The human face is made up of more than forty distinct muscles, each capable of their own intricate movements. Together, they can form countless individual wrinkle-causing expressions and, because they are all interconnected, even the smallest change can potentially give the face an entirely different appearance. This is just one of the many reasons that minor facial plastic surgery procedures have become so popular. While comprehensive techniques like a full facelift or neck lift can provide large-scale rejuvenation while correcting several areas of concern at once, smaller-scale changes in specific areas can frequently achieve impressive, but less obvious, results. As you may be aware if you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, patients who are interested in making subtle changes to the contours of their face have several different approaches to choose from.
Balancing the Nose and the Chin
Many people are unsatisfied with the size or shape of their nose, but few realize that its appearance is affected a great deal by the other features of the face, specifically the chin and jawline. Oftentimes patients seeking dramatic nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, may be better served by making subtle, nearly undetectable changes to the lower face. These facial contouring procedures can provide better facial balance, changing the appearance of the nose within the context of the entire face.
Smoothing and Shaping the Ears
The effect of the ears on the appearance of the face can be easy to overlook, but they can often play a significant role in balancing the facial features. Cosmetic otoplasty, or ear surgery, can make seemingly minor changes to the size or projection of the ears, which can, in turn, draw attention to or de-emphasize other features, subtly improving facial aesthetics without the need for more extensive facial plastic surgery or prolonged recovery times.
Drawing Focus to the Eyes
The eyes are the primary focal points of the face, the one place that is the center of all personal interaction, so when under eye bags and sagging skin make them look small and tired the entire face looks less attractive. A blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, uses tiny, virtually invisible incisions to remove fat deposits and excess sagging skin from the upper and/or lower eyelids, giving the eyes a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance without dramatically changing your overall appearance.
Every face ages differently and not every procedure will be an appropriate fit for every patient. A thorough consultation with one of our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons is the best way to determine exactly what approach is the best solution for your particular areas of concern. If you are interested in learning more about the other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that we perform, please contact Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. at one of our Atlanta, Alpharetta, Cumming, or Newnan offices. We have a variety of financing options, like Alphaeon® and CareCredit®, that can assist you in achieving your personal aesthetic goals.