First Quarter 2008, Volume 22, Number 3

Ask the Surgeon | What’s New | Health Tip

IN THIS ISSUE

Medical advances in facial plastic surgery benefit all

Thinking about adding some hair?

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Don’t believe everything you read about facial plastic surgery

ASK THE SURGEON

Although I am in my 30s, I am very concerned about crow’s feet starting to appear. I read somewhere that you can prevent these wrinkles. Is this true?

Crow’s feet are fine lines and wrinkles near the corner and under the eye area. The skin is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face; therefore, special care is necessary to keep you looking youthful. You cannot stop the aging process or prevent crow’s feet; however, consider the following suggestions:

  • Apply eye cream. The moisturizer will help make the skin look more supple and decrease the appearance of fine lines.
  • Consider laser resurfacing to minimize the appearance of crow’s feet. The removal of the top layer of skin will allow a smooth, new layer to emerge.
  • Try BOTOX® to smooth out the area where muscles are pulling and causing wrinkling of the skin.

Talk to your facial plastic surgeon about the products you are using and possible treatments that may be beneficial. !

HEALTH TIP

Whether the breakout is due to genetics, bacteria, hormones, or an oily complexion, scalp acne is common. There are simple strategies to control and minimize a breakout. Since an oily scalp can clog your pores, switch to a shampoo formulated for oily hair.This will help control the oiliness. Another option is to dab the affected area with a cotton swab drenched in salicylic acid. This will also dry out the area. Avoid using benzoyl peroxide; this can discolor or damage your hair. If the breakout spreads, becomes inflamed, or turns a dark color, consult your doctor for evaluation and treatment. The next line of defense may be oral antibiotics, mild topical steroids, or topical antibiotics. !

 

WHAT’S NEW?

The Fraxel Laser is used to improve pigmentary alterations, acne scarring, photoaging, and skin texture. Unlike traditional laser resurfacing that removes the entire skin surface, the fractional resurfacing technology allows only a fraction of the skin to receive the laser light.

The laser delivers a series of evenly spaced laser spots to the skin, while preserving normal healthy skin between the laser spots. It is the preservation of the healthy skin that results in rapid healing. After a treatment, you will see no visible wounds. You will see skin that is smoother and toned.The Fraxel Laser was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2005. !

Laser hair removal
Are you tired of waxing or plucking areas only for the hair to return days later? Laser hair removal uses an intense, pulsating beam of light to remove unwanted hair. It can be effective on your upper lip and chin. It does not guarantee permanent hair removal, however, it extends the hair-free period, varying from several months to several years.

The details of the procedure depend on the type of laser and extent of the area to be treated. When your facial plastic surgeon activates the laser, the intense light passes through your skin’s surface to the hair follicles where hair growth originates. The heat damages the follicle, which inhibits growth.

The recovery time is minimal. However, it is important that you practice caution. You should avoid exertion that causes perspiration for the first 24 hours. This could irritate the sensitive area. Also, avoid sun exposure and plucking any hairs between treatments. !