Face & Neck Cosmetic Surgery
Full lips with an accentuated border have often been associated with beauty and youth. Lip augmentation enhances the contour and fullness of lips for a younger, healthier appearance. Unfortunately, our lips are subject to sagging as we age. The colored portion of the lips thins out and the arch of the upper arch (cupid’s bow) flattens. This problem is especially noticeable in women with naturally thin lips.
When consulting Dr. Hardaway for lip augmentation she will discuss both non-surgical and surgical options that are available in her facility. Dr. Hardaway performs filler injections such as Juvederm® and Restylane® for patients who prefer non-surgical treatments for lip augmentation.
Fat grafting is available as a surgical alternative. Other surgical options include Gore-Tex implants or the use of Alloderm to provide greater definition and a well defined border.
Lip augmentation is appropriate for patients who wish to enhance the lips they were born with and for patients who wish to restore their lips that the aging process has taken away.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
We have all heard the saying “The eyes are the windows to your soul”. The signs of premature aging, such as dark circles, sagging upper and lower eyelids, fine lines and wrinkles, can make you look tired and older.
Eyelid lift (or blepharoplasty) is the recommended and most often preferred treatment for removing bags under the eyes or drooping eyelids. These aging eye conditions can add years to your appearance and even impair your vision.
If you are a woman or man whose face and neck have started to sag you may be a good candidate. Dr. Hardaway can assess your skin’s elasticity and help you determine the appropriate procedure. Remember, facelifts have been successfully performed on patients as young as 40 years old and as old as 80 years old.
Fat Transfer to the Face
Forehead / Brow Lift
During your consultation, Dr. Hardaway she will thoroughly discuss both external enhancements and internal structural corrections that will result from a Forehead Lift.
Remember, this is an investment in you and you deserve the best.
If you were born with thin lips, or if aging has caused your lips to flatten, now you can do something about it.
There are several lip augmentation procedures available today to enhance the size and shape of your lips. All involve inserting a synthetic, biocompatible material. You can even use tissue from your own body.
Lip augmentation is performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Recovery takes about a week, after which your lips will feel normal and look marvelous.
Nose Reshaping (Rhinoplasty)
Among all plastic surgery procedures, nose enhancement, or rhinoplasty, is among the most common. Nose enhancement 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 of bridge or the nose, or to alter the slope or angle of the nose. Rhinoplasty may also be performed to correct an injury or birth defect, or to improve breathing.
- Facial Implants
- Facial Implants
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure that can remove stubborn fatty deposits under the skin, that will not go away with just diet and exercise alone. Although it is most often associated with the thighs and stomach, liposuction can be performed on many places of the body, such as the thighs, stomach, arms, and chin.
What is liposuction of the chin?
As we age, lower parts of the face can sag, and the skin can become loose. Volume of certain areas of the face decreases, and the texture of the skin changes. This can heavily affect areas of skin under the chin, causing jowls, and large amounts of loose skin around the neck and chin. Liposuction of the chin, also known as submental liposuction, neck liposuction, or lipectomy, removes fatty deposits from areas around the chin and neck. Liposuction of the chin can improve the contour of the chin and jawline, get rid of a double chin or unwanted fullness underneath the chin, and make the face appear thinner overall.
Although the basis for liposuction is removal of fat deposits, liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss. If you are planning on losing a large amount of weight, you should to talk to your doctor about the best time to have the procedure. Usually, this is when you are close to your weight loss goals, or you have already achieved them. Dr. Hardaway will help you find the ideal time and procedure plan that works best for you.
Chin liposuction is often combined with other procedures such as a neck lift or facelift, to remove lose skin and contour all areas of the face. Typically, those who are in their twenties through early fifties have better skin elasticity, which is necessary for the skin to contract smoothly after liposuction, and are good candidates for the procedure. But, there are other procedures that can help contour the jawline, as well as other areas of the face and neck.
What are Injections to enhance the jawline?
Alternatively, if you are looking for a non-surgical procedure, injections could be a good option for you. These are fillers, injected into or around the jawline to help enhance the contour and appearance. Dr. Hardaway performs all of these services at her office. Other nonsurgical options for removal of unwanted fatty deposits under the chin is Kybella. Multiple treatments of Kybella are needed. Dr. Hardaway will evaluate you to see if you are candidate for these treatments.
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift is a surgical procedure used to tighten loose skin around the lower jaw and neck. This is a good option for those who are older, and looking to remove larger amounts of loose skin. To perform the surgery, incisions are made either under the chin or behind the ears, to access the neck muscles. The skin and muscles are then tightened and secured. This tightens the muscles around the neck, as well as the skin, smoothing out wrinkles and creases in the skin. It also improves the appearance of vertical neck bands. This surgery is often combined with procedures such as a face lift.
Botox to muscles of the neck is another, less invasive, option to help alter the appearance of the neck. This can help tighten the muscles around the neck, resulting in a tighter appearance of the neck overall. This can be used in conjunction to neck lift surgery and other procedures, or own its own. Dr. Hardaway performs these procedures at her office as well. During your consultation, she will help you find the course of action that will help suit your specific needs.
How much does chin liposuction cost?
The cost of chin liposuction varies from patient to patient. Prices vary depending on the intensity of the procedure, as well as if the surgery is combined with other procedures. Dr. Hardaway will discussion pricing at your consultation.
How is chin liposuction performed?
The patient is under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation (twilight anesthesia) for the procedure. A very thin tube called a cannula is inserted, through small incisions, under the skin to reach fat deposits. The cannula is attached to a vacuum, and the doctor will move the tube under the skin, to suction out fatty deposits under the chin and neck. The fat can also be inserted and repositioned within or around the face, to further contour and shape the face and jawline. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so the patient will be sent home when they are awake after the procedure is completed. Patients should plan on having someone to drive them home from the procedure.
How long is recovery from chin liposuction?
Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, so recovery is not as long as that of a more invasive surgery. You should remain upright immediately after surgery, as well as in the following days, to reduce swelling and help facilitate the healing process. The patient will typically wear a compression for the few days or so after surgery, to help keep pressure on the area under the chin. Swelling and bruising are normal after the procedure, but are minimal. Patients can normally return to work after several days, depending on the physical activity of the job. Normal physical activity can usually be resumed 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. Do not resume normal physical activity or return to work until cleared by the doctor.
How long do results from chin liposuction last?
Results from liposuction lasts for many years, as the fat is removed from the body. However, natural processes such as weight gain, aging, factors from pregnancy, and other lifestyle factors, including genetics, can cause variations. Following the doctor’s specific instructions after surgery will help the results from your procedure last as long as possible. If you are in the process of losing weight, it is best to be near or at your weight loss goal before having the procedure done. This will ensure the best and longest lasting results from the procedure.
What are the risks of chin liposuction?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risk associated with liposuction. The most common risks include bruising and swelling after the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection if not taken care of properly. Strictly following the doctor’s instructions for aftercare can help decrease the chance of these risks.
Who is a good candidate for chin liposuction surgery?
Someone is an ideal candidate for chin liposuction if:
- They are looking for a procedure that will remove excess fat from under the chin or around the neck and help shape the jawline.
- They have good skin elasticity.
- They are generally in good health.
- They do not smoke or drink excessively.
- They not have any medical conditions that can impair or slow the healing process.
- They have realistic goals for the outcome of the surgery. Dr. Hardaway will work with patients to determine which path will be best to meet their needs.
If you have any specific medical conditions, please inform Dr. Hardaway. She will find a course of treatment that is right for you. Call 248-855-6030 to schedule a consultation.