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Facial Reconstruction: Aesthetic vs. Functional

Facial procedures are the most popular plastic surgery operations in the U.S., with nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and facelift as the top three procedures overall.

Dr. Derrick Gale understands that everyone who chooses to seek plastic surgery does so for unique, intensely personal motivations. Some reasons are purely cosmetic, while others may be more pragmatic. Let’s look more closely at the differences to help you decide what’s best for you.

Aesthetic Facial Procedures 

Many of Dr. Gale’s patients seek plastic surgery solely because they want to look and feel better about themselves. Top cosmetic procedures include blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, a brow lift, a facelift, or chin augmentation.

If you’ve always been self-conscious about various aspects of your appearance and want to improve your facial harmony without affecting the performance of any of your features, your goals are likely entirely aesthetic.

Functional Facial Procedures

Facial reconstruction is a specialized surgical discipline that can simultaneously improve your appearance and the functionality of various features. Some of Dr. Gale’s patients choose functional facial reconstruction procedures out of necessity. In many cases, this might be due to a congenital deformity or an accident that damaged some part of your face. Facial reconstruction, sleep apnea treatment, and jaw surgery are standard surgeries that serve practical purposes.

When performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, some procedures performed primarily for practical reasons can also have cosmetic benefits.

  • If skin laxity on your upper eyelids is significant enough that it droops over your eyes and obscures your vision, an eyelid lift may be medically necessary to help you see more clearly. However, removing this excess skin can also benefit your appearance by making you look younger, friendlier, and more alert.
  • A rhinoplasty is another example of a surgery that can serve dual purposes. Structural issues like a deviated septum may make it more difficult to breathe through your nose. When performing nose surgery, Dr. Gale can reshape your internal nasal structures to improve your respiratory function. If there are any cosmetic issues you’d like to address at the same time – such as a nose that is too large compared to your other facial features – Dr. Gale’s skill set will help you accomplish your goals.

Facial Aesthetic Procedures in Riverton, UT

Knowing the exact reason for your facial procedure will help you get the correct procedure for your desired results. That’s why Dr. Gale suggests having early consultations about any surgery you might be considering.

To discuss the best treatment for aesthetic or functional facial reconstruction in Riverton, UT, contact us at (801) 506-6344 or fill out our convenient online form today.