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Skin Care Tip:
Hyper- versus Hypo- Pigmentation
There are two types of skin pigmentation
problems, which are becoming more and more common
among all skin types. Pigment changes are usually
due to genetics, sun damage, environmental factors,
and overall health status.
is a common condition that results in patches of
skin that are darker than the rest of the skin on
the face. This occurs when an excess of melanin
(the brown pigment that gives skin its color) forms
deposits in the skin. This result is most commonly
linked to sun damage and can be found on skin that
has been frequently exposed to the sun. It can take
years for hyper-pigmentation to show up in your
skin, but you can help prevent more damage and
further hyper-pigmentation to surface by simply
wearing sunblock daily.
The good news is hyperpigmentation can be
treated. There are different methods and treatment
options available, including
Facial treatments, skin care regimens, and
Laser treatments, which include FotoFacials, are
best for more severe cases of hyper-pigmentation.
Lasers help to stimulate the melanocytes (located in
the dermis and produce melanin to give skin its
color). After a series of laser treatments, you
will notice a more even tone to your skin.
Facial treatments, which include
Chemical Peels, help with mild
hyper-pigmentation. These treatments work at the
surface of the skin to enhance epidermal cell
rejuvenation. Over a series of treatments, you will
notice a more even appearance to your skin.
Microdermabrasion can also be performed in
conjunction with FotoFacials to help the Laser
treatments penetrate into the skin easier and offers
better synergistic results.
Home care regimens are important to maintain the
treatments and the procedures you have been
undergoing. By meeting with your Physician or skin
care specialist, you will get the best skin care
products for your skin type. By using cleansers,
exfoliants, prescription creams, facial masks and
moisturizers you will help contribute to a
healthier, even skin tone.
Prescription creams which contain
Hydroquinone a skin bleaching agent helps
lighten the skin and fade dark patches by slowing
melanin production. Tretinoin, another cream in the
Retin-A family, helps to enhance cell turnover and
minimizes mild cases of hyper-pigmentation. Both
treatment creams cause irritation to the skin when
first used. It is also recommended that when using
any prescription products, to wear SPF 30 daily to
protect your skin from more damage.
occurs when skin cells lose all pigment and become
white spots or patches on the skin.
Hypopigmentation (also known as Vitiligo) can also
be due to the skin’s inability to produce melanin.
Vitiligo destroys the melanocyte, cells which give
skin its pigment, causing the skin becomes white.
Hypopigmentation can also be caused by severe
damage from sun, from skin infections, blisters,
burns or any other trauma to the skin. Most people
with hypopigmentation eventually see the skin darken
again, although this may take a very long time.
Makeup is suggested to blend the color while your
skin regenerates the melanocytes.
Consumption of Antioxidants
Antioxidants have potential health-promoting
benefits and range from Vitamins, Omega Fatty Acids,
and fruits and vegetables. Fruits and Vegetables
are full of
Phytochemicals, which gives them their
individual colors. It is important in the average
American diet to consume the right amount of
Antioxidants daily. By doing this, we are helping
our bodies to prevent Heart disease, Diabetes,
Cancers and other life-threatening illnesses.
Antioxidants help our bodies to prevent cellular
damage caused by improper dieting, lack of exercise,
smoking, alcohol, and environmental pollution we
breathe. Antioxidants help to prevent Free Radical
damage, groups of atoms with an unpaired electron to
damage our cells and enhance the aging process.
Antioxidants help to repair the electron so it does
not damage more cells and cause further damage.
Some easy ways to easily consume enough Antioxidants
in our diets include taking supplements, such as a
Multivitamin (which has a proper balance of
Antioxidants). We recommend seeing your Physician
prior to consuming any type of Antioxidants or
vitamins. Another simple way is to eat a balanced
diet, full of fruits and vegetables of all colors
and flavors. The following list is the most
commonly consumed antioxidants:
Vitamin C: The most abundant water-soluble
antioxidant mostly found in Citrus fruits.
Vitamin C is
very beneficial when paired with
Vitamin E: The most abundant fat-soluble
antioxidant mostly found in Wheat germ but also
eggs and some nuts including (almonds and
Phytochemicals: These are chemicals found in
plants to protect against bacteria and viruses.
There are many different types of
Phytochemicals, including Allicin, Anthocyanins,
Biflavonoids, Cartenoids, Isoflavones, Lutein,
Lycopene and Phenolics. These are all found in
a variety of different fruits and vegetables.
Omega 3’s and 6’s: These are the “good fats”
that are essential for good health. These are
mostly found in Flaxseed oil and fish, such as
Plastic Surgery Tip:
The Newest Liposuction Techniques
With Liposuction becoming more common, there are
more new techniques available to choose from. These
newest techniques offer better results, less
recovery and quicker surgery time. There are three
techniques to discuss today, which include
Ultrasounic Assisted Liposuction (UAL), Power
Assisted Liposuction (PAL), and Vibration
Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance (VASER)
System. By scheduling a consultation with your
Plastic Surgeon, they can help determine the best
method for your specific needs.
Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL): This technique uses a special instrument equipped with
ultrasounic energy. This energy helps to liquefy
the fat cells to be Liposuctioned out of your body.
This technique helps to create effective results in
patients with fibrous areas of the body, such as
upper back or areas with large volumes of fat. This
technique takes longer than traditional liposuction,
but is more effective in contouring the body.
Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL): This technique helps to remove exercise-resistant fat
using the tube and vacuum device. A saline solution
infused with local anesthetic is injected into the
targeted fat cells. This technique helps to reduce
swelling and bruising post liposuction surgery and
also creates very tiny incision sites.
Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance
This is the newest technique, recently approved by
the FDA in 2002. The VASER system creates sound
energy to help dissolve fat cells and removes by
gentle suction and massage to dissolve fat quickly
and easily. This technique specifically targets the
fatty tissues while leaving nerves, blood and
connective tissue alone. Tumescent solution is
injected to help numb the area and shrink the blood
vessels. Recovery is the quickest with this
technique because there is less swelling and
During your consult with Dr. Speron, the
patient will discuss their desired goals on an
individual level. Then they will further discuss
the course of treatment and potential complications
at the appointment time. Please check out the wealth
of information on our site by clicking
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Make sure you chose a board certified plastic
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
www.plasticsurgery.org. 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
To help you in making your decision, please click
here to check out the 7 critical questions to
ask any plastic surgeon before letting them touch
By far, the most important factor in the success of
your procedure is the surgeon you choose. So please