Not ready for a facelift? No problem.

As you approach middle age, there will be inevitable facial aging. For mild aging changes, you may not need a facelift. Using fillers to soften lines is a great place to start. Hyaluronic acid based fillers (Juvederm, Restylane) are soft, natural and generally painless to inject. In addition to fillers, non-invasive skin tightening treatments with radiofrequency technology (Profound) are helpful in patients who exhibit mild or early aging changes. The procedure is performed with the patient awake, using local anesthesia (which numbs the area) and requires a weekend for recovery.  Finally, skin care with the use of chemical exfoliants (Retin A, chemical peels) and sunscreen can help your skin look refreshed, radiant and healthy. AnneMarie, our esthetician, would be more than happy to meet with you and make recommendations for your skin type and suggest some at home products to compliment any treatments your are considering.  Just give us a call to schedule a consultation.

Victor A. Schingo, JR MD FACS

Upper Lid Blepharoplasty

I was asked this week what age the right age is to do a an upper lid blepharoplasty (upper eyelid surgery). If your upper eyelids appear significantly different than when you were in your teens or 20s, and if you desire more “skin show” above your eyelashes, then a conservative upper blepharoplasty may be appropriate. In planning surgery, it would be helpful to see pictures of your eyes from when you were in your teenage years to get a sense of your genetic baseline with attention to the height of your natural upper eyelid fold. Most patients want a post surgical appearance that is more rested, and  in harmony with their natural, youthful baseline. In addition, if your eyebrow position is normal and youthful, it can be maintained with regular Botox treatments. If your upper lids are drooping to the point where they are blocking your peripheral vision, you may qualify for your surgery to be covered by insurance since it is a “functional impairment”. Give our office a call and we can tell you what steps would be necessary to determine if insurance coverage is an option for you.

Victor A. Schingo, Jr., MD