Today we’re going to talk about how men age, and the ways to treat lower lid bags in men. The aging process affects both men and women. One key area of the face that aging affects is the eyelid region. Heavy upper lids and baggy lower lids can make a person appear tired, sick, older, and sometime even drunk. In men they can make us appear less virile as well. The eyes are surrounded by fat pads that cushion and support the eyeballs. As we age, the membrane that holds back the lower lid’s fat pads starts to attenuate, or bow forward. Additionally, the eyeballs descend or fall as we age due … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Why Do Men Get Eyebags with Age?
Retin-A is the topical form a compound called Tretinoin, which is a derivative of Vitamin A. It was discovered in Philadelphia by Dr. Albert Kligman of the University Of Pennsylvania, where I went to medical school. Initially, it was used to help heal acne. Adult patients who were using it reported that it also helped improve skin quality and wrinkles. How Does Retin-A Work? Retin-A is absorbed in the deeper part of the skin, in a layer called the basal cell layer of the epidermis. It is also absorbed by the fibroblasts cells within the dermis. When it is absorbed by the epidermis, the … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: What is Retin-A?
Today we’re going to talk about non-surgical methods of improving the jawline and eliminating jowls. As we age, our face changes in ways we often wish it wouldn’t. Loss of facial volume can cause parts of our face to sag and droop. Though some people think that what they’re seeing is a matter of gravity, it’s usually more a matter of loss of volume. Just as when a tulip is fresh and healthy it stands upright and erect, as it ages it starts to sag. There isn’t more gravity acting on the tulip — rather it has lost its water volume. Our faces behave in the same way. Our faces sag as we lose … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Can jowls be improved without surgery?
Today we're going to talk about what Sculptra is and how it works to improve a person's appearance. As we age, our faces change in three dimensions. We grow into our faces until our twenties, but as we age our faces start to grow and change in different — and not always flattering — ways. Two Main Factors That Affect Facial Aging The first is something that I speak about often: it involves aging of the skin due to cumulative sun exposure. The second involves volume changes in our faces. Once we hit our thirties, the bones in our faces start to change, and so do the face’s structured fat … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: How Does Sculptra Help Reverse Signs of Facial Aging?
Today we're going to talk about why other doctors are not treating festoons and malar mounds, and why some doctors say there are no good treatments for festoons and malar mounds. Festoons and malar mounds are difficult conditions to treat. When discussing these conditions with their patients, many surgeons say that they can't be treated, but that is not true. As Laser Technology Improves So Do Treatment Options One of the best options is using ablative laser skin resurfacing, but most physicians don't have experience with this technique. The heyday of laser skin resurfacing was in the 90s. … [Read more...] about Why Many Doctors Don’t Treat Festoons
Today we are going to talk about the finer points of Botox® treatments, and why so many injectors of Botox® do it wrong. Botox® treatments are great for softening smile and frown lines, and when used by an expert it can even be used to create a brow lift effect. Many different types of medical professionals can inject Botox® legally, but most Botox® practitioners don’t have an extensive base of knowledge regarding facial anatomy, or of the effects of Botox® on the body. This can lead to their patients experiencing irregular results. One example of a mistake often made involves forehead … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: What is Bad Botox?
As we age, our faces change in a number of ways. Many people will develop heaviness in the upper lid, which can make them appear tired, sick and older. This heaviness usually is due to two factors, either the eyelid tissue itself or a drooping eyebrow. When the eyebrow is the main factor in upper lid heaviness, it can be resolved a couple of different ways. The first is non-surgical and involves using Botox in a specialized way. This is effective and quick and has the advantage of minimal downtime, but the procedure will need to be repeated again in 4 to 6 months for a continuation of the … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: What is an Endoscopic Browlift?
Today we have many options available to help eliminate signs of aging on the face. These techniques and treatments can restore a patient’s appearance back to a younger, healthier state. But as you know, the face isn’t the only thing that ages. Our hands can age too, and if they age severely their appearance can be out of balance with how our faces look. This can result in our hands indicating that we’re older state the story our restored and younger-looking faces tell. What happens to our hands as we age? There are three factors that make our hands look older, and they’re similar to what … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Can You Reverse the Signs of Aging on Your Hands?
As humans, we are driven to connect with one another. When we encounter another person and engage with them, our brains are constantly evaluating the other person’s face, looking for communication cues. From an early age we learn that when the corners of the mouth come up, the person we are speaking with seems to be happy, and when the corners of the mouth turn downwards we judge them as being mad, upset or sad. Our faces age in three dimensions, and in women the aging process can cause the lower jaw to rotate backwards. As deep volume is lost, the skin in this area tends to fall into the … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Why Do Women Look Mad As They Age?
As we age, our eyes undergo a number of changes. One of these involves the complex makeup of our tears. Our tears have 3 layers, with the first being the mucous layer that allows them to stick to the surface of our eyes. The second layer is the aqueous or liquid layer that bathes the eye in moisture. The third layer is the meibomian oil layer, which prevents the tears from evaporating too quickly. As we get older, changes in these individual layers can cause problems. The tear glands can become less productive, especially in women after menopause. The shift of hormone levels results in … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: New Advances Helping Dry Eyes
The eyes are one of the focal points of the face, but as we age our faces — and specifically our eyelids — can change. We can develop baggy lower eyelids, loose skin on our lower eyelids, wrinkles, and festoons and malar mounds. Any of these can make a person appear tired, sick, or older. Our brains constantly evaluate other people’s faces for communications cues. It’s normal for people with lower eyelid bags to also have the swelling on the cheeks known as festoons or malar mounds. The brain sees these things as normal in an older person. Many people seek help from cosmetic surgeons with … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: When is Lower Eyelid Surgery a Mistake?
Sun damage to our skin and volume loss is one of the main signs of aging. Though it is often underappreciated, the upper chest is one of the first areas to be effected, especially in women. This area can be subject to a lot of sun exposure, resulting in wrinkled skin and ages spots, particularly in the V-neck area. This can affect a woman’s comfort in wearing scoop neck or v-neck blouses or dresses. Fortunately, there are a number of options available to improve the appearance of this delicate skin. Spots on the chest, and all over the body, can be improved with BroadBand Light treatments, … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Ways Women Can Treat Age Signs in the Upper Chest