Do You Know the Difference Between Moisturization and Hydration?

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We’ve all been told that a primary key to beautiful, healthy skin is to “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!” Truth be told, it’s not moisturization that truly makes a difference, but hydration. That’s exactly what you’ll get with SkinMedica’s new HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator.

Simply put, moisturization is the process of making skin FEEL hydrated, while hydration results in an actual increase in the water level in the skin. That’s what truly helps to keep skin plump, firm and smooth, combating the signs of aging.

In this amazing serum’s name, HA stands for hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring, gel-like fluid in the skin that serves to lubricate the body’s tissue and bind cells together. The 5 refers to the serum’s proprietary mix of five HA forms proven to best smooth the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These include:

  1. Time Release HA, a proprietary ingredient that ensures sustained release of hyaluronic acid throughout the day;
  2. Sodium Hyaluronate for immediate hydration;
  3. Uncross-Linked HA for smoothness and hydration;
  4. Nano HA for further smoothing of the skin;
  5. Cross-Linked HA for for long-lasting hydration of the skin that continues for up to eight hours.


SkinMedica’s HA5 works by supporting your skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid throughout the day, holding in moisture and boosting the skin’s resiliency. That’s critical because as we age, our bodies’ ability to produce hyaluronic acid diminishes. In fact, during your 40s, your skin will have lost half of the HA it held at age 20.

Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery offers an array of SkinMedica products, plus a range of skin treatments designed to give you smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin. Stop by our Gate Parkway location or call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation.


Get Your Gams Beach-Ready with Sclerotherapy

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Though the temperatures here in Sunny Florida remain a bit chilly, springtime is just around the corner. If you’ve got varicose veins, make sure you’re ready to don that flirty little sundress or hit the beach in your new bikini with expert sclerotherapy treatment.

Varicose veins form when, for any of a variety of reasons, the veins are unable to keep blood flowing properly. Rather than being pumped back up to the heart, blood can pool backward and collect inside the veins, primarily in the legs and feet. This enlarges the veins, causing them to protrude above the surface of the skin, often creating a blue-hued, twisted look.

A top proven solution is sclerotherapy. This highly effective treatment involves your surgeon injecting a sclerosing agent into varicose vein valves, causing them to collapse, smooth out and ultimately disappear. Most patients see a marked improvement with just one treatment. But typical cases require two to three treatments administered a month apart and full healing can take up to eight weeks.

This means that right now is the perfect time to undergo your first sclerotherapy treatment, assuring you’ll be ready to rock those leg-baring looks when the spring season rolls around. Find out how sclerotherapy can help improve the look and health of your legs by calling Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery at 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation.

What to Expect with Radiesse

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If a smoother, firmer, younger look is on your list of resolutions and goals for 2016, Radiesse can help you achieve it. This minimally invasive treatment not only offers immediate results by plumping hollows and smoothing wrinkles, but it also provides long term results by boosting the body’s production of collagen, the structural protein that forms the connective tissue supporting the skin.

Radiesse is an injectable treatment made of tiny calcium-based microspheres suspended in a water-based gel. These calcium microspheres are very similar to minerals that your body produces naturally. The solution lends immediate plumping and smoothing of the skin and stimulates the production of new collagen. Over time, the microspheres and gel are absorbed into the body, giving way to the increased volume of natural collagen.

No other dermal filler currently on the market can boast these calcium-based microspheres or the ability to jumpstart collagen production. Most competing fillers, like Restylane and Juvederm, use hyaluronic acid. While all three are safe and effective, offering immediate results, clinical trials show that Radiesse patients generally were more satisfied with their results. Plus, the ongoing collagen production means that Radiesse results last longer – up to a year, compared to the six months of results enjoyed with hyaluronic acid-based fillers.

Radiesse is highly affective for filling and smoothing of:

  • Smile lines: Also known as naolabial folds, these are the lines that run between the corners of the nose and mouth.
  • Marionette lines: the lines that run downward from the corners of the mouth.
  • Oral commissure: The corners of the mouth that, if naturally turned downward, can appear as as constant frowning.
  • Pre-jowl fold: The area on either side of the chin, where loss of facial volume can cause skin to sag over time.
  • Chin wrinkles: Horizontal lines that can form on your chin and distract from your smile.

Radiesse is safe for most patients, except those with certain allergies, illnesses, disabilities of the hand or bleeding disorders. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s best to hold off before opting for Radiesse treatments.

Find out if Radiesse is right for you by scheduling a consultation with Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery. Call 904-396-1186 today.