Your face often is the first to tell your story. It shows if your life has been one of happiness or sadness, stress or relaxation. It tells how old you are, if you’ve spent your time outdoors or indoors and a slew of other stories about your life. While we all agree that telling our stories can be enjoyable, not all of us want it written all over our faces.

As you age, you may notice these changes to your face that you’d rather not have:

  • Fat loss in the face

Body fat is the substance that gives your face a youthful appearance. Adults that have lost facial volume will have a hollow appearance under the eyes, on the cheeks and through the lips. This will make you look much older than you are — or want to — look.

  • Facial sun damage

Repeated exposure to sun over the years causes less elasticity in the skin fibers. Fine wrinkles often appear as you age, and your skin is often referred to as leathery. If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun, went tanning a lot when you were younger, or just forgot to wear your sunscreen, you may begin noticing this unsightly change to your skin’s appearance.

  • Extra hanging skin

The loss of elasticity due to less collagen production in the aging body often affects your eyebrows and neck. It can also cause the phenomenon commonly referred to as jowls along the jawline.

Although you may wish to ease these effects of aging, you may also be reluctant to go through surgery. Fortunately, there are newer technologies available which provide a facelift while eliminating the need for surgery.

Fat Injections and Fillers
Though you may have joked about it, a fat transplant really is possible! Plastic surgeons are able to inject fat from your abodomen below the facial skin and plump up the areas that have become hollowed out.

A liquid facelift product called Sculptra is also used as an injection to fill in sagging areas. It helps the body create its own collagen with no scarring or negative lasting effects.

Although not technically a filler, Botox relaxes facial muscles. It is best if you have fine wrinkle lines such as those caused by sun damage.

Facial Rejuvenation
The popular product available to stimulate your own body’s collagen production is Thermage. This is a helpful procedure if you have lost elasticity in the face. It applies heat therapy, and the procedure typically only takes an hour.

Laser Skin Tightening
The use of lasers has proven successful in everything from correcting vision to removing offending gallbladders. It can also be used for general skin tightening. This is the alternative to the traditional facelift which required cutting and anesthesia and often produced scarring. Laser technology is just as effective with a shorter recovery period.

Improving your appearance as you age has never been easier. Plastic surgery may be just the option for you, except there will be no need for a scalpel, should you choose to avoid that route.

Keeping your skin healthy while traveling can be a hassle; however, it does not have to be. Simple steps can be taken to help maintain the health and beauty of your skin while abroad. These three tips will have your skin looking and feeling its best while you travel!

1) Keep a travel sized hand lotion in a purse or other piece of conveniently accessible luggage. By keeping a cream handy, it will be easier to apply when needed. If used frequently, it may be worthwhile to pack a couple small bottles.

2) Remove any makeup before going to sleep. This allows the pores of the face to breathe naturally. Be sure to pack any moisturizers or other facial creams that are generally utilized at home.

3) Pack a hat or visor and be sure to wear ample sunscreen; especially if traveling or visiting an area where there will be long periods of exposure to the sun. Although sun does provide Vitamin D, too much of a good thing can wreak havoc on healthy skin. Using sunscreen allows the Vitamin D to be soaked up without the harmful UV rays.

Keeping skin healthy while you travel does not have to be a difficult task. Simple tricks make it a breeze. Most of all enjoy the trip while keeping your skin looking and feeling its best.

Clear, vibrant skin is a sign of optimum health and vitality. As skin matures, it tends to lose that youthful elasticity and suppleness, needing much more care and diligence to stave off the signs of aging, including wrinkles and fine lines. A balanced regiment of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing, as well as periodic visits to a dermatologist, will aid with anti-aging for older skin.

The first step in anti-aging care is proper cleansing. Dirt, dust and everyday makeup wear can clogs pores and wreak havoc on aging skin if not effectively cleansed. Consult your dermatologist to find a cleanser that is made expressly for your skin type. A creamy cleanser generally works for dry skin and a clear cleanser for oily skin. It is essential to wash skin in water that is of moderate temperature due to the fact that extremely hot or cold water can cause broken capillaries, which exasperates the signs of aging.

A good moisturizer should be a top priority in an anti-aging skin care routine. Aging skin needs help in producing collagen in the skin. Products that contain alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and give skin a more youthful, resplendent appearance. The most essential need for all anti-aging skin care is to be consistent and stay committed to a routine.

Older skin should be exfoliated on a daily basis. Most individuals find that their skin looks more youthful and smoother after exfoliation. This can be done at home with a simple scrub or during a visit to the dermatologist. The board-certified dermatologists at our practice incorporate chemical peels, microdermabrasions and laser treatments as part of a patient’s skin care regimen.

Menopause is a major transition that women have to go through; often bringing about unwanted changes that including changes in the skin.

When a woman’s menstrual cycle stops; the amount of estrogen in her body decreases. That is why women who go through menopause often suffer from acne, unwanted facial hair, wrinkling and dry skin. Fortunately, a proper skin care regime, prescribed by a board-certified dermatologist, can help treat some of those problems.

It is very important for women to use a good moisturizer. Moisturizers help keep the skin elastic, which can help prevent wrinkles. Women should also make sure that they limit the amount of time that they spend in the sun. The sun can cause the skin to age much quicker. If a woman knows that she will be spending a lot of time in the sun, she should make sure that she applies sunscreen.

The importance of eating a healthy diet and exercising cannot be emphasized enough when it comes to fighting the aging process. Fruits and vegetables contain the antioxidants that are needed to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Exercising helps increase blood circulation, which increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients that flows to the skin. Additionally, women who are concerned about abnormal hair growth should set up an appointment with our practice.

Menopause is a natural part of life, but women do not have to deal with the skin changes it brings. Developing a skin care regime and seeking the help of a professional at our practice are the keys to keeping the skin beautiful and healthy.

Reducing skin discoloration does not always require a trip to a dermatologist. In many cases, natural home remedies are effective as well. While they may not remove all types of discoloration, they are worth a try.

Whether caused by a health problem, a medication, psoriasis, acne scarring or an injury, blemishes may respond to one or more of the following five home remedies for skin discolorations.

1. Olive oil. This luxurious oil feels great on the skin and has long been a staple in both the kitchens and the medicine cabinets of women in the Mediterranean. Because olive oil softens dead skin cells, it helps damaged and discolored skin slough away.

2. Lemon juice. Along with other acid juices, lemon juice dissolves old, discolored skin. For maximum effect, spray it on and allow it stay a few minutes, then wipe it vigorously with a cloth also soaked in the juice.

3. Baking soda. This common item in many kitchens is naturally abrasive. Moistening an area of skin and then rubbing it with baking soda leaves the area feeling silky smooth. With repeated treatment, some kinds of discolorations will scrub away.

4. Tea tree oil. Reddish discolorations respond well to tea tree oil because it kills bacteria. It also helps heal any scarring that the bacteria leaves behind.

5. Calamine lotion. Not just for poison ivy or chickenpox, calamine lotion lightens some discolorations and reduces redness from a variety of skin conditions. It also has a soothing and calming effect.

Some skin spots and discolorations do not respond to these natural home remedies, but many do, especially if they have appeared recently. Before spending hundreds on creams or thousands on laser treatments, trying these simple home remedies is a safe, smart and inexpensive first step that could solve the problem completely.

If you are concerned about the vibrancy and health of your skin, then you may have wondered whether a shower each day is a really a good thing. It has been said that taking too many showers each week leaves the skin in a dry state, but there are also claims that it helps in some ways. It is very likely that the true answer is somewhere in between. Yes showers can negatively impact the health of your skin, but in moderation they are essential.


It is certainly not necessary to take more than one shower per day, but even this can be too much for someone with skin sensitive to dryness. This is why it is important to listen to your body, and know the limits of what your skin can take. Pay attention to signs that your back may be drying out too much after showering, determine if there is any flaking or itching. These things can help you decide whether or not you should continue such a regular showering routine.

There are products on the market which help to add hydration to your skin after bouts in the sun or a hot shower, so finding the one that is best for your skin is a task suited for the individual. Once you have used several of these products you will be able to make a decision about which ones work best with your skin and how frequently you should apply them. These are not all of the considerations when it comes to showering and your skins health, but the more you pay attention to how your skin is reacting the better off you will be.

Acne is not solely problematic for teens. Half of all women in their twenties face sporadic bouts of acne, and a quarter of forty-somethings still fight acne while keeping up with their Botox treatments, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Topical drugstore preparations may help shorten the lifespan of an isolated blemish, but such tools are limited. Benzoyl peroxide and alcohol are the chief active ingredients in most over-the-counter creams. For some troubled skin, these two ingredients cause as many skin problems as they solve. An oil-reducing skin treatment may work for a teen with overactive sebum glands, but drying agents are a poor fit for more mature skin. It’s counterproductive to seek age-defying skin treatments while parching the skin to reduce the severity of breakouts. Desiccated skin reveals all its fine lines, aging even younger skin beyond its time.

Just as a mechanic with only two tools cannot hope to restore a car to perfect condition, over-the-counter acne products cannot restore healthy skin. Dermatologists have a wealth of tools at their disposal. They combat acne with topical preparations, prescription medications and even injections of anti-inflammatory cortisone to end a painful pimple’s life quickly. Taking a multi-faceted approach to fighting acne pays off in the form of shorter, less severe breakouts.

A doctor can prescribe topical acne products containing antibiotics to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Prescription creams such as tretinoin and adapalene are more effective against acne than their drugstore counterparts. Oral medications help clear acne systemically instead of topically. Painful cystic acne succumbs quickly to cortisone injections or draining to relieve the pressure. Laser treatments and dermabrasion may help some cases of acne as well as restoring a smoother surface to previously troubled skin once the acne disappears. Dermatologists can also work with other doctors to adjust medications that might worsen acne such as birth control pills or steroids.

Other conditions such as rosacea or folliculitis mimic acne’s appearance, but require different treatment. Only a qualified dermatologist can diagnose a skin condition correctly and provide appropriate treatment, so it is vital to seek dermatological advice for any sudden rash or breakout. Trying an over-the-counter acne regimen to heal a skin problem other than acne could exacerbate the irritation and discomfort of the condtion.

Healthy skin means more than simply being acne-free; a doctor’s care ensures that once the blemishes disappear, the skin beneath is vibrantly healthy. Injections of Botox or cosmetic fillers reduce the appearance of deep acne scars, while laser resurfacing smooths away shallower imperfections left by previous bouts of acne.

Acne may not be dangerous, but it merits a doctor’s attention. Seek a specialist in healthy skin and end the cycle of dry skin and breakouts that over-the-counter creams perpetuate.

The most common comment I get asked during a consultation about liposuction is “My friend says that she gained weight after liposuction, but in different places than she did before…”

Well, as long as you maintain your weight clost to your pre-liposuction weight, then you won’t gain fat in new areas… But liposuction is not a “get out of jail free” card. if you fail to maintain your weight, fat will get deposited.

If you had your hips and abdomen treated with liposuction and then proceed to gain 20 pounds, that fat will deposit disproportionately to another area (breasts, buttocks, thighs)

Apparently a new study has shown that an increase in intra-abdominal fat can also occur with weight gain. But with minimal levels of activity, this is easily eliminated as a problem.