If you like the results you've achieved at the Plastic Surgery Group here in Albany, now you can share that satisfaction with others! Our Friends and Family Referral Program gives your friend or relative (new clients only) $50 off their first visit to our practice, and gives you, the referring friend or family member, a $50 gift certificate to use toward your
*This month's Facial Treatment Winner is Sabrina T. of Lee, MA!
Don't forget to stop by our plastic surgery office in Albany to register to win a facial treatment at The Skin Center-Albany's Custom Skin Care destination! When you visit us for a treatment or appointment, you'll automatically receive a raffle card to complete. But if you forget, just stop by and ask for one! You can't win if you don't enter!
SAVE THE DATE
FRIDAY, JUNE 1ST
Our first Art Show, Metamorphosis, will open on Friday, June 1st right here in our office! We'll be sending more information shortly, but save the date of June 1st for a wonderful evening! The sale of art will benefit our in-house breast cancer support group, Circle of Hope, and showcases the work of local Albany, Schenectady, and Troy artists! The art is already hanging on our walls, so be sure to browse when you next visit us.
Busy June 1st? You can purchase art anytime! Just drop by and take a tour of the wonderful variety that represents the Capital Region's artists!
Here are some of the pieces of art already hanging on our walls in anticipation of the June 1st open.
Have you heard about the latest cosmetic procedure emanating from Los Angeles, the Land of the Beauty-Obsessed? It's Dimpleplasty. As you can surmise by the name, dimpleplasty is a procedure that creates dimples. Some people, like Jennifer Garner and Brad Pitt, are born with dimples-those cute little divots in the cheeks. Now people without dimples are actually buying them through a 30-minute outpatient procedure.
How is Dimpleplasty performed?
Slight incisions are made to create a depression in the facial skin. A stitch is then placed beneath the skin to hold it in a new position. The scar tissue that forms around the suture each each cheek area to yield the permanent dimples.
I've Looked at Life from Both Sides Now
Some plastic surgeons offer dimpleplasty only on one cheek-either because the patient already has one dimple, or because it's so difficult to create two that are perfectly symmetrical!
Wherefore Art Thou, Dimple?
Dimples aren't just for cheeks-some opt to have them on their chins as well, or instead of cheek dimples.
Beauty For Busy Women
Women are busier than ever! The days of Donna Reed are long gone, as women now juggle even more than the time-honored devotion to home and family, with work and social commitments, as well. It's tough for most women to find time for a manicure, let alone a procedure such as a face lift or breast enhancement-even if they want to have it and possess the funds or financing to do it.
Thankfully, non-invasive (i.e., nonsurgical) facial rejuvenation options continue to improve with time. Although not comparable to a face lift in terms of turning back the clock, the non-surgical facial rejuvenation options at our Albany plastic surgery practice will definitely create a younger and more rested appearance for a woman of any age. The biggest benefit? Time savings. Most treatments involve either no recovery time or just a weekend.
BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers
Within the past 15 years, BOTOX® Cosmetic and various dermal fillers quickly became the go-to treatment for those experiencing facial aging, as they maintain the naturalness of the face. Judiciously injected by our plastic surgeons here in Albany, these minimally invasive treatments can eliminate wrinkles between and around the eyes, from nose to mouth and mouth to chin.
Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels
Both of our licensed estheticians, Ruth Trinchillo and Marika Chornyak, are experts with microdermabrasion and chemical peels. These two cost-effective treatments are paired to rejuvenate your skin, unveil the younger skin hiding beneath the surface, and to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, the production of which diminishes with age, starting in one's early 30's. When part of a regular skin care regimen, you'll find this combo to be an essential to diminish the signs of aging and to treat skin irregularities such as redness from rosacea or sun spots.
Laser Facial Rejuvenation
Patients who visit The Plastic Surgery Group in Albany know that we're experts in laser skin resurfacing. Plus, if you need a quick lunchtime treatment, you'll find that laser skin resurfacing can fit nicely into your busy schedule! We have a multitude of laser options for our busy patients, including the following:
Our erbium laser is used to treat skin tone and texture. It's great for fine lines around the mouth and/or eyes, as well as to diminish age and sun spots. The amount of improvement and recovery can be adjusted to fit your needs and desires.
Great for wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring and irregular pigment, the MicroLaserPeel® also tightens skin and improves texture.
BBL™ Photo Rejuvenation Therapy
This is a great treatment for pigmentation irregularities, as BBL™ Photo Rejuvenation treatments in our Albany practice will actually penetrate beneath the skin to remove extra melanin. There is no recovery time required with BBL!
If you desire improvement in your wrinkles but don't have the recovery time for a traditional laser resurfacing procedure, the ProFractional™ is an excellent option. Besides wrinkles, it's also good for scars, such as those from acne, chicken pox or measles, injuries or surgical scars. Also an excellent treatment for pigmentation irregularities such as freckles, age spots and sun spots.
Not sure which laser treatment might be the right one for your skin and schedule? Call us for a complimentary consultation!
Physician-Only Skin Care Products
If you've been reading our Safe Beauty series, you may remember that over-the-counter beauty treatments can legally promise much more than they deliver, because no governmental body regulates their advertising. Therefore, many consumers believe that promises made by companies such as EstÃ©e Lauder, LancÃ´me, and others, that their products deliver results "similar to those obtained at a physician's office," are true. It's a truism that you get what you pay for. Because physician-grade products have been thoroughly tested to ensure safety and effectiveness, they deliver better results than over-the-counter products can.
Further, a "physician-only" skin product is not just sold by a physician but essentially "monitored" by that physician, to ensure that you know how to use the product, i.e., how much to use and how often to use it and that you are made aware of any precautions that go along with it, such as sun avoidance with Retin-A. Because over-the-counter products are a one-size-fits-all skin care option, they cannot safely contain the highest level of effective ingredients that are found in physician-only skin care.
You can trust Marika and Ruth at The Skin Care Center
to give you the right product for your needs. Further, you'll be surprised to find that, because you need less product to create results, the price is essentially quite close to skin care products available at a retail store.
Third in a Series of 12
The omnipresent antibacterial: Triclosan
It would seem that a chemical that kills bacteria would be a great thing, right? Ordinarily that would be true. However, the antibacterial known as triclosan has some questionable behaviors that may give you pause!
What is Triclosan?
Triclosan controls and reduces bacterial contamination on your skin. In short, its chemical reaction converts harmful organisms to safer ones. Since 1972, it's been added to soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant and, most recently, to antibacterial hand sanitizers-you know, those products that you squirt into your hands when you can't wash your hands with soap and water? So, what could be bad?
Triclosan Is Absorbed Through The Skin
A study performed in 2000 indicated that triclosan was absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. In and of itself, this was not an earth-shattering discovery, as many things you place on your skin can be absorbed by your body. It's what happens after it enters the bloodstream that raises concerns.
Triclosan As Endocrine Disruptor
Research performed on frogs in 2006, revealed triclosan to be an endocrine disrupter. What does this mean? Your endocrine system regulates much of your body's behaviors by secreting various hormones into your blood stream, so we don't want anything to interfere with this important function. The triclosan masquerades as the "real" hormone and, when it gets to the recipient site in the body, the "real" thyroid hormone cannot enter the site because the triclosan blocks the way. In particular, triclosan was found to block thyroid hormone.
Triclosan and Chlorine
In 2009, the Canadian Medical Association asked Canadian officials to ban triclosan from all household products, because when triclosan and chlorine are combined, the result is chloroform. Shortly thereafter, the EPA acknowledged triclosan as a "probable" human cardinogen.
The FDA did respond to inquiries from Massachusetts Congressman Edward Markey when he pushed for stronger government regulation of triclosan, in response to tests indicating their effect on the endocrine system. "The proliferation of triclosan in everyday consumer products is so enormous, it is literally in almost every type of product. Most soaps, toothpaste, cosmetics, clothes and toys," Markey said. "It's in our drinking water, it's in our rivers and as a result, it's in our bodies! I don't think a lot of additional data has to be collected in order to make the simple decisions about children's toys and soaps that people use. It clearly is something that creates a danger."
How to Avoid Triclosan Exposure
First, use simple soap and water instead of hand sanitizers as often as possible, since triclosan is a major ingredient in hand sanitizers and wipes, and read labels to ferret out products that contain triclosan.
We hope you enjoy these articles about Safe Beauty. Feel free to write us with any questions you may have.
EIGHT FAST TRACK TIPS TO
A FRESHER COMPLEXION
In a rush? Check out these tips for busy gals!
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Buy a water bottle that you can refill at home, both to save money and to avoid tossing out plastic bottle packaging that clogs landfills and waterways. Hate to drink plain water? Squeeze half a lemon in each bottle and enjoy! It's weak enough that you won't need sweetener and there's Vitamin C in the lemon.
- Sleep a minimum of 8 hours a night. Don't think you can? Here are some ways to get those zzz's:
- Turn off the TV in the bedroom. Falling asleep to the TV can stimulate your brain, making it difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep.
- Don't eat right before bed.
- Don't workout within 3 hours of bedtime.
- Avoid charged conversations about money, kids, or other difficult-to-discuss topics before bed.
- Reserve the bedroom for sleep, i.e., not for work. Avoid working on your laptop in bed, for example.
- As often as possible, go to bed and arise on the same schedule each day, even on weekends, to help your body prepare for sleep.
- Wash your face first thing in the morning and the last thing at night-even when it's late! Your skin needs this cleansing to eliminate toxins, dead skin cells, oils, and makeup.
- Ask Marika or Ruth about Obagi's Vitamin C Serum for a quick morning skin treat! Just like drinking your OJ in the morning, this serum can rejuvenate and soothe tired, aging skin.
- Never, never, never leave the house without sunscreen. Even office lighting puts out UV ways, as do computer screen and copiers.
- Your skin will look more youthful longer if you avoid tanning, either outside or in a bed or booth.
- Slather on a rich moisturizer before bed. Depending on your age and skin type, Ruth and Marika have several options that will work for you.
- Exercise every day. Your skin loves exercise, as it gets the blood pumping and removes toxins from the body. A good sweat is essential to get the most benefit.
Wasn't that easy?