Sealed With A Kiss……

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For several years I got Juvederm injections to plump my thinning lips.  I loved the look but unfortunately, it only lasted 3-4 months for me, so the expense mounted with the frequency of the fillers.  When Dr. Sternberg told me about lip implants I jumped at the chance to have them inserted!  No more injections and every morning I look in the mirror and think, “oh, it looks like I just had my lips injected.”  It is a very natural look and no one knows I have the implants until I mention it.

It can be done under local anesthesia, like you get when you go to the dentist.  Mine were done during a surgical procedure I had planned.  I knew someone who had it done weeks before under local anesthesia, so I got to see her lips and knew what to expect.  She said she could not drink through a straw, as she was told to do (per post procedure guidelines), but could only eat with a baby spoon for several days.  I found I could not use a spoon, but could better use a straw for the first several days. I also applied ice to the lips which felt good and helped with the slight swelling.  I returned to the office a week later with very little swelling noticeable and had 2 small stitches removed from the corner of my mouth.

I have had my lip implants for 4 years now and still love them.  I don’t think about the fact that they are implanted, as they’ve become a part of me.  I can feel the implants if I press my lips together, otherwise, it’s life as usual.  I encourage anyone who has routine lip injections for restore volume to consider having implants placed and make an appointment to meet with one of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery. You will love them!!

Call Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation (904) 273-6200.

Written by Robin McBride       Robin

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Taking Care Of The Skin Near Your Eyes

Taking good care of the skin near your eyes can keep you from looking tired and stressed. It can also help you avoid wrinkles and noticeable signs of aging. The following tips can help you look young and refreshed.

Makeup Tips

The following makeup tips can help you keep the thinner, fragile skin near your eyes healthier:

  • Be very gentle when applying makeup near your eyes: Avoid pushing to hard or pulling on the skin. In most cases, it is best to use a brush to apply the makeup, but if you do use your hands, use your ring finger, since you’re likely to apply less pressure with that finger than your index or middle finger.
  • Always remove your makeup at night: Leaving your makeup on while you sleep can lead to skin irritation, breakouts, and infection. Once again it is important to be gentle. When you’re washing makeup off near your eyes, use a soft cloth, cleanser, or petroleum jelly.
  • Replace your eye makeup every 3 months: Germs that build up in your makeup can harm your eyes and the nearby skin. In most cases you should replace mascara, concealer, eye liner, and eye shadow approximately 3 months after you open them.

Lifestyle Tips

  • Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption, since they can dry out your skin. Instead, drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Make sleep a priority. Without enough sleep, you’re likely to have bloodshot itchy eyes. You’re also more likely to wake up with dark circles and puffiness around your eyes. This can make you look tired, stressed, and old.

Cosmetic Treatments

Cosmetic treatments can also help you protect the skin near your eyes. The simplest option is eye cream with the nutrients needed to protect the thin, fragile skin around your eyes. In most cases you should invest in special eye cream in addition to your regular face moisturizer.

Botox is another cosmetic treatment that can help improve the skin around your eyes. It can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet that make you look older.

As you age, the skin around your eyes is more likely to droop and sag. Sagging skin on your eyelids could interfere with vision, and bagginess under the eyes can make you look old and tired even when you’re well rested. Blepharoplasty is an option for removing the excess skin and giving you younger looking, more open eyes. Schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to learn more.

Collagen and Your Skin

You may have heard that collagen is an important part of your skin, but what exactly is collagen and what does it do?

Collagen is a protein that is found throughout the entire body. It is important part of connective tissue. Connective tissue is one type of tissue in your body. It supports, connects, and separates things in your body.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and it can be found in tendons, ligaments, bones, blood vessels, muscles, cartilage, hair, skin, and many other places in your body.

Because it is so abundant, it plays an important role throughout the body. One of collagen’s jobs is to support your skin. Collagen helps your skin stay firm and maintain elasticity. It also plays a role in tissue development.

When people age, collagen production is reduced. This is one reason that wrinkles become more prominent when you get older. Less collagen means that your skin is thinner and more fragile. Wrinkles will be more noticeable and your skin may be more susceptible to other damage.

While you can’t completely avoid loss of collagen when you get older, you can protect your skin for as long as possible by avoiding UV radiation and toxins. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products, stay inside on bad air days, wear sunscreen whenever you go outside, don’t use tanning beds, and choose clothing that covers your skin. UV radiation and toxins speed up the aging process and result in less collagen production, so avoiding UV rays and harmful chemicals will help you stay looking younger for longer.

There are also cosmetic treatments that can partly counteract the effects of reduced collagen production. Some treatments like Botox injections eliminate the appearance of wrinkles. Other treatments like Juvederm restore lost volume and fill in creases. Some dermal fillers like Radiesse and Scluptra Aesthetic actually stimulate the body’s production of collagen. This can result in gradual improvement in the skin that brings long lasting results.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting your skin and stimulating collagen production, schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery.

Wrinkles—What You Need To Know

botox jacksonville fl | dermal fillersWrinkles are a natural part of getting older, but if you aren’t ready for wrinkles to make you look older than you feel, there are a few things you should know. Keep reading to find out more about what causes wrinkles, how to prevent wrinkles, and what you can do if you already have wrinkles that you want to eliminate.

What Causes Wrinkles?

In most cases, wrinkles are caused by sun damage, aging, smoking, and repeated facial expressions.

Sun Damage

When your skin is damaged by the sun UV rays break down the connective tissue in your skin. This results in skin damage and it makes wrinkles more noticeable.

Age

Your skin becomes thinner and more fragile as you age. Skin also loses elasticity and moisture. These conditions combined make wrinkles more prominent.

Smoking

Smoking is bad for your health and bad for your appearance. Smoking will accelerate all the other negative affects that age has on your skin.

Repeated Facial Expressions

You may have noticed that most wrinkles are around the eyes, mouth, and between the brows. This is because wrinkles are caused by repeated facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, or furrowing your brows.

How Can You Prevent Wrinkles?

You don’t have to stop smiling or expressing your emotions, but there are plenty of other things you can do to prevent wrinkles.

First and foremost, you should protect your skin from sun damage.  Wear clothing that covers your skin or apply sunblock before going out doors. Be sure to apply sunblock repeatedly throughout the day since it wears off after a few hours (especially if you are in the water). When possible, you can also prevent sun damage by staying inside when the sun is most likely to damage your skin—usually this is between ten in the morning and four in the afternoon.

Other tips for preventing wrinkles include:

  • Using a daily moisturizer on your face and neck
  • Using a nightly retinol cream
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoiding tanning beds
  • Getting enough sleep each night

Can You Reduce The Appearance Of Wrinkles?

If you have wrinkles already, the good news is that there are a variety of treatments that can eliminate or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to learn about Botox, dermal fillers, and laser skin treatments that can improve your appearance and make you look younger.