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How Can Jaw Surgery Improve My Appearance?

Jaw surgery is often performed to address congenital deformities or traumatic injuries, but many individuals are unaware that orthognathic procedures can also be pursued for aesthetic purposes. On top of helping to repair speech, biting, and physiological difficulties (such as mouth breathing), jaw surgery can also benefit patients cosmetically by: Correcting facial imbalances or asymmetries Advancing a receding chin and/or jawline Improving the shape of the face Completing enhancements that cannot be achieved with chin... Continue Reading
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Do I Need Revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty, or nasal reconstruction, is sometimes performed for patients who may not have achieved the enhancement they originally sought in their first rhinoplasty. This may occur due to a miscommunication between you and your previous plastic surgeon, or simply because your surgeon wasn’t well-qualified to achieve your desired improvements. In any case, the decision to pursue revision rhinoplasty is entirely your own to make. This reconstructive surgery can be performed for a myriad of... Continue Reading
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Can I Treat an Infant Ear Deformity Without Surgery?

Roughly one-third of infants are born with some type of ear deformity, which is a term that encompasses many different conditions defined by irregular ear development. Infant ear deformities are relatively common and approximately one-third to one-half of cases even self-correct within the first few weeks of birth. While incorrect ear development does not naturally resolve for all children, craniofacial plastic surgeon Eric Payne, MD can treat an array of ear deformities without surgery using... Continue Reading
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How Can I Improve a Speech Impediment Caused By a Cleft?

Speech problems caused by a cleft can be successfully treated with both surgical intervention and non-surgical therapies. A cleft lip and/or palate are among the most common congenital defects in the world, with as many as 1 in 1,600 babies in the U.S. born with a cleft. While this condition is often corrected as a child with cleft lip and palate repair, adults who previously had a facial cleft can face a number of difficulties... Continue Reading
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Infant Ear Molding: Which System is Right For My Newborn?

If your baby was born with some type of ear deformity, wherein the ear shape deviates from the normal exterior ear anatomy, you’re not alone. Studies show that approximately one-third of newborns have a congenital (since birth) ear deformity that typically does not resolve on its own. Fortunately, new techniques have been developed to correct many different ear deformities without surgical intervention. Our highly trained craniofacial plastic surgeon outlines the three primary infant ear molding... Continue Reading
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Orthognathic Jaw Surgery for Cosmetic Reasons: Is It Dangerous?

Recently, we’ve seen quite a few new patients who want corrective surgery after undergoing cosmetic orthognathic jaw surgery. These surgeries include: chin reduction, chin augmentation with implant, cheekbone (zygoma) reduction, jawline reduction, and other significant jaw repositioning surgeries. There has been a boom in cosmetic surgery in South Korea where celebrities have chosen to undergo a full cosmetic makeover to change their appearance. We aren’t just talking about improving wrinkles and minor adjustments, but significant... Continue Reading
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How is Craniosynostosis Diagnosed?

An infant’s skull is composed of several bony plates connected by a series of fibrous joints (called sutures). During normal growth, the sutures close together as the child develops, allowing room in the skull for the brain to fully form. Craniosynostosis is a condition in which the sutures close prematurely, inhibiting normal development of the brain and skull. This can cause surrounding bones to compensate for the restricted growth, leading to changes in the facial... Continue Reading
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Can You Close an Ear Piercing Without Surgery?

Earlobe repair is an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment for patients who have had their earlobes stretched from piercings over time, used large gauge piercings, or experienced a traumatic injury in this area. Dr. Eric Payne, our craniofacial plastic surgeon, can help close stretched ear-piercing holes and repair torn earlobes. The soft cartilage and fatty tissue of the earlobes make them susceptible to tearing and stretching without the same ability to return the same shape after... Continue Reading
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Tips for Facial Reconstruction Post-Operative Care

Each patient’s facial reconstruction program is unique to their needs. That said, many aspects of recovery will be similar for most individuals. The healing process is an essential part of achieving the discussed outcome, and how you care for yourself during this period will help you see the best possible result. Some of the tips Dr. Eric Payne recommends patients keep in mind include: Start walking as soon as possible to help reduce swelling and... Continue Reading
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How Long Does Recovery Take After Adult Cleft Lip Repair?

Today, there are many treatments and techniques that can provide adults with cleft lip and palate improvement in their appearance, comfort, and oral function. Some of these methods involve surgery while other treatments are minimally invasive. If surgery is used to correct or repair an adult cleft lip and/or palate, the recovery process is just as important as the operation. Everyone heals at their own rate, but generally speaking, recovery following adult cleft lip and... Continue Reading