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Maybe you’ve noticed a few fine lines around your eyes, a more defined wrinkle across your brow or a few spots on your face that seem to have darkened over time because of the sun. Although these may not be major concerns, they may be bothering you enough to wonder what can be done to help, or better yet, who can help.

A more refreshed or rejuvenated look can be addressed by a facial plastic surgeon, and there are options that often may only require a visit or two with little to no downtime.

Gathering information

The first step to take is scheduling a facial plastic surgery consultation to discuss your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center physicians, Dr. Gregory Branham, Dr. John Chi and Dr. Emily Spataro, encourage patients to schedule a consultation with their office to ensure each patient’s individual needs are met.

During a facial plastic consultation, patients are asked to share with the doctors what is bothering them.  There may be several options to achieve a patient’s goals — from non-surgical procedures that may only require one to two visits, to surgery that can be more involved and requires more downtime.

“Patients should also take this time to ask questions about the physician beyond being board-certified,” Dr. Branham says. “Ask your doctor questions such as, ‘How any procedures have you done?’ As you speak to the provider, assess whether you are comfortable and at ease.

“Be honest about what you are and are not willing to do, whether it is for financial or other specific reasons or beliefs,” Dr. Branham adds.

Testing the waters of facial plastic surgery

If this is your first time considering facial plastic surgery, you may want to think about popular procedures that can accomplish the results you are seeking with little downtime.

These minor procedures can also give you the opportunity to develop a relationship and gain confidence in your physician before choosing a more involved procedure.

Some of the most commonly requested treatments are the use of neuromodulators, such as Botox, to smooth out lines and wrinkles of the upper face around the eyes and forehead.

Patients may want to try injectable filler products like hyaluronic acid fillers (common brand names include Juvederm and Restylane), which help rejuvenate the skin’s appearance.

Other procedures with minimal downtime include peels and laser treatments. These help tighten facial skin and correct brown spots and fine lines. Patients may also find success with smaller surgical procedures, such as mini-lifts.

“Keep in mind that as a patient, you want to focus on the ‘what’ of what you want to correct and not just on the ‘how,’” Dr. Branham says. “For example, you may or may not be a candidate for a mini-lift based on your anatomy and skin condition.”

Choosing facial plastic surgery for a special event

And if you are thinking about trying facial plastic surgery for a special event in your life, you are not alone.

“We frequently see patients coming in for special occasions,” Dr. Branham says.

The most common include mothers-of-the-bride-or-groom who want to be ready for those special photos, or individuals who want to look rejuvenated for an upcoming school reunion.

“The procedures that these patients express interest in vary from the non-surgical or minimally invasive all the way up to a full-face rejuvenation with a facelift and browlift,” Dr. Branham adds. “But patients need to allow sufficient time for recovery before the big event, especially if they have pre-events that they need to attend, as well.”

For more information about identifying a procedure that meets your individual needs or to schedule a consultation with the physicians at the Facial Plastic Surgery Center, call 314-996-3880 or click here.