Many people are self-conscious about how they look and may want to alter certain aspects of their face in order to feel more confident. Others are born with facial abnormalities such as a cleft lip, a birthmark, or other birth defects and desire correction. Many of us notice the effects of aging, sun damage, or previous facial trauma on the face. Fortunately, many of these conditions can be corrected through procedures performed by an SNENT surgeon.
Our surgeons perform cosmetic, functional, and reconstructive surgical treatment of abnormalities of the face and neck and ear. Some procedures include deviated septum, rhinoplasty, face lift, cleft palate, drooping eyelids and ear deformities.
Cosmetic, Functional & Reconstructive
People often hear the term “facial plastic surgery” and automatically think of facial cosmetic surgery. In reality, cosmetic surgery is just one type of plastic surgery. Generally speaking, plastic surgery is any procedure to repair or reconstruct tissue in order to promote the body’s function or appearance.
The three primary types of facial plastic surgery are:
- Facial cosmetic surgery, which is performed for primarily aesthetic reasons. An example of this might be an eye lift (blepharoplasty) to correct age-related drooping and enhance the appearance of the eye.
- Facial functional surgery, which is performed to correct a defect that impairs the body’s ability to function. An example of this might be a septoplasty to fix a deviated septum and improve the patient’s ability to breathe.
- Facial reconstructive surgery, which is performed for medical reasons and rebuilds an area of the body that has been damaged. An example of this might be scar revision surgery for an individual who has suffered burns.
Talk to a Surgeon
Considering whether or not to pursue facial plastic surgery can be an intensely personal and sometimes daunting decision. It is important to talk to a medical professional to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery.
An ear, nose and throat specialist is specially trained in the anatomy and function of the head and neck, making him or her the ideal resource for your head and neck care. In the case of Sierra Nevada ENT’s board-certified facial plastic surgeons, this care includes cosmetic, functional and reconstructive surgery of the face, neck and ear area.
Our doctors have decades of experience and combine a patient-centric focus with state-of-the-art technology and techniques. We work with you to understand desired outcomes, evaluate potential alternatives and identify which procedure(s), if any, are best for your individual situation.
With offices in Reno, Carson City, Fallon and Gardnerville, Sierra Nevada ENT serves patients throughout the Northern Nevada area and beyond. To meet with our highly skilled team to discuss facial plastic surgery options, please schedule an appointment at one of our four locations.
It is possible for a surgery to be functional or reconstructive and also have cosmetic implications. The ear, nose and throat surgeons at Sierra Nevada ENT specialize in the facial plastic surgery procedures outlined in the following section.
Types of Procedures