A Guide to the Most Common Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures

Cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more common with nearly 18 million procedures taking place on a yearly basis. Men and women alike are all contributing to this surge in cosmetic procedures.

It is common for all of us to see something in the mirror that we don’t like. Some are content to simply wash their faces or put on make-up. But those things can’t fix every facial issue, which is why many people go a step further with facial plastic surgery.

Are you interested in learning more about this boom in plastic surgery’s popularity? Here is a guide to the most popular facial cosmetic surgery procedures.

Rhytidectomy (Facelift)

A rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a procedure to reduce the wrinkling and sagging that comes with aging. The surgeon makes incisions behind the hairline and near the front of the ear to remove excess skin. The skin is then pulled tighter to smooth out the skin and give a more youthful appearance.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

Rhinoplasty is a common procedure not just for appearance’s sake, but for improved breathing. The procedure can be used to correct a deviated septum through the removal of bone or cartilage. It is under such circumstances that insurance may cover the costs of rhinoplasty, as most insurances don’t cover procedures done for cosmetic reasons.

You can learn more about rhinoplasty here.

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Like a rhinoplasty, a blepharoplasty can be done for both cosmetic purposes as well as for practical health reasons. Sagging in the eyelids can increase the appearance of aging, and getting this procedure done can help create a more youthful appearance.

However, sagging eyelids can also cause vision impairment, and blepharoplasty can also be useful in solving that problem.


During dermabrasion, a surgeon scrapes off the outermost layer of skin. This can give one’s skin a smoother appearance by reducing wrinkles and scar tissue. It also can be a life-saving procedure by removing keratoses which are pre-cancerous growths.

Neck Lift

During a neck lift, excess fat is removed from the lower face and neck. The surgeon removes loose skin and tightens the area to reduce jowls. This is a common procedure for those who want to smooth out their skin but are not ready for a facelift.

Forehead Lift

Forehead lifts are done to pull the forehead skin tighter, reducing the wrinkles and creases commonly seen on foreheads. The procedure helps to fix drooping eyebrows as well as hooded eyelids. This creates a more alert appearance.

Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures

This guide should have helped you understand common facial plastic surgery procedures and why people get them. Everyone is self-conscious about their appearance in some way, and we all do what we can to look our very best. The people who undergo these cosmetic procedures are simply seeking to fix the same issues we all feel insecure about.

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