Endoscopic Brow Lift
Nicole, 43, says her droopy eyelids make her look old, and she wants to know if there's a procedure available that will perk up her face with minimal recovery time.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon performs an endoscopic brow lift, which involves making three to five small incisions in the scalp, drilling small pegs into the skull and attaching the forehead tissue to the pegs. The recovery period is about two weeks.
"This procedure is just putting your brows back where they belong," he says.
Dr. Ordon and his plastic surgery partner, Dr. Ritu Chopra, explain how the brow lift is performed, and Nicole shows off her amazing results!
"The great thing about this [procedure] is that it's so different from the old way, where you used to cut the entire skin from ear to ear," Dr. Chopra says. "You have less recovery time and a better outcome."
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Salivary StonesHeather, 31, suffers from salivary stones, which are crystallized minerals found in the ducts that drain the salivary glands. The stones can cause pain and swelling, especially when eating and drinking. While the exact cause of salivary stones is unknown, dehydration, nicotine and excess calcium and protein in the diet have been shown to be contributing factors in their development.
Head and neck surgeon Dr. Ryan Osborne performs a sialendoscopy on Heather, a procedure that removes the stones without incisions.
"Using a very small camera, an endoscopic tool that we can put through the natural opening of the salivary gland duct, we can actually see what's happening in there," Dr. Osborne says. "If there's something blocking the flow of saliva, we simply grab it and unclog it, just like you do when you call the plumber to unclog your toilet or your sink. It's nothing different."
br /> Heather reports that she is feeling much better after a short recovery period of about a week and a half, and her pain is gone.
Cataracts occur when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy, causing blurred or dimmed vision. The lens is comprised of protein and water, and as people age, the proteins can clump together to create a cloudy formation. More than 50 percent of people 65 years of age and older will develop cataracts, and they are the leading cause of vision loss in adults over age 55.
Surgery for cataracts involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an implant. "They can sometimes do it now in 15 to 30 minutes," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "You can literally go from blindness to seeing in that amount of time, [with] little or no pain. Recovery is quick; you can often resume normal activities that same day."