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.
Fall may be in the air… but that doesn’t mean skipping the SPF. Most premature aging is caused by the sun and daily use of sunscreen is your best defense in minimizing skin damage. Remember our recent post about UVA and UVB rays? UVA rays are always present even on cold, cloudy days. They also have the ability to penetrate more deeply, so don’t fool yourself into thinking your safe just because the sun isn’t shining.
SkinMedica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+ is unlike other sunscreens that use chemical agents as a form of protection. These chemicals seep into the skin and absorb the sun’s rays. Daily Physical Defense is a mineral sunscreen that sits on top of the skin and rather than absorbing these harmful rays, it reflects them.
This sunscreen utilizes Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These minerals are skin friendly and provide impeccable, broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Green tea leaf extract and caffeine team up to provide powerful antioxidant protection. The high concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols help prevent damage caused by free radicals.
Apply this product daily to the face, neck, and decollate. It’s sheer, oil free formula makes it perfect for every day use. Apply after all other products in your skin care regimen and before applying your makeup.
Doctors recommend this sunscreen for all skin types including those with sensitive skin, patients that have experienced allergic reactions to other types of sunscreens, those who are acne prone, and even those who have had a recent peel or aesthetic procedure because this product is so gentle in nature.
Daily Physical Defense SPF 30 + is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. In fact, a portion of all proceeds go to further skin cancer education and awareness.
Sleep. We all love it… but are we getting enough of it?
You have probably heard that, ideally, you should be getting about 8 hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, our busy schedules don’t always agree.
The nervous system is composed of both the sympathetic system and the parasympathetic system. The sympathetic system is in charge during our waking hours, but it’s the parasympathetic system that runs the show while we sleep and allows your body to repair itself on the cellular level.
While we are sleeping, blood flow shifts to the skin meaning the skin is receiving more oxygen thus allowing repair mechanisms to kick into gear. These repair mechanisms a.) deliver amino acids to the skin allowing for collagen synthesis, and b.) drain many of the toxins that were accumulated throughout the day.
Simply stated, during sleep our skin isn’t under attack from the elements. This makes it the perfect time for some TLC.
So what happens if you are not getting enough sleep?
Without enough rest, your body does not have the opportunity to repair and restore itself. You may begin to retain more water because you are not giving your kidneys adequate time to flush this excess fluid. In turn, you may appear puffy, especially around the eye area. Too little sleep can also spark inflammatory responses triggering disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and other not-so-nice skin conditions.
Furthermore, chronic sleep deprivation compromises the immune system and has a negative impact on more than your outward appearance. It can seriously increase your risk of other, more serious diseases.
What can you do about it? Try to make sleep a priority, a non-negotiable as you would with going to work, picking the kids up from school, eating, breathing. Getting a proper night’s rest is so crucial to your health. Do your best to get 7-8 hours a night, budget your time accordingly, and reap the beautiful benefits of a good night’s sleep.
SkinMedica’s TNS Eye Repair is the company’s most popular eye cream and it’s easy to see why. It contains the same patented growth factor blend as their TNS Essential Serum. These growth factors work alongside peptides and antioxidants to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles while hydrating delicate skin in the eye area and increasing firmness.
TNS Eye Repair was voted “Best Luxury Eye Cream” on Good Morning America. If you have dry or mature skin, this product is a must! Specialty ingredients makes the skin around the eyes appear brighter and more firm while high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E along with antioxidants enhance elasticity.
TNS (Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media) → A physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized combination of multiple natural messenger proteins.
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 → apeptide that helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide → a tripeptide that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → a lipid-soluble form of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Tocopheryl Acetate → a form of vitamin E (considered the most important antioxidant and free-radical scavenger)
Retinyl Palmitate → a lipid soluble form of retinol
Hydroxysuccinimide and Chrysin → a combination of ingredients that combats dark circles
Boron Nitride → a light diffuser which lessens the appearance of dark circles making the eye area appear lighter and brighter
To use TNS Eye Repair apply a thin layer around the eye area twice daily, focusing on the under eyes and the corners of the eyes to help protect against crow’s feet. To learn more about TNS Eye Repair please visit SkinMedica’s official website.
The most common misconception is that cocoa (think hot chocolate, M&M’s, chocolate chips, and the most commonly consumed forms of chocolate) and cacao (an amazing “superfood”) are the same thing, just spelled differently. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Chocolate is made of the beans from the cacao tree, so in essence, cacao is chocolate in it’s purest form. Not only is cacao a tasty treat, it is jam packed with benefits. Cocoa on the other hand, is not…
Though cocoa does contain small amounts of cacao, it also contains other ingredients such as sugar (and lots of it), fat, unhealthy oils, and artificial flavorings. Yes, it’s delicious, but unfortunately… not so nutritious.
Cacao on it’s own has quite a unique and different flavor and consistency than the chocolate we all know and love. The cacao bean is quite bitter, whereas chocolate is sweet and creamy. This is due to the added sugar, cream, etc. The good news is, there are many types of “healthy” chocolates available to satisfy your sweet tooth.
How can I tell which chocolates are “healthy” you may ask. The easiest way to determine a “healthy” chocolate from a “not so healthy” chocolate is by looking at it’s percentage of cacao. Aim for 70% and higher to ensure your body reaps some of the healthy benefits of cacao including glowing skin and hearth health and avoids the not so healthy pitfalls of sugar, milk-fat, highly processed oils, and other not so nice ingredients found in cocoa. You can also find chocolates sweetened with agave, coconut syrup, palm sugar, and other natural sweeteners.
Remember, moderation is the key! If it is good old-fashioned chocolate you are craving, then indulge yourself and have a bite (or two)… but if you are looking for a sweet treat that may do more good than harm, give cacao a try. You may be pleasantly surprised.
This week’s featured product is SkinMedica’s Tri-Retinol Complex. This incredible product is known to it’s fans as “The Line Eraser” and has been touted by magazines such as Marie Claire.
This product combines three different forms of Vitamin A (or retinoids) including Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, and Retinol. This powerful complex helps to revive and revitalize the skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as sun damaged skin, enhancing the skin’s tone and texture. Tri-Retinol Complex uses a special time released delivery system, allowing your skin to absorb these vitamins throughout the night, minimizing irritation.
Key ingredients include:
Retinyl Palmitate → a natural lipid that keeps the skin soft and subtle
Retinyl Acetate → a derivative of vitamin A that helps to rejuvenate sun-damaged skin
Retinol (Vitamin A) → helps to smooth dry, rough skin
For those who have already been on prescription retinoids or are seeking a more aggressive treatment, Tri-Retinol Complex ES may be the right fit for you. This product provides all of the benefits of Tri-Retinol Complex in an extra strength formula.
Apply a single pump to the face and neck each evening. As with all retinoid products, use sunscreen and limit sun exposure during usage. Avoid retinoids if you are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant. For more information on SkinMedica’s Tri-Retinol Complex please visit their official website.