Cosmetic Surgery Facial

While many people do choose to get rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, as a stand-alone procedure, still many others choose to get rhinoplasty along with other associated facial plastic surgery procedures.

Nose surgery, known sometimes as a “nose job,” can complement other facial procedures. Some people used plastic surgery to correct facial symmetry. Others often combine nose jobs with face lifts and chin augmentation.

Some people prefer to get multiple procedures at one time to minimize their own pain and the time they must take to recovery from surgery. While this may be the case, plastic surgery patients who undergo multiple procedures at one time are at higher risk for complications. They are under anesthesia longer and more of their body parts will be affected.

This is one reason that some doctors prefer to do single procedures at a time. If multiple procedures are desired, they can be spread out over a few months. This may be less convenient for the patient’s schedule, but can lessen chances for complications and increase overall safety.

Learn about all aspects of nose surgery and associated facial plastic surgery procedures, including facial symmetry correction, face lifts, chin augmentation, facial fat adjustments and more.

Face Lifts

A face lift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure that is designed to address sagging skin on the face and the neck. During a face lift, excess fat and loose skin is removed and muscles are tightened. The remaining skin is re-draped over the face.

Face lifts are usually done on people over age 40. The procedure uses local or general anesthesia and patients can generally return home directly after the procedure.

Face lifts are commonly done in conjunction with nose surgery procedures. Side effects include bruising, swelling and tenderness of the skin for a few weeks after having a face lift.

Chin Augmentation

Chin augmentation is often recommended in conjunction with nose surgery because it enhances a person’s profile in much the same way a rhinoplasty would. Having a “weak chin” can affect a person’s profile just as much as an undesirable nose size can.

When a nose job is done, a chin augmentation is often recommended to maintain balance in the face. Tenderness, swelling and limitations in chewing ability are expected in the first few weeks following a chin augmentation.

Facial Fat

Facial fat is an issue for some people, especially when the structure of their face is changed by a nose job. Facial fat can be grafted and altered to fill in facial wrinkles and lines and alter the appearance of the face in general.

Facial fat procedures can alter almost any facial type, including:

  • asymmetrical faces
  • bottom-heavy faces
  • facial flatness
  • fat or chubby faces
  • long faces
  • thin or gaunt faces.

Facial fat procedures use a person’s own facial fat, which is removed or redistributed as necessary. The procedure is minimally invasive, but side effects and recovery depend on the extent of the procedure and how much alteration occurs to the facial fat.

Resources

A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (2007). Plastic Surgery Risks. Retrieved October 23, 2007, from the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Web site: http://www.aboardcertifiedplasticsurgeonresource.com/plastic_surgery/risks.html.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2007). Cosmetic Surgery: Procedures at a Glance. Retrieved October 23, 2007, from the ASPS Web site: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/patients_consumers/procedures/CosmeticPlasticSurgery.cfm?CFID=88926282