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In this edition of the CARE Skincare Diaries we feature our Front Office Coordinator, Amarachi! Amarachi strives to make your visit to the CARE office joyous with conversations ranging from international travel to the latest fashion trends and a whole lot more. Amarachi’s primary belief about beauty and skin care is that one’s internal aesthetic resonates externally.
Amarachi is a devoted user of the EltaMD skincare products. She cleanses her face morning and night with the EltaMD Facial Cleanser. After cleansing her face, she moisturizes her skin with either the EltaMD Lotion or EltaMD Moisturizer. During the fall and winter, Amarachi prefers to use the moisturizer to keep her skin looking and feeling radiant and supple. She also uses the EltaMD lip balm to keep her lips moisturized.
As a woman of color and a lover of the sun, Amarachi makes sure she wears the EltaMD SPF 46 UV Clear daily. Whether its sunny or rainy, it is critical for her to protect her skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
In addition to using the EltaMD products, Amarachi believes that the health of one’s skin is based on a well-rounded diet and spiritual care. She enjoys cooking, meditation, and Zumba in order to keep a healthy balance between her mind, body, and spirit.
The EltaMD products are excellent stocking stuffers and CARE is a proud provider of these products. Please call our office at 919-484-4884 for any further questions you may have about EltaMD products and our overall CARE medical aesthetic services! In fact, be sure to book a complimentary consultation with our aesthetician, Rose Thornton, to get your skincare regime going in the right direction for the holiday season and in to the new year.
***Photos: Nana Atakora (www.atakoraphoto.com) and Gbengabills Soyinka
The holiday season has brought with it the latest edition of the CARE Skin Care Diaries. If you’re searching for holiday skin care products for your loved ones or even yourself, you must check out this diary entry and past diary entries for some great gift ideas from the CARE staff.
In this edition, we’ll be featuring the skin care favorites of our Assistant Patient Care Coordinator, Holly Hardee. Even though Holly is fairly new to CARE she has impacted our office and staff with her charm and intellect. While she may not be the first face you encounter when walking into the CARE office, you can’t miss her giggle and joyous smile.
Holly is a huge fan of the SkinMedica Facial Cleanser. Like many of us, Holly has dealt with acne breakouts and gone through an array of products to combat it. The SkinMedica Facial Cleanser leaves her face feeling purified and renewed. What she loves most about this cleanser is that it cleanses her skin without drying it out. With Winter approaching, no one wants a cleanser that leaves their skin feeling dry and brittle.
In addition to the SkinMedica Facial Cleanser, Holly is devoted to getting regular peels. One of her favorite peels is the ViPeel. The ViPeel is an ideal treatment for patients with sub-dermal skin issues like stubborn age-spots, melasma, hyperpigmentation, acne scars and freckles. The ViPeel stimulates the production of collagen and helps clear acne skin conditions, reduce or eliminate acne scars and helps reduce spots, lines and wrinkles.Holly loves how the VI Peel leaves her face with a radiant glow and her skin feeling supple and soft.
If any of the products mentioned in this edition or previous editions of the CARE Skincare Diaries are appealing to you, please stop by our office to purchase a holiday treat for yourself. In fact, we’re currently running a holiday skincare special where if you buy 3 skincare products, you’ll get 30% off your total purchase. That’s a holiday treat you definitely don’t want to miss.
According to the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, body contouring surgery to remove excess skin improves the ability of massive weight loss patients in the maintenance of their weight loss and their quality of life. Bariatric surgery enables obese and morbidly obese patients to lose a massive amount of weight. On the contrary, many bariatric surgery patients regain a lot of the weight lost following their bariatric procedure which can put them at the same health risks, if not increased, they faced prior to having bariatric surgery.
A body lift improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports fat and skin. Surplus sagging skin is removed to treat conditions caused in part by poor tissue elasticity. In addition, the procedure(s) can improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface, commonly known as cellulite. The surgical procedures may be planned and timed in a multitude of combinations and may include variations of: the abdominal area, buttocks, groin, and thighs.
A study was done at the University of Geneva, Switzerland to compare the long-term weight loss outcomes of 200 gastric bypass patients. 98 of the patients had body contouring procedures to remove excess skin. The remaining 102 patients did not have body contouring procedures.
The results of the study showed that patients who had body contouring procedures two years after their gastric bypass surgery had lost an average of 100 pounds. However, those who opted not to have body contouring procedures regained four pounds per year.
Concerning the long-term efficacy of gastric bypass surgeries in connection to body contouring procedures, seven years after having a body contouring procedure, body contouring patients reached an average weight of about 176 pounds. Patients who opted not to have body contouring procedures attained an average weight of 200 pounds.
If you are interested in proceeding with a body contouring procedure or just want to gain further information about this procedure with Dr. Coan, CARE encourages you to schedule a consultation by calling CARE at 919-484-4884. During your consultation, we’ll provide you the opportunity to look through before and after photos of Dr. Coan’s past body contouring patients. We also welcome you to register to view the CARE photo gallery at http://www.careplasticsurgery.com/durham-photo-gallery/login.php
We’ve said it a million times and we’ll say it again, we have the BEST patients ever! This week, two patients gave the CARE staff a floral thank you for the excellent service they’ve received at CARE. We are grateful for floral decorations that add a joyful holiday zest to our office’s decor. For all the kind gifts and words we receive from our patients, we can’t thank them enough for the joy and kindness they bring to our office with each visit. Thank you!
In light of Veteran’s Day, we want to acknowledge and thank every man and woman that serves in the armed forces. The fields of the armed services, nutrition, and plastic surgery may seem paradoxical, but are definitely correlated. As the armed services are steadily reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan and decreasing budgets are tightening defense spending, men and women in service who don’t meet performance, behavioral, or physical standards are being removed and replaced.
Many women and men in the armed services have resorted to the euphemism “military lipo” a.k.a. liposuction as an extreme means to past the “tape test.” The “tape test” uses a ratio of the circumference of one’s neck and waist to determine an individual’s body fat percentage. It is inferred that the bigger the waist, the higher the body fat percentage.
Troops that fail the tape test spend months in rigorous exercise and nutrition programs. According to the Associated Press, failing the tape test once can stall promotion and failing the test three times can lead to being discharged. In fact, in the past three years, the number of enlisted soldiers taken out of service for not meeting physical fitness standards has almost quadrupled.
An army spokesperson remarked that even though an individual with a higher body fat percentage may perform well on physical fitness tests, a higher body fat percentage is typically associated with higher risks for other medical conditions such as heart disease and cancer.
There is great debate between army officials and medical professionals concerning whether or not the tape test is an appropriate means to measure fitness. Armed service officials say the tape test is administered only after service members have not met other physical fitness standards, such as the requirements for height and weight. It is argued that the tape test does not fully take into account an individual’s genetics and those that have a higher muscle mass.
Researchers in Ohio studied the physical differences between the faces of nonsmokers and their twins and confirmed through photography that smoking causes premature aging. Smoking causes the skin around the lips to age faster and wrinkle, and causes bags to appear under the eyes sooner.
The study, done by researchers at the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University, looked at 79 sets of twins between the ages of 18 and 78. The 79 sets of twins were divided into two groups. In the first group of 45 twins, one win smoked and the other did not. In the second group of 34 twins, each pair of twins included one twin that had smoked at least five years longer than the other.
In the researchers observation of the first group, it was concluded that the smoking twin appeared older 57% of the time. In the second group, the longer smoking twin appeared older more than 63% of the time. The second group proved that aging differences could occur after just 5 years.
Even though this study did not address changes in the twins living environment or diet, it did illustrate how nicotine reduces skin thickness and elasticity. Smoking reduces collagen formation which results in collagen degradation and reduces skin circulation.
At CARE Plastic Surgery, we value the overall wellness of our patients and aim to promote optimal wellness through education and service.
Whether we want to admit it or not, as we get older, we lose collagen which can cause certain areas of the face to flatten out and skin to droop and sag. One of the most prominent areas where hollowing may occur is at the cheek area. If you’re experiencing a hollowed appearance in your cheeks and want the fullness back, you might be an excellent candidate to receive the newest filler treatment, Juvéderm Voluma XC. Voluma XC was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to correct a loss of volume in the midface of adults aged 21 years and older.
In May 2013, the FDA and the Plastic Surgery Devices Panel approved Voluma XC as the first FDA approved dermal filler for use in the midface. The panel unanimously agreed that Voluma XC fills an “unmet need.”
In studies done on patients to test the effectiveness of Voluma XC, physicians and patients commented on seeing quick and visible results in regards to their cheek area appearing more supple and full, and having an overall more youthful appearance. As with any injectable or filler, there are some adverse effects. The adverse effects of Juvéderm Voluma XC include but are not limited to: lumps/bumps, swelling, and redness.
CARE is excited to be a provider of Juvéderm Voluma XC in the coming weeks. If Juvéderm Voluma XC sounds like the product you’ve been dreaming of, please call our office at 919-484-4884 to schedule your filler consultation today.
CARE recently became a provider of Clarisonic cleansing products and we couldn’t be happier!
Clarisonic was originally developed for skincare professionals to use in their treatment of patients, but the extent of this product has expanded by leaps and bounds! Clarisonic is the #1 cleansing product recommended worldwide by aestheticians, dermatologists, and spa professionals.
Unlike spinning skin care cleanser devices, Clarisonic products work with the skin’s natural elasticity by moving back and forth, and produces over 300 movements per second. The oscillating motion of the Clarisonic brushes work to loosen dirt and oil, remove deep-seated impurities from pores, and cleanses the skin to better absorb topical treatments.
Clinical results on the Clarisonic device have shown increased product absorption and six times better removal of makeup, dirt, and oil than cleansing with hands alone. In fact, an Instrumental test on makeup removal compared 5 rotations of Clarisonic against 5 rotations of manual removal. Clarisonic products proved to cleanse the skin six times better than hands alone. The effectiveness of Clarisonic products are unbeateable and do not compare to other skin cleansing devices.
With the holidays coming up, Clarisonic products would make a perfect socking stuffer. To purchase one, please stop by the CARE office anytime and we’d be more than happy to assist you!
Don’t we all wish there was an elixir of youth that kept our skin looking young, fresh, and revitalized forever? The sad truth is no such elixir exists and there are a lot of impostor “youth elixirs” that claim to reduce fine lines and rejuvenate skin but simply don’t. While there is no supreme skin care product that can permanently stop the skin’s aging process, there is a product that comes pretty close. CARE is the proud carrier of the SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. The TNS Essential Serum aids in improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and one’s comprehensive skin texture and tone. This product also tightens and smooths the skin and improves the skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself against environmental agents.
CARE carries top-notch medical grade products that work to maintain and improve the vitality of your skin. The CARE staff believes in providing you the best products for your aesthetic needs. We also believe in offering you our personal insight on products to guide you in your skin care selections.
Kristina, the Cosmetic Patient Care Coordinator, started using the TNS Essential Serum two weeks ago and loves it! She accounts the changes she’s seen thus far, saying:
“At a meeting we [the CARE staff] had with a Skin Medica representative, we were told that it would take approximately two bottles of the TNS Serum to make a difference. So I was content to see it through. I do use a lot of products and have a lot of treatments with our aesthetician so I really thought that the impact would probably be less dramatic on me.
However, in only two weeks I have noticed a difference in my skin tone which seems much rosier and dewy. That is certainly exciting after only two weeks! I love the fact that it is an all in one product because in my busy life I need powerful products and proven results! “
In addition to Kristina, Rose, CARE’s new aesthetician, commented on the impact of the TNS Essential Serum, saying:
I absolutely love this serum, it’s 14 products in one! It really simplifies my skin care routine. After just a few weeks of using it, I have seen the fine lines around my eyes decrease in prominence. In the 10 years that I’ve worked in the medical aesthetic industry, I’ve never come across an anti-aging serum quite like this. I love to pair it with the TNS eye serum.”
Speaking of the TNS Eye Serum, in addition to the TNS Essential Serum, CARE also carries the SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex and Tri-Retinol Complex ES. These topical products are powerful anti-aging treatments. If you are interested in trying any of these Skin Medica products and taking your skin’s appearance to the next level, please stop by our office anytime and while you’re at it, feel free to schedule a complimentary skincare consultation with our new medical aesthetician, Rose, by calling us at 919-484-4884.
We’ve said it time and time again, but it’s true . . . we are so grateful for our phenomenal patients. The kind words, letters of appreciation and mouthwatering baked goodies do not parallel to the great personalities that the CARE staff is fortunate to encounter on a weekly basis. As a token of appreciation to our patients and in honor of breast cancer awareness month and breast reconstruction day, last Wednesday, our office held a patient appreciation day. 30 CARE patients came to our Durham office to raise funds for breast reconstruction day by purchasing and receiving Botox treatments. A portion of the proceeds we raised from our patient appreciation day will be donated to the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund. The mission of the Breast Reconstruction Awareness campaign is to “educate, engage and empower” women to make the best decision for them following a breast cancer diagnosis.
CARE is a proud supporter of the mission of the Breast Reconstruction Awareness campaign because it aligns with our personal philosophy of educating our patients on the best options for their aesthetic needs. We’re even more pleased that our patients support our educational and service aims. It is our mission to keep our patients pleased and as a greater token of our appreciation, for the month of October, CARE is offering a Botox special in which patients can pre-pay up to 20 units of Botox for $9 per unit. Now that’s a sale you can’t beat, especially with the holidays coming up! If you are interested in taking advantage of this special, please call the CARE office at 919-484-4884 to schedule your Botox consultation or Botox treatment. We look forward to seeing you soon!