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Getting Laser Resurfacing? You Want to Know This!

Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center

The appearance of the skin changes as we age; most people realize this. What we don’t often see is just how many factors influence the skin. Our genetics play some part in how we age, but there is much more contribution made by our lifestyle habits and how much time we spend in the sun without sunscreen. Even our facial expressions affect the elasticity and firmness of tissue. Those who know the skin needs help often look for it in the form of products. This is a good start that should be a part of a bigger plan that includes laser skin resurfacing. 

Laser skin resurfacing delivers controlled energy into the skin to remove the uppermost layer of cells. These cells no longer provide value to appearance and are just stuck in place. The dead and damaged cells that sit on the epidermis dull the complexion and make it much more difficult for skincare products to achieve their intended effects. These cells need to go, and laser is a great method of removing them. 

What About After Laser Treatment?

It isn’t enough to undergo a single treatment and expect the skin to age more gracefully. After you have laser skin resurfacing, we recommend that you:

  • Protect your skin daily with sunscreen. Whether it is contained in your moisturizer or you apply sunscreen separately, make sure you use a broad-spectrum product with an SPF of 30. This is not a seasonal practice, either. Harmful UV rays beam right through a thick cloud layer, too.
  • Feed your skin. What you eat matters to your skin. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as leafy greens, are excellent supporters for healthy skin. 
  • Stay hydrated. The body needs adequate hydration to function well and to flush toxins and debris out. Without sufficient hydration, small amounts of toxins can build up, creating problems for the skin. 
  • Stick to a program. Don’t just wash your face, create a skincare program that will keep the nutrients coming. After cleansing, the skin needs hydrating or reparative serums and moisturizer. Oh, and sunscreen. We can’t advise this enough.

Give your skin a leg up on the aging process. Call our Hazleton or Pottsville office to learn more about laser resurfacing.

Triniti™ Brings the Power of Three to Your Skin

Triniti™ Treatments Pottsville, PA

Triniti™ Treatments Pottsville, PAServing the men and women of areas in and around Philadelphia, Allentown, and several other communities bring us a great deal of joy. One of our top priorities is to meet expectations and preferences. To achieve this, we have selected some non-surgical anti-aging treatments to complement our cosmetic surgery services. One such treatment is the Triniti™ light and laser skin rejuvenation platform.

Triniti™ is a multidimensional treatment that utilizes three powerful modalities: radiofrequency, intense pulsed-light, and laser. By combining the three, it becomes possible to treat a wider range of concerns, including skin laxity, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation or sun damage.

What to Expect

During Treatment:

Triniti™ treatment is conducted in an office visit lasting approximately one hour. After cleansing the skin and applying topical gel to assist in the fluid movement of the handpiece, we begin treating discoloration and UV damage with the RF FotoFacial aspect of the process. Refirme skin tightening follows, reaching deeper beneath the surface to promote collagen reformation for firmer, younger-looking skin. Finally, Infrared fractional laser treatment is performed to continue the stimulation of collagen remodeling. Triniti™ treatment is not uncomfortable for most patients. Slight warmth and pinching or “zapping” may be experienced.

After Treatment:

One of the numerous beneficial aspects of Triniti™ is that the recovery period after each of the three necessary treatments is relatively uneventful. Normal activities can be resumed immediately, with an eye for sun protection. Broad spectrum sunscreen should be used every day, and tanning of any kind (tanning beds included) should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after the series of treatments have been completed. If the skin is exposed to ultraviolet light through sunshine or tanning lamps, there is a risk of permanent darkening. Furthermore, ultraviolet light breaks down collagen, so inevitably minimizes the long-term results from treatment.

Over the first several days after Triniti™ treatment, areas of darkened skin may appear. Minor peeling or flaking may also be noticed. These are both temporary and indicate the turnover of skin cells to reveal healthier, more youthful skin.

Learn more about our non-surgical beauty treatments by calling our Hazelton or Pottsville office.

Gear Up for Christmas: 3 Gifts to Consider

Laser Hair RemovalWith the holiday season in full-swing, you are likely already starting to think of presents to get your friends and family members. If you are looking for something to give to your spouse, mother-in-law, girlfriend, sister, daughter, or another woman in your life, look no further. Here at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center, we have a variety of options for you to choose from that will help the woman or women in your life to look and feel special. Read on to learn more.

1.Laser Hair Removal
As a woman, nothing is quite as embarrassing as heading to the beach only to realize that you haven’t shaved your underarms, bikini area, or your legs. However, with laser hair removal, you can rest assured that you won’t have to spend another embarrassing day at the beach again. Give someone in your life the care and relief of not having to shave again by giving them a gift card good towards getting laser hair removal from our Licensed Aesthetician.

2. Chemical Peels
If you are looking to spend a smaller amount of money but still give a great gift with lasting benefits, consider giving the gift of a chemical peel. By removing the top layer of your dermis by using a chemical, a chemical peel is designed to encourage the regrowth of younger, healthier looking skin that will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even get rid of sunspots and sun damage.

3. Facials
If you are wanting to give the woman in your life a more relaxing spa treatment that still has health benefits, consider gifting them one of our facials. By exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing your skin, a facial will help to rejuvenate and restore your loved one’s skin— and help them to feel stress-free and relaxed— in just an hour.

From laser hair removal to facials, this quick list will give you ideas of what to gift the woman or women in your life this year. To learn more about these and other services that we offer, contact Robert Kimmel at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center.

Treat Your Skin To Thermage CPT

Thermage CPTTightening and smoothing the skin on your body and face – non-invasively – is a revolutionary idea. At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Kimmel offer this trending treatment designed to give your skin a more youthful appearance. It’s called Thermage CPT® (comfort pulse technology).

As you age, your skin loses much of its elasticity. This happens because the production of your skin’s support structures, the proteins elastin and collagen, declines with age. Additionally, spending time in the sun unprotected against its skin damaging UV rays doesn’t help. Smoking and environmental factors also damage your skin, and before you know it, your skin is saggy where it once was firm, and wrinkly to boot.

How to tighten you skin and regain a more youthful appearance? A brow-lift or facelift are surgical alternatives. Injectables such as Botox and Juvederm can also do the job non-surgically. But we invite you to consider firming and tightening with Thermage CPT®.

What is Thermage CPT® and how does it work?

It’s a non-invasive skin tightening procedure that uses radio-frequency (RF) waves to heat the underlying collagen in the dermis layer of your skin. The radio-frequency waves don’t injure the surface layer (epidermis) of your skin because the Thermage tip remains cool while it heats the collagen below, causing it to shrink. This tightens the skin above, and encourages your body to create new collagen over the next six months. The take-away? Noticeably younger-looking and firmer skin on your face and body.

Dr. Kimmel is the area’s only Thermage CPT® provider. If you’re looking for a way to treat wrinkles and loose skin without invasive surgical procedures or repeated injections, consider Thermage CPT®. Give us a call to schedule an appointment, today.

No Worries! Get Your Wrinkles Under Control

Non-Surgical treatmentsGetting older is a challenge for men and women of a “certain age,” as the aging process brings with it thinner, less elastic skin, which is much more vulnerable to wrinkles. Time marches on and your aging skin marches right along with it.

The sun is a fine source of Vitamin D but it’s not so fine for your face. The harmful UV and UVB rays of the sun are one of the main causes of wrinkles. How does this happen? The sun’s rays break down your skin’s connective tissues and wrinkles are the result. More importantly, repeated, unprotected sun exposure can cause skin cancer and the affects of the sun’s damaging rays are cumulative over your lifetime.

Wrinkles usually appear first around your eyes, between your brows and around your mouth. Why? Because repeated facial expressions, such as frowning and smiling eventually result in wrinkles. Keep that smile but try not to worry – easier said than done – but your frown lines don’t need extra help.

Taking care of your skin is a good idea at any age, but here are six things you can do to protect your skin against the wrinkling that time may bring:

  1. Use eye cream and a good facial moisturizer; a retinol cream applied daily may help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  2. Don’t scrub, rub or pull at your skin; be gentle. Use an easy touch when applying makeup, especially around your eye area.
  3. Stay indoors during the time of day when the sun’s rays are at their most damaging, between noon and five p.m.
  4. Buy a 30 SPF sunscreen that protects against the UV and UVB rays of the sun and use it. Re-apply it often and don’t forget your neck and hands.
  5. If you smoke, quit. Smoking accelerates the aging process and causes wrinkles to appear prematurely.
  6. Botox, injectable dermal fillers and chemical peels are treatments to consider if your wrinkles are deep and pronounced.

Curious to know more? Give us a call and schedule a consultation. Dr. Kimmel can suggest one of our many facial rejuvenation treatments to give your skin a fresh, youthful glow.

What You Always Wanted To Know About Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks Stretch marks. Blah. Definitely a summer downer. If you have them, take heart, you are not alone. But you may not know much about them.

Stretch marks appear because of the force of stretching upon your skin. They are a form of scarring that is usually associated with rapid weight gain, such as during pregnancy. They may also occur as a result of rapid growth during puberty or muscle building and weight lifting. Stretch marks can be found anywhere on your body, but they’re most common on your stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Stretch marks aren’t dangerous, and they often disappear over time, but they are unsightly.

The severity of stretch marks is affected by several factors, including your genetic history, the degree of stress on your skin and your cortisone level. Cortisone is a hormone produced by your adrenal glands; it weakens the elastic fibers in your skin.

Stretch marks typically appear as parallel lines on your skin. They are of a different texture and color than your normal skin – ranging from almost a transparent, silvery light grey to bright pink to purple. Stretch marks don’t all look alike, and may vary depending on how long you’ve had them, what caused them, where they are on your body, and the type of skin you have. When you touch stretch marks, you might feel a slight ridge or indentation on your skin. Occasionally, stretch marks feel painful or they may itch. Your likelihood of getting stretch marks may be increased by:

  • Being overweight
  • Your family history
  • Undergoing breast enhancement surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Using a corticosteroid medication
  • Having Cushing’s syndrome, Marfan syndrome or certain other genetic disorders

There is help for stretch marks…they can be effectively treated with laser treatments and micro-needling. If you would like to know more about treating your stretch marks, call to schedule a consultation appointment, today. Summer is here…it’s the perfect time to beautify your body!

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