Skincare for your 40’s+

 

Women in their 40s and 50s experience particularly dramatic hormonal changes because they are either perimenopausal or menopausal.  Many women experience a dramatic decline in hormones during this stage which can trigger skin changes.

In our office, the skin complaints I hear most from women in this particular age group are dissatisfaction with age spots, uneven skin tone, volume loss, texture changes, dryness and sensitization. All of these skin issues become more prominent in more zones of the face as cell turnover and collagen production slow. We have in office treatments to combat these issues but office treatments are a quick fix.  To protect your investment and achieve healthy glowing skin, these treatments need to be coupled with a comprehensive skincare routine.  It’s time to call on intense ingredients including peptides, growth factors, antioxidant vitamins and Retinol to stimulate collagen production, repair damage, firm and shield – and maintain radiance!

Your ideal regimen:

Step 1: An exfoliating  makeup removing Cleanser AM/PM   (SkinMedica AHA/BHA  Cleanser)                                                      

Step 2: Growth Factor   AM/PM    (SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex)

Step 3: Vitamin C            AM         (SkinMedica Vitamin C&E Complex)

Step 4: Brightening/Dark Spot Corrector   AM/PM   (SkinMedica Lytera)  

Step 5: Retinol   PM    (SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.25 or .05)

Step 6: Hyaluroinc Acid   AM/PM   (SkinMedica HA5)

Step 7: Sunscreen   AM   (SkinMedica Total Defense+Repair SPF 34)

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-Allyson, Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

Dermal Filler Dos.

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Dermal fillers are used to correct volume loss in the face.  We can use these in cheeks, lips, tear troughs, temples, nasolabial folds, jaw line, ear lobes,chin… almost everywhere really.  When injecting dermal fillers, there are several guidelines I like to share with my patients to help them to achieve their best possible outcome.

First, I like to advise patients how to prepare to receive the injections.  I suggest that you discontinue the use of Aspirin, Fish Oil, and Vitamin E supplements 10 days prior.  This does not mean you can’t have filler if you took Aspirin that day or the night before.  It simply means you may experience some bruising associated with the blood thinning effect of these products.  I would also recommend taking Arnica (homeopathic for bruising) and Bromelain (homeopathic for inflammation) tablets 3 days prior (continue for 7 days after).  Again, if you don’t, it is not a deal breaker.  You just may experience more bruising and swelling.

Next, I like to give my patients a realistic idea of what to expect.  Many fillers are temporary hyaluronic acids that your body will eventually absorb naturally between 6-12 months.  Initial treatments, may require a ‘touch-up’ in 4-6 months to prolong results and/or increase volume for best results. This also depends on which product and how much product you choose initially.  The initial volume with Sculptra (polylactic acid) will diminish after the first 3-5 days. PLLA particles will then work to stimulate your own collagen to replenish lost volume. It is then important to follow up every 6-8 weeks until you achieve ‘FULL correction’ with this product. I stress that it is common to have swelling, redness, and even bruising after treatment. Following the instructions above and icing the area can help diminish one’s chance of experiencing these undesirable side effects.

Lastly, I recommend that you avoid direct exposure to heat and sunlight, excessive manipulation and rubbing of the treated area(s) for 48 hours, chemical peels and laser treatments immediately after.   Apply ice to the treated area(s) for the first 48 hours as well as Arnica cream and continue taking your Bromelain.  I also recommend drinking plenty of water for the next 5 days as this will help hyaluronic acid to ‘hydrate’.

I welcome my patients to call me if they have any questions post procedure.  This will help me when administering your next treatment.

Swelling after Surgery

By far the most common questions I field in my Aesthetic Surgery practice following a surgery concern swelling. This is true for facial surgery, breast surgery and body contouring. “Is this normal ?” and “When will it go away ?” are usually the main ones. Well, it is completely normal for your tissues to swell after surgery and it will go away at different speeds depending what was done and the body part. Here’s why…

When you have surgery, your tissues are ‘injured’, albeit in a very controlled, sterile environment. But all the same, the tissue does undergo an injury. Our body responds to that with an “inflammatory response”. Now the term ‘inflammation’ has gotten a bad rap of late but in reality the inflammatory response is the normal pathway by which the body heals. Part of this response is that the blood vessels in the area of the surgery will get more ‘leaky’. Blood vessels are not solid tubes, they are porous to let the cells that promote healing access the area. With this movement of cells come shifts of fluid from inside the blood vessels to to injured tissue, thus the swelling. As the healing process progresses the swelling will subside.

In general, swelling in the face resolves more quickly while the breasts and body take longer. The thighs and legs will stay swollen the longest because of gravity. So, in the face it is not unusual or unexpected to have swelling for several weeks. The breasts and torso will show swelling for 3 to 6 months typically.

There are methods to minimize the swelling that your surgeon will include as part of your aftercare so check with him/her as you prepare for your procedure. But in the end, Yes it is normal to swell and it always goes away.

Lee E. Corbett, MD

Medical Director, Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic  Surgery and MedSpa

 

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