Posts Tagged ‘cosmetic surgery’

3 Steps to Younger Looking Skin

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

By Liz W

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With age comes great wisdom, but unfortunately wisdom doesn’t come alone; and you might be considering a change in your skin care routine. Every year, another unwelcome candle finds its way to your birthday cake, and another even more unwelcome wrinkle appears on your smiling face. Anti aging skin care can make a huge difference in fighting the visible signs of aging. Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Chip Cole shares his skin care advice on the best things you can do keep your skin looking as youthful as possible.

Dr. Chip Cole, a quadruple board certified Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, who specializes in facial rejuvenation and eye and facial surgery, says the secret to slowing down the signs of aging is a three step process:

“Resurface, Rejuvenate and Protect.  Resurfacing your skin with a retinol will help to address and correct sun damaged skin, acne scarring and rough or coarse texture.  More than 90% off the sun damage we attribute to aging is the result of cumulative sun damage. Rejuvenate your skin by using a topical Vitamin C.  This will help reverse much of this sun damage and help protect your skin from further damage as well.  Protect your skin daily with a hydrating sunscreen.  I recommend a minimum of SPF30 (like Canyon Ranch Your Transformation  Protect UVA/UVB SPF 30 Facial Moisturizer) that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.” –Dr. Chip Cole.

There are other paths you can take when you suddenly stop looking forward to birthdays, and realize your youth is behind you. You can accept that you are growing older, and consider each new line on your face a sign of a happy smile-filled life, and stop caring about your appearance, as your best years have passed. Or, you can start caring for your skin in a way you know you should have been since the first time you noticed your lipstick was exploring those fun little lines around your lips. We recommend taking Dr. Cole’s advice on aging gracefully.

Beauty trends in cosmetic surgery: Interview with Dr. Chip Cole

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Even with the state of the economy, we can’t forget about our dear friend: cosmetic surgery. Since the recession times have been tough, and although we’ve seen some changing trends in plastic surgery offices, the doctors certainly aren’t bored. We had a chance to chat with Dr. Chip Cole about the beauty trends in cosmetic surgery procedures that have been the most requested in his office.

Dr. Cole

Has the economy had an effect on the types of procedures your patients are requesting?

“I would say that certainly there has been a shift to more bridge procedures where people are doing more of the injectables and fillers, while waiting to see if the economy is going to improve. People are not as inclined to take time off for a major cosmetic procedure as they were 2 years ago. I’m seeing a lot more eye lifts and eye tucks alone and maybe fillers around the mouth, where they used to do their eyes surgically and also have a face lift. I’m definitely seeing more of a trend in the lower face for fillers, but in the eye area I’m seeing an increase in procedures because people want to have something done, and the impact will be greater in the eye area than anywhere else on the face. That’s the #1 area that people notice – when you look at someone you always see their eyes first.”

What’s the typical down time for eye procedures?

“I would say a week at the most. A lot of people do it mid-week, say on a Wednesday, and go back to work on a Monday. It’s a pretty quick procedure. I use a laser for all of the procedures (vs. using a scalpel), and the advantage is that when you make the incision, the laser seals the tissue so you don’t get the bleeding and bruising you get when you use a scalpel. People are able to get to work a lot quicker.”

What is the age range of people receiving eye lifts and eye tucks?

“I would say that the earliest I see is people in their 30’s, although some models in their mid to late 20’s come in when they start to see changes, but this is unusual.  I would say it usually starts in their 30’s. I would say typically the upper end is in the 70’s, but it’s not that unusual to have someone that’s in their 80’s or 90’s getting it done.”

How do you incorporate your certification in ophthalmology into your cosmetic surgery practice?

“I’m board certified in ophthalmology as well as facial cosmetic surgery and laser surgery. It’s integrated into our practice for instance if someone has a tear gland that’s out of position during surgery, I’ll go ahead and repair it while I’m there because I understand also the functional aspects of all the anatomy from having the background in ophthalmology. Another example is if someone has a lid that is drooping more than the other lid, general plastic surgeons are not going to be able to repair that muscle or fix that lid while they’re doing the cosmetic surgery. Also it’s microsurgical training and I always say a millimeter is the difference between success or failure around the eye, where an inch is the difference between success and failure on the face. So it’s a very precise procedure.”

About Dr. Cole

Dr. Cole is an Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon and has performed over 15 thousand surgeries. A quadruple board certified surgeon, his surgical expertise and artistry continues to be nationally recognized. In 1994, Dr. Cole founded Atlanta Oculoplastic & Cosmetic Surgery, which is now known as OCULUS Facial Plastic Surgeons. OCULUS is a leading practice specializing in reconstruction and rejuvenation procedures in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Cole has received many honors including being named one of the country’s Top 10 cosmetic eye surgeons by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.