Have you ever had those days where you have woken up to puffy eyes after a night of little sleep? A dulled complexion, dark circles under the eyes and noticeable bags are tell-tale signs that you did not get a good night’s rest. In reality, the amount of sleep your body gets can determine physical affects that are longer-lasting than you may realize. Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. David Whiteman discusses the importance of sleep in maintaining the face’s healthy glow and youthful appearance.
Lack of sleep can affect productivity, memory, weight and aging. When we sleep, our bodies go into “repair-mode” to mend the damage from daily activities by replacing old cells and stimulating new skin cell growth. When our bodies are not able to get the recommended 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, they become stressed and release increased amounts of the hormone cortisol. The increase in cortisol can affect the skin’s collagen formation, which is beneficial in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and luminosity, and can lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Initially, bags and dark circles under the eyes can be superficially treated with make-up or skin care products. However, as time progresses and the skin becomes lax it can make the face appear perpetually tired.
Dr. Whiteman often discusses with his patients the benefits of surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options to correct visible signs of aging. FDA-approved injectables such as BOTOX® address facial wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause us to frown to reveal a smoother, more relaxed appearance. Dr. Whiteman also offers injectable facial fillers such as Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Dysport® as fast and effective treatments for patients experiencing volume loss in the eyes, forehead and cheeks, in addition to the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.
For patients with more extensive signs of aging desiring more-permanent results, Dr. Whiteman performs eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) by removing excess skin and fatty tissue around the eyes to restore the face to a more youthful and alert appearance.
To learn more about which facial rejuvenation treatments will best benefit you or the plastic surgery procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Be sure to stay connected with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest updates on plastic and reconstructive news and information.