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When Is It Time to Switch from Injectables to Surgery?

When Is It Time to Switch from Injectables to Surgery?

Injectable products like Botox, Juvederm and Restylane are excellent anti-aging products for people in their 30s and 40s. But at a certain point, these products no longer deliver the desired results and surgical intervention becomes necessary. Cosmetic eye surgeons of Eyesthetica explain some signs that it might be time for you to switch from injectables to surgery. You’re Bothered by Sagging Skin Over time, the body’s supply of collagen and elastin — two products necessary for firm, elastic skin — starts to dwindle. This causes the skin to loosen and sag. While injectables can smooth wrinkled or creased skin, unfortunately they cannot tighten or firm the skin. Surgical treatment, such as facelift, eyelid surgery or laser skin resurfacing, is needed to address skin laxity. You’ve Noticed Jowls and Lack of Definition in the Lower Face and Neck If you have noticeable jowls and lack of definition in the lower face and neck, injectables won’t help. Injectables cannot lift fallen tissue or remove excess fat and skin. Only surgery can effectively address these issues to create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. You Have Trouble Fitting Follow-Up Treatments into Your Schedule The results of injectable treatment are temporary and last several months, depending on the specific product. This means you need regular follow-up treatments to maintain your results long-term. If regularly scheduling follow-up treatments has become a problem, and it is difficult to carve time out of your schedule for appointments, surgery may be a good option. Surgical treatment offers long-lasting results that don’t require follow-up treatment. The Cost Required to Maintain Treatment Is a Financial Burden The repeated costs...
Eyelid Surgery for Men: Special Considerations and Challenges

Eyelid Surgery for Men: Special Considerations and Challenges

Due to an increasingly competitive job market that is flooded with younger, attractive candidates, the desire for men “of a certain age” to look young and rejuvenated has grown. Even men that have retired from the workplace still deserve to look and feel youthful. Practices like Eyesthetica offer eyelid surgery to reverse signs of aging and restore a rested, energetic appearance to the eyes. However, our cosmetic eye surgeons in Los Angeles understand that men and women require different surgical approaches in order to produce natural results. Here, we explain some of the special considerations and challenges of eyelid surgery for men, and how we tailor our surgical techniques to their specific needs. Use a Conservative Approach In general, male eyelid surgery is performed in a more conservative manner than female eyelid surgery. The surgeon limits the amount of tissue, fat and skin that is removed, in order to avoid over-correction and telltale signs of surgery. The incisions are usually shorter in male eyelid surgery, too. Avoid Arching the Outside Corner of the Eyelid It is so important for eyelid surgeons to respect and maintain the characteristics that make men look masculine and handsome. An example is outer corners of the eyelids. An attractive and youthful female eyelid has a slight arch on the outside corner; however, male eyelids are not arched. Experienced surgeons know not to put as high of an arch on the outside corner of the eye in male patients as female patients, because the effect would make the man look feminine. In addition, the incision location, which usually correlates with the desired eyelid crease height,...
Protect Your Eyes from Sports-Related Injuries

Protect Your Eyes from Sports-Related Injuries

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has named April “Sports Eye Safety Month” to raise awareness of sports-related eye injuries. According to the AAO, tens of thousands of people sustain eye injuries due to sports or similar recreational activities. Los Angeles cosmetic eye surgery provider Eyesthetica is very invested in the health and wellness of your eyes and your children’s eyes. We want to share a few tips to keep everyone’s eyes healthy and safe from sports-related injuries. Wear Protective Eyewear Regular glasses, sunglasses or contact lenses do not provide enough protection from injuries. If you or your child plays baseball, basketball, hockey, lacrosse or any type of racquet sport, it’s important to know that the best thing one can do to protect the eyes is to wear a helmet or face mask. Any projectile — a baseball, puck or wayward arm — could quickly and severely injure an eye. Protective eyewear should be appropriate for the specific sport and meet the standards set forth by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). As you shop for gear, look for the ASTM label. Eyewear can be fitted with prescription lenses, if needed. Protective eyewear should be worn regularly and replaced when damaged. Consult with an eye doctor and ask about recommendations before buying anything. Confirm Adult Supervision of Your Child’s Activity When you enroll your child in an organized sport or activity, make sure there will be an adult supervising at all times. It’s best if that adult is knowledgeable about potential eye injuries and understands how to prevent and recognize the signs. If your child is joining a...
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...