The Doctor Is In.
I wanted to introduce myself and share information about different aesthetic topics and offer sound advice to everyone who is looking to benefit from all the wonderful non-surgical products and procedures available out there.
I started my journey as a primary care physician and I worked in a hospital setting. I am board certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine. My interest in medical aesthetics began a few years ago and one day I decided to train and add that skill to my repertoire. Looking back, it’s one of the best decisions I ever made.
We all want to look good. We all want to use the tools to be able to fight the signs of aging. It’s no wonder the world of nonsurgical aesthetics has exploded to a multi-billion dollar industry. Non-invasive procedures have become accessible to a much wider range of people, not just the famous and the wealthy.
Let’s talk about basic skin care. Getting educated is essential to making good, healthy choices. Many people religiously keep up their Botox and filler treatment regimens but neglect to take care of their skin. A lot of it is common sense: removing your makeup before bed, maintaining a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and regular exercise are integral not just for healthy skin but for physical and mental wellbeing.
A regular skin care regimen should consist of a cleanser, toner, and a Vitamin A moisturizer. Vitamin A has many benefits and provides the basic nutrition your skin needs. It helps repair the skin’s DNA from environmental damage and the process of aging. It also helps promote collagen and elastin formation, which give the skin the youthful dewy look. It has been scientifically proven that Vitamin A promotes collagen production, reduces pigmentation, promotes and maintains a healthy dermis, and alleviates skin conditions like rosacea and acne.
Be aware that there are thousands of formulations out there. Make sure that you use a medical-grade product since the over the counter varieties are a one-size-fits-all solution and typically don't have the optimal Vitamin A dose. At my clinic, we provide skin analysis and help create individualized skin regimens to fit each individual’s needs. Vitamin A is degradable by sun and environment exposure and that's why it should be applied about twice a day.
In my clinic, I use ENVIRON which is a unique step-up program that starts with a low dose of Vitamin A and gradually increases to allow the skin to adapt and to develop more Vitamin A receptors. This prevents “retinoid reaction,” where the skin breaks out in a rash. This occurs when the dose is too high or the skin is depleted of Vitamin A resulting in redness and flaking. As a result, people will abandon their Vitamin A regimens, believing they are having an adverse reaction to the products.
The other advantage to ENVIRON products is that they also include antioxidants and peptides to magnify the anti-aging effects.
Vitamin C is another important ingredient that helps to even out the skin tone and prevents uneven tone and dark spots.
In my next post, I will be talking about a new procedure and product: the brand new GlycoAla and LED light therapy that I offer in my clinic with tremendous results and little down time.
Until next time! I hope that you find this post informative. If you have any questions or ideas for future topics, please leave a comment below.
Be healthy and stay beautiful.