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Ezine 51 February 2007

Winter Savings

Save 10% in February! Simply type "valentines" into the coupon filed during checkout to redeem your savings. Note: This coupon cannot be combined with any other coupon.

Skin Care Tip:

Why you should get a Chemical Peel

There are many types of chemical peels. Various chemicals, in a range of strengths, may be used for peeling procedures depending on your particular skin condition and may vary from case to case. Your licensed esthetician can determine which peel or advanced skin care product line would be best for you. Glycolic peels the most popular and commonly used. The Glycolic Peel is a safe and painless exfoliation process that removes a micro-thin top layer of skin. This form of skin rejuvenation is used to remove damaged cells and stimulate cell division. The end result is healthier, younger cells on the surface of your skin and with less fines lines, wrinkles, and hyper-pigmentation. The Glycolic Peel procedure also smoothes and softens your skin giving it a better texture. Your licensed esthetician will determine which Chemical peel is right for your skin during your skincare consultation.

The peels are usually sold in a series of six and are administered once a month. During your first peel, your skin care specialist usually starts with a low percentage ofglycolic acid. Then over the series of peels, your skin care specialist will gradually work your way up to strength of 30%. The glycolic solution is applied to your skin, patients usually notice a slight a burning or itching sensation. With each treatment, you want to try and leave it on a few extra minutes versus the prior treatment since your skin begins to gradually tolerate the treatments.

Salicylic acid chemical peels are for people with oily skin. A salicylic acid peel decreases acne outbreaks.

After your chemical peel or any other type of exfoliation, it is important to use sunscreens since the skin is more susceptible to hyper-pigmentation and sun damage.

Anti-Aging Tip:

Overcome Winter Depression

It’s that time of year again; the days are colder and shorter. Are you feeling down in the dumps? If so, we are here to let you know that this is not uncommon. About fifty to sixty percent of North Americans suffer from this same disorder. Environmental changes can lead to winter depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. This disorder is caused by the brain’s chemical reaction to less daylight. So ironically, the depression is not caused by the cold, but the lack of daylight. There are a variety of symptoms that can arise from this depression such as, change in sleep patterns, weight gain, to overwhelming thoughts of suicide. If you are one of the many sufferers of seasonal depression here are a few things that may help you overcome it:

LIGHT THEREPY: Buy a fixture that will hold four- foot- long fluorescent bulbs, not the standard kind, but the kind used for growing plants. These are the closest match to the spectrum of sunlight. Do not buy the standard fluorescent lights because they will only drain more energy from you.
STICK TO A DAILY ROUTINE: Go to bed on time so you will be able to do your light therapy first thing in the morning, which is the best time to do it. Also make a list of the things you have to do for the day and cross them off as you accomplish them.
TRY TO FORGET ABOUT THE WEATHER: The weather is something you cannot change so try to make a conscious decision to not let it affect your mood.
EAT HEALTHY AND EXERCISE: Eating healthier and exercising regularly can help improve your mood. Take a nice walk and remember to drink plenty of water during these dry winter months.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: If you still feel like you cannot get out of your slump then make a call for help. There is plenty of help out there for people who battle any kind of depression.

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Cosmetic Surgery Dont's

Don’t undergo a cosmetic procedure on a whim. Elective surgery is sometimes chosen based on a trend or a fad, or undergone as a “caught up in the moment” decision. People need to realize that there is more to cosmetic procedures than what is perceived on television and through the media. Don’t rely on a procedure to increase popularity. It is not uncommon for people to believe that by enhancing their appearance they may become more popular among their peers or get someone to notice them, however this is not reason enough to undergo a surgical procedure. Don’t think any procedure is risk free. Even the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures carry some side effects such as redness, swelling and pain. Although rare, more serious complications can include infection, permanent scarring and sometimes even death. Don’t view cosmetic surgery as a solution to a larger issue. Anorexia and body dysmorphic disorders are increasingly common. People with these issues should not under go plastic surgery to “fix” their misconceived image of themselves.

Plastic surgery is not a decision that you can make overnight. If you are opting for plastic surgery, you should do extensive research on the procedure and the plastic surgeon that is going to perform the surgery. Hopefully this information will be helpful in your quest to getting the best procedure with the best results you can achieve.

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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.

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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