Filling Eye Hollows with Dermal Fillers: What Are The Risks?

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Deep hollows under your eyes can make you look tired and dull.  This can be corrected with fillers.

Filling eye hollows is a delicate business and there are risks. The biggest risk is bruising, lumps and swelling. In some cases if not done properly it can actually make your lower eye area look worse.  Today there are more hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers in the aesthetic tool box and techniques for treating this delicate area have improved.

I’ve been reading many online posts from patients who have had both fillers and have experienced puffiness, lumps, and a baggy look after the injection. Others have had good results. I’ve seen good and bad results. Please choose your injector wisely. This is a very difficult area to treat.

Performing “tear trough” treatments to the hollow area under the eyes requires meticulous technique and can be a very satisfying treatment when done correctly.

Below are some guidelines to consider before you jump into filling your eye hollows (tear trough).

Parts of this post was originally written in 20o9 when I had my tear troughs treated for the first time.

A business colleague had her tear trough area filled by a local plastic surgeon in San Francisco, CA .  I was very impressed with her results and decided to fill my eye hollows, for a more youthful look.  At the time there were only two HA fillers on the market Juvederm and Restylane. Although both fillers were very similar Juvederm tends to create more puffiness in the eye area than Restylane, as it absorbs more water. My surgeon choose Juvederm which surprised me because Restylane was the preferred filler for this area. However, I trusted his judgement.

Afterwards I very bruised, swollen and lumpy. I waited patiently a couple of weeks hoping it would resolve. The bruising diminished but the puffiness persisted. I looked like I had been punched in the face and knew that I had to have a correction. Fortunately HA fillers can easily be dissolved with hyaluronidase. (more…)

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The Importance of Plastic Surgery Preparation and After Care

As a plastic surgery coach I work with many clients throughout their plastic surgery journey including post-op recovery after care services.

It is very important if you are considering any plastic surgery procedure regardless of how small, that you prepare for the surgery and prepare for after care services. You may think that your friend or family member can take care of you post surgery, however, it has been my experience time and time again that this is not a wise choice.

It is important to think about your plastic surgery recovery, even if your plastic surgeon says you will be fine.  It is in your best interest to  fully prepare for your after care with a Plan A and Plan B. Your recovery depends on this. Think of after care as part of your plastic surgery costs. Budget for between $350.00 – $1200. Costs depend on several factors; If you are staying at an after care facility, hiring a concierge after care service for 24/hour care or hourly, geographic location or if you are hiring an RN.  Hiring an RN is more costly and not really necessary unless you need IV meds or your surgeon insists you stay in the hospital  overnight.

 Preparation

  1. Prepare your body and mind for surgery. Take vitamins, increase your protein, hydrate and rest the days leading up to surgery.

  2. Purchase  everything you need in advance. Don’t wait until the day before surgery. it will create more anxiety. 

  3. Line up a surgical buddy for emotional support, either a friend who understands or hire a plastic surgery coach.

  4. Arrange for time off of work. Always add on a little more time as everyone heals differently. 

  5. If you are out- of- town, arrange for a hotel stay near the surgeon’s office. Ask the hotel if they provide room service and let them know you will be recovering from a surgical procedure. 

  6. If you have small kids, arrange for a baby sitter in advance. 

  7. If you have animals, arrange for a dog walker or even kennel you animals for the first few days.

  8. Arrange for after care services with your surgeon’s office or go online to find a reputable service.  Friends and family are not the best after care people as they usually have no prior experience in taking care of a recovering plastic surgery patient.  You may have drains, leaky body fluids, bruising  and swelling.  You will  be emotional and in some discomfort.  You are doing yourself a disservice by not planning for the proper after care. 

  9. Always have a Plan B for your plastic surgery recovery. Don’t wait until the day of surgery.

  10. Remember you need to rest for a successful recovery.

 

Beauty News Talk in the Top 50 Beauty Blogs

We’re so excited to be included in the Top 50 Beauty Bogs Infographic!!

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2015 Aesthetic Trends: The Year of Tighten, Lift, Sculpt

It’s that time of year again when many magazines and bloggers write articles on what was hot in fashion and beauty for 2015 and some predictions for 2016.

For my end of year episode on The NipTuck Talk Show, I recently asked several medical experts in Plastic Surgery and Dermatology to weigh in on what the hottest trends were in 2015 and what we can expect in 2016.  Non-surgical treatments won in all the categories.

Cellulite Treatment and Killing Underarm Sweat and Oder

Cellfina is the first and only FDA approved device for long-term treatment of Cellulite!  We have seen results lasting over 3 years with no end in sight!  It is easy with no down time, local anesthesia and minimal discomfort.

Mirday, a permanent, non-invasive solution to eliminate underarm sweat is another technology that created a lot of buzz. “Throw away your deodorant. Miradry is a safe and easy way to stop underarm smell and sweat! ”  The other technology that remains popular for skin tightening is Ultherapy.  “Ultherapy lifts and tightens the face, neck, brow, and chest.  It’s the only device with FDA approval for non-surgical lifting and tightening of the face and neck.  In 2016 Cellfina will surge ahead of all cellulite treatments.  Miradry treatments will gain in popularity.  Ultherapy will dominate all non surgical treatments for lifting and tightening of the face, neck, forehead and chest.” –Dr. Grant Stevens, Clinical Professor of Surgery, USC School of Medicine, division of Plastic Surgery, Director of the Marina-USC Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship, Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery Associates, Marina Del Ray, CA

Skin Tightening, Body Sculpting  and Vaginal Tightening 

“In 2015, energy-based contouring devices stormed the aesthetic marketplace with CoolSculpting and ThermiRF .  They were strong game-changers in the world of non-surgical body sculpting, offering treatments with little downtime.  ThermiRF, in particular, proved itself in not only the neck area but also in the knees, the arms, and in other previously challenging body areas before which we had very few options.  For those patients wanting improvement in their sexual function following children or the aging process, the ThermiVA procedure showed women how to tighten, brighten, and dramatically improve the appearance and function of their vaginas.  2016 should be an even more exciting year as those of us who use these devices push the boundaries and learn how to harness the power of energy-based body sculpting and take it to a new level. ”  –Dr. Gregory Buford, Medical Director of  Beauty By Buford, Denver Colorado.

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