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  • Why the Korean Skin Care Craze May Be Right for You

    Why the Korean Skin Care Craze May Be Right for You

    Have you grown tired of not getting results from your skin care routine? It may be time to switch it up for the craze that has been sweeping Korea. Korean skin care is more than just a set of products used in Korea – it’s a ritual of meditative, even relaxing skin care that is designed to address micro skin care concerns with up to 10 or more different steps every day.

    Why So Many Steps?

    The Korean skin care craze is all about slowing down and really considering what your skin needs in every area of your face. Rather than relying on one or two “all-in-one” products, favored in Western beauty culture for speed, Korean skin care routines layer products to get the best results long-term.

    And the proof is in in the lovely complexions that Korean women and men sport long into their lives. Skin care actually begins very young in the country, with children being taught how to best care for their body’s largest organ at an early age. If your skin just has not been glowing, clear, smooth, or isn’t meeting your expectations in some other way, then the Korean skin care craze may be right for you!

    Beginner’s Korean Skin Care

    Jumping right into a 10 or 15-step process might be a little much for your skin, and for your routine. Beginners can start with an abbreviated version, but remember that each step should be done deliberately with care. Many Korean skin care products are designed to activate after several seconds of massage, for example.

    Start with a basic routine: cleanser, toner, a serum to address your most pressing skin care worry, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Most Korean skin care routines use an eye serum during one of the serum steps.

    Additionally, if you wear makeup, most Korean skin care experts agree that double cleansing is ideal. Use one cleanser to remove your makeup, then another to prepare your face for the rest of the routine. Be sure to purchase products designed for your skin type for the best results.

    Advanced Korean Skin Care

    Ready to dive in a little deeper? Here is a 10-step routine for a more advanced skin care product user:

    – Makeup remover
    – Cleanser
    – Exfoliator (Many routines use a Konjac sponge for everyday use, and an exfoliating product twice a week)
    – Toner
    – Serum (Serums are sometimes called essences, and can really be considered the heart of the Korean skin care industry.)
    – Serum booster
    – Sheet mask (Another important element of the Korean skin care industry, sheet masks can be used to correct everything from dryness to acne.)
    – Eye cream
    – Moisturizer
    – Sunscreen

    Products range from normal or oily to dry or combination skin, and many of the ingredients may sound a bit odd. For example, snail mucus is a common hydrating ingredient in sheet masks designed for dry skin. But you’ll also find things like seaweed, volcanic clay, and ginseng, which are a little more recognizable for the Western user.

    Go Slow

    One important thing to note is that you should never change your skin care routine all at once. Change one product at a time for about a week, to ensure that you do not have a bad reaction, before moving on to the next one. Give Korean skin care a try for at least a month or more to find out if this unique take on skin care can help you achieve a brighter, more beautiful face.

  • Yoga for Your Face? You’ll Be Amazed at How These Exercises Work!

    Yoga for Your Face? You’ll Be Amazed at How These Exercises Work!

    It has been decades since yoga became the go-to for healthy bodies and minds, but we are still learning new ways to use yoga every day. This year, yoga experts are teaching us how yoga-like stretching can help your face look younger. Lines and wrinkles in the face are ultimately caused by a variety of things acting on your facial muscles. Gravity, age, and lifestyle habits all work together to weaken the muscles and create the prematurely aged appearance that no one wants.

    So it stands to reason that doing exercises to strengthen the muscles in your face would help them stand up to the tests of time and habit as well. These exercises are worth a shot, as part of your skin care and cosmetic treatment routine to keep yourself feeling confident and beautiful.

    Fish Face for Sleek Cheeks

    Have you ever sucked in your cheeks to turn your lips into fish lips? This is actually a great stretch for the cheek muscles that can keep them look more sleek and might even get rid of flab! Simply suck your cheeks in till your lips are making the “fishy face”, and while holding that face, attempt to smile. You should feel resistance in both your cheeks and jaw. Relax and repeat.

    Jalandhar Bandha for Double Chins

    Here’s a yoga move with a fancy yoga name to boot. The Jalandhar Bandha pose requires you to be seated in Lotus position with your hands on your knees during the entire pose. Breathe in deeply and lift your shoulders up and bend forward at the waist. Press your chin into your chest firmly, between your collar bones. Hold your breath in the pose, then release and repeat.

    Smooth Eyebrows and Practice Your Surprise Face

    To keep the area around your eyebrows smooth, yogis recommend doing a “surprise!” face by opening your eyes as widely as you can. This should raise your eyebrows up and out as well. Keep this face about 10 seconds, then relax and repeat.

    Release Your Inner Giraffe

    The “giraffe” move is to help make the neck and jowl area look lifted. Look ahead, and place your fingers at the bottom of your neck just above your collar bones. Tilt your head backwards while using your fingers to keep the skin of your neck taut. Then bring your head down to touch your chin to your chest, and repeat that procedure twice.

    Lift and Fill Lips

    If you want a smaller smile, this yoga move could help. Hide your teeth with your open lips, and make an “O” shape. Then smile very widely, still keeping the teeth hidden, and repeat this procedure about 6 times. Finally, hold the teeth-hidden smile in place with an index finger on your chin. Then move your jaw up and down three times.

    Smooth the Forehead

    Smoothing the forehead is a very straightforward move. Start with your hands on your forehead, your fingers pointed towards each other in the middle of your head. Gently sweep these fingers outwards to the temples, with light pressure applied to your skin, as though you were smoothing away tension and wrinkles. Do this procedure 10 times.

    Do Yoga for Your Face Anytime

    The best part is that none of these moves require you to have space, a yoga mat, or anything else. You can do them in the shower, practice them while doing dishes, or when you are just bored at your computer. Give them a whirl to see if your face appears younger and healthier!

  • Your New Secret Weapon: A Simple Skin Care Routine for Men

    Your New Secret Weapon: A Simple Skin Care Routine for Men

    Most men in Western culture are not taught that they should take care of their skin growing up, nor how to do so. And, it is true that men typically do not need the same kind of skin care as women. Men’s skin produces more collagen and more oil than women’s skin, both of which help men look younger, longer. But that doesn’t mean that a basic skin care routine isn’t important.

    Why It Matters

    Despite having the natural fountain of youth in your skin, skin care still matters. First, even men can get skin cancer if they do not protect their skin from the sun. Second, acne in men can be far more fierce than women’s acne, due to the excess oil in men’s skin. Finally, having a very basic skin care routine helps you look healthier and more energized, which can make you appear more confident at work, in social settings, and in your life in general.

    Basic Skin Care Routine

    Men should choose skin care products that are specifically designed for their skin. Stronger acne products, but less specific moisturizing products, are better for a man’s skin than using women’s products, for example.

    Start with a cleanser at the end of the day to remove excess oil, and dirt from the air, hands, or cell phone usage throughout the day. If you can do this when you take a shower, that is even better – the heat and steam will open your pores so the cleaning is more effective. Be sure to rinse with cooler water to help the pores close, or you may be setting yourself up for a breakout. Most men should only wash their face once a day to avoid breakouts.

    The next step is to moisturize. A basic moisturizer should leave your face feeling normal and relaxed, not dry or tight, but your face should also not appear oily or shiny. Do this once a day after cleansing, while your face is still slightly damp. If you do use an acne cream, use it before your moisturizer. Be sure to rub carefully around the eyes and forehead – the skin in these areas is more delicate than elsewhere, and can wrinkle over time with rough handling.

    Apply sunscreen before you head outdoors, and that’s all you need for a very basic skin care routine.

    One Extra Step

    If your skin is very dry, or you feel like you look older than you really are, there’s one more step you can add twice a week that may do wonders. Between cleansing and moisturizing, add an exfoliator to get rid of dead skin cells on your face. Scrubbing with an exfoliating product also makes shaving easier, because it gets rid of the friction of dead skin, dirt, and hair on your face. Just a dime-sized dollop of exfoliator twice a week can often make you look younger and more energetic. Don’t scrub too hard – the product is designed to do all the work.

    Now Enjoy Your Younger Appearance

    With this basic skin care routine, you are reducing your risk of skin cancer and giving yourself a more attractive appearance – nothing unmanly about that! If you want to go a step further, look for products for men specifically designed for your type of skin (oily, dry, or normal). Otherwise, just these few extra steps that you can do in the shower are all you need to keep your skin healthy and looking great, and to help your shave be a little smoother as well. Keep in mind – as the largest organ of your body, skin care is just as important as hitting the gym.

  • Rhinoplasty: Achieving Harmony Between Function and Beauty

    Rhinoplasty: Achieving Harmony Between Function and Beauty

    The nose represents a prominent aesthetic highlight in the middle of the face. Ideally, it should blend with the surrounding facial structures in perfect balance. It should not stand out, either because of size, shape or asymmetry. When people look at you, they should notice and maintain their focus on your eyes and mouth as you are speaking. The nose should not detract from either.

    Aside from its aesthetic role, the nose has a very important function. It serves to warm and humidify the air that we breathe. To appreciate this function, think of times when you have been unable to breathe normally, such as during a bad cold. Deviation of the septum is a common problem that can be addressed surgically and does not generally change the outward appearance of the nose. Some patients, however, have deviation of the outside of the nose because of congenital problems or a history of trauma. If this deviation is not repaired at the time of surgery for aesthetics, the breathing that one is able to achieve after surgery will be suboptimal.

    Thus, the old adage, “a nose that looks good often breathes well,” certainly applies. We can reshape the nose, correcting airway issues and visible asymmetries on the outside at the same time. This provides the patient a nicely shaped, symmetric nose that has excellent function. There may be a desire on the patient’s part to have a “smaller nose. While this is often achievable, there is a limit as to how small it should be for both form and function. If the size of the nose is reduced too much, you begin to lose function permanently, which can only be repaired with secondary reconstructive surgery. Also, a nose that is too small for one’s facial features brings them out of balance just as much as one that is too large. In addition, it will have the look of a “done” nose. Also of critical importance is adequate support; long term, without such support, the nose will begin to twist and collapse, contributing to the “done” appearance.

    My goal is to achieve a result that is symmetric, long lasting, fits the face, and allows you to breathe well. Various techniques may need to be employed. Sometimes, we are able to reach our goals with incisions hidden inside the nose with minimal swelling. At other times, a small incision may be needed across the base of the nose, which is imperceptible. This allows us to work directly on the framework, placing small, precise pieces of carved cartilage into areas of the nose that are indented or lacking in support. We can use cartilage from the crooked portion of the septum (much like recycling), or occasionally from the back of the ear (without changing its shape or affecting hearing), or from the rib (through a small incision hidden below the breast). I prefer to use your own cartilage, rather than cadaver cartilage or synthetic materials because of the lower risks of infection and rejection.

  • What Your Skin Reveals About Your Health

    What Your Skin Reveals About Your Health

    Did you know that the skin of your face can reveal quite a lot about your health? Maybe even more than you want it to! To most people, dry skin, acne, redness, or other skin issues are just products of the environment, or your genetics – so don’t worry that you’re spilling your secrets to everyone. But to a trained eye, certain skin issues can speak volumes about how you treat your body.

    Puffiness Under the Eyes

    Many people experience a bit of puffiness under their eyes if they’ve had a long night, or a good cry over a sappy movie. But if you can’t seem to get rid of the swollen lower lids, you could have an issue with your kidneys. You may need to consider drinking more water (a good suggestion for all of us) and checking in with your primary physician. The reason is that kidney issues can cause water retention, and the delicate area under the eye is one of the most noticeable places for swelling.

    Puffy lower lids can also be caused by congestion, excess salt intake, aging, or sleeping face-down. Just a few tweaks to your routine could make your eyes big and bright again.

    Red Nose

    If your nose is very red, or the capillaries are very visible, you may have an issue with your blood pressure. This is a common sign of high blood pressure, and should be checked out by your primary doctor. The reason is because the blood vessels in the nose are very close to the surface, so high blood pressure could manifest itself in this manner.

    A red nose could also be caused by too much caffeine, an allergy, congestion, rosacea, or a skin infection. Try getting more essential fatty acids, such as avocado, and cutting back on the coffee.

    Acne on the Chin

    If you consistently see acne on your chin, it could just be hormones – but if you’ve eliminated that possibility, there’s another potential culprit behind this type of breakout. Stress has been known to cause acne specifically on the chin, though we can only guess at the why. Stress does cause hormonal imbalances in the adrenals and brain, which may cause chin acne.

    If this is an issue for you, stress-reduction techniques can greatly help. Try getting more sleep and exercise, practicing meditation, or consider seeing a doctor for medical treatment. If you are near your menstrual cycle, chin acne may just be one thing you have to put up with.

    Dry Lips

    Dry lips seem to plague everyone in the colder seasons, but if you have dry lips year-round, there could be a problem. You could simply be dehydrated – which is very likely. A vast majority of adults do not get enough water. However, you could also be lacking vitamin B, or you may need more iron. If you get plenty of water and your lips are still dry, consider talking to your doctor about supplements.

    Acne or Wrinkles on the Forehead

    The forehead is the area of the face where toxins are flushed out. It’s not exactly known why, but if you frequently see a large outbreak of forehead acne, you may want to examine your diet. You could be having issues with digestion, or even problems with your liver. Be sure to drink plenty of water and get in your veggies. You may even want to eliminate known irritants for a while, such as dairy, wheat, and caffeine. Always be sure to check with your doctor before trying a new diet.

    As you can see, your face reveals quite a lot about what’s happening inside your body. You can use this information to help check up on your own health.

  • 6 Ways Your Lifestyle Might Be Giving You Wrinkles

    6 Ways Your Lifestyle Might Be Giving You Wrinkles

    If you love the way your laugh lines remind you of happy times, then there’s no need to change a thing about your beautiful face. But not everyone appreciates waking up to find crow’s feet around their eyes. While everyone accepts their own beauty in their own way, there are definitely ways to slow down the process a little if you aren’t quite ready to accept wrinkles as a natural progression of aging.
    Here are six ways that your daily life might be adding years to your face:

    Do You Tug Your Skin to Put On Makeup?

    You know what we’re talking about. Do you catch yourself pulling a long face to put on mascara, or tugging your eyelid to one side as you perfect your liner? Almost everyone does. In fact, there’s a pretty solid debate on whether it’s even possible to put on mascara without making some kind of face. However, the fact is that this habit can prematurely age your face. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, and constant tugging, pulling, or rough handling can lead to wrinkles and excess skin.

    Do You Skip Exfoliation?

    There is a fine line between the right amount of exfoliation, and too much. While you don’t want to scrub your skin raw, you definitely should not skip exfoliating altogether. All that dirt, oil, dead skin cell build-up, and debris from your day can settle into any fine lines, making them more pronounced. Exfoliation gets rid of this top layer, where fine lines live, and lets the younger, fresher skin underneath shine through. Ask your skin care specialist how often is right for you, as everyone’s skin needs a different amount of exfoliation to stay healthy.

    Are False Eyelashes Your Go-To?

    Believe it or not, false eyelashes are very heavy on your eyes. Even your thinnest, lightest pair can weigh down your eyelids, causing drooping and wrinkling. False eyelashes should really only be worn for special events in order for you to keep your eyes looking young and fresh for many years to come. If you must wear falsies for a long period of time, or frequently, then choose smaller and lighter lashes over the dramatic, multi-layer versions.

    Do You Sleep on Cotton?

    Cotton fabric is probably the worst thing someone with sensitive or delicate skin can sleep on (and it’s not particularly great for your hair, either). It can rub and catch on your skin as you sleep, leaving sleep lines that add to premature aging. Satin or silk are the perfect fabrics for sleeping, because your skin simply glides right over them. If you can’t replace your entire sheet set, consider just getting a silk pillowcase for your head to lay on.

    Do You Squint Often?

    If you avoid wearing your glasses, or are frequently outdoors without eye protection, you could be on the fast track to early eye wrinkles. Squinting causes crow’s feet, as well as wrinkles between the brows. Give your eyes a break by investing in a good pair of sunglasses, or having your prescription checked.

    Do You Indulge in Sugar Often?

    Did you know that sugar molecules can actually cause your skin cells to become deformed? It’s true. They connect to the proteins in your skin in a way that causes sagging and wrinkles. Ditch the donut for more veggies, and your skin will stay young and healthy for much longer.

    Changing up a few things in your lifestyle is an easy and low-cost way to reduce wrinkles, and will likely work better in the end than trying a zillion products. So, which of these habits do you need to work on?

  • Plastic Surgery’s Female Pioneer: Alma Dea Morani

    Plastic Surgery’s Female Pioneer: Alma Dea Morani

    Like many other areas of medicine, cosmetic surgery has historically been made up of a larger number of male doctors. Female cosmetic surgeons are more and more common every day, but it wasn’t always like that. The very first woman ever admitted to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons was Dr. Alma Dea Morani. In honor of Women’s History Month, and as an inspiration to all of us, this is a little about Dr. Morani’s influence on cosmetic surgery.

    Dr. Morani’s Artistic Upbringing

    Cosmetic surgery is often compared to art, because there’s a lot more at work than just closing up a wound. Cosmetic surgeons are here to make patients look good, which means they need to know what looks good, and have the ability to interpret that on a person’s face or body. Dr. Morani was raised by a sculptor, who saw natural artistic ability in his daughter. In fact, he was against her becoming a doctor, because he though her artistic talents would be wasted.

    An Early Pioneer in Plastic Surgery

    After graduating with her M.D. in 1931, Dr. Morani went on to become one of the leading pioneers in what was, at the time, a very “creative” field of medicine. Plastic surgery was still considered a bit exotic at the time. Dr. Morani became the first female doctor to become a surgical intern at St. James Hospital in New Jersey, and was later admitted to the American College of Surgeons. It took her six more years to find a plastic surgeon training course that would accept women. By 1946, she was finally studying with one of the top plastic surgeons in the country.

    Not Always Easy

    Unfortunately for Dr. Morani, she was not allowed to perform surgery while in this program. She was allowed to take drawings and observe – but she applied herself to these tasks so intensely that the teaching doctors were impressed. Once she was allowed to perform surgeries (only when all the male doctors were busy or away), she gained the respect of her peers as a competent, and even artistic, plastic surgeon. By 1948, Dr. Morani was back in Pennsylvania, where she lived and worked as a plastic surgeon for 27 years. During this time, she established the very first Hand Surgery Clinic in Philadelphia. Her work was largely focused on reconstructing limbs and other areas of the body for wounded solders during and after World War II.

    Art in Medicine

    After she retired, Dr. Morani became a tireless advocate for the idea of “art in medicine”. She truly believed that the science of medicine, and the beauty of art, went hand in hand. She was always an avid collector and supporter of the arts. In addition to founding a surgery clinic, she also created the Morani Gallery of Art in 1985.

    Her focus on art and “softer” fields of study left a lasting impression on the world of plastic surgery. Dr. Morani believed that what she did as a doctor was to help people live happier, more fulfilled lives. Without her inspiration, the field of plastic surgery could have been a much less humane industry. Dr. Morani is also a huge inspiration to the many women who have gone on to become surgeons and doctors. Even after a six-year search for a program, and then being denied the chance to participate for so long, Dr. Morani relentlessly pursued her passion for helping people through the talents she had.

    She passed away in 2001, and is remembered today through the Alma Dea Morani, MD Renaissance Woman Award.

  • Eyes: The Window to Your Soul

    Eyes: The Window to Your Soul

    The eyes and surrounding brow and cheeks are the first thing that people look at when they meet someone. Within seconds, people surmise a person’s age by merely glancing into their eyes. North Texas is fortunate that Dr. Jesse Smith has dedicated his life to restoring the look you remember, so that the vibrant person you are is the one people see.

    Hidden and sunken eyes, enveloped behind baggy skin or excess wrinkles tends to add age to even the youngest face, detracting from appearance and openness. Sun exposure, genetics, and other environmental factors all contribute to these changes. The brow and eyebrows tend to descend, and wrinkles form near the sides of the eyes, on the forehead, and between the eyes. The skin can also become thin, dry and wrinkled, losing elasticity and firmness. A youthful brow lies just above or at the level of the boney rim of the upper eye. As the brow falls, the upper eyelid descends as well, causing hooding of the eye. Wrinkles can develop above the brow as the body attempts to continually hold the brow in a more youthful position. As time goes on, brow and upper eyelid collapse can cause obstruction of vision, especially in upward gaze. Lower eyelid laxity, bulging and sagging can also occur, even at a youthful age.

    Thankfully, there are also a myriad of short surgical interventions that act to lift the brow and to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids, thus returning the eyes to a more comforting, relaxed, youthful appearance. Depending on a patient’s needs, a brow lift can be done through a series of small tunnels behind the hair, using cameras, to minimize downtime. Brow lifts can also be used to correct short or long hairlines. Upper eyelid skin removal is also done at the same time to correct redundancy in this region. Lasers may also be employed to provide finishing couches, and to smooth fine wrinkles around the eyes. If vision is truly disturbed because of a sagging brow or eyelids, insurance may pay for all or a portion of the surgical procedures.

    Within the last five years a number of products have become available that allow for office injections, reversing many of these age related changes, pushing back the clock, and allowing for a more vibrant and youthful appearance. Many times, these produces are used in concert with Botox®, to harmoniously transfigure the face and restore volume to areas in need.

    Superficial fillers include, but are not limited to, hyaluronic acid derivatives: Restylane®, Belotero®, Voluma®, Vobella®, and Vollure®. They tend to remain in the body for 6-9 months. Deep fillers include, but are not limited to, several different classes of materials. Sculptra® is administered in a series of injections and slowly converts to collagen. Radiesse® has the same effect, but can usually be done in one injection; however, it is slower to convert to collagen than other products. ArteFill® is a permanent deep dermal injection. This product can usually be placed in one injection, but a skin test is required prior to the procedure. Each of these products is an excellent choice for restoring volume and youth to the cheeks, brow and tear troughs.

    As with all facial cosmetic procedures, a thorough consultation is the best way to ensure that your questions have been answered and that your goals and desires are conveyed and understood prior to therapy. Explaining your options and bringing the process together is an integral part of your initial consultation with Dr. Jesse Smith. Dr. Smith will spend the time and personal attention to ensure all of your questions and issues are addressed. He will explain the benefits of each different product that is available, as well as how each is administered. Dr. Smith personally administers each product in a meticulous manner to ensure the outstanding results he is known for.

    Call today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Smith. You can discuss these procedures as well as other non-surgical and surgical options to achieve a more youthful appearance. You will be surprised to learn how affordable cosmetic surgery can be.

  • Surgical and Non-Surgical Hair-Loss Treatment for Men and Women

    Surgical and Non-Surgical Hair-Loss Treatment for Men and Women

    People look into our eyes but those eyes are framed, for better or worse, by our hair. In various forms, hair has been modified throughout time to attract attention and to complement the physical beauty and harmony of the face. When hair begins to thin our the ability to enhance the face can be lost as well. The casualty is our self-esteem.

    Male pattern baldness is common. Just look around. Current evidence indicates char both the mother and father’s generics are important factors in determining the likelihood of hair loss in adulthood. Furthermore, some individuals with these tendencies may be affected more than others.

    Although, predictably, male pattern baldness is most common in men, females can also be affected and notice a significant reduction in quantity and quality of hair as they age. This may be due to several factors. Some are genetic and others environmental.

    There are two, medicinal non-surgical treatment options for hair loss currently approved by the FDA. Rogaine (Minoxidil) is a topical solution that can be applied directly to the scalp. This medication is beneficial to both men and women experiencing hair loss, and is currently avail-able over-the-counter. Most patients can expect to see results within 6-12 weeks. Unfortunately, the beneficial effects tend to decrease if the medication is discontinued. Propecia (Finasteride) is an oral medication mostly used in male pattern baldness and less so in females. This medication acts to block the body’s own chemicals that induce male hair loss. It has a very low side-effect profile and is taken once a day.

    Surgical options vary, but newer techniques of micro-grafting individual hair follicles and follicle units have lead to very natural-appearing hair transplants. These techniques require that each follicle be detached from its surrounding donor groups under a microscope after the initial graft is removed. Each of these tiny follicles is then reinserted in the exact, desired location one hair and follicle at a time. TI1is ensures that the “plugged” appearance does not occur, offering a natural transformation of a bare scalp to a full, thick head of hair without gaps or circles that can be easily identified as “done:’ The procedure can be accomplished with simple oral sedatives in a comfortable setting, and most procedures can be completed in a one day treatment with minimal downtime.

    As with all facial cosmetic procedures, a thorough consultation is the best way to ensure that your questions have been answered and that your goals and desires are clearly understood prior to therapy. Explaining your options and bringing the process together is an integral part of your initial consultation with Dr. Jesse Smith. Dr. Smith invests the time and effort to ensure that all of your questions and issues are addressed, and will explain the benefits of each product or procedure that is available, as well as how each is administered.

    Call today to schedule a free consultation with Dr, Smith. You may discuss these procedures as well as other non-surgical and surgical options to achieve a more youthful appearance. You will be surprised to learn how affordable cosmetic surgery can be.

  • Reshaping the Nose

    Reshaping the Nose

    The nose is important for us to be able to breathe comfortably. Everyone knows how miserable we feel when we are congested with a head cold. Some of us, unfortunately, feel congested all the time or during times of increased need such as exercise. The nose is also important as it forms a major aesthetic highlight of the face. The shape of our eyes, our smile, our skin quality can all be distracted by an unattractive nose.

    Precise analysis of the underlying cause of a “big nose” or “unattractive nose” is important to avoid the appearance of an unnatural or poorly functioning nose after surgery. The goal is to reshape the nose and put it into a proper balance with the remaining features of the face. There are certain limitations of course. The nose is not made of clay that can be trimmed down or shaped at will. It is made of living tissue which is unique to each of us. The nose rests on the skull. The opening on which it rests can only be narrowed so much without compromising breathing. The cartilage has a memory. This means it remembers how crooked or misshapen it was. Although we have some tricks to maintain it in a straighter orientation, it can sometimes revert somewhat towards where it was. The more crooked a nose is to begin with, the more difficult it is to maintain its shape long term. The skin overlying the nose is important as well.

    Fortunately, within the last few years, a number of products have become available that can be placed under the skin during an office visit. These products can reverse age-related changes to allow for a more vibrant and youthful appearance. Many times, these products are used in concert with one another, and with Botox to harmoniously transfigure the face and restore volume to areas in need.

    Superficial fillers include, but are not limited to, hyaluronic acid derivatives: Restylane, Perlane, Juvaderm Ultra, and Juvaderm Ultra Plus. These injections are placed below the surface of the skin and restore volume and fullness to the upper skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. These products are injected in the office with topical or local anesthesia and can be done within 15 to 20 minutes.

    Deeper fillers can be used to restore greater amounts of volume loss in the face and hands. These products are slowly converted into the body’s own collagen over time and tend to last longer than superficial fillers. These products can fill sagging cheeks, deep folds near the mouth, hollows near the eyes, as well as many other areas. Sculptra and Radiesse are injected into the deep dermis, providing considerable volume to the areas of interest.

    As with all facial cosmetic procedures, a thorough consultation is the best way to ensure that your questions are answered prior to therapy. Explaining your options and bringing the process together is an integral part of your initial consultation with Dr. Smith. He can further explain the benefits of each product and its desired effect. Dr. Smith personally administers each product in a meticulous manner to ensure outstanding results.

    Call today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Smith. You may discuss these procedures as well as other surgical and non-surgical options to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Jesse E Smith, MD, FACS

923 Pennsylvania Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76104

Phone: (817) 920-0484

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