Common Triggers For Adult Acne

These days, the face of acne is changing, as more and more women in their 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s are experiencing a resurgence of the acne of their teens…and are battling breakouts as they battle the inevitability of aging. If this sounds familiar, read on to learn FOUR common adult acne triggers:

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  1. Stress. Experts say stress can lead to acne by signaling the release of cortisol, a hormone that tells your body to produce more pore-clogging oil.
  2. Diet. Greasy foods don’t cause greasy skin, but other foods can contribute to acne, such as carbs, sugar and dairy. Any food that leads to a spike in your blood sugar, such as pasta, bread, and sweets, can trigger skin’s inflammatory response and provoke a breakout. Several studies have shown a link between dairy products and pimples, perhaps because of the hormones that are present in these foods. Buying organic may help.
  3. Hormones. When your body experiences a spike in “male” hormones such as testosterone, oil production increases, and that can cause clogged pores where acne bacteria grows. This leads to inflammation and pimples. This male hormone spike may occur more frequently during peri-menopause, but it also happens just before your period. Women over the age of 33 are more likely to get pre-menstrual pimples than younger women are.
  4. High Testosterone or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Conditions with a hormonal component, such as high testosterone levels or polycystic ovarian syndrome, are often-overlooked causes of acne. PCOS affects 5% to 10% of women, and many suffer for years without realizing they have it. If your acne is accompanied by excessive hair growth or irregular periods, talk to your doctor. If you have PCOS, and other types of hormone imbalances can often be treated with a medication such as an oral contraceptive or anti-androgen.

If you are deep in the throes of an adult acne battle, call to book a consultation appointment. We offer services, such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion that can definitely help you conquer breakouts: (732) 449-0167.

Eight Facts About Botox® Cosmetic

Of course you have heard of or may even have used Botox®, but you may not know much about it and how it works.
So…here are EIGHT facts about the most popular aesthetic cosmetic procedure in the world:

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  1. The FDA approved Botox® for eye spasms in 1989, and approved it for wrinkles, creases and frown lines in 2002.
  2. Botox® is made from botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxic protein produced by bacteria…the same bacteria that causes the disease botulis.
  3. Decades ago, scientists found that injecting tiny amounts of botulinum toxin type A into a muscle temporarily paralyzed that muscle. Why is this important for your face? Because muscles are the cause of wrinkles around the forehead and eyes.
    • Wrinkles form because you make repeated muscle contractions when you laugh, frown and squint. When injected into the muscle, Botox® blocks nerve signals to that muscle, stopping its contraction. Without the contraction, the wrinkle above the muscle either disappears or dramatically lessens.
  4. Botox® results are not immediate. Unlike fillers, Botox® takes about a week to fully relax the muscle. The full results last from four to six months, but many people have found that results last longer.
  5. The frown area between the eyes is the most common area to be treated and usually requires five small pokes with a fine needle. It is surprisingly easy.
  6. The degree of improvement depends on how deep the creases are when you begin treatment, but everyone will see improvement.
  7. Botox® does wear off. Most of our patients love it, however, and return for repeat injections. If you do happen to experience a very rare side effect, Botox® will wear off and everything will go back to normal.
  8. Why get Botox®?
    • PREVENTION: Botox® slows down the creation of lines and creases.
    • FACIAL RELAXATION:Botox® eases that “angry” look.
    • LIFT: Depending on which way certain muscles pull, Botox® can give a lift to your eyes and mouth corners helping you look more rested.

The Holidays are upon us! Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Lobuono to discuss the benefits of Botox®: 732.449.0167.

The 411 on Wrinkles And Lines

Your amazing skin is made to be resilient, and it is. But you have to take care of it…every day.
For everyone, aging and aging skin is impossible to deny. Time marches on.
facial rejuvenationThe good news is you don’t have to give in to time’s effects on your skin…especially fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Aging thins your skin so it becomes less elastic and more vulnerable to wrinkles. The sun’s harmful rays break down your skin’s connective tissue and those rays are the main cause of wrinkly skin. Repeated, unprotected sun exposure can also cause skin cancer. Keep in mind that the effects of the sun’s damaging rays are cumulative over your lifetime.
  • Smiling is good; worrying is not. Your frown lines don’t need extra help to become deeper.
  • Wrinkles appear first around your mouth, eyes and eyebrows because of repeated facial expressions.

Although wrinkles are a natural result of aging, there are some things you can do to keep them at bay:

  • If possible, stay indoors when the sun’s rays are at their most damaging, between noon and five p.m. And don’t tan in tanning beds…those rays are even more damaging to your skin.
  • Using a good sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do to prevent sun damage, but it doesn’t do any good in your beach bag. Choose a product that is at least 30 SPF and re-apply often to your face, hands and neck.
  • Use a moisturizer and eye cream every day. A retinol cream may also help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Don’t scrub or pull at your skin. Use a soft touch when washing your face and applying makeup, especially around your eye area.
  • Smoking accelerates your body’s aging process and causes wrinkles to appear prematurely. So stop or cut back if you can.

If your wrinkles are deep and pronounced, you may want to consider one of our injectable dermal fillers.

Want to know more? Call for an appointment with Dr. Lobuono and let our team of specialists help you achieve your best, most youthful looking skin: 732.449.0167.

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“Peel” Away Time With a Chemical Peel

As Father Time marches on, your once youthful-looking skin begins to show the effects of the environment, genetics, hormones and the aging process. A chemical peel is a popular and effective treatment for uneven skin pigmentation, facial blemishes, acne or Chicken Pox scars, sun-damaged skin, and pre-cancerous growths.

The result? More youthful, smoother, glowing skin.

The chemical peel is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world.
It was performed in ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece for those desiring smoother, more beautiful skin. Today, chemical facial peels are popular because they offer nearly immediate results and can be performed as an outpatient procedure.

How does a peel work?

A chemical peel is a controlled injury to the skin which causes skin cells to separate and exfoliation to begin. A peel uses an acid solution (alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) or phenol) which is applied to the skin to remove the damaged, outer layers of the skin, enhancing and smoothing the skin’s texture.

Dr. LoBuono performs medium-depth peels using trichloroacetic acid (TCA). Because the penetration is deeper, TCA peels are usually only performed once. Dr. LoBuono will carefully evaluate your skin to determine how to provide you with the best possible results.

Patients with fair skin and light hair are good candidates for chemical peels. Those who have darker skin may still achieve good results, depending on the problem being treated.
Although chemical peels can improve the appearance of fine lines, they are not an effective treatment for deep wrinkles.

  • Your chemical peel will be performed in our office.
  • Seven to 10 days after the procedure, your new pink skin will emerge.
  • The pink color will fade but your skin will be sensitive…avoidance of exposure to sunlight until the pinkness fades is critical; the use of sun block a must!
  • The amount of time it takes for recovery varies with each patient.
  • A peel is not just for women!
  • Men who undergo a peel must delay shaving for a while.

Call for an appointment today, and give old Father Time the boot! 732.449.0167

HAND REJUVENATION

LET US GIVE YOU A “HAND” – HAND REJUVENATION OPTIONS

Have you ever looked at your hands and thought about all the things they have done over the course of your life…the loving touches given, meals eaten, dishes washed, diapers changed, flowers planted, letters written…your hands have worked hard…and are one of the first places to show the visible signs of aging.

• As you age, you may see darkened “age spots” or a loss of fatty tissue which makes your hands look bony and perhaps older than your age.

Hand Rejuvenation Treatments can reverse the visible signs of aging and the effects of sun damage and can help restore your hands to a more youthful appearance – one that matches your active lifestyle.

• Various treatments are available and treatment options may be combined to help achieve the look you desire.

Would you be a good candidate for Hand Rejuvenation Treatments?

• Are you looking to enhance the appearance of your hands and are you interested in:
• Becoming less self-conscious about your appearance?
• Achieving a smoother look to your skin?
• Regaining a more youthful look?
• Enhancing appearance and boosting self-confidence?

What are the types of Hand Rejuvenation Treatments?

  • Sclerotherapy – A solution is injected into unsightly veins. The solution irritates the veins, causing them to turn white and gradually disappear.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing – Short bursts of laser light penetrate dark “age spots” gently removing them from the skin.
  • Chemical Peel – Chemicals are applied the skin, causing “age spots” to disappear and skin on the hands looks less transparent.
  • Microdermabrasion – This is a superficial skin polishing that “sands” off the first layer of the skin with tiny crystals.
  • Injectable Fillers – When injected into the hands, fillers plump the skin to give a more youthful appearance.

• Keep in mind that cosmetic procedures are designed for improvement, not perfection.
• You should have realistic goals and expectations.

If you are considering hand rejuvenation treatments and would like to discuss which procedure would work best for you, call Dr. Lubuono at 732.449.0167 for a consultation today and enjoy lightened, refreshed, younger and smoother hands!

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REMOVING UNWANTED HAIR SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY

For men and women alike, dealing with unwanted body and facial hair can be painful, messy and inconvenient…not to mention the effect it can have on relationships and careers. Waxing is painful, using depilatories messy, and shaving is inconvenient and time consuming.

Is there a better option? Yes!

We offer a safe and effective way of removing unwanted and embarrassing hair on all parts of the body, including face, stomach, bikini area, legs, underarms and back. We use ELOS, the world’s most advanced hair removal treatment and a revolutionary alternative to waxing, shaving and electrolysis. ELOS stands for “electro-optical-synergy.” It combines light and radio frequency energies to thermally damage and permanently destroy hair follicles.

ELOS is proven to remove even the lightest shades of hair, although because of how it absorbs the energies, lighter hair may require more treatments than darker hair. Each ELOS treatment reduces the amount of unwanted hair, but because not all hair is in a growing phase at the same time, a series of treatments is necessary. The number of treatments is based on body area, skin tone and type, and hair color. Treatments can be repeated every four to six weeks.

What can I expect during and after my ELOS treatment?

The length of a treatment can vary from a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the area to be treated. ELOS treatments are not painful. Some patients describe the treatment as the light snap of a rubber band against their skin. During treatment, the skin is cooled and skin resistance is measured to ensure a positive, comfortable experience for the patient. The appearance of the treated area immediately following treatment can vary. There may be some redness and slight swelling but these will disappear in a short time. There is no downtime. However, we suggest you avoid exercise for 24 hours, stay out of the sun and do not pluck or wax between treatments.

Set up a consultation appointment and let us help you become your best self!

Dermal Fillers

Restylane vs. Perlane — Is One Better than the Other?

Every day it seems another filler is brought to the market. For consumers, it can be hard to differentiate between the different names and what they were developed to address. But most fillers have specific targets that they are designed for.

At Lubuono Dermatology, we carry both Restylane and Perlane. Both are made by the same company, QMed, and both are hyaluronic acid fillers. You’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that gives the skin its volume, hydration, and fullness. As we age, the body’s production of hyaluronic acid slows down, so our skin becomes more loose and prone to wrinkles and folds. Volume in certain areas goes away, too.

Both Restylane and Perlane are injected to fill the space between collagen and elastin fibers within the skin because those two proteins provide support structure to the skin. Both also bind with water molecules to hydrate and fill the injection area.

But that’s where their similarities end. Here’s the difference between the two.

Perlane
Perlane is thicker in consistency than Restylane. In fact, it is three times thicker than Restylane. Because it is thicker, Perlane can’t be injected into areas of thin skin and areas that are lean. It needs fat around it to hide the filler. So, it works well adding volume to the cheeks, chin, and nasolabial folds. Moderate to severe folds love Perlane.

Restylane
Restylane is the more popular filler, having been injected over 11 million times! It is far thinner than Perlane. This allows Restylane to flow, so it is perfect for defining the lips or the hollows under the eyes. It works well on sensitive areas with finer wrinkles and thinner skin.

So, when you look at these two QMed fillers, it’s easy to see that they don’t compete, but they actually complement each other’s strengths.

Which lasts longer? Perlane, of course, because its thickness allows it to stay in the tissue longer. Restylane lasts about a year or more; Perlane six months longer than that.