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Many patients can undergo more than one facial plastic surgery procedure in one surgical session. However, whether a patient can undergo more than one procedure in a single session depends on multiple factors. A detailed discussion with your surgeon is required to determine whether one or more procedures is indicated. A surgical and anesthesia plan is then developed that is safe and as effective as possible. This plan may involve one or more procedures.

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Side Profile Of Young Lady

The neck is a common area patients seek improvements in with surgery. Signs of aging in the neck are the result of loosening muscle and skin and sometimes the accumulation of fat. The medical literature recognizes youthful contours and angles to the neck and jawline which surgeons can strive for. However, all patients are not born with these features. In fact, there probably is no true “ideal” neck which every patient possesses in youth.

There are many approaches to a neck lift. My approach is through a deep plane...

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Filler migration involves the movement of injected filler (e.g., hyaluronic acid filler) away from the location in which it was initially injected. This is a very rare occurrence in skilled, experienced hands. There are various reasons why filler migration may occur. All are based on conjecture. It is important to seek out a well-trained specialist in the non-surgical care of the face who has experience with injectables to minimize the risk of filler migration.

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The purpose of anesthesia is to reduce the discomfort associated with surgery and to keep the patient safe while allowing the surgeon to complete the operation. The types and depth of anesthesia patients can undergo fall on a spectrum. As a facial plastic surgeon, I am not an authority on anesthesiology. However, I work closely with anesthesiologists in the operating room. I have cared for patients who have received each of the below types of anesthesia. The descriptions below are simply basic summaries to better educate patients.

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The nose is composed of multiple, matching, complexly shaped cartilage pieces and bone. The use of additional cartilage is often required to achieve specific functional or aesthetic goals during nose surgery (rhinoplasty). For example, cartilage can be used to open and strengthen the valves of the nose to improve nasal breathing. It can also be used to change the contours of the nose to achieve a specific aesthetic result. There are four different sources of cartilage used in nose surgery (rhinoplasty) to achieve the...

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Young Lady With A Cincinnati Cheek Lift

One major benefit of deep plane facelift surgery, including the extended deep plane facelift, is that unlike other facelift approaches the natural volume of the cheeks can be lifted. The benefits of this are best appreciated dynamically and in-person. However, images can capture some of the nuances of a cheek lift. See...

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It is a privilege to team up with dermatologists to assist in the treatment of skin cancer. As a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, I am enlisted to repair particularly sensitive, aesthetically important areas of the face, such as the nose. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have concerns about your face or neck.

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A general Otolaryngologist (ENT) is the usually the first person a patient sees when they have difficulty breathing through their nose in Cincinnati, Ohio. There are multiple causes of nasal obstruction. A deviated nasal septum is one possible cause. Repair of a deviated septum can often improve nasal obstruction. However, the cause of nasal obstruction may involve not only the septum but also the cartilage and bones that give the external shape to the nose. It is in those cases that the patient is usually referred to a sub-specialized, fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive...

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A rendering of Homa, the mythological Persian bird that never stops flying, caught my eye. The line to pick up boarding passes and drop off checked luggage for Iran Air was a train of luxury shopping bags, headscarves, and nasal casts. I had landed in Dubai International Airport, which contained a fascinating mix of people from all over the world. It was my first trip to the city, a 30-minute flight from Doha, Qatar where I was based working as a teacher at Weil Cornell Medical College. It was the only flight I have experienced where we started the descent at almost the exact moment we...

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Teaching involves not only the transmission of knowledge but also the organization of knowledge into a digestible framework whose construction imparts a way to organize other information. In other words, teaching involves teaching students how to learn as much as what to learn. It is that process of constructing the “framework” that allows me to organize my knowledge into a logical, organized, evidence-based facial plastic surgery clinical practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have concerns about your face or neck.

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It is important to maintain the moisture of your skin, especially during the winter months with its cold, dry air. This blog post does not promote a specific skin product. Instead, it is intended to empower those interested to better understand some of the ingredients in moisturizers. Our hope at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery is that this will help individuals make better-informed choices.

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Man With Sleeping Baby

My wife, Fara, and I are building a facial plastic surgery practice in Cincinnati, Ohio that our children will be proud of as they grow and mature. Our children are the most profound, beautiful gift we have ever been given. And whether our son and daughter choose to enter the field of medicine, Fara and I hope that our example will lead them to a life focused on the care of others. Their existence is the embodiment of our practice’s values. We at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery care for our patients as we care for our children.

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Young Lady In Red Dress Looking Into Camera What is the Difference between the Hyaluronic Acid Found in the Body, Applied to the Skin, and Injected as Filler

The differences between hyaluronic acid naturally present in the body, that is applied to the skin in skincare products, and that is injected as filler (e.g., Restylane©) is whether the hyaluronic acid is formulated in the body or the lab and whether the hyaluronic acid is cross-linked or not.

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Young Female Laying Down And Looking Into Camera Thinking About Retinoids versus Retinols: What's the Difference and Which is Better?

Retinoids are derived from Vitamin A, which a common vitamin in human skin. They can be naturally derived or synthetically (i.e., lab) derived. Most retinoids are applied to the skin (i.e., topically) to treat age-related changes to the skin and/or prevent age-related changes to the skin. Those changes, called photoaging, include wrinkles, dark spots, and texture irregularities. Retinoids exert their effects by encouraging the formation of youthful collagen and discouraging the breakdown of collagen in the skin. Retinol is a form of retinoid. Tretinoin is another form of retinoid....

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Image of a young man who has had a rhinoplasty in Cincinnati

I have the privilege as a physician and surgeon of helping patients “feel good about feeling good.” I pride myself as being a well-trained facial plastic surgeon who can provide natural surgical and non-surgical results, safely. However, I often wonder if during my consultation with patients they are thinking: “sure, you know what you are doing, but do you truly understand what goes into making a decision to proceed with facial plastic surgery?” My answer to that question is yes, I do understand. I underwent a rhinoplasty at age 17. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you...

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Middle Aged Woman Who Has Had A Deep Plate Facelift in Cincinnati

Swelling is normal and expected after any facelift surgery, including the extended deep plane facelift. It resolves without intervention (see the extended deep plane facelift page for the average expected recovery time). Swelling is largely due initially to the normal healing (i.e., acute inflammatory) response after surgery followed by the fact that the lymphatic drainage system – the system that carries the body’s natural fluid through the body and back to the heart – requires time to heal as well....

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The promotion of aesthetic plastic surgery in the United States increased dramatically after the second world war when surgeons who gained experience reconstructing the war wounded saw a sudden drop in patients. This development paralleled the greater professionalization – the act of increasing training for and/or the qualifications required to enter - of the field of plastic surgery. However, one of the problems associated with the early advertising of plastic surgery services in the 1940s and 1950s was that these promotional efforts did not extend to the head and neck surgery trained...

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Hair restoration surgery, which includes follicular strip (FUS) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) procedures, is an excellent option to treat the most common cause of hair loss in men and women, called androgenic alopecia. The pattern of hair loss in men and women with androgenic alopecia differs, though the cause is similar. Here at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio both FUS and FUE hair restoration surgery is performed for both men and women with concerns about hair loss.

However, there...

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Dr. Jeffrey Harmon

The definition of a kludge is a solution that is clumsy, inelegant, inefficient, and difficult to maintain. There are many kludges in facial plastic surgery that should generally be avoided. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have concerns about your face or neck.

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Middle aged man with gray hair

The cells that impart color to the hair, called melanocytes, are the same cells that impart pigmentation to the skin. The melanocytes located in hair follicles are more sensitive to the aging process than those in the skin. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have concerns about your hair.

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Woman washing her face

The following blog post is a quick summary of the few things that are okay and need to be avoided after treatment of the face with Botox©.

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The following blog post is a series of book reviews and recommendations that reflect our mantra "Feel Good About Feeling Good."

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The following interview is with Christie L. Krazter, Principal at Reztark Design Studio. Reztark Design Studio developed the architectural and interior design plans for Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Revision Nose Surgery in Cincinnati

Revision, or secondary, nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is a technically challenging procedure, largely because the previous surgery usually alters the nasal anatomy in unpredictable ways that require creativity and skill to address and correct. There are many reasons why a patient would desire to undergo revision rhinoplasty. In most cases, however, the recovery from a secondary nose surgery is longer and less predictable than with the first surgery. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have difficulty...

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Black and white portrait of Angela Kowalski

Angela Kowalski is the creative for the branding of Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery.

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peri-oral rejuvenation in Cincinnati

The lips consist of complex anatomy that includes more than simply the red portion of the lips. Each anatomic area of the lip ages and may benefit from interventions targeted to those changes. The following information is adapted from a presentation I have given to other medical professionals. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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lower eyelid support for lower eyelid surgery in Cincinnati

Lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a complex procedure that involves not only the treatment of lower eyelid bags but also loose muscle and skin in the lower eyelids. It is essential to maintain as much support of the lower eyelids as possible when performing surgery. This involves careful consideration of the most appropriate location for the surgical incisions as well as specialized procedures to strengthen the support of the “hammock” that suspends the lower eyelid. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic...

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Revision Facelift Vs Deep Plane Facelift

There are many reasons individuals seek revision, or secondary, facelifts. Regardless of the reason, deep plane facelift surgery including the extended deep plane facelift is the superior approach. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Dr. Jeffrey Harmon

Patients can expect a detailed and honest conversation with Dr. Harmon during their consultation at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Jeffrey and Fara Harmon

Many people are bothered by their appearance when looking at selfie photos taken on their cellular phone cameras. Unlike professional cameras, the cameras built into cellular phones distort the actual appearance of the face in predictable ways. The above photo is a selfie taken of me and my wife Fara at Van Gogh Exhibition: The Immersive Experience. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Cigarette with Cigarette Smoke - Cigarette smoking affects healing

Smoking cessation for many weeks prior to and after surgery is essential to maximize healing and reduce the risks associated with poor wound healing. The components of cigarettes that affect healing include nicotine, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Belize Medical Mission Doctors and Physicians

I wrote the following article four years ago about my experience on a medical mission to the Corozal Community Hospital in Corozal, Belize in February of 2018 for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (ABO-HNS). I was awarded a grant from the ABO-HNS to help fund my trip. They asked that I write this article in exchange for the grant. This week-long mission was a formative experience for me. And while I have not yet returned to Belize, I hope to serve the wonderful people there soon.

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Books on a Bookshelf that contain medical "pearls" for plastic surgery in Cincinnati

There are a massive number of books helpful to master the topics required to succeed in medical school and residency. Each medical specialty has their own sources, which range in size from large multi-volume texts to small clinical reference guides that include brief summaries of what are considered the most important, or high-yield, information “pearls.” Facial plastic surgery clinical reference guides exist as a valuable, though insufficient, source for clinical information for training residents and fellows.

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Woman's Underarms that need Botox for excessive underarm sweat

FDA-approved in 2004, Botox© for underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) can be an effective treatment for those experiencing severe and persistent underarm sweating. Please seek a skilled and experienced injector in Cincinnati to help determine whether this is an appropriate treatment for you.

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Is a Lip Flip in Cincinnati really worth the time and money?

Botox© and other similar products can be placed in the upper lip to produce the effects of a non-surgical lip lift. The problem with this technique is that the effects tend to be minimal. There are also risks associated with asymmetry and temporary functional problems with the mouth. A surgical lip lift with or without filler (e.g., hyaluronic acid, fat) is usually a superior approach to...

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A woman who is considering jawline filler in Cincinnati

Hyaluronic acid filler is commonly placed in the jawline to mask age-related changes to the jawline, including drooping jowls and loosening skin and muscle. However, placing hyaluronic acid filler in this location is not a replacement for a facelift and can sometimes masculinize the face and/or accentuate the appearance of the jowls. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine the most appropriate treatment...

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Row Boat On Flowing River - How Flow Relates to Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati

The author James Clear describes a system in the book Atomic Habits to identify activities in which one could excel by asking the following questions:

  1. What feels like fun to me but work to others?
  2. What makes me lose track of time?
  3. Where do I get greater returns than the average person?
  4. What comes naturally to me?

Question 2 refers to the concept of 'flow,' which is a mental state achieved when you are so focused on a task that everything else fades away. James Clear argues that flow tends to be reached more often with activities that...

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Woman with a need for weak chin treatment in Cincinnati

A weak, or recessed, chin can be concerning to men and women, not only because this feature can make the face appear smaller than it is, but it can also make the nose appear larger and more projected than it is. There are surgical and non-surgical options to treat a weak chin. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether these procedures may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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Skin care after laser resurfacing in Cincinnati

Laser resurfacing of the face can address wrinkles and other irregularities of the tone and texture of the skin resulting in a softer, more youthful appearance to the face. Good skin care after treatment with a resurfacing laser is essential. The following post describes this process. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have questions or concerns about your face or neck.

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Younger and older female with signs of an aging face

The face ages in a somewhat predictable pattern, though at a different rate and to a different extent depending on multiple factors. Both genetics and lifestyle choices contribute to the aging process. A detailed understanding of the anatomy and how changes in anatomy lead to the sequelae of facial aging is required to make the most appropriate treatment recommendations. An individual’s aesthetic goals and specific concerns also need to be prioritized to provide optimal, natural results. The following is a concise description of what changes in the face and neck as we age. Seek a...

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Vials of blood used in pre-operative testing for Cincinnati facial plastic surgery

Pre-operative testing and medical clearance from a Primary Care Provider (PCP) are key to maximizing the safety of any surgical procedure in which oral or IV anesthesia medications are being used at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati. The testing and medical clearance are reviewed by Dr. Harmon and the physician anesthesiologist prior to the surgery date.

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Woman in a sun hat with a flawless skincare routine.

It is challenging to identify skin care products based on strong clinical evidence and a strong safety profile. The skin care products I currently use are not perfect. Therefore, my choices may not be well-tolerated or beneficial to others. Every individual’s skin is different. Consider an evaluation by a dermatologist to help determine the best tolerated, safest, and most effective products for your face.

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Cincinnati facial plastic surgery drainage devices

Small drains are an important component of the post-operative recovery after an extended deep plane facelift and neck lift at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati. While they are usually in place only for one day, the care of these drains is essential while they remain in place.

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Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery

Some individuals desire virtual consultations due to distance from the office of Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati. Other individuals desire virtual consultations prior to considering an in-person consultation.

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You will meet the entire surgical care team, complete paperwork, take photos, and change your clothes for the operating room the morning of surgery at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery in Cincinnati.

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Woman's eyebrow after a Cincinnati brow lift procedure.

There are a range of approaches to lifting the eyebrows, the best of which depends on the specific anatomy of a patient as well as their aesthetic goals. While the list below is not comprehensive, it highlights two important approaches to the brow lift as well as the considerations that go into choosing which is the most appropriate approach. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether any of these procedures may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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A married couple after their wedding.

There are many wonderful options for facial rejuvenation prior to a wedding. And whether you are the bride, groom or, more commonly, the mother or father of the bride or groom, it is important to know what procedures are commonly sought and how long before such an event one should consider undergoing these procedures. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether any of these procedures may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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Woman looking into the distance after nose surgery in Cincinnati

Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) can address multiple concerns about the nasal bridge (dorsum) and nasal tip. It is important to have a detailed discussion with a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon about your concerns and aesthetic goals regarding your nose.

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Woman looking into camera after receiving facial fat augmentation in Cincinnati

Some individuals lose volume (i.e., fat) in their face as they age. Other individuals are born with poor volume and/or poor projection of their facial bones. Both individuals may benefit from fat augmentation. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether fat augmentation may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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Man looking into camera, pondering whether or not facial plastic surgery in Cincinnati is right for him.

Men frequently seek a wide range of surgical and non-surgical facial plastic surgery procedures. This list is not all-inclusive but does highlight commonly requested procedures. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether any of these procedures may be able to address your concerns and desires.

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Smiling man looking into camera after receiving hair loss treatment in Cincinnati

Hair loss treatments can address specific concerns about the appearance of the hair on your scalp due to a condition called androgenic alopecia. There are three general categories of hair loss treatments for androgenic alopecia, each of which may or may not benefit you. It is important to first undergo an evaluation by a dermatologist to determine whether there are alternative causes to your hair loss, such as thyroid problems, vitamin deficiencies, infections, auto-immune conditions, or psychiatric illnesses....

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Man with scar over his eyebrow. He'll likely need scar revision surgery in Cincinnati.

Scar treatment can address specific concerns about the appearance of a scar on your face and/or neck. There are four general categories of treatments for scars, each of which may or may not benefit you. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether - and which - scar treatment is appropriate for your concerns.

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Middle aged woman walking through a park holding a water bottle while thinking about the qualities of Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Filler Products

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can address specific concerns about flatness or poor volume in your face, including your temples, cheeks, tear troughs, lips, chin, and/or jawline. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether dermal fillers are appropriate for your concerns.

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A woman's ear, possibly in need of What is Ear Pinning (Otoplasty) Surgery in Cincinnati

Ear pinning (otoplasty) surgery can address specific concerns about excessive projection of the ears in children and adults. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether ear pinning (otoplasty) surgery is appropriate for your concerns.

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Cosmetic Laser Procedure in Cincinnati

Laser treatments can address specific concerns about the skin on the face and neck. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether a laser treatment is appropriate for your concerns.

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A person who may need Tear Trough Filler in Cincinnati

Hyaluronic acid filler in the tear troughs can address specific concerns about the interface between the lower eyelid and cheek. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon to help determine whether placement of hyaluronic acid filler in the tear troughs is an appropriate treatment for your concerns.

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This blog post is adapted from multiple sources (references below) and summarizes some things I have learned over the years about aging well that I have tried to incorporate into my life.

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Fat grafting and a cheek lift procedure each address specific concerns about the cheek and the cheek-eyelid interface. Seek a fellowship-trained specialist in facial plastic surgery to help determine the most appropriate approach for you.

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neck liposuction vs neck lift in Cincinnati

Neck liposuction and a neck lift procedure each address specific concerns about the neck and the area under the jaw. Seek a fellowship-trained specialist in facial plastic surgery to help determine the most appropriate approach for you.

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Lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) that preserves fat is superior to procedures that strictly remove and sometimes move fat from other areas of the body.

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The following information is adopted from a lecture I give to head and neck surgery residents at the University of Cincinnati on the aging face and how it can be treated.

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I noticed the following excerpt from the personal essay I wrote for my facial plastic surgery fellowship application when looking through old email folders:

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Scarless Rhinoplasty

The term “scarless” rhinoplasty is widely marketed. In reality, all incisions heal in a manner different than untouched skin. Incisions can be well-hidden and so subtle that almost no other individual would notice their presence. They can also be poorly hidden and/or abundantly obvious due to abnormal features. The scarless rhinoplasty is approach that can hide the incisions from the view of the public. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have concerns about your nose.

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Plastic Surgery and Glamour

I never bought into the supposed glamour of plastic surgery despite the abundance of advertising to that effect. Rather, I feel glamour is more often intended to be associated with plastic surgeons themselves in advertising.

Virginia Postrel, a cultural writer, argues in her wonderful book The Power of Glamour that glamour “offers the implicit promise of a life devoid of mediocrity” and is “an illusion known to be false but felt to be true.” Facial plastic surgery is, by definition, not an illusion. It does not provide escape but can...

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Face Care by a Qualified Plastic Surgeon

It is a common misconception that all plastic surgeons have the same background and surgical training. The number and complexity of plastic surgery procedures had increased and the required depth of knowledge and skills to master a specific anatomic area has increased.

The route a facial plastic surgeon takes begins with a five (5) year residency in head and neck surgery. That training includes an extensive volume of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery focused solely on the face, neck, nose, eyes, and hair. Head and neck surgery training also includes head and neck cancer...

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Narrow Nasal Tip

Cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty) is one of the most common procedures I perform. Patients who have never undergone nose surgery often request a “smaller” nasal tip. A more refined tip can be delivered with specialized techniques that also preserve the strength and structure of the tip of the nose in most instances.

However, sometimes what individuals perceive as a large or “bulbous” nasal tip is something else entirely. Instead, it is a problem that requires a more complex technique to deliver on their...

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 Post-Operative Recovery Incision Care

The post-operative recovery period is an important time where meticulous care can maximize healing and minimize down time. It is for that reason that Dr. Harmon has developed a comprehensive plan for the post-operative recovery period:

  1. First, Dr. Harmon discusses the importance of eating a well-balanced, nutritional diet, and getting adequate sleep before and after surgery with each of his patients.
  2. Care of each incision is of paramount importance during the first...
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One of the most common questions I receive when discussing an individual’s desire for hyaluronic acid filler is whether the procedure is painful. That is a very reasonable question. After all, I am using needles and micro-cannulas to place this product in specific areas of the face. These areas can be sensitive.

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Commonly referred to as a “non-surgical rhinoplasty” or a “liquid rhinoplasty,” hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane© products are often placed in the nose to achieve an aesthetic goal. However, this procedure is not appropriate for everyone and has specific limitations that people should be aware of.

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This information is adapted from a presentation given to physician groups and a series of videos available online.

Source: Martin, Paula J. Suzanne Noel: Cosmetic Surgery, Feminism and Beauty in Early Twentieth-Century France. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2014. Print.

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Smiling Middle Aged Woman

This blog post is adapted from a presentation we have given for interested groups who wanted more information about the use of Botox© in Cincinnati. We at Harmon Facial Plastic Surgery recognize the intelligence and sophistication of our clients. They want to understand the treatments they receive at a deeper level.

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People eating at a table full of healthy food - Optimizing Nutrition Before and After Surgery

Nutrition goes a long way when preparing for and recovering from surgery! Proper nutrition can be the key to a successful surgery. What you learn here should empower you while relieving some of the stress you may feel going into and coming out of your upcoming surgical procedure.

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Middle aged woman wearing a sun hat

A common question asked during consultation for facelift surgery is what the post-operative dressings will look and feel like. Many express a concern about being required to wear large, heavy compression dressings for days after surgery. They ask if this will be required after the extended deep plane facelift.

The short answer is no, for the following reasons:

  1. Compression...

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You are likely aware of silicone-based scar gels by seeing ScarAway© or another over-the-counter brand in your local pharmacy. Surgeons in all specialties as well as dermatologists recommend these scar gels after procedures to promote healing and reduce the risk of scarring. But how well do they work? I reviewed the literature in order to determine whether silicone gels, placed post-operatively after surgical incisions have healed, can help reduce the appearance of incisions. Not surprisingly, quality studies are difficult to find.

There are two ways of describing an...

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Middle aged woman using a laptop

It is common practice to recommend vitamins and other supplements peri-operatively with the intention to help with recovery and healing. Arnica montana, a Swiss mountain shrub otherwise referred to as arnica, is widely used to reduce bruising and swelling after surgery. l evaluated the medical literature to determine the effectiveness of arnica, focusing on high-quality studies (see previous blog post “How [Thoughtful] Surgeons Think) that specifically evaluated its effectiveness for...

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Dr. Harmon With A Patient

It can be difficult to adhere to strict scientific principles when recommending medical treatments to patients as a Cincinnati facial plastic surgeon simply because there is often so little quality data to support some recommendations. It is the nature of surgery more broadly, and plastic surgery specifically, probably because it is so difficult to develop and execute a high-quality study while ethically treating every individual with the most up-to-date standards of care.

It is for this reason I thought it important to...

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The English-language literature on the use of the natural ingredient bakuchiol topically as an alternative to retinols in treating age-related changes to the skin (i.e., photoaging) will be reviewed.

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Peri-Oral Rhytids

One of the most common concerns people express about their face as they age is the presence of smoker’s lines, or peri-oral rhytids, around the mouth. These stubborn, deep lines are difficult to treat. Seek a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have concerns about your face or neck.

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People generally know their body better than anyone else, including their physician. However, people do not always have the medical language to explain what they see when they look in a mirror. For example, you may have heard and understand the term “jowling” but do not quite feel like that fully explains what you see.

As explained in a previous blog post (4 Benefits of the Extended Deep Plane Facelift), the...

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Brow Lift

More advanced surgical techniques for addressing a drooping brow have been developed as our understanding of facial anatomy has advanced. This is in line with an evolving preference for more natural, subtle results for a brow lift. People with concerns about drooping eyebrows often benefit from a lateral temporal brow lift.

Women tend to have a more “peaked” eyebrow than men. However, as aesthetic preferences have changed this peak has become less dramatic, reflecting a more sophisticated desire for a natural look to their eyebrows. That is where the lateral temporal brow lift comes...

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Lip Lift vs Lip Filler in Cincinnati

Have you wondered whether placement of hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane© in the lips can impart a more voluminous and youthful appearance to your lips? Have you wondered how this compares with a surgical lip lift? The lip lift is a procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation to address specific aesthetic concerns of the lip that lip filler cannot. See a fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon if you have concerns...

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