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Ezine 116 July 2012

Skin Care Tip:

How to Choose Your Summer Sunscreens

The golden rule for skincare (that is impossible to avoid) is how important it is to apply SPF onto your face on a daily basis. While this rule of thumb applies to all patients year round and for all four seasons, the message needs to be conveyed in bold print and underlined during the summer months. SPF protection is very necessary during the time of year when sun exposure is at its peak and the easiest way to prevent any type of sun damage or skin cancer is by incorporating it into your daily skin care routine and trying to turn it into a permanent habit. There are a few key factors to keep in mind when choosing the right sunscreen.

-The higher the SPF, the more protection you are getting. Many companies boast SPF protection as high as 100 but many dermatologists are now saying you are better off using SPF 30. The reason being that many of the chemicals you find in higher SPFs can also damage your skin and overall health.

-Try to find a sunscreen that lists “broad spectrum” on the bottle. Broad spectrum means that it is protecting your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. What many people do not know is that the sun emits more than one type of harmful rays.

-Does your skin get easily irritated? Try to avoid any type of sunscreen that mentions “oxybenzone” as an ingredient. It can be a bit harsh on those of us who have more sensitive skin. -If you plan on doing any type of water activities, make sure your sunscreen has “water-resistant” on the label.

-Choose a type of sunscreen that you generally enjoy applying such as fragrance free, spray, gel, cream, etc.

Anti-Aging Tip:

Healthy Options For BBQ Season!

Between the 4th of July and the rising temperatures, grilling season is now in full swing! Here in the Midwest, we take barbecuing very seriously and many families replace several dinners throughout the week for chargrilled burgers and hot dogs. Unfortunately, foods that are typically consumed during grilling season are high in calories and saturated fats. Luckily, there are ways to still remain relatively healthy when enjoying one of America’s favorite past-times and we’re here to give you some easy tips to keep in mind. Let’s start off with the most central and obvious item that is synonymous with grilling – meat. If you are opting for a healthier grilling experience, then try to stick to lean meats such as fish, chicken, or turkey instead of red meats. Veggie burgers are also a delicious yet healthy option. Also, make sure to go for whole grain buns over white and when it comes to topping your meat off, opt for reduced fat cheese.

As difficult as it may be, eliminating or greatly reducing sauces will cut down many calories and unhealthy ingredients. If that is not feasible, then consider making your own marinade. Knowing what exactly goes into it makes it easier to stay healthy. A few other tips to keep in mind:

  • -Take the skin off your chicken
  • -Consume smaller portions
  • -Throw vegetables onto the grill!
  • -Skip the potato and pasta salads.
  • -Stay Hydrated!

Happy grilling season everyone!

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Why you should still be exercising after your Liposuction Surgery!

Liposuction is an increasingly common and popular option that people may choose for weight loss. It involves suctioning about subcutaneous fat cells that have built up and aggregated together. However, research is showing that in order to receive optimal results and prevent regaining any weight, it is important for patients to exercise after they are done fully healing. It can be possible for fat to return after a certain amount of time post-operation and many times it can resurface as visceral fat in the abdominal area. However, research has found that having a regular exercise routine after liposuction is extremely beneficial in preventing the return of any fat. Not to mention, it is also has many other benefits for overall health and well-being.

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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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