As temperatures rise, so do our opportunities to spend more time outdoors. The start of summer is right around the corner, meaning longer days under the sun and in the water. For most of us, we’ve been doing this summer thing all-out for as long as we can remember. Whether sunbathing, tanning, laying out, sun-worshipping — however you want to phrase it, most of us have spent our fair share of time in the sun without adequate protection. And while we have multiple resources now, including social media, health and wellness blogs, and new research to indicate that extensive time in the sun can be damaging both to the health of our skin as well as to our aesthetics, in years past, this information wasn’t as readily available. This generation might be surprised to know what we used to do on our skin to get a tan (baby oil and iodine, anyone?) and surprised to learn that, just like seatbelts, wearing sunscreen was optional back then. But we know better now.
You’ve probably imagined every aspect of your wedding for as long as you can remember. Before the engagement ring slipped fully down your finger, you already knew the dress, shoes, hair, first song, and your something blue. Pinterest, Instagram, childhood-bedroom corkboard – no matter how you’ve been gearing up, you know what you want. While the pre-wedding countdown includes many lists (lists of lists!), we tend to overlook some important line items, whether you’re planning your wedding or hiring a team to pull it off. And one of those could last as long as your “I do’s:” Your skin.
Whether it’s getting into better shape or getting healthy, brides use their wedding day to show the world their best selves. And skincare is a big part of that. We’re not talking about a bridal shower, spa day, or the pre-wedding makeup prep; we’re talking about a well-thought-out skin wellness strategy that can give you the glow you’ve always wanted and accentuates your features long after the big day. But not only will it enhance the way you look and feel and change those forever photographs, but it can be the most fabulous wedding gift to yourself. A lifelong understanding and commitment to the health and look of your skin is priceless.
Body contouring – the elimination of fat in certain body parts – has become a very popular treatment both in our practice and throughout the country. Body contouring represents a relatively low-risk and non-invasive way to eliminate some of the unsightly fat accumulation that we develop due to getting older. While we believe in body sculpting as a viable option for patients who wish to improve the appearance of their bodies without surgical intervention, it is also our responsibility to ensure our patients understand the limitations of these procedures and the expectations they should have when choosing whether it is suitable for them.
As we age, our fine lines start to deepen, and we lose that plumpness and glow of the skin that underpins youth. Fortunately, modern medicine has created several potential treatments to slow aging. Patients visiting their dermatologists have never had more choice from daily skincare routines to botulinum toxin injections and dermal fillers. However, with this choice also come dos and don’ts. Today, we will discuss how to approach dermal fillers and what to bear in mind when considering an anti-aging regimen.
Dermal fillers are substances injected under the skin to smooth it out and offer fullness. Depending on the type and quantity of filler being used and the location of the injection, patients can opt for a dramatic or understated look. Fillers are regulated by the FDA and often represent a temporary solution for facial fullness. There are four types of filler. The first three fillers below represent quick options that must be re-administered, usually every year. The fourth option is a more permanent filler.
Today, women and men alike have started looking at their appearance differently from generations before. Whether it is because of the pressures of social media or the perfection that we see on TV and in magazines, many people have taken their need for cosmetic improvement to the next level.
For some, this means using the myriad of dermatological treatments appropriately and at the right age. For others, there is a tendency to start too soon and too aggressively.
Foremost on the minds of those in their 20s and 30s are the beginnings of wrinkles and crow’s feet. No wrinkle treatment has a more significant following than Botox. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that there has been a 28% increase in Botox injections since 2010 for those in their 20s.
Getting older makes us wiser, but age has significant drawbacks, often in how we look and our skin changes. One of the most important factors in keeping a youthful appearance as we get older is collagen. Collagen is a protein found in soft and bone tissue throughout the body like tendons, ligaments, muscles, and connective tissue. As we age, we produce less of it. It is estimated that by the age of 40, we’ve lost about 24% of our collagen. It’s no wonder, therefore, that you have likely seen unending advertisements for collagen-boosting products on TV and in magazines.
It makes sense – maintaining collagen levels later in life means a fuller, more youthful appearance, especially in our face, and firmer skin to minimize the effects of aging and wrinkles.