Category: Lifestyle

Under-Eye Bags: 2020’s Best Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments

Just as we wish to face a new day well-rested, we want to tackle a new year looking and feeling our best. Coming into the start of 2020, we struggle to shake off holiday stress and get the new, refreshed look we’d like. 

Baggy eyes are a tell-tale sign of long, sleepless nights and the stress that often shows up during the holiday season. For some of us, puffy eyes can also be due to aging, lifestyle, allergies, sun exposure, and even genetics. 

Whatever the cause of your puffy eyes, here we offer the best surgical and nonsurgical treatments available in 2020 to help you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the new year. Some are super simple; others are more surprising. But one thing is for sure – they work.

Non-surgical Treatments for Puffy Eyes

1) Drink Water

Chronic dehydration leads to the body restricting blood flow to certain parts of the body. This can cause a sunken or gaunt-looking area around the eyes and creates under-eye bags. The recommended amount of fluid intake each day is 13 cups of water a day for men and 9 cups a day for women. Drinking at least this much water each day will help you to maintain healthy hydration levels and address those dark circles.

2) Use Cold Compresses

Loose muscles and tissues can cause puffy eyes. This is because the fat that usually encapsulates the eyes slips into the upper cheek, creating the look of “bags” under the eyes. Cold compresses help to firm up the area and keeps everything in place. Simply place a cold compress wrapped in a cloth on each eye for three minutes each morning and night to restore a more rested look.

3) Use Tea Bags

Loss of skin elasticity creates pockets under the eyes where fluid can pool. This is why applying caffeine-rich tea bags to the area helps with baggy eyes – antioxidants and caffeine encourage blood flow to the skin, have anti-inflammatory effects, and promote collagen production, all of which help to keep the skin under the eyes firm and healthy. 

After soaking tea bags in hot water (English tea works, but green tea is better), allow them to cool in the fridge for five minutes before leaving them on your (closed) eyes for fifteen-twenty minutes. You should begin to notice results after two weeks of consistent treatment.

4) Take Antihistamines

Allergic reactions to dust, pollen, fur, and other irritants cause the body to ‘flush’ itself. This results in watery and puffy eyes. If you have a known allergy, first try to avoid that irritant; however, if this isn’t practical, take an antihistamine such as Benadryl or Claritin to suppress your body’s reaction to the allergen.

Remember that soaps, makeup, and creams may also cause allergic reactions, so be mindful of the products you use on your skin.

5) Remove Makeup at Night

Keeping makeup on for too long exposes your skin to unnecessary irritation and even the potential of infection. If mascara runs in the night, it will surely result in red, irritated eyes in the morning. 

It’s a simple step to take, but washing your face with a non-alcoholic cleanser before bedtime will give you a fresh start in the morning with bright, alert eyes.

Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

For some of us, particularly those who smoke or drink alcohol regularly, the eyes can make us look much older than we would like. Smoking denies the body vitamin C, which is essential to produce collagen and keep healthy skin. Excessive alcohol consumption keeps the body dehydrated, and in some cases, home remedies like those listed above are insufficient. Others may avoid smoking and alcohol consumption but still suffer from bags under the eyes due to a genetic predisposition. Sometimes, surgical intervention may be necessary to address this unsightly feature and restore a youthful, refreshed look.

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is the surgical removal of excess skin and fat tissue around the eyes that cause a swollen, baggy appearance. When performed by a trained and experienced surgeon, the procedure is safe, and patients report high levels of satisfaction. 

Next Steps

Your eyes are critical facial features, and you want to trust them to only the most skilled and experienced surgeon. George H. Landis, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with outstanding experience, standards of professionalism, and patient reviews. He has been named as one of America’s top plastic surgeons and has been praised for his excellent communication with patients and office environment. To schedule a consultation or discuss solving your under-eye bags with one of the best in the business, call 052 562 5940 or fill out this online form.

How Diet Impacts Male Breasts

A condition called gynecomastia – colloquially known as “man boobs” – is common, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing when you struggle with it. Some estimates suggest as many as 50 to 60% of men develop excess breast tissue at least once in their lives. Often, this phenomenon begins during puberty and goes away on its own, but it can also occur later in life due to weight gain, the hormonal changes associated with aging, various health conditions, and the use of specific medications such as steroids.

The food you eat plays a role in nearly every aspect of your physical and mental health, so it should be no surprise that gynecomastia can occur because of the dietary choices you make. Today, let’s look at some of the unexpected ways the foods you put on your plate could end up affecting the appearance of your chest.

Dietary Don’ts and Do’s

What are some ways your diet may be influencing the development of your breast tissue, and are there any foods you can eat that will make male breasts smaller? You may be surprised to find out that the foods you eat can have an impact on your hormone levels, and your sex hormones, such as estrogen, specifically. Estrogen stimulates the development of breast tissue, so you will want to minimize dietary sources of estrogen. Read on for advice about what this means for your food choices.

1. Avoid: Fatty Foods

Eating too much junk food and empty calories can contribute to a host of health problems like obesity, which can also raise estrogen levels and increase breast size. Instead of driving through for a greasy, fatty fast-food dinner, prepare something fresh at home.

2. Watch for: Sneaky Chemicals

There’s evidence that some pesticides and other chemicals, such as phthalates, can mimic the effects of estrogen. Nine of the 10 most common pesticides are known hormonal disruptors. Conventionally-grown fruits with edible skins, such as strawberries, apples, and pears, have the highest levels of estrogen-imitating pesticides. You can still enjoy these nutritious fruits if you choose organic, instead of those farmed with traditional methods.

Phthalates, which are a plastic softener used in packaging, are also estrogen-mimicking chemicals. The most common phthalate, BPA, is often a component of can liners and water bottles. To steer clear of these, look for products labeled “BPA-free.”

3. Eat Less: Soy

Soybeans are a source of plant estrogens, also known as phytoestrogens. Sources of soy include tofu, edamame, and many vegetarian and vegan alternatives to meat. Soy is in many products that you wouldn’t expect, so it is a good idea to begin reading the ingredient list on food labels if you don’t already.

4. Try More: Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Gynecomastia may cause your breast tissue to feel swollen and tender. Specific foods have anti-inflammatory properties, although there is limited scientific research on the effects of these anti-inflammatory foods on gynecomastia, in particular. Anti-inflammatory foods include fish, such as salmon and tuna, and antioxidant-rich foods such as leafy greens, sweet potatoes, berries, citrus fruits, and legumes.

5. Add to Your Shopping Cart: Nutrient-dense foods

Being significantly overweight is a potential cause of gynecomastia. Making smarter food choices can help you lose weight, including your unwanted breast tissue. To cut your calorie intake and reach your goal weight, incorporate more nutrient-rich foods into your diet and get rid of processed foods. Smart choices include fresh produce, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean sources of protein. At mealtimes, make sure your plate is at least half vegetables and fruits.

The Effects of Gynecomastia

Men living with gynecomastia often experience a reduced quality of life. Though some experience occasional discomfort or embarrassment, others can develop a full-blown social anxiety disorder. Feeling bad about your body isn’t good for anyone, and it can be surprising how much of an impact this can have on multiple areas of your life.

In cases where gynecomastia is the result of excess glandular tissue, lifestyle changes alone may not be enough to diminish the size of your breasts. That’s why you have no reason whatsoever to feel ashamed if you are thinking about a surgical approach to attain a more masculine-looking chest.

How to Improve Your Chest Contours With Gynecomastia Surgery in Plymouth, MN

If you are in good overall health, are at or near your target body weight, and have adequate skin elasticity, you might be an excellent candidate for gynecomastia surgery with Dr. George Landis.

Male breast reduction surgery can improve your self-confidence and make you more comfortable with the appearance of your chest by reducing unwanted fat and breast tissue with a variety of techniques. Dr. Landis has 25 years of experience performing gynecomastia surgery, and he will create a customized surgical plan that meets your needs.

Your satisfaction with your gynecomastia results starts with a confidential consultation to discuss your concerns and evaluate your degree of excess skin and fatty tissue. To schedule this in-person meeting, contact us today.

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