Brighten Your Face With a Brow Lift

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Over the years, you may have noticed wrinkling across the forehead or heaviness around the brow. Then again, it may be happening so gradually that you don’t even notice it. But others might.

Whatever the case, that heavy brow can leave you looking much older than you truly are. It may even give you an appearance of being sad, tired, or angry! Nobody wants that.

So why not brighten your face with a brow lift? Also known as a forehead lift, this procedure will lift your eyebrows to give you a lighter, happier, and fully refreshed appearance.

Reasons to Brighten Your Face With a Brow Lift

Obviously, if you’re not truly unhappy or angry, there’s no need to look like you are. Furthermore, wouldn’t you love to have a return to the natural shape of your eyes?

A brow lift will give you just that. Not only will it open and restore that natural shape, but it will smooth forehead wrinkles and bring balance to the upper and lower face for a brighter appearance.

So how is this done? All it takes is the removal of excess skin bunching and a possible repositioning of the skin and muscles around the brow.

Different Types of Brow Lifts

A brow lift is personalized to your specifications. In addition to your own aesthetic goals, your plastic surgeon will consider your hairline position, hair type, degree of lift needed, and your individual facial characteristics to determine which type is right for you.

  1. Endoscopic

If you’ve noticed the heaviness in your brow before it’s gotten too serious, the surgeon will likely recommend an endoscopic brow lift. With this minimally invasive technique, a series of small incisions are performed and endoscopic cameras are utilized to provide detailed visualization. With this procedure, tissue is suspended rather than removed.

  1. Coronal

If you have more serious sagging and a low hairline, a coronal brow lift is ideal. In this procedure, the incision extends from above the ear over to the opposite ear and is hidden by the hair. It delivers long lasting results with a natural appearance.

  1. Pretrichial

For patients with high hairlines, a pretrichial brow lift will, contrary to its name, actually lower the hairline while providing a fuller look to the hair. The carefully designed incision is inconspicuous as it follows the hairline on its natural course.

In all cases, a brow lift tightens loose skin of the forehead, reduces wrinkling, and raises drooping brows. In some cases, part of the muscle that’s responsible for frown lines between the brows is removed or trimmed.

What To Expect After Surgery

Pain after surgery is minimal and typically requires only OTC pain relievers. In some cases, mild pain medication may be required and will be carefully prescribed and monitored by the doctor.

Most patients return to work in four to seven days following a brow lift. A return to exercise is usually advised within two to four weeks. Your results will vary and you can discuss your recovery plan with your doctor.

Seeking a More Youthful Expression?

If so, then it might be time to rejuvenate and brighten your face with a brow lift.

Contact us today to get a free consultation with our team of professionals. They’ll determine the ideal brow lift for your situation. They may even recommend additional procedures such as an eyelid lift or BOTOX® treatments to maximize the results of your brow lift.

Get ready to glow again!

 

Brow Lift

Brow Lift

An endoscopic brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, is a procedure in which deep lines are removed from your forehead. In addition, droopy eyebrows can be lifted to provide a youthful and appealing appearance to the area around your eyes. Our board certified surgeons are highly trained in the endoscopic brow lift procedure to give you the smooth, beautiful forehead you desire.


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Facial Surgeries Are Trending Younger

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It may come as something of a surprise that there are popular trends in plastic surgery every year.

But just like fashion, plastic surgery is influenced by lifestyle, technology, the economy, and cultural shifts. Even if the results are much longer lasting.

Interestingly, the most popular facial surgeries are trending younger for 2023. Why is this?

More Focus on the Eyes

There is an increasing number of patients in their 40s (and even late 30s) seeking plastic surgery for sagging and drooping around the brows and eyelids.

While fillers are often used for patients in these age groups, many younger patients are resistant to the limitations that come with injections. In other words, they’re turned off by having seen too many Hollywood stars using excessive fillers or Botox and being unable to make facial expressions.

In addition, disappointed by the false promises of medi-spas and laser therapies that don’t deliver results, they’re more willing to go under the knife. There are two plastic surgery procedures that are already surging in 2023.

  1. Blepharoplasty

The umbrella medical term for eyelid lifts is blepharoplasty. Depending on a patient’s needs, a highly skilled plastic surgeon recommends either an upper eyelid lift or a lower eyelid lift. In some cases, he or she may recommend both – known as a quad blepharoplasty.

For patients with lines, wrinkles, sagging, or bags in the under-eye area, the recommendation would be a lower eyelid lift. An upper eyelid lift procedure is less involved than a lower eyelid surgery and would be recommended where there is sagging skin, excess fat, or loose muscle along the upper eyelids as opposed to the lower eyelids. In these situations, the drooping can be significant enough to block or obstruct vision to some degree – a condition known as ptosis.

The procedure for each patient depends on individual eye anatomy and the results one hopes to achieve. All three procedures deliver a dramatically more youthful appearance to the eyes. As such, blepharoplasty surgery has become one of the most commonly performed procedures.

  1. Brow Lifts

A brow lift is the removal of excess skin bunching and the possible repositioning of the skin and muscles around the brow. Each procedure is personalized to the patient’s specifications depending on hairline position, hair type, degree of lift needed, and individual facial characteristics.

The endoscopic procedure is the least invasive and involves suspending tissue rather than removing it. A coronal brow lift procedure addresses more serious sagging for those with a low hairline. Finally, a pretrichial procedure is chosen when the patient has a higher hairline.

In all cases, a brow lift tightens loose skin of the forehead, reduces wrinkling, and raises drooping brows. In some cases, part of the muscle that’s responsible for frown lines between the brows is removed or trimmed.

The Facelift as Maintenance

At one time, the facelift was a procedure performed exclusively on the wealthy and well-over-50 crowd. There’s a noticeable shift these days though.

Sure, the facelift remains popular among its early adopters. But like the surgeries around the eyes, the facelift is also gaining traction among patients in their early 40s. Of course, the procedure for this group is altered. Excess skin is removed, but there’s not as much of it. The same goes for tightening the muscles in the neck and underneath the jawline.

Because there is less work to be done, the process is faster. So too is the healing. A facelift on a younger person may also involve injecting the cheeks with the patient’s own fat. This balances the lift so there’s a more three-dimensional result rather than a flattened appearance.

Younger patients recognize that a facelift is still an involved procedure. For them, it’s more like the sort of preventative maintenance you might do on your car. The facelift is part of a future program. By doing it this way, they’ll have less maintenance (and expense) when they get older.

Facial Surgeries Are Trending Younger

Given the above information, it makes sense that facial surgeries are trending younger. But it’s not just for them.

Whether you’re in your early 40s or beyond, plastic surgery can certainly restore your confidence in 2023. If you’re curious about how a facial surgery could benefit you this year, contact us today.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Is Cosmetic Plastic Surgery for Men Too?

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It may not seem like cosmetic plastic surgery for men is much of a ‘thing.’ After all, men only account for 8% of cosmetic surgery procedures.

But according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), male cosmetic procedures rose 29% between 2000 and 2018. And post-pandemic numbers are expected to keep rising.

It seems that struggling with insecurities about appearance isn’t gender specific. Yet, it’s overwhelmingly women who are open to talking about the fact that they’ve had work done.

Most Popular Procedures for Men

The majority of men motivated to get cosmetic surgery want to lose that last bit of stubborn fat. This isn’t to say, though, they don’t also have concerns about wrinkles or other imperfections.

So despite the differences between the sexes, men seeking cosmetic plastic surgery are often looking for the same solutions that women are. The following four procedures are the most common:

1. Skin Reduction/Tummy Tuck

It’s not unusual for men to hit their 30s or even 40s and realize that it’s time to take their health seriously. They may start dieting and exercising to get their bodies in better shape. The problem is, once the beer-and-Cheetos belly disappears, the skin that enveloped it has nowhere to go.

Many men are embarrassed by the resulting hanging skin around the mid-section. Especially when they’ve worked so hard to get buff and toned. Skin reduction surgery helps eliminate this unsightly problem.

Then for those who also have fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise, there’s the option of a tummy tuck to further contour the mid-section and show off that six-pack.

2. Brow Lift, Eyes, Face

Historically speaking, women have generally spent more time in front of the mirror. But when the pandemic hit in 2020, men were suddenly staring at themselves on computer screens and noticing every little imperfection they hadn’t before. This ‘Zoom effect’ was a serious motivator for men to seek out cosmetic procedures.

To date, the most popular procedures for the face include brow lifts, upper eye lifts, and liposuction around the jawline and neck. Men are also opting for non-surgical procedures like Botox injections to combat wrinkles.

3. Neck Contouring

Of course, once the face was looking good, the attention started drifting to the neck. Every woman is all too aware of how the skin on the neck loses elasticity and stretches during aging. But once again, the time in front of video calls made men more aware of this.

While women have the option to cover their necks with a stylish scarf, we can all admit that the ascot is hardly a fashion trend for men. And if a beard isn’t an option, a neck lift or other neck contouring procedure can address the loose skin and sagging jawline to deliver a more chiseled look.

4. Male Breast Reduction

If you think any sort of plastic surgery for the breast is purely women’s domain, think again.

Breast reduction surgery is gaining in popularity among men who are troubled to find that their breasts are becoming fattier as they age. And no amount of diet or exercise remedies it. For them, male breast reduction, or gynecomastia, reduces the swelling in the breast area to give the pectorals more definition.

Curious About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery for Men?

While cosmetic plastic surgery for men may still be in its infancy, as more men open up about having these surgical procedures, the less stigma there will be.

If you’re a man struggling with insecurities about your appearance, contact us today. During your free consultation, we’ll advise you on the next best steps to get that more youthful look. We’ll also ensure that you feel comfortable with being (something of) a trail blazer!

What Is the Permanence of Plastic Surgery?

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If you’re pondering getting some “work” done, you may be wondering… what is the permanence of plastic surgery?

We could go all philosophical and tell you that nothing is permanent. Just as you may get work done on your house – such as a new roof – you know that over time, you will need another.

Even so, there are some plastic surgery procedures that have far more staying power than others. And there are even a few that, under the right conditions and with proper maintenance, could be permanent.

At least for the span of a person’s life. (Which, let’s face it, is also impermanent.)

The Permanence of Plastic Surgery Based on Procedures

We’ll take a look at some of the most common procedures and what you might experience in terms of how long it will last.

Liposuction

Most people get liposuction to eliminate fat in undesirable areas. Yet, while the research is inconclusive, the generally held belief is that while you can permanently remove fat from one area, it may find its way back to another area with weight gain. So why bother with liposuction?

Well, here’s why.

When done correctly by a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon, even if there is a return of fat, liposuction can result in a more shapely figure.

For example, getting liposuction to remove belly fat could result in curvier hips if new fat finds its way there. While this may not be the exact scenario, if fat does return, you can be assured it’s going to be more evenly distributed across the body and not to the problem area.

Breast Augmentation

Given the right set of circumstances, breast augmentation can last up to 25 years. Even so, some patients get updates before that time.

The main reason? Most have second thoughts about the size once they’ve had their implants for a while. They may want them larger, smaller, or removed altogether.

Which brings us to our next procedure…

Breast Reduction

This is one of the few procedures that typically garners permanent results. There are two factors that determine this though. First, the procedure must be done after puberty. And second, patients cannot experience any major weight fluctuations after the surgery if they want permanent results.

Tummy Tuck

Like a breast reduction, a tummy tuck can be permanent. But also like a breast reduction, there are factors involved.

First, and most importantly, any major weight gain (anything over 20% of the patient’s weight) will render the tummy tuck ineffective. So what a patient does post-surgery makes a huge difference in terms of how long a tummy tuck will last.

Furthermore, for a woman, it’s important that she is done having children.

And a second tummy tuck is not an option, since there isn’t enough loose skin to perform the procedure (unless, of course, the patient loses a VERY significant amount of weight).

Facelift

While a facelift can leave you looking 10, 15, or even 20 years younger, it cannot stop you from continuing to age. In most cases, a complete facelift will need to be updated in ten years; with mini face lifts coming in at more around two to five years.

There are occasions though where patients find that the initial face lift surgery sets up their face to age in a such a way that they find much more satisfying. This is particularly true for those with good genes and healthy skin. For them, no updates are required.

Brow Lift

As you age, the brows can begin to droop and result in a heavy appearance around the eyes. This can also lend to deep creases in the forehead.

Much like with a full facelift, a brow lift surgery will not stop the aging process. The natural breakdown of skin and tissues will continue even after the procedure. So the brow lift will also need updating in around ten years.

Rhinoplasty

As long as a “nose job” is successful, the bone structure in the nose is unlikely to change over time. Thus, rhinoplasty is generally considered a permanent procedure.

It’s important to note though that natural changes due to aging will still occur. Once folks hit their 60s, their noses get bigger. So it’s possible a rhinoplasty procedure done very early in life may need a revision in later years.

Get the Most From Your Plastic Surgery Procedure

If you’re still curious about the permanence of plastic surgery and are on the fence about having a procedure performed, we invite you to contact us.

During your free consultation, we’ll talk with you about what you can expect, how long your results will last, and what your role will be after your surgery.

From there, you can make a truly informed decision.

Maintaining Plastic Surgery Post-Op Results

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Plastic surgery is just like any other surgery.

So just as you wouldn’t (we hope!) do nothing but sit on your couch and eat salty potato chips after heart surgery, there are effective ways of maintaining plastic surgery post-op results too.

Although some of them may require a small amount of medical intervention, but most of them are pretty straightforward lifestyle choices.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices Make a Big Difference

To maintain plastic surgery results more effectively, you’ll need to take a look at the choices you make from day to day. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are You Eating a Healthy Diet?

Large shifts in weight gain and loss can ruin the elastin and collagen of the skin, so it’s important you’re eating well.

Avoid foods that are high in sugar, dairy, and refined grains – especially right after your surgery. They can increase inflammation, swelling, and pain.

Then once you’ve recovered from your surgery, you’ll want to continue focusing on healthy eating. This is especially key after any body shaping procedure. For example, maintaining low visceral fat after a tummy tuck is crucial.

Whatever the case, stick with lean protein. Healing incisions and all postoperative wounds require 1gm of protein per kilogram of bodyweight. After the healing process, 1/2gm per kilogram bodyweight is appropriate to maintain healthy muscle mass and a strong immune system.

Also, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to keep that post-surgical shape. A nutritionist may be worth the money to protect your plastic surgery investment.

  1. How Often Do You Exercise?

Obviously you don’t want to crank out an hour on the elliptical immediately following surgery. But once you get the okay from your surgeon, you’ll want to either return to or start a regular exercise regimen three to four times per week.

You may want to work with a personal trainer who is familiar with your situation and is aware of the most effective exercises. For instance, someone who understands what would be the best core exercise after abdominoplasty to help keep the abdomen flat after diastasis repair.

He or she can also help you to find the perfect balance between cardio and strength training to keep you feeling more energized rather than burnt out.

  1. What Do You Do to Protect Your Skin?

No matter your procedure, it’s important to take care of your skin. So keep your exposure to the sun at a minimum by using sunblock (an SPF of at least 50 – even in the winter) and wearing the appropriate clothing to protect against harmful UV rays.

In addition, use moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid moisturizers after any face procedures. ALLASTIN Trihex Technology is a solid recommendation.

  1. Do You Smoke?

No matter how much you may love smoking tobacco, the negative effects on the body and skin can’t be denied. It can actually slow your body’s healing process as well.

So whatever plastic surgery procedure you’ve chosen, be sure to avoid tobacco while you recover in order to heal properly. Then after that, make the effort to quit altogether. Not smoking will ensure your plastic surgery results will last even longer.

  1. How Much Water Do You Drink?

Post-plastic surgery care includes adequate hydration. As water is essential to replenish fluids lost during surgery, you’ll want to drink plenty of it. And then make it a regular part of your life to keep your body operating at its optimal capacity.

  1. Do You Get Enough Sleep? 

Yeah, we know. Getting enough sleep is a tough one. But given its tremendous healing powers, it’s crucial you’re making the effort to get the right amount each night.

Maintaining Plastic Surgery Post-Op Results Medically

While diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices are key in maintaining your post surgical results, it’s impossible to stop the aging process or to rewire your genetics. So you may want to consider nonsurgical touch-up procedures to help enhance and extend your results.

For example, touch up liposuction after a tummy tuck can further improve the thick abdominal flap. Fillers, laser, PRP, and fat can be used to support the 3D improvement after a face lift. Your surgeon may even recommend botox to weaken forehead muscles after a brow lift.

Another factor to consider post surgery is capsular contracture. So in the case of breast augmentation, you’ll want to use prophylactic antibiotics with all dental cleanings and procedures and remain hyper vigilant of all possible infections that may also instigate a capsular contracture.

Your board-certified plastic surgeon will supply you with a comprehensive packet of post-operative instructions. Following these will ensure the healthiest recovery. And don’t hesitate to ask him or her specific questions about your recovery process.

Are You Considering Plastic Surgery?

Plastic surgery is sound investment. Especially when you go the distance in maintaining plastic surgery post-op results.

So if you’re considering improving your life with a plastic surgery procedure, then contact us today. We’ll be happy to sit down with you to discuss all of your many options.

The Zoom Boom in Plastic Surgery

Remember the days when you could distract yourself by staring at your coworkers or out a window or even at a wall during a meeting? Ah, the good ole days.

These days, the face we most often regard looking back at us in meetings is our own. Yep. There in the upper right corner of your screen is the world’s worst mirror.

And you’re suddenly asking yourself, have I always looked like this? Are my crow’s feet really that pronounced? When did my nose get so huge?

Such questions are driving more and more people to elective procedures in what’s being called the Zoom boom in plastic surgery.

What Exactly is the Zoom Boom in Plastic Surgery?

In a nutshell, it’s the worldwide surge in bookings for surgical and non-surgical treatments in an attempt to smooth out what is now known as lockdown face.

And it’s not just happening in the United States. Australian, Japanese, South Korean, and British plastic surgeons are all experiencing this same uptick in requests.

It makes perfect sense given the amount of time many people are stuck staring at themselves; suddenly faced with every glaring imperfection and flaw they were able to previously ignore.

In fact, it’s likely we’re all looking at ourselves FAR more now than we ever have in all of history. And this includes the many years obsession with selfies that continues to this day. So in the midst of this global crisis over which we’ve had no control, many people are tired of looking at themselves day after and day and taking matters into their own hands.

Or at least, putting them in their plastic surgeon’s hands.

The Most Popular Procedures

It’s bad enough that we have to look at ourselves from a particularly weird angle on Zoom calls. But soon enough, we’re also no longer paying attention to the content of the meeting because we’ve busied ourselves playing the comparison game with others. It’s a game we invariably lose.

Why does Laura’s face look so much smoother? Does my forehead have as many old acne scars as Ken’s?

So it’s not surprising that non-invasive facial procedures, like skin resurfacing, fillers, and Botox are among the most popular requests. They work to smooth out wrinkles as well as correct the lines caused by the facial expressions we make during those meetings.

In addition, since we’re frequently looking down into our computer’s camera, the demand for neck rejuvenation and jawline contouring has risen dramatically.

And if you think that just women are struggling with this lockdown face complex, think again. Men are showing up with requests too. Though, in their case, it’s more like lockdown hair.

The requests for hair restoration procedures among men has increased significantly. Being in a well-lit room on a Zoom call makes one’s hair look thinner. And since many men weren’t initially able to get to their stylists, they were plagued by the fact that hair also looked thinner when it was a little longer.

Whatever the case, all of these hours staring at ourselves has given some of us a new found respect for celebrities who must conform to the highest in standards.

Fortunately, there are plastic surgeons to help us conform to our own new standards.

Are You Ready for Change?

Life has been challenging during the pandemic. And we still can’t treat ourselves to all of the joys life has to offer – which feels deflating.

In the midst of all of this, the Zoom boom in plastic surgery has helped many people feel better and more confident about themselves. And not just when they’re on their laptops or devices.

So if you’d like to share in this uplifting experience, contact us today. We’ll recommend the best options and procedures for you so you can head back to your computer – and your life – with confidence.

 

Why is Juvederm Voluma So Popular?

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The Summer specials are in full swing until August 31st at Star Plastic Surgery.

If you’re of a certain age, you’ve likely noticed how your face is changing. More specifically, it appears to be shifting downward. Age and gravity work together to make that happen. And it all comes down to the fat in your face.

Once upon a time, when you were younger, the fat in your face was more evenly distributed to effectively plump your forehead, cheeks, temples, and other areas around your eyes and mouth.

But as the ravages of time took over, those fat pads lost volume and your face becomes deflated. It’s not just you though! It happens to all of us.

So thank goodness for Juvederm Voluma. It takes the place of that lost fat and adds volume back to your face for smoother and younger-looking skin.

 

Juvederm Voluma

 

How Does Juvederm Voluma Work?

It might sound like some sort of miracle fix, but we can assure you, there’s no snake oil here. To sweeten the deal, the whole process is fairly simple.

Simply put, Voluma is a gel that’s made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid (HA). It’s injected into the cheek area to gently lift the skin and restore volume.

In the past, plastic surgeons used fat injections to add volume to sagging faces. The line of thinking was – if it’s the fat that’s losing volume, then just replace it with new fat. There were a few problems with fat injections though.

First, fat can be unpredictable so performing fat injections required significant experience to achieve consistent results. And second, while fat injections promised to serve as a permanent filler, many patients were dissatisfied when this didn’t prove to be the case.

Using injectable HA such as Juvederm Voluma, however, is safe and predictable. It does not require anesthesia, and it produces immediate, long-lasting results that are more natural. That’s because HA is found naturally through out the body.

The primary role of HA is to attract water to keep fat, muscles, bones, and skin hydrated. But it also plays a part in collagen production in the skin. Thus, injecting HA into the face not only plumps the face and reduces smile lines, wrinkles, and sagging, but it also triggers the production of collagen to add even more fullness.

What You Can Expect from the Treatment

Before you embark on your Juvederm Voluma treatment, you’ll have an in-depth consultation with your board-certified plastic surgeon. This is your opportunity to explain your specific desires. The doctor will then go over all options with you to determine the best plan.

The procedure itself consists of Voluma filler being injected deep into your facial tissue. The filler is formulated with lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to ensure a more comfortable treatment. The amount of time it takes will depend on the complexity of your treatment. But a simple treatment can be done in as little as 15 to 20 minutes. Your doctor can give you a ballpark estimate for your situation.

After treatment, you’ll need to avoid makeup for up to 12 hours. Keep yourself protected from the sun (which you should be doing anyhow!) and avoid any activity or position that may put pressure on the treated area for one week.

And that’s it! Who knew turning back time could be so simple?

Save Money on Juvederm Voluma

If you’re intrigued by the simplicity of Juvederm Voluma, then now is the time to take advantage of this amazing non-surgical procedure.

Right now, and through the end of August, you can get you can get two syringes for just $1100. That’s a savings of $500!

So contact us today for a free consultation. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get that youthful glow and suppleness back into your face with Juvederm Voluma.

Plastic Surgery Procedures to Improve Vision

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Do you experience puffiness or sagging around your eyes?

Many patients seek out the expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon to address these cosmetic concerns. And rightly so. Plastic surgery does wonders in addressing these concerns and reversing facial aging.

But there are plastic surgery procedures to improve vision as well.

In fact, if you’ve noticed heavy sagging in your upper eyelids, you could be dealing with decreased vision due to ptosis. If this is your predicament, plastic surgery will not only improve the appearance of your eyes but can restore lost function as well.

 

What Is Ptosis?

Eyebrow ptosis or excess upper eyelid skin, called dermatochalasis,  is an eye condition caused by excessive skin around your upper eyelid. When the upper eyelid becomes weighed down, it can droop into your field of vision. It can feel as though you’re looking through a window with its blinds partially drawn.

The most common symptoms of excess skin of the upper eyelid include:

  • difficulty reading
  • raising brows to improve vision
  • dry and irritated eyes
  • loss of peripheral vision
  • frontal headaches

Although the most common cause of excess skin or brow ptosis is the aging process, it can also be the result of lax tissue and genetics. Trauma to the eye tissue, thyroid eye disease, and renal failure can all contribute to excess skin as well.

 

Relieving Excess Skin with Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, seeks to remove and tighten excess skin found above and below the eye. It not only restores a youthful, bright appearance to your eyes, but restores vision diminished by droopy upper eyelids.

During a blepharoplasty procedure, the surgeon creates precise markings where the excess tissue will be removed from the eyelids. In the case of the upper eyelid, the incision is made within the natural eyelid fold. For the lower eyelid, the incision is created just below the lower lash line to remove skin, or inside the lower eyelid, through the conjuctiva to remove fat bags.

Excess tissue is then removed through these incisions and, if desired, the fat may be redistributed to achieve a specific look.

Levator ptosis is a functional problem that produces a droopy upper eyelid. This can occur with aging, trauma, and neuromuscular disorders. Repair of the levator muscle tendon is performed to correct drooping upper eyelids. This may be performed at the same time as removal of the upper eyelid excess skin and concurrently with a brow lift (see below).

 

Other Plastic Surgery Procedures to Improve Vision

Sometimes the cause for altered vision is low-set eyebrows. In this case, your plastic surgeon would recommend a brow lift.

Eyebrows set lower on the face become problematic as you age. As the skin on the upper portion of the face becomes thinner and loses elasticity over time, deep-set wrinkles and heavy, low hung eyebrows can obstruct your peripheral vision.

During a brow lift, also known as an endoscopic brow lift, the surgeon uses an endoscope (a tube with a camera attached to the end) to best see the area of treatment. Small incisions are made in the hairline and forehead skin and eyebrows are repositioned higher on the forehead. Fixation of the forehead and brows is then performed for long-term results to create a smoother, more youthful-looking forehead.

The procedure requires very minimal incisions and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia.

 

Could You See Better with Plastic Surgery?

While there are plastic surgery procedures to improve vision, it’s important to remember that these surgeries will not actually repair the eye.

But if your seeing is impacted by sagging skin, these procedures could just help to restore your field of vision.

So if you think an eyebrow lift or eyelid surgery is right for you, contact us today for a free consultation. One of our qualified experts will discuss the best procedure for you.

How Effective are BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®?

Are you growing weary of the lines and wrinkles on your face? Does it seem like new ones show up every day?

 

Some people will tell you that those smile lines just prove that you smile a lot. Or that your crow’s feet lend a more distinctive look.

 

But you know the truth. And it makes no difference anyhow if you’re not satisfied with how your face is aging.

 

If you’re not yet ready to commit to going under the knife for a facelift, you do have non-surgical options with BOTOX® or JUVÉDERM®.

 

And they’re incredibly effective.

 

We’ll take a look at the many options available through these procedures.

 

The Magic of BOTOX®

 

First, we need to clarify something about wrinkles.

 

To you, a wrinkle is probably a wrinkle. They’re all the same and you don’t want any of them.

 

But there are actually two kinds of wrinkles. Static and dynamic.

 

Static wrinkles are the lines and folds that are always there on your face. Dynamic wrinkles, on the other hand, occur when you use your muscles to form facial expressions.

 

Prime examples of dynamic wrinkles are the lines in the forehead and around the brow, as well as crow’s feet around the eyes.

 

BOTOX® is used specifically to smooth out dynamic wrinkles only. But how does it work?

 

BOTOX® is a prescription medication that, once injected, blocks signals from your nerves to your muscles. This keeps the targeted muscles from contracting; the very action that produces fine lines and wrinkles.

 

When the muscles relax, you’re left with a a smooth and wrinkle-free appearance.

 

Because of the presence of Botulinum toxin in this medication, the question plastic surgeons are most often asked is, “how safe is BOTOX®?”

 

The quick answer is “completely.”

 

BOTOX® has been used for almost thirty years now. During that time, there has never been a recorded instance of botulism or paralysis from BOTOX®. And the FDA considers BOTOX® to be a safe, effective way to reduce wrinkles and smooth out fine lines.

 

It is also a very simple procedure.

 

After the BOTOX® injections, there is little to no downtime. Although patients should avoid strenuous activity for the rest of the day, they are able to return to their everyday life as soon as they feel comfortable.

 

Why Use JUVÉDERM®?

 

And after years of living, laughing, eating, yawning, talking, etc., lines and wrinkles become etched into the areas around the nose and mouth. These are static wrinkles.

 

Smile lines develop and the skin around the nose and mouth (known medically as nasolabial folds) begin to sag.These static wrinkles and folds can easily add years to your appearance.

 

JUVÉDERM® works to fill the lines and firm up the folds in this parenthesis area around your nose and mouth.

 

Treatment with JUVÉDERM® is quick – lasting only about 15 minutes. Using a very fine needle, your plastic surgeon injects JUVÉDERM® into the area being treated. And since it includes the anesthetic lidocaine, there is little to no discomfort during injections.

 

Patients see results immediately, though there might be some swelling. Once that subsides, results continue to improve.

 

There is minimal to no downtime associated with JUVÉDERM®. In fact, most patients are able to return to work right after treatment. To ensure optimal results, however, patients are advised to protect their skin from the sun for 10 days.

 

It’s a small price to pay for a more youthful appearance.

 

What Is JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC?

 

With some areas of the face, the issue isn’t always wrinkles.

 

The actual structure and volume of your face becomes less as you age. That’s why JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC was developed.

 

This filler uses hyaluronic acid (HA) to replenish missing volume – particularly in the upper cheek area, also known as the hollow, the apple, or the apex.

 

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that’s produced by your body. Large amounts of it are found in your skin where its function is to retain water to keep your skin well lubricated and moist.

 

As you age, your body makes less of this substance. This particular injection serves to replenish the HA and restore a firmer appearance around the mid-face, or any other area that needs volume restored.

 

During the procedure, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is injected into the predetermined treatment areas. This may result in mild redness and swelling near the injection sites that will disappear within a few days.

 

Results will continue to improve over the course of the next several weeks.

 

The Purpose of JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA®

As the years pass, it’s not unusual to lose volume in your lips as well. But the skin in this area, as well as around the eyelids, is much more delicate than other areas of the face. Static lines that show up in these areas require a gentler approach.

 

In these instances, your plastic surgeon or skin care specialist might recommend JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA®.

 

Also made up of HA, the particles in JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® are smaller than those in JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA® XC so that they can effectively treat finer lines and more delicate areas where the skin is thinner.

 

As with the other two JUVÉDERM® treatments, injection is done with a thin needle and patients can expect to experience minimal to no discomfort during the procedure.

 

There may be mild redness, tenderness, or swelling after the procedure which will subside within a couple of weeks. It is also recommended that patients avoid strenuous activity or direct sun exposure to the treatment area for the first 24 hours following treatment.

 

Patients notice results immediately after the injection. And these only continue to improve over time as any residual swelling subsides.

 

BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® Give You a Reason to Smile

 

Surgical procedures are fantastic for rejuvenating your face.

 

But non-surgical procedures like BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® can be just as effective. And without the recovery time.

 

It all depends on your unique situation.

 

So contact us today to talk with a board-certified plastic surgeon about which option would be best for you.

 

It’s almost as good as turning back the hands of time.