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Ezine 145 December 2014

Skin Care Tip

Clear up your Acne in time for the holidays!

With the holidays just around the corner, looking and feeling your best is imperative. While buying new clothes and starting a new diet might be high on your list for achieving this goal, skin care—especially pertaining to acne—should also make it on the list. Here are three helpful tips that will clear up your skin just in time for the holidays!

Take off your make up before bed: We have all been guilty of this crime: leaving make up on for the whole day and falling asleep with it on. To some this might not seem like a big deal, but leaving your make up on all day and throughout the night can not only clog your pores--which results in acne—but can lead to that dreaded itchy, dry skin that we all hate.

Clean your smart phone screen and make up brushes: These are two of the things that touch our faces on a daily basis. Many of us do not realize that these items accumulate bacteria, which then transfers to our faces every time we apply makeup or answer a call. To combat acne breakouts and the spread of bacteria from these two objects, sanitize your phone with disinfectant wipes a couple times a day and clean your make up brushes once a week.

Help yourself to an extra glass of water: water works wonders. Drinking an extra glass of water can help release toxins from your skin and clear up any unwanted blemishes. Adding an extra glass can also improve your skin’s appearance due to its hydrating powers. Eight glasses a day is recommended..

Anti-Aging Tip

Get a good night's sleep!

The phrase “beauty sleep” is a phrase that we have all heard at least a hundred times. But did you know that sleep, and how many hours, can in fact effect the anti-aging process? Here are some helpful facts about sleep and the anti-aging process.

Insufficient amount of sleep linked to health problems: Research shows that insufficient sleep is linked to a broad range of health problems, diabetes, obesity, depression, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases. If you don't feel rested like you should, you may need to see your primary care physician.

Importance of a sleep routine: Creating a bedtime routine helps you not only feel refreshed in the morning but allows your body to sync up to a natural schedule. For instance, if you go to sleep at the same time every night you'll wake up at the same time every day.

Environment Matters: The environment should be restful, relaxing, dark cool and quiet to help you fall asleep faster. Turn off your electronics at least an hour before sleep time.

Had a stressful day at work and it's causing you a hard time to fall asleep? Try relaxation techniques until you find one you like and use. Candles and cool air might work to help relax your mind.

Don't try to force yourself to go to sleep earlier when you're not sleepy or sleeping in later: Skip caffeine and alcohol, even with a small amount of caffeine a stimulant, can keep you up and disrupt when you need to urinate during the night. Alcohol can increase sleep breathing problems such as snoring.

Keep your bedroom a sleep friendly space: If it takes you a while to fall asleep don't let anxieties build, it can create negative sleep habits. Instead go to another room do something calming and until you wind down and try it again!

Plastic Surgery Tip

Chicago Laser Mole Removal

Do you have a mole that you want to get rid of? Does it lay flat on your skin? If the answers to these questions are yes, then laser mole removal might just be for you!

At Dr. Speron Plastic Surgery we recommend patients to come in for a consultation. After the consultation, if we find that laser mole removal is a fit, patients come in for a series of IPL laser treatments on the designated area. Depending on the mole and your skin type, you can expect to have as many as 1 to 8 treatments. This is only a range due to each patient’s skin and moles being different.

So what are the advantages and disadvantages of laser mole removal? One advantage is that laser mole removal is a non-invasive way to removal moles. Another advantage is that there is minimal to none scarring as a result of this treatment. Some disadvantages include having to have multiple treatments, having to up keep your skin after the treatments—this means wearing sunscreen and using appropriate skin care products—and the possibility that the treatments might not produce the outcome that you had hoped for.

To see before and after patient pictures, please click here.

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!

By far, the most important factor in the success of your procedure is the surgeon you choose.  So please choose wisely...

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