Introduction

Individuals elect to pursue cosmetic surgery for a variety of reasons. For some, the decision is prompted by the need to repair damage caused by accidents or birth defects. In many instances, however, individuals choose cosmetic surgery to improve their personal appearance.

Cosmetic Maxillofacial Surgery can be performed using a variety of techniques, and several different procedures are available to correct specific conditions. As specialists of surgery of the face and jaws, maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to address your cosmetic surgical interests.

Combined dental and surgical backgrounds make maxillofacial surgeons highly qualified in the treatment of the face, mouth, teeth and jaws. Extensive education and training in surgical provedures of both soft tissue (skin and muscle) and hard tissue (bone and cartilage) emphasize the importance of harmony between facial appearance and function.

Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery may be performed on an outpatient basis, in Facial Surgery Center, or on an inpatient basis in the hospital, depending upon his and your preference. Surgery may be performed under general anesthesia. IV sedation or local anesthesia.

While a majority of patients report enhanced self confidence and self esteem after their surgeries, it is important to understand that the goal of surgery is to improve appearance. Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery will refine and enhance features that already exist, it will not give you a new face or a new life. How much or how little change is realized depends on the individual and the extent of surgery. Your age, health, skin texture, bone structure and healing capacity are all factors that can affect the results of your surgery.

Your expectations and attitude also will play a major role in your recovery. It is important that you discuss the procedure thoroughly with your doctor and proceed with realistic expectations.

Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery will require patience on your part. The final result of your surgery may not be immediately apparent.

Cosmetic maxillofacial surgical procedures are relatively common, but as with any surgery, cosmetic surgery entails a measure of risk. Dr. Bowman will discuss the possible risks and complications of the procedure under consideration.

Costs vary depending upon the complexity of the procedure to be performed. Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery is often considered “elective” rather than medically necessary and is such it is normally not covered by insurance. Because insurance companies and policies vary, you should check with your agent to determine if your surgery is covered.