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What type of surgical procedures exist that will make eyelids symmetrical?

What type of surgical procedures exist that will make eyelids symmetrical?

Plastic surgery: There are not surgical procedures that would make a person's eyelids perfectly symmetrical (perfection doesn't exist in real life). However, plastic surgeons can make a smaller lids opening larger, make a double eyelid fold if there is a single fold, tighten a lower eyelid if the lid margin is drooping away from the eyeball, etc... Plastic surgery is an art, so results may differ among surgeons. ...Read more

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As people age, do most have some semblance of a droopy eyelid? Besides ptosis surgery what can be the most minimally invasive treatment option?

As people age, do most have some semblance of a droopy eyelid? Besides ptosis surgery what can be the most minimally invasive treatment option?

Yes: Upper eyelid aging changes can resemble eyelid ptosis. These changes may interfere with vision and/or be aesthetically concerning. Upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Is there any plastic surgery or craniofacial type of surgery that can be done to reduce the size of someone's head?

Is there any plastic surgery or craniofacial type of surgery that can be done to reduce the size of someone's head?

Head size: The head bones fuse and then grow as you age. But a surgery to reduce the head doesn't sound like a good idea. As you age your body may grow into your head size. Talk to your doctor about your feelings about your head size and you may benefit from talking about it. Maybe seeing a plastic surgeon to talk about what you don't like will help you accept your body. ...Read more

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How does the suture method of Asian eyelid surgery work? Can this kind of Asian eyelid surgery give results as good as the incision type? .

How does the suture method of Asian eyelid surgery work? Can this kind of Asian eyelid surgery give results as good as the incision type?

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Asian blepharoplasty: Forming a connection between the skin/orbicularis muscle and the levator aponeurosis to form a supratarsal crease is one of the goals of asian blepharoplasty. For the appropriately selected patient, the suture method of asian eyelid surgery can work well. For many patients, the incisional type is a better option due to the accessibility of tissue for debulking and permanence of crease formation. ...Read more

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Can there be a type of cosmetic surgery that can make your ankles smaller?

Can there be a type of cosmetic surgery that can make your ankles smaller?

Liposuction.: For certain patients, liposuction surgery may be effective in reducing ankles/calf size. However, there are important structures traversing these tight areas; careful consideration to pros/cons as well as potential risk/complications should be given before undertaking this type of surgery. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the difference between rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty? I'm looking into getting my nose done for cosmetic reasons. I've seen both of these as common procedures but don't know the difference. Can you give a basic "layman's" answer?

What is the difference between rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty? I'm looking into getting my nose done for cosmetic reasons.  I've seen both of these as common procedures but don't know the difference. Can you give a basic "layman's" answer?

The : The basic difference between a regular rhinoplasty and a revision rhinoplasty is that a revision is done after having had a prior rhinoplasty. A revision is performed to correct or improve upon the results from the pior surgery or surgeries. A revision rhinoplasty is usually more complicated than the initial surgery but otherwise they can both address the same concerns. ...Read more

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What are the different ways to have a brow lift? I've heard that a number of procedures are called "brow lift", like traditional, hairline, or endoscopic. What are they, and what's the difference between them?

When : When the eyebrows hang low over the eyes (the ridge you can feel on the top of your eye socket) and this is felt to be disturbing, then an eyebrow can be performed either on its own as part of other procedures. The traditional browlift is performed through an incision across the scalp (inbetween the hair to maintain invisibility) from temple to temple. In the presence of ahigh brow, the incision may be nearer the hair margin to prevent the surgery causing an even higher brow to result. This may produce a partially visible scar. A hairline incision is a similar procedure which is done along the hairline where the scar may have more visibility but is not dependent on how high your hairline is, these procedures are normally performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. An endoscopic procedure involves 3 to 5 small incisions (about a centimeter in length) in the hair bearing region of the head. Skin of the forehead and head are raised with the aid of special instrmentation , a lght source, and video camera and brought into a new more favorable psition. This procedure can be done either under local, intravenous or general anesthesia. Newer techniques which are also effective involve combining the brow lift with correction of the upper eyelid when its skin hangs over the lid. The same incision for correction the eyelid is employed to correct the brow by using a special biodegradable device that holds the brow in place by tacking it to the forehead bone. This is also a procedure that can be performed under local anesthetic. ...Read more

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What are the different ways to have a brow lift? I've heard that a number of procedures are called "brow lift", like traditional, hairline, or endoscopic. What are they, and what's the difference between them? .

What are the different ways to have a brow lift? I've heard that a number of procedures are called "brow lift", like traditional, hairline, or endoscopic. What are they, and what's the difference between them?

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There : There are a number of different approaches to having a brow lift. The most straight forward is removing an ellipse of skin from the forehead itself. This obviously leaves a scar in the area so is best reserved for those with prominent forehead creases. A endoscopic browlift uses several access incisions in the hairline to allow for elevation and advancement of the forehead tissue. A traditional coronal lift uses one long incision in the hairline that travels from one temple area to the other. Excess skin is removed and the brow advanced upward. As you can see this leaves a larger scar. A similar approach is to place the incision at the edge of the hairline itself. Your surgeon can bevel the incision so that hair grows through the scar which helps to hide it. ...Read more

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What serious complications does a facial reconstruction procedure present to the patient? Regarding facial reconstruction surgery for my jaw to correct a severe overbite, I am very wary of complications that may occur due to the invasive nature of orthogn

What serious complications does a facial reconstruction procedure present to the patient? Regarding facial reconstruction surgery for my jaw to correct a severe overbite, I am very wary of complications that may occur due to the invasive nature of orthogn

See: See both a qualified Orthodontic Specialist and an Oral Surgeon for answers. Surgery alone is almost never indicated because teeth have adapted to your malocclusion and will not fit/function if only the jaws are corrected. Complications are the same as for any surgical procedure. As there are many types of jaw surgery, you need to discuss your needs with Surgeon directly. ...Read more

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How often does eye cancer require removing the eye? I understand that taking out the eye is the best way to be sure you've gotten all of the eye cancer, but is that always the best options? Are there certain types or sizes of tumors that are likely to res

How often does eye cancer require removing the eye? I understand that taking out the eye is the best way to be sure you've gotten all of the eye cancer, but is that always the best options? Are there certain types or sizes of tumors that are likely to res

There : There are many different treatments for eye cancers and eye removal or enucleation is reserved for cases where vision and eye sparing techniques cannot be used successfully. Treatment is based on the cancer type, extent, and vision status of the eye. Additional factors may include whether a patient can tolerate the treatments based on health status. Finally social issues may play a role, i.e. If multiple treatments are offered can a patient successfully go to all the appointments, etc. ...Read more

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Is there a type of cosmetic surgery that makes underweight people look bigger?

Looking bigger: No - there's nothing to make you bigger all over. Facial fillers or fat grafting can be used to fill in hollow or sunken areas of the face. Breast implants can be used to increase the size of the female breast. Other than that... There's not a good answer. ...Read more

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What procedures are there to get rid of under eye bags other than surgery?

What procedures are there to get rid of under eye bags other than surgery?

Skin variability: The skin under the eyes (and underlying fat pockets that protect the eye) can become edematous from heredity, diet, lack of sleep etc.. Other than surgery, no real way to get rid of these. ...Read more

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How do I minimize the appearance of a surgical scar following heart surgery. Does the person responsible for closing the sutures contribute to the final appearance?

How do I minimize the appearance of a surgical scar following heart surgery. Does the person responsible for closing the sutures contribute to the final appearance?

Skin scars: It takes about a year for skin scars to look like they will for the rest of your life. When the skin is closed and healed, try using lotion with vitamin E and cocoa butter and massage into the scar daily. Also remember sunscreen, these techniques will give your scar a better chance of healing up well. ...Read more

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Can laser eye surgery be used to correct or compensate for shortsightedness? What are some of the risks of laser eye surgery?

Can laser eye surgery be used to correct or compensate for shortsightedness? What are some of the risks of laser eye surgery?

LASIK: Lasik and prk work extremely well for the correction of myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia. The technology and techniques have evolved and matured over the past 15 to 20 years. Although they are both extremely safe, as with any surgical procedure there are risks. It would be best to discuss these risks with your surgeon, depending on your particular situation and exact procedure. ...Read more

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Dentists give a wide variety of cosmetic appearance procedures using botox, etc. When will they start plastic surgery as part of their practice?

Dentists give a wide variety of cosmetic appearance procedures using botox, etc. When will they start plastic surgery as part of their practice?

Probably never: To become a Plastic Surgeon requires completing Medical School and then a residency in Plastic Surgery. Completing Dental School makes you eligible to take a residency on one of the Dental Specialties, not Medical Specialties. Becoming a Dentist does not make you eligible for a Plastic Surgery Residency the same way becoming a Physician does not make you eligible for an Orthodontic Residency. ...Read more

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What types of implant materials are used during genioplasty? I am concerned about the health risks involved in silicone implants used for genioplasty. My chin is not very dominant and this surgery would balance out the look of my face. Are there other opt

What types of implant materials are used during genioplasty? I am concerned about the health risks involved in silicone implants used for genioplasty. My chin is not very dominant and this surgery would balance out the look of my face. Are there other opt

There : There are several options when it comes to augmenting the chin area. Silicone implants are probably the most common. Unlike with breast implants, silicone chin implants are actually solid so there is no risk of rupture or leakage. This type of silicone has a many year history of safe use. Other common implant materials include gortex, mersilene, and medpore. The type of material used is often based on surgeon preference and experience. If you are looking for an option that doesn't include a implant you could consider a sliding genioplasty. This involve making a cut in the chin bone, advancing it forward (and/or up or down) and securing it in its new position with a titanium plate. ...Read more

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Ptosis - muller muscle dissection what are the risks associted with belphoraplasty to correct droopy eyelid. I had dissection of muller muscle but it yielded no improvment in the symmerty of the eye nor with the droopiness. What causes failure of this k

Ptosis - muller muscle dissection what are the risks associted with belphoraplasty to correct droopy eyelid.  I had dissection of muller muscle but it yielded no improvment in the symmerty of the eye nor with the droopiness.  What causes failure of this k

There : There are several ways to elevate a droopy eyelid. Whenever there are several independent methods, it often because one method is not the best way for everyone. In the case of eyelid ptosis repair, there are several methods that provide increasing levels of correction. It's like having bigger hammers. Surgeons like using the smallest hammer that will get the job done, because this usually means a simpler operation with a quicker recovery and less risk of causing new problems. If your previous surgery did not work, it may be because it was too small a hammer. Levator advancement is the next largest and facial/frontalis slings are used for more severe sagging. It is important to review your before and after pictures with your doctor and figure out why the operation is not working for you. Most the eyelid surgeries take time to settle down. As long as the eye is protected, waiting will allow the scar tissue in your eyelid to soften, and improve the reliability of future attempts. If taking the next step with your current surgeon is not possible, seek a surgeon who is experienced with ptosis repair. ...Read more

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