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

 

 

 

 

 

The 3 P’s of Medi-Spa safety

The idea and a lot of the content of this blog comes directly from the ASPS website blog but it is really informative and so I thought I would copy it and add some additional thoughts. MediSpa treatments are a group of minimally invasive things that usually involve an injection. What we are talking about here are things like Dysport, Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra, Radiesse, chemical peels and lighter laser/IPL treatments. So what are the 3 P’s? Product, Place, and Practitioner.

Product: Know what product your MediSpa is using. If you haven’t heard of a particular product or heard of it being used in the manner being proposed ask some questions. A great example of this is the Botox and Dysport debate. Botox is used to smooth wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. It is the market leader and everyone knows it by name. Well, Dysport is effectively the same product. But, it is produced by a British company and doesn’t have the same name recognition. So here is an example of something you might not have heard of that is perfectly acceptable. The other end of the spectrum would be something like liquid silicone injections. These are bad. These are the plastic surgery horror stories that you can google. Research your products! Know what is being injected. If it isn’t FDA approved to be injected say “NO!”.

Place: I’ll be the first to admit I have injected close friends with Botox and Dysport in my kitchen. Very close friends. But if you are considering injectables, be it toxins or fillers, be safe with your choice. These are medical procedures. They need to be done in the proper environment. Injectables in hair and nail salons just isn’t a great idea. Honestly the chances of immediate problems with an injection is remote, but if, just if, something unexpected occurs, you want to be in the proper venue. Finally, let me comment on the “Botox Parties”. I know plastic surgeons and derms do these but I disagree. Injecting a group of women in someone’s home when there is alcohol involved just isn’t a great idea.

Practitioner: Who are you letting put that needle in your face?? Are they trained? Who oversees them? You need to know this. In a lot of offices the Plastic Surgeon does all of his own injections. That’s ok. A lot have a nurse or a nurse practitioner do their injections. For instance in my office, I do some toxin injections, but my RN, Lyzah, does most of them. But, before she injected anyone, she was trained by me and then 3 company approved trainers for the products. Then she injected me and all of my staff. Then she injected patients with me literally looking over her shoulder. Now she has injected 1000’s of patients and I have yet to see anyone with a problem. So a properly trained non MD injector is perfectly acceptable. But if you encounter an Aesthetician or LPN or Medical Assistant injector, I would be wary.

Lee E Corbett, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

How does SmartLipo tighten up the skin?

I have the Smart Lipo Triplex laser liposuction machine that I use for almost all of my liposuction cases. I used traditional tumescent lipo for years and my only complaint was my lack of ability to get good skin tightening particularly on the back of the arm, the inner thighs, or tummies on the female patients who had some stretch marks from having babies. Skin tightening on the 40 and 50 something patients can also be a challenge. SmartLipo offers several advantages over standard lipo but skin tightening is a main one. But why?

Smart Lipo, particularly the triplex, uses a blending of two laser beams to create heat just under the skin surface. It has a 3rd laser light that targets and melts your fat cells and this process creates heat too. All of this heat, when properly applied and when taken to the proper levels, serves to heat up the deep surface of your skin, the deep dermis, and this is what causes skin tightening. It basically helps to shrink wrap your skin. It is great for the neck, the back of your arms, the inner thigh area, and lower tummies.

Now, it’s not magic though. It will not tighten up skin that hangs or is covered with stretchmarks and it doesn’t work as well in smokers.

If you want to see if Smart Lipo might work for you please contact our office in Louisville at 502.721.0330

Lee Corbett, MD Medical Director of 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.

Palomar Icon IPL System

Icon SystemCorbett Cosmetic has just added the Palomar Icon system to our Medi Spa further expanding our anti aging repertoire. The Icon is an IPL (intense pulsed light) that functions much like a laser. The Icon is capable of permanent hair reduction, treating Rosacea, spider veins, hyperpigmentation and pigmented lesions on the face, neck, chest and hands. If you have any questions please e mail Allyson our Aesthetician at Allyson@corbettcosmeticsurgery.com

Lee Corbett, MD M

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and Medi Spa

Medi Spa Menu

With the move to our new location to Eastpoint, we are pleased to offer an expanded service menu for our Medi-Spa! Services include facials, chemical peels, Derma Planing, IPL treatments for facial spider veins, facial pigmentation (brown spots), pore size and overall skin quality. We also offer laser treatments for hair removal and tattoo removal. We have also expanded our product line and now offer Neo-Cutis, Skin Ceuticals, Skin Medica, and Obagi.

Lee E. Corbett, MD

Corbett Cosmetic

Aesthetic Surgery and Medi-Spa

Summer Skin Care

Now at Corbett Cosmetic Surgery, my Louisville Plastic Surgery practice, we are offering several summer MediSpa packages.

We have Laser Genesis treatments that help reduce redness, pore size and build new collagen to firm the skin. SkinCeutical Peels are available to lighten and brighten your skin. Microdermabrasions are also available to exfoliate dead skin and deeply cleanse the skin.

If you have any interest in our MediSpa services please give us a call at 502.721.0330

Lee Corbett, MD

http://www.corbettcosmeticsurgery.com/