5 Things to Know About Facial Plastic Surgery

Aesthetic, reconstructive or plastic surgery of the face reshapes or defines the contours of the facial structure. It may include surgery on the cheekbones, eyelids, chin or nose.


  • Reduce the signs of aging
  • Change a birth characteristic
  • Reconstructing the face after an accident

The most common facial plastic surgeries are:

  • Eyelid surgery
  • Eyebrow lift
  • Facelift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Repair of cleft lip or palate

Choosing to undergo surgery is a delicate decision, which must be weighed together with the surgeon both in terms of results and post-operative recovery.

After a careful medical history, the specialist will be able to indicate if the type of intervention required is the most suitable, or recommend the most suitable and effective aesthetic and / or surgical treatment.

Before undergoing facial plastic surgery it is important to:

  1. Contact qualified specialist. If you have decided to resort to plastic surgery, it is essential to choose professionals with certified experience and skills, who work in qualified facilities. The advice is to avoid relying on comments on the web or word of mouth. To gather information, you can consult the official website of the Italian Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (SICPRE).
  2. Set reasonable expectations. Discussing expectations thoroughly with the surgeon, and sharing a vision of the result you want to achieve is crucial.
  3. Know recovery times. Each procedure has an average length of hospital or outpatient stay. Your doctor will be able to inform you about the recovery time to return to work and resume normal activities. However, this is not the only recovery time to estimate, hematomas or swelling may occur, and recovery times may lengthen.
  4. Know the planned preparation. Most surgeries require specific preparation, to be discussed with your doctor.
  5. Evaluate with the specialist any risks related to the intervention. Every surgical procedure can involve risks. That is why it is essential to set adequate expectations and follow all the preparation instructions correctly.