The skin is the largest organ of the body and yet most of us don’t do enough to maintain our skin’s health.
For almost everyone, the exposure to sun (ultraviolet) light is responsible for a significant amount of the skin damage and visible aging that occurs. Photoaged skin is thickened, wrinkled, rough, leathery, lax, and blemished—containing dilated capillaries, mottled pigmentation, and perhaps even precancerous lesions or malignancies. Sun damage and the adverse effects of sun exposure can be minimized or prevented by skin care products and treatments that provide sun protection, restore antioxidant levels, and promote collagen and elastin production. Unfortunately, most people never consider the importance of skin care and UV protection until the effects of long-term exposure that occurred earlier in life begin to appear around 30-35 years of age.
At Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Specialists, our medical skin care clinic offers treatments for all skin types and a variety of skin disorders, often combined with medical prescriptions and recommendations for the use of corrective products at home. Skin care administered under the supervision of your plastic surgeon utilizes specialized treatments, and products with higher concentrations of essential active ingredients. It is therefore much more effective in correcting skin damage and promoting and maintaining healthy skin. Each patient receives a personalized skin evaluation performed by an experienced aesthetician. We design a skin care program to specifically meet individual needs and continue to offer recommendations as these needs change.
Clinical skin care treatments performed in our office provide more rapid improvement and benefit. These include deep pore cleansings, the use of enzyme preparations, dermaplaning, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, ultrasonic phonophoresis therapy, intense pulsed light treatments, and laser resurfacing procedures. Home treatment programs utilize skin exfoliants, stimulating and corrective agents, preventative agents, and protective agents all designed to maintain skin health and beauty. Common conditions such as sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, acne, scarring, and skin discoloration can be greatly improved by the use of our specialized formulations and services.
Skin reconditioning is the important first step before aesthetic surgical rejuvenation procedures or laser resurfacing, and should be performed 6-12 weeks prior to surgery or other treatment depending upon your individual needs. The goal of reconditioning is to create a healthy even skin surface, stimulated dermis, and suppressed/stabilized pigment production following treatment. Used as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation program, the products and treatments we provide offer considerable benefits and improve surgical results for many patients.
If you are considering surgery or other resurfacing we recommend you schedule a pre-procedure skin evaluation with our aesthetician to discuss how skin care will help you maximize and maintain your treatment results.
- SUNsational Facts
- Tips For Sun Protection
- The Skin
- Sunlight and Ultraviolet Radiation
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Rating System and UV-B Protection
- In vivo Sunscreen Testing
- Critical Wavelength and Broad-Spectrum UV Protection
- FDA and Sunscreen Labeling
- FDA Sunscreen Final Monograph Ingredients
- Photostability and its Affect on UV Protection
- Skin Sensitivity to Sunscreens
- Know What You Are Buying
- Sunscreen Products