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Facial surgery and treatments are one of Dr. Luis Rodríguez Terry’s main specialties. We perform many procedures, among which we highlight: Forehead Lift, Brow Lift, Eyelid Surgery, Nose Surgery, Chin Contouring, Face Lift, Neck Contouring, Liposuction, Lip Augmentation, Ear & Ear Lobe Surgery and Fat Grafting. Learn more about it on the Before & After Section.
Changes due to aging and gravity begin to appear in the fourth decade of life. Factors such as heredity, sun exposure, and cigarette use can accelerate this process. Age-related changes include drooping of the facial soft tissues, laxity of the skin in the neck and jowls, as well as accumulation of fat in the neck and face. More subtle changes include thinning lips, fine wrinkles around the mouth and face, and drooping chin.
Facial aging can be improved with a facelift or a necklift, or in less advanced cases with a mini- facelift. These procedures enhance the face and neck by removing excess fat, tightening of the muscles and redraping of the skin. They are mainly performed on patients over 40, with more natural and durable results the younger the age. Face- and necklift scars are hidden within skin folds and lines around the ear, chin crease and scalp. When these heal, they become virtually undetectable. In the mini-facelift, the scars are more limited and the recovery time may be shorter. Facelifts are often performed as part of a complete “facial rejuvenation”, which includes browlift, eyelid surgery and laser resurfacing.
The position of the eyebrows affects the overall appearance of the eyes and face. Low-set eyebrows, known as “brow ptosis”, can make a person appear tired or angry. Occasionally brow ptosis may be confused with ‘heavy eyelids’.
The browlift is a procedure which raises the position of the eyebrows, corrects their inclination, and improves forehead wrinkles. A browlift can be combined with eyelid surgery or a facelift to produce a more complete facial rejuvenation. In young patients with low-set eyebrows, a browlift can produce a stunning change in appearance.
A forehead reduction is used to eliminate horizontal wrinkles across the forehead. It is also used to elevate a drooping eyebrow that may obstruct vision. Incision cuts of this procedure are secretly hidden above the hairline.
As we age, we tend to accumulate fat in the neck and lower face, resulting in a “double chin”. This “double chin” appearance can be aggravated by a receding chin. Luckily, this problem has a quick and simple solution. Contouring of the face and neck can be done using liposuction, sometimes in combination with a chin implant. Results are best in younger patients with good skin elasticity. If there is skin and muscle laxity, a neck- or face-lift may be necessary for optimal results.
Nose & Face
Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
In addition to its breathing function, the nose has a critical role in facial appearance. In a rhinoplasty the surgeon reshapes the nose by reducing or increasing its size, removing a hump, changing the shape of the bridge or the tip, adjusting the shape and size of the nostrils, or correcting the angle between the nose and the upper lip. When a patient has already had a rhinoplasty and requires revision, this is referred to as a secondary rhinoplasty. Cosmetic nasal surgery can be performed in girls as young as 15, and in boys after 17 years of age.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
This procedure corrects drooping or heavy upper eyelids, and puffy bags in the lower lids. Excess fat and skin are removed and the lids are “tightened” to restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes. There are different blepharoplasty techniques which can be tailored to the patient’s needs; these can also be combined with procedures such as a facelift or browlift to produce a more dramatic facial rejuvenation.
Chin surgery is usually for patients who are not conformed with their chin size in proportion to the rest of their face. This procedure is usually accompanied with nose surgery to obtain a better symmetry in the face.
Fat grafting is a procedure that consists of taking small amounts of fat from different parts of the body. The obtained fat may be used to full wrinkles, cheeks, lip enlargement and other parts of face and body.
Implants can be used to improve the appearance and harmony of the face. Utilizing specially designed implants, it is possible to increase chin projection, fill the cheeks, change the shape of the jaw or enhance the contour of the nose. Implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as materials. The materials they are made of are flexible and biocompatible. Because of this, they are permanent, though easily removable if necessary.
Ear & Ear Lobe Surgery
Ear surgery, known as otoplasty, is used to reposition prominent ears closer to the head; abnormally-shaped or asymmetric ears can also be transformed. This surgery can be performed in patients as young as five years of age.
Lip enhancement (enlargement or augmentation) is achieved by the dermal inclusion of various “filler” products such as collagen. This procedure eliminates wrinkles surrounding the mouth, creating fuller younger looking lips.
Procedures: Facial Surgery