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Posted April 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

shutterstock_265017026It’s springtime, and summer is just around the corner, which means the sun is shining brighter and getting warmer by the day. It is important to protect your skin as the summer months start to inch in closer. Although skin care should be a concern all year round, these upcoming hotter months should remind us of the importance of proper skin care. It is time to pay better attention to your skin health and look after your skin to prevent signs of facial aging and sun damage.

Skin Care Tips

  • Avoid sun exposure: Even though the trend is to have tan skin, it is important to only be exposed to the sun in intervals. When sunbathing, try getting out of the sun at least every 30 minutes either by going inside or just by finding a shadier spot to relax in. Also, cover up by wearing hats and sunglasses to protect the face from sun exposure.

  • Wear sunscreen: UV rays cause sun damage and can sneak through the clouds on even the gloomiest days. Wear sunscreen even when the sun isn’t shining and visible. Make sunscreen a part of your daily routine; just like showering habitually, applying an SPF to protect the skin is important to incorporate into your morning routine.

  • Use a moisturizer daily: By keeping the skin hydrated, it will be better equipped to fight off fine lines and wrinkles. You can even buy a moisturizer with an SPF already in it, so you know you are also protecting your skin from the sun.

Get Rid of Signs of Aging and Sun Damage Nonsurgically!

Even with proper skin care, there are still some signs of aging and sun damage that cannot be eliminated with over-the-counter treatments or prevented with a healthy skin care regimen. Dr. Hand offers many nonsurgical treatments designed to reduce signs of facial aging. One or more of these options can help a person achieve smoother, more youthful skin.

The following treatments can create a smoother complexion by alleviating the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and sun damage:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: This botulinum toxin type A formula works by blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the ability of the facial muscles that cause wrinkles to contract.

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic can target:

    • Frown lines

    • Forehead furrows

    • Crow’s feet

    • Lines and wrinkles of the lower face

    • Neck bands

  • Before and After Injectable FillersInjectable fillers: These injectable formulas (JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®) are used to add volume to specific areas of the face to fill in wrinkles and fine lines.

  • Injectables can target:

    • Deep smile lines

    • Acne scars

    • Frown lines between the brows

    • Marionette lines

    • Vertical lines on the mouth

  • Chemical peels: A chemical solution is used to smooth the texture of the skin by removing damaged layers.

  • Chemical peels can target:

    • Fine lines and wrinkles

    • Sun-damaged skin

    • Acne or acne scars

    • Irregular skin pigmentation

    • Scars

  • Laser treatments: A DioLite 532 laser is used to emit beams of intense pulsed light that are absorbed by the skin. This creates heat that extracts damaged skin cells and removes unwanted layers.

  • Laser treatments can target:

    • Fine lines and wrinkles

    • Sun-damaged skin

    • Acne scars

    • Liver spots

    • Warts

If you have signs of sun damage or facial aging you would like to improve, Dr. Hand can help! He is an experienced plastic surgeon who will suggest the best treatment option(s) so you can achieve a younger, more rejuvenated facial appearance. Schedule your consultation by calling (415) 461-6742 or by filling out our online contact form.