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Beauty Benefits of Zen & Meditation

Beauty Benefits of Mindfulness

The good news is that there is a beauty practice that is easy, free and excellent for your overall health.  Some say that meditation is the fountain of youth.  An attitude of gratitude changes your brain.  And, Zen can benefit your skin and beauty.  What exactly is Zen? Zen is a the Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism that emphasizes the value of meditation.  The bottom line, training your brain to focus on gratitude, positive thoughts, and deep relaxation improves your health and overall beauty, the kind of beauty that comes from the inside and glows.  It also improves your physical beauty from a cellular level.  Read more to learn how meditation, mindfulness and gratitude changes your health and beauty.

Meditation, Beauty & Your Skin

To meditate you sit still, breathe deeply and allow your mind to relax.  Studies show meditation reduces stress.  We are also learning that meditation improves your appearance.  Stress is the root of many mental and physical health issues, but it also affects your appearance.

Refreshes Your Appearance

During meditation you breathe deeply, relax your muscles and allow your mind to be clear, present and calm.  As you breathe deeply, the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin increases.  This purposeful, or mindful, breathing improves your cellular health and gives your skin a fresh and more youthful glow.

The relaxation and positive energy that comes with meditation softens the features on your face, smoothing out wrinkles and tension.  When you complete your regular meditation sessions you feel refreshed and your appearance reflects that.

Slows Aging

The mind is a powerful tool, and you can use your mind to improve your beauty  and slow aging from the inside out.

Daily meditation slows the aging process in your body.

Have you ever heard of a telomere? Telomeres are the protective caps at the end of chromosomes that function as markers for cellular aging.

Meditation can lengthen telomeres.  Studies in 2009 and 2016 have shown that Zen meditation experts had longer telomeres than people that did not meditate, and Zen practitioners had fewer shorter telomeres.

“Telomeres listen to you, they listen to your behaviors, they listen to your state of mind,” said  Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel prize winner and president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif.

Mindful meditation also lowers blood pressure and reduces tension related aches and pains.  So, the daily practice of relaxing, breathing and clearing your mind slows the aging process from the inside out and that benefits your health, skin and beauty.

Stress & Your Skin

Stress causes skin condition flare ups such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and acne.  The negative affects of stress alters your skin’s ability to retain moisture and repair itself.  Practicing daily meditation reduces stress and negative thought patterns and improves your skin’s ability to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your largest organ.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and a lifestyle of lack of sleep, stress, poor diet, and bad habits shows up in the condition and appearance of your skin.  Get tips from renown Scottsdale facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert H. Woods on healthy foods to improve your beauty.

An Attitude of Gratitude & Your Beauty

Developing an attitude of gratitude physically changes your brain and improves your mental and physical health.  In today’s society it is easy to fall into the trap of focusing on what you don’t have, that which is lacking in your life.  Social media also fosters negative comparisons, especially about one’s appearance.

Daily Gratitude

Studies show that a regular, daily practice of expressing gratitude, either in writing or speech, unshackles toxic emotions and improves your mental health.  This daily gratitude practice doesn’t have to be shared publicly, but openly expressing gratitude to others, really ramps up the positive impact for you and adds the extra benefit of spreading a little joy to others.  Feeling good inside and a smile are truly things of beauty.

Ways to Practice Gratitude & Build Your Beauty

Please &  Thank You

Take the time to express your thanks to those around you.  This makes you happier and nurtures your relationships.  A simple verbal thank you is powerful.  A written thank you note is even better.

Count Your Blessings

Take the time each day to mentally, or better yet speaking aloud when alone in the car or on a walk, list all your blessings and the positive things in your life. You can even express gratitude for the positive things that haven’t even happened yet, but that you are desiring.  Challenge yourself for one month to change from speaking about  lack and negativity to only expressing gratitude and positive words and see what happens. You might surprise yourself.

Meditate

As part of your mindful meditation, focus on positive feelings, thoughts and energy.  If the negative slips in, stop your thought, and replace it with a positive thought of gratitude.

What does all of this have to do with beauty you might ask? Beauty starts inside.  Beauty is born from your physical well being and your mental and emotional health.  Start your beauty practice today. Ommmmm…..

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Aesthetician

Choosing Your Aesthetician – A Doctor’s Tips

Choosing An Aesthetician & the Skin Care Industry

A booming industry exists around skin care and your face.  Most likely your face is the first thing people notice.  It is your first impression to the world, and it defines your unique beauty.  Of course, you want to look your best, and that starts with caring for your skin and the appearance of your face.  As a facial plastic surgeon,  specializing in caring for your face, I’ll  share a few tips on selecting an aesthetician and talk about the differences between a spa esthetician and a medical aesthetician.

 

What is the Difference Between Medical Aesthetician and a Spa Esthetician?

Aestheticians and estheticians perform similar services, but there is a difference in the two forms of the same word.  Here is the differentiation between the two spellings:  Estheticians and aestheticians are both licensed skin specialists. They are trained to analyze and cleanse skin through a variety of techniques. Estheticians can be found in spas and salons, while aestheticians typically work in medical settings.

Medical aestheticians are held to the exact same state licensing standards as spa estheticians. This means all estheticians, whether they work as medical aestheticians or spa estheticians, are required to hold the same state-issued license.

There then is a significant difference in what it takes to become a medical aesthetician.  This typically involves a standard set of steps that require specific, formal education and training, passing  state licensing exams, and obtaining advanced credentials through continuing education. (http://www.estheticianedu.org/medical-esthetician/).

Medical aesthetics  perform the same services as traditional spa esthetics.   They both focus on developing and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin. The difference is that medical aesthetics is performed on patients in a clinical setting alongside medical professionals.  Medical aestheticians also perform non-invasive skincare procedures for medical purposes or cosmetic reasons.

Additional Aesthetician Certifications

Plastic Surgical Nurse Certification & Certified Aesthetic Nurse (CANS)

Additional, specialized medical aesthetic certifications are rigorous and require that the candidate is  licensed as a Registered Nurse, has extensive experience and has an affiliation with a specialized doctor.  Here are the specific requirements: (http://psncb.org/cans-eligibility.cgi)

  1. Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories or Canada, and
  2. Work in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is Board Certified within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT); and
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience as a registered nurse within one of the listed Core Specialties above in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within three (3) years prior to application, and
  4. Have spent at least one thousand (1,000) practice hours within the core specialties during the preceding two (2) years, and
  5. Have their Supervising Core Physician endorse their application

There are only 250 nurses in the United States and Canada that have their CANS certification. Woods Facial Plastic Surgery is affiliated with ZonaMedSpa, in Scottsdale, Arizona where medical aesthetician, Michele Hunter, RN, is a CANS certified aesthetician.

Choosing Your Aesthetician

Selecting an aesthetician depends on many factors, but here are a few considerations for you.  If you are going to have more than a facial, select a professional with the highest level training and experience. Chemical applications, laser treatments, and injections, require skills, experience, and medical training.

Consultation

Visit your potential aesthetician before your first service.  Ask for a consultation and look for the following:

  • Cleanliness of their facility
  • Their personal appearance and personality
  • Research their qualifications, certifications, and educational background
  • Ask questions and discuss candidly your concerns and expectations
  • Ask about their philosophy on skin care, treatments, and products
  • Ask how long they have been at this facility

Check Out Your Aesthetician

  • Check the facility and the aesthetician’s certifications and liscensing
  • Review their website
  • Seek recommendations

Licensing for spa estheticians is done on a state by state basis, so no industry-wide standards exist.  Medical aesthetician’s have verifiable industry certifications.

Skin care treatments are tremendously popular in the United States.  Taking good care of your skin reduces and prevents wrinkles.  The skin care industry continues to grow rapidly, as our population ages, and we want to look our best.  “Between 2012 and 2022, the number of estheticians licensed in the United States is expected to grow by 40 percent to meet the growing demand for specialized skincare services. This is more than twice as fast as other professions within the beauty and wellness industry, including manicurists and pedicurists”.  (http://www.estheticianedu.org/)

This means you have plenty of skin care spas and med spas from which to choose.  Choose carefully!  And do your homework.

Dr. Robert H. Woods is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr. Woods has 20+ years of experience as a facial expert.  About Face |  Woods Facial Plastic Surgery is affiliated with ZonaMedSpa.  Dr. Woods also heads the ENT department at Honor Health Shea Hospital, Scottsdale, Arizona.

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American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

 

 

 

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Eyelid Surgery Tips for Prep and Recovery

Eyelid Surgery Prep Tips

Eyelid Surgery Pre Surgery & Recovery Tips

Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, rejuvenates your eye area by removing wrinkles, puffiness, bags and sagging skin around both your upper and lower eyelids.  Our eyes communicate how we feel to the world.  Eyelid surgery restores a more youthful, open appearance to the eye area.  Eyelid surgery is performed on either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, depending on your needs and desired outcomes.

Upper eyelid surgery often is  performed comfortably as an office procedure. Patients are given a local anesthetic and oral sedation. There is very little discomfort with the numbing process, when it is administered slowly.  Many patients choose this in office option and find the procedure comfortable and uncomplicated with a short recovery time.

Other surgeries require out patient surgical facilities and have a longer healing and recovery time.

Pre Surgery Prep for Eyelid Surgery

You have gone through the consultation process with your surgeon, and now you are wondering how best to prepare for your surgery.  Here are simple steps to follow before and after your surgery to increase healing and recovery.

Discuss Your Medications, Vitamins etc. with Your Surgeon

Be sure that you have discussed all prescription, over the counter medications, and any vitamins that you are taking with your doctor.  Your surgeon will advise you, if your medications effect  your surgery and recovery.

Healthy Diet

Before your surgery, (well actually always– but especially now)  is the time to focus on a healthy diet that is low in salt and filled with healthy, water and nutrient rich, fresh foods.  Great choices are strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, and celery for snacks.  Avoid sodium heavy sodas.  Instead, drink lots of fresh water.  Read Dr. Woods’ Blog on healthy foods for your skin.  High nutrient, whole foods help your body heal.

No Smoking

Stop smoking prior to your surgery.  Smoking restricts blood flow and inhibits your skin’s ability to heal.

Get Organized

While some eyelid procedures are relatively uncomplicated, they are a surgical procedure.  Make your healing and recovery a priority. You will relax better, if your house and affairs are in order prior to the surgery, then you can comfortably rest and focus on healing. Get those groceries, have the house clean, and maybe even stock up on some audio books – eyes closed entertainment is best.

Arrange  A Surgery Buddy

Arrange for a spouse or close friend to take you home from your procedure, help you get comfortably situated, and fill your prescriptions.

Surgery Day

On your surgery day, have your reliable surgery buddy scheduled to arrive in plenty of time to drive you to either the doctor’s office or surgical center.  Come with a freshly washed face., and do not wear any make up.  Do not take any blood thinners.  This includes aspirin, vitamin E or motrin.  Take a Valium or tranquilizer prescribed by your surgeon.

Arrive to your surgical center on time.

Post Eyelid Surgery Recovery Tips

Ice Compresses

You will apply ice compresses to your eyes for the first 24 hours.  Packages of frozen peas serve as  handy ice compresses, and they are more comfortable on your sensitive eye area than a bag of ice chips.

Keep Your Head Elevated

Have extra pillows on hand so that your head remains elevated while resting and sleeping.  Keep your head elevated during the day also.  Avoid bending over, and do not lift heavy objects.  Keeping your head elevated minimizes  fluid from collecting around your eyes.

Rest Your Eyes

Try to find restful entertainment that doesn’t involve eye movement. That means no TV, computer screens, and reading.  Enjoy your recovery time listening to audiobooks or podcasts, allowing your eyes to rest.

Physical Activity Limitations

No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 1 week.  After your one week visit with your surgeon, you can discuss any further limitations depending on how you are healing.

Vitamin E Oil Aids Eyelid Surgery Healing

Apply vitamin e oil to the incision 4x a day for one week.  You will meet with your surgeon again after a week, and then additional recommendations or limitations will be made.

Protect Your Eyes Outdoors

Wear your UV protection sunglasses outdoors or in bright lights. Protecting your eyes from bright sunlight ensures better lasting results.  Even after you are healed, always protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen.

Time To Heal After Eyelid Surgery

The healing process depends on your individual circumstances and the type of eyelid procedure performed.  You can expect to see swelling and bruising, as your eye area is sensitive.  Be patient with your recovery and healing process.  Support your body by following your surgeon’s instructions.  Learn More about Dr. Woods’ Blepharoplasty techniques and evaluation considerations.

Dr. Robert H. Woods is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with 20+ years of experience as an ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon.  He is head of the ENT Department of Honor Health, Shea Hospital.  Read more about Dr. Woods.

American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

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Financing Plastic Surgery

Financing Options for Your Plastic Surgery

Financing Your Plastic Surgery

Believe it or not, cosmetic surgery has become more affordable, relatively speaking.  Plastic surgery is no longer a luxury available only to the very wealthy.  More and more people undergo plastic surgery than ever before, in fact, in 2016 Americans spent a record breaking $15.44 billion on cosmetic procedures, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.  This is a significant number, especially when you consider, cosmetic surgery procedures are very rarely covered by insurance. Insurance coverage exceptions include reconstructive surgery after an accident or when the procedure relates to a medical condition. While these costs have been decreasing, it is still a significant expense.  Patients often explore creative financing solutions for their plastic surgery procedures.

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mini face lift procedure

Mini Face Lift – Is it for You?

What is a Mini Face Lift?

A mini face lift targets a smaller area than a full face lift.  The procedure focuses primarily on the jaw, lower cheeks, and neck area of the patient.  This procedure involves smaller incisions and generally a shorter recovery time.  Some people refer to this procedure as a “weekend face lift”, due to the  shorter recovery period. This is a deceptive nickname.  While the recovery  is shorter than that for a full face lift, it does take longer than a weekend.

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Skin Care Affordable Product Reviews

Skin Care Products from the Drug Store

You don’t have to spend a fortune on your skin care products to take care good of your skin and look great.  Below are featured  a few recommended products that can be found in your local drugstore and are very affordable.  These are not experts’ recommendations. These suggestions for basic skin care items are from the patients and team of  Woods Facial Plastic Surgery .

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Woods Facial Plastic Surgery Summer Newsletter

About Face Summer Newsletter

Summer Sun & Fun

Check out the About Face | Woods Facial Plastic Surgery Summer Newsletter with Dr. Woods’ picks for sunscreen, recommendations on the best protection from your sunglasses, and even delicious infused water recipes to enjoy while you stay hydrated.  Skincare and protection from the sun are always important in Arizona with the intense heat and 211 days of sunshine.

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Sunglasses Prevent Wrinkles

Choosing Sunglasses for Wrinkle Prevention

Tips for Choosing the Best Sunglasses

The weather forecast this summer – sunny and hot.  Surprise!  Actually, it is no surprise that this summer, just about wherever you go, will be warm and sunny.  One easy way to protect your eyes from the strong summer sun AND prevent wrinkles is choosing the best sunglasses, so you can stop squinting.

Repetitive facial positions eventually lead to lines and wrinkles.  Check out our blog Wrinkles – Genetics or Habits for more info on this. An easy, quick, and even affordable solution is to select the best sunglasses to protect your eyes and stop wrinkle producing squinting.

You can find sunglasses designed for every summer and winter activity.  There are glasses for  water sports, tennis, golf, driving, etc., as well as those that are designed purely for style.  If you are like most of us, you own many pairs for different purposes.  Be sure to pick those that meet your needs, but also only select sunglasses that protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays.  UV rays cause short and long-term eye damage according to the American Academy of Opthamology.

Six Easy Tips for Selecting Your Next Sunglasses

Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection

Only buy sunglasses that say 100% UV Protection.  This is the most important thing to look for when selecting sunglasses.  This sticker should be right on the lens.  Be sure to look for it.

Big Means Less Squinting & Better Wrinkle Prevention

Size does matter.  The more coverage offered by the sunglasses the less sun damage to your eyes.  But, larger lenses also prevent squinting.  This is where over-sized glasses or the wrap around sport styles are handy.  Another key tip – wear 100% UV Protection sunglasses and a hat.  Hats do a tremendous job eliminating glare to your eyes and sun on your skin.

Darker Lenses Don’t Mean Better Protection

While dark lenses may be stylish, they do not necessarily offer greater UV protection to your eyes, but you may find they block more light in general and do a better job at preventing wrinkle producing squinting.

Color Doesn’t Matter for UV Protection

Lenses come in a myriad of colors.  Today’s glasses come in amber, green or gray lense colors.  These shades do not block more sun, but they can sometimes increase the visual contrast.  Many athletes find this visual contrast helpful.

Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are designed to reduce glare from reflective surfaces, such as snow, pavement, or water.  While this does not offer more protection from the damaging UV rays, it can reduce squinting and make you more comfortable enjoying outdoor activities.  If you prefer polarized lenses, be sure they also provide 100% UV protection.

Protection Does Not Mean Pricey

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the proper protection from your sunglasses.  Less expensive glasses that say 100% UV protection can be just as effective as more expensive brands.  And, for those fashion focused friends, be sure your designer label glasses provide 100% UV protection, so you can be both stylish and smart.

Enjoy your summer and time in the great outdoors and be smart about your eyes and skin protection.  Get the proper sunglasses, wear 25++ SPF sunscreen always and everywhere, and wear a hat!

 

 

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Micro-Needling What to Expect

Micro-Needling – Six Things You Should Know

Micro-Needling – Six Things You Should Know

From Woods Facial Plastic Surgery Valued Partner Zona Med Spa – Six Things You Should Know about Micro-Needling.

Does the thought of needles running across your face make you cringe?  We promise, it’s not as bad as it sounds!  Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) treats fine lines, acne scars and improves the skin’s overall appearance.  And, for most people, depending on the issues being treated, it is not especially uncomfortable.

The procedure uses tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with the appearance of softer wrinkles. The micropen also creates superficial micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.

Think of  Micro-Needling as comparable to aerating your lawn. You create tiny little holes in the skin to create better skin, just as you do for your lawn.

  1. Micro-Needling Works on a Wide Variety of Skin Issues

Micro-Needling’s most common application is for resurfacing skin texture. The treatment also combats discoloration, enlarged pores, acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines and crepey skin. Even if you don’t have any major skin issues, Micro-Needling can give you a beautiful, dewy appearance and glow.

  1. Micro-Needling – Customize Your Treatment

Before your treatment, your esthetician should conduct an assessment of your skin. The needle depth applied depends on the particular skin issues being addressed.

If you have deep acne scars, the needle will need to go further down into the skin.

If your only skin issues are enlarged pores or pigmentation, then that requires less needle depth.

Your esthetician uses specific serums during the treatment to address individualized concerns.

  1. Micro-Needling Should not be Super Painful

Micro-Needling may sound intimating, but it’s commonly described as awkward feeling due to the prickly sensation. Of course, there a couple factors that will determine your degree of discomfort.

The first factor is how deep the needles go into the skin. If you’re receiving a more superficial treatment, then there is nothing to worry about. The pain is mild to none.

Patients whose skin issues require more in-depth needling, often request a topical numbing anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.

Most importantly, everyone has different pain tolerances.  Be sure to talk to your esthetician to address your concerns.

  1. Multiple Sessions are Highly Recommended

Similar to Chemical Peels or Microdermabrasion, multiple sessions deliver the most dramatic and lasting results from your Micro-Needling treatment.

You will see an immediate glow with just one session.  Visible changes to the skin continue to develop over the course of several days and weeks.   As your skin’s collagen production continues,  it is common to see continued improvement in your skin’s appearance up to 6 months after the treatment.

Some patients only require a single treatment, once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart.

Patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars should receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals in order to see optimal results.

  1. Prepare for a Little Downtime

Expect a bright redness to the skin immediately after your procedure. Your total healing time depends on the depth of needles used and the number of passes your skincare professional performs.

On average, patients experience redness for 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.

  1. Pre-treatment Instructions for Micro-Needling

Follow these pre-treatment instructions to ensure you heal from the procedure as fast as possible.

Tell your technician, if you take a blood thinner, fish oil, aspirin or any other medication, and you have the tendency to bleed easily as a result.

Additionally, if under a physician’s care, and you need to discontinue your medication for a few days, always get approval from your physician prior to each Micro-Needling treatment.

Take Arnica Montana pre and post procedure to alleviate bruising and swelling  (Customers can purchase this at health food stores. Follow the manufacturer’s directions). Take Arnica Montana 24 hours before treatment and continue for 3 days after treatment.

These are the basics to Micro-Needling procedures.

We recommend you only seek services from qualified professionals.  Talk with  Zona Med Spa’s Michele Hunter, RN, CANS, a master injector with 20 years of experience.

 

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Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet

Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet

Your Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet

So, you are thinking about facial plastic surgery. Facial plastic surgery is becoming increasingly common.  But as with any surgical procedure, you will want to do your research on procedure options, surgeons, recovery, and expected outcomes.  Facial plastic surgery is a highly specialized field, which requires precise and often minute adjustments to make the desired changes.  Here is a basic facial plastic surgery terms cheat sheet.  These are good basic terms to know when you go in for your initial consultation.

And, a reminder for during your consultation, ask questions! If you don’t understand, express that and ask for further explanation.  It is frustrating for a patient, and for the doctor as well, when a patient leaves the visit, and feels they didn’t gain a clearer understanding of the procedure, options, considerations, and expected outcomes.

Types of Facial Surgery

There is a wide variety of facial plastic surgeries – from cheek implants to lip augmentation, but below are the four most common categories.

Blepharoplasty  (Eyelid Lift)

Upper eyelid blepharoplasty removes wrinkled or drooping skin above the eye.  This procedure gives the eyes a wider, more youthful appearance.

Blepharoplasty also refers to the process of reducing the fat deposits that cause bags under the eyes.  Surgeons make incisions in the natural folds of the eyelids or interior lining to hide any possible scarring.  You can read a more detailed description of the evaluation process, procedure options, and recovery #blepharoplasty.

Brow Lift

A brow lift reduces wrinkles and expression lines in the forehead and around the eyes.  Surgeons conduct the procedure through incisions in the front hairline or above the ears.  A brow lift can rejuvenate a person’s expression by creating a more youthful contour to the upper part of the face.  It helps you appear more refreshed, your eyes appear brighter and often you look less tired and have a more welcoming facial appearance.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

Rhinoplasty changes the shape and size of the nose.  Surgeons use small incisions inside the nose or in the skin between the nostrils to access and alter bone and cartilage.  Surgeons may remove or add small portions of skin, bone, or cartilage to reshape the nose structure.  When a surgeon builds up a portion of the nose, they may use a filler substance as well.

Is your nose misshapen as a result of trauma or an injury? Do you have other medical or breathing issues? Be sure to discuss these factors with your surgeon as well.

In discussing your rhinoplasty procedure, you will want to have an honest discussion with your surgeon about your expected outcomes.

Rhytidectomy (Face lift)

Natural aging of our faces may cause us to appear older than we are and change our facial expression to one of fatigue or scowling.  A face lift can rejuvenate your appearance and restore a more youthful, vibrant expression.  A face lift repositions the fatty deposits in the face and removes excess and sagging skin.  Surgeons make their incisions in the hairline or behind the ear to obscure any scars.

There are a variety of face lift procedure options.  So, it will be important to candidly discuss with the surgeon your desired outcomes and options.

You can get most types of plastic surgeries in varying degrees, particularly those performed on the face.  For example, a full face lift corrects signs of aging in the forehead, cheeks, jaw, and neck.  But many patients opt for a mini face lift, which lifts the cheeks but not the neck or brow.  The mini procedure is less invasive and requires less recovery time.  Talk to your doctor about the best options for your individual aging process.

Types of Scarring

Your surgeon will conceal and prevent much of the scarring associated with any kind of surgery.  The most common types of scarring are:

Hyperpigmented

These scars are darker than a patient’s natural skin.

Hypertrophic

This type of scar tissue is at the site of a wound or incision.  Hypertrophic scars occur in thick clusters.

Hypopigmented

Hypopigmented scars are scars that are lighter than a patient’s natural skin.

Keloid

Keloid scars itch or are painful, even after recovery. Keloids are most likely to develop where there is little fatty tissue under the skin.  This type of scarring was more common many years ago, but occurs less frequently with today’s improved technique and procedures.

Any incision has a chance of scarring. Surgeons make most incisions in inconspicuous places to decrease the chance of unattractive, visible scars.

Types of Surgeons

Many people confuse and don’t understand the difference between a facial plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon or plastic surgeon.  There is an important differentiation that you should understand and take into consideration for facial plastic surgery.

Facial Plastic Surgeon Training & Board Certifications

The American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery discusses the qualifications, training, and education related to facial plastic surgery. Many Facial Plastic Surgeons are ENT’s (Ear, Nose & Throat specialists).

The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery discusses the lengthy training involved in specifically studying the head and neck:

An otolaryngologist can receive up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training in plastic surgery, concentrating on procedures that reconstruct the elements of the face.

Post-graduate training includes a year of general surgery, four years of residency in otolaryngology (disorders of the ears, nose, and throat), and may also include one to two years in a fellowship dedicated to facial plastic surgery.

After passing a rigorous set of exams given by the American Board of Otolaryngology, otolaryngologists may become board-certified in the specialty of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Because they study the complex anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the entire head and neck, these specialists (sometimes called ENTs) are uniquely qualified to perform the procedures that affect the whole face.

 

Plastic Surgeons

After medical school, plastic surgeons complete 5-6 years of residency training, during which they split their years between general surgery and plastic surgery. Typically, the first three years of surgery training is in general surgery and the final 2-3 years are in plastic surgery, not specifically related to the head and neck area.

Surgical Methods

No Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet would be complete without discussing a few surgical methods.

Facial plastic surgeons use a range of techniques to provide the most effective results.  Some of the most common methods used include:

Endoscope

Plastic surgeons use a small viewing instrument, called an endoscope, inserted beneath the skin.  The endoscope is only used for viewing.  Surgeons use a scalpel, scissors, or forceps to complete the actual surgery.  Endoscopic surgery requires smaller incisions than traditional surgery does, which can translate to less recovery time.  Brow lifts are the most common type of facial plastic surgery performed with an endoscope.

Excision

The removal of a section of skin or fatty tissue beneath the skin.

Cannula

A cannula is a hollow tube attached to a vacuuming device used in liposuction procedures.

You may decide to combine facial liposuction with a face lift or brow lift for more defined contouring.

Your surgeon likely uses certain methods more frequently than others, depending on his or her training, tools, and preferences.  Consult with your surgeon about the most effective methods for achieving your desired facial changes.

Use Your Facial Plastic Surgery Terms Cheat Sheet

Hopefully, your facial plastic surgery terms cheat sheet will help you understand some of the basic terminology, initiate some questions, and introduce options available to you in selecting a surgeon, discussing procedures best suited for you, and being an informed self advocate.

A partnership with a facial plastic surgeon can help you look younger and feel more confident.  Here’s to informed and awesome!

 

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