Quick Guide to Plastic Surgery Terms
Facial plastic surgery of the nose is where cartilage and bone are reshaped and reconstructed; excess bone or cartilage may be removed. Recovery time is approximately one week. Results: Permanent.
Surgery of the eyelids, where fat and excess skin, bags, pouches, wrinkles in the eye area are removed. Recovery time is approximately one week. Results: Lower lids, permanent; upper lids, ten years.
In facelift surgery, excess skin is removed and muscles are tightened. Recovery time is approximately two weeks. Results: From five to 10 years, depending on the patient.
Facial plastic surgery to minimize forehead lines and wrinkles, and elevate brows to reduce lid drooping. Recovery time is about 10 days. Results: 10 years.
Facial plastic surgery beneath the chin to eliminate “double” chin; excess fat is removed. Results: Generally permanent.
Surgery of the chin where a receding chin is augmented with bone or an implant or a too prominent chin is reduced. Recovery time is about one week. Results: Permanent.
Surgery of the ear where ears can be “pinned back” by reshaping the cartilage. Recovery time is about one week. Results: Permanent.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Removal of the upper layer skin using a laser, resulting in smoother and less wrinkled skin. Recovery time is about 10 days. Results: Generally permanent.
Controlled removal of the outer layer of skin with specific chemicals. Recovery time, depending on the nature of the chemical, is from one to three weeks. Results: Generally, permanent.
Abrasion of the skin with either a wire brush or diamond fraise to remove the upper layer of the skin resulting in smoother, less wrinkled skin. Recovery time is about 10 days. Results: Generally permanent.
Facial plastic surgery to repair or reconstruct facial features. This includes scar revision, fracture repair, laceration repair, vascular birth marks, cleft lip and palate, craniofacial deformities, orthognathic surgery, free flaps, and other cancer reconstruction.
Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery
Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS
9401 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 650, Beverly Hills, CA 90212