Malar Mounds and Festoons are terms used to describe the skin folds and swelling of the lower eyelid and cheek which form as a result of years of sun damage and underlying forces under the skin caused by contrasting muscle action. Festoons, along with lower eyelid bags, can make us appear tired or sick even when we feel great inside. Patients with this condition often report that others think they are perpetually tired based on the appearance of these Festoons and Malar Mounds. It can be frustrating for those who feel otherwise fine to be perceived as tired when they are not. While some … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: What Causes Eyelid Festoons and Malar Mounds?
Exercise is a wonderful way to keep our bodies and brains healthy. Many patients who come to me for help with laser eyelid or eyebrow surgery exercise as a regular part of their lives. After consulting with me though, they understand that they'll need to reduce their exertion and not exercise during the after-surgery recovery process. The reason for this involves the wonderful job that CO2 lasers do in controlling bleeding after surgery. By sealing blood vessels as they cut, CO2 lasers often result in very little bruising after surgery. These sealed blood vessels are fragile. Pushing more … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Exercise After Laser Eyelid Surgery
As we age our skin changes in ways we often wish it wouldn't. Brown spots and wrinkles form, making our skin look old, tired and less healthy. What causes skin aging and wrinkles, and how can we prevent them? The number one cause of skin aging and wrinkles is ultraviolet (UV) light exposure from the sun. Every time our skin is exposed to the sun, ultraviolet rays cause a small bit of damage to our skin. UV rays from the sun are present from sun up to sun down and penetrate clouds and car windows. The most damaging UV ray is UVA. We think of the "A" for skin aging. These UVA rays fracture … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: How to Prevent Wrinkles
In our current age, the cameras in our phones allow us to document with great ease the many moments of our lives. With the explosion of social media and the desire to connect with others, many people are uploading pictures of themselves to social media platforms. This is known in our society as a selfie. One issue with selfies is the awkward angle at which these photoa are often taken. This results in strange and unflattering images of ourselves in these selfies. There are 3 cosmetic issues with our face that are often highlighted in selfies. First is that overhead lighting and the … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: 3 Ways to Improve Your Selfie
Did you ever wonder why women intrinsically wear lipstick and eye shadow? Is it all only cultural, or is there some deeper scientific meaning to this? A scientific study was done and showed people two images of a person. One looked like a woman and the other looked like a man. It turns out the picture was of the same person, but in one photo the lips and eyes were digitally enhanced to make them darker compared to the surrounding skin. This was the image people perceived as female. This demonstrates that our brains interpret faces with more contrast as more feminine. On the other hand, … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Why Do Women Wear Makeup?
Today we're going to talk about sunscreen and ways to protect our skin from sun damage. In another Medical Minute, I spoke about needing protection against both damaging types of Ultraviolet or UV rays. SPF (the number you see on your sunscreen bottles) is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor. It primarily measures protection against UVB rays, but new guidelines are helping consumers understand whether products help against UVA rays as well. This is very important as it's critical for us to use sun protection products that block both UVA and UVB rays. And we should not be protecting … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Sunscreen and Aging
Today we're going to talk about the sun and the ways it affects our body. When the sun shines down on the earth and warms us, it contains a number of different types of light rays. Some of the light rays allow our bodies to make Vitamin D, which is an important nutrient for our bodies. Visible light is the most obvious light ray as it allows us to see, but another type of light ray is invisible yet very damaging to us. These are the ultraviolet known as UV rays, which themselves can be broken down into several parts. The first type of UV rays are UVA rays. UVA rays accelerate skin aging … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: The ABC’s of the Sun
Today we're going to talk about a surprising but actually the first approved use for Botox®. It was the first indication by the FDA for using Botox® long before it was found to help improve wrinkles. This first use approved by the FDA was for children and babies with crossed eyes. Medically, this is known as strabismus and if the eyes are not straightened at an early age, the brain may start to ignore the image coming from one of the eyes. This can lead to something called Amblyopia, which is a permanent loss of vision where that loss is based in the brain. This treatment is helpful for … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Botox for Babies?