Waterside Cosmetic Facial Surgery

At our Chattanooga Waterside office, our double Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Stewart Little, offers facial plastic surgery services to help you achieve the outcomes you want. Dr. Little and his team will work with you to define your aesthetic goals, discuss all available options, and choose the treatment plan best suited to achieve the best possible results for you.

“My choice to practice facial plastic and reconstructive surgery was rooted in my desire to help patients achieve their goals in the most meaningful way possible. My interest in facial plastic and aesthetic surgery stems from the challenges of blending artistic vision and technical skills to achieve the best outcomes possible.” – Dr. Stewart Little​

Our Services

Face Lift / Rhytidectomy ​

Overview: A Rhytidectomy or facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that restores the skin reducing sagging and improving the signs of aging in the face and neck, creating a more youthful appearance.  ​

Procedure: During a facelift, a flap of skin on each side of the face is peeled back and the tissues below the skin are altered in order to restore the contour and youthful appearance of your face. Fat in the skin may be sculpted, removed, or redistributed. The procedure typically takes 2-4 hours to complete.

Recovery: The recovery process depends on the procedure and your overall health. Bruising and swelling may take a couple of weeks to go down, and it may take a couple of months to feel like your face is fully back to normal. ​

Neck Lift​ / Lower Rhytidectomy

Overview: Platymaplasty, or neck lift, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging along the jawline and neck due to heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress. Reverse the signs of aging or eliminate a double chin with this procedure today. ​

Procedure: During this procedure, you can expect either local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on what the doctor decides is best for you. The surgeon will make a small incision and use specialized equipment to remove fat from the jawline and chin. This procedure will help you have a more defined neck.

Recovery: During your neck lift surgery, you will have a bandage wrapped around your face and neck to minimize bruising and swelling. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess fluid. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to take care of the surgery site. A follow-up appointment will be required. ​

Eyelid Surgery / Blepharoplasty​

Overview: The appearance of drooping eyelids or constant bags under your eyes can add years to the appearance of your face or even cause trouble seeing. With Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery the excess skin and fat around the eyes are removed to eliminate puffiness or bags under the eyes. After this surgery, you can expect to look younger, rejuvenated, and refreshed.  ​

Procedure: An upper blepharoplasty usually takes 2 hours, if both upper and lower eyelids are done together the procedure will take about 4 hours. The surgeon uses local anesthesia with conscious sedation. We promise you will experience comfort and safety during your procedure. ​

Recovery: Recovery from blepharoplasty is usually unremarkable. Swelling and bruising peak at 48 to 72 hours after the surgery with the majority disappearing within 7 to 10 days.​

Nose Job / Rhinoplasty

Overview: Rhinoplasty is commonly known as a nasal reshaping or a 'nose job.' This procedure can help reshape the nose, remove unwanted bumps, and improve crooked angles. Rhinoplasty is among the five most popular plastic surgeries performed in the United States. ​

Procedure: Open rhinoplasty uses a small incision to open the nose to better view the internal nasal structure. The incision is made on the tissue between the nostrils on the underside of your nose. The procedure typically takes 1.5-3 hours to complete.

Recovery: Rhinoplasty is a relatively safe and easy procedure, and healing from it can take up to one year. Please note that the tip of the nose is especially sensitive, and in some patients may remain numb and swollen for several months. ​

Brow / Forehead Lift  ​

Overview: A brow lift or forehead lift reverses the effects of gravity and aging by tightening the soft tissues of the forehead to restore a more youthful contour to your forehead skin, upper eyelids, and eyebrows. ​

Procedure: Depending on your desired results, the surgeon will choose the location of incisions, which range from behind the hairline to directly above the browline. From the incisions, the surgeon will move segments of tissue and muscles that cause wrinkles and furrows, and the wound is closed with stitches or staples. This procedure typically takes about 1-3 hours to complete.

Recovery: Padding and bandages are placed over the surgical site. Most people are able to return to work within 1-2 weeks. A follow-up appointment will be necessary.

Cosmetic Ear Surgery / Otoplasty

Overview: Otoplasty, or cosmetic ear surgery, is a surgical procedure to alter the ear's size, position, or proportions. This surgery is ideal for people who want their ears to be more symmetrical, smaller, or want to lessen how far the ears protrude from the head.

Procedure: Depending on the type of correction needed, the surgeon will determine the best method of making incisions to reduce scarring. Common incision areas include the backs or inner creases of the ears. Excess tissue is removed from the incision and the ear's cartilage is repositioned and secured with deep inner stitches. This procedure typically takes about 2 hours to complete.

Recovery: Bandages are placed over the ears and full recovery generally happens in 4-6 weeks post-procedure. Swelling and itching are expected and resolve within a few weeks. A follow-up appointment will be expected.