FIRST QUARTER 2005, VOLUME 19, NO 1

Looking Ahead with Renewed Confidence

IN THIS ISSUE

Looking Ahead with Renewed Confidence

The Increasing Popularity of Hyaluronic Acids to Improve Folds and Wrinkles

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

The Dangers You Don’t Know About

It is that time of year again, when we reflect on the past year and look forward to the next. What will you accomplish in 2005? What are your goals and aspirations? If your New Year’s resolution includes enhancing your appearance, taking better care of yourself, or looking as young as you feel, you may want to consider facial plastic surgery. From minor procedures to extensive surgery and combinations of proceduresall have an affirmative result on self-esteem and confidence.

A different way to achieve confidence

Take time to think about what you would like to change the most. Talk to your friends and family members and get their opinion. You also want to make sure that you are having a procedure for the right reasons. If you want a procedure because it is popular or you think it will improve your marriage, these are not proper motivations. Examples of healthy motivation include doing it for yourself, having it to feel better about yourself, or to improve your appearance to make you look as young as you feel. In addition, you need to have realistic expectations. Facial plastic surgery is performed to improve your appearance, not to perfect it.

Make an appointment to tell how you feel about your features and ask questions about options for change. Your face will be evaluated and available treatments and options will be discussed.

Your options and the most popular procedures

The most popular cosmetic procedures during the winter months are rhinoplasty (nose surgery), blepharoplasty (eye surgery), and facelift.

Patients who seek rhinoplasty usually feel that their nose is not in balance with the rest of their face. It may be too big, too thick, too long, or crooked with a hump. More than half of a million people improve the shape of their nose through cosmetic surgery each year.

Do you wish you could reduce the bags from under your eyes? The upper and lower eyelids become less elastic and begin to sag over time. Fatty tissue begins to slip downward, causing protruding puffy bulges. Blepharoplasty removes excess muscle, fat, and loose skin, creating a more wide-eyed, refreshed look.

Reduce the signs of aging by tightening the drooping skin in the lower part of your face. A facelift involves lifting the skin, moving and securing the underlying connective tissue, removing excess fat and skin, re-draping the skin, and then suturing the incisions. The result is smooth skin in the lower two-thirds of the face with more definition in the neck region and jaw area.

Whether you are considering a major procedure or a minor treatment regime, your facial plastic surgeon will help you bring in the New Year with a new, rejuvenated you!