First Quarter 2011, Volume 25, Number 3

Ask the Surgeon | What’s New | Health Tip

IN THIS ISSUE

Are you feeling the pressure to look younger? You’re not alone

Knowing the laser language and the different types. Which one will work for you?

Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Innovative ways to optimize your healing

ASK THE SURGEON

Does pressurized oxygen therapy help you to heal faster?

The concept of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) dates back to the 1600s; however, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society formed guidelines regarding this type of treatment. The first chamber was constructed in the 1970s.

Healing cannot take place in the body without the appropriate oxygen levels in the tissues. While most people have adequate oxygen—unless you have circulatory problems—the extra oxygen from HBOT dissolves into all of the body’s fluids and enhances the white blood cells’ ability to fight infection. It promotes new capillary development and new connective tissue. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon for more information.

HEALTH TIP

Whether it is the cold, whipping wind outside or the hot, blasting air inside, your skin will need some extra care over the winter months. To combat the weather, choose a heavier moisturizer to apply daily. Look for lotions containing “humectants,” which are a class of substances (e.g., glycerine, sorbitol, alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to your skin. You may want to try an ointment moisturizer that is oil-based, rather than the water-based cream you use in the spring and summer. Just be sure the oil is appropriate for the face—avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil; usually the label will say nonclogging. These thicker lotions will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture.

And even though the suns rays are not as strong, it doesn’t mean you don’t need sunscreen. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face 30 minutes before going outside. Dig out your humidifiers—they put moisture back into the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out.

Stick with your skin cleansing routine, but don’t overdo it with masks, alcohol-based toners, and harsh peels. If your skin is dry, these products can worsen the dry area and make it uncomfortable. Instead, look for a mild foaming cleanser, “deep hydrating” masks, and a toner with no alcohol. Avoid anything clay based, which tends to draw moisture out.

WHAT’S NEW?

Dysport gained approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic use in July 2009 and is still commanding a lot of attention as an alternative to Botox. Prescription Dysport is an injection of botulinum toxin used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows.

Dysport stops the signal from the nerve to the muscles, resulting in a reduction of muscle activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines. While Botox has had a strong hold on the injectable toxin market since April 2002, studies are underway to look at how the two compare. Talk to your facial plastic surgeon to find out which is the better option for you.