SECOND QUARTER 2007, VOLUME 21, NUMBER 1

Doctor Directed: Today, Tomorrow, and the Future

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Doctor Directed: Today, Tomorrow, and the Future

Best Bets for a Rejuvenated Look Botox® Injections or Forehead

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Eat Your Way to Good Looks

Whether you are a new patient or have been under the supervision of a facial plastic surgeon for years, there are procedures that your doctor may recommend today, tomorrow, and in your future—from low maintenance to advanced.

Start today
Make your face look better starting today! There are maintenance tips and rituals that will help restore that glow to your skin. For example, no one likes to see black heads or large pores. What can you do? Keep your skin clean by massaging in the cleanser and fully rinsing your face. Apply a moisturizer after cleansing that is not oil-based, but contains a sun protection factor of at least 15. To get rid of clogged pores, try exfoliating. This can loosen dry skin that can cause blockage. For oily skin, try a scrub with alpha hydroxyl or salicylic acid. Most importantly, clean your skin routinely twice a day.

Consider tomorrow
If you are starting to see fine lines appear around your lips and eyes, consider filler injections. This is a noninvasive treatment with no downtime and immediate results. There are a number of products on the market that can be injected into your skin to plump up lines, creases, and depressed scars. They may also be used to add fullness to the cheek area or the lips. The results are temporary, however, lasting between six and 12 months.

Laser technology has continued to advance and provides many benefits for patients eager to improve the tone and texture of their skin. A photofacial, which uses intense pulsed light (IPL) technology, is a series of treatments performed over three-week intervals to improve the skin. This helps patients who suffer uneven pigmentation, sun damage, or rosacea. There is no recovery time. More extensive laser resurfacing can be used for scar revision and deep wrinkles.

Plan for future
We all have to fight against the aging process. Begin discussing with your physician what rejuvenation procedures may be right for you. A facelift focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face; sagging muscles are re-supported, excess skin is removed, and besides smoother skin, your jawline gains redefinition. The result is a refreshed appearance that matches your youthful spirit.

If you have lost significant volume to your cheek area from aging, you may contemplate cheek implants. This restores fullness and lifts sagging skin as well. It is a permanent solution.

One of the first facial features to show signs of aging is our eyes. If you are looking to reduce the bags under your eyes, or if your upper eyelids are beginning to weigh down your lid, think about blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).

Your facial plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from around your eyes, reducing the appearance of bags and wrinkles. Start implementing the low-maintenance tips today. Then, plan ahead for a rejuvenated and enhanced, new you!