Skin Care

Our Skin

Skin is our largest organ and is the barrier between the environment and the rest of the body.  As a natural barrier, it suffers from exposure to sun, weather conditions, pollution, and more often than not…an inadequate skin care routine.  All of these factors take their toll on our skin, creating spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, etc.  Skin health is not only about the outer visible layer (epidermis) but also the lower (dermal) layer beneath the surface.  Good skin care is key to good skin health and in leading the fight against aging.  The best way to create beautiful glowing skin is to make it healthy and functioning.

The first step to good skin health is a consultation that will help identify a starting point, establish a plan and set expectations. In the initial consultation, pictures are taken of the face, using a state of the art computer program.  The skin is analyzed in a variety of categories, including wrinkles, pore size, brown spots, UV damage, texture, vascularity and bacteria.  This analysis establishes a base line, identifies problem areas and provides the information needed to customize a course of treatment for good skin care.  Patient progress is followed over time and the product regimen may be modified as needed.

For many patients who desire other types of treatments (e.g. lasers, injectables or surgery), healthy skin is the basis for an optimal result.

Conditions and Treatment

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Eyelashes Longer and Fuller Lashes

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LATISSE® is a prescriptive topical treatment for inadequate or sparse eyelashes.  It is used to grow eyelashes longer, fuller and darker.  LATISSE® makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient: bimatoprost.  Although the precise mechanism of action is unknown, LATISSE® is believed to affect the growth phase, of the eyelash hair cycle, in two ways:

  • by increasing the length of the growth phase
  • by increasing the number of hairs in the growth phase

LATISSE® solution works gradually, with full results at week 16.  Once you begin treatment, you must continue use, following the directions, for best results. If you stop using LATISSE® at any time, your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.

Acne Treatment, Correction and Control

Acne is a skin condition that is common during adolescence, affecting 80% or more of teenagers. Although less common in adults, nearly 50% of people in their twenties and thirties continue to battle this condition.  Young or old, people who suffer with acne are often self-conscious about their skin and find it both stressful and socially inhibiting.  Causes of acne vary (e.g. genetic, hormonal, bacterial, lifestyle) and treatment is important in order to improve the appearance and reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts.  Treatment can also help to prevent/minimize scarring and/or PIH (postinflammatory hyperpigmentation).

Treatment may include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid
  • Tretinoin
  • Oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics
  • Laser or light therapy
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Sun Protection

Hyperpigmentation/Melasma Treatment, Correction and Control

Hyperpigmentation and melasma are the over production of melanin in the skin that creates spots or patches of darker skin. The triggers for each condition may be different, but for both hyper pigmentation and melasma, exposure to the sun produces the uneven collection of melanin on the skin.  Treatment may be multi-therapy including:

  • Hydroquinones for bleaching and blending
  • Tretinoin
  • IPL treatment (intense pulse light)
  • Sun Protection

Anti-Aging Restoration, Rejuvenation and Prevention

The goal of good a good skin care regimen is not only to make your skin glowing and beautiful but to make it healthier and functioning from the inside out.  Proper use of products will correct, stabilize, stimulate and protect skin.  The effect is the restoration and rejuvenation of damaged or unhealthy skin that is quantitatively measured and tracked via state of the art computer technology.

Treatment may include:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Exfoliators
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Bleaching agents
  • Blending agent
  • Retinol or Tretinoin
  • Sun Protection

Rosacea Treatment and Control

Rosacea is chronic irritation of the skin that appears as a constant flushing of the skin and sometimes with small bumps or pimples.  Rosacea varies in severity and is not curable but is treatable to help minimize the appearance of symptoms.

Treatment may include:

  • Oral antibiotics
  • Tretinoin
  • IPL treatment
  • Sun Protection

Sun Protection Protection and Prevention

SUNSCREEN…SUNSCREEN…SUNSCREEN!!!

Understanding the importance of a good quality sunscreen and its proper use, is a key step in effective skin care.  Sun damage is cumulative and UV exposure speeds up the aging process.   Ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide help to protect  against damaging UVA/UVB rays from the sun.  Sun exposure weakens skin and inhibits its ability to repair itself.  Repeated exposure can result in many skin issues:

  • Discoloration
  • Rough/uneven texture
  • Dullness
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Damaged collagen and elastin
  • Pre-cancerous cells that may become skin cancer.

Good skin care will stimulate cell renewal and increase skin tolerance – and daily use of a proper sunscreen will help protect skin against further damage.

 

 

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