Cosmetic surgery is performed to enhance the appearance of the body. Facial cosmetic surgery enhances the structures of the face, head, and neck. Multiple surgical specialties have developed expertise in cosmetic or rejuvenation surgery, including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Is cosmetic surgery reserved for people of advanced age?
Most cosmetic surgery is performed on people over the age of 40, but all age groups may benefit from cosmetic surgery. Patients of advanced age may wish to address changes to the face that were brought about by the aging process, whereas younger patients may wish to address a birth defect, an accident, or other irregularity acquired early in life.
Who can benefit from cosmetic surgery?
Currently, the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are middle-aged females. However, both males and younger females are increasingly seeking improvement in appearance for social purposes, work-life improvement, or enhanced self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is no longer reserved for wealthy movie stars; it is now widely available to patients of any age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status.
What types of cosmetic procedures are performed by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons?
Most Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons limit their cosmetic procedures to the head and neck area. A Rhytidectomy, or a face lift, is used to remove excess sagging skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Blepharoplasty is performed to reduce excess skin and “bags” from the upper and lower eyelids. Rhinoplasty, or a nose job, changes the appearance of the nose and breathing. Otoplasty is used to reduce prominent ears. Forehead and brow lifts remove excess skin ofnthe forehead to raise sagging eyebrows and lids. Liposuction in the head and neck area can remove unwanted facial fat. Fillers are used to lessen the appearance of scars and wrinkles.