Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Facial plastic surgery involves the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of facial structures. Surgeries can be cosmetic in nature to enhance the visual appearance of the facial structures and features. Surgeries can also be functional in nature to address facial trauma or deformities including scar revision, fractures, or cancer reconstruction.
A large percentage of all facial plastic and reconstructive surgery is performed by board-certified otolaryngologists, whose rigorous training in the head and neck area includes extensive experience with facial plastic surgery techniques that take into account the complicated anatomy of this region to ensure both aesthetic and functional improvement
Starling is proud to have our own facial plastics expert, Dr. Kenneth Andrews.
About Dr. Andrews
Dr. Andrews is a board-certified otolaryngologist and fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon who treats the whole spectrum of issues affecting the ears, nose, sinuses, throat, head and neck with a special interest in allergy and sino-nasal conditions. Furthermore, he is one of a handful of experts in the region to specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. His surgical expertise includes facelift, necklift surgery, rhinoplasty, scar revision, and surgery for the eyes and brows.
Types of Procedures
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrews performs a wide range of surgical procedures. Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at local surgical centers or in a hospital setting.
Rhinoplasty is surgery of the nose in which cartilage and bone are reshaped and reconstructed and excess bone or cartilage may be removed. Rhinoplasty may be cosmetic or functional in nature, of a combination of both.
Nationally, as many as 6-8% of primary rhinoplasty operations may require some degree of revision or touch up. It is important to find a highly qualified facial plastic surgeon with experience in revision procedures as these cases are often more complicated and may require increased surgical time and technical skill.
Blepharoplasty is surgery of the upper and/or lower eyelids where fat and excess skin, bags, pouches, and wrinkles in the eye area are removed to make the eyes look less tired and give a more rested and youthful appearance. If you have gotten to the point where the excess skin above the eyes begins to obstruct your vision, an eyelid lift can drastically improve this condition.
A rhytidectomy is surgery to remove excess skin and tighten muscles in the neck and lower part of the face.
A forehead lift–or browlift– is surgery to minimize forehead lines and wrinkles, and elevate brows to reduce lid drooping and provide a refreshed appearance.
Genioplasty or mentoplasty is surgery to augment a small chin or reduce a prominent chin and create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing profile.
Otoplasty is surgery to improve the appearance of the ears. Patients with oversized, misshapen or protruding ears can see a dramatic improvement following an otoplasty procedure.
Injectable Facial Fillers (Juvederm, Restylane)
Injectable Cheek Augmentation and Lift (Juvederm Voluma)
Injectable Double Chin Reduction (Kybella)
The outer layer of the skin may be removed with a laser (laser skin resurfacing), a liquid (chemical peel) or a spinning brush (dermabrasion) resulting in smoother and less wrinkled skin.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer today with over 500,000 new cases reported in the United States every year. Skin cancer commonly occurs on the face. Mohs surgery is a treatment performed by your dermatologist that removes the cancerous growth layer by layer thus preserving the as much surrounding healthy tissue as possible, but can none-the-less leave serious cosmetic and functional repercussions when performed on the face. The goal of Mohs reconstructive surgery is to repair the damaged tissue while restoring any lost function all while achieving a cosmetic outcome that preserves each patient’s natural appearance as much as possible.
Nasal Fracture & Reconstruction
Fractures to the nasal bones are the third most common type of fracture. While surgery is not always needed, in many cases treatment will be required to restore the appearance of the nose as well as correct any nasal airway obstruction that may have resulted from the injury.
Scars are a normal byproduct of your body’s natural healing process but can be problematic on the face when they grow too much as with hypertrophic scars or keloids, when they are in aesthetically disfiguring, or cause functional impairment. Scar revision attempts to improve the appearance of scars by a combination of surgical and non-surgical techniques that can help hide or otherwise improve the appearance and function of scarring affecting the head and neck region.
Get Started with a Consultation
If you are considering a facial plastic procedure, the first step is to schedule a consultation. This allows you to meet with Dr. Andrews to discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations. Dr. Andrews will determine whether you are a good candidate for a procedure.
Questions to ask may include:
- What outcome can I expect?
- How long will the operation take?
- What is the recovery time?
- What are the risks involved?
- Is post-operative medication necessary?
- What is the cost of the procedure?
- Is the cost covered by insurance?
You should be prepared to be candid about your medical history, medications, allergies, habits, and background— which could affect the outcome of the surgery. Some consultations may include computer imaging to show you what the surgery might accomplish. Dr. Andrews can also describe what anesthesia is used for each of the surgeries you may be contemplating. It is crucial for you to ask enough questions to find out about all aspects of the proposed surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Andrews sees patients in New Britain and Glastonbury.
Call (860) 224-2631 to schedule your initial consultation.