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Loss of vision as we age is probably one of the conditions everyone will face eventually. Vision is impaired as we age not only because of eyesight but for some patients also due to droopy eyelids. As the laxity of the skin on the eyelids becomes a greater issue with aging the eyelid skin can become so droopy that patients cannot see clearly. Unfortunately the body compensates for this and patients lift their brow eventually add habit without ever realizing that they cannot see well. Dr. Seify treats patients who have excessive loose skin on their upper eyelids. The procedure is called blepharoplasty. A small ellipse of skin is removed from the upper eyelid in the crease. The incision is sutured and well hidden in the crease. This lifts the eyelid and allows the patient to have better vision. A side benefit of the procedure is that the eyes have a much more youthful appearance once the loose skin is removed. If the vision is severely impaired for the patient there is a chance that the procedure could be covered financially by insurance or Medicare. Recently private advocacy groups have published some negative reports regarding the coverage of blepharoplasty by Medicare and or private insurance. In their published reports they have surmised that a majority of patients seeking blepharoplasty are really cosmetic cases just trying to take advantage of Medicare or private insurance. While it is understandable that an outside group may believe that plastic surgeons would falsify necessary information to have payment covered through Medicare or private insurance; the reality is that most plastic surgeons are committed to following necessary guidelines for submitting proper claims to either Medicare or private insurance. It is important for patients to understand that submitting their blepharoplasty claim to insurance is not something they should be ashamed of. If the claim falls within the guidelines of the insurer whether it is Medicare or private insurance then the patient has passed the necessary requirements and is entitled to have the procedure covered. Dr. Seify will submit claims for patients when he believes there blepharoplasty should be covered. Patient should be prepared to provide payment should be insurance or Medicare be unwilling to deem the blepharoplasty as necessary. Blepharoplasty is an excellent solution for patients who are living with compromised peripheral vision. The cosmetic aspect is a welcome to benefit. Patients who are considering blepharoplasty are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation.
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Women’s health is often affected by neglecting consistent sleeping patterns. According to a recent article many women are sabotaging their own sleeping plans by making bad choices prior to bedtime. According to the article, watching an excessive amount of television or staring at your computer all night will affect your body clock. It is best to avoid getting too much screen time before bedtime. All electronic devices should be turned off at least 20 min. before bedtime. Exercising late at night especially a couple of hours before bedtime can energize your body so much that it will be difficult to wind down. Try to complete any rigorous workouts at least two hours prior to bedtime. Worry and stress concerning work can dramatically affect the amount of sleep you are able to get at night. If you find yourself thinking unlimited thoughts the article recommends beginning a relaxing pre-bedtime routine that will include meditation and slow stretching that will help you to sleep. Heavy snacking will also prevent you from going to sleep. Going to sleep on a full stomach can disrupt your sleep cycles. It may be tempting to have a nightcap like a glass of wine before going to bed because it does help you to fall asleep; however, it will affect the quality of your sleep. Dr. Seify explains to patients during their consultation for facial rejuvenation procedures like a facelift, or blepharoplasty that the correct amount of sleep and exercise are essential in order to maintain youthful results following cosmetic plastic surgery. Patients who do not get enough sleep attempt to look older and more worn out. After making an investment in facial rejuvenation patients are strongly encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle including an adequate amount of sleep nightly in order to ensure lifelong lasting results.
Breast cancer awareness for research and treatment is publicized heavily for the months of September and October. It is important to note that September is also considered National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. While it is a widely held belief that men do not go to see their doctor as often as women, according to recent article it doesn’t change the fact that they should. According to the article every year in the United States 39,000 women die from breast cancer and 30,000 men die from prostate cancer. Diagnosis rates of prostate cancer are approximately 241,000 each year compared to the diagnose rates for breast cancer among women which are 221,000.
Men’s Health Includes Appearance Too
One in six men are risk for prostate cancer and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States according to www.cancer.org . Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the US. According to the article breast cancer awareness is much more widely publicized thanks to the persistent and diligent work of many women. According to the article the reason is the difference between the sexes. Most men are not comfortable sharing health information and consider it private. Medical professionals and survivors have made impassioned pleas to men to get tested for prostate cancer. Contrary to what many men believe, even men who have been healthy with the right lifestyle choices (including not smoking or drinking, eating right and exercising) can still fall prey to prostate cancer.
Men and Plastic Surgery
Dr. Seify consults with male patients who often are reluctant to consider plastic surgery. Dr. Seify explains that cosmetic surgery performed properly will not cause men to look dramatically different than they did before. The goal is for the man to look more refreshed, more youthful, healthier than before the surgery. Most procedures that are performed on men are not excessively painful and are performed on an outpatient basis. Most men are able to return to a desk type position within 5 to 7 days depending on the procedure. The most popular procedures for men include gynecomastia surgery,(the removal of excess male breast tissue ), liposuction, and blepharoplasty(eyelid lift). Patients are encouraged to contact the office and schedule a consultation to determine which procedures would be the best for their specific concerns.
Facelift is one of the terms that is most often misused and interchanged when speaking about cosmetic plastic surgery. Of course, in its simplest form it would mean lifting the skin on the face. But, in reality it is so much more. Patients are rarely confused as to whether or not they are a candidate for facelift because it is rather straightforward.
Facelift Value and Choices
When there’s loose and lax skin on the face and the aging process is well underway then a facelift can make a measurable difference. It is important for patients to understand that the type of facelift that is needed, genetics, lifestyle choices, and the skill of the surgeon will all be determining factors in and aesthetically pleasing result that meets or exceeds the expectation of the patient. Dr. Seify explains to patients who are considering facelift that they must first consider their aesthetic desires. For example, are they considering a long-term result or a short term “fix”? Depending upon their age, is this the first facelift and do they intend for it to be their last? This is important because a quick fix will likely have temporary results and in order for patients to be happy with their decision they have to be willing to accept a temporary result by either having another surgery if the need arises, or living with the differences in the results as the patient ages. The key factor to remember when considering a facelift, is that after a facelift, the patient will continue to age. This means that the skin laxity will continue to be affected as well as the underlying tissue and muscles. This means that facelift results are not permanent.
Facelift Patients Likely To Be Pleased
Overwhelmingly, studies have shown that patients who choose a facelift tend to look 7 to 10 years younger than their stated age for the rest of their life. A true facelift(not a modified facelift or superficial skin tightening) incorporates tightening muscle, tissue, and skin. It includes the neck area, the jaw line and up through the brow. Most patients incorporate a brow lift and blepharoplasty for the best aesthetic overall appearance. A facelift remains the best value because of long-term results patients can expect. Dr. Seify encourages patients to schedule a consultation to discuss available facial rejuvenation options.
Eyelid surgery is a fairly common surgery .There are no guarantees with any surgery especially cosmetic eye lid plastic surgery. Unlike medically necessary surgeries the results and cosmetic or elective surgery are largely subjective and based on patient expectations. In some cases the results can be particularly disappointing. Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift surgery is a detailed procedure designed to remove the excess skin from the top of the eyelids and or the bags beneath the eyes. In most cases patients are able to achieve a much more youthful look with a wider looking eyelid and the removal of the bags or fat pockets beneath the eyes.
Eyelid Lift Complications
For some, the results are not as expected and the result can be extremely undesirable. This could include everything from eyelids that appear uneven to difficulty closing the eyelid. Dr. Seify specializes in eyelid revision surgery. It is important for patients to understand that the first point of communication is they are unhappy with their eyelid surgery should be the operating surgeon. If those results are not satisfactory then Dr. Seify is more than happy to consult with patient. It is common for patients to believe because they have already had eyelid surgery that their case should not be very involved. Many believe that it is “just” one adjustment or another in order to achieve a better result.
Eyelid Revision Surgery
The truth is every surgery is involved surgery. Dr. Seify must take into account the existence of scar tissue from the previous surgery and work delicately around that area. In many cases he must also address the functionality of the eye and be sure that it has not been compromised. While there is a chance that the procedure may be covered under insurance the likelihood is that it will not. This is especially true if the original surgery was a cosmetic procedure. Dr. Seify exam the patient and makes a recommendation based on when he feels he can accomplish in his hands. Patient should be prepared for a candid recommendation. If Dr. Seify is not comfortable with a reoperation he will explain to the patient the reasons why he is making that recommendation and in some cases offer additional solutions. For patients were unhappy with their eyelid lift procedure Dr. Seify encourages them to make a complimentary consultation appointment to determine if revision plastic surgery is a viable option.
Eyes and health are very much a part of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Many contact lens wearers put there eyes in danger every single day. According to the news story a multitude of Americans wear contact lenses for their eyes, but recent studies prove that nearly everyone is putting their eyes in harm’s way. Some people clean their contacts for their eyes by inserting them in their mouths, while others shamefully say that they’ve stored their lenses in beer. “You’re playing Russian roulette there,” said optometrist Sheri McGurk. Medical professionals are shocked by the conclusions of a study for eyes from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. It reports that of the 30 million contact lens wearers in the U.S., 99 percent are doing something inappropriate in the care of their contact lens for their eyes.
Eyes In Danger
Eyes are precious and loosing vision is preventable in most cases. One of the most common offenses is going to sleep while wearing contact lenses. McGurk says the danger in doing that while asleep you are preventing oxygen from flowing to your eyes, and they can develop infections and bacterial ulcers called pseudomonas rather quickly. “Pseudomonas can destroy the cornea in 24 hours,” McGurk said. A different study by Bausch and Lomb discovered that 20 percent of contact wearers have placed their lenses for storage in everything from tap water to coke to baby oil. “Tap water is terrible. There’s bacteria, there’s chemicals in tap water,” McGurk said. The bacteria can create a corneal infection that’s not responsive to treatment. McGurk says contact lens solution is the only acceptable liquid for storing contact lenses. Wearing disposable two-week contacts longer than recommended is another extremely common mistake.
Eyes and Plastic Surgery
Eyes and their health is discussed with patients who are considering cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the eyes including upper and lower blepharoplasty. Dr. Seify explains that it is imperative that patientspractice safe guidelines when caring for their eyes especially following plastic or reconstructive surgery. Dr. Seify performs eyelidsurgery as a specialty within his practice. Many patients suffer from ptosis which is a droopy eyelid. In some cases this could obstruct vision, and therefore could be covered under insurance. Dr. Seify also recommends a browlift in combination with the blepharoplasty for some patients who may have excessive drooping of the brow. Dr. Seify also specializes in corrective eyelid surgery for patients who have had less than desirable results from previous eyelid surgery performed by another surgeon. Often these patients are devastated by their initial results and are thrilled that reconstructive corrective surgery is available as an option.
Women’s health and anti-aging go hand in hand. As the public searches for new ways to fight the effects of aging both in health and appearance new super foods for women’s health are getting a great deal of media attention. According to a recentonlinearticle ,avocados have been known to have many health benefits. A new study presented at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting in San Diego has highlighted that avocado oil could have anti-aging properties that could benefit women’s health much like those exhibited by olive oil.
Women’s Health and Avocado Oil
Women’s health and olive oil have long been linked to treating signs of aging and cancer. Now study authors in Mexico have discovered that avocado oil, which is much like the composition of olive oil, can also be used as a women’s health anti-aging agent. Researchers discovered that avocado oil was successfully managing and combating the destructive effects of oxygen free radicals that play a significant role in developing signs of aging and women’s health. Researchers demonstrated that avocado oil was beneficial against mitochondrial free radicals which are for the most part not affected by the antioxidants derived from vegetables and fruits.
Women’s Health is Often Defined By Appearance
Women’s health and aging of the skin is one of the major battles. Dr. Seify encourages patientsto begin anti-aging treatment plans as soon as they begin to see the signs of aging. Patients can begin with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures including Botox, and fillers such as Restylane. Women’s health tips include a proactive approach to facial skin care. For more dramatic and long-term solutions for facial rejuvenation patients may consider browlift, blepharoplasty, and or facelift. These facial rejuvenation procedures are meant to achieve long-term results. Through the years these surgical procedures have proven to be the one of the best investment values in women’s health. Long–termstudies have shown that patients maintain an appearance an average of 7 to 10 years younger than their stated age after having surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Seify explains that it is important for patients to understand the type of facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedure that is being recommended. As an ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Seify is able to utilize skills used in both facial reconstructive surgery as well as cosmetic facial surgery to achieve the best possible aesthetic results.
Before and after photos highlighting our successful upper and lower blepharoplasty procedure on a 38-year-old woman.