At Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery we provide a complete selection of mini plastic surgery procedures performed in our West Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Suite.
Dry eye is one of the most common eye complaints, affecting around 20% of Americans. The condition is more prevalent in older people who tend to make fewer tears. Other risk factors include smoking, contact lens use, high blood pressure medications or other prescription medication that can reduce tear production, a history of refractive surgery, spending many hours in front of screens, and environmental factors such as low humidity. Dry eye occurs more commonly in women, especially those who are pregnant, using hormonal birth control pills, or going through menopause.
Despite its wide prevalence, dry eye can be difficult to diagnose. For example, a dry eye patient can complain of poor eyesight, but when she sits in front of a test chart, she achieves perfect results due to blinking before reading.
Common symptoms of dry eye include:
Patients with dry eyes often complain of difficulty performing everyday activities such as reading or driving, especially nighttime driving.
Tear film serves to keep the eye surface moist, lubricated, and clean of any dust, debris, or microorganisms.
Tear film includes three components:
1. A lipid (oily) component from the meibomian glands
2. An aqueous (watery) component from the lacrimal glands
3. A mucin (mucous-like) component from the goblet cells located in the conjunctiva
All of these components are vital for the tears to perform their physiological function. The aqueous liquid provides moisture; lipids delay tear evaporation and make the tear surface smoother; and the inner layer of mucin helps spread and anchor the tear film across the eye’s surface.
A problem with tear production or any of the tear components could lead to insufficient lubrication and dry eye.
Ophthalmologists divide dry eye into two broad categories: evaporative dry eye and aqueous deficient dry eye. Of the two, evaporative dry eye is by far the more common.
In some cases, dry eye may occur because of inflammatory autoimmune diseases such as Sjögren syndrome. It is vital to diagnose any systemic autoimmune conditions before attempting to treat dry eye.
Dr. Barr recommends TearCare prior to blepharoplasty and mini brow lift for best results.
Many patients discover that over-the-counter eye drops relieve dryness only temporarily. Artificial tears are relatively effective in alleviating the symptoms of aqueous deficient dry eye but often fail to help in cases of evaporative dry eye resulting from meibomian gland dysfunction.
In evaporative dry eye, the patient’s lacrimal glands may produce enough tears. Still, if the tears evaporate too quickly, dry eye symptoms can persist no matter how often the patient applies artificial tears. Furthermore, eye drops containing preservatives for a longer shelf life may cause eye irritation with frequent use.
Often, evaporative dry eye syndrome related to meibomian gland dysfunction occurs because the meibomian glands become clogged up. In mild cases, it may be possible to alleviate the condition by applying warm compresses to soften clogged meibum oil and promote its release. An eye doctor may also perform meibomian gland expression by carefully applying pressure to unclog and release the meibum oil.
Patients suffering from evaporative dry eye may benefit from TearCare®, an advanced treatment that is highly effective in cases of meibomian gland dysfunction.
TearCare® is a pair of flexible eyelid devices that apply gentle heat to the meibomian glands. The heat helps turn the meibum more liquid, remove blockages, reduce inflammation, and promote tear production.
The pliable, soft TearCare® devices easily conform to the eye’s shape and help the patient remain comfortable throughout the procedure, with open eyes and normal blinking.
The TearCare® procedure typically lasts a few minutes. The eye doctor may clear any remaining obstructions manually at the end of the treatment.
TearCare® is a safe, efficient dry eye disease treatment method. It can decrease dry eye symptoms like blurred vision and irritation of the eye’s surface, help maintain clear vision, and prevent permanent damage to the meibomian glands.
Candidates for the TearCare® treatment must be 22 or older, without ocular surface abnormalities such as corneal dystrophy.
Need an effective solution for dry eyes? We invite you to schedule a consultation appointment at Dr. Fredric Barr’s clinic in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Fredric Barr, a Board-Certified, 34-year Plastic Surgeon in West Palm Beach, is the first plastic surgeon in the country to offer TearCare® for dry eye symptoms. Reach out to us at (561) 833-4122 or fill out our online form to arrange for a consultation.
For “beginners” and those who’ve already had previous facelifts, the Awake Lift is an excellent choice to create a more youthful appearance. With this procedure, maintenance and upkeep can be achieved in an “un-extreme” fashion.
Below are the main benefits of the Awake Lift™ surgery:
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The Awake Lift™ Before and After Photos*
The mini-neck lift can also be combined with the mini-facelift/mini-cheeklift procedures to provide a more youthful appearance. A small incision is made under the chin, to sculpt fat, tighten muscles and remove skin in order to achieve a more youthful neck contour.
Ask us anything from questions about the procedure to financing options, we are always happy to hear from you.
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For “beginners” and those who’ve already had previous facelifts, the mini facelift is an excellent choice to create a more youthful appearance. With this procedure, maintenance and upkeep can be achieved in an “un-extreme” fashion.
Below are the main benefits of mini facelift surgery:
Mini Jowl Lift Before and After Photos*
Upper eyelid skin/fat improvement is addressed through an incision in the natural upper eyelid crease. The upper eyelid must be evaluated along with the forehead to determine whether lateral forehead drooping is also present. If so, a mini brow lift may also be recommended to further create a more youthful appearance.
An additional procedure (“canthopexy”) through the upper eyelid incision can also improve the drooping, aging lower eyelid appearance.
Mini Eyelid Lift Before and After Photos*
A number of diet and exercise resistant areas can safely and successfully be improved with body mini-liposuction. Only local anesthesia is used (numbing solution injections) – no IVs or hospital stay.
With mini incisions and small cannulas, the neck, breast, arms, flanks, tummy, hips, thighs, knees and calves are areas that can be improved with mini liposuction. The patient has minimal discomfort and is encouraged to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure.
Ask us anything from questions about the procedure to financing options, we are always happy to hear from you.
Aging signs can sneak up on you and cause a host of self-image issues. However, there are effective steps you can take to address these issues as they arise. A Mini Vertical Facelift is a much less invasive solution than the traditional facelifts with which you may be familiar.
If you have looked in the mirror recently and noticed advancing signs of aging such as excess skin under the chin or sagging in the cheek, jaw, or neck, you may be wondering what solutions are available. Perhaps you are exploring facelifts, but you have seen unnatural and stretched-looking results, so you are interested in other options. At Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Barr focuses on achieving a rejuvenated, natural look. Our Mini Vertical Facelift could be exactly what you are looking for — a healthier and less invasive procedure that addresses the root problems of age signs for long-lasting results in a faster turnaround time.
Mini vertical facelifts differ from traditional facelifts, which often focus on pulling the skin from multiple directions in a way that can sometimes lead to a look that appears stretched. If you are experiencing early signs of aging, a Mini Vertical Facelift from Dr. Barr at Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery can help to show a younger, more beautiful, and more familiar you once again.
There are many benefits to a mini vertical facelift with Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery:
If you are beginning to show any of several common signs of aging in your face and neck, a Mini Vertical Facelift may be the solution for you. These aging signs may include sagging jowls, drooping cheeks, or loose skin on your neck.
We address these issues by lifting your facial tissues vertically, quickly restoring your youthful appearance. The Mini Vertical Facelift is often an ideal choice if you are looking for subtle yet effective results. Contact us to discuss the specific signs of aging you wish to address during your complimentary consultation.
A Mini Vertical Facelift only requires local anesthesia. First, we will make small incisions near your hairline or around your ears.
Next, we will use specialized instruments to carefully lift and reposition your facial muscles and tissues in a vertical direction. Dr. Barr will do this to achieve a visibly smoother jawline and without stressing or causing undue tension in areas such as your temple, cheeks, jaw, or neck.
Before suturing your incision with minimal impact to your skin behind your hairline, Dr. Barr will eliminate extra skin resulting from the procedure. This process helps these minor wounds heal quickly so you can soon enjoy your revitalized appearance.
By lifting sagging skin and soft tissue around your jawline, neck and cheeks, a Mini Vertical Facelift can give your face a sharper and more defined appearance. This procedure reduces signs of aging so you can present a more youthful image.
For many, the more toned and contoured look they enjoy following a Mini Vertical Facelift enhances their self-esteem, self-image, and confidence. These are benefits you can now enjoy with less invasive surgery and shorter recovery times. We will help you plan your next steps with a complimentary consultation!
Ask us your questions about a Mini Vertical Facelift. This quick and effective procedure has become a favorite way to regain a natural and youthful look when signs of an aging face have begun to show. Let’s plan to correct those unwanted aging signs with long-lasting results and a short recovery time.
Contact our West Palm Beach, FL office today to schedule your complimentary consultation and explore your options.
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The answer depends on multiple factors, including the specific combination of procedures, your recovery rates, your age and health status, and your behaviors or habits. More invasive surgeries typically require recovery time ranging between 6 and 12 weeks to 6 months, and surgeries to the same area of your body will also generally require recovery time between procedures.
However, if you are in good health and the combination of procedures in question will be performed on different parts of your body and are not especially invasive, a combination of procedures could potentially be approved together on a case-by-case basis. It is imperative that the combination of procedures does not compromise your healing, and your attention to prescribed pre-operation and recovery habits also plays a significant role. Schedule a consultation for an assessment and guidance regarding the procedures you are considering.
While aging affects us all, there are steps we can take to put forth a more vibrant appearance. We seek to perform subtle adjustments to address imperfections and the wear of time while retaining your natural look. While you should notice an improvement, the glaring changes or distortions in appearance you are concerned about and may have seen from other surgeons’ work do not meet the standard of quality plastic and cosmetic surgery we perform in our office.
Dr. Frederic M. Barr is a board-certified Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing Plastic Surgery in South Florida. We enhance and refine your appearance according to your goals. Review our Gallery of Before & After Photos to see some examples of our work.
For patients with Breast Implant Illness (BII), which can include allergy, auto-immune, and thyroid hormone issues, this has been an emerging topic with significant press coverage in recent years. Although numerous medical professionals have demonstrated varying responses to these women’s concerns, we believe in addressing these women’s experiences and symptoms. In response to this phenomenon, we have also chosen not to perform new breast implant surgeries. We perform Total Capsulectomy on patients with breast implants, which involves the removal of both the saline or silicone implant and the capsule around it.
Removal of the implants and surrounding scar tissue has been shown to improve women’s health concerning these symptoms. While some women choose no further procedure following Breast Explant Surgery, some patients elect to have a Mastopexy procedure that involves reshaping the breast tissue for a pleasant cosmetic breast appearance. We welcome your specific questions regarding these procedures and their anticipated effects for your situation. See our Breast Implant Explantation (Total Capsulectomy) page for more detailed information, including before-and-after photo examples.