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Timing is Everything with Skin Treatments

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Professional skincare treatments provide teens and adults the assistance they need to maximize the health of their skin. Today, we’ve got numerous technologies and devices that help us remove dead and damaged cells, unwanted veins, unwanted hair, and the many signs of sun damage. There is an old saying that applies to skin treatments, though. It goes, “the right thing at the wrong time becomes the wrong thing.” To make sure you get the maximum benefit from your chosen skin treatment, consider these pointers.

When Winter is the Best Time for Treatment

Generally, professionals recommend scheduling deeper treatments and those that create photosensitivity for the winter months. These include but are not limited to:

  • Laser hair removal. Removing unwanted hair using lasers is a process that takes several months. The good news is that hair growth decreases after the very first treatment. However, Winter (or even Autumn) is an excellent time to begin because the laser is more effective when skin is lighter and hair is a bit darker. 
  • Vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is not a laser treatment but is still one that many people prefer to have in the Wintertime. After sclerotherapy, the treatment area may look bruised. Compression garments are also advised for a week or two, which can be uncomfortable during hot, humid weather. 

Skin Treatments Good for the Entire Year

Fortunately, the list of Wintertime-only treatments is quite short. The following treatments can be obtained any time of year.

  • Microneedling. This treatment creates tiny punctures in the upper layers of the skin. Why? To bring in more collagen and elastin!
  • Mild to medium chemical peels. We offer a wide selection of chemical peels to address multiple concerns at once. Chemical peels cause the uppermost layer of dead and damaged skin cells to slough off, sometimes with nothing more than minor flaking. 
  • Laser skin rejuvenation.  Here, as well, there are multiple options. Laser devices allow us to customize treatment to the individual. Highly-selective light energies can target pigmented cells and blood vessels to brighten the skin. Sublative rejuvenation can correct severe sun damage and skin laxity. Finally, Triniti treatment combines technologies to achieve noticeable results with minimal downtime. 

Our experienced staff is here to help you find the best treatments for your skin. Call our Hazleton or Pottsville office to schedule a consultation.

Beauty is Only Skin Deep, Let’s Go with It!

There is an old adage that says “beauty is only skin deep.” Its message has been translated in a variety of ways. Ultimately, the proverb relates to the value of character over physical appearance. We’re going to trust that our patients have the inner traits that make them beautiful from the inside out. Now, what about that outside? It’s one thing to feel beautiful as a person; it’s another to feel beautiful when you look in the mirror.

We gain a great deal of joy from helping people marry the two: their outer appearance and their inner vibrancy. One way we do this is with quality skin care that supports aging tissues. Multiple studies have shown that the skin benefits greatly from the daily effort we make to nourish it. Here, we discuss just how easy it is to promote healthy skin day in and day out.

Cleansing

The very basis of a good skin care regimen is the act of cleansing the epidermis. Dr. Kimmel has developed an entire skincare line with products suitable for every skin type. The first product for daily use is a pure glycolic acid foaming cleanser. The purpose of washing every morning and every night is to break down excess oil and wash away debris like dirt and makeup that would otherwise become trapped in the pores. In addition to glycolic acid, the KSC foaming cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid to exfoliate dead and damaged cells in the gentlest way.

Hydrating

The skin needs moisture to remain vital and healthy. Moisturizing is a step that will change throughout the year and also throughout the years. What one needs in their twenties will be quite different than what their fifty-year-old skin will need. One of the ingredients all skin can benefit from is hyaluronic acid. This sugar compound exists in the body naturally. It is also the base of most dermal fillers. Why? Because hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules and binds to them. Applied topically, a hyaluronic acid serum traps moisture in the upper layer of the skin for several hours. Used regularly, this medical-grade product promotes healthy cosmetic aging.

Promoting Youthful Cellular Behavior

The skin has particular behaviors, all of which are dictated by the energy within cells like fibroblasts. It is in these cells where collagen is made. The various cells that determine the appearance of the skin respond to specific ingredients. Skin serums that contain antioxidants, peptides, and other nutrients boost the activity and physical liveliness of the cells so the skin is optimally supported.

We are proud to offer one-of-a-kind skin care in our Pottsville and Hazelton offices. Contact us to learn more.

Wintertime is an Excellent Time for Skin Renewal

Chemical Peels Pottsville, PAThe winter months are a time when many of us want to hibernate. After the first few snowfalls, the magic of our regional climate may dwindle significantly and our longing for summer may begin to simmer within. Winter can do a number on your emotions, and also on your skin. Here, we want to offer a suggestion that can brighten your radiance from the inside out – and help you sidestep some of the most common beauty winter woes.

Skin Renewal Basics

We’ve become so accustomed to skin renewal meaning anti-aging with injectables, lasers, and plastic surgery that we may overlook the basics. At the heart of a glowing complexion is the canvas of your skin. No matter how much you do to create beauty on that canvas, your attempts will be blunted if you haven’t properly prepared the surface.

There are several layers to the skin. Aging begins at the innermost layers. However, what lies beneath is affected by what happens on the surface. For example, sun exposure hits the epidermis, but also transfers at heat into the deeper cells in which collagen and melanin are made. As a result of those summertime tans, dermal cells will produce less collagen and more melanin, resulting in premature aging and spots on the skin. To promote a healthier renewal process, it is necessary to support cellular turnover.

Chemical Peels to the Rescue

Healthy cell turnover is the basis of beautiful skin. Cells are produced in the dermis and make their way to the epidermis over time. At some point, these cells die off. When they do, they should naturally fall away, but they usually don’t. Even when a facial scrub or loofa is used on the skin (which it shouldn’t be), cells can stubbornly hang on where they no longer serve a purpose. A chemical peel forces renewal by creating the perfect environment.

Chemical peel treatment is customized to affect as much or as little tissue as desired. A mild peel applies low concentrations of natural chemicals like glycolic acid to the epidermis, where the cellular matrix is disrupted enough to cause dead and damaged cells to fall away. Mild peels are so gentle that you could schedule treatment monthly throughout the winter season. Moderate peels cause minor flaking and peeling and also result in more dramatic renewal.

We are pleased to offer customized chemical peels and several other spa services in our Pottsville and Hazelton offices. Call today to schedule your skin renewing treatment.

Men – Aging Healthy CAN Be Your Reality

men agingIt’s really quite simple: When you think and act young, you tend to stay young.

The anti-aging industry – for men – is booming. Nobody want’s to show their age; the number of men requesting Botox and dermal filler injections, choosing cosmetic surgery, and visiting hair salons is growing by leaps and bounds. So, men, to that end, here are some simple tips to keep aging at bay…and to compliment your cosmetic and salon enhancements.

Make the conscious choice to promote your wellness every single day.

  • You are what you eat. Don’t be a cookie. Eating a Mediterranean-type diet, which includes fish, chicken, fruits, and vegetables with a moderate amount of carbs, will keep you healthy, young and fit.
  • Snooze to win. And take naps. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. A lack of sleep can result in bags under your eyes that make you appear older.
  • Move it. Daily exercise will help you maintain balance, body tone, and flexibility – very important considerations as you age. Aerobic exercise is good for your heart and brain. Men who are trim and fit look and feel younger than those who are flabby.
  • Quit smoking if you can. Smoking creates wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes and mouth. It stains your teeth, dulls your skin, and causes health problems that will rapidly age you.

One of the first things others notice about you is your skin, so love the skin you’re in.

  • Wash, then moisturize. Use a gentle cleanser and a rich moisturizer every day. Dry-looking skin really exaggerates the signs of aging.
  • Sunscreen. Put it on. Over-exposure to the sun is cumulative, and can cause wrinkles and age spots that give away your age.
  • Hydrate with water not soda. Try to drink 6-8 cups of water a day. Water gives your skin a firmer tone and a more youthful appearance.

Call, today, to schedule an appointment and let Dr. Kimmel tell you about the variety of anti-aging treatments he offers.

 

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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    - P.C. from Pottsville, PA

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