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Skin Care Tip:
of Getting Regular Facials
Most people today are looking for the easy way
out, the do-it-yourself treatment that is cheap,
easy and performed at home. This is convenient for
both women and men working long hours, raising
families, taking on housework and chores, driving
the kids to and from sports practice, school and
social activities. Unfortunately, our busy lives
not only create stress, but we are also losing that
sense of touch from others. Getting pampered,
whether it is a facial, massage, manicure or
pedicure, is especially important to those who have
extra stress in our lives. One benefit of getting
regular facials is time to yourself. There is
calming music, you are improving your mood through
the power of touch and your skin is being
cleansed-all at once.
Our skin is the largest organ, which performs
several functions including protecting us from
foreign substances and serving as a gatekeeper
releasing toxins from our bodies. Facials are
beneficial treatments to rejuvenate and nourish your
skin by stimulating blood circulation. Blood brings
oxygen to the skin’s surface, which is essential to
cell growth by removing toxins and helping to rid
the skin of any impurities. The skin’s muscle
fibers are also being strengthened, toned and
nourished by massage, which helps to slow the aging
process. Facials consist of a deep skin treatment
that cleanses, re-hydrates and rejuvenates the
skin. Facials also help to minimize skin acne, dry
skin and wrinkles. It is best to begin facial
treatments in your mid to late 20’s, unless you are
a teenager who suffers from acne.
facials is both
beneficial and relaxing and includes two major
The first and obvious is the deep facial
cleansing you get from regularly seeing an
Aesthetician. After having your skin analyzed to
determine your skin type, facial steaming, cleansing
masks, and extractions all help to remove blackheads
from the pores, which most people do not remove
properly. This is the best way to deep cleanse your
skin without the risk of scarring. Depending on
your skin type, your Aesthetician will lead you in
the right direction with regards to proper skin
care. Your aesthetician will suggest different
treatments and products. Some people have
encountered bad experiences from spas and salons.
This should not discourage you from finding someone
else who best fits your needs and can help you
achieve good results. The ideal plan is to get
facial treatments every 4 – 6 weeks. Over a series
of treatments, you will begin to notice improved
complexion changes in your skin.
The second benefit is that Aestheticians analyze
your skin, which can help recognize dangerous skin
conditions and potential skin cancers.
Aestheticians check for changes in the skin each
time you visit them. They take notes and many work
with Dermatologists or Plastic Surgeons where they
can refer you to if they notice any suspicious
lesions or moles. Since you see your face on a day
to day basis, you may not notice some harmful skin
lesions or conditions that recently occurred on the
skin’s surface. Aestheticians are trained to
recognize early signs of skin cancer, pathological
skin conditions and the other warning signs. Some
Aestheticians may also use a “wood’s lamp” which can
help see skin and age damage before it surfaces.
Omega 6 Fatty Acids
Omega-6 Fatty Acids are one of the two types of
essential fatty acids we need to consume to stay
healthy. Omega-6 fatty acids belong to a group of
“good fats” called Polyunsaturated fats and can be
beneficial to your health. Unfortunately, these
“good fats” cannot be produced by the body. The
most beneficial Omega-6 fatty acids are ones that
contains linoleic acid, which converts to gamma
linoleic acid (GLA). GLA eventually turns into
hormone-like molecules to regulate inflammation and
blood pressure as well as heart, gastrointestinal,
and kidney functions. Some good Omega-6 fatty acid
food sources include cereals, eggs, poultry, most
vegetable oils, whole-grain breads, baked goods and
margarine. Mediterranean diets are best to follow
because they consume generous amounts of whole
grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil
and garlic and they consume minimal amounts of meat,
which is extremely high in Omega-6 fatty acids.
Nutritionists have found out that in order to
get the maximum benefits from both
Omega-6 fatty acids, you must consume a balance of
the two. Unfortunately, most of our diets are heavy
in Omega-6 and lack in the Omega-3 fatty acids.
Consuming an excess of Omega-6 fatty acids can
result in increased water retention, raised blood
pressure and the increased risk of blood clotting.
The ideal ratio of Omega-6 versus Omega-3 fatty
acids should be 3:1 (three Omega-6 to one Omega-3
fatty acids). The imbalance of essential fatty
acids contributes too many long-term diseases,
including heart disease, cancer, asthma, arthritis
and depression. The average American diet provides
more than 10 times the necessary amount of Omega-6
fatty acids and almost no Omega-3 fatty acids. Most
of our diets consist of processed foods and cooking
oils which break down when heated.
If you are to consume any
it is important to discuss first with your
physician. Dietary supplements can interfere with
certain medications. People with seizure disorders
should avoid any supplements containing Omega-6 or
Omega-3 fatty acids. Pregnant women should avoid
consumption of Borage seed oil and other sources of
gamma-linoleic acid because they may cause harm to
the fetus and induce early labor.
Some dietary tips on how to boost your intake of
Omega-3 fatty acids to make your consumption of
essential fatty acids more complete:
fresh seeds sprinkled on salads, such as hemp,
pumpkin and sunflower.
nuts in salads or mixed with raisins as snacks,
especially walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts.
to whole-grain bread and pastas, as well as
whole-grain cereals, such as Shredded Wheat
rather than refined cereal, such as Cornflakes.
cold-pressed seed oils in salad dressings, but
make sure it’s fresh and has been packaged
in an opaque container so light won’t alter the
fatty fish a minimum of once a week, the best
suggestions, mackerel, trout, unfarmed salmon
lowfat and diet foods and shakes for meals,
these are low in essential fatty acids.
free-range chicken and wild meats whenever
possible, they contain higher amounts of Omega-3
and Omega-6 fatty acids.
organic, free-range eggs if you can. Free
foraging hens feed on natural food and lay eggs
containing up to 30% more essential fatty acids.
Plastic Surgery Tip:
Skin Cancer Removal
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the
United States and is increasing faster than other
types of cancer. Skin cancer can be found anywhere
on the body, but a majority are found on the face,
head, or neck. The primary cause of skin cancer is
overexposure to ultraviolet radiation or excessive
sun exposure and other types of artificial sun (such
as tanning booths). Skin cancers are not only
dangerous, but they can be extremely disfiguring and
cause deep, ugly scars if not treated in time.
Everyone is at risk for skin cancer, no matter what
skin type, race, or age. Your risk of skin cancer
is greater if:
skin is fair and freckles easily.
have light-colored eyes and hair.
have a large number of moles or moles of unusual
size and shape.
have a family history of skin cancer or a
personal history of blistering sunburn.
spend a lot of time working or playing outdoors.
live close to the equator, at a higher altitude,
or anyplace that gets year-round sunshine.
received therapeutic radiation treatments for
Types of Skin Cancers
The first and most common type of skin cancer is
Basal Cell Carcinoma. Basal cell is the least
dangerous kind that grows slowly and rarely spreads
beyond its original site. Basal cell is seldom
life-threatening, but if left untreated may grow
deeper beneath the skin and into the underlying
tissues and bones, which will causes serious damage,
especially if located near the eye.
The next most common type of skin cancer is
Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Squamous cell skin cancer
frequently appears on the lips, face or ears and can
spread to distant sites, including lymph nodes and
internal organs. Squamous cell can become
life-threatening if not treated.
The third and most deadliest type of skin cancer
is Malignant Melanoma. Malignant melanoma is the
least common, but its incidence is rapidly
increasing, especially in states that receive
year-round sunshine. Malignant melanoma is the most
dangerous form of skin cancer, but if discovered
early enough, can be cured. If it is not treated
quickly enough, malignant melanoma may spread
through the body and may result in death.
How to Recognize Skin Cancers
Basal and Squamous cell skin cancers can vary in
appearance. It may begin as a small, white or pink
nodule or bump and can be shiny, waxy or pitted on
the surface. It may also appear as a red spot that
is rough, dry and scaly, a firm red lump that forms
a crust, a sore that bleeds, a non-healing lesion or
a white patch that resembles scar tissue.
Malignant melanoma is signaled by a change in
the size, shape or color of an existing mole or as a
new growth on normal skin. The best way to watch
for warning signs is “ABCD”: A -asymmetry, a growth
with unmatched halves. B - Border irregularity,
ragged or blurred edges. C – Color, a mottled
appearance with shades of tan, brown, or black
sometimes mixed with red, blue, or white. D –
Diameter, a growth more than 6 millimeters across
(about the size of a pencil eraser) or an unusual
increase in size. All you need to remember is to
keep an eye on your skin from head to toe (including
your back). If you notice any unusual moles or
growths, consult a plastic surgeon. Plastic
surgeons can remove the growth in a manner that
maintains function and offers the most pleasing
Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancers
Your plastic surgeon will perform a biopsy of
the suspicious area and have the lesion sent to the
Lab where it will be tested under a microscope.
Once the results have come back, depending on the
location of the cancer and the size, your surgeon
will determine whether to perform the procedure in
the office or in a surgical center or hospital.
For small skin cancers, the procedure can be
performed quickly and easily. The procedure usually
involves a simple excision, leaving a thin, barely
visible scar. For larger cancers or if the cancer
has spread to the lymph nodes or anywhere else in
the body, a larger surgery would be performed.
All of the treatments have a good cure ratio for
both Basal and Squamous cell cancers and even
Malignant melanoma if caught early enough.
Prevention of Skin cancers
After being diagnosed and treated from Skin
cancer, you should continue with follow up visits
with a physician to ensure the cancer hasn’t
returned or more moles or cancers have occurred.
It’s now up to you to prevent a recurrence of skin
cancers by changing old habits and developing new
prolonged exposure to the sun, especially
between 10am and 3pm, especially during the
summer time. Also remember that ultraviolet
rays penetrate through clouds and water and
reflect off sand and snow.
you are outside for extended periods of time,
wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed
hat and long sleeves.
unexposed skin, use sunblock with SPF of at
least 20. Reapply every 1 – 2 hours, especially
after swimming or sweating.
your skin regularly. If you notice anything
suspicious, consult your plastic surgeon as soon
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surgeon. A call to the American Society of Plastic
Surgeons or ASPS at 1-888-4-PLASTIC (ie.
1-888-475-2784) can tell you which doctors are
legitimate plastic surgeons with outstanding
qualifications. You can also visit the ASPS web
The ASPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved
by the American Board of Medical Specialties that
certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face
and all areas of the body.
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