Portrait Of Beautiful Young Blonde Girl In Black DressHow can you achieve that “red carpet glow” without a celebrity makeup artist on speed dial?

If your skin is looking lackluster, dull, and you need a pick-me-up, a series of chemical peels might be just what you need. Don’t let the words “chemical peel” scare you. Surely you’ve heard stories of chemical peels gone wrong, but applied correctly and carefully, you can have great results! Make sure that you research types of chemical peels and the location where you will have your chemical peel done.

Only a licensed esthetician or a physician can apply a chemical peel.  If you have a fear of chemical peels, fear not; there are many superficial peels, that are mild and will give you that instant “red carpet glow” in just a few minutes, without the redness or peeling.

The Skin Medica Illuminize Peel is a mild blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids which will impart a radiance and glow to your skin without the significant downtime. It removes layers of dead skin cells to remove minor imperfections and leaves your skin soft and radiant.  This type of peel is perfect for you if you have an upcoming event, a reunion, or wedding as it requires very little to no downtime. You will see a difference a few hours post peel, but a series of peels every 3-4 weeks, will give you the most dramatic results. Your esthetician or physician may recommend you start a targeted protocol specific to your concerns, at least 5 days prior to your peel for better results. As with any peel, minimizing sun exposure is essential. Using skincare recommended by your esthetician the day after your peel is key for maintaining the healthy glow for weeks to come. Ask your esthetician which peel would work for you.

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The latest issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal includes a scientific study about how gender affects facial wrinkling.  Research was conducted by plastic surgeons in the Netherlands.

But let’s just get to the point shall we?  Here are the documented reasons women wrinkle earlier and more severely than men:

  1. If you’re a woman, the skin surrounding your mouth has fewer sweat and sebaceous glands, which are important for hydration and skin fullness.
  2. You also may have fewer blood vessels in the same area.
  3. The muscular fibers surrounding the orifice of a woman’s mouth are also more closely attached, which causes an “inward traction” and therefore, deeper wrinkles.

Read more on the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website.

People have called it “the ultimate acid test,”but we like to refer to it as a facial peel.  Today’s advanced peels have made the aesthetic results outstanding. Now, peels can actually tighten the skin as they peel away layers and brighten sun-damaged skin. Yes, you do need to be prepared to undergo some tingling upon application (less discomfort than waxing), outlay some money and be out of action for three days, but the results will be worth it – your skin will never look better!

Everyone will comment that you glow. Your skin will look dewy and soft, because let’s face it ladies, at age 50 your skin doesn’t look dewy without doing something! So if you’re not ready for surgery this is the best place to start by trying a safe and effective treatment under medical supervision.

To prepare for the peel and get the best results, you should begin using a range of day and night medical grade skin care products. They can stimulate collagen production and cell turnover and put some elasticity back in your skin.
Plan ahead and be ready to hunker down for three days (post-peel) with some wine, old movies, TIVO or DVR some of your favorite shows, catch up on some good books or magazines and have some great food in the fridge – be prepared not to answer the door unless you know who it is. By day five, you should be wearing makeup again and be resuming your normal activities.

At Plastic Surgery Experts we use TCA (trichloroacetic acid) and the special Obagi ‘blue peel.’ These peels work to reduce the appearance of facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.  Call us for more information.

The Visia Complexion Analysis System does! This amazing photographic system gives you and your doctor a closer look at what’s happening with your skin. It uses ultraviolet and polarized light to look deep into the skin, showing things happening underneath can’t be seen with the naked eye, or even with a magnifying glass.

The machine takes two photos of a patient’s skin. The first one is a highly magnified view of the visible skin — the “Epidermis” — showing visible fine lines, wrinkles, pores, brown spots and unevenness of skin damage.  The second photo is taken under ultraviolet light and goes even deeper under the skin to show the “Dermis” and what is developing underneath the outer layers.  It’s great for discovering indicators of sun damage that may lead to more wrinkles and spots in the coming years.

Jackie is a 32-year-old mother of two and an avid sun worshipper who admits to wearing as little sun block as possible —SPF 15 on her nose and under her eyes, “because I want to look healthy and tan,” she says. Using the Visia Complexion Analysis System, her doctor could show her exactly the damage those years in the sun have caused. Jackie’s refusal to wear sunscreen, constant sun bathing and squinting may cause premature wrinkles, fine lines, and spots. These issues may be deep within the dermis, and may eventually come to the surface.  Before she develops dangerous skin problems like actinic keratoses, Jackie should speak to a doctor about her sun exposure.

Betsy is 55 years old and hates the brown spots that have started appearing on the sides of her face and forehead. She has asked her friends if their skin looks splotchy too and wants to know what all those dark spots are. Worried, Betsy decided to ask her doctor, who explained that Betsy’s discoloration is from her skin cells secreting a pigment called melanin. When you tan, melanin comes to the surface to alter your complexion. Age spots are basically a buildup of pigment from years of sun exposure that continue to grow. They are normally found on the surface of our skin as flat or slightly raised brown spots, but in some cases the damage can go deeper.

Using the Visia Complexion Analysis System, the doctor can tell that Betsy has been wearing sunscreen. Betsy tells the doctor that she has been using SPF 15 for years, which is encouraging, but she still exhibits some long-term sun damage.  The doctor takes the second Visia photo to look even deeper into the dermis, which reveals many more sunspots that eventually will come to the surface. Betsey will need to increase her sun protection factor (SPF) and make sure it covers both UVA and UVB rays.

For more information on Visia Complexion Analysis in Illinois and Indiana, and how you can benefit from this technology, contact us.

Have spots appeared on your forehead, chest or the sides of your face? Have you heard that in many cases, facial imperfections of this type can be easily treated and minimized?

Skin blotches are fairly common, and you’ll be happy to know that we carry the Obagi® therapeutic skin care line as a possible remedy. Many people are aware of Obagi® products, but not everyone knows that Obagi is the top skin care line sold exclusively to physicians.

Obagi® has gained a reputation for effectiveness with its Nu Derm® System, also known as Corrective and Enhance®, which smoothes fine lines, fades brown spots and fixes other skin imperfections in just a few months.

Throughout a person’s life, dark spots and uneven skin tone can affect skin on the face.  A ‘mask’ might even appear over the nose and cheek area, especially after a pregnancy or birth control use. Obagi Clear™ has prescription strength Hydroquinone to correct discoloration and equalize skin tones. Hydroquinone is the active ingredient used for its “fading” properties, which proactively correct the early signs of damage by regulating the cell production that is responsible for skin pigment.

Obagi skin care products are prescription strength, and far more effective than any over-the-counter product.  They are specially formulated to achieve a desired end, and they’ve become a real way to get visibly dramatic results. Obagi® is a medical grade skin care program, so speaking with a physician like Dr. Dreyfuss is necessary before purchasing.

Why put it off any longer? If you want to lighten those dark spots on your face, chest and hands with Clear™ or if you’re interested in other Obagi® products, give us a call at (815) 806-9400 or request a free consultation here. You’ll look better and then you feel so much better about your one and only face.

If you know someone who has pigmentation problems, have them get in touch with us. We now know if this type of problem goes untreated and if sun exposure continues, these areas can darken to the point where even make up won’t cover them up. Anyone that has wrestled with these problems should know this firsthand.