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Monday, March 14, 2011

Today, Tommorrow and the Future

Whether you are a new patient or have been under the supervision of a facial plastic surgeon for years, there are procedures that your doctor may recommend today, tomorrow, and in your future—from low maintenance to advanced.

Start Today
Make your face look better starting today! There are maintenance tips and rituals that will help restore that glow to your skin. For example, no one likes to see black heads or large pores. What can you do? Keep your skin clean by massaging in the cleanser and fully rinsing your face. Apply a moisturizer after cleansing that is not oil-based, but contains a sun protection factor of at least 15. To get rid of clogged pores, try exfoliating. This can loosen dry skin that can cause blockage. For oily skin, try a scrub with alpha hydroxyl or salicylic acid. Most importantly, clean your skin routinely twice a day.

Consider Tommorrow
If you are starting to see fine lines appear around your lips and eyes, consider filler injections. This is a noninvasive treatment with no downtime and immediate results. There are a number of products on the market that can be injected into your skin to plump up lines, creases, and depressed scars. They may also be used to add fullness to the cheek area or the lips. The results are temporary, however, lasting between six and 12 months.

Laser technology has continued to advance and provides many benefits for patients eager to improve the tone and texture of their skin. A photofacial, which uses intense pulsed light (IPL) technology, is a series of treatments performed over three-week intervals to improve the skin. This helps patients who suffer uneven pigmentation, sun damage, or rosacea. There is no recovery time. More extensive laser resurfacing can be used for scar revision and deep wrinkles.

Plan for Future
We all have to fight against the aging process. Begin discussing with your physician what rejuvenation procedures may be right for you. A facelift focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face; sagging muscles are re-supported, excess skin is removed, and besides smoother skin, your jawline gains redefinition. The result is a refreshed appearance that matches your youthful spirit.

If you have lost significant volume to your cheek area from aging, you may contemplate cheek implants. This restores fullness and lifts sagging skin as well. It is a permanent solution.

One of the first facial features to show signs of aging is our eyes. If you are looking to reduce the bags under your eyes, or if your upper eyelids are beginning to weigh down your lid, think about blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).Your facial plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from around your eyes, reducing the appearance of bags and wrinkles. Start implementing the low-maintenance tips today. Then, plan ahead for a rejuvenated and enhanced, new you!

 The Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery in Salt Lake City Utah offers all aspects of cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery in our State Licensed Surgery Center. Call us at 801.261.3637

Dr. Brent Kennedy is certified by both the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and The American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Revamping the Windows to your Soul... Cosmetically

The area around your eyes is prone to showing signs of aging long before the rest of your facial features.

If you look in the mirror and see a tired, aged, and worn reflection, you may be interested to know that there are ways to improve and rejuvenate! From simple remedies and creams to injections and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), you can acchieve a more youthful, bright appearance.

As the skin starts to thin around our eyes, the blood vessels become more apparent, i.e., dark circles. Avoid applying eyeliner or mascara to the lower lashes so that you do not draw attention to the under eye area. Apply a concealer that is yellow or greenbased to counteract the blueness. The product should be hypoallergenic, fragrance free, opaque, and waterproof. Dark circles can also be genetic, due to excess pigment in the skin. Creams with hydroquinone and retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) will lighten dark areas.

Crows feet are tiny wrinkles that radiate from the corner of your eyes. They can be treated through various methods. An injectable filler will plump up the area and soften the wrinkles. Fillers are temporary and will require repeated treatments. Botulinum toxin, BOTOX®, can be injected under the skin to paralyze the muscles in the face that pull the skin and cause wrinkles. The resulting smooth skin lasts from three to six months.

Microdermabrasion uses micronized crystals to remove dead cells and smooth crow's feet and forehead lines.

Chemical peels can be used to remove the superficial layer of skin, boost collagen production, and soften wrinkles. Laser resurfacing may also be used to treat crow's feet. It works by penetrating the outermost layer of skin and is absorbed by deeper layers where it stimulates collagen production.

While minimally invasive techniques are quick and convenient, the results do not last as long. The alternative is eyelid surgery, which is used to reshape and adjust the lids for both cosmetic and functional purposes. Cosmetically, you may want to reduce the excess skin in your upper eyelids to create a younger, more wide-eyed appearance.

In upper eyelid surgery, your physician will follow the natural lines and creases of the eyelid in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible. The incision is made and excess fat, muscle, and loose skin are removed.

Fine sutures are used to close the incision and minimize the visibility of any scar. For patients that seek to add a crease to their upper eyelid, a variation of this surgery is used. Patients whose field of vision is limited due to ptosis-drooping upper eyelid that is congenital or develops with age—may be able to receive reimbursement since the procedure is medically necessary.

Most people seek lower blepharoplasty to eliminate the bags under their eyes. The surgeon can make an incision under the lower lashes or from inside of the lower eyelid to remove the skin and fatty tissues. The scar is hidden and self-dissolving sutures may or may not be used. Blepharoplasty provides dramatic results, leaving the skin around your eyes smoother and younger looking.

Dr. Brent Kennedy may discuss the option of a browlift. The aging process can cause your forehead skin to sag and your eyebrows to lower over your eyelids. This creates a scowl or angry overall appearance. You may be a good candidate for a browlift. Small incisions are placed just above the brow or in a wrinkle crease. Excess skin is excised, the underlying tissues are tightened, and the incisions are closed.

Unlike the low-tech, quick treatments, you should also consider that surgery will require recuperation time usually lasting one to two weeks. After eyelid surgery or a browlift, the eye area may feel tight. Your facial plastic surgeon will give you specific postoperative instructions to ensure a quick and easy recovery.Make sure you keep your head elevated, use cold compresses to reduce swelling, and apply prescribed eye drops to ease dryness or itching. If you have stitches, they will be removed two to seven days after the surgery.

Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery in Salt Lake City Utah offers all aspects of cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery in our State Licensed Surgery Center. Call us at 801.261.3637

Dr. Brent Kennedy is certified by both the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and The American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.