Protected Skin is Beautiful Skin

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Week.

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Week.

The summertime is here and all of Northeast Florida is headed outdoors for days of fun in the sun. If you’re beach-bound, poolside or on the links, remember that protected skin is beautiful skin. To that end, each May is celebrated as National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery offers a few tips for taking care of your most alluring asset.

  • Check your skin daily: Watch for the appearance of moles or any changes in existing moles, including changes in color, shape or symmetry. While your face, shoulders, arms and legs are the most obvious spots to check, remember that signs of skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body. If you spot one, see a dermatologist as soon as possible.
  • Cover up: Make a fashion statement that says you love your skin. Large-brimmed hats, lightweight jackets and those 1970s-inspired maxi dresses that are all the rage right now will impress while also protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
  • Be adamant about sunblock: A recent survey shows that upward of 20 percent of American women forego wearing sunscreen when spending time outdoors. That’s a big mistake, skincare experts and aestheticians say. Parkway Plastic Surgery recommends a high- sun protection factor moisturizer like Intellishade® SPF 45, a three-in-one sunscreen, anti-aging moisturizer and sheer tint. It’s available in two formulas, both of which include a powerful wrinkle-reducing peptide and – more importantly – provide broad spectrum UVA & UVB coverage. Apply it at least 20 minutes before going out into the sun and reapply it regularly throughout the day, particularly if you swim or perspire.

If you’ve already sustained sun damage to your skin, know that corrective options are available. A top choice is microdermabrasion, a non-invasive aesthetic procedure that lightly sloughs off the top layer of your skin to reveal smoother, tighter more radiant skin, stimulates new skin growth and boosts production of collagen, a protein in your skin that’s abundant during childhood and makes skin appear taut and smooth.

Parkway Plastic Surgery offers microdermabrasion treatments customized for your unique skin needs, as well as a range of top-shelf skincare products and vitamins. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation today.

Look your Summer Best with Permanent Cosmetics

Permanent makeup by Parkway Plastic Surgery is a great way to look your best during  summertime activities like swimming and sports.

Permanent makeup by Parkway Plastic Surgery is a great way to look your best during summertime activities like swimming and sports.

Summer time means days and nights of fun in the sun and surf. And that can make looking your best a little difficult. Even the most high-end cosmetics are no match for the excessive sweating and pool or ocean water. Fortunately, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery offers a solution.

Formally known as micropigmentation, permanent makeup offers a way to look your beautiful best event on the hottest, wettest days. It employs tattoo technology and techniques to enhance the face with coloring resembling lipstick, eyeliner, brow makeup or mascara. Because it’s permanent, and with proper care following application, your look won’t run or fade. No more multiple trips to the ladies room to reapply your makeup. And, you can feel confident in your look even while playing sports or swimming.

You may have heard – and yes, it’s true – that permanent makeup has a rather dubious early history. Tattooist George Burchette, a major developer of the technique back in the 1930s, revealed in his memoirs that beauty salons of the day often tattooed women by injecting vegetable dyes just beneath the top layer of the skin without their knowledge, passing it off as an amazing new “complexion treatment.” Today, permanent makeup is a safe, effective and widely accepted aesthetic practice for creating a beautiful and enduring look.

Permanent makeup is an effective choice not only for those with active or athletic lifestyles, but also for those who:

  • Suffer from makeup allergies;
  • Wear contact lenses;
  • Have visual or motor impairments that make applying makeup difficult;
  • Have thin, uneven, poorly shaped eyebrows or sparse eyelashes;
  • Have excessively oily skin that causes makeup to smear;
  • Have surgical scars, vitiligo or hypo-pigmentation disorder;
  • Or have hair loss, often as a result of alopecia, certain genetic disorders or having undergone chemotherapy treatment.

If you’re considering permanent makeup to prepare your look for the summer season, there are a few preparatory and protective measures you’ll need to take. Avoid blood thinners, such as aspirin, in the weeks prior to your appointment. Afterward, avoid submersion in water, including in the ocean, or a lake, swimming pool or hot tub, until you’ve completely healed to avoid a bacterial infection; And always protect your procedure area from the sun’s rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and, after healing, a high-SPF sun block.

Also, make sure your permanent makeup procedure is performed by a highly trained professional. Call 904-396-1186 to schedule a consultation with one of the top-notch physicians or aesthetic specialists at Parkway Plastic Surgery.

Study Shows Benefits of Breast Augmentation Go Far Beyond Looks – But Only if Approached the Right Way

Considering breast augmentation? The key to successful results is all in your approach and expectations.

Considering breast augmentation? The key to successful results is all in your approach and expectations.

The primary reason that women undergo breast augmentation is to improve their physical appearance and, consequently, their self-esteem. But according to a recent study, the benefits can spill into other important parts of a woman’s life, too.

Researchers reviewed data collected from hundreds of women who underwent breast augmentation or breast lift surgery. Of them, 61 percent reporting having sex more frequently and 70 percent of respondents said their overall sex life satisfaction improved. Many satisfied patients say their surgeries lent them a self confidence boost that helped them progress in their careers and reach other goals. And many report that preparing for their procedures prompted them to adopt healthier lifestyles, giving up smoking and excessive drinking, exercising and eating more nutritiously.

Here at Parkway Plastic Surgery, we’ve helped thousands of women achieve the natural, more voluptuous look they want. But in certain cases, we must encourage women to wait a bit before deciding to move forward on their decisions to undergo breast augmentation.

First, know that your decision must be yours alone. Never undergo a cosmetic procedure of any sort to please a significant other or in an effort to save a faltering relationship. It’s also a good idea to wait until you’re well past a distressing or life-changing occurrence like a divorce, death in the family, job loss or move. And if you’re young and haven’t yet had children, understand that your body still will undergo much change, but your implants won’t. So, the breast implants a woman received in her 20s may no longer look natural in her 50s. In fact, most women who undergo breast augmentation will repeat the procedure once in their lives.

The key to a successful breast augmentation is to approach your procedure with reasonable expectations. Understand that the surgery itself won’t land you a great new job, save your marriage or even make you happy. While it will help you achieve the look you want and help boost your confidence, the rest is up to you.

If you’re considering a breast augmentation, Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery can help you decide whether, when and how to choose your new look. We’ll discuss your goal and go over the multiple surgical options available, as well as any potential limitations and risks. Take a look at our before-and-after gallery, showing results achieved by actual patients. Then, contact us at 904-396-0228 to find out how we can help you look your beautiful, natural-appearing best.