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Grand Opening Specials For March April May 2015:
Face: one area (perioral, laser blepharoplasty, forehead, midface) $600.
Full Face $1950.
Hands and forearms: $1000
Laser resurfacing sends out brief pulses of high-energy light that are absorbed by water and substances in the skin called chromophores. The light is changed into heat energy, and the heat then destroys (vaporizes) thin sections of skin, layer by layer. As the wounded area heals, new skin grows to replace the damaged skin that was removed during the laser treatment. Some lasers only tighten the skin by heating it but do not destroy the skin.
The CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser is the most common type of laser used for resurfacing. Erbium lasers are also used frequently.
Laser resurfacing is usually very precise and causes little damage to the surrounding skin and tissue. It is done most often on the face, but it may be done on skin in other areas of the body.
January 15, 2015
Men often don’t mind confessing to their age—or looking it, for that matter. But at any age, men want to appear vigorous and healthy, not run down and tired. That’s where a good skincare routine comes in. Long gone is the stigma of women’s-only skin care—in fact, a recent NPD Men’s Grooming Consumer Report shows that nine out of ten men over the age of 18 use a grooming product (including facial and body skin care). And while a man’s skin tends to be thicker than a woman’s, it is just as responsive to proper care.
The tendency for higher levels of environmental exposure throughout a man’s lifetime—a likely correlation to golfing, sports or working outdoors—can lead to extensive sun damage, also known as photoaging. This damage occurs when UV rays increase the production of free radicals and collagen-destroying enzymes, thereby weakening the skin’s collagen matrix and its natural repair mechanisms.
Collagen plays a key role in the “scaffolding” that surrounds and supports our skin cells; as it diminishes with age, so does volume and firmness. Skin aging occurs on multiple levels, due to sun exposure, pollution and other environmental factors. Intrinsically, collagen synthesis slows and the rate that our skin degrades collagen increases over time, which leads to decreased elasticity.Fortunately, protecting the skin and correcting damage doesn’t have to be complicated. The best skin practices are simple, straightforward and easy for any man to incorporate into his routine.
Effective cleansing helps to reduce excess sebum, blackheads and blemishes. This is especially important for men, who tend to have overactive oil glands.
The best cleansers thoroughly remove oil and impurities without leaving residue on the skin’s surface. Acne-prone complexions should use a gentle cleanser in conjunction with the Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush, as it effectively dislodges debris from the pores and helps treatment products better penetrate the skin.
Daily shaving provides natural exfoliation; however, the shaving process can also destroy the skin’s natural hydrolipidic film, leading to dryness and irritation. It’s important to moisturize after shaving to help restore this protective barrier.Men prone to shaving irritation or ingrown hairs—the painful, swollen bumps that result when hair gets trapped under the skin’s surface—should switch to an electric razor, which is less likely to abrade the skin. Avoiding aftershave can also help lessen irritation, since the typical men’s aftershave product is alcohol-based and strips the skin of moisture.
Making an effort to protect the skin when you’re younger will pay off in the form of healthier skin down the road. A comprehensive routine of SPF and topical antioxidants aids in the prevention of cosmetic concerns—wrinkles, laxity—and more importantly, medical issues like skin cancer.
A truly effective sunscreen offers both UVA and UVB protection. I recommend a physical block with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Not only do these ingredients effectively block harmful UV rays, but they are also ideal for sensitive skin types. Look for antioxidants like green tea, resveratrol and vitamins C and E. SkinMedica® Daily Physical Defense™ SPF 30+ is a sheer mineral sunscreen with antioxidant, green tea extract, to help protect against free radical damage.
Men want simple, effective treatment programs that they can easily maintain for years to come. A little corrective care goes a long way in improving the health—and appearance—of the skin.
In their 20s and 30s, men often focus on controlling oily skin and acne. A treatment product containing alpha hydroxy acids can be used to exfoliate dead skin cells and keep pores clear.
In the 40s and beyond, maintaining skin metabolism and boosting collagen production is key. Men that have already sustained free radical damage in the form of fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots will benefit from a retinol-based product. Retinol is one of the most effective ingredients on the market: It enhances natural exfoliation and helps to reduce the signs of aging.
Medical professionals are seeing an increase in men looking to maintain a youthful, healthy appearance through subtle cosmetic procedures. Photo damage can be corrected with in-office resurfacing treatments like chemical peels or laser procedures.
Today’s male population is increasingly dedicated to fitness, healthy living and looking their best. Your skin is the first thing people see; it shouldn’t be the last thing you think about.
Kevin L. Smith, MD, FACS; Plastic Surgeon, Charlotte Plastic Surgery, Charlotte, NCReference:http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Market-Trends/Big-opportunity-in-men-s-skin-care-but-first-attitudes-must-be-changed
Answers to eyelid surgery
Posted November 18, 2014
What is eyelid surgery? (Blepharoplasty)
An eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove skin and to add or remove fat from the eyelids. The term "eyelid lift" is a misconception because the eyelid is not lifted during surgery.
Upper blepharoplasty surgery uses one incisions on the skin to allow for removal of skin and fat. A thin stitch is then used to bring the skin together to allow for a creation of an eyelid crease.
Why is eyelid surgery performed?
Upper eyelid excess skin and fat can create a heavy looking eyelid, aged appearance, puffiness, and sometimes block vision. Upper blepharoplasty is performed to remove excess skin and fat and improve vision.
Lower bleparoplasty is performed to remove excess skin, reduce wrinkles, and improve the shape of the lower eyelid by removing skin and fat. Sometimes tightening the eyelid is need droopiness or sagging.
Who is a good candidate for eyelid surgery?
Those individuals with good health.
How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?
Usually patients have a short recovery time after blepharoplasty. Although bruising and swelling is usually worse on the day after surgery, they quickly disappear, During the first 48 hours the use of cool compresses can greatly reduce bruising and swelling around the eyes and face. Light activity such as walking will help speed recovery. Thin bandages are placed over the incision sites and removed in several days, while the stitches will remain for 1 week. Most people return to normal activity after 7 days. By 2 weeks after eyelid surgery, the majority of the bruising and swelling will resolve.
Answers To Your Questions About Botox
Posted on November 17, 2014
What is Botox?
Botox is a drug prepared from the toxin botulin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.Sounds scary.
Is Botox safe?
Yes! Botox injections are safe when performed by an experienced doctor. The most common side effects are limited to swelling and bruising at the injection site which is common to any injection procedure.
What are the benefits of Botox?
Botox use may seem as simple as injecting the drug in a few set locations, but the creative, artistic use of Botox is much more complex than that. Skilled physicians visualize the muscles that they want to paralyze, and pepper the muscle with many small injections of the drug. The goal of Botox is not to “freeze” the forehead and eyebrows, but rather to preserve some motion while reducing objectionable wrinkles. A skilled doctor will tailor every Botox injection to get the best custom results for you.
Who is a good candidate for Botox?
Botox is most generally used on the forehead, outer corners of the eyes, and brow area. Those wishing to reduce wrinkles in those areas without undergoing invasive facial plastic surgery are good candidates for this procedure.
What is the actual procedure like?
When you come into the office, you will be reclined comfortably on the chair in the procedure room. You can then choose to have a numbing cream applied to help lessen the pin-prick of the injection. The nurse will briefly leave the room to allow you to numb up. Then, it is a simple injection into the predetermined areas, a little bit of blotting the injection site with a small medical sponge, and you are on your way. It is easy to squeeze a Botox treatment into your lunch hour or busy schedule. There is no preparation required and most people report going about their daily lives immediately afterward. The smoothing results will slowly emerge a few days after treatment and are fully realized after about a week. The first treatment usually lasts about three months, but subsequent treatments can yield longer-lasting results.If you are interested in a quick solution to forehead, brow, and eye wrinkles, Botox may be the product for you.
Call today to schedule an appointment with Laurie Niles, who has extensive Botox experience, to receive a dedicated, artistic approach to your Botox treatments.This entry was posted in Non-Invasive, Skin Care and tagged botox, cosmetic, non-invasive,wrinkles. Bookmark the permalink.←