Posts Tagged ‘blepharoplasty’
The eyes are the windows to the soul. They hold a gaze and are the first thing people see when looking at our face. It is also the first place we notice the signs of aging. Thinning skin, sun damage and facial expressions take their toll on the delicate eye area. Dark circles appear and eyeshadow disappears as sagging skin droops over the lid. Crow’s feet and laugh lines appear and stay there even if we’re not laughing! But aging eyes are nothing to cry about. Rejuvenating the eye area is relatively simple and most importantly, addressing the eye area first results in a more youthful appearance for the entire face.
Although blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) is a common surgical solution to the aging eye area, non-surgical options are discussed here.
Dark circles under the eyes can make you look tired and worn out or worse, unhealthy. As the skin in the eye area thins with age, blood vessels beneath the surface show through creating the illusion of dark circles. In some cases the dark circles are simply shadows caused by a hollowing of the area above the cheeks (tear troughs). One way of masking this appearance is with the injection of hyaluronic acid to plump the area and provide better support for the undereye skin. Restylane and Juvederm are two most commonly used products to achieve this. Both products are affordable, effective for approximately 8-12 months and can be performed in a single office visit. A patient’s own fat can also be injected into the tear trough hollows for a more permanent correction.
Hooded and sagging eyelids can be tweaked with a little Dysport or Botox injected to simulate a mini-browlift and raise the lids. Although a temporary fix lasting 4-5 months, both products are moderately priced and well tolerated by all patients. Dysport or Botox can also be injected into the crow’s feet area to minimize the muscle movement and allow crow’s feet wrinkles to relax and fade.
Wrinkled, crepey and sagging eye area skin can be improved with laser. Using fractionalized CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser, such as Lumenis Total FX, the delicate eyelid skin can be resurfaced to erase existing lines, improve texture and add a few degrees of tightening to lift the lid without surgery (see below). The CO2 Total FX offers results with only one treatment and can be performed specifically for the eye area at a fraction of the full face price.
Gaze into your own eyes and see the possibility of a new reflection. Younger, happier and natural looking with the help of a few non-surgical eye-openers. Visit www.facebook.com/ChangesPlasticSurgery or www.changesplasticsurgery.com for more information and pricing on non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
It happens to the best of us. Aging. It creeps up on us in our late 20's and has us in a stranglehold by 70. We notice the first signs of aging, usually in a panic, as we first detect a line or two that doesn't go away. Lightly etched, but taking a permanent position near our eyes and above the mouth, the aging process has begun.
But just how does our face change with age? Long ago, I learned that noses and ears keep growing throughout our lives. Looking at my grandparents, each with a pretty generous schnoz, I wondered what else is true of an aging face? What can we really expect? And most importantly, can we correct these changes?
EYES APPEAR MORE SUNKEN
As fat pockets in the cheeks flatten and shrink with age, facial skin looses support and begins to sag leaving a hollow trough under the eyes. Furthermore, the brow drops adding to excess upper eyelid skin. The upper lid visually disappears.
To age-defy the eye area, Dr. Gilbert Lee can perform a blepharoplasty (or eyelid lift) to remove excess, drooping skin. Tear trough implants can be surgically placed to correct a sunken look as well as dermal fillers injected into the area.
Gravity loves to pull on these pendulous appendages. Over time, the earlobes get bigger and longer adding to the overall size of the ears.
If you are getting long in the lobe, Dr. Lee can surgically reduce their size in a simple in-office procedure. Individuals with small, atrophied earlobes see improvement with the injection of a dermal filler such as Juvederm, Restylane or Radiesse to restore volume and plump the earlobes.
THE NOSE GROWS
Although bones cease to grow and in fact shrink with age, the cartilage of the nose does continue to grow. As a result, the end of the nose may appear larger as a person grows older. Gravity does its thing on the tip of the nose pulling it downward extending the length of the nose.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical option for reducing the size of the nose.
Lips change their shape and begin to look thinner and weaker with a loss of definition to the lip border. Loss of skin elasticity and facial fat volume amplified by the pull of gravity contributes to the development of wrinkles around the mouth (lip lines).
Fractional laser rejuvenation (TotalFX) is a minimally, invasive method of resurfacing the skin to reduce the depth of wrinkles and improve their appearance. A liquid gel dermal filler such as Restylane or Juvederm can be injected directly into the vertical lines around the mouth or directly into the lip to temporarily add volume and minimize the lip lines. Another option is the injection of fat for a more permanent correction.
THE CHIN RECEDES
As bone density diminishes and soft tissue support shrinks, the chin appears to recede. A receding chin causes the nose and upper teeth to appear more prominent. Sagging skin adds to an ill-defined jawline and the prominence of jowls.
Dr. Lee can correct a receding chin and improve your profile with the surgical placement of a chin implant. Radiesse can also be injected into the chin to add volume. Although not a permanent correction, Radiesse can last up to 18 months.
Although aging isn't something we look forward to, it is nice to know these five features have more than five ways to defy their aging appearance. Read more about anti-aging surgical and non-surgical options at www.ChangesPlasticSurgery.com.
As a new voice at Changes Plastic Surgery & Spa, and a feminine voice at that, it's ironic that my first blog is about a masculine topic. It's all about men in June, including that day of celebration just for men that we call Father's Day. This well-deserved day of recognition for our paternal types seems to trigger a month-long focus on men in general.
The media in all its forms, social and otherwise, seems to be delving into the subject of men this month too. Men and cosmetic surgery to be exact. From CBS News to the Cannes Film Festival, stories about this topic have hit the airwaves. I had to turn my attention to the television when I heard mention of Mickey Rourke and his infamous "altered" appearance. A classic case of a once attractive man who, maybe in effort to hold on to fading popularity and looks, decideded to do what most of us wish he had not. Kenny Rogers sought out a little help years ago with eyelid and facelift surgery that left him looking odd and not very Kenny Rogers-like. We won't even talk about Michael Jackson here.
But wait, does this mean that I am not a fan of MANipulating one's appearance? Absolutely not. Cosmetic surgery and anti-aging treatments are not just for women any more. New therapies and non-surgical treatments in cosmetic rejuvenation make it possible for men to sneak under the radar, do a little this or that, look younger almost immediately, and then soar above his male counterparts looking refreshed, more youthful…and still distinguished. Most men that do rejuvenative procedrues (even small ones) excel in their professional lives. It seems that looking your best helps promote successful business careers, especially in sales and consulting.
A previous Changes Plastic Surgery blog post on the subject of the facial aging outlined three distinct components: skin surface damage (sun damage), volume loss (hollowness) and skin redundancy (sagging). For the most part, these changes can be corrected with non-invasive, non-surgical methods and can result in a natural and gradually more youthful appearance. To restore fullness to the face, Sculptra (a volumizing agent) and dermal fillers, Artefill and Radiesse can be injected to hollows and deep wrinkles. Sun damage and uneven pigmentation can be improved with Fraxel and Total FX laser treatments for a clearer (read more youthful) complexion.
I encourage men to seek a more youthful look, more power to them. We women have been doing it for quite some time. However, because men do look more distinguished with age, going too far, too fast, being too aggressive with cosmetic procedures can sometimes backfire and result in the "what was he thinking" look.
Men, take a tip from Dr. Gilbert Lee, who at 50+ could easily pass for 10 years younger. In your quest for anti-aging options, stop short of doing too much too soon. Seek injectables for smoothing wrinkles and filling in sunken areas, laser treatments for a younger complexion, and if diet and exercise aren't enough, consider a little liposuction. Conservative correction will leave you looking naturally younger, still distinguished, and best of all, still looking like You.