5 FAQs About Blepharoplasty

Each year, hundreds of thousands of blepharoplasties (eyelid lifts) are performed on men and women to reverse the signs of aging and remove puffiness that can make them appear tired. A blepharoplasty can produce great results when used alone, and it can be used in combination with another facial procedure to produce a more comprehensive result. Below, you will find more information about the procedure.

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Face Of American Beauty

Many people view cosmetic surgery as a new fad that only is sought by pseudo celebrities. However, nothing could be farther from the truth.

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Last year, more than 14.6 million cosmetic procedures were performed, and that number is expected to increase in the coming years. According to a Parade article, the appeal of these treatments is nothing new.

The article reveals that Marilyn Monroe, an icon of American beauty, had cosmetic surgery. The news comes from an anonymous collector who is auctioning off Monroe’s medical records and x-rays. The source hid the memorabilia for more than six decades.

The medical records were written by a popular, Hollywood plastic-surgeon, named Michael Gurdin. The notes indicate that Monroe underwent a chin-implant procedure in 1950. There always has been speculation that Monroe had cosmetic surgery, but many thought that she had a rhinoplasty.

Choose An Experienced Cosmetic Surgeon For Your Chin Implant Or Facelift

As you might imagine, with 14.6 million procedures performed every year, there are quite a few cosmetic surgeons. Because cosmetic procedures are becoming more and more popular, the field likely will become more appealing to medical students. It’s important to note, however, that not all cosmetic surgeons are created equal, and you should try to find one that has extensive training.

Dr. John Freeman works in the Houston area and obtained his medical degree from the esteemed Vanderbilt University. He is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Freeman, Call Us At 281-599-9445 Today!

Monroe’s X-Rays Also Show Evidence Of A Rhinoplasty

The doctor’s notes that are up for auction state that Monroe’s chin implants slowly were absorbing into her skin. That’s because in the 1950s, surgeons used carved bovine-cartilage instead of the silicone implants used today. The notes are accompanied by x-rays that were taken after she died.

Many claim that Monroe’s x-rays also show evidence of a small rhinoplasty operation. The doctor’s notes and x-rays will be auctioned together and are expected to be sold for as much as $30,000.

Whether you’re looking for a rhinoplasty, a facelift or facial implants, we can help. Dr. Freeman specializes in creating a refreshed look by masking the signs of premature aging. To take advantage of his services, Call Us At 281-599-9445 Today!

 

Rise In Chin Implant Procedures

For more than a decade, the media has been obsessed with the effects of technology and how it changes the way we perceive and interact with the world around us. According to the New York Times, recent advances in technology also may be affecting the way we perceive ourselves.

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The article states that phones featuring video calling and front-facing cameras are causing people to be more aware of physical appearance. It cites the recent release of iOS 7 as a principal contributor to the trend.

Specifically, the FaceTime button, which is found next to the call button, is the characteristic of the new iOS 7 system that’s making phone calls a more personal experience. It allows people to participate in face-to-face conversations. However, due to the location of the FaceTime button, these calls often are made visible by accident.

A Cosmetic Surgeon Can Make Your FaceTime More Enjoyable

Cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more socially acceptable. Men and women are taking advantage of new technology that makes these procedures safe and effective.

If you’re located in Houston, Tex. or a surrounding area, Dr. John P. Freeman wants to help you meet your cosmetic goals. He is board certified in maxillofacial surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). To schedule a consultation, Call Us At 281-599-9445 Today!

FaceTime May Increase Rates of Chin Implant Procedures

If you don’t differentiate between your FaceTIme ringtone and your regular one, you may answer a video call unknowingly. The New York Times article points out that the angle that most of us use when video chatting is not the most flattering and puts a negative image in our minds of how we appear.

We’re surrounded by pictures of celebrities and other beautiful people on the screens of our phones or tablets, and then, we catch sight of ourselves, and it’s difficult not to compare. Fortunately, we live in an age when what we see in that digital mirror isn’t what we have to live with.

The article explains that between 2010 and 2011, the number of chin implant treatments rose by 71 percent. 2010 happens to be the year that FaceTime was introduced.

Liposuction and neck tightening procedures also are becoming more common, since video calling became popular. Although the increase in cosmetic procedures may partly be due to this technology-driven self-inspection, there are two other contributing factors:

  1. Cosmetic surgery has become more accepted in our society. People realize that it is conducted by trained, reputable cosmetic surgeons.
  2. Looking younger and healthier contributes to higher self-esteem and more success personally and professionally.

So, can the iPhone take the credit for an increase in cosmetic procedures? Yes, partly, but changing social mores will make the increase a lasting one.

Dr. John Freeman was trained at the world-renowned Vanderbilt University. We enjoy a long list of repeat customers, but we love inviting new patients to our practice!

To schedule a consultation for a chin implant procedure or any other treatment, Call Us At 281-599-9445 Today!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

Middle-Class Women Primary Cosmetic Patients

Feb. 27, 2013, Dallas, TX- The Academy Awards is this the biggest night in Hollywood, and there is no doubt that many the Hollywood elite walking the red carpet have had their share of plastic surgery. A facelift here, some Botox there, liposuction and breast augmentations abound in Hollywood, but surprisingly enough the celebrity elite isn’t the driving the cosmetic surgery industry, it’s middle class women who help keep plastic surgeons in business.

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Although men are a growing demographic for plastic surgeons, women still make up the largest group of patients for plastic surgeons, especially those over forty or who are moms. One of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures is the mommy makeover which actually a combination of breast augmentations, tummy tucks and liposuction.

Moms may be driving the body contouring industry, but women over forty are keeping facial plastic surgeons in Dallas and the rest of the country busy. Defying the signs of age is very important to both men and women.  Three out of the top five cosmetic surgery procedures in 2012 were facial procedures; they included nose reshaping, facelift and eyelid surgery, according to the ASPS.

Once a woman turns forty a number of signs of age begin to appear. The area under the chin begins to sag. Lines begin to appear around the eyes, and mouth. Deeper lines may begin to set in on the forehead, around the lips and nose

Facial fillers such as Botox may help minimize some of these lines, but they cannot completely eliminate them. Deeper lines and folds on the eyelids, around the nose and on the forehead cannot be corrected with fillers alone; it often takes more comprehensive procedures like a facelift or eyelift to erase wrinkles.

Another aspect of a youthful face we often lose as we age is fuller or plump cheeks. The older a person gets the more fat they lose on the face. Many women over 40 find that a cheek augmentation can add fullness.

The neck and jaw line are also two areas that can quickly give away a person’s age. Excess fat along the jawline and sagging skin on the neck can make an older woman very insecure about her appearance, but a chin lift can refine the jawline and get rid of an unsightly double chin.

Appearance is everything to many women, especially in Texas. Last summer, Men’s Health magazine figured out which cities were the vainest by analyzing check-ins at salons and spas, along with data from cosmetic surgeons and dentists. Three cities in Texas, which included Dallas, Houston and Plano, landed in the top ten vainest cities. Surprisingly, Los Angeles home to the Hollywood elite didn’t even make the top ten.

Celebrities have helped lift the societal taboos associated with defying the signs age through cosmetic enhancements, but they aren’t driving the industry. Middle class women are actually keeping the cosmetic surgery industry busy and allowing it to grow year after year.

If you want to combat the signs of age or beautify your face, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Freeman. His skills along with a record of patient satisfaction is impressive and he’s there to serve all your facial cosmetic surgery needs.

Plastic Surgery in Dallas Instead of Overseas

Dallas, TX- Looks are important and when men and women look into the mirror and don’t like what they see, they weigh their options. A person can just learn to live with their imperfections or the signs of aging or they can have plastic surgery. And more often people are choosing plastic surgery, but once that decision has been made they then have decide to if they will have a procedure locally or go overseas. Our recommendation is to go local, stay in the states because you never know what problems may arise.

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Doing an internet search for facial plastic surgery will yield tons of results. Ads luring people to travel overseas for a face-list or nose job for half the price abound on the internet. Travel agencies and tour groups offer packages that combine plastic surgery with a glamorous vacation to an exotic locale in South America or Europe. The temptation is great since it appeals to the individual’s sense of adventure, and their frugal nature, it’s like getting two things for the price of one.

Nose jobs, eye lifts, chin implants, and face lifts are all surgical procedures; they require anesthesia, incisions and time to recover.  Although these plastic surgery vacation packages offer you posh accommodations, sightseeing itineraries and pampering at lush spas. It’s all very tempting but what you save by combining you vacation with surgery may end up costing more in the long run.

Plastic surgery is not a decision that should be taken lightly and the single most important thing a person can do is check the credentials of the surgeon you chose.  Just picking a surgeon at random from a vacation package can have disastrous results.

Take for instance the story of a woman featured in U.S. New Health, Felicia Pappas. She went to Bolivia to have a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast augmentation without thoroughly vetting the surgeon and things went wrong, terribly, terribly wrong. Pappas ended up with an infection which killed nipple tissue and she required a blood transfusion. When she returned to the states she also found it difficult to find a U.S. doctor that would perform corrective surgery because of malpractice laws.

Every person heals at a different rate and it could be weeks before full recovery. During this time you need to make periodic visits to your doctor to track your progress and make certain you are healing properly. Most people don’t have the luxury of spending the next two months at their vacation destination and as U.S. News points out many vacation activities such as sun bathing and swimming should be done while you are recovering.

If you really want to combine a vacation with a facial cosmetic procedure do it in the states. Dallas, Texas is a great place to visit and home of Dr. John Freeman who has many years of experience specializing in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Freeman and his wife have a beautiful, luxurious facility and will give you the pampering you need.

Kate Middleton’s Nose Tops Plastic Surgeon Requests

Dallas, TX- Celebrities have a huge impact on our culture, they influence fashion and many people covet their good looks, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that people planning to have plastic surgery ask their doctors to give the features of their favorite celebrity.

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Topping the list of most requested celebrity features is Kate Middleton’s nose. Plastic surgeons in the UK say that rhinoplasty patients requesting the delicate nose of the “Duchess of Cambridge” have tripled in recent years, according to the Daily Mail.

In the states, women want the nose of Scarlett Johannson, Jessica Alba and Natalie Portman, which isn’t unexpected since nose reshaping has consistently been the second most popular cosmetic procedure for the past three years.

Rhinoplasty, which is most commonly known as a nose job, allows a person to reshape an unflattering bridge, contour the nostrils and nasal tip in a way that compliments other facial features.

But the celebrity request don’t stop with Kate, Scarlett or Natalie, some women want  the smoldering eyes of model Rosie Huntington-Whitley and the dimpled cheeks of UK pop singer Cheryl Cole.

Singer Myleene Klass has the most desirable jawline for those looking for cosmetic enhancement.

Since plastic surgery has become highly accepted my men, surgeons are also noticing a surge in request for male celebrity features.

When men think of jawlines they think of “Twilight” star Robert Pattison, who was also voted the sexiest man alive by Glamour and People readers. Actor Zac Effron has the most requested eyes. As for the nose most men want theirs to look like Jude Law. And finally men ask for the sculpted cheek bones of Ashton Kutcher.

It’s fine to ask your plastic surgeon for celebrity features, because cosmetic surgeons are capable of working magic and refining the fallacies of nature. Alterations to all of the major features are possible. But an experienced doctor will be frank and tell you whether modifying your face in this manner is actually appropriate. They want you to look your very best, and sometimes that means what works on another person’s face may not look right on yours.

You want to choose a surgeon who carefully evaluate your features and recommend the facial alterations that will suit your bone structure and works in harmony with all of your features.

If you don’t want the features of celebrity and simply want to defy the signs of aging, your cosmetic doctor will evaluate your appearance and suggest the procedure or procedures that will shave years off your face.

Some facial procedures require small incisions, which result in minimal scaring, and when performed by a skilled doctor have short recovery times. More invasive procedures like a face lift or a chin lift make take more recovery time, but once you see the results it will be worth it.

Dr. John Freeman, your Dallas face doctor, prides himself of providing superior results so you feel more confident and turn heads with your new look.  Contact Dr. Freeman to set up a consultation today.

 

 

Chin Implants Popular Among Men and Women

Houston, TX- Looks are important and people place a great deal of value on having an attractive face and body. Since the face is the one of the first things people notice about each other, facial plastic surgeries repeatedly rank within the top ten most popular plastic surgeries. It’s no secret that Botox, nose jobs and eyelifts are among the most common cosmetic procedures, but you may be surprised to know that chin implants are the fastest growing surgeries among men and women.

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Facial beauty and attractiveness are achieved when the eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks and chin are in proportion to each other. Lacking a strong jawline or having a disproportionately large chin can lessen the attractiveness and harmonious balance of a person’s face. Not only can a jawline affect a person’s profile, but it is also one of the facial areas that can show the signs of aging along with a double-chin. This is why so many people in the past couple of years have increasingly sought out a chin implant of lift.

According to an April study by the ASPS, chin implants among men skyrocketed 76 percent and rose overall by 71 percent in 2011. The 55 and above demographic was the biggest driver in the popularity of the chin implant with 8,459 of 20,000 chin procedures performed on this age group.

ASPS’ president Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth explained, “The chin and jawline are among the first areas to show the signs of aging. People are considering chin augmentation as a way to restore their youthful look just like a facelift or eyelid surgery.”

If you have a weak jawline, a cosmetic surgeon will make a pocket in the chin area under the muscles, leaving room to place an implant make of silicone or other material in that space. The procedure takes between two to three hours to preform and once the patient has healed the results can be dramatic.

While some people have almost no chin, others have the reverse problem; they can have a chin that protrudes from the face. This can be caused by a prominent jaw bone or too much soft tissue, and can be determined by a simple dental x-ray, and easily corrected by doctor through a chin reduction surgery.

Facial plastic surgery has a twofold benefit, the patient after a short period of recovery will see a marked improvement in their appearance, but the biggest benefit may be apparent in their self-confidence. When we feel better about how we look we can experience a significant boost in our self-esteem which is apparent in our personal and professional lives.

Once you’ve decided that facial plastic surgery is the right thing for you, the first step is finding the right plastic surgeon. If you live in the Houston-area, Dr. John P. Freeman is the right doctor for you. He has devoted his practice to enhancing and beautifying the human face.