Sun-Damaged Skin – Three Options for Protection and Correction

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, upward of 161,790 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the United States in 2017 alone. The deadliest and most common form of cancer claims nearly 10,000 American lives per year – a figure that reflects one death per hour. For many across the nation, May’s rising temperatures means the start of lots of days spent outside – and a heightened risk of developing melanoma. That’s why May is designated Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign designed to educate the masses on the risks and leading causes of melanoma.

The leading cause of melanoma is exposure to UV light and sunlight, accounting for some 90 percent of cases. Many, particularly teens and young adults, erroneously believe that tanning beds offer a safe alternative. In fact, exposure to tanning beds before age 30 can boost a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 75 percent.

To protect your skin from the dangers of melanoma and sun-induced premature aging, limit your time in the sun, particularly between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest, and skip tanning beds altogether. When you do venture out, wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 every day. A top choice is Revision Skin Care’s Intellishade, an SPF 45 sunscreen, anti-aging moisturizer and sheer tint with a powerful wrinkle-reducing peptide.

If your skin already is showing signs of sun-induced aging, there are ways to correct the damage. Consider a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. Both are customized, noninvasive treatments that gently but effectively remove the damaged outer layers of skin, revealing a smoother, tighter, younger-looking complexion.

To schedule your restorative skincare consultation or peruse our top-shelf products, call 904-396-1186 or stop by our Southside location on Gate Parkway.

Kybella vs. Neck Lift: Which is Best for You?

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For years, the only viable option for getting rid of a double chin was to undergo neck lift surgery. It’s a popular and highly effective choice, but it’s also pricey and can mean more downtime than many are able or willing to endure. Then came Kybella, a revolutionary, FDA-approved injectable proven to destroy stubborn chin fat and give patients a more streamlined chin line that can take years off their looks at a fraction of the price and requiring little to no downtime.

But which option will best address your issues? Here are a few key factors about each that will help you and your surgeon determine the most effective course of action.

First, consider what’s involved in each of the two procedures. Kybella involves a series of injections of deoxycholic acid – a substance naturally occurring in the body – into your chin fat. Over the next few weeks, the acid dissolves the fat. Though the singular treatments take only about 20 minutes, a typical treatment course may involve two to six treatments performed about a month apart, which can mean visits spanning up to six months.

By comparison, a neck lift is far more invasive. Typically, your surgeon will cut incisions that run behind the ears, under the chin and back toward your hairline, then remove excess fat, redistribute remaining fat and tighten muscle to create a tighter, younger look. He or she then will carefully lay your skin back over your neck, cutting away any excess skin. The full procedure may take two to four hours and you’ll likely be asked to make several follow up visits.

Next, consider the differences in recovery from each procedure. With Kybella, you may experience swelling and tenderness, typically lasting for several days. But you’ll be able to return to your normal routine immediately. Recovering after a neck lift will take several weeks, depending primarily on the extent of the surgery. Most patients return to work and their routines about two weeks following surgery.

Now, let’s talk results. Because a neck lift addresses fat, muscle and skin, you’ll see a faster, more dramatic and long-lasting result. But if your only issue is fat, Kybella, while it may take a while to reach your desired result, is the less expensive, noninvasive and likely more appropriate option.

If you’re looking to rid yourself of a double chin, call Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery at 904-396-1186. We’ll help you determine which course of action is best for you.

Beauty to Go – Top Skincare Tips While Traveling

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Springtime marks the beginning of one of the busiest travel seasons in the United States, starting with spring break and continuing through the carefree summer months. While you may be looking forward to a break, don’t let time away from the day-to-day put a damper on your skincare routine. Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery offers these top tips for maintaining excellent care of your complexion while on the road.

  1. Prepare ahead of time: If your travels will take you to a locale with a significantly different climate that the one to which you and your skin are accustomed, know that you may need to tweak your skincare routine. For instance, a more humid climate may call for a lighter cleanser and moisturizer, while thicker, cream-based options work best in a cooler, dryer area. Do a little research and pack accordingly.
  2. Pack the essentials: When packing for a trip, make sure to pack all of your skincare essentials, including cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sunscreen. If you’re flying to your destination it’s a good idea to pack skincare items and a change of clothing in your carryon bag in the case of an unexpected layover or misrouted checked luggage. Just be mindful of TSA requirements that liquid cosmetics be held in re-sealable containers of 3.4 ounces or less and packed in a clear, plastic, re-sealable 1-quart-sized bag.
  3. Skip the foundation: Your skin needs an occasional break just as much as you do. Pamper it and still look great with a high-quality tinted moisturizer and refresh with a periodic spritz of mineral water for a few days instead.
  4. Hydrate: The dry air inside a car, bus, plane or train can sap the moisture from your skin, particularly during long routes. Slather on the moisturizer before heading out and drink plenty of water throughout your trip.
  5. Get your beauty rest: Often, we pack so much into our travel schedules that we return home needing a post-vacation vacation. Be sure to schedule a bit of beauty rest during your travels and return in time to recover a bit before heading back to work.

One surefire way to know you’ll look your best during your travels is to take advantage of Parkway Plastic Surgery’s Parkway Peel Package. For just $375, you’ll get three chemical peels and one microdermabrasion session, and go home with a travel-size facial cleanser and sunscreen. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule your initial consultation today.