First Quarter 2009, Volume 23, Number 3

Ask the Surgeon | What’s New | Health Tip

IN THIS ISSUE

How to fight the aging process and succeed

Beauty through the ages: 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Getting to know your skin; which ones can be treated

ASK THE SURGEON

I have a double chin. Is it possible to get rid of this by liposuction? How likely is it that my double chin could re-appear even after surgery?

You can reduce the appearance of a double chin by liposuction. It is effective in lessening the excess fat accumulation beneath the jawline. It does not address sagging skin, often referred to as a turkey waddle. Liposuction of the chin usually takes less than an hour, performed under light sedation with local anesthesia.

A small incision is made behind the earlobe or under your chin. A cannula, or liposuction instruction, is inserted to loosen and remove the fat. The recovery period is short, with most patients returning to work within three or four days. Your double chin can reappear after surgery if you have an unhealthy lifestyle and do not maintain your weight.

Talk to your facial plastic surgeon. Depending on your unique needs, there may be other options to consider in improving the appearance of your chin and jawline.

HEALTH TIP

Reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes through quick fixes and long-lasting options. As we age, the skin around our eyes starts to thin, which causes the blood vessels to become more apparent—i.e., dark circles. Concealers that are yellow-based or green-based will counteract the blue of the under eye circle.

Be sure to choose a concealer that is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, opaque, and waterproof. Sometimes the dark circles are due to excess pigment in the skin. Lasers, creams, and skin peels may be used to lighten the skin. Allergies may be causing you to rub the eye area, causing tiny blood vessels to break and show through the skin. If you alleviate itchy eyes, you may reduce the eye rubbing and improve the appearance of the skin. Avoid applying eyeliner or mascara to the lower lashes so that you do not draw attention to the under eye area. !

WHAT’S NEW?

A software program has been developed that uses a mathematical formula to alter the original form of an image into a more attractive version. Computer scientists asked 68 men and women, age 25 to 40 from Israel and Germany, to view photographs of male and female faces and pick the most attractive ones.

The scientists took their responses and applied an algorithm involving 234 measurements between facial features, including the distances between the lips and the chin, the forehead and the eyes, and between the eyes. The program is able to take an original photograph and determine the most attractive set of distances, choose the ideal, and create an updated, computer-generated version. There are mixed reactions to the results of the before and after photographs; however, according to one of the creators, it may have practical applications in advertisements, films, and animation.