Blepharoplasty, Pinnaplasty, Rhinoplasty- What are they?

Blepharoplasty, Pinnaplasty, Rhinoplasty- What are they?

October 02, 2017

The technical terms associated with cosmetic surgery can be confusing and some even sound quite daunting. For example Oculoplastic surgery relates to eyelids and eye bags and other eye (ocular) related procedures. Here is a breakdown of some terminology associated with common cosmetic facial procedures performed by plastic, ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) and Oculoplastic surgeons.

Blepharoplasty: Eye Lid Surgery

‘Blepharo’ is a combining form meaning ‘eyelid’ and ‘Plasty’ relates to the moulding, shaping or formation of a specified body part in a surgical procedure.

Blepharoplasty surgery involves the removal of excessive skin, muscle or fat around the upper or lower eyelids. It is usually performed for cosmetic reasons but can also help alleviate visual problems and ocular discomfort which can be caused by excess eyelid tissue.

Pinnaplasty or Otoplasty: Ear Correction Surgery

In medical terms ‘Oto’ refers to the ear and ‘Pinna’ refers to the projecting part of the ear. When paired with the term ‘Plasty’, which is the moulding or shaping of a specified body part in a surgical procedure, both ‘Pinnaplasty’ and ‘Otoplasty’ relate to ear correction surgery.

This procedure involves the correction of prominent ears due to their size or shape, which can include pinning them back if they stick out.

Rhinoplasty: Nose Job

Rhinoplasty comes from the Greek word ‘Rhino’ meaning ‘nose’ and ‘Plasty’ meaning ‘to shape’. Universally known as a “nose job”, Rhinoplasty surgery is a cosmetic operation to change the size or shape of the nose or nostrils. This can include; making the nose smaller (nose reduction), making the nose larger (nose augmentation) or changing the shape or angle of the nose, or a combination of these.

Rhytidectomy: Facelift

‘Rhytidectomy’ is a combination of ancient Greek terms- ‘Rhytid’ meaning ‘skin wrinkle’ and ‘Ectomy’ meaning ‘excision’ or ‘surgical removal’. When used in combination they literally mean ‘excision of wrinkles’.

First performed at the start of the last century everyone has heard of a facelift, but not many people know this procedure as a Rhytidectomy. A facelift tightens and lifts tired looking skin that has lost its elasticity. The procedure aims to provide a more youthful appearance with smoother, tighter looking skin.

At Candover we understand the importance of fully informing you and also giving you the time and support to carefully decide what is the best decision for you. Cosmetic surgery should always be considered carefully, so we spend a lot of time discussing what is best for you, based on your personal preferences and chosen procedure, to generate the best outcome.

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