FIRST QUARTER 2005, VOLUME 19, NO 1

Ask the Surgeon | What’s New | Health Tip

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

Ask the Surgeon
I am 35 years old and have been very uncomfortable with the appearance of my protruding ears. Is it too late to get this fixed?

No, it is not too late. The surgery can be performed at any age after the ears have reached full size, usually five to six years of age. For adults, the procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Incisions are made behind the ear, where the scars will be easily hidden in the natural crease. Depending on how much protrusion or the size of the ear, your surgeon will either reduce excess skin and cartilage or reduce excess skin and sculpt the cartilage. The goal is to reshape the -ear and reposition it closer to the head. Permanent sutures are frequently placed in the cartilage to secure its position and create natural-looking ear folds.

Whats New
On the rise, physicians are looking at treating the whole patient with complementary services that reduce anxiety, promote healing, and maximize patient satisfaction. Much like the medical spa entering some practices, complementary services such as therapeutic massage, audio tapes, and yoga are starting to show up in facial plastic surgery practices.

Therapeutic massage : Whether it is a Swedish massage, reflexology, or acupressure, studies have shown that massage can relieve pain, reduce stress, and promote healing while improving circulation, deepening relaxation, and providing an increased sense of physical and emotional well-being.

Guided imagery audio tapes : The goal is to evoke a positive physical response through positive affirmations and music.

Yoga : This ancient practice has been associated with reduced stress, lowered blood pressure, and regulated heart rate. It helps unify the body and mind involving a series of stretching postures, breathing exercises, and meditative practices.

Health Tip
Take care of your pores! Are you suffering from acne, blackheads, or dry skin? Preventative maintenance can help you avoid outbreaks and sustain a healthy glow.

The oil in your skin causes the cells that line your pores to stick together and clog, causing acne. This can be prevented by cleansing regularly, applying an alcohol-based astringent, and then an oil-free moisturizer (preferably with a sun protection factor of at least 15). To prevent acne flare-ups, your makeup, sunscreen, and powders should all be oil-free.

Blackheads are also caused by sticky, oil-clogged pore cells. To avoid scarring, do not squeeze them. Follow the same regime: cleanse, apply toner, and moisturize. You may want to try an over-the-counter pad that lifts oil and dead skin cells from pores. Another strategy is to exfoliate, which removes dead cells from the skin surface.

What is in your moisturizer? If you moisturize but still suffer from dry patches of skin, check the ingredients. A moisturize should contain emollients, such as petrolatum and mineral oil, and minimal fragrances that may cause irritation.