Facial plastic surgery can make some truly amazing changes. It can minimize signs of aging. It can change the shape or size of certain features, such as the nose or chin. Because there are so many different options, it's important to choose your procedure carefully, based on your goals. If you're considering facial surgery, the first question to ask yourself is fairly simple, but not always easy: which surgery is right for you?
Knowing what you want from the procedure, what your specific concerns are and how much time you have to devote to surgical recovery will help you choose the facial surgery that will best help you reach your aesthetic goals.
One of the first things to consider when you're deciding on plastic surgery is your particular concerns. For example, some facial procedures are designed to minimize the signs of aging by tightening the skin and underlying tissues. Others, such as rhinoplasty, are designed to permanently change the size or shape of a feature (in this case, the nose). Rhinoplasty and some other plastic surgeries, such as blepharoplasty, can also improve the function of some facial features.
For example, rhinoplasty might help to improve your ability to breathe and an eyelid lift can help to improve your vision if your eyelids droop and hang down too low over your eyes.
It's worth understanding that different facial procedures are designed to tackle aging in different areas. A facelift, for example, is meant to improve signs of aging on the lower part of the face. A forehead lift will help to minimize signs of aging in the brow.
Another factor worth considering when you're choosing a facial procedure is what you hope to get from the surgery. Are you looking for long-term results or do you want something less invasive and less permanent? If your goal is to rejuvenate your entire face, it might be in your best interest to choose a series of surgeries, such as combining a facelift and a forehead lift or a forehead lift and an eyelid lift. If you're only seeing the beginnings of aging, however, a single surgery might be more appropriate.
Surgery isn't the only choice available if you're looking to reduce visible signs of aging. Many effective non-surgical treatment options are available to treat problems like lines and wrinkles. In some cases, these non-surgical options might be a better fit for you than surgery. For example, if you're only dealing with a few small lines and minor volume loss, a filler might be more appropriate than a facelift.
When weighing the pros and cons of surgery vs. minimally-invasive treatments, it helps to think about your schedule and commitments. Facial surgery often requires some preparation and days to weeks of recovery afterward. Before the surgery, you might need to make changes to your habits or adjust the medications you take. After surgery, you'll most likely need to take time off from work and might have to avoid some activities for several weeks.
For many patients, however, the recovery and preparation time required for surgery is worth it. Surgery provides long-lasting results and more dramatic anti-aging when compared to non-surgical alternatives. But for others, it's a better option to choose a less invasive procedure that doesn't require nearly as much as in the way of commitment.
If you're still not sure which facial plastic surgery is right for you, your plastic surgeon can be a good resource. They're the experts, and they'll be happy to guide you as you make your decision. They can explain the differences between each procedure and go over what you can expect. They can also review your specific concerns and offer you their professional opinion.
To help you get an even better understanding of what to expect from a particular surgery, a plastic surgeon can show you before and after photos from previous patients and might even put you in touch with former patients so you can hear firsthand what it's like to have the surgery you're considering.
Dr. Haitham Masri and Dr. Fatina Masri each have more than two decades of experience performing plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures. They can help you choose the facial plastic surgery that will address your concerns and help you achieve your goals. To schedule your free patient consultation at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 today.