People turn to cosmetic surgery to obtain a look unattainable by other means. Dr. Jennifer Hein, founder of the Women’s Institute for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery agrees that for some patients it is about achieving a look they never could before, for others it’s the need they feel to fix some sort of deformity, and for many it’s the urge to turn back the hands of time. Millions of facial cosmetic surgeries are performed across the globe annually and each distinct procedure can help each patient move towards achieving his or her individual goals.

The following are some of the most common facial procedures performed today:

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Eyelid Surgery

This procedure is also known as a blepharoplasty. It improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids, giving you a rejuvenated appearance around your eyes. It can also help you to achieve a more rested and youthful look. The surgeon can remove excess fatty deposits around the eye that cause puffiness, repair the loose skin that folds on the eyelid and correct under eye bags.

Facelift

This procedure is for those hoping to get a little taste of the youth fountain by improving visible signs of aging in the face and neck. The surgeon can help eliminate sagging in the face; deep creases below the lower eyelids, nose and corner of mouth; fat that may not appear in a desirable area and loose skin under the chin and jaw that cause the appearance of a double chin.

Lip Enhancement

Lip enhancement can be temporary or permanent. The goal is to obtain a more luscious, fuller look by adding a substance such as a dermal filler; using the patient’s own tissue; or adding a soft implant. Talk to a doctor about which option is best for you. Temporary techniques involving the injection of filler need repeating every 6-12 months. Your semi-permanent or permanent options include using your own tissue as filler or the use of a synthetic implant.

Cheek Implants

This procedure is meant to emphasize the cheeks using an implant over the patient’s cheek point. Injections with the patients own fat or soft filler are also popular. The goal is more prominent cheekbones and a better facial balance.

The bottom line about facial surgeries is that they can help patients to achieve more refined, enhanced and rejuvenated facial features. The amount of change that will be visible is based on the individual’s physiology and the physician performing the procedure. Also, factors like age, alcohol and smoking consumption, health, skin texture and bone structure will effect your results. Dr. Jennifer Hein believes it is important to remember that these procedures will not create a brand new face or life; they are simply a way to enhance the features you already have.

Dr. Jennifer Hein is the founder of the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, and is also certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She performed her residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago and completed her plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.

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