FAQs about Facial Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest Baptist

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Do our facial plastic surgeons do BOTOX® injections?

Yes. BOTOX® is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to rejuvenate the face. It minimizes frown lines and crow’s feet and can even give a temporary lift to the eyebrows, helping to open up the eyes and give them a refreshed look. Facial plastic surgeons do all of the injections themselves, and treatment takes between 20 and 30 minutes. We typically use ice just before the injection to further anesthetize the area and minimize bruising. BOTOX® begins working after 3 to 4 days, and lasts 3 to 4 months.

Do our facial plastic surgeons inject filler?

Yes. Fillers like Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, etc. are used to minimize static facial lines and correct volume loss. Our facial plastic surgeons do all of the injections themselves, and treatment takes about 30 minutes. We use a variety of methods to ensure patient comfort during injections, including ice, anesthetic creams or nerve blocks. The most common side effect is mild redness at the injection site that almost always resolves by the next morning.

Do our facial plastic surgeons do Sculptra injections?

Yes. Sculptra is used to naturally replace volume loss in the face that occurs as we age. It works slowly over a period of several months to replace lost collagen. Our facial plastic surgeons do all of the injections themselves, and treatment takes about 45 minutes. We usually use ice just before the injection to further anesthetize the area and minimize bruising. The most common side effects are mild redness at the injection sites and some swelling that is almost always gone in 48 hours.

Do our facial plastic surgeons do fat injections?

Yes. Fat injections are used to naturally replace volume loss in the face by borrowing superficial fat from the abdominal area (“tummy fat”). Fat injections are often done in conjunction with other procedures, like browlifting, facelifting, or blepharoplasty, but they can be done as a stand-alone procedure. Our facial plastic surgeons do all of the injections themselves, and treatment takes anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour and a half. The most common side effects are bruising and swelling. The first step in this process is a detailed 30-minute consultation with our facial plastic surgeons. We ask that you bring in past photos of yourself (preferably when you were in your early 20s) so that we can analyze the aging process and best recommend a treatment plan for you.

Do our facial plastic surgeons do rhinoplasty?

Yes. Our facial plastic surgeons have extensive training in rhinoplasty. We believe that form and function go hand-in-hand when performing rhinoplasty. Our philosophy is to provide for a natural reshaping of the nose that fits in with your other facial features. Most importantly, rhinoplasty should also maintain support for the nose and a functional nasal airway.

I just broke my nose. What do I do next?

Our reconstructive surgeons recommend consultation within the first 24 hours after a nasal fracture or injury. In certain situations, early treatment within the first few days can improve long-term outcomes.

Do our facial plastic surgeons perform facelifts, browlifts or blepharoplasty?

Yes. Our facial plastic surgeons’ philosophy is to help patients maximize their natural beauty at any age. This involves a customized approach tailored to each patient’s individual goals and wishes. The first step in this process is a detailed 30-minute consultation with our facial plastic surgeons. We ask that you bring in past photos of yourself (preferably when you were in your early 20s) so that we can analyze the aging process and best recommend a treatment plan for you.

Do our reconstructive surgeons perform scar revision?

Yes. Our reconstructive surgeons have specialty training dealing with scars - both surgical scars and scars from injury or trauma. Scar revision may involve injections, dermabrasion (a type of resurfacing) or surgery, or a combination of these treatments, to maximize improvement.

Do our reconstructive surgeons treat skin cancer of the face?

Yes. Our reconstructive surgeons have extensive training in reconstruction of facial defects after skin cancer removal and postoperative followup. We are also equipped to offer advice on sun precautions to help you minimize future skin cancers.

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