Much of life hinders on first impressions, so it’s no surprise that most people want to put their best face forward — literally. Technological advances have made it possible for the average individual to choose which facial features they want to enhance or diminish, and doing so is more accessible and affordable than ever. The number of available cosmetic procedures ensures there is an option for everyone, no matter the age, issue, or surgical comfort level.
Eyelid surgery, known in the medical world as blepharoplasty, helps patients regain greater visibility, as drooping eyelids can make it difficult to see. Lifting the lid also opens the eye, restoring the youthful character of wide, prominent eyes.
Blepharoplasty can also be performed on the lower eyelid. Under-eye wrinkles and sagging often referred to as eye bags, are considered to be hereditary, meaning even young or beauty-conscious individuals can develop them. Although eye creams may reduce the appearance of bags, surgery remains the only proven treatment.
You probably know rhinoplasty by its more common name: the nose job. Patients seek rhinoplasty to achieve a straight, narrow nose that is proportional to the rest of the face. Often, rhinoplasty serves a medical purpose. Nasal deformities such as deviated septums require surgery, and noses that are bent or crooked because of injury often require straightening to ensure proper airflow.
- Facial Implants
If you’re looking to sharpen your facial features, implants can serve as a permanent solution to weak or disproportionate areas of the face. Popular implant locations include the cheek, chin, and jaw. Some issues are inherent, such as a slack jaw or shallow cheekbones, but others are the result of gravity and fat loss. Regardless of the cause, facial implants provide structure to faces that lack it.
- Cheek Augmentation
Cheeks that have deflated over time, losing their youthful appearance, can be redefined through facial implants. A popular alternative, however, is cheek augmentation. Doctors perform cheek augmentation by taking fat from one part of the body and transferring it to the cheeks. This ensures a more natural look and the overall procedure.
Fillers are another popular way to alter cheek construction. Fillers are less invasive than other cheek augmentation procedures but require frequent upkeep since the effects are not permanent. They are popular amongst patients who wish to dip their toes into the world of cosmetic procedures but aren’t quite ready for surgical intervention.
- Thread Lift
Another option for those looking to avoid invasive surgery is the thread lift. The so-called “lunchtime lift” is much faster and simpler than a traditional facelift, as it relies on just a few dissolving stitches to hold up and tighten facial skin.
The thread lift is a great alternative for younger patients who do not yet need a drastic lift in order to restore youthfulness. It smooths out fine lines and wrinkles and provides a moderate amount of lift to the cheeks and chin, eliminating some of the most common early signs of aging.
For those who need help beyond a quick fix, the facelift, or rhytidectomy, can make patients look years or even decades younger. Some facelifts include other cosmetic surgeries, such as blepharoplasty or rhinoplasty, or else shortly follow one of these procedures to produce more dramatic results and create a more polished look.
- Forehead/Brow Lift
The forehead or brow lift is another alternative to thread lifts or traditional facelifts. If the majority of your aging appears on your forehead or in the creases between your eyes, a forehead lift may be the more suitable option. In addition to smoothing out wrinkles, lifting prominent brows contributes to a better field of vision and can reduce the often cross appearance of drooping brows.
Mentoplasty, better known as chin surgery, is similar to cheek augmentation in that it is popular amongst those who are wary of facial implants or need a more permanent solution. The surgery involves reshaping the chin to make it more prominent for patients with weak or receding chins or more subtle for those with sharp edges.
Another similarity between mentoplasty and other cosmetic surgeries is that many patients have it done while undergoing another facial procedure. A properly-shaped chin can enhance the effects of rhinoplasty or blepharoplasty by balancing out all features to ensure they are as proportionate and symmetrical as possible.
When you list the most important facial features, you may not think to include the ears; however, ear surgery, or otoplasty, can drastically alter the overall appearance of your face and head. Otoplasty involves the shaping, lifting, or lowering of the ears, as well as the reconstruction of ears that have sustained injury. Patients also turn to ear surgery if their appendages stick out or forward, making them appear larger.
Otoplasty may be part of medical surgery, too. Like nasal deformities, misshapen, or disfigured ears can alter a patient’s ability to hear properly. Reconstruction is often necessary to ensure adequate hearing and prevent the necessity of implants.
Cosmetic procedures are more affordable and accessible than ever, and technological advances ensure that it isn’t just a trend. If you think cosmetic surgery may be right for you, do some research and speak to your doctor about the safest and most effective routes for your specific needs. Cosmetic procedures inspire confidence, ensuring your ability to focus on pursuing your dreams without poor self-esteem weighing you down.