Nearly 35 million Americans suffer from sinus disease each year.
Those with allergies or asthma can form polyps in the sinuses, increasing congestion, sinus pressure, nasal drainage and sleep discomfort without any classic signs of infection. Polyps can grow slowly and silently in the sinuses and be mistaken for nasal allergies. Although these types of polyps never become cancerous, sinus polyps may become aggressive and remodel the facial bones from the inside out, putting pressure most commonly in the eye, cheek and forehead areas.Sinus polyps are commonly aggravated to grow by dysregulation of the body’s immune response. For this reason, the anti-inflammatory and immune suppressing effects of steroid medication are often used to help treat polyps. However, high doses of oral steroid medications are not advised for chronic use because of their numerous side effects. In some cases, polyps may be caused by fungal infections that may actually be worsened by antibiotics or oral steroid medications, and should be evaluated by an ENT physician.
Implanting The Propel Solution
Propel is a steroid-impregnated, medicated device that Dr. Monica Tadros uses to help treat polyps and prevent them from returning. The dissolvable implant is temporary, lasting up to 30 days and does not require removal because it is self-absorbed by the body. It looks like a soft interlacing spiderweb that expands just where you need it in the sinus cavity, allowing for the mometasone steroid medication to be delivered continuously to the problem areas over a 30 day period of time. The benefits of local delivery eliminate the unwanted side effects of oral steroid medications and allow for higher doses of steroid medication to be delivered directly into the polyp tissue.The PROPEL system leverages Sustained Release Technology, which allows for local, sustained drug delivery directly to the sinus mucosa. Mometasone furoate is embedded in a highly customized polymer, which controls the release of drug over time as the implant dissolves. The self-expanding nature of PROPEL ensures the implant props open the cavity and apposes the tissue to maximize targeted drug delivery. The biggest problem that polyp patients suffer is recurrence of the sinus polyps, especially if the underlying inflammatory cause cannot be corrected. Having to endure numerous surgeries to remove polyps that come back is not uncommon. Dr. Monica Tadros now uses Propel as a simple, painless non-surgical office procedure that takes minutes under local anesthesia to help melt polyps away.
8 PLASTIC SURGERY MAKEOVERS FOR HORROR MOVIE CELEBSOriginally featured on Zwivel here... With Halloween just around the corner, we asked cosmetic procedure experts who their favorite horror movie characters are, and what makeovers they would perform to help them reveal their true inner and outer beauty.
Pennywise the ClownPennywise is a real beauty product snob – you’ll never catch him using pharmacy-bought concealer, lipstick, or hair dye. And have you seen his perfectly shaped eyebrows? Fierce! This guy knows his stuff. It’s just too bad he lost most of his hair hundreds of years ago. Beauty fix: hair transplantation Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure which moves hair follicles from one part of the body to another. The grafts are usually taken from the back of the head, where the follicles are more resistant to balding, and brought to the front. Modern hair transplant techniques mimic the hair’s natural flow and orientation, says Philadelphia hair restoration surgeon Jennifer Tran. That messy, straight-outta-bed hair style kids are wearing these days? Totally doable, Pennywise!
Freddy KruegerFreddy Kruger wins points for accessorizing his casual chic look with a color-coordinated green fedora that matches his sweater stripes, skin-tight leather pants, knee-high black boots, and a bespoke glove armed with razor claws. Unfortunately, the third degree burns on his face are what most people remember him for.Beauty fix: scar therapy Although no scar can be “erased” permanently, in some cases Z-Plasty and skin grafting can help reduce the appearance of scars and restore function to severely affected areas. Z-plasty repositions damaged flaps so that they follow the natural lines and creases of the skin, while skin grafting uses sections of tissue from healthy, undamaged areas. Assuming that Freddy’s burns don’t cover his entire body, this might be the best option for him. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Babak Dadvand also suggests laser resurfacing treatments to smooth out the appearance of Freddy’s face, and possibly fat grafting for the more damaged areas.
Wolf ManSorry Wolf Man, the bearded lumbersexual look is out. The modern-day dandy look is what’s in now, and manscaping is a huge part of it. Beauty fix: laser hair removal Laser hair removal techniques have progressed in leaps and bounds over recent years. Using new, powerful machines, hair follicles can be targeted with highly concentrated pulses of light, which are attracted to the hair pigment while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. This is an ideal treatment for patients like Wolf Man with dark, coarse hair and a fair complexion. However, multiple laser treatments would be required – ideally once every full moon for several months – to provide the best results.
Frankenstein’s Monster“Frankenstein could use a brow lift and upper eyelid ptosis repair,” says Dr. Babak Dadvand. “These procedures would help minimize the heaviness around his eyes and help give him a more relaxed appearance.” New York plastic surgeon Dr. Monica Tadros agrees. “Ptosis of the eyelid happens when the muscle just can’t pull the eye up enough to see the iris,” says Dr. Tadros. “Some people refer to this as always having half mast ‘bedroom eyes’.” Beauty fix: brow lift, eyelid surgery Eyelid ptosis repair would help Frankenstein fix that fatigued, I-just-came-back-from-the-dead look. “A standard blepharoplasty would do Frankenstein more harm than good, because he has heavy eyebrows and no droopy extra skin to remove! In fact, taking out this needed skin would have the opposite effect, pulling the eyebrows down instead of the eyelids up,” explains Dr. Tadros. Performed in conjunction with a brow lift, this would truly open up his eyes and give his face a more fresh, youthful appearance.
Hellraiser’s PinheadSeriously, who is this guy’s aesthetician? Bob Vila? Someone needs to tell him that you can’t stimulate collagen growth with a nail gun. Beauty fix: microneedling Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries on the skin, sending signals to the brain to produce collagen and elastin in the epidermis. This helps improve skin texture, reduce scars, and tighten pores, explains New Jersey Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Melissa Giordano. Microneedling can be done using a device called a dermaroller, which looks a little like prickly little lint remover, or a microneedling pen, which comes with a disposable tip containing 12 microscopic needles.
LeatherfaceThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface wears masks made of human skin harvested from hitchhikers and wayward motorists. Why? Because he’s trying to achieve his aesthetic goals. Beauty fix: the facelift Listen, Leatherface – your DIY / arts and craft approach to facial rejuvenation will only get you so far. A real facelift is what you need to reduce visible signs of aging. Here’s how it’s done: incisions are made in the hairline at the temples, around the ear, and in the lower scalp. The skin is then raised, tissue and muscle underneath are tightened, and unnecessary fat and skin is removed. Texas has some the most respected and highly-trained facelift surgeons in the country. Do yourself a favor and book a consultation!
Regan Teresa MacNeilRegan’s skin care regimen starts with an exorcism, and ends at the medical spa. Beauty fix: microdermabrasion There’s no amount of prayer that’ll completely heal Regan’s festering wounds and restore a healthy, youthful radiance to her skin. Microdermabrasion will do miracles, though: after exfoliating crystals have been used to remove the outer layer of the skin, a holy water topical infusion can be applied to stimulate new collagen growth and help prevent further outbreaks.
NosferatuThis Dracula wannabe is known for his pale skin, sharp fangs, and pointed ears – all issues that can be addressed through cosmetic procedures. Beauty fix: otoplasty, odontoplasty, and PRP injections Ears reshaping – also known as otoplasty – consists in improving the shape, position or proportion of the ears’ cartilaginous framework. Incisions are usually made on the back of the ear, and non-removable sutures are used to secure the cartilage in place. “The art of otoplasty is more than just pinning the ears back,” says Dr. Tadros. “During otoplasty, oddly shaped ears can be recontoured and oversized or pointy ears can be made smaller. In the case of Nosferatu, trimming his pointy ears, rounding them forward and pinning them back might just give this legendary vampire a change of heart.” Tooth recontouring, or odontoplasty, would allow Nosferatu to change the shape and length of his fangs. During this process, the surface enamel is removed with the help of a sanding disc or fine diamond bur. As for Nosferatu’s pale complexion and sunken cheeks, Dr. Dadvand suggests platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, also known as the vampire facelift (seriously, it’s a thing). “PRP injections add volume, treat fine lines and wrinkles, and brighten your complexion to give it a healthy glow,” says Dr. Dadvand.
|General Aches, Pains||Slight||Never|
|Itchy Eyes||Rare or Never||Sometimes|
|Duration||3 to 14 days||Weeks (for example, 6 weeks for ragweed or grass pollen seasons)|