Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures 101Malone Facial Plastic Surgery

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Whether it’s your eyebrows, nose, cheeks, or any other facet of your face, if you feel like you need an enhancement or an adjustment, there is a procedure for Facial Plastic Surgery patients can use to address their concerns.

Traditional Facelift

A traditional facelift, known as a rhytidectomy, enhances your face and neck by lifting the skin and deeper tissue. This kind of facelift addresses wrinkles and sagging in the mid to lower face and neck. It is great for correcting jowls and smoothing the chin line by removing excess skin and lifting the cheeks. The traditional facelift is a commonly performed, go-to Facial Plastic Surgery procedure.

Mini Facelift

This type of facelift, also called a short scar facelift, is less invasive and shorter in procedure time than a traditional facelift since it utilizes smaller incisions. A mini facelift mainly addresses wrinkles and drooping in the lower face and jowls and is good for patients who don’t yet have heavy neck sagging.

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift is a highly specialized procedure that lifts and readjusts the skin and tissue immediately beneath it (the SMAS) and the deeper muscles. This type of facelift is highly effective for addressing wrinkles and sagging, restoring a youthful appearance throughout the cheeks, mid-, and lower face, jowls, and neck. If you opt for a deep plane facelift, choosing a surgeon with experience and training specific to this technique is incredibly important.

Neck Lift

Also known as a platysmaplasty, the neck lift involves removing excess skin and fat from the neck to tighten and improve the appearance of wrinkles. A neck lift can help eliminate double chin or ‘turkey neck’ and give you more definition in the jawline.

Mini Neck Lift

Like the mini facelift, a mini neck lift is an abbreviated version of the full procedure. It uses smaller incisions, and the procedure is shorter than a traditional neck lift. A mini neck lift also adjusts the soft tissue and removes excess skin to provide tightening and wrinkle reduction. It can also help to reduce a double chin and sagging neck skin.

Brow Lift

Often combined with facelift procedures, the brow lift smooths wrinkles and brightens the appearance of the face above the brow line. This procedure can correct deep furrows, sagging, and give you a more awake, lifted look.

Chin and Jawline Contouring

Chin and jawline contouring covers a variety of procedures ranging from implants to chin reductions. The overall goal of chin augmentation is to create a more defined, sculpted jawline and address any excess fat and laxity issues. In addition, contouring the chin can help to add symmetry to facial features and create a picturesque profile.


This procedure, also known as ear shaping, can address protruding ears, resize or reshape your ears, and correct deformities. Otoplasty can also correct stretched or thinning earlobes that can occur with the natural aging process or after years of earring usage, especially with heavier styles.


Blepharoplasty refers to the lifting and refreshing of the eyelids and eye area. This surgery can be performed for either cosmetic or functional reasons. It can lessen the appearance of sagging in the upper and lower eyelids and is often performed along with forehead procedures to rejuvenate the upper portion of the face. In addition, with age, sometimes eyelids can sag to the point of obscuring vision, and blepharoplasty can be used to address this issue.

Fat Transfer

The fat transfer technique can correct a variety of problem areas in the face. Fat can be transferred to correct several concerns, including hollowing of the temples, sagging cheeks, jowls, and severe nasolabial folds. During a consultation, your doctor will create a comprehensive plan for fat transfer based on your facial anatomy and aesthetic goals.

Facial Liposuction

In contrast to adding fat to the face, facial liposuction removes it. This procedure primarily removes unwanted fat deposits in the chin area and adds definition to a “weak” jawline. Facial liposuction is used in general for a contouring and shaping effect.

Lip Lift

A lip lift is a short, simple procedure that can significantly enhance the look of your lips in multiple ways. A lip lift refreshes the entire lip area and can add volume as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles around your lips. There are both surgical and non-surgical options available.


Rhinoplasty is the medical term for a “nose job,” but this procedure can be performed for both aesthetic and functional reasons. Reshaping and improving balance and facial symmetry are some of the benefits of rhinoplasty. It is also used to correct breathing problems in those with a deviated septum and other chronic or acute nasal conditions.

Considering Facial Plastic Surgery?

With so many options to consider, the best way to decide the best treatment for you is to consult with a knowledgeable and certified Facial Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Malone of Malone Facial Plastic Surgery. She can give you insights and information that will lead to stunning results.

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