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MAINTENANCE AFTER YOUR FACELIFT

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Patients who have facial surgery are often concerned with how best to maintain and improve upon their result. The elta MDfirst step that is emphasized is sun protection. If a patient does nothing else, minimizing UVA and UVB contact will reduce exposure to the environmental factor most responsible for the appearance of aging. Consistent application of an effective sunscreen such as eltaMD will reduce collagen and elastic fiber damage. As a result, recurrent sagging, skin laxity, and wrinkles will be lessened thereby prolonging the benefits of the surgery.

Dr. Forley utilizes the VitaMedica Recovery Support Program to provide nutritional supplements that are important to support the healing process following surgery. Once the initial phase of healing is done, Dr. Forley recommends transitioning to VitaMedica’s Anti-Aging Formula. It is a well balanced blend of vitamins and supplements that continue to benefit the skin long after surgery has been completed.

VitaMedica’s Anti-Aging FormulaFacelift surgery creates more youthful contours and removes excess skin. However, it does not change skin quality. The Fraxel®Dual laser provides an effective means to improve skin texture and wrinkles as well as treat age spots. It improves skin quality in a way that surgery does not and a series of 4 monthly sessions is often recommended beginning three months following the facelift.

Finally, Dr. Forley likes to implement a comprehensive skin care program with all his facelift patients. The active components in  SkinCeuticals and SkinMedica include growth factors, antioxidants, and hydrating/exfoliating products that will give the aging skin a more youthful appearance. Improved skin quality will complement the lifted facial contours achieved by the surgical procedure.

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AGE SPOTS: A TREATMENT STRATEGY

Monday, August 20th, 2012

A troublesome problem that accompanies the onset of wrinkles and skin laxity with aging is the development of age spots. They are primarily caused by years of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and are typically brown, black, or gray in color. They commonly appear on the face, chest, shoulders, upper back, arms, and hands. The pigment in the upper layer of skin (epidermis) that gives your skin its normal color is called melanin. The tan that is created from exposure to the UV rays of the sun is the result of accelerated melanin production. This is the skin’s defense mechanism to protect the deeper layers of skin from damage. On areas of the skin that have years of frequent and prolonged sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin becomes “clumped” or is produced in particularly high concentrations and is known as hyperpigmentation.

SKIN

Although anyone can develop age spots, you may be more likely to develop the condition if you have light-colored or fair skin, have a history of frequent or intense sun exposure, or have a genetic predisposition to extra production of melanin.

When to be Concerned

Although you may not like the way age spots look, they are usually harmless and don’t require medical care. You should see your doctor if the following changes occur to make sure a skin cancer, such as melanoma, is not present:

  • Dark pigmentation
  • A rapid increase in size
  • An irregular border
  • An unusual combination of colors
  • Itching, redness, tenderness, or bleeding

A Treatment Strategy for Age Spots

The cosmetic treatment of age spots requires a multifaceted approach to be successful.  Dr Forley utilizes a program of topical lightening products, the Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927 laser, and sunscreens to achieve a beneficial outcome for his patients.

Topical Lightening Products

Prescription bleaching creams containing hydroquinone, often in combination with Retin-A and a mild steroid, may gradually fade age spots over several months. However, a significant number of patients will develop irritation and increased sun sensitivity from the use of hydroquinone on their skin.

Lumixyl™ Topical Brightening Crème is a lightening cream that utilizes naturally occurring peptides to decrease the availability of tyrosinase, the skin enzyme that is required for the production of melanin. Hyperpigmentation and age spots will improve over a period of 2-3 months of daily use and can be combined with Retin-A to enhance the result. Lumixyl™ does not cause the skin irritation or sun sensitivity that can result from the use of hydroquinone based lightening products.

 

Elure™ is a new lightening cream for treating age spots. The active ingredient is Melanozyme™, which is based on the naturally occurring enzyme lignin peroxidase, and helps to reduce melanin in the skin. It can be used in combination with Lumixyl™ to yield improved results in resistent age spots.

68 year old female before treatment

68 year old female before treatment

68 year old female 7 months following Fraxel®

7 months following Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927 laser series of 4 treatments and Lumixyl™ Topical Brightening Crème

 

Laser

Dr Forley uses the Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927 laser to treat age spots with limited downtime. The two wavelengths of energy are delivered in microscopic treatment zones, which do not affect the surface layer and enable rapid healing. Redness and swelling of 2-4 days duration with flaking and exfoliation occurring during the first week can be expected. Treatments with the Fraxel® DUAL laser typically require 3-5 sessions at monthly intervals. Age spots fade gradually over several weeks or months following each treatment. Dr. Forley uses Lumixyl™ as a pre-treatment for 4 weeks prior to the start of the Fraxel® DUAL laser series and between each laser treatment to maximize the lightening of age spots.

 

Sun Protection

Any effort at treating age spots will be counteracted by exposure to the UV rays of the sun. It is imperative to utilize sun protection if you want to benefit from the age spot treatments discussed. Dr. Forley recommends physical sunscreens, such as EltaMD®, because of their long lasting, broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

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