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An Hour and Some Innovation Can Do a Lot For Your Skin

During this time of year, we can’t help but think about what’s to come. We also think about what has occurred in the previous months, and how the upcoming months will be different. After getting through a bustling holiday season, many people are ready for some pampering. What better way to do that than to visit your trusted dermatologist for a quick turnaround of your look?

Cosmetic Treatments for a Younger-Looking Face and Body

If you are interested in refreshing your look in some way but feel pressed for time (who doesn’t?), rest assured you only need about an hour or so to refresh, rejuvenate, and retain the beauty of your skin. You might be thinking, “I already know what Botox and dermal fillers can do and I’m not there yet.” Ok. We are aware that most people these days are well-informed about what injectables can do for their appearance, so we won’t go there. Here, we’ll focus on the lunchtime procedures that can make other types of impact on your look.

  • This beauty treatment is powerful because it can improve several concerns at once. From fine lines to laxity to acne scars, microneedling is an efficient corrective-measure. Treatment works by stimulating activity in the fibroblast cells, which are responsible for producing collagen and elastin. For about a week after a single treatment, the skin looks radiant and smooth. With a series of treatments, more significant concerns can be corrected.
  • Body-sculpting. Many people express an interest in either reducing waist circumference or getting rid of cellulite, sometimes both. With Velashape treatments, this is possible. During the brief appointment, patients lie comfortably beneath a radiofrequency applicator that delivers thermal energy deep into fatty tissue. The stimulation destroys fat cells and also tightens collagen fibers to improve both circumference and skin texture.
  • The skin needs periodic pick-me-ups to maintain a smooth, radiant appearance. Microdermabrasion is a comfortable, no-downtime treatment that is done to remove the dead and damaged cells that have accumulated on the epidermis.

There are many ways to support aging and sun-damaged skin. We can help. To schedule your visit to our Spring Lake dermatology office, call (732) 449-0167.

Addressing the Unique Changes in Aging Skin: Part III

The final installment of our three-part series on aging skin will take a look at the various superficial dermatologic changes that occur. More than listing how the appearance and texture of the skin transform with age, we discuss why this happens and why it may be a bigger deal than it seems.

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, wrinkles, creases, and looseness all relate to vital substances in the skin, or a lack thereof. Throughout our thirties and forties, we continue to lose the structural integrity of collagen and elastin in the epidermis and the dermis. Furthermore, what exists is degraded by stress, hormones, and sun exposure. This can sound like we’re fighting a losing battle, but we’re really not. When we understand how aging affects the skin, we are better equipped to address them as needed.

An Additional Chemical We Haven’t Talked About

One of the reasons that textural irregularities occur is because the skin gets dehydrated. This doesn’t happen because we need to consume more water. It happens because GAGs like hyaluronic acid are not distributed through the skin as well as they could be. The amount of hyaluronic acid is believed to start diminishing as early as our forties. Without it, the skin loses valuable moisture. Without moisture, the skin loses elasticity. Additionally, loss of hyaluronic acid has been associated with the skin beginning to look scaly. To address this change, we must become consistent in the use of exfoliants (chemical peel, anyone?) and moisturizers.

Skin Discoloration

We often think of skin discoloration as an indication of sun damage. We also think of discoloration as the dark spots that appear in areas we may not have protected as well as we could have. The problem with pigment in the skin is that it can both darken due to erratic melanocyte activity and lose tone. This is referred to as hypopigmentation (the opposite of hyperpigmentation.) Hypopigmentation looks like white spots. As we age, most of us will notice a mix of both pigmented and depigmented tissue, making the skin look mottled. Skin rejuvenating treatments like photodynamic therapy may help with some degree of mottling.

Aging skin is going to be a part of our lives whether we like it or not. We can’t stop it, but we can be ready for it. To correct the signs of aging that are affecting your sense of satisfaction with your appearance, schedule a consultation in our Spring Lake, NJ office.

Addressing the Unique Changes in Aging Skin: Part II

Knowledge is power. This statement can be true in numerous different situations, including how you address aging skin. The more you know about the ways your skin and face may change with age, and why, the more capable you are of managing your beauty regimen adequately. In a recent post, we discussed one of the three critical aspects of aging, the development of dynamic wrinkles. Here, we move on to the second: volume loss.

What Volume Loss Looks Like

The skin is not the only part of the face and body to show the signs of aging. It is the skin that we notice, though, because it is the outermost part of our being. At some point, most of us find ourselves looking in the mirror and using our fingers to pull the skin up and back over the cheekbones. Doing this, we see more contouring in the midface and less sagging at the jawline. If you’ve done this and found yourself thinking, “if only it could stay this way,” you’re experiencing the effects of volume loss.

Beneath the dermis are subcutaneous structures that “pad” the cheekbones and area under the eyes. The fat pads that live here act as a scaffolding for the skin. With age, fatty tissue in the midface begins to deteriorate. The loss of these structures allows the skin to slump downward. We may see hollows under the eyes or, conversely, puffiness that is exacerbated by the flattening of the upper cheeks. The lack of volume in the midface is also what is responsible for the creases the form around the nose and mouth.

How to Manage Volume Loss

It used to be common to undergo facelift surgery as a corrective measure for facial aging. Over time, we’ve learned that this may not be sufficient, especially when dealing with volume loss. The primary ways that volume is restored today include replacement and regrowth.

Volume replacement is often achieved with dermal fillers like Restylane and Radiesse. This technique inserts biological substances such as hyaluronic acid into the dermis where particles bind to water molecules. This marriage of the two increases the plumpness of the tissue beneath the epidermis, beautifully rounding out cheeks, lips, and lines.

It may seem difficult to regrow volume naturally. It’s actually quite simple. One way to do this is with the body’s own fat. Fat transfer treatment has become more popular in recent years, but it may not be right for everyone. The procedure is surgical; it requires minor liposuction. It is also somewhat unpredictable. Easier alternatives include microneedling and Sublime skin contouring treatments. Each stimulates the ongoing production of collagen, leading to tighter, smoother, plumper skin.

Restore volume for a more youthful look. Schedule a visit to our Spring Lake, NJ office at (732) 449-0167.

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Want to Fall Into Better Skin? We Can Help!

Skin rejuvenation is a hot topic these days. With the development of several different technologies in recent years, more people are making strides to age gracefully without having to turn to a plastic surgeon. There are numerous devices and techniques to choose from, including injectables and lasers galore. In our Spring Lake office, we provide options. Some address specific concerns and some pull double- or triple-duty. The elōs system is one that deserves a second glance.

The elōs radiofrequency device from Syneron has been developed as a multi-function platform. This means that each treatment targets the skin in such a way that multiple concerns are addressed. With this system, we can postpone and correct common signs of aging including visible veins, acne scars, stretch marks, sun damage, wrinkles, and more.

Skin Damage is a Work in Progress

As we go through our youth, most of us never realize how many factors may be promoting premature aging. Time in the sun without sunscreen, smoking, poor eating habits, stress, and our very genes all affect how well (or not) we will age. When we are young, we don’t think about these factors because the ongoing production of collagen at the time hides what is coming. As collagen and elastin decline, the effects of multiple factors begin to show. By this time, we cannot stop the aging process. We can, however, manage it.

Skin Rejuvenation from the Inside Out

Much of the way we approach skin rejuvenation works from the outside. We apply serums and lotions and all sorts of ingredients that are said to promote smoother, younger-looking skin. Professional treatments often work differently, Elōs included. This treatment delivers both radiofrequency (RF) energy and intense pulsed light (IPL) into the deeper layers of the skin to provoke the fibroblasts cells to make more collagen.

Elōs harnesses effective but gentle energies, which makes this treatment appropriate for a wide range of skin types and concerns. These energies can target the pigment in sun damage and vascular lesions, the pigment in unwanted hair, and the bacteria that cause acne, all at once. With a short treatment time of an hour or less and no downtime, this comfortable procedure may be just what you need to fall into great skin after a summer of fun in the sun.

Learn more about laser skin rejuvenation and other ways to fight the signs of aging effectively. Call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167 to schedule your consultation.

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Addressing the Unique Changes in Aging Skin: Part I

We all know that our skin will age. The question isn’t whether it will or won’t, it’s when and how. Because aging is expected, experts have outline specific recommendations. We know them so well that we actually might overlook them. You know, the tips about eating well and wearing sunscreen every day. Even with expert tips on how to care for your skin, there are details that you may want to know. Here, we will discuss the science of cosmetic aging to help you prepare for the unique changes that will occur in time.

There are three factors that contribute to an aging face. These include:

  • The development of dynamic wrinkles
  • The loss of volume
  • Superficial dermatologic changes

Knowing the way that the skin ages, you gain the ability to address specific problems at the right time. Seeing where you are in the aging process enables you to identify which treatments will best serve your current and future needs. In this part of our series, we’ll focus on Problem Number One, the development of dynamic wrinkles.

What are Dynamic Wrinkles, Anyway?

The beauty industry has names for every concern. Dynamic wrinkles are the lines and creases that form as a result of muscle movement. Examples of dynamic wrinkles include the crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, the horizontal lines on the forehead, and frown lines between the eyes. At first, dynamic wrinkles are only visible when we use related muscles. Remember the day when your frown lines only showed up when you squinted or actually frowned? Ah, those were the days.

Dynamic wrinkles eventually become etched into the skin, not because of muscle movement alone but because the skin loses elasticity as collagen degrades. The less elastic and stretchy the skin is, the more difficult it is for it to retract after facial movements.

Dynamic Wrinkles are Treatable

If you’ve recognized the permanence of certain lines on the areas of your face in which muscle movement is consistent, you can benefit from professional cosmetic treatments. Once dynamic wrinkles have developed, they will not go away on their own. The body makes less collagen as we age, which means wrinkles will only worsen if we do nothing about them. In our Spring Lake office, the primary way that dynamic wrinkles are treated is with Botox and Xeomin.

Both Botox and Xeomin reduce wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause them. The base ingredient is a purified form of botulinum toxin A, a chemical that safely prevents muscle contractions for a short time. One treatment can provide months of smoother, younger-looking skin. In addition to softening dynamic wrinkles, treatment with Botox or Xeomin also slows the progress of aging by releasing the pull on the skin.

Learn more about addressing the early signs of aging. Schedule your consultation with us at (732) 449-0167.

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How Microneedling Boosts Beauty

Microneedling is not a new technique. Before automated devices were developed, this method of general skin rejuvenation had been performed using what is called a dermal roller. Professionally, microneedling is performed with a small device on which tiny needles move in a vertical fashion. The handpiece “stamps” the skin with tiny points that create minor injuries.

Why would anyone want to press tiny needles into their skin? As odd as this may sound, the use of a thorough microneedling technique is perceived as a wonderful way to trigger a natural wound healing process in the upper layers of the skin. This healing process involves an influx of collagen to the tissue that has been affected by injury or age. Initially, microneedling was seen as valuable for general and subtle cosmetic improvements. Over time, the treatment has extended to address concerns including stretch marks, scars, lines and wrinkles, and even hair loss.

What Is Microneedling?

A minimally-invasive procedure conducted in our Spring Lake dermatology office, microneedling is a technique in which tiny punctures are made across an area such as the face, neck, chest, or stomach. Needle depth ranges from 0.5 mm to more than 2 mm depending on the device. Microneedling is often referred to as collagen induction therapy due to the natural increase in neocollagenesis that occurs in response to the micro-injuries.

Collagen is a healing protein that is involved in the recovery of a cut or scrape. Collagen is also what provides the skin with overall firmness and strength. As it declines, we are more susceptible to the signs of aging. In addition to aging, collagen decline also results from sun exposure. For this reason, adults of all ages, even those who have yet to struggle with dramatic tissue changes, can benefit from routine microneedling. Along with collagen production, this treatment also stimulates fibroblast growth and the production of new endothelial and epithelial cells.

There are several cosmetic benefits achieved with microneedling. Patients also appreciate the there is virtually no downtime after treatment. The skin may look red for up to a few hours after treatment due to the increase in circulation through the dermis. However, most people return to their normal activities right away.

Summertime is a great time to pay close attention to your skin. To schedule a consultation for microneedling, call (732) 449-0167.

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Let’s Talk about Wrinkles

Wrinkles are expected. We all know that we’ll get them as we age. Because we commonly associate wrinkles with the natural aging process, we may overlook the fact that biological age is only one of several factors that contribute to the formation of lines and creases on the skin. Here we offer a few facts about wrinkles that may help you navigate their timing on your body.

  1. There are two kinds of wrinkles, dynamic and static. Dynamic wrinkles are the lines we see when we frown, squint, or laugh. When the face is at rest, dynamic wrinkles disappear. Static wrinkles are those that we see all the time. These creases become more visible over time due to the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin.
  2. One of the primary factors in premature aging is sun damage. It doesn’t matter how old you are, your skin can be well-supported by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis. Every time you go out unprotected, ultraviolet light in sunshine is breaking down the collagen your skin needs to remain firm and supple.
  3. Diet can help or harm the body, including the skin. In particular, studies show that glycation, the stiffening of protein fibers, can result from a high-sugar diet. On the other hand, supplements and foods rich in vitamin C and E can foster collagen production and tissue resilience.
  4. Smoking harms the body in several ways. On a cosmetic level, the nicotine in cigarettes leaches oxygen from dermal tissue. Without adequate oxygenation, tissue degrades. This makes it more susceptible to the other toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke. Kicking a cigarette habit offers more benefits than just looking better, but this is certainly not insignificant. To repair some of the damage done by smoking, one can use topical products with retinol, antioxidants, and vitamins C and E. Oral vitamin supplementation is also beneficial.

Managing the Signs of Aging

Today, we have numerous ways to promote graceful aging without surgery. Daily skin care using high-quality ingredients is a good place to start. Our team can help you determine which products may be best suited to your skin’s needs. To complement a skin care regimen, we may also suggest wrinkle-smoothing treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, or photo facials.

Take control of your aging skin. Schedule a consultation in our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.

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Traveling Soon? Your Skin Needs Protection Even in the Car!

When planning a road trip, most people plan ahead by getting their tires checked, oil changed, and by prepping the snacks and entertainment they may need along their journey. Car safety is, of course, a critical aspect of a great road trip. So is sun safety. Yes, even in the car, your skin can sustain damage from strong UV rays.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, More than half of the skin cancers that occur in the US are found on the left side of the body. The left side is the driver’s side, which suggests that UV rays are not stopped by car windows.

It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Research has confirmed that most skin cancers are resultant of ultraviolet radiation, aka the rays of light emitted by the sun. Ultraviolet light has short-wave UVB rays and long-wave UVA rays, only one of which is blocked by car windows (UVB).  Windshields of most vehicles are treated to filter out some degree of UVA light, but side windows allow over 60 percent of UVA light to come through. Back windows and the rear window are untreated so also allow ultraviolet radiation in.

Solving the UV Problem for a Safer Road Trip

For people who are interested in reducing their chance of developing skin cancer, solutions for the entry of UV light into the care are needed. One way to prevent exposure to ultraviolet radiation while driving is to apply light-filtering window film applied. The film is transparent and blocks nearly 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.

No time or interest in a window film? We get it. Just knowing that UV light can cause damage through car windows is a good start. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that we apply broad-spectrum sunscreen every two hours when outside. The same practice can be utilized on long road trips. Sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher is ideal for driving and should be applied anywhere the sun may hit, including the hands, arms, face, neck, and ears.

During the study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers found that most skin cancers had been found on drivers’ head and neck. Second to that, the largest number of skin cancers were found on the arm. Many people prop their elbow on the window while driving. This is comfortable so we cannot recommend that this habit end. However, we can encourage the use of sunscreen, a long-sleeved shirt, or a UV protective arm sleeve like those worn by athletes.

With summer right around the corner, our awareness about skin cancer increases. Our team wishes you and your family a healthy, happy summer season.

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Steps Your Skin Needs You to Take

There may be no place on the body where we notice aging more than the skin. One of the reasons this may be so is simply that we see our skin on a daily basis. Another reason we believe the skin changes so much with age is that it is exposed to pollution, chemicals, and lifestyle habits. If your skin still has some firmness, perk, and glow, you want to take steps to keep it that way. If your skin is showing signs of degradation, the same steps and then some can turn things around. These steps include:

Protect Your Skin from Unnecessary Exposure

We’ll start exactly where you may be expecting: by encouraging you to wear sunscreen. This tip cannot be suggested enough. UV light in sunshine isn’t just a sunburn and skin cancer risk, it is the kind of light that breaks down collagen when it permeates the epidermis. Just a few hours in the sun, or a few minutes here and there without adequate sunscreen, leads to photodamage and laxity over time. The skin also reacts when exposed to tobacco and alcohol, as well as excessive caffeine, so limit or cut these factors out of your lifestyle if possible.

Offset Degrading Factors with Water

The body is 60+ percent water content. It isn’t a stretch to say we need to replenish our stores as much as possible. Plenty of celebs, including Beyoncé, tout the positive benefits of drinking a gallon of water a day. Not only does this habit (surprisingly) increase physical energy, but it can also make the skin look plumper and more radiant. People who have tried the gallon-a-day water habit often say that they’re told they look more rested.

Think Long Term

Throughout our lifetime, each of us will encounter specific skin care needs. What your skin needs right now is different than what it needed a decade ago and what it will need a decade from now. Fortunately, there are several professional treatments that can keep you ahead of the game in terms of cosmetic aging. And we’re not just talking injectables and plastic surgery. Mild, non-invasive treatments like chemical peels and laser resurfacing can go a long way in provoking collagen production and cellular debris removal, both of which are vital to aging more gracefully.

We are pleased to serve patients in Spring Lake and surrounding areas. To schedule a visit with us, call (732) 449-0167.

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What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

We recently came across an article reviewing an interview recently given by former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres. It left us intrigued and also somewhat concerned. In the interview, Ms. Torres discussed that she had recently been diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. We assume that most people know that this is the least common and also the most severe form of skin cancer – a form that could result in death. What we learned from reading about this interview is that we should never make assumptions.

Torres didn’t just state that she had been diagnosed, she also offered some details that we believe are worth sharing with you. First, that Torres admitted she had seen a rather larger growth on the back of her knee, but that she simply overlooked the signs that there may be more to this mold. Her fiancé did not. He continually encouraged her to have the growth examined, and finally resorted to scheduling the doctor’s visit for her.

The examination and biopsy that her doctor performed confirmed that the mole was melanoma skin cancer. More than that, further testing revealed that her cancer had already spread. At the time of the interview, Torres had had the growth and two lymph nodes removed. She stated that she had no idea cancer could spread from her skin to any organ in her body. Reading this, we thought “how many other people might think that?”

Spotting Skin Cancer

The ABCs of skin cancer have been listed time and time again. Why? Because they are clearly worth repeating. Any new or existing growth that displays even a single indicator of abnormal cells should be examined. The findings could save your life.

Check a mole that has:

  • An Asymmetrical shape
  • An irregular Border
  • Multiple Colors
  • Large Diameter
  • Any type of Evolution

You aren’t on your own to know every sign of skin cancer. Professional skin cancer screenings have been praised for the remarkable decline in skin cancer deaths in recent years. A skin cancer screening can put you in a place of empowerment to guard your own health. To schedule yours, call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.