The nose is one of the most noticeable facial features and surgery to cosmetically alter its shape is one of the most popular procedures.
Rhytidectomy, also known as a facelift, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available; there are over 100,000 facelift patients each year. A facelift consists of surgically tightening facial skin and muscle while removing excess fat to remove wrinkles, deep creases, and sagging on the face and neck.
A cheek lift results in a more rested appearance and more youthful contour to the face. The procedure involves blending of the eyelid and cheek skin junction and decreasing the depth of the nasolabial folds (skin around nose and mouth). In many cheek lift procedures, facial injections such as fat or fillers are injected around the eyes and cheeks to bring patients a more youthful look.
A variety of facelift procedures are available. They range from simple to complex. The more extensive the sun damage and signs of aging, the more complex the procedure needs to be to provide the desired result. It is often better to “intercept” aging changes early and perform less invasive procedures for correction. The Easy Lift is a less invasive facelift available for individuals with moderate aging changes.
FACIAL IMPLANT OR AUGMENTATION
Throughout history many civilizations have considered strong facial features, such as high cheekbones and a projecting chin, as a sign of beauty. Individuals born without these facial features can lack the definition and facial harmony that a high cheekbone and strong chin can provide. Now, with the use of facial implants, a receding chin or a flat facial contour can be permanently corrected.
Dr. Mirrafati gives his patients an option to undergo facial implant or augmentation. If they would like to take a more conservative approach to treatment, he provides other alternatives such as fillers. The most common areas that Dr. Mirrafati performs these augmentations are in the chin and cheeks.
FOREHEAD LIFT / EYEBROW LIFT
The forehead is often the area that shows the first signs of aging as the skin begins to lose elasticity. The effects of this are seen as folds, wrinkles, and drooping eyebrows, making one appear angry, sad, or tired. Forehead or Brow Lift surgery is a procedure designed to tighten the tissues that cause these angry, sad, or tired expressions on the face.
As a person ages, the skin surrounding the eyes tends to lose elasticity and the area under the eyes accumulates excess fat. This can cause the face to appear bloated, giving it an older appearance. In many cases, eyelids become drooped, affecting the overall appearance of one’s face. In severe cases, sagging skin can hinder normal eyesight. Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can restore a youthful appearance to the eye area.
BUCCAL FAT PAD REMOVAL
Buccal fat extraction (pronounced buckle) is the procedure to remove the fat pads that augment the lower part of the cheeks. This produces a beautiful, subtle thinning of the cheeks without producing a drastic change in appearance. After the removal of the buccal fat pads, patients are able to achieve a more defined facial contour. This procedure is minimally invasive and requires no anesthesia. This procedure can be performed quickly, and leaves no scars because surgery is done through the mouth.
CHIN AND CHEEK AUGMENTATION
Throughout history many civilizations have considered strong facial features, such as high cheekbones and a projecting chin, a sign of beauty. Individuals born without these facial features can lack the definition and facial harmony that a high cheekbone and strong chin can provide. Now, with the use of facial implants a receding chin or a flat facial contour can be permanently corrected.
Otoplasty is a common procedure designed to “pin back” and reshape protruding or large ears. The surgery can be performed on anyone above the age of five, the time at which ear growth is almost complete. The procedure is minimally invasive, minimally painful and commonly performed in a one to two hour period. Ear surgery can drastically improve one’s overall appearance. In addition, it can help build self-confidence.
FAT TRANSFER TO THE FACE
Whether it’s the Paris lip or the pouty lip, women and men like full lips. Unfortunately, as we get older, lips lose their luster and become flattened with natural aging, sun damage, and the effects of gravity. As we age, we also begin to lose the natural collagen in our skin which causes the skin to loosen and become more wrinkled. The underlying tissue that keeps our skin looking youthful begins to breakdown, causing the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Fat transplantation, or other tissue fillers can correct and prevent many of these problems.
Aimed to tighten the neck and jaw area, Dr. Mirrafati performs jaw lifts on patients that are qualified candidates. With this procedure, tissue relaxation (jowl) is effectively corrected. Following the procedure, the jaw will have a more defined, contoured appearance.
LASER SKIN RESURFACING
From the beginning of time, people suffering from the disfigurement of facial scarring have searched for ways to improve these imperfections. Thanks to refinements in a variety of cosmetic surgical techniques, there are several safe, effective procedures available today to improve facial appearance, including laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing is one of the most effective ways to help get rid of scars, pigmentation, and fine lines. The downtime for resurfacing is typically seven days. Following treatment, sun exposure should be avoided until Dr. Mirrafati gives patients the “okay.” Laser resurfacing can make patients look years younger.
This procedure focuses on restoring volume to the face as well as removing excess sagging skin and fat from the face and neck. This facelift technique involves a short, hidden scar and produces very natural results with a youthful fullness to the face and a sharp jawline.
NECK LIFT / MESH PLATYSMAPLASTY
A Neck Lift, or platysmaplasty and even submental platysmaplasty, is a surgery designed to reduce the loose look of sagging skin in the neck area and under the jaw line. Some patients who complain of having a fleshy neck, “jowls”, plastysma or neck “banding”, or a “turkey waddle” can benefit from this procedure.