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Skin Care Tip:

Combat Adult acne

Many women in their 30's, 40's and even 50's can be faced with the embarrassment of acne. Contrary to popular belief, acne is not a condition affecting only teenagers. There are several causes of adult acne such as stress, poor cosmetics, hormones and birth control pills. Stress causes your oil glands to overcompensate which increases oil production. Bad cosmetics lead to bacteria-filled pores that can get irritated and infected. Changing hormonal levels can also be a reason, due to the fact that it can cause overstimulation of the sebaceous glands. You need to consult your doctor to pinpoint the underlying cause. Early intervention and treatment is the key to getting this skin condition under control and prevent acne scarring. Women with mature acne are advised to use oil free products, non-comedogenic products, and a hydrating oil-free moisturizer, since sufficient hydration tends to improve the visible signs of aging/acneic skin.

Anti-Aging Tip:

Quit Smoking!!

We have all heard it before, “smoking is bad for you”. But many people do not realize that it is not only bad because it causes cancer but also because it accelerates your aging process. Skin changes have been seen in young adults who have been smoking for less than ten years. So if you want to look older than your age, smoking is the quickest way to achieve that. Smoking ages people by narrowing the blood vessels explaining why smokers' skin looks dull and gray. Instead of having oxygenated blood delivered to the surface of the skin, it is getting poisons and oxidants. This also damages the outermost layer of the skin crippling the collagen and elastin production. The collagen and elastin are the elements for skin strength and elasticity. When these elements diminish, you are more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, the facial expressions that you repeatedly make while smoking, such as pursing your lips and squinting your eyes, contribute to wrinkles.

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Cyst Removal

Lots of people get cysts. We always get questions about how to remove them. If your cyst is not bothering you, you can always leave it alone and just watch it since they often shrink by themselves. However, if it ever gets infected see a doctor right away. Then, you can consider removal at a later time when the infection has cleared. The best treatment is to surgically remove the cyst. It is a common office procedure. Local anesthesia is used followed by the incision to remove the cyst. A few deep sutures that absorb within four months and possibly some outside stitches (removed in 3-4 days) are used to give you the smallest scar possible. The cyst recurrence rate is low and the procedure is often covered by insurance.

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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 www.plasticsurgery.org. 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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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 www.plasticsurgery.org. 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 ( www.plasticsurgery.org) 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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