A recent article just came out discussing whether or not face and neck exercises can help make you look younger. The answer: Probably not. If you run a Google search, many electronic and manual devices will come up, but none can conclusively help target facial muscles and rejuvenate your face. While practicing healthy habits like eating a balanced diet and exercising will help you overall, here are some procedures that can keep you looking young without resorting to gimmicks and facial calisthenics.

Skin, Skin, Skin – taking care of your skin can go a long way. First step is having a good skincare regimen at home that consists of cleaning, moisturizing and exfoliating. Treatments like facials, micro-peels, laser and light skin resurfacing helps maintain and treat conditions like acne, rosacea, large pores, wrinkles and sunspots. For deeper wrinkles, sagging and loss of volume, you may seek out injectables like Botox®, Juvéderm® and other fillers.

Links:

-          Skin resurfacing: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/skin/skin-resurfacing

-          Ultherapy [Project Beauty VIDEO]: http://www.projectbeauty.com/videos/channel/skincare/

Eyes – they say the eyes are the windows to the soul. If they’re framed by dark circles, sagging lids and crows feet, they might not be representing a clear image (or vision for that matter). Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty can make your face appear brighter, younger and more welcoming. In combination with fillers and Botox®, your windows can finally reflect a younger you.

Links:

-          Eyelid: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/head/eyelid-surgery

-          No more baggy eyes [Project Beauty VIDEO]: http://www.projectbeauty.com/videos/watch/rosemary-no-more-baggy- eyes/

Lift it up – a good forehead, face and neck lift should never leave you looking tight or overstretched. Loose skin can be removed, skin smoothed and extra fat “liposuctioned” away. While there are many different techniques and methods, the result should be to turn back the hands of time, so you look like a younger you – not someone else!

Links:

-          Facelift: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/head/facelift

-          Forehead: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/head/forehead-lift

-          More than one way to lift a neck: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/plastic-surgery-news-briefs/lift-neck-1037037

General Links related to Facial Rejuvenation Procedures:

-          Article: Lasers fight sun damage; injectables reduce under eye circles: http://www.crabappleinc.com/massachusetts/deerfield-monroe_bridge.shtml

-          Article: Can face and neck exercises shave off the years? http://www.surgery.org/consumers/plastic-surgery-news-briefs/face-neck-exercises-shave-years-1037147

-          [BLOG] Injectables: How to prevent bruising: http://www.projectbeauty.com/blog/blog-post/injectables-how-to-prevent-bruising/

-          Fillers After My Facelift [Project Beauty VIDEO]: http://www.projectbeauty.com/videos/watch/joanne-fillers-after-my-facelift/

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laser surgery for skin cancerPrecancerous skin growths may be effectively treated with laser surgery, according to the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

In cases where radiation therapy or excision surgery are not possible, your plastic surgeon may be able to employ the use of a carbon dioxide laser to treat the growth. This type of laser surgery for skin cancer is best used to treat growths on the head and neck that have yet to transform into melanomas, one of the most deadly forms of skin cancer.

To test the effectiveness of laser surgery for skin cancer, researchers compared it to other treatment techniques like radiation therapy and surgical removal. The researchers compared surgery treatment cases over the course of about 20 years. Radiation therapy was the most commonly used technique and laser surgery for skin cancer, the least common with just 15 of 73 patients undergoing that option.

The recurrence rate of cancers treated with surgery and the carbon dioxide laser were relatively low, at 4.2 and 6.7% respectively. Patients who underwent radiation treatments saw the greatest recurrence at 29%.

Though many plastic surgeons may choose excision surgery when given the opportunity, given its lower recurrence rate in the study, it is not always possible. In areas where a surgical scar may be more visible, like areas around the neck and face, laser surgery for skin cancer may be advantageous.

Despite any cosmetic benefits of using laser surgery for skin cancer, it is important to follow the advice of your plastic surgeon when it comes to treatment.

To learn more about treatment for skin cancer, email Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Genter.

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detecting melanomaYour plastic surgeon may soon be able to use a new device when detecting melanoma, according to WebMD.

The device, called MelaFind, helps doctors in detecting melanoma and judging whether a biopsy may be necessary. The MelaFind works by scanning the surface of the skin and analyzing skin lesions it finds. Early findings for the MelaFind have been successful—the device only missed 2% of melanomas.

Melanoma is one of the most deadly forms of cancer. It grows quickly, but may be treated if found early enough. Doctors who use MelaFind can use the device conjunction with their own training to diagnose patients.

One of the benefits of the device is that when it is successful in detecting melanoma, it can help doctors to discern whether a biopsy is necessary. In the cases where melanomas are not found, patients can avoid unnecessary biopsies.

However, the device was found to have a high false positive rate. But after further examining the lesions, it was found that 90% of the time the lesions were not cancerous.

Despite this fact, the FDA found that the positives of the device in detecting melanomas outweighed the chance for unnecessary biopsies.

Though the MelaFind cannot replace a dermatologist’s trained eye when it comes to detecting melanoma, the makers find that it is a helpful tool for dermatologists.

To find out more about treatment for skin cancer in Philadelphia, please email plastic surgeon Dr. Genter.

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