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We all want to live long, full lives, but not all of us want it to show on our face. Whether it’s age, sun damage, the effects of gravity, or a feature you’re just tired of living with, there’s never been a better time to pursue facial surgery. Dr. Houser and his staff at Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus provide a full range of trusted techniques along with years of expertise to give you rejuvenated, natural-looking results.

Brief descriptions of each procedure are listed below on this page. Click on the procedure’s name for more detailed information.


Rhytidectomy (facelift) addresses the “jowl” area on the lower face as well as the cheek and neck. Incisions are modified for the individual patient, but generally extend from the sideburn, around in front of the ear, and then behind the ear in the hairline.

Mini facelift is an excellent option for someone seeking just a little bit of correction to their jawline and neck or who want to enhance the non-surgical procedures they’re already benefiting from. The mini facelift is also ideal for someone with a thin face and little excess skin. Mini facelift incisions are similar to the facelift.

Brow lift (forehead lift) surgery is designed to elevate the outer brow. The elevation of the brow not only restores a youthful slope, but it also lifts skin off the outer upper eyelid. The endoscopic brow lift Dr. Houser performs may involve either small incisions concealed in the hairline or a longer incision over the top of the scalp, generally still behind the hairline.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is used to reduce the amount of excess tissue around the eyes that often results in a tired appearance. Upper blepharoplasty removes excess skin from the upper eyelid and sometimes a small amount of fat. Lower blepharoplasty generally involves removal of skin as well as fat that may be producing bags under the eyes. Occasionally, the fat alone may be removed, resulting in no visible scars.

Lower Rhytidectomy (neck lift) is similar to the neck portion of the facelift, but it doesn’t focus on treating the upper face. The incisions may either be similar to the facelift incision or confined to below the chin.

Facial implants (chin, lip, cheek or nasal) may be placed as a primary procedure, but are often done in combination with other procedures such as a facelift, chin and/or neck liposuction, brow lift, neck lift, rhinoplasty, and other cosmetic procedures, for complementary results. Recovery depends on the area being treated and if additional procedures have been performed during the same surgical visit.

Rhinoplasty (nose job) techniques vary depending on the desires of the patient and the operative plan. There are two basic approaches to rhinoplasty: closed and open. To reduce the hump on the top of the nose and improve a person’s profile, the closed technique works very well. For extensive changes to the tip of the nose (usually to change a boxy tip), the open approach is often used.

Otoplasty (ear pinning) is designed to correct protruding ears. This may be addressed either as a child (as young as 6) or in adults. The incisions are confined to the skin behind the ear and involve some combination of sutures, cartilage excision, and skin removal.

Lip augmentation can be achieved either through soft tissue augmentation or the use of an implant. Soft tissue fillers enhance lip fullness and can raise or define a cupid’s bow or vermillion border. Alternatively, a person’s own tissue may be used for lip augmentation either in the form of skin or fat. The PermaLip™ implant by SurgSil™ is a great option for people looking for permanent volume and is available in three sizes. It can be placed easily under local anesthetic and only requires two small incisions at the corners of the mouth.


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