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Skin Care Tip:

Why you shouldn’t be skipping the toner in your skincare routine!

Toning helps keep the skin clear and firm. It helps “tone” your skin (just like your muscles) and makes your skin tighter, while helping maintain its elasticity. Toner also helps shrink your pores which keep out impurities that could lead to breakouts. Skin Toner also restores the pH balance of your skin after cleansing. If your pH balance is off than that could lead to your skin producing more oil to make up for it. As your skin ages, it needs to work harder to maintain its elasticity. Astringents and toners with glycolic or alpha hydroxy acids work the best for toning the face. These acids actually can reduce the pore size and also help avoid ingrown hairs. They are aggressive and have quick results. Remember to look for a product that is not photosensitive (sensitive to light).

Anti-Aging Tip:

Drinking alcohol is making you age faster!

Alcohol is undoubtedly a staple of many of the big moments within our lives. It’s there for our birthdays, graduations, job promotions, weddings, anniversaries, retirement parties and many other milestones. Alcohol is also tightly wound into our socializing and relaxation routines. However, what many of us don’t know is that extra glass of wine after dinner is contributing to our aging and possibly even speeding it up. There has been a significant link found between consumption of a moderate to heavy amount of alcohol over a long span of time and the causation of wrinkles due to the loss of collagen and elasticity. Alcohol also negatively affects Vitamin A, which is a known anti-oxidant that helps regenerate new cells and produce collagen.

Collagen is what keeps our skin looking strong, youthful and healthy. Consumption of alcohol can also affect our skin negatively by loss of skin tone and permanent redness due to broken capillaries in the face. When alcohol enters the bloodstream it widens the blood vessels which leads to more blood being brought into the face. This is what causes that ‘flushed’ red look that many people get when having one too many drinks. However, permanent redness is possible after a prolonged period of drinking. This is separate form redness. So, when it comes to drinking alcohol, try to limit yourself if you are serious about taking care of your skin and fighting aging. There are many benefits to having one glass of red wine but it is when we have three or more that negative impacts may definitely occur.

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Chicago Scar & Keloid Removal!

A Keloid is a skin lesion that is flesh-colored, red or pink, located over the site of a wound or injury and is lumpy (nodular) or ridge. The lesion may itch while it is forming and growing. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can occur in all areas. Keloids are fairly common in young women and African Americans, and often run in families. Keloids occur from such skin injuries such as acne, burns, chickenpox, ear piercing, minor scratches, surgical cuts, traumatic wounds and vaccination sites. One of the most recent advances used to remove Keloids is Retin-A before and after excisional keloid surgery. Other treatments include steroid injections, excision, radiation etc. Usually, insurance covers the consultation and procedure. Before pursuing any removal or reduction treatment, it is best to get a consultation with a plastic surgeon that has specific experience with Keloid removal.

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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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