The term ‘facial plastic surgery’ refers to cosmetic or reconstructive surgery performed on the neck and/or head. A facial plastic surgeon has extensive knowledge regarding facial anatomy and expertise in procedures concerning the neck and head, of either the cosmetic or reconstructive variety.

Why Is Facial Plastic Surgery Performed?

Patients may choose to have reconstructive facial plastic surgery if, for example, they have conditions present from birth such as a cleft lip and palate, protruding ears or a birthmark on the face. Reconstructive surgery may also be undertaken to treat conditions caused by accidents or trauma, or existing conditions like skin cancer.

Cosmetic facial plastic surgery aims to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the facial structure and features. Common procedures of this type include face lifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction and treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.

Things to Consider Before Having Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery

Those considering undergoing a cosmetic procedure should research the treatment carefully to find out exactly what it involves and what will happen. All cosmetic procedures entail a level of risk, and there can be serious complications if treatments aren’t performed correctly.

It’s important for those thinking about cosmetic surgery to understand that how we feel about our looks is just one part of our well-being, and it’s crucial to ask why we want this procedure. It’s also a good idea to speak to an expert about the procedure, understand all the costs involved, choose a qualified practitioner, and take the time to think things through and decide.

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What Will Happen After the Surgery?

Medical professionals – such as Dr Adam Alexander, who has an interest in body contouring – understand that the type of facial plastic or cosmetic surgery undertaken will determine the post-operative care necessary. With most procedures the patient will need to rest for a time afterwards, and it is normal for swelling to develop in the affected area. It’s important for patients to be aware that it will take weeks or sometimes even months for the final results to show once the swelling has subsided.

Surgical sutures and staples are usually removed about a week after the surgery, and the surgeon will explain any dietary restrictions that may apply, restrictions needed on exercise, and medication that can and cannot be taken. Most patients are able to return to work one to two weeks following the procedure.

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