Skin Rejuvenation Spring Lake, Monmouth County NJ

Bringing Back the Softer Side of your Skin

Skin Rejuvenation Spring Lake, Monmouth County NJYou may have heard that adage “youth is wasted on the young.” It expresses how many adults feel when they reach a certain age when discernment provides them with all that insight they needed when they were young. As it pertains to the skin, not very many of us grew up knowing that the softness we took for granted would one day be a distant memory.

If you are pining for the softness, you once had. You can stop right now. Your Spring Lake dermatologist has tips and treatments that will help you bring it back.

First, the Cleansing

We know that the skin needs cleansing, so we may all do a quick once-over while in the shower. Those who are committed may spend a few minutes every night cleaning off makeup and debris from the day. This is not what we’re talking about. There is only so much a daily skin care routine can do when the surface of the skin is blocking products from doing their job.

Cleansing, in the context of getting back that baby-soft skin, means cleaning that blockade that is in the way of your products. Chemical peels are a great method of exfoliating the epidermis. Not only do these gentle treatments clear the path for better skin care, they enliven the tone of the skin for a healthier, younger-looking glow. Other ways to clean up include microdermabrasion and sublative skin rejuvenation.

Next, the Moisture

After a surface cleansing treatment, skin care products are better able to nourish on a regular basis. It is important if you want softness, to choose quality creams that will moisturize as needed at the right time. Estheticians recommend daytime and nighttime moisturizing products to ensure the skin gets what it needs when it can best utilize certain ingredients.

Finally, the Protection

Soft skin is skin that has the support of strong collagen. UV exposure, whether from the sun or a tanning bed, breaks down this vital protein. Without tightly-wound strands of collagen, the skin loses its firmness, and it is less capable of retaining moisture for long-term softness. To make your skin soft, make sunscreen a priority.

Does your skin need some attention? We’re here to help. Call (732) 449-0167 for cosmetic or medical dermatology services in Spring Lake.

You Look Sublime!

Sublime Skin Contouring Monmouth County, NJAging is a process that can eventually take quite a toll on the skin. The progression of facial aging is further exacerbated by changes in hormones, by what we eat and drink, and by how much time we spend in the sun without adequate UV protection. The cards may seem like they are stacked against us. But are they? In our Spring Lake, NJ office, concerns such as sagging, aging skin become less intimidating. This is because we have assembled a long list of treatments to reduce lines and wrinkles, to brighten tone, and to tighten skin that has lost its resilience.

The General Problem

There is no shortage of anti-aging treatment options. Over the past several years, we have seen some new technologies become available. Some of these non-invasive procedures involve radiofrequency; some prompt collagen is rebuilding with ultrasound. From what we have seen, the use of many of these technologies has resulted in either minimal results or lengthy treatment times or potentially uncomfortable side effects. Throughout the extensive investigation, we have also seen what is possible when proven technologies are combined.

Introducing SublimeTM Skin Contouring

Common concerns related to aging skin include sagging brows, puffiness and thinning of the skin under the eyes and nasolabial folds. Each of these issues and more can be reduced by treating the superficial layers of tissue with a combination of bi-polar radiofrequency and infrared light therapy.

SublimeTM skin contouring is effective, comfortable, and safe. It maximizes outcomes while simultaneously reducing the risk of side effects such as lingering redness or swelling. The combination of therapeutic energies has been developed precisely for that goal. Over time and the course of the recommended number of treatments, collagen strands gain the support they need to tighten and lift sagging tissue.

An Important Note

There is a big difference between non-surgical tissue lifting and face lift or brow lift surgeries. Men and women who are interested in promoting their youthful aesthetic without going under the knife get the payoff of no recovery time, but need to prepare for a bit of a wait. Collagen rebuilding occurs over several months. While SublimeTM skin contouring may leave skin looking tighter right after treatment, this initial lift usually subsides as heated collagen strands cool off and loosen up. Long-term improvements are noticed more gradually.

Learn more about supporting healthy collagen with advanced technology. Call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.

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It’s Time to Talk Sunscreen

skin care Spring Lake, NJWith skin cancer rising in numbers, there is ample reason to continue the conversation about this condition and, importantly, how to protect yourself. Experts estimate that 90% of skin cancers are directly linked to UV exposure. This doesn’t have to mean a bad burn, as was once believed. The fact is, exposure to UVA and UVB rays damages skin cells. How we spend time outdoors matters, and sunscreen is a crucial aspect of protection.

The Basics

There are some chemicals that have been approved by the FDA for inclusion in sunscreen products. These include cinnamates and para-aminobenzoic acid, or PABA. These chemical ingredients absorb UV rays and convert them to heat energy. Other ingredients, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are physical sunscreens that actively scatter rays so they cannot be absorbed by the skin. Both types of ingredients are appropriate. The question is, which type of sunscreen is right for you?

The SPF Question

It is easy to become confused about the SPF, or sun protection factor, of sunscreen use. If you are only outdoors for a few minutes here and there, you may think that you don’t need sunscreen at all. Wrong. Conversely, if you plan an entire day at the beach, you may believe that you need one of those SPF 100 products. Also wrong. Here is a safe bet: choose an SPF 30 product with broad-spectrum protection. This product will require filers up to 97% of UV light, which is sufficient, so long as you reapply as needed.

Now for the Uniqueness of You!

  • Dry skin needs a sunscreen with the moisturizer such as dimethicone or lanolin oils.
  • Children’s skin may be sensitive to certain ingredients, such as oxybenzone and PABA. Instead, choose a physical sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Spray sunscreen may be used but not applied directly to the face; apply to hands first.
  • People with acne-prone skin, or with rosacea or allergies, may also be sensitive to sunscreen ingredients such as fragrances, preservatives, PABA, and oxybenzone. Products containing alcohol should be avoided, as well. If you are using medication for acne, even topical solutions, talk with your dermatologist about sunscreen use.
  • Darker skin still needs to be protected from UV light! Both chemical and physical sunscreens are appropriate for dark skin. Physical sunscreens are now formulated with micronized particles, so they are less likely to look white on the skin. SPF 15 or SPF 30 products are suited.
  • People with very fair skin, a history of skin cancer, or with melisma do not have to stay completely clear of sunlight. SPF 30 sunscreen needs to be applied 30-minutes before going outdoors, and it needs to be applied every two hours, or anytime you sweat or swim.
  • Mature skin has sustained a fair amount of UV damage over the years. This can lead to laxity, discoloration, wrinkles, and precancerous or cancerous lesions. SPF 30 sunscreen needs to be carefully applied to the nose, ears, neck, chest, back of the neck, and all other exposed areas. This can be difficult for an older adult with limited mobility so that a spray-on product may be useful.

Do you have questions about sun protection or skin cancer? Call our Spring Lake, NJ office at (732) 449-0167.

Dermal Fillers for the Newbie

It may have been a long time since you felt like the “new kid on the block.” In the realm of anti-aging treatments, we continue to meet men and women who have yet to jump into the pool of wrinkle-reduction with injectables. If you are new to the idea of dermal fillers, the vastness of available products is enough to make you hesitate. This is where we come in. As your cosmetic and medical dermatologist in Spring Lake, Dr. LoBuono provides details on treatment options that are suited to your needs and preferences. Let’s take a brief tour of dermal filler land to introduce you to what may be in store for you.

How do fillers work?

There are two common types of fillers. The first type is natural fillers that are formulated with hyaluronic acid. This compound is a sugar derivative that is present in the body’s joints, eyes, and skin. The function of hyaluronic acid is to bind water molecules into one location. So, when we inject a hyaluronic acid product beneath the skin, it will attract water to plump lines and creases.

Fillers may also be made synthetically. Radiesse is an example. This filler is made of tiny granules of calcium hydroxyapatite. The result is similar to a hyaluronic acid filler, but the mechanism is slightly different. When Radiesse is injected beneath superficial tissue, it creates a light scaffolding that lifts the skin temporarily. As granules are slowly metabolized, the body is at work rebuilding collagen in the treatment area. When the calcium particles have diminished, new collagen stores continue to support youthful looking skin.

Uses of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are all about smoothing and plumping. Some of the common concerns for which filler treatment is recommended include:

  • Under eye bags
  • Deflated or thin lips
  • Nasolabial folds and smile lines
  • Hollowness below the cheekbones or at the temples
  • Loss if midface volume
  • Scars

A Word about Botox

If you are a complete Newbie to injectable anti-aging treatments, you may wonder why you wouldn’t just get Botox instead of dermal fillers. The reason is that the two types of products work in different ways. Botox is intended as a slight, temporary muscle relaxer that reduces lines and creases on the top portion of the face, those caused by facial expressions. Patients need not choose Botox or dermal fillers, either; combining the two is a great way to get the best results!

Is it your time to address the signs of aging? Call (732) 449-0167.

 

Let’s talk Body-Contouring: Velashape vs. CoolSculpting

body contouring coolsculpting spring lakeWith summer just on the horizon, many of our patients are starting to ask about the body-contouring treatments offered in our Spring Lake office. The methods used to slim down body parts such as the arms, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen have changed significantly in recent years. Men and women no longer have to feel the pressure to get liposuction if they don’t want to take that route. Instead, all they have to do is find the right non-surgical solution for their needs . . . and there may be a right one.

Non-surgical body contouring is typically performed with one of two methods: heat or cold. Here, we will make a comparison between the heat method available in our office, Velashape, and the fat-freezing method, CoolSculpting.

Freeze it to Melt it

Who would have ever thought that to melt fat, you should freeze it! The makers of CoolSculpting, that’s who. This procedure has been widely used for a few years now and continues to be a popular method of body-sculpting without surgery. Here’s how it works. The cooling panels are placed around a squeezable portion of fat, usually in the abdomen. The tissue is held between the panels with suction. It’s gentle enough, though mildly uncomfortable, according to patients.

The CoolSculpting process is completed in about an hour-long session (which needs to be repeated after a few weeks for optimal results). After the tissue is released, it is massaged. This is where patients express that they feel the most discomfort. Then, over the course of the next 12 weeks, the fat cells that have been frozen crystallize and are metabolized, released from the body. The manufacturer of this process claims that as much as half an inch can be reduced after the very first treatment.

Get Hot to Look Hot

One of the key differences with Velashape is that this device uses radio frequency to heat fat cells. While these cells are gently warmed, tissue is also simultaneously being massaged with gentle suction. This increases circulation and also encourages lymphatic drainage, through which toxins are released from the body. Another key difference between the two treatments is that heating tissue, versus cooling it, prompts the production of collagen. It is for this reason that Velashape may also improve the appearance of cellulite, a goal that has been notoriously difficult in the past.

Like CoolSculpting, Velashape does require multiple treatments to obtain optimal results. However, this treatment is not limited to the abdomen or the thighs. Velashape may treat those areas and also the hips, buttocks, love handles, and the upper arms.

Do you want a head to start for summer? Contact us at (732) 449-0167 to learn more about body contouring in Spring Lake.

 

It’s Change-up Time!

skin careAs much as we may have looked forward to the winter months, and the reprieve from warm temperatures, a few months of cold and we are ready once again for the glow of sunshine to return. As we head into Springtime, thoughts may turn to spring cleaning. The clearing out of the old and ushering in of the new is a great habit to keep, especially as it pertains to your skin! Here, we will talk about 3 crucial changes that will make your transition into Spring more productive.

The Product Change-up

Your skin will naturally change along with the seasons. As the weather cools and air dries out, so does your skin. This past few month, you may have been basking in heated indoor air and steaming showers. To make up for all the dryness,  [we hope] you applied thick, creamy body lotion right out of the shower. Your moisturizer products were inclusive of emollient ingredients to nourish depleted skin cells. Now is the time to lighten up. Don’t stop moisturizing, by any means! Apply your products morning and night, but toss those thick formulations for the smoother moisturizer with vitamin E as well as alpha or beta hydroxy acid.

The Dermatologic Change-up

As a result of all those thick products and dry air, your skin may be crying out for some TLC. Old, dead skin cells most likely accumulated on the surface of your skin. This layer of cells stands in the way of your moisturizer and other skin care products. It also impedes the revealing of your inner glow. To bound into Spring with a fresh new face, you want to clear off the surface of your skin. The best way to renew skin cells is to see your Spring Lake dermatologist for a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. These gentle treatments give you a jump start to your weekly exfoliating practice.

The Sunscreen Change-up

We are going to give you the benefit of the doubt here and assume you have been using sunscreen all Winter long.  As the temperature rises, you want to be sure to use SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen every single day. When you head outdoors for the day, reapply your sunscreen every few hours.

For general and cosmetic dermatology services from our experienced, friendly staff, contact us or call  (732) 449-0167.

Ready to Try Something New?

skin treatmentsTrying new things is good for the soul. It’s also good for your skin, if you spend time visiting your dermatologist for the latest beauty treatments! Sometimes, the speed at which new technologies and treatments become available may feel overwhelming. That shouldn’t stop you from looking and feeling your best. Here, we want to introduce you to some of the ways our patients are spreading their proverbial wings in the realm of aesthetic medicine.

Sublime Skin Rejuvenation

We all could use a little rejuvenation from time to time. Our sublime skin contouring treatment is just as valuable for the man or woman who wants to preserve youthful skin as it is for the individual who has begun to notice the signs of aging. The reason this is so is because this treatment focuses on restoring adequate stores of collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives skin its firmness. Production starts to slow sometime during our 20s, though we don’t see the signs for another decade or two. By then, we are chasing a problem rather than preventing one.

Hair Removal

If one of your major frustrations is the time you have to spend grooming away unwanted hair, then now may be an excellent time to schedule laser hair removal. After a series of treatments, you can throw out that razor and never need another. The results of laser hair removal become evident after the first treatment, when hair that exists in the follicles at that time is vaporized. Further treatments are necessary to complete the cycle of hair growth, but hair often grows back much thinner throughout the process.

Injectables

For some people, just visiting the dermatologist for wrinkle reduction feels adventurous, and that’s ok! Until you have undergone this treatment, it may sound uncomfortable or unsettling, at the least. Rest assured, your experienced provider knows the appropriate method of application, as well as dosing. patients who are treated with Botox or dermal fillers regain a more youthful, more energetic appearance without losing their true self.

Raise your confidence with cosmetic treatments tailored to resolve your concerns. Call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167 for a convenient appointment.

Changing Seasons Affect your Skin Care Routine

skin care“The only constant is change.”

It’s a saying with which most of us are familiar. We know that life changes on a day to day basis; that there is no way we can guarantee an existence without the occasional surprise. Still, our subconscious quest for certainty often leads us into a rut. We use the same products and basic routine for years, and then wake up one day and wonder how our skin got so old.

The time to think about your skin care is now, not when lines and wrinkles are an obvious concern. Patients of our Spring Lake general and cosmetic dermatology office are supported in their efforts to maintain healthy, glowing skin no matter what their starting point. Here, we want to touch on how the changing seasons provide you an excellent opportunity to switch up your skin care routine.

Winter Woes

As the winter temperatures have dropped, your skin is most likely responding. Only you can notice these changes, which could turn to cries for help if subtle signs are not noticed. The main challenge of winter is the dryness of the air. The outside air is dryer thanks to falling digits. The air inside gets dryer, as well, when we heat it. In combination, these two factors deplete the lipid layer that provides a barrier between skin and the environment. On top of that, most people instinctively wash their hands more during the winter months, or use hand sanitizer. More drying! To combat the winter woes, change up your product line to include richer formulations of body wash and creams with emollients such as shea butter or lanolin. Sealing in moisture is vital to protecting skin from damage and premature aging.

That Summertime Sizzle

As we move closer to summer, we will discuss the value of a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen. The harshness of UV rays is the primary culprit of summer skin damage. There are several ways to mitigate risks, such as daily sunscreen use and wearing wide-brimmed hats when out in the sun.

We support our patients in the management of their most attractive, healthy skin. To schedule professional care from your Spring Lake dermatologist, call (732) 449-0167.

 

Nourish your Skin by What you Put on your Holiday Plate

Happy Holiday PlateWe have made our way back to the holiday season, and that means more opportunities to connect with friends and loved ones. It means opportunities to jump in the leaves, or to build a snowman. The holidays also tend to bring on a healthy dose of busyness. We have shopping and wrapping and cooking and more shopping to do. In the midst of all this, we may also find ourselves headed to numerous holiday gatherings. All of this hoopla can have unexpected effects on your skin. Here, we will dive into what you can feel good about eating this season, and what you may want to avoid.

The Happy Holiday Plate
There are certain winter foods, and certain goodies that we tend to enjoy more frequently around the holidays. Those that feed the skin – as well as our senses – include:

  • Coffee. The positive effects that coffee can have on the skin and the body in general can make you positively certain you will never again try to give up your favorite beverage. Specifically, some of the compounds in coffee beans that make it into your cup can offer substantial protection against nonmelanoma skin cancer.
  • Pumpkin. Bring on the pumpkin pie! This tasty treat is on most holiday tables, and now you can feel even better about that little extra slice. Pumpkin is filled with nourishing vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, which fights free radical that degrade the skin. There are also carotinoids in pumpkin that help you ward off damage from UV exposure.

Foods that Rob your Skin of Goodness
Yes, part of the reason that we indulge in holiday treats is because there is a certain type of comfort that we get from seasonal goodies. However, we also eat to feed the body with nourishing ingredients. Some of the holiday fare that could be detrimental to skin health include:

  • Fast food and processed foods. Most of the things we grab on the go are loaded with sodium. Too much salt can cause your face to look puffy.
  • Sugar. This is a hard one to avoid completely, but care should be taken to minimize sugar consumption through the holiday season and beyond. This is because sugar has been found to degrade collagen, which we need to avoid premature aging.

We extend well wishes to all of our patients for a healthy holiday season.

3 Things to Avoid After Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair RemovalWith the holiday season just around the corner, you are going to want to do everything to look and feel your best before all of those work parties, family parties, and parties with all of your best friends. And, as one of the best ways to look and feel like your sexiest and most attractive self, getting laser hair removal is a great option. By permanently getting rid of unwanted hair around your body, whether you are male or female, you can kiss your razor, tweezer, and waxer goodbye for good. However, as with any type of procedure that you are going to get done, recovery is one of the most important steps. Read on to learn more about things that you should avoid and try to do in between your laser hair removal treatments.

The Sun
Luckily, because it is almost winter, you likely won’t be spending too much time outside in the sun. However, depending on where you are getting laser hair removal done— your arms and face— you will need to cover up and avoid the sun as much as humanly possible. Because getting laser hair removal done can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun, it can cause you to burn and even scar— a lose, lose situation. If you do have to go outside, make sure that you cover your skin with sunscreen.

Avoid Hot Baths and the Sauna
If you are used to getting into a hot bath every night before bed or if you enjoy getting into the sauna in order to help clear out your pores and sinuses, then this part of recovery may be hard for you. However, for at least 24 hours following your laser hair removal treatment, we encourage you to avoid taking any hot bath, dip in the jacuzzi, or trip to the sauna.

Use a Skin Calming Cream
Because your skin might be a bit more sensitive after your laser hair removal treatment, purchase a skin calming cream beforehand. Something that has something like aloe vera in it will help to soothe your skin afterwards.

Get ready and equipped for this holiday season by getting laser hair removal done by Dr. Philip LoBuono. To learn more about laser hair removal, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!