Kiss Those Sun Spots Goodbye

 

Kiss Those Sun Spots Goodbye

By: Nikki Bahash Reynolds

Despite our best efforts, we can all spend a little too much time in the sun, especially during the summer in southern California. That sun exposure can cause discoloration in the skin, breaking down of collagen and elastin and is the leading cause of premature aging. Wearing a good form of sun protection whether it's clothing or sunblock is very important, but it still doesn’t completely eliminate UV radiation from penetrating the skin, and that cumulative build up of damage will manifest itself,  sometimes years later. At Facial Aesthetic Concepts we offer a range of treatments and products that work t

o reverse and repair damage caused by UV radiation.

One of

the biggest concerns most people have is skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation. This happens w

hen our melanocytes, or pigment producing cells, produce more pigment in specific areas than others. Sometimes this increase in pigment production is temporary, like a tan or a brown spot left over after a bur

n or injury to the skin. This pigment production is part of the skin’s defense mechanism.

 

Our skin tans to try to protect from UV radiation or other injuries, and those with naturally darker skin tend to be more reactive or sensitive to this. This pigment production is from a specific event and will fade as the trigger is gone and our skin naturally sheds those pigmented cells, or we can expedite that process by exfoliating. There are other types of hyperpigmentation that are more long lasting or temperamental. Melasma is characterized by larger, darker patches of pigment. This can manifest on different areas of the face and body and is usually triggered internally (by hormones /genetics) and can be made worse by heat, inflammation or injury and sun exposure. Other forms of sundamage like solar lentigens (flat brown spots) or poikiloderma (reddish-brown  pigmentation) is caused from repetitive exposure where damage cumulatively builds and results in discoloration of the skin. This type of discoloration, if untreated, will remain or worsen and not fade with natural exfoliation.

Once pigment is produced in the skin the only way to eliminate it is by removing the pigmented cells. We can do this by exfoliating with home products like acids and retinols or with stronger chemical peels, light therapies (IPL) and lasers (Fractional CO2). The deeper the pigment is, the more exfoliation or resurfacing you have to do to get it all off. The problem with long term sun damage and melasma is that the pigment is very deep, and the melanocytes are primed to just keep over producing pigment in that area. So essentially if all you’re doing is exfoliating; you are fighting a losing battle. That’s where lighteners come in.

Lighteners work with the melanocytes to regulate and normalize pigment production. That way if you exfoliate some existing pigment off, you’re not just making some more right in its place. Hydroquinone is a very popular and effective lightener, and there are many other effective natural lightening ingredients, like Niacinamide, Kojic Acid, Emblica, Vit. C, etc. We offer many amazing lightening products like  Lytera 2.0, Even Tone Pads, Lightening Complex Rx and Ultra Lightening Complex Rx. All of these on their own will work to lighten pigment at the source, but it’s important to remember you still have to take off the existing pigment the reveal the lighter, more evenly toned skin underneath. So many people give up when they don’t see instant changes, even though the product is working underneath. For the best and fastest results, pretreat with a lightener and then do a recommended resurfacing treatment to take off existing pigment.  Continue to use the lightener to maintain results and prevent future damage. Using a lightener once is not a cure to hyperpigmentation; it is a treatment and must continue to be used to be effective, just like SPF or taking a vitamin. It only works when you use it! And you must still protect your skin with protective clothing and sunblock.

To find out what lightening product and treatment combination is best suited for you call our offices to set up a complimentary consultation with one of our providers, and check out our promos for a great deal on Lytera 2.0!

How To Lose Stubborn Fat and Tighten Skin

With summer coming to an end and the winter season approaching, a season of eating and layering clothing, you don’t have to lose your summer body. Take advantage of our offers for the following treatments to get your body started on looking the way you would like, with NO downtime.

We often have patients come in thinking they need to lose fat, when really the most dramatic improvement can be achieved by tightening skin.  A consultation to assess concerns and identify goals can help you gain an understanding of the underlying cause(s) of your concerns and the options available that can provide the most dramatic improvement.  We offer complimentary consultations with our medical professionals.  Whether you are interested in contouring stubborn fat pockets or tightening loose and crepey skin, we have the solutions that will get you the result you are seeking.

CoolSculpting is the most popular non-surgical body contouring treatment in the country.  We are in the top 150 practices in the country with Allergan, and this treatment has the highest level of patient satisfaction of any treatment we offer. Our variable contour applicators allow us to customize our treatments for sculpting patient curves and reaching stubborn fat areas. With no downtime and outstanding results call today to start your body contouring, with a free consultation.

Pellefirm and Thermage use radio frequency energy to tighten the skin of the body and face.  Remarkable results can be seen with just one treatment.  Tighter skin of the tummy, thighs, arms, and face is possible with no downtime.  Crepey loose skin can be smoothed by stimulating collagen production and tightening your skin naturally.

Thermage Eyes is a unique treatment that specifically focuses on the skin of the Upper Eyelids.  The treatment uses a shallow depth heating with radio frequency energy to tighten sagging eyelid skin.
Botox and Fillers are the most common treatments that produce a remarkable result with little to no downtime.  Whether its frown lines, smile lines or just general wrinkles, Botox and fillers smooth the signs of 'maturity' and keep you looking great.
Did you know that FAC uses more Botox and filler than anyone in Orange County?  Our team is highly experienced and will give you the 'look you want'.

 

 


AugustNewsletter - 5 Things You Should Know about Fillers and Sunscreen and the Environment

 

5 Things to Know About Fillers

Injections like Botox and fillers are touted as an effective “quick-fix” with some impressive results achievable if done right.

But there are some important things you should know when you are considering filler treatment.

There’s a lot to consider before diving-in for wrinkle reduction or “Brotox” (yes, it’s a thing), so we’re going to explore the pointy-end so you can make an informed decision…
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last? Up To 3 Years, But…
It all depends on the type of dermal filler you choose.

According to recent statistics ( https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/cosmetic-treatments/fillers#faqs ) , this is how long the most common types of fillers last:
- Juvederm – up to 12 months
- Voluma – up to 24 months
- Restylane – up to 9 months
- Radiesse – up to 24 months
- Fat Transfer – 1-3 years with some permanence

With so many options, how do you choose?
The good news is that you don’t have to.  The appropriate choice of filler depends, to a large degree, upon your anatomy and the area being treated.

For example, when we want to restore volume lost in the aging process we often use either Voluma or fat transfer to restore facial contours with outstanding control due to the thickness of the product and its placement within the skin.

If we are looking to enhance the lips we often choose a softer, more delicate product like Volbella.

The family of Allergan fillers now offers Vycross technology which cross links hyaluronic acid molecules to dramatically improve the longevity of the product.  Results can now last up to two years.

Although each patient is unique, certain types of fillers are generally used in specific areas:

Juvederm – folds and creases around the mouth

Voluma – midface contour restoration

Volbella – superficial lines and wrinkles or delicate areas
What is the best filler?
There are a myriad of options available in the market today so it is easy to be confused about which product is really the best.  At Facial Aesthetic Concepts we only use the Juvederm family of fillers, manufactured by Allergan, and the Restylane family of fillers, manufactured by Merz Aesthetics.  We have found that they offer the best mix of safety, patient satisfaction, and longevity.
What should I avoid?
Longevity is one of the cornerstones of what patients want.  They don’t want to have to continue getting injections in order to maintain their youthful contours.  This has led to the development of some ‘permanent’ and ‘semi-permanent’ fillers.  We at FAC are opposed to using any permanent fillers.

The body is constantly changing and despite our use of products to reverse the signs of aging Father Time marches on.  When permanent products are used they do not allow for adjustment that may be necessary as aging continues to change the anatomy and facial structure.
How much filler do I need? Will I look ‘weird’?
Each patient is different in what they need.  It is important to have a comprehensive assessment with the medical provider that will be performing your treatment, not a sales consultant.

At FAC, our assessments include a review of photographs of you in younger years to compare your facial contours and identify the changes that have occurred in the aging process.

One of the most common concerns with filler treatment, particularly multiple syringes is if it will look natural or 'overdone'.  Experienced providers will use 2-5 syringes on patients and achieve a very natural and more youthful look.  That may seem like a lot to inject but keep in mind that each 1cc syringe is approximately 1/5 of one teaspoon of liquid.  That amount is very small so the best possible outcome will usually require more than one syringe.  When performed well this results in a natural, rested appearance that restores years without anyone knowing.

Remember:  Everyone will notice, but no one will know.

unscreen is important in preventing & protecting against the harmful ultraviolet rays, UVB & UVA. UVB rays penetrate shallowly into the skin contributing to sunburns. UVA rays penetrate more deeply and will cause premature aging, and both UVA & UVB ray contribute to causing skin cancer. Sunscreens that protect against both UVA & UVB are called Broad Spectrum sunscreens. Fun Fact, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor & lets you know how much UVB protection a product provides against sunburn.

There are two categories of sunscreens on the market: Physical & Chemical. Physical (mineral based) sunscreens contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and when applied to the skin they deflect, or block, harmful UV rays. Chemical sunscreens contain organic (carbon based) compounds like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate & avobenzone. They work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin, essentially filtering out specific UV rays. Now it is important to note that’s all of these ingredients are approved by the FDA and are deemed safe for use.

How can you tell if you are using a banned or environmentally friendly sunscreen? Look at the back of your sunscreen bottle at the active ingredients listing; if the listing contains oxybenzone and octinoxate then it is not environmentally friendly & should left at home on your next trip to the beach. Don’t worry; there is an array of environmentally friendly sunblocks available out there in a variety of shades, SPF and finishes, and we offer many at Facial Aesthetic Concepts.

Remember, sunscreen is important! It keeps you healthy & looking young!!

 


July Newsletter - 3 Tools for Clear Skin and PRP Hair Restoration

 

My Journey To Clear Skin
By Nadia Bahash

I have struggled with oily skin and acne breakouts for as long as I can remember. Both internal and external factors affect the way our skin behaves. I don’t have the cleanest diet (kind of addicted to sugar ), I suffer from hormonal imbalances, and just have overall oily skin. It has left me with large pores, cystic acne, little to big pustules (white heads). You name a type of pimple, and I’ve had it. Lucky for me, I had a cousin growing up who is an esthetician, (Nikki Bahash) and she was able to help me control my breakouts from a young age, which has in turn prevented scarring.

One of the main factors in helping to prevent breakouts is exfoliation. I am the exfoliation queen. I believe in all types of exfoliation, scrubs, enzymes, peels, etc. I would say the most rewarding exfoliation for pustule like acne (white heads) or cystic would be chemical exfoliation. This comes in many different forms, from retinoids, glycolics, salicylics, lactic and many more.

Chemical exfoliants tend to be the best option for breakouts because they help to keep our pores clean, and they also increase our cell turn over rate which increases cellular production (new, healthier cells are created). They also don’t tear away at the pimple like a scrub would, which helps prevent scarring and the spread of bacteria. People with oily skin tend to love to exfoliate because it leaves the skin feeling new, fresh, and removes excess oil.

One common misconception with oily, acneic skin is because of the amount of oil, we don’t need to moisturize. This so wrong and for so many reasons. Because those of us with oily skin tend to exfoliate more, we are drying out our oil glands, and stripping our skin of its natural moisture layer. It’s very important to rehydrate the skin with a moisturizer after exfoliation. Overly dry skin can clog pores and produce breakouts, and it actually increases our oil production because our bodies are trying to compensate for the oil we just removed, creating much oilier skin, hence causing more breakouts.

Besides exfoliation and moisturizers, I recently started using a new product that has really been a game changer for me. While I can usually keep my breakouts under control, at the beginning of this year I under went some hormonal changes and a great amount of stress that really threw my skin for a loop. My breakouts were so bad, I struggled coming into work because I was embarrassed at how bad my own skin looked. I had some of Skin Medica’s TNS Recovery Complex at home and thought I’d give it a shot. While this product is mostly advertised as anti-aging and is great at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try. Within six days my skin looked at least 10x better. How does this happen? TNS consists of a growth factor that improves the overall health of our skin and increases cellular production (collagen production). Think of our skin like a garden, and TNS being miracle grow. It produces and abundance of cells that tend to be healthier, resulting in an improvement in the overall appearance of the skin. My acne was clearing up, redness reduced, and my overall texture felt better. Call me crazy, but I even feel like my skin is less oily now. My boyfriend thought my skin looked so great, he actually started using the product too… talk about a miracle.

My strict product regimen provided my skin what it needed to clear up acne and blemishes, here are the products I used and how I used them to clear up my skin.

In the morning, I wake up with a nice a cleanse. For my oily skin, I really enjoy the Benev Salicylic Cleanser or Epionce Lytic gel cleaner (I go back and forth between the two). I pat dry my face and immediately apply my TNS Recovery Complex. It’s important to let each product soak into your skin before you apply the next. I usually wait about 30 sec- 1 min. Next is my day time exfoliator. My favorite for the past few years has been the Lytic TX by Epionce. It is a retexturizing lotion that contains azealic and salicylic acid. I like it during the day because it allows me to get some exfoliation in the morning, without over drying my skin for the day. Next is moisturizer, which my go- to is usually SkinMedica’s HA5. This is a hyaluronic acid based moisturizer which is great for oily skin. Hyaluronic acid is a water- binding molecule rather than oil binding, so it keeps your face from feeling too oily throughout the day. I finish my morning routine with Alastin’s Hydratint spf, that is chemical free sunscreen and has a little tint to it. At night time I do the same thing, but I incorporate the Clarisonic Smart Profile into my cleanse, which helps remove all my oil and makeup build up throughout the day and ensures a deep cleanse. Just like the morning, I follow my cleanse with TNS Recovery Complex, and for my nightly exfoliator I use Skin Medica’s Retinol Complex 0.5 instead of the Lytic TX. Since our skin tends to rejuvenate and restore while we sleep, I do finish my nightly routine with a heavier moisturizer than I use during the day. My favorite is our Vita Soothe serum, it leaves my skin hydrated in the morning without developing too much oil throughout the night.

Why Dracula never went bald…The hair growing power of blood
Your blood has powerful regenerative properties.  Platelets found within whole blood have long been known to play an important role in the body’s response to trauma. Not only do they help stop bleeding and repair damaged blood vessels, but they also release a number of growth factors which recruit our body’s stem cells to optimize wound healing. We have developed a way to isolate and concentrate platelets in plasma from our blood. When these concentrated cells are injected or applied to damaged tissue, wound healing is accelerated due to the abundance of growth factors available to restore collagen and elastin fibers. You may have heard the term ‘vampire facelift’ or the 'Dracula lift'.  These procedures use concentrated platelets from your blood injected into the skin to stimulate your body to regenerate healthy new cells.

What you may not have heard about is the way we can use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to stimulate hair follicles to regrow hair.  A variety of environmental and physiological factors can impact a hair follicles ability to grow hair.  After a follicle has been inactivated, it remains dormant and causes thinning or balding in the area of the inactive follicles.

In many cases an inactive follicle may still be able to grow hair but require stimulation in order to ‘reactivate’.  At FAC we are using PRP injections to stimulate hair regrowth.  PRP is a non-surgical treatment that releases the growth factors within platelets to stimulate cellular activity This treatment can be used anywhere a patient would like to stimulate hair regrowth.

When combining PRP, pharmaceutical, and other non-surgical therapies, we are able to regrow hair in over 30% of patients.

For individuals with more dramatic hair loss or those that don’t respond to non-surgical therapy we recommend hair restoration with the NeoGraft system using the advanced FUE method.  This involves removing individual follicular units from the back of the head to transplant to areas of thinning or balding.

Unlike with the traditional strip grafting method, the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) technique leaves no scar and has minimal downtime.

At FAC our goal is to provide our patients with the best possible outcome and experience in all we do.  In order to minimize downtime and enhance the success of our Hair Restoration treatments we combine them with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO).  Hyperbaric treatments help to stimulate bloodflow and preserve the health of the newly grafted hair for a significantly improved result.

Our consultations are an educational process to help you understand the latest options available for achieving full, natural hair.

 


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Thick, Soft and Silky...We're Talking About Hair

          

                      

5 ways to Make Summer Social Pics The Envy of Your Friends, Without Downtime

The best season of the year is rapidly approaching and we all love sharing our pics with our friends and family, the beach days, vacations, sunshine and daydreams. Now is the time to start preparing for bathing suits and beautiful memories.  If you want a little help looking dynamite for pics that will make you the envy of your friends, then check out the special selection of treatments that can create a big improvement without surgery or downtime.  There are options to help get you ready for your summer sun bathing that have no downtime.

CoolSculpting is the most popular non-surgical body contouring treatment in the country.  This treatment has the highest level of patient satisfaction of any treatment we offer.  We are in the top 150 practices in the country with Allergan and we have four CoolSculpting units to ‘dual sculpt’ our patients and decrease treatment times making body contouring even more convenient.  We have 5 different styles of applicators allowing us to customize our treatments for reaching stubborn areas of fat and sculpting each patient’s curves.  With no downtime and outstanding results today to start contouring you body.  Call and schedule a consultation to learn more.

Pellefirm and Thermage use radio frequency energy to tighten the skin of the body and face.  Remarkable results can be seen with just one treatment.  Tighter skin of the tummy, thighs, arms, and face is possible with no downtime.  Crepey loose skin can be smoothed by stimulating collagen production and tightening your skin naturally.

Thermage Eyes is a unique treatment that specifically focuses on the skin of the Upper Eyelids.  The treatment uses a shallow depth heating with radio frequency energy to tighten sagging eyelid skin

Botox and Fillers are the most common treatments that produce a remarkable result with little to no downtime.  Whether its frown lines, smile lines or just general wrinkles, Botox and fillers smooth the signs of 'maturity' and keep you looking great.  Did you know that FAC uses more Botox and filler than anyone in Orange County?  Our team is highly experienced and will give you the 'look you want'.

 

Thick, Soft and Silky...We're Talking About Hair

Hair loss is the part of the aging process women and men fear the most. By the age of 40, nearly 50% of men have some evidence of hair loss. While there are a variety of causes of hair loss, androgenic alopecia represents the majority of the causes of hair loss. Androgenic alopecia is a hereditary condition which can be from the mother or father. When this gene for hair loss is present, androgens (testosterone, dihydrotestosterone) interact with hair follicles and result in shedding.

Most people associate hair loss with male pattern baldness, but hair loss is much more prevalent than you may think in women also.  More than 21 million women in the US suffer from Female Pattern Hair Loss.  Hair loss occurs to not only the scalp but also the eyebrows, legs, arms, and many areas of the body.  Unfortunately, not all areas of hair loss are desirable.  Hair loss of the face and head can impact an individual’s self-image dramatically.

There has been ongoing research in the field that has advanced the treatment of hereditary hair loss. Fortunately, everyone has areas on their scalp which are genetically resistant to the effects of hormonal hair loss.  Surgery enables the transfer of individual follicles from resistant areas to balding areas of the scalp. When those hairs are transferred to balding areas, they continue to grow because they retain their genetic code.

Follicular unit transplantation (FUT) has revolutionized the treatment of hair restoration.Instead of transferring plugs of hair, individual hair follicles can be transplanted for a more natural result.  FUT can be performed utilizing the “strip method” or follicular unit extraction (FUE). The “strip method” involves removal of a strip of hair from the posterior scalp which is converted into individual hair follicles prior to transplantation. FUE is a process in which the individual hair follicles are harvested from the scalp and transferred individually. The advantages of FUE over the “Strip method” include: no linear scar on the back of the scalp, minimal downtime, and the ability for patients to wear their hair short. Following transplantation most patient experience a process of shedding and regrowth, with most patients noticing new growth at 3 months. However, the final result typically takes 6 months to a 1 year for the full result to be appreciated.

Instead of transferring plugs of hair, individual hair follicles can be transplanted for a more natural result.

Even though hair restoration techniques are more advanced than ever, achieving the most natural outcome requires an experienced surgeon who understands the way hair grows in order to best position the follicle.  Several nonsurgical treatments, such as topical or oral medications, work by preventing the hair follicle from shedding, and are important for maintenance of residual hair follicles and preventing further loss.

Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) has been shown to reactivate dormant hair follicles to reenter the growth phase and promote hair growth. Platelets contain growth factors that stimulate regeneration within the skin which triggers the reactivation of follicles. This process involves concentrating the platelets within whole blood and injecting them into the affected area.

With the growing variety of effective treatment options it is important to talk with an experienced surgeon to determine the best treatment for you.