Summer Sun and Brown Spots

Summer sun and heat can cause a multitude of skin problems.  A very common problem is brown/ gray patches on the face called melasma.  Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, and chin and above the upper lip as well as other sun exposed areas.

Unfortunately, sun exposure as well as heat triggers melasma.

skin1One of the most common treatments for melasma is sun protection. This means wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen every day and reapplying sunscreen every few hours. Appropriate clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat when you are outside, is also recommended.  Sunscreen alone may not give you enough protection.

Melasma occurs more frequently in woman than men.   Hormones, as well as birth control pills, will often trigger melasma.

Our Skin Fitness Program offer ways of helping to control uneven skin tone such as melasma.  Our program can improve texture, tone and quality of the skin.    Call the office today and learn more 800-999-1639.   Please do not forget your sunscreen !

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Its time to get your Beautiful Skin Ready for Warm Weather

shutterstock_254527768The 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.

Always wear a Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

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.  All sunscreens are 20% for the month of June.

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Raise Your Hands!

iStock_000019230314_SmallYour hands can tell a lot about your age. Sun damage, age spots , fine lines and wrinkles cannot be hidden by a great manicure.

While many people are familiar with facial treatments for these issues, many do not realize that many of these same treatments can be used on your hands.

Injectable fillers such as Perlane, Radiesse or Juvederm to bring back that youthful plumpness.

A series of light chemical peels or microdermabrasions to fade out age spots and improve skin tone and texture .

Gentle Waves (LED light treatments) can add to the overall improvement.

These treatments have little or no down time . The results of the injectable fillers will be seen immediately while the skin care regime may take six weeks or longer to see improvement.

Always remember to put a broad spectrum sunscreen on your hands to protect them from overexposure to the sun.

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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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Refresh Your Skin!

rhinoplastyYour skin has been hiding all Winter and with the warmer weather here, it’s time to refresh your skin!  At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a unique Skin Fitness Program that will give you healthy skin to last a lifetime!

Our medically supervised skin care program that is customized to each patient’s skin type. Each program is tailored to meet the individual’s needs. The goal is to remove dead and damaged cells and promote the growth of healthy new cells. Simultaneously, the skin is protected from over exposure to the sun and pollutants. This program includes:

• A personalized consultation to examine and analyze your skin type.
• Development of an individualized home care program designed for each patient.
• Continuous monitoring of your progress by our Skin Care Specialists.
• In-Office treatments to provide additional enhancement or stimulation.
• A continued maintenance program.

Our office offers a wide array of skincare products to be used in conjunction with your specific program. We specialize in skincare products that are only available through a physician’s office including our exclusive line of products called SKIN FITNESS PROGRAM for ADVANCED SKINCARE. We have tried to make this line simple yet effective by embracing the latest technologies—antioxidants combined with exfoliating agents to improve and maintain the health of your skin.
The following is a list of all products available at our office :

Skin Fitness Program
Elta MD
• La Roche-Posay
MD Solar Sciences

See what we can do for you! Healthier skin doesn’t happen overnight, so start your program now and enjoy better-looking skin that lasts a lifetime…

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Smooth Skin For An Event – Filled Spring!

botox-dysportBotox and Dysport are medications which relax the muscles that cause frown lines. For some people, these lines may become more noticeable at an earlier age or the individual may be more conscious of them. One important factor when considering Botox or Dysport is to go to an experienced injector. Most people want natural looking results that are simply lessening the lines that bother them without changing their facial expressions. They want to still look like themselves, minus the lines. For younger female patients, as with any medication, make sure there is no possibility you are pregnant when getting treated. Most results last about three months.

Botox and Dysport are some of the ways to help smooth your skin.  Now that there are so many non surgical treatments, application of a good sunscreen, and adhering to a good Skin Care Routine should be basics. Adding other non invasive treatments such as Gentle waves LED light, or a non invasive laser such as Cool Touch Laser can help to keep a more youthful appearance. Check out the ASPS program Beauty for Life for details on the most popular procedures by age group.

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Everything You Need To Know About Sunscreen

shutterstock_142887940The sunscreen aisle of your local grocery or drug store offers a lot of choices, but which is the right sunscreen for you and your family?

Sunscreens combine different ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. There are two different kinds of UV radiation: UVA and UVB, damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer.

UVB rays are the main cause of a sunburn, while UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply, cause the wrinkling, leathering, or sagging effects of aging. UVA rays are increasingly being seen as a cause of skin cancer on their own.

What is SPF?

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. This is how SPF works: If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer which would be about five hours. The majority of sunscreens with an SPF 15 or higher do great at protecting you against UVB rays.

Another way to look at it is in terms of percentages: SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are light-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference. And as you can see, no sunscreen can block all UV rays.

But there are problems with the SPF model: 1) Regardless of strength, no sunscreen should be expected to stay effective for longer than two hours without having to be re-applied. 2) The reddening of the skin is a reaction to UVB rays, and tells you little about what UVA rays are doing to your skin. Even without having a sunburn, UVA rays can still cause damage to your skin, which is quite frightening.

Who should be using sunscreen?

Everyone six months or older should be using a sunscreen each day. Even if you work inside you can still be exposed to UV radiation for brief periods throughout the day just by walking from your house to your car, into the store or even by sitting by a window.

Children under the age of six months should not be exposed to the sun, since their skin is highly sensitive to the sun’s rays. Also, the chemicals that are used in sunscreen should not be used on an infant because it can iritate the skin. The best way to protect your little one from the sun is shade and protective clothing.

Which kind of sunscreen should I be using?

It really depends on how much sun exposure you are anticipating. In all cases it is recommended that a broad-spectrum sunscreen offering protection against both UVA and UVB rays be used.

Many after shave lotions and moisturizers have a sunscreen mixed in, and it is usually the right amount for everyday activities with a few minutes here and there in the sun. However, if you spend a lot of time outside, you need stronger, water-resistant sunscreen that will stay on your skin. The water resistant types are also good for very hot days or while playing sports because they are less likely to get in your eyes when you sweat. However, these sunscreens may not be as good for everyday wear. They are usually more sticky and don’t apply very well with makeup, and will probably need to be re-applied every two hours.

How much sunscreen should I use and how often should I apply it?

To be sure that you get the full SPF of a sunscreen, you need to apply one ounce during each application. Studies show that most people don’t apply enough sunscreen, which means the actual SPF they have on their body is lower than specified on the bottle. Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin. Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every two hours. Sunscreens should also be reapplied immediately after swimming, toweling off, or sweating a great deal to ensure maximum protection from the sun’s rays.

Take a look at our online store where we have a great selection of sunscreens.

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Male Cosmetic Surgery On The Rise

shutterstock_32878495Our society values being young and fit.  That is true for both men and women.  Plastic surgery procedures for men have seen a significant increase over the last few years.

Currently, the most common cosmetic procedures for men are liposuction, rhinoplasty (nose job), eyelid surgery, gynecomastia (removal of breast tissue), and ear shaping, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

The list of the most popular minimally-invasive procedures for men is topped by Botox. There has also been an increase in Microdermabrasion for men as well as soft tissue fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Juvederm and Belotero.

The best male candidate for Cosmetic Surgery is a self motivated person with realistic expectations.

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Improving Your Appearance in 2014 –Facts to Consider

shutterstock_158124002Bigger breasts or a better bra. Work out more or suction out inches. Inject the wrinkles, lift them up or leave them. Shake up your makeup or medically treat your skin to improve the quality. Wear long pants or treat your spider veins. And there is always the fear that you will look like you have had work done. The bottom line here lies with the individual and the commitment that they are comfortable making. Although cosmetic surgical procedures seem to be everywhere that does not mean that they are for everyone. Once you make the decision to investigate a Cosmetic procedure rather than alternative methods, be sure to visit a qualified physician. A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can offer surgical and non surgical expertise. Focus on what is most important to you first. Be honest about the commitment you are willing to make; there is a big difference between new makeup and having your skin resurfaced with a laser or chemical peel. The results will also be quite different. Most patients come in for a consultation after they have thought about the procedures or procedures for many months or years. A self motivated patient with realistic expectations usually will do well having a cosmetic procedure. Sometimes starting with a non surgical procedure can be a good choice if it is appropriate. Although many procedures can be offered in a Spa setting, one should do their homework to ensure the safety and qualifications of the doctors and other health care personnel. Cosmetic Surgical and non surgical procedures can be an excellent choice for the right candidate who chooses their physician wisely.

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4 Procedures Just In Time For The Holidays

shutterstock_116110921When we think of cosmetic surgery, we usually associate it with long recovery times. Fortunately, there have been great advances in surgical techniques and treatments that can produce faster results, in fact many of these procedures can still be done in time for the holidays next month.

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery offers many of these surgical and non-surgical procedures. Here are a few of the more popular treatments to get ready for the holidays.

Breast Enlargement – This is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures year round. Many women have breast augmentation to enhance their body contour because they feel their breasts are too small, their breasts have changed due to pregnancy, want a more balanced look to their breasts or one of several other reasons. There have been major advances in breast implants, techniques and recovery times.

Botox® Injections – As you age you skin loses it’s elasticity and the creases become lines that are permanently etched in your face. The wrinkles on your forehead, crows feet by your eyes and frown lines by your nose and mouth can become more noticeable at a young age, causing you too look worried even if you’re not. Botox® blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscles, which will make those wrinkles relax and soften. The results takes about three to seven days to take full effect and will typically last from two to four months depending on the area and the extent of the lines.

Lip Enhancement – Thin or aging lips can be rejuvenated through injections with hyaluronic fillers, such as Juvederm™ and Restylane® . They leave the lips looking plump, soft and natural feeling.

Dermal Filler Injections – Injectables such as Belotero®, Radiesse™, Restylane® and Perlane®, as mentioned before, are used to fill in wrinkles and add volume can create a noticeable improvement for aging faces. The results from most of these products are seen immediately.  Some downtime can be anticipated.

To schedule a consultation or for more information about any of the above procedures, give us a call today at 800-999-1639.

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