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3 Ways to Restore Moisture to Your Skin

3 Ways to Restore Moisture to Your Skin

Micro Peels iHighlands, NCDoes your skin feel dry? Although you can lather on moisturizer, this is actually counterproductive, especially on your face. It actually causes the skin to stop moisturizing itself and increases the risk of wrinkles and crinkles. Your skin actually needs a little more help to retain moisture and feel smoother. With the help of exfoliators, peels and proper skin care, we at the Center For Plastic Surgery can help give your skin that extra boost it needs to feel smoother and more moist in no time.

Exfoliate

If you don’t already exfoliate your skin regularly, you aren’t doing your skin any service. Exfoliating with either a scrub, handheld device or both is one of the best ways for you to get rid of dead, dry skin and reveal smoother, healthier, moist skin in the process. When exfoliating, make sure not to get too aggressive otherwise you can strip your skin of its natural oils.

Peel Out

Okay, we aren’t talking about the “peeling out” you did in your car in the parking lot when you were 16 — although that was a lot of fun. We are talking about micro-peels.  Here at our Center For Plastic Surgery Office, we provide patients with a variety of different micro-peels to help treat and target different skin concerns including dryness and hyperpigmentation. During your initial consultation with our staff, we will help determine which of our peels — Radiance, Glycolic, or Jessner — is the right option for you and your skin.

Watch Your Skincare

If your skin is unusually dry and sensitive to the touch, look at the skincare products you are using on your face. Most skin sensitivity is due to products that are used on the skin. Most of these are unnecessary and many actually do more harm than good. Basic skin care is a good cleanser usually with an exfoliant, a pH balancer and a zinc oxide sunblock. This is all that is needed unless you have significant damage like hyperpigmentation, crinkles, redness or other problems. Then, specific treatment is needed. We at the Center for Plastic Surgery can recommend both basic and therapeutic skin care that is right for your individual skin.

Ready to learn more about our micro-peels or skin care? Schedule your consultation at our Highlands office today at 877-526-3784.

Microdermabrasion De-Mystified

MicrodermabrasionIf tighter, smoother facial skin is on your “beauty” wish-list but you are a bit timid about injections or invasive surgical procedures, a Microdermabrasion treatment may be right for you.

Exactly what is Microdermabrasion?
To break it down, micro means very small or tiny; derm has to do with the skin (as in “dermatologist”); to abrade means to wear down or rub away (like sandpaper). Added together, we find Microdermabrasion defined as “a cosmetic procedure in which rough facial skin is removed by the application of a fine abrasive.”

During a Microdermabrasion procedure, the very thin, top layer of your facial skin (the epidermis) is abraded with a high-pressure spray of tiny crystals which are then vacuumed away. The procedure diminishes the appearance of fine line, wrinkles, discoloration, scars and other blemishes. Microdermabrasion removes dead skin, uncovering a smoother, glowing, more youthful surface. The beauty of microdermabrasion is that your body recognizes the damage done to the epidermis, and it quickly works to replace the lost skin cells with new, healthier cells. Microdermabrasion is designed to treat only the epidermis. The tiny crystals do not affect your lower skin layer, the dermis.

What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion?
The benefits of Microdermabrasion are very similar to those of chemical peels. Skin discoloration is removed, as well as many signs of aging, scars and sun damage. Your skin will look and feel smoother and softer. Additionally, your skin-care products will be more effective following Microdermabrasion, as your new skin is more receptive to topical treatments.

We look forward to meeting you and explaining the effects of a Microdermabrasion treatment at the Center for Plastic Surgery. The procedure is done as an outpatient procedure in our office, with literally no down time.

Call today, to schedule an appointment: (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.

Radiesse® Vs Juvederm Voluma®, What’s the Difference?


dermal fillers Highlands, NC
Let’s face it: unless you’re a teenager trying to pass for 21, no matter how old you are, you want to look younger. Because aging gracefully is now more attainable than ever, there are a variety of surgical and non-invasive treatments that we offer patients here at the Center for Plastic Surgery. Whether you’re in your twenties or significantly older, fillers are one of the most popular noninvasive procedures that we use to help soften fine lines and wrinkles and add more volume to the face and lips.

Two similar injectables that we have offered here at our office to add volume to the cheeks, under-eye, pre-jowl, and nose are Radiesse and Juvederm Voluma. Although both of these injectables are fillers designed for the same problem, they are different. These differences have caused us to prefer one over the other. Let’s take a closer look.

Radiesse®

Radiesse has been used for cosmetic purposes since 2005 and was the first soft tissue filler that was heavy enough to elevate the deep tissue and help with volume loss under the eye, in the cheeks, and in the pre-jowl area. Made from calcium hydroxylapatite— a naturally occurring compound in the body used in cleft palate repair in children for many years— Radiesse works on two levels. When it is initially injected, it works to automatically add more volume to the area but it also works to encourage your body’s natural production of collagen— which helps make the results last longer than other fillers before it. The average longevity is 18 months. Its biggest drawback is its lack of reversibility.

Juvederm Voluma®

Here at our office, we offer a variety of  Juvederm fillers used for different purposes, but we are going to focus on Juvederm Voluma. Voluma hasn’t been around for as long as Radiesse but took off when it was released in 2014 because of its safety and longevity. Made from hyaluronic acid, also a naturally occurring substance but reversible, Voluma works the same as Radiesse by filling deep spaces to help add more volume. It, too, unlike any other filler other than Radiesse, is heavy enough to support the tissues. It lasts a minimum of 2 years and we have seen it last well beyond 3 years. Because the price per month of longevity is less than Radiesse and, because of its reversibility making it safer, it is now our preferred filler for volume replacement. We combine it with the other Juvederm products to give you the best results for whatever problem you have that fillers can correct.

If you want to learn more about fillers, schedule a consultation at our Highlands office today by calling us at (828) 526-3783.

3 Benefits of Non-Invasive Treatments

Non Surgical Procedures Highlands, NCWhen it comes to plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, there is much negative stigma surrounding them — most of which simply isn’t true. Here at the Center For Plastic Surgery, we specialize in both  surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Although surgical procedures like Blepharoplasty, brow lifts, and liposuction are continuously popular amongst our patients, non-invasive procedures like Botox, fillers, and Zerona Fat Reduction are equally as popular — if not more so at times. But why? To help you gain a better understanding of non-invasive treatments, this article will discuss three of their unique benefits. Let’s take a closer look.

  1. No Downtime
    Probably one of the biggest benefits of non-invasive treatments is that they don’t require any surgical downtime or recovery— meaning you can get back to your day right after your appointment. Although some of our patients experience mild side-effects like swelling, tenderness, or bruising, that should subside after just a couple of days and isn’t anything that will keep you out of commission.
  2. Minimal Pain
    If pain is a big deal for you, then non-invasive treatments may may be your best friend. Although treatments like Botox and fillers aren’t necessarily pain-free, the pain most patients experience is minimal and should subside after just a couple of minutes on average.
  3. They’re Effective
    You don’t have to go under the knife to get great results. On average, our patients at  Center For Plastic Surgery see great results from their non-invasive procedures. Although results from these treatments are typically temporary, they can be redone as needed and a few like fat injection are permanent.

If fine lines, wrinkles, a loss of tissue, or stubborn fat are getting you down, we may have a non-invasive treatment that may help you gain back your confidence. If you want to learn more about our non-invasive treatments, schedule your consultation at our Highlands office today: (828) 526-3783.

When Less Is More: The Art of Minimally Invasive Procedures

Your face and skin is what everyone sees first and is where much of your physical self-confidence likely stems from. If, however, you have a skin condition like redness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles or sags, your self-esteem can be significantly negatively effected. Luckily, here at the Center For Plastic Surgery, we offer our patients a variety of different minimally invasive procedures to help you get your self-confidence back to where it belongs: at a solid ten.

What Are Minimally Invasive Procedures?

There are a plethora of minimally invasive procedures that we offer here at Center For Plastic Surgery including:

  • Chemical Peels that treat dullness, spots or wrinkles and lines
  • Facial Fillers including Juvederm Ultra, Volbella, Vollure and Voluma that can correct minor problems to almost what a facelift or blepharoplasty will do
  • Botox
  • IPL to treat redness and dark spots
  • Microdermabrasion and micro-peels in the Medi-Spa

How Do They Compare to Invasive Procedures?

Invasive or surgical procedures include things like facelifts, neck lifts eyelid lifts (blepharoplasties), etc.which involve cutting and sewing and may require general anesthesia and have a variable recovery. Minimally invasive procedures like Botox, fillers, IPL or microdermabrasion have minimal, if any, recovery and almost immediate return to normal activities. Additionally, each of these procedures can be done in our office in around 30 minutes on average.

If your self-esteem is suffering because of the condition of your skin or face, then you should consider getting a chemical peel, facial fillers, Botox, IPL, or microdermabrasion at the Center For Plastic Surgery. During your initial consultation, we will go over your areas of concerns and your treatment options. To learn more or to schedule your consultation appointment, contact Center For Plastic Surgery today!