Revitalize Your Look With Rhinoplasty

August 29, 2007 at 5:00 am (beaty, beauty, cosmetics, rhinoplasty)

Before RhinoplastyAfter Rhinoplasty Welcome back everyone. This week I’ll be blogging about the procedure available for enhancing your beautiful face— Rhinoplasty. Everyone knows that the nose is a prominent feature of the face as it can be a main focal point just like the eyes. It can simply make or break a person’s attractiveness. Therefore it might be important to have the right kind of nose that suits you and that gives you confidence about your looks. However, it’s unfortunate that some people end up with unattractive noses as they are either born with it, or the years from aging or physical damages takes its toll. Some of these unattractive characteristics are having a slightly hanging nose with a bump, or a nose with an enlarged tip. But it’s not too late.

With Rhinoplasty, a bump on the nose can be improved or completely removed, and flared nostrils can be made thinner by narrowing the sides closer to the nose. When a prominent nose is made smaller, the nostrils may need to be reduced in size. Crooked and unbalanced noses can be straightened and made more symmetrical. In addition, with Rhinoplasty, people can reshape their nose, and have it reduced or increased overall. However, getting Rhinoplasty done may not always be for cosmetic purposes. It can also improve a birth defect or injury, or help relieve someone that may have breathing problems.

Rhinoplasty is often done under either general or local anesthesia. Incisions are made inside the patient’s nostrils or occasionally on their columella. Once the surgeons separate the tissues from the underlying structures, they restructure the cartilage and bone to achieve the purpose or appearance that the patient wants, whether it’s for cosmetic purposes or for improving breathing.

In terms of the recovery process, after the procedure, the patient may have a splint applied to help maintain their new shape and to protect their nose. Then a nasal split is put on and it usually stays on for about five days. In addition, nasal packing may also be placed inside the nose for support. This will require patients to breathe through their mouth for a couple of days until the packing is taken off. The splint is then usually removed from the patient in less than a week, at the same time the sutures are taken off.

Those that get Rhinoplasty will obviously need to rest in bed for a couple of days with their head elevated. As expected, there will be some discomfort. However, people can treat this discomfort with various medications prescribed by their surgeon. But a cold compress placed over the eyes never hurts. That should help minimize the swelling and bruising that usually subsides in eight to ten days. Unfortunately, you can expect bruising around the eyes in two or three days; but don’t worry. Those marks should slowly fade, as they should disappear within one to two weeks. Also, in some cases, slight swelling may last up to a couple of months. Nonetheless, the results are lasting.

Even though the bruising and swelling might have some people feeling depressed for a while after having the Rhinoplasty done, people should rest assured, that the bruising is a normal stage; as it will eventually pass. As the days go on, the patient’s nose will begin to look better. Often, within a week or two, the patients will no longer look as if they just had their nose job.

The surgery takes about an hour to be completed, and it usually costs around $3,150-$5,200 with an addition of a $500 fee for anesthesia.

Here is an informative and detailed, 3-part video that documents a young lady’s experience with Rhinoplasty. And by the way, it’s not graphic at all.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Enhancing Your Face

August 17, 2007 at 12:22 pm (beauty, cheek implants, chin implants, cosmetics, facial implants, jaw implants)

Sorry for the lack of update. My family and I recently returned from our yearly trip to Hawaii. Hence, the infrequent attention, given to my site.

In the last post, I wrote about enhancing your face beyond the Lifestyle Lift— something related to the face. In this post, I will carry out on that theme as I will be blogging about various facial implant procedures that can combat that aging. Next time, I promise, I will focus on something more related to the body. I just think it is imperative that these methods for making your face more beautiful are known.

Getting facial implants is probably one of the most advanced cosmetic procedures you can ever get. Getting a facial implant is meant for: augmentation, reconstruction and rejuvenation. Facial implants can be key to making your face look more beautiful as they generally add and restore shape and proportion to a your face. These procedures are available for enhancing the look of one’s chin, jaw, nose or cheek. Having these implants will not only make you look better, but they can also make you feel more confident with your look.

Facial implants are done by having small incisions made where the implant would be placed. This is usually either in a crease or inside the mouth at the gum/lip junction. Then a pocket is formed in the facial tissue where the implant would be placed. After the implant has been inserted, the incision is then stitched.

There are three kinds of facial implants available for people to get. These available implants are for the chin, cheek, and jaw.

The chin implant procedure is performed by having incisions made either under your chin or along the lower lip on the inside of your mouth. A pocket is then made for the implant to inserted in. Then the implant is placed through the incision. After that, the doctor will then put a medicated bandage across your stitched chin to reduce inflammation and discomfort. Within seven days, stitches are then removed.

Chin Implant Before and After Chin Implants

Cheek implants are done by having the incisions under your lower eyelids or on either side of the upper lip. Then a pocket is made for the implant to fit into. Just like the rest, once that is done the implant is inserted through the incision. Bandages are then put on to reduce the swelling and discomfort.

Cheek Implants Before and After Cheek Implants

Jaw implants are carried out by having an incision made on either side of the lower lip. A pocket is then made for the insertion of the implant. After that, the implant is placed into the lower jaw through the incision. A bandage tape is then applied across the chin to reduce redness and swelling.

Overall, most facial implant procedures with general anesthesia often take up to one to two hours. After your incisions are covered, the stitches are carefully removed in about seven days. Any stitches inside your mouth will dissolve in a certain amount of time. However, since some people get facial implants at the same time as other procedures such as a facelift, the healing process can be different.

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RENEWING FACIAL METHODS BEYOND THE LIFESTYLE LIFT

August 3, 2007 at 8:27 pm (beauty, cosmetics, lifestyle lift)

Hello again everybody. In my last entry, I spoke about how you can improve your look through the Lifestyle Lift. But this time, I’ll be talking about other methods for you to make your face smoother and make yourself have a younger face. I hope that this post provides some useful information if you’re thinking about getting some facial work done other than facelifts like the Lifestyle Lift.

LASER PROCEDURES:
Laser Resurfacing

Now since some people can be too skeptical and even a little intimidated by needles and incisions, there is another method that can enhance and recapture the beauty of your face— there is laser resurfacing.

Wrinkles are unwanted and unavoidable aspects of aging. Though they might be a natural function of our bodies’, wrinkles can make people feel unattractive. To treat this, people can renew themselves through a procedure that purely removes wrinkles by laser. This effective procedure is known as laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing operates by exfoliating the top layers of skin, without damaging the lower layers. In addition, laser resurfacing tightens the skin’s collagen fibers, making the skin stronger and more elastic. As suggested by a study from Columbia University, laser resurfacing has proven to be so effective it can make people look up to ten or twenty years younger.

The laser targets the top layers of skin, evaporating water and vaporizing the surface of the skin. This procedure does not affect the lower layers of skin, which grow back softer and with fewer wrinkles. The laser’s heat totally helps the collagen fibers by shortening them. This increases the elasticity of the skin.

There are many different kinds of lasers that are different by wavelength and pulse duration. These variables all affect the depths of skin that the lasers can target, the heat generated, and the effects on the surrounding tissue. The most powerful type of laser for laser resurfacing is the carbon dioxide laser. This kind of laser is used for deeper wrinkles due to its strong, deep reaching ability. However, there is a negative part to this kind of laser. When used over silicone injections, it can cause scarring.

Another kind of laser that is not exactly as strong as the carbon dioxide laser is the Erbium: YAG laser. Although this laser may not be as powerful as the carbon dioxide, it can still provide similar results. However, the Erbium: YAG laser removes wrinkles with minimal effects to surrounding areas, making it capable of targetting tissue more precisely. In addition, the recovery period is also shorter with the Erbium: YAG laser than the carbon dioxide laser.

The least effective type of laser is the NLite. This laser procedure is also known as Photo Rejuvenation. The Photo Rejuvenation procedure works by removing layers of a person’s skin in order to resurface it. What this procedure actually does is that it removes the wrinkle along with its surrounding skin. While, the yellow light of NLite passes right through the skin without damaging. This stimulates a person’s dermis to produce its own natural collagen.

Now that you’ve read these types of laser procedures, I think many of you would agree that laser resurfacing is probably the most effective laser procedure. However, after the procedure, patients may experience inflammation and irritation. Other negative effects can be itchiness, redness, and sensitivity. And those can last up to four months. Through out the recovery period, individuals are required to stay out of the sun. In addition, roughly one percent of patients, infections and scarring may happen. Nevertheless laser resurfacing is the one of the most effective procedures in treating those unwanted wrinkles.

MAKEUP TIPS FROM AN ARTIST

Aside from cosmetic procedures, there is generally little we can do to stop the appearance of lines, wrinkles, spots and all the other unwanted aspects that begin to appear as we age. Fortunately, I found a list of ways you can take years off your face. And the source is credible. Follow makeup artist, Victoria Edwards’ tips below, on how to conceal your signs of aging and how to enhance your natural beauty.

1. Use automatic tanning creams (such as Clarins) rather than sunbathing or sun-beds.

2. Mind your eyebrows. Try dyeing your them and your eyelashes. It’s best to ask a friend to help or visit a salon. Also, pluck away any unruly eyebrow hair with the help of a magnifying mirror. To keep them in shape all day, try running some clear hair-gel or clear mascara through them.

3. Bleach or wax away unwanted facial hair and pluck out any long hairs from your chin, or consider electrolysis.

4. Always use a good moisturiser every day after cleansing – make sure it is compatible with your skin type, the cheaper brands are sometimes better than the expensive ones. Always protect your face from the sun with a sun cream of minimum factor 30.

5. Try hydrating your skin by smothering your face with petroleum jelly and leave for 10 minutes. Tissue-off and see how soft your skin feels!

6. For concealing laughter lines and crow’s feet around the eyes, invest in a lotion which tightens the skin as it dries. These lotions are generally available through most department stores.

7. Lines can also be concealed by using a white nail pencil— draw a thin line right inside the furrow or wrinkle, especially those which appear from the nose to the corners of the mouth and those between the eyebrows. Apply your foundation over the top as usual.

8. Use a highlighting fluid or a concealer stick on dark circles around the eyes. Try to avoid cream or stick foundation around the eyes as this will gather in the furrows! Liquid foundations work best here, try to avoid using powder.

9. Blusher should be applied sparingly; it is better to have a healthy glow from a tanning cream than to apply too much blush, which will look false and out of date. Try using a cream blush or even a lipstick for a more natural look.

10. Use more natural shades of lipstick. It is easier to apply the lipstick after you have filled-in your lips with pencil to prevent ‘bleeding’. Be sure to use a sharp pencil that is the same color as the lipstick, or else in the end of the day you will be left with a dark pencil outline.

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THE LIFESTYLE LIFT– THE PROCEDURE THAT’S CHANGING LIVES

July 28, 2007 at 9:32 am (beauty, cosmetics, facelift, lifestyle lift)

Hello again everybody. I didn’t originally plan on blogging more than once a week, but I felt that this thing I just found should be brought up urgently. Continuing on from yesterday’s more “unnatural approaches/ procedures” to looking beautiful there are obviously many ways you can more look more lovely.

In the past two blogs, I spoke about ways you can look better. But I guess I was specifically talking about the ways you can look better in terms of improving your body. Today, I will be talking about improving your look— your face specifically. Although there are both natural and unnatural (cosmetic procedures) ways for you to make your body look more lovely, the same can’t be said when it comes to the face.

As we get older, it’s pretty much unavoidable that our face/ skin takes its tole. A variety of reasons like the effects of gravity, too much exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen on our faces. These unwanted characteristics like, deep creases that form between the nose and mouth, limp and jowly jaw lines, folds and fat deposits in the neck area, are all unattractive characteristics that can’t be treated or countered by exercise and good diet. Therefore, the only way to handle this matter is to get a facelift. But since there are many types of facelifts you can get, I think the best choice for people is the Lifestyle lift.

I’ve been thinking about getting a facelift for a while now. I think I’ve done enough to get the body I want after all the rigorous exercise, and diets. But before I can jump into scheduling a facelift appointment, I had to do some research first. After reading about the many types of facelifts out there, I decided the Lifestyle lift was probably the best choice since the procedure is fast and it doesn’t allow too many complications to happen as opposed to your more average facelifts.

The Lifestyle lift was developed by Doctor David M. Kent . The procedure was meant to be an alternative to your conventional facelifts. The Lifestyle lift is a cosmetic procedure that is meant to make you look years younger by removing excess fat and by shaping your facial contours. Then you would have your muscles tightened and your facial and neck skin repositioned.

The procedure is done in the office and performed under local anesthesia. The benefit of having the Lifestyle lift performed under local anesthesiology rather than general anesthesiology is that it reduces potential complications posed by anesthesiology. And also, the entire Lifestyle Lift procedure takes about an hour, so it is very short in comparison to your average facelifts.

In addition, the Lifestyle lift procedure’s recovery period process is considered to be more speedy process than most traditional facelifts. With an 80-90% of normal activity within 4 to 7 days, this makes the Lifestyle lift a more considerable option when thinking about getting a facelift. Also, the procedure is very affordable and drastically less expensive than most traditional facelifts. Traditional facelifts may cost up to $15000, where the average Lifestyle lift is reported to be about less than $5000.

For info on how the Lifestyle lift procedure is done, click here.

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Time for Tummy Tucks

July 26, 2007 at 10:45 pm (beauty, cosmetics)

In my previous entry, I spoke about how the first step to looking good was losing weight through diets. And I still stand by that after this post. But sometimes, those diets and even all that exercise might not be rewarding enough. The physical results you get might not be satisfying enough. These results from all that hard work of exercising and dieting can be unsatisfying since some fat deposits in certain areas in your body may not respond. Unfortunately, this is when the “natural” methods for weight loss is ineffective. However, the body you want can still attained if you are willing to consider other options. You can get a tummy tuck.

Abdominoplasty
, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that gets rid of excess skin and fat tissue from the middle and lower abdomen. With the removal of excess fatty tissues and skin, the muscles of the abdominal wall are then tightened. This surgical procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of that gut, making your abs appear to be more solid. Getting a tummy tuck can be an effective procedure for individuals who have lost a lot of weight and suffer from sagging, especially women after giving birth.

Getting a tummy tuck can renew your appearance and help you regain your self-confidence. The procedure is a sure method. In addition, it is a faster method for sculpting the body you want as opposed to long durations of routine exercises and dieting.

The tummy tuck procedure is most commonly done by having a long incision made from hipbone to hipbone, right above the pubic area. The abdominal wall and skin are then divided to expose the underlying muscle. The muscle is then collected and tightened through the use of sutures. Then, the excess fat and skin are taken out. Afterwards, the remaining thing left to do is to tighten to close the gap. Before the skin is reattached, liposuction might be used to enhance the abdominal region’s look.

It is said that many tummy tuck procedures are performed successfully each year. When the procedure is carried out by a qualified plastic surgeon who is trained in body contouring, the results are generally fairly well-received.

The first few days after the procedure, during the recovery process, your abs may probably experience some swelling. And they will likely experience some pain and discomfort. However, there are always prescribed pills/ medication… Also, depending on the extent of the surgery, you can be released within a few hours or you might be required to remain in the hospital for a couple of days.

If you’re thinking about getting the procedure, it is crucial that you follow the doctor’s post-procedure instructions. The doctor’s orders from showering to changing into dresses must be fully carried out and followed. After the tummy tuck, the surface stitches will be removed in five to seven days. And also, the deeper sutures with ends that sticks out through the skin will be taken off in two to three weeks.

Check out the visuals.

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