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Facial Procedures

Face Lift in The Woodlands | Houston

In time, gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces and necks. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens and becomes jowly, and the neck develops loose folds and fat deposits. Face lifts counteract these signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, giving your face a fresher, youthful look. After surgery, some patients look 10-15 years younger.

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Neck Lift in The Woodlands | Houston

The neck may sag as a result of aging or weight loss, and is often affected before the face. Loose neck muscles can lead to an appearance of bands on the neck or drastic drooping of the skin. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can smooth and tighten the skin on the neck and provide a more toned and youthful appearance. The results of this procedure offer a drastic improvement to the appearance of the neck and subtle changes to overall appearance. A neck lift may be performed alongside a facelift, or may be performed alone, after which your friends and family may not even realize that a surgical procedure was performed.
Figure 1: Neck Liposuction Before & After Photos (3 months after surgery) performed by Houston Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Emmanuel De La Cruz.

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Eyelid Surgery in The Woodlands | Houston

Blepharoplasty can rejuvenate puffy, sagging or tired-looking eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. It may be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve sight by lifting droopy eyelids out of the patient’s field of vision. Blepharoplasty can be combined with BOTOX® treatments to raise the eyebrows or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet or dark circles under the eyes.

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Chin Augmentation in Houston

Although many people do not notice it, a weak chin can significantly affect facial appearance, causing the nose to look larger or the neck to look loose. Chin augmentation is often performed to provide a more balanced facial appearance and create a chin that is stronger, wider or longer, depending on each patient’s individual goals. Also known as mentoplasty, chin augmentation is often performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty or other facial procedures in order to achieve optimal results.

Figure 1: Before & After Photos of Chin Augmentation (3 weeks after surgery)

During the mentoplasty procedure, an implant made of silicone or another soft, flexible material is inserted into the chin through a small incision underneath. The implant may be placed into a pocket or secured to the bone with screws for long-lasting results. This procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to perform, with patients usually able to return to work and other regular activities the next day. Chin augmentation is considered a safe procedure with few risks, which can be further reduced by choosing an experienced surgeon to perform your procedure.

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Facial Fat Transfer (Fat Grafting) in The Woodlands | Houston

Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer or liposculpture, is a surgical procedure that involves restoring lost volume in the face with the patient’s own fat, taken from the abdomen, thighs or other areas. This procedure is effective in treating sunken cheeks, facial lines, acne scars and other areas of lost volume that have developed as a result of aging, sun damage and other conditions.

Unlike fillers and other volume-enhancing treatments, fat grafts are taken from the patient’s own body, and as a result cannot cause an allergic reaction. The fat is naturally accepted by the body. Autologous fat grafts also last longer than synthetic materials.

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Lip Augmentation in The Woodlands | Houston

Lip augmentation increases the size of the lip for patients whose lips have lost volume with age, or who are unhappy with the natural appearance of their lips. Through injectable fillers, autologous grafts or synthetic implants, patients can achieve larger, fuller lips with minimal downtime and little to no side effects. With realistic expectations and good overall health, most patients are satisfied with the results of this procedure.

There are several options for Lip Augmentation:

  • Goretex or Alloderm lip implants
  • Dermal Fillers (Restylane or Juvederm)
  • Dermal Fat Graft (patient’s own tissue)

Figure 1: Before & After Photos of Lip Augmentation | Lip Enhancement using Dermal Fat Graft (own tissue) performed by Dr. Emmanuel De La Cruz, Houston Plastic Surgeon

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Dimple Creation

Also known as dimpleplasty, dimple creation surgery can be safely and effectively performed in the office to produce a dimple on one or both cheeks in order to enhance the appearance of the face. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the cheek to remove a piece of the muscle and then attach the inside of the cheek skin to deeper tissues within the area to create the appearance of a dimple. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes 20-30 minutes. Patients may experience mild swelling and bruising for a few days after dimple creation, but will likely be able to return to their normal activities the next day.

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Ear surgery, or otoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of a person’s ears. Although otoplasty does not affect hearing, it can provide great psychological benefits to anyone who has been teased about the size or shape of their ears, has had a serious ear injury, or simply wants to improve their appearance. Otoplasty typically serves two functions: setting prominent ears back closer to the head, and reducing the size of large ears. Surgeons are also able to construct new ears for patients who are missing them from injury or other causes.

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Rhinoplasty in The Woodlands | Houston

Rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed today. It can reshape, reduce or augment a person’s nose to achieve facial harmony and boost self-confidence. It may be performed as a reconstructive procedure to correct a birth defect or an injury such as a broken nose.

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