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Face Procedures
Facelift Procedure

Although a facelift/necklift surgery, also called rhytidectomy, is one of the most commonly performed procedures in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Harvey and Dr. Angelos understand that a facelift can be a very intimidating procedure to consider. However, with more than 25 years of combined experience, they are experts at providing patients with the natural and rejuvenated look they desire.

Wrinkles and sagging skin around the face and neck can be discouraging for most people. If you have been dissatisfied with the use of non-surgical fillers, Botox, lasers, or chemical peels, then a facelift may be appropriate for you.

Common causes of wrinkles and sagging skin are increasing age, heredity, sun damage, and smoking. As we age, the skin and soft tissues of the face lose volume and loosen causing wrinkles, redundant skin, jowl formation, sagging skin under the chin, and vertical folds along the front of the neck. Forehead lines and crows feet around the eyes may also appear and deepen over time.

There are multiple ways to achieve a more youthful appearance. With your desires and expected outcomes in mind, your doctor will determine which type of facelift is best for you. Using a cosmetic incision, the doctor will surgically remove excess skin and fat from the face. Incisions are hidden by the hairline and parts of the outer ear. If recommended, muscle tightening and liposuction may also be performed.

It is common to have bruising following a facial procedure. This bruising usually subsides after 10-14 days. It is best to stay out of work for 1 week and not commit to major social engagements for 2-3 weeks. The procedure is not painful. Only your bruising and swelling may prevent you from returning to your normal activities. The doctor will provide you with complimentary products to help prevent and cover up the discoloration from bruising.

Eyelid Surgery

Wrinkles, excess skin, and puffiness around the eyes can be very bothersome and can even cause vision problems. The puffiness and dark circles around the eyes can make you look tired and generally older than desired. Eyelid surgery, also called an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty, may help restore your eyes back to that youthful, bright appearance you desire.

You may have upper and/or lower eyelid surgery to remove excess fat, skin, and muscle from the upper and/or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery may be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve sight by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient's field of vision. Fat pads, which cause the puffiness and dark circles, will also be removed. The incisions are cosmetically hidden in the upper and lower eyelashes.

If severe sagging in the brow or upper eyelids is present, you may also be a candidate for a brow lift.

A blepharoplasty is not typically painful. You can expect to have swelling and bruising around the eyes for a week to ten days. The swelling and bruising may inhibit you from driving and returning to work. Most patients return to work in 5-7 days and may attend major social engagements in 10 days to 2 weeks. Charleston Plastic Surgery will provide you with the best post-operative products to promote healthy, uncomplicated healing, and camouflage the bruising after surgery.

Nose Surgery

Being uncomfortable with the appearance of your nose can cause major confidence loss. This is not something you can just cover up. Dr. Angelos understands these concerns and is here to help you achieve a more desirable look. If you feel that your nose is too big, crooked, has a humped appearance, or if you have breathing problems, a rhinoplasty may be right for you. Due to the nose's central position on the face, even a minor correction can make a big difference in facial aesthetics.

Common problems with the appearance of your nose can be caused by heredity or trauma to the nose. Depending on what bothers you most, Dr. Angelos will determine which nasal procedure is best for you. This may require shaving of the nasal septum to decrease the appearance of a hump and/or correction of the deviated portions of the bone and cartilage. Incisions are either internal or under the nose for minimal scarring.

Rhinoplasty is one of the most common procedures in all of plastic surgery. Patients generally return to work 5-7 days after surgery. Results are commonly seen once the splint on the nose is removed at approximately 5-7 days. Unfortunately, more swelling may set in and your nose may appear slightly swollen for 3-6 weeks. Swelling will subside day to day and improvements will be noticed weekly. Full results for this procedure are at 6 months and up to 1 year. You can expect to be restricted from contact sports for 6 weeks and no vigorous exercise, like running for 4-6 weeks. Charleston Plastic Surgery will provide you with complimentary products to prevent and cover up the bruising after surgery, as well as the best post-operative products to promote healthy, uncomplicated healing.

Brow Lift

An excess of wrinkles in the forehead and a sagging brow can be make some people self-conscious about their appearance. Aging, sun exposure, heredity, and common facial expressions can cause these wrinkles and even some sagging of the brow to occur. If your wrinkles are not going away from non-surgical procedures like Botox, a brow lift may be right for you.

This procedure raises the brows in order to remove the appearance of forehead wrinkles and frown lines. Incisions are made at the central hairline and/or the lateral hairline, right above the ear. Excess skin will be removed and muscles may be tightened. It is commonly done in conjunction with upper eyelid surgery for optimal results, thus improving the overall appearance of the forehead and the upper eye area. Your doctor will determine the procedure best for you, based on your desires and expected outcomes.

Like with any facial procedure, bruising is common after surgery. A brow lift is not painful, therefore, swelling and bruising are what determine your “down time” for approximately 7-10 days. Charleston Plastic Surgery will provide you with complimentary products to prevent and cover up the bruising after surgery, as well as the best post-operative products to promote healthy, uncomplicated healing.

Surgery of the Ear

Otoplasty, sometimes called "ear pinning" surgery, is most commonly performed for protruding or prominent ears. In addition to its cosmetic benefits, the procedure can give a real emotional boost to a patient troubled by prominent ears. For children, this procedure is typically performed once the ears have reached full size, usually around 5 years of age or prior to starting school if that is a concern.

This is surprisingly a very easy procedure which is not painful to most patients, however bruising and swelling are common after these procedures. It is best to stay out of work or school for one week with no major social engagements for 2-3 weeks.