Lash-tastic! – more about Latisse

  Latisse is still the only prescription medication for eyelash growth – and it’s been around for 10 years.  Happy anniversary! FAQ:   What’s the growth cycle of an eyelash?  “Typically one to two months. The lash then transitions to a resting phase before eventually falling out.” We know that lashes can fall out from routine wear and tear. But what are the medical causes of thin lashes?  “It can signify underlying medical issues. The most common are thyroid conditions, but believe it or not, if lashes are missing from one particular part of an eyelid, it can indicate skin cancer. One of the ways we can tell if a growth is cancerous is that it makes lashes fall out.” How does Latisse work?  “We don’t exactly know. Latisse keeps the lashes in the growth stage for a longer period of time and stimulates the transition from an inactive growth phase to an active growth phase. But why? Nobody knows.” Does Latisse grow new eyelashes?  “Probably not, but some patients who have lost their lashes in chemotherapy respond to Latisse. Can I say with certainty their lashes wouldn’t have regrown without it? No. But their lashes didn’t grow back until […]

What to know about lip injections

Our friends at Byrdie nicely summarized the important things about lip injections – what to know before you try. “we all want to say that we #wokeuplikethis, even if our dirty little secret is that we got a little outside help. Ideally, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.”  So true!  Natural is what we like – “my lips but better.”

Less common cosmetic surgeries

Our friends at Byrdie nicely reviewed some rarer plastic surgery procedures that are becoming more popular: non-surgical rhinoplasty: Liquid rhinoplasty simply involves injecting fillers into the bridge of the nose. It’s a great option for camouflaging a small bump, building up a flat bridge, or for fixing small imperfections after a normal rhinoplasty. This is gaining popularity as it leads to a quick fix with no downtime. hand fillers: So many people concentrate on their face and then their hands give their age away. There is a new focus on the aging hand.  These increasingly popular injections plump up the hands, minimizing the appearance of bones and tendons to create a smoother, more youthful look. neck liposuction (for just under the chin!): Many patients have a little extra fat under their chin, which can easily be removed. eyelid procedures: As we get older, the skin on our upper eyelids droops, and the fat on our lower eyelids becomes displaced, creating a puffy appearance. Plastic surgeons are often able to remove excess skin from the upper lids without general anesthesia.  Patients leave with a freshened, more awake appearance. Dr. Yee enjoys using refined techniques for these procedures, as they can lead to subtle improvements.

Breast augmentation – what to consider

Over at Refinery29, they collected great advice about how to plan for a breast augmentation.  See the best (which we agree with!) below: First things first: Do a little homework. While an indiscriminate Google search on boob jobs, lifts, or reductions will probably take you down a rabbit hole of overwhelming (and sometimes dubious) information, focused initial research is crucial. The two most comprehensive and, more importantly, plastic-surgeon vetted and recommended sites are the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Both these resources break down the different types of breast surgeries available and procedure details, provide info on FDA-approved implants, explain the costs, and give crucial updates on the latest related news and technologies. Shop around: Find the right doctor. Selecting the right surgeon is the most important part of this process. First, you need to make sure your doctor is legit, i.e. certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, as Dr. Yee is. Don’t be confused by a certification from the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, which, is not plastic surgery.  Plastic surgeons are specifically educated, trained, and certified to perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries of the entire face and body. […]

Having a breast reduction and never looking back

Over at Byrdie, one woman has written her account of having breast reduction surgery: “I felt like I finally recognized the person looking back at me. I was confident in a way I hadn’t ever been before. It didn’t have as much to do with the way I looked, but more about the way I felt from minute to minute. I didn’t have back pain or annoying marks from my bra straps. I didn’t feel like I had to cover up my body—which was something I had gotten very good at during the years prior.” Plastic surgeons generally agree that their breast reduction patients are their happiest!  If you’re having back pain and have large breasts, talk to your primary care doctor about a referral.  

America’s Next Top Model and Treacher Collins

After the recent win of deaf contestant Nyle DiMarco on America’s Next Top Model, another woman with Treacher Collins syndrome (a craniofacial anomaly) wrote about her experience auditioning for the show.  I applaud her honesty in describing her challenges and frustration with the standards of beauty. “We live in a world of difference, a world that so far, has not often been represented in the modeling and entertainment industries. This prejudice carries over to the professional world, where people with facial disorders want to be accepted and looked at based on our own merits. . . .   I remember how the other contestants derided DiMarco because of his deafness, because he lived in a world of silence and was different, because, as they said, he would never fit into the high-stakes world he so aspired to join. With tears in my eyes, I heard his name called and watched his face light up in disbelief and overwhelming happiness when the American Sign Language interpreter translated the announcement of his win.” Treacher Collins is a rare craniofacial syndrome affecting the orbits, midface, ears, and lower jaw.  Even though she had several surgeries which are typically recommended for reconstruction, she still […]

Changing faces – Asian plastic surgery

  Korean and Japanese cosmetics are becoming more widespread (just check out Sephora!) and especially in California we have a significant Asian, and Asian-American population.  Beauty trends are becoming global, and that includes plastic surgery and the ideals patients seek.  Here is a great interview with the current president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (the official group of plastic surgeons trained in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures all over the body) about plastic surgery prevalence and trends in Asia. Changing faces – Dr. David Song I agree with him especially on these points: So many are looking to create a crease in the upper eyelid, creating a crease in the upper eyelid to give the appearance of a softer look. In the past it’s been confused with Asians trying to look Occidental or Caucasian and, quite frankly, is not that at all. Many Asians do not want to look Caucasian; they want to look more like their Asian counterparts. The standard of beauty has become softer features with a crease in the upper eyelid. I think that has been the biggest misconception and I hope you can emphasize that. It’s not Asians trying to look Caucasian; it’s Asians trying […]

A Woman’s Face

  I’ve always enjoyed old movies and recently I caught one I hadn’t seen before: A Woman’s Face, starring Joan Crawford.  In the film, Crawford plays a woman who was severely scarred on one side of her face as a child, and grows up extremely self-conscious of the scar.  She runs an inn, and blackmails on the side – and it’s implied that her facial scar has scarred her character as well, leading her to malicious crimes. I won’t spoil it for you here, but suffice it to say that she meets a plastic surgeon, who after twelve (!) surgeries is able to restore her facial symmetry and she appears to have no scars (this is Hollywood after all – in real life there is no scar-less surgery!).  And as a result, she feels able to leave her life of crime behind. Of course, I don’t think that one’s appearance determines destiny, or that scarring or deformity is associated with crime.  I do think, however, that this film dramatizes the effect that self-consciousness of a facial deformity can affect all of one’s interactions; and the converse idea, which is that others make assumptions about a person’s character based on their appearance. […]

Beauty wash

It’s mid-summer and the signs of drought are all around us . . . and there seems to be no more critical time to want to shower and wash more frequently! Consider taking a tip from the French perspective – dermatologists and facialists advise keeping tap water off your face.  (This means using mists and micellar waters for cleansing and hydrating!) You can also learn to take shorter showers – here’s one girl’s way of doing it – without skimping on the cleansing and luxuriating…. Here’s to a well-moisturized and fragrant summer!  

Summer SPF

The most important thing you can do to reduce the signs of aging, is protect your skin from the sun.  I’m sure your dermatologist says the same – Ideally an SPF of at least 30 is the best, but even daily use of a SPF 15 product will help.  You can use something straightforward from the drugstore, like Oil of Olay or Neutrogena. I personally like LaRoche Posay, as my skin is a little oilier and some other products leave my face too shiny – then makeup melts off! Here is a great local list of sunscreen picks. Enjoy the sun!