Monthly Archives: June 2016
All good things, taken too far, can become, well, not so good. Too much steak, too many luxuries, too much confidence. And in the case of cosmetic treatments, too much fiddling with your natural good looks.
The archetypical theme of “virtue turned to vice” can easily be applied to what we do. Moderation, as it is in so many other areas of our lives, is the key to success, and it is our personal mantra. Often, we find ourselves advising you to restrain from doing too much and instead, take the less-is-more approach.
So, how do you know when you have done just enough to enhance your appearance? Cosmetic treatments are a terrific way to refresh your look and can help you to feel younger, more vibrant and energized. They can be transforming, physically and emotionally. As you consider your options, it’s important to know why you are thinking about having a procedure done. If you are coming to see us because you have a specific concern about a specific area of your body, that is the optimal reason to have treatment. But, if you see this experience as a way to solve other issues in your life–ones that are not directly connected to physical appearance–then you might get those thoughts in order first.
We offer a unique, individualized and thorough consultation that will help us help you determine your reasons for coming to us. (Granted, we are happy to report, most of you seek us out for the very best reasons.) And, we will define for you the likely results so that your expectations are realistic.
So, whether you are a first-time client who is curious about Botox or dermal fillers, such as Restylane or Juvederm, or you are a returning client who wants to maintain a fresh and youthful glow, perhaps with a nonsurgical Facelift, or you are someone who is frustrated by extra pounds that diet and exercise can’t minimize and has decided to try SmartLipo Triplex, we can help you sort out your best options for improvement. Most important, we will trust our years of expertise and philosophy of natural good looks as we guide you along the way.
To find out more, call one of our offices for a complimentary consultation. Summer is a great time to devote to yourself.
Herewith, a crash course in U’s and V’s…or, in other words, how sunny is it and what do I need to do about it?
The Ultraviolet index is a measurement of the strength of UV radiation at a particular time and place. It’s a standard scale used around the globe, with a range of 0 to 11.
*0-2: This is considered low danger, but the Environmental Protection Agency recommends sunglasses and broad spectrum SPF 30+ protection. Also, avoid bright surfaces (sand, water) that can reflect and intensify UV rays.
*3-5: Moderate danger. Seek shade during the height of the sun, at midday. Wear protective clothing, hat, sunscreen if outdoors, and reapply sunscreen every two hours.
*6-7: High risk. Reduce time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Follow protective measures as above.
*8-10: Very high risk. Follow above.
*11+: Extreme. Avoid the sun or if you have to be outside, follow the above.
As we know, prolonged exposure to the sun can cause early wrinkling and brown spots, and puts you at risk for skin cancer. While most of us enjoy being outside in the summer, not many of us really want to have old-looking skin, or illness. Staying safe while spending time in the sun is an easy thing to do. It may just require a little extra awareness and preparation on your part. Remember, tanned skin is damaged skin…and who wants that.
Here is some more specific information for protecting your skin and keeping you looking young, beautiful and healthy, particularly when the UV rays are at their most dangerous.
- Stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the burning rays of the sun are at their height. There are two types: UVA rays cause aging and wrinkles and contribute to skin cancer. UVB rays cause sunburn and skin cancer.
- Go nowhere without sunscreen:
- More is better, so don’t scrimp. Make sure that it has a SPF of 30 or higher and it says “broad spectrum” on the label, which means that it will handle both UVA and UVB rays. Also, be sure that it is water-resistant, and that you apply it all over your body 15 to 30 minutes before leaving the house.
- Use sunscreen even when it is cloudy outside, when you are driving in a car and inside a window. UVA rays penetrate clouds, glass and water, so when you’re swimming, make sure to apply plenty of waterproof sunscreen.
- If you wear foundation, apply the sunscreen first and let it absorb before continuing with your makeup.
- Don’t forget the lip balm. SPF 15 or more is best.
- And, don’t forget the tops of your ears, hairline, the “V” of your chest, nose, hands and tops of your feet. Eighty percent of skin cancer occurs on the head, neck and hands.
- Wear protective clothing, including hats, sleeves and sunglasses. Dark, tightly woven fabrics provide more protection than lightly colored ones.
- Be aware that umbrellas and shade trees do only so much. They give moderate protection from ultraviolet light, and they don’t protect you from light that is reflected off of sand, snow, concrete and other surfaces.
- Avoid tanning oils. These essentially cook your skin.
- Be conscious of your medications. Certain medicines can make your skin extra sensitive to sun exposure, including tetracycline, diuretics and even herbal formulations such as St. John’s Wort.
If you suspect that you have sun damage, call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. We’ll suggest specific treatments that can help to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and brown spots.
See you soon.
No longer the exclusive domain of women, cosmetic treatments have become more and more popular with men.
Ranging from simple nonsurgical treatments such as microdermabrasion, laser hair removal and Botox to minimally invasive procedures such as SmartLipo, the options are many. All can help reduce the signs of aging and improve a man’s appearance and self-image.
In our offices, we find that Botox for the forehead and crow’s feet tops the list of the most popular cosmetic procedures for our male patients, followed by SmartLipo for the neck, abdomen and breasts. Next, men are choosing dermal fillers to reduce the folds running from the sides of their noses and the corners of their mouths.
Also, Fraxel Lasers for the eyes, eyelids and face are particularly effective for our male patients and now, with our ability to perform Kybella and Infini treatments, men are finding advanced solutions for stubborn double chins and wrinkling on the face, eyes and elsewhere.
This Father’s Day season, gift yourself with a complimentary consultation. If the idea of having a cosmetic treatment is new to you, we’ll share with you the many ways that we can help you with your particular concerns. If you’ve come to see us in the past, we look forward to catching up with you again.
Meantime, Happy Father’s Day to all.
See you soon.
Each summer, many of us spruce things up in our homes. We clean closets and curtains, change linens, switch pillows on the sofa. And when we’re done, we feel energized and recharged. Why not make the season the time to refresh yourself the way you do your surroundings?
Quick invigorators that will help you look rested and revitalized can be the perfect way to transition from spring to summer. Here are a few treatments to consider…
Microdermabrasion: A quick and convenient treatment, microdermabrasion rejuvenates and revitalizes your skin, leaving you with soft, youthful glowing skin after just one visit. This painless nonsurgical treatment is in high demand for reducing fine lines, wrinkles, acne, clogged pores, blemishes, dry skin, oily skin and other conditions. Microdermabrasion may be used on light or dark skin and on the face, neck, chest, arms, elbows, knees and hands, with outstanding results.
The treatment is popular among patients showing early signs of aging, sun exposure and other facial imperfections. It not only exfoliates the skin’s surface, but also promotes new cell growth in the basal, or deepest layer of the skin. It also cleans the pores and stimulates collagen networking to further improve the skin’s texture.
Clear + Brilliant: Using the same noninvasive fractional laser technology developed by the makers of Fraxel, Clear + Brilliant laser treatments can help erase the early signs of photo-damage, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, rough skin texture and large pores. It is gentler on your skin than most other lasers and may be used on many areas of your body, including your hands, legs, face, neck, back, chest and arms.
GentleWaves: A novel technique for rejuvenating your skin, GentleWaves activates your skin’s natural rejuvenation process, without pain, side effects or downtime. It helps to repair sun damage, improve the appearance of age spots and the overall texture of the skin.
Laser Hair Removal: Laser hair removal is a safe, convenient and long-lasting treatment. Traditional techniques such as shaving, plucking and waxing provide only temporary relief, and electrolysis can be painful, time consuming and limited to small cosmetic areas. Side effects such as allergic reactions, ingrown hairs and scarring commonly occur when using these traditional hair removal methods. But you can avoid these hassles with this can’t-lose alternative.
Botox: Worry lines, frown lines, laugh or smile lines, crow’s feet …these are all “dynamic” wrinkles caused from years of living and using facial muscles to show expression. The more emotion we show, the deeper the wrinkles and lines can be. Botox injections can safely and effectively soften lines and reduce wrinkles. Botox is also known as “cosmetic denervation” – a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that many patients have come to depend on to show results in a few days. Botox may be the right choice for you to treat stubborn persistent wrinkles and lines.
Call us today to schedule your summer pick-me-up. See you soon.