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Ezine 100 March 2011

Skin Care Tip:

Another Look At Vitamin A

Vitamin A or retinol is one of the most effective and versatile treatments for your skin. It is used as a powerful skin treatment for aging, photo damage, acne, pigmentation or skin discoloration, and rosacea. Vitamin A is an important factor in aging and plays a critical role in maintaining healthy skin. Unfortunately, Vitamin A is rapidly depleted by UV light, both UVA and UVB. Most of you who are exposed to UV light (even indoors, such as fluorescent lighting) will have quite a lot of vitamin A in their skin destroyed daily. This is why it is important to add this ingredient back into your skin through topical products. Another factor affecting our skin as we age is the slowing down of the cell renewal process. Adding Vitamin A to your skincare protocol helps to maintain a healthy pace of cell renewal, which gives your skin a beautiful glow.

Acne patients benefit from Vitamin A by an increase in the cell renewal process. It also increases the sloughing process of the dead cells leaving the skin’s surface. Keeping the skin’s pores open and clear is essential for acne. Common forms of hyperpigmentation include melasma, freckles and post inflammatory skin discoloration. Vitamin A is one of the most effective treatments for these conditions. Similar to acne, it works by increasing the cell renewal process and sloughing off the skin to eventually diminish the discoloration. It is important to note that many pigmented lesions are produced throughout a long period of time and will not go away quickly. Vitamin A comes in several different ingredient formulations. The most readily available forms of Vitamin A include retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate and retinoic acid. Retinol is the most common form of Vitamin A.

Anti-Aging Tip:

The Sleep Diet

Research suggests that appetite-regulating hormones are affected by sleep and that sleep deprivation could lead to weight gain. Two factors influence this. First, during deep sleep, your brain secretes a large amount of a growth hormone, which tells your body how to break down food for fuel. Second, you probably eat more when you are tired. Therefore, without adequate sleep, you eat more and your body is incapable of breaking down the fat, thus weight gain happens. What can you do? You can start by going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day. Watch your caffeine and alcohol habits – no caffeine after 2:30 pm and no alcohol three hours before bed. Also start a bedtime routine. Create a pre-sleep ritual such as light reading, a hot bath, or stretching—beginning about 45 minutes before lights out. Remember to experiment with exactly how much sleep you really need. Increasing your sleep to what your body really needs not only gives you a thinner waistline, but also more energy!

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Chicago Short-Scar Breast Reduction Surgery

Women with large breasts can suffer from medical problems, such as back and neck pain, breathing, and indentations in the shoulders due to bra straps digging in the skin. Many times, women with large breasts are also very self-conscious. Breast Reduction surgery, also known as Reduction Mammaplasty, removes fat, glandular tissue, and extra skin from the breasts to make them smaller, lighter and firmer. Some women also suffer from enlarged areolas, which breast reduction surgery can also correct. Breast Reduction surgery is mostly performed to relieve stiffness and pain rather than for Cosmetic purposes. Unfortunately, every surgery results in scarring which in this case can be hidden by a bathing suit or bra. This surgery is not usually recommended for women who plan to become pregnant or nurse, because the ability to breast feed cannot be guaranteed. After the surgery, most people experience swelling and bruising and may ache for a week or so. One of the first changes you will notice is the pain and soreness in the back and shoulders will be markedly decreased, almost immediately. Another benefit is your body will be more proportioned and your clothes will fit better.

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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 here.

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 site at 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. When considering a cosmetic surgeon, you should also make sure your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). A call to ASAPS (1-888-272-7711) or visiting the ASAPS website ( can help you verify your plastic surgeons membership.

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 you!

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