LED Therapy & your skin…

Anti-aging has never been easier! PVPS now offers LED light therapy

LED therapy (officially known as Light-Emitting Diode) can work wonders for our skin. This technology was originally used for household gadgets such as alarm clocks in the 1960s. Several years later NASA started using LED therapy to speed wound healing in no-gravity situations, which then led to LED being used in skin cancer treatments. The skin care industry now uses this technology to improve skin health and appearance in many ways.

LED light waves travel deeply into the skin triggering live cells to react. Red light LED actually strengthens and builds collagen! We love collagen, which is abundant in young skin and decreases as we age, so incorporating treatments that increase collagen production is extremely anti-aging. LED therapy is also anti-inflammatory, promotes increased circulation, speeds healing, reduces redness, constricts pores, and can suppress oil and acne.

This treatment is completely painless and takes about 20 minutes. It does not heat the skin, so burning is not a risk. All of the work is done below skin’s surface, so there is no damage and no down time whatsoever. It is also a perfect addition to our HydraFacial treatment.

PVPS now offers HydraFacial Elite (includes the LED therapy), and is a perfect multi-tasking skin treatment! This treatment deep cleanses, exfoliates, extracts pores, deeply infuses several nutrients, builds collagen, and renews your complexion. Your skin will glow for days! Our experienced Aestheticians offer this treatment at Ponte Vedra Beach, Southside, Amelia Island, and our Nocatee location.

We have a special going on now until 8/31/16 for the HydraFacial. Call us today to schedule your treatment at 904-273-6200.

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 Andrea Written by Aesthetician, Andrea Bailey

Brown patches, age spots and Hydroquinone

hyperpigmentation

Why do I have brown patches and spots on my face?

This is caused by overstimulated and irregular pigment production, known as hyper-pigmentation. Some contributing factors are sun exposure, heat, injury, hormone fluctuations and pregnancy.

How can I improve this condition?

There are medical grade skin care products and treatments effective in improving and controlling this chronic condition.

What are effective products?

Hydroquinone (HQ) is a result oriented product to help suppress the pigment production. This pigment begins deep in the basal layer of your skin. It is recommended to use HQ for no more than 5 months.

What are the concerns of using HQ for more than 5 months?

Long term use of HQ alone can become non-effective in treating hyper-pigmentation.

Some studies have shown that there is a rare condition called exogenous ochronosis that was linked with prolonged hydroquinone use longer than 6 months. This can cause the skin to present with brown-grey or blue-black hyper-pigmentation and is very difficult to treat.

Should you immediately stop HQ if you’re using it for more than 5 months?

It is NOT recommended to abruptly stop HQ use, but to gradually wean off of it as you replace it with a medical grade NON HQ product such as Zein Obagi MD’s (ZO) Brightenex, Brightalive, or for a more mild condition, C-Bright maybe the best choice for you.

The danger in discontinuing HQ without weaning off and replacing it with an alternative pigment regulator could result in rebound hyper-pigmentation which means you may develop more unwanted pigment as the suppression of HQ has been removed.

Where can I go to have someone help me get on the right skin care regimen for my specific concerns?

You will find 6 very caring and qualified Medical Aestheticians at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery (pvps.com) able to improve skin conditions such as aging, hyper-pigmentation and acne by using medical grade products and treatments. You can also utilize our Nurse Practitioners for laser treatments such as the Halo and BBL, that can also help to fight hyper-pigmentation. Here at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery you have a team of experts at your fingertips!

Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation (904) 273-6200.

Kim Lindsey – Aestheticiankim

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CONFESSIONS OF AN EXPERT: WHAT’S INSIDE ALISON KUZOIAN’S BEAUTY CABINET?

Alison Kuzoian Alison Kuzoian Aesthetician/Skincare Specialist

Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for tuning back in! My name is Alison Kuzoian and I wanted to take a moment to share with you my skin care regimen. Here at PVPS we stand by our commitment to our patients by insuring you get the results you expect. We are able to assist in your expectations by insuring we give you the proper regimens that will work for you based on your concerns and skin type. Our knowledge, experience and our own journey to finding the right skin care for ourselves all contribute to insuring you are confident and happy in your own skin too!

I have acne prone skin with large pores and a Normal/Oily skin type. When choosing products for my skin I focus on Anti-Aging products along with products that will maintain my acne, diminish pores, reduce fine lines, wrinkles and also correct past sun damage.  I do not have sensitive skin so my approach can be a little more aggressive. Since using ZO Skin Health by Obagi products, I have noticed a dramatic change in my skin and feel that this is the best skincare regimen for me! I would like to share with you my morning and night routine with the ZO Skin Health line.

Alison’s Daily Skincare Regimen

 

AM

PM

ZO Foamacleanse

ZO Foamacleanse

ZO Vitascrub

ZO TE Pads

ZO TE Pads

ZO Retamax

ZO Ossential Dail Power Defense

 

ZO Brightenex .5%

 
ZO Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

 

If you are interested in having your own skin care regimen, call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Aesthetician Alison Kuzoian at our Nocatee location.

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Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery

Email: Info@pvps.com

Call: 904-273-6200

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Methods to Force Your Skin to Improve and Repair Itself!

 

kim Kim Lindsey, Aesthetician 

Q: What is a good anti-aging product regimen?

A: Topical key elements for healthy skin are as an important regimen as your daily oral dose of vitamins. Everyone should be using a medical grade foundation of topical products beginning with a good cleanser, toner, topical vitamin A, C, antioxidants, peptides, growth factors and sunscreen.

Q: What is the average topically applied product penetration rate?

A: The approximate amount is in the region of only 7-10%.

Q: How can I improve the product penetration rate?

A: Our skin has a layer of dead cells piling up as a barrier to the world. Getting through this barrier and exfoliation the dead cells off is a key to increasing the penetration rate of products. This can be done utilizing scrubs, masques, microdermabrasion, using a cosmetic beauty roller and chemical peels.

Q: What is a cosmetic beauty roller?

A: This is a rolling micro needling device that can be used regularly at home to comfortably penetrate the dead skin cells by creating microscopic holes (0.2-0.3mm) allowing for more than 80 % better product penetration! This home treatment will increase your product results dramatically.

Q: How is Medical Micro Needling different than using a home beauty roller?

A: A cosmetic roller is designed primarily to increase your product penetration rate while a Medical Micro Needling treatment is a non-ablative way to force the skin’s natural ability to create new cell turnover, collagen, and elastin for a healthier, younger looking skin. This is done by stimulating a wound healing cascade caused by controlled injury with micro needles that range from a depth of 0.5-3.0mm depending on the condition you are treating. This treatment can be comfortably done by your Aesthetician after applying a topical numbing cream. The down time is typically only a few hours of appearing as you have a sunburn.

Q: How do Chemical Peels help improve skin?

A: A chemical peel is a controlled and safe way to injure the sluggish dead skin, stimulating rejuvenation of collagen effecting your overall complexion and skin quality. Your Aesthetician chooses from a variety of safe acids that are specifically designed to encourage new cell turnover and slough off old dead and damaged skin cells. The down time is depending on the strength of the peel, and your regeneration rate. The average person may experience some degree of peeling, redness, and tightness of the treated areas for approximately 5-7 days. Many clinical treatments like chemical peels and micro needling will achieve more effective results after a series of 3.

For more information on a professional, personalized skin care regimen contact a qualified Aesthetician at www.pvps.com or give us a call at 904-273-6200

*reference The Concise Guide to Dermal Needling, Expanded Medical Edition by Dr. Lance Setterfield, M.D.  1.11.16kl

 

Exfoliate; Spring Out of the Old and In With Your New Radiant Skin

ExfoliationOn average your skin can shed 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells per minute. Exfoliation is very important when rejuvenating weary winter skin. Exposure to the “dry” indoor heat during the winter months can drain moisture from the skin and add layers of dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling heavy and looking unhealthy. Exfoliation involves the removal of these dead skin cells from the outer layer, leaving your skin feeling fresh and looking radiant and smooth. Continue reading