injury or acne. The appearance of scars frequently improves over time as the body heals. While scars cannot be removed completely, they frequently can be made less visible or repositioned surgically. Skin color and type, age and the type of scarring are all important considerations in scar revision.
SkinMedica Skin Care Products
SkinMedica® professional skin care products are the result of almost two decades of research and clinical experience. SkinMedica scientists are continually working on new formulations and clinically testing their products to provide the next breakthrough in skin care.
As we age, collagen production diminishes, skin thins and elasticity decreases causing facial sagging, fine lines and wrinkles. SkinMedica® products are scientifically formulated and clinically tested to rejuvenate skin and help rekindle your skin’s youthful appearance.
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SkinMedica® chooses scientifically proven ingredients such as growth factors and other compounds to formulate advanced skin care products. These products contain antioxidants and retinoids that enhance the natural appearance of your skin by helping prevent free radical damage.