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Micro + Peel

A micro and a light to medium chemical peel can be done in the same appointment. This treatment is not best for over sensitive or thin skin. Both micro and peels exfoliate the skin, this could be too harsh and irritate some skin types. It is best to start with either one treatment or the other to see how skin responds before considering the combined treatment. The micro will happen after the cleansing in this combined treatment. It will act as our first form of exfoliation, leaving a slight pink tone to the skin, concentrating on the top layer which consists of the dead skin cells. This will physically remove these cells and allow the chemical peel to work at the deeper layers of the skin. The chemical peel will be preformed after the micro. It is common to feel the peel a bit more intensely when the micro was preformed first as the top layer of cells has been removed. However the peel should still be comfortable and can be customized for the skin. Warmth, tingling, and itching are all common sensations experienced during a peel. Since the peel is able to work deeper in the skin this can provide better results then either treatment done alone. Thick, course, and congested skin can also greatly benefit form the combined treatment allowing a deep cleanse and exfoliation when the individual […]

How Long Do Results Last After Facelift Surgery?

A facelift is designed to address common signs of the natural aging process that can affect both the face and neck. By eliminating excess skin, repositioning facial fat to address volume loss in the cheeks, and removing excess fat beneath the chin, our plastic surgeon can help patients attain a more youthful appearance. While the benefits of a facelift are clear to most women and men, many prospective patients naturally wonder how long they can expect these results to last. After a facelift, patients can enjoy smoother skin, fuller cheeks, a sleeker jawline, and reduced signs of aging in the neck. These changes can make a patient look years younger, but a facelift cannot halt the natural aging process. The results of a facelift are considered to be long-lasting, and most patients would see little benefit from having another facelift for at least 7-10 years following surgery. It is also important to keep in mind that beyond 10 years, a patient would still have a more youthful appearance than if they never had a facelift at all. To prolong the results of a facelift, Dr. Tong advises taking the necessary precautions to avoid excessive sun exposure and tobacco products. Patients should also strive to maintain a relatively stable weight. Individuals who eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and wear daily sunscreen go a long way towards keeping their skin looking […]

Microdermabrasion vs Chemical Peel

Microdermabrasion (micro) and light-medium chemical peels (peels) are both very common forms of exfoliation. It’s important to know the benefits of both before deciding what might be best for you. Both are similar in price and can be used on a range of skin types. Micro is a form of physical exfoliation. In this case that means the dead skin cells are physically removed from the skin through the use of abrasive crystals. The treatment head controls the delivery of the crystals, thus controlling the strength of the abrasion. Micro works primarily on the skin’s surface and can help to improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigment, and uneven skin texture. Treatment can be customized for a majority of skin types; however, due to the physical abrasion of micro it can be too harsh for some sensitive skin types. A light-medium chemical peel is a form of chemical exfoliation. The peel loosens dead skin cells allowing them to be removed. Different acids can be used and combined to treat a range of skin concerns and customized in strength for the individual. Peels not only exfoliate the surface of the skin but can help to treat fine lines, wrinkles, pigment, uneven skin texture, pour size and oil production. Peels also help to stimulate collagen in the skin. There are light chemical peels which can be used on a sensitive […]

Starting Young

As the rate of skin cancer has increased it is very important to stay educated about sun safety and begin at an early age. It is key to educate children about the importance of sun care. The goal to enforcing good sun safety habits at a young age to make them aware and protected without scaring them. Lead by example; sun protection is important for everyone. Enforce the message by partaking in the same routine you are implementing on children. Be diligent; despite the weather be sure to stick to your routine of protecting all exposed skin. Ensure all exposed skin, even commonly forgotten areas like the ears, are properly protected. Be sure to re-apply throughout the day. Continue both your and your child’s education as new developments and statistics are available. Routines may change as your child ages and they take on more responsibilities. Another habit to begin young is checking one’s skin and moles frequently for any changes and new developments. Starting these habits young will allow them to develop throughout their lifetime and set a solid foundation of healthy habits regarding sun safety. -Kaitlyn

Retinol Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions about retinol. From thinning skin, to making skin very sensitive there are a lot of misconceptions which make people hesitant to use a retinol. Retinol can benefit a wide range of skin concerns when used properly. Retinol does exfoliate the skin, and does remove the top layer of dead skin. However, this process does not thin the skin. Retinol can actually make skin more plump by stimulating new cells. The top most layer of skin cells are dead and naturally exfoliated off. As this layer gets thicker with age skin looks more dull, and a product cannot penetrate the skin as effectively. It is recommend that an SPF is worn regardless weather you are using a retinol, other exfoliation products, or no exfoliation products. Retinol is known to cause skin irritation and discomfort. When used properly retinol can be very comfortable and beneficial for the skin. When beginning a retinol you want to gradually introduce it to your routine. A skin professional can tell you how often to apply a retinol when first starting out. Typically it is a couple times a week, working up to applying it more often. It is also best to begin with a low dose of retinol and work up to higher percentages as skin becomes used to the product. If retinol is not introduced gradually chances of skin irritation and […]

When to Start a Retinol

Most people can benefit from the use of a retinol. As we age the skin’s natural exfoliation process slows. This results in dull looking skin, with a thicker layer of dead skin cells on top of the skin. It also means fewer new plump skin cells. Retinol is a key anti-aging product as it addresses both of these concerns. After age 20 skin slowly starts to slow its natural exfoliation process. By the time we are 40 our skin is taking about twice as long as it did at 20 to naturally shed these dead skin cells. This results in two times the amount of dead skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin. Most people will want to start to incorporate a retinol to their skincare routine around age 30 when looking to address and prevent aging. This isn’t to say someone younger then 30 shouldn’t use a retinol, as it can treat a range of skin concerns.  Retinol will help to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells, providing a brighter complexion and more even skin tone. It also helps to stimulate new cells to provide a more plumped skin tone, resulting in the diminished look of fine lines and wrinckles. By aiding the skin in this process it can help increase the skin’s natural exfoliation process as well as strengthen the skin. -Kaitlyn

Am I a Candidate for Injectable Facial Fillers?

Injectable fillers are facial rejuvenation treatments popularly utilized to minimize signs of aging and volume loss in the face. As deep creases, sunken areas, and thinning tissue become more apparent with age, dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, and other advanced options can be an excellent way to temporarily restore the smoothness and fullness characteristic of younger-looking skin. Best of all, these treatments can achieve natural-looking enhancement without surgery, anesthesia, or excessive downtime. While procedures such as eyelid surgery or a facelift can provide more enduring results, one key advantage of injectable facial fillers is that some individuals who cannot undergo surgery for medical reasons, or simply do not wish to have an operation, may still be able to reach their aesthetic goals. Depending on the type of filler utilized, injectables are typically most successful for men and women seeking to: Reduce the appearance of deep creases and fine lines, such as “smoker’s lines,” “marionette lines,” and nasolabial folds Replace volume lost as a result of aging, sun exposure, or weight loss Achieve volume enhancement in the lips, cheeks, temples, under the eyes, or the hands Improve the appearance of mild jowling If the preceding list contains one or more of your enhancement goals, you may benefit from non-surgical dermal fillers. In general, good candidates for facial fillers: Desire a temporary solution to aesthetic facial concerns caused by aging Are physically […]

What can Retinol Treat

Retinol is a well known product derived from vitamin A. It is known for providing an exfoliation, helps to strengthen the skin, reduce the look of pigment, and more. Retinol is most known for its anti-aging benefits. The best time to start a retinol depends on the benefits you are looking to receive. Retinol can be used to help address acne, and skin in need of an exfoliation. It helps remove the top layer of dead skin cells, and improves the skins ability to naturally exfoliate. Removing dead cells can assist in delivering fewer clogged pours, and fewer breakouts, resulting in a brighter complexion. Retinol allows for products to better penetrate the skin as there are less dead cells on top of the skin. This means anti-aging products, and products to address pigment, can work more effectively. Retinol can help lighten pre-existing pigment through exfoliation, but works best when used with lightening and pigment suppressing products. Retinol in itself is known to be a great anti-aging product by helping to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, evening skin texture and tone, and providing a more youthful complexion. It works in conjunction with other treatment products for optimal product penetration. However, it is best to start a preventative skincare routine, not rely on correction alone when addressing any skin concerns.  -Kaitlyn

What Are the Advantages of Soft Tissue Fillers?

Soft tissue fillers, commonly referred to as dermal fillers, are absorbable or temporary substances for cosmetic facial enhancement. In minimally invasive treatment sessions, soft tissue fillers can temporarily restore a more vibrant and youthful facial appearance. As men and women age, there is a natural diminishing of subcutaneous fat in the face. While this volume loss typically occurs gradually, expression lines and facial depressions can become more visible as the natural fat between the facial muscles and the surface of the skin steadily decreases. Soft tissue fillers can be an exceptional rejuvenative solution to the development of facial lines and volume loss. While plastic surgery provides more long-term cosmetic enhancement, soft tissue fillers are a non-surgical alternative that can achieve natural-looking volume replacement without the need for anesthesia or excessive downtime. Many fillers, such as hyaluronic acid-based JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®, are composed of naturally-occurring substances in the body, and therefore require no allergy testing. Depending on the type of filler utilized, the results can last from several months to several years. Many patients achieve an array of cosmetic goals with soft tissue fillers, including: Plumper lips Improved definition in facial contours Diminished appearance of “marionette lines,” “smoker’s lines,” and nasolabial folds Volume enhancement in hollow or sunken facial areas, such as the cheeks or under the eyes Volume enhancement along the jawline to diminish the appearance of jowls Improved appearance […]

Physical VS Chemical Sunscreen

When it comes to sunscreen there are many options and things to consider before making your choice. One factor that should be considered is how the sunscreen is a chemical or a physical sunscreen. Depending upon individual needs would determine which would be a more ideal option as both have positive and negative aspects. Chemical sunscreen is absorbed into the skin; only once it is absorbed is when this sunscreen protects the skin. This type of SPF should be applied about 20 minutes before sun exposure to ensure skin is optimally protected. However once absorbed it is able to protect the skin for a longer amount of time as it is no just sitting on top of the skin. This is typically found in waterproof and sport sunscreens for this reason. However these chemicals that help sunscreens resist water and sweat can alter hormones in both men and women. On the other hand physical sunscreens sit on top of the skin and actively block and reflect the UV rays. Due to the fact this form of sunscreen sits on top of the skin it got known for leaving a white cast to the skin as it doesn’t absorb into the skin in the same manner. New developments in sunscreens have been able to help address the white casting of the skin to give more natural options. This also means they […]

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