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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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.

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Bringing Back the Softer Side of your Skin

You 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.

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.

Two Very Important Proteins, Collagen and Elastin

Firm, beautiful facial skin is a worthy goal for life-long skin care. Two naturally occurring proteins, collagen and elastin, play important roles in meeting that goal. You may have heard of them, read about them and possibly have wondered what they are.

  • Collagen is a very abundant protein found in your nails, skin, hair, muscles, tendons and other parts of your body – it is an important component of your body’s connective tissue. Collagen helps your skin stay smooth and firm. It also aids in the formation of new skin cells and keeps harmful toxins at bay.
  • Elastin is a protein that helps your skin stay young by keeping it flexible and elastic, thus countering the effects of gravity on your skin. There is less elastin in your body than collagen, but they work together to keep your skin flexible, firm and youthful looking.

Your body has less of these critical proteins as you age, and, as a result, your skin becomes loose, saggy and thin. It also damages more easily and is more susceptible to the effects of gravity. Fine lines and wrinkles appear and your skin may sag, which creates the appearance of jowls and a double chin.

It’s impossible to completely prevent the visible signs of aging, but there are some things you can do to protect the collagen and elastin in your body and keep your skin looking young for as long as possible:

  • Stop smoking. Just do it.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Avoid spending too much time in the sun – and always use sunscreen when you are outside.

And, as many of our client’s do, consider one of the cosmetic treatments we offer to counter the visual signs of aging. We proudly offer Restylane® and Perlane® – FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

Call us for a consultation, today, to learn more about the anti-aging, cosmetic procedures we offer our clients: (732) 449-0167.

Renew, Refresh, Revive – It’s Spring!

Each season presents its own skin care challenges…and each season calls for a different skincare routine. Your skin, especially your fragile facial skin, is constantly exposed to the elements…from winter’s chill to summer’s heat. You should give your skin the tender, loving care it needs to thrive throughout the year – but especially now that spring is just around the corner.

To that end, here are a few tips to jump-start your spring and summer skincare routines:

Exfoliate: Because the cold, dry winter air is hard on your skin, sloughing off winter’s dead cells can renew and refresh your skin. If you haven’t exfoliated the dead skin cells from your face all winter, it’s time to start. You can exfoliate gently at home by using a soft washcloth or, if you want an easy DIY scrub recipe, you can mix granulated sugar or oatmeal with honey or olive oil for an extra dose of hydration. Remember to be gentle! Don’t pull or tug at your skin or rub too vigorously. The idea is to work up to exfoliating two to three times a week.

If you want maximum rejuvenation, make an appointment with us for a microdermabrasion treatment or a chemical peel. These treatments are designed to improve the appearance of dull skin, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, blackheads, and even sun damage. They are non-invasive, quick and easy…and can be done on your lunch hour.

Moisturize: Invest in a good facial moisturizer – one with a built-in sunscreen, if possible. Hopefully you have been keeping your skin moist during the winter months…but now that the sun is about to be a daily visitor, moisture plus sunscreen are absolute musts for soft, summer-ready skin.

Spring is also a great time to make an appointment for one of our Injectable Treatments, like Botox. There is absolutely no downtime with a Botox treatment. You’ll be smiling and ready just in time for summer. And you’ll look your best, even without make-up, as you trade your boots for sandals and head to the beach or pool.

Spring Forward! Call to schedule an appointment for a microdermabrasion, peel or Botox treatment, today: (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.