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7 Tips for Getting Rid of Puffy Eyes

7 Tips for Getting Rid of Puffy EyesAlthough waking up to puffy eyes is a common problem, it can ruin your entire day. Swollen eyes can make you look tired, ill and aged. Luckily, there are several ways to cure this cosmetic issue. Use Dr. Chernoff’s list of tips to get rid of the pesky puffiness of your eyes.

 

  1. Stay hydrated and reduce your salt intake

Have you ever wondered why your eyes are puffy after crying?  The body retains water when there is a high volume of salt present. This water frequently builds up around the eyes, giving them a swollen appearance. This also explains why eyes puff up after a night of drinking alcohol or after eating a very salty meal. To reduce your salt levels, try drinking several glasses of water first thing in the morning and reduce your salt and alcohol intake.

  1. Keep your head elevated while you sleep

To ensure that fluid doesn’t build up around your eyes, avoid sleeping horizontally flat. Putting a pillow underneath your head should help to reduce swelling in the eyes.

  1. Utilize cooling properties

When people injure themselves, they frequently use an icepack or other cooling property to reduce swelling. This same treatment can be used for puffy eyes. One of the most effective ways to cool your eyes is to rest chilled cucumber slices on them. Cucumbers contain an astringent that has been found to constrict blood vessels and reduce fluid buildup. Even better, they are the perfect size for eyes.

  1. Regularly apply eye cream

Eye cream that includes puffiness and age prevention properties can work wonders on swollen eyes. To enhance the effectiveness of these products, make time for a three-minute eye massage in the morning while applying them. This will help to flush the fluids away from your eyes. Also, applying the product cold will speed up the deswelling process.

  1. Try getting more sleep

The cure to your puffy eye problem might simply be getting more sleep. Lack of sleep is one of the most common causes of swollen eyes. Try to make sure that you are getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

  1. Talk to a doctor to find out if a medical condition is causing your puffy eyes

If none of the above solutions work, talk to your doctor to see if your puffy eyes are a symptom of a medical condition. Swollen eyes can be caused by allergies, blepharitis, eye infections, pregnancy, and other conditions.

  1. Consider Blepharoplasty

Although your eyes may look puffy and tired, swelling might not be the problem. Rather, you might have excess pads of fat under the eyes or excess tissue over the eyelids which cause your eyes to have a swollen appearance. Unfortunately, this problem occurs naturally as a result of the aging process. There is, however, an effective solution.

Blepharoplasty is the surgical removal of this excess fat or skin. This simple treatment eliminates the worn out appearance of your eyes and requires little downtime. Patients are often discharged on the same day as the procedure. To find out more about Blepharoplasty, click here.

By following these tips, you should be able to reduce the puffiness of your eyes in no time. If you have any more questions about the appearance of your eyes, contact Dr. Chernoff’s office. Dr. Chernoff has extensive training in facial cosmetic procedures, and he would love to help you attain the eyes that you desire.

 

How to Keep Your Skin Extra Healthy

How to Keep Your Skin Extra HealthySkin is one of the most important parts of your body. It covers and protects all of your internal body parts and controls your body temperature. It’s also the only layer of your body that people see, making it even more important to take care of. If you’re not sure how to best take care of your skin, don’t worry.  We’ve created a list of five ways to keep your skin extra healthy to ensure that you’re taking the best possible care of it.

  1.     Exercise Every Day

Most people choose to actively exercise to lose weight, build muscle or live a healthier life. What many don’t take into consideration though, is the fact that exercising is good for skin as well. Physical activity has been proven to reduce stress. Decreased stress leads to less acne and eczema, as well as well-hydrated skin. Exercise also increases your blood flow, which means waste products will be carried away faster and more essential nutrients and oxygen will be delivered to your skin. This keeps skin healthy and looking good.

  1.     Maintain a healthy and balanced diet

This one is easier than it sounds. Simply put, don’t have too much of any one kind of food, especially if it’s unhealthy. It’s okay to cheat with chips or a chocolate every now and again, but try not to make it a habit. The food that you eat affects the outer layers of your body as well as the inner. For the healthiest skin possible, make sure your diet includes a balanced amount of nutrients. If you’re not getting all of the nutrients your body needs from your diet, try taking vitamins. Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acid are best for your skin.

  1.     Shorten Your Shower Time and Turn Down the Heat

Surprisingly, long, hot showers are actually bad for your skin.  With the help of the oil it produces and the cells on the outermost layer, your skin protects you from your environment and retains moisture. If you take hot showers, the water heat softens your skin’s oil. When you wash your skin with soap, you scrub away the oil and some of the cells. The loss of your skin’s protective coating causes moisture to leave your skin, which is why it sometimes becomes dry and itchy after a shower.

To keep your skin as healthy and hydrated as possible, try to make sure you’re out of the shower within 10 minutes and turn down the temperature. If you notice your skin is still dry after making these changes, apply moisturizer to your body. Moisturizer will temporarily replace your skin’s natural oil, ensuring that your skin does not dry out.

  1.     Consider trying retinoids

Retinoids are a skin saver.  These vitamin A products work to improve your skin in many ways, including reducing fine lines, clearing up acne, unclogging pores, evening out discoloration, smoothing out your skin and increasing collagen production to help your skin look younger for a longer period of time. It is one of the few anti-aging products that has proven to be effective.

You can take the over-the-counter version of the product, called retinol. But, if you want more drastic improvements, we suggest you talk with us  about professional skin care developed by Dr. Chernoff and prescription retinoids. Prescription brands include Retin-A, Renova and Atralin.

  1.     Refrain from skin-damaging activities

Smoking, sunbathing and tanning are three of the worst activities for your skin. These activities can cause severe skin damage, premature aging and cancer. Studies show that people who smoke regularly look 1.4 years older than nonsmokers. Why? When you smoke, the blood supply necessary for healthy skin decreases, leaving your skin wrinkled, dry and discolored.

Sunbathing and tanning salons damage the elastin and collagen in your skin, which keeps it looking youthful and healthy. This leads to wrinkles, spots and other skin damage. Instead of sunbathing, try using sunless tanning products, and always make sure to wear sunscreen while you’re in the sun.

We hope you follow these tips to keep your skin looking fresh, young and beautiful for as long as possible. If your skin has already prematurely aged, you do still have some options. Consider getting injectables from a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Chernoff. These treatments require very little downtime and can reverse the effects of aging. To learn more, feel free to contact Dr. Chernoff’s office. We would love to help you attain the skin you desire.

How Is Sculptra Different From Other Fillers?

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sculptra and other fillersWhen you are considering a dermal filler to help ease the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging on your face, it might seem as though the market is flooded with options. While some brand name fillers are made with similar ingredients and perform largely the same function, others, such asSculptra Aesthetic, stand apart from the rest.

Sculptra differs from fillers such as Juvederm and Radiesse not only in the way it works or how long it lasts but in its entirely different ingredient makeup.

Secret Ingredient

The active ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid. Polylactic acid is a synthetic ingredient that acts as stimulator in the body. Instead of simply adding volume, it encourages the production of collagen in the body. Sculptra is injected deeper into the dermis than other fillers.

Although a synthetic ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid is completely absorbed by the body over time. The ingredient is biodegradable and biosynthetic. It’s been used for several decades as the main ingredient in dissolvable sutures.

The exact location of each injection depends on what area of the face you want treated. Sculptra Aesthetic is commonly used to treat the nasolabial folds, or the lines that form between the nose and mouth.

It can also treat marionette lines on the sides of the mouth and chin wrinkles. The filler was initially designed as a treatment for people with facial wasting, so it can also be used to restore volume loss in the cheeks.

When Results Appear

Another big difference between Sculptra and other dermal fillers is how long it takes the results to appear. When you receive an injection of  Juvederm, for example, the results are visible immediately after the treatment. The results from Sculptra appear slowly, usually over the course of a few months. You typically need two or three injections of the filler, spaced over the course of several months.

Since other fillers give you immediate results, it might not seem that it’s worth it to wait for the results from Sculptra. But, it’s important to understand that the injection works differently than other fillers. Many patients find that the benefits of the injection far outweigh the need to wait for results to appear.

How Long It Lasts

One of the big benefits of Sculptra Aesthetic is how long the results last once they are visible. Typically, the results from a dermal filler fade after a year or so. The results from Sculptra last two years. In some cases, the results last longer than two years. For some, the longer lasting results is worth the wait and having to undergo multiple injections.

Side Effects and Concerns

As with any dermal filler, there are some potential side effects and concerns related to Sculptra. Some of the more obvious side effects include pain at the site of the injection, bruising, redness and swelling. It’s worth noting that initially, the treated area might swell enough to give you a general idea of the type of results you can expect to see. Within a few days, the swelling will go down.

Small bumps, known as granulomas, can develop under the skin after an injection. The bumps can form if the filler isn’t properly disbursed under the skin or if it’s injected into an area where the skin is thin, such as beneath the eyes. Having an experienced surgeon or medical professional inject Sculptra can help you avoid bumps and other side effects.

How you treat the area after injection helps reduce the risk of side effects. For example, applying an ice pack to the treated area can help reduce swelling. It’s often recommended that you massage the injection site several times daily in the first five days after treatment to keep bumps from forming. Avoiding sun exposure after treatment will reduce redness and protection your skin.

The Treatment

Like other dermal fillers, the treatment process for Sculptra is relatively quick. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes. The number of injections you receive during a treatment session depends on what areas you want treated and how many areas you want treated. You can usually go back to your regular activities right after treatment.

If you are want a long-lasting dermal filler that provides natural looking results, Sculptra might be right for you. Dr. Gregory Chernoff is available to answer any additional questions you might have about the filler. Schedule an appointment atChernoff Cosmetic Surgery by contacting the office nearest you today.

If you’re in the Midwest, call (317) 573-8899 for a consultation. On the West Coast, call (707) 544-3232 for the Santa Rosa office or (800) 482-5499 forNewport Beach and Beverly Hills.

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