Health & Beauty
Summertime is the best time to refresh and recharge. Whether its your smile, your skin, hair, face or general well-being, here are some tips and trends from health and beauty experts to help you do just that!
Jill Morris, DMD
World Class Dentistry
3951 Swift Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34231
What is one of the most important things you can do to look and feel younger?
Recently, I was in the grocery store and saw this woman at the seafood counter purchasing salmon. She was physically fit and dressed beautifully. Her hair and nails were well groomed, and her face looked natural for a woman of about 70 years old. She looked great until she smiled and thanked the clerk. Then the magic was gone.
A worn, aged, yellow smile may give the impression of being unkempt, unhappy or grumpy. Porcelain veneers are one of the greatest smile innovations we have today. They change people’s lives.
Why do some veneers look great and other veneers look fake?
There are a lot of beautiful, natural-looking veneers that don’t look fake, so you may not know they are veneers. Beautiful veneers fit the face and are translucent. They are thin and not too long. They have a micro-textured anatomy that reflects the light at different angles and opalescence at the biting edge. The edges follow the natural lip line of the smile with subtle rounded soft edges much like the way they were before the ravages of age wore away the edge.
Fake-looking veneers are opaque and don’t allow the light to penetrate the same way it does for natural tooth enamel. A great cosmetic dentist knows how to prepare the underlying tooth structure to allow for all of these special touches that a great laboratory technician creates.
A great smile is good for the spirit, expression and freedom. It is essential for the soul and even for the physical health of the body. It gives a person a vivacious look and feeling and it’s contagious!
Dr. Jill Morris, founder of World Class Dentistry®, is the only accredited dentist in the Sarasota area with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She has taught live patient cosmetic courses to hundreds of dentists and has been in practice for 31 years.
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Sumeet Bhanot, M.D., F.A.C.S
Bhanot Facial Plastic Surgery
2038 Bee Ridge Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34239
Which facelift looks normal, refreshed and natural, as opposed to pulled, stretched and plumped?
Facelifts come in many varieties. There are the mini-lifts that generally create a pulled appearance. The next level is the fascia facelifts that help reposition the fascia. The fascia is a layer of tissue within the cheek area that helps support areas of the face. These fascia facelifts provide decent support, longevity and look relatively natural, yet lack the ability to fully restore the aging face. There are some adjuvant techniques such as fat grafting that can fill in the shortcomings. So, is that all we have to offer? The answer is NO!
There is a rare type of facelift called the deep plane facelift. This lift not only supports fascia, but helps recontour the entire face, lift fat pads, restoring natural volume in areas where it has fallen, recreating the natural, youthful face that you once had (perhaps 20 years ago). By using only the natural tissue without overly stretching skin or overly plumping with fat or fillers, a deep plane facelift creates a very natural, rested and youthful appearance. This does not mean the other techniques are without merit, just not when performed to the extreme. This facelift provides a dramatic change in the appearance yet very subtle results. Our patients look refreshed, typically 15-20 years younger. Despite this, their friends and family have no clue they even had a facelift. Now ask yourself, is that not the holy grail of facial rejuvenation? This facelift is extremely complex to perform and cannot be performed in one hour and is not offered as a drive-thru. We all know that in order to achieve our true goals we have to be diligent, methodical, focused, perseverant and have an unwavering mission to follow a true artistic vision to its pinnacle.
How long can I expect the results of a facelift to last?
Think of the deep plane facelift as a reset button. It will reset your appearance to approximately 15-20 years ago. From that point aging continues, although you will always look 15-20 years younger than your age.
Dr. Sumeet Bhanot is a Yale-trained double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has been named among Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for the last six consecutive years. He has been bringing his unique blend of art, beauty and science to patients in the Sarasota area for more than a decade.
Derek The Salon
610 S Pineapple Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236
How do you protect hair from the sun and the humidity?
You should always take care of your hair with regular cuts and conditioning treatments especially if you color your hair. The best way to beat the humidity and summer frizz is a Keratin or Brazilian blowout. It takes a few hours and cost between $150 and $300, but it will cut back on your blow dry time and keep your hair smooth and manageable. The Davines nourishing enzyme infusion will help protect your hair from the drying effects of the sun and over-processing. Most importantly you need to use products that have SPF and UV protection. Beachgoers are vigilant about using sunscreen on their skin, but very often neglect their hair. One of my favorite products is the Davines OI All In One Milk. This product is multi-functional. The main ingredient, roucou oil, has sunscreen, antioxidants and UV protection.
What are the hair color trends for this summer, and do you have a favorite cut or style?
A warm palette is coming back big with gold and rosy tones. I always like to brighten up color for the summer. It’s fun to follow trends, but it’s not for everyone. If you find a color that works for your skin tone then I suggest you add some highlights to give it that sun-kissed look. I believe everyone should choose a cut and style that works for their hair type and lifestyle. A great mid-length cut works for almost everyone. Dry it smooth then hit it with a sea salt spray for a tousled, lived-in look.
Anne-Marie Chalmers, M.D.
727 Commerce Dr.
Venice, FL 34292
What can I do to relieve my red, swollen and itchy dry eyes?
There are various types of eye drops and topical lubricants available if you have dry eyes. But many ophthalmologists and optometrists also recommend increasing your daily intake of omega-3 from fresh, full-spectrum cod liver oil. That’s because most dry eye issues appear to be caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). With MGD, the protective oil in our tears gets blocked from coming to the surface of the eye, causing our tears to evaporate too quickly. Getting an effective dose of omega-3 is helpful for two reasons: 1) it helps relieve chronic inflammation, which is both a symptom and a cause of MGD, and 2) it improves the quality of the oil in our tears. The oil is then able to protect the tears and eye surface, relieving that scratchy, painful dry eye feeling. In other words, it’s healing from the inside out.
Does omega-3 and melatonin reduce skin damage from the sun?
Low levels of omega-3 and melatonin in the skin are strongly connected with inflammation. One common cause of inflammation in the skin? Sunburn and too much sun exposure. During sun exposure, UVA rays can penetrate into the lower layers of the skin, causing structural damage to collagen. These collagen fibers are important for keeping your skin firm and youthful.
By increasing your intake of omega-3 and melatonin, you may be able protect your skin from ultraviolet radiation-induced skin damage. Take one vial of Omega Restore™ in the evening, which combines a full dose of omega-3 with melatonin. It’s one easy way to increase the amount of both nutrients in the skin. Use as your “internal sunblock,” along with sunscreen and protective clothing.
Anne-Marie Chalmers, MD, is the co-founder and president of Omega3 Innovations. Born and raised in the United States, Dr. Chalmers graduated from Brown University and completed her medical training at the University of Oslo in Norway. Her research and development work has included nutraceuticals (especially omega-3) and medical delivery device systems to facilitate ingestion of multiple medication combinations.
Sarasota Plastic Surgery
2255 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
What can I do about my thinning eyebrows?
Once upon a time, fashion trends dictated you to only wear eyebrows very THIN. For many ladies this meant plucking most if not all of their eyebrow hair, to find it never grew back. Today, eyebrows couldn’t be more different, the bolder the better, especially for the younger market.
High definition eyebrows enhanced with permanent makeup through microblading or cosmetic tattooing are a great way to add color and shape to your eyebrows. This process will improve and strengthen the contrast between your features, which unfortunately deteriorate as we mature. Your eyes become perfectly framed due to your eyebrows being more visible and totally significant.
Is there a difference between microblading and cosmetic tattooing?
With the sudden popularity and media attention given to the term microblading, many are led to believe that microblading is not a tattoo process. Permanent cosmetics, micro pigmentation, dermal implantation, microblading/microstroking, eyebrow embroidery, and long-time/long lasting makeup are all different names for the same procedure – cosmetic tattooing. Any time color is placed in the skin with any device it is a tattoo process as defined by many well informed regulators, the medical community, and dictionary sources.
Microblading is a permanent make-up technique using a hand tool rather than a machine. Micro pigmentation is a permanent make-up technique using a tattoo machine. Each technique will enhance, define, darken or reshape your eyebrows leaving a natural look and finish.
These techniques are a long term solution for all of you that would like to create a new brow template which best suits your facial dimensions and a color which best compliments skin tones.
During your consultation with a trained professional, the best technique and application of permanent makeup is discussed and planned based on your individual needs, wants and desires.
No more excuses for insignificant eyebrows, regardless of your age.
JoAnne Ronzani has worked at the Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center Skin Care Clinic since 1998. She is a member of the Society of Plastic Surgical Skincare and the American Academy of Micropigmentation (permanent makeup tattoing).
Alissa M. Shulman, M.D., F.A.C.S
Sovereign Plastic Surgery Medical Arts Building
1950 Arlington St., Suite 112
Sarasota, FL 34239
What can I do to keep my body looking younger without surgery?
Thin is not necessarily young. Firm, moderately “padded” skin looks healthier.
• Stable weight, good hydration and protective (firming) moisturizer help.
• Remaining 5-10 pounds over your recommended weight will make you look younger
• Slow and steady weight loss allows your skin to catch up.
• Weight lifting produces muscle, which shapes your “body suit.” Stronger bones, better posture, and endurance are added benefits.
• A good style or cut for your proportions are a must and black is not necessarily slimming. View yourself in a full-length mirror from all angles. Proper fitting clothes work wonders.
• For a temporary quick fix to arms and legs, apply a tinted moisturizer to even out minor skin flaws.
• For small areas of unwanted stubborn fat, we offer Coolsculpt, a non-surgical way to eliminate small pockets of fat with no down time and minimal discomfort.
What can be done surgically to keep my body looking younger?
Are the surgical “trade-offs” of risk, scar and cost worth it? Talk with your surgeon regarding realistic expectations.
Excess skin at abdomen is best removed with a tummy tuck. It’s the most straightforward surgery in terms of expectations.
Breasts are more complicated. If you’re satisfied with your size in a sports bra, then a lift is the best choice. If the breasts are smaller than they used to be, but NOT too droopy, you can increase breast size through an implant or fat grafting. If breasts are deflated and droopy, then you need a staged set of surgeries, starting with a lift, and then 6-8 months later increase breast size by implant or fat grafting.
Arms and thighs are the most challenging. Significant scarring is inevitable and likely visible.
For the buttocks, my patients have been very happy with fat grafting (Brazilian). But with recent complications by other doctors nationwide, I am not recommending this until we truly understand all of the circumstances.