Tackle Signs of Aging Eyes

allysonShould I be using eye cream?

The answer is YES.  The skin around the eyes is delicate and thin and one of the first areas to show signs of aging.  Eye creams with antioxidants and growth factors can help keep the skin around the eyes hydrated, treat signs of aging, and make your entire complexion appear more youthful. Neocutis Lumière Eye Cream  is a favorite in our Medical Spa as it targets fine lines and dark circles using growth factors to repair fine lines, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and caffeine to treat puffiness/dark circles.  Not only can it be used under the eye, it is also indicated for the eyelids.  Of course prevention of damage is always key, so sunscreen and sunglasses are important as well.  Tackle these premature signs of aging by prevention and treatment for your best result.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

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Before and After with use of Neocutis Lumière Eye Cream

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04/14/2015
InStyle April 2015 “Beauty at Any Age”

“Got dark circles?” This article in the April 2015 issue of InStyle magazine recommends adding a cream with caffeine to your eye-illuminating plan for an added boost. Lumière Bio-Restorative Eye Cream (with caffeine) is just the trick for reducing the appearance of under eye darkness!

Retinol Really Works!!!

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HI, I’m Allyson and I am a licensed Aesthetician at Corbett Cosmetic.

I can not emphasize enough just how important it is to be using Retinol, daily. This SINGLE active ingredient can tackle acne, pores, fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, and skin discolorations. It’s amazing!

Now with all of that being said, it is also important to know the proper way to use retinol. Exfoliation is like exercise. You can’t start out lifting 100lb weights as a beginner, you start with 1-5lb weights. When you initially begin your use of retinol, it’s important to use a lower percentage (such as .25) and introduce the product to your skin slowly (starting with use only every 2-3 days). Almost everyone will better tolerate retinol vs. retinoic acid. The difference is that retinol can be micronized, time released, and buffered to make the continued daily application much easier. Retinoic acid is RX Tretinoin and is not micronized, time released, or buffered. This can cause more skin irritation than retinol.

Despite Retinol’s superstar status is does not eliminate the need for a balanced skincare regimen. This will ultimately give you beautiful, healthy skin that look and acts younger.

Allyson, Licensed Aesthetician

Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MedSpa

Skin Care 101…Do you have the right products?

G-R-A-S-S : This is the acronym that one of our skin care lines, Skin Medica®, uses to remind us of the components everyone’s daily skin care regimen should include.

Grass breaks down this way…G: Growth Factors R: Retinols A: Anti oxidants S: Sunscreen S: Specialty products

Growth factors are proteins that are normally found in your skin. They are important because they help the skin repair and remodel itself, help prevent collagen breakdown, and prevent aging. The problem is levels tend to decrease as we age, which is when we need growth factors the most. Thus the prescription strength product lines such as SkinMedica® and SkinCeuticals® should be included in everyone’s skin care regimen to help replace this key to youthful skin.

Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A and are excellent exfoliants. They help rid you of the top layer of dead skin cells that lead to more fine lines and overall a more dull complexion. This not only leaves you with healthier, younger looking skin, it also allows your other skin care products to reach the healthy skin cells.

Anti-oxidants are very important in protecting your skin from environmental stresses like UVA light and pollution. Sun is probably the single most destructive external element that damages skin. As the skin is damaged the cells change and free radicals result within your cells causing oxidation. Anti-oxidants stop this process and protect the skin from the environment. Common examples of topical anti-oxidants include Vit. A, C and E which are found in many skin care lines.

Sunscreen is critical to any skin care regimen. Nothing is worse for your skin than excess sun exposure and tanning beds. UVA, which accounts for most of the sun’s rays, is the dominant cause of skin aging and even skin cancers. Protecting your skin from these damaging rays is essential.

Specialty Ingredients are the products that treat particular issues such as acne or things like hyper-pigmentation (brown spots)/melasma that tend emerge as a result of too much sun or hormone changes or pregnancy.

There are several prescription strength product lines that incorporate some or all of the components mentioned above. In our MediSpa, we have carefully chosen specific products from the SkinMedica®, SkinCeuticals®, NeoCutis® and Obagi® lines that we feel offer the best result for the best value. If you have any questions about your skin care feel free to contact our East Louisville office at 502-721-0330.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for your plastic surgery consultation…

I met a very nice patient a few days ago and we had a very different but very fun type of consultation. She was a 40ish lady and wanted to know what could be done about her face. The thing is, she couldn’t really tell me what she didn’t like, she just knew she “looked older” and didn’t like that part. She wanted me to analyze her face and help her figure it out.

Sooooo…off I went and we broke down every aspect of her face from top to bottom. We found a couple of minor issues that were easily addressed with a little Botox® and a couple of syringes of filler and she left the office happy BUT with some homework before her next visit.

Her ‘homework’, and I would recommend this to anyone before their facial aging consultation, was to sit down in front of her makeup mirror and simply make a list of what she saw that she didn’t like. I also asked her to do this with a photo in hand of her when she was in her mid 20’s so she could compare and really see what changes had occurred.

If you can give your plastic surgeon a very specific, detailed list, we can offer a list of “fixes” starting from easiest/least complicated up to surgery and that way you can decide which approach you want to take.

Lee E. Corbett, MD

Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

Cosmetic Surgery Defined

What is cosmetic surgery? Well, it’s basically defined as a procedure or surgery that is intended to improve your appearance. Cosmetic procedures are divided into surgical vs non surgical. So let me break down the two categories and give examples and a brief description of the MediSpa procedures.

Botox/Dysport: These are two of the most common cosmetic treatments at this point. Both of these injectable treatments immobilize a muscle so that the skin above it can’t wrinkle. That means the frown lines between the eyes, the wrinkles on the forehead and your crows feet will disappear for 3-4 months. Repeat treatments are needed but well worth it.

Peels: Chemical peels are one of the mainstay of MediSpa skin care options. The peels utilize a light acid that exfoliates and tightens the skin.

Lasers/ IPL: Lasers and IPL use high intensity, focused light to treat a variety of skin conditions. Facial spider veins, excess skin pigment (brown spots), and hair are commonly treated. Almost everyone is a candidate for an IPL treatment. Stronger lasers also treat tattoo removal and deeper wrinkles.

Tattoo Removal: Tattoo removal is an in office laser procedure. Treatments do require local anesthesia but are well tolerated with no down time.

Fillers: Today the mainstay of fillers are Hyaluronic Acid fillers. HA is a protein that is already a part of your skin. Brand names you may have seen are Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane. As we age, the youthful fullness of our face is lost and these products are used to restore volume in the mid face, the area between the bottom of the eye and the top of the mouth. They usually last about 18 months and restore the youthful, full appearance to your face. Treatments are done in office and take about 20-30 minutes.

Cosmeceuticals: This is a term for prescription strength skin care products that are sold via Plastic Surgeons offices. These products contain prescription strength levels of fading creams for brown spots and pigment, glycolic and salicyclic/ acids to improve skin texture, Retin A for fine lines, growth factors for increased collagen production, acne treatments to prevent break outs, and improvements in redness, dullness and volume loss.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director, Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa.