Forehead Lift (Brow Lift)
Brow lifts can revitalize drooping or lined foreheads. This helps you lose an angry, sad or tired expression. The muscles above the eyes are altered to smooth lines and raise the eyebrows for a more youthful appearance. This procedure is often combined with other operations such as eyelid surgery and/or facelifts to improve the look of your eyes and other facial areas.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can rejuvenate the area above and below your eyes. Excess skin in these areas, called dermatochalasis, can result in “bags” below your eyes or “hooding” of your upper eyelids over your eyelashes. The fat that is naturally found underneath both the upper and lower eyelids can become more apparent with age and can also contribute to the appearance of an old or tired look. Upper and lower blepharoplasty involves well-hidden incisions to provide access to the fatty deposits so they can be removed or returned to their natural position. Different appearances may require different manipulations, and skin laxity in these areas can also be corrected to varying degrees, depending on the individual patient.
The goal of eyelid surgery at Mason City Clinic Plastic Surgery is to provide a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance to the area of your face that is most noticeable with respect to personal interaction. Particular attention must be paid to the natural anatomy and preoperative condition of your eyelids to prevent an “operated” look. Tightening of the eyelid structures enables restoration of an attractive almond shape, while careful attention to surgical detail can prevent a “hollowed” appearance.
The incisions associated with blepharoplasty can allow access to your cheek, brow and midface so that ancillary procedures may be simultaneously performed. Dr. Mulkey and Dr. Recinos will offer insightful suggestions concerning possible surgical procedures that may benefit the facial form, though their patient’s wishes are placed first and foremost in the final decision.
Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Ear surgery is for children or adults and can set prominent ears closer to the head and/or reduce the size of large ears. Surgery may also be helpful for “cupped ear,” “shell ear,” large or stretched earlobes or earlobes that have been torn. Each procedure lasts for one to two hours and may be performed as outpatient surgery under general or local anesthesia.
Chin Augmentation and Cheek Augmentation
Chin augmentation, as well as cheek augmentation, represent relatively small changes to your face that can have significant effects on the overall facial appearance. Multiple types of procedures can be used for these augmentations, either alone or in conjunction with other operations. Placement of facial implants to the correct tissue planes can result in a very pleasing, long-lasting refinement to areas of your mid-face and lower facial regions. Meticulous attention to surgical technique can help avoid rare infection complications, and with well-hidden incisions, patient satisfaction is typically very high.
Facial surgery is very well tolerated, and with meticulous technique, results in only temporary swelling and bruising. Pain is often minimal following these procedures. Depending on the type of facial surgery you require, the surgeon will educate you about specific postoperative expectations so you can plan a smooth recovery.
Lip augmentation is an extremely common procedure in cosmetic surgery. It can be performed with soft-tissue fillers such as Juvéderm® (hylauronic acid) and fat injections or fat transfer. Dr. Mulkey and Dr. Recinos insist on performing these procedures personally.
Despite the extra time it takes, the surgeons feel that their in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy gained from their surgical experience allows for more refined injection techniques. The key to the injections is achieving a balance between your upper and lower lips, while maintaining the appearance of a natural fullness.
To learn more about our plastic surgery/face procedures, please call 641.494.5360 today or use our online form to schedule an appointment. Our face procedure patients come to us from Albert Lea, Algona, Charles City, Iowa Falls, Mason City, New Hampton and nearby cities and towns.
I used to visit the ER often with undiagnosed heart problems. During my last visit in 2004, they told me I probably wouldn’t make it another year. That’s when my doctor at Mason City Clinic found my mitral valve malfunction and surgically repaired it. I recently had my annual EKG exam and my cardiologist found no heart problems whatsoever. Which means I can keep raising my squash, musk melon and tomatoes...Read More
With no warning signs, Jansen Wyatt, 54, suddenly collapsed in his home last November. His daughter-in-law rushed him to the ER at Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg, where they diagnosed a severe heart attack. Jansen was helicoptered to Mason City’s Mercy Medical Center. Samuel Congello, DO, a board-certified cardiologist with Mercy’s Heart and Vascular Institute...Read More
ENT & Allergy Patient
As a young girl I was diagnosed with hearing loss in my right ear. I had many ear infections and surgeries, but the problem only got worse. It was getting hard to do my job because I was missing parts of conversations. Hearing aids only caused me more infections. Then I found Dr. Henry Diggelmann at Mason City Clinic. He recommended BAHA (bone anchored hearing aid), which creates sound using bone amplification...Read More
Plastic Surgery Patient
After years as a special education teacher handling children with significant disabilities and behavioral challenges, I began having limited use of my hands due to severe arthritis pain. I found myself fighting back tears every day because the pain was so bad. I could no longer enjoy one of my favorite hobbies, quilting, either. I met with Dr. René Recinos, a plastic surgeon from Mason City Clinic and recommended a procedure called arthrodesis...Read More
Retired school teacher Charlene Hanson used to love walking in the woods – until the pain and inflammation of arthritis took it away from her. Since she had heard such great things at church and in the community about Mason City Clinic’s Orthopedic Department and Dr. Darron Jones, she made them her choice to replace her arthritic hip and knee...Read More
Roger was always very active, but a few years ago his hip started to bother him. When he would go to bed at night the pain was very severe. “I would have to lay on the floor and put my legs up on the couch to relieve the pain,” said Roger.
His orthopedic surgeon at the Mason City Clinic Dr. Darron Jones said, “I can give you cortisone shots, but this is a quality of life question...
Plastic Surgery Patient
Donna Drake lived with a growing basal cell skin cancer (the most common skin cancer) on her lower eyelid for three years. A family practitioner at Franklin General Hospital recommended Mason City Clinic’s plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Mark Mulkey, who identified the cancer and performed the extremely delicate eyelid surgery to remove it and reconstruct her eyelid...Read More
Melody Wagner loved walking until severe pain from bunions stopped her cold. She found a board-certified podiatrist at Mason City Clinic’s Podiatry Department. Podiatrists perform leading-edge surgery for bunions and hammertoes, as well as advanced treatments for diabetic feet, heel pain, ingrown toenails and more. Melody was afraid of a painful procedure and a long recovery...Read More
One snowy night about seven years ago, I felt a sudden pain in the back of my leg. I thought I could shake it off and went out to shovel some snow. After a few minutes, I went back inside and collapsed. My wife called 911 but the ambulance couldn’t get to me because of the snow. My neighbors used snow blowers to clear the road and my driveway so the ambulance could get to me...Read More
I injured my knee as a teenager and had surgery. Then, as I got older, the pain returned and began affecting my routine and overall enjoyment of life. My doctor referred me to Darron Jones, MD, an orthopedic surgeon. After a thorough exam, he said I was a candidate for knee replacement. I had the procedure in late January 2014 and was back among the grapes by the beginning of March...Read More
We have a lot of flower gardens on our acreage, and I was having problems kneeling to weed. I couldn’t walk long distances anymore and it was painful to get in and out of the car, walk up and down the stairs. Simple everyday tasks were hard. Eventually I was limping and in a great deal of pain.” said Sheryl Borcherding of Emmons, MN...Read More
Jane, 70, a retired nurse, is a very active person. She is a mother of one daughter and son in law, and has lots of 4 legged kids: guinea pigs, goats, Newfoundland dogs and 10 cats. I suffered with knee pain for a long time and would always take extra strength Ty-lenol. ..Read More
Gene Wagler, a special needs teacher from Clear Lake, didn’t have a history of heart problems before his heart attack 23 years ago. Gene said, “I didn’t feel any pain that day but I had a “gnawing” sensation in my chest. Within hours Gene was in the Mercy One-North Iowa ER and Dr. Sam Congello, an interventional cardiologist...Read More
GERD Surgical Patient
Kathleen Hanna, 60, is a mother of four, grandmother of nine and a para-assistant at Forest City Elementary School. “I had heartburn with regurgitation for 40 years, have had an ulcer, and have been on heartburn medication for about that long too.” Having been on heartburn medication for many years her physician was becoming worried that it was affecting the function of her kidneys. ..Read More
GERD Surgical Patient
In March 2019, Duane Obanion, 68, a farmer outside of Mason City, Iowa had an acid reflux attack. He aspirated into his lungs and got pneumonia. “I was in New York visiting my daughter when it happened and I ended up in the Urgent Care Center. When I got home I went to my family doctor and she put me in touch with Dr. Matthew Fabian, a general surgeon at the Mason City Clinic”. ..Read More