Facial plastic surgery procedures

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Face lift, neck lift, blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery in Orange, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Irvine in Orange County and in Long Beach

What exactly is a facelift in Orange County?
In a facelift, age related signs on your face and neck can be remedied with a variety of facelift procedures including the traditional method, neck lift, or a limited incision procedure. The traditional procedure begins at the temples in your hairline, with the incision extending around the ears and ending in the lower scalp, hidden behind the ears. Fat is repositioned or removed from the jowls, neck and face. The underlying skin and tissue is also repositioned and the deeper layers of the muscles are lifted. The skin is then re-draped over your uplifted face and any excess skin is trimmed.

Does a facelift stop the aging process?
Facelifts can produce a dramatic improvement in appearance for patients with the problems such as midface sagging, deep creases under the eyes, deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), jowlsdue to loss of muscle tone, sagging areas of fat, and loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw. However, facelifts do not stop the aging process; in time, signs of aging can gradually appear once again.

It should also be noted that facelifts will not rejuvenate the brow, eyelids, nose, and some of the midface. Patients who want to improve these areas may consider combining a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

Injectable soft-tissue fillers, facial implants and skin resurfacing can also enhance the ultimate effects and appearance of a facelift.

Should I get a facelift?
If you have sagging in the mid face, deep creases under the lower eyelids, lines along the nose to the corners of your mouth (called the nasolabial folds), displaced or fallen fat, or jowls from the loss of muscle tone in the lower region of the face, or fat and skin deposits in the chin and jaw, then you may want to consider a facelift.

What is recovery from a facelift like?
After your facelift, also called rhytidectomy, Dr. Ng will wrap your incisions in bandages and may place drainage tubes in the area. The tubes will be taken out the next day, when your hair can be carefully washed.

Immediately after surgery, you may experience swelling, numbness, bruising, and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck. Your muscles in your face may feel stiff. Most of these usually resolve within a few weeks, and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months. Scars become less red, raised, lumpy or itchy as time passes.

What exactly is a neck lift in Orange County?
The procedure involves making an incision from the start of the ear lobe to the lower scalp going behind the ear. Any excessive skin is removed, and then the fat and muscle is repositioned in order to lift the jowls and neck. Usually, scars are hidden under the chin or behind the lower scalp and ear.

What is eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty in Orange County?
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is used to remove any excess fat and skin or loosened muscles from the lower or upper eyelids. This gives our Orange County patients a younger look with a firmer eye area. You can opt for separate procedures for either the upper or lower eyelids, or all can be done together.

What types of cosmetic ear surgeries are common?
Earrings may tear, causing a rip in the earlobe. A minor surgery can be performed to repair the earlobe tearand restore the appearance of the ear. Stretched earlobes may be caused from earrings, and these may also be repaired with minor surgery. After the ears have healed (usually at least 6 weeks after surgery), patients can get their ears re-pierced if they desire.

What types of cosmetic jaw or chin surgery can be performed? What are chin implants?
There are many ways to create a symmetrical and strong chin or jaw, including both non-surgical and surgical procedures. Dr. Ng may perform injections with hyaluronic acid fillers in her Orange County office. Dr. Ng can also place chin implants or change the size, angle and projection of the chin or jaw for an enhanced appearance through surgery. These procedures are performed through incisions in the mouth.
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