The skin of the face and neck tends to loosen with age, gradually forming wrinkles around the eyelids, on the forehead and on the sides of the mouth. Pouches or “jowls” may develop along the jawline and extra folds may form over the front part of the neck, forming a “double chin”.
Face and neck lifts are a surgeon’s way to restore what time and gravity have stolen. The skin is attached to the underlying muscle by a sheet of fibrous tissue. With time, the sheet weakens causing the overlying skin to sag. At the same time, the fat beneath the skin also becomes loosely attached, creating further droopiness. Face and neck lifts tighten this sheet, naturally recreating a more youthful profile and redistributing the loose skin.
The Surgery and Recovery
Any excess skin is removed through carefully concealed incisions in front of and behind the ears and in the hairline. Liposuction, or fat removal, is often performed at the same time to further refine your profile. The operation lasts about three hours, and is performed with you asleep under general anesthesia.
After about two weeks, most people find that they can return to work. As with any facial surgery, healing continues for six to nine months until every little irregularity settles down and sensation in the skin and ears returns to normal.
Chin and Cheek Overview
A small chin can make even the most balanced face look less harmonious. A prominent nose will look even more so with a retruded chin. Flat cheekbones can make a large nose look larger and a small chin smaller. Altering your bony facial features can improve your overall facial harmony and beauty dramatically. We can help you decide which feature that might be.
A weak chin or flat cheekbones can easily be improved with an implant. These are made from a special medical-grade material that looks and feels like normal bone when it is in place. The variety of synthetic materials available increases yearly. We always use the material that has proven its durability and safety over many years. We can show you samples of the various materials and explain how your body accommodates each one.
Eyelid Surgery Overview
The eyes are the “windows of the soul” and the first thing many of us notice. We’ve been “lost in” another’s eyes. However if those windows are tired, droopy, or puffy, they are probably not reflecting that vibrant you. Despite that old dishwashing liquid commercial, what may betray your age first is your eyes. Do you see the eyes of an older, “tired-er” person looking back at you in the mirror every morning?. Did your coworker ask you if you had a late night or if you were not feeling well today? Fortunately, eyelid lifts or blepharoplasty surgery can give you dramatically younger eyes.
One reason that the skin around our eyes may sag is simply due to age. As skin loses its tone so do the eyebrows. As the outer parts of the eyebrows start tp sag, the skin of the upper eyelid is affected–is there skin there that was not there just a little while back? Trimming this “extra” skin can wake up your appearance.
The other reason for “tired eyes” is because of eyelid fat. This fat is held back by a thin wall of fibrous tissue called the orbital septum, which can start to droop over time and starting to bulge, giving you those tired upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid lifts trim this extra fat and tighten the wall, bringing back a more rested appearance.
Face Lift (rhytidectomy) Overview
Many of us have overfilled calendars and underslept bodies. And unfortunately, age, stress, sun exposure, and gravity can take a toll on your face. Maybe you have seen this in the mirror–fine lines around your eyes or creases on your forehead. Maybe there are lines between your eyebrows that don’t go away. The skin around your mouth or along the jaw and neck is not as tight as it used to be. Does this sound like you? If so, you may want to consider a facelift. A facelift attacks each of these issues by tightening the skin and muscles of the face and removing any excess fat. The result is a more youthful, fresher appearance.
The New Life Lift (facelift) is a special procedure that takes off years without subtracting maturity. It can be done under local anesthesia in the office without the need for hospitalization. If you want to look like you did 10 years ago, but maintain the dignity and experience you've earned, the New Life Lift might be for you! We will be happy to discuss your hopes and desires for your body with you. For the best and most caring plastic surgeon in the Cincinnati and Dayton area, call Dr. Reeder today! Dr. Christopher Reeder, D.O.. F.A.C.O.S.
Forehead Lift Overview
Slight changes in the height of your eyebrows can have major effects on your apparent age and remarkably affect how your eyes appear. Many women pluck their eyebrows in order to change the height of the brow. A high arched eyebrow is a sign of youth and can highlight your eyes and draw attention to them. A droopy eyebrow can hood your eyelids, draw attention away from your eyes, and is more typical of the male brow.
If you are a man, the natural position of your eyebrow is slightly lower than a woman’s. This means that you have even less leeway before droopy eyebrows affect your upper eyelids and not only draw attention away from your eyes but may interfere with your peripheral vision. Hence droopy eyebrows in men often are a functional as well as a cosmetic problem. More and more men are interested in facial plastic surgery today. We take care not to elevate your eyebrows too much since too high an eyebrow can be feminizing.
The forehead and eyebrows make up the upper one third of the face. A standard face and neck lift is really a lift of the lower two thirds of the face and neck. A forehead lift is a facelift of the upper one third of the face. It may be combined with a standard face and neck lift or an eyelid lift.
Have you recently noticed fine lines around your eyes or wrinkles on your forehead or between your eyebrows? Do the corners of your mouth droop? Have you recently noticed “Bunny lines” on your nose? Would you like a more youthful, refreshed appearance to your face? Consider undergoing a treatment with BOTOX®. Although BOTOX® is used in many different areas, two of the most commonly treated areas are the area around the eyes and the forehead. The treatment can reduce or eliminate wrinkles in the treated areas for approximately 3-5 months. At your consultation we can discuss the many different areas where you could benefit from the use of BOTOX®.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is purified protein from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which decreases the activity of muscle tissue. When small amounts of the solution are injected into a muscle, there is apparent relaxation of the muscle. In addition to the recent cosmetic uses, it has been used for treatment of migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and eye and neck muscle spasms.
Radiesse is an injectable filler composed of synthetic tiny calcium hydroxylapatite particles in a gel. It is a material similar to that in bone which forms “scaffolding” for tissue in-growth. With time the tiny particles degrade via the body’s normal metabolic processes. Since there is new collagen infiltration around the radiesse™ particles, lasting results can average 12-18 months.
Radiesse has numerous uses including filling in the smile lines and Marionette lines. It can be used to accentuate the cheek area or better define the border of the lip. One of the most recent uses for Radiesse is to treat irregularities after a “nose job”. The clear advantage of using Radiesse as opposed to other fillers is the longevity of the results.
Whether caused by accidents or by surgery, scars are unpredictable. The way a scar develops depends as much on how your body heals as it does on the original injury or on the surgeon’s skills.
Many variables can affect the severity of scarring, including the size and depth of the wound, the blood supply to the area, the thickness and color of your skin, and the direction of the scar. How much the appearance of a scar bothers you is, of course, a personal matter.
While no scar can be removed completely, plastic surgeons can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious through the injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.
If you’re considering scar revision, this will give you a basic understanding of the most common types of scars, the procedures used to treat them, and the results you can expect. It can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask your doctor if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.