Over the course of the last twenty-five years as a practicing facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon in Atlanta, I have met hundreds of people interested in facial plastic surgery procedures. It seems that almost everyone has a specific feature or minor detail that they would like to see altered in some way. Some patients may come to me interested in having their noses reduced in size, while others are seeking a more prominent jawline. There are countless minor alterations that can be made to the face, each subtly sculpting it into a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance. However, many do not realize that far more natural-looking results can often be achieved by combining facial procedures for a more harmonious look.
While plastic surgeons typically look at specific features or regions of the face as separate and discrete, I have found that it is also extremely beneficial to evaluate the face as a whole, paying particular attention to how the individual portions work together and complement one another. It has always been my philosophy that the best way to approach the treatment of facial aging is for patients begin addressing the issues early, using minimally-invasive, targeted treatments, like chemical peels and injectable facial fillers, to make subtle changes gradually. Not only does this help to avoid an unnatural “over-worked” appearance, but it can also keep the patient looking younger, longer, delaying the point at which more comprehensive procedures may be necessary later in life.
The same ideas can also apply to facial contouring procedures. Oftentimes smaller, more subtle changes, when skillfully made, can achieve far more natural looking and aesthetically pleasing results with shorter surgical downtimes. For example, a patient may believe their nose is uncomfortably large and want its size significantly reduced with rhinoplasty. However, a drastic change in the size and shape of the nose may cause it to look unnatural and potentially even restrict airflow. By pairing a less dramatic nose surgery with genioplasty, or chin augmentation surgery, it is often possible to deemphasize the nose by balancing the other facial features. Similarly, a heavy, sagging brow line may cause the eyes to appear small and shadowed, but a full face lift or brow lift may prove overly invasive for some patients. A simple blepharoplasty, focusing on the upper and/or lower eyelids, can reduce puffiness and sagging and make the eyes appear wider and less tired. In both cases, the result is an improvement that is clearly noticeable, but subtle, so that others are left unsure that any work was done at all.
If you are interested in learning more about a facial plastic surgery procedure I perform, please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, today. Additionally, Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. provides a variety of options for financing, including Care Credit®, in order to assist you. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.