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Facial plastic surgery

Rhinoplastie avant après résection de bosse et remodelage pointe Dr Vincent Masson
Front rhinoplasty after hump resection and tip reshaping Docteur Vincent Masson

Facial plastic surgery is a diverse field comprised of many procedures. Face and neck lifts, rhinoplasty, as well as Botox and hyaluronic acid injections count among the most requested interventions by women and men alike. Any operation performed under the scope of facial plastic surgery in Paris by Doctor Vincent Masson aims to correct defects on the face all while retaining the natural harmony of the patient’s features.

What Type of Facial Plastic Surgery?

The face reflects every person’s own life story and serves as an essential element for communication. It is the interface between the outer world and our inner thoughts, feelings, and most intimate emotions. Genetic determinism, lifestyle (tobacco consumption, sun exposure, diet, etc.), stress, the passing of time, along with personality shape every face over time in the most unique way.

From an anatomical standpoint, the face is a highly complex structure, made up of 14 bones, 60 muscles, hundreds of veins and arteries, over 1000 km worth of nerves, multiple superficial and deep fatty compartments, ligaments, aponeuroses, cartilage, connective tissue, and essential sensory organs.

Although the anatomical foundation is practically the same in every individual, the distribution of all the elements that constitute a face is unique to each person. Every face is different. Some flaws are constitutional and appear early in life (protruding ears, nose deformity, etc.) while others are caused by ageing. Under the influence of gravity, muscle contractions, the natural loosening of every anatomical structure, and of external factors (tobacco, sun, stress, etc.), the face changes as the years go past. It caves in, the oval shape becomes less defined, the volumes disappear, the skin begins to sag, and wrinkles start to form.

Facial plastic surgery should not sell dreams and promise men and women that they will be able to remain eternally young and beautiful by spending a fortune on injections, face-lifts, and lipofilling. This results in soulless faces with drawn out, frozen, reworked, puffy features, undefined and expressionless. The face should not become a testament to cosmetic surgery but should remain natural and expressive. Effective plastic surgery gives the face a fresh appearance and yet, it is “invisible”. Doctor Masson is fully committed to this principle of natural results.


Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed facial plastic surgery operations in Paris. The procedure makes it possible to change the shape of the nose for a more aesthetically pleasing result. There is no ideal nose shape. Every rhinoplasty must be carried out with the patient’s own facial features in mind in order to give the nose a harmonious, natural appearance.

A rhinoplasty can also be done for functional reasons. The objective is therefore to correct the shape of the nose not to suppress an anaesthetic issue, but one that prevents the patient from breathing properly or that causes them to snore, for instance.

As a rhinoplasty specialist, cosmetic surgeon Doctor Vincent Masson routinely offers several types of procedures to address nose defects. These flaws may be congenital, or due to malformation, trauma, or ageing. In the event of a failed facial plastic surgery operation having affected the nose, a secondary rhinoplasty may be scheduled.

Rhinoplasty may be performed on an outpatient basis or, depending on the type of intervention, may require hospitalisation. In most cases, general anaesthesia is necessary. The duration of this cosmetic surgery intervention varies from one patient to another.


Otoplasty is a facial plastic surgery operation which aims to correct large or protruding ears. Both men and women can feel very insecure about their ears. The disfigurement caused by protruding ears can sometimes be difficult to live with.

Performed by a cosmetic surgeon, this type of facial plastic surgery in Paris is typically bilateral. However, it is also possible to correct an embarrassing dissymmetry by operating unilaterally. Otoplasty can be done from the age of 7, which is when the ears achieve their final shape and size. As for adults, they may undergo this facial plastic surgery procedure in Paris at any age.

Otoplasty is typically performed on an outpatient basis, under local anaesthesia with sedation, or under general anaesthesia. The scar resulting from the operation is concealed behind the ear. The next day, the ears are in the correct position, though they may still be swollen. The final result can be observed after a period of about 3 months.


Injections count as some of the most commonly performed cosmetic medicine procedures. These treatments are non-invasive and improve the aspect of the skin and face quite visibly. Hyaluronic acid and botulinic toxin (Botox) injections correct and lessen signs of ageing and dull, lacklustre skin on various areas of the face.

Ageing causes the skin to lose its elasticity, to become finer and dehydrated. To rejuvenate the face and slow down the ageing process, the patient may be advised to opt for hyaluronic acid or Botox injections:

  • Hyaluronic acid injections: This molecule is naturally present inside the body and its hydrating properties restore the skin’s elasticity and firmness. Hyaluronic acid injections are done to correct fine lines and deep wrinkles, to plum up depressions in the skin, to bring volume back to the lips, and to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags or dark circles.
  • Botox injections: Doctor Vincent Masson performs these injections in order to treat certain types of expression wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, glabellar lines (or frown lines), as well as forehead lines and wrinkles around the lips.

Injections constitute an alternative to facial plastic surgery in Paris, such as cervico-facial face-lifts and fat transfer (or lipofilling).

Eyelid Surgery – Or Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is a procedure that falls under the definition of facial plastic surgery in Paris. It targets eyelid defects, most of which are caused by the face ageing. This rejuvenation of the eyes needs to be carried out by an experienced cosmetic surgeon in a specialised clinic, as Doctor Vincent Masson offers.

A blepharoplasty may be performed on the lower eyelid and on the upper eyelid to correct a tired look, very noticeable under-eye bags or dark circles, eyelid folds, or Asian eyelids. Facial plastic surgery in Paris for eyelids may be coupled with other face rejuvenation techniques. These include lipofilling (fat transfer), which is used to fill up the tear trough area and to plump up the cheekbones, or a soft face-lift to rebuild the oval shape of the face and neck.

Male Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine also appeal to men for various reasons. Cervico-facial face-lifts, blepharoplasty, neck liposuction, hyaluronic acid and Botox injections, lip lifts and lip implants, hair grafts, as well rhinoplasties all count among the cosmetic medicine and plastic surgery interventions that a patient can benefit from.

How Is a Face-Lift Done?

The face-lift is a facial plastic surgery technique used to correct the oval shape of the face and to tighten the skin around the neck. This rejuvenating procedure must offer natural results, without giving the face a “frozen” aspect.

A cervico-facial face-lift can be performed across several areas of the face and combined with other facial plastic surgery operations for women and men alike. This rejuvenating procedure may be appropriate if the patient wishes to smooth out their forehead, to lift up their cheekbones, or to remove excess fat underneath the chin.

Depending on the technique selected, the operation could take from an hour and a half to four hours to perform. Usually, soft face-lifts only require local anaesthesia. However, for a regular face-lift, the plastic surgeon will often opt for general anaesthesia. As the procedure may cause bruising, swelling, and face oedema, this facial plastic surgery procedure may require a 7 to 15-day work interruption.

Hyaluronic acid and Botox injections constitute an alternative which improves skin tone and brightness. It can also help smooth out expression wrinkles. Doctor Vincent Masson is at your disposal to determine which technique will be the most suitable to reach your goals.


Dr Vincent Masson is a plastic surgeon with a post-graduate diploma in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery and a gold medal in surgery from the Paris Hospitals. He is a former senior registrar and attaché at the Hôpital Saint Louis.

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