Common Questions About Facial Plastic Surgery
If you’re thinking about facial plastic surgery, then you may have a few questions. That’s only natural. In fact, asking lots of questions before you decide to have plastic surgery is a good idea. Whether you’re only just beginning to consider surgery or have been thinking about it for a long time, here are a few answers to some questions that might be on your mind.
What Are My Surgical Options?
Facial plastic surgery is a broad category and there are lots of surgical options available. The procedure that’s right for you depends on your goals and the area of your face you want to change. For example, rhinoplasty is usually the right choice for people who want to change how their nose looks or functions.
If you’re concerned about the signs of aging, on the other hand, you have plenty of surgical choices. A facelift rejuvenates the lower portion of the face, minimizing the appearance of jowls or deep creases.
Meanwhile, an eyelid lift or an eyebrow lift will help to refresh the upper part of the face. An eyelid lift, also called blepharoplasty, reduces excess skin and bagginess in the upper or lower eyelids. A brow lift, sometimes called a forehead lift, will rejuvenate a heavy, sagging brow. In some cases, an eyelid lift, brow lift, and facelift can be performed together to rejuvenate the entire face.
A facial plastic surgeon can also change the shape of other facial features. If your nose looks overly large, it might really be due to a small chin. Chin augmentation enlarges the chin, which can then make a “too large” nose look smaller.
What Type of Anesthesia Will the Surgeon Use?
Anesthesia options during facial plastic surgery range from a local anesthetic, which numbs the surgical area, to general anesthesia, which puts you completely to sleep. The option that your surgeon recommends will depend on the type of surgery you choose, the complexity of the procedure and whether you’re combining surgeries or not.
For example, a local anesthetic might be sufficient for a simple upper eyelid lift. But if you’re going to combine an eyelid lift with a facelift, your surgeon might recommend general anesthesia. General anesthesia is usually ideal for surgeries that take longer. When you’re fully asleep, it’s not only more comfortable for you during the procedure, but the surgeon can also work more freely.
Can I Have Multiple Surgeries at Once?
Yes, it’s fairly common for people to combine surgeries to reach their aesthetic goals. You might combine rhinoplasty with chin augmentation or a facelift with a brow lift. During your consultation, you will talk about your goals for surgery with the plastic surgeon.
They can then recommend procedures to you that will help you best achieve your goals. In some cases, one surgery might be sufficient. In others, you might get the best results from multiple surgeries performed together.
Do I Have to Take a Lot of Time Off After Facial Plastic Surgery?
Facial plastic surgery usually does require some downtime during recovery. How long you’ll need to take off from work or take a break from other activities depends on the surgery.
Rhinoplasty, for example, usually has a fairly lengthy recovery time compared to a chin augmentation or eyelid lift. You might need to take up to two weeks off from work afterward. You’ll also want to avoid exercise and other activities for as long as six weeks after your surgery.
It’s a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to recover after any type of facial plastic surgery. If you find that you bounce back quickly, you can always get back in the game sooner than planned.
How Long Will the Results From Surgery Last?
How long you can expect the results to last after facial plastic surgery also depends on the type of surgery you have. If you have a procedure that changes the size or shape of one of your facial features, like rhinoplasty or chin augmentation, the results will be permanent.
Results from surgery that rejuvenates the face typically don’t last forever, however, as you will continue to age. Usually, results from facelifts or similar procedures last for about 10 years. You’ll look more youthful during that time, but your face will continue to age.
There are things you can do to extend and maximize your results. Taking good care of your skin by avoiding sun exposure and not smoking can help your results last for as long as possible. It’s also a good idea to follow all of the instructions your surgeon gives you before and after surgery to maximize results.
Dr. Paul Vitenas is a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs a variety of facial plastic surgeries at his practice in Houston, Texas. If you’re interested in learning more about your options, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.