Our skin is composed of layers that hold specialized fibers called elastin and collagen. These proteins work to keep our skin healthy and vibrant by allowing for stretching and the retention of moisture. When collagen and elastin naturally begin to dissipate over time, the effect is that our skin starts to dry out, sag, thin and wrinkle. Without sufficient collagen and elastin, the skin is unable to maintain proper elasticity and , in effect, our skin looks older and less healthy. This occurs on our earlobes in the form of elongation, wrinkling, drooping, drying and thinning – the problem is amplified for women who wear earrings(particularly heavy ones).
Earlobe rejuvenation ( sometime referred to as an earlobe lift) is designed to help with this very problem. The process involves a cosmetic treatment that takes the necessary steps to repair the damaged skin of the earlobe, fix elongation, and improve texture. Typically, injectable fillers are used. Products like hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers can be injected into the earlobe in order to smooth the area’s skin, plump tissue and lift the lobes for a more youthful appearance. Earlobe rejuvenation treatment using injectable fillers also helps to make an earring hole smaller , if it has become stretched with time, and repair excessively large piercings.
5 Ways to treat Sun Damage after the Summer!
Outdoor summer fun often results in sun damage, even in those people who are careful about sun block, and the damage becomes more noticeable as summer color fades. Here are 5 ways to treat sun damage after the summer:
Retinoids or Retin-A, can help reduce pore size, lighten dark spots, and increase turnover of new skin cells.
Creams or gels with alpha-hydroxy acid applied to the face daily, gently remove dead skin cells. This acid, is known to offer an accelerated rate of skin cell turnover, which helps rid you of the damaged skin and leaves behind a fresh layer of healthy skin.
Sun damages skin cells and breaks down collagen. Antioxidants help protect the skin cells from further damage and reduces the breakdown of collagen.
SKIN LIGHTENING AGENTS:
Skin lightening creams often contain hydroquinone and other agents, which have been shown to be clinically effective for lightening dark spots.
Chemical peels can be applied to the skin to offer rapid skin cell turnover. Healing time varies, depending on the depth of the peel. The new skin has a brighter and more even appearance.
Exfoliation tips for the best skin ever!
Done correctly, exfoliation helps your skin purge dead cells, revealing a better complexion underneath. Exfoliation happens primarily in the outer layer of your skin, the stratum corneum. The dead skin cells there should shed in a process called desquamation, but it is slowed by a number of factors: hormone fluctuations, sun exposure, vitamin deficiencies and aging. Exfoliation, either mechanical or chemical, accelerates the shedding process, and when done right, reveals healthy skin cells. Chemical exfoliations use fruit enzymes, or acids like glycolic acid, derived from sugar, and lactic acid, which is made from milk. Mechanical exfoliations use beads, brushes and razors (dermaplaning) to lift dead cells of the skin. Chemical exfoliations gently break the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, so they can be easily rinsed away. But for skin with a history of irritation or allergy from cleansers and lotions, mechanical is the way to go.
What is Cryotherapy for warts/liverspots/lesions?
Warts/lesions sometimes go away on their own, but it can take years. If you do not want to wait, you may want to freeze them off. Doctors call this process cryotherapy. It is one of the most common ways to get rid of warts/lesions. It may also lower the chances that the warts will spread to other body parts. Most doctors use liquid nitrogen, which can reach temps as low as -321 to freeze off the warts/lesions. The doctor will use either a cotton swab or a spray “cryogun” to apply liquid nitrogen to the wart/lesion and some of the skin around it. This may feel like an ice cube touching your skin, but it only lasts a few seconds. Your skin may feel numb briefly and may also hurt, turn red, then form a blister. Once you leave the doctors office, you should be able to return to your normal routine, including showering and bathing. The area usually should not get infected but watch for signs of it, like redness or swelling. Eventually, a scab will form where the liquid nitrogen was applied. The scab will fall off about a week later. Try not to pick at it before its ready to fall off.
Teens and Acne
If there is one thing you can count on as a teen, its ACNE! More than 85% of teenagers have this common skin problem, which is marked by clogged pores(whiteheads, blackheads), painful pimples, and sometimes hard,deep lumps on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, back, and upper arms. The prime culprits of acne, are heredity and hormones. At puberty, the sebaceous or oil glands around the hair follicle on the skin enlarge. Oil production also increases, then the ducts, surrounding the follicles become clogged, and a whitehead or blackhead appears. Acne can continue for years, but typically, vanishes when a person reaches his or her early 20’s. Determining which type of acne lesions a teen has, is the first step in directing treatment. Your Dr. may prescribe one or more of these: Antibiotics(help to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, Birth Control pills and other medicine that works on hormones( can be helpful for women), and Isotretinoin ( the only trmt that works on all that causes acne). Usually, the first choice for treating acne is tetracycline, such as minocycline or doxycycline. Oral antibiotics are best used with topical retinoids and benzoyl peroxide.
Rejuvenate Your Skin with a Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure that involves applying a chemical solution to your skin. The solution removes dead cells and the top layer(s) of damaged or blemished skin, revealing the fresh new skin beneath. There are three basic types of chemical peels, each suited for correcting concerns in the different layers of your skin:
- Light or Superficial Peel
- Medium chemical peel such as Retin A or Jessner Peel
- Deep Chemical Peel
Not only can a chemical peel help you achieve gorgeous, radiant skin, but it also induces exfoliation, tightens the skin and stimulates collagen.
What is Fraxel Laser Resurfacing Treatment
This non-invasive skincare treatment is clinically shown to help restore damaged skin and diminish the signs of aging, leaving skin looking youthful, radiant, and healthy. The fraxel laser minimizes the appearance of acne scars, treats sun damaged skin, age spots and melasma, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it helps clear uneven skin tone, tightens lower eyelids, creates smoother, softer skin, builds collagen and is FDA approved to treat the face, neck, chest and hands. Fraxel laser resurfacing diminishes the signs of aging and rejuvenates skin by channeling state of the art fractional laser technology.
Lip Lines: The best treatment options for wrinkles around your mouth.
We have all heard of crow’s feet and frown lines, but what exactly are lip lines? Lip lines,sometimes called lipstick lines or smokers lines, are the small wrinkles that form just above your upper lip. The three main causes of wrinkles above and around your lips are smoking, sun exposure, and old age. Smoking wreaks havoc on the human face and causes premature aging lines and spots to appear everywhere. Too much sun exposure, without sun protection, will also cause wrinkles and creases to appear on the skin, especially in those people with fair skin. In many cases, wrinkled lips are simply a result of genetics. Additionally, as you age, you lose volume in your lips, further exacerbating the wrinkles that occur through movement. Fortunately, , there are many treatments available that can reduce or eliminate wrinkles around your lips. Quitting smoking and taking care to apply sunscreen will help your lips be as smooth as possible. Good hydration and nutrition will also keep your lips healthy and pretty. Dermal fillers are used to restore volume and fullness to the skin/lips, giving a healthy, youthful appearance. Juvederm and Restylane fillers are designed to fill in the lines and wrinkles as well.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 guage scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It eliminates the annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup. Dermaplaning also allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly. In fact, medical aestheticians often use dermaplaning to help prepare the skin for more intrusive procedures like chemical peels and laser treatments.
Crepey Skin & Lines under the Eyes
As your body gets older, your skin starts to reveal signs of aging. Eye skin is very thin, so wrinkles, fine lines, and crepiness are most noticeable. Both skin type and genetics can determine whether a person gets crepey skin and it is more common on older people, not usually appearing until people are at least in their 40’s. However, the most common cause of crepey skin is from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The American Association of Dermatology says that exposure to UV radiation is the most preventable cause of early skin damage. Overtime, the UV radiation will break down the elastin fibers in the skin, which allow the skin to stretch and return to its normal position. When skin turns crepey, eyelids look loose and saggy. Both Botox and the fraxel laser will give a nice cosmetic result. Also, fillers may need to be injected under the tear trough area as well.