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Sleep Wrinkles And Aging Skin

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Goesel Anson, MD, FACS, Michael A.C. Kane, MD, and Val Lambros, MD, FACS, published an article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (September 2016) in which they discuss the role of sleep wrinkles in aging skin, which differ from expression wrinkles in that they are caused by mechanical compression, shear and stress forces that act on the skin in sleep positions. They performed a literature review relating to the development of wrinkles and the biomechanical changes that occur in response to intrinsic and extrinsic influences, and explored the possibility that compression during sleep not only results in wrinkles, but may contribute to facial skin expansion.

Because sleep wrinkles differ from expression wrinkles in mechanism of origin (external forces vs. internal muscle contraction), location (at the limits of retaining ligaments vs. site of muscle contraction), and directionality (mostly perpendicular to each other), the authors suggest reconsidering wrinkle classification and posit that facial distortion during sleep may also contribute to overall facial aging. They note that with age, the number of position shifts during sleep decreases from 27 to 16 per night, with an average of 20 position shifts per night, meaning the time spent in each position increases with age.

Dermatologists and plastic surgeons would benefit from recognizing sleep wrinkles as distinct from expression wrinkles with a different etiology, and potentially grouping them with gravitational wrinkles since they develop due to external forces and are influenced by ligamentous attachments. Unfortunately, treatment options for wrinkles caused by sleep are more limited than those for expression lines; the authors suggest that the only reliable way to minimize sleep wrinkles is to avoid facial distortion. In their practices, they recommend back sleeping and specialty pillows designed to minimize facial deformation during sleep. They suggest advising patients to avoid sleep compression in addition to the typical suggestions for minimizing signs of aging, i.e., using sunscreen, quitting smoking, optimizing nutrition and maximizing topical skin care.

“While avoiding the development of sleep wrinkles may be important, it is the facial distortion and its potential impact on overall facial aging that may be even more important,” the authors wrote. “The consequence of repetitive stretching of facial tissue over time is intriguing and warrants further study.”

http://medestheticsmag.com/

A Hot Bath – the road to recovery

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Taking a bath is a relaxation technique that is beneficial in so many ways.  It decreases cortisol levels that can be brought on by stressful situations. This is helpful on many levels.  First, cortisol causes fat to be stored around your middle. Second, cortisol increases inflammation. It is important to include things in your daily routine to reduce cortisol. This is especially important because we live in a culture that induces cortisol just by participating in daily life. Taking a bath also decreases fatigue and benefits your nervous system. Baths increase your circulation and lowers blood pressure. For optimum benefit this is what I recommend (although, always ask your doctor if this is a good idea for you).

Harmony Bath(20 minutes each day in a hot bath)

Ingredients:
-2 Cups Epsom Salts
-1 Cup Baking Soda
-10 Drops Organic Lavender Oil

There are many benefits to the Harmony Bath. First the Lavender relaxes the nervous system and lowers cortisol levels. The Epsom Salt enhances the effects of the detox. The baking soda promotes a balanced pH for optimum healing and detox benefits.

Of course, it goes without saying that the bathroom environment should be supportive and nurturing. That is, take some time to make it pretty and inviting. Your experience will be less beneficial if you are looking at piles of laundry in the corner and are reminded of your to-do list instead of enjoying the blissful 20-minute restorative experience.

And as a bonus…add a little cold therapy with CDI  Soft-sided Gel Packs.  Placed on the eyes, it ensures relaxation, decreases puffiness and brights appearance.  These little soothers are also ideal for a variety of cold therapy applications, such as use after injections, blepharoplasty and breast surgeries.

pink_gelpack tubThese sturdy, reusable gel packs remain flexible when frozen and provide uniform cold therapy.  The ultimate patient-friendly cold therapy product!  Features one soft-sided surface that shields the skin from direct contact with the frozen pack.  These 4″ round gel packs offer a convenient, comfortable and economical cold therapy application for patients.

Colors: Pink Ice, Kiwi, Cool Blue, Mango, Grape and Vanilla – match the bathroom!

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Stage 2 Male Compression Shirt

SC-175 CDI Stage 2 Male Compression Shirt

Ideal for use during the extended recovery period following gynocomastia and liposuction of the upper body. Made from our exclusive SuperSilky fabric, the CDI SC-175 offers maximum compression to the chest, upper back and flanks and upper and lower abdomen. A tapered design provides a contoured fit and allows this shirt to be worn under every day clothing, ultimately contributing to increased patient compliance and a comfortable recovery.

 

My Beautiful Mommy

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Dr. Michael Salzhauer, a renowned plastic surgeon, wrote My Beautiful Mommy to help patients explain their transformation to their children. The story guides children through Mommy’s surgery and healing process in a friendly, nonthreatening way.

Through vivid illustrations and straightforward dialogue, My Beautiful Mommy explains a parent s physical transformation in a breezy, child-friendly manner from a young child s perspective. You and your child will follow along as Mommy goes through her plastic surgery experience and learn how the entire family pitches in to help Mommy achieve her beautiful results.

If you are a mother with young children and thinking about having plastic surgery – this book is a must have.

Undergoing a plastic surgery procedure can be an exciting and stressful time for you and your family. After you ve picked a board-certified plastic surgeon and a surgery date, take a few minutes to read through this book with your child.

This book will make your plastic surgery experience more understandable to your little ones.
Information For Parents: Plastic surgery has become extremely common among mothers with young children. In 2007 more than 400,000 women with young children underwent elective cosmetic surgery in the U.S. alone.

As any parent will tell you – children are very perceptive. It is nearly impossible to hide a plastic surgery transformation from your children. In my years of experience, trying to do so adds additional and unnecessary stress for both parent and child. Throughout the process young children can become confused.

During the initial consultation they may ask themselves questions such as Why is Mommy going to the doctor? Is Mommy sick? If these questions are not addressed, the child will often imagine fantastical scenarios to fill in the gaps of information they are lacking. This phenomenon becomes more pronounced after the surgery.

Once mommy is home and the child sees that mommy is bandaged and bruised, they can become even more worried and inquisitive. Finally, when the bandages come off and mommy looks somewhat different, their confusion may lead to responses that adults may find inappropriate or hard to understand.

This book is designed to explain to your child what to expect – from the initial consultation to the final result. It is recommended that you read this with your child (and spouse) at least three times during the plastic surgery process: once prior to the initial consultation (if they will be coming along), once more prior to the surgery, and then again during the post-operative healing phase. Encourage your child to ask questions as you read. Answer them in an honest and straightforward manner in language they will understand.

If you follow this advice, you will be able to calm your children’s fears, address their concerns, and help your family to sail easily through the plastic surgery experience.

The review on this one is still out.  My very smart grown daughter often shares my shortcomings and the things I have done to damage her and make life less than perfect.  Yes she also speaks of the good stuff, but that seems less memorable.  Per chance this book is one of those moments that may define you. One’s definition of beauty is often informed by their mother and what she does and doesn’t like about herself. Those vulnerable years between girlhood and womanhood shouldn’t be spent wondering if my mother’s complaints about her own shortcomings (short or nonexistent eyelashes, saddle bags, crow’s feet) wouldn’t suddenly be the only things you inherited.  Think about it.

 

 

Return to Wellness Following a C-Section

Returning to Wellness Following a C-Section can be enhanced by the use of a Postpartum Girdle.

Returning to Wellness Following a C-Section can be enhanced by the use of a Postpartum Girdle.

It’s been quite some time since I was in the position to try and improve my body after a C-Section.   With weight gain that was more than a few pounds, I must say finding my pre-baby-body was neither easy nor quick.  I did accomplish the task, well before my daughter reached middle school, but a far cry from the speedy return to perfection today’s celebrities seem to manage.

Returning to Wellness Following a C-Section can be enhanced by the use of a Postpartum Girdle.  Gwen Stefani and Angelina Jolie have both previously admitted to using a Postpartum Girdle.   It won’t cause amazing weight lose, but it does support, and boost confidence.   The compression from a girdle following a c-section offers similar benefits that compression wear offers patients following a tummy tuck or Abdominoplasty.

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SG-802 Epi-Derm Silicone Gel C-Strip – available at http://www.contemporarydesigninc.com

Following a cesarean section, using a girdle or compression bandage isn’t medically necessary but it may offer support, and the feeling of firm muscle control, while you gain strength in your abdomen. If a girdle or bandage makes you feel better, more protected, and secure – then do it,   It won’t hurt to use one, even though it won’t necessarily help you lose weight or firm up.

Another modern miracle brought to us as a post-op recovery aid is Contemporary Design Inc’s SG-802: The Epi-Derm Silicone Gel C-Strip.  These Silicone strips designed for C-section (cesarean) and hysterectomy treatment site are gel strips for scars – shaped to match your incision configuration.

How Does it Work?

Scars need an ideal healing environment, meaning the appropriate balance of moisture and maximum exposure to oxygen. Epi-derm® silicone gel sheets for scars are fully-encapsulating. This means the silicone strips completely cover the scar treatment site, making Epi-derm® an ideal treatment for scars. Although the entire site is covered, Epi-derm® is  gas-permeable, allowing oxygen to enter while maintaining proper moisture levels — the ideal environment for healing scars.  Silicone sheets are tacky on the back and easy to apply. Epi-derm® silicone gel sheeting is the most effective, proven method of scar management available today.

Your skin needs extra care when recovering from surgical procedures. Often, excessive scarring may be prevented by using a Postpartum Girdle in conjunction with silicone sheeting to assist in flattening of scars. The Postpartum garment can be worn up to 24 hours each day.  A perfect plan for C-Section Recovery!

Not A Bad Egg

chocolate eggHappy Easter! Those Dark Chocolate Easter Eggs contain flavonols that help protect skin from ultra violet damage and contribute to skin hydration and over all skin health.  Flavonols (the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate) have antioxidant qualities, they aid your body’s natural defense. Making foods with antioxidants part of your diet may help your body defend against harmful effects of pollution and UV light. Cigarette smoke and radiation for example damage blood vessels, and are linked to cardiovascular diseases. Fruit, berries and vegetables should be your main source of flavonoids but a little dark chocolate is a good thing too!

Be Kind to Yourself.

When you choose to have cosmetic surgery, you have taken a significant step toward improving yourself.  Continue to be kind to yourself and your skin. For the fastest recovery and best results, it’s essential you have a plan for scar therapy after surgery.  Creating a careful skin care routine and proper diet plan is essential to plastic surgery healing.

 

Does Arnica Montana prevent bruising, post surgery?

arnica montana 12xThe best way to prevent bruising after surgery is with good surgical technique ie. stop the bleeding so there is no bruising.

For centuries, Arnica Montana, a mountain daisy, has been a part of botanical medicine, known for its vulnerary action.

What is a vulnerary? A vulnerary is a herbal remedy which helps bring about healing in wounds and inflammation.

Helenalin, the plant’s main active component, interferes with the regulation of genes coding for many inflammatory mediators at a very low cytosol concentration. Swelling and pain from inflammation are, thereby, reduced. Among other components, polysaccharides stimulate phagocytosis and reduce bruising.  Doctors and pharmacists recommend it in more than 25 countries throughout the world. Generations of athletes, trainers and parents have long enjoyed the relief Arnica Montana provides.

Despite it’s long history there are few good clinical studies on the use of this homeopathic herb, for minimizing swelling and bruising with surgery. Although it is hard to make a strong case for using it based on science, there is evidence that it is a useful homeopathic and herbal remedy. The use of Anica Montana to decrease bruising and swelling and thus improve post surgical results; is a discussion you must have with your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Using Arnica Montana or any herbal supplement must be disclosed.  DO NOT hide the use of any herbal supplements.

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