Cosmetic Procedures for the Face

Have you considered a cosmetic procedure on the face? Did you know that there is a procedure for just about anything these days? Take a look at some of the most popular cosmetic procedures of the face and discover whether you are a good candidate or not.

Blepharoplasty – Surgery of the Eyelids

Blepharoplasty is a surgery of the eyelids that helps reduce drooping and sagging eyelids. In some cases, the drooping or sagging can cause visual impairment, in which case the surgery can help remove the extra skin and provide a way for the eye to open fully again. For others, it may just be a cosmetic surgery for visual appearance; blepharoplasty can help the eyes appear younger and more alert.

Who is a good candidate for blepharoplasty?

  • People with baggy or droopy upper eyelids.
  • Those with excess skin on the upper eyelids that may even interfere with peripheral vision.
  • Patients with extra skin on the lower eyelids.
  • People with bags under the eyes caused by an excess of flesh.

Forehead & Brow Lift

This procedure provides a more youthful look to the forehead, brows, and eyelids. Brow Lifts are typically performed using an incision along the hairline where excess skin and tissue can be removed.

Who is a good candidate for a forehead or brow lift?

  • Those that have a low eyebrow position and would prefer them to be higher.
  • Patients with uneven eyebrows.
  • Those with droopy eyelids.
  • People with excessive forehead wrinkles.

Mentoplasty – Surgery of the Chin

This is a surgery of the chin to help define the chin better; it is typically performed with a single incision and the insertion of an implant. The size and shape of the implant are chosen prior to the procedure by the plastic surgeon and the patient according to the patient’s surgical goals.

Who is a good candidate for mentoplasty?

  • Those that have abnormalities in the bone of the jaw that cause malformations in the chin.
  • Patients with a chin that is out of proportion to other features on the face.
  • Those going through gender reassignment surgery, as the size and shape of the chin and jaw are different in men and women.
  • Trauma or cancer patients that need reconstruction on the face.

Rhinoplasty – Surgery of the Nose

Rhinoplasty is a delicate surgical procedure that makes small refinements to the nose that cause dramatic results. These refinements can be performed on any part of the nose to increase or reduce its size, to modify the size and shape of the nostrils, tip or bridge of the nose, or to alter the slope or angle of the nose.

Who is a good candidate for rhinoplasty?

  • A patient with a birth defect or injury.
  • Those with a deviated septum that can’t breathe as well.
  • Patients that are looking to reduce, augment, or reshape the nose for better facial harmony.

Otoplasty – Surgery of the Ears

Otoplasty is a surgery performed to reduce the size of the ears, or to pin the ears back for those that have excessively protruding ears. It is frequently done on younger patients to help them avoid the teasing that can come with ears that protrude from the sides of the head, but can be performed on adults as well.

Who is a good candidate for otoplasty?

  • Patients hoping to have a more symmetrical look to their ears.
  • Children or adults with ears that protrude from their head.
  • Patients with large ears that would like a reduction in size.

Rhytidectomy – Surgery of the Face

Rhytidectomy, also known as a face lift, includes a removal of excess skin on the face, and a tightening of existing skin to give the face a more youthful appearance. For younger patients or those with less noticeable drooping or sagging, a “mini face lift” can also be performed to help regain a youthful appearance.

Who is a good candidate for rhytidectomy?

  • A patient with drooping and sagging of the skin around the nose, cheeks, and mouth.
  • People with deep “laugh lines”.
  • One with the appearance of a double chin even though they are healthy and of a healthy weight.


Botox is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. It is injected into the face using a small needle and helps temporarily fade wrinkles of the forehead, in between the eyes, and crow’s feet. These injections can help patients appear more youthful and well-rested.

Who is a good candidate for Botox?

  • Most people between the ages of 18 and 65 are good candidates.
  • However, if you have or are any of the following, Botox is not right for you:
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Skin condition or infection in the area to be treated.
  • Are allergic to Botox, Dysport, or any other botulinum toxin brand.
  • Have already had facial surgery.
  • Have difficulty swallowing.
  • Have weak muscles in the forehead and face.


Latisse is another non-invasive cosmetic procedure done to the face. Latisse is actually a form of glaucoma drug that helps eyelashes grow in thicker, darker, and longer. It is applied at home each night using a sterile applicator to dab the liquid onto the upper lash line.

Who is a good candidate for Latisse?

  • Most people are safe to use Latisse as a lash lengthener.
  • However, if you have or are any of the following, Latisse is not right for you:
    • Eye problems.
    • At risk for macular edema.
    • Have severe allergies or skin infections.
    • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • Using IOP-lowering medications

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