An Introduction to Facial Surgery
Chatham Facial Plastic Surgery & Medical Skin Care offers a variety of facial surgical options to our patients seeking improved health and appearance of their faces. Dr. Donn Chatham and his staff’s goal is always to improve in a natural pleasing manner and to always avoid over-treating or creating an unnatural appearance. We work with you as a partner in selecting the best strategy.
Facial Surgery Services
Facelifts and Neck Lifts
As we age the tissues of the face begin to change, usually in a downward direction. ‘Facelift’ is a general term for one of many types of surgery aimed to lift and improve. While nothing actually stops the aging process, ‘rhytidectomy’ surgery helps reverse this downward trend. It is often coupled with fillers and sometimes chemical peels or laser treatments. Looking younger and more vital brings positive emotional benefits.
Beautiful eyes are the first thing we notice in a face. But eyes that are tired, droopy, or swollen may not reflect a vibrant inner self. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is designed to trim excessive skin from the upper eyelids and improve upon dark circles and fat pads in the lower eyelids. Patients then appear more rested and youthful.
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Our nose affects the overall balance, harmony, and aesthetic appeal of our face and its structure also affects the quality of our breathing. Septorhinoplasty is the surgery designed to improve on both form and function of the nose. Most of us desire a nose that complements our face and helps us breathe as well. A nose can appear attractive only if it appears natural.
You probably remember the kid in grade school with big ears. Large, protruding ears are the bane of childhood and ‘otoplasty’ is the surgery to help shape them into a more pleasing position. In addition we sometimes repair torn earlobes and stretched lobes due to wearing large jewelry.
Forehead Lifts and Brow Lifts
Sometimes with the aging process, the eyebrow area descends and impinges upon the upper eyelid space, creating a ‘heavy brow’. When appropriate we may recommend addressing this area either surgically or non-surgically to help open up the upper lid aesthetically. BOTOX® Cosmetic can do this somewhat as well.
Attractive lips have a pretty shape (curved Cupid’s bow for example) as well as adequate fullness. Over time lips can shrink. Injectable fillers such as Restylane® can help restore and define a beautiful lip without downtime.
Chin and Cheek Augmentation
The chin and nose are two of the primary features that determine one’s profile, and when they are in harmony, faces are most attractive. When because of heredity reasons a chin recedes or appears weaker, this can be corrected by use of a permanent chin implant or by skillfully using injectable fillers.