FOURTH QUARTER 2003, VOLUME 17, NO 4

Ask the Surgeon | What’s New | Health Tip

IN THIS ISSUE

Sleep helps fight the aging process

The many faces of a facelift… Which one is right for you

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Safety first: What you can do to mazimize your safety

Ask the Surgeon
I have seen on some skin care labels that they are preservative free. Are these products without preservatives better for my skin?

The term preservative free can be deceiving when it comes to skin care products. Preservatives are used in products to prevent rancidity and contamination; this allows the product to maintain a shelf life for two to three years. When a product claims to be preservative free it probably is referring to the lack of synthetic preservatives. There are still preservatives in the product, however, they are natural substances with preservative qualities, such as essential oils or antioxidants. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid products with synthetic ingredients, which may cause allergic skin reactions and dermatitis.

Whats New
There is a revolution in fibered facial cleansing cloths. While these cloths have been on the market for nearly two years, the technology has advanced with the opened and closed weave options and the addition of moisturizer. The closed weave has no holes; one side is textured and contains cleanser, and the other side is smooth and contains moisturizer. The open weave has holes and is less abrasive, providing a mild exfoliation good for patients who have sensitive skin. Both cloths are ideal for removing bacteria, dead skin, and make-up. After using the textured side, use the smooth side to rinse off the cleanser and to hydrate the skin. The fibered cloths are more hygienic and gentler on the skin than a washcloth. Consult with your facial plastic surgeon about which cloth might be right for your skin type.

Health Tip
Carefully examine your motivation for seeking facial plastic surgery. Why do you want this procedure? Self-evaluate your motives before entering the doctor’s office; this will be one of the first questions you will have to answer. Do you want to change your appearance to look exactly like Miss Hollywood star? Are you tired of your sister nagging you about your nose? Are you expecting a miracle? Do you think this procedure will salvage a disintegrating career? These are all examples of inappropriate motivations for surgery. If you want to look as young as you feel or increase your self-confidence, these are healthy reasons of course, motivation will vary from one person to another.

Your facial plastic surgeon will want to make sure that you understand the purpose of the procedure is to improve your appearance, not accomplish a miracle. Discuss openly with your physician why you want the surgery and what you expect will be the outcome. Your physician will ensure that you have the right motivation and a realistic attitude before recommending any procedure.