Summary: If you’re just starting your plastic surgery research, you might be thinking about how you know which facial plastic surgery procedure is right for you. The quick answer is this: it takes a bit of research and a bit of focus to find out what’s going to be the best way to proceed. Luckily, there are plenty of options, which means you just might be able to find the right one for you.
Options for Finding the Facial Surgery Procedures Right for You
There are so many options when it comes to plastic surgery of the face. You’re probably wondering, how do I know which facial surgery procedure is right for me? After all, most patients do a significant amount of research before even thinking about scheduling a consultation with a surgeon.
That means you might be doing a bit of independent study in order to get up to speed or determine which procedure might be the right fit for you. And while this article is certainly not meant to displace the advice you would get from a surgeon or a medical professional, it is designed to get you headed in the right direction (and, of course, for your entertainment).
So let’s start getting into the weeds and discussing some of the facial surgery options that are available to patients today.
Brow Lift vs. Facelift
For patients who have significant wrinkles throughout the face, there are a couple of facial rejuvenation procedures that are appropriate to address concerns. In most cases, patients are tasked with choosing between a brow lift and a facelift.
In many cases, “facelift” is used as a catchall term for any type of facial rejuvenation. And while that’s sort of true, it’s more accurate to describe two separate approaches. One is a brow lift, and that addresses lines, wrinkles, and excess skin above the eyebrows.
And the other is a lower facelift, which addressed those same issues—lines, wrinkles, and excess skin—around the cheeks and jawline. To be sure, I’m over-simplifying. There’s a lot that facelift and brow lift procedures are capable of accomplishing (both on and beneath the surface). But the place to start your own thinking is in the mirror: wrinkles in the brow mean a brow lift, wrinkles in the lower face mean a facelift.
Treating Wrinkles Around the Eyes
Sometimes, however, wrinkles can be pretty specific. We usually associate wrinkles around the forehead and face as general signs of aging (even though there are specific processes that contribute to them). We tend to look at certain groupings of wrinkles as issues on their own (in addition to being signs of aging).
For example, wrinkles around the eyes often get a lot of attention from patients. And deservedly so. Lines and wrinkles that cluster around the eyes can cause several prominent problems:
- Excess skin and wrinkles around the eyes can actually cause loss of vision—drooping skin can actually limit your field of sight just by getting in the way
- Lines and wrinkles, depending on their position, can make you look fatigued when you actually aren’t, creating dark circles under your eyes
- These same lines and wrinkles can also interfere with your overall ability to emote—you can be stuck looking sad or angry because of the droop of your eyelids
Wrinkles around the eye are usually addressed with a procedure called blepharoplasty. Now, there are many different flavors of eyelid lift, so you’ll want to discuss which one suits you with your cosmetic or plastic surgeon.
Making Cosmetic Changes
Sometimes patients aren’t necessarily looking to rejuvenate the face—they’re simply looking to make cosmetic changes. This is the category of procedures under which you’ll find the likes of “rhinoplasty” and “lip augmentation.” To be sure, these are important facial plastic surgery procedures. They can make significant changes to the face, and to the way patients see their own faces.
However, it’s important to note that a nose job likely won’t make you look more youthful. Not in the same way that a facelift will. But patients who undergo a procedure such as often report experiencing a significant rise in confidence and self-esteem after the procedure. And why not? They finally have the nose they’ve always wanted.
Sometimes, the cosmetic and rejuvenating can overlap. For example, wrinkled lips can be seen as a sign of aging. Such wrinkles are usually treated with dermal filler injections—which can increase the size of the lips (something usually seen as a cosmetic change).
What Part of Your Face Do You Want to Change?
Plastic surgery candidates who are just starting their research usually have a procedure in mind. But it also doesn’t hurt to start your search based on the area of your face you want treated or rejuvenated. In other words, if the wrinkles are on your forehead, start by searching how to eliminate those wrinkles. Often, finding which facial surgery procedure is right for you involves focusing on what you want fixed or changed.