How To Minimize The Appearance Of Scars

Would you like to keep your skin smooth, healthy, and free of scars? There are a few steps you can take to keep your skin clear:

Avoid Acne Scars

Acne can be embarrassing and painful for teenagers, but it can also leave long-lasting scars. Even adults sometimes find that they are still troubled by frequent breakouts (especially when they are going through hormonal changes. The following tips can help you avoid acne scars:

  • The best way to avoid acne scars is to prevent breakouts in the first place whenever possible. Do your best to keep your pores clear and stop oil from getting on your face. Keep your hair pulled back, don’t touch your face with your hands, and choose your makeup and skin care products carefully.
  • Never pop zits once you have a breakout. This ruptures the skin and spread infection.
  • See a dermatologist if your acne is serious. You may need medication or other more intense treatment to stop breakouts and keep acne scars from forming.

Help Incisions Heal

Most scars that aren’t acne scars are made by cuts or incisions. Almost any deep cut will leave a scar, but you can minimize the appearance of the resulting scar by helping your body heal properly.

Start by considering stitches right away. Getting stiches can help the wound heal and keep the scar much smaller. It is also important to keep the wound clean and covered. Keeping the skin in the area moist rather than letting it dry out can also help the incision heal better.

You should also avoid too much sun exposure since sun damage could leave a scar looking darker or make it harder for your skin to heal.

Help Scars Shrink And Fade

While you can’t always prevent a scar from forming, you can often minimize the appearance of the scar, help it shrink or fade the scar. Sometimes it just takes patience as you wait for your skin to heal. You can often speed up the process by using silicone bandages to keep the area clean, moist, and covered.

If you have scars that you’d like to make less noticeable, consider Fractional Resurfacing. This treatment helps to rejuvenate your skin, promote the production of collagen, smooth out the skin, minimize discoloration, and reduce the appearance of scars. If you’d like to learn more about this treatment, schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery.

Exercises That Can Tone Your Arms

Even if the sleeveless weather has passed, it never hurts to have strong, sexy, toned arms. Look great at holiday parties or start preparing for summer weather early with these exercises that will give you sexier arms.

No Equipment Necessary

There are plenty of exercises that can strengthen your arms without requiring you to visit the gym or invest in equipment. The following exercises can be done at home with stuff you have around the house.

  • Planks: Planks strengthen your whole body, and tone your arms. There are many variations of planks, but all of them will help you get better arms. You can do planks with both hands on the mat and your arms straight, you can put your forearms on the mat to change the weight distribution, or you can do side planks where you support your weight with one arm and one leg.
  • Push Ups: Pushups can be done almost anywhere and they also work your entire body. If you need to build strength before doing traditional pushups, do inclined pushups on your stairs or modified pushups with your knees bent on the ground and your feet in the air.
  • Chair Dips: If you’d like to build tone in your triceps, consider chair dips. Make sure the chair is stable and won’t slip. Then scoot to the very front of the chair and support your weight with your hands. Lower yourself until your butt almost touches the ground and then raise yourself back up until you are even with the chair.

Grab Some Dumbbells

If you’d like to invest in a little bit of workout equipment, dumbbells are versatile, affordable, and portable. The following exercises can be done with a pair of dumbbells. Start with two 5-pound dumbbells and increase the amount of weight as you build strength.

Good options include triceps extensions over your head, lateral raises, and bicep curls.

While exercise is a good way to improve tone and build strength, exercise cannot always eliminate extra fat or loose sagging skin on the upper arms. If you need some extra help eliminating the extra flab or saggy skin in this area, consider brachioplasty. This procedure can give your arms a slimmer, more toned look and as an added bonus, your clothing will fit more comfortably and you’ll look younger. Schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery to learn more.