Medicine has many different specialties, and sometimes the procedures performed by these different specialties overlap. Two such examples are the specialties of Plastic Surgery and Oculoplastic Surgery. Both perform reconstructive and cosmetic procedures on the face, but there are some definite differences worth noting. First, we will discuss Oculoplastic Surgeons. The training of Oculoplastic Surgeons begins after medical school and an internship with a residency in Ophthalmology, or eye surgery. This training involves understanding in intimate details the eye, eyelids and facial region … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: What Are the Differences Between Oculoplastic and Plastic Surgeons?
In the summertime in northern climates and all year round in southern climates, people look forward to laying by the pool and soaking in some sun. But this also involves waxing and shaving often sensitive areas of our bodies every few weeks and dealing with pain and razor bumps to look good in our swimsuits. Thankfully there are options for permanently reducing body hair through laser hair treatments. How does this work? Our hair has color because of melanin. There are two types of Pheomelanin which is in red or blond hair and Eumelanin which is in brown or black hair. The hair follicles lie … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?
The lips are the central point of the face. Often with age lips lose their youthful volume and become deflated. This can cause us to look old and less vibrant. This is one of the reasons people consider using soft tissue fillers to augment their lips. One big concern lip augmentation is the irregular results that we see both in Hollywood and on the streets in our towns. There are natural ratios that belong in the face and if these ratios are respected then the results are beautiful. But when these ratios are not respected, the results can look awkward. These natural ratios harken back to the … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: What are the Keys to Natural Looking Lip Augmentation?
Today we're going to talk about Broadband light (BBL) treatments and ways it helps your skin stay younger for years. There are so many claims out there by laser companies about how their treatments can help people turn back time in terms of skin aging. How do doctors and their patients navigate these claims? The trouble is that most of the claims are hard to substantiate with real science. In addition, while some technologies can cause an improvement in the appearance of skin, it’s unclear whether anything deeper than just the simulation of younger skin is taking place. It’s like when a … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: What is Forever Young BBL
Today we’re going to talk about ways to get the most natural results from Botox. I call it “Under the Radar” Botox. Botox is often used to help improve lines and wrinkles around the face. Many patients who’ve had Botox are concerned about irregular results that others will see, or with having a lack of motion in their faces resulting in what some refer to as a “frozen” face. This can happen with either too little or too much Botox. When we look at one another, we tend to concentrate on the eye and mouth region. When Botox is done to the forehead alone, it can result in the collapse … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: What is Under the Radar Botox
When we see another person, our brains scan the other person’s face for nonverbal facial cues. We naturally focus on the eye and mouth region, and when we see heavy upper or lower eyelids, malar mounds or eyelid festoons, we tend to interpret what we see as meaning that the other person tired, sick or even drunk. Malar mounds and eyelid festoons have traditionally been very difficult conditions to correct, and when lower eyelid surgery is performed without correcting festoons and malar mounds, the person often looks worse afterwards. This is because we expect heavy lower lids to accompany … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Can Malar Mounds and Eyelid Festoons Be Treated?