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24Jul/14Off

Understanding Skin Types – Infographic

It's important to identify and understand your skin type, to ensure you're selecting the right products for maximum benefit. Skin types include normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. Some people also have a combination of skin types in different areas of their skin. To help you better understand the different skin types and find out the ideal skin care routine for your skin, we found this interesting infographic designed by Likewise Skin Care.

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17Jun/14Off

Skincare at Every Age

Everyone knows that it is important to have a regular skincare regime, but it's also important to update your skincare regime as we age. In the earlier years, protecting your skin from sun damage and finding the right skincare routine is key, but once you get into your 40s you will need more anti-aging treatments and even more sun protection treatments  in your skincare routine. Dermatologists in Torrance are aware of cosmetic treatments that can rejuvenate skin and bring it back to health. This infographic provides tips and steps to skin care methods through your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50+.

 

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19May/14Off

Everyday Things That Prolong Aging

Who isn’t looking for the magic potion to restoring youth? Several beauty conglomerates claim to have found the next breakthrough in anti-aging. The truth is again is inevitable, however, prolonging the visible signs of aging is a realistic goal. While researchers work towards finding the fountain of youth, there are things you can do now in your everyday life to maintain your youthful appearance. Ditching these 5 habits will aid in maintaining a youthful appearance for longer.

Don’t Over Wash Your Face

At first glance this advice may not make sense, especially because dirt is what causes most skin problems. However, your skin’s natural oils protect your skin and keep it moist. Stripping your skin of these natural, vital oils by washing your face too often can cause dryness and irritation. This can make your skin look dull and aged.

Protect Your Skin from Sunskincare with sunscreen in Beverly Hills

I think we all can agree that too much sun is not healthy for skin, however, no one wants to be a shut in when it’s a beautiful sunny day. Some tips are to use sunscreen everyday, the reason why its important for daily use is because even when driving you are exposing your skin to harmful rays. Many dermatologist recommend finding a full-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 to wear every day. This could be difficult to add to your daily routine, so finding a moisturizer that has at least SPF 15 is another solution.

Sleep Positions

Everyone has sleeping positions that they prefer, so this tip may put a damper on your day. However, sleeping on one side over the years can pre-dispose your sleep lines to become permanent lines etched in your skin. Sleeping on your back is the best way to avoid sleep lines all together. If this just is not possible, then try silk pillowcases - they help because the skin glides over the them easily and is thought to produce less wrinkles. In either case, getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day can make such a big difference in your overall health as well as aging.

Stop Smoking

This is a habit that is purely recreational, but has so many negative effects, like aging and cancer, that should make you think about quitting. However, it is proven that smoking accelerates aging. Have you seen the images of twins that have one who did smoke and one that didn’t? The differences are astonishing. The twin that didn’t smoke looks more than 10 years younger. The toxins and carcinogens that damage your skin, among other organs, by smoking greatly diminishes your skin’s youth.

Eat Antioxidants and Omega-3santi-aging with antioxidants and omega 3 in Beverly Hills

When UV rays are absorbed into your skin, they create free radicals and these free radicals are volatile molecules. They can latch onto your DNA and cause mutations, which in turn cause wrinkles. Antioxidants (found in pomegranates, acai, blueberries and green tea) helpy our body defend against these free radicals that attempt to cause wrinkles. Omega-3s are also high in antioxidants, but also has an added benefit of fatty acids. These fatty acids are what helps the cell membrane act as a barrier to things that are harmful and is the pathway for nutrients to cross in and out for the cells waste. Thus preventing wrinkles and skin aging.

If you have any questions about anti-aging, it’s important to consult a skin care professional. Getting advice on what works best for your body is always going to give you better results.

 

7May/14Off

Ageless Beauty

Cosmetic procedures continue to gain popularity, specifically with minimally invasive procedures.  The industry leaders at Skin Spa of Newnan Dermatology, in Peachtree City,  have created an infographic to show the different types of effective minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that have proven to preserve youth.  The infographic includes popular injectables and dermal fillers, like Botox and Juvederm, as well as, popular laser treatments like Coolsculpting and laser hair removal.

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30Apr/14Off

Secrets to Look 10 Years Younger

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At some point in their lives, everyone wishes that they could turn back the clock. Today, men and women are making strides to staying active and healthy years beyond retirement. Here are some excellent daily tips that can keep you feeling healthy and happy.

Sleep:  Get enough rest, your whole body functions best when you give it enough rest. Everything from digestion and metabolism to skin health and wrinkle prevention.

Water:  Drink plenty of water, the optimal amount is 80 oz glasses a day, but 64 oz per day is recommended.

Relax:  Make time for yourself, take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes out of your day to take a bath, meditate or read for pleasure.

Exercise:  Stay active, getting your heart pumping for 30 minutes a day has an incredible effect on your mood.

Love Yourself:  Create positive affirmations like, “I like myself” and “I am a worthwhile person” in the mirror, out loud. Inner happiness starts with approval of yourself.

With the average life expectancy on the rise, the anti-aging argument has become much more compelling. As people are living longer and more active lives, the need to look as young as you feel has increased tremendously. According the the annual ASPS report, anti aging cosmetic procedures have increased by 104% since the millenium, totalling 15.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2013. The most popular of the anti aging procedures are the minimally invasive procedures, such as injectables and laser skin treatments.

Injectables have become popular mainly for these 6 benefits:

  1. Treatment is fast and easy
  2. Each treatment is painless
  3. No downtime for recovery
  4. Results can last from 4 months to 1 year
  5. Effectively reduce dynamic and static wrinkles/ fine lines by filling creases or relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles
  6. Volumizer injectables can plump and lift cheeks and lips

 

Laser skin rejuvenation treatments are in high demand for these 6 reasons:

  1. No downtime for recovery
  2. Minimal pain (like a light sunburn)
  3. Softer, Smoother and younger looking skin
  4. Significant improvement in deep wrinkles, lines and folds
  5. Evening skin tone
  6. Improving texture and discoloration of scars

Each of these treatments are suited to address certain problem areas and skin types and it is important to discuss your goals and expectation with a dermatologist or aesthetician before getting these procedures done.

19Mar/14Off

Skin Cancer: Detection and Prevention

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, with over 2 million people diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Over the past three decades more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. For that reason it is good to know what risks encourage unnatural skin cell growth.

Risk factors for developing cancer:

  • Too much exposure to the sun
  • Fair skin
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • People over the age of 40 are at higher risk of developing skin cancer

There are three different types of skin cancer; basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and the easiest to treat. It affects the cells in the top layers of the skin and does not spread. Squamous cell carcinoma is also usually easy to treat, affecting the cells in the middle layer of the skin and does not spread either. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer because it tends to spread and can affect the organs of the body. It can be fatal in some cases, although if caught early, it is also often treatable.

It is very important to examine your skin every so often checking for spots that refuse to heal, begin to bleed, remain itchy or just stand out. If you see any changes in appearance of moles or new spots appear you will want to visit a dermatologist.

Here are some guidelines to reduce your risks:

  • Avoid extreme and long exposure to the sun between 10am and 4pm
  • Use sunblock, minimum of SPF 15, especially on your nose and ears daily
  • Avoid sunburns, by re-applying sunblock every 2-3 hours
  • After you have been in the water, reapply your sunblock to ensure protection
  • Do not make regular trips to the tanning booths, they can also cause skin cancers

5Mar/14Off

What is a Liquid Face Lift?

Cosmetic surgical procedures tend to have a certain connotation to the word. When thinking about having a cosmetic surgical procedure many patients tend to think about the risks, pain, recovery time, costs of surgery, or even how long to take off of work. Because of this, many people stray away from the requirements of a cosmetic surgery and instead choose non-surgical options that do not require as much as cosmetic surgeries do.

Non-surgical procedures like injectables were created, to provide immediate results for minor improvements with minimal risks, little to no downtime and, better yet, at a fraction of the cost. Introducing the Liquid Facelift. A liquid facelift involves a combination of dermal fillers and/or injectables injected into specific and targeted areas of the face to achieve similar results that of a cosmetic surgical facelift.

The major differences between a liquid facelift and a surgical facelift are:

  1. The results are not permanent, like any filler or freezer the results are temporary as the filler and freezer substances are absorbed by your body over time.

  2. In the short term, the costs are much less than a surgical facelift, however, due to the transient nature of injectables the costs can add up over time.

  3. A liquid facelift does not remove sagging skin in your neck area.

  4. The liquid facelift is great if you don’t have the down-time for the recovery of a surgical facelift. Liquid facelifts have no downtime.

  5. If  you are concerned about the pain, recovery, risks and cost of a surgical facelift, a Liquid Facelift is great alternative.

Another common question among patients is what treatments are used during a liquid facelift? A treatments used in a liquid facelift will determined by your skin care provider as each treatment depends on the individual. Most Liquid Lifts will include dermal fillers such as  Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse and Restylane used in conjunction with injections of botulinum toxin, like Botox and Dysport.

Botulinum toxins work by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles reducing muscle activity and thus smoothing out the area. Dermal fillers restore lost facial volume by filling in crevices, smoothing wrinkles and restoring facial contours.

Depending on the individual and the injectables used, the results can last up to 1-2 years as some injectables have a longer life than others. Although we can’t stop aging, we can certainly delay the effects with a liquid facelift. Consult your local physician, nurse or aesthetician to find out if a liquid facelift is the right solution for you.

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31Jan/14Off

Cosmetic/Medical Dermatology

I have severe acne and new wrinkles, where should I go?

In this day and age, there are more cosmetic procedures available to you than there has been ever before. If you have ever been concerned about your appearance and sought out on remedying your imperfections, discovering the best treatment for you can certainly be an uphill battle. This is because there are many many services offered by either certified medical or cosmetic dermatologists, or people that pretend to be so.

Your first step in seeking treatment for dermatological imperfections is to search locally. Search yelp and discover the local places that treat your issue. Next, you want to vet that location through their website. Ensure their physicians are board certified cosmetic or medical dermatologists. For example, this cosmetic dermatologist in Manhattan Beach lists her Board Certified status right on the home page of the website as well as within her bio. You can also take the step to ensure your dermatologist has Board Certified standing by searching for them in directories such as The American Society of Dermatological Surgery (www.asds.com). Also take some time to ensure past patients were satisfied with their results through the testimonials/reviews or the photo gallery.

Do I need a medical dermatologist or a cosmetic dermatologist?

This depends on what your concerns are with your skin. Medical dermatologists diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases that affect the skin, hair and nail, for example, skin cancer. While a cosmetic dermatologists treats the skin, hair, or nails using a treatment that is meant to improve the patient’s appearance rather than treat a disease. For example, a cosmetic dermatologist can treat wrinkles or acne while a medical dermatologist can treat skin disease and also acne. Many times, Cosmetic dermatologists are also medical dermatologist and sometimes even surgical dermatologists. This just means that they have the skills and experience to treat all of your dermatological needs.

Does this mean a cosmetic dermatologist can perform surgery?

Yes, IF that cosmetic dermatologist is also a surgical dermatologist. As mentioned, many dermatologists practice not only medical dermatology but cosmetic dermatology, surgical dermatology, as well as medical dermatology. Some examples of treatments dermatologists perform that fall into cosmetic dermatology are surgery to diminish acne scars, injecting dermal fillers such as Juvederm Voluma or injectables such as Botox to give the aging face a more youthful appearance. Another example would be laser surgery such as the Intese Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial to diminish or remove small veins, age spots, tattoos or wrinkles.

What examples fall under medical dermatology?

Medical dermatology is the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases that affect the skin. Diseases such as acne, lumps or growths, moles, rosacea, skin cancer, uneven pigmentation, or melasma are some examples that medical dermatologist can treat.

15Oct/13Off

Anti-aging Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures at Any Age

As we age, our bodies change and so do the expectations about how we look. Whether the focus is on rejuvenating the skin or restoring definition to the face, you can be beautiful at any age with the help of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. begging from the teenagers years, this Infographic offers suggestions on what types of non-surgical and non-invasive procedures would be beneficial to your skin.

 

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3Sep/13Off

ASAPS Trends: Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Every year the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery compiles statistics on the year’s before trends in cosmetic surgery. The statistics vary through the years but typically include “Plastic Surgery Timelines”, “Top 5 Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures”, “Economic, Regional and Ethnic Information” and “Top 5 Cosmetic Surgeries for Women and Men”. These statistics are great for understanding the Plastic Surgery industry and even for consumers to know the most popular treatments offered in the industry. The following is a quick rundown of the top non-Surgical treatments in the plastic surgery industry and why they rank at the top of the list.

Since the ASAPS began the statistic of “Top 5 Non-Surgical and Surgical Cosmetic Procedures” in 2000 there have been three major contenders that have ranked the top three within the non-surgical category for at least 9 years. These top contenders include Botox, Hyaluronic acid (Dermal Fillers), and Laser hair removal known for their effectiveness and low cost. The last two places in the top 5 rankings usually change between different laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels known also for their value and effectiveness. The 4th and 5th positions in the ranking can be determined by new trends within the industry in those years as laser technology has soared in the most recent years.

Botox and Hyaluronic Acid

Botox and Hyaluronic has continued to rise to the top of the ranks every year popular for its cosmetic uses particularly as the number one solution for wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other unsightly facial lines. Botox is a prescription medication while hyaluronic acid (dermal fillers) does not require a prescription. Hyaluronic acid as actually found naturally in the body which makes it a good choice as a dermal filler because of its compatibility with your body. Botox is also FDA approved for migraine headaches and excessive sweating but also used for other surprising uses not FDA approved such as Gummy Smile, Botox “boob job”, and hair rejuvenation.  Botox is ranked #1 and used widely for many different reasons because of its easy access, application, length of treatment benefits, and the effects of the treatment. Hyaluronic acid is found in naturally in the soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. When this gel is injected it behaves like cushion or pillow to support your facial structure that might have lost volume and elasticity due to aging. Hyaluronic acid is also currently used to treat aching joints of those with arthritis to ease pain. Botox is supplied in almost every city, has an 82% improvement rate within a week, takes 30 minutes to apply, and lasts an average of 4 months. Dermal fillers are also immediately available in most cities. Hyaluronic acid comes in a few different forms unlike Botox such as Juvederm, Radiessse, Restylane, and Sculptra. The application is similar to Botox, taking only 30 minutes however the efficacy of the treatment can last from 9-24 months depending on the hyaluronic acid brand. The usability, accessibility, and ease of Botox and hyaluronic acid makes it easy to see why Botox and hyaluronic acid still ranks in the top 3 non-surgical treatments for the last decade.

Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion

Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion have also landed a few spots on the ASAPS Top 5 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures over the last decade however their strength is not as great as that of Botox and hyaluronic acid. They are however still on the top 5 because of their ease of access and they are the least invasive procedures to improve the appearance of your skin. Chemical peels improve acne and acne scars, age and liver spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, irregular skin pigmentation, rough skin and scaly patches, scars, and sun-damaged skin. Chemical peels use a gentle chemical solution to smooth skin while Microdermabrasion uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin to remove the thicker, uneven outer layer. Microdermabrasion is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun-damage, and to lessen the appearance of stretch marks.  Unlike chemical peels, the microdermabrasion technique also helps to thicken collagen, resulting in a younger complexion.  Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels work to make your skin look smoother, younger, and smooth by gently removing the damaged outer layers. Microdermabrasion application can last for about 30 minutes with very minimal discomfort while a chemical peels, depending on the strength can last from 10 minutes to 2 hours with some resulting temporary redness, hyperpigmentation and stinging.  Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are widely used and continue to rank on the top 5 lists because of their ease of access, no downtime and effective results.

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments have also been a staple of the ASAPS Top 5 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatment Statistics. More specifically, Laser hair removal has continuously ranked on the chart at the # 3 top ranked non-surgical procedures over the last few years. Other laser treatments such as the IPL treatment and laser skin resurfacing treatment have grazed the charts over the last few years as advanced laser technology begins to soar. Laser hair removal is an obvious choice for a top rank on the ASAPS statistics as men and women from young to old benefit from the treatment effects. Laser hair removal works by producing beams of highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles then absorbs this light destroying the hair. Laser hair removal is so common because of its precision, speed of treatment, and predictability. The laser can treat an area the size of a quarter every second while some areas can be treated in less than a minute and a larger area up to an hour. 90% of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions making laser hair removal more appealing than waxing, shaving, or tweezing. Laser skin resurfacing such as the Fraxel re:store Dual system has grazed the statistics with its presence here and there over the years however, time will tell as this laser has a 66% “worth-it” rating from Realself.com, a educational community of patients, dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. The Fraxel laser skin resurfacing provides skin resurfacing with minimal downtime using wavelength technology used to address pigmentation, acne scars, photo-damage, and discoloration with fast recovery pain-free.  This laser skin resurfacing is similar to the benefits of a chemical peel or microdermabrasion with less redness and pain.

Well, there you have it, the most common treatments in the non-surgical cosmetic statistics by the ASAPS and why they make the charts. Only time will tell what will be on the charts next year but we have a very good feeling that Botox, hyaluronic acid, and laser hair removal will still rank top 3 on the statistics. With laser technology advancing, it’s very possible next year we will see a bigger trend in the laser non-surgical cosmetic industry.