FOURTH QUARTER 2000, VOLUME 14, NO 4

Ask the Surgeon | What’s New | Health Tip

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Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

What is it? A blemish or beauty mark?

Ask the Surgeon
My eyes look so much older and more tired-looking than the rest of my face. Specifically, I am wondering if there is a procedure available to make my eyelids seem less droopy. What can you suggest?

Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is an operation that diminishes the signs of aging around the eyes by removing excess skin and fat of the upper and lower eyelids. The droopiness that you describe is probably due to skin that has lost its elasticity and has felt the effects of gravity. This excess skin tends to collect in the upper and lower eyelids. In more extreme cases, excess skin can cause an extra fold in the upper eyelid, hanging over the eyelashes and obstructing vision. The lower eyelids may appear baggy due to projecting fat deposits. Blepharoplasty will remove the sagging extra skin and the collected fat, producing a brighter, more youthful appearance. Make an appointment with your facial plastic surgeon to discuss if blepharoplasty is right for you and what will best suit your needs.

Whats New
Liposhaving is a new alternative to liposuction. With conventional liposuction – widely performed by facial plastic surgeons – the procedure utilizes suction in a back-and-forth motion to create the desired result. It is time-tested and is widely used.

Liposhaving uses a light touch shaver in a slow back-and-forth motion to eliminate unwanted fat and to contour the face. The facial plastic surgeon is able to use the liposhaver under direct visualization, therefore, increasing his or her ability to precisely remove fat while causing minimal trauma to the surrounding soft tissue. Whether your facial plastic surgeon will recommend liposuction or liposhaving will depend on the indications for the surgery and the desired results

Health Tip
Most of the general population is unaware of proper daily skin care for your face. With so many products and advertising ploys it is difficult to choose a regimen that is right for your skin. You should pick a daily cleanser that contains moisturizers; avoid both alkaline and deodorant soaps. After washing your face, pat your skin dry and lubricate with a water-based moisturizer to prevent dehydration. If venturing outside apply a sunscreen or sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. You may want to try a water-based moisturizer that contains sunscreen (to save that extra step). Besides using the right products, promote a healthy body and healthy skin by heeding to the following suggestions:

  • Eat a balanced diet including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables;
  • Exercise to benefit blood circulation; and
  • Avoid smoking, which increases wrinkles.