While many people dislike one specific aspect of their facial appearance, others have trouble pinpointing one feature causing their dissatisfaction, or simply feel that the balance of the face as a whole negatively impacts their appearance. There are many different factors that go into facial aesthetics, and it can be a delicate balance to achieve that symmetry and attractiveness that is so desired. While there’s only so much that can be changed about the face, advances in plastic surgery have made it possible to improve many different shapes and contours affecting facial aesthetics. If you’re interested in improving your appearance with plastic surgery, here are some techniques and procedures that can help improve facial contours, features, shapes, and overall aesthetics.
Often a key part of facial rebalancing, the nose is an extremely prominent facial feature. As such, its appearance greatly affects facial balance and aesthetics. Crookedness, prominence, and aesthetic defects can take center stage easily, and rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery) can be helpful in improving these to help the nose harmonize with the rest of the facial features. When the nose is more balanced and less distracting, the beauty of the face overall is easier to see. Rhinoplasty is a difficult procedure to perform well, as it involves high levels of customization to create a nose that “works” with the patient’s other features.
Often performed in tandem with rhinoplasty, chin refinement can be a huge help in creating facial balance. A weak or receding chin can make the nose appear too large and can also compromise the jawline for poor contour. A chin implant can help with these problems by making the chin more prominent and balanced with the rest of the face.
High cheekbones are coveted assets, but many people are not lucky enough to be naturally blessed with superior cheek contours. Cheek augmentation can be used to emphasize the cheekbones and add volume, which improves the overall contour of the cheek area and contributes to good facial balance. Small implants are inserted surgically for permanent improvement.
While not applicable to many people looking to improve facial contour and aesthetics, for others, ear reshaping (otoplasty) is key to getting the look they want. Otoplasty can help resolve protruding ears, a problem that can change how the face looks and how people perceive the person’s appearance.
Performed using dermal fillers or implants, lip augmentation can increase the volume and width of the lips, as well as improving their overall contour. Fillers are a temporary solution, and can give patients an opportunity to see how lip augmentation suits them before turning to surgery. Implants are permanent and are inserted during a surgical procedure that does require downtime.
How Many Procedures?
The number of procedures you will need is totally up to you and your doctor to decide. More procedures can mean more control over contour and overall appearance, but there are caveats to this as well. Changing the facial aesthetics will not “cure” self-esteem problems or body dysmorphic disorder (obsession with a real or perceived flaw in appearance), and it is important to understand that sometimes less is more. Remember, you can always start out with one or two procedures and see the results before you decide further. An expert surgeon will know what is safe and advisable in your case.
Make Your Decisions Carefully
If you are considering facial surgery, especially for multiple areas of the face, the decision should not be made lightly. Changes to the face involves recovery time, a small risk for complications, and can have major emotional consequences that may be unexpected. You need to be ready to deal with these possibilities should they arise. Here are some tips for preparing yourself for surgery:
- Make sure you are getting your surgery for yourself, and not due to pressure from others.
- Keep your expectations realistic. Your results will not match the image you had in your head exactly.
- Understand you will have some complicated emotions following surgery, and come up with a plan for coping with them.
- Ask specific questions before you move forward.
- Do lots of research.
- Choose a qualified surgeon and follow his or her instructions as closely as possible.
If you would like to change the overall contour and appearance of your face, your consultations with prospective surgeons will be crucial for getting facial assessments and expert advice about your procedure. Only a board certified plastic surgeon can help you determine which procedures are likely to help you get the look you want.
If you’re looking for a qualified surgeon in the Toronto area, come to Revesse and meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey is a double board certified surgeon who prides himself on offering each patient a customized surgical plan to suit their needs. If you would like to speak with Dr. Mounsey about your goals and candidacy for surgery, call Revesse at 416-438-2499 to schedule your consultation today.