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Archive | August, 2012

Everything You Need to Know About Ptosis

Drooping eyelids, medically referred to as Ptosis, is a condition wherein the upper eyelids droop low enough. In some cases, the eyelid skin may fold over the edge causing vision problems. Decreased muscle tone in the muscles which control the eyelids are often responsible for the droopiness. Dr. Daniel S. Tresley is a Chicago eyelid plastic surgeon with exceptional credentials and vast experience in treating clients, both children and adults, with ptosis.

So what exactly triggers the condition? How is it treated? Read on below for the hard facts.

Congenital vs. Adult Ptosis

Ptosis in children is often inherent at birth and mainly caused by the poorly developed eyelid lifting muscles known as the levator muscle. Drooping eyelids in children could result to moderate to severe visual impairment. With the child’s head constantly tilted backwards, delayed motor development may ensue. Most children with Ptosis have normal levels of intelligence and functioning though.

By and large, Ptosis in adults is caused by separation of the lower aspect of the eyelids and the levator muscle tendons. The separation often occurs due to aging, long-term use of contact lens or injury. Ptosis may also occur after eye surgeries such as glaucoma repair.

Surgical Approach by Dr. Tresley

Both congenital and adult Ptosis are best treated with surgery. Medications may be prescribed for drooping eyelids caused by an underlying disorder such as myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disorder.

In adults, Ptosis surgery involves tightening the levator tendon and muscle. The procedure could be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, often referred to as twilight anesthesia. In some cases, minor droopiness could be adjusted via making an incision within the eyelid itself.

Surgery for mild Ptosis in children may have to be delayed and performed right after they reach a certain age. However, moderate to severe Ptosis may need to be treated right away to avoid further problems on vision and motor development.

Dr. Tresley  can perform Ptosis surgery in an outpatient setting.  All in all, the main goal of Ptosis correction via surgery is to raise the eyelids above the pupil and restore overall symmetry.

If you’d like to know more about Ptosis and its different treatment options, get in touch with Dr. Tresley by filling out this contact form!

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Top 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Botox

Botox as a cosmetic treatment has been around for a decade now. This injectable is actually a neurotoxin which helps reduce frown lines and forehead creases when applied in small doses. This lunchtime procedure leads the pack of the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures for 2011. Despite its popularity and constant availability, a meticulous selection of the right professionals to perform the procedure is still essential. Dr. Daniel S. Tresley is a board-certified professional who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid plastic surgery. For your Chicago Botox needs, Dr. Tresley is one of the finest in the area.

So you’re still confused over getting Botox? Ask yourself the following:

Am I fairly in good health?

Despite its minimally-invasive nature, a Botox injection is still a medical procedure. And like all medical procedures, some are good candidates while others may need to make certain health improvements and wait for a definite period of time before taking the plunge. Individuals who may be taking certain prescriptions or undergoing treatments may not be eligible for the wrinkle-busting injectable. The existence of neuromuscular disorders may also affect Botox outcomes. You may be advised to completely treat pre-existing conditions. Dr. Tresley will perform a thorough assessment to determine your current health status before Botox.

What exactly are my goals in having Botox?

Your expectations and goals in getting Botox should be clear in the first place. You can talk to Dr. Tresley about your own goals and check if it’s align with the procedure’s objectives. Sometimes, one’s physical appearance goals may be suited for another cosmetic procedure.

What are my expectations during and after the procedure?

Apart from having specific goals for getting Botox, you should be able to relay to Dr. Tresley your expectations during and after the procedure. The procedure itself will take you around 15 minutes or does not require any anesthetic agent. Numbing creams may be applied to the injected area.

Dr. Tresley will warmly answer your queries on Botox and he is just a visit away. Schedule a personal consultation with him today!

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Defy Aging with a Chicago Sculptra® Aesthetic Treatment

Getting back your youthful looking appearance should not happen overnight. There is no quick fix in batting the signs of aging such as creases, wrinkles and crepey skin. Such fact may sound discouraging but a Chicago Sculptra® Aesthetic treatment may just help you truly defy facial aging. Dr. Daniel S. Tresley deftly performs the aforementioned procedure in patients seeking results which are by turns highly satisfying and long-lasting. We answer your most common questions on Sculptra® treatments below.

What is Sculptra® Aesthetic about?

The Sculptra® technique in treating facial aging is the pioneer among facial injectables which subtly delivers results over a period of time. Its is an anti-aging treatment designed to produce results over time and not just momentarily make you look younger.

Sculptra® Aesthetic is primarily made of poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic material which promotes collagen formation. It has been used for years in dissoluble stitches and is naturally absorbed by the body.

How does it work?

Aging is mainly brought about by decreased collagen formation in one’s skin. Collagen is the key component in making your skin look younger and smoother. As a result of decreased collagen formation, wrinkle formation occurs.

Sculptra® Aesthetic works by reinforcing collagen formation deep into your dermis – the skin’s innermost layer which houses your blood vessels, hair follicles, and the glands responsible for producing regulating skin moisture as well as body temperature.

The newly-formed collagen serves as the foundation of the new look that Sculptra® will produce on your end. Deep facial wrinkles will gradually look smooth and refined.

How many Sculptra® treatments do I need?

A full treatment with a Sculptra-trained doctor like Dr. Tresley includes 3 injection sessions over a few months. Results could last for as long as two years.

You should take note that results with Sculptra® cannot be immediately seen right after treatment. Since the procedure targets the innermost layer of your skin, it may take time before noticing visible changes. Improvements are often seen after a few weeks.

Call Dr. Tresley the soonest if you have any concerns or questions about getting Sculptra® Aesthetic in the Chicago area today.

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Graves’ Disease: What is It?

One’s immune system is the body’s defense team against bacteria, viruses and infectious organisms. However, there are instances wherein one’s network of immune defenses attacks the own body’s cells, tissues and organs. This condition is often referred to as an autoimmune disorder. Such is the case of Graves’ disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland causing over-activity. Anti-thyroid drugs, radiation therapy and surgery are the most common approaches in treating the disorder. Dr. Daniel S. Tresley performs aChicago Graves’ Disease surgery for clients seeking treatment. We round up the must-knows of the condition below.

Although the cause is said to be autoimmune, it has also been found out that Graves’ disease is actually a result of both environmental and genetic factors. The College of American Pathologists posited that stress is the most common trigger of the disease. Other triggers include excessive production of the hormone estrogen, iodine and certain chemicals like aspartame.

Signs and Symptoms

Any individual with Graves’ disease commonly manifests the following signs and symptoms: irritability, insomnia, heat sensitivity, sudden weight loss, increased perspiration, muscular weakness, lighter menstrual flow, hand tremors and abnormally high heart rate. One unique characteristic of patients affected with the condition is the distinct inflammation around the eyes resulting to a protruding or bulging appearance. This is often referred to as Graves’ opthalmopathy.

One patient may only exhibit just one of the major signs and symptoms while others may present with a combination of the aforementioned.

Diagnosis

A clinical evaluation may include a thorough physical examination and a detailed assessment of one’s medical and/or familial history. The most definitive test in the diagnosis of Graves’ disease is through a series of blood tests.

Treatment

Treatment for the condition is directly focused to reducing levels of the thyroid hormone in your blood. Apart from taking prescription drugs, radioactive iodine therapy also shrinks the enlarged (overactive) thyroid.

Surgery by Dr. Tresley could be done two-fold: if only a single nodule is involved in the producing excess hormones, the nodule will only be removed, while it is also possible for Dr. Tresley to remove the entire gland if the diagnosis calls for it.

Other surgical approaches applied to Graves’ disease include several degrees of eye muscle surgeries. These surgeries are indicated in conditions wherein the eye muscles are no longer aligned due to excessive swelling.

For more information about Graves’ disease and its treatment,schedule a visit at Dr. Tresley’s office for an initial consultation the soonest!

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