Author: George H. Landis

The Effect of Everyday Stressors on Your Skin

What’s your skin up against? You may not realize how everyday stressors, including UV exposure, diet, environment, and age, affect your complexion. The truth is, many destructive factors are unavoidable, especially when they’re related to aging.

That’s because over time, your body decreases the production of elastin, collagen, and naturally hydrating hyaluronic acid. These all contribute to plump, moisturized, and smooth-looking skin. You’re also likely to lose natural volume and softness from shrinking facial muscles and fat pads.

Luckily, you have both non-surgical and lasting cosmetic surgery options. Dr. George Landis can help restore facial volume, smooth away wrinkles, and tone your face for a more youthful appearance.

Here, we’ll review two of our top facial restoration methods to repair stressed and tired faces.

Facelift

Whether deep lines and wrinkles, reduced skin elasticity, or drooping are your issues, a customized facelift with Dr. Landis could be your solution to remove signs of stress and age. Men and women may seek a facelift in Minneapolis to elevate jowls and cheeks, reduce excess eyelid skin, lift sagging muscles, and tighten skin tone.

Recovery will require a couple of weeks off work, and you can expect some swelling and bruising. Incisions are required; however, these are hidden in natural creases, behind ears, and in the hairline, so they’re barely noticeable once healed. This is truly the most dramatic and transformative impact you can get from a facial procedure to turn back the clock on damage and stress.

Facial Fat Transfer

Advanced facial fat transfer techniques make it possible to fill in facial wrinkles and build up natural volume with your own body fat. As it’s been fine-tuned as an artform, grafting can carefully replenish your facial contours in crucial spots.

Men and women lose fat in their cheeks and midface beginning at the age of 30. The overlying skin shifts downward, hollows begin to form, and tissues sag. Fat transfer allows Dr. Landis to inject tiny micro-droplets of purified fat cells taken from areas where you have excess, like the abs or thighs.

Many patients prefer this lasting alternative to dermal fillers. Fat transfer can:

  • Improve moderate to severe wrinkles and folds
  • Restore volume to sagging facial tissue
  • Fill and smooth the area surrounding eyes
  • Augment thinning lips
  • Create a softer, youthful facial appearance

Schedule Your Consultation, Discover the Possibilities

Are you ready to meet your best self? Our knowledgeable and skilled facial plastic surgeon, Dr. George Landis, is ready to meet with you to discuss your aesthetic goals. Book your consultation with Dr. Landis, one of the best facial rejuvenation specialists in MN, by contacting us or calling (952) 562-5940.

Expert Tips on How to Maintain Your Beauty Routine from Home

Just because you’re spending more time at home doesn’t mean you have to compromise your beauty routine. With so much more time on your hands, now could be the perfect opportunity to perfect your skincare regimen and achieve glowing, flawless skin. Before you know it, and with a little practice, your skin will thank you.

Below, you’ll find some of our favorite tips and tricks to make your home a mini-spa. We’ve also broken down some common mistakes and how to avoid them. If you have any further questions, would like to learn more about our non-surgical offerings, or want a more personalized assessment from Dr. Landis, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Skin Type: Understanding What You Need

Skin is incredibly unique. Your genes, environment, diet, sleep, the weather, and age (just to name a few) all play considerable roles in how your skin looks, feels, and acts. As such, figuring out exactly what your skin needs takes patience and curiosity. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to skincare, and that’s why the number one rule is to respond to what your skin is telling you.

Learning to read your skin requires some practice and a bit of know-how, but that’s why we’re here. One of the first steps to perfecting your beauty routine is to determine your skin type. In general, most people fall somewhere on a spectrum of dry to normal to oily skin. In some cases, you may even have multiple “types.”

For instance, even if you’re prone to dryness around your nostrils, you may have more oily skin on the forehead or cheeks. In this case, you need a richly hydrating daily cream for your nose, but a lighter oil-free daily moisturizer for the rest of your skin.

The goal of proper skincare is balance. You want to support your skin without clogging it up with chemicals and products. Skin also changes over time, and ideally, your routine should adapt to these shifts. As the seasons go by and moisture levels in the air rise and fall, you may need to switch up the types of cleanser and moisturizer you’re using.

In the summertime, we highly recommend using a light foaming cleanser and a gentle moisturizer with SPF. If your skin produces a lot of oil, that also doesn’t mean you should skip moisturizing. Oil is your skin’s natural way of trying to hydrate itself and lock in moisture and is often a sign you need a more deeply hydrating routine. Adding a serum or botanical face oil can be a luxurious and powerful way to provide this extra moisture.

Natural Skincare

Another of the easiest ways to upgrade your skincare routine is to switch to all-natural mineral-based products. Commercial cleansers often contain abrasive products that can end up doing more harm than good over time. Look for brands that sustainably use plant-based science, like OLEHENRIKSEN, L’Occitane, and True Botanicals.

If you’re hoping to encourage a natural glow and support natural anti-aging investing in a Vitamin C serum is a great choice. As one of the only antioxidants to efficiently absorb into the skin, Vitamin C can transform your skin and even reverse the signs of aging. By deeply hydrating your skin while halting free radicals caused by age and sun damage, Vitamin C serums address the root causes of wrinkles, frown lines, and uneven skin tone.

There is a range of excellent serums to choose from online, and the choice really depends on what you’re looking to spend. If you’re on a budget, InstaNatural’s Vitamin C Serum is a proven and beloved option with almost nine thousand 5 star reviews on Amazon. For those looking to buy the best of the best, there’s no beating SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Serum. SkinCeuticals are the pioneers of Vitamin C in skincare and offer some of the highest-quality products available today, backed by decades of clinical testing.

Sun Protection

If you aren’t using sunscreen every single day of the year, it’s time to start. Daily SPF use is the number one way to slow down your skin’s visible aging signs and protect against harmful UV rays. If you’re worried about grease or clogging your pores, there are plenty of options available.

Choosing a lightweight, high-SPF, mineral-based sunscreen is essential. ISDIN’s award-winning ERYFOTONA ACTINICA is one of our personal favorites. A little goes a long way with this powerful product, and it won’t leave behind any unwanted shininess or slime.

Questions? Please Reach Out!

Building the perfect at-home beauty routine is a deeply personal process. We understand that every person’s skin is as unique as they are and should be treated as such. Learning how to care for yourself can be challenging, but we’re here to help.

If you want to learn more about home skincare products or get personalized product recommendations, please reach out to our Minneapolis, MN office. Currently, we are offering virtual consultations, as our patient’s safety is our number one concern. During this digital meeting, you’ll get to ask Dr. Landis anything on your mind. He’ll provide personalized advice and recommendations to achieve your aesthetic goals, all from the safety and comfort of your home.

To schedule your virtual consultation with Dr. Landis, please give us a call or contact us online today.

6 Misconceptions About Breast Augmentation

Many people picture breast augmentation first when they hear “plastic surgery.” This popular body sculpting procedure is still the #1 choice in America, and one of the most heavily researched online.

However, one problem resulting from independent patient research can be stumbling across misinformation and myths.

Dr. Landis ’s Minneapolis cosmetic surgery practice strives to provide clear and complete information to our patients so they can avoid the pitfalls of breast implant confusion.

Consider the following myths busted.

1.  Breast Augmentation Always Looks Fake 

Some remember a time when breast augmentation results appeared somewhat generic and “less than natural.” Not only have techniques evolved dramatically in recent years, but the variety of natural-looking and dimensionally diverse breast implant options have changed results for the better.

Today, it’s not uncommon for extremely subtle enhancements to both look and feel entirely real—no more cookie-cutter cleavage.

Enhancements are now customized, taking into account the individual’s body shape, breast measurements, and lifestyle. Talk with your surgeon about differences in projection and materials that mimic real breasts.

2. Breast Augmentation Recovery is Long and Painful

It’s fair to say that pain is subjective, and everyone has a different tolerance. However, breast implants surgeries today are described rarely as “extremely painful,” nor do they usually require a lengthy recovery period.

Incisions will be sensitive while healing and placement of implants under the muscle can cause a temporarily bruised and tight feeling chest muscles.

Thankfully, most patients tolerate the recovery quite well. Pain medication is prescribed to be taken as needed, and most inflammation or discomfort resolves by two weeks.

3. Breasts Feel Numb After Breast Augmentation

Many women are concerned about the loss of breast sensation because they’ve read that this effect is a common problem. Luckily, it’s rare for a person to lose all breast or nipple sensation after breast implant insertion.

Depending on the incision route and the amount of inflammation your breasts endure, you could experience some numbness temporarily. The nerves which are stretched or damaged heal over several months, and sensation often returns while healing.

4. You Can’t Breastfeed After Breast Augmentation

This myth is pervasive- you don’t need to research for very long before coming across this warning. However, augmentation surgery doesn’t prevent breastfeeding babies. This is particularly true for the IMF/ under breast incision.

There are incision methods, particularly for breast lift or reduction procedures, which have a low risk of obstructing milk ducts. Keep in mind that not all women are naturally able to breastfeed. Let Dr. Landis know if you have concerns about your future ability to breastfeed.

5. Breast Implants Require Regular Replacement 

Today’s breast implants are incredibly well-constructed medical devices, meant to withstand long term use. You don’t need to replace your implants unless you experience an issue with them. Many patients have newer generation breast implants for more than 20 years, with no problems reported yet.

The most common concern for large saline implants is leakage or rupture over time. Silicone implants rupture less often, though the gummy gel they contain doesn’t flow like liquid. While ruptures aren’t considered a health emergency, in the rare case this occurs, the implants should be replaced.

6. Saline Breast Implants are Better Than Silicone

Saline implants are still a preferred choice for some patients; however, silicone cohesive gel implants are soft, supple, and resist rippling more than saline. Either type is available in custom measurements and volumes to suit your taste and body type.

Only FDA approved, safe breast implants are used at Dr. Landis’s Minneapolis cosmetic clinic.

What Can Breast Augmentation Do for You?

Increasing breast size and improving their shape, symmetry, and proportions are all possible through breast augmentation surgery with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George H. Landis.

We’re pleased to see you for a personalized consultation to discuss your concerns and body reshaping goals. We’ll be happy to book your virtual consultation and answer questions about breast augmentation that you may have!

Incision Decision: What You Need to Know About Breast Augmentation Incisions

Women who consider breast implants to enhance their figures have many decisions in front of them. The type, size, and shape of the implant will have a significant impact on how their breasts will look. However, one decision many women seem to overlook is where their surgeon will make their incisions. This choice will have a direct impact on how well your surgeon can visualize implant placement and how visible your scars will be.

Different considerations affect the thickness of the capsule that eventually forms around the implant. Sufficient blood flow will safeguard the proper width for the capsule, so the breasts won’t feel too hard. Dr. Landis will need to see the entire breast pocket during surgery to confirm there is no bleeding.

Also, healing is different for each patient, which affects the scarring that occurs naturally. The implant type will determine the incision length and the visibility of scarring.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Landis uses three incision techniques for breast augmentation. These options include endoscopic axillary, peri-areolar, and inframammary. This article will explore all three.

Under the Arms

Although the axillary incision can leave the surgeon blind concerning the pocket, Dr. Landis uses a tiny endoscopic camera to provide optimal visibility. This incision approach eliminates any scarring on the breast, restricting it to within the skin folds in the armpit.  Although this technique has advantages in hiding the incision, it is not suitable for all breast implant surgeries. It can also make breast revision more complicated if the patient is not satisfied with the outcome.

Around the Nipple

The periareolar approach involves making the incisions in the areolas (the pigmented skin around the nipple). The size and type of implant will determine if this technique is right for you. This incision placement is below the nipple, where Dr. Landis can position an empty saline implant. Then, he will fill the empty shell with a sterilized saline solution to the right volume. Alternatively, he may insert cohesive silicone implants through this incision opening, depending on their shape and size.

In the Natural Breast Crease

The inframammary incision is the most common technique. It’s the most versatile and allows excellent access to the breast pocket. Although this approach leaves a longer scar than either the axillary or areola incision, it will hide within the natural breast crease. This incision is perfect for women who heal quickly, with little scarring risk.

The Best Incision Decision

Breast implant surgery is not a cookie-cutter operation. It should take a customized approach. If you are considering enhancing your breasts with implants, and want to understand what the best options are for your unique body type and anatomy, contact Dr. Landis today for a safe procedure that delivers stunning results.

Contact Dr. Landis for a consultation today.

Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Does Health Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery? 

Most health insurance carriers will cover blepharoplasty if there is significant visual obstruction because of the upper eyelids drooping. You will need to check with your insurance provider to determine if they will offset any costs. If they cover the procedure, they will require the appropriate testing to prove medical necessity. If your eyelids are not drooping to the point where they are impairing your vision, your insurance company will probably deem the surgery a cosmetic procedure, and will not cover it. 

Health insurance companies never cover lower eyelid surgery because it is a simple cosmetic procedure, unlike upper blepharoplasty. Dr. Landis does offer finance options if necessary. 

Why Choose Blepharoplasty Over Other Treatments? 

Eyelid surgery corrects drooping eyelids and adjacent facial tissues, including undereye bags and tired eyes. In most cases, topical creams, injectables, and other treatments cannot correct these cosmetic concerns over the long term. 

How Long Does an Eyelid Lift Take?

Blepharoplasty will take between one and two hours, depending on if you have either upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery as a standalone procedure or have them done concurrently. Typically, a standalone procedure takes one hour, while a combination of the two will take two hours to complete. Mostly, blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure where patients go home the same day of surgery.  

Is There Scarring With Eyelid Surgery?

As with any surgery, there will be some scarring. However, visible scarring is minimal and fades to almost invisible within a year

Is There an Age Restriction for Blepharoplasty?

Although eyelid drooping and loose skin and fat are typically age-related, some younger patients are genetically prone to these concerns. Eyelid surgery is available to all patients who need it, regardless of age. 

Will Eyelid Surgery Get Rid of My Crow’s Feet?

Blepharoplasty does not remove wrinkles or fine lines outside the eyelid, nor does it fix a sagging brow. 

When Will I Get My Stitches Taken Out?

We usually take sutures out within a week after surgery.  

How Soon Will I See My Results?

Visible results will become apparent once the swelling goes down, which won’t be for several days after surgery.

What Are the Risks Involved? 

Like all surgery, blepharoplasty has risks worth considering. Minor complications include blurry or double vision, swelling, and tiny white nodules around the eyes. Each eyelid may heal at a different rate, which means you may see an asymmetry for a short time. More severe complications, although rare, include difficulty closing eyes and permanent asymmetry. 

What Is Asian Blepharoplasty?

Many people with Asian heritage have no natural crease in their upper eyelids and need cosmetic help to create one. 

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