We tend to think of the face as a single organ. Yes, we generally acknowledge that it is made up of two eyes, a nose, a mouth, etc., but they all typically get lumped into one unit. While “the face” is definitely a specific part of the body, it is also a complex area made up of multiple zones and features that interconnect and play off of each other in unique ways.
When it comes to facial cosmetic surgery, the Philadelphia area’s Dr. Timothy Greco emphasizes that a dual understanding of the face—that it is a unified and cohesive collection of multiple elements—is vital. This is because procedures may focus on altering a single aspect, such as a drooping eyelid or poorly defined jawline, but each change must be made with all of the other elements of the face taken into account.
The chin, for example, is half a face away from the nose. Yet a weak chin can create the impression that the nose is overly long or large—even if it is of perfectly average size and shape. A patient unhappy with a perceived large nose, then, would not benefit (at least not ideally) from a rhinoplasty that reduced the size of the nose. The chin problem would remain.
Similarly, sagging on the lower face may actually be attributed to volume changes in the midface. The look of the ears can influence the overall look of the shape of the head. Whether it’s the forehead and cheeks, how a smile crinkles the sides of the eyes, or how a lax neck can reveal a person’s age even as the features above appear more youthful, everything is connected.
For this reason, Dr. Greco may not recommend a single, standalone treatment as the be-all, end-all solution to a patient’s cosmetic problems. Women and men seeking to address a specific feature should be prepared to discuss more than their solitary concern during an initial consultation. This is not an attempt to “upsell” someone, but an opportunity to learn and understand the scope of what facial cosmetic surgery can and can’t do.
Correcting skin laxity in one area may then draw more attention to other areas that continue to look creased and loose, making them more obvious in comparison—and causing the exact opposite of the intended effect.
Dr. Greco also cautions patients not to worry: The face, while connected, is not a chain of dominos ready to topple. Changes can be minimal, gradual, and always tailored to the patient to ensure the most naturally revitalized look possible.
Learn more about the facial cosmetic surgery options available from Dr. Timothy Greco by calling (610) 664-8830 or submitting information online to arrange a consultation.