How did I find the plastic surgeon I am planning to go to?

This is another important question you should ask yourself before you undergo any type of cosmetic changes on yourself. You should ask yourself truthfully whether you fell prey to heavy advertising or actually looked for a plastic surgeon on your own.

Like in everything else, low cost and usually heavily advertised services are not necessarily safe or effective. The best thing to do in this scenario is for you to get a referral from those who have undergone certain procedures you would like to get done. Satisfied clients will surely be able to refer you to the right doctor.

If you do not have friends or people you know who underwent a cosmetic procedure, you can always ask your physician for a recommendation.

ASKING FOR A SECOND OPINION

Second opinions are valuable and when it comes to plastic surgery, this is definitely something you should require to yourself.

You must remember that only another physician can confirm that you really need something done –whether we’re talking about a small nip or tuck or a major procedure.

A second opinion is also important for you to be able to determine whether the procedure will result to something that you want. Asking what you can expect from the procedure is the most realistic question you can ask your doctor –never mind about the things you hope for because often, a human being’s hopes on looking good are relatively unrealistic.

Aside from  asking for a second opinion, you should also ask your plastic surgeon about the possibility of damage and in case this damage happens what will the extent be? One must keep in mind that plastic surgeons are not gods or goddesses and that whenever they fix something they will always leave a mark.

Although the drug Accutane has been used as a treatment for those with severe acne, a number of dermatologists do not suggest using the drug due to its harmful side effects. According to medical practitioners, the drug can cause birth defects making it a bad choice for acne treatment among women who are still in their child-bearing years. However, it has been found that the medication is effective in the treatment of severe acne on men.

Before one looks for a treatment, it is a good idea to understand what kind of acne you have especially if you haven’t gone to a dermatologist yet for a check-up. There are various kinds of acne and they range from moderate ones that only cause a few pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads here and there to severe acne conditions that have the capacity to disfigure the face. The different kinds of acne from mild to severe are the following – Acne Vulgaris, Acne Rosacea, Acne Conglobata,  Acne Fulimnans, Gram-Negative Folliculitis, and Rosacea Fulminans.

If you think you are suffering from a severe kind of acne, you should contact your dermatologist as soon as possible.

For those who are not comfortable in using the drug Accutane, there are other treatments available out there. Salicylic acid is one good example. The keratolytic agent is used in a number of anti-acne products. Another product you can look for is benzoyl peroxide. This antimicrobial agent is found in a number of prescription and non-prescription topical treatments for acne. One must note though that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are only used for mild acne and not for the severe variety. Another topical medication for acne that is quite popular among dermatologists is azelaic acid. The microbial agent helps in reducing inflammation on the skin, gets rid of bacteria and controls abnormal skin shedding.  

Although I’m an admitted skin care junkie, I stick with what I know works for my daily routine. For many years that was Skinceuticals CE Feurelic and retinol, which I still think is an excellent regimen for anybody who doesn’t have sensitive skin. At my last visit with my plastic surgeon (Botox) she suggested trying a new product SkinMedica TNS Essential serum, claiming it’s the absolute best in helping your skin produce higher rates of collagen and making the complexion smoother and more radiant. So I tried it.

Here’s what I have noticed in the two weeks since I’ve used it: My fine lines are far less noticeable and my complexion has an all over “glow”. But the main reason I’m sticking with this product is the fullness that has returned to my face. I’m a thin woman, and while that’s a good thing from the neck down, at the age of 35, thin isn’t good for the face. It just makes me look old. This product has put the fullness back in my face like it looked when I was in my 20’s and, no, I’m not exaggerating.

I think this is a fantastic product and I would recommend it to anyone, however unless your skin is used to potent skin care products this may be too harsh for your skin. Also, it’s very expensive. It’s approx. $260 for a 1 oz. bottle and sense you need to apply it twice a day (and you do to see the optimal results) that is about a one month supply. For someone like me, it’s a lot less expensive than fillers, the only other thing that fills out lost fullness. Also, the look is natural, something hit or miss with fillers.

If the price is an issue, buy it when it’s on sale. Don’t buy deeply reduced from anyone but a reputable store, because you will probably get damaged product that could irritate (or worse) your skin. Try SkincareRX. They have regular sales and offer free shipping. Also, most important to me, they will accept returns if the product is damaged in any way.

Suffering from acne? There are many ways to get rid of it but just to be safe, it is always best to consult with a dermatologist first.

Since there are a lot of ways to get rid of acne and those horrid craters, there are also a lot of medication that can treat it, it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you and your skin.

The right acne treatment is like finding the right shoes for a particular dress. It would take a while for you to find the perfect one but once you find it, you’d be quite happy.

Aside from the many topical creams in the market today, there are also pills one can take to get rid of acne. The 7 Day Acne Detox System is one of them. The said system has active ingredients that include milk thistle, super fruits or antioxidants, apple cider vinegar and dandelion root. For those interested in trying this out, it would be best to look for a reliable review of the product.

If you do not want to buy any pills or topical cream to treat your acne or if you are scared of trying them out, you’d better call your dermatologist right away and get a consultation. Facing the problem head on is advised in such a situation. Your dermatologist will be able to guide you nay, help you get rid of acne. But why go to a dermatologist if you can just try out various products being advertised online? Well here’s the deal, the treatment you need may be different from the treatment that another person needs. Sometimes, acne is not caused by nutrition, genes or irritants because believe it or not, breakouts can be caused by stress too. How does this happen? Well if you are stressed out, your immune system is also affected. This means that the weaker your immune system the more prone you are to breakouts and other skin ailments. This is the reason why you should consult with a doctor first before anything else.

Mens Skin Care

It’s not just women who have skin problems, men have them too even though most blogs always fail to include the male population when it comes to skincare.

Does your skin become reddish and bumpy after shaving?

Shaving is a much better experience when using aloe-based gels or shaving creams. Glycerine is also a wonderful choice because aloe and glycerine soothe the skin and makes your razor just glide on your face. To make sure that you get the full benefit of using such creams, you should massage it on your beard and let it sit still for a while so the beard softens –this is the reason why you need shaving cream in the first place. When done soaking, you can start shaving. Doing it grain first is advisable then if needed, you can finally do it the other way i.e. against it.

Do dark circles under the eyes bother you?

If you are tired of looking like a raccoon, you should apply topical creams with vitamin K. Now we are not saying that you become a metrosexual, you just have to apply it when needed so you don’t get dark circles under your eyes. There are many things that cause broken blood vessels under the eyes and this includes drinking too much, smoking too much and consuming too many cups of coffee. It’s hereditary too but it doesn’t mean you cannot stop it from making you look stressed out. 

Getting to know your skin

Men don’t spend time getting to know their skin and usually have no idea if they have oily or dry skin or one that is prone to breakouts. However, some men do and those who do usually can take care of their skin better. Getting a facial from time to time isn’t gay at all but if you do not want to subject yourself to the pain, it might be best to wash your face regularly with a water-based cleanser.

Photo via cedrikaprovencher.com 

Skin Care Products
Here’s a piece of advice that many websites will not dare mention especially if they are selling certain types of products. First however one must know that there are certain skin care products that actually work but the question of which ones you should use is always the trickiest part. Let us help you make this decision less tricky.

The big problem that most of us have is that there are myriad of skin care products being sold in the market. You cannot blame the market of course because they are just slaves of the law of supply and demand. There is something one can draw from this though because as demand rises, more and more companies are willing to risk getting their products out without much consideration on whether it is more effective than other products or not. This means that skin care product manufacturers are capitalizing on the demands of the market but this of course does not mean that the products they introduce are top of the line.

As one would imagine, these products are rushed by these companies so that they can get them out there. And while research should be an important aspect of every new product, most of these companies spend more on advertising than actual research. So basically, it all looks great on the surface and you will also see celebrities promoting them even if they never really tried the product ever.

Now that you know this, what should you do? Which of these skin care products should you use? Let’s get back to basics on this one. Most skin care products contain a set of ingredients that are not really great for the skin.

These ingredients include mineral oil, dioxane, fragrances, parabens and alcohols. These are main ingredients in most skin care products in the market today so if you find one that does not contain any of these items, then you got a gem on your hands.

Photo via healthyskincarehelp.com 

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