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Ezine 27 February 2005

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Skin Care Tip:


While much emphasis is placed on the importance of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing the skin, exfoliating is often overlooked. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cell build-up, promotes even skin texture, and decreases the incidence of breakouts. It also allows moisturizing lotions and other skin care products to better penetrate the skin’s surface.

Several skin care products are designed to exfoliate the skin. Gentle facial scrubs or cleansers containing alpha or beta-hydroxy acids will help with exfoliation. However, avoid using cleansers and scrubs together if they both contain alpha or beta-hydroxy acids to prevent increased levels of irritation. Disposable cleansing cloths may also be used to exfoliate the skin. Men, as well, can exfoliate their skin by shaving with a razor blade instead of using an electric razor. Some shaving creams include salicylic acid which increases exfoliation thereby decreasing the likelihood of ingrown hairs and acne. Exfoliating may be done 2-3 times a week, (excluding shaving, which can be done daily).

Pregnant or nursing women should avoid products with alpha or beta-hydroxy acids and individuals with sensitive skin should use a fragrance-free product. Individuals suffering from rosacea or cystic acne, or those using Retin-A should avoid using a facial scrub.

As I have previously mentioned, physician-strength skin care has a distinct advantage over most over-the-counter brands. The best physician-strength lines are neaclearand Obagi and seem to be the most popular, best tolerated and most effective.  neaclear was started by a plastic surgeon and Obagi by a dermatologist.

Anti-Aging Tip:


Several people have been inquiring about non-invasive treatments for body contouring, cellulite, and skin rejuvenation. Mesotherapy may appear to be the answer. This treatment is a series of injections administered to the middle layer of skin to dissolve fat and improve cellulite. Mesotherapy has a variety of uses. Therefore, each injection may contain combinations of different substances, such as different vitamins and minerals. Since no standardization of treatments has been established, this therapy is not FDA approved. It is important to beware of therapies not approved by the FDA and to be educated about all the risks involved with these treatments. We recommend individual interested in these treatments to seek the advice of your physician and properly research the treatments before undergoing any new therapies.

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Lots of people are interested in getting a brachioplasty, or arm lift. We always get questions about whether or not the procedure is necessary, effectiveness and different treatment options. Surgical arm lifting and rejuvenation is a very common procedure and very safe if performed by an accredited physician.  Please check out the wealth of information on our site by clicking here.To see before and after patient pictures, please click 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.

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...