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Archive for September, 2012

Spot-on Treatments for Summer Hyperpigmentation

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
hyperpigmentationphotoFall has arrived and for most of us, that means a return to our regular schedules, far from the leisure of summer vacations, sun-filled weekends outdoors and barbecues in the backyard. But what if all of that time outdoors has led to some skin damage and hyperpigmentation or sun spots? No problem. Now is the perfect time to start planning for a healthier, more even skintone.
According to the September 2012 edition of Elle magazine, while Americans are already very devoted to moisturizers and collagen-boosting serums, our demand for brown spot lightening is steadily on the rise. Part of this growing interest may be the result of 2006 study indicating hyperpigmentation can impact a woman’s perceived age by up to twenty years.
According to Dr. McCafferty, some brown spots can be faded with at-home treatment, while others require a visit to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Prescription hydroquinone 4% cream is considered the gold standard for skin lightening and is available in our office. Intense Pulse Light Laser treatments, another treatment we provide, can also be effective to fade hyperpigmented areas.
Of course, the number one weapon in the battle for even-toned and spot-free skin is daily sunscreen (SPF 30 or more) with reapplication every two hours.
To learn more about how you can enjoy clearer, more even skin, contact us today for your personal consultation.

Far More than Lip Service: The Many Options of Perioral Rejuvenation

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Perioral Rejuvenation has always been part of facial rejuvenation, but as patients increasingly focus on specific areas of the face, the perioral or lip area has become one of the more popular targets for aesthetic improvement today.

Patents interested in the procedure typically are concerned about a wrinkling around the mouth, which can cause the face to appear older, harder, angry or more tired.

Treatments are tailored to each patient’s specific concerns. There are many degrees of perioral aging, so we make sure each patient has a personalized, private consultation to ensure we uncover the right solution for her/him.

There are many options we can use to help soften and improve the perioral area of the face in a very natural way. These can include commercial fillers, fat grafting and peels.

The commercial filler options are quick procedures that can offer very positive results.  Filler procedures are done in the office, with no anesthesia required, and the whole process takes from ten to fifteen minutes. While there may be some slight bruising, there’s no downtime with fillers, and any bruises can be easily covered over with normal makeup. Patients like this option because they can have filler in the afternoon and then go out that evening. It works well with a busy lifestyle.

Fat grafting around the mouth is a slightly more involved procedure and may involve either a light anesthetic called a “twilight,” or a straight local anesthetic. The procedure requires approximately an hour in the office. Like fillers, the recovery with fat grafting is quick and with minimal bruising. A little makeup on that bruising, and a patient is ready to go.

A chemical peel is another option to help soften lines around the lip area. It’s the quickest perioral rejuvenation procedure to do because it’s painted on with a cotton swab. It does, however, turn the skin raw, which it will remain for about a week. During that week, the skin must be covered with Vaseline or an ointment to protect the skin. But at the end of the week, the raw area is healed. The new skin will be somewhat pink, and will remain that way for anywhere from a month to three months. This, too, can be covered with makeup, so no one will ever realize the patient had a procedure.

But whether a patient chooses commercial fillers, fat grafting or a chemical peel to help improve the look of the perioral area of the face, the most important thing to keep in mind is the power of proper skincare. For surgical or non-surgical procedures, the results will last longer and look better when a patient understands how to take care of and maintain the skin.

That’s why a skincare consultation comes with every perioral rejuvenation procedure we do. An expert from our skincare division meets with each patient to analyze what products s/he uses and doesn’t use. Our goal is not to sell anyone a lot of products they don’t need. It’s to understand what they are using and make smart substitutions–when needed–for products that are based in science and will offer them the best results.

To learn more about how perioral rejuvenation can help you, contact us for a private, personalized consultation.