Important Advances in the Ongoing Evolution of Facial Surgery

Important Advances in the Ongoing Evolution of Facial Surgery

Every year, more than a million facial cosmetic surgeries are performed in the United States, helping women and men look and feel their best. Even during the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of cosmetic surgical procedures were performed, underscoring these surgeries’ value and benefits.

At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS, and Joseph K. Davidson, MD, FACS, are skilled in the most advanced facial surgery techniques and technology, helping patients in McLean and Dulles, Virginia, achieve their unique aesthetic goals. Here’s what they want you to know about the recent advances in facial surgery.

Basics of cosmetic facial surgery

Although they rely on many of the same techniques, cosmetic facial surgery differs from reconstructive facial surgery in terms of why surgery is performed. While reconstructive surgery focuses on repairing areas of the face affected by trauma, disease, or congenital defects, cosmetic facial surgery seeks to enhance your natural features for improved symmetry and aesthetics.

Dr. Rostami and Dr. Davidson offer many types of facial surgery based on their patient’s preferences and goals, including:

Although the team also offers many nonsurgical options like injectables, surgery typically offers longer-lasting results and, often, higher satisfaction.

Every surgery procedure is "mapped out" ahead of time, based not only on your goals but also on your anatomy. This crucial step ensures the custom, personalized results our patient’s love (and expect).

Advances in facial surgery

Like most surgeries, facial cosmetic surgery has dramatically advanced over the past decade or so. Improvements in surgical technology, surgical techniques and training, and patient expectations and preferences have largely driven these changes. 

Many of today’s surgeries use minimally invasive techniques with smaller incisions and less tissue damage. These improvements result in faster and more comfortable healing without detracting from results.

One of the major driving forces in many recent changes is a patient preference for individual results. While many patients previously sought to emulate a specific “look” promoted by celebrities, today, there is a drive away from those outcomes and toward a more individualized approach that’s based on each person’s unique beauty.

Piggybacking on that trend is an increased desire to preserve ethnicity instead of hiding it with cosmetic surgery. That’s not to say previous trends have gone away; today's surgeries focus more on enhancing natural attributes rather than “changing” features into something entirely different.

One factor stays the same

Regardless of changes in surgery or trends, one factor remains true for all patients: Before undergoing any cosmetic surgery, it's important to carefully review your goals and manage your expectations. Cosmetic surgery has an emotional component in addition to the physical aspects of the surgery. During your initial visit, we'll talk to you about your goals to ensure you're ready for your surgery to ensure optimal satisfaction with your results.


Today’s advanced facial surgery techniques enable every patient to achieve their aesthetic goals. To learn how our team can help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Sanctuary Cosmetic Center today.

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