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Get Glowing Skin with Laser Resurfacing

Get Glowing Skin with Laser Resurfacing

Photoaging and other skin issues can result in blemishes, wrinkles, scars and other problems that get worse as you age. Several types of cosmetic treatments can be used to reduce these flaws and revitalize your skin, and non-surgical procedures such as laser skin resurfacing are a popular choice among patients. The Los Angeles cosmetic eye surgeons at Eyesthetica use laser skin resurfacing and other non-invasive treatments to give patients a rejuvenated appearance with minimal recovery time. In this post, our team of surgeons discusses how you can achieve glowing skin with laser resurfacing. What Issues Can Skin Resurfacing Treat? Laser skin resurfacing is a safe and effective way to treat a variety of skin problems. All of the following imperfections can be treated with laser resurfacing: Wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and mouth Acne scars Unevenness in texture or color Warts, birthmarks or liver spots Other blemishes from sun damage or the effects of aging Laser skin resurfacing allows for a highly targeted approach, so your surgeon can focus on the particular skin issues that you would like corrected. How Laser Skin Resurfacing Is Performed Your cosmetic surgeon will use concentrated beams of light to remove damaged skin. Your outer layer of skin will be removed, while the underlying skin will be stimulated for new growth by the heat of the laser. One of the benefits of skin resurfacing is that it can be personalized to an individual’s specific needs. An experienced cosmetic surgeon can develop a skin resurfacing plan to address your problem areas and maximize the results of your procedure. After an initial healing period, your skin...
Bags Under Your Eyes? Causes & Treatments to Reduce Under-Eye Bags

Bags Under Your Eyes? Causes & Treatments to Reduce Under-Eye Bags

Bags under the eyes are experienced by many people as they age. While this condition is typically not a sign of any serious medical condition, it can cause a tired appearance that some people wish to correct using cosmetic treatments. Eyesthetica, a premiere facial surgery practice in Los Angeles, offers a number of procedures to treat bags under the eyes and other problems with the lower eyelids. In this post, our cosmetic eye and facial surgeons discuss the causes of bags under the eyes and several treatment options. The Causes of Puffy, Swollen Eyes The muscles that support your eyelids can weaken as you age. This causes some of the fatty tissues supporting the eyes to drop into the area below your eyes. Excess skin and fluid buildup can also contribute to the appearance of bags under the eyes. Puffy eyes are a common symptom of the aging process, but may also be caused by hereditary factors or lifestyle choices. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, it could worsen the appearance of bags under your eyes. Even with good lifestyle behaviors, some people can’t eliminate the puffiness under their eyes. Several types of cosmetic treatments are available to reduce bags under the eyes and rejuvenate your face’s appearance. Cosmetic Treatments for Sagging Eyelids The most common procedure for treating bags under the eyes is lower eyelid surgery, known as a lower blepharoplasty. This involves using an incision that is carefully hidden inside the lower eyelid, then removing or repositioning the fatty tissue in the lower eyelid to achieve a more refreshed appearance. A skilled oculoplastic surgeon will be sure...
Scar Management Considerations

Scar Management Considerations

Scar management is an important consideration during any type of oculofacial surgery. Your face is constantly on display, and you don’t want scars to distract from the results of your cosmetic procedure. At Eyesthetica, we plan for the minimization of visible scarring before all of our procedures. In this post, our Los Angeles oculoplastic surgeons discuss scar management consideration in detail. Start With Scar Prevention Visible scars should be prevented whenever possible. This is where good surgical technique can really make a difference because an experienced oculoplastic surgeon will be able to hide your scars in different places depending on the type of procedure. For example, scars can be hidden behind the hairline in a brow lift procedure or, in the case of a direct brow lift, incisions can be hidden by the eyebrows. In other procedures, the natural eyelid crease may be used as an incision point to reduce the visibility of scars. If you are concerned about scarring, talk to your oculoplastic surgeon about whether visible scarring can be prevented during surgery. You may find that your scars can be hidden from view entirely, depending on the type of procedure. How to Reduce Scarring After Surgery For cosmetic procedures, incision points should be carefully planned to reduce the appearance of scars. However, it isn’t always possible to plan the location of surgical incisions. Some patients need surgery due to accidents that caused trauma to the face or eyes. Others have tumors that need to be removed from the orbital region. In these cases, we may be forced to make incisions in visible areas of the face or...
Eyelid Cancer: More Common Than You Think

Eyelid Cancer: More Common Than You Think

Many people are surprised to learn that cancer can develop on the eyelids. Since eyelid cancer is something that the Eyesthetica team sees regularly, we want all of our readers to have accurate information about its symptoms, treatment and prevention. Read on as our cosmetic eye and facial surgeons in Los Angeles answer some of the most frequently asked questions about eyelid cancer. Is eyelid cancer common? Skin cancers of the eyelid are more common than you may think, accounting for five to 10 percent of all skin cancers. What are the most common types of eyelid tumors? Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. What are the symptoms of eyelid cancer? The primary symptom of eyelid cancer is a growth on the eyelid that may be asymmetrical in nature, bleed or look like an open sore or wound. Sometimes the eyelashes may fall out or a “notch” may appear in the eyelid. Eyelid cancer usually does not cause any pain. Are there any factors that raise a person’s risk of developing eyelid cancer? One of the most important risk factors for eyelid cancer is exposure to UV radiation. Residents of areas that are sunny year-round are at a heightened risk of developing eyelid cancer, as are people that spend a lot of time outdoors or in tanning beds. People with fair skin that burns or freckles easily, and light hair and eyes are also more likely to develop eyelid cancer. And, people that are immunosuppressed or have had radiation to the face are more likely to develop eyelid cancer. Keep in mind that some people with risk factors...
When a Drooping Eyelid Is Serious

When a Drooping Eyelid Is Serious

Eyelid ptosis refers to the drooping or sagging of the upper eyelid. In some cases, eyelid drooping is harmless and only creates a cosmetic problem in the form of a tired or older-looking appearance. In other cases, however, ptosis can be a sign of something serious. The Los Angeles oculoplastic surgeons at Eyesthetica explain more in this blog post. When Is Eyelid Drooping Serious? As discussed in one of our previous blog posts, there are several types of eyelid ptosis. Mechanical ptosis occurs when excess skin and tissue weigh down the eyelid. This form of ptosis is only considered to be a medical issue if the excess skin and tissue block the line of sight. Mechanical ptosis typically occurs gradually over time, due to the effects of the natural aging process. Neurogenic ptosis is a result of a problem with the nerve pathways that control eyelid muscle movement. Conditions that can cause neurogenic ptosis include Horner syndrome and myasthenia gravis. Horner syndrome is a neurological disorder that can be caused by an underlying, sometimes more serious condition such as a stroke or brain tumor. Myasthenia gravis is a disorder that affects how the muscles respond to nerves, causing progressive drooping in the eyelids, arms, legs and other body areas. Neurogenic ptosis caused by one of these conditions occurs suddenly, with symptoms worsening in a matter of days or even hours. Patients who experience sudden eyelid drooping should seek medical attention immediately to determine whether the underlying cause is a serious one. Treating Eyelid Drooping Treatment for droopy eyelids depends on the cause and severity of the condition. Mild to...
Will Insurance Cover My Eyelid Surgery?

Will Insurance Cover My Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is one of the popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States and at the Los Angeles cosmetic eye and facial surgery practice of Eyesthetica. One of the most common questions we hear from our eyelid surgery patients is, “Will insurance cover my surgery?” Here, we answer that question in detail. What Is Functional Eyelid Surgery? Eyelid surgery is commonly performed to enhance the facial appearance. The procedure trims excess skin and fat on the upper eyelids to create a younger-looking appearance. Eyelid surgery can also remove loose skin and tissue on the lower eyelids that create puffy bags under the eyes. When performed solely for cosmetic reasons, eyelid surgery is considered to be elective and therefore cannot be covered by medical insurance. Eyelid surgery can be covered by medical insurance if it is deemed medically necessary. Functional eyelid surgery removes heavy skin that hangs over the eyelash line, interfering with the line of sight. Impaired vision caused by excess, hanging upper eyelid skin can make everyday activities such as driving, reading and sending text messages difficult. Most insurance companies require proof in the form of a visual test in order to determine coverage for eyelid surgery. The vision test needs to be performed by a board-certified eye doctor, such as an oculoplastic surgeon. If the vision test determines there is visual impairment, the surgeon takes pictures of the condition and sends them to the patient’s insurance provider. Whether the insurance company covers all or a part of the cost for eyelid surgery depends on the patient’s specific coverage plan. Learn More about Functional Eyelid Surgery...
Top Things Patients Wish They Knew before Eyelid Surgery

Top Things Patients Wish They Knew before Eyelid Surgery

Are you interested in eyelid surgery in Los Angeles to repair drooping eyelids or puffy undereye bags, but hesitating to move forward with scheduling your surgery? It may help to have a good understanding of what the surgical experience entails. Here is what other eyelid surgery patients told the patient portal RealSelf.com that they wish they knew before surgery. The Success of Surgery Hinges on the Surgeon For the best outcomes possible, it is crucial to find a qualified and experienced surgeon to perform your procedure. Look for an oculofacial plastic surgeon that is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — these surgeons have completed extensive training in treating the delicate eye area and are considered to be eyelid experts. The eyelid surgeon’s demeanor is just as important as his or her credentials. Find someone that puts you at ease and instills confidence in you. You can get an idea of a surgeon’s approach to patient care by reading testimonials and online reviews. Setting the Right Expectations Is Key Knowing what eyelid surgery can and cannot achieve is key. Eyelid surgery is designed to freshen and rejuvenate the eyelids, which can brighten up your face and help you look more approachable. Eyelid surgery cannot transform your entire appearance or make you look like someone else. It can help you look like a younger and more attractive version of yourself. Nerves Are Natural It’s common to experience some nerves as you anticipate your surgery. However, the right surgeon and his or her surgical team should make you feel very confident about the procedure. Having...
Study: Most People Don’t Apply Sunscreen to the Eyelids

Study: Most People Don’t Apply Sunscreen to the Eyelids

As we discussed back in July, one of the best ways to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun — i.e., premature signs of aging and skin cancer — is to wear sunscreen religiously on nearly every part of your body. At Eyesthetica, an oculoplastic and cosmetic surgery group in Los Angeles, we are especially concerned about sun damage and skin cancer on your face. We encourage everyone to be diligent about applying sunscreen to the face, which is the area of the body most likely to develop skin cancer. That’s why we are concerned about a recent study that found most people miss about 10 percent of their face when applying sunscreen. The eyelids are one of the most vulnerable areas — as much as 10 percent of skin cancers occur on the lids. Many of these cases could be prevented with the proper protection. The Eyelids Are Commonly Missed During Sunscreen Application The University of Liverpool enlisted a team of nearly 60 people to apply sunscreen to their faces. Photos were taken with a special UV-sensitive light to identify the areas of the face that had been covered in sunscreen. The team found that study participants missed 9.5 percent of the face, including the eyelids, the inner corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose. It makes sense to assume that people miss the eyelids because they don’t want to get sunscreen in their eyes; however, the eyelids are still at risk if left unprotected. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, five to 10 percent of all skin cancers develop on the eyelids....
Does Getting Botox Hurt?

Does Getting Botox Hurt?

Botox is a great procedure to soften noticeable lines and wrinkles, but some people are reluctant to have the injectable treatment because they worry about pain and discomfort. The team at Eyesthetica, a group of cosmetic eye and facial surgeons in Los Angeles, can tell you that Botox treatment is not a significantly painful experience. It is almost universally well tolerated by patients, most of whom visit us every few months for regular treatment. Here, we break down what you can expect during and after Botox treatment. During Botox Treatment As long as Botox is administered by a qualified and experienced injector, the injections should not hurt. Ideally, the injector should be someone that performs Botox treatment every day because their technique is more refined and they are used to working with many kinds of patients with different pain thresholds. The treatment process is very quick and simple. Most people don’t even notice the injections because the needles used during treatment are so tiny. The physicians at Eyesthetica usually use a 32 gauge needle, similar in size to the painless needles used in acupuncture. Patients might feel a minuscule prick or pinch, but pain is unlikely. Holding a stress ball can help distract anxious patients from the sensation. If you are worried about pain, ask your injector to apply a numbing cream to the treatment area about 10 minutes prior to the injections. This cream can minimize the sting or pinch and make you more comfortable. After Botox Treatment When injected properly, Botox should not cause any post-treatment pain or issues besides mild redness, bruising and swelling. Qualified injectors...
July is UV Safety Month: How You Can Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

July is UV Safety Month: How You Can Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, has designated July as UV Safety Month. To observe UV Safety Month, our team of cosmetic eye & facial surgeons in Los Angeles would like to remind our patients about the importance of protecting the eyes from the sun. It is well documented that long-term exposure to the sun can raise the risk of serious eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, cancer and growths on the eye (i.e., pterygium). UV rays can penetrate the eyes’ structures and cause damage at a cellular level. UVA rays cause premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, and UVB rays cause sunburn and the formation of skin cancer. Tips to Protect Your Eyes Here are some things that our patients can do to reduce their risk of eye damage from the sun: Wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection whenever going outdoors. (They may be labeled “UV400.”) Wrap-around glasses are best because they prevent the sun from entering the eyes from the side. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 that protects you from UVA and UVB rays. Re-apply every two hours or after getting wet. Slip on a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face and eyes. Stay out of direct sunlight during the middle of the day. Seek out shade instead. Be mindful even in cloudy weather; the sun’s rays can penetrate the haze and clouds to cause damage. Be careful in higher altitudes, where the sunlight is strongest, and around water because the sun can reflect off of it. Never look directly into the...