SECOND QUARTER 2004, VOLUME 18, NO 2

Ask the Surgeon | What’s New | Health Tip

IN THIS ISSUE

Extreme Makeover brings your inner beauty to the forefront

How to achieve luscious younger looking lips; explore all your options

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Follow your doctor’s orders for optimal post-op results

Ask the Surgeon
People often comment on how tired and dark my eyes look. What causes the dark circles under my eyes and how can I get rid of them for good?

Dark circles may have several possible causes. As we age, the skin around our eyes starts to thin which causes the blood vessels to become more apparent. If you would like to cover up the veins, see the health tip below on camouflage makeup. Concealers that are yellow-based or green-based will counteract the blue of the undereye circle. Sometimes the dark circles are due to excess pigment in the skin. This can be treated by lasers, creams, and skin peels to lighten the skin. Another possibility is that the dark circles are just a shadow from the lower eyelids developing bulges of excess fat. This protrusion can be treated with lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Regardless of the cause, you may want to avoid applying eyeliner or mascara to your lower lashes so that you do not draw attention to the undereye area. Come in to discuss what treatment is right for you.

Whats New
There is a new way to treat acne with minimal discomfort and excellent results using a non-ablative laser.This laser emits pulses of low-level, non- thermal light energy directed at the overactive sebaceous glandsthe cause of acne. The non-ablative laser produces a wavelength of light that is strongly absorbed by water within the skin. This creates heat in and around the sebaceous glands, altering its structure and function. The result is clear skin. Treatments usually take between five to 20 minutes, with a series of three to five treatments necessary to achieve the desired clearance.

Health Tip
After a successful procedure, you are eager to return to work and the social scene. How do you hide the last remaining evidence of your revitalization or reconstruction? The answer is makeup. Both men and women can use makeup techniques to disguise those temporary side affects of facial plastic surgery. Makeup can be used soon after a procedure to cover discolorations, to hide incision lines after the stitches have been removed and the wound is completely healed, and to mask mild swelling. Camouflage cosmetics include three techniques: conceal, color correct, and contour shadows.

Concealers work well to mask discolorations and incision lines. Choose a product that is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, opaque, and waterproof. The second technique is to use a color corrector. These products are not as opaque as concealers and they come in tints; for example lavender corrector neutralizes yellow tones (bruising), while green corrector reduces red (following a skin rejuvenation procedure). The third technique is contouring, which disguises swelling. The idea is to create dimension using light and shadow. The lighter areas appear to come forward; use two shades lighter than your normal skin color. The darker areas recede; use two shades darker than your foundation. This technique may require some assistance, and we would be glad to help you. By taking these preventative steps, you will be well on your way to a good skin care regimen for the winter.