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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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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  http:www.aafprs.org.

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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