Understanding Plastic Surgery: A Brief Overview

Plastic surgery is a broad term used to describe a range of procedures performed to alter the human body for reconstructive, functional, and/or cosmetic purposes. Frequently, the overarching goals during a plastic surgery treatment are to make fundamental changes to the structure and contours of certain features or to rejuvenate the skin for a more youthful appearance.

Plastic Surgery With Dr. Nguyen

If you’re looking for the premier plastic surgeon in the Los Angeles area, the choice is clear: Dr. Davis B. Nguyen. Board-certified in facial plastic surgery as well as head and neck surgery, Dr. Nguyen is hyperfocused on treatments above the neckline.

During your initial consultation, he’ll apply his academic focus when examining your medical history and current symptoms, carefully studying your features with a keen aesthetic eye. Depending on your goals, Dr. Nguyen might recommend one or more of the following common procedures in plastic surgery:

Facelift

The main objective during a facelift (rhytidectomy) is to correct signs of aging in the middle and lower portions of the face. These symptoms can include wrinkles, jowling, and prominent nasolabial folds.

Dr. Nguyen will typically utilize the deep plane technique, also known as a SMAS lift or composite lift. This involves repositioning the underlying tissue and tightening the skin itself, allowing for a more natural appearance after treatment.

Neck Lift

Pairing a facelift with a neck lift often makes sense for a consistent, uniform appearance. During a neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, Dr. Nguyen removes excess skin and fat that is often responsible for unsightly neck bands, creating a more youthful look.

Brow Lift/Forehead Lift

If you’re beginning to notice sagging eyebrows, long forehead wrinkles, or frown lines, your answer might be a forehead lift, also called a brow lift or browplasty. Dr. Nguyen uses multiple versions of this procedure depending on the degree of skin laxity and other factors, helping his patients achieve a more “alert” appearance on the upper face.

Eyelid Lift

An eyelid lift is when we eliminate excess skin and remove or readjust fat pockets in order to correct droopy upper eyelids (upper blepharoplasty) or get rid of puffy bags under the eyes (lower blepharoplasty). Besides being cosmetically displeasing, patients may sometimes opt for the upper blepharoplasty because their eyelids are partially blocking their field of vision.

Cosmetic Ear Surgery

During an otoplasty, the ears can be “pinned back” by altering their positioning, shape, and/or size. This can be a huge benefit for patients who have overly large or protruding ears.

Nose Job

Formally known as a rhinoplasty, this technique is performed to make cosmetic and functional improvements to the nose. For instance, patients may want to reduce the size of a bump on the bridge or change the shape of the nasal tip. A specialized version of the rhinoplasty, called the septoplasty, is used when patients have a deviated septum, which can cause breathing problems.

Lip Surgery

A lip augmentation is best for patients with thin or thinning lips who want a more pouty and fuller look. Depending on the amount of change you’d like to see and other patient-specific factors, Dr. Nguyen will usually perform one of these types of lip procedures:

  • Lip implantation
  • Fat transfer
  • Non-surgical filler injections

Understanding Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles

Plastic surgery candidates have plenty of options, which will need to be discussed with Dr. Nguyen. To set up your consultation, contact us today!

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