Questions and Answers about Facial Plastic Surgery

It’s natural to have many questions about cosmetic surgery. Dr. Tate and his support staff at the Centre for Facial Plastic Surgery are here to answer your questions and review specific cosmetic surgery procedures.

Below, find answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about facial plastic surgery procedures. Remember that Dr. Tate is best able to answer questions and elaborate based on his evaluation of your needs.

What is a Facial Plastic Surgeon?

Appearance plays a big role in the lives of most people. We begin the day looking in the mirror-washing our face, brushing teeth, combing hair, shaving, putting on make-up. For some, the reflection can cause displeasure due to accidents, birth defects, or other signs such as premature aging. Many of these conditions can be improved surgically and many people choose to put their faces in the hands of a facial plastic surgeon. A facial plastic surgeon specializes in performing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery on the face, head, and neck region.

What is Facial Reconstruction

Surgery to repair or reconstruct facial features. This includes scar revision, fracture repair, laceration repair, vascular birth marks, cleft lip and palate, craniofacial deformitites, orthognathic surgery, free flaps, and other cancer reconstruction.

What is Dermabrasion?

Abrasion of the skin with either a wire brush or diamond fraise to remove the upper layer of the skin resulting in smoother, less wrinkled skin. Recovery time is about 10 days.

What is a Submental Lipectomy?

Surgery beneath the chin to eliminate “double” chin; excess fat is removed.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Surgery of the eyelids where fat and excess skin, bags, pouches, wrinkles in the eye area are removed. Recovery time is approximately one week. Results: Lower lids, permanent; upper lids, ten years.

What is a Chemical Peel?

Controlled removal of the outer layer of skin with specific chemicals. Recovery time, depending on the nature of the chemical, is from one to three weeks.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Removal of the upper layer skin using a laser, resulting in smoother and less wrinkled skin. Recovery time is about 10 days.

What is a forehead lift?

Surgery to minimize forehead lines and wrinkles, and elevate brows to reduce lid drooping. Recovery time is about 10 days.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Surgery of the nose where cartilage and bone are reshaped and reconstructed; excess bone or cartilage may be removed. Recovery time is approximately one week. Results: Permanent.

What Facial Plastic services are available?

The advantage of a facial plastic surgeon is that they are experts in both non-surgical and surgical approaches to rejuvenation and reconstruction of the face. This includes Botox, fillers, laser treatment and complex surgical procedures.

What is Otoplasty?

Surgery of the ear where ears can be “pinned back” by reshaping the cartilage. Recovery time is about one week.

What is Genioplasty/Mentoplasty?

Surgery of the chin where a receding chin is augmented with bone or an implant or a too prominent chin is reduced. Recovery time is about one week.

What is a Rhytidectomy?

In facelift surgery, excess skin is removed and muscles are tightened. Recovery time is approximately two weeks.

When do you need a Facial Plastic Surgeon?

The reasons for facial plastic surgery are varied. Some patients suffer from birth disfigurements such as birthmarks, cleft palates, and congenital facial deformities. Others are victims of accidents, burns, diseases, and the treatment required for such diseases. Many choose to change some of the signs of premature aging or the shape or size of a facial feature that has bothered them for years.

One aspect of facial plastic surgery that cannot be ignored is the patient’s mental and emotional attitudes. Facial surgery can help you increase self-confidence because, for most people, when they look better, then generally feel better.

Choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon.

One of the most important factors for successful facial plastic surgery is the relationship between the patient and surgeon. An initial consultation provides the patient and surgeon an opportunity to discuss all that is involved in the desired procedure. It is advisable for the patient to write questions down before the consultation.

You may want to ask the following questions:

  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • How long will the operation take?
  • What is the recovery time?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • Is post-operative medication necessary?
  • What is the charge for the procedure?

It is also a good idea to write down the answers the surgeon provides so that the patient can review these carefully. The consultation also provides the patient a chance to experience the personality style of the surgeon to see if it is compatible with the patient’s.

The patient should be prepared to be candid with the surgeon about their medical history, any medications, allergies, habits, and background which could affect the outcome of the surgery. The surgeon will also explain to the patient their experience in the area of facial plastic surgery the patient is considering. Some consultations may include computer imaging to show the patient what the surgery might accomplish. The surgeon can also describe what anesthesia the surgeon uses for each of the surgeries the patient is contemplating. The surgeon might also advise on supportive surgery to enhance the outcome of the specific surgery. It is crucial for the patient to find out about all aspects of the proposed surgery.