Facing the Facts About Facial Plastic Surgery

  • Monday July 3, 2006 | Posted in: Plastic Surgery Procedures

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    Expel any false impressions. Face the facts about your ‘face-changing’ decision -- and you will get no false hopes, and certainly no false results.   

    Understanding facial plastic surgery starts by knowing that --

    not all the information you need on facial plastic surgery are found on the Internet. Various Web sites are stuffed with lots of information which makes for good reference.  But a wise idea is to make a list of questions, then seek the advice of a facial plastic surgeon.  A qualified and competent doctor can educate on the particular procedures. 

    not all surgeons possess the experience and education to perform surgery of the face, head and neck.  Before scheduling an appointment, it is always good common sense to check the surgeon’s credentials, to include:

        • Specialization training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery determines a surgeon’s achievement in cosmetic surgical training, continuing education and clinical experience.

        • Hospitals that he or she has operating privileges. Check the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery for references.

        • Medical societies where he or she is active such as a     membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is an indication that he or she has gone through an additional peer review process that examines ethics and integrity.

        • Board certification; a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a diploma from the American Board of Plastic Surgery -- no other diploma will suffice.

    facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is affordable.  Many insurance policies cover procedures that are deemed medically necessary such as upper eyelid blepharoplasty (upper eyelid lift) or nasal obstruction surgery. Cosmetic surgeries are usually not covered by insurance.  However, with the advances in surgical and anesthesia techniques, many procedures are less expensive than they were in previous years.

    Some clinics offer a patient financing program. Also, there are insurance companies that offer financing options if certain criteria are met.  A facial plastic surgery procedure may also come at reduced rate when it is performed in office or outpatient surgery centers rather than in hospitals. 

    Check out the following topic guides on insurance policies:

        • Insurance Coverage : A Patient’s Guide
        • Plastic Surgery Costs and What Insurance May Cover
        • Financial Policies
        • Will your insurance company pay for cosmetic surgery?

    not all facial plastic surgery procedures are invasive – meaning not all procedures penetrate the body or puncture the skin.  Minimally invasive techniques are options for patients who want quick operation and prompt recovery.

    Minimally-invasive procedures include:

        • Chemical peel.  The procedure uses a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.   
        • Dermabrasion. It is a cosmetic medical procedure in which the surface of the skin is removed by abrasion (sanding). It is used to remove sun-damaged skin and to remove or lessen scars and dark spots on the skin.

        • Injectable fillers. When injected beneath the skin, fillers plump up creased and sunken areas of the face.  Soft-tissue fillers can help fill in lines and creases, temporarily restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks.

        • BOTOX® Injections.  It is a popular non-surgical injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck.

    not all procedures are performed under general anesthetic.  Non-invasive procedures may require minimal or no anesthetic at all.  Depending on the extent of the surgery some procedures require a local anesthetic with light sedation.  

    The following topics shed light on the use of anesthesia in facial plastic surgery procedures.
        • Anesthesia for Plastic Surgery.  Anesthesia helps minimize pain and discomfort.

        • Anesthesia and cosmetic surgery.  The type of anesthesia depends on the procedure. Most cosmetic surgery is done in an outpatient setting.
        • All About Anesthesia, to include Anesthesia glossary.

    you can actually combine facial plastic surgery procedures. Facial plastic surgeons will explain what procedure or combination of procedures will give the optimal results a patient deserves.  The combination of procedures may vary from one person to another.

    Get to know about these combinations of procedures:

        • Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and Chin Implant
        • Facelift and Blepharoplasty (eye surgery)

    and, not all procedures are performed in a hospital setting.  Procedures can be performed in the doctor’s office, an out-patient facility, or in a hospital setting.  A particular facial plastic surgery procedure may require a certain suitable setting usually depending on the your need.

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