body contouring

Facial Plastic Surgery

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the face is the window frame. Often the first thing another person sees, flaws in your face can be devastating to your self-confidence. Fortunately, age, genetics, gravity, or weight loss are no longer masters over your facial shape and features, you are. Dr. Vela offers a variety of facial plastic surgery procedures that will leave you looking younger and better than ever.

Facial Contouring

As we age, the volume in our face begins to slacken leaving us with a sagging, aged appearance. While face lift surgery once left patients looking tight and unnatural, new advances in facial contouring surgery provide long-lasting, natural-looking, youth results with minimal recovery time. Dr. Vela specializes in the Multi-Vector Lift, an approach to facial contouring that relies on repositioning the existing tissues of the face in order to restore the subtle curves and lines that give you a more youthful apperance. This safe, proven method is usually completed in just a few hours and provides patients with a faster recovery time, usually with less discomfort than traditional facelifts. Best of all, it can be combined with skin care regimens, laser treatments, and other protocols leaving you looking rested and more youthful.

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Eyelid Lift

Whether it is genetics or aging, a hooded upper eyelid can leave you looking angry, tired or worried. Through careful incisions made in the folds of the eyelids, Dr. Vela can remove the excess fat, skin, and muscle in your eyelids leaving you looking brighter and refreshed. Puffy bags under your eyes often belie the lack of sleep you are experiencing, but they can also be a sign of aging as the skin loses its elasticity. Lower eyelid surgery can redistribute or remove the excess fat in your lower eyes giving you smoother, younger skin. Both the eyelid lift and lower eyelid surgery can be combined for a total eye makeover. In just a few weeks you can be enjoying your sparkling eyes once again.

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While your bundle of joy has brought you inexplicable happiness, they may have also ravaged your body. Stubborn pockets of fat, sagging breasts and a flabby tummy with excess, stretched-out skin can be frustrating for women who spend hours in the gym never seeing the results they are looking for. Reclaim your body and look great again with a Mommy Makeover.

We often take our noses for granted. A well-balanced, symmetrical nose gives the face beauty, providing an anchor for the rest of the facial features. For those who feel as though their nose is too large or too small for their face, who have had an injury or birth defect affecting the appearance or function of their nose, or who have a strong bump or prominent nostrils, their nose can be a source of embarrassment. Fortunately, rhinoplasty can be tailored to your goals and your unique facial features giving you a nose that compliments your face. Typically, rhinoplasty lasts one to three hours with the patient returning to work within a week. Full recovery can be expected in four to six weeks resulting in the beautiful, well-balanced, symmetrical nose you have always wanted.

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Neck Contouring

Imagine being able to lift your entire lower body to your ideal shape. Diet and exercise alone cannot restore the sagging skin and stubborn fat deposits left behind after weight loss or pregnancy nor can it restore your thighs, buttocks, abdomen, flank, and back to the way it was in your youth. Fortunately, a body lift safely removes excess skin and unwanted fat, reconstructs the skin in your lower body leaving you with a tighter, more toned look.

Muscle laxity in the neck combined with sagging skin and excess fat can make you look older and heavier than you actually are. Unlike other signs of aging, an aging neck cannot be hidden. It is simply not enough to remove excess skin, the contours along the jaw and chin must be preserved. Facial contouring surgery allows Dr. Vela to remove excess skin, yes, but also allows him to perform neck liposuction removing unwanted fat and sculpting the area like an artist to give you a more youthful appearance. The entire neck contouring procedure is performed under general anesthesia by board-certified anesthesiologists while recovery time varies with the types and extent of procedures performed.

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The first FDA-approved injectable solution that dissolves fat, Kybella is one of the foremost non-surgical treatments of a “double chin” in both men and women. Regardless of how old you are, having a double chin makes you look heavier and older. Unfortunately, diet and exercise will not affect the submental fat around the chin. Kybella uses deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps it to break down and absorb fat. When injected into the subcutaneous fat in the chin, the fat cells are destroyed and cannot regenerate. While it will not remove any loose skin in the neck, Kybella will get rid of that unwanted double chin. Lasting only 20 to 30 minutes, the procedure is repeated two to three times a week, every four weeks until your treatment goals are reached. With no incisions, and no downtime, Kybella can be performed during your lunch break with little to no discomfort.


Another alternative to going under the knife to remove unwanted fat in the chin and neck is CoolMini. The cousin to the CoolSculpting procedure, CoolMini freezes unwanted fat allowing the body to eliminate it naturally. Since the fat that causes a double chin is unresponsive to diet and exercise, CoolMini’s applicator is specifically designed to remove stubborn fat from the neck, jawline, and chin. While most patients only require one to two treatments to achieve their desired results, you will begin to see changes in as little as three weeks after the first treatment. Even four to six months later, your body will still be eliminating fat cells giving you a beautiful, firm chin. With no incisions and no downtime, CoolMini can be performed in as few as 30 minutes and is ideal for patients who want to see a smoother, beautiful chin and neck without the downtime of surgery.

While there are many decisions to make when deciding to have facial plastic surgery, there is no need to make them on your own. Contact Dr. Vela for a personalized consultation to discuss your facial plastic surgery wish list and receive a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.