West Houston Dermatology

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Sleep Disorders and Cosmetic Dermatology

Houston medical and cosmetic dermatologist, Stephen Mahoney, M.D., is able to help many male and female patients achieve their aesthetic goals using injectables such as Botox® and fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane.  These interventions provide patients with great results in helping eliminate frown lines, fine lines around the eyes, and nasolabial folds.  However, Mother Nature still has her job to do, and it helps if patients don’t get in the way of that.  The National Institutes of Health estimates that over 40 million Americans have chronic sleep deprivation, which is not surprising given the 24/7 lifestyle that so many people live.  So, there is more to Sleeping Beauty than just a name.  When patients experience sleep deprivation (especially on a continual basis) they tend to pool blood under the eyes.  Because skin in this area is incredibly thin (and even translucent) the pooled blood shows up as dark circles making the person look tired and more aged.  Sleep deprivation also leads to congested, ashen looking skin.  While modern medicine can turn back the hands of time, Mother Nature still has influence in how we age.  Not only is good sleep important for one’s overall medical well being, but it is also critical to helping us look our best.  Therefore, restful sleep and cosmetic dermatology go hand-in-hand.