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Understanding the “ABCDE Rule” of Detecting Skin Cancer

Understanding the “ABCDE Rule” of Detecting Skin Cancer

Because of our experience managing skin cancer and its aesthetic effects on the eyelids and face, the Eyesthetica team encourages everyone to be informed about skin cancer and on the lookout for suspicious moles and lesions. Early detection is crucial to curing potentially deadly forms of skin cancer. We advocate for monthly skin checks using the “ABCDE rule,” which is endorsed by organizations such as the American Academy of Dermatology and the Skin Cancer Foundation. The ABCDE rule is helpful for knowing what to look for. Asymmetry Asymmetry is the first indication of a possible malignant mole or lesion. If you draw an imaginary line through the middle of the lesion, and the two halves match, it is likely benign. On the other hand, if the two halves do not match, it is asymmetrical and therefore a potential warning sign for skin cancer. Borders Benign moles tend to have smooth, even borders. If the border of a lesion is jagged, scalloped, uneven or poorly defined, it could indicate skin cancer. Colors Variation in colors is another indication of possible skin cancer. Benign moles are typically all one color (often brown), but a number of different shades/colors is a warning sign. Malignant lesions may change in color over time, morphing to red, white or blue. Diameter Check the diameter of a suspicious mole or lesion. Benign moles tend to be smaller in diameter. If the mole is larger than a pencil tip eraser (around 6mm in diameter), then it may be suspicious. Keep in mind that some malignant moles start out small. Evolving If the size or another feature of...
Can I Get Botox If I’m Pregnant?

Can I Get Botox If I’m Pregnant?

Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the country. Tens of millions of women (and men!) have discovered the incredible wrinkle-reducing effects of the injectable neurotoxin. Since Botox is widely used in women of childbearing age, it is understandable that many wonder whether Botox is safe during pregnancy. The Eyesthetica team shares what you need to know in this blog post. Neurotoxins Not Recommended to Expectant Mothers Botox is classified as a Category C drug; this means that animal reproduction studies have demonstrated an adverse effect of Botox on the fetus, but no formal studies have been performed on pregnant women to determine the risks. (Similarly, it is unclear whether Botox can make its way into breastmilk). It is unlikely that the manufacturers of Botox will sponsor a legitimate study to look at the specific effects of Botox on a growing fetus. Since the risks are unknown, the Eyesthetica team does not inject Botox when patients are pregnant. Instead, we advise expecting mothers to postpone treatment until after they have delivered and stopped breastfeeding. “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant and I Accidentally Had Botox” With this information in mind, some women do have Botox injections in the very early stages of pregnancy before they realize they are expecting. This is not a significant cause for concern because: very small amounts of Botox are used; and the neurotoxin is injected into the facial muscles and stays local; does not circulate through the body Women that undergo Botox treatment and later find out they are pregnant usually have uneventful pregnancies. Worrying about the possible risks can be harmful...
More Men than Ever Seeking Botox

More Men than Ever Seeking Botox

Statistics from leading plastic surgery organizations like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that more men than ever are discovering the benefits of anti-aging treatment with Botox. The cosmetic injectable has attracted the attention of a wide demographic of men — tired fathers and busy bosses alike. Even famous record executives like Simon Cowell have admitted to undergoing treatment with Botox (he famously told the U.K.’s Glamour magazine, “To me, Botox is no more unusual than toothpaste.”) Here, the oculoplastic surgeons at Eyesthetica explain some of the reasons why Botox is surging in popularity among men. Minimizes the Appearance of Stress Stress from work or family responsibilities can cause noticeable wrinkles to appear around the eye area. Repeated facial expressions like frowning and furrowing the brows lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that contract when making these facial expressions; as a result, the overlying wrinkle becomes less pronounced and smoother in appearance. Stressed-out fathers or business executives tend to look much more relaxed and rested after Botox injections. Creates a More Youthful Facial Appearance Looks matter to many men, especially those that want to succeed in the workplace. With the younger generation climbing up the ranks quickly, many older men to want to project an energetic and virile appearance to stay competitive. Botox minimizes the signs of aging and stress for a more confident and capable look. No Evidence of Treatment Botox minimizes signs of stress, fatigue and age without leaving any telltale signs of treatment. Our oculoplastic surgeons hear from countless men that want an anti-aging solution that does not...
How Can I Disguise Aging Eyes?

How Can I Disguise Aging Eyes?

Do you feel as though your eyes have betrayed you and aged faster than the rest of your facial features? Are you looking for ways to disguise aging eyes that don’t include plastic surgery? As the authorities on cosmetic treatment of aging eyes, Eyesthetica has some suggestions designed specifically for you. Minimize Wrinkles and Lines with Neurotoxins One of the best ways to counteract tiny lines and wrinkles around the eyes is through injections of neurotoxins. Products like Botox and Dysport temporarily freeze the muscles that contract to cause wrinkles (known as “dynamic wrinkles”). As a result, the overlying lines smooth. Neurotoxin results typically last for three to six months, and repeat treatment is recommended to maintain the effects. Thicken and Lengthen Lashes Longer and thicker lashes can draw attention away from wrinkles and lines and direct it to the beauty of your eyes. But lash extensions are inconvenient and costly to maintain. Luckily, there is an alternative known as Latisse. This prescription topical serum is applied nightly to lengthen, thicken and darken lashes for more beautiful eyes. Plump Hollow Temples with Dermal Fillers Another common effect of aging is hollowing around the temples. Dermal fillers like Sculptra and similar products can be used to restore volume and fullness to these areas. Like Botox, dermal fillers produce temporary results (depending on the specific product), and regular treatment is needed to maintain the results. Rejuvenate Aging Eyes with Blepharoplasty If non-surgical rejuvenating treatments are not providing the anti-aging results you desire, the Eyesthetica surgeons perform blepharoplasty. This operation involves removing excess eyelid fat and skin for smoother and tighter-looking lids....
Eye Health Goals for 2017

Eye Health Goals for 2017

On behalf of the entire Eyesthetica team, our doctors would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year! As the beginning of any year is a popular time to set goals and resolutions for the next 12 months, we encourage you to consider your eye health. In this blog post, we want to suggest some goals to make for the benefit of the health and wellness of your eyes.  Eat Nutritious, Vitamin-Rich Foods Perhaps you’ve already resolved to eat better for weight loss reasons. But did you know that eating healthy is good for your eyesight? Leafy greens (e.g., spinach, kale, collard greens), salmon and walnuts are especially beneficial to the health of your eyes because they are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. In addition to consuming nutrients that are good for your eye health, eating nutritiously helps to keep your weight stable. Being overweight increases your chances of developing a condition that could lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. Quit Smoking Another resolution that may already be on your list for other reasons is to quit smoking. Nicotine is extremely dangerous to the health of your eyes and your eyesight. Studies show that smoking increases the risk of serious eye conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage. Left untreated, these eye diseases can lead to blindness. Work with your primary physician to design a smoking cessation plan. Buy a Great Pair of Shades Especially in a climate like Southern California, it is important to protect the eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Otherwise, the sun...
Tips for Talking to Your Doctor about Your Eye Condition

Tips for Talking to Your Doctor about Your Eye Condition

The team at Eyesthetica strongly believes in the importance of the doctor-patient partnership. Our hope is that all of our patients feel informed and educated about whatever problem they are facing, and that they feel involved in the development of their treatment plan. If you have recently experienced a concerning symptom, or been diagnosed with a medical eye condition, you might feel hesitant about approaching a doctor to discuss your options. Eyesthetica has created a primer to help prepare you to talk to your doctor about your eye condition. Ask Lots of Questions If your doctor mentions a term that you don’t understand, or describes a procedure that isn’t familiar to you, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Stop the conversation from going any further until you have an understanding of what your doctor means. Keep a Written or Audio Record It is perfectly acceptable to bring along a pen and paper, or use your cellphone to record pieces of the conversation with your doctor (just let him or her know you are recording the conversation). These notes may be helpful as you try to recall your conversation or do some research on your own after the appointment. Some doctors actually send you home with a written account of your appointment, what you discussed and any instructions. Bring Along a Family Member or Friend Feel free to bring a family member or close friend to your doctor’s appointment to listen along with you and ask questions. As long as your companion does not disrupt your discussion, it can be helpful to have an additional set of ears. Inquire about Pamphlets...
What Can I Do about Sagging Lower Eyelids?

What Can I Do about Sagging Lower Eyelids?

Do you spend a lot of time in front of a mirror, lamenting the effects of aging on your eyes? Are you disappointed to find that your eyelids have started to droop and become saggy, taking attention away from your otherwise attractive face? The Los Angeles oculoplastic surgeons at Eyesthetica can help. In this blog post, we discuss the different ways that we can treat sagging lower eyelids and restore a more youthful appearance to the eyes. Surgical Correction with Blepharoplasty For permanent results, surgical correction is the best option. Surgically removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin provides long-lasting, youthful results. The procedure to tighten and lift the lids is known as blepharoplasty or “eyelid lift”, and it is extremely common among aging adults. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and the recovery is typically short and well tolerated. Laser Treatment Another way to tighten skin, albeit without surgery, is through a laser or radiofrequency treatment. The heat generated by the laser or radiofrequency device gently warms the deep layers of the skin and triggers the production of collagen. With new collagen, the eyelid skin becomes smoother and firmer. Dermal Fillers or Fat Dermal fillers or autologous fat can be used to correct some cases of eyelid sagging or puffiness. The filler or fat is injected into the high points of the cheeks (right under the eyes) to elevate them to the level of the eyelids. This eliminates puffiness and creates a smooth transition from lid to cheek. Botox Botox does not technically tighten sagging lower eyelids but it can help give the illusion of...
What Is the Difference Between an Ophthalmic Surgeon and an Oculoplastic Surgeon?

What Is the Difference Between an Ophthalmic Surgeon and an Oculoplastic Surgeon?

The terms “ophthalmic surgeon” and “oculoplastic surgeon” are similar, and for the layperson, the terminology can be perplexing. The team at Eyesthetica understands where confusion can arise, and we want our patients to understand the difference between these terms and exactly what our doctors do. Read on for an explanation. What These Doctors Have in Common Both ophthalmic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons are medical eye doctors. They earn medical degrees and perform residency training in ophthalmology. Both receive certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmic surgeons typically focus on treating eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinal problems. An oculoplastic surgeon, on the other hand, starts out as an ophthalmic surgeon but completes additional training to widen their scope of expertise with the eyelids and face. Unique Training and Experience Oculoplastic surgeons are ophthalmologic surgeons that have completed one to two years of additional fellowship training in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on and around the eyes. Only approximately 20 surgeons complete this training every year. Oculoplastic surgeons receive certification from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), the primary governing board of this specialty. To be admitted into this organization, an oculoplastic surgeon must pass rigorous written and oral examinations testing their knowledge and skills. There is simply no substitute for this kind of training and experience. What Do Oculoplastic Surgeons Do? Oculoplastic surgeons evaluate and treat diseases and conditions that affect the eyelids, tear system, orbit and adjacent areas of the face. These include: eyelid ptosis eyelid trauma or lacerations entropion and ectropion eyelid spasms thyroid eye disease orbital tumors or fractures problems...
How Botox Can Create the Illusion of a Slimmer Face

How Botox Can Create the Illusion of a Slimmer Face

The oculoplastic surgeons of Eyesthetica primarily use the cosmetic injectable known as Botox for anti-aging purposes. (The neuromodulator works by relaxing the facial muscles that contract and form wrinkles and lines.) But some cosmetic practices are using Botox in a different way: facial slimming. Botox can be used to slim the lower face by relaxing large chewing muscles, which then shrink for a slimmer jawline. Read on to learn more. Relaxing the Jaw Muscles Botox won’t have any effect on excess fat that makes the face round or chubby. It only benefits those with prominent jaw muscles that give the lower face a square or broad shape. Botox can be injected into the masseter (jaw) muscle to temporarily relax it. As a result, the muscle gradually shrinks and the jawline appears slimmer and more angular. As a complement to the slimmer jawline, dermal fillers can be injected into the cheekbone area in order to add more definition. This draws attention to the high points of the cheeks while downplaying the jaw area. Traditionally, the only way to slim the lower face was through a surgical procedure like liposuction, which breaks up and removes excess fat. However, liposuction is invasive, costly and carries certain serious risks. It requires planning and recovery downtime. By comparison, Botox can be conveniently schedule on a lunch break. Treatment is short and not painful; anesthesia is not required but ice may be used to numb the injected area. There is virtually no recovery downtime after Botox and most patients resume their daily routine almost immediately (as long as they avoid strenuous activity for about 24...
Understanding the Types of Ptosis

Understanding the Types of Ptosis

Ptosis is the drooping or sagging of an area of the body. Eyelid ptosis, which can affect one or both of the eyelids, can be divided into several categories but to simplify is broken down into two categories: congenital or acquired. Here, the team at Eyesthetica explains the different types of ptosis and how our Los Angeles oculoplastic surgeons can treat them. Congenital Ptosis Congenital ptosis is present at birth, but may not be diagnosed until childhood, when it becomes more noticeable. It occurs when the levator muscle, which is responsible for lifting the eyelid, fails to develop properly in the womb. Congenital ptosis compromises the top part of the field of vision, and to compensate, children with this condition often tilt their heads back in order to see clearly. Untreated congenital ptosis can lead to other visual disorders including a condition called amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye.” Acquired Ptosis Acquired ptosis can exist in several forms. Mechanical ptosis occurs when the eyelid is weighed down, either by excessive skin or a tissue mass. Aponeurotic ptosis occurs when the eyelid’s levator muscle stretches out. This is usually due to the aging process, but can also happen because of excessive eye rubbing or eyelid pulling. Neurogenic ptosis is due to a problem with the nerve pathways that control eyelid muscle movement. These problems include Horner syndrome, third nerve palsy and myasthenia gravis. Traumatic ptosis happens when the eyelid sustains an injury or trauma that affects the levator muscle. How Eyesthetica Treats Ptosis Many people opt to have ptosis corrected if it significantly affects vision or simply is cosmetically bothersome....