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How to Adapt Your Skincare Routine to Southern California Dry Summer Air

At a time when fall fashions appear on stocking shelves at your favorite retail outlet, many women have yet to change their skincare routine to adapt to the dryer summer season. Double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch offers non-surgical skincare treatments designed to keep your skin young and beautiful. It is as simple as doing away with the old and bringing in the new with facials and skin rejuvenation procedures that will address issues caused by our dry California summers that may leave skin parched and dull. Here are a few tips on what you can do to keep your skin moist and vibrant. 

Keep it Clean

With your body working overtime trying to keep you cool, sweat and oils are regularly passing through your pores, making your skin sticky. Dirt and grime are more likely to attach to your skin and enter your pores, causing irritation and outbreaks. Here’s your first tip, never forget to double cleanse. Using oil-based cleaners designed for your specific skin type will allow you to cut through the grime and keep your skin fresh. Clearing excess sebum from your skin will keep it clear and help regulate your skin’s oil production. 

Moisturize

Choose your moisturizer carefully. During the summer months, there are forces at work to dry out your skin. Moving in and out of air conditioning will cause your skin to lose moisture and become dry. If you are not moisturizing and toning your skin every night – start. Before you go to sleep, use a medical-grade cream or serum to ensure your skin is getting the proper nutrients and moisture and keeps those pores clear. 

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

Yes, you got it, you should apply sunscreen liberally to your skin during these dry, and warmer months. Protection against UV rays is necessary to keep your skin from the damage the sun can impose. Pick a sunscreen that will absorb into your skin easily and has an SPF of 30 or more. Make sure you apply the product 20 to 30 minutes before going out into the sun. This practice can go along way to minimize sun related hyperpigmentation and dull skin. It is also a good anti-aging practice as well. 

Reveal Fresh Underlying Layer

Your skin is a complex organ that covers your entire body. it is multi-layered with an epidermis (surface) and dermis (underlying tissue) which needs regular maintenance. The skin will naturally peel on its own with dead skin cells flaking away to reveal a new skin surface. However, this process may cause clogged pores and unsightly blemishes. Cosmetic procedures like laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels remove dull, tired skin to reveal fresh, radiant skin within a few days. 

When sun-damaged skin becomes a problem, these skin care treatments can make a world of difference in retaining a vibrant, radiant skin presence. 

Learn More

If you are seeking to improve your skin care during the summer months and beyond, we are here to help. Dr. Hershcovitch will walk you through medical-grade skin care and anti-aging regimens, which will ensure your facial and skin beauty for years to come. 

Schedule a consultation at our West Hills or Westlake clinic today.

Should I Limit My Sun Exposure After a Facelift?

Congratulations! You’ve recently undergone a facelift! This is the start of a new and improved you brimming with confidence. But wait! There are some things you should take into consideration to ensure you heal properly, as excessive sunlight exposure can cause some setbacks to your facelift results.

Due to the nature of a facelift surgery, incisions are made to tighten the skin and muscles underneath. This can often leave you feeling bruised and sore thereafter as your body beings to heal, beginning the recovery phase. It is during this time you are most vulnerable to the effects of the sun and need to be proactive in preventing unwanted consequences from excessive sunlight exposure. 

The Effect of Sunlight 

Sunlight feels great on the skin; we bathe in it, tan using it, and can’t seem to get enough of it. However, there are many hidden dangers to increased sun exposure that we often forget to consider. The main one being the damaging effect it has on your skin, especially after recently undergone a facelift procedure.

Sustained sunlight exposure exposes you to UV (ultraviolet) rays which penetrate the skin leading to skin damage and increased melanin production; the main component causing your skin to darken. If no precaution is taken, sunburns will likely occur potentially compromising your facelift results. 

Excessive sun exposure can lead to undesirable outcomes, such as improper healing and increased scar visibility. To help promote the healing process and maintain your facelift results, the following are some important things to keep in mind after a facelift procedure. 

How to Protect Yourself from the Sun after a Facelift

During the first week of your recovery phase it is recommended to avoid sun altogether due to the heat it generates. In fact, all types of heat sources should be avoided during this time as they can increase post-operative inflammation. Inflammation can lead to excessive swelling and potentially prolong your recovery phase. To negate the effects of swelling, a cold compress is recommended on the surgical area site for the first 48 to 72 hours. Medication may also be prescribed to help reduce swelling. 

Direct sun exposure to the incision lines and scars from your facelift surgery may cause them to darken in color, or become hyperpigmented. This can cause surgical scars to become more visible, giving an undesirable appearance. The good news is that your cosmetic surgeon will hide these scars as best as possible, usually within the creases of your ears, making them easy to protect from the sun. 

When Sunlight is Unavoidable 

During the first few months after having your facelift it is important to stay vigilant towards sun avoidance. While it is understandable that it is impossible to stay out of the sun completely, by adhering to the following recommendations you will help mitigate any negative effect the sun may contribute to. 

Use a broad spectrum high SPF sunscreen on your incision lines and scars. It is recommended that you choose one that is at least 30 SPF, but going higher won’t hurt. Wear protective clothing as well. This may be in the form of a wide-brimmed hat, a shawl, or anything else that you see fit to completely block out the sun’s rays from your face. Wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection will also help protect the skin around the eyes, especially if you have also undergone a complementary eyelid lift procedure (blepharoplasty) to your facelift. Using all of these recommendations in conjunction will provide you with the best defence in direct sunlight.   

Preparing for the Long Term

To help maintain you’re your newly acquired youthful appearance for long term it is essential that you maintain a daily skincare regimen. This is involves using skin moisturizers that contain a modest SPF rating.  Excessive sun exposure can lead to the accelerated development of wrinkles, brown spots, and fine lines when not properly guarded against. This is especially important for those who have had a facelift, as these negative effects from sun damage will certainly counteract your facelift results. 

 

If you are interested in cosmetic surgery to improve your appearance, Dr. Matt Hershcovitch is an experienced plastic surgeon who can help your reach your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation in Westlake, CA at (805)371-0004 or in West Hills, CA at (818) 888-7878.

Understanding The Benefits of Chemical Peels

Understanding The Benefits of Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a popular choice for people who are interested in reducing the effects of acne, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation without surgery. The solution applied to the face during a chemical peel penetrates different levels of your skin so older outer layers can peel off to let new and fresh skin emerge.
Many choose to undergo a chemical peel to promote the rebuilding and healing process of the skin.
Chemical peels provide several benefits and can lead to long-term rejuvenation. Here are a few benefits of chemical peels and how they can be used to easily reveal fresher and younger-looking skin.

Eliminate Fine Lines And Wrinkles

Chemical peels are an effective method to soften fine lines and wrinkles on the face. The vast majority of people will find success with a medium peel that usually requires a couple of treatments to see maximum effectiveness. Patients with deeper lines will want to choose a deep peel that is often a one-time treatment due to the strength of the chemicals involved.

Reverse The Effects Of Sun Damage

Dark and sun spots can be treated with a chemical peel. Some studies have shown how certain types of chemical peels can reverse melasma, a type of hyperpigmentation that can be very resistant to laser treatments. The benefits of a chemical peel regarding sun damage is maximized if a patient is willing to wear sunscreen and take the time to protect sensitive skin. Otherwise, the spots you worked hard to make disappear might come back.

Unclog Pores And Cut Down On Acne

Many people choose to undergo a chemical peel to help mitigate the effects of acne. Certain types of peels can unclog pores and remove blackheads across the top of the skin. Peels that involve the use of salicylic acid are the most effective at clearing acne, while ones with trichloroacetic acid prove to be effective with fading the scars and external damages of acne.
Chemical peels are often recommended over laser treatment to reduce acne to reduce the chances of a post-treatment flare-up. The ingredients inside of a chemical peel can linger inside of skin pores to keep them clear and clean.

Eliminate The Need For Undereye Concealer

One little-known benefit of a chemical peel has to do with the potential for you to toss out your undereye concealer. Many are naturally wary of getting harsh chemicals and acid close to the eyes, but there are a few newer types of peels that are safe to use on the dark circles under the eyes to remove pigment that has piled up.
Precise pen-like applicators can be used to ensure the chemicals are not lingering on the surface of the skin, and many people see a dramatic improvement with their looks in just one treatment session.

A Low-Risk Treatment Option That Can Smooth Out Skin

Chemical peels are an effective treatment because they come with very little risk and are safe for all types of skin color. There is little to no risk of hyperpigmentation, which can be a potential pitfall for patients who have darker complexions.

Peels quickly lead to smooth skin that gives off a toned and silky look. A few treatments with a low percentage of acid provides the best opportunities to achieve the rejuvenated skin that looks good for the long-term. Peels also come with the added benefit of making your existing skincare regimen more effective since the removal of dead skin cells enhances moisturizer absorbency.

Your Consultation With Dr. Matt Hershcovitch, Facial Plastic Surgery

We work with patients to get a sense of their goals and evaluate the quality of their skin and facial aesthetics to come up with a treatment plan that gives the results you desire.
We strive to ensure all patients experience the rejuvenating effects of a chemical peel without experiencing discomfort

Schedule a consultation with the office of Dr. Matt Herschovitch if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a chemical peel, and to see if one is right for you.
Contact us today or call 818-888-7878

What You Need to Know about Laser Resurfacing

Beautiful, glowing skin is often just beneath the surface of dull or aged skin. With laser resurfacing, men and women can erase years of sun damage and age-related changes.

This treatment is a great option for those who’d like a refreshed appearance without the recovery or downtime associated with more invasive procedures. It perfectly bridges the gap between non-invasive treatments and surgery. Learn more as we explore everything that laser skin resurfacing can offer.

Laser Resurfacing: How It Works

While topical products can help some skin concerns, there’s only so much they can do. Acne scarring, uneven texture, and other extensive skin issues need a more powerful treatment – that’s where laser resurfacing can help. Specifically, Dr. Hershcovitch uses a fractional laser to address skin imperfections.

This non-surgical treatment uses a beam of laser energy that has been separated (fractionated) into thousands of smaller beams. With this approach, the entire treatment area isn’t ablated. Instead, it produces tiny columns of injury on the skin’s surface. The surrounding skin supports the healing process during the weeks that follow. As the skin heals, collagen production is boosted and the aged, damaged skin is replaced with healthy skin.

Laser resurfacing can address the following skin complaints:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Mild skin laxity
  • Acne scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and other discoloration
  • Rough skin texture
  • Dull skin

How Long is the Recovery?

Recovery depends on the extent of treatment, but in most cases, patients will experience some mild peeling 3-5 days after the procedure. The skin might look pink or red for about 2 weeks, but this can usually be covered by makeup. It’s also very important for patients to avoid sun exposure during recovery and wear plenty of sun protection when heading outdoors.

What Can I Expect from the Results?

Fractional laser resurfacing is a powerful treatment that produces long-lasting results. It essentially creates an entirely new layer of skin, so when paired with a good skincare routine and regular sun protection, you can expect your results to last for several years.

Can Laser Resurfacing be Combined with Other Treatments?

While facelift surgery is excellent for lifting the deeper structures of the face, it does not address aging on the surface of the skin. This is why laser treatments are frequently performed with facelift surgery to fully address the signs of age. Patients can also take advantage of having a shared recovery time. This combination of procedures addresses sagging skin, wrinkles, and superficial skin blemishes, such as hyperpigmentation and uneven texture.

Ready to Restore Your Youthful Glow?

The best way to determine whether this procedure is right for you is by scheduling a consultation. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Matt Hershcovitch and his team have extensive experience with fractional laser resurfacing. Based on the skin issues you want to address, Dr. Hershcovitch can create a custom treatment plan to fully rejuvenate your look. Contact his office today to take the next step.