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    Why You Should Be Wearing SPF Every Day

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    As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’ and when it comes to skin care this saying is definitely true. SPF is vital for both preventing skin cancer and slowing the signs of aging. Botox, fillers, and surgical procedures such as face lifts are all well known for their ability to take a few years off our appearance. Smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing any sagging skin, and adding volume to aging faces are all things that can be accomplished in the caring hands of a certified surgeon but will not reverse the damage that UVA and UVB cause to the skin.


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    It is important to apply a broad spectrum SPF cream to protect the skin from both types of damaging rays. UVA rays are responsible for the aging effects of the sun, while UVB rays are responsible for the development of skin cancer. While many of us only apply sun screen while we are at the beach or pool, damage can be caused at any time including on cloudy days, or unexpected times like sitting in your car. Many windshields and car windows offer no UVA protection and can lead to the uneven results shown on this truck drivers face (right).

    The areas that show the signs of aging and sun damage are unsurprisingly the ones that we have on display most often. The face, neck, upper chest, hands, as well as the feet are always giving away our age but can all be helped by applying SPF daily. It is important to use a lotion with at least SPF30 and apply it at least 20-30 minutes prior to leaving the house so that it can work effectively. When you are applying make up, sun screen or a primer with SPF should be the last thing you apply to your face before makeup.

    Another key point, just as our mothers always reminded us, is to keep reapplying the sun screen. Using SPF 30 translates to you skin being able to withstand burning 30 times longer than it usually would, but we can never be truly sure how long that time will be.

    UnknownReapplying every 90 minutes-2 hours that you are outdoors will help to ensure your skin is thoroughly protected from any damaging rays.

    Following these simple steps daily as well as maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated and having an active lifestyle will all help to preserve beautiful, youthful skin for many more years.

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    Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Blepharoplasty is a surgery that is performed to remove extra skin from the eyelids and also to remove fat or add some fat in that area. If the upper eyelid looks too heavy or puffy or if the eyelid blocks vision due to fat accumulation, blepharoplasty can correct it. Wrinkles or fine lines under the eyes, or excess fat or skin under the eyes can also be reduced or removed with this surgery. This surgery can correct and improve the appearance of your eyelids. If you are facing any of the problems mentioned above, it is best that you consult a plastic surgeon and allow him/her to take you through the benefits of getting a blepharoplasty done.

    How is blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery) done?

    For perfect blepharoplasty, you must seek the expertise of an experienced plastic surgeon. This surgery requires very nifty hands because the incision lines need to be designed with precision so that the scars get concealed in the natural structure of your eyelids.

    For upper blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions on the upper eyelid skin to remove excess fat and skin and then uses a fine stitch to join the skin and create an eyelid crease.

    For lower blepharoplasty, the cosmetic surgeon makes incisions just below your lash line or on the inside of your eyelid to remove or add excess fat. Incisions made on the inside of the eyelid are completely invisible. This is also called the transconjunctival approach.

    The incisions are closed with sutures – removable or absorbable, skin adhesives or tape. Along with surgery, laser resurfacing of your eyelid might be needed to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles further.

    In places like Atlanta, GA, double eyelid surgery, also known as Westernization of the eyelid or Asian eyelid surgery is also done to create a crease in the upper eyelid.

    Cost of the surgery

    Depending upon the type of surgical procedure you need, blepharoplasty can cost you around $2,900. This might be exclusive of other expenses like medical tests, anesthesia, operating room charges and medication. If medical examinations prove that the surgery is performed to correct obstruction of vision, then the cost of the surgery might be covered by a health insurance provider.

    Experienced doctors like Dr. Paul McCluskey can also help you with financing plans to cover the cost of the plastic surgery. It is more important that your surgery should be done accurately and you should be willing to shell out some extra money if needed because your satisfaction is what matters most.


    After the surgery, the surgeon might cover your eyes loosely with gauze or you might need to apply cold compress for the first 48 hours after surgery. You will also be given a lubricating ointment to apply on the surgical site. This will also ward off infections. You might experience some swelling or irritation of the eyes for which you will be given appropriate medicines. Bruising and swelling after surgery is common, but it disappears soon.

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    Breast lift procedures are typically performed in older women who’s breasts have sagged due to aging and child-bearing as well as patients who have had a dramatic weight loss. The sag is essentially caused by an excess amount of skin in comparison to the amount of breast tissue present and the procedure aims to correct that ratio with out the removal of breast tissue itself. Another effect of breasts sagging is that nipples become low on the breast which is addressed during a lift procedure, moving them back to the desired position. Nipples may also enlarge due to sagging and this can be remedied during the procedure also!



    As you can see above the results of the procedure are youthful, full and lifted breasts that help to define the patients waist and give a younger figure! To learn more about the procedure you can read here and see Dr McCluskey discuss different incision types here.

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