Nov 7 2016
As we roll into November, the holiday season is upon us. It seems that once Halloween is over we roll into Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays, and the New Year. For many of us it will be the first time we will be seeing friends and family who we haven’t seen in quite some time. This might be a scary thought as you want to look your best when you face your relatives. Maybe you weren’t as religious as you should be about sunscreen last summer and you are starting to see the ravages of time on your skin. Not to worry, we can help in time for the Holidays.
This might be the time to think about your daily skin care routine. Medical Grade Skin Care can have significant effects over time. The single thing I recommend most is a high quality sunscreen that blocks out both UVB and UVA ultraviolet light. We have great sunscreens that feel good and have a natural tint so that no one will know you have them on. If you are concerned about Vitamin D deficiency take an oral supplement. Secondly, a topical prescription retinoid can help stimulate collagen production and help reverse some sun damage. The last in the basic ingredients is a topical antioxidant such as Vitamin C or Resveratrol. That is the bare minimum that I recommend. We routinely customize skincare regimens to fit an individual’s skin type and lifestyle.
Maybe you need a bit more help or quicker fix. Injectable fillers and neuromodulators can offer a significant rapid improvement. The goal with injectable fillers is to create a natural look by restoring the volume that is lost in our face as we age. The biggest fear patients new to fillers have is that they are going to look distorted or abnormal. One area people really worry about is having big distorted lips. Juvederm just released the filler Volbella XC which is great for the fine lines around the mouth and for subtle lip enhancement. My goal is always to create the best natural looking version of you without distortion. This is highly technique dependent. We have many different fillers available today to replace the volume in our face that diminishes with time. Neuromodulators such as Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin act by relaxing muscles. With proper use we can create a natural relaxed appearance (which is helpful during the stressful holiday season). I have had some people in sales tell me that because they appeared more relaxed their sales success improved.
Lastly, lasers, light based devices, and chemical peels can help with color and surface changes in the skin. These changes that we hate tend to be more related to our “photo-age” due to how much sun exposure we have had rather than our biological age. We have treatments ranging from light chemical peels and Photofacials that require minimal to no down time to more aggressive laser treatments that might require a week of social downtime. For some, the holiday time is ideal to take a week off work to get maximal benefits. If you have broken capillaries, brown spots, and textural changes chance are we can help you get rid of them.