Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

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Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Our goal is to help you look your best and restore your sense of self.

Whether to reverse the aging process, enhance one’s own beauty, reconstruct after skin cancer surgery, or restore movement after suffering facial paralysis, facial plastic surgery can greatly improve your confidence and self-esteem. When you choose to take this step towards healing, you'll want the care and expertise of a skilled, board-certified, and highly experienced team. At Columbia, our nationally recognized Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons are passionate about helping you achieve your aesthetic and functional goals. The following programs are tailored to help along your journey.

Cosmetic / Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery

Achieving your cosmetic/aesthetic goals is our highest priority. There are many ways to do this from noninvasive techniques such as botox and/or dermal filler to surgical procedures. Botox is used to both treat and help prevent lines/wrinkles that occur in the face with movement. Dermal filler is used to restore volume and contour the face to help restore a youthful appearance in a natural way. It can also improve facial lines that occur without movement. Some advanced techniques we perform with filler include:

  • Non-surgical Rhinoplasty
  • Under eye/tear trough filler
  • Chin and cheek augmentation
  • Jawline augmentation
  • Lip augmentation

Surgical procedures we perform are either aimed to enhance beauty in a balanced way or restore youth in a natural way. Procedures that enhance beauty in a balanced and natural way include:

  • Rhinoplasty for both improved breathing and cosmetic appearance
  • Chin implantation
  • Lip Lifts

Some of the surgical procedures we perform to restore youth in a natural way include:

  • Upper and lower eyelid surgery
  • Brow and forehead lifts
  • Face and neck lifts
  • Face and neck contouring with liposuction
  • Midline Neck Lifts
  • Chemical Peels

All of the surgical procedures, with the exception of rhinoplasty, can be performed comfortably in the office under local anesthesia depending on your individual goals.

Facial Paralysis / Facial Nerve Program

Facial expressions are essential for conveying our emotions and crucial for effective communication at work and with those we love. Injuries and dysfunction of the facial nerve can have devastating effects not only on our ability to communicate, but also our physical appearance, and our self-image. The facial rehabilitation program helps patient re-learn to use their facial muscles after injury to their facial nerve. We use a variety of tools to evaluate and assess each patient and craft individualized treatment programs. A combination of therapeutic techniques is used to address each person’s movement patterns and retrain their brain to create more normal patterns of expression. Our team is a multidisciplinary group of facial plastic surgeons, neurotologists, occupational therapists, physiatrists (rehabilitation medicine doctors), neurosurgeons, and psychologists dedicated to improving the facial function of our patients. Our team of trained professionals is extremely knowledgeable in all muscles of the face, the uniqueness of the facial nerve, and the challenges that accompany facial nerve paralysis.

Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Bell’s palsy
  • Lyme disease
  • Ramsay Hunt syndrome
  • Prior surgeries (cancer, salivary gland, or ear) resulting in facial nerve damage
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Synkinesis
  • Facial Spasm
  • Congenital facial paralysis
  • Trauma (skull fractures, facial lacerations)

Reconstructive Surgery

Any condition impacting our facial appearance can be the source of significant discomfort and anxiety. Facial defects/alterations be an outcome of cancer treatment (i.e. skin), trauma, or other medical illness. Facial reconstructive surgery can be critical to your recovery, helping to rebuild your face and return to full functionality. Our team has extensive experience in facial reconstruction following Mohs surgery – we have helped hundreds of patients annually recover after skin cancer removal. Our surgeons are highly skilled, dual board-certified otolaryngologists and facial plastic surgeons with subspecialized expertise in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck region. We have extensive experience with the most current techniques and procedures to help you towards a quick recovery and pleasing results.