If it Quacks like a Duck….

Okay, I admit it- I have been a bit remiss in getting postings up.  Let’s blame it on the winter doldrums.  I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in Cleveland, we’re still getting snow.  Heavy, wet snow.  Ugh.

So let’s talk about something fun.  How about fuller lips?  I’ve brought up lip filler before, and that is because I’m a huge fan (and yes, I do get lip filler myself).  But I know many of my patients are afraid of looking artificial, and yes, I’m going to say it- like a duck.  How do you avoid those fake looking lips?  Because let me assure you, it is possible to have fuller lips and still look natural.

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Plumping up the lips is done with hyaluronic acid, a slippery substance that lubricates our joints.  When used to plump the lips or smooth wrinkles, it generally lasts around 6-9 months.  If you have seen some of the overdone lips in the popular press, I can understand why you might want to avoid a duck-like appearance.  So here are a couple questions for you to consider: first, what is your treatment goal?  Do you want fuller lips over all, or just to improve the appearance of the fine lines around your mouth?  The technique can be adjusted by your doctor depending on the look you would like to achieve, so it’s important to share these goals with your doctor at your initial visit.  In addition, be aware that you will have some swelling and bruising for up to a week after getting filler.

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Disclaimer: This webpage is for general information only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical illness, or give any specific medical advice. Because medical knowlege is constantly evolving, I cannot guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of any information in this blog.

The Right Way to Use Retin-A

Retin-A is a great product- it increases collagen turnover, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and helps reverse sun damage.  So why don’t more people use it?

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The downside of Retin-A is that it’s very irritating to skin.  Patients frequently complain of redness, irritation and flaking.  These complaints are often enough to cause people to stop using Retin-A, despite its beneficial effects.

There is a right way to use Retin-A, however, one that helps minimize the peeling and redness.  Here are some tips:

  1. Use the right concentration.  Retin-A is made under several brand names, and all come in a variety of concentrations.  If you are new to Retin-A products, start with the weakest concentration- usually 0.5%
  2. Use the right amount.  A pea-sized amount is enough for your entire face.  Apply the Retin-A at night, after washing your face.  It only takes a minute to absorb, and you can layer moisturizer on top.
  3. Don’t use it every day.  Start off using Retin-A only two times a week.  After a couple of weeks, work up to every-other-day.  If this is the most you ever use Retin-A, it’s still enough.  If you ultimately work up to using it every day, kudos for you.
  4. Be patient.  Your skin does get used to Retin-A, but it can take 6-8 weeks.  This is why you have to gradually increase how frequently you use the Retin-A.  During this adjustment period, use a heavier moisturizer than normal and apply it several times a day.  Rubbing moisturizer into your palms and then patting it gently over your face can help keep your foundation in place.

 

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Disclaimer: This webpage is for general information only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical illness, or give any specific medical advice. Because medical knowlege is constantly evolving, I cannot guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of any information in this blog.