Therapeutic Effects of Eye Lifts

Eyelids are one of the biggest problem areas for many people. As we age, our eyelids sag and become one of the most obvious indicators of our ages. In 2012, over 200,000 Americans had eyelid lifts, making it one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available. According to a recent ABC News article, the surgery has benefits beyond the cosmetic.

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Eyelid lifts, professionally known as blepharoplasties, are often conducted for medical reasons. When the upper eyelid begins to sag, a person’s peripheral vision can become impaired. This is not only frustrating for the individual, but it also can become a safety issue when a person gets behind the wheel or when they operate machinery.

One difference between undergoing a blepharoplasty for medical reasons and for cosmetic ones is that Medicare will often pay for those that are medically necessary. According to Medicare guidelines, eyelid lifts becomes medically necessary if the patient’s eyelid sagging causes difficulty reading, headaches from straining to lift their eyebrows or injuries caused by impaired peripheral vision.

These functional blepharoplasties are most often needed by people in their 70s and 80s. Many older men and women report that they can barely open their eyes at the end of the day, not because they are tired but because their eyelids are too heavy and they’ve grown sore from keeping them open all day.

Whether a blepharoplasty is done for cosmetic reasons or for medical ones, the operation is the same. A cosmetic surgeon will remove excess fat, muscle and skin that have gathered around the eyelid, sometimes on both the upper and lower lids. They do so by making small incisions in inconspicuous places around the eyelids. They also use dissolvable stitches that lessen the chances of leaving a scar. Although the primary goal of any eyelid lift is to fix eyelid sag, many patients also notice reduced puffiness and less noticeable bags under their eyelids.

The procedure leaves patients looking younger, rested and more alert. Dropping eyelids are common among both men and women, making it one of the top procedures that are enjoyed by both sexes. It is also frequently combined with brow lifts and face lifts. Combining these treatments provides the patient with a more dramatic and long-lasting effect that can take years off of the face.

It is common to have questions when you consider any type of surgery. We urge you to contact us and schedule a consultation with our resident cosmetic surgeon, Dr. John Freeman. Dr. Freeman earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and has since gained experience and training that you can rely on. To schedule a consultation, please call 281-599-9445.

 

 

Thin Cheeks Sign of Aging

For years, cosmetic surgeons have focused their attention solely on eliminating wrinkles, specifically marionette lines that run from the nose down to the mouth. The increased definition of these lines is one of the biggest contributors to an older-looking face. The elimination of these wrinkles does make a difference, but many patients noticed that they didn’t necessarily look younger. This led many cosmetic surgeons to reevaluate the approach that they take toward fixing these wrinkle lines.

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The New York Times reports that the newest approaches focus on rebuilding cheek definition, which not only takes care of the wrinkles but also restores a youthful look. The article claims that people with thinner faces tend to show the signs of aging more than those with rounder cheeks. Furthermore, as we age, we lose volume in our faces, predominantly in the cheek area, which is why just filling in the wrinkles is not cutting it for many patients.

Rounder cheeks are the hallmarks of youthfulness, whereas sunken cheeks show a person’s age. The cause of thinner cheeks is threefold: first, as we age, the bone structure beneath our cheeks erodes, making the face look thinner and thinner every year. Second, the layer of fat that lies on top of the cheek bone also thins and is pulled down. Third, the body’s natural production of collagen slows, leading to less-firm skin that is prone to develop fine lines.

Patients are beginning to come around to the new way of thinking after they see the results. Many people look in the mirror, and all they see are the wrinkles, and all they want to do is get rid of the lines, but the problem is better solved by increasing the volume of their cheeks.

Many patients opt for fillers to restore their face’s volume, but, as the article points out, this can often lead to a “chipmunk-cheek look.” A more precise and lasting fix is found in the cheek implant, which is particularly suitable for people with naturally thinner faces. Cheek implants are small pouches of silicone that are placed over the cheekbone surgically. They are implanted using small incisions that are closed with dissolving stitches that leave no scars.

Choosing cheek implants also offers patients a more natural look. They look healthier and more youthful. Our surgeon, John P. Freeman, specializes in facial implants of all kinds. He has been ahead of the curve, using implants for years. He also has the experience and skill necessary to give you the look that you want without looking like you’ve had any procedure done at all. To schedule a consultation, please call 281-599-9445.

 

 

Which Facelift Procedure is Right

Thanks to breakthroughs in medical science and technology, cosmetic surgery is more safe and effective than ever before.  If you are interested in a facelift, there are many procedures available for a variety of cosmetic goals.  Although it’s important to consult a surgeon before deciding which treatment is best, this article will introduce to the most popular facelift procedures and point you in the right direction.

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1. Mid Facelift

When the area of the face between the cheeks flattens without sagging in the neck, a mid facelift is often suggested. The mid facelift rejuvenates the face, as opposed to a full facelift that is a more drastic surgery. The surgeon will make several small incisions along the patient’s hairline and inside the mouth to lift and reposition the fatty layers. This procedure results in practically no scars and has a rather short recovery time.

2. Mini Facelift

The mini facelift is the least invasive facelift and is comparable to a full facelift. Unfortunately, the results may not last as long. During the procedure, an incision is made from the hairline around the ear, and the scar is hidden in the natural folds of the patient’s skin. The surgeon will use an endoscope to reposition the soft tissues and a suture to reposition the skin.

3. Thread Lift

The thread lift is a less invasive procedure that is used to treat minor sagging in the eyes, forehead and nasolabial fold. Threads hold the skin in place, which will not be absorbed or dissolved. No skin is cut away in this procedure.

4. Skin-Only Facelift

With the skin-only facelift, only the facial skin is lifted, excluding the SMAS layer of ligaments and muscles. The longevity of this type of facelift is short due to the lack of elasticity in the patient’s skin. However, this procedure has fewer complications than others.

5. MACS Facelift

During a Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) lift, the surgeon fixes sagging facial features with a small incision. It is a safer procedure compared to other options and results in a smaller scar due to the amount of skin raised. This reduces the risk of bleeding and nerve damage. There is also a shorter recovery time, resulting in a more natural look.

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is defined by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as a procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as sagging, deep creases, fallen fat and loose skin or muscle. Dr. John Freeman practices in Houston, TX and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery. For a professional facelift in the Houston, TX area, call Dr. Freeman at 281-599-9445.

Top Three Facelift Benefits

Facelifts are a popular method of improving looks and battling the inevitable aging process. As modern technology in cosmetic surgery has advanced, so have the results of facelifts. This transforming procedure leaves people with more natural-looking results than ever and makes patients’ faces appear years younger.

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 There are a number of improvements that you’ll notice after a facelift.  According to WebMD, breakthroughs in the process make them safer and yield results that are more satisfactory than treatments of the past. Here are a few of the top benefits of having a facelift:

1. Removal of Deep Facial Creases

Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but they are also the most unattractive aspect of growing old. Using wrinkle creams and avoiding the sun can slow down the appearance of deep facial wrinkles, but nothing can completely prevent creases from appearing.

Two common places for people to develop wrinkles are around the mouth and on the sides of the nose. When these two areas start showing creasing and wrinkling, you no longer have a youthful face and your age becomes more apparent to others.  Facelifts will reverse decades of aging instantly and smooth the creases in these two areas. You will be able to face everyone you meet with a youthful-looking, smooth face that will radiate vitality.

2. Reshaping of Chin and Neck Contours

As we age, gravity takes its toll. Decades of spending most of your time in a vertical position causes your face, chin and neck to begin to droop. There are a few steps you can take to help slow down this process, such as sleeping on your back rather than your side, but ultimately, you will experience a loss of chin and neck contours.

Facelifts will undo the damage done by gravity by lifting the sagging and lose skin that is responsible for the lack of contour in your chin and neck. Tightening these areas will immediately give you a more youthful and strong appearance. A strong chin and neck is an attractive attribute in a person. If you’ve lost yours, a facelift can help you get them back.

3. More Confidence

Perhaps the biggest benefit of getting a facelift is the boost of confidence you’ll get when you notice your results. You’ll see a face you haven’t seen in years looking back at you with a youthful radiance.

The reality of our society is that the more attractive and confident you are, the more successful you become. With a facelift, you’ll get back your youthful attractiveness and a renewal of your confidence that will help you strive for that raise, get back in the dating scene or just rekindle a new level of romance with your spouse.

If you’re in the Houston, Texas area and want to get the benefits of a facelift, contact Dr. John Freeman at 281-599-9445, or you can visit our website to find out how you can get started with a facelift today.

Eliminate Facial Scars

Scars can develop for several reasons, and while any kind of scar can lower an individual’s self esteem, facial scars are especially disheartening.  The face is the first thing people notice about you, and even if a scar is small, it can make the person feel uncomfortable and unsure of themselves. Many people who have facial scars as a result of acne, an accident, a medical conditions or any other reason may feel as though there is nothing they can do to correct the problem, but Dr. John P. Freeman has the solution.

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Scar Revision therapy is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that can reduce or possibly even completely eliminate scars on the face. There are several options to choose from, depending on the size and depth of the scar and personal preference. Let’s explore some of these options and each of their benefits in removing facial scars.

One of the most popular methods sought after by patients to remove facial scars is skin resurfacing. There are two approaches to resurfacing patients can choose from. The traditional method is called dermabrasion and works by removing the top layers of the skin where the scars are located through the use of a wire brush or rotating diamond wheel. Recovery time is as little as 10 days, but for patients who want faster results, laser skin resurfacing is an ideal option.

Laser skin resurfacing involves the use of an innovative Carbon Dioxide pulse laser that not only treats scars, but can diminish the appearance or eliminate other imperfections on the skin as well, including wrinkles and sun damage. Unlike traditional dermabrasion, the laser works by vaporizing skin cells instead of removing an entire skin layer, thus resulting in less trauma for the patient and faster recovery times. Laser skin resurfacing patients can experience optimal results in as little as one week, making the procedure ideal for individuals who worry about too much downtime.  With both skin resurfacing procedures, patients can expect healthier and younger looking skin without the use of surgery.

A chemical peel is another non-surgical option for reducing the appearance of facial scars. Chemical peels are extremely popular because they can not only treat scars and other skin imperfections, but leave skin feeling soft, smooth and radiant.  The procedure consists of a chemical solution that is placed on the skin and which removes the damaged outer layers where scars and imperfections are present.

Also known as derma peeling, the chemical peel is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance and texture of the skin, whether the goal is scar revision or skin rejuvenation. Chemical peels can treat acne scars, sun damage, rough skin, irregular skin pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, and even age and liver spots.

If you have been suffering because of facial scars that make you feel insecure or embarrassed, Texas facial surgeon Dr. John P. Freeman can transform the problem areas, leaving behind only beautiful, soft and smooth skin that you can feel confident about. Call Dr. Freeman today to discuss your ideal scar revision or rejuvenation procedure and be one step closer to radiant skin.