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SKIN CARE TIP

Protect Your Lips!

A lot of things contribute to dry, chapped lips. Lips have minimal to no sebaceous glands and zero sweat glands. Also water loss on the lips is three to ten times higher than other parts of the face or body. The sun (one of the most damaging things) cold weather, lack of moisture, and, yes, licking your lips all contribute to cracked, dried lips. When lips become dry, we tend to lick them in a futile attempt to restore moisture. Even though licking your lips may, for a few seconds, make them feel better, it is actually making matters worse! Your tongue transfers saliva from your mouth to your lips which actually eats away and destroys the thin layer of skin covering the lips. This can easily become a vicious cycle leading to painful, cracked, sore lips. Whatever it takes, do your best to avoid licking your lips when they begin feeling dry.

Even though summer is the season where the sun is the most strong, the sun’s harmful rays continue to damage your lips year round. Sun damage can even occur when it’s cloudy. That means during the day, a well formulated lip balm, lip gloss, or lipstick with SPF 15 or greater or greater with the UVA protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or avobenzone is vital. As with any sunscreen, reapply at regular intervals during long periods of time outdoor.

Anti-Aging Tip

Feed Yourself Avocados!

Some people avoid avocados because they think they are going to gain weight due to the relatively high fat and calorie content. Yet avocados are one of the best foods you can eat, packed with nutrients and heart-healthy compounds. Here are five great reasons to eat them regularly. They are packed with lutein a carotenoid that works as an antioxidant and helps protect against eye disease. Avocados make you full, you eat one and your dinner has been served. They can help protect your unborn baby and heart, and help lower your cholesterol. Last but not least they taste great you can add them to just about everything, soup, salad, sandwich, or serve in a bowl with other toppings for a guacamole dip.

Plastic Surgery Tip

Chicago Fat Transfer Surgery

Fat transfer involves the removal of living tissue through the technique of liposuction and placing it into a new area with the intention of having it survive. There are certain steps that have to be taken to accomplish this. Most forms of liposuction are fairly destructive to the tissue since it will be discarded later. So, the parameters of fat removal have to be altered to maximize fat cell survival. Fat survival is variable. Studies tell us that anywhere between 30% and 60% of the fat will survive. So we have to usually overcorrect the area if we expect a great correction. Fat has to be protected after the transfer, so keeping weight off the area and chilling it slightly to avoid inflammation is very important.

To see before and after patient pictures, please click here.

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 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...

Thanks for a great year.

Warm regards,

Sam Speron, MD, FACS

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

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