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Archive | July, 2012

Stop Your Neck From Getting More Wrinkled by the Minute!

By and large, one of the bodily areas that reveal early signs of aging is your neck. However, together with your hands, the neck is most often overlooked when it comes to meticulous skin care. The skin around the neck area is also less elastic due to lesser concentrations of fat. As a result, your neck is more prone to wrinkles and pigmentation.

Dr. Daniel S. Tresley offers a wide array of Chicago skin care treatments that might just save your neck, literally that is. Below are common skin aging problems around the neck region and how to combat them one by one.

Turkey Neck Effect

Sagging skin in the neck region, also known as the turkey neck effect, is almost always due to weakened collagen and elastin fibers. You can either ask Dr. Tresley to prescribe you with neck-lifting creams or try non-invasive treatments such as thermage for severe skin laxity.

Necklace Lines

The horizontal lines around your neck that form like necklaces are mainly caused by frequent sun exposure. Excessive ultraviolet radiation destroys and depletes the collagen and elastin in your skin. These deep lines can be prevented and remedied through the application of prescription retinoid creams. Regular Botox sessions will dramatically smooth out highly visible wrinkles and creases.

Double Chin

Double chins are almost always associated with obesity or those who are relatively overweight. However, this niggling problem can also be seen amongst the skinny and the lanky. A double chin is often the result of fats and collagen which accumulate on the underside of the neck and jaw. Body-sculpting procedures by Dr. Tresley may just help you get rid of this unsightly neck and jaw problem.

Discoloured and Crepey Skin

Apart from visible lines, excessive sun exposure is also the main culprit for discolored and crepey skin around the jaw, neck region. Prescriptive hydrating creams can help battle the onset of crepey wrinkles. Laser treatments may also help reverse severe damage and restore dull skin to their healthy state.

Dr. Tresley and his team of aestheticians are very willing to assess the current state of your skin around the neck region and recommend different levels of treatments that suit your needs and preferences.Schedule a consultation with us today.

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Eyelid Cancer Prevention and Detection Tips by Dr. Tresley

Although eyelids only make up a small portion of the entire facial structure, skin cancers often involve the lower portion of the eyelids. While only an insignificant number of eyelid and facial cancers are lethal, skin melanomas may dangerously spread to the nasal and orbital cavities causing blindness and significant tissue damage. For Dr. Daniel S. Tresley, early detection and prompt intervention is essential.

Early Warning Signs

An eyelid tumor can present itself as a basal cell carcinoma which accounts for 90 percent of the cases. The rest of eyelid skin cancer cases can either be a squamous cell carcinoma or a melanoma. Excessive sun exposure is the most common cause of skin cancer. Most people tend to forget the area around the eyes when it comes to sun protection. Early warning signs include:

  • a lump which does not disappear and/or frequently bleeds
  • elevated or flat pigmented lesions with irregular growth and/or borders
  • unexplained and/or sudden loss of eyelashes
  • persistent eyelid infection that do not respond to medications

Prevention

Prevention does not really require you to do something drastic on your end. Dr. Tresley shares the following easy (and fashionable) measures to avoid skin cancer:

  • Apply facial sunscreen religiously every day and take extra care to include the areas around the eyes. The lower portion of the eyelid receives the most amount of sunlight. You can make use of lotions and creams with an SPF 15 or higher.
  • Make it a habit to put on your hat as part of your sun-protective strategic moves.
  • Apart from making bold fashion statements, sunglasses are also the ultimate sun protection accessory that you need to stick with every time you go outdoors. Choose sunglasses which provide 100 percent protection from UVA and UVB radiation. You can opt for polarized lenses to reduce glaring while driving. Select lens sizes that cover the entirety of the orbital area. A snuggle fitting pair is ideal.

Dr. Tresley welcomes your concerns and questions on eyelid cancer. In addition to the warm reception provided by his staff, Dr. Tresley’s expertise on oculofacial cosmetic surgery awaits you at his office near the Chicago metropolitan area. Visit them today!

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Laser Hair Removal Myths Debunked!

The moment you type in “laser hair removal” in Google, you will most likely be bombarded with hundreds of links telling you about its pros and cons. It could be quite difficult to discern which ones should make the fact box and which ones need to be thrown out into the myth trash bin. We round up several laser hair removal myths below and debunk them one by one for you. Also, if you’re within the Illinois area, aChicago laser hair removal session is just a stone throw’s away by visiting Dr. Daniel S. Tresley.

Myth: The laser used in the procedure will damage my internal organs.

Fact: Most people have mistakenly assumed that the heat emitted from the laser machine will reach into the deepest core of your skin and make a barbecue out of your internal organs. In reality, treatment via laser only reaches around ¼ mm of your skin’s outermost layer. The heat generated by a laser machine simply diffuses around hair follicles and destroys their hair-growing capacities.

Myth: My hair will stop growing after a solo session.

Fact: Although hair removal via laser is a great technology, you need more than just one session before long-term results start kicking in. Your hair grows in cycles with three main phases: anagen (actively growing phase), catagen (intermediate phase wherein the follicles prepare for the resting phase), and telogen (resting phase wherein old hairs are shed). It may be possible for new hair follicles to grow after a laser treatment but a few sessions will greatly reduce growth. Dr. Tresley will thoroughly assess your hair growth and recommend  the number of sessions that you exactly need.

Myth: Any laser hair removal technique will work for all types of hair.

Fact: Not all results are created equal. It may vary depending on your hair’s growth phase, hair color and skin type. Hair with shades of red is actually more difficult to remove than black or brown hair. White or grey cannot be removed through laser alone. It is important to talk to Dr. Tresley about your expectations.

Myth: I cannot afford to get one. I heard it’s very expensive.

Fact: While hair removal via laser is a revolutionary technology, its popularity has actually made it more accessible and affordable to the masses. If you actually compare a laser hair removal’ s cost with the amount you need to shell out for your regular waxing sessions, you will most likely save thousands of dollars with the former.

Schedule an initial evaluation today with Dr. Tresley and make your way to smoother skin with a Chicago laser hair removal session the soonest.

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What to Expect in a Chicago Blepharoplasty Procedure

Chicago Blepharoplasty procedure, often done on an outpatient setting, involves lifting sagging eyelids by removing fat, muscles and excess skin. Individuals with puffy eyelids, excess skin around the area and very noticeable eyebags may want to consider this surgical intervention.

Preparation

A pre-surgical meeting may include a thorough assessment of your medical history, a comprehensive physical examination, an honest discussion of expectations and taking photographs of the area from different angles.

Be ready with detailed answers of your medical history such as pre-existing medical conditions and current medications including those that are sold over the counter. Assessment of tear production may be done to be able to draw a comparison before and after the procedure.

Your surgeon may also dispense instructions for you to stop taking ibuprofen, aspirin and other medications which increase bleeding. Since smoking slows down healing after surgery, you may be asked to go cold turkey as well.

What to Expect

Local anaesthesia is applied during Blepharoplasty and this may cause you to be a little groggy after the procedure. When operating on both upper and lower eyelids, a surgeon often begins on the upper eyelids and may proceed on the lower eyelid thereafter. The procedure may be done in conjunction with another minor surgery to address Ptosis, a condition wherein the eyelid sags close to the pupil.

The entire procedure itself lasts for two hours. You may be advised to stay for a few hours in the recovery room so you will be closely monitored for complications. Redness, swelling and numbness around the sutured area is almost always normal a few days after the procedure.

Dr. Daniel S. Tresley, one of the most sought after oculofacial plastic surgeons in the Chicago area, leads a dedicated surgical team to provide the best Chicago Blepharoplasty experience. Get in touch with us today and expect a warm and welcoming team to alleviate all your concerns and anxiety.

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