Beautiful skin starts with an even complexion. Rx – IPL

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If hyperpigmentation is your concern, you are not alone.  1.972 BILLION other people have that same concern. Say goodbye to sun damage, blotchy redness, hyperpigmentation, small facial veins, and more! Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or PhotoFacial uses pulsed light to penetrate the skin. The result is blood vessel constriction, collagen formation, and lifting away brown spots. The procedure is quick and requires no downtime. The best candidates for IPL are people with light, untanned skin. IPL can effectively improve skin texture, eliminate discolorations, reduce pore size, and minimize wrinkles and fine lines.  To keep your results in check, we recommend protecting your investment with SkinMedica’s Lytera for your at-home treatment.  Lytera is applied morning and night and contains a combination of ingredients that effectively reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots in as little as 4 weeks.  It has similar efficacy to 4% hydroquinone but unlike hydroquinone, Lytera can be used continuously where as hydroquinone’s recommended treatment is 3 months on, 3 months off .  IPL treatment in conjunction with Lytera will give you a fantastic result of a glowing, more even complexion.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

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!

Protect your investment.

allysonI can not stress enough the importance of using SPF daily. Too many people think that they only need sunscreen when they are “going out in the sun”. All of those people don’t realize that the majority of sun exposure we get is incidental. When you walk out of your house, to your car, or any time (during the day) you are not wearing SPF,  sun damage is happening. Sun damage will occur in the form brown spots, broken blood vessels, wrinkles, fine lines, even skin cancer. If you want to look young for as long as possible, wear SPF daily.  If you are investing in Botox/Dysport , Filler, IPL, Chemical Peels, etc, you must protect your investment and wear sunscreen.  I am currently obsessed with SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair.  It is labeled a “Super Screen” because not only does it protect from UVA/UVB but also from infrared and heat.  It is the currently the only super screen on the market with this capability.  I also love the ZO Oclipse Sunscreen and primer.  It is a physical sunscreen, which means it does not penetrate, it sits on top of the skin.  It is a broad spectrum, SPF 30 that also behaves as a makeup primer.  (love it)

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

Winter = Dry Skin

allysonWinter is coming…… Which means dry skin is coming with it. Even people with oily/oily in areas skin types will get dryer in the winter. This is a result from the combination of there being less moisture in the air and the heat being on which also drains the skin of moisture/hydration. What will greatly help with this dilemma is a Hyaluronic Acid serum added to your daily skincare regimen.

Hyaluronic Acid will not only help you hang on to the moisture you naturally produce but also what you are putting into your skin. Naturally found in the body, hyaluronic acid creates fullness, secures moisture, provides structural support to cells vital for collagen production, and can hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture!

So, when your moisturizer isn’t enough this winter consider adding a hyaluronic acid serum such as Phaz Hyaluronic Acid Blend (which is offered at our office) instead of switching moisturizers.  For best results, apply hyaluronic acid serum to the affected area directly after washing your face to retain the moisture and then apply your growth factor, antioxidant, moisturizer and sunscreen. It really could make all the difference for you.  Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

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

Chemical Peels

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I love chemical peels!

Chemical Peels are a non-invasive path to improving your skin’s overall appearance. Depending on the concentration and number of peels in your series, you can expect minor to major improvements. Superficial Chemical Peels typically contain alpha and beta hydroxyl acids (glycolic and salicylic acids). Peels can help with fine lines, wrinkles, skin discolorations, skin texture, and blackheads. You may experience some redness, increased skin sensitivity, and yes- FLAKING. Though in about a week, all is replaced by fresh, smooth, new skin. The most important thing to keep in mind is that chemical peels are not anti-aging miracles! You must keep your expectations realistic. All in all, the combination of superficial chemical peels and the right daily skincare routine will help you to achieve healthier, younger looking skin. –  Allyson, Medical Aesthetician

So what are Fillers?

Fillers represent the single largest growth sector of aesthetic medicine over the past few years yet I don’t think a lot of people know what they are or how they are used.

So here’s Filler 101. Most of the fillers out there today, Restylane® and Juvederm® are the most common ones, are composed of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA is a protein that is already all over your body. It’s in your skin and joints and connective tissue. HA’s have replaced Collagen injections because they last longer and are easier to use. The longevity of the fillers varies but tends to be many months at least with some of them lasting several years.

Uses: Fillers fill and that’s how we use them. They are not intended to smooth fine lines or crows feet or frown lines. That’s what the toxins do, think Botox® and Dysport®. Fillers restore volume to your face. As we age, our faces loose volume, particularly our midface. The mid face is the area between your lower eyelids down to the bottom of your nose. What happens is the fat pads we have in that area tend to shrink and descend. So, with the fillers we can safely restore that volume. It’s that simple.

Now, fillers can be used all over the face and commonly are. We inject them in the temple, between the eyes, in tear troughs, the nose, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lips and along the jawline. They are very versatile.

The lip injections are what most people see and they are the reason, based on the comments I hear from women, that some patients shy away from fillers. Some patients prefer a larger lip that some others may see as being “over done”. This is really a matter of opinion but the point is, if you see a patient with a very full lip or cheek or wherever, it’s because they like it that way. They have simply requested more filler. You don’t automatically get huge lips just because you inject some filler. Some patients request 1 syringe ( 1cc) of filler, others 3 or 4 syringes.

Fillers are injected in the office usually with topical anesthesia. The whole process takes about 30 minutes. After, you can have some swelling, or bruising and the area may be a little tender for a while. Overall there is very little down time associated.

So there’s a brief summary of fillers. If you are interested or have more questions please just contact our office. 502.721-0330.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director of Corbett Cosmetic

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