Facial Procedures


Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
The eyes are the key to the beauty of the face: painters, sculptors and illustrators know this well; the renew all of this ancient beauty is the task of blepharoplasty, an operation which aims to correct drooping upper lids, and remove those annoying bags that make us look older than we really are.  Technically, the operation consists in the removal of excess skin on the upper eyelids and the fatty deposits which cause the typical swelling: it is performed on an outpatient/day hospital basis under local anesthetic and lasts about 30 minutes. In the postoperative phase there will be a slight edema; however, no visible scars will remain.



Inverse blepharoplasty
This is a new surgical technique which differs from classical blepharoplasty in that, the incisions, which are no longer performed on the edge of the lower lashes but on the skin of the lower eyelid, where the so-called bags are found, thus eliminating not only the fatty deposits but also the annoying colouration of the eyelids which gives the weary look.  Technically, the operation is the same as traditional blepharoplasty; it is carried out under local anesthetic on an outpatient/day hospital basis: after a few weeks the scars are imperceptible, as can be seen from the last photo in this part.



Face Lifting
The correction of imperfections of the features caused by the passage of time is the dream of every woman who turns to cosmetic surgery and why not, also of men.  This type of operation is performed between the ages of 40 and 70; there are absolutely no contraindications if the patient is in good health, but the result obtained by operating on a patient with skin which has seen little wear over the years is certainly better than that obtained by operating on a person whose face is furrowed by deep lines because of excessive exposure to the sun.  From a technical point of view, the operation is performed under local anesthetic, with mild sedation of the patient.  The postoperative phase is particularly delicate requiring frequent check-ups to make sure that cicatrization proceeds properly.  Patients can generally resume their normal relationships within three weeks.



The operation being performed in the third photograph is no more than an auto implant of fatty tissue in a young patient who, involuntarily, had suffered such an excessive weight loss that she had lost the natural support of her cheeks; this is a very simple operation and consists in drawing a few c.c.s of fat, usually from the abdomen (through a syringe attached to a fine cannula/tube), and subsequently implant it in various parts of the face with remarkable results.



This is one of the most commonly performed operations of cosmetic surgery, perhaps also the most ancient; it appears to have been carried out as long ago a 600 BC in India and in Egypt, in spite of poor aesthetic results.  Since then, many things have changed and rhinoplasty is very successfully performed by most cosmetic/plastic surgeons.  The operation does not require a general anesthetic and in 90% of cases it can be carried out on an outpatient/day hospital basis, without the necessity of admission to hospital.  There are  generally few complications during the postoperative phase, except for the formation of edemas or haematomas the extent of which varies from person to person; generally speaking the patient can resume normal relationships after a week.



Otoplasty (Ear surgery)
Cosmetic surgery of the auricle is generally directed at young people of school age, the age at which the aesthetic defect, commonly  known as jug ears, can be a real psychological problem for schoolchildren, who try in every way to hide it from their companions.  It therefore seems to be advisable (in spite of opposition from parents) to intervene as soon as possible, considering  that the operation is not particularly complicated and virtually devoid of complications.  The only precaution to be taken is that  a headband similar to those used by skiers should be warn for about a fortnight after the operation.  The results are generally guaranteed.






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