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
DCL
Elta MD
La Roche-Posay
MD Solar Sciences
Neova

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

Summer Skin CareThe 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

GynecomastiaOur 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

imagesBigger 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

Holiday GiftWhen 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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That Look in Your Eyes

eyesMany people are concerned about the aesthetic look of their eyes. Everything from wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness to eyelashes and brow shape are examined. The improvements patients desire depend most on what they want to achieve.

Crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes caused by lines of expression can be treated with a neuromodulator such as Dysport, Botox or Xeomin.  They work by relaxing the muscles that, over time, have caused the lines of expression to become more noticeable.

Dark circles are often hereditary and can also depend on your skin type. For some patients a good skin program with topical creams and excellent sun protection can make improvements.

Hollowness under the eyes can be caused by loss of youthful volume.  This can be caused not only by  heredity and aging but also by environmental factors, stress or other lifestyle influences. This condition may be helped with injectable fillers such as Belotero, Restylane or Juvederm.  These products contain hyaluronic acid, a product naturally found in the body.  Often the circles under the eyes can appear to cast a shadow better known as under eye circles.  By using a small amount of injectable filler in that area, this shadow appears to improve. This can be done in the office with minimal downtime.

Eyelid surgery ( Blepharoplasty) may be the best choice for some, especially if there is excess skin on the upper eyelids. This is considered to be an upper lid blepharoplasty. The lower eyelids can also be treated surgically if there is excess skin, thick muscle, and excess fat. This is called a lower lid blepharoplasty and can be done at the same time as the upper lids if needed.

Currently products that can be used to help with eyelash enhancement are very popular. Latisse is a prescription product for the purpose of growing eyelashes. This must be used under Doctor Supervision. There are also some over the counter products for eyelash enhancement. The success of any of these products depends on patient compliance and the cause of the problem. Last but not least, the use of talented eye makeup techniques can, for some, be the most conservative and best option.

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Restylane Injections

shutterstock_110295563The Restylane group of products consists of Restylane, Restylane-L, Perlane, and Perlane-L. These can be applied to add plumpness to the skin, thus minimizing facial creases and lines. Each of these products is a transparent salve formulation of hyaluronic acid that is purposely devised to perform like your body’s naturally generated hyaluronic acid. Restylane and Restylane-L might correspondingly be applied for lip augmentation in patients over 21.

The amount injected is usually determined by your physician depending on the desired results and the patient’s initial evaluation.

By intermixing lidocaine with Restylane, Restylane-L can aid in lessening pain throughout and following treatment.

72% of patients experienced considerably less discomfort throughout treatment with Restylane-L vs. Restylane. Patients likewise continued to feel less soreness for up to one hour following treatment.

Following treatment, patients may experience inflammation, redness, discomfort, bruising, or sensitivity.

Similar to Restylane, Perlane is a transparent salve formulation of hyaluronic acid. Perlane also has the same mild side effects of Restylane. What causes Perlane to be unlike Restylane is the typical dimensions of the product. It is a superior selection for more acute facial lines that would benefit from a deeper placement of the filler.

In three medical findings, 63%, 71%, and 75% of patients upheld enhancement for six months following their initial Perlane treatment.

If you desire a more young-looking look, but are worried about the likely pain from treatment, you can attain striking outcomes and a more relaxed occurrence by blending lidocaine with Perlane. Perlane-L aids in decreasing pain throughout and following treatment. 95% of patients described considerably less discomfort throughout treatment with Perlane-L. Patients continued to encounter less pain for up to one hour following treatment.

Dr Hricko will be able to aid you in making the best option for treatment.

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What Are The Most Common Reasons For Rhinoplasty?

rhinoplastyRhinoplasty, or more commonly referred to as a nose job, refines the shape of the nose to compliment your individual facial features and enhance the natural contours of your face. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the United States.

What are the most common reasons patients have a rhinoplasty procedure?

Balance
We are attracted to balance. There are even studies that show that babies are more attracted to people whose facial figures are symmetrical (the left side of the face is identical, or close to the same as the right side). The same goes for adults. We find those with symmetrical features to be more attractive. Even if the nose is just slightly off center it makes a difference in the symmetry of the face. A crooked bridge or uneven nostrils can easily be changed.

Shape
The overall shape of the nose is one of the biggest reasons people come to our practice. A nose can be too big, small, pointy, wide, or too narrow, or any combination of the above. Some patients hate the size of their nostrils or even the distance between the tip of the nose and their upper lip. A bump, lump or hump is always a concern to nasal surgery patients and one of the biggest reasons they choose to have a rhinoplasty.

Size
The size of the nose should be in balance with the rest of the facial features. Sometimes it takes only a subtle change to make a huge difference.

View our rhinoplasty before and after photo gallery here.

If you would like more information or have concerns about your nose, contact us for a consultation by calling 800-999-1639.

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Aging Skin Prevention: How to Keep Your Skin Looking Young and Beautiful

Skin CareAging skin results from exposure to chemicals that are in our environment, the sun’s UV rays, and even our diet and exercise regimen. Genetics and hormone levels may also play a part in signs of aging. The end result of such factors may appear as imperfections on our face, including:

  • Fine Lines, wrinkles or skin folds
  • Hyper-pigmented Age Spots which appear as pink, red or brown spots
  • Sagging or lax skin
  • Enlarged fat pads
  • Broken Capillaries which may appear as tiny reddened spider veins
  • Skin condition such as normal, oily, dry, rough or sensitive
  • White and black heads which may be elevated above the skin
  • Blotchy skin which may appear with white, pink or reddened patches
  • Acne scars
  • Aged color such as dullness

So, how do we contend with preventing the signs of aging? Anti-aging
skincare begins with a traditional daily skin regimen. Anti-aging skincare
regimens change over time. Greater precautions to prevent the acceleration
of aging must become part of the anti-aging regimen in time. The following
tips present an overview for the types of anti-aging techniques you can
utilize to enjoy the benefits of anti-aging:

  • Cleansing every time you have a rigorous activity, three to five
    times a day.
  • Exfoliating up to three times per week, depending upon the condition of your skin
  • Toning after cleansing your face for make up
  • Moisturizing to contain the natural hydration that is in your skin
  • Sunscreen to prevent excess sun exposure
  • Make up remover that is gentle for your skin
  • Night cream to help contain natural moisture in your skin
  • Eye cream to better protect the eyes and prevent the appearance of fine lines
  • Anti-oxidant therapy to remove free radical damage from your skin

At First Signs of Aging

  • Medical grade skincare products may be purchased at plastic surgeons and dermatologists offices
  • Micro-dermabrasion may be performed on a regular basis at some plastic surgeons and dermatologists offices to accelerate the exfoliation process

At Second Signs of Aging

  • Medical grade skincare
  • Chemical peels may be an alternative to micro-dermabrasion which proves an advanced form of exfoliation to also improve fine lines and skin quality
  • Injectibles help prevent advanced signs of aging from appearing on the face

At the Final Signs of Aging

  • Medical grade skincare
  • Chemical Peels and/or laser skin resurfacing may be most appropriate
    for the final signs of aging
  • Injectibles may be maintained to improve fine lines, wrinkles and
    skin folds

sunscreen-sale One extremely important part of keeping your skin looking healthy and young is by using a good quality sunscreen everyday. During the month of July, all of our sunscreens are 20% off! Please visit our online store or contact us for more information! We also offer a number of non-surgical treatments specifically for your skin. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call us at 800-999-1639.

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