Other Facial Procedures
Even the most subtle facial characteristics can have a marked effect on your overall appearance. If you feel that your face could use some improvements in symmetry or definition, you may benefit from procedures such as ear surgery (otoplasty), chin implant surgery or neck lift. Boston facial plastic surgery performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dax Guenther can add balance to your facial features and help define your profile.
Dr. Guenther has highly specialized training in procedures for the face, and he can make small adjustments that make a marked difference. Request a consultation online, or call us at (781) 740-7840 (Hingham), (617) 306-3175 (Back Bay), or (508) 901-9239 (Nantucket) to speak with one of our team members today.
Your face conveys your personality to the world. Dr. Guenther has the aesthetic eye and surgical skill to enhance your unique facial features and give you the ideal look you desire. He will rely on his exceptional level of anatomical knowledge and medical training to:
- Eliminate sagging and enhance the jaw, chin and neck with a neck lift
- Streamline and balance the ears with otoplasty
- Create facial definition with chin and cheek implants
In your private consultation, you will have an in-depth conversation with Dr. Guenther about your goals for facial surgery. He will use one or a combination of these highly specialized procedures to help you put your best face forward.
Advanced Techniques & Options
Dr. Guenther routinely combines neck lift with facelift. He will occasionally use liposuction during neck lift procedures, or simply perform liposuction in conjunction with face procedures. He also performs neck lifts for post-weight-loss patients. For a neck lift, incisions are made around the ears, much like a facelift, and are well hidden. If the patient has prominent neck bands, he will make a small additional incision underneath the chin in order to correct them. In some cases, liposuction alone is used to correct fullness under the chin.
Dr. Guenther does not perform "mini" or "string" neck lifts or use injectables to correct neck bands, as he does not believe these variations deliver the quality or duration of results his patients seek.
Dr. Guenther offers cheek and chin implants, although chin implants are more common. Improving the definition of facial angles even slightly can improve the profile and overall balance of the facial features. In some cases, he can combine a chin implant with rhinoplasty to achieve that overall balance. He also performs osseous genioplasty (chin reshaping) by altering the underlying bone if the patient is a candidate for this type of surgery and does not wish to have an implant.
Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
When performing otoplasty, Dr. Guenther hides the incisions behind the ear so the scars are not visible. He takes extra care to avoid the unnatural "pinned back" appearance. He typically performs this surgery on children who are old enough to handle the physical and emotional aspects of the procedure.
Dr. Guenther is the only provider in the Boston area who offers EarWells™ – a highly specialized device that can correct infant outer ear deformities without surgery; he trained in Dallas with EarWells designer Dr. Steve Byrd.
Healing & Enjoying Your New Look
Dr. Guenther performs neck lifts in the operating room, and recovery depends upon whether neck lift takes place alone or in combination with a facelift. Necklift patients may be able to go home the same day, while patients of combined procedures are typically retained overnight in a recovery area to facilitate comfort and care.
For the first few days, post-op patients should have a friend or family member available at home to assist so the focus remains on the patient's recovery. Patients are seen in the office at day 5 to 7 for suture removal, and again at 2 weeks, at which point they are typically able to go out in public without drawing attention. They are also cleared to begin mild lower-body exercise at this time. At 6 weeks, patients are allowed to participate in full athletics.
These procedures are performed as day surgeries. As with neck lifts, patients should have a friend or family member assist with recovery; follow-up appointments also take place at 5 to 7 days and at 2 weeks, after which the patient can generally go out in public comfortably.
Otoplasty (Ear Surgery)
Dr. Guenther performs otoplasty as a day surgery. After their procedure, patients typically wear a headband for the first few days.