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Archive | March, 2015

What to Expect When Recovering from an Endoscopic Brow Lift

brow liftThe length of time it takes to recover from an endoscopic brow lift varies from one patient to another. Certain factors come into play such as the person’s general health, skin elasticity, and lifestyle habits like smoking.

An endoscopic brow lift offers the advantage of quicker recovery than traditional brow lift surgery. Normally, the dressings will be removed the morning after the procedure. You will most likely be instructed to return in two weeks to have the sutures or staples behind the hairline removed.

A considerable amount of swelling may be expected during the first few days but it will subside seven to 10 days post-surgery. Camouflage make-up may be applied to conceal the swelling if you need to go out. Regular use of cold compresses lessens the swelling and bruising. Additionally, you may feel a certain degree of numbness and/or itchiness in the incision sites. The itchiness has to do with the reactivation of nerves as the incisions heal.

You will usually be able to take a shower 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Light exercises may be permitted a week after surgery and you will most likely be able to return to work around that time, too.

Dr. Tresley aims to create a personalized approach to your endoscopic brow lift based on your cosmetic goals and preferences. Call 847.291.6900 today to schedule a consultation!

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Your Eyes Needs Sun Protection Too!

Much has been said and written about how crucial it is to protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The eyes are often overlooked. It’s just as important to shield your eyes from intense sun exposure as it is to protect the skin.

Several studies have found a link between accumulated sun exposure and an increased risk of eye problems late ineye care life. This 2003 study found a strong positive association between occupational sun exposure during the younger years and the occurrence of nuclear cataracts later in life. Eyelid cancer has also been linked to sun exposure.

It’s also possible for sun exposure to result in short-term eye damage. Common examples include photokeratitis (also known as sunburned eye) and photoconjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva).

Aside from direct sun exposure, reflected UV radiation is equally dangerous. Fresh snow reflects as much as 80 percent of UV radiation; sea foam 25 percent, dry sand 15 percent; and water, soil, and grass 10 percent.

Sunglasses to the rescue!

Sunglasses are your first line of defense in sun protection. But not all types of sunglasses are created equal. The ideal sunglasses for ultimate sun protection should limit exposure to no more than 1 percent of UVA and UVB rays, with the glasses blocking 99 percent of the rays. Additionally, look for wraparound glasses that completely cover the eyes and protect the sides as well. Darker lenses may be helpful for individuals who are extremely light sensitive. If sunglasses are not your thing, contact lenses offering UV protection are an excellent alternative.

Would you like to learn more how to protect your eyes from the sun? Call 847.291.6900 to set up an appointment today.

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