When some people think of facial cosmetic surgery, they assume the result will be an unnatural, stretched-too-tight appearance. But when carried out by an experienced doctor, cosmetic procedures can be extremely subtle, giving a refreshed and youthful look without it being obvious that a procedure has been performed at all. Here are three types of much-misunderstood procedures that can contribute to this goal:
- Nose Reshaping
Rhinoplasty (colloquially known as a nose job) is often thought of as a dramatic procedure, and it certainly can be for some patients. But many people don’t know that even a subtle nose reshaping can make a big impact on their facial appearance. The general shape and size of the nose can be left mostly untouched while imperfections such as humps or depressions on the bridge of the nose, a drooping or upturned tip, or nostrils that are large or asymmetrical are adjusted.
- Laser Blepharoplasty
As people age, their upper eyelids tend to droop and their lower eyelids tend to bulge, leaving the eyes looking smaller and puffier. Both of these can be corrected through relatively simple eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty. Laser blepharoplasty, which uses a laser to replace a traditional scalpel, offers less bruising and reduced recovery time when compared to older procedures with the same goal. Blepharoplasty may even be covered by insurance in some limited cases, since the drooping of the upper eyelids can become so severe that it impairs vision. But whether preformed for functional or purely cosmetic reasons, the procedure leaves the eyes looking wider and more awake, contributing to an overall more alert and youthful appearance.
- Liquid Facelifts
For people who want a subtle rejuvenation of their facial appearance but want to avoid a full facelift surgery, Juvederm or Botox treatments may be an ideal solution. Often referred to as “liquid facelifts,” these products make the skin appear firmer and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Juvederm and other fillers work by injecting a gel below the surface of the skin, replacing the cushion of fatty tissue that is generally lost with age. Botox, on the other hand, prevents muscles from contracting, causing a softening of forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines around the mouth.
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