Dr. Buchanan and his highly skilled team at the Center for Plastic Surgery can help you achieve beautiful healthy rejuvenated skin through the use of skin care systems and equipment, spa services, lasers, the IPL, peels, injectables, and mineral makeup.
We all would like to have the flawless skin of babies. Their skin is:
Many things affect this balance and are a factor over time, but the major contributor to deterioration and aging of the skin is sun exposure.
Sunrays are composed of different types of energy.
Until relatively recently, we have had little that would really protect us from these changes. Additionally, what we have done to our skin has actually harmed it.
We believe that good skin care for minimally damaged skin should prevent these and other problems. We, therefore, recommend minimally as basic skin care:
Although sunscreens have been available for many years, most of them have not protected us from anything but UVB. SPF indicates only the effectiveness of UVB blockage and protection from sunburn. Wearing a sunscreen with high SPF without total UVA blockers or not reapplying one that does block UVA frequency to maintain its protection only increases the length of time most of us stay in the sun, and, therefore, the amount of exposure to the harmful UVA rays, thus causing more damage. Assuming we do not need sun protection unless we are laying in or out in the sun for an extended time also markedly increases our sun damage.
As of December, 2012, new FDA regulations required sunscreens to meet stricter requirements to be labeled “Broad Spectrum,” requiring the ability to block the full spectrum of UVA. The regulations, however, do not require any information on the effectiveness of the blockage. Some of the products that meet the new requirements do so for only a short while, making them impractical since you must reapply them hourly if outside and every 2 hours inside to be protected. Instead, what we need to do is use one of the newer broad spectrum Sun Blocks containing clear Zinc Oxide (Z-Cote) daily. This goes on clear and is effective until washed or wiped off. We recommend reading the ingredients label looking only for Zinc Oxide or Z-Cote of at least 8%, and, preferably, 10% or more. This has the equivalent of an SPF of 20 to 50, and, thus, protects us from both UVA and UVB. Additionally, the Topical Vitamin C or VIVITÉ® Vibrance Therapy recommended are Topical Antioxidants. Their use prevents or reduces injury from any UVA rays that get through the sunblock and helps correct some previous damage.
Significant sun damage causes problems that must be addressed in addition to the above basic care. These problems are:
If these things are present, other steps are necessary to restore the health of your skin. Skin health restoration IS A PROCESS, NOT a product. Healthy skin is Smooth, Firm, Evenly Pigmented & Hydrated. To restore Sun damaged skin to this condition, we:
As the skin ages, it allows other factors to have greater effect on the tissues of the face and body. In the face, where the muscles of expression attach to the skin, these muscles cause wrinkles and lines to appear. Gravity also pulls the skin, causing folds, depressed areas, and lines from descent of the tissues and stretch of the skin. Many of the changes of gravity are quite specific because of underlying ligaments limiting skin descent to certain areas. Also, some changes occur form loss of the deeper supportive layers such as over the bony orbital rim and the fat in the lips and other places. These changes can be reversed with surgery (such as Blepharoplasty, Brow Lift, and/or Lip Revision) or improved or disguised by smoothing the skin and reducing wrinkles with injections of fat,, Juvéderm® Ultra, Juvéderm® Voluma, Juvéderm® Vollure™, Juvéderm® Volbella™, BOTOX® Cosmetic, or a combination (Today’s Liquid Lift™, or use of Fruit acid peels, Phenol peels, or Laser resurfacing.
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