Skin is one of the most important parts of your body. It covers and protects all of your internal body parts and controls your body temperature. It’s also the only layer of your body that people see, making it even more important to take care of. If you’re not sure how to best take care of your skin, don’t worry. We’ve created a list of five ways to keep your skin extra healthy to ensure that you’re taking the best possible care of it.
Most people choose to actively exercise to lose weight, build muscle or live a healthier life. What many don’t take into consideration though, is the fact that exercising is good for skin as well. Physical activity has been proven to reduce stress. Decreased stress leads to less acne and eczema, as well as well-hydrated skin. Exercise also increases your blood flow, which means waste products will be carried away faster and more essential nutrients and oxygen will be delivered to your skin. This keeps skin healthy and looking good.
This one is easier than it sounds. Simply put, don’t have too much of any one kind of food, especially if it’s unhealthy. It’s okay to cheat with chips or a chocolate every now and again, but try not to make it a habit. The food that you eat affects the outer layers of your body as well as the inner. For the healthiest skin possible, make sure your diet includes a balanced amount of nutrients. If you’re not getting all of the nutrients your body needs from your diet, try taking vitamins. Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acid are best for your skin.
Surprisingly, long, hot showers are actually bad for your skin. With the help of the oil it produces and the cells on the outermost layer, your skin protects you from your environment and retains moisture. If you take hot showers, the water heat softens your skin’s oil. When you wash your skin with soap, you scrub away the oil and some of the cells. The loss of your skin’s protective coating causes moisture to leave your skin, which is why it sometimes becomes dry and itchy after a shower.
To keep your skin as healthy and hydrated as possible, try to make sure you’re out of the shower within 10 minutes and turn down the temperature. If you notice your skin is still dry after making these changes, apply moisturizer to your body. Moisturizer will temporarily replace your skin’s natural oil, ensuring that your skin does not dry out.
Retinoids are a skin saver. These vitamin A products work to improve your skin in many ways, including reducing fine lines, clearing up acne, unclogging pores, evening out discoloration, smoothing out your skin and increasing collagen production to help your skin look younger for a longer period of time. It is one of the few anti-aging products that has proven to be effective.
You can take the over-the-counter version of the product, called retinol. But, if you want more drastic improvements, we suggest you talk with us about professional skin care developed by Dr. Chernoff and prescription retinoids. Prescription brands include Retin-A, Renova and Atralin.
Smoking, sunbathing and tanning are three of the worst activities for your skin. These activities can cause severe skin damage, premature aging and cancer. Studies show that people who smoke regularly look 1.4 years older than nonsmokers. Why? When you smoke, the blood supply necessary for healthy skin decreases, leaving your skin wrinkled, dry and discolored.
Sunbathing and tanning salons damage the elastin and collagen in your skin, which keeps it looking youthful and healthy. This leads to wrinkles, spots and other skin damage. Instead of sunbathing, try using sunless tanning products, and always make sure to wear sunscreen while you’re in the sun.
We hope you follow these tips to keep your skin looking fresh, young and beautiful for as long as possible. If your skin has already prematurely aged, you do still have some options. Consider getting injectables from a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Chernoff. These treatments require very little downtime and can reverse the effects of aging. To learn more, feel free to contact Dr. Chernoff’s office. We would love to help you attain the skin you desire.
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When you are considering a dermal filler to help ease the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging on your face, it might seem as though the market is flooded with options. While some brand name fillers are made with similar ingredients and perform largely the same function, others, such asSculptra Aesthetic, stand apart from the rest.
Sculptra differs from fillers such as Juvederm and Radiesse not only in the way it works or how long it lasts but in its entirely different ingredient makeup.
The active ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid. Polylactic acid is a synthetic ingredient that acts as stimulator in the body. Instead of simply adding volume, it encourages the production of collagen in the body. Sculptra is injected deeper into the dermis than other fillers.
Although a synthetic ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid is completely absorbed by the body over time. The ingredient is biodegradable and biosynthetic. It’s been used for several decades as the main ingredient in dissolvable sutures.
The exact location of each injection depends on what area of the face you want treated. Sculptra Aesthetic is commonly used to treat the nasolabial folds, or the lines that form between the nose and mouth.
It can also treat marionette lines on the sides of the mouth and chin wrinkles. The filler was initially designed as a treatment for people with facial wasting, so it can also be used to restore volume loss in the cheeks.
When Results Appear
Another big difference between Sculptra and other dermal fillers is how long it takes the results to appear. When you receive an injection of Juvederm, for example, the results are visible immediately after the treatment. The results from Sculptra appear slowly, usually over the course of a few months. You typically need two or three injections of the filler, spaced over the course of several months.
Since other fillers give you immediate results, it might not seem that it’s worth it to wait for the results from Sculptra. But, it’s important to understand that the injection works differently than other fillers. Many patients find that the benefits of the injection far outweigh the need to wait for results to appear.
How Long It Lasts
One of the big benefits of Sculptra Aesthetic is how long the results last once they are visible. Typically, the results from a dermal filler fade after a year or so. The results from Sculptra last two years. In some cases, the results last longer than two years. For some, the longer lasting results is worth the wait and having to undergo multiple injections.
Side Effects and Concerns
As with any dermal filler, there are some potential side effects and concerns related to Sculptra. Some of the more obvious side effects include pain at the site of the injection, bruising, redness and swelling. It’s worth noting that initially, the treated area might swell enough to give you a general idea of the type of results you can expect to see. Within a few days, the swelling will go down.
Small bumps, known as granulomas, can develop under the skin after an injection. The bumps can form if the filler isn’t properly disbursed under the skin or if it’s injected into an area where the skin is thin, such as beneath the eyes. Having an experienced surgeon or medical professional inject Sculptra can help you avoid bumps and other side effects.
How you treat the area after injection helps reduce the risk of side effects. For example, applying an ice pack to the treated area can help reduce swelling. It’s often recommended that you massage the injection site several times daily in the first five days after treatment to keep bumps from forming. Avoiding sun exposure after treatment will reduce redness and protection your skin.
Like other dermal fillers, the treatment process for Sculptra is relatively quick. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes. The number of injections you receive during a treatment session depends on what areas you want treated and how many areas you want treated. You can usually go back to your regular activities right after treatment.
If you are want a long-lasting dermal filler that provides natural looking results, Sculptra might be right for you. Dr. Gregory Chernoff is available to answer any additional questions you might have about the filler. Schedule an appointment atChernoff Cosmetic Surgery by contacting the office nearest you today.
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There’s a lot of information available about Botox online, in magazines and from people you might know.
Unfortunately, a lot of the information out there isn’t accurate or is downright misleading. If you’re thinking of getting Botox injections to ease the look of frown lines or crow’s feets, it’s important that you separate fact from fiction.
Fiction: Anyone Can Inject Botox
If someone invites you to a “Botox party,” it’s in your best interest to decline, unless that party is held at a medical practice and the person doing the injections is a trained medical professional. Not everyone has the training or ability to administer Botox injections.
There are more than 40 muscles in the face. For the injection to work properly and reduce the right wrinkles, the person giving the injection needs to know where the proper muscles and inject the Botox into that specific location.
If the person giving the injection isn’t experienced or trained, the risk of serious side effects increases. Don’t risk droopy eyes or uneven results. Only see a medical professional, in a medical setting, for your injections.
Fact: Botox Is a Brand Name
Botox is just a brand name, and it’s not the only injection of its kind out there. Other treatments that also contain the botulinum toxin include Dysport. There are some differences between brands, mainly in terms of price and how quickly you see results. If both options are available to you, you can weigh the pros and cons of each with your surgeon.
Fiction: Botox Works on Wrinkles You Can’t See Yet
When it comes to Botox injections, you can’t treat what you can’t see. A surgeon won’t be able to inject the substance into lines or wrinkles that don’t exist quite yet. If you’re concerned about aging, but don’t have evidence of wrinkles yet, the best thing you can do is start protecting your skin. Wear sunscreen everyday and a moisturizer regularly to keep skin soft.
Fact: Botox Is OK for Younger People
While doctors can’t treat lines that haven’t formed yet, they are able to inject Botox into wrinkles that are just beginning to form. Botox isn’t just for people in their 40s or older. It can be helpful to people in their 30s or younger who are beginning to see signs of aging, particularly dynamic lines such as frown lines.
Some people see value in getting what’s called preventative Botox, or Botox injections at a younger age, as it diminishes the need for injections or more invasive procedures later in life. If you’re still in your 30s and are concerned about lines and wrinkles, it’s a good idea to discuss your options with your doctor.
Fiction: Everyone Will Know
The only people who will be able to tell that you’ve received Botox injections are the people you’ve told about the treatment. The injections don’t give you a frozen face or leave you unable to move the muscles on your face. Botox blocks the nerve signals to a certain set of muscles, leaving the other ones free to move. You won’t leave the doctor’s office looking like a deer in headlights or as though you’ve been surprised. In fact, it typically takes a few days for the effects of the treatment to appear.
Fact: Botox Can Cause Side Effects
As with any treatment, there is some risk of side effects if you decide to receive Botox. You might feel a bit of discomfort during the injection and have bruising or redness afterwards. Your doctor can reduce discomfort from the injection by applying a topical numbing cream beforehand.
More serious side effects can occur if the toxin moves from the site of the injection to another area of the body. You can reduce the risk of the toxin migrating by not rubbing or touching the area. If the toxin does migrate, you might have trouble breathing or swallowing. Keep in mind that such side effects are very rare.
First approved for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2002, Botox has helped reduce the signs of wrinkles on many a person’s face. If you’re still weighing the pros and cons of Botox and want more information, Dr. Gregory Chernoff at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery can help. He can give you insight on the injections and make recommendations based on the type of lines you might have.
His practice has locations in the Midwest and on the West Coast. For an appointment in the Midwest, call (317) 573-8899. If you’re on the West Coast, call (707) 544-3232 for the Santa Rosa office. You can call (800) 482-5499 toll free for Newport Beach and Beverly Hills.
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