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How to Get Rid of Swelling After a Blepharoplasty

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Having bags under your eyes and always looking tired isn’t something worth bragging about or updating your Facebook status over. And although you can try your hand at a few topical eye creams, nothing will do the trick quite like a blepharoplasty from Dr. Daniel Tresley. By removing excess fat and skin from either the upper or lower eyelids, a blepharoplasty gives patients a more youthful appearance.

Once you are sent home from surgery, you will experience some swelling for the first week or so which is very common. To help you alleviate this swelling, we have created a few useful and easy tips.

Ice It As You Mean It

Now, you’re not going to want to grab a giant bag of hard ice and place it over your eyes— look for something gentle like a soft gel ice pack. Remember that the skin around your eyes will be very sensitive, so you don’t want to put too much pressure on it. Try icing your eyes for about 10 minutes every 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of swelling.

Take Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications may as well be your BFF after a blepharoplasty. By helping ease pain and get rid of inflammation, these types of pills are great. Make sure to consult Dr. Tresley before surgery if you suffer from any health conditions in which anti-inflammatory drugs aren’t recommended.

Raise It Up

Try to keep your head elevated as much as possible during the first week or two of recovery. We recommend patients use about two pillows to prop their head up every night— this will help get rid of fluid and inflammation in the process.

 

Ready to take the next step and get rid of your bags under your eyes? Schedule your consultation at our Northbrook office today!

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How Can I Tell What Fillers Are Right for Me?

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Why would you go under the knife to correct fine lines and wrinkles when you don’t have to? Facial fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse can give patients similar results without having to undergo any surgery. And, with an expert injector like Dr. Daniel Tresley, you know that you will get great and natural results every time. So, how can you tell what fillers are right for you? Let’s take a closer look.

Consultation

Which filler that’s right for you? During you initial consultation Dr. Daniel Tresley to take a closer look at your skin and skin care concerns to help determine what exactly the best filler or combination of fillers is for you. For some, the granular texture of Restylane may be better for them whereas the smoother texture of Juvederm may be better for someone else.

Juvederm

Juvederm can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, add contour to cheeks, and even enhance your lips. Composed of hyaluronic acid, Juvederm is considered to be naturally derived.

Restylane

Although Juvederm can be used to add volume to the lips, Restylane is typically the better option because of the texture which allows Dr. Daniel Tresley for molding and shapes it into and around your lips— giving you the

Why would you go under the knife to correct fine lines and wrinkles when you don’t have to? Facial fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse can give patients similar results without having to undergo any surgery. And, with an expert injector like Dr. Daniel Tresley, you know that you will get great and natural results every time. So, how can you tell what fillers are right for you? Let’s take a closer look.

Consultation

Which filler that’s right for you? During you initial consultation Dr. Daniel Tresley to take a closer look at your skin and skin care concerns to help determine what exactly the best filler or combination of fillers is for you. For some, the granular texture of Restylane may be better for them whereas the smoother texture of Juvederm may be better for someone else.

Juvederm

Juvederm can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, add contour to cheeks, and even enhance your lips. Composed of hyaluronic acid, Juvederm is considered to be naturally derived.

Restylane

Although Juvederm can be used to add volume to the lips, Restylane is typically the better option because of the texture which allows Dr. Daniel Tresley for molding and shapes it into and around your lips— giving you the

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How to Combat Dry Skin Under Your Eyes

eye careUnfortunately, we are in the thick of winter, and although spring is just around the corner, you still have to bundle up for at least another month or two. As one of the worst parts about winter, the skin on your face and body can dry out and start to itch. Specifically, the skin around your eyes. Luckily, with these few tips from Dr. Daniel Tresley, you can restore the moisture back to the skin around your eyes and help combat wrinkles while doing so. Read on to learn more.

Cucumbers

You may have thought that the cucumbers your facialist places on your eyes are for a snack, but those cucumbers are doing wonders for the skin under and around your eyes. Containing both ascorbic and caffeic acid, cucumbers help to bring in moisture to these dry areas— leaving you feeling more restored than ever.

Eye Serum

An eye serum is a lightweight gel-like lotion that is designed specifically for the skin under your eyes. Because the skin around your eyes is particularly delicate and sensitive, eye serums are created with those concerns in mind. Use an eye serum both morning and night to help lock in the moisture, get rid of circles under your eyes, and combat fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, some people say that if you put on a serum over your eyeshadow, it will help give you a natural looking glow.

Drink More Water

One of the easiest and most natural ways of helping deal with dry skin around your eyes is to drink more water throughout the day. The more hydrated your body is, the more hydrated your skin will be— meaning that you can get rid of that chapped skin feeling.

Restoring the moisture to the skin around and under your eyes is relatively simple. By using cucumbers, an eye serum, and drinking more water, you can combat the curse of winter once and for all. To learn more about how you can take better care of your eyes, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley today!

 

 

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How to Protect Your Eyes Against Wrinkles While You Sleep

wrinkle treatmentIf you have been dreaming of Mr. Sandman all day long— you’re not alone. When it comes to getting your beauty rest, if you simply don’t get enough on a regular basis, more sleep is likely all that you dream of. Getting about eight hours of sleep every night will help your body recuperate and fight off illnesses; it will also help your skin rejuvenate itself and stay healthy. To help you protect your eyes against wrinkles while you sleep, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.

Eye Cream

You’ve heard of face cream and foot cream, but have you ever tried eye cream? Designed with a gentle formula and your eyes in mind, eye cream works to lock in the moisture under your eyes both during the day and at night. As one of the most sensitive parts of your face, the skin under your eyes often gets neglected and can dry out. However, by wearing an eye cream to bed every night, you can lock in the moisture and help fight against wrinkles.

Satin Pillowcases

It may sound a bit lavish and extreme, but did you know that by sleeping on a satin pillowcase every night you can help protect your eyes from forming wrinkles around them. By sleeping on a cloth pillowcase, it can wrinkle which can cause wrinkles on your skin. However, by resting on a smooth, satin pillowcase every night, you won’t have to worry about the fabric wrinkling and causing you skin damage.

Clean Pillowcases

Your pillowcase is notorious for harboring oils and bacteria that can cause you to breakout and even form wrinkles. When oils from your head rub off onto your pillowcase, that same oil can spread to your face. To protect your skin from these skin problems, you should be switching out your pillowcase every few days— the cleaner your pillowcase is, the better condition your skin will be in.

Taking good care of the skin under and around your eyes is as simple as wearing an eye cream to bed, and sleeping on clean, satin pillowcases every night. If you would like to learn more about how you can take better care of the skin around your eyes, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley today!

 

 

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Why Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers

dermal fillersWhen it comes to taking care of your skin and your body, it’s important to know exactly what you’re putting in it and how it works. As two of the most popular fillers that Dr. Daniel Tresley offers, both Juvederm and Restylane have one common thread: hyaluronic acid. So, what is hyaluronic acid and how does it work? Read on to learn more.

What Is Hyaluronic Acid?

The thing that patients like to hear most about hyaluronic acid is that it is a substance that is found naturally in your body— meaning that when you get these types of fillers, you aren’t adding anything foreign to your body. Found primarily in your skin tissues, the fluid around your eyes, and in some of your joints and cartilage, hyaluronic acid works to fill in the skin and make it appear smoother. As a substance that isn’t derived from animal sources, patients can rest assured that no animals were being harmed in the creation of your filler.

How Does It Work?

No matter how good your genes are, your skin will start to lose elasticity and volume as you age— leaving you with fine lines and wrinkles across your face and forehead. However, hyaluronic acid works to support facial tissues and structures by adding more volume and elasticity to them. Additionally, it also brings water to the surface of the skin which helps to keep your skin constantly hydrated.

Why Hyaluronic Acid?

As mentioned above, because hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally found in your body, it makes it safe. Not only is hyaluronic acid natural, but it is also effective— giving patients real results that in some instances can last up to a year.

Dr. Daniel Tresley offers patients the best in the business, and that’s why he likes to use hyaluronic based fillers. If you would like to learn more about these fillers or some of our other treatments, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley today!

 

 

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Refresh and Rejuvenate: Chemical Vs. Laser Peels

Laser PeelPeels are an easy and quick way to restore and rejuvenate your skin and are popular amongst both men and women. As the two main types of peels, both chemical and laser peels offer patients optimal results in a minimal amount of time. However, before you decide on a peel, it’s important to know how they work, what they are used for, how long results last, and how long treatments take. Read on to learn more.

How Do They Work?

The concept behind both chemical and laser peels is the same; you are trying to get rid of the top few layers of skin to improve texture and appearance. A chemical peel, however, uses a chemical like alpha hydroxy acid to target the top few layers of skin. Whereas a laser peel heats up the skin which causes it to slough off and produce more collagen.

What Are They Used For?

As previously stated, both types of peels are used to improve your skin’s overall texture and appearance. However, chemical peels are specifically used to treat sun damage, acne, and wrinkles. Laser peels, on the other hand, are used to treat scars, blemishes, and wrinkles.

How Long Do Results Last?

As long as you practice good skin care and avoid the sun, your results from both chemical and laser peels can last for a few years. To get the best results, Dr. Daniel Tresley encourages patients to get a peel done at least every few months depending on your skin type and concerns.

How Long Do Treatments Take?

The great thing about both of these peels is that they only require an outpatient facility and can be done in under an hour. In fact, Dr. Daniel Tresley can perform a laser peel in around 30 minutes on average. And a chemical peel can usually be done in just 10 minutes.

Both chemical and laser peels are great ways at promoting clearer, healthier skin. If you would like to learn more about these treatments or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley today!

 

 

 

 

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Say Goodbye to Your Scars: The Art of Eyelid Scar Revision Surgery

Eyelid Scar RevisionSome scars are cool to show off— especially when you’re five– but as you get older, those scars that you used to brag about to your friends on the playground, can now make you feel self-conscious. If you have a scar on or around your eyelid, it can be hard to disguise even with makeup. Luckily, with eyelid scar revision surgery from Dr. Daniel Tresley, you can get rid of your scar and gain back your self-esteem in no time. Read on to learn more.

What Is Eyelid Scar Revision Surgery?

The skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive and can be easily damaged— that’s why Dr. Daniel Tresley uses specialized scar revision surgical methods. Depending on the location and type of injury that you have, Dr. Tresley may recommend one of the following scar removal procedures:

  • Surgical Excision
  • Skin Grafts
  • Flap Surgery
  • Z-plastic

What Is Recovery Like?

The type of procedure that is used will indicate what your recovery will look like. However, because none of these methods are too invasive, your recovery should be relatively speedy. On average, you can expect to wear a bandage over your eye for a day or two as it heals which means that you won’t be able to drive or operate any heavy machinery. Once your bandage is removed, you will need to clean the area and apply the necessary medication as prescribed by Dr. Tresley.

What Are Results Like?

The results from scar revision surgery can vary based on what type of procedure Dr. Daniel Tresley used. However, as his top priority, Dr. Tresley will work to make sure that you get the best results possible and that your scar isn’t detectable. Remember that depending on the type of injury that caused the scar, the size and location of the scar, and your skin coloring, you may need more time to heal afterward.

If you have a scar on or around your eyelid that you would like to have removed, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley today! By offering a variety of removal procedures, you can gain back your confidence in no time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Things to Figure Out Before Eyelid Surgery

BlepharoplastyDroopy Dog may be an endearing cartoon character but droopiness is not a trait that you want to have. If you have a droopy upper eyelid, a droopy lower eyelid, or both, then you may be the ideal candidate for blepharoplasty. By removing the excess skin on, above, or around the eyelid that is causing you to experience droopiness, blepharoplasty will help you to look and feel like a normal human once again. Whether you have already scheduled your blepharoplasty appointment or if you are still considering getting it done, here are a few things to button up before you undergo surgery.

Insurance

Depending on the root of your droopy eyelids and your need for eyelid surgery, some insurance companies will pay for a part of your eyelid surgery. For instance, if your droopy eyelids are causing some interference with your ability to see, then they may pay for a portion of the procedure. Whereas if you are getting the surgery done just for cosmetic purposes, then they likely won’t cover any of it.

Recovery

Before you undergo your blepharoplasty surgery, make sure that you make appropriate arrangements with your work regarding your recovery. Recovery from this type of eyelid surgery typically takes a few weeks. And during the first few days of recovery, it is recommended that you give your eyes plenty of rest so that they can properly heal. Although you won’t need to take the entire two weeks off of work to recover, taking a few days off will help to ensure that you recover properly and smoothly.

A Ride Home

Because you are going to be having surgeries on your eyes, it is recommended that you find a ride home after surgery. Remember that your eyes will typically be bandaged up for a few days following surgery, so you will need to plan ahead and find someone else to bring you home.

Preparing ahead of time for blepharoplasty will help you to feel much more relaxed following your surgery. To learn more about blepharoplasty and other tips regarding surgery, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley today!

 

 

 

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Juvederm Ultra Vs. Juvederm Ultra Plus

dermal fillersFuller lips and less wrinkles around your mouth and nose are just a few of the things that fillers can help with. If you are starting to notice that you are showing signs of aging around the lower half of your face, then you may want to consider getting some fillers done by Dr. Daniel Tresley in order to get rid of them. However, with several different types of fillers available on the market, the decision of what type you should get might seem a bit overwhelming. As one of the most popular fillers to use, and one that Dr. Daniel Tresley recommends for most patients, Juvederm works to fill in those fine lines and wrinkles by using a natural substance called hyaluronic acid. But did you know that there are two different types of Juvederm that Dr. Daniel Tresley offers? Read on to learn more about the distinctions between these two types of fillers.

First, in order to fully understand the distinct differences between both Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus, it’s nice to know the commonalities that these two fillers share.

  • Both are made up of hyaluronic acid
  • Both are injectables that are injected directly into the dermis
  • Both work by adding volume and smoothing out wrinkles in and around the injection site.

Juvederm Ultra
Juvederm Ultra is an effective filler that is best used to treat more moderate fine lines and wrinkles. Specifically, if you have small smile lines around your mouth or if you just want a little bit of a fuller lip, then Juvederm Ultra will be good for you. Additionally, if you have any scars that need correcting, because Juvederm Ultra’s consistency is a bit thinner, it is great to treat scars.

Juvederm Ultra Plus
Juvederm Ultra Plus tends to last a bit longer and is more ideally suited for individuals who either want dramatically fuller lips or need to fill in lines and wrinkles that are a bit more significant in size.

Say goodbye to thin lips and wrinkles around your mouth and nose with either type Juvederm! To learn more about what type Juvederm is best suited for you and your needs or to schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Daniel Tresley, contact our office today!

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How Graves Disease Could Be Affecting Your Eyes

Graves Disease Affecting EyesGraves disease is a disease that affects your thyroid gland, the butterfly shaped gland that resides in your throat. As the leading cause of hyperthyroidism, a disease that causes your thyroid to produce extra hormones, Graves disease is a disorder that once diagnosed can easily be treated by your doctor. But what is Graves disease exactly and how does it affect your eyes? Read on to learn more.

More About Graves Disease
In order to understand more about Graves disease, it’s important to understand the thyroid gland and a condition called hyperthyroidism. Typically, hormones produced by the thyroid gland help to control your metabolism. Normally, the thyroid is instructed to produce these hormones through a chemical called TSH. However, in Graves’ disease, the body produces abnormal antibodies that mimic the chemical TSH which causes the thyroid to work harder than usual.

How Does It Affect Your Eyes
Once your body starts to work overtime and produce more and more hormones caused by the thyroid, you will start to exhibit symptoms such as eyes that bulge out a bit through a condition called exophthalmos. Additionally, patients who have Graves’ disease also suffer from eye problems such as itchiness, dryness, overall irritation, inflammation, and  it can even cause some patients to get impaired vision or lose vision completely.

Treatment for Graves Disease
If you suffer from Graves’ Disease and are exhibiting symptoms related to your overall eye health, then Dr. Daniel Tresley can help you get your vision back on track. Varying from case to case, Dr. Tresley utilizes his expertise in order to help restore your eyes to their normal resting position. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Daniel Tresley may even need to use an orbital decompression surgery, a surgery which enlarges the bony orbital vault that the eye rests in to allow the eye to fall back into a more normal position.

If you suffer from Graves’ disease and your eyes are starting to exhibit abnormal and irritating symptoms, don’t suffer a minute longer. With the help of Dr. Daniel Tresley you can get your vision back to normal in no time. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Tresley’s office today!

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