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I'm trying to find out if the facelift I desire would be considered reconstructive or cosmetic. I have burns on my face from when I was a baby, my whole left side of my face pulls down. It basically looks like I'm half old and half normal. I've had numerous plastic surgeries over the years. My last surgery was probably when I was 10. I'm now 28. I don't have insurance at the moment. Would it be best just to have a consultation with a surgeon in my area? I can't afford cosmetic surgery. My last doctor wanted to do a facelift and also cheek implants, just on my left side. We ended up moving before he could do the procedure. Any advice would be appreciated!
this is complicated. i don't even know if a facelift would be the way to go. a surgeon would have to consult with you in person. typically, a facelift will not help surface burns but lift sagging tissues which i doubt have creeped up at the tender age of 28 even if one side has been affected by burns. i cannot speak about insurance since i do not take any insurance. i wish i could provide you better assistance with this matter. s
Samuel M. Lam, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Diplomate, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
Diplomate, American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery