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Archive | April, 2015

A Younger Look is all about the Brow 

When people think of ways plastic surgery can help people look younger, one of the first things to come to mind is a face lift. However, another procedure, often performed at the same time as a face lift, can be just as important to rejuvenating your look: the brow lift.

brow liftTypes of Procedures

There are two basic types of brow lifts. The first is called a classic lift and the second is called an endoscopic lift. They are described below:

  • Classic lift—A surgeon makes a long cut from ear to ear above the forehead, pulls the skin up to the desired position, and stitches it together.
  • Endoscopic lift—A surgeon makes a few smaller cuts, inserts an endoscope into one of the cuts, pulls the skin up to the desired position, anchors it in place, and closes the insertions with stitches.

There will be less scarring with the endoscopic lift because the incisions are much smaller than the large incision in the classic lift. Both procedures will achieve the desired effect of younger, smoother, skin with higher, less droopy eyebrows.

Preparing for the Procedure

As with any plastic surgery, successful, fast recovery is a matter of preparation. Where possible, patients should plan on a week of rest to recover. The house should be well-stocked with gauze and ointment to keep the incision sterile and to prevent any seepage. Also be sure to have a lot of ice on hand to control swelling. Be sure to also have small, re-sealable plastic bags to put the ice in and small towels to wrap around it. Finally, make sure that there will be several pillows on hand to keep the head elevated.

A Younger, Sunnier Brow

As people age, their brows can droop and come forward making them look broody, sad, and old. Brow lifts raises eyebrow to make people look more attentive and younger. This is the natural consequence of moving the eyebrows up. The brow lift also gets rid of wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s-feet, and wrinkles on the bridge of the nose.

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Symptoms of Blocked Tear Ducts in Children and Adults

tearing disordersIn ideal conditions, the eyes are regularly lubricated by a thin film of tears that are continuously produced by the lacrimal glands. These tears are consequently drained towards the corners of the eyes via the puncta. From here, the tears travel to the lacrimal sac, then to the nasolacrimal duct, nose, and finally, the throat where they are swallowed.

Blockage in the nasolacrimal duct can occur in children or adults. The duct may not be completely developed at birth in children, while a tumor, infection, or injury may lead to obstruction in adults. A blocked tear duct typically shows itself with the one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Increased tearing or overflow of tears in newborns, which becomes noticeable during the first two to three weeks after birth
  • Presence of pus-like discharge
  • Presence of crusted mucus along the lash line
  • Blurred vision
  • Fever that may arise from recurrent infections
  • Blood-tinged tears
  • Diagnosis of blocked tear ducts

A series of tests will be done to diagnose blocked tear ducts. Apart from the standard physical and ophthalmic examination, assessment of medical history, and imaging tests, a more specific exam to check for blockage in the ducts is performed. This exam involves gentle flushing of dyed fluid via a special instrument to the suspected blocked tear ducts.

For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of blocked tear ducts, call 847.291.6900 to set up an appointment.

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