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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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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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Close Ear Piercing

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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What to Look for in a Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeon

Revision rhinoplasty, also known as nasal reconstruction, typically is performed for two reasons: as part of a complex staged procedure or in an effort to improve the results of a previous surgery. Furthermore, this operation can be used to improve nasal aesthetics, nasal function, or both. Rhinoplasty is considered to be one of the most difficult facial plastic surgery procedures, and revision rhinoplasty is often more complex than the primary (initial) surgery. As a result,... Continue Reading

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How Soon Can I Eat After Jaw Surgery?

Jaw surgery is a significant procedure, whether you are having single or double jaw surgery. Therefore, we cannot emphasize enough that each person has a unique rate of healing, and you should listen to your body to determine if you’re ready for the next stage of recovery. Dr. Eric Payne, our experienced craniofacial plastic surgeon, has provided the following general guidelines to assist you. If you have any questions, please reach out to our team... Continue Reading

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What Causes Torticollis and Head Tilt?

Torticollis is defined as twisted or tight neck muscles causing a head to tilt to one side. Some parents ask what is the treatment for correcting a head tilt or neck tightness known as torticollis? To answer this question, we first need to understand the cause or reason for the head tilt. There are 3 main types of torticollis: Postural Muscular Neck or Sternocleidomastoid mass When performing a physical exam to determine the cause we... Continue Reading

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What Is Revision Ear Surgery?

Revision of a previous ear surgery can be quite difficult. Dr. Payne is one of the few craniofacial plastic surgeon specialists trained to perform revision otoplasty on adults and children to correct bad outcomes from previous ear surgery. Complications from ear surgery can include: Infection Over pinned back ears (overcorrection) Relapse of ear deformity (rupture of suture) Loss of skin or cartilage of the ear Abnormal position of the ear Significant asymmetry of the ears... Continue Reading

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What Is Parry-Romberg Syndrome?

Parry–Romberg syndrome, or progressive hemifacial atrophy, is a disease characterized by localized loss of subcutaneous tissue on one side of the face and skull. Or in other words, the shrinking and degeneration of the soft and bony tissues under the skin. This is a rare neurocutaneous syndrome with an unknown etiology or cause. Typically, this affects females more commonly than males in a 3-2 ratio with usual beginning stages at around the teenage years of... Continue Reading

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