Products and Our Skin Care Routine

Many times when my clients come to my office, they ask me what products they should be using. Other times, they don’t ask for fear of costly recommendations. The truth is that a beauty routine should be designed to fit the person’s lifestyle and budget. However, these “skin care maps” when accompanied by treatments should always include pre-treatment options, as well as “at-home” options for better results. If any of these two are missing, the treatment results may not be the same. When I design these plans, and if a client is on a budget, I always try to incorporate what he/she recently purchased even if these are not exactly what I would recommend and even if they don’t support my skin care goals fully (I do make clear what my recommendations would be): we do have to respect financial limits.

Having said that, there are some basic ingredients that I like to include in a skin care routine. For example, Vitamin A will help us treat most skin malfunctions, including wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, by working with the DNA of the cells. Vitamin C (and Vitamin E) are powerful antioxidants. They also help us stimulate collagen production. To support the vascularity of the skin, Vitamin K is key. There are other possibilities, but we would need more space to discuss the different alternatives. Different areas of the skin will have different requirements.

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How Does Healing After A Treatment Affect The Results?

Many of the new skin tightening technologies create a wound in the skin that provokes for the tissue to be then healed resulting in new collagen and rejuvenation of the skin. This “injury” can be accomplished through chemicals, as in the case of a peel, through heat as with lasers and radio frequency devices, or, as in the case of microneedle and microdermabrasion, with the help of equipment directly on the skin. Many question its effectiveness alleging that whenever you apply heat, you will shrink the tissue and it’s the shrinking that causes the tightening effect, not the production of new collagen; or that the effect of the injury will be worse for the skin in the long run. Others simply get an adverse reaction that results in post inflammatory hyper pigmentation or scar tissue.

Well, not considering the many possible variations or impact on the skin from the  different treatment alternatives, the answer usually lies in the wound healing response of the body, in the condition and preparation of the skin before treatment, and in the careful adherence to a post treatment plan. If the epidermis is not restored quickly, to reduce the inflammatory response, then scar tissue or post inflammatory hyper pigmentation may result. Many factors can assist this healing process for better results. This takes us back to our initial blog of many legs to a stool. In wound healing as well, nutrition and lifestyle decisions affect the outcome of the treatment.

As always, for more information, please call Med Aesthetics Miami, at 305-356-7402. Our promise is “More than Beauty”.

Skin Care and Mental Health

IMG_5416Skin Care and Mental Health

Recently I noticed many of my clients were going through life changing circumstances such as divorce, losses, and the like. Questions about their appearance and weight which resulted from these circumstances, had a direct impact on how they saw themselves.
Yes mental health matters…and it matters both ways: on how we see ourselves and on how we tolerate and react to the treatments. For example, my young client, who came with her mother for laser, started screaming when she saw the machine angled towards her as a result of anxiety. Furthermore, mental health affects how we take care of ourselves in terms of sleep, food and exercise, and these have a direct impact on our skin. In other words, unhealthy eating habits where we fail to take our essential fatty acids, vitamins A / C / E, choline, etc; and lack of sleep, will not allow our cells to perform its functions to the best of their abilities, and therefore result in suboptimal skin.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, there are many legs to a stool. Taking into account the different legs will make a sturdier stool. Next time you look in the mirror, don’t just think about the treatment you just had, but instead think about those other variables within your control that affect your skin, and that when paying attention to them will maximize the results you get from the treatments.
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Peels and Exfoliation

Peelings and Exfoliation

Why peel? Chemical peels have been used for a very long time for exfoliation of the skin, for removing dead cells, and for helping in the skin’s natural processes. Peels can help treat different conditions from acne, scars, hyperpigmentation, and more. They have been very popular because of their effectiveness and lower cost relative to other procedures.

While there are different types of peels with different components ranging from mild to deep, in my opinion several milder peels are better than one deep one. To me these peels, preserve your epidermis, yet result in excellent benefits to your skin. Mild peels will exfoliate superficially, while medium peels will reach the dermis with potential excessive peeling and downtime.

So which peel should you use on your skin? Lactic, glycolic, TCA? There are many different peels used to treat different conditions, but they each have a place and time. The ideal one for you, as well as the frequency, can be determined during the consultation. Make sure you don’t forget to discuss any allergies you may have and other lifestyle factors. After the peel, sun protection, and high grade products with antioxidants are a must. After care is key to achieving optimal results. Just remember, you may experience to different degrees redness, dryness, sun sensitivity, and some scabbing, swelling and peeling.

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Did You Know May Is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month?

Did You Know May Is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month? Ever since President Reagan began advising the people to stay out of the sun in 1985 after his surgery to remove a basal cell carcinoma, the American Academy of Dermatology has been conducting free skin cancer screenings. The reason behind this is that skin cancer outweighs all other types of cancer combined. Only this year, there are an expected 5.4 million new cases of diagnosed skin cancer. Our goal today is to increase awareness, so that our readers can try to avoid the risks, which helps us stay healthy. Some risk factors include, having actinic keratosis, past treatment with radiation, a weakened immune system, been exposed to arsenic, a fair complexion, been exposed to sunlight over long periods of time. Other factors include having a few large or many small moles, a family history of unusual moles or melanoma, and a history of many blistering sunburns. An individual whose skin freckles, tans poorly, or burns easily after sun exposure is particularly susceptible to developing skin cancer. While many people with Caucasian skin are aware of this risk, many darker skin types are not equally aware that they too are at risk and should take the necessary measures to protect their skin from the sun. For example, darker skin types tend to have lower levels of vitamin D, for which a supplement is recommended. Our last thought by detecting any changes in tissue early on, it may be easier to treat these…Screening does help! For more information, call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402, by email at info@ medaestheticsmiami.com, or you can look us up online at http://www.medaestheticsmiami.com

Ablative versus Non-Ablative … Continuing with our discussion on the different modalities, today we will be discussing ablative versus non-ablative treatments. During ablative treatments, the outer layer of the skin, or the epidermis is destroyed. During nonablative procedures, the outer layer of the skin is preserved. In this case, many times, a cooling system is used, as in the case of laser, to maintain the epidermis. It used to be the case that continuous exfoliation was the preferred methodology for beautiful skin. We now know that the integrity of the epidermis and its barrier defense function is key and a vital component of any rejuvenation goal. However, you may now have noticed throughout my blog that I believe there is a place for everything. Selecting a modality should be done on a case by case basis, not only taking into account the client’s lifestyle and goal, but also keeping in mind that many modalities complement each other. For example, performing a microneedle treatment prior to laser resurfacing may be a good way to prepare the skin, yet after the treatment, it may help with wound healing. Another good combination is performing microneedle with near-infrared technology. It has been demonstrated that near infrared light is used by the body to increase its energy levels and replace old, damaged cells with new healthy ones, making this latter combination very effective. For more information, call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402 or email us at info@ medaestheticsmiami.com

Lasers versus Radiofrequency

Taking care of your skin has definitely come a long way since Cleopatra’s time. We are faced with so many decisions that it can be overwhelming. Well, our goal today is to help you navigate the labyrinth. Today, we will be discussing laser versus radiofrequency.
So what is the main difference between laser and radiofrequency? The answer to this question is more than a technical answer. What you need to know is what your goal is. Once you define your goal and how the chosen modality will affect it, the steps to follow are not that complicated. There are many ways to get to a destination and once you understand what each tool brings to the table, then you complement it with other procedures to enhance your results.
When addressing the question: laser versus radiofrequency, generally speaking we can say radiofrequency is color blind and has a different heating mechanism than laser. Radiofrequency uses electricity to heat the cells, whereas laser uses light. It targets cells in a pear shape so it has less impact in the epidermis, making it safer when comparing apples to apples; yet laser can be more aggressive and result in more lasting results and the treatment of choice for some modalities. For example, radiofrequency is not used for hair removal; yet it’s excellent for skin tightening.
When in doubt, you can always reach out to us at 305-356-7402 or by email at info@medaestheticsmiami.com