Archive for October, 2013:

Facial Aging Accelerated by Smoking

As if there weren’t already enough evidence to convince the public of the negative health affects of smoking, a recent article in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows that smoking also greatly accelerates the aging process.

The study, led by Cleveland, Ohio plastic surgeon Dr. Bahman Guyuron, studied sets of twins from the Annual Days Festival held in Twinsburg, Ohio.  There were 79 sets of identical twins participating in the study. A panel of three plastic surgery residents were asked to compare the photos of identical twins, of which one had been a smoker for at least five years longer than the other.

The plastic surgery residents were able to identify at least four major areas of accelerated aging in the faces of the twin who smoked; droopy upper eyelids and saggy lower eyelids, more wrinkles around the mouth and facial jowls. Dr. Guyuron explained, “Smoking reduces oxygen to the skin, which also decreases blood circulation, and that can result in weathered, wrinkled, older-looking skin.”

The authors explained that the purpose of the study was not to make smokers feel worse about themselves, but to show that by quitting smoking now– as some of the twins had only smoked five years less than their sibling – you can still reverse some of the negative impact on your health, including lungs, heart and premature facial aging.

Although procedures such as a blepharoplasty can help with upper and lower eyelid droopiness, and a surgical facelift and facial fillers such as Radiesse can improve the jawline and help fill wrinkles, for overall improved health, it is far better to quit smoking.  Additionally, smokers typically have a longer recovery period after surgery due to decreased oxygen levels and poor circulation.

If you are considering cosmetic plastic surgery, please contact Dr. Steven Ringler for a private, complimentary consultation.

Archive for October, 2013:

Facial Aging Accelerated by Smoking

When it comes to choosing a plastic surgeon or procedure for your facial rejuvenation, the choices can be overwhelming.  Who is qualified to perform facelifts?  What are the differences between traditional facelift and a MACS lift?  What is a Lifestyle Lift?  Do the non-surgical options like Ultherapy and Exilis do the same thing?  What is a liquid facelift?  Which procedures provide the longest lasting results? What are the prices of the various procedures?

It would be a very long blog to answer all of the questions listed above, and often the answers will be different depending on whom you ask. In order to get the best facelift results, it is important to do your homework.  Look for a board certified plastic surgeon.  Information can be found on the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) website to find a list of board-certified plastic surgeons in your area.  In addition, the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) can give you the names of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery.  From there, visit the websites of the plastic surgeons and schedule 2-3 consultations.  It will be time well spent.

Find a plastic surgeon who takes time to listen to your questions, is honest in their appraisal of how they would approach helping you achieve your goals.  Ask to see Before and After pictures and ask how many facelift procedures the plastic surgeon performs per year.  You should be very comfortable with your plastic surgeon, and questions should be welcomed. Seek those who offer a full range of surgical and non-surgical options and one who can customize a treatment plan to help you achieve your goals. Often an eyelift, browlift, fat injections, or facial fillers, necklift will be suggested for optimal results. Selecting the best plastic surgeon for facelift will be the most important decision you make in terms of your results.  An excellent plastic surgeon will help you achieve beautiful, long-lasting, natural results.


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