Facial Surgery

Options for reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck.

Surgery for facial aging: Normal aging causes changes in the face. Wrinkles deepen, jowls become saggy, brows droop down over eyelids, and neck skin become loose and shapeless. Face-lifts, brow lifts, neck lifts and eyelid lifts can restore a more youthful appearance to the face and neck.

Scar revision and facial trauma: Burns, acne and trauma can cause facial scarring. Careful selection of procedures and techniques can reduce the appearance of the scar and restore a patient's outward appearance and inward self-confidence.

Eyelid Surgery: Eyelid surgery (called blepharoplasty) is a procedure to remove excess skin and sometime fat from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes. Blepharoplasty won't remove crow's feet or other wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under your eyes, or lift sagging eyebrows. Blepharoplasty can be done alone, or in conjunction with other facial surgery procedures such as a facelift or brow lift.

Forehead/Brow Lift: A forehead or brow lift is a surgical procedure to minimize forehead creases, a furrowed forehead, and frown lines. A brow lift will also help to significantly reduce and improve the drooping of eyebrows and excess hooding of the upper eyelids. These things are accomplished by removing excess tissue and tightening the forehead skin. A brow lift is traditionally done through a long incision across the top of the head. In certain circumstances, Dr. Sherrill is able to use the endoscopic method where the procedure is performed using a special scope through small incisions.

Ear Surgery: Correction of prominent ears (otoplasty) is a surgical procedure designed to reshape ear abnormalities. It is most commonly done for ears that appear to be sticking out farther than normal or other abnormalities due to a condition since birth. In this case it is usually done on school age children although it is also done on adults who have suffered with this since childhood. Other ear abnormalities related to trauma or from cancer removals may also be treated.

Rhinoplasty: Rhinoplasty, or surgery to reshape the nose, can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip. Additional procedures may be performed to correct internal problems related to a deviated septum, nasal polyps, and other abnormalities causing breathing difficulties. It may also correct birth defects and other deformities related to injuries or trauma.

Fat Grafting: As your face ages, this can result in atrophy of normal facial fat. New techniques for fat grafting can be employed to help rejuvenate this aspect of facial aging. The fat is typically taken from the abdomen through a small incision near the umbilicus. The fat is then placed in specific areas of the face through tiny incision using special needles.

Cancer Reconstruction: The skin of the head, neck, and face is a common area for skin cancer. Removal of these tumors often leaves significant deformities. Our surgeons can treat the skin cancers with removal and reconstruction. Occasionally, cancers in certain areas (eyelids, nose, mouth/lips) are best treated with Moh’s surgery. Moh’s surgery can be used to minimize the amount of tissue removed. Our plastic surgery department works in collaboration with the dermatology department for reconstructive options to restore form and function.