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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:


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


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


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


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:


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.


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


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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Facial Plastic Surgery Myths

Facial Plastic Surgery Myths

 Common Facial Plastic Surgery Myths

Facial Plastic Surgery as we know it has existed since the late 1800’s.  Experts make new advancements in techniques, materials, and options each year.  But in spite of its prevalence and progress, there remain many common myths about facial plastic surgery.  Exaggerated celebrity representations or outdated information may fuel these misconceptions.  Don’t fall prey into believing these 12 common facial plastic surgery myths.

Myth 1:  It’s Too Expensive

There was a time when this misconception was true, but plastic surgery is no longer limited to the wealthy elite.  In fact, many procedures have decreased in price within the last decade.  And, often plastic surgeons offer limited time discounts on minimally invasive procedures.

Myth 2:  It Results in Painful, Unattractive Scars

All surgeries with incisions come with the chance of permanent scarring.  Today’s surgeons minimize incision size and scarring to avoid large scars and keloids.  Surgeons  make incisions to carefully conceal scars from facial procedures in the hairline, behind ears, or other natural crease areas to make them as invisible as possible.

Myth 3:  People Who Have Plastic Surgery Are Vain

Plastic surgery is primarily used to change appearance.  This is a fact.  However,  studies show that 88% of patients go into the procedure with a realistic expectation of the outcome.  We all care about our appearance, and given the choice, we want to look our best.  Plastic surgery helps the average patient feel healthier, more confident, and helps bring their appearance in alignment with how youthful they feel on the inside. Plastic surgery has become more common for the average person who simply wants to look their best and feel confident.

Myth 4:  It’s Permanent

Nothing lasts forever, not even plastic surgery.  But most facial procedures last for many years before needing a touch up.  A facelift for example, last 7 to 10 years on average, while a blepharoplasty (eyelid reconstruction) procedure can last for 15 years.

Myth 5:  Cosmetic Surgery is the Same as Plastic Surgery

The American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies plastic surgeons.  Certification requires 5 years of training, including 2 years dedicated just to plastic surgery.  All plastic surgeons qualify as cosmetic surgeons. But a cosmetic surgeon does not have the same specialized training as a plastic surgeon.

Myth 6:  You Shouldn’t Get Plastic Surgery Before You’re 60

The belief that facial surgery is best done at a certain age is one of many common facial plastic surgery myths.  There isn’t a prescribed age for plastic surgery procedures.  Statistically most plastic surgeries are performed on people 45-60 years old. Each patient and their circumstances are unique, and each case should be considered individually.

Myth 7:  It Takes A Long Time to Recover

As with any surgery, you will need some recovery time after a facial procedure. However, recovery usually takes 2 to 6 weeks.  For many patients swelling disappears within two weeks.

Myth 8:  Healthy lifestyles Can Have the Same Results as Surgery

Nutrition and exercise are an important part of keeping your body healthy and beautiful.  In fact, it is a good idea to implement a health plan before seeking plastic surgery.  An active lifestyle can help prolong the lifespan of plastic surgery procedures.

Facial plastic surgery addresses wrinkles, loose skin, and other signs of aging that healthy choices alone cannot reverse.  If these types of conditions are affecting your self-esteem or sense of beauty, facial plastic surgery is the best corrective option.

Myth 9: Plastic Surgery is Dangerous

No surgery is without risk.  But surgeries undertaken by a skilled surgeon on a healthy patient have a low risk of complications.  Surgeons perform over 13 million procedures each year, and most patients only experience expected minor bruising, swelling, and discomfort.

Myth 10:  It Looks Unnatural

Improper or extreme surgery can have unnatural looking results.  Most of this misconception comes from use of the term “plastic”.  This use of plastic derives from the Greek word plastikos which means “capable of being shaped or molded” – not from the results appearing synthetic or unnatural.  Seek out a surgeon whose results are in keeping with a desired natural appearance.

Myth 11:  It’s Extremely Painful

Movement or addition of bone, cartilage, tissue, or skin can cause pain.  Surgeons use anesthetics to decrease the discomfort of the procedure itself.  An experienced surgeon disturbs the smallest amount of tissue possible to minimize post-procedure pain.  A common facial plastic surgery myth is that it is extremely painful, when in reality, less than 5% of patients complain about pain during or following a procedure.

Myth 12: It’s Disrespectuful to Ask Your Surgeon Questions

Actually, it is a great idea and important to ask your surgeon any questions you have, especially those pertaining to his or her training and experience.  This is an important undertaking, and you should feel comfortable with and confident in your surgeon’s abilities.

Many uninformed opinions and facial plastic surgery myths still exist today.  Take the time to learn about the many options and procedures available today, what is involved with each one, and what is best for you. Have a candid discussion with your surgeon and be willing to listen to his or her input regarding your desired outcomes and best procedures for your situation.

Learn more about the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgeons.


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Blepharoplasty for Men & Women

Tired of Looking Tired? Consider Blepharoplasty

Are you tired of looking tired?  Does it seem that no matter how much relaxation, rest and sleep you get, people still seem to ask with concern, “How are you doing? You look tired.”

Stop Looking Tired

For some of us, as we age, we develop darker circles beneath our eyes, puffiness, or even drooping, sagging eyelids – sometimes both top and bottom lids.  We look tired, maybe even sad or angry despite getting plenty of rest. Seriously drooping eyelids often interfere with our vision.  In this case, your insurance company may pay for the corrective surgery.

One of the biggest facial plastic surgery trends of the year is a Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift. It is the second most popular facial plastic surgery procedure, behind rhinoplasty (nose surgery).  A blepharoplasty  (Eyelid surgery) restores a more youthful, open appearance to the eye area, and in the case of extreme eyelid droopiness, it results in improved vision.

Look Years Younger & Rejuvenated

Blepharoplasty surgery takes years off your looks.  With sagging, puffy, or droopy eyelids repaired, the eye area appears rejuvenated and refreshed, so if you are ‘Tired of Looking Tired’, consider this surgery.  Our eyes communicate how we are feeling to the world. The eyelid lift procedure is unique to each patient, and your surgeon should address your specific concerns, needs, and expectations.  We strongly recommend utilizing a facial plastic surgery specialist.

The Procedure to End Looking Tired

An upper eyelid blepharoplasty alone often is performed as an in office procedure with a local
anesthetic and oral sedation, if desired. There is very little discomfort with the
numbing process when it is administered slowly.

The proposed amount of skin to be removed is marked in a manner that will result in
an inconspicuous scar that lies in the skin crease above the lashes and into a wrinkle
of a crow’s foot.

The excess skin is removed along with a sliver of underlying muscle, and then the
exposed fat is removed or contoured as needed depending on patients’ individual
needs and anatomy.  Any bleeding is controlled, and the incision is closed with fine, dissolving stitches
which are usually gone in a week.

Blepharoplasty Recovery

Recovery is primarily dependent on the amount of bruising and swelling there is in the
first two to three days. This varies, of course, from one patient to the next. But there
are many things that are done to help minimize this and expedite the healing process.
Typically, most patients are quite presentable in one week. Any persistent bruising
can be disguised after this point.

Noninvasive Procedures

Do you still feel that perhaps you aren’t ready for a surgical solution?  There are noninvasive procedures that minimize that tired look as well.  Botox injections minimize lines around the eyes and raise the brow area.  And, there are other dermal fillers that add volume.  The down side to these options is that repeat treatments are required a few times a year.

Looking Refreshed

Hey, we all like compliments, but there is more to looking rested and rejuvenated than compliments alone.  Let’s face it…In today’s competitive workplace world and constant social media pic snapping, how we look is showing up a lot and work place studies on salaries and promotions demonstrate our appearances are a factor. 

Looking and feeling our best affects our self confidence and self satisfaction.  Our eyes communicate how we feel to the world, but also reflect how we feel about ourselves.  So, bring on the compliments!  Let them begin asking instead…”Wow! You are looking great – what’s your secret?”.

Learn more about Blepharoplasty and Other Non Surgical Options.


Read Our Plastic Surgery Planning tips

Non Surgical Solutions to Sagging Eyelids


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Plastic Surgeon Selection Cheat Sheet

Body or Facial Plastic Surgery?

You have decided to take the next step toward the plastic surgery you have been considering and begin interviewing surgeons. Here is a cheat sheet from a doctor’s perspective to use when choosing a plastic surgeon.  We offer a few insider tips that will help you make an educated decision in choosing a plastic surgeon.

Very few of us would select our orthopedic surgeon to remove our child’s tonsils, so we all appreciate that utilizing a specialist is important.  A one stop, “fix it all from the neck down” series of procedures, while seemingly convenient, may not be the most prudent choice.  Medical training, expertise, and experience vary by specialty.  While there are many skilled and excellent general cosmetic surgeons,  we  strongly recommend a board certified facial plastic surgeon, if you are planning facial plastic surgery.

Education & Training for Plastic Surgeons

What does it take to become a plastic surgeon? First, you must successfully complete the four years of medical school (MD or DO school). After two years of basic science and one year of clinical science, you decide you want to be a surgeon, maybe even a plastic surgeon, and apply for a residency. There are any number of surgical specialties which include facial plastic surgery in their curriculum. General Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Oromaxillofacial Surgery, and Dermatology are the most common.

A General Plastic Surgeon, is required to take 3-4 years of General Surgery and then two years of Plastic Surgery focusing on all aspects of this field which include burn surgery, reconstructive surgery of all parts of the body, hand surgery, craniofacial surgery, and finally cosmetic surgery to include breast, body, and face. That is a lot of knowledge and skill to acquire in two years. This is why most surgeons go on to do a fellowship in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to gain the required skill, experience, and knowledge in this more specific field. A fellowship provides 1-2 additional years of specialty experience.

An Otolaryngology resident undergoes one year of general surgery  training and 4-5 years of head and neck surgical training, 25%  of which includes facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.  Most surgeons desiring to practice facial plastic surgery take an additional fellowship year to focus specifically on this field.

Look at your prospective surgeon’s educational credentials and  ask questions.  Yes, post education experience is an important factor, but specific educational training provides critical technical expertise.

Consider the Plastic Surgeon’s Credentials

Is your surgeon board certified?  If you are considering facial plastic surgery, be sure they are a board certified facial plastic surgeon.  To locate a board certified facial plastic surgeon in your area, visit

Does your surgeon have hospital privileges?  Where?

Did the surgeon complete a fellowship in cosmetic surgery?

Safety & the Operating Facility of the Plastic Surgeon

Your safety and health are the most important factor.

Is the surgical facility AAAASF, AAAHC, JCAHO OR IMQ accredited?

If you are undergoing general anesthesia, who will be administering it?  A Board Certified Anesthesiologist or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthestist?

Post surgery, will there be an RN or MD available on call 24/7?

Experience of the Plastic Surgeon

Ask the surgeon about his experience in the procedure(s) you are considering. Specifically ask the number of these procedures he has completed.

Does the surgeon stay current with advanced techniques?

Does the surgeon have generally positive patient testimonials and reviews?

Aesthetics & Artistry of the Plastic Surgeon

While facial plastic surgery is a medical skill requiring extensive training and expertise, it is also an art form.  Aesthetic sensibility and artistry are critical in this field.  Be sure the surgeon’s results in this area appeal to you.

Are the surgeon’s results consistent from patient to patient?

Does the surgeon discuss general aesthetics of your facial features, build etc. relative to the considered procedure and desired outcome?

Connection with the Plastic Surgeon

Can you trust this surgeon to be honest with you and frankly communicate realistic outcomes as well as what is safe and right for you vs what you want to hear?

Do you feel comfortable asking questions?

Are you comfortable disclosing your full medical history with this surgeon?

Is the staff friendly and helpful?

Will you receive helpful materials that fully prepare you for the risks and realities of the surgery and the recovery?

Discuss post-operative instructions.  Will they be written out?

Ask if the follow-up care after the surgery is included in the price.

Facial plastic surgeries are very common with successful results today.  There are inherent risks in any surgical procedure, and  you should place careful consideration based on facts, the prospective surgeon’s experience, expertise and artistry in order to achieve your desired outcomes, health, and safety.

Be well and know you are important.

Dr. Woods


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Wrinkles: Genetics vs Habits?

Wrinkles:  Genetics vs Habits & Lifestyle?

Wrinkles: genetics vs habits and lifestyle?  Which is it? Patients often ask, “Why do some of my 50+ year old friends have great, wrinkle free complexions?” Their beautiful complexion may be a result of surgical or non-surgical treatments, or their complexions may look great due to lifestyle, habits and even genetics.

There are basic habits and lifestyle choices that greatly affect our skin and the appearance of wrinkles.  When we ask the question wrinkles:  are they due to genetics or habits and lifestyle?  The answer is, all three.   Genetics, habits and lifestyle each play key roles in the appearance of wrinkles and a person’s skin condition.

Before you write off the ability to look great as you age as available to only the few from the lucky gene pool, you should know that in the “Wrinkles: Genetics vs Habits and Lifestyle” question:  lifestyle and skincare habits are an even greater factor than one’s genes when it comes to keeping skin looking great and wrinkles minimized. Read on and see if you can make some fairly simple lifestyle changes to help prevent and minimize wrinkles.

Your Genetics and Wrinkling

First, we need to understand the genetic factor in aging.  Genetics determine  our ability to generate collagen and elastin (the parts of the skin that give us elasticity and resistance to wrinkles).  Genetics also obviously determine our skin color.

Darker skin tones contain more melanin.  This natural, darker pigment affects our ability to tan, and it helps block the penetration of UV light.  UV light is the natural radiation that causes skin to look crepey, wrinkled and become thin.  The more melanin in our skin, the less likely we are to develop early wrinkles.

While genetics play a role in wrinkling, we should not resign ourselves to a fate of early wrinkles or more wrinkles because of our ancestry.  Start active prevention work now. Everyone can adopt skincare and lifestyle habits that will help prevent wrinkles.

So when we ask Wrinkles:  genetics vs habits and lifestyle?  Take heart. Anyone can adopt these healthy lifestyle habits and avoid the sneaky bad habits that are a factor in wrinkle formation.

Good Lifestyle Habits & Skincare Prevents Wrinkles

Drink Lots of Water

Hydration! Hydration!  Staying hydrating helps skin appear healthier and more youthful.  Beyond that water is very good for our general health.  Drink lots of water, every day, and often!

Hydration for beautiful skin

Use Sunscreen Always

90% of skin aging is due to sun exposure.  Always wear 30+ SPF every day and be sure to re-apply when outdoors, at the pool, beach, or while participating in sports.  Sunscreen minimizes incidental sun exposure.  Have you noticed more wrinkles on the left side of your face vs the right? This is due to the regular sun exposure we have while driving. In addition to applying sunscreen daily, be sure to wear hats, or visors, and sunglasses that protect against UV rays.  This helps reduce habitual squinting and lessens additional exposure to the sun.

Skincare Routine

Develop a good skincare routine. It is never too late or too early to practice good skincare habits.  Make it a nightly practice to gently remove makeup before going to bed. Skipping makeup removal at night increases the aging process by trapping pollutants from both makeup and the environment.  These trapped pollutants affect skin’s collagen and elastin.

Put Down the Donut

Eating junk food high in sugar  packs a double negative punch to our health.  Sugar rich foods can cause weight gain, but did you realize, junk food can help create wrinkles too?  Eating foods with excessive sugar and high-glycemic foods can cause the healthy proteins in the skin to stiffen and malform.  So, go lightly on the white bread, baked goodies and donuts.  Make sure your diet is full of foods high in vitamin C and E and antioxidents.  These foods help protect our skin. Good nutrition results in better skin.

avoid junk food to prevent wrinkles

Frowning and Squinting

Frowning and squinting habitually can be a result of poor vision, unhappiness, or poor sun protection for our eyes.   Habits like furrowing our brow while in thought can create wrinkles.  Facial movements such as squinting, raising our eyebrows, and furrowing our brow contracts those muscles, which make the skin wrinkle.  If we do this repeatedly over time, the muscles get stronger and the wrinkles become deeper and fixed.

Our facial expressions are part of who we are, but a little awareness and mindfulness will help reduce the formation of habit lines.  Be sure to stay current with vision check ups to prevent squinting from poor vision. And, wear protective sunglasses and hats while outdoors in the bright sun.  These steps will reduce some of the squinting and furrowed brows and help to slow those habit wrinkles.

Sleeping Positions

Are you a stomach sleeper?  Side sleeper?  Back sleeper? It makes a difference in the wrinkle prevention campaign. Sleeping on our stomach or on our side can cause wrinkles, much the same way as repeated frowning or squinting. The best sleeping position is on our back,  if we want to avoid increasing wrinkle development.

Lack of Exercise

Exercise makes stronger, healthier bodies.  We all know that.  Exercise helps with wrinkle prevention also.  Too much “relaxing” on the couch can disrupt the circulation needed to keep skin healthy and looking its best.  Exercise for at least 30 minutes, twice a week, as part of a beautiful skin and anti-aging program.  A regular exercise program keeps our complexion looking great, and as a bonus, it helps keep the extra pounds away!  Find a program that works for you and your lifestyle, and start today.

exercise helps prevent wrinkles


It’s no secret that smoking negatively affects our health.  Wrinkles: genetics vs habits and lifestyle? When it comes to smoking this definitely is a habit that will affect skin health and the appearance of wrinkles.  Smoking contributes significantly to wrinkles, poor skin tone and poor skin appearance.  The increased wrinkling caused by numerous negative effects of smoking begins with the repetitive facial movements of smoking (habit wrinkles).  Smoking also restricts blood flow and circulation to the skin.  This reduces the health and vibrancy of  skin.  The most visible affects of smoking on our faces are saggy upper eyelids, baggy lower eyelids, facial wrinkles, a saggy chin, and wrinkling above and below the lips.  The nicotene in cigarettes narrows the blood vessels in skin, which restricts the flow of oxygen and other nutrients that keep our skin looking healthy and its best.  Cigarette smoke contains 4,000 chemicals.  These chemicals damage skin’s elastin and collagen.  The desire for beautiful skin is another very good reason to give up smoking now.

Beautiful Skin

Wrinkles:  genetics vs habits and lifestyle? We may not be able to change our genes, but we can easily begin with habits and a lifestyle that reduce wrinkling, increase skin health, and improve its appearance.

Good skincare habits are easy to incorporate into anyone’s daily routine.  Simple changes practiced regularly will have a big impact over time.

Some of the suggestions might require a bigger commitment or lifestyle change, but ultimately you will feel better, enjoy improved health, and your skin will reflect these healthy changes with fewer wrinkles and improved appearance.

Here’s to healthy living and looking great!

Learn more about the skin treatments we offer at About Face Scottsdale| Woods Facial Plastic Surgery:  laser re-surfacing and surgical options for wrinkle reduction.

Also, check out our valued partner Zona Med Spa with current offers on skincare procedures to rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of your skin.

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Plastic Surgery Planning Tips

Plastic Surgery Planning Tips

There are many important considerations in planning your facial plastic surgery.  The following plastic surgery planning tips will help you decide on the best time of year, timing, preparation and recovery considerations for your surgery plans.

When Is the Best Time of Year for Your Facial Plastic Surgery?

When is the best time of year for your facial plastic surgery procedures: eye lift, brow lift, neck lift, nose re-shaping, or a face lift?  That decision is as personal and unique as each beautiful face.  There is no “one perfect time of year fits all” answer, but there are seasonal trends in face lifts.  Across the United States, plastic surgeries increase in the fall and again after the winter holidays.  For most parts of the country, summer is filled with an outdoor lifestyle and socializing. Things quiet down for a while and then the winter holiday social season begins.  Fall and winter holidays also provide additional time off from work due to holidays. This helps to minimize time away from a job for surgery and recovery.

Arizona Seasonal Trends

Facial plastic surgery seasonal trends are the opposite in Arizona vs the rest of the country, as seen from a Scottsdale based facial plastic surgery practice. Summers in the southwestern U.S. are hot. Many people leave town for the dog days of summer in July and August. For those that decide to stay in town, it is a very quiet time with many people away for the summer.  Those still around stay indoors to avoid the high temperatures.   The mild Arizona winter climate creates a busy winter social season and is the most comfortable time to enjoy Arizona’s active, outdoor lifestyle.

Summer proves to be good time to schedule a facial plastic surgery procedure in the southwest.  After a summer procedure, patients can enjoy quiet time recuperating in the air conditioned indoors without feeling that they are missing much. Specifically, recovery from facial plastic surgery and laser resurfacing requires staying out of the sun and in cooler temperatures for approximately six weeks.  It is typically too hot to be outdoors much in Arizona during the summer, so this creates the perfect time to relax indoors and recover.

Arizona Social Season & Surgery Planning

The prime social season in Arizona is September through March. Winter visitors begin returning, and major events are scheduled in these cooler, yet still pleasant temperatures. They include the Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, the Arabian Horse Show, baseball’s Spring Training, charity events and parties, to list a few. The beautiful outdoor lifestyle of Arizona is in full swing in the fall, winter and early spring. For this reason, many Arizona clients elect to have their facial plastic surgery procedure in the summer.  Patients are healed and rejuvenated by the time the fall and winter social season ramps up.

Concierge Surgery Services

We also see some winter visitors taking advantage of a visit to Arizona to schedule a “concierge” facial plastic surgery procedure. Their procedure is performed safely by a board accredited surgeon specializing in their procedure, in an accredited surgical facility, after which they return to a local resort for their recovery. The Concierge Service provided by their surgical practice provides trained attendants to monitor their recovery and assist with special needs. This service allows patients to undergo their procedure safely and comfortably away from nosy family and friends.  After the appropriate recovery period, they are able to enjoy their getaway and their new appearance.

Are You thinking of Scheduling Facial Plastic Surgery before a Special Occasion?

Many people want to complete their facial plastic surgery procedure in preparation for a special event, such as a reunion, a wedding or other important occasion. They want to look their best and feel confident and enjoy improved self-esteem.  There are important considerations to factor into the timeline for your procedure in order to look your best and feel fully recovered for a specific event.  Most importantly, speak with your surgeon to ensure you have a clear understanding of the following:

  • Ideal preparation time and considerations prior to the surgery
  • The recovery and associated limitations immediately after the surgery
  • The anticipated time for swelling to diminish and scars and wounds to heal
  • The time for your body to recuperate post-surgery

Preparing for Your Surgery

Your health should be at its best prior to your surgery for the best outcomes and recovery.  Consider these steps in preparation for your  procedure.

  • Complete any planned weight loss and dieting before surgery for best results. Weight loss can change the laxity of the skin. It is best to reach your ideal weight prior to facial surgery.
  • Are you a smoker? Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and can impede the skin’s ability to recover optimally. Smoking should be discontinued for two months prior to surgery.
  • Make a healthy diet and lifestyle a priority. Both contribute to healthier skin and improved blood flow…this means improved recovery and results.

Will You Tell or Keep Your Facial Plastic Surgery A Secret?

Patients choose facial plastic surgery to look younger, rejuvenated, and have a balanced, appealing facial appearance.  They want to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside.  Will you share openly your plastic surgery?  Some patients are very open, and others wish to keep it private.  Below are tips on deflecting attention away from the primary reason for your new look after surgery:

  • Complete your weight loss and exercise plan prior to surgery
  • Get a new hair style and/or color
  • A change of make up, even slight adjustments or updates, can have an impact
  • Add a new style element to your usual look

Not only will these factors add to the fabulous new appearance you will be enjoying, but they will distract people’s attention from the real reason for your new, rejuvenated look.

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Teen Plastic Surgery Increasing


Teen Plastic Surgery Increasing

Plastic Surgery is on the Rise for Teens

Many teens will return to school after their summer break looking a little different.  More than 224,000 teens will have plastic surgery in 2016. Teen plastic surgery is increasing steadily. Why is this?

What Role Does Social Media Play?

Today’s society is much more aware of plastic surgery and the options it provides, but some say the rise in plastic surgery for teens results from social media and reality TV shows.  Teens spend on average 9 hours a day on media.

Teens live in the age of the selfie, Snapchat and Instagram.  The steady stream of images emphasizes appearance and often affects a teen’s self-esteem. Many media images are edited, filtered and photo-shopped.  A barrage of seemingly “perfect” pictures only adds to a teen’s distorted expectation of what is “normal” or desirable. Connectivity and hyper-exposure through social media increases our society’s fixation on image and body consciousness.

Peer Pressure

Being a teen is tough.

Teen years bring body changes and the ups and downs of emotional development. Hormones are raging right at the time social status becomes increasingly important. Insecurities easily develop and unfriendly peers are especially harsh during these years.  Critical comments are taken to heart, and often take on a distorted importance in the mind of a teen.

Why Teens Seek Plastic Surgery

There are many reasons teens want plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures to enhance, correct or alter their appearance, but primarily, they are seeking to improve their appearance and self-esteem, just the same as adults that seek facial plastic surgery.

Most Common Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures for Teens:

(1) Rhinoplasty (nose re-shaping)

This is the most common cosmetic procedure for teens. Many teens are self-conscious about the size and shape of their nose.

Nose shape can be developmental, genetic, or due to trauma. In addition to the outward appearance, there may be internal deformities causing breathing issues or sinus problems. The nose is not fully developed until age 16-17, which is the soonest one should consider having this procedure done.

(2) Otoplasty (ear pinback)

If the natural folds of the ear do not develop fully, they can protrude abnormally making them more conspicuous.

When these children enter the school system, they can be subject to ridicule which can cause distress and psychological damage. Although the ear is not fully developed until seven years of age, it is best to consider this procedure for your child when they are 5-6 years old to avoid these concerns.

(3) Laser skin resurfacing or dermabrasion

During the teen years this is often used to treat scarring developed from acne. Collagen injections are useful to repair acne scarring as well. Dermatologic treatment to help control the acne is the best treatment.

Important Considerations When Thinking About Plastic Surgery for a Teen

There are important considerations for a teen considering surgery from both the patient’s and the parent’s perspectives.

(1) Am I doing this to fit in or meet other’s expectations, or am I doing this truly for myself?

(2) A teen considering elective surgery must have emotional maturity and family support. It is important they understand that with any surgery there is risk.

(3) It is also important that they completely understand not only the risks involved in surgery, but also the limitations of plastic surgery.


The American Society of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASFPRS) Offers Guidelines for Teens Considering Plastic Surgery:

• The teen must initiate the request and have realistic goals and expectations.

• The plastic surgeon should be experienced and board-certified in a specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, including the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

• The surgery should be done in an accredited surgical facility with the ability to handle rare complications.

• The surgery must be done under a policy of full, informed consent. This means the details of the procedure are understood and agreed to by the patient and the patient’s parent or guardian.

Parents, get expert advice from a facial plastic surgeon with expertise in these surgeries on teens.  And, teen and parents should thoughtfully and openly discuss the options, reasons, risks, and realistic outcomes when considering plastic surgery.

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7 dietary habits for youthful skin

Beauty always starts from within.  If you watch what you eat, you will find you feel better, and your skin’s appearance will feel more youthful.  If these represent big changes to your current diet, start by taking small steps to create a healthier lifestyle.  

As you begin to look and feel better, it will be easier to incorporate additional changes. You will not only feel better,  but you will look fantastic as well.  Here’s to your health and beauty!

The following seven suggestions will improve your diet and overall health, and you will enhance your appearance.

7 dietary habits for youthful skin

1. Eat whole grains, fresh whole fruits and vegetables for the vitamins and minerals. Include a variety of different colored foods. Decrease the amount of refined starches and sugars (white and brown), sodas and energy drinks. These will elevate blood glucose, blood pressure, weight gain and inflammation.

2. Eat skinless poultry, fish, eggs, legumes, fat free Greek yogurt for the protein, calcium, vitamin D, probiotics and unsaturated fat.

3. Decrease high fat red meats such as prime rib, bacon, sausage, bologna, salami, and hot dogs.

4. Increase monounsaturated fats and omega-3 oils. These can be found in olive oil, avocado, nuts, wild salmon and tuna, and flaxseed.

5. Decrease saturated fats such as butter, whole milk, cheese, high fat red meat and poultry with the skin.

6. Avoid transfats like prepackaged baked goods, flavored coffee creams, peanut butter, chocolate and yogurt coated snacks.

7. Consider vitamin supplements, such as A, C, copper, and zinc as well as turmeric (curcumin), garlic, ginger, peppers and pineapple (bromelain).

These are just a few of the things you can do to help look and feel your best.

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Youthfulness: 7 habits to maintain

Keep in mind, the longest journey begins with one step. Adopting easy everyday habits can help us all age well. Small changes can lead to bigger change and that could start today. Here are seven that can get you started to maintain youthfulness.

7 habits to maintaining youthfulness

1. Keep a positive Attitude. You are what you think. There are convincing studies that consistent positive thought processes on a daily basis can change our physiology for the better. So, think young.

2. Nutrition
is vital. Your are what you eat. A low glycemic diet high in fresh fruits and vegetable, whole grains, and lean protein is the healthiest.

3. Hydration. If food is the fuel, then fluids are the lubrication that keeps everything running smoothly. It helps flush out the toxins and bring in the nutrients. Careful how you hydrate. Coffee and diet sodas may give you a boost, but they can be dehydrating.  Water, water, water is the very best to rehydrate, and it has zero calories.

4. Exercise. Expand your lungs, stretch your muscles, break a sweat, do resistance training, do anything but lay around all day. It gets the blood flowing, increases muscle mass and strength, maintains bone mass, and improves our minds. You don’t have to pound yourself into the ground every day, but try to at least do one positive thing a day in the exercise/stretch department.

5. Engage. Stay social. Laugh. Talk to your friends and family. Do new things. Learn to appreciate the amazing things around you. Literally, stop and smell the roses, check out that beautiful blue sky and the amazing mountains.  And be grateful.  An attitude of gratitude makes everyone more beautiful.

6. Avoid toxins. Protect your skin from the sun. Hats, sunglasses, sun screen, fake tanning solutions, and umbrellas. Careful about what you inhale and what you drink or eat. A little bit here and there is ok. Overindulgence will take its toll.

And finally…

7. Sleep. Don’t cheat yourself with early to rise, late to bed. Get your beauty sleep. Everyone has their particular biorhythm but 7-9 hours is healthy. It allows your brain to process things, your body to heal and re-energize, and resets your hormonal system for the best immune system function. Just like in grade school, naps are good.

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