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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.

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Xeomin: What is it and Why Would You Choose This Injectable Over Botox?

Botox has reigned supreme for well over a decade, and now we have even more choices in our wrinkle-fighting arsenal. The development of dermal fillers has only increased the popularity of Botox because the two types of products go hand-in-hand to address a wider range of concerns. But what about Xeomin? Why would we consider a Botox alternative when the original is so well-established? Here, we discuss what Xeomin is and why it may be the best choice for some patients.

What Is Xeomin, and What Does It Do?

Like Botox, Xeomin is a neuromodulator drug with botulinum toxin as the key ingredient. The drug is used to affect muscle tissue in a way that smooths overlying skin. It is typically administered into areas of the upper face, around the eyes and on the forehead, to diminish the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles (those that are related to facial expression).

How Xeomin Differs from Botox

It may not make sense to have numerous versions of the same exact product on the market. There are slight differences in formulation between Botox and Xeomin, which may make one product better than the other for some patients. By design, Botox contains the active toxin within a matrix of accessory proteins. Xeomin, on the other hand, has an extra step in the manufacturing process which purifies the botulinum protein a little more. There are no accessory proteins to encapsulate the active ingredient. An easy way to observe Xeomin vs. Botox is that the latter is contained within a shell whereas the former is the core ingredient only. There is no difference in the active protein and therefore the ultimate result is the same. The difference lies in the injection technique used to administer each drug.

When Xeomin is Better

Botox has been around for many years, which means millions of people have been repeatedly treated with the drug. Over time, some people begin to react differently to Botox. It isn’t that the active ingredient no longer works, it’s that the person has likely become immune to the proteins that encase the botulinum protein. In such instances, the logical choice is to use a product like Xeomin, which has no extra additives.

Looking younger is easy with professional care from your trusted dermatologist. To see how Botox or Xeomin could work for you, contact our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.

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Want to Actually Reach your New Year’s Beauty Goals? Call Us!

Beauty goals are not uncommon among any age group. During this time of year when a large percentage of people are rethinking how they want to live the months ahead, how one feels about their appearance usually comes up. If your appearance is not aligned with how you feel on the inside, there are quick ways to achieve positive change. Even if your goals revolve around getting a better body, there is a chance we have a treatment that can put the icing on your shape cake.

Let’s Start with the Basics

Beauty has a few basics. First, the skin needs to be healthy and receptive to what you do on a daily basis. Since we’re at the beginning of a new year, why not make this the month when you clean the slate on your skin? Doing so can pave the way to ongoing beauty all year long. We have two proven ways to press reset on the skin. One is to remove dead and damaged cells with a chemical solution (chemical peel) and the other is to manually remove debris using a microdermabrasion technique. Both treatments can be gentle enough to repeat monthly if you so choose. Each is an excellent method of renewing your skin’s glow and its ability to absorb nutrients.

Going High Tech to Rejuvenate the Face and Body

Recent advances in aesthetic medicine have made it possible to make over the skin, superficial tissue, and even the shape of the body without surgery. In our Spring Lake office, patients have multiple options for high-tech rejuvenation. More important than having numerous options is the fact that our patients also get guidance on how each approach works and what it can do for them. A few examples include:

  • UltraShape body contouring treatment administers ultrasound energy alongside alternating pressure waves to distress and disrupt fat cells. The changing pressure combined with ultrasound energy creates vapor cavities within fat cells that cause them to rupture for faster metabolism. The body safely processes the released triglycerides and fat cells are gone forever.
  • elōs Plus skin rejuvenation can improve tone, texture and overall firmness and softness. Like laser treatments, elōs Plus seeks to provoke collagen production to remedy multiple concerns at once. Unlike traditional lasers, this system affects deeper layers of tissue with a combination of both laser and light energy with bi-polar radio frequency energy.

Beauty goals don’t have to be difficult to achieve. To get help with yours, call (732) 449-0167.

 

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Reasons to Love Hyaluronic Acid

Many people have heard of hyaluronic acid because this nourishing carbohydrate molecule provides the foundation for many of the dermal filler products that are commonly used today. The body makes hyaluronic acid, or HA, as a way to cushion the joints and moisturize the eyes, connective tissue, and skin. As vital as hyaluronic acid is to beauty and wellness, the natural aging process depletes the body of this sugar compound. The gradual decline in the production of hyaluronic acid is, as you may know, a contributing factor to aging skin.

What Hyaluronic Acid Does for the Skin

Although one of the most recognized uses of hyaluronic acid involves reducing the appearance of lines and creases on the face and hands, several others benefits stem from making this an ingredient you demand for your skin.

Hyaluronic acid is:

Hydrating

It’s easy to see that hyaluronic acid improves hydration in the skin by observing what it does. Whether made naturally or introduced topically or sub-dermally, hyaluronic acid’s task is to bind with water molecules. This carbohydrate binds to 1,000 times more water molecules than its weight. That’s a lot of water, and it doesn’t only benefit the skin’s appearance from the inside out. Hyaluronic acid, when applied to the skin in a quality skin care product, adheres to the surface to hold moisture in.

Protective

The skin has a protective barrier that is made up of lipids. These are thicker than water and necessary for keeping pollutants and free radicals from greatly affecting the epidermis. Additionally, a strong lipid layer supported by HA offers a minor degree of UV protection (but you still need sunscreen). Because hyaluronic acid sits on the skin to preserve the moisture and lipid barrier, it is an ingredient that is particularly beneficial for people with eczema.

Combative

We don’t typically like things that are combative unless there is a measure of protection in it for us. What hyaluronic acid combats are aging and acne, two common problems that are difficult to avoid. When used as a skincare ingredient, HA inhibits the overproduction of oil, a major contributor to clogged pores and acne flare-ups. This ingredient also offsets the drying effects of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, which are commonly found in acne-fighting products.

Get the help you need for your skin in our general and cosmetic dermatology practice in Spring Lake, NJ. Call (732) 449-0167.

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Sneaky Signs of Sun Damage You May be Overlooking

Skin Rejuvenation Spring Lake, Monmouth County NJMost people are now aware that spending too much time in the sun or tanning bed could do a lot of harm to their skin. Excess UV damage is widely recognized as the leading risk factor in skin cancer. More of us are taking better precautions with our skin, but we may fall short when we fail to recognize the various signs of sun damage. Here, we discuss some of the common ways that sun damage shows up on the skin so you better equipped to manage them if you see them on yours.

Sunburn

Sunburn is probably the most well-known type of sun damage. It is what we try to avoid by wearing sunscreen and tailoring our time outdoors to happen when the sun isn’t quite so bright and intense. If we stay in the sun long enough for our skin to turn noticeably red, we know we’ve done some damage. If redness paves the way to blisters and peeling, the damage that has occurred in secondary layers of the dermis could show up again many years later in the form of spots and even skin cancer.

Suntan

The dermatologist’s stance on suntanning is that there is no such thing as a safe tan. The very reason the skin turns that golden brown we have been taught to observe as beautiful is because the skin is reacting to UV damage by producing more melanin to protect itself. Both UVA and UVB light can cause a suntan, which means each is also a contributing factor in premature aging and skin cancer risk.

Age Spots

We used to call them “age spots” or “liver spots,” but, really, those brown and grey patches that develop on aging skin are nothing more than the effects of sunlight. Even when we don’t actively tan, UV exposure without sunscreen causes melanin to build up beneath the surface of the skin. At some point, clumps of melanin reach the epidermis, where they may be impossible to hide.

Actinic Keratosis

A spot on the skin that feels rough or scaly is a spot that your dermatologist needs to examine. This type of sun damage is called actinic keratosis; it is an indication of abnormal cell growth on the skin that could precede skin cancer. Like early stage skin cancers, actinic keratosis is easy to treat. Even better, when this type of sun damage is treated, skin cancer can be prevented in that part of the skin.

Several treatments in our Spring Lake, NJ office may be performed to promote healthy skin and offset the damage caused by sun exposure. To schedule a consultation with us, call (732) 449-0167.