FIRST QUARTER 2004, VOLUME 18, NO 1

Ask the Surgeon | What’s New | Health Tip

IN THIS ISSUE

The advantages of rejuvenation at an early age

FAQs about facial plastic surgery … are you a good candidate?

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Types of scars and how to minimize their visibility

Ask the Surgeon
have heard a lot of buzz about BOTOX as a means for looking younger in the area around the eyes. Does this include getting rid of crows feet?

Botulinum toxin, BOTOX®, is used in your facial plastic surgeon’s office as a wrinkle reducer. A small amount is injected under the skin to paralyze the muscles in the face that pull the skin and cause wrinkles. BOTOX® can weaken muscles in the forehead and around the eyes. This means that BOTOX is a great option for reducing the appearance of crows feet. The procedure is minimally invasive, so there is no need for sedation or local anesthetic. You can resume normal activities immediately. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled from three to six months.

Whats New
Restylane is a crystal-clear gel that may be used for filling out facial wrinkles, facial folds, and the lips. Restylane is currently being reviewed by the FDA, with projections that it will be approved for injections in the face in 2004.

Restylane contains hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance already present in the skin. Once it is injected, it works together with the body’s own hyaluronic acid and creates volume. The results can be seen immediately, with the majority of patients enjoying the effects longer than 6 months. This may vary based on the structure of the skin, age, and lifestyle of the patient.

The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes, with no pre-testing necessary since Restylane is not derived from animals. The reported advantages are its long lasting effects, minimally invasive technique, and natural component.

Health Tip
Are you planning to enjoy the great outdoors this winter? Whether your plans include skiing in the mountains or sunbathing in a subtropical locale, be sure to take a few simple precautions to protect your facial skin and keep it healthy and glowing.

The cold, dry weather dries the skin, making it more fragile and susceptible to irritation. Indoor heating, typically of low humidity, makes the problem even worse. Keep your skin healthy and hydrated by following these tips:

  • Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 year round to your skin and lips. Snow, sand, and water all reflect the sun’s rays, increasing their intensity and the damage they can do to your skin.
  • Wear protective sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to prevent unnecessary exposure. Did you know that continual squinting will speed the formation of lines and wrinkles around your eyes?
  • Drink plenty of water, especially during active sports, to ensure your skin receives an adequate supply of inner moisture.
  • Use a humidifier. A relative humidity near 50 percent will help prevent your skin from drying.
  • Apply a mild moisturizing cleaner instead of harsh soap that may dry the skin.
  • Use a heavier moisturizer than usual, applying it while your skin is still damp.

By taking these preventative steps, you will be well on your way to a good skin care regimen for the winter.