Skin Rejuvenation Supreme: Dry Facial Brushing
Would it surprise you to know that the outermost layer of your skin, the one you see as you look in the mirror, is comprised of dead skin cells? The stratum corneum, aka the ‘horny layer,’ is made up of flat cells that have around 20% water and 80% protein. However, our bodies shed around a million cells per hour, and our skin sloughs away cells in a 30 day cycle.
That means there are a lot of dead skin cells on our bodies, and faces, at any given time. Even more interesting, though, is this: our body’s skin cells stop dividing if they come into contact with neighboring cells. This is why the elimination of dead cells is key to healthier skin.
By now, you can probably see just why the process known as exfoliation is so significant. It hastens the speed at which our skin can renew itself, giving skin cells room to grow and to let us look our very best. Exfoliation is nothing new, and almost anyone who reads articles or books about optimal skin health is familiar with the many ways exfoliation, and even exfoliant products, are put to use.
The Rise of Dry Brushing
One of the newer innovations in exfoliation is the process known as “dry brushing.” It is noted by experts for its ability to quickly remove dead skin cells, help the lymphatic system to detoxify itself, and boost circulation.
It is also a process that can be used on the face. Now, before you panic and think we are advocating the use of the coarse body brushes on your soft, smooth face, give it a minute. That dry brush you use for your legs, arms and torso is not the same one you’d use on the face. Instead, the dry brush for the face is soft and often described as “ultra fine.” It is similar to a makeup brush, but a bit stiffer.
Can you expect the same benefits to be gained when dry brushing the face as when you dry brush the body? Actually, there are even more to be enjoyed. Just consider what one beauty expert says about the process. “Gentle manual facial brushing will speed up cell turnover, maximize oxygen intake, strengthen the skin’s inner structure, and eventually reverse some of the effects of aging. The trick is to use a good nurturing and healing cream to accelerate the skin recovery time and to allow you to use the brush daily.”
So, right there we have some incredibly valuable information. The first piece is that there are direct as well as anti-aging benefits to be gained. The next is that you will need a repairing and restoring cream that aids in skin recovery, and the third is that you get the best results when you do this each day.
This makes it a lot like the dry brushing of the body, but it is something you should only do for two to three minutes at the most. That makes it something you can easily do in the shower or as part of your daily skincare routine.
How to Dry Brush
You can easily go online and discover resources for the brushes designed for dry brushing the face, as well as a cream ideally suited to your skin type. Then, you can follow this simple protocol:
1. Wash the face to open the pores
2. Starting at your chin, begin using upward motions that encourage circulation. Move from the chin towards the hairline first on one side of the face, and then start at the chin and do the other. Always use gentle strokes.
3. Don’t forget to do dry brushing from the upper chest and neck, finishing at the bottom of the chin
4. If you have time, this is the moment for a facial mask. If you are just doing the morning routine, use your healing moisturizer or oil. If you are a serum user, this is also the time to apply
5. Finally – always clean the dry brush!
It is that easy to make dry brushing a daily activity and doing so eliminates puffiness, detoxes the skin and boosts circulation; ensuring you look and feel your best.
Broccoli as Hair Care Miracle
If you thought about clicking away from this article because you are not a big fan of vegetables, rest assured, this is not about adding broccoli to the diet. No, instead it is about the use of brassica seed oil (the very seed oil that comes from broccoli seeds) to improve your hair.
For many years, most of us have made a habit of turning to silicone based products when we wanted to make our hair as silky smooth, soft and shiny as possible. Everything else aside, silicone is not really a great compound to use anywhere on the body, including the hair.
Not only is silicone dubious by nature, but it also has a nasty reputation for leaving behind heavy residues and oils that left hair lifeless and even a bit greasy in appearance.
Enter broccoli oil that works just as good – if not better than silicone. Just consider that it can be used for:
– Priming hair
– Heat protecting for those who use a blow dryer on a regular basis
– Shine enhancing
– Protecting from UV light
In fact, the experts point out that there are eight very solid reasons to use it in cosmetics and hair care products. Experts like Organic Authority say that it has “silicone slip,” which is unique in hair care products. This gives hair texture but also the same silkiness and the control of silicone.
They also talk about its amazing hydration properties that penetrate quickly, lock in moisture, and yet leave no heavy residue. The same is said for its moisturizing properties that allow essential fatty acids to hydrate the hair cells and keep it hydrated for a very long time afterward.
Of course, you have to consider the scalp in addition to the hair itself, and broccoli oil is noted for its natural retinol that encourages the sloughing of dead skin, its antioxidant and anti inflammation properties, and its overall ability to boost skin health while also possibly fighting skin cancer.
Using Broccoli Oil Products
So, which kinds of products are you going to find if you wish to add it to your hair care regimen? One of the smartest ways to use it is as a blow out crème. The natural heat protectant properties of broccoli oil ensure that you get a shiny and stylish result, but without any harm to the hair. It also helps to cut down on the time spent with the blow dryer – especially if you apply it to wet hair.
You should also explore options for non-aerosol styling sprays. These can provide you with optimal levels of shine as well as hold, and all without that dreaded “crunchy” feeling so common to most sprayed hair styles. Be sure that the manufacturer has not done anything sneaky and slipped in any parabens, phthalates or sulfates. You can even use such a product on straightened hair to give it a bit of support and added moisture.
Another of the nice ways to add broccoli oil to your hair care regimen is to find it as a leave in, silkening conditioner. This is going to also work as a moisturizer and detangler; further protecting the hair from damage. Currently, one of the biggest names for the broccoli oil hair care is the Madam CJ Walker name, but you can also find other products that rely on such a healthy and beneficial alternative to silicone.
If you are tired of using compounds that leave your hair heavy or covered in questionable products, the broccoli oil phenomenon is one for you. Natural and beneficial, it is an option for those with curly or straight hair who just want a better way to maintain their style.
Hair Exfoliation: Detox Your Hair This Year
Are you a fan of dry brushing? This skin care practice really exploded when Gwyneth Paltrow advocated for it, saying it helped lymphatic drainage as well as reduced cellulite. It is also something people do to their faces, using special brushes to remove dead skin cells and undo a lot of the earliest signs of aging. The point of any dry brushing, though, is exfoliation.
To exfoliate is to remove dead skin cells for the purpose of triggering the skin to create newer cells and obtain a much healthier look. It is actually an essential component to the clearest and healthiest skin. Yet, we fail to exfoliate one of the most significant parts of our bodies…our hair and scalp.
If you take the time to scrub your skin in order to get rid of oily residues, dead cells and all of the rest, why aren’t you also exfoliating your hair and scalp? After all, it is the residue of hair care products, dead cells and natural oils that is the underlying cause for limp or fragile hair. As one beauty writer said, “Most of the things that touch our hair each day—conditioner, styling products, our grubby fingers—leave behind dirt and oils that can’t always be removed by shampoo alone. Just as a good facial cleanser can’t get as deep into your pores as a good exfoliating treatment can, shampoo is no match for a gentle scrub meant to purge the scalp of impurities.”
So, perhaps it is time to introduce your hair and scalp to the many benefits of exfoliation. Of course, that begs the question of just how you go about exfoliating the scalp and hair.
How It Is Done
The good news is that exfoliating the hair and scalp is easy. If you had visions of brushes and lots of elbow grease spent scrubbing the scalp, rest assured that this is not how it is done. Instead, you will need only to find one of the many hair or scalp exfoliating products. They may have names like washes or rinses, but the goal is to find one that relies mostly on natural ingredients that will not strip the scalp of essential natural oils or leave the hair brittle.
Interesting enough, it is the “purifying” scrubs that rely on sea salt that can often yield the best results. This is because salt is so great at eliminating build up but without removing anything from the hair follicle. There are also some scalp treatments marketed as remedies for those with dandruff, but which are also great for exfoliating the hair and scalp, leaving the hair shiny and clean and full of bounce and body. These should never be medicated formulations, and if you can find them with natural apricot seeds or argan shells, they are much better for your scalp.
Keep in mind that natural ingredients like tea tree oil, peppermint, cinnamon and other fragrant oils also typically have volatile compounds that work well to cleanse the hair and scalp without actually stripping away necessary oils.
Once you find the product ideal for your needs, it is important that you use the exfoliant product, then wash the hair with a natural shampoo or rinse and then use a safe and effective moisturizing treatment. Though exfoliating is meant to improve the overall health of the hair and scalp, it requires a brief period of recovery.
Remember that exfoliating means massaging the product all over the scalp. This stimulates the sloughing of dead cells, improves circulation and allows the pores to be cleaned of debris. You won’t have to do this on a daily basis. Many people find once a week or even less frequently to be enough to keep their hair looking and feeling amazing.
Men’s Trends: Anti-Grooming
To the women of the world, it may seem wildly unfair that the latest grooming trend for men is…not to groom! Known as anti-grooming, it emerged on runways in 2016 and is now a big deal in the world of men’s health and fashion trends. As one expert explained it: “Think messy, unwashed hair and bushy, un-plucked eyebrows teamed with a healthy, natural glow; this look is the lazy person’s approach to grooming, and it requires very little effort.”
Yes, guys can now rock the “I just fell out of bed look” and keep in line with the trend.
Yet, it may not be as simple as all that. This is because the look is defined by hair styles that look a lot like bed head, but which are the end result of careful styling. For example, one writer delving into the whole anti-grooming trend explained that it “requires multiple products” and went on to list facial lotions, eye creams, hair treatments, lip balms, hand creams, shave balms…In the end, the “Total retail price for looking like you stayed out all night? $183”
In fact, it was an actual “all-nighter” that inspired the look. It began at the autumnal London Fashion Week in 2016, when designer John Elliott styled garments and male model hair and makeup based on his look after he pulled an all-nighter at his favorite club. The original runway look used makeup to give the models shiny skin, dark circles beneath their eyes, out of control hair, and a general “disheveled, hungover aura”. Clearly, this is not something the average male could or should attempt to pull off.
It is not the “artfully-disheveled look, enhanced through artificial means” that appeared on the runway that is meant for the everyday men. Instead, it is just a less polished look that has already started appearing in major cities. In London, reporters began scouting the streets to see if men really were using this look. The result? There were many who were aware of it and taking advantage of it. While one man said that he did nothing but showering and brushing his teeth, most agreed that they did a bit more than that.
The most common step noted was the use of moisturizing products to keep the skin in good condition. As one man noted, it was okay to have the unkempt look, but unhealthy would never be fashionable.
If you are eager to begin following the anti-grooming trend, it starts with the hair. The famous “bed head” look is easily done with the right products. The key is to get it looking disheveled, bushy and maybe even unwashed. Feel free to skip one of your usual trims or cuts, allowing hair to grow a bit less groomed and managed.
The next part of the process is to consider the eye brows. Men who regularly pluck or shape their brows may find it hard to skip this habit, but the anti-grooming look is all about the thicker and un-plucked brow.
The experts all agree on the overall “health” of the skin, though. With one saying, “to pull off the look, there needs to be that natural, healthy glow on the skin. This is where the cleaning and moisturizing parts of your regular routine will remain in place.
If you are eager to sleep in an extra ten minutes each morning and redirect some of your hard earned cash to things other than skin and hair care products, the anti-grooming look is probably for you. It is expected to reappear at upcoming runway shows since it was such a hit last fall, so be sure you keep up with it too!
A Primer Primer
You’ve heard of them, and maybe you’ve even watched a few YouTube videos or social media posts that showed you details about a facial primer. Still, a lot of people have yet to incorporate this into their regular beauty routines.
And that is really a shame, because it is one of the best ways to get predictable and well-controlled results with makeup application.
Let us spend a bit of time looking at just what primer is, why everyone should use it, and how you can get started with it.
What Is Primer?
If you listen to the pros over at Maybelline, you see that a primer is defined like this: “Makeup primers prep your skin by creating a smooth and even canvas to use with or without makeup.” They go on to say that is the application of a primer that will “Set the stage for your flawless look”.
Now, before you say something along the lines of “But, I don’t wear full face makeup every single day”, let us just say this – whether you do the full face or you just use a totally basic routine, the use of primer should not be overlooked. It is an ideal way to fight shiny skin and an even greater way to even out the skin tone, texture and color before you use a foundation.
Let’s not forget that primer also:
– Makes your makeup application last longer
– Makes your makeup supplies last longer because you use less makeup after you have used primer
– Smooth fine lines, larger pores and wrinkles, meaning it reduces signs of aging
– Corrects skin color for those with acne, rosacea or skin redness
– Comes in formulas meant for eyes only, if you wish to avoid creasing
– Fights harsh weather such as heat and humidity or freezing cold temperatures, holding the makeup in place even if you are perspiring or the weather is blistering cold
– Can be worn alone and gives a fresh faced look and even skin tone
– Comes in tinted formulas that can be used to overcome specific concerns. For example, green tints neutralize redness, lilac hues brighten sallow skin and pink hues add a healthy glow
With so many benefits and uses to its credit, it is amazing to hear just how few people will incorporate it into their regular routines. Makeup experts often hear people complain that it is probably nothing more than an extra step, but once many people use it, there is no turning back.
So, how do you go about using primer? There are a few basic concepts to keep in mind.
The first is that old adage – less is more. Primer may sound as if you need to lay it on fairly heavily, but here’s the thing about most primers, they are meant to be applied in small amounts and then rubbed into the skin.
You do not need any special brushes or applicators. You can, as one makeup professional said, just “apply primer with fingertips … massaging primer onto skin with fingertips helps to get the blood flowing underneath.”
While you can also use it like a spot treatment, applying it as a sort of concealer, it is best to apply small dots that you rub in gently. The eyes do need a bit of extra attention, and you will want apply it on the lids and directly beneath and around the eyes to reduce oils, soften lines and adjust redness.
You can also find primers specifically for the lashes, which you apply before regular mascara to keep the lashes protected and to hold the makeup in place longer. There are also primers (some even work as plumpers) that stop the unwanted lipstick feathering and which work well to set the makeup in place.
Whether you go for the full face or a natural look, you will find primer is your new favorite.
Face Oil Myths Debunked
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words face and oil in the same sentence? If you are like most of us, that first thought is probably something along the lines of: “well, an oily face isn’t good”. This is because we are brought up to believe that oil is something that does not belong on the face, and that if it is there, it leads to pimples and breakouts.
Unfortunately, that is fairly harmful misinformation. Not only does the skin benefit from certain kinds of oil, but the methods that we use to keep natural oils under control (think astringents, scrubs and deep cleansers) can actually harm the skin and dry it out.
What this leads to is skin that may feel dry, shows signs of aging and is unprotected against many issues. When we then seek to restore moisture, we might use oils that only make matters worse.
This means that the myths associated with face oil are twofold – the first, that our skin shouldn’t have a lot of natural oil, and that using face oils may cause trouble. In both instances, these ideas are wrong. To overcome our misconceptions about face oils, let’s spend some time debunking the biggest face oil myths.
Let’s begin with what might easily be called the biggest of the myths about face oil, which is that oil causes the skin to breakout.
Face Oil Myth 1 – Oil Leads to Pimples and Breakouts
It is true that acne and skin breakouts can be the result of excessive sebum production. This is something that the body produces on its own, and it can clog the pores and result in breakouts. However, even if you are someone with acne prone skin, you don’t want to use harsh products aimed at eliminating oils and drying everything out.
Instead, you need to find a regimen that includes naturally derived oils that can keep everything in balance. As one expert says: “Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oils are particularly good for skin prone to breakouts…[such as] tea-tree, East Indian, or sandalwood oils.” For those with average skin, grape seed, avocado and coconut oils can be applied to clean skin without leading to any sort of clogging or breakouts.
Face Oil Myth 2 – Face Oil is Never an Issue in Warmer Weather
While it is true that your skin does not suffer the dryness that can occur during heating season, colder, drier months, it does not mean that you don’t need to keep an eye on the balance of oil and moisture during warmer weather. In fact, one of the best bits of advice that experts offer is to use a lighter weight facial oil during the summer. These will not leave any residues on the skin, and will ensure that your skin remains deeply hydrated year round.
Face Oil Myth 3 – Those With Oily Skin Must Avoid Face Oils
Yes, we agree that it sounds unwise for someone with oily skin to apply oil to that skin, but it is important to remember that certain facial oils will actually work with the skin to regulate oil. As one skincare professional says, “Jojoba oil mimics your skin’s sebum production… your skin won’t feel the need to overproduce. Other oils to look for include rose, apricot kernel, or grape-seed… Not only do facial oils regulate your sebum production during your oily times, they also soothe inflammation during your drier hours.”
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, face oil is important in the fight against aging. It traps moisture beneath the surface and is often full of natural antioxidants that help repair and neutralize free radicals.
So, face oil actually helps to balance the skin, does not cause pimples or acne breakouts and is something to keep an eye on year round. Now that you know about these myths, you can begin to take better care of your skin.
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
– Exfoliator (Many routines use a Konjac sponge for everyday use, and an exfoliating product twice a week)
– 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
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.
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!
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
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
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.