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What Can I Do to Get Rid of My Lower Eyelid Bags?

What Can I Do to Get Rid of My Lower Eyelid Bags?

Although they usually aren’t a medical issue, bags under the eyes are a cosmetic concern for many of our Eyesthetica patients, as they can make the face look tired, sad, or sickly. If you are bothered by bags under your eyes, the oculoplastic surgeons at Eyesthetica can help. Read on as we explain what is likely causing your bags and what we can do about it. What Causes Bags Under the Eyes? Several factors can affect the appearance of the area between the lower eyelids and the cheeks: Age: Due to the natural effects of the aging process, the cheeks can lose their youthful volume and fullness over time; this makes the fat underneath the eyes appear more prominent and resemble “bags.” Sun damage: Overexposure to the sun as well as UV damage are particularly damaging to the skin around the eyes, causing changes like wrinkles, pigment changes and contour abnormalities. Genetics: Under-eye bags can run in certain families and develop at an early age (as early as high school). Softening the Appearance of Under-eye Bags Our doctors treat under-eye bags through lower lid blepharoplasty. During the procedure, the fat underneath the eyelids is removed or repositioned to create a better contour and a smoother transition between the under-eye area and the top of the cheeks. Our doctors are careful not to remove too much tissue or fat, as that can produce an unsatisfactory “hollow” result. Our surgeons are also careful to preserve the muscle responsible for giving the eye a natural blink; we don’t want to sacrifice function and comfort for appearance. In some cases, we can use...
How Does the “Chemical Brow Lift” Work?

How Does the “Chemical Brow Lift” Work?

Traditionally, if you wanted to elevate heavy or drooping brows and attain younger-looking eyes, you had to undergo brow lift surgery. Fortunately, advances in cosmetic medicine and injectable products have made it possible to reposition the brows without surgery or the related expense and downtime. The oculoplastic surgeons at Eyesthetica offer chemical brow lift, a non-surgical alternative to traditional brow lift that repositions the brows higher on the face during a single short office visit. What Does a Chemical Brow Lift Accomplish? The position on the eyebrows is primarily determined by two underlying muscles — one of which pulls the brows downward. Chemical brow lift is designed to relax the muscles that pull down on the eyebrows to help lift the brows and open up the eyes, creating a more youthful and energetic appearance. Our team accomplishes this by carefully injecting small amounts of Botox in precise locations just below the brow. As the Botox relaxes the muscle, the brow subtly lifts, and the eyes open up. Sometimes dermal fillers are also used to make the area underneath the brow look plumper, which provides a slight lift. Chemical brow lift is typically recommended if you have mild to moderate brow drooping and not a lot of excess skin that must be removed. If your brows sit very low on your face and you have a lot of excess saggy skin, you may be better suited to traditional brow lift surgery. What to Expect During a Chemical Brow Lift A chemical brow lift can be performed during a short in-office appointment. One of our doctors will examine your face and...
What Can I Do to Stop These Unwanted Tears?

What Can I Do to Stop These Unwanted Tears?

The lacrimal glands in the upper eyelids constantly produce a thin film of tears that keeps the eyes moisturized and healthy. Normally, these tears flow across the surface of the eye and drain through a series of channels in the inner corners of the eyelids, which empty into the nose and throat. In a healthy eye, there is a delicate equilibrium between the amount of tears produced and the amount of tears that drain. If for some reason the lacrimal glands produce too many tears, or the drainage system become blocked or clogged, it can lead to excessive tearing. If you experience constant tearing, red, irritated eyes, ocular discharge or other symptoms, Eyesthetica can help. Here, we discuss some of the common treatments for tearing disorders. What Causes Excessive Tearing? Excessive tearing can be caused by an overproduction of tears, decreased drainage of tears, or some combination of the two. Factors such as allergies, ocular surface irritation, infection, and eyelid inflammation can trigger the lacrimal glands to produce extra tears. Age, injury, or infection can cause a blockage or obstruction in the drainage channels that control the outflow of tears. When this happens, the tears have nowhere to drain and build up on the surface of the eyes. Treatment for Excessive Tearing If you are experiencing excessive tearing, our doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam and complete some testing to determine the source and severity of the problem. For example, we may perform a non-invasive test in which a salt solution is irrigated through your tear drain. Based on the results of your exam and testing, we can...
What Smoking Does to Your Eyes

What Smoking Does to Your Eyes

Smoking is detrimental to nearly every part of your body, including your eyes. Although many people know that smoking can lead to life-threatening diseases like heart disease and cancer, they tend to be less familiar with the effects of smoking on the eyes and vision. The team at Eyesthetica wants to focus on those risks in today’s post. Eye Diseases Linked to Smoking Smoking is a major risk factor for serious eye diseases including cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and uveitis. If left untreated, these diseases can lead to irreversible vision loss and possible blindness. Smoking can also raise the risk of developing diabetes; the complications of which can significantly affect the health of the eyes. People with diabetes are more likely to develop problems like diabetic retinopathy. Increased Risk of Dry Eye Smokers are nearly twice as likely to have dry eyes as non-smokers. Tobacco smoke irritates the eyes and can worsen the symptoms of dry eye, which include red eyes, itchy eyes, watery eyes and a foreign body sensation (i.e., like something is stuck in the eyes). Smoking While Pregnant Expectant mothers that smoke subject their unborn children to dangerous toxins. These babies are more likely to develop fetal and infant eye disorders, including crossed eyes and an underdeveloped optic nerve (which can lead to blindness). Women that smoke while pregnant are also more likely to give birth to premature babies, putting them at a higher risk of eye problems than babies that are born at full term. Affects Healing and Scarring after Surgery Smoking can be very harmful to someone recovering from eyelid surgery or another...
What to Look for on an Oculoplastic Surgeon’s Website

What to Look for on an Oculoplastic Surgeon’s Website

No search for an oculoplastic surgeon is complete without a visit to his or her website. The website is a great place to start when looking for information about the surgeon’s background and areas of expertise. Below, the team at Eyesthetica reveals four things to look for when visiting an oculoplastic surgeon’s website. Board Certification Oculoplastic surgeons are ophthalmologists with specialized training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and surrounding areas of the face. Your prospective oculoplastic surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, indicating that they have completed the education and training required to work on such a delicate area of the face, and passed difficult tests evaluating their knowledge and expertise. All of the doctors at Eyesthetica are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Membership to the ASOPRS Another mark of an exceptional oculoplastic surgeon is membership to the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), the primary governing board of oculoplastic surgeons. After passing the board exams, your oculoplastic surgeon should have enrolled in a two-year fellowship program approved by the ASOPRS. Only about 20 oculoplastic surgeons are trained in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial surgery every year. After the fellowship training, the oculoplastic surgeon must pass written and oral exams and write a scientific thesis before being accepted into the elite ASOPRS organization. All of the doctors at Eyesthetica are members of the ASOPRS. Before and After Images After confirming your oculoplastic surgeon’s board-certification and membership to the ASOPRS, you will want to take a look through their before-and-after photo gallery. Focus on the photos...
Top 10 Most-Asked Questions about Botox

Top 10 Most-Asked Questions about Botox

Eyesthetica receives numerous inquiries about the non-surgical wrinkle reducer known as Botox Cosmetic. We thought it would be helpful to prospective candidates if we compiled the top 10 most-asked questions into a single blog post. If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, please reach out to us via phone at (213) 234-1000 or send us an email! 1. What is Botox? Botox is a purified neurotoxin designed to soften the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. The injectable is most commonly used to minimize wrinkles between the eyebrows, on the forehead and around the outer corners of the eyes. 2. How does Botox work? Botox is intended to soften dynamic wrinkles, or lines and wrinkles caused by repeated facial movements. Small amounts of the product are injected into the skin to relax targeted facial muscles. As the muscle relaxes, the overlying line or wrinkle becomes less noticeable. 3. What are the possible side effects of Botox? Some patients have minor bruising or redness immediately after treatment, but these side effects usually subside within a few hours. More serious complications are very rare. 4. What is the recovery like? Downtime is very minimal. Most patients resume work and the rest of their regular activities almost immediately after treatment. 5. When can I see results? Results usually appear within 24 to 48 hours of treatment. 6. How long do the results last? Results vary, but most patients see improvements lasting for three to six months. 7. How many treatments will I need? You will see improvements after a single treatment. As the effects of the injectable wear...
What It’s Like to Be Color Blind

What It’s Like to Be Color Blind

When you hear that someone is color blind, you may assume that they cannot see any color at all, and they see the world only in shades of gray. Fortunately, that’s not usually the case. Since there is a lot of misinformation and assumptions about colorblindness, the oculoplastic surgeon team at Eyesthetica wants to clear up some of the confusion. In this post, we reveal what it really means to be color blind. Understanding Color Vision Deficiency Most people in the medical field refer to color blindness by its clinical term: color vision deficiency, or CVD. CVD causes difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. People that are color blind are typically able to see certain colors, while other colors appear dull or faded. Some colors may also be easily confused with each other. CVD is caused by abnormalities in the eye’s photoreceptor cells that respond to specific colors. Together, these photoreceptor cells are what enable a healthy eye to see a depth and range of colors. The colors that are hard for a color blind person to perceive and distinguish depend on which photoreceptors are abnormal. Most commonly, CVD makes it hard to perceive red and green; a person with red-green color blindness probably has trouble distinguishing any color with red or green in it, including orange, purple, pink and even gray. CVD that causes problems with blue and yellow is less common. CVD is usually inherited, but it can also be acquired due to damage to the eye, cataracts and systemic diseases like diabetes and multiple sclerosis. It affects approximately one out of every 12 men and...
Are Cheap Sunglasses Bad for Your Eyes?

Are Cheap Sunglasses Bad for Your Eyes?

If you’re a regular reader of the Eyesthetica blog, you probably remember us mentioning the importance of shielding your eyes from the sun’s UV rays to reduce your risk of eyelid cancer, pterygium, cataracts and other complications. One of the best ways to protect your eyes is by wearing sunglasses when you go outdoors. However, not all sunglasses are created equally. In this post, our doctors discuss whether cheap sunglasses — the kind you can grab at a gas station or drug store — offer adequate protection from the sun’s rays. Cheap Glasses Can Do More Harm than You Think In truth, cheap sunglasses can actually do more harm to your eyes and vision than not wearing any protection at all. Cheaply made sunglasses trick your eyes and expose you to dangerous UVA and UVB rays. Here’s how: Think about when you walk outside on a bright day without sunglasses. Your natural inclination is to squint to cut off the amount of light that gets into your eyes. But when your surroundings get darker, such as when you walk into a dark room or put on a pair of dark lenses, your pupils dilate (i.e., get wider). This lets more light into your eyes, and on a sunny day, that light includes UVA and UVB rays. Not only do cheap glasses fail to offer adequate protection, they actually make you even more susceptible to damaging sun rays, putting your health and vision at risk. What to Look for When Shopping for Sunglasses You don’t need to spend a fortune to find quality sunglasses. There are plenty of safe options...
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...