We live in an age where face to face contact, even with a person on the other side of the world, can be achieved with nothing more than a few simple keystrokes. From business meetings conducted via web cam to “selfies” posted on social media platforms, the face has far outstripped written and verbal communication as the way that people overwhelmingly interact. However, the close, low angle of most video conferencing devices often draw an inordinate amount of attention to the lower portion of the face. Fortunately there are a number of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures specifically designed to address the lower areas of the face and help keep that key area looking its best.One specialized procedure ideal for addressing these concerns is a mini-face lift focused on the lower third of the face, also called a lower face lift. Specifically designed to eliminate sagging jowls and neck banding, lower face lifts work by adjusting the underlying muscles and trimming excess skin and fat from the face using only minimal incisions behind the ears. Because the procedure focuses only on one specific area of the face, it is less extensive than a full face lift and requires a significantly shorter recovery period. Additionally, liposuction can also frequently be used in conjunction with a lower face lift procedure to remove excess fat, eliminating the proverbial “double chin” and giving the lower third of the face a lifted and more youthful contour.
Patients seeking a more dramatic change in the lower face, particularly those with disproportionately large or small chins, sometimes opt for a more extensive facial plastic surgery procedure called a genioplasty, or chin surgery. In most cases, I can achieve the safest and most effective outcomes with a sliding genioplasty procedure, where the bone of the chin can be moved forward or backward as needed and then secured in the desired position. Because bone from the patient’s own body is used, rather than an artificial implant, there is a significantly reduced risk of allergic reaction, surgical rejection, or post-operative infection. Even minor changes in the chin can significantly change the appearance of the face as a whole, particularly when paired with another facial contouring procedure, like a rhinoplasty or brow lift. Combining these procedures can effectively balance the facial features for a more aesthetically unified result.
Finally, more serious issues may require reconstructive maxillofacial surgery to remedy the physical symptoms of various congenital defects, injuries, and diseases that affect the face, head, neck, or jaws. As the Medical Director of Children’s Center for Craniofacial Disorders, I have had the opportunity to help children suffering from congenital birth defects like cleft lips, cleft palates, and craniosynostosis using advanced reconstructive plastic surgery techniques. I have even been able to develop an endoscopic treatment for muscular torticollis that corrects the issue with minimal scarring and a significantly lower risk of complications.
The wide variety of procedures specifically designed to address concerns of the lower face makes it possible to find an approach custom suited to each patient’s specific plastic surgery needs, and I would welcome you to contact my office in order to schedule a consultation so that we can determine what course of treatment is right for you. Don’t forget to connect with me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.