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Facial Surgery: An Overview

Cosmetic Facial Surgery Overview

Your face is the most visible part of your body. It is perhaps the most important element of beauty and self-esteem for most men and women. Rhinoplasty, Facelift, Neck Lift, and other facial cosmetic surgery performed by Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Tong can restore, enhance, and augment your intrinsic beauty, while still maintaining a gorgeous, natural looking result.

Rhinoplasty Overview

‘Achieve a beautiful, natural looking nose with an experienced Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon’

Are you interested in cosmetic Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery)? Depending on your goals, Rhinoplasty can change the appearance of your nose subtly or dramatically. It is tremendously important to choose a surgeon with extensive experience in primary Rhinoplasty (first-time Rhinoplasty), secondary Rhinoplasty (prior Rhinoplasty needing further surgery), and treating complications related to Rhinoplasty. Toronto plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Tong can guide you through the process of making your decision.

You may choose to have Rhinoplasty for many reasons. Here are a few:

  • You do not like the ‘hump’ on the bridge of your nose
  • Your nose ‘sticks out’ too much
  • You nose ‘points downwards’ too much
  • Your nose is crooked
  • The tip of your nose is too rounded, and you would like it sleeker and less bulbous
  • Your nose is too wide
  • Your nasal bridge is too low, and you want to add more bridge to your nose

In cosmetic plastic surgery, Rhinoplasty is one of the most well known procedures, and one of the most technically demanding. Unfortunately, when it is done poorly, patients are very unhappy. Choose a surgeon who is experienced and very comfortable with all aspects of Rhinoplasty. Learn more about Rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty Before and After Photos

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Facelift / Mini Facelift Overview

‘Modern Facelift techniques are capable of restoring your youthful appearance while looking gorgeously natural’

As you age, your face ages as well. The skin, muscles, and fat begins to stretch, sag and look less youthful. Other factors can speed up the process: weight changes, smoking, sun exposure, and poor nutrition, all contribute. Although eliminating these factors can slow the progression of aging, surgery is often necessary for the best possible correction. One popular option to reverse the appearance of aging is to undergo a Facelift or Mini Facelift. Toronto plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Tong can help you to decide whether a Facelift or a Mini Facelift is the appropriate procedure for your goals.

You may be a candidate for a Facelift or a Mini Facelift if you have:

  • Loose skin in the cheeks and neck
  • Sagging jowls
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Fat in the neck and/or jowls
  • Deep smile lines, or deep lines from the corners of your mouth
  • Vertical ‘bands’ in the neck
  • Had significant weight loss and would like to get rid of loose hanging skin

A Facelift removes and tightens the neck and facial skin, while it also tightens and sculpts the underlying layers. The Mini Facelift is a lesser procedure that omits significant improvement in the neck. Dr. Tong will help guide you on your decision between the two. Learn more details below.

A summary of lifting procedures for the Face and Neck based on area of concern

Area Of Concern Procedure What It Does
Neck Neck Liposuction Removes fat from neck and under chin; best for patients with no muscle bands in neck or loose skin
Mini Neck Lift Removes fat, corrects muscle bands, best in patients with no loose neck skin
Neck Neck Lift Tightens neck skin, removes fat, corrects muscle bands
Neck and
Jowls (jawline)
Extended Neck Lift Neck Lift + removes the jowls
Face, not including neck Mini Facelift Lifts the jowls, cheeks, softens smile lines (nasolabial folds) and lines at corner of the mouth (marionette lines)
Face and Neck Facelift Neck Lift + Mini Facelift

For more in-depth information, visit our respective pages on Facelift and Mini Facelift.

Facelift Before and After Photos

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Neck Lift / Mini Neck Lift Overview

‘Aging of the neck is one of the most obvious signs of aging; a Neck Lift or Mini Neck Lift can correct it’

An aging neck drastically changes how youthful a person looks. The appearance of the neck changes with changes in the skin, muscle, and fatty tissues. These changes are a result of many additional factors such as weight fluctuations, smoking, nutrition, and sun exposure. The appearance of your neck may be significantly improved with a Neck Lift or Mini Neck Lift. Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Tong will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for either of these procedures.

You may be a candidate for a Neck Lift or Mini Neck Lift if:

  • You want sagging neck skin due to age, corrected to a tighter, smoother look
  • You want your ‘double chin’ and/or fat in the neck corrected to a slimmer profile and deeper chin angle
  • You had significant weight loss want loose/hanging skin corrected
  • You want vertical muscle ‘bands’ in your neck that make you look older eliminated

Neck Lift and Mini Neck Lift can be employed very successfully to improve your neck’s appearance. Dr. Tong has extensive experience in helping patients who are seeking to improve this area. Learn more details below.

A summary of lifting procedures for the Face and Neck based on area of concern

Area Of Concern Procedure What It Does
Neck Neck Liposuction Removes fat from neck and under chin; best for patients with no muscle bands in neck or loose skin
Neck Mini Neck Lift Removes fat, corrects muscle bands, best in patients with no loose neck skin
Neck Neck Lift Tightens neck skin, removes fat, corrects muscle bands
Neck and Jowls (jawline) Extended Neck Lift Neck Lift + removes the jowls
Face, not including neck Mini Facelift Lifts the jowls, cheeks, softens smile lines (nasolabial folds) and lines at corner of the mouth (marionette lines)
Face and Neck Facelift Neck Lift + Mini Facelift

For more in-depth information, visit our pages devoted to Neck Lift and Mini Neck Lift.

Neck Lift Before and After Photos

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Chin and Neck Liposuction Overview

‘Say Goodbye to the ‘waddle’, and Hello to a Sleeker Neck Line’

Do you have a double chin, or fat in the neck that does not go away easily? Liposuction in this region can give your neck and chin a slimmer, sleeker appearance. If you are a younger patient with good skin quality, you may benefit from simple Neck and Chin Liposuction. Dr. Lawrence Tong has significant expertise in the different methods of neck rejuvenation. He can evaluate whether or not undergoing a Neck and Chin Liposuction procedure may be beneficial for you.

You are likely a candidate for neck Liposuction if:

  • You have excess neck fat and/or a ‘double chin’
  • You are a younger patient (mid 50’s and below); older patients can also be candidates though, depending on skin quality
  • You do not have excess skin, loose skin, or stretched skin in the neck

Neck and Chin Liposuction is the most straightforward and simple method for neck rejuvenation. It is the least invasive, least costly, and has the quickest recovery of all the surgical neck rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Tong will assess your particular goals and anatomy, and determine whether neck and chin Liposuction is appropriate you. Learn more about Chin and neck Liposuction below.

A summary of lifting procedures for the Face and Neck based on area of concern

Area Of Concern Procedure What It Does
Neck Neck Liposuction Removes fat from neck and under chin; best for patients with no muscle bands in neck or loose skin
Neck Mini Neck Lift Removes fat, corrects muscle bands, best in patients with no loose neck skin
Neck Neck Lift Tightens neck skin, removes fat, corrects muscle bands
Neck and Jowls (jawline) Extended Neck Lift Neck Lift + removes the jowls
Face, not including neck Mini Facelift Lifts the jowls, cheeks, softens smile lines (nasolabial folds) and lines at corner of the mouth (marionette lines)
Face and Neck Facelift Neck Lift + Mini Facelift

For more in-depth information, visit our page on Chin and Neck Liposuction.

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Chin Implant Overview

‘Restore natural looking, harmonious facial proportions’

When someone is unhappy with their facial profile because of a ‘weak chin’, a chin implant can be used to improve facial proportions and facial harmony. Restoring more balanced proportions can result in dramatic improvements to the overall look of someone’s face.

You may be a chin implant candidate if you have any of the following:

  • You have a chin that is under projected (does not protrude enough)
  • You have a chin that is to narrow
  • You have a chin that is too short
  • Are interested in a slightly squarer look to the chin
  • You want to eliminate constant dimpling in the ‘chin muscle’

Chin implants can affect your appearance dramatically or subtly. A critical component to your consultation involves determining how much change is appropriate for your goals. There are different types of implants, and different methods of placing them. Choose a surgeon who has many years of practice experience dealing with various presentations of chin proportions and treatments. Learn more in-depth about Chin Implant Surgery in Toronto.

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Correction of Protruding Ears (Otoplasty) Overview

‘Regain your confidence with flatter, symmetric, ears’

If you feel that your ears ‘stick out’ too much, your ears look uneven, or you want your ears to look smaller, you may benefit from an Otoplasty. Reshaping the cartilage of the ear to achieve symmetry and reduce projection (the degree to which it protrudes) are some of the primary objectives of Otoplasty. Dr. Lawrence Tong can help you decide whether an Otoplasty is the procedure to attain your aesthetic goals. Learn more in-depth about Otoplasty in Toronto.

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Torn Earlobe / Earlobe Reduction Overview

‘Fast and easy correction of earlobe problems’

Torn earlobes, stretched earlobes, or large earlobes can be corrected under local anesthesia. Earlobe repair or correction usually takes less than 15 minutes, and patients can return to work the same day. Learn more in-depth about Earlobe Repair and Earlobe Reduction.

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Micro Fat Grafting Overview

‘Modern Fat Transfer Techniques employed by Dr. Tong can give your face a youthful fullness that is both long lasting and natural looking’

Your own fat can be used as natural filler in the face to add fullness or to restore fullness. The modern day technique involves a specialized process of fat harvest and injection known as Micro Fat Grafting. Toronto plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Tong uses this technique by itself or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as Facelift or Blepharoplasty.

You may benefit from micro fat grafting if:

  • You wish to restore facial fat (cheeks, upper or lower lids, temples, lips, smile lines, corners of mouth) lost due to the aging process
  • You wish to enhance or add to the fullness of some area of the face (cheeks, lips are most common)
  • You want a natural filler for facial rejuvenation or augmentation as opposed to ‘off-the-shelf’ fillers
  • You want a more permanent result compared to off-the-shelf fillers

Fat grafting has seen a resurgence in popularity, due to better techniques and the recognition that as we age, we lose fat from certain areas of the face, which makes us look older. Restoring that full, youthful appearance can be achieved with temporary fillers (e.g. JUVÉDERM®), but for patients seeking a more permanent solution, Mirco Fat Grafting is the best choice. Fat grafting’s success is very technique dependent. It is important to choose a surgeon who has many years of practice experience dealing with Micro Fat Grafting. Learn more in-depth about Micro Fat Grafting in Toronto.

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Lip Lift, Lip Reduction & Lip Augmentation

Long upper lip length is an often overlooked sign of aging; consider a Lip Lift

As we age, the face tends to droop, including the upper lip. The result is a longer upper lip (measured vertically from the base of the nose to the margin of the mouth). This is a typical sign of an elderly face. A lip lift will help correct this under-appreciated, but telltale sign of aging. Learn more in-depth about lip lift in Toronto.

If your lips are too full, consider a Lip Reduction

If you feel that your lips are too full, a lip reduction may be beneficial. Fuller lips may be due to one’s natural appearance, or in some cases due to injection of non-standard substances such as free silicone. A lip reduction may be a way to improve the shape and proportion of overly full lips. Learn more in-depth about lip reduction in Toronto.

For fuller, sexier lips, consider Lip Augmentation

If you think that your lips are to thin but want a fuller but natural look, consider having lip augmentation either with an soft tissue filler or micro fat grafting procedure.

For more in-depth information, visit our page on Lip Lift, Lip Reduction and Lip Augmentation.

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Chemical Peel

‘Restore a youthful glow, balance out blotchy skin tones, and eliminate fine lines’

A chemical peel helps to even-out skin tones and smooth out fine wrinkles. There are varying strengths and types of chemical peels. They can be applied in certain focused areas, or over the entire face. Unlike a lifting procedure, the aim of a chemical peel is to correct skin texture and quality, not to correct skin sagging.

A chemical peel can help improve:

  • Blotchiness and freckles due to sun exposure
  • Fine wrinkles or coarse wrinkles, depending on type of peel used
  • brown patches on the face from pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, or oral contraceptives (melasma)

There are many different types of chemical peels and strengths. They cannot be used interchangeably, and must be used appropriately, and with caution. It is important to choose a surgeon who has experience with various chemical peels and the problems they treat. Learn more in-depth about Chemical Peels in Toronto.

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Scar Removal, Cyst Removal, Mole Removal

‘Dr. Tong can easily remove Scars, Moles, Cysts and other small growths for cosmetic purposes under local anesthetic’

Plastic surgeons are commonly called upon to remove small lesions of the skin, especially if they are in cosmetically sensitive areas. In almost all cases, small scars, moles and similar growths can be easily treated in the office without the need for major anesthetics. If you have something that you would like to have removed, learn more about Mole, Scar and Cyst Removal.

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Dermabrasion

‘Smooth away surface wrinkles and acne scars’

Dermabrasion is surgical sanding of the skin. This is a powerful technique to smooth deeper wrinkle lines and improve scars.

In cosmetic surgery, the most common application of dermabrasion is for:

  • improving the vertical wrinkles in the around the lips, and wrinkles in the chin
  • improving acne scarring of the cheeks, chin, forehead, temples

Dermabrasion is most commonly performed with other facial rejuvenation procedures (eg Facelift), but can be done alone, and in select patients, under local anesthesia only. Learn more in-depth about Dermabrasion in Toronto.

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