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Choosing Your Aesthetician – A Doctor’s Tips

Choosing An Aesthetician & the Skin Care Industry

A booming industry exists around skin care and your face.  Most likely your face is the first thing people notice.  It is your first impression to the world, and it defines your unique beauty.  Of course, you want to look your best, and that starts with caring for your skin and the appearance of your face.  As a facial plastic surgeon,  specializing in caring for your face, I’ll  share a few tips on selecting an aesthetician and talk about the differences between a spa esthetician and a medical aesthetician.

 

What is the Difference Between Medical Aesthetician and a Spa Esthetician?

Aestheticians and estheticians perform similar services, but there is a difference in the two forms of the same word.  Here is the differentiation between the two spellings:  Estheticians and aestheticians are both licensed skin specialists. They are trained to analyze and cleanse skin through a variety of techniques. Estheticians can be found in spas and salons, while aestheticians typically work in medical settings.

Medical aestheticians are held to the exact same state licensing standards as spa estheticians. This means all estheticians, whether they work as medical aestheticians or spa estheticians, are required to hold the same state-issued license.

There then is a significant difference in what it takes to become a medical aesthetician.  This typically involves a standard set of steps that require specific, formal education and training, passing  state licensing exams, and obtaining advanced credentials through continuing education. (http://www.estheticianedu.org/medical-esthetician/).

Medical aesthetics  perform the same services as traditional spa esthetics.   They both focus on developing and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin. The difference is that medical aesthetics is performed on patients in a clinical setting alongside medical professionals.  Medical aestheticians also perform non-invasive skincare procedures for medical purposes or cosmetic reasons.

Additional Aesthetician Certifications

Plastic Surgical Nurse Certification & Certified Aesthetic Nurse (CANS)

Additional, specialized medical aesthetic certifications are rigorous and require that the candidate is  licensed as a Registered Nurse, has extensive experience and has an affiliation with a specialized doctor.  Here are the specific requirements: (http://psncb.org/cans-eligibility.cgi)

  1. Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories or Canada, and
  2. Work in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is Board Certified within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT); and
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience as a registered nurse within one of the listed Core Specialties above in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within three (3) years prior to application, and
  4. Have spent at least one thousand (1,000) practice hours within the core specialties during the preceding two (2) years, and
  5. Have their Supervising Core Physician endorse their application

There are only 250 nurses in the United States and Canada that have their CANS certification. Woods Facial Plastic Surgery is affiliated with ZonaMedSpa, in Scottsdale, Arizona where medical aesthetician, Michele Hunter, RN, is a CANS certified aesthetician.

Choosing Your Aesthetician

Selecting an aesthetician depends on many factors, but here are a few considerations for you.  If you are going to have more than a facial, select a professional with the highest level training and experience. Chemical applications, laser treatments, and injections, require skills, experience, and medical training.

Consultation

Visit your potential aesthetician before your first service.  Ask for a consultation and look for the following:

  • Cleanliness of their facility
  • Their personal appearance and personality
  • Research their qualifications, certifications, and educational background
  • Ask questions and discuss candidly your concerns and expectations
  • Ask about their philosophy on skin care, treatments, and products
  • Ask how long they have been at this facility

Check Out Your Aesthetician

  • Check the facility and the aesthetician’s certifications and liscensing
  • Review their website
  • Seek recommendations

Licensing for spa estheticians is done on a state by state basis, so no industry-wide standards exist.  Medical aesthetician’s have verifiable industry certifications.

Skin care treatments are tremendously popular in the United States.  Taking good care of your skin reduces and prevents wrinkles.  The skin care industry continues to grow rapidly, as our population ages, and we want to look our best.  “Between 2012 and 2022, the number of estheticians licensed in the United States is expected to grow by 40 percent to meet the growing demand for specialized skincare services. This is more than twice as fast as other professions within the beauty and wellness industry, including manicurists and pedicurists”.  (http://www.estheticianedu.org/)

This means you have plenty of skin care spas and med spas from which to choose.  Choose carefully!  And do your homework.

Dr. Robert H. Woods is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon practicing in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Dr. Woods has 20+ years of experience as a facial expert.  About Face |  Woods Facial Plastic Surgery is affiliated with ZonaMedSpa.  Dr. Woods also heads the ENT department at Honor Health Shea Hospital, Scottsdale, Arizona.

American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

 

 

 

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Eyelid Surgery Tips for Prep and Recovery

Eyelid Surgery Prep Tips

Eyelid Surgery Pre Surgery & Recovery Tips

Blepharoplasty, commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, rejuvenates your eye area by removing wrinkles, puffiness, bags and sagging skin around both your upper and lower eyelids.  Our eyes communicate how we feel to the world.  Eyelid surgery restores a more youthful, open appearance to the eye area.  Eyelid surgery is performed on either the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, depending on your needs and desired outcomes.

Upper eyelid surgery often is  performed comfortably as an office procedure. Patients are given a local anesthetic and oral sedation. There is very little discomfort with the numbing process, when it is administered slowly.  Many patients choose this in office option and find the procedure comfortable and uncomplicated with a short recovery time.

Other surgeries require out patient surgical facilities and have a longer healing and recovery time.

Pre Surgery Prep for Eyelid Surgery

You have gone through the consultation process with your surgeon, and now you are wondering how best to prepare for your surgery.  Here are simple steps to follow before and after your surgery to increase healing and recovery.

Discuss Your Medications, Vitamins etc. with Your Surgeon

Be sure that you have discussed all prescription, over the counter medications, and any vitamins that you are taking with your doctor.  Your surgeon will advise you, if your medications effect  your surgery and recovery.

Healthy Diet

Before your surgery, (well actually always– but especially now)  is the time to focus on a healthy diet that is low in salt and filled with healthy, water and nutrient rich, fresh foods.  Great choices are strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, and celery for snacks.  Avoid sodium heavy sodas.  Instead, drink lots of fresh water.  Read Dr. Woods’ Blog on healthy foods for your skin.  High nutrient, whole foods help your body heal.

No Smoking

Stop smoking prior to your surgery.  Smoking restricts blood flow and inhibits your skin’s ability to heal.

Get Organized

While some eyelid procedures are relatively uncomplicated, they are a surgical procedure.  Make your healing and recovery a priority. You will relax better, if your house and affairs are in order prior to the surgery, then you can comfortably rest and focus on healing. Get those groceries, have the house clean, and maybe even stock up on some audio books – eyes closed entertainment is best.

Arrange  A Surgery Buddy

Arrange for a spouse or close friend to take you home from your procedure, help you get comfortably situated, and fill your prescriptions.

Surgery Day

On your surgery day, have your reliable surgery buddy scheduled to arrive in plenty of time to drive you to either the doctor’s office or surgical center.  Come with a freshly washed face., and do not wear any make up.  Do not take any blood thinners.  This includes aspirin, vitamin E or motrin.  Take a Valium or tranquilizer prescribed by your surgeon.

Arrive to your surgical center on time.

Post Eyelid Surgery Recovery Tips

Ice Compresses

You will apply ice compresses to your eyes for the first 24 hours.  Packages of frozen peas serve as  handy ice compresses, and they are more comfortable on your sensitive eye area than a bag of ice chips.

Keep Your Head Elevated

Have extra pillows on hand so that your head remains elevated while resting and sleeping.  Keep your head elevated during the day also.  Avoid bending over, and do not lift heavy objects.  Keeping your head elevated minimizes  fluid from collecting around your eyes.

Rest Your Eyes

Try to find restful entertainment that doesn’t involve eye movement. That means no TV, computer screens, and reading.  Enjoy your recovery time listening to audiobooks or podcasts, allowing your eyes to rest.

Physical Activity Limitations

No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for 1 week.  After your one week visit with your surgeon, you can discuss any further limitations depending on how you are healing.

Vitamin E Oil Aids Eyelid Surgery Healing

Apply vitamin e oil to the incision 4x a day for one week.  You will meet with your surgeon again after a week, and then additional recommendations or limitations will be made.

Protect Your Eyes Outdoors

Wear your UV protection sunglasses outdoors or in bright lights. Protecting your eyes from bright sunlight ensures better lasting results.  Even after you are healed, always protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses and sunscreen.

Time To Heal After Eyelid Surgery

The healing process depends on your individual circumstances and the type of eyelid procedure performed.  You can expect to see swelling and bruising, as your eye area is sensitive.  Be patient with your recovery and healing process.  Support your body by following your surgeon’s instructions.  Learn More about Dr. Woods’ Blepharoplasty techniques and evaluation considerations.

Dr. Robert H. Woods is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with 20+ years of experience as an ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon.  He is head of the ENT Department of Honor Health, Shea Hospital.  Read more about Dr. Woods.

American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

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Skin Care Affordable Product Reviews

Skin Care Products from the Drug Store

You don’t have to spend a fortune on your skin care products to take care good of your skin and look great.  Below are featured  a few recommended products that can be found in your local drugstore and are very affordable.  These are not experts’ recommendations. These suggestions for basic skin care items are from the patients and team of  Woods Facial Plastic Surgery .

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Woods Facial Plastic Surgery Summer Newsletter

About Face Summer Newsletter

Summer Sun & Fun

Check out the About Face | Woods Facial Plastic Surgery Summer Newsletter with Dr. Woods’ picks for sunscreen, recommendations on the best protection from your sunglasses, and even delicious infused water recipes to enjoy while you stay hydrated.  Skincare and protection from the sun are always important in Arizona with the intense heat and 211 days of sunshine.

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Sunglasses Prevent Wrinkles

Choosing Sunglasses for Wrinkle Prevention

Tips for Choosing the Best Sunglasses

The weather forecast this summer – sunny and hot.  Surprise!  Actually, it is no surprise that this summer, just about wherever you go, will be warm and sunny.  One easy way to protect your eyes from the strong summer sun AND prevent wrinkles is choosing the best sunglasses, so you can stop squinting.

Repetitive facial positions eventually lead to lines and wrinkles.  Check out our blog Wrinkles – Genetics or Habits for more info on this. An easy, quick, and even affordable solution is to select the best sunglasses to protect your eyes and stop wrinkle producing squinting.

You can find sunglasses designed for every summer and winter activity.  There are glasses for  water sports, tennis, golf, driving, etc., as well as those that are designed purely for style.  If you are like most of us, you own many pairs for different purposes.  Be sure to pick those that meet your needs, but also only select sunglasses that protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays.  UV rays cause short and long-term eye damage according to the American Academy of Opthamology.

Six Easy Tips for Selecting Your Next Sunglasses

Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection

Only buy sunglasses that say 100% UV Protection.  This is the most important thing to look for when selecting sunglasses.  This sticker should be right on the lens.  Be sure to look for it.

Big Means Less Squinting & Better Wrinkle Prevention

Size does matter.  The more coverage offered by the sunglasses the less sun damage to your eyes.  But, larger lenses also prevent squinting.  This is where over-sized glasses or the wrap around sport styles are handy.  Another key tip – wear 100% UV Protection sunglasses and a hat.  Hats do a tremendous job eliminating glare to your eyes and sun on your skin.

Darker Lenses Don’t Mean Better Protection

While dark lenses may be stylish, they do not necessarily offer greater UV protection to your eyes, but you may find they block more light in general and do a better job at preventing wrinkle producing squinting.

Color Doesn’t Matter for UV Protection

Lenses come in a myriad of colors.  Today’s glasses come in amber, green or gray lense colors.  These shades do not block more sun, but they can sometimes increase the visual contrast.  Many athletes find this visual contrast helpful.

Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are designed to reduce glare from reflective surfaces, such as snow, pavement, or water.  While this does not offer more protection from the damaging UV rays, it can reduce squinting and make you more comfortable enjoying outdoor activities.  If you prefer polarized lenses, be sure they also provide 100% UV protection.

Protection Does Not Mean Pricey

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the proper protection from your sunglasses.  Less expensive glasses that say 100% UV protection can be just as effective as more expensive brands.  And, for those fashion focused friends, be sure your designer label glasses provide 100% UV protection, so you can be both stylish and smart.

Enjoy your summer and time in the great outdoors and be smart about your eyes and skin protection.  Get the proper sunglasses, wear 25++ SPF sunscreen always and everywhere, and wear a hat!

 

 

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Micro-Needling What to Expect

Micro-Needling – Six Things You Should Know

Micro-Needling – Six Things You Should Know

From Woods Facial Plastic Surgery Valued Partner Zona Med Spa – Six Things You Should Know about Micro-Needling.

Does the thought of needles running across your face make you cringe?  We promise, it’s not as bad as it sounds!  Automated Micro-Needling (also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or CIT) treats fine lines, acne scars and improves the skin’s overall appearance.  And, for most people, depending on the issues being treated, it is not especially uncomfortable.

The procedure uses tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis with the appearance of softer wrinkles. The micropen also creates superficial micro-channels which allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.

Think of  Micro-Needling as comparable to aerating your lawn. You create tiny little holes in the skin to create better skin, just as you do for your lawn.

  1. Micro-Needling Works on a Wide Variety of Skin Issues

Micro-Needling’s most common application is for resurfacing skin texture. The treatment also combats discoloration, enlarged pores, acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines and crepey skin. Even if you don’t have any major skin issues, Micro-Needling can give you a beautiful, dewy appearance and glow.

  1. Micro-Needling – Customize Your Treatment

Before your treatment, your esthetician should conduct an assessment of your skin. The needle depth applied depends on the particular skin issues being addressed.

If you have deep acne scars, the needle will need to go further down into the skin.

If your only skin issues are enlarged pores or pigmentation, then that requires less needle depth.

Your esthetician uses specific serums during the treatment to address individualized concerns.

  1. Micro-Needling Should not be Super Painful

Micro-Needling may sound intimating, but it’s commonly described as awkward feeling due to the prickly sensation. Of course, there a couple factors that will determine your degree of discomfort.

The first factor is how deep the needles go into the skin. If you’re receiving a more superficial treatment, then there is nothing to worry about. The pain is mild to none.

Patients whose skin issues require more in-depth needling, often request a topical numbing anesthetic to minimize any discomfort.

Most importantly, everyone has different pain tolerances.  Be sure to talk to your esthetician to address your concerns.

  1. Multiple Sessions are Highly Recommended

Similar to Chemical Peels or Microdermabrasion, multiple sessions deliver the most dramatic and lasting results from your Micro-Needling treatment.

You will see an immediate glow with just one session.  Visible changes to the skin continue to develop over the course of several days and weeks.   As your skin’s collagen production continues,  it is common to see continued improvement in your skin’s appearance up to 6 months after the treatment.

Some patients only require a single treatment, once per year to achieve optimal results. However, it is recommended for most patients to receive a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart.

Patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars should receive 6-8 sessions at 6 week intervals in order to see optimal results.

  1. Prepare for a Little Downtime

Expect a bright redness to the skin immediately after your procedure. Your total healing time depends on the depth of needles used and the number of passes your skincare professional performs.

On average, patients experience redness for 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in as little as 24 hours.

  1. Pre-treatment Instructions for Micro-Needling

Follow these pre-treatment instructions to ensure you heal from the procedure as fast as possible.

Tell your technician, if you take a blood thinner, fish oil, aspirin or any other medication, and you have the tendency to bleed easily as a result.

Additionally, if under a physician’s care, and you need to discontinue your medication for a few days, always get approval from your physician prior to each Micro-Needling treatment.

Take Arnica Montana pre and post procedure to alleviate bruising and swelling  (Customers can purchase this at health food stores. Follow the manufacturer’s directions). Take Arnica Montana 24 hours before treatment and continue for 3 days after treatment.

These are the basics to Micro-Needling procedures.

We recommend you only seek services from qualified professionals.  Talk with  Zona Med Spa’s Michele Hunter, RN, CANS, a master injector with 20 years of experience.

 

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Summer Survival Kit Tips

Summer Survival Kit

Heat Wave

Summer is a time of  fun in the sun, popsicles, pools, and tan lines.  That is if you live almost anywhere other than Scottsdale, Arizona!  Here in Arizona we are experiencing record heat waves with temperatures reaching 120 degrees. Most people in Arizona are hiding inside air conditioned spaces. (Read my article on summer seasonal facial plastic surgery in Arizona). Hello summer!  So, if you are like most Scottsdale residents, you are packing up and heading to the beach or the mountains.  Whether you are staying in town or getting out of Dodge,  here are a few Summer Survival Kit reminders from your Facial Plastic Surgeon.

Summer Survival Kit Priority 1:  Sunscreen

Sunscreen is so important for the your health, but also a key factor in the appearance of your skin.  This survival kit item is priority one.  Sunscreen in the morning ladies as part of your make up routine, please.  Use a product with a minimum of 25 SPF.  And gentlemen, you should apply sunscreen each morning as well.

If you are planning on spending time outside, playing sports, or in the water, reapply regularly.  Remember to apply every where, especially those forgotten spots like your ears and guys, don’t forget the tops of your heads.

Stock up on a variety of sunscreen products.  Water and sports sunscreens with higher SPF’s are key for those beach and pool times, tennis and golf.  They are designed to last longer and resist washing off with water and perspiration.  Keep lip balm with sunscreen in your sports bags and purses. Pack extra sunscreen in your beach and sports bags, so it is always on hand.  Train your kids early to get in the sunscreen habit.

Even if you are in the city working through the hot summer days, keep sunscreen application a part of your daily routine.  The left side of your face and arms are exposed to significant sun while driving.  That exposure adds up.

Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, along with UV protective long sleeve clothing will make a difference in how your skin looks now and as you age.

Summer Survival Kit Item #2 – Protective Gear

When we suggest protective gear, we aren’t referring to knee pads and hard hats.  Wearing hats, sunglasses and light long sleeve shirts helps protect your skin.

Check out some of the sportswear  that is made with UV protection and is light to wear, vented, and very attractive.  Tennis players, golfers, and equestrians who spend most of their day in the sun have learned this clothing is crucial to protecting their health and skin.

Hats and visors are a must to include in your summer survival kit.  This will do a lot to protect your face, keep you from squinting, and shields your eyes from the summer sun glare.

Summer Survival Kit Item #3 – Water!

Hydrate!  We should all drink water throughout the day.  The daily recommended water intake for a woman is 2.7 liters and 3.7 liters for men.  If you are an athlete participating in vigorous exercise, you are probably losing 1.5 to 2.0 liters of water through sweating.  So, as you calculate your water intake, include replenishing what you have sweated out in exercise or high heat conditions.

Not only is water important for our body’s health, but it is an important factor in keeping our skin fresh, hydrated, and looking its best.

Summer Survival Tip #4 – Head to the Spa for Skincare

Summer is a great time to visit your local skin care aesthetician for facials, laser hair removal, and other treatments to look and feel your best.

Your everyday cleansers and scrubs can only do so much to combat the sweat, dirt, and air pollution that are determined to stick in your pores. So, what can you do detoxify, rejuvenate, and protect your skin? Consider trying a HydraFacial.

HydraFacials are the newest game changer in the world of skin health. This treatment is designed to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, hydrate, and protect your skin all in just one session! It is non-invasive and has zero downtime. Results can be seen immediately after your treatment, leaving you looking radiant and refined. This and other skincare treatments will not only improve the look of your skin, but with frequent treatments, it will help your skin health!

Summer Survival Tip #5 – Relax!

Summer is the time for relaxation.  It is important for our mental health.  Summer Survival Kit reminder:  it is okay to put down the cell phone, to spend time relaxing and hanging out with the people you enjoy, or read a good book.  Down time is important for our minds to relax and recover, but it can also improve our appearance.  Get the sleep and rest you need to look your best.

Your Summer Survival Kit  includes a reminder to enjoy the abundant fresh, local fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, wear your sunscreen, and relax.  It will make a difference in your looks and you will feel terrific!

 

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Blepharoplasty for Men & Women

Tired of Looking Tired? Consider Blepharoplasty

Are you tired of looking tired?  Does it seem that no matter how much relaxation, rest and sleep you get, people still seem to ask with concern, “How are you doing? You look tired.”

Stop Looking Tired

For some of us, as we age, we develop darker circles beneath our eyes, puffiness, or even drooping, sagging eyelids – sometimes both top and bottom lids.  We look tired, maybe even sad or angry despite getting plenty of rest. Seriously drooping eyelids often interfere with our vision.  In this case, your insurance company may pay for the corrective surgery.

One of the biggest facial plastic surgery trends of the year is a Blepharoplasty or eyelid lift. It is the second most popular facial plastic surgery procedure, behind rhinoplasty (nose surgery).  A blepharoplasty  (Eyelid surgery) restores a more youthful, open appearance to the eye area, and in the case of extreme eyelid droopiness, it results in improved vision.

Look Years Younger & Rejuvenated

Blepharoplasty surgery takes years off your looks.  With sagging, puffy, or droopy eyelids repaired, the eye area appears rejuvenated and refreshed, so if you are ‘Tired of Looking Tired’, consider this surgery.  Our eyes communicate how we are feeling to the world. The eyelid lift procedure is unique to each patient, and your surgeon should address your specific concerns, needs, and expectations.  We strongly recommend utilizing a facial plastic surgery specialist.

The Procedure to End Looking Tired

An upper eyelid blepharoplasty alone often is performed as an in office procedure with a local
anesthetic and oral sedation, if desired. There is very little discomfort with the
numbing process when it is administered slowly.

The proposed amount of skin to be removed is marked in a manner that will result in
an inconspicuous scar that lies in the skin crease above the lashes and into a wrinkle
of a crow’s foot.

The excess skin is removed along with a sliver of underlying muscle, and then the
exposed fat is removed or contoured as needed depending on patients’ individual
needs and anatomy.  Any bleeding is controlled, and the incision is closed with fine, dissolving stitches
which are usually gone in a week.

Blepharoplasty Recovery

Recovery is primarily dependent on the amount of bruising and swelling there is in the
first two to three days. This varies, of course, from one patient to the next. But there
are many things that are done to help minimize this and expedite the healing process.
Typically, most patients are quite presentable in one week. Any persistent bruising
can be disguised after this point.

Noninvasive Procedures

Do you still feel that perhaps you aren’t ready for a surgical solution?  There are noninvasive procedures that minimize that tired look as well.  Botox injections minimize lines around the eyes and raise the brow area.  And, there are other dermal fillers that add volume.  The down side to these options is that repeat treatments are required a few times a year.

Looking Refreshed

Hey, we all like compliments, but there is more to looking rested and rejuvenated than compliments alone.  Let’s face it…In today’s competitive workplace world and constant social media pic snapping, how we look is showing up a lot and work place studies on salaries and promotions demonstrate our appearances are a factor. 

Looking and feeling our best affects our self confidence and self satisfaction.  Our eyes communicate how we feel to the world, but also reflect how we feel about ourselves.  So, bring on the compliments!  Let them begin asking instead…”Wow! You are looking great – what’s your secret?”.

Learn more about Blepharoplasty and Other Non Surgical Options.

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Wrinkles: Genetics vs Habits?

Wrinkles:  Genetics vs Habits & Lifestyle?

Wrinkles: genetics vs habits and lifestyle?  Which is it? Patients often ask, “Why do some of my 50+ year old friends have great, wrinkle free complexions?” Their beautiful complexion may be a result of surgical or non-surgical treatments, or their complexions may look great due to lifestyle, habits and even genetics.

There are basic habits and lifestyle choices that greatly affect our skin and the appearance of wrinkles.  When we ask the question wrinkles:  are they due to genetics or habits and lifestyle?  The answer is, all three.   Genetics, habits and lifestyle each play key roles in the appearance of wrinkles and a person’s skin condition.

Before you write off the ability to look great as you age as available to only the few from the lucky gene pool, you should know that in the “Wrinkles: Genetics vs Habits and Lifestyle” question:  lifestyle and skincare habits are an even greater factor than one’s genes when it comes to keeping skin looking great and wrinkles minimized. Read on and see if you can make some fairly simple lifestyle changes to help prevent and minimize wrinkles.

Your Genetics and Wrinkling

First, we need to understand the genetic factor in aging.  Genetics determine  our ability to generate collagen and elastin (the parts of the skin that give us elasticity and resistance to wrinkles).  Genetics also obviously determine our skin color.

Darker skin tones contain more melanin.  This natural, darker pigment affects our ability to tan, and it helps block the penetration of UV light.  UV light is the natural radiation that causes skin to look crepey, wrinkled and become thin.  The more melanin in our skin, the less likely we are to develop early wrinkles.

While genetics play a role in wrinkling, we should not resign ourselves to a fate of early wrinkles or more wrinkles because of our ancestry.  Start active prevention work now. Everyone can adopt skincare and lifestyle habits that will help prevent wrinkles.

So when we ask Wrinkles:  genetics vs habits and lifestyle?  Take heart. Anyone can adopt these healthy lifestyle habits and avoid the sneaky bad habits that are a factor in wrinkle formation.

Good Lifestyle Habits & Skincare Prevents Wrinkles

Drink Lots of Water

Hydration! Hydration!  Staying hydrating helps skin appear healthier and more youthful.  Beyond that water is very good for our general health.  Drink lots of water, every day, and often!

Hydration for beautiful skin

Use Sunscreen Always

90% of skin aging is due to sun exposure.  Always wear 30+ SPF every day and be sure to re-apply when outdoors, at the pool, beach, or while participating in sports.  Sunscreen minimizes incidental sun exposure.  Have you noticed more wrinkles on the left side of your face vs the right? This is due to the regular sun exposure we have while driving. In addition to applying sunscreen daily, be sure to wear hats, or visors, and sunglasses that protect against UV rays.  This helps reduce habitual squinting and lessens additional exposure to the sun.

Skincare Routine

Develop a good skincare routine. It is never too late or too early to practice good skincare habits.  Make it a nightly practice to gently remove makeup before going to bed. Skipping makeup removal at night increases the aging process by trapping pollutants from both makeup and the environment.  These trapped pollutants affect skin’s collagen and elastin.

Put Down the Donut

Eating junk food high in sugar  packs a double negative punch to our health.  Sugar rich foods can cause weight gain, but did you realize, junk food can help create wrinkles too?  Eating foods with excessive sugar and high-glycemic foods can cause the healthy proteins in the skin to stiffen and malform.  So, go lightly on the white bread, baked goodies and donuts.  Make sure your diet is full of foods high in vitamin C and E and antioxidents.  These foods help protect our skin. Good nutrition results in better skin.

avoid junk food to prevent wrinkles

Frowning and Squinting

Frowning and squinting habitually can be a result of poor vision, unhappiness, or poor sun protection for our eyes.   Habits like furrowing our brow while in thought can create wrinkles.  Facial movements such as squinting, raising our eyebrows, and furrowing our brow contracts those muscles, which make the skin wrinkle.  If we do this repeatedly over time, the muscles get stronger and the wrinkles become deeper and fixed.

Our facial expressions are part of who we are, but a little awareness and mindfulness will help reduce the formation of habit lines.  Be sure to stay current with vision check ups to prevent squinting from poor vision. And, wear protective sunglasses and hats while outdoors in the bright sun.  These steps will reduce some of the squinting and furrowed brows and help to slow those habit wrinkles.

Sleeping Positions

Are you a stomach sleeper?  Side sleeper?  Back sleeper? It makes a difference in the wrinkle prevention campaign. Sleeping on our stomach or on our side can cause wrinkles, much the same way as repeated frowning or squinting. The best sleeping position is on our back,  if we want to avoid increasing wrinkle development.

Lack of Exercise

Exercise makes stronger, healthier bodies.  We all know that.  Exercise helps with wrinkle prevention also.  Too much “relaxing” on the couch can disrupt the circulation needed to keep skin healthy and looking its best.  Exercise for at least 30 minutes, twice a week, as part of a beautiful skin and anti-aging program.  A regular exercise program keeps our complexion looking great, and as a bonus, it helps keep the extra pounds away!  Find a program that works for you and your lifestyle, and start today.

exercise helps prevent wrinkles

Smoking

It’s no secret that smoking negatively affects our health.  Wrinkles: genetics vs habits and lifestyle? When it comes to smoking this definitely is a habit that will affect skin health and the appearance of wrinkles.  Smoking contributes significantly to wrinkles, poor skin tone and poor skin appearance.  The increased wrinkling caused by numerous negative effects of smoking begins with the repetitive facial movements of smoking (habit wrinkles).  Smoking also restricts blood flow and circulation to the skin.  This reduces the health and vibrancy of  skin.  The most visible affects of smoking on our faces are saggy upper eyelids, baggy lower eyelids, facial wrinkles, a saggy chin, and wrinkling above and below the lips.  The nicotene in cigarettes narrows the blood vessels in skin, which restricts the flow of oxygen and other nutrients that keep our skin looking healthy and its best.  Cigarette smoke contains 4,000 chemicals.  These chemicals damage skin’s elastin and collagen.  The desire for beautiful skin is another very good reason to give up smoking now.

Beautiful Skin

Wrinkles:  genetics vs habits and lifestyle? We may not be able to change our genes, but we can easily begin with habits and a lifestyle that reduce wrinkling, increase skin health, and improve its appearance.

Good skincare habits are easy to incorporate into anyone’s daily routine.  Simple changes practiced regularly will have a big impact over time.

Some of the suggestions might require a bigger commitment or lifestyle change, but ultimately you will feel better, enjoy improved health, and your skin will reflect these healthy changes with fewer wrinkles and improved appearance.

Here’s to healthy living and looking great!

Learn more about the skin treatments we offer at About Face Scottsdale| Woods Facial Plastic Surgery:  laser re-surfacing and surgical options for wrinkle reduction.

Also, check out our valued partner Zona Med Spa with current offers on skincare procedures to rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of your skin.

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Plastic Surgery Planning Tips

Plastic Surgery Planning Tips

There are many important considerations in planning your facial plastic surgery.  The following plastic surgery planning tips will help you decide on the best time of year, timing, preparation and recovery considerations for your surgery plans.

When Is the Best Time of Year for Your Facial Plastic Surgery?

When is the best time of year for your facial plastic surgery procedures: eye lift, brow lift, neck lift, nose re-shaping, or a face lift?  That decision is as personal and unique as each beautiful face.  There is no “one perfect time of year fits all” answer, but there are seasonal trends in face lifts.  Across the United States, plastic surgeries increase in the fall and again after the winter holidays.  For most parts of the country, summer is filled with an outdoor lifestyle and socializing. Things quiet down for a while and then the winter holiday social season begins.  Fall and winter holidays also provide additional time off from work due to holidays. This helps to minimize time away from a job for surgery and recovery.

Arizona Seasonal Trends

Facial plastic surgery seasonal trends are the opposite in Arizona vs the rest of the country, as seen from a Scottsdale based facial plastic surgery practice. Summers in the southwestern U.S. are hot. Many people leave town for the dog days of summer in July and August. For those that decide to stay in town, it is a very quiet time with many people away for the summer.  Those still around stay indoors to avoid the high temperatures.   The mild Arizona winter climate creates a busy winter social season and is the most comfortable time to enjoy Arizona’s active, outdoor lifestyle.

Summer proves to be good time to schedule a facial plastic surgery procedure in the southwest.  After a summer procedure, patients can enjoy quiet time recuperating in the air conditioned indoors without feeling that they are missing much. Specifically, recovery from facial plastic surgery and laser resurfacing requires staying out of the sun and in cooler temperatures for approximately six weeks.  It is typically too hot to be outdoors much in Arizona during the summer, so this creates the perfect time to relax indoors and recover.

Arizona Social Season & Surgery Planning

The prime social season in Arizona is September through March. Winter visitors begin returning, and major events are scheduled in these cooler, yet still pleasant temperatures. They include the Phoenix Open Golf Tournament, the Arabian Horse Show, baseball’s Spring Training, charity events and parties, to list a few. The beautiful outdoor lifestyle of Arizona is in full swing in the fall, winter and early spring. For this reason, many Arizona clients elect to have their facial plastic surgery procedure in the summer.  Patients are healed and rejuvenated by the time the fall and winter social season ramps up.

Concierge Surgery Services

We also see some winter visitors taking advantage of a visit to Arizona to schedule a “concierge” facial plastic surgery procedure. Their procedure is performed safely by a board accredited surgeon specializing in their procedure, in an accredited surgical facility, after which they return to a local resort for their recovery. The Concierge Service provided by their surgical practice provides trained attendants to monitor their recovery and assist with special needs. This service allows patients to undergo their procedure safely and comfortably away from nosy family and friends.  After the appropriate recovery period, they are able to enjoy their getaway and their new appearance.

Are You thinking of Scheduling Facial Plastic Surgery before a Special Occasion?

Many people want to complete their facial plastic surgery procedure in preparation for a special event, such as a reunion, a wedding or other important occasion. They want to look their best and feel confident and enjoy improved self-esteem.  There are important considerations to factor into the timeline for your procedure in order to look your best and feel fully recovered for a specific event.  Most importantly, speak with your surgeon to ensure you have a clear understanding of the following:

  • Ideal preparation time and considerations prior to the surgery
  • The recovery and associated limitations immediately after the surgery
  • The anticipated time for swelling to diminish and scars and wounds to heal
  • The time for your body to recuperate post-surgery

Preparing for Your Surgery

Your health should be at its best prior to your surgery for the best outcomes and recovery.  Consider these steps in preparation for your  procedure.

  • Complete any planned weight loss and dieting before surgery for best results. Weight loss can change the laxity of the skin. It is best to reach your ideal weight prior to facial surgery.
  • Are you a smoker? Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and can impede the skin’s ability to recover optimally. Smoking should be discontinued for two months prior to surgery.
  • Make a healthy diet and lifestyle a priority. Both contribute to healthier skin and improved blood flow…this means improved recovery and results.

Will You Tell or Keep Your Facial Plastic Surgery A Secret?

Patients choose facial plastic surgery to look younger, rejuvenated, and have a balanced, appealing facial appearance.  They want to look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside.  Will you share openly your plastic surgery?  Some patients are very open, and others wish to keep it private.  Below are tips on deflecting attention away from the primary reason for your new look after surgery:

  • Complete your weight loss and exercise plan prior to surgery
  • Get a new hair style and/or color
  • A change of make up, even slight adjustments or updates, can have an impact
  • Add a new style element to your usual look

Not only will these factors add to the fabulous new appearance you will be enjoying, but they will distract people’s attention from the real reason for your new, rejuvenated look.

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