A facelift is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures available, designed to treat wrinkles, sagging and skin laxity within the face for a younger, more refreshed appearance. As we age, the effects of time, gravity, sun exposure and stress inevitably take their toll on our faces, producing wrinkles, folds, fat deposits and loose skin.
Patients unhappy with the changing appearance of their face may seek relief through a facelift. This time-tested procedure targets the mid- to lower face, including the cheeks, mouth, chin and neck. Ideal candidates are usually those in their 40s, 50s or 60s looking to reverse the early signs of aging in the face, are generally healthy and have realistic expectations for surgery.
One of the earliest signs of aging is the drooping or lowering of the eyebrows. A lateral brow lift, also known as a temporal brow lift, is a surgical procedure to reduce the drooping and sagging of the outer brow line. This technique is ideal for patients who are primarily concerned with the sagging at the ends of their eyebrows.
During a lateral brow lift, incisions are made in the hairline at the temples. The procedure removes excess skin which lifts the outer corners of the forehead. Unlike a full brow lift, a lateral brow lift will not raise the middle of the brow, but it will instead help to alleviate the creases at the outer corners of the eyes, more commonly known as crow’s feet.
A lateral brow lift is less invasive than a traditional brow lift and carries a lower risk of infection and other complications. As with any face lift procedure, the ideal lateral brow lift candidate is someone with some elasticity to the skin and a strong bone structure.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Blepharoplasty can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. It may be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve sight by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient's field of vision. Blepharoplasty can be combined with BOTOX® treatments to raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow's feet or dark circles under the eyes.
The procedure is usually performed in an office with local anesthesia and lasts 45 minutes to a few hours depending on how much work is done. Incisions are made along the eyelids in inconspicuous places (in the creases of the upper lids, and just below the lashes on the lower lids). The surgeon removes excess tissue through these incisions and then stitches them closed with fine sutures. In the case that no skin needs to be removed, the surgeon will likely perform a transconjunctival blepharoplasty, where the incision is made inside the lower eyelid and there are no visible scars.
Stitches are removed after three or four days and most people return to work in ten. Contact lenses may not be worn for two weeks. The effects of blepharoplasty can last for a long time and are sometimes even permanent.
Ear surgery for children or adults can set prominent ears back closer to the head and reduce the size of large ears. Surgery may also be helpful for “lop ear," "cupped ear" and "shell ear,” large or stretched earlobes, and lobes with creases and wrinkles. The procedure lasts from two to three hours and may be performed in a hospital, office-based facility or an outpatient surgery center under general or local anesthesia.
Whether it was an unavoidable accident or your three-year-old pulled on your earrings, torn earlobes are painful and frustrating. Torn earlobe repair is an in-office procedure performed by Dr. Reaves. Once the earlobe(s) are healed, around six months, we offer free re-piercing.
Please note we are not equipped to repair young children’s earlobes.