Category Archives: Skin Care and Health

Your Skin…

Skin care is an age-old phenomenon.  The ancient Egyptians wore cosmetics, as they believed it had magical powers.  In 1400 B.C. the Egyptians used herbs and oils to help protect their skin from the harsh sun filled environment.  Thereafter the Greeks used a similar barrier to protect athletes during the games.  Lactic Acid was developed in Ancient Egypt for skin rejuvenation and used by the nobles.  It goes without say that skin care and skin protection is just as important to us as any other facet of our health and has been integral part of our lives since the dawn of time.

First and Foremost, protect yourself from UV light!!!  A lifetime of sun exposure can cause premature aging in the form of wrinkles, age spots, and a variety of skin problems, worst of which is cancer.  Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.  There is about one death every hour from melanoma, the most viscous form of skin cancer.  Most of us assume that it is only important to protect ourselves during warmer days or when going to the beach or pool.  Yet the risk of UV exposure during the winter months can be equally high. 

This is especially true when hitting the slopes.  Time can fly by when we are having a great time, and when it’s cool out there; one doesn’t really pay attention to the sun.  But all that accumulated UV exposure, over the years, can be extremely detrimental.  So definitely make that bottle of SPF part of your Ski-gear. 

So how do we pick the best sunscreen?   The ideal sunscreen would completely block harmful UV rays that cause sunburn AND block those that cause damaging free radicals (what ages our skin).  It would remain effective for hours and not be harmful for the skin as it breaks down.  Finally, it would smell and feel very pleasant.    Washington DC’s, Environmental Working Group  (the EWG) has determined currently in the United States, mineral sunscreens have the best safety profile.  These products are relatively stable, do not penetrate the skin, and offer a good amount of UV protection, not available in many sunscreens sold over the counter.  Titanium and Zinc Oxide are great examples of these mineral-based sunscreens available in the US market.  Another great contender is Avobenzone, which offers wonderful UVA protection without other competing products that may disrupt natural hormones.

Look for an SPF of about 30-50.  There is no evidence that shows higher than SPF 50 products have more of a benefit and in fact are very misleading.  The SPF only is an indicator of UVB protection, not really UVA.  This means that a person wearing an SPF of say, 80 may be tempted to stay in the sun longer because she is not burning, all the while she is getting an increased dose of the very harmful UVA light.  The Beautologie Be-blocked sunscreen provides the perfect blend of mineral blockers,  Avobenzone and goes on smoothly without a greasy feel. 

In addition to finding that perfect sunscreen we need to use common sense.  Seek shade, especially when the sun is at its strongest, between 10:00 am and 4 pm.  Also wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, full-length pants and wide brimmed hats.  Avoid tanning beds, which concentrate the UV light onto the body.  We all need and love the sun, but remember what they say about too much of a good thing.

What about skin care and skin treatment products?
Unfortunately we live in a world of quick fixes and large retailers who sell us brand name products, that over promise and under deliver.  Are these over the counter products sold to us at department stores and pharmacies really worth all the money and the hype? Do they really work? The answer is maybe, BUT not nearly as much as they promise.  They are not prescription products and therefore will never be as effective as medication.  The problem is that they are marketed as almost prescription products but are usually substandard.  Most consumers buy these overly expensive quick fixes in a bottle; and just use them once or twice.  After seeing no satisfying results they are left to sit on the vanity, never to be used again.

The truth is, you will probably never really find an over the counter face-lift-in- a bottle.  Of course the other big issue with OTC regimens is, whom do you go to for advice on what to pick?  Where do you go if you have problems or reactions with them?  The best solution for someone looking to truly improve the appearance of his or her skin is to seek an expert, your physician.  Unlike physician prescribed creams, cosmetics do not change or affect the skins structure or function.  Cosmetic makers can sell products without FDA approval.  Fortunately there are proven medical & pharmaceutical grade skin care regimens that have shown time and time again to dramatically reverse the signs of aging.  Consulting your physician about what products would best suit you individual needs will most likely lead you on a path of turning back the clock and maintaining very healthy skin.

There is so much more to maintaining that beautiful healthy glow.  Do not smoke!!! Smoking narrows blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, which leads to less oxygen and nutrients being delivered to the skin.  Tobacco and nicotine also damages collagen and elastin, the components that give your skin its elasticity and overall fullness.  Eat a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.  What you eat affects every organ in your body.  Your skin, being largest organ, depends greatly on what you eat.  Manage stress! Uncontrolled amounts of stress can lead to acne breakouts and other skin problems.  We know stress raises cortisol levels in the body, which can impede wound healing and affect the skin general. 

As we can see there is so much that our skin depends on.  It is, again the largest organ in our body.  We have to take care of it with all the tools in our box.  If you have any concerns about keeping you skin healthy and reversing damaged skin call us at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center 661.327.3800 or visit beautologie.com 

Milan R. Shah M.D.  Laser and Aesthetic Medicine
Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center

Sweeten up your Valentines Day with Beautologie

February is just one of those months that’s chock full of good things. First off, there’s Valentine’s Day and really, who doesn’t love a Valentine’s Day card, whether you are 5 or 55? Maybe it’s the flowers or chocolate that you look forward to every year. Then, there’s the Tax Refund Check. Ok, maybe you won’t actually get yours until March or April, but usually by February, you have met with your accountant and you know that a refund is on its way. The big question then, is how to spend it wisely?

Some may go out and buy a new pair of shoes, flat screen TV, or even a great handbag. All fun choices, but are they wise choices? What kind of return do you actually get on a pair of stilettos? At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, we think one of the wisest ways to spend your tax return is with us.

Think about it. Investing your money in a mommy makeover transformation, facial rejuvenation surgery such as a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, chin augmentation or a neck lift is the kind of investment in yourself that yields results that will last a lifetime. Botox®, fillers, laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are not frivolous indulgences. They’re treatments that can literally take years off your face by removing the fine lines, brown spots and wrinkles that make you look and feel older than you are. In the competitive marketplace that is life these days, looking and feeling your best can give you a much needed leg up over your competition and help you land that new job, new deal or new date. Sometimes it even brings back the old you, and that’s an investment we are proud to help with.

So this year, why not think about living with that old TV for a while, and invest your money in you? To find out more about all of the refreshing, rejuvenation options, both surgical and non-surgical, at Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, call us today at: 844-BEAUTOLOGIE (844) 232-8865, or visit Beautologie.com.

A New Year, A New You

Happy New Year! At Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, we believe in New Year’s resolutions, but only the ones that are easy to keep. Goals or transformations that will bring about lasting change and improve your life. Maybe something like facial rejuvenation. In fact, if you’ve been contemplating a cosmetic procedure, 2014 is an ideal time to bite the bullet and debut a new you. Surgical and non-surgical procedures are growing in popularity and are more affordable than ever!

So, if you’re thinking that your skin isn’t looking as perky as it did last year, why not book an appointment with an expert within Beautologie’s Medical Aesthetic Department for a photo facial, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peel? Our aesthetic technicians are known to work miracles with something as non-invasive as our superior grade skin care line. And if you’re feeling as if your wrinkles are a little deeper than they used to be, maybe it’s time to think about a consultation with one of our Medical Aesthetic professionals to discuss how BOTOX© Cosmetic and dermal fillers such as Restylane©, Juvederm© and ArteFill© can help smooth out the grooves that may have you looking a little older than you feel.

Don’t worry if your issues go deeper than some brown spots and crow’s feet. All of the doctors at our three locations; Bakersfield, Fresno and Malibu are trained in the very latest cosmetic surgery techniques…. techniques that can tighten and lift your sagging upper lids (an upper blepharoplasty) and remove the fat pads on your lower lids (a lower blepharoplasty) that seem to sprout up overnight, making you feel older and appear more tired than you’d like. If your problem area of concern is a sagging neck, no worries. We can lift it back to its former glory. And if the whole face needs some tender loving care, we practice any number of facelift techniques and will work with you to determine the exact procedure that best suits your needs and your lifestyle. All without any of your friends, family members or colleagues being the wiser… that is, unless you want them to be. So really, what are you waiting for? This year, why not treat yourself to a resolution that’ll last a lifetime? You are only a consultation away from a fresh start to 2014!

The advantages of our MedSpa

Since their inception in the late 1990‘s, the medical spa hybrid, commonly referred to as a “MediSpa”, has become so popular throughout this country that they’re now the fastest growing segment of the $11 billion dollar spa business. It turns out that men and women like getting their non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox, fillers and chemical peels in a relaxed, comfortable, spa-like atmosphere. The downside of many of these MediSpas, though, is that the aestheticians and technicians do not always have the proper oversight of a medical professional.

Since many of the services offered at a MediSpa qualify as a medical procedure, they must be performed or supervised by a doctor. Flip open the phone book and you will find dozens of “MediSpa’s” doing these treatments, but you will not find a Doctor actually located there. RN’s, business people, and even aestheticians are the only ones on site, which is technically not in the best interest of the patient.

Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center is 100% owned and operated by Medical Doctors who have the best interest of their patients and their own reputation on the line. We are much more than abiding by the laws; we exceed the guidelines set for Medical Spa’s. Our doctors are on site, ready to see patients daily!

Because we pride ourselves on always putting safety first and delivering the best possible care to our patients, Beautologie has a full time nursing staff and Doctor on site during all office hours. Dr. Milan Shah is a medical aesthetic specialist and the Director of our Medical Aesthetics Department. Not only does he bring his expertise in aesthetics and anti-aging medicine to every Medical Aesthetic patient, overseeing their charts and tracking their progress with his team, but also actually sees each and every patient at some point during his or her treatment. So whether you are visiting us for laser hair removal, Restylane, spider vein removal, Venus freeze, professional skin care products, laser skin resurfacing, Endermologie, Botox or a chemical peel, you can rest assured that you’re in the hands of a qualified team of professionals who are under the constant supervision of one of the most qualified medical aesthetic doctors in the state.

So, come on and treat yourself to a Medispa day…but one that is properly supervised by an MD on site. You deserve it.

Beautologie puts the MD in MeDispa!

Researchers Show How Sunscreen Fights Photo Aging

A study conducted by researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia has measured the effectiveness of sunscreen for prevention of photo aging. Their research provides some of the strongest evidence for the effectiveness of daily sunscreen use.

Dr. Adele Green and her colleagues analyzed previous research done with 903 adults, all under age 55, in a 4-year period. They tracked the appearance of each subject’s hands during the course of the study, looking for changes in skin pigmentation, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Some subjects were told to use sunscreen daily, while others could apply sunscreen as they felt necessary.

For the subjects who applied sunscreen daily, the results were favorable. Over the 4-year period, they showed no detectable changes in skin condition on their hands (taking into account other factors related to sun exposure) and they were 24 percent less likely than the other group to exhibit increased signs of aging. The anti-aging effects of sunscreen were evident in both young and middle aged patients.

The takeaway: Sunscreen not only helps protect against skin cancer, it has real cosmetic benefits. You can find the study, which was funded by the Australian Government, in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Source: Reuters and the AP, with photo by koadmunkee