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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...
What Can I Do About Under-Eye Bags?

What Can I Do About Under-Eye Bags?

Are under-eye bags giving your face a tired or frazzled-looking appearance? Does it frustrate you to spend money on high-end concealers that camouflage little (if any) of your bags? It might be time to see our oculoplastic and cosmetic surgery group to explore your treatment options. What Causes Under-Eye Bags? The area beneath the lower lids naturally has small pads of fat. With age, the skin in that area can start to thin and the fat pads can start to sag and bulge outward. This creates the appearance of puffy bags, or what some people describe as tiny half-moons under the eyes. Eating foods high in sodium, drinking, smoking and lack of quality sleep can exacerbate the bags. Sometimes hormonal imbalances or genetic factors are to blame. No matter what causes the under-eye bags, there are a few ways to fix the problem. Injectable Fillers Injectable fillers are a minimally invasive, non-surgical way to smooth out bags so they are less noticeable. Our doctors can inject small amounts of products like Restylane or Juvederm along the borders of the bags to smooth out the transition between upper cheek and lower eyelid. These products are formulated with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that adds volume and fullness to the treated area. Think of Juvederm or Restylane as a cushioning agent that plumps and nourishes the area beneath the eyes. Dermal fillers may not completely eliminate the appearance of the bags, but they should look much fainter. Applying a good concealer product can make the bags nearly invisible. The results of dermal filler treatment last about 9 to 12 months....
What Causes Excessive Tearing?

What Causes Excessive Tearing?

Tears keep the surface of the eyes healthy and lubricated. However, excessive tearing in one or both eyes (a condition known as epiphora) can make it difficult to see. Sometimes excessive tearing can be accompanied by pain around the eyes, a foreign body sensation in the eyes or having to constantly dry tears that roll down one’s cheek. At that point, it is essential to seek the expertise of an eye doctor to diagnose and treat the problem. In order to effectively treat excessive tearing, the Eyesthetica team must evaluate the problem and correctly identify its cause. Once our oculofacial specialist doctors understand the source of the tearing, we can recommend the safest treatment option. Narrow or Blocked Tear Ducts Imagine a storm drain carrying away rainwater so it doesn’t build up on the roads, and you can understand the mechanics of the tear ducts. Tear ducts don’t produce tears, but they carry the tears away from the eyes. If the tear ducts become blocked, the tears cannot properly drain out of the eyes. Instead, the liquid builds up in the tear sac. Our eye doctors can perform a procedure called dacryocystorhinostomy (or DCR) to clear the obstruction and create a new opening for the tear drainage. They can also place a small stent or plug in the opening to keep it clear. Some babies are born with underdeveloped tear ducts or ducts that fail to open into the nose to drain the tears. When this happens, babies can experience constant tearing. However, this generally resolves itself as the tear ducts develop naturally. If it does not, doctors may...
Can Your Sleep Position Cause Wrinkles?

Can Your Sleep Position Cause Wrinkles?

Getting enough quality sleep is crucial to looking and feeling good — it’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason — but sleep has recently come under fire for possibly contributing to wrinkles. Here, Los Angeles eye surgeons at Eyesthetica discusses the claim that certain sleep positions lead to more wrinkles, shares our thoughts and explains what to do about pesky lines. The Claim: Sleeping On Your Side Causes More Wrinkles There has been some concern lately that sleeping in a position that pushes the face against the pillow (i.e., laying in the fetal position) continually creases the skin and leads to more wrinkles. This has many people worried because, according to a British sleep study, 41 percent of people sleep on their sides. The concern is that repeatedly pleating the skin leaves behind permanent marks. The Truth behind Wrinkles The cause of the wrinkles depends on what kind of wrinkle it is. Static wrinkles occur due to factors like genetics, sun damage and (most notably) the natural effects of the aging process that cause the skin to lose elasticity. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repeatedly making facial expressions, like smiling and frowning, where the skin creases. While there are some doctors that believe sleeping in a position that continually folds the skin (like scrunching the face against a coarse pillow) leads to wrinkles, the consensus is that sleep position won’t significantly contribute to wrinkles, and changing sleep position won’t prevent wrinkles. Because of aging, sun exposure and natural facial expressions, wrinkles and lines are virtually unavoidable. What Can Be Done about Wrinkles? Just because wrinkles are unavoidable does not...
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 Los Angeles area 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...