Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape certain structures of the face and body to improve the patient’s appearance and self-image. It is elective surgery that is not covered by health insurance, and includes a wide variety of operations. Some major procedures are performed in an operating room under anesthesia while many smaller procedures can be done in the office while the patient is awake.
We believe that patient education is very important in the consideration of any elective cosmetic procedure, including the credentials and experience of the surgeon as well as an understanding of the benefits and risks of the desired procedure(s). That’s why when you come into Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery our experienced team is happy to walk you through the entire process and answer any of your questions. We want you to be completely informed about your procedure before you move forward.
We offer a variety of cosmetic surgeries to our patients including:
A facelift, also known as a Rhytidectomy, revitalizes your appearance by removing baggy skin and tightening the muscles of your face and neck. Skin can begin to wrinkle and sag as a result of age, sun exposure, and genetics. Children and young adults have smooth, round faces due to evenly distributed fatty tissues in facial contours. Over time, the skin sags and folds around the chin, jawline and neck.
Facelift surgery diminishes wrinkles and eliminates sagging caused by age, sun exposure, and simple genetics. With a facelift, many patients feel like they look 5 to 10 years younger. To begin, we’ll discuss how your face can look and what you can expect from surgery. Our objective is to create a natural appearance that helps you appear rested and rejuvenated without being overdone.
Browplasty (Forehead & Browlift)
Many men and women suffer from deep wrinkles and grooves across the forehead. These lines and creases are typically caused by aging and sun exposure. Heavy drooping of the eyebrows can give you a tired and sometimes angry look. Brow and forehead lifts can raise eyebrows to reduce ridges and furrows on the forehead, creating a smoother, more youthful appearance. Our objective is to create a natural appearance, which is pleasing to you.
Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery or Nose Reshaping)
As the largest protrusion on the face, the nose can be a focus of attention. If the nose is particularly crooked, too large, or too small, it may be a source of embarrassment and reduced self-esteem. With a rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or a nose job, these issues can be corrected. Appearance of the nose can be improved for individuals who are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their nose.
Reasons for a rhinoplasty include reducing the size of the nose, removal of bumps as well as improving the angle of a nose. Existing conditions may be natural or they may be due to external trauma to the face. Removing, rearranging, or reshaping bone or cartilage can correct deformities of the nose.
Before surgery, a careful examination of the nose will be conducted and the doctor will discuss with you the way your nose can look in relation to your other facial features. Digital photographs and computer imaging are utilized to evaluate the appropriate procedure necessary to achieve the desired results. The determining factor for the final result of the procedure will be dependent upon the patient’s skin. The thinner the skin of the patient, the more dramatic results that are obtained. For those patients with thicker skin, the underlying changes to the cartilage and bone will be less dramatic.
There are typically two types of ear surgery: earlobe repair and otoplasty (pinning back of the ears). We are able to perform both of these procedures in our office.
Heavy earrings, excess pulling on the earring and direct trauma to the earlobe can cause a partial split or a complete tear in the ear lobule. Torn earlobes occur with more regularity than realized. However, a split or torn earlobe can be brought back together and repaired. Elongated or stretched earlobes from wearing heavy earrings or gauges can be normalized in appearance. In most cases, the ear can be re-pierced about 10 to 12 weeks after repair.
Otoplasty is commonly referred to as “pinning back” of the ears. This procedure is available for children once their ears have stopped developing, which occurs around the age of six. Over-developed ears can be a source of psychological stress and trauma and treatment should be considered at a young age before it becomes a serious issue later in adolescence. It is never too late to correct protruding ears, as surgery is routinely performed on adult patients as well. Young or old, ear shaping surgery can make a significant difference in an individual’s self-esteem.
For questions about our cosmetic surgery procedures or to schedule an appointment, call 260-484-9990 or 800-869-7302 today!