Wrinkles—What You Need To Know

botox jacksonville fl | dermal fillersWrinkles are a natural part of getting older, but if you aren’t ready for wrinkles to make you look older than you feel, there are a few things you should know. Keep reading to find out more about what causes wrinkles, how to prevent wrinkles, and what you can do if you already have wrinkles that you want to eliminate.

What Causes Wrinkles?

In most cases, wrinkles are caused by sun damage, aging, smoking, and repeated facial expressions.

Sun Damage

When your skin is damaged by the sun UV rays break down the connective tissue in your skin. This results in skin damage and it makes wrinkles more noticeable.


Your skin becomes thinner and more fragile as you age. Skin also loses elasticity and moisture. These conditions combined make wrinkles more prominent.


Smoking is bad for your health and bad for your appearance. Smoking will accelerate all the other negative affects that age has on your skin.

Repeated Facial Expressions

You may have noticed that most wrinkles are around the eyes, mouth, and between the brows. This is because wrinkles are caused by repeated facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, or furrowing your brows.

How Can You Prevent Wrinkles?

You don’t have to stop smiling or expressing your emotions, but there are plenty of other things you can do to prevent wrinkles.

First and foremost, you should protect your skin from sun damage.  Wear clothing that covers your skin or apply sunblock before going out doors. Be sure to apply sunblock repeatedly throughout the day since it wears off after a few hours (especially if you are in the water). When possible, you can also prevent sun damage by staying inside when the sun is most likely to damage your skin—usually this is between ten in the morning and four in the afternoon.

Other tips for preventing wrinkles include:

  • Using a daily moisturizer on your face and neck
  • Using a nightly retinol cream
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoiding tanning beds
  • Getting enough sleep each night

Can You Reduce The Appearance Of Wrinkles?

If you have wrinkles already, the good news is that there are a variety of treatments that can eliminate or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to learn about Botox, dermal fillers, and laser skin treatments that can improve your appearance and make you look younger.

Could Breast Reduction Surgery Improve Your Life?

breast reduction jacksonville flWhile many women envy others with large breasts, large breasted women sometimes feel differently. There are some situations where bigger just isn’t better. When this is the case, breast reduction surgery may be a good option. Keep reading to learn more.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction isn’t for everyone, but for the right person, it can be an excellent solution. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether or not you should consider the procedure:

  • Are you self-conscious about the size of your breasts?
  • Is the weight of your breasts causing your breasts to sag?
  • Does the size of your breasts make it difficult to find comfortable or flattering clothing?
  • Is it difficult to find bras in your size?
  • Do you have frequent back pain or neck pain?
  • Is the size of your breasts affecting your posture?
  • Are your breasts disproportional to the rest of your body?
  • Does the size of your breasts make it difficult to participate in physical activities that you’d otherwise enjoy?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should consult your doctor about breast reduction.

What Can You Expect From The Procedure?

Breast reduction surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, so you wont be uncomfortable or in pain during the procedure. The surgery usually takes two to four hours, but each patient is unique so each procedure will be a little different. In most cases breast reduction is performed as an outpatient surgery, but in some cases, it will involve a very short hospital stay. After the surgery, you’ll need to be patient as your body heals, but most people can return to work and other non-strenuous activities within about two weeks. Follow the instructions your doctor gives you to help your body heal as quickly as possible.

What Benefits Come With Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction can help you feel more confident, relieve back and neck pain, make it easier to shop for clothing, improve your appearance, make it easier to stay physically active, and more. If you’d like to learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery.

What can I do to improve the appearance of my double chin?

by: Dr. Erez Sternberg

Double chin, or submental fullness in medical jargon, is a condition that impacts both men and women. This is more common and bothersome in middle aged adults who are otherwise happy with their profile but cannot stand that soft, flabby area under the chin. If this describes you, then there is finally something non-surgical that you can do about it.

Kybella™ is an FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that destroys fat cells. The active ingredient in Kybella™ is deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule in your body that helps to breakdown and absorb dietary fat. This same natural process of fat destruction is activated when Kybella™ is injected into the area under the chin. The fat is safely digested and absorbed by your body. These fat molecules are then excreted in stool and urine. The ultimate result is a decrease in the stubborn fat under the chin.

Kybella™ is an in-office, 30 minute treatment with multiple tiny needle sticks under the chin. To determine if Kybella™ may be right for you, call our office to set up a consultation with one of our board certified surgeons or nurse practitioners. Common side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, and redness. These symptoms are usually present less than three days, but can persist up to two weeks. You will notice an improvement in this area by 4 weeks and the treatment can be repeated within 60-90 days for additional improvement. And, no, Kybella™ has not been tested in areas outside the chin area yet, but we will be the first to let you know when it does!