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Give Yourself a “Hand”

Give Yourself a “Hand”

Consider your hands. Think of all the things they have accomplished over the course of your life: The meals prepared, the love given, the dishes washed, the diapers changed, the letters written and the flowers planted. Your hands have worked hard and are one of the first places to show the visible signs of aging. With time, you may begin to see darkened “age spots” or a loss of fatty tissue which makes your hands look bony and perhaps older than your age.

hand careHand rejuvenation treatments can reverse the visible signs of aging, including the effects of sun damage and can help restore your hands to a more youthful appearance – one that matches your youthful, active lifestyle. Various treatments are available and treatment options may be combined to help you achieve the look you desire.

Here are four ways Dr. Buchanan can treat your aging hands at The Center For Plastic Surgery:

  1. Laser Like Skin Rejuvenation – The Ellipse IPL® offers the advantages of intense pulsed light therapy, a proven technology that treats the red and brown areas of sun damage using short bursts of laser like light which penetrate and gently remove “age spots.”
  2. Chemical Peel – The Obagi® RADIANCE Peel is a salicylic acid peel that can improve the look, texture and feel of your hands in minutes with no down time. Glycolic fruit acid peels remove the dry, top layer of the skin to reveal healthier, moist skin underneath.
  3. Microdermabrasion – This is a superficial skin polishing that “sands” off the first layer of the skin with tiny crystals. The procedure is non-surgical, non-invasive, fast and easy.
  4. Injectables – When injected, fillers such as Juvederm injectable gels or your own fat plump the skin on your hands to give them a more youthful appearance by somewhat hiding the veins, bones and tendons.

As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to have realistic expectations and keep in mind that these procedures are designed for improvement, not perfection.

If you would like to know more, call 828-526-3783 for a consultation with Dr. Buchanan, today, and enjoy younger looking hands.

Seven Excellent Reasons To Try One Of Our Chemical Peels

chemical peels

Why you need a chemical peel?

A chemical peel can make a huge difference in the way your skin looks and feels. Peels are fast, effective and very popular.  If you’ve considered a chemical peel and are curious to learn more, read on. Dr. Buchanan specializes in providing his patients with glowing, youthful, skin, and a chemical peel is just one of the ways he can accomplish that for you.

We offer peels tailored to your unique needs, ranging from very mild to strong, including:

  • The Obagi® Radiance® BHA/ Salicylic Acid Peel
  • The Therapon® 70% Lactic Acid “lunch-time” Peel
  • The TCA Obagi® Blue Peel
  • Jester’s BHA, AHA and Resorcinol Peel
  • The Croton Oil/Phenol Peel

Our peels achieve the most optimum results possible with the least amount of down time. Each type of peel is different; each has its treatment modalities designed to improve and enhance your skin.

Renewing your skin and reviving how you feel about yourself are two great reasons to schedule a chemical peel. Here are 7 more:

  1. Increase the production of collagen
  2. Improve minor acne scars and treat existing acne
  3. Correct surface aging problems
  4. Reduce fine lines
  5. Reveal softer, smoother skin
  6. Un-clog pores
  7. Remove sun spots, freckles, and blotches

During your peel, your skin will feel warm. You may also feel slight stinging, or burning. After your peel, your skin will feel a bit dry and tight, and may be red for an hour or so. Your skin will be sensitive to the sun, so you must be extra diligent about using a good sunscreen.

Call to schedule a consultation appointment and let us de-mystify the various types of peels we offer, and help you determine which one would be best for your unique skin type and conditions. You may want to enhance your peel with another procedure, such as a Botox treatment or a dermal filler. Don’t wait! Call, today: (828) 526-3783.

How to Get Baby Smooth Skin In Your 50’s and 60’s and Beyond

Beautiful Skin Highlands, NCIf you have children, grandchildren, or just like taking care of your friend’s children then you know there’s one thing everybody wishes they had that a baby does; smooth skin. A baby’s skin is ineviable because it’s not only flaw-free, but it is also hydrated and soft— something we all wish for. As we age, our skin starts to lose collagen and elastin in it which makes it more wrinkly and less smooth. If you are in your 50’s and 60’s and can’t seem to get the soothe skin that you want, we have non-invasive ways to help. Let’s take a closer look at how.

Tretinoin (Retin-A®) & ELASTIderm®

One reason that young skin looks so good is that all the cells are continually working to rebuild collagen (the main substance of the support layer) and elastin (the part that makes the skin elastic). With sun exposure, this process gets harder and harder and, after about 30 years of age, the cells that rebuild these simply stop working unless they are stimulated. There are several ways to stimulate them such as some lasers and micro needling, but the easiest and best way is to is a good skin care system including Tretinoin (Retin-A®) & Obagi® ELASTIderm®. The former stimulates collagen to thicken the skin and the latter stimulates elastic tissue. By using these over all the movable facial skin you can significantly retain a softer, more hydrated and more elastic skin.

Botox

Fine lines and wrinkles don’t just happen on your cheeks and around your mouth. In fact, most people notice their first wrinkle on their forehead or around their eyes. With injections of a neurotoxin that reduces muscle function like Botox, we can help to reduce the formation of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and forehead and leave you with a more baby-like complexion.

Fillers

Fillers like Juvederm are designed to do exactly as their name suggests; fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body used to build collagen) these two fillers can also help add volume and contour to your cheeks and around your mouth. They are useful especially if you already have wrinkles that are present when the underlying muscles are relaxed. With thin skin and multiple wrinkles, the filer can be placed directly under the dermis (the collagen containing support layer of the skin) to thicken it make it harder to wrinkle. The body can use some of this hyaluronic acid to make new collagen, leaving you feeling and looking one step closer to having baby-like skin.

MicroPeels

Another way to get that baby perfect skin is getting frequent micro peels. Your skin type and your exact issues of concern will help determine what type of peel will be best for you. MicroPeels work by targeting the top layer of your skin removing the outer dead cell layer that has been created by time and sun exposure leaving healthier, brighter skin in the process. They also get rid of external weight that tends to increase the incidence of wrinkles.

Having that smooth baby skin doesn’t have to be an unattainable fantasy. With the help of our staff at the  Center For Plastic Surgery, we have a variety of both non-invasive and surgical procedures we can use to help you get a more youthful glow. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our Highland’s office by calling us at (828) 526-3783.

The Unique Benefits of Glycolic Peels

Chemical Peels Highlands, NCIf you are looking for something to add to your normal skincare routine, we have just the thing. With a variety of different treatments, including regular glycolic peels, our patients have noticed visible improvements in skin tone and texture. If you are new to the world of glycolic peels, however, you may not be quite as familiar with the benefits. So, what are they?

Fewer Fine Lines

If you are looking for an anti-aging skin care treatment that will help combat fine lines, then it may be time to consider glycolic peels. By targeting the top layer of your skin, glycolic peels help your skin to naturally heal itself which in turn produces more collagen in the process.

Softer, Smoother & Moister Skin

As you age, your skin’s outer dead cell layer thickens, making it feel rougher and dryer. Moisturizers only hide this temporarily. However, glycolic peel helps soften rough skin and returns moisture by removing the rough dead cells and exposing the normal live moist cells.

ReduceD Acne & White/Blackheads

By removing the dead cell layer, glycolic peels unclog the pores. This can help to clear up your skin and get rid of nasty acne or milia in the process.

More Even Pigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is another thing that results from sun damage over time. Using a pigment stabilizer and a glycolic peel can help reduce the irregular color of your skin and make it look more even.

Reduced Flaking when Starting Skin Rejuvenation

Skin rejuvenation programs like the Obagi® NuDerm System cause gradual loss of the outer dead cell layer. This produces significant flaking. By doing a glycol peel first, this flaking is significantly reduced or eliminated.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of glycolic peels, schedule a consultation with us at our Highlands office today: (828) 526-3783.

Do You Feel Like A “Peel” Would Be Wonderful?

Tempus Fugit – Time Flies.

As you age, changes to your body and skin begin to show the effects of time, your genes, the environment and missing hormones. But you aren’t alone. Today, more and more women and men are turning to chemical peels as a treatment for blemishes, large pores, acne scars, age spots, uneven pigmentation and pre-cancerous growths.
It’s true. A chemical peel is a great way to achieve smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

The facial peel is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world. Today, peels are popular because they offer nearly immediate results and can be performed as an outpatient procedure.

chemical peels

A chemical peel is a controlled injury to the skin. An alpha or beta hydroxide acid, resorcinol or other acid solution is applied to the skin, removing its damaged, outer layers, smoothing and enhancing its texture.

Patients with light hair and fair skin are great candidates for chemical peels. Those who have darker skin may still achieve good results. Although chemical peels can improve the appearance of fine lines, they are not designed to treat deep wrinkles.

At The Center For Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of peels, from lighter peels to skin-sensitive peels to deeper, more potent peels. We tailor the strengths of our peels to your individual needs to achieve the best results with the least risk and down time.

To prevent pigmentary problems with the TCA and Phenol/Croton Oil peels, we require our patients to be on the Obagi® System or Hydroquinone for six weeks before the peel.

Rest assured. We will carefully evaluate your skin to determine how to provide you with the best possible results.

Your peel will be performed in our office.
Your new pink skin will emerge in about 7-10 days.
The pink color will fade but your skin will be sensitive.
Avoid the sun until the pinkness fades and use sunscreen every day.
Recovery time is zero to two weeks depending on the peel used.
A peel would, indeed, be wonderful!

Call, today, to book a consultation appointment: (828) 526-3783.

Peel Away the Years at the Center for Plastic Surgery!

If you look at it closely,  everything you encounter every day tend to add years to your face  — from the pollution in the environment to the heavily processed foods you eat. Here at our North Carolina plastic surgery practice, we aim to help you take years off from your face without going through surgery through our wide array of chemical peels.

How it Works

It’s no surprise that chemical peels made it in the top 5 list of non-surgical procedures for 2012. Men and women alike are turning to chemical peels to improve the appearance of their face due to its advantage of quicker recovery. So how exactly do chemical peels work?

Chemical peels range from very mild to stronger solutions, depending on the problem that you want to improve and the condition of your skin. The procedure itself takes around 15 minutes and the chemical peels work by “peeling” the outer layers of the skin containing dead skin cells. A warm stinging sensation is normal during the procedure.

Chemical Peels in Highlands, North Carolina

Dr. Buchanan offers the following type of chemical peels in Highlands, North Carolina:

1. The Obagi® RADIANCE Blue Peel is a salicylic acid peel that can improve your skin’s look, texture and feel in a matter of minutes with no down time. This type of peel is beneficial for those with darker skin and have problems with hyperpigmentation.

2. Glycolic peels consist of light fruit peels. These peels are good for people who do not need or feel ready for deeper resurfacing and those who do not want any visible peeling.

3. Jessner Peels combine the strengths of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and resorcinol acid. We recommend Jessner peels if if you have been using other peels and have not received the desired results or if you have reached a plateau in your peels and need an extra boost.

If you have been thinking about having chemical peels, make it a point to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon who received extensive training and experience with skin resurfacing like Dr. Buchanan.

Dr. Buchanan has hospital privileges at both Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva.  The procedures are performed either in his office or at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.  We are located at 209 Hospital Drive, Suite 202, Highlands, NC.  Call us at 828-526-3783 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!