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BBL Treatments Reduce Signs of Aging Skin


A new study by two physicians in California confirms what we've seen in our own patients - broad band light (BBL) treatments really can reduce and even delay the signs of aging skin.

Here at The Skin Institute, we use Forever Young BBL™ from Sciton. This treatment sends light energy deep into the skin to boost your body's natural ability to fight aging. BBL treatments can be done on any area of the body, but the most common areas are the face, neck, back of the hands, chest and shoulders.

BBL treatments can be repeated as often as every month, though you and your doctor will decide what's best for you. In the California study, doctors found that people who received regular treatments during a 5-11 year period saw a reduction in aging signs.

According to this article on The Aesthetic Channel, "In post-treatment photos of patients' skin five to 11 years after their initial BBL treatment, the authors found that while patients aged an average of nine years during the study, skin aging in the treatment area was evaluated as not aging."

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We have more BBL Before-and-After photos on our website and more information about the Forever Young BBL™ from Sciton. If you'd like to schedule a consultation to see if BBL treatment may be right for you, contact us today!

The Buddy System is Effective in Early Detection of Skin Cancer


sunscreen-application copy.jpgEarly detection of skin cancer can be life saving, and some dermatologists are recommending a new way to protect yourself: the buddy system.

A recent study showed success with early detection of skin cancer when partners were trained to check each other for warning signs of melanoma.

In the study, pairs of people were given specific training on recognizing skin concerns, like a change in the border, color and diameter of moles. During the 2-year study, 43 new melanomas were spotted by these skin check partners, who were able to alert a doctor and seek early treatment.

Melanoma is a serious concern, and the cancer rate is rising steadily. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 85,000 new melanomas will be diagnosed this year, and more than 9,000 people will likely die from melanoma.

But prevention and vigilance can be lifesavers. Here are some helpful resources from the American Cancer Society:

Learn to recognize the early warning signs of skin cancer, and partner with someone to check each other for skin changes. If you have questions about skin protection or reversing the effects of sun damage on your skin, contact our Skin Institute and Laser Center. And as always, if you're concerned about any suspicious areas on your skin, you should see your doctor.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen


The summer beach and pool season officially kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. You know you need a good sunscreen to protect your skin when you're out soaking up rays, but all the sunscreen options can be overwhelming. Here is some advice for choosing the right sunscreen for you and your family.

sunburn-relief.pngThe American Academy of Dermatology says you should look for sunscreen with the following three things:

  • SPF of 30 or higher
  • Broad-spectrum protection (UVA/UVB)
  • Water resistance

If you look at a bottle of sunscreen, you should see all three of those properties listed on the label. These factors are important for offering protection against skin cancer, including melanoma, which is the most serious kind of skin cancer.

But beyond those three properties, there are other considerations as well. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you'll want a sunscreen that doesn't clog pores. But if your skin is dry, a sunscreen with moisturizer might be more appropriate. If you have sensitive skin, or a skin condition like rosacea, then you'll want to use a sunscreen that contains only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

At the Skin Institute and Laser Center, we carry several different sunscreen products and can help you choose the right one for your skin type. Come see us at 7208 Hodgson Memorial Drive, and we'll be glad to talk with you about skin care and skin protection, so you can enjoy your summer outdoors without sacrificing the health and beauty of your skin!

Melanoma Cases Rising Among Middle-Aged Women

Now that spring has finally arrived, you'll probably spend more time outdoors, and with more skin showing as the temperatures rise.

You've heard the speech before about the importance of sunscreen, but a new study shows the message is more important than ever for middle-aged women, who are seeing a big increase in melanoma cases.

Melanoma is a form of skin cancer. It's a serious disease and can even be fatal. A recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that melanoma cases among people in their 40s, 50s and 60s are almost 8 times higher than they were 40 years ago.

The biggest jump was for women in their 40s. Some have blamed a trend toward tanned skin for the increase in skin cancer rates in this group. But whatever is to blame, two things are clear: we need to be more vigilant about wearing sunscreen, and we need regular skin cancer screenings.

You can get skin cancer screenings through your primary physician, dermatologist, or when you come see us here at Savannah Plastic Surgery. Our Skin Institute and New Youth Laser Center can also help recommend a quality sunscreen to protect your skin from damage.

If you're going to be outdoors, always remember these important tips: 
  • Wear sunscreen on exposed skin, even on cloudy days. The sun's ultraviolet radiation can penetrate through clouds, so just because it's overcast doesn't mean your skin isn't affected.
  • Make sure your sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause cancer. 
  • If you have skin problems or allergies, look for a sunscreen that is hypo-allergenic so you can wear it comfortably.
  • If you're going to be in the water or sweating, be sure to use a water/sweat-resistant sunscreen and reapply often. 

Debunking Sunscreen Myths

At the Skin Institute, we spend a lot of time helping our patients undo the damage of sun exposure. Yes, we have treatments and products that can help remove sun damage, but your best bet is to protect your skin from damage in the first place. 

When it comes to sunscreen, there are a lot of choices on the market, and a lot of myths too. In this post, we'll debunk a few of those myths, and help you know what to look for in a sunscreen. 

"I don't need to wear sunscreen on cloudy days." 
Wrong. On cloudier days you may not feel like your skin is getting burned, but the sun's ultraviolet radiation still breaks through those clouds. Serious sunburns can happen on cloudy days, particularly because people are more likely to let down their guard. Winter, spring, summer, fall - you need to be wearing sunscreen every single day. 

"If I wear sunscreen, I won't get enough Vitamin D."
No studies have shown that sunscreen use causes a vitamin D deficiency. Also, the sun isn't your only source of vitamin D. A healthy diet or a multivitamin will help ensure you're getting the vitamin D your body needs without sacrificing the health of your skin.

"You get most of your sun exposure as a child, so it's too late to start worrying about sunscreen now."
This simply isn't true. Every day that you go outside, you are getting a dose of UV rays. While it is important to protect a child's skin against sun damage, it's never too late to prevent further damage from occurring, even in adults.

The application of sunscreen should be part of your day every day routine - as common as brushing your teeth and combing your hair. When choosing a sunscreen, you need to make sure the product blocks both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays cause sunburns and cancer. While you don't get sunburns from UVA rays, they can also cause cancer and wrinkles. So you need a product that blocks both types of damaging rays. If you have skin problems or allergies, then you need to look for a sunscreen that is hypo-allergenic so it won't irritate your skin. And if you plan to be in the water or doing an activity that will cause you to sweat, you need a sunscreen that is water and sweat resistant. 

We carry two great sunscreen products from SkinMedica: the Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+ and Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 50+. SkinMedica's Triple sun Protection formula offers a layer of physical protection to prevent UVA/UVB from entering the skin, a second layer of chemical defense to absorb any UVA/UVB that does enter the skin, and a third layer of potent antioxidants to protect the skin against free radical damage.

Talk to one of our estheticians to find out which one is right for you. Get in touch and let us help you take care of your skin today and every day!

FreshLook Lift™ vs. Face Lift

The FreshLook Lift™ is one of our most popular procedures right now, and it's not hard to see why. For decades, people have relied on the surgical face lift procedure to turn back the clock and take years off their appearance. But now, the FreshLook Lift™ is making it even easier, and more affordable than ever, to reclaim your youthful face.

Here are a few of the questions we often get from patients considering a facelift or the FreshLook Lift™.

1. What is the difference between the FreshLook Lift™ and a facelift? How do I know which one is right for me? 

The biggest differences between a facelift and the FreshLook Lift™ are the recovery time and the level of sedation. The FreshLook Lift™ takes half the time of a facelift at half the cost, and still gives you great results. The procedure time is from 2-4 hours, and then you're sent home with a facial garment instead of the drains you need with a traditional facelift.

2. Will I be asleep during the procedure? 

The FreshLook Lift™ does not require IV sedation. Instead you're given an "oral cocktail" of medications before surgery to help you relax during the procedure.

3. How much recovery time is needed?

With a FreshLook Lift™, you are able to resume most of your normal activities in two or three days, although some patients may take a little longer to recover. You will need to wear a facial garment during recovery. Your specific post-operative care and recovery experience will depend on your lifestyle and what your surgeon recommends.

4. How long will the results last?

The FreshLook Lift™ will take years off your appearance, but as with any other procedure, the aging process does not end. However, with appropriate skin care and a good diet and exercise routine, the results should last for several years.

5. Does the FreshLook Lift™ help remove wrinkles?

The FreshLook Lift™ gives the skin a more youthful, smoother look, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will look better than ever, and if you care for your skin with a good skin care protocol, you will look and feel fabulous for years to come!

Contact us today if you'd like to talk with one of our surgeons to see if the FreshLook Lift™ is right for you!

Before and After photograph - 3 days post surgery!


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