SECOND QUARTER 2006, VOLUME 20, NUMBER 2

Ask the Surgeon | Health Tip | What’s New

IN THIS ISSUE

Spring Ahead with a Rejuvenated You

Worried about your dermal imperfections? We may be able to help

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Little or lot: How can you restore your hair to fullness?

Ask the Surgeon
I am in the process of losing weight and would like to have a facelift. Should I wait until I reach my ideal weight before scheduling the surgery?

The best advice is to meet with your physician for a thorough evaluation and to discuss how much weight you plan to lose. Ideally, you should schedule your surgery when you have stabilized your weight. If you need to lose 20 pounds or more, do it before having facial plastic surgery. A dramatic weight loss may reduce facial fat, making wrinkles more apparent. A facial rejuvenation procedure, such as a facelift, timed to coincide with your successful weight loss can put the finishing touches on the new you. <┬┤/p>

If you are planning to lose just a few pounds, however, do not delay your facial plastic surgery procedure. Minor weight changes have little effect on the face. Come in for a consultation appointment to discuss the optimal, personalized plan for your rejuvenation.

Health Tip
Do people ask you if you are tired all the time? The eyes are the windows to the soul and reveal a lot about our age and how we take care of ourselves. Besides enough rest and eating right, your facial plastic surgeon can recommend procedures to improve your appearance.

Chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing will brighten your complexion by removing the outermost layer of your skin and allowing smoother and suppler skin to regenerate. Botox® can be used to reduce the signs of wrinkles around the eyes and between the brows. If you are looking to reduce the bags under your eyes, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Your surgeon will remove the fat and excess skin reducing the appearance of puffiness and sagging skin. Consult with your doctor to see what options might best meet your needs.

Whats New
Plasma skin regeneration is a new technology that uses plasma energy to regenerate the skin instead of laser technologies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the treatment of facial wrinkles, superficial skin lesions, and actinic keratoses for full face and regional resurfacing (eyes and mouth). It is a minimally invasive technique with little down time and rapid healing. A full-face procedure can be performed in less than 30 minutes. Most treatments are done with topical lidocaine gel with or without pre-treatment sedatives. This skin procedure can be combined with other rejuvenation treatments. FDA approval for the chest, neck, hands, and acne scarring has been requested.