How Does Smoking Affect Your Skin?

January 2nd, 2014

The negative health effects of smoking have been well documented, but one thing some smokers don’t consider is the effect that smoking has on the skin. Over time, smoking can cause your skin to age much more rapidly than the skin of a non-smoker. Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin. This reduces blood flow to the skin, and consequently the amount of oxygen and nutrients that the skin receive is reduced. This causes wrinkles and damages connective fibers such as collagen and elastin. Though it takes awhile for these effects to become pronounced, smokers as young as 20 years old have wrinkles that can be seen under a microscope, and after only 10 years the effects of smoking on the skin are visible to the naked eye. The longer you continue to smoke, the more damage you do to your skin, so the best option is to quit smoking as soon as possible.

 

smoking skin

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

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Source

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/skin-and-lifestyle/smoking-affect-skin.htm

What Can Ceramides do For Your Skin?

December 24th, 2013

You may have seen moisturizing products that say they contain ceramides, and that owing to these ceramides they can moisturize your skin better. So what are ceramides, and how do they affect your skin?

 

First off, ceramides are actually already in your skin. Ceramides are a natural lipid found in the skin. Their purpose is to hold skin cells together, much in the same way that hyaluronic acid keeps the bonds in your dermis strong and holds these skin cells together. Ceramides also hold on to water molecules, which helps keep the skin moisturized.

 

You lose ceramides naturally as you age, and you may also lose them during the winter when cold temperatures and low humidity dries out your skin. Moisturizers containing ceramides can help replace the lost lipids and bring back moisture to your skin. The effectiveness of these moisturizers has been debated, but “new research indicates that substances can travel down the hair follicles and pores to reach the growing levels of skin and make a difference in the health of skin cells.” So, if you’re suffering from dry skin, consider a moisturizer that contains ceramides.

 

ceramides

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

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Sources

http://nononsensebeautyblog.com/2011/07/01/are-ceramides-the-key-to-beautiful-skin/ http://www.curel.com/experts-corner/ceramides.aspx

How Do I Exfoliate My Skin?

December 19th, 2013

Does the winter weather have your skin feeling dry and uncomfortable? Exfoliate your skin to rejuvenate your skin and have it feeling soft and smooth again. Here are the steps to take for great skin exfoliation.

 

  1. Brush dry skin with a loofah, body brush, or exfoliating gloves to remove excess dry skin and prepare the skin for exfoliation.
  2. Get in the shower and wet your skin with warm water.
  3. Use a pumice stone on your feet to smooth over rough spots and calluses.
  4. Apply an exfoliating cleanser to your loofah or gloves and begin to scrub. Start at the bottoms of your feet and move up slowly, using circular motions, and taking care in sensitive areas. For hard to read areas like your back, use a body brush.
  5. Once you get to your face, use an exfoliating cleanser designed for the face. These cleansers are more gentle than body exfoliating cleansers, and are easier on the more sensitive skin on your face.
  6. Rinse your body with warm water, and then again with cold water, which closes your pores. You can also use a shower gel to soften your skin.
  7. Dry off, and then apply a moisturizing lotion to your entire body. Look for moisturizers with alpha or beta hydroxy acids, which remove dead skin cells. Moisturize your skin every day to keep it healthy.

 

exfoliate skin

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Source

http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/803596/how-to-exfoliate-your-skin

How Does Scar Revision Work?

December 13th, 2013

Scar revision surgery is one of the treatments we offer here at The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Different techniques are used depending on the nature of the scar, but the premise is essentially the same no matter the technique. Scar revision surgery reduces the visibility of a scar on your body by making it harder for the eye to make out against the skin. Here’s how it works.

 

 

Why are scars visible?

 

One reason a scar is visible is because it’s a straight line that stands out to the eye against the uniformity of the skin. In addition, they are often either lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. Often, either the scar itself or the skin around it may be raised or depressed, resulting in an irregularity in contouring. Finally, if a scar is tethered to a facial feature that moves frequently such as the lip, nose or eyelids, their visibility is made more apparent.

 

Treatments: Broken Line Repair

 

Broken line repair is a scar revision treatment that uses irregular patterns to distract the eye and make it very difficult to detect the scar. The incision line creates a random assortment of interlocking and irregular shapes between 3 to 5 mm in length. Though it might sound like this is making things worse, it scatters the straight line so much that the eye has difficulty following it, thus making the scar less visible.

 

Z-Plasty

 

Similar to broken line repair, Z-plasty uses Z-shaped incisions to make a straight line less noticeable to the eye. It also lengthens shortened scars to make them less prominent, and redirects forces of tension.

 

W-Plasty

 

This scar revision technique uses a W-shaped pattern of incisions to misdirect the eye. However, it does not lengthen shortened scars or redirect forces of tension, which may make a Z-plasty more desirable.

 
Post-Surgery

 

After a scar revision procedure, the scar will actually be more visible for awhile owing to the fresh incisions. It can take several months for the visibility of these incisions to go down, but eventually the scar will be less visible than it was prior to the scar revision procedure. Dermabrasion procedures are sometimes used in conjuction with scar revision surgery to further reduce the visibility of scars.

 

scar revision

An untreated scar.

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

Source

http://www.lamfacialplastics.com/faq/scar-revision-faqs/

Will the Affordable Care Act Affect the Cosmetic Surgery Industry?

December 4th, 2013

There’s been plenty of talk recently about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In brief, Obamacare won’t directly affect the cosmetic surgery. Most cosmetic surgeries weren’t covered by insurance before the new law went into effect, and they will continue not to be covered.

 

When the legislation was first introduced, it included a 10% tax on cosmetic surgery procedures. However, this tax has been shifted to the tanning industry, in an effort to raise revenue while hopefully reducing incidences of skin cancer caused by excessive tanning in tanning booths. While the cosmetic surgery industry avoided this tax, it is not immune to the 2.3% excise tax on all medical devices, which will affect industries across the healthcare spectrum.

 

Overall, while the new healthcare legislation doesn’t directly affect cosmetic surgery, the industry will be affected by the medical devices tax. This of course is assuming the tax remains in place, as there are many efforts aimed at repealing the tax.

 

 

Affordable Care Act cosmetic surgery

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Source

 

http://premiermedicalfinancing.com/cosmetic-surgery-under-obamacare/

What Causes Dry Skin and How Can I Treat It?

November 27th, 2013

 

Dry Skin is a common condition that can be treated easily and naturally. Let’s start with the basics of skin care, and look at the causes of dry skin.

 

Causes

 

  • A natural level of oil is good to keep skin smooth and healthy, and by over-washing with harsh soaps, you can wash away this oil. Overusing sanitizers and cleaning agents that include alcohol will also dry your skin out quicker then anything else.
  • Low humidity and cold temperatures are also detrimental to healthy skin. Both of these factors can irritate and dry up your skin.

 

Natural Treatment

 

  • Try to keep showers short, and not too hot. Although extra hot showers and baths will feel good after the winter chill haunts your weary bones, hot showers that last longer than 5-10 minutes will strip away oils, leaving the skin dry.
  • Replace your wool, synthetics, or other fibers for more natural fibers such as cotton to reduce skin irritation.
  • Use a humidifier at night so that you’re resting in humid air that keeps your skin nice and hydrated.

 

Moisturizing Treatment

 

  • Make sure to dampen your skin before applying moisturizer. After a shower use a damp cloth and cover the areas before apply moisturizer to ensure that the moisture is locked in.
  • When looking for moisturizers, pick ones that have Ceramides, Dimethicone, glycerin, Hyaluronic acid, mineral oil, and petroleum jelly. Ceramides will smooth dry skin, Dimethicone and glycerin will draw water to the skin, and hyaluronic acid, mineral oil, and petroleum jelly will help the skin hold water.

 

dry skin care

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

Source

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/dry-skin-13/cosmetic-procedures-skin-care-dry-skin

Why Do I Have Bags Under My Eyes?

November 22nd, 2013

There are several different causes of dark circles under your eyes, also known as bags under your eyes. Here are some of the reasons you may have bags under your eyes, as well as treatment options.

 

Bags Under Eyes

 

  • Sleep habits- If you sleep on your stomach or side, gravity can pull the skin under your eyes (which is very thin) down during the night, stretching it out. Try sleeping on your back instead.
  • Illness- Colds, sinus infections, and seasonal allergies can cause water to build up under your eyes, making them baggy. If you have allergies, try taking allergy medication. Neti pots, which irrigate the nasal cavity, can relieve fluid build up in your face and relieve baggy eyes.
  • Everyday habits- Rubbing your eyes frequently and sleeping with makeup on can cause baggy eyes. Cutting down on these habits can reduce their appearance.
  • Heavy drinking- Alcohol dehydrates your body, which weakens the thin skin below your eyes, causing it to appear sunken and dark.
  • Hereditary- Under-eye discoloration can be the result of excess pigment in the area, which is usually inherited.
  • Aging- As you age, you naturally lose volume in the eye area, causing the skin below your eyes to sag.

 

Treatment Options

 

  • Moisturize- Apply moisturizer to the area nightly in order to rehydrate the skin.
  • Wear sunscreen and don’t smoke in order to prevent premature aging.
  • Vitamin A- Using Vitamin A in your daily skin care regimen can prevent wrinkles.

 

Cosmetic Surgery Options

 

  • Injectable fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane can restore volume to the area around the eye.
  • Treatment with Intense Pulse Light (IPL) can reduce the appearance of bags caused by excess pigmentation.
  • Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can be used to rearrange fat under the eye and use lasers to firm up loose skin. This is an intensive procedure, and recovery can take up to two weeks.

 

 

baggy eye treatment

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Source

 

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/eyes/banish-the-bags-under-your-eyes?page=2

The Benefits of Laser Liposuction

November 15th, 2013

Laser liposuction is a great alternative to traditional liposuction for lots of reasons. Here are some of the benefits of laser liposuction:

 

Less Invasive

 

While both types of liposuction require making an incision, the incision used in laser liposuction is very small. The fact that laser liposuction is less invasive means that it requires less recovery time. Laser liposuction patients may need to take the next day or two off and avoid strenuous activity for the next two weeks.

 

Targeted Body Sculpting

 

Laser liposuction is the best way to target areas where, no matter how much diet or exercise, you aren’t seeing the desired results. The small 1-2 millimeter incision allows precise targeting of stubborn areas and gives you the results you’re looking for.

 

Self-Healing

 

The laser in laser liposuction actually helps the body heal. The energy in the laser produces collagen in the body during the procedure. Collagen is a protein that helps heal the skin, which helps speed the recovery time.

 

laser liposuction

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

 

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

 

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

Source

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/cosmetic-treatments/smart-liposuction1.htm

The Benefits of Non-Surgical Facial Procedures

November 7th, 2013

The University of Maryland Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Wellness offers non-surgical facial procedures such as the injection of Juvederm and Restylane gels, as well as chemical peel procedures. If you’re hesitant to have cosmetic surgery done on your face, you might be interested in considering these options for the following reasons:

 

Non-Invasive

 

Gels and chemical peels are non-invasive, which makes them viable options for people who aren’t comfortable with the idea of a full-scale surgery. Gels are injected via a needle, but there are no cuts or incisions made in the skin. In addition, many gels come with lidocain, a numbing agent which numbs the area of injection so you don’t even feel anything.

 

Recovery Time

 

Because these procedures are non-invasive, the recovery time from them is much less than recovery from surgery, which means you don’t have to take time out of your busy life to get the procedures you want.

 

Results

 

The results of these procedures can be seen immediately, and they last for a long time too. Gel injections generally give the face a fuller, more youthful appearance for up to a year after the date of the injection. You can also choose to have the same procedure done once the effects of the gel have worn off.

 

Beauty shot of a smiling long haired, beautiful brunette woman

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

FDA Approves Juvederm Voluma XC Cheek Volume Filler

October 31st, 2013

In a recent blog we discussed how Juvederm is used to reduced the appearance of wrinkles in the face by re-hydrating the skin and restoring volume. Juvederm Voluma XC is a member of the Juvederm family of injectable gels that can be used in the face. Voluma XC targets the cheeks specifically, and it was recently approved for use in patients over 21 years of age by the Food and Drug Administration.

 

Clinical trials of Juvederm Voluma XC showed that it produced visible improvements in the correction of age-related volume loss in the cheek. The gel is manufactured by Allergan, which uses proprietary technology to make the gel as smooth as possible. The gel also includes lidocaine to numb the treatment area and therefore reduce pain there during the procedure.

 

 

cheek filler

 

 

 

 

 

The University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery is a knowledgeable, experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons. We will work with you to achieve your aesthetic goals, carefully explaining the process and selecting the procedures that are best for you. There are many things to consider when deciding whether cosmetic procedures are right for you, such as how invasive the treatment is, the length of recovery, side effects, and costs. We will spend time going over the surgery, the recovery and the expected outcome.

As a part of the University of Maryland’s network, we have access to cutting edge technology and the latest advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery. We are committed to ensuring that our patients get the best possible care and outstanding results.

If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact University of Maryland’s Center for Cosmetic Surgery and Wellness by calling 410.328.2360 or visitwww.umdcosmeticsurgery.com today!

Be sure to also follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, and YouTube for tips on staying happy, healthy, and beautiful.

 

Source

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131023-908016.html