Facial plastic surgery is a very effective way to improve your appearance — in some cases. Whether or not it will achieve your objectives depends on a number of factors. Read on to learn about these factors and discover what facial plastic surgery can and can’t do for you.


Facial Plastic Surgery before and after images


When You Should Consider Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial plastic surgery can be used to address both aesthetic and functional issues. However, you should only consider having facial plastic surgery if you have an issue that it can realistically address. This may include signs of aging; structural aesthetic problems, such as enlarged nostrils or a prominent nasal arch; or functional problems such as a deviated septum that is interfering with breathing.

To be considered a good candidate for facial plastic surgery you must be in good physical and mental health and have realistic expectations of the outcome of your surgery. It is also important that you understand the risks, which may include bruising, swelling, pain and some discomfort. In addition, you must be willing to accept certain postoperative responsibilities like avoiding direct sunlight and limiting your level of physical activity.


When You Should NOT Consider Facial Plastic Surgery

There are a number of circumstances in which you should not consider facial plastic surgery.

For example, if you have any of the following medical/psychological conditions, you should not have facial plastic surgery:

  • Lung disease
  • Heart disease
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High cholesterol
  • Severe allergies
  • High blood pressure

If you are a smoker you should not consider having surgery of any kind, unless you quit smoking several weeks (or months) before your surgery and continue to avoid smoking after your procedure.

It is extremely important that you have realistic expectations of the results of your surgery. Surgery can make you look younger but will not dramatically alter your life or solve all your problems. If this is what you expect, you need to alter your expectations or reconsider your plans to have facial plastic surgery.

Younger patients may not need invasive surgery and therefore may want to consider having a non-invasive treatment such as Restylane or Juvederm rather than undergoing actual surgery.

If someone else is pushing you to have cosmetic treatment, you are not a good candidate for facial plastic surgery.

Those suffering from depression, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and other psychological conditions should not have facial plastic surgery.

If you are in a life crisis such as the death of a loved one or the end of a relationship, you should put off having surgery.

Finally, if another surgeon has already advised you that you are not a good candidate for surgery, it is likely that other surgeons will also recommend against it. Don’t go searching around until you find a surgeon willing to perform your procedure, as you may be putting yourself at risk.


What Facial Plastic Surgery Can Do

Facial plastic surgery can accomplish any number of aesthetic goals, from fine-tuning facial features to improving the quality of your skin.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Facelift can give the skin a tauter, more refreshed appearance.
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can correct drooping eyelids.
  • Rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of the nose.
  • Necklift can address loss of skin elasticity or eliminate a double chin or “turkey wattle.”
  • Less invasive treatments like Botox® and dermal fillers can eliminate lines and wrinkles.

All of these procedures can boost your self-confidence.


Female Nose Job Before and After Photos


What Facial Plastic Surgery Cannot Do

Some people go into facial plastic surgery expecting too much. It will not transform your life, nor will it have a big impact on your sex life.

Also, facial plastic surgery cannot make you look like Kim Kardashian or Angelina Jolie. Those who desire such a result do not make good candidates for facial plastic surgery. Your bone structure and facial tissue are unique to your face. In other words, your goal should be to enhance your own looks, not to look like someone else.

Another thing facial plastic surgery cannot do is repair a relationship. Having cosmetic surgery is about you, not you and someone else.

Facial plastic surgery cannot cure depression or other psychological conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder. It cannot transport you out of a tough period of your life, either — in fact, having plastic surgery under these circumstances could exacerbate the situation.

Although facial cosmetic treatments may improve your appearance, many require downtime and all come with some risks. So don’t expect it to be an easy process with no risk.

By choosing a good surgeon you can reduce your risks. Make sure to select a board certified facial plastic surgeon.


For more information on what facial plastic surgery can and cannot do, contact the office of Dr. Rizk today.

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Sam Rizk, MD

By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.

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