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Everyone wants to look and feel beautiful. Now, more than ever, there are a wide range of options which can improve your appearance, regardless of whether you have facial abnormalities, have suffered a facial trauma, or just want to enhance certain features or reducethe  adverse effects of aging. Fortunately, the advancement in aesthetic medicine and surgery allows you to correct many of these facial issues to look more youthful and rested.

Kenneth J. Andrews, MD - Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery
Starling is proud to have our own facial plastics expert, Dr. Kenneth Andrews, who specializes in the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of facial structures. Dr. Andrews offers a comprehensive approach, including:
  • Cosmetic surgeries to enhance the visual appearance of the facial structures and features
  • Reconstructive surgeries to address medical issues such as facial trauma or deformities, including scar revision, fractures, or cancer reconstruction
  • Non-surgical procedures to reduce signs of aging and restore a youthful appearance
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.
 Learn more about Dr. Andrews

Facial Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery
Surgical Treatment Options

You may opt to undergo reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery to improve your facial appearance or address a medical issue. Let’s look at each type of surgery in more detail:

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery: The primary objective of cosmetic plastic surgery is to improve facial features and structures to enhance your facial appearance. If you feel unhappy with any of your facial features,  there are a number of surgical options to address your concerns. The common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures include: 

  • Rhinoplasty, or nose job
  • Revision rhinoplasty
  • Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty
  • Facelift
  • Forehead lift
  • Chin augmentation
  • Otoplasty, or ear surgery

Learn more about Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: If you suffer from any facial abnormality from birth, such as birthmarks, cleft lip, protruding ears, or a crooked smile, you may opt to undergo reconstructive surgery. Surgery can address facial conditions resulting from an accident, trauma, skin cancert, or burns. In some cases, surgery is can restore your appearance after other treatments such as removal of skin cancer on the face. Common facial reconstructive surgical procedures include:

  • Mohs reconstruction
  • Nasal fracture reconstruction
  • Scar revision surgery.

Learn more about Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery can improve the appearance of your facial features and boost your confidence level. Most surgical procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at local surgical centers or in a hospital setting.

Non-surgical Cosmetic Treatments for a Vibrant Appearance

Botox InjectionNon-surgical cosmetic procedures have gained considerable attention in recent years. These cosmetic treatments can enhance your facial appearance, similar to a surgical cosmetic procedure, but in a non-invasive manner.  

The most popular and in-demand non-surgical cosmetic treatments are injectable dermal fillers and toxins.

Dermal Fillers: These fillers help surgeons add volume to different areas of your face. Surgeons can use these fillers for enhancing your lips and cheeks, as well as for non-surgical nose jobs, filling shallow areas, and removing facial lines and wrinkles.

Toxins (Botox): Toxins are muscle relaxers. Getting Botox helps you get rid of facial lines, wrinkles, and droopy eyes.

Dr. Andrews performs these treatments in a comfortable office setting.

Learn more about Non-surgical Cosmetic Treatments

 

Face the Facts…

When considering facial surgery, it is strongly advised to see a doctor who is specially trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and is a board-certified otolaryngologist (a specialist in the ears, nose, throat, and neck). This ensures that the physician has had rigorous training in the head and neck area, including extensive experience with facial plastic surgery techniques that take into account the complicated anatomy of this region to ensure both aesthetic and functional improvement.

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 Today!

If you want to look your best and feel your best, schedule a consultation. Don’t let fear get in your way. There are so many different procedures that can improve your appearance and confidence. As an experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Andrews can find the option that is right for you!

Dr. Andrews sees patients in New Britain and Glastonbury.
Call (860) 224-2631 to schedule your initial consultation.

  • Question & Answers about Facial Rejuvenation

    Dr. Andrews addresses some common questions about rejuvenating your face.

    What are the most common non-surgical procedures for patients seeking facial rejuvenation?

    The most common procedures we perform on our patients seeking facial rejuvenation are the nonsurgical options including:

    • Botox for the wrinkles on the forehead or around the eyes
    • Facial fillers, predominantly used in the mid and lower face, to restore volume and soften deeper set wrinkles and lines of the face that occur with aging

    These nonsurgical interventions can provide subtle but significant improvements in freshening and rejuvenating one’s appearance.

    For someone wanting to look younger without going for a partial or full facelift, what are different options?

    There are many nonsurgical procedures that can provide subtle changes and improvements short of a full or partial facelift. There are energy treatments and peels, both laser and chemical, which can help tighten and stimulate growth of the underlying collagen which can help get the skin a younger and tighter appearance.  However, generally these options are only capable of subtle improvements and are not recommended for everyone.

    When considering surgical options, are there procedures that can result in both cosmetic and functional improvement?

    In some cases, there is an overlap between the cosmetic desires of the patient and addressing a functional deficit. For example, for someone with droopy eyelids, the patient has so much overhang that it begins to cause a visual impairment for which an upper eyelid lift would be medically indicated and generally covered by insurance. 

    Another example would be patient with a history of nasal fracture or nasal deformity that impairs their breathing in which case a functional rhinoplasty may be medically covered as well.  Patients may also have functional impairments from scars from past injuries or surgeries which may be improved with scar revision procedure which would be medically indicated.

    From your viewpoint as a doctor, what do you find most compelling about your work?

    The most rewarding aspect of my work is coming to a shared vision with my patients on how to achieve a natural appearance so that when they look in the mirror they don’t feel like they’re looking at a stranger, just the best version of themselves.

    Dr. Andrews sees patients in New Britain and Glastonbury.
    Call (860) 224-2631 to schedule your initial consultation.

     

  • Preparing for Surgery: Important Instructions

    Below are our pre-operative instructions.  Please consult your doctor or our staff if you have any questions prior to surgery.

    If you are scheduled for surgery at The Hospital of Central Connecticut New Britain General Campus, please report to the information desk at the front entrance of the hospital on the day of your surgery.

    You must have someone drive you to and from the hospital on the day of the surgery. Someone must also stay with you for the first 24 hours when you go home.

    DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO EAT OR DRINK AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR SURGERY AND NOTHING THE MORNING OF YOUR SURGERY. IF YOU DO EAT OR DRINK, YOUR SURGERY WILL BE CANCELLED.

     

    The hospital will call you about one week prior to surgery to schedule any pre-op testing that the doctor has ordered. They will also call the afternoon before your surgery to give you the time to report to the hospital. At this time, they will go over all your medications and instruct you on how to take them the day of surgery.

    Please let our office know if you are taking any type of blood thinning medications such as COUMADIN, PLAVIX, LOVENOX, ASPIRIN, OR MOTRIN. These medications need to be stopped SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR SURGERY. All herbal medications (such as Vitamin E, Fish Oil supplements, etc.) should be stopped 5 – 7 days prior to your surgery.

    Our office will take care of any insurance notifications or pre-certifications, if needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call (860)224-2631 and follow the prompts to surgery scheduling.

    On the day of your surgery you may receive prescriptions to be taken post operatively. In the event you need to have these refilled, you must call our office between the hours of 8AM-5PM Monday – Friday. The doctors DO NOT REFILL PRESCRIPTIONS AFTER HOURS OR ON THE WEEKENDS.

    Please submit any FMLA paperwork at least 2 weeks before your surgery.

    Should you have any questions or problems after surgery, please call the office or after hours call our answering service, If you need to cancel your surgery, you must call our office, do not call the hospital.