Skin of the face and neck lose elasticity as one ages. Underlying muscles lose tone and overall volume decreases. Aging of the face and neck is magnified by sun exposure, weight gain or loss, gravity, and genetics. Fortunately, an array of facial enhancement procedures available at Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona can renew and improve the most visible signs of aging with effective, long-lasting results. With facelift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and many non-surgical options, Dr. Jamie Moenster can rejuvenate signs of aging and improve contours of facial features.
The effects of aging are inevitable, and often times, the brow and forehead area shows the first signs. By analyzing where volume has been lost and where gravity has impacted sagging, Dr. Jamie Moenster can correct the aging face by replacing volume and gently lifting specific areas. A forehead lift, also referred to as an eyebrow lift, can restore youthfulness to the upper third of the face. It does this by raising the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful appearance. It will also minimize creases that develop across the forehead and improve frown lines. Finally it can reposition a low or sagging brow.
Earlobe tears from trauma or poor piercing techniques are common in men and women. Earlobe gauging or stretching goes back centuries connected to tribal influences. It has become popular with many young adults for cosmetic appearance to stretch the earlobes but many are now wanting or needing their earlobes to return to their normal state.
Ear Reshaping Surgery (Otoplasty)
Ear reshaping surgery, also known as otoplasty, can improve the shape and position of the ear. Otoplasty can correct defects in the ear structure, which may be present since birth and become more apparent as you develop. You might choose otoplasty if you’re bothered by how far your ears stick out from your head. Your ear defect may also have been caused by trauma or injury. Ear reshaping surgery can create a more natural shape to the ear and bring more proportion and balance to the face and ears. Otoplasty can be done at any age after the ears have reached their full size. This is usually after age 5 and through childhood.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Blepharoplasty is a surgery to improve the appearance of eyelids. This surgery can be performed on either the upper or lower eyelids, or both. Blepharoplasty can improve the appearance of your eyelids and can improve functional problems you may be having with your eyelids. Eyelid or blepharoplasty surgery removes the excess skin of the eyelid as well as the herniated fat pads under the eyelids. In doing this, you reduce excess skin and heaviness of the eyelids.
As people age, the effects of gravity, stress and exposure to the sun can be seen in their faces. The jowls sag, deep creases form between the nose and mouth, and fat deposits appear around the neck. The presence of these issues can make a person look and feel much older than they actually are. A facelift or neck lift surgery improves the visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Occasionally there is one area that seems to be more concerning to a patient than another. Things like the “turkey neck”, “turkey gobbler” or the jowls of the lower face, or sagging of the mid face may prompt a patient to come in.
Typically the face and neck can be treated as a single unit or they can be treated as two separate areas. Your plastic surgeon can determine which procedure is best for you.
Facial implants improve proportion and balance to the face. They are specially formed material that is compatible with human tissue. Facial implants are designed to enhance or augment the structure of the face and can help correct a small chin, weak jaw, or lack of facial contour. A consultation with a plastic surgeon is needed to evaluate your goals and to determine which implant is best for you.
Free Fat Transfer
Fat is a natural and predictable filler that has been used for a century to increase volume, fill voids and plump wrinkles. Fat transfer is also referred to as “Fat injection” or “lipo transfer” and is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure. Free fat transfer is most commonly transferred to the breasts, face, or buttocks.
The results of fat transfer can last many years. An alternative would be dermal fillers for small areas or implants for larger areas.
Fuller, more luscious lips can improve a woman’s self-confidence. Cosmetic lip augmentation or enhancement can plump and add volume to your lips. Dr. Moenster and Dr. Weyer offer a variety of fillers to help increase the volume of the top lip, bottom lip, or both.
Skin of the face and neck lose elasticity as one ages. Underlying muscles lose tone and overall volume decreases. Aging of the neck is magnified by sun exposure, weight gain or loss, gravity and genetics. A neck lift helps improve the most visible signs of aging through removal and redistributing excess fatty deposits, tightening underlying muscles and removing sagging skin. Often neck lift surgery is complemented with others to restore volume and address cosmetic issues throughout the neck structures.
Other facial procedures can be performed at the same time including facelift, forehead lift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), chin and cheek implants, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), liposuction and free fat transfer.
Neck contouring (liposuction) creates a firmer, smoother and more refined appearance to the neck and chin. Improving a thick or double chin neck can dramatically improve your appearance and help you look years younger. Neck contouring can also restore balance to your facial features by defining the jawline that frames the rest of the face. Liposuction of the neck can achieve a more defined neckline. Neck liposuction removes excess fat, but it cannot improve sagging skin. The typical neck liposuction patient will be younger, 20’s through early 50’s, as younger patients tend to have more skin elasticity.
Scar Revision Treatment
Scar revision surgery is meant to minimize a scar so that it looks more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture. Scars, whether they’re caused by an accident or by surgery, are unpredictable. A good scar is typically one that is thin, flat and closely matches your skin tone and your surrounding skin contour. Bad scars are ones that are raised, wide, thickened and much lighter or darker than your surrounding skin. It usually takes one year for a scar to fully mature. Initially scars can be brown or red, which will fade over time. The collagen remodels over time and the color changes. Scar revision surgery is a good option for people who have a scar that is raised, widened or even painful.
Skin Cancer Surgery
There are several effective methods for eliminating basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. The choice of treatment is based on the type, size, location and depth of the tumor as well as the patient’s age and overall health. Treat is almost always performed as an outpatient surgery in the physician’s office or clinic. Local anesthetic is used to make pain or discomfort minimal.