Facial Surgery in Philadelphia, PA Historically, facial surgery has been used to correct physical malformations resulting from aging, disease, injury, and birth defects. Recently, facial surgery has taken a more cosmetic turn and is often used to improve appearance and reduce the signs of aging. Dr. Ronald A. Lohner, MD, FACS performs the following facial surgery procedures for residents of Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr, PA: Chin Implants Chin implants are used during mentoplasty to augment the size of chin and improve the facial profile. Conversely, the bone may also be diminished in size when the chin is too large or overly projected. Chin surgery is often recommended in conjunction with rhinoplasty to improve balance among a patient’s facial features. Otoplasty Ear surgery, or otoplasty, reduces the size and projection of the ears. Setting the ears closer to the head is also referred to as ear pinning. Other malformations, such as cupped ears or shell ears, can be corrected through discreet incisions and the use of sutures. Otoplasty may be performed on children as young as 5 and into the adult years. Eyelid Surgery Blepharoplasty is performed on the eyelids to reduce the amount of excess skin, fat and muscle present, which can cause sagging and puffy eyes. Patients who undergo eyelid surgery appear more alert after the procedure. Blepharoplasty may also be able to improve vision by lifting sagging eyelids that obstruct the patient’s view. Facelift To restore the youthful appearance of the face, a facelift tightens sagging skin and underlying muscles. The surgery also improves the look of wrinkles and is used to remove excess fat deposits that localize in the lower face. It is not uncommon for patients to appear as much as 10 years younger following a facelift. Forehead Lift Drooping eyebrows can affect the way others perceive a person’s current emotions. They can often look angry, tired, or sad due to the “worry lines” that appear on the forehead. A forehead lift, or brow lift, can correct these lines and drooping brows while seeming to reverse a patient’s age. Several methods may be employed, depending on the needs of the patient. Techniques include the direct brow lift, mid-forehead lift, or coronal forehead lift. All methods remove excess skin and tissue, though incision locations differ. Underlying muscles may also be tightened in some cases. Rhinoplasty Rhinoplasty is among the most requested facial plastic surgery procedures, as well as one of the oldest and most complex. Patients who undergo rhinoplasty seek to reshape, resize, or augment their nose to enhance their appearance. As a central feature of the face, the nose can improve upon or be a detriment to facial balance. Rhinoplasty is designed to create harmony while fashioning the nose to compliment a person’s other features. Special attention is given to rhinoplasty due to the delicate balance between form and function of the nose.