Jaw Surgery (Orthognatic Surgery)
Orthognathic surgery involves correcting jaws that do not meet correctly, or teeth that do not align properly. In most cases, teeth are straightened, or properly aligned, with orthodontics before corrective jaw surgery can be performed to reposition misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly. Orthognathic surgery allows for the repositioning of teeth and facial bones to create a jaw that works and functions properly, and has a more balanced appearance. State-of-the-art technology, including X-ray and computer imaging, allows the patient to see projected results before surgery is performed.
Although many people do not notice it, a weak chin can significantly affect facial appearance, causing the nose to look larger or the neck to look loose. Chin augmentation is often performed to provide a more balanced facial appearance and create a chin that is stronger, wider or longer, depending on each patient's individual goals. Also known as mentoplasty, chin augmentation is often performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty or other facial procedures in order to achieve optimal results.
During the procedure, an implant made of silicone or another soft, flexible material is inserted into the chin through a small incision underneath. The implant may be placed into a pocket or secured to the bone with screws for long-lasting results. This procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to perform, with patients usually able to return to work and other regular activities the next day. Chin augmentation is considered a safe procedure with few risks, which can be further reduced by choosing an experienced surgeon to perform your procedure.
Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes the patient's facial topography. It is commonly combined with similar cosmetic operations such as a facelift or chin augmentation because the implants can be inserted through the incisions for those surgeries. This can be an elective surgery or a response to a deformity or accident which has disfigured the face.
Typically, incisions are made inside the upper mouth area at the gum line. Then implants, made of hardened silicone or polyethylene, are inserted and slid into the correct position. These are normally fashioned to fit right on top of the current bone so the surgeon does not need to attach the implants via sutures or staples. Alternatively, the incision can be made underneath the eye, which happens to have a reduced chance of infection. Most patients opt for the intraoral approach, however, because it leaves no visible scar.
Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation
Over time, our skin changes as a result of aging, sun damage and several other factors, causing wrinkles, pigmentation and scarring to develop on our faces. Many patients unhappy with these changes seek cosmetic treatments to restore their appearance and maintain a beautiful, youthful and fresh face. These nonsurgical treatments safely and effectively enhance the appearance of the skin while still allowing patients to look like themselves. There are several different treatments available to help reverse or improve facial changes and allow patients to restore a refreshed, younger-looking appearance that reflects the way they feel about themselves. Many patients choose to combine one or more rejuvenation options, or to combine their treatment with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift or brow lift to maximize results.
Fillers such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, Restylane® and Juvéderm® Injectable Gel treat wrinkles and folds within targeted areas of the skin, while also restoring lost volume through simple, safe and effective injection treatments. Many patients choose fillers to improve the appearance of wrinkles within the nasolabial folds, crow's feet and furrows in the brow. These injections usually last for at least four months, depending on the type of filler and the individual patient, and can be repeated to maintain results.
Microdermabrasion uses a gentle stream of tiny particles to exfoliate the outer layer of skin and produce a fresh, glowing, younger appearance with improved texture, tone and complexion. Only a small amount of skin is removed during this procedure, so all areas of the face can be effectively treated, without any risk of tissue damage. Multiple treatment sessions may be needed in order for patients to achieve the appearance they desire.
Chemical peels removed damaged outer layers of skin on the face to smooth texture, reduce scarring and remove blemishes and pre-cancerous growths, producing healthy, glowing skin. There are three different types of chemical peels: alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. They range in strength from mild to strong and are each designed to provide different results, depending on a patient's skin condition.
Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Laser skin rejuvenation may involve the use of intense pulsed light (IPL), photodynamic therapy (PDT) or ablative laser resurfacing to reduce the signs of aging and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Laser treatments stimulate collagen production for improved aesthetic results. Patients often need several sessions to achieve their desired results, but this treatment can completely remove age spots and other unwanted spots on the skin. It is safer and less invasive than traditional resurfacing procedures.