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.

A facial plastic surgeon is typically board certified in otolaryngology, the specialty addressing surgery of the head and neck. These surgeons perform the majority of elective facial plastic surgery procedures in the United States. The facial plastic surgeon has spent five to six years in postgraduate surgical training.

Why Facial Plastic Surgery?

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.

Men and Facial Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery has historically been a decision made by women. However, today more and more men are having cosmetic surgery. It could reflect on the increased awareness of cosmetic surgery and a growth in decision-making by men in healthcare issues. Another motivating factor is the intense competition in the business world today.

The top five cosmetic procedures performed on men today are Hair Transplant, Liposuction, Chemical Peel, Rhinoplasty (nose), and Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). A majority of the patients are between the ages of 35 and 50. Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) is one of the growing cosmetic procedures among men. This surgical procedure is done to remove bagginess and tighten lose skin of the eyelids. The method of this procedure is to remove the excess tissues, mostly fat, and sometimes, skin. The incisions are placed in the natural crease lines of the upper and lower eyelids. Sometimes patients are candidates for transconjunctival blepharoplasty (lower lid bagginess). This incision is placed on the inside surface of the lid. This avoids any visible scars. Majority of the time this is an outpatient procedure and no overnight stay is required. The recovery takes one to two weeks.

When considering cosmetic surgery, you should seek a board certified surgeon that is highly qualified in cosmetic surgery. Successful cosmetic surgery is a result of good rapport between patient and surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, develops during the consulting stages before surgery is performed. Dr. Simo can answer specific questions about your specific needs.