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New Year, New You – Reasons to Consider Cosmetic Treatment in 2018

New Year, New You – Reasons to Consider Cosmetic Treatment in 2018

The team at Eyesthetica wants to wish you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year. A cosmetic treatment with our oculofacial plastic surgery specialists in Los Angeles can help you step into 2018 looking and feeling your absolute best. Read on as we share five reasons to consider rejuvenating your appearance next year. To Minimize an Imperfection that Bothers You Every patient that we meet has a specific imperfection or blemish that bothers them. Maybe it’s a genetic feature or the result of the aging process or sun damage. It could be crow’s feet, a scar, a birthmark, a liver spot or age spots. We are happy to help soften or erase these flaws and restore confidence and a healthy self-image. After evaluating the specific blemish that bothers you, we can recommend the most suitable course of treatment. For example, we can soften crow’s feet or brow furrows with targeted Botox injections, treat saggy eyelid skin with blepharoplasty or eliminate the appearance of age or liver spots through a laser resurfacing treatment. To Prepare for a Big Event You might have a landmark event coming up in 2018, like a wedding, a class reunion or an exotic vacation, where you will be seeing old friends or meeting new ones. Why not treat yourself to a rejuvenating procedure in order to prepare? Anti-aging treatments can help you feel more confident in a crowd and more likely to take photographs of yourself to commemorate the occasion. To Treat Yourself after a Tough Year Maybe you’re not so much excited about 2018 as looking forward to closing out a...
Why Do Humans Cry? Exploring the Science behind Tears

Why Do Humans Cry? Exploring the Science behind Tears

Humans cry for many reasons — when we chop onions, get a piece of dust in our eyes, watch a sad movie, etc. We also constantly produce what are known as “basal” tears, which keep the surface of our eyes lubricated. But in this post, the Eyesthetica team of oculofacial surgeons in Los Angeles wants to explore the science behind emotional tears, or the waterworks that occur when we feel sad, angry, fearful or joyful.  Are We Wired to Cry to Get Attention? Although scientists can’t agree on the reason(s) why we cry emotional tears, they have many plausible theories. One of the most widely accepted theories is that we are biologically wired to cry to signal to other people that we are in distress and vulnerable. Our tears signal to others that we have a problem that is beyond our abilities. Imagine an infant that cries out to his mother because he’s hungry or tired; when the mother hears the crying, she comes to his rescue. From an evolutionary context, tears and vulnerability trigger social bonding and human connection. Taking care of each other in times of need improves communication and teamwork and increases the likelihood of survival. Scientific evidence shows that emotional tears have a different chemical makeup than basal tears and reflex/irritant tears (that occur when chopping onions). Emotional tears have more protein and a higher viscosity than other tears, so they stick to the skin longer. They run down the face more slowly, causing noticeable streaks likely to attract the attention of other people. Our Hormonal Makeup Can Influence Crying According to a 2011 study...
Eyelid Spasms: Understanding Their Causes and Treatments

Eyelid Spasms: Understanding Their Causes and Treatments

Eyelid spasms are something that the Eyesthetica doctors see and treat often. Though you may assume a spasm is simply a mild tic, more advanced cases are sometimes incapacitating, making it difficult to drive, read and work. Below, our team of cosmetic eye surgeons in Los Angeles explain the most common types and causes of eyelid spasms, as well as treatments for eyelid spasms. What Causes Eyelid Spasms? First, understand that there are three common types of eyelid spasms. Eyelid twitching, which can present as a slight tic, happens to nearly everyone at some point. Twitching is most often brought on by fatigue or stress, and it tends to go away without treatment. It generally does not affect vision. Benign essential blepharospasm is an involuntary closure of one or both eyelids. The condition, which is quite rare, can start as frequent or forced blinking or winking and advance to the eyelids squeezing shut. When a spasm occurs, eyelid closure can result in a temporary inability to see; more frequent spasms can make it hard for a person to keep their eyes open. Essential blepharospasm can affect the other muscles of the face and cause the face to pinch up. People with severe cases of essential blepharospasm can find the condition to be incapacitating. Essential blepharospasm is a neurological disorder, but the exact cause is unknown. It is one of a group of movement disorders, known as dystonia, in which involuntary muscle contractions force specific areas of the body into abnormal movements and positions. The third type of eyelid spasm, hemifacial spasm, affects the eyelids and muscles of the cheek,...
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...