SECOND QUARTER 2007, VOLUME 21, NUMBER 3

Best Bets for a Rejuvenated Look Brow Lifts Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

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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

The placement of the incisions will be determined based on the patient’s needs—along the hairline, behind the hairline, or in some cases, above the brow. This will also affect if your hair can be divided into small sections and pinned back, trimmed, or a small section shaved. After the incisions are made, your surgeon will tighten loose skin and remove excess tissue. If you have muscle that is causing vertical lines between the brows, the surgeon may remove this as well. The procedure can take between one to two hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.

Following surgery, there will be some tenderness and swelling for the first 10 days. Your physician will advise you to keep your head elevated to reduce swelling and to apply cold compresses. The sutures are usually removed within seven to 10 days following surgery. Although specific instructions will be given at the time of your surgery, most patients resume normal activities within two weeks. Insurance does not cover surgery for cosmetic reasons. However, if you are having a brow lift to improve sagging skin that interferes with vision, you may be able to receive reimbursement. Be sure to talk to your doctor and the insurance provider to see if you qualify and for the degree of coverage.

Brow lifts can be combined with other surgical procedures, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelift.

In order to discuss what option is best for you, make an appointment with your facial plastic surgeon today. You can discuss BOTOX®, brow lift, the techniques, the surgical facility, any additional surgery, and cost.

When you emerge as a refined and refreshed new you, you will be glad you did.

ASK THE SURGEON

I am not happy with how my eyes look and will be having eyelid surgery next month. Is this considered cosmetic surgery or reconstructive surgery? How do I know if my insurance will cover any of the costs?

Cosmetic surgery is an elective surgery to improve your appearance and self-esteem. Usually, it is not covered by health insurance.

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal facial features caused by disease, trauma, congenital defects, or developmental abnormalities. Surgery to rebuild or to reconstruct may improve function or restore a more normal appearance. Most reconstructive surgeries are covered partly or completely by health insurance. Not all surgeries are necessarily so cut and dry. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is usually not covered by insurance; however, if your eyelids are obstructing your vision, it may be considered reconstructive surgery. Be sure to discuss your surgery and coverage with both your physician and your health insurance provider.

HEALTH TIP

If you are considering a treatment or procedure, your first step is to make a consultation appointment with your facial plastic surgeon. Do you know how to maximize this time with your physician? The purpose of a consultation is to get to know your facial plastic surgeon and to discuss your personalized treatment plan. The appointment can take between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on your needs.

Expect your doctor to perform a full evaluation of your facial features, review your medical history, and discuss your motivations and expectations for treatment. Your surgeon will discuss what you would like to see enhanced, along with recommendations. Details of procedures, risks, benefits, alternatives, and reasoning for proposed treatment will be discussed. Make sure you take advantage of this time by preparing questions. Request to see before and after photographs of previous patients. Also, make sure you understand the plan— before, during, and after treatment. Studies have shown that patients who felt fully prepared and educated about their procedure benefited with less anxiety and a quicker recovery time.

WHAT’S NEW?

Spas and private massage practices are seeing an increase in popularity of the facelift massage. What does it entail and does it replace a facelift? The facelift massage is a healthy, reasonably priced treatment that is noninvasive. The massage therapist may combine upward strokes, tapping, warm towels, exfoliation, and chilled river stones, among other techniques.

There are different types of facelift massages available—Belavi facelift massage, cool lift face rejuvenation, Indian face massage, Upledger facelift, and more—each providing a distinct method to deliver relaxing and therapeutic results. Spa-massage therapists state that clients feel an immediate improvement with relaxed muscles and a more toned appearance. Additional benefits may include increased blood circulation. The facelift massage does not replace a facelift, and cannot offer the longlasting improvements and enhancements that a facelift can .