Whether you’re considering a facial cosmetic procedure to improve your health, enhance your features, or change your look, it is important to know that plastic surgery can have a huge impact on your life.
The decision to have facial surgery is very personal. Whatever your reasons may be, it’s very important that you pick a surgeon you are comfortable with, and that he or she understands your goals and concerns.
Southlake Plastic Surgery is a premier plastic surgery center in Southlake, Texas. Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Mark Mason, has completed training under world-renowned plastic surgeons and performs countless surgeries on men and women each year.
One of the primary values at Southlake Plastic Surgery is patient education. So if you are considering facial surgery in Southlake, keep reading for our guide to what you should know before scheduling your consultation with our team.
The term “plastic surgery” is often used interchangeably with “cosmetic surgery.” Cosmetic Surgery refers to elective surgical procedures to reshape normal structures of the body to enhance their appearance or correct something a patient finds bothersome.
Whether it’s straightening a crooked nose, creating a more attractive facial contour, or erasing the signs of age, the goal of most facial surgery procedures is to help a patient achieve greater self-confidence and add to their sense of well-being.
Plastic reconstructive surgeries, on the other hand, are medically necessary procedures to correct abnormal structures of the body caused by birth defects, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease. The goal of reconstructive surgery is to improve the function of the structure but may also help create a more “normal” appearance for the patient.
To answer one of the more common questions we hear about the difference between the two: many health insurance policies cover reconstructive surgery, but they do not cover cosmetic surgery.
There are a few key questions to ask yourself before deciding to undergo facial surgery in Southlake.
In general, the best candidates for plastic surgery are healthy adults with reasonable expectations. It is important to detail your entire medical history to any surgeon you are consulting with to ensure there is nothing that may disqualify you.
All surgical procedures carry inherent risks. Therefore, it’s important that you be in the best possible condition to undergo the procedure in order to make a full, quick recovery. Some lifestyle factors or conditions that may indicate you are not healthy enough for facial surgery in Southlake include:
Understanding the possibilities一and limits一of the procedure is important to ensure you are happy with the results. After all, the point of facial surgery is not to turn you into someone else, but rather to help you feel like a better, more confident version of yourself.
At Southlake, we help our patients set realistic expectations for their surgery with a thorough physical exam and consultation.
Depending on the procedure, you may need several days or even several weeks to properly recover. During your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon, he or she should discuss exactly how much time you will need to recover, if you need to arrange for a friend or family member to care for you, and what restrictions you will have.
If you work, make sure you can schedule enough time off, as your surgeon will restrict both work and lifestyle activities for a period of time after surgery. It’s imperative that you follow your provider’s instructions exactly, as this will ensure the best long-term results for both the procedure and your health.
After it’s determined that you are in good physical & mental health, you have realistic expectations, and you can handle the recovery, you also must consider the risks involved. Namely, that you give fully informed consent to the procedure and you complete a thorough pre-operative appointment with our plastic surgery team.
Facial plastic surgery is associated with high success rates. The team at Southlake Plastic Surgery will make sure you are completely informed on all possible side effects, risks, and details of the procedure well before your surgery.
The results of your facial surgery can only be as good as the surgeon you choose. Picking the right provider is arguably the most crucial decision to make when deciding whether to have facial surgery in Southlake.
If you have already met with another plastic surgeon, don’t just stop there. Our team will be happy to provide a second opinion. Getting this outside perspective is an essential step in the process of fully evaluating your options and understanding the possibilities of facial surgery.
Below are a few other questions you should ask any plastic surgeon you consult with.
Board Certification is not just showing that you can pass a test. Obtaining certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) involves demonstrating certain levels of specialized education, training, experience, and expertise in plastic surgery. To maintain Board Certification, physicians must show their continued education with professional development each year.
Make this the first question you ask any potential provider, and then double-check with a quick search on the ABPS website.
For obvious reasons, you want to make sure you are not this surgeon’s first facelift. However, it can be equally important to make sure you’re not even within this surgeon’s first hundred. Though numbers do not always show expertise, they can be a good indicator of experience. The best surgeon for you will reassure you they regularly perform your desired procedure.
At Southlake Plastic Surgery, we have a private operating facility on-site that is AAAASF certified, the gold standard in ambulatory and surgery centers. Additionally, Dr. Mason holds surgical privileges at several Southlake-area hospitals.
Even if you are having your surgery outside of a hospital, it is important for your surgeon to hold privileges at area hospitals. Hospitals have rigorous requirements regarding surgeon training and patient safety records that must be met before granting surgical privileges. Holding operating privileges will demonstrate that your surgeon has undergone extensive credentialing and that he or she maintains high standards of care.
Most surgeries are what we call “outpatient,” meaning that it does not require an overnight stay. Others are “in-patient,” meaning that the surgery does require an overnight stay, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation. This will help more closely monitor your healing and control your outcome in the period following your facial surgery in Southlake.
Your overall aesthetic goals, the number of procedures performed at once, and how invasive your procedures are will factor into whether or not you will be required to stay overnight for observation.
Facial plastic surgery is equal parts art and science. Each surgeon will have their own aesthetic sense and it is important to ensure that yours align.
Pay attention to the surgeon’s before and after patient photos. Do the results he or she creates look too subtle, too obvious, or just right? Do their patients achieve results you’d like to emulate? If your philosophy and goals don’t match at the outset, it’s likely you won’t be satisfied with the results of your facial surgery in Southlake.
A rhinoplasty, or as it’s more commonly called, a “nose job,” is a surgery to change the shape and/or size of the nose. Often, patients elect for a rhinoplasty if they feel the shape, size, or features of their nose disrupt their facial harmony.
At Southlake, we are confident in our ability to help patients with this delicate, precise facial surgery in Southlake. Dr. Mason can help correct a crooked bridge, a prominent bump, wide tip, or other nasal features that you find disruptive or bothersome!
Recovery from rhinoplasty involves more bruising and swelling than pain. Many patients report an overall “congested” feeling. The procedure is an outpatient surgery and most patients can return to work in about 2 weeks.
A patient might have a brow lift (also called a forehead lift) if they have a low brow, a sagging brow that causes wrinkles, an asymmetrical brow, or if something else about the structure of their brow area causes them to feel less than confident.
If your goal is to eliminate forehead wrinkles, this procedure offers results you cannot achieve with Botox® or fillers alone. This is also a great procedure to have alongside a facelift or eyelid surgery (more on these procedures below) for an overall refreshed and more youthful look.
Dr. Mason performs an endoscopic brow lift which does not leave visible scars; the incisions are placed in the scalp so that it does not affect the hairline.
The procedure is an outpatient surgery and initial healing typically takes 10 to 14 days. After your facial surgery in Southlake for a brow lift, you will have some swelling, bruising, numbness, and tightness in your forehead for the first week.
As we age, our skin becomes less elastic and fat deposits decrease in some areas, which can create a worn, tired look. A facelift in Southlake involves repositioning and tightening loose skin on each side of the face to return a more youthful facial contour.
If you are seeking to address visible aging of the face, including the formation of jowls, drooping of the cheeks, laxity or banding in the face and neck, or marionette lines, a facelift from Southlake Plastic Surgery may be the ideal procedure for you.
A facelift can be combined with other facial procedures such as an eyelid lift or brow lift for a dramatically more youthful look.
A facelift is the facial surgery procedure with one of the longest associated recovery times. Though the surgery is commonly an outpatient procedure, we will wrap your face with bandages for several days to reduce swelling and bruising. Most patients need to take 2 to 3 weeks off work and full recovery without swelling may take months.. The good news? You can expect the results of your facelift to last 10 or more years!
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Over time, the eyelids stretch and the muscles supporting them weaken. Many experience droopy eyelids, sagging eyebrows, and bags under their eyes as a result. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid enhancement surgery, can be performed on both the upper and lower lids to help patients look more awake and youthful.
With our eyelid surgery, we can repair droopy eyelids, and remove excess skin, muscle, and fat to help patients appear more alert and younger. Eyelid surgery can also correct impaired peripheral vision caused by severely sagging skin.
Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that we offer as part of our comprehensive menu of services for facial surgery in Southlake. Most patients will experience bruising and swelling during the first week of recovery and may require 1 to 2 weeks off work in order to properly heal. Most patients experience more “social” downtime than actual physical downtime.
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Weight fluctuations and aging can cause a person’s jawline to appear undefined with excess skin, fat deposits, and the dreaded “turkey neck.” With platysmaplasty, or a neck lift, we can give you a slimmer, smoother, and more flattering neck.
If you have severe skin laxity or a double chin beyond treatment with CoolSculpting® or SkinTyte™, a neck lift procedure addresses sagging skin, muscle looseness, and excess fat at once in a way that nonsurgical methods cannot. Additionally, we can tighten the neck muscles to eliminate unsightly “neck bands.”
A neck lift is an outpatient procedure that may require you to wear a drain for one to two days to collect excess fluid and help with swelling. Patients experience swelling and bruising for about a week and may require up to two weeks off work before they are comfortable returning.
If you love the look of your lips when we enhance them with dermal fillers, but you don’t love returning for repeat injections, consider a lip lift surgery in Southlake for permanent results you can be proud of!
As you age, the skin between your nose and the top of your lips lengthens, making the lips appear thinner or more droopy than they used to. With a lip lift, we remove a thin strip of this skin to raise your top lip and roll it back slightly. This effect makes you look instantly more youthful and makes the lips look larger and more defined.
A lip lift is a quick procedure performed under local anesthesia. Patients experience swelling and bruising around their mouths that will decrease after 7 to 10 days. Most patients take a week off work and other social activities to properly heal. Though you can eat normally, your surgeon will ask you to avoid excessive oral movement for about two weeks.
If you’re dissatisfied with your appearance and are ready to take the next step to feeling confident in your skin again, come talk with us about facial surgery in Southlake.
We are dedicated to providing the best plastic surgery services for our patients and we pride ourselves on upholding the highest standards in patient care and safety. Here are a few other reasons patients choose us for facial surgery in Southlake:
When you visit Southlake Plastic Surgery, you can rest assured knowing your patient experience is backed by the most current research and technology available.
Our team frequently attends ongoing training & seminars, and we invest large amounts of our time and money in procuring the latest imaging and surgical technologies for your convenience and well-being!
Dr. Mason, our resident Plastic Surgeon, is Board-Certified in Plastic Surgery and completed his plastic surgery residency under renowned surgeons at Stanford University Medical Center.
Dr. Mason has been in practice for 20 years and his happy patients’ results underscore his experience and attention to detail.
Our incredible plastic surgery staff has dozens of years of combined experience providing top-notch patient care to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable before, during, and after facial surgery in Southlake.
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At Southlake Plastic Surgery, we are committed to the individual care, safety, and satisfaction of each of our patients. Dr. Mason, along with each member of our highly trained staff, are honored to play a role in your journey.
Our success is not measured by the number of patients we treat, but by the quality of our results and the number of people we can help look and feel their best.
If you are ready to experience what we can do for you with facial surgery in Southlake, use our virtual consultation tool to tell us about your unique areas of concern or contact us to schedule your in-person consultation today!
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