Baggy upper eyelids and puffy lower eyelids develop as a normal result of the aging process, starting in our early thirties. The result is a less awake, tired look and, for very few people it can actually cause a problem with their vision. Eyelid lift surgery or blepharoplasty is done to remove this excess skin on your upper eyelids or the bags under the eyes, restoring your eyes to a refreshed, awake look and giving you a younger appearance.
The procedure is performed as a same day surgery at a surgical center or a hospital with light sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately an hour and involves removing excess skin, muscle and fat pockets from the upper or lower eyelids. The recovery time is approximately seven to ten days, during which time there will be some swelling and bruising.
Brow lift is performed to elevate the brow and correct wrinkles in the forehead and between the eyebrows that develop as we get older. Patients with a droopy brow, called brow ptosis, have the appearance of being tired, angry or looking like they have a scowl on their face. After a brow lift, your brow will be elevated to a more youthful, refreshed appearance with the lines and wrinkles in the forehead softened.
The procedure is typically performed in a same day surgery center or hospital under general anesthesia. The traditional way of performing this procedure was with an incision behind the hairline, called a coronal technique, which went from ear to ear. At Ocean Plastic Surgery, P.A. the procedure is performed with the newer endoscopic technique with four to five small incisions placed behind the hairline. The endoscopic technique takes approximately one and a half to two hours to perform, and is performed with a tiny telescope connected to a television monitor. This procedure is performed at a hospital or surgical center as a same day surgery under general anesthesia.
The recovery time from this procedure is approximately one to two weeks with a return to full activity guided by your surgeon over the several weeks.
Beautiful full upper lips can be created for those seeking enhancement or to correct wrinkles that develop along the lip with as we get older. The most useful techniques use dermal fillers such as Restylane® and Juvéderm®. These products can create full upper or lower lips, which can be adjusted incrementally, in the office, to a larger size depending on your desire. Also, these products can be used to restore the fullness to the upper lip, removing unwanted wrinkles along the upper lip. In addition, you can combine these with diluted BOTOX® to soften the upper lip wrinkles further. Restylane® and Juvéderm® last approximately six months, benefiting those who want to adjust their augmentation.
Other methods to augment the lips involve free fat transfer or using a graft. Free fat transfer offers the potential of a longer lasting or permanent result, but involves another procedure to remove fat from another area of the body, which is more costly than dermal fillers. In addition, at one year, approximately only fifty percent of the free fat remains. A more permanent solution is a graft of dermal tissue called AlloDerm®, which is placed through small incisions at the corner of the mouth.
Chin augmentation is done for those with a weak chin. This is usually evident on looking at someone's profile from the side. Chin augmentation is usually performed with a chin implant. A chin implant can give a stronger jawline and better balance to the face by bringing the chin, face and nose into better proportion with one another.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia as a same day procedure in a surgical center or hospital. The implant is placed through a small incision inside the mouth or just under the chin. The procedure takes approximately one hour and the recovery time is about one week.
Ear surgery or otoplasty is done to correct protruding ears. This procedure is usually scheduled during the preschool years at about the age of five. The procedure is done at this time since the ear is almost fully developed at this age, and it prevents unwanted attention from other children and helps with self-esteem by having the problem corrected before entering school. This procedure can also be performed in adults who didn't have the benefit of this surgery as a child.
The procedure is done as an outpatient procedure either in a same day surgery center or hospital under general anesthesia. The procedure takes approximately two and a half to three hours and involves an incision behind the ear. The ears are brought into the right position by removing, scoring and suturing the ear cartilage. Protective ear cups may need to be worn after the procedure, with the child returning to full activity over the next several weeks.