Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Facial Expression and Eyebrow Position

Facial Expression and Eyebrow Position

Do you look happy? sad? tired? angry? Have you ever wondered how you know what another person’s mood is just by looking at his or her face? Studies have shown that one instantaneously and subconsciously makes a determination of another person’s mood just by glancing at the position and appearance of both the eyebrows and mouth. But what if only the position of the eyebrows was varied, and not the mouth? Would you still be able to assess his or her mood or personality just by seeing the eyebrows?

Observe the four faces shown below. Notice how each face has exactly the same shape, the same smile, and the same eyes. The only difference between each of the faces is the position of the eyebrows.

Low, flat eyebrows that hang over the eyes denote fatigue, while an eyebrow that is highest in the middle denotes sadness. Downward slanting eyebrows portray anger, while highly arched eyebrows portray happiness.

Frequently, malposition of the eyebrows can be overlooked when considering facial aging and expression. Eyebrow sagging and upper eyelid fullness occur over time as a result of gravity and the tug of war of repeated opposing muscle contractions. In more advanced stages, low eyebrows and upper eyelid fullness can contribute to peripheral and upper visual field loss. Furthermore, the heavy eyebrow skin pushes the eyelid down causing a tired appearance.

To counteract the eyebrow droop, many people unknowingly raise their eyebrows to remove the brow and eyelid skin from their visual space. These people eventually develop furrows or wrinkles in the forehead due to the constant contraction of the muscles that raise the eyebrow. In addition, there are those who are sensitive to light and frequently “squint and squeeze” their eyes. This effectively pulls the eyebrows down and leads to wrinkles between the eyebrows and at the corners of the eyes (known as crow’s feet).

Botox is an effective, temporary corrective measure for fine lines of the forehead and lines between the eyebrows. Botox works by freezing the muscle movement for several months. However, if the eyebrow is already positioned low relative to the brow bone, Botox may contribute to brow lowering since it will weaken the muscles on the forehead that are responsible for holding the eyebrow up. In this case or for the purpose of creating a more pleasant appearance, the best corrective measure is brow lift surgery.

Most brow lift and forehead surgery is now performed with the aid of a tiny camera. This endoscopic surgery allows the surgeon to make very small incisions hidden in the hairline thereby causing less nerve damage, swelling, and bruising than traditional open, coronal browlift surgery. Because of the minimal trauma with endoscopic surgery, the patient has an overall faster recovery time.

Older patients with severe skin excess of the forehead may be better served by other browlift techniques. Using the direct brow lift method, an incision is made slightly above the eyebrow hairs and excess skin is removed. With a mid-forehead lift, the incision is made in the prominent wrinkles in the middle of the forehead. Either incision is barely perceptible once it heals, thanks to meticulous suturing and careful attention to the healing process.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Healthy Skin for Life!

Healthy Skin for Life!

Your skin is an indicator of your total health. You are never too young to start to take great care of your skin. The medical procedures are not any product of replacement to maintain the skin healthy at the house, and in fact, to make the good skin worry much more necessary. To keep your skin the will that healthy prolong not only your need for cosmetic procedures, it will help to ensure of the optimal results if you choose to undergo healthy procd.

Fondations of skin. To remain out of the sun, a good number of drinks of water, and don’ smoked of t.

Les damage of the sun start very early in the life, as of childhood early. Unfortunately, we cannot turn over and demolish what we did with our skin like children, but it is never too late to start. To always carry solar protection, even when you do not think that you will be outside to the sun. Those daily goes in the two directions to your car can be added to the skin damaged by sun. Protective clothing of use as much as possible. That hat with the mode that you had contemplated can help to save your face and neck, aussi.

Boire the abundance of good, pure water. The water of the tap is not useful to your skin or any other part of your body. It is charged with toxins. To invest in a filter or to drink the water put in bouteille.

Le nicotinism can cause premature ageing while bringing back the flow of oxygen to the skin reducing the curative elasticity and capacities. The nicotinism also will slow down the curative process and will reduce the advantages to the minimum if you have a cosmetic process. Your skin needs good circulation to be supplemented the niveau.

La healthy skin means healthy body. Your skin is a body of elimination. Buttons are normally associated adolescence, but can occur later in the life if your body must eliminate additional toxins. It is a reason for which water is so important. A healthy mode which includes the abundance of the fruits and fresh vegetables, and the good maintenance of your whole system of elimination, will equalize with the healthy skin. To be sure to obtain the abundance of the vitamins A, C, D, and the allergies of E. and unbalances it hormone can also affect your skin. The physical exercise profits your skin from two manners – by increasing circulation and while making you sweat. To perspire guard the function of elimination of your skin functioning correctly and sweat stimulates the production of the sebum, which is your body’ hydrating cream normal S. to the minimum reducing effort and to obtain with proportioned sleep as well as profits your skin the remainder from your corps.

ษl้ments of a healthy mode of skin. While the face is often the principal focus in the care of skin, it is important to take care of the skin on your whole body. To often equalize those which paid attention about their faces, develop the signs early ageing in the places neglected like the backs of their hands, cases and neck. To keep these long soaks in the bucket with a minimum. To avoid the soaps which contain the chemicals, them dyes, and the hard perfumes. The soaps which are scented normal essential oils often have other service-disease and are surer for your peau.

Exfoliating assistance to remove the dead cells of skin, to emerge of the pores and to stimulate circulation, giving to your skin a fresh and healthy aspect and reducing the fine lines to the minimum. When exfoliating at the house is not sufficient you can consider the glycolic skins or the mycrodermabrassion if you are young. Older people can draw benefit from the acid skins of Tricloraceitc (ACID TRICHLORACETIC), whitening again laser, or of the light whitening again with a laser of Erbium.

Moisutrizing is critical with the healthy skin. To hydrate assistance to maintain elasticity and to prevent wrinkles. The hydrating cream should be employed on your whole body, not simply your face. To avoid the hydrating cream oily which can block pores.

D' other enemies and combined healthy skin. Beauty products, airborne pollutants, and the faces you make function the daily can against the skin saine.

* the beauty products can pose problems of skin by blocking pores and by lodging bacteria. To replace all the make-up systematically and to wash the tools for application twice a month. To remember your mom statement “ If you continue to make this face it’ S going to freeze in this way, ” ? There is a certain truth with that. To have a cast, wrinkling the eyebrows, and equalize the smile, with time, will create folds and lines. Les choses simples comme les lunettes de soleil de port et l'essai de ne pas froncer les sourcils tellement peuvent aider เ diminuer ces effets. Botox peut ๊tre employ้ comme mesure pr้ventive en paralysant les muscles que normalement la ride et plissent la peau.
* Les polluants a้roport้s peuvent endommager votre peau. Employer les cr่mes hydratantes qui assurent la protection contre le soleil et l'acte comme barri่res aux polluants a้roport้s comme ceux qui contiennent les vitamines E, les produits d'abeille d'A et de C. un tel miel, le pollen d'abeille, et l'aide royale de gel้e เ la peau de rejuvenate, exp้dient curatif, et r้duire l'acn้ une fois pris int้rieurement et une fois utilis้ ext้rieurement comme ingr้dients dans des applications topiques. Le th้ vert a beaucoup d'avantages une fois pris int้rieurement comprenant combattre et aider เ emp๊cher le cancer de peau. Le th้ ext้rieurement vert aide เ gu้rir et r้g้n้rer la peau.

L'entretien appropri้ de la peau est important pour ceux qui souhaitent emp๊cher vieillir naturellement et pour ceux qui ont eu ou projettent avoir des proc้dures correctives. Les proc้dures correctives sembleront meilleures et si vous avez la peau saine. Tandis que le bon soin de peau est เ la maison essentiel, vous avez pu avoir atteint un point o๙ vous ๊tes pr๊t pour l'aide d'ext้rieur. Votre docteur peut aider le yo u decide whether you will benefit most from an improved regimen and diet alone, or if a corrective or preventative procedure will give you the jump-start that you need. For more information and supplies, feel free to contact Accent on Aesthetics in San Francisco, California.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Facial Surgery - Facelifts

Facial Surgery - Facelifts
Courtesy of Dr. Miguel Delgado – San Francisco Surgeon

Although the signs of aging are natural, you don’t have to live with them. An increasing number of people are having facelift surgery in order to rejuvenate their appearance. In fact, facelift surgery is more popular than ever. Of course, a facelift will not stop the aging process.

“It is important that the patient has realistic expectations. A facelift is not going to give you an entirely different appearance. Rather, a facelift is designed to minimize the signs of aging by tightening the patient’s skin,” notes Dr. Miguel Delgado, a facial surgery specialist serving the San Francisco, California area.

There are other benefits besides an improved appearance. Many people who receive facelifts report an increased amount of confidence, which they did not expect.

Many avoid facelift surgery because they worry about being left with scars after the procedure. A Facelift will leave the patient with minimal scarring due to incredibly small incisions. Incisions are placed along the hairline and within the natural contours of the patient’s face.

To learn more about a facelift, read a helpful collection of frequently asked questions located at:

It is important to participate in a confidential consultation for facelift procedures, so that prospective patients can make informed decisions about the surgery. More information can be obtained by contacting a plastic surgeon like Dr. Serota in Denver, Colorado, or a cosmetic surgery office, such as Aesthetic Surgery.
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Cosmetic Surgery Offers a Second Chance

Cosmetic Surgery Offers a Second Chance
by David M. Metzner, MD

We only get one chance at a first impression, and the person who projects the best self-image makes the best impression. In today's competitive society, people recognize the importance of self-improvement, whether it is for social or professional reasons. Exercise, skin care and nutrition are important but can only do so much. Real structural change requires more. In a sense, cosmetic surgery offers a second chance - the opportunity to defy both the calendar and genetics. Here I have compiled some of the most successful techniques used to achieve this goal.

Rejuvenation Techniques

Facelift (rhytidectomy)

Over the past few years, the term facelift has become a topic of increased interest and discussion. The cumulative effects of time, gravity and heredity show on any face. The facelift operation itself, also known as rhytidectomy, is performed to correct double chins and sagging jowls. The modern-day, long-lasting facelift operation, involves the permanent removal of undesirable accumulations of fat. As well, sagging muscles and connective tissue are repositioned and re-supported.

Because excess fat is now removed in the operation, patients no longer need to lose weight before surgery. In fact, for people who previously had chubby cheeks or a fat neck, one of the benefits of facelift surgery is an apparent loss of weight following surgery. The overall effect is a younger, fresher and more vibrant (yet natural) appearance.

Often lumped under the term facelift are a group of operations designed to rejuvenate faces that show signs of aging. These include blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), brow and forehead lift, mid-face lift, and skin resurfacing, among others.

48 year old woman before and after
facelift, browlift, and chin augmentation


Americans stress eye contact and believe that they can judge a person’s character by what they see in their eyes. While people talk most about facelifts, the most popular age reversing operation among my patients these days involves the eyelids. Heavy, ‘hooded’ (drooping) upper eyelids and baggy lower eyelids make people look tired, old, and certainly past their prime. The surgical correction known as blepharoplasty can remove the fatty pouches that cause these unfortunate problems. When present, skin that has become stretched over the years can also be removed. Upper eyelid drooping, which sometimes partially obscures vision, is corrected by removal of excess skin, muscle and fat. Incisions follow natural contour lines in the upper eyelids, and in the lower lid can be made on the inside, so there is no scar at all. In some cases, circles under the eyes can be filled in and the lids tightened.

Brow and Forehead Lift

A pleasing eyebrow shape and arch is associated with youth and beauty. On the other hand, an unfavorable eyebrow shape and angle can make a person look tired, worried or angry. The brow and forehead lift, in addition to lifting the eyebrows back to where they belong, smoothes out a deeply furrowed and pinched forehead. I prefer the high-tech endoscopic method, which is a big improvement to older more invasive surgery, because it requires only very small incisions within the hair. A tiny video-connected scope is then passed under the skin; the tissues are released, repositioned, and secured into position. With this advanced procedure I no longer make the old fashioned long incision across the top of the head and never remove scalp or hair. The benefits are brighter, more open eyes, a fresher, and more pleasant and alert demeanor.

Mid-Face Lift

The mid-face is the area immediately below the eyes, next to the nose and above the lips. It is left behind by the facelift discussed above, which benefits the jowls, under the chin, and the neck. The mid-face lift corrects sagging in this important area in the center of the face, helps circles under the eyes, and enhances cheekbone definition. I perform the mid-face lift with the only incisions in the scalp and inside the mouth under the lip. In other words, it can be done with no facial scars. The mid-face lift can be done alone or in combination with any of the other facial rejuvenation procedures.


Botox is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead furrows, "crow’s feet", and lines and wrinkles of the lower face. Botox has proven to be a very popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment. The type of lines and wrinkles that respond to Botox injections are those caused by muscles—specifically those muscles that contract during facial expressions such as frowning or squinting. It works by relaxing the muscles that cause the lines so wrinkles smooth out. There is no downtime, and patients can immediately resume normal activities.

Skin Resurfacing

Skin resurfacing uses either a laser or special chemicals to smooth the skin, reduce wrinkling, and even out the complexion. I personally use the newer Erbium: YAG laser, which has proven to be a kinder and gentler alternative, with much faster recovery than the CO2 laser.

Some people prefer to correct one thing at a time -- what one of my patients once called "weeding the garden." Others want a more dramatic improvement; they have as much done as necessary and feasible at once so as to achieve maximum benefits. It is an individual choice, and one of the reasons a thorough consultation with a well-qualified, experienced, sympathetic plastic surgeon is so important. I have found that video imaging assists in creating plans for facial surgery that meet each individual's specific needs and desires.

Breakthroughs in anesthesia methods and monitoring devices have made it possible for all of these operations to be performed on an outpatient basis. This is a positive step because patients feel more comfortable and heal faster in this environment. In addition, outpatient procedures reduce expenses overall.

Techniques for the Body

Body Contouring Surgery
In the months leading up to the summer, I see an influx of women seeking to re-contour their figures. They are usually trying to plan ahead, getting their ‘problem areas’ taken care of well in advance of spring and summer's more revealing clothing styles.

According to statistics kept by the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Liposculpture, more commonly known as liposuction, has become the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedure. I choose to perform the tumescent form of liposculpture, which can be done on an outpatient basis.

In liposculpture, a combination of saline (saltwater) and local anesthetic is first flooded into the areas to be contoured. Working through tiny incisions just large enough to fit the thin liposculpture vacuum tube, fat cells and some fluid are then gently swept away by suctioning back and forth under the skin. Liposculpture is truly a matter of sculpting the human form; it effectively removes unwanted fat from areas that are often resistant to diet and exercise. These can include the neck, upper arms, chest, sides, abdomen, thighs, hips, knees and ankles.

Other procedures for figure improvement include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast lift, breast reduction, and--last but not least--cosmetic breast surgery. Saline implants, which have now replaced silicone gel implants, are used both to enlarge and to enhance shape. Following surgery, many of my patients are particularly happy that the tops of their bathing suits fit as well as the bottoms.

Any of the procedures described in this article can potentially help to improve physical appearance and enhance self-image. But no matter what procedure you choose, be sure to do your homework and choose a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon.

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