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What Do You Know About Wrinkles?

What Do You Know About Wrinkles?

If you are a man or woman “of a certain age,” the aging of your body and skin manifests itself in countless ways, facial wrinkles being one of the most visible and obvious.

Why wrinkles?

What’s the main causes of wrinkly skin? The sun’s UV and UVB rays resulting in an unbalance between the skin and the underlying muscles that, in the face, are attached to the skin.

How does this happen? The sun’s UVA rays cause a loss of your skin’s connective tissues including collagen and elastic tissue making your skin thinner, less elastic and much more vulnerable to wrinkles which are the result. More importantly, repeated, unprotected sun exposure can cause skin cancer. Additionally, the effects of the sun’s damaging rays are cumulative over your lifetime.

Most wrinkles appear around the eyes, eyebrows and mouth. This is because of repeated facial expressions, such as frowning and smiling. Smiling is a good thing, but worrying is not. Those frown lines don’t need extra help to deepen!

What helps? Here are 7 things to consider:

facial rejuvenationWrinkles are a natural result of aging, that’s true, but there are some things you can do to prevent or reduce them:

1.  Sunscreen is critically important but it doesn’t do any good in a drawer. Be sure to choose a product that contains at least 8% zinc oxide and re-apply it whenever you rub or wash it off (other products are OK, but need to be reapplied hourly outside and every 2 hours indoors). Don’t forget your hands and neck.

2. Stay away from tanning beds. They use UVA, the damaging part of sun rays.

3. Be gentle. Don’t scrub your skin with a rough cloth; don’t rub and pull at your skin; use an easy touch when applying makeup, especially around the eye area.

4.Use a retinol cream applied daily, especially after 30 years of age to reduce loss of collagen. If you are in your 50’s or older and haven’t been using a retinol, you probably need tretinoin (Retin-A).

5. Consider adding Obagi ELASTIderm® that converts some of the collagen to elastic tissue. This is especially true the older you are.

6. If you smoke, quit. Smoking greatly accelerates the aging process and causes wrinkles to appear prematurely.

7. Consider injectables, like Juvederm and Botox, if your wrinkles are deep and pronounced.

Today is the beginning…the rest of your life awaits you! Give Dr. Buchanan a call and request your complementary consultation 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.

Myths about the Sun and Protection from it:

We all think we know about the sun, what it does to us and how to protect ourselves from it. Unfortunately, most of us really do not know what we need to know. A great deal of this is because most of the people who write about this and even many Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons keep repeating information that has been outdated for years. Though you may think that this is implausible, several studies have shown that it takes an average of 13 years before a new discovery is adopted into general usage. Unfortunately, it has already taken well over 20 years to adopt new knowledge about the sun and how to protect from it, and it has still not been generally accepted. The following are some widely held myths:

SPF is what you need to look for in selecting a Sunscreen.

SPF is a designation designed to tell you how well the sunscreen protects from sunburn. It has no bearing on whether it protects you from sun damage that causes skin cancer and aging, however. Sunburn is caused by UVB that is absorbed by everything, including your skin. This is the reason it causes a burn (all the energy is concentrated in the outer skin layer) and is present twice as much in the summer as the winter, at noon as morning and evening and in Florida as in North Dakota (because of atmospheric absorption). Since it is UVA that is absorbed into all layers of the skin and causes cellular damage resulting in skin cancers and aging, you need a way to tell if what you are using does that. SPF does not do this.

All sunscreens protect from damaging rays equally.

Since December of 2013, any product labeled as a sunscreen or sunblock have to protect from both UVA and UVB. Any product that simply puts an SPF on the label but does not claim to be a sunscreen or sunblock does not necessarily have any UVA protection and any that it does have is usually short lived. Even those that are approved as sunscreens are not all equal in the protection provided. There is a long list of chemical sunscreens and the manufacturer can use a mixture of them. Some are better than others. The one thing they all share is that they only last about an hour if you are outside or 2 hours if you are inside since the sun actually deactivates them. The physical sunblocks are zinc, titanium and iron oxide. They all protect from both UVA and UVB and last until washed or rubbed off. However, zinc is by far the best, protecting maximally over a larger spectrum and is the easiest to apply.

You only need to use it when you “go out in the sun.”

This, again, is based on what we previously knew about UVB. Since UVB is immediately absorbed rather than being reflected, it is much less strong in the shade or inside. Besides, many modern windows block UVB. None really block UVA, which is present almost equally all day, all year, at all latitudes and even inside and in the shade. We, therefore, need to protect from it all the time every day. This requires the proper sunblock and sun protective clothing.

Something other than an applied sunscreen or sun protective clothing will protect you,

There have been many claims over the years. Most recently, several companies have marketed either a pill or something to drink that is supposed to protect you from sun damage. None of these products work, and the FDA has recently warned these companies to stop making such claims.

For proper sun protection, we suggest:

Since zinc oxide provides the widest spectrum of maximum protection and lasts as long as it remains in place, this is, not only the best, but the most practical. Probably the main reason it has not been adopted better is another myth, “it is that white stuff the lifeguards used to wear on their noses.” A recent health writer even bemoaned that we did not have a reasonable sunblock or “something other than that white stuff.” The fact is that it has not been “white” for well over 20 years and rubs in clear but provides superb protection. Instead of looking for SPF, we recommend that you simply look at the ingredients and buy one with at least 8% zinc oxide. This will give you all the UVA and UVB protection you need. We also suggest that your clothing be sun protective, either bought that way or washed with Rit SunGuard that washes in sun protection for 20 washes. We sell both in the office.

Going to be Outside a Lot? How to Keep Your Skin Protected

Skin Beautifying Treatments Highlands, NCWith nicer weather, it is highly likely that we all will be out in the sun more. Though we need to protect ourselves and our families at all times since the UVA Aging Rays of the sun are present even in the shade and indoors, we need to be especially careful when we are directly in the sun.  Therefore, we thought we would create a list of best practices that will keep your skin protected. Let’s take a closer look.

Wear Sunscreen

The best — let’s repeat that again — the best thing you can do for your skin is to wear sunscreen each and every day, rain or shine. Make sure you are applying sunscreen to every part of your body that is not thoroughly covered with sun protective clothing. Since there is a huge difference in sunscreens, make sure you are wearing the right one. There are 2 ways to get full effective coverage for both UVA and UVB. One is to use a combination of chemical sunscreens including avobenzine. The other is to use Zinc Oxide, a physical sunblock. The difference is that the chemical sunscreens are effective for only about an hour outside and perhaps 2 hours indoors. Zinc Oxide, which now goes on clear, however, is effective until you wash or rub it off. It, therefore, is practical and our recommendation. Using a sunblock with at least 8% Zinc Oxide gives you all the UVA and UVB (SPF) protection you need.

Try Self-Tanning Creams and Sprays

A lot of people think that because their skin is light and it hasn’t seen the sun in a few months, that they should get it ready and hit the tanning bed. However, tanning beds are basically a path toward skin cancer (Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists call them “skin cancer machines”). Skip the skin cancer and give your skin the extra glow by trying some sunless tanning cream or spray.

Cover Up

Another way to keep your skin shielded and protected? Cover it with a big hat and clothes. Hats are not perfect, but they do reduce some of the sun that gets to your face. Clothes are far from perfect either. Most only slow the UVA rays a little bit. There are, however, 2 things you can do to improve the effectiveness of clothing. One is to buy specific sun protective clothing. These are available at the Highland Hiker and other stores that sell sporting clothing. You can also wash the clothes you already own with Rit SunGuard, available at our office, on the net and some stores, once every 6 months.

Taking good care of your skin when out in the sun doesn’t have to be difficult. With these easy tips, you can, hopefully, keep your skin healthier and younger for longer. To learn more about skin care tips, schedule a consultation at our Highlands office today (828) 526-3783.

The Importance of Upkeep

Skin Beautifying Treatments Highlands, NCKeeping up with the Kardashians is one thing but keeping up with your skin’s health and appearance is a whole other ballgame. No matter what age you are,16 or 86, it’s essential to maintain your skin’s health and appearance both with in-office and at-home treatments. Whether your goal is to fight off wrinkles and/or spots or just to shield your skin from further sun damage, here are a few ways you can achieve these goals.

Fight Off Wrinkles

As we age, several things cause us to develop fine lines and wrinkles. First, we lose volume below the skin and the sun’s UVA rays cause the dermis, the support layer of the skin, to thin. As this happens, wrinkles begin to appear. With thickening of the outer dead cell layer of the skin weighing it down and increased function of the underlying muscles of facial expression, these wrinkles and lines worsen. If you do what you have been taught all your life and put a moisturizer on instead of removing the dry dead cell layer, you simply make the wrinkles worse. Luckily, with the combination of using face creams that contain ingredients like retinol to thicken the dermis and an alpha hydroxyl to remove the dead cells, getting frequent facials to remove the dead cells, using Botox to weaken the muscles and refilling the area under the skin with one of the Juvederm products or fat, you can fight off your wrinkles from the inside out.

Combat Hyperpigmentation or Redness

Exposure to the sun can result in hyperpigmentation and/or increased abnormal vascularity causing redness. Disease processes and hormonal fluxes can also cause pigmentary problems. These can leave you feeling self-conscious and always having to wear foundation to hide them. Luckily, with good skin care, frequent facial treatments such as microdermabrasion, facials or peels and/or IPL treatments we can correct these problems, leaving you with a more even complexion and a younger look.

Prevent Further Damage

One of the harshest things on your skin is no other than the sun itself. Not only can sun damage put you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer, but it can also cause premature wrinkles, sun spots, freckles, redness and other damage. We encourage our patients to wear a daily sunblock containing zinc oxide since it is impossible to stay out of the sun, even indoors. The new (actually over 20 years old) zinc oxide sunblocks are practical since you need to apply them only once or twice a day and they go on clear. The only other sunblock that blocks UVA, the cause of the problems, needs to be applied hourly if you are outside or every 2 hours if inside.

Here at Center For Plastic Surgery, we understand the importance of upkeep and offer our patients a wide variety of non-invasive procedures and skin care options. Schedule your consultation with our Highlands office today!