It’s finally time to have fun in the sun again, hoorah! And with the official start of summer next month, it makes good sense that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
By now, most everyone knows that UVA and UVB radiation are the cause for most skin cancers and contributes to the photoaging of our skin. While there are heroes like plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and aestheticians that can help with the negative effects of sunlight, we can all help ourselves fight against skin cancer and photoaging with one, easy preventative measure: sunscreen!
We’ve all seen these ads: beautiful, slim models wearing gorgeous, expensive swimsuits. The catalogs come in the mail; the TV weight-loss ads push swimsuit-clad women touting their amazing results; and women’s magazines, lined up in the candy aisle at the grocery check-out, are chock-a-block with stunning women in bikinis. Inside, we realize that these are hyped up images geared to motivate us to buy: the magazine, the swimsuit, the weight-loss program. But most women also feel a twinge of self-doubt looking at these photos. Perfection is not just offered—the subliminal message is clear: if you don’t have a body like this, you aren’t attractive. I think that’s a shame, as I’ve been working with thousands of men and women all over Michigan for many years, and not a single one of them were unattractive. Sure, they had features they wanted to change, but that was to make them happier with their appearance—not to make them supermodels. There isn’t a surgical procedure that I can perform to change your body into that of the Photoshopped images in the magazines, but there are several that we can think about that will improve your appearance a great deal. Here are some of them.
As a Michigan board certified plastic surgeon, I belong to two plastic surgery associations: The ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) and the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). The ASAPS recently released their predictions for the hottest procedures and treatments for 2018. Here are four of the top predictions!
1. Dermal fillers. My Michigan plastic surgery patients love dermal fillers as a way to maintain a youthful appearance! As time goes on, the prediction is that fillers will get even better—more “bendable” for the face when it animates. You can trust my many years of experience to select the right filler for the job (softer fillers for lips and firmer ones for cheeks, for example), and to inject just the right amount.
We all love a bargain, don’t we? Most of us are careful to look around when purchasing a product or service with the goal of finding the best value, i.e., the most “bang for the buck.” This is true of beauty purchases as well, like dermal fillers and Botox. After all, since you have to repeat these anti-aging injections every few months, it just makes sense to look for the best price, right? I couldn’t agree more, with just a few caveats.
It might seem logical to ditch your sunscreen in the winter months, since winter skies are typically overcast compared with the rest of the year. However, there are important reasons to make this a year-round habit!
Reasons to wear sunscreen year-round are abundant. Studies show that the reflection of the sun’s rays on snow packs a powerful punch. Furthermore, up to 80% of the sun’s rays can reach your skin on a cloudy day. This puts to rest the notion that the sun can’t damage your skin on rainy days or during colder months.
Winter is a particularly challenging time for skin, but it’s a perfect time to fall in love with your skin! Here are four tips to perfect your healthy glow!
Topical retinoid and vitamin A products, like Avene Retrinal 0.1% Intensive Cream, increase cellular turnover, which means that younger cells are replacing older, duller looking cells at a faster rate. These younger cells absorb moisture better, and contain more of the skins healthy, natural oils to maintain a youthful appearance. You may also find that continued use lessens the appearance of dark spots from scarring or excessive sun exposure. (Just be sure to use a sunscreen, as retinoids use can increase your sensitivity to light!)
Rhinoplasty, also known as nose reshaping or “nose job,” is an outpatient cosmetic surgery procedure to adjust the size and/or shape of the nose so that it’s in better balance with the rest of the face. The first rhinoplasty is called a “primary” rhinoplasty. A Revision Rhinoplasty is performed on a patient who has had a “primary” rhinoplasty in the past.
Why is a Revision Rhinoplasty Performed?
Here are 3 reasons why a patient might wish to have a revision rhinoplasty:
While a patient might be perfectly happy with their primary rhinoplasty results, sometimes they wish to have the plastic surgeon refine the nose a tiny bit. Perhaps it’s to lift the tip ever so slightly, or adjust the bridge of the nose. It varies with each patient.
We all know that exercise is good for us and and helps keep our bodies healthy, but did you know that exercise affects the brain?
A study performed by the University of Georgia’s Department of Exercise Science shows that exercising for as little as 20 minutes improves memory and information processing in the brain. When you consider that exercise moves oxygen through the body, it would logically move more through the brain, as well. This oxygen “feeds” the brain and the result is improved function.
Next to facial plastic surgery, nothing makes as big a difference in my patient’s facial appearance as injectables.
What are injectables? They come in three categories: (1) Muscle Relaxers, like Botox®; (2) Wrinkle Fillers, such as Juvéderm, Volbella, Vollure and Voluma; and (3) Kybella, which melts fat to eliminate a double chin.
What are they made of, what do they do, and how long do they last? I’m glad you asked! I present to you: Injectables 101.
Most of us approach the New Year with a list of resolutions. We want to feel better, maybe make more money, go on a better vacation this year, etc. Truth is, the bottom line to achieving any of these resolutions rests in how we feel on a day-to-day basis, right? It stands to reason that if you lack energy, feel depressed or anxious, it’s hard to make positive changes. I’m offering a list of Health Tips that might move you in the right direction. And remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You have 365 days to cultivate a happier, healthier 2018. Give yourself the gift of forward movement on a daily basis, just a small step each day, and you’ll find that by this time next year, you’ll feel happier and will be healthier than you are today!