Category Archives: Facial plastic surgery

5 Quick Fixes for Puffy Eyes

Puffiness around the eyes is a common problem that can result from alcohol intake, salty foods, and even crying. If you have persistent signs of aging around the eyes, We recommend an eyelid procedure or skincare regimen.

However, for temporary puffiness around the eyes, there are quick and easy fixes that you can use to get on with your day. Let’s highlight five easy ways to temporarily reduce the appearance of puffy eyes.

Caffeine. When applied topically, caffeine can help to get rid of bags under your eyes. It works by drawing water away from the skin. This creates a tighter appearance. If puffiness is a persistent problem, you may wish to consider purchasing an eye cream that contains caffeine. However, for a quick solution, you can apply cool teabags to your eyelids for 5 minutes.

Witch Hazel. Often used as an astringent, witch hazel has a variety of skincare applications, and can be found at most drugstores. It was used for centuries by Native Americans to treat swelling and inflammation, and was adopted by New England settlers early in our country’s history. By applying cotton pads soaked in witch hazel, you can reduce the appearance of puffiness.

Cucumber. These tasty green fruits, a member of the melon family, contain enzymes that are able to reduce the appearance of inflammation. There is a good reason why you always see cucumber slices at the spa!

Eye Massage. RealBeauty recommends eye massage as a method to push away excess fluid beneath your skin. It’s also a relaxing interlude in an otherwise busy day. Use your ring fingers, start at the inner corners of your eyes, and slowly massage in a circular motion to the outer corners. By moving to your temples and down to your jawline, you can enjoy a full facial massage.

Cold Spoons. Almost anything that can cool your skin will reduce the appearance of puffiness. Cold metal spoons can tighten up your skin, as can a frozen bag of peas, if you are pressed for time and don’t have anything else on hand.

Eyebrow Fashion: Arches are Out, Straight Brows are In

The arches have fallen! But it’s not a case for a podiatrist – it’s a continuing trend that may redefine how we understand our eyebrows. According to a recent report in Clinical Plastic Surgery, it seems that the fashionability of arched eyebrows has been on a downward decline for 60 years.

Melissa Rudy, a columnist on RealSelf.com, argues this trend can already be seen in the younger generation of female celebrities. You don’t have to look any farther than Emma Watson, Camilla Belle, and Anne Hathaway – fashion-forward starlets with full, expressive eyebrows. They defy the conventions of razor-thin brows that were more popular in previous generations.

At least one plastic surgeon, interviewed by the UK Independent, chalks these changes up to broader social trends:

“Upward curvature of the eyebrows was considered to be an attractive feminine feature in the past. We are finding that more and more women are looking for a flatter, straighter, more masculine look. I think it has to do with the increasing equality of the sexes. Women are subconsciously favouring a masculine brow.

— Mark Soldin, MD

To achieve this fashionable “lowbrow look,” many women are considering cosmetic procedures that can straighten their eyebrows. Since plastic surgeons have traditionally used the brow lift (and similar surgeries) to move the eyebrows in the other direction, many surgeons will probably need to adapt their techniques to match this increasingly popular style.

But there are other techniques that can work just as well. Hair transplants, as Rudy points out, can be used to enhance the appearance of thinned eyebrows. Botox can be used to reduce eyebrow arches by targeting specific facial muscles.

Of course, it also bears mentioning that the study – which was based on an analysis of Western print media between 1945 and 2011 – measures general trends over time. You’ll want to consider your own facial structure before applying these study results to your own appearance.

8 Popular Alternatives to the Facelift

Many of my new patients are uncertain whether facelift surgery can really help them. In fact, facelift surgery can only treat 2 out of 4 major signs of facial aging – sagging skin and wrinkles. The other two major signs of aging – uneven skin texture and pigmentation, and loss of volume –are left virtually untouched after a facelift.

There are many different facial rejuvenation procedures. Some provide the lifting benefits of a facelift to a more localized part of the face. Others treat signs of aging that cannot be resolved through a facelift. This post will break down some of the different treatments that we offer at the Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics – so that you can think beyond the facelift.

Sagging skin. The brow lift and eyelid surgery can treat sagging skin and wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes. Unlike the facelift, these surgeries are focused on one particular part of the face. For less severe cases of loose skin, the Aluma Skin Tightening System is an advanced laser treatment that can provide smoother, firmer skin.

Uneven skin texture and pigmentation. These common signs of aging are often caused by UV radiation over many years. For smoother skin and even tones, sometimes little more than a surface treatment is needed. Skin resurfacing and IPL photofacial are both ideal treatments for sun damage.

Lines and wrinkles. The brow lift, eyelid surgery, and Aluma technique are all well-suited to treating lines wrinkle. However, there are also countless nonsurgical treatments for treating facial wrinkles. These include the injectable products Botox and Restylane.

Adding volume and definition. As we age, we tend to lose volume in our face, which can make us appear gaunt or pinched. Facial fat grafting is one popular method of naturally restoring volume to the face. By adding your own natural body fat to your lips, cheeks, or other facial features, you can regain the appearance of vitality without the need for a facelift.

The Subtle Art of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging facial surgeries, as it combines surgical skills with sculptural artistry.

There is a subtlety in nose surgery that can often elude all but the very best surgeons. In a recent article in the Cosmetic Surgery Times, surgeon Robert L. Simons highlights some of the challenges of rhinoplasty, and outlines the 10 most important elements of his rhinoplasty philosophy.

1. “People’s Noses Aren’t Nearly as Bad as They Think”

It can be easy to overestimate the problems with the nose. Looking in the mirror, slight flaws can appear larger than they actually are.

2. “Facial Plastic Surgeons Do a Little to Achieve a Lot”

The goal of rhinoplasty is to draw attention to the overall beauty of the face. When it comes to surgery, a little can go a long way.

3. “Don’t Be Quick to Criticize — Or Revise”

After your rhinoplasty, it’s not unusual for your final results to take several months or more to appear.

4. “A Twisted Nose Defies Perfection”

Attempting to straighten a twisted nose often presents difficulties, says Dr. Simons. Many patients often retain a slight curvature of the procedure, requiring revision surgery.

5. “Rhinoplasty Defies Patterning”

When it comes to noses, a one-size-fits-all approach is impossible. Since noses come in all shapes and sizes, surgeons have to avoid falling into patterns of habit.

6. “Smiling Views Are More than Eye Candy”

How will your nose look when you smile? This is just one more factor that your surgeon will need to consider.

7. “The Base View Holds the Key”

Your surgeon will consider the appearance of your nose from a variety of different angles.

8. “Success Starts With the Consult”

The best surgical results happen when surgeons and their patients can establish solid relationships. Sometimes it takes a few extra minutes during the consultation, but the results are always worth it.

9. “Diagnosis Comes Before Technique”

There are many different techniques that plastic surgeons can use during rhinoplasty surgery. Which technique is right for you depends on your individual nose.

10. “Every Nose Deserves Five Operations”

Surgeons should always make sure that they follow up with their patients to ensure that they are satisfied with the results. Sometimes it might take revisionary treatments to get the results you want.

Inside the Latest Facelift Procedures

Not all facelifts are created equal. In fact, there are a variety of different facelift procedures, with new techniques being developed all the time.

The most recent innovations in the field of facelift surgery involve delving deeper into the tissues of the face to provide results that traditional techniques can’t match.

These new techniques shouldn’t be confused with the “non-surgical facelifts” or “liquid facelifts” advertised by many cosmetic surgeons. These phrases don’t actually described facelift surgery, but instead refer to procedures that use syringes instead of scalpels. This includes dermal fillers such as Restylane, as well as other treatments, such as Botox.

In fact, “facelift” refers to a surgical procedure, during which excess skin is removed and underlying tissues may be tightened. While nonsurgical procedures can often provide amazing results, nothing can rival the ability of facelift surgery to correct sagging skin and deep folds. These are among the most pervasive signs of aging, and cannot be remedied simply by adding volume or inhibiting certain facial muscles.

The SMAS Layer: Why It’s Important

Traditional facelift procedures don’t touch a certain layer of the face known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). This is a thin layer of muscles and fibrous tissue that surrounds and connects the muscles that are responsible for facial expressions.

Newer facelift procedures delve deeper into the structures of the face in order to correct sagging at its roots. Since sagging is caused by facial tissues being pulled down by gravity, newer facelifts modify these deeper layers in order to provide longer-lasting results. Cosmetic surgeons realize that, in many instances, performing a superficial facelift won’t help patients who have significant sagging in their deeper facial layers.

To cutting-edge facelift procedures that delve to this layer of the face are the SMAS lift and deep plane lift. The main difference between the two is that the deep plane lift goes one step further than the SMAS lift. While the SMAS lift tightens the SMAS layer, the deep plane left releases attachments beneath the SMAS, repositioning and over the deeper layers of the face.

While these newer facelift techniques often require more down time, many patients find that the results outweigh the disadvantages. The SMAS lift and deep plane lift often offer dramatic results that last significantly longer than the traditional facelift technique.