Our skin is remarkably elastic. It can grow and shrink in incredible ways throughout our lifetime. However, when the skin stretches or shrinks too rapidly, there are components of the skin that just can’t keep up. The collagen and elastin rupture during these abrupt changes, and as the skin heals, a narrow, band-like scar forms on the skin’s surface. This type of scar is commonly known as a stretch mark. … Continue reading
According to 2018 reports, as much as 3.196 billion people use social media. Social media has transformed the way we communicate to others around us and document our everyday lives. With just a click of a button, we can upload photos to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and wait for others to respond. The majority of these photos are selfies, which undoubtedly fosters a greater awareness in appearance among social media users. It comes to no surprise, therefore, that the rise in social media has impacted the world of plastic surgery. The more you see your face (or a face you wish you had) on the Internet, the more you want to improve your appearance. While it may be a slippery slope for some, it has brought more and more individuals into a plastic surgeon’s office. But which age group and demographic is influenced most? … Continue reading
The nose is a central and prominent feature on the face. It is not uncommon for patients to want to revise or correct certain aspects of their nose to feel more confident and look more attractive. While you may think of a nose job as a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the size of the nose or eliminate a hump on the bridge of a nose, rhinoplasty is also frequently used to improve the appearance of those two holes in the nose that allow you to breathe – more commonly known as the nostrils. … Continue reading
The adrenal glands sit above our kidneys and are regulated by our endocrine system. Their proper functioning is vital for a lot of what we do on a daily basis. One role of the adrenal glands is to produce hormones such as cortisol, which helps our bodies adapt to stress. The regulation of this hormone is also essential in the body’s sleep-wake cycle, metabolism of fat, immune system and inflammatory response.
During and after surgery, the human body goes through a stress response that affects the endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune system, to name a few. While this stress response is natural and helps with the body’s healing process, too much stress can be straining to our physiology. … Continue reading
Have you recently undergone dramatic weight loss? If done so in a healthy manner, we applaud you. When the number of the scale decreases substantially, it typically means you’ve lost a large amount of fat. But what about the skin that was holding that fat? Many patients turn to plastic surgery after dramatic weight loss to remove excess skin. Sagging or excess skin after weight loss can occur anywhere on the body, including your face.
If you have experienced dramatic weight loss from bariatric surgery or diet and exercise, plastic surgery can be your final step to a more confident and contoured you. However, not everyone is a candidate for excess skin removal. If you are considering plastic surgery to improve your facial contour, you’ll need to meet the following criteria: … Continue reading
Facial scars of any kind can be disfiguring. But when the scar is a result of a traumatic burn injury, it can be especially upsetting. Facial burn scars can not only be a physical reminder of a painful event, but they can also form in ways that limit your facial functions, such as your ability to smile, chew, drink or open and close your eyes.
Skin burns can be a result of chemicals, the sun, radiation and electricity. Burns cause skin cells to die. When the skin is damaged, the body naturally tries to heal itself by producing a protein called collagen. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen in a uniform or natural-looking pattern. As the skin heals, it is common to see areas of thickness and discoloration. This is how scars form. … Continue reading
For most, investing in a cosmetic procedure or facial plastic surgery demands careful consideration. Not only does it altar your looks, but cosmetic procedures are typically not covered by insurance and some can be a notable expense that requires saving up for. When it comes to determining whether plastic surgery is right for you, a consultation with your plastic surgeon is important. During this appointment, there is no obligation to go through with the procedure, but you’ll gain valued insight as to what you can expect from plastic surgery and any recovery or downtime that may be required. … Continue reading
When it comes to attaining a youthful, healthy and attractive appearance, never underestimate the power of your lips. Lips that are full, plump and smooth can have a dramatic impact on your overall facial look. Unfortunately, the lips experience the same aging concerns as the rest of your face. They can lose volume and elasticity as well as become damaged by external factors like the sun or smoking. This can cause the lips to become thin, wrinkled and less defined than they once were.
The good news is that there are ways to regain the luscious lips of your youth. In fact, there are some things you can do at home to boost your lip appearance, as well as surgical and non-surgical procedures for a more dramatic cosmetic improvement. … Continue reading
Any type of surgery relies on your body’s ability to heal itself afterwards. When your body is healthy and functioning at its ideal level, your healing and recovery can be much easier and faster. This is especially true for facial plastic surgery. Your face has delicate tissues, and the way these tissues heal can greatly affect your final results. While the incisional wounds from a plastic surgery are clean and minimized compared to an accidental skin injury, your body will still rely on key functions to repair itself once any type of trauma has occurred. Your diet can play a significant role in your recovery rate and can even minimize scarring, swelling and discomfort. … Continue reading
Due to its protruding appearance, the nose is the most commonly injured part of the face. In fact, nasal fractures account for approximately half of all facial fractures in several studies, according to eMedicine. Whether you were simply rough-housing with your kids or severely injured during a car accident, the nose can suffer significant damage that threatens your breathing ability as well as your overall facial appearance.
The nose is a unique structure that involves intricate layers of skin, bone and cartilage. Nasal fractures are not only painful, but repairing the nose requires a certain level of skill if you are aiming to regain both function and aesthetics. Unfortunately, it is common for patients to avoid medical treatment for a broken or fractured nose. While the body will certain heal itself after such injuries, your nose may not repair itself the way you’d hoped for. In fact, the nose often remains crooked or misshapen without professional intervention. … Continue reading