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Eyes – Tips for Keeping Yours Bright & Beautiful

 “Eyes Are the Windows to Our Soul” It’s True!

We have all heard this saying, right? It might be an old saying, but it’s true.  Your eyes are the major focal point of your face.  Keeping your eyes bright, alert, beautiful, and welcoming enhances your beauty and boosts your self confidence.  Aging, genetics, stress, and bad habits cause the area around your eyes to lose elasticity, become puffy and creates bags and dark circles.  Medical remedies  for these  issues include  aesthetic treatments and the facial plastic surgery procedure blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). Read more about Blepharoplasty surgery options.   Each of these options alleviates these issues that make our eyes look older and tired.  In addition to those solutions, here are a few easy, daily tips to keep your eyes brighter and more beautiful.

Healthy Diet for Your Eyes

Do you wake up in the morning and your eyes are puffy?  Try some of these remedies to reduce that puffiness.

  • Drink more water.  Water does wonders for our body’s health, the appearance of our skin, and reducing water retention.   Water retention makes your eyes appear puffy. Women should drink 1.5 liters of water daily – and that does not account for replenishing water lost due to sports or sweating – in that case increase your intake.
  • Avoid food high in fat, sugar, and sodium. These foods may bloat your face and make the skin around your eyes swell and appear puffy.
  • Eat more lean protein and avoid excess carbs. While you are avoiding excess carbs, also think about reducing all processed foods, which are heavy in the “bad list” items (fat, sugar, and sodium).
  • Iron Rich Diet. Iron deficiency  contributes to under eye bags and dark circles.  Include plenty of spinach, kidney beans, and dark chocolate in your diet.
  • Eat your Brussels Sprouts.  And, eat your brussel sprouts with olive oil to keep your eyes healthy.  This combination helps your body absorb the important nutrient Lutein found in Brussels Sprouts which is key in preventing cataracts and the eye disease macular degeneration.

Natural Eye Compresses

  • Sweet Potato Eye Pad.  A sweet potato slice first thing in the morning beats a cucumber eye compress to reduce puffiness and dark circles.  Cut a one inch slice and rest for 10 minutes with sweet potato pads on your eyes in the morning, if you wake up with puffy, dark circles.
  • Green Tea Bag Compresses.  Green tea bags also work well as eye compresses.  The combination of a cool compress with the tannins in the tea constricts  blood vessels and reduces swelling. Caffeine in the tea also reduces swelling.

Eye Care

  • Get your rest. Sufficient nightly sleep and rest minimizes the “raccoon eyes” look. Get your beauty rest to keep your eyes naturally bright and alert.
  • Eye creams.  Today there are an abundant amount of eye cream choices that help reduce puffiness and dark circles.  Find one that works for you.  Gentle nightly application of creams formulated for the thinner skin of the eye area moisturize the skin and soften the appearance of wrinkles. Good choices are eye gels or Calendula eye balm.
  • Remove Makeup Nightly.  Be sure to remove your makeup each night.  Use eye make up remover and cleanse gently around your sensitive eye area.
  • Vitamin E creams.  Vitamin E has healing properties that benefit your sensitive eye area.
  • Daily SPF Sunscreen.  Always wear sunscreen on your face each day.
  • Hats & Sunglasses.  Protect your skin and your eyes from squinting that creates wrinkles and the sun spots caused by the sun. Learn more about selecting the best sunglasses to protect your eyes and help prevent wrinkles.

Makeup Tips for Younger Looking Eyes

  • Eyeliner Tips: Use darker eyeliner above the lash line on your upper lids.  And, use a lighter color below the lash line on your lower lids.  Too much dark mascara and eyeliner makes your eyes look heavy and accentuates wrinkles and age related issues.
  • Update Your Make Up Techniques.  Makeup has trending styles, just like clothing.  Using outdated makeup application techniques or colors ages you.  There are plenty of videos and guides available to help you select updated makeup looks best suited for you.
  • Update Your Hair Style. Another giveaway that ages us is outdated hair styles.  Select a more current hairstyle that complements your features.
  • Lightening Dark Circles with Concealer.  Use a creamy concealer with yellow undertones to lighten dark circles.  The yellow tone helps neutralize the purple hues of dark circles.

Aesthetic Fillers

If you are plagued by deep under eye troughs and dark circles that don’t respond to good care and some makeup, consider under-eye dermal fillers. Carefully choose your treatment provider. Our Aesthetics partners at ZonaMedSpa are licensed medical aestheticians.  There are many dermal filler options and your aesthetician or doctor will determine the best match for your situation and skin.

 

Eyelid Surgery

Some situations call for a surgical solution.  Blepharoplasty  (eyelid) 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.  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. Learn More about Blepharoplasty surgery and recovery.

Keep your eyes refreshed, healthy and beautiful!  They communicate so much to the world.

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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.

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Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery

Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery

You have been wanting facial plastic surgery for some time now.  We feel young.  We feel great!  But a quick glimpse of our reflection shows us we are beginning to look older than we feel.  When you have made the decision to have a face lift, or any other facial cosmetic procedure, you will want a few tips to help with preparing for your plastic surgery.

Your research is complete.  You have had your consultation, and selected your surgeon.  Soon the day for your surgery will arrive.  What can you do to prepare for optimum results prior to your procedure?  Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your facial plastic surgery.

Preparing for your Plastic Surgery Mentally

All surgeries come with risks of complications.  While plastic surgery techniques have advanced to reduce swelling and bruising, you will still need to prepare yourself mentally for the procedure, potential complications, and the recovery process.  Do your homework prior to your procedure to prepare and educate yourself. This helps you understand what to expect in terms of results, your appearance immediately after the surgery and the healing process.

Prior to your procedure, it is helpful to focus on keeping your stress levels minimized.  Anxiety makes our bodies less efficient, and it can compromise our immune system.  Tension restricts blood flow to your capillaries, leading to less healthy cells  and potentially an increased risk for infection.

There are many wonderful techniques to reduce your stress levels.  These include practicing yoga, meditation, and even relaxing hobbies or sports.  Pamper yourself before your surgery and replace your anxiety with excitement and confidence.

Surgery Preparation Weeks Ahead

For a few weeks to your procedure, preparing for your plastic surgery includes preparing your body in general.  You will want to support your body in its healing and recovery process after your procedure.  The healthier you are beforehand, the faster you will heal after the procedure.  Take these steps in the weeks and days preceding your facial plastic surgery.

  • Stop Smoking.  Smoking makes your capillaries constrict, which reduces blood flow and weakens your immune system.  Stop smoking weeks before your surgery, and don’t start again until your doctor clears you.
  • Stop Drinking.  Alcohol increases bleeding, and it also interferes with your immune system, which can lead to complications.
  • Tell your plastic surgeon about all the medications (prescribed, over the counter, and narcotic use), so that he or she can prepare for potential complications.  Your surgeon may ask you to stop using certain medications until you have healed from your surgery.
  • Eat fresh, healthy foods, and drink plenty of water.  Avoid packaged foods.  Instead choose fruits, vegetables, and whole foods which boost the immune system and generally make your body work better.  Avoid salt and carbohydrates, but do eat lots of plant based foods and protein.
  • Do not eat salicylates in the weeks prior to your procedure.  They contribute to bruising.  To minimize dark bruises after your surgery, avoid eating almonds, berries, cherries, citrus fruit, peaches (and similar fruits), grapes, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
  • Take a multi-vitamin every day leading up to the surgery, but take it easy on the vitamin E.  Focus instead on vitamin A, C and Bromelain.

In addition to preparing your body from the inside, consider your outer appearance.  Do you get that haircut in advance?  You might want to wait on a haircut until after you heal from your surgery.  Longer hair will help hid any bruising. But, you will want to color your hair in advance, as your scalp may be sensitive for awhile after your procedure. Manicure and pedicure appointments prior to your procedure might be a nice treat, so that you look your best as you recover.

Preparing Your Environment

It is a good idea to prepare your home, your family, and your place of work for this interruption in your schedule as well.

Your Home

You will definitely want a comfortable recovery area after your plastic surgery procedure.  You will likely feel pain or wooziness afterward, so you should prepare your home in advance.  Have the house cleaned, stock the fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables, and prepare meals in advance or arrange for a friend or family member to do it for you. Create a comfortable place to rest with your favorite pillows and blankets, (extra pillows to prop your head up and maybe some for under your knees), and make sure you have plenty of entertainment on hand, whether you prefer books, movies or your tablet.

Another important tip, make sure you have a large stash of ice packs too.  These will keep the swelling down, ease some of the pain, and prevent some bruising. Some other supplies you may want to have on hand:  pads to protect your mattress from oozes; gauze and peroxide for cleaning wounds; Bacitracin, Neosporin or other antibiotic ointments; water and other drinks at your bedside;  your surgeon and pharmacy telephone numbers handy; and stool softeners or laxatives.

Preparing Your Family to Help Out After Your Surgery

Immediately after your surgery, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home, but also consider that you will need assistance or help with your normal driving obligations.  Make advance arrangements for someone to run errands, take the dog to the groomer, or pick up groceries and prescriptions.  Someone to help with household chores is need as well.

Preparing for Work Absence After Your Plastic Surgery

You should take time off from work after your plastic surgery in order to allow yourself to heal. Talk with your surgeon about expected recovery periods and any limitations you might expect.

Days Before Your Surgery

When your plastic surgery procedure is less than a week away, follow these steps to help prepare your body.

  • Wash the area gently, but firmly at least once every day.  You may get better results with once in the morning and once in the evening.  If you are having a face lift, be sure to wash behind your ears.
  • Continue taking your vitamins as directed.
  • Your surgeon may ask that you don’t eat anything 24 hours prior to your procedure.  If he or she gives you this instruction, be sure to follow it.

Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery Hours Before

On the day of your surgery, eat a light meal, unless your surgeon instructed you not to do so.

  • Attend to your hygiene as usual, but don’t apply makeup, chew gum, or take breath mints.
  • Don’t wear contacts, tight clothes, or jewelry.  Make yourself as comfortable as possible by wearing loose clothing and glasses.
  • You may want a scarf and dark glasses to wear afterward.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the procedure.
  • Show up on time for your pre-surgery sedation.

Preparing for Your Plastic Surgery Success

Keep in mind, you are in charge of your body’s wellness and recovery.  Preparing for your plastic surgery procedure can have a big impact on your healing and recovery.  Always ask your surgeon questions and share your concerns, so that you feel educated and prepared for the procedure.

Plan ahead to allow yourself the time to relax and heal.  And, before you know it, you will be enjoying your new appearance confidently.

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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.

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