Summer Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

Summer Skin CareWell, the unofficial start of Summer has arrived with Memorial Day. Are you ready to spend most of your days outside? There are a lot of things to think about as the warm weather arrives: family vacations, swimsuits, beaches. What about being protected from the sun?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, but it’s also one of the most preventable, according to doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during his or her life, according to a medical center news release. The most common kind of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma, which has a 99 percent cure rate when caught early. The most serious type of skin cancer is melanoma, which is the fastest rising type of cancer among men and the second fastest among women.

Experts offer these steps you can take to reduce your risk of skin cancer:

  • Get an annual dermatology checkup to monitor changes in skin appearance. Do self-checks every month to monitor your brown spots and freckles. If you have a lot of brown spots, discuss total body photography with a dermatologist so your doctor can keep photographic records of your moles and watch closely for any changes.
  • Wear sunscreen every day throughout the year, not just in summer. Apply it thoroughly to all exposed areas.
  • Never tan or sunbathe. Sun dissolves the collagen and elastin that keeps your skin healthy.

You should also follow the ‘ABCDEs’ and tell your doctor or dermatologist if your moles have:

  • Asymmetry, in which one half of the mole is unlike the other half.
  • Borders that are irregular, ragged, notched or poorly defined.
  • Color that varies from one area to another, with shades of tan, brown, black and sometimes white, pink, red or blue.
  • Diameters that are the size of a pencil eraser or larger.
  • Elevation, in which a mole or skin lesion is raised or has an uneven surface.
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Breast Augmentation With Lift: Two Birds With One Stone

Breast Augmentation with LiftMany women are interested in the breast augmentation-breast lift combination procedure following pregnancy and breast feeding. For many years, the common contention was that breast feeding is a contributor to breast sagging, volume loss and misshapen breasts. However, a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky showed otherwise.

The study reviewed the medical records of women that underwent the breast augmentation or the breast lift procedure from 1998 to 2006. Of over 130 women, 93% had at least one pregnancy and 58% breast fed. The results of the study demonstrated that there was no difference in the degree of breast sagginess among women who breast fed and those who did not. However, the review of the records drew other conclusions about the factors that contribute to breast sagging. This includes factors that have been commonly known to contribute to breast changes and some of which that can change with lifestyle changes.

Weight Fluctuations: Changes in weight increase the risk for breast sagging. Breast skin stretches with weight gain. Breast skin may not fully retract with weight loss. The result is breast sagginess.

Number of Pregnancies: Similar to weight fluctuations, repeat pregnancies may continually increase and reduce breast size. This can contribute to breast sagginess.

Cigarette Smoking: Cigarette smoking inhibits the delivery of oxygen to the body and breaks down elastin, a protein in the body that keeps skin tight, smooth and flexible.

Age: As women age, breasts change. The consistency of breast tissue and glandular fat may change. The condition of the skin may change. In addition, the body does not contain as much elastin. These combinations affect skin elasticity. Skin that is not elastic is prone to sagging.

In summation, the old adage that breast feeding is a reason for breast augmentation and breast lift no longer applies. This is true from the perspective of saggy breasts. This is also true from the prospective of misshapen breasts. By the same token, both breast augmentation and breast lift provide a high satisfaction level among women for the treatment of breast sagginess and misshapen breasts.

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Liposuction and Skin Contraction

LiposuctionThe ability for the skin to contract following liposuction is often a concern that is overlooked by the average person. However, plastic surgeons are concerned about skin contraction when evaluating technology to use for the procedure and optimal candidates for the liposuction procedure. It makes sense that when fat deposits are removed, something must occur to the skin in order for the skin to fit tightly over the reduced fat location. Let’s find out how.

The technology used in liposuction may assist in skin contraction. Whether through the thermal techniques or the tumescent technique, trauma, even minimal, to the skin which results from the use of the equipment helps to stimulate the collagen process. An enhanced collagen process assists in supporting skin firmness. Skin tone and condition is also a factor in skin contraction. The likelihood that skin will contract is affected by the quality of the skin. For example, the appearance of stretch marks may signify a risk for inadequate skin contraction.

Skin that appears loose, skin folds, skin bands and rippling may result on rare occasions following liposuction. Yet, there are solutions to assist in skin contraction for liposuction, including:

Diet: Organic and whole grain foods are vital in assisting skin quality. This includes, steamed vegetables, fruits, poultry fish, nuts, and sunflower seeds.

Exercise: Exercise has a positive impact on skin, the largest organ of the body. Exercise enhances circulation and the delivery or oxygen and other nutrients to the skin cells. Exercise also fights off toxins.

Skin Hydration: Skin hydration largely depends upon diet, exercise and water intake. Moisturizers help maintain current hydration.

Surgical Excision: People that undergo liposuction and result with skin that appears loose or has skin folds may benefit from surgical excision. This is particularly true for people that have experienced massive weight loss.

For these reasons, the skin contraction factor does not usually prevent people from being a candidate for liposuction. The benefits of reduced fat often outweigh the slight risk of poor skin contraction. In the final analysis, the risk for poor skin contraction is very low because of the advantages provided in today’s technology and techniques.

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Non-Surgical Procedures Are The Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Treatments

Skin TreatmentsAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 14.6 million procedures were done in 2012, an increase of 5 percent from 2011. Leading this growth was the popular fillers such as Botox, and skin treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

“For the third consecutive year, the overall growth in cosmetic surgery continues to be driven by a significant rise in minimally invasive procedures, while surgical procedures remain relatively stable.” – ASPS

Botox treatments increased over eight percent last year to just over six million procedures, along with the skin-smoothing treatment microdermabrasion. Demand for fillers to smooth out wrinkles, laser hair removal treatments, and chemical peels have gained a lot of attention due to knew procedures and technologies being released.

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery is proud to offer many of the latest fillers such as Botox and Dysport, Belotero, Juvederm and Restylane, along with many skin treatments such as Gentle Waves and Cool Touch Lasers.

Overall, minimally invasive treatments are gaining popularity due to less recovery time, minimal pain if any, and beautiful results without breaking the bank. To schedule a consultation or to learn more about the non-surgical treatments that we offer, please give us a call at 800-999-1639.

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It’s Time To Get Your Beautiful Skin Ready For Warm Weather

Healthy SkinThe days are getting longer and warm weather is just around the corner. Has your skin taken a beating from all the cold dry air during the snowy winter months? Here are some tips to rejuvenate your skin and get that glow back just in time for summer.

Lighten up

The heavy moisturizing cream, (that most of us use during the winter) may be a bit too heavy for spring. It is recommended that you should switch to a lighter, oil free cream instead. Pay close attention to the skin around your eyes and mouth too. Don’t forget to use sunscreen every time you go outside.

Make-up colors should lighten up as well. Put away the dark shades of lipstick, eye shadows and blush, and go for a more natural look this spring. Instead of plum or wine colors, choose more pink tones. Substitute lip gloss instead of lipstick, and switch from black mascara to brown. Also, liquid foundation can feel and look heavy so switch to a tinted moisturizer or mineral based powder instead.

Exfoliate your body

Shorts weather is about here and bikini time will be here before you know it. Skin care isn’t just about your face. Taking care of your body is also important. Exfoliate from head to toe to get rid of dead skin cells and rejuvenate that dull complexion that settles in over the cold months.

Pamper your feet

Your feet and toes have been hiding all winter but it’s time to break out the sandals and flip flops. If a trip to the salon isn’t in the budget, you can do your own pedicure at home. Add 3 C. of milk and 1 C. of honey to a large basin and soak your feet for 20 minutes or so while massaging the liquid into your skin. You can also use a pumice stone to remove any rough patches. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. If you have dry, cracked heels, slathering petroleum jelly on your feet before bedtime and sleeping in a pair of clean, white cotton socks will do wonders.

Drink lots of water

It’s no secret that water is great for your body and your skin. The weather is getting warmer so it’s very important to stay hydrated. It is a great habit to get into by carrying a bottle of water wherever you go, not just to the gym. Try to drink 8 glasses of water each day. Snack on berries instead of chips, cookies and other junk foods. Berries are rich in antioxidants which help fight free radicals and encourage collagen renewal.

Take a look at our online store where we have a large selection of carefully selected skin care products that will give your skin the boost it needs. We are also offering 25% off from April 1-5 on all of our Facial Fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Juvederm and Belotero. Give us a call at 800-999-1639 to schedule an appointment today!

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Breast Augmentation – Patient Reviews

We recently had the opportunity to ask two of our patients about their procedure and their overall experience with Dr. Hricko and our staff. We hope this helps you in your decision to have breast augmentation. We are here to answer any questions you may have.

Breast Augmentation with Lift – Patient Review

View this patient’s before and after photos

1. Describe how you feel about your appearance since your procedure?

I am happier than ever with my appearance both with and without clothes since my procedure. My breasts look better than they did even before I had my child. I feel like my body is more “balanced” now.

2. What advice would you give others considering the same kind of procedure you had?

I would advise someone considering the same procedure to be completely sure and comfortable with the surgeon they choose and I would also say to be ready to have the patience and to put in the effort for recovery. Recovery was difficult for the first few weeks especially, but I would do it again in a heartbeat!

3. How would you describe our practice to your best friend or family member?

I have and will continue to describe Dr. Hricko and his staff as professional, caring, and in my opinion some of the best in their field. I met with multiple surgeons before choosing Advanced Cosmetic Surgery for my lift/augmentation. From the moment I stepped into the office I felt comfortable and excited. Dr. Hricko was more thorough than other Dr.’s I had met with. He took more measurements, discussed more options, discussed the lift/a better was to do the lift with less scaring, he even had me look through magazines to help him get the clearest picture possible of what I was hoping to look like. Even though he said he “could not guarantee what my final results would look like”, he NAILED IT!! J The care I received before, during, and following my procedure has been top-notch. I myself am in the healthcare field and would recommend this practice 110%. Choosing a plastic surgeon and going through with a cosmetic procedure is a big-deal and I can confidently say I am very pleased and content with my decision in choosing Dr. Hricko for my lift/augmentation.

Breast Augmentation - Patient Review

View this patient’s before and after photos

1. Describe how you feel about your appearance since your procedure?

I feel sexy & confident with my new look . I also feel like my new breasts makes me feel & look younger. (That’s always a good thing)..

2. What advice would you give others considering the same kind of procedure you had?

To wear sizers to make sure you’re getting the size you’re looking for, and talk to your doctor about the shape you’d like to achieve.

3. How would you describe our practice to your best friend or family member?

I can honestly say everyone on the staff are very professional. They made me feel comfortable every step of the way. Very kind people who care. When they say no question is a dumb question , they meant it.

If you are interested in learning more about breast augmentation or breast augmentation with lift, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hricko, please call us at 800-999-1639.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

As both men and women try to put their best ‘face’ forward for Valentine’s Day, inexpensive, non-invasive procedures are booming with popularity. These treatments are an inexpensive way to see almost immediate results, depending on the procedure. They are a great way to give you a quick boost for any occasion.

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery offers many different non-surgical treatments. They include:

If you would like more information about our non-surgical procedures or if you’d like to set up an appointment, please call us at 800-999-1639. We carry a variety of skin care products in our online shop. Visit store.ghricko.com to take a look.

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Get Ready For Shorts Weather With Sclerotherapy

LegsSpring and summer are fast approaching. Now is the time to get ready for shorts and swimming suits. Many of us who have spider veins feel self-conscious and will sacrifice comfort by hiding our legs for fear that others will notice. Enter…Sclerotherapy!

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate spider veins or varicose veins in which an injection of a solution (generally a salt solution) directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel becomes scar tissue that fades from view.

Sclerotherapy has been in use since the 1930s and has proven to be an effective procedure for the treatment of varicose veins.

Who is the best candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Before having sclerotherapy, you will need to undergo an initial consultation with Dr. Hricko so he can decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.

Women who are currently pregnant are not eligible to have sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy can be done while taking birth control pills.

It is important to provide a complete and detailed medical background to your doctor so he can determine if sclerotherapy is right for you.

How is Sclerotherapy performed?

During sclerotherapy, the salt solution is injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. You may experience mild discomfort or cramping for a minute or two, especially when injections are made to the larger veins. The procedure only takes about 15 to 30 minutes.

The number of veins injected in one session depends on the size of the veins, location of the veins, and the overall health of the patient.

Dr. Hricko performs Sclerotherapy in our office.

What should I do before having Sclerotherapy?

There are medications that should be stopped prior to having sclerotherapy. Tell Dr. Hricko about all medicines (including over the counter medications, herbs, or dietary supplements) you are taking. If you need to take an antibiotic before sclerotherapy, please contact us first. You should not apply lotion to the legs before having the procedure.

Be sure to ask your doctor during your consultation if it’s safe to take anything before your procedure.

What should I do after having Sclerotherapy?

After sclerotherapy you should be able to drive yourself home and resume regular activity. Vigorous exercise is avoided for 24 hours after the treatment.

Following the injections, Tylenol can be used if needed. Your physician will discuss the use of medication before or after your treatment.

Cool showers are permitted and the injection sites may be washed with a mild soap and tepid water.

How effective is Sclerotherapy?

Studies have shown that as many as 50%-80% of injected veins may be eliminated with each session of sclerotherapy. Less than 10% of the people who have sclerotherapy do not respond to the injections at all. In these instances, different solutions can be tried. Although this procedure works for most patients, there are no guarantees for success.

In general, spider veins respond in three to six weeks, and larger veins respond in three to four months. If the veins respond to the treatment, they will not reappear. However, new veins may appear at the same rate as before.

If you would like to schedule a consultation for this procedure, please call 800-999-1639 today!

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Patient Financing For Cosmetic Surgery: What Are My Options?

PatientWhen we buy a home, we get a mortgage. When we send a child to college, we save in some kind of savings plan or get student loans. When we need a new car, most sign a lease or take out a car loan.

But what do you do if you want cosmetic surgery?

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or ASPS, in 2010, over 13 million people underwent at least one type of cosmetic procedure in the United States which is up 5% from 2009. All of those procedures that were performed cost patients roughly $10.7 billion, according to ASPS. Health Insurance plans don’t typically cover cosmetic procedures, leaving patients to pay for everything out of pocket.

So what are your payment options? Below are some common ways patients pay for their cosmetic procedures.

  • Health care of medical credit cards
  • Regular consumer credit cards
  • Personal loan from a bank
  • Home equity loan or line of credit
  • Cash from a savings account
  • Medical loans
  • Loans from family and friends
  • Gift money

At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, one of the most popular payment options for patients is Care Credit. Care Credit is a healthcare credit card with a credit line that can be used for treatments and procedures for your entire family. It is designed for your health and beauty needs.

Care Credit

Care Credit offers many promotional offers that include no interest when the balance is paid in full within the specified time of the offer. Care Credit allows patients to get the procedure done and not worry about using savings or putting the balance on a personal credit card that accrues interest.

Apply for Care Credit

If you would like more information about Care Credit or to learn more about our other payment options, please call our office at 800-999-1639. You can also visit our Patient Financing page on our website for more information.

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5 Skin Care Tips for Winter

Winter Skin CareFor many of us, the cold days of winter can cause uncomfortable dryness to the skin all over the body. For some, the problem is worse than just an overall tight, dry feeling. There skin gets so dry it begins to flake, crack and becomes inflamed. So what can you do to help soothe your dry skin before it gets unbearable. Here are 5 tips for helping your skin stay healthy during the cold winter months.

1. Moisturize your skin more often. Your skin moisturizing routine that works during the warmer part of the year may not be as effective during the wintertime. The air is typically colder and more dry and this can cause the skin to become dry and cracked. You can try to find a moisturizer that is oil based rather than water based because it will create a protective layer on your skin that will keep the moisture in. When choosing an oil based moisturizer for your face, be sure to find something that will not clog your pores such as avocado oil, mineral oil, or almond oil.

2. Continue with the sunscreen. You may not think that you need to continue using sunscreen during the winter, but the winter sun combined with the bright glare from the snow can still cause problems to your vulnerable skin. Be sure to apply the sunscreen to your face and other parts that are exposed to the sun before you go outside. Always reapply often if you plan on staying outside for a long time.

3. Take care of your hands. Did you know that the skin on your hands is thinner than most other parts of your body? This can make it more difficult to keep them moisturized, specifically when it’s cold and dry outside, which can lead to dry, itchy and sore hands. Try to wear gloves when you go outside to avoid the dry, cracked skin.

4. Use a humidifier. At home or work, many central air units blow hot, dry air. Any chance you have to use a humidifier, take it. Humidifiers create the much needed moisture in the air that will help prevent your skin from drying out. If you have a humidifier attached to your central air unit that’s great. If not, place a few of them around the house or your office. This will help keep your skin nice and moist.

5. Try a lukewarm bath instead of a hot one. Although it feels great to soak in a hot bath, especially during the cold months. Hot water breaks down the barriers in your skin that holds all of the moisture in. Try taking a bath in lukewarm water. You can also add baking soda or oatmeal to help dry, itchy skin.

So there you go. Give those winter skin care tips a try and you will notice your skin will stay healthy and moisturized even when the temperature drops.

We offer a great selection of skin care products that you can use during the wintertime. Please visit our online store for more information or give us a call at 800-999-1639.

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