Hoping this Halloween brings you a few tricks and lots of treats from all of us here at Vecchione Plastic Surgery!
The Vecchione Plastic Surgery website got a facelift (pun intended). We like to keep current as plastic surgery is a constantly evolving industry. We revamped our website so that it may better assist you in answering your questions, supplying you with important information, and help you to make an informed decision when it comes to you, your health, and your appearance.
Please visit our newly remodeled site and let us know what you think! As always, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding products and procedures that interest you.
Salicylic acid 2.0% → A beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) with keratolytic activity to help open clogged sebaceous follicles. It helps dissolve the top layers of the stratum corneum cells and remove impurities, improving the look and feel of the skin.
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract → A natural preservative that helps support healthy skin.
Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract → A natural source of beta hydroxy acid that provides mild exfoliating activity.
To learn more about SkinMedica’s Purifying Toner please visit their website.
You probably wouldn’t think twice about spreading some peanut butter on your morning toast or maybe even eating it right out of the jar… but have you ever considered it’s undervalued colleague, sunflower seed butter?
Sunbutter packs a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits… high levels of unsaturated fat [the good kind of fat], zinc, magnesium, and vitamin E to name a few. A tablespoon of sunbutter contains around 100 calories, similar to peanut butter. It also contains similar amounts of protein and sugar, however, it contains less saturated fat and twice as much fiber.
The skinny on fat: While saturated fats can lead to heart disease among other things, unsaturated fats can lower cholesterol and help to fight inflammation. At 9 grams of fat per tablespoon and nearly 90 percent of those fats being the unsaturated kind, sunbutter can be a great way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet.
Sunbutter also contains high levels of vitamin E. Just one tablespoon contains 25 percent of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights free radicals and battles inflammation. Vitamin E promotes circulation of the blood which is wonderful for your skin and hair.
Magnesium is extremely important in order for your body to function properly. Over 300 metabolic processes depend on it. Magnesium can help to fight osteoporosis, relieve PMS, and improve the parathyroid function. It also protects against cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Magnesium has been proven beneficial in the battle against diabetes. It can also help with migraines, insomnia, and depression.
All in all, sunflower seed butter can make a great addition to your diet. It is packed with so many health benefits and it’s tasty too. It’s a wonderful alternative for people with various nut allergies. Remember this post about MUFAs? Sunflower seeds are loaded with omega-3s making them a wonderful option. Pick up a jar at your local health food store. You and your body are in for a healthy treat.
Vecchione Plastic Surgery is very excited and inspired as Plastic Surgery The Meeting draws to an end. San Diego proudly hosted this five day conference put on by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Vecchione attended this conference covering both cosmetic and reconstructive topics including the future of plastic surgery, hot topics in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, myths and controversy in plastic surgery, surgical volunteerism, and open forums.
This is a wonderful way for surgeons to get together and discuss their craft. The conference also offered live demonstrations involving emerging techniques. To learn more about Plastic Surgery The Meeting please visit their website.
Feeling a bit dry and dreary? SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair Cream may just be the perfect edition to your Fall/Winter regime. It’s ultra rich formula provides intense hydration and helps to replenish lost moisture.
Dermal Repair Cream is suitable for normal to dry skin types and is ideal for use during dry weather. It also makes a great night time moisturizer year round. If your skin is in need of a little extra TLC apply Dermal Repair Cream to the face, neck, and chest morning and night after cleansing, toning, and applying other treatment products.
Algae Extract → helps to restore the glow of youthful skin
Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate)→ naturally occurs in the skin and can retain up to 40 times its weight in water
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → a form of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), which acts as a free radical scavenger
Tocopheryl Acetate → an ester of vitamin E, an important antioxidant and free-radical scavenger
Tocopheryl Linoleate → a fatty acid derivative of vitamin E that helps keep the skin moist and supple
To learn more about Dermal Repair Cream please visit SkinMedica’s website.
Vitamin D, sometimes called “the sunshine vitamin”, is produced in the skin in response to sunlight. It is a fat soluble vitamin that is accompanied by a bevy of benefits including facilitating the immune system, promoting healthy neuro-muscular functions, regulating the absorption of calcium, promoting strong bones and teeth, and increasing resistance to certain diseases such as osteoporosis, osteomalacia, heart disease, and even certain forms of cancer.
Vitamin D has also been proven to increase serotonin [the mood neurotransmitter] levels in the brain. Hence it’s other nickname… “the happy pill”. Fall may mean less sun exposure which can be great for our skin, but detrimental to our mood. In fact, vitamin D and light therapy are often recommended to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder, aka SAD. If you are feeling a little low with the change in season make sure you are getting an adequate amount of vitamin D.
Our bodies naturally produce vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. Just 10 minutes a day should supply a sufficient amount of this vitamin. Not everyone is lucky enough to live in a place where they can see the sun shine everyday. Not to fear. Many foods contain vitamin D including salmon, eggs, milk, yogurt, and even fortified orange juice.
Alternatively, you can introduce a vitamin D supplement into your health regimen if you feel you are lacking. 600 IU [international units] is the standard dosing recommendation according to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. People over the age of 50 may choose to increase their dose to 800 in order to maintain strong and healthy bones.
All in all, good old fashioned sun light is a wonderful way to get your daily dose of D. If you are looking for a triple threat, sunshine + foods high in vitamin D + taking a vitamin D supplement should ensure that you are meeting your body’s needs.
Happy October! We’re sure you are all excited that it’s beginning to feel like Fall. The crisp Autumn air, pumpkin spice lattes, cozying up by the fire, dry skin. Oh, wait… so you’re not so thrilled about that last one?
The change of seasons often requires a change to your skincare routine. Enter… SkinMedica’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer. This facial cream is rich in Vitamins C and E as well as essential fatty acids, contains antioxidants to battle free radicals and environmental stressors, nourishes tired skin, eases the appearance of aging, and replenishes the skin’s moisture.
Key Ingredients Include:
Tocopheryl Acetate → An important antioxidant and form of Vitamin E.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → A lipid-soluble form of Vitamin C, a free radical scavenger.
Tocotrienols → A natural form of vitamin E found in vegetable oils.
Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid)→ A form of hyaluronic acid that naturally occurs in the skin. Retains up to 40 times its weight in water
Retinyl Palmitate → A form of retinol that keeps skin soft and supple.
This moisturizer is ideal for normal to dry skin and should be applied to the face, neck, and decollate each morning and night after cleansing and toning. For more information on SM’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer pleas visit SkinMedica’s website.
Agave is often touted as a super healthy alternative to sugar. We have been told over and over again that it is raw, all natural, does not contain glucose, does not spike blood sugar, and so on… however, these claims are not necessarily true.
Agave nectar is indeed made from the agave plant… but not the actual nectar. Agave “nectar” is actually made from the starchy root of the plant. It is combined with inulin, a complex carbohydrate comprised of chains of fructose molecules through a highly chemical process. By the time we consume this “nectar” it is in the form of a highly indigestible fiber. Furthermore, it contains 70% (or higher) fructose. To put this in perspective, high fructose corn syrup (also not on the “healthy sweeteners” list) only contains 55%.
Why is fructose frowned upon? Fructose in moderation, and in it’s natural form (i.e. fruit) is not the issue. The problem is when it’s ingested in high quantities. Fructose is metabolized for energy by the body and stored as adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. When your ATP levels are high excess fructose will be converted into fat and stored by your tissues for future use. In our society, we rarely need to call upon these fat reserves, as new calories are constantly being ingested, stored as energy, etc. Not only is fructose stored as fat, an abundance of fructose can be very damaging to the heart and liver.
In short, agave syrup is highly refined, highly concentrated, and highly unnatural. Don’t fret! There are many healthy alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth. Opt for coconut nectar, palm sugar, or stevia in place of agave. Your body will thank you.