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Rhode Island Plastic Surgeon Explains Upper Facial Rejuvenation

Rhode Island Plastic Surgeon Explains Upper Facial Rejuvenation

Your face often portrays the first signs of aging, leaving many people feeling like they look older than they feel.

By Carolynn Grimes and Patrick Sullivan MD

Upper facial rejuvenation may be something you want to explore if you’re looking older than you feel.

Dr. Patrick Sullivan, a board-certified plastic surgeon and Chair of the Facial Cosmetic Surgery section of the Plastic Surgery Channel says, “whether you’re young or you’re old, you may feel that looking tired or sad is a problem for you at your job, or a problem socially.”

Botox for lines and wrinklesFor some people, only Botox is needed to help with lines in the forehead or crow’s feet.  However, Dr. Sullivan says others may need to take a surgical approach.  If you’re bothered by either asymmetrical brows, or the overhang at your brow that crowds in on the eye making someone look tired, you may be a candidate for upper facial rejuvenation. Dr. Sullivan uses endoscopic incisions that are very small and hidden to elevate the upper face.  Sullivan’s main goal is to give the patient a nice shape to their face that looks natural and never surgical or artificial.

After the surgical portion, Sullivan says many patients can really benefit from some of the non-surgical procedures.  “It might be Botox or Dysport for the crows feet, or even Latisse to help enhance their eyelashes. When you put all of these techniques together is has brought about some very happy patients who seem to really love the results,” states Sullivan.

How do I know if I need surgical or non-surgical facial rejuvenation?

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), during your physical examination with your plastic surgeon, your facial bone structure, underlying skin structure, skin thickness, texture, and elasticity as well as the extent of facial wrinkles and folds will be assessed. Your surgeon will use all of this information to formulate a plan to obtain the best outcome for you.




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