dermal fillers Spring Lake, NJ

Puffy Eyes: Need a Fix?

dermal fillers Spring Lake, NJEyelid puffiness may occur for some reasons. Sometimes, the underlying cause is a temporary bout with allergies or fluid retention after a weekend of partying. Additional reasons why puffiness may affect the eyes include poor-quality sleep, smoking, hormone changes, and general fatigue. Rather than spending time trying to figure out just why your eyes have puffed-up like a down-blanket, spend time reducing puffiness and learning how you might prevent this problem in the future.

Quick-Fixes for Puffy Eyes

  • Cucumber slices. Cucumber slices do hold a bit of magic in soothing tired, puffy eyes. Just make sure to use slices from a refrigerated vegetable. Part of the power of cucumbers is cold, and part is the water content of cucumber that may absorb into the tired skin. Additional options include a cold washcloth or spoon applied to the eyes for a few minutes.
  • Tea bags (black or green tea with caffeine) can be placed in water and refrigerated for several minutes to cool them. The cold soothes puffiness, while caffeine minimizes fluid retention.
  • If you’ve got zero time for a five-minute home remedy for puffy eyes, splashing some cold water on your face may help reduce swelling.

Preventing Puffiness

This is where it can pay to understand a bit more about why your eyes puff up. Knowing the cause of puffiness allows you to take preventive action such as:

  • Reducing salt-intake, especially at night. Salk leads to fluid retention, which leads to a puffy appearance not only around the eyes but elsewhere.
  • Stay hydrated, especially if you eat salt! Hydration maintains a good salt to water ration in the body, which prevents fluid retention.
  • Minimize alcohol consumption at night. Alcohol almost always disrupts sleep patterns, which causes puffiness and many more issues.
  • If puffiness occurs alongside redness and itching, take an over-the-counter allergy medicine for relief. For severe or chronic allergies, prescription allergy medication may be necessary.

Is it Just Puffiness?

To have puffy eyes is one thing, but to live with ongoing heaviness and bagging of the upper or lower eyelids is something else entirely. If your eyes appear puffy and tired day after day, it is likely a result of genetics and aging. In this case, quick-fixes will not provide the relief you seek. Cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers are routinely performed to reduce the appearance of under eye bags. Upper eyelid hooding may be due to a drooping brow. In such an instance, Xeomin, an effective neuromodulator, may be applied to raise the brow and open up the eyes.

Learn more about how to rejuvenate your eyes. Call our Springlake, NJ office at (732) 449-0167.

RADIESSE® Spring Lake, Monmouth County NJ

Why People Rave about Radiesse

RADIESSE® Spring Lake, Monmouth County NJCosmetic concerns develop gradually as we age, and are exacerbated by time spent in the sun (or tanning bed) as well as other lifestyle and environmental factors. The accumulation of damage eventually shows up in the form of lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume. Historically, the changes that have affected a person’s facial aesthetic have been corrected with surgery. This is no longer the case.

Yes, there are cases in which surgery is the best option for lasting rejuvenation. However, because more people are starting an anti-aging program earlier in life, dermal fillers have become a common go-to for a younger appearance. Dermal fillers like Radiesse are cost-effective, efficient, safe, and convenient, but these are only a few of the obvious benefits to treatment.

What is Radiesse®?

Most of the dermal fillers that are recognizable to consumers are made with hyaluronic acid. This naturally-occurring chemical binds to water molecules. This is how products like Juvederm reduce wrinkles. Radiesse is different. This filler is made from microparticles of Calcium Hydroxylapatite. The particulates in this gel-based filler are small enough to pass through a tiny needle but are larger than other fillers. As such, they are less flexible. The viscosity of Radiesse, then, makes it ideal for people with thicker skin and use in larger areas such as the cheeks.

Benefits of Treatment

Each dermal filler product that we use has unique attributes that make them valuable. One of the reasons that Radiesse is advantageous is that this filler provides immediate improvement as well as ongoing support. Yes, as the filler is absorbed over time, fullness will diminish. However, beneath the surface, stimulation from the microspheres continues in the form of collage production. Due to the rebuilding of the skin’s foundation (collagen fibers) and the longevity of microspheres, many patients require less frequent touch-ups than would be necessary with other fillers.

Is Radiesse Right for You?

It is difficult to determine which dermal filler would be most appropriate for you by reading about the characteristics of each product. In many cases, a combination of injectables is used to fully rejuvenate the face, neck, and hands.

To consult with our experienced team about anti-aging treatments like Radiesse, Botox, and other therapies, call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.

Dermal Fillers

Restylane vs. Perlane — Is One Better than the Other?

Every day it seems another filler is brought to the market. For consumers, it can be hard to differentiate between the different names and what they were developed to address. But most fillers have specific targets that they are designed for.

At Lubuono Dermatology, we carry both Restylane and Perlane. Both are made by the same company, QMed, and both are hyaluronic acid fillers. You’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that gives the skin its volume, hydration, and fullness. As we age, the body’s production of hyaluronic acid slows down, so our skin becomes more loose and prone to wrinkles and folds. Volume in certain areas goes away, too.

Both Restylane and Perlane are injected to fill the space between collagen and elastin fibers within the skin because those two proteins provide support structure to the skin. Both also bind with water molecules to hydrate and fill the injection area.

But that’s where their similarities end. Here’s the difference between the two.

Perlane
Perlane is thicker in consistency than Restylane. In fact, it is three times thicker than Restylane. Because it is thicker, Perlane can’t be injected into areas of thin skin and areas that are lean. It needs fat around it to hide the filler. So, it works well adding volume to the cheeks, chin, and nasolabial folds. Moderate to severe folds love Perlane.

Restylane
Restylane is the more popular filler, having been injected over 11 million times! It is far thinner than Perlane. This allows Restylane to flow, so it is perfect for defining the lips or the hollows under the eyes. It works well on sensitive areas with finer wrinkles and thinner skin.

So, when you look at these two QMed fillers, it’s easy to see that they don’t compete, but they actually complement each other’s strengths.

Which lasts longer? Perlane, of course, because its thickness allows it to stay in the tissue longer. Restylane lasts about a year or more; Perlane six months longer than that.