This morning I woke up wanting to eat french toast… And while, I don’t eat it regularly, I indulge profusely when I give myself the luxury of eating what I want, as long as it’s not excessive. Just as I was going to take that first bite, a friend called me to complain about how overweight she is and how awful that makes her feel. The truth is that how we look and feel in terms of our weight has a direct impact on our self esteem, and hence the quality of our lives.
But with so many alternatives out there, what is the best way to get back in shape? Well the answer is specific to each person, but to me there is no substitute for a treatment plan that incorporates lifestyle and nutritional changes. Even if you decide to surgically remove the excess fat, if you fail to adjust your lifestyle, you will eventually end up gaining the weight again. New theories agree that the number of fat cells is not static, but rather is adjusted by numerous mechanisms in our bodies, to achieve homeostasis.
Among the non-invasive fat reduction techniques or combination of techniques are cool sculpting, radio frequency, focused ultrasound, infrared, laser, and more. The ones that are based on heat, basically provide benefits by increasing collagen, by enhancing blood circulation and draining fatty acid deposits to the lymphatic system, and by fatty acid dissolution and heat induced fat cell apoptosis (death). In the case, of coolsculpting, while the mechanism of action is not 100% fully elucidated, it eliminates fat by cooling adipocytes. While none of these can replace surgery, they are effective for those who are looking for non invasive procedures, and who are not obese. Touch ups maybe required after the initial treatment.
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One of my favorite days of the year is the Fourth of July. Not only is it an excuse to just relax and not think about anything, but it also reminds me of all the experience, knowledge, and hard work accumulated throughout the years that we all need to go through to get to where we now are in our lives. To me, it is a celebration of making our dreams real and the freedom to do so. That freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
While it is a little bit of a stretch, taking care of ourselves also requires a lot of hard work and discipline to free ourselves from disease and remain in optimal health. I strongly believe in a holistic approach, where wellness and beauty start from within. So today, I wanted to continue our discussion on the skin care revolution by going over one of my favorite treatments in my arsenal… and that is oxygen.
Well, oxygen is a fundamental nutrient. It not only heals, cleanses, and detoxifies, but it is also anti-inflammatory and vaso-constricting. Lack of oxygen can cause inflammation, can affect the growth of blood vessels, can impair cell function, and more. In my office, we use oxygen to treat rosacea and redness, acne, hyper pigmentation, among others. It is the treatment of choice for sensitive skin. Immediately after an oxygen facial, my clients feel that cleansing effect. While there are other treatments that can be used for hyperpigmentation, acne, and rosacea, I particularly like the results I get after an oxygen treatment.
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Did you know that according to some sources pollution kills more people than HIV and malaria, and has been linked to lung or heart disease, and strokes? Their analysis is based on the fact that traffic pollution contains nanoparticles that can penetrate the skin, such as nitrogen dioxide, linked to cancer. Furthermore, these can cause wrinkles, irritate our skin, and result in a breakdown of our skin barrier. And while we think our homes are free from pollution, we can also be exposed to dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold, radon, allergens, carbon dioxide and more. While I did not do the research myself, it does make sense that we take some precautions.
So while there are treatments that can help that we perform in our offices, such as microcurrent, gentle enzymes, and more, there are routines and products that can help us in our daily lives. For example, double cleanse at night, and make sure you include an oil or cream based product to remove makeup; use a toner to re-establish that Ph; protect your skin by not overexfoliating; use mineral cosmetics on top of your sunscreen for extra protection during the day; and last but not least, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Some topical ingredients that can help are Vitamin E, Vitamin C, copper, selenium ,manganese, and iron.
While my goal is not to scare people, protecting your skin now can result in many more years of healthy, beautiful, skin. For more information, call us at 305-356-7402 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember, “Our Promise Is More Than Beauty”.
April to me is a month of youth. It welcomes the Spring, season where the flowers bloom and the birds hatch. It reminds me to stay present in the moment, and smell the roses, because as hectic as it can get, by taking time to smell the roses we actually become more creative and efficient in our processes.
But back to skin, today I wanted to talk about hormones: in particular, estrogen. Estrogen is naturally produced by both men and women and has a great impact on the skin. It helps us maintain our reproductive system, heal our skin, and protect our bones. As we age, and estrogen levels decline, the skin tends to become more dry, fragile, and loose. Loss of estrogen is a major cause of sagging, dry skin in women after 40. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when estrogen levels are high, we can suffer from melasma. If estrogen is not metabolized properly, we can get breast cancer, or help trigger endometriosis, which can affect the skin by making it more oily and hyperpigmented.
What this implies in terms of skin treatments is that we need to cater them to address these hormonal fluctuations. For example, as we age and estrogen levels decline, we still want anti-aging treatments that give us a refreshed look, but that don’t cause irritation in a now more sensitive skin. In this case, , a gentler derivative of Vitamin A may be preferred to Retin-A, for example.
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Skin 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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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? 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