The Sun and Aging of the Skin

05-22-2020

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As the body ages, the appearance and characteristics of the skin alter – say “looks really ugly.” The areas of skin exposed to the sunlight’s ultraviolet radiation suffer the most damage and expected age faster. It can occur at an early age in people who have spent much time outdoors and those who are often badly sunburned, particularly those who are fair-skinned.


The dreaded process is known as photoaging. It is attributed to a combination of short wavelength (UVB) injury to the epidermis (outside layers of the skin) and long-wavelength (UVA) to the dermis (middle layers).

Again, ultraviolet radiation is largely to blame. The continuous and profound effects of oxidation, ionization, and genetic changes of cellular components including DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) Weakens the skin’s immune system. Hence, aging skin is prone to skin cancer.

Scarring from repeated inflammation due to sunburn (also acne and other skin diseases) increases dermal collagen and causes the dermis to lose elasticity. The epidermis becomes thinner so the skin easily dries up, blisters, and tears. The skin is weaker than normal and feels dry because it is less able to hold water.

The aging changes are particularly apparent on the face where fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, and textural changes can be noticed – at a closer look or in serious cases, remarkably noticeable.

Lingering under the sun without adequate protection causes overactivity of tanning cells, called melanocytes. Consequently, ugly sights of blotchy pigmentation with brown freckles, solar lentigines, and white marks would appear.

Tangled masses of damaged elastin protein in the dermis result in yellow thickened bumps (elastosis or heliosis). Aging skin is also very prone to develop brown warty lesions (seborrhoeic keratoses), cherry red spots (angiomas), dilated small blood vessels (telangiectases), and bruises (senile purpura).

Tender red dry spots or solar keratoses (also known as actinic keratoses), though more common on the backs of the hands are also often found on the temples, bridge of the nose, cheeks, and upper lip.

The degree of photoaging has been classified by dermatologists as Mild (age 28-35 years): Few wrinkles, no keratoses; Moderate (age 35-50 years): early wrinkling, sallow complexion with early actinic keratoses; Advanced (age 50-60 years): persistent wrinkling, discoloration of the skin with actinic keratoses; and, Severe (age 65-70 years): severe wrinkling, photoaging, gravitational and dynamic forces affecting the skin, actinic keratoses with or without skin cancer.

To remedy, or if only to delay further harm, it is still best to completely protect sun-damaged skin from more sun exposure. Outdoor activities during the middle of the day, especially in summer should be avoided. Almost obligatory, sunscreens should be applied daily, more often when outdoors.

Range of cosmetic products to care for aging skin – from simple moisturizers and sunscreens to retinoid creams and Alpha-hydroxy acids are available in the market today. Look for the best source for expert advice. They may suggest clinical treatments that rejuvenate photoaged skin such as BOTOX® Cosmetic to reduce frowning and several resurfacing procedures such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing remove the top layer of damaged skin. Cosmetic surgery is required to remove redundant sagging skin, baggy eyelids necessitate blepharoplasty while a facelift is needed to tighten the jowls.

Contact RD Laser Skin Solutions for professional skin care treatments to restore a firmer, smoother, and more youthful appearance with little to no downtime! Schedule your appointment at 713 266 2569.

Are You Losing Your Hair?

05-12-2020

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Why Plugged Hair Follicles Thin Your Hair?

Losing your hair to where it thins or you become bald does not have to happen. Just by understanding why your hair falls out and thins allows you to take countermeasures. Discover what countermeasures you need to take to keep your hair full, thick, or thin.


What you can do

There are various ways to keep your hair clean, shiny, and thick. If you still have hair and want to keep it or if your hair is starting to thin out, here are some hair remedies that you can use.


When your hair starts to thin down, three of the reasons are:

1. Your hair follicles are slowly becoming plug and preventing hair from growing out

2. Your hair is not receiving the nutrients it needs to grow and stay strong

3. Your hair is not getting enough blood circulating in your scalp

I will cover only the first of the two items.


Plugged hair follicles

Just like acne, your hair follicles can become plugged. In acne a plug follicle results in sebum and bacteria becoming trapped in the follicle, which leads to an infection known as a pimple.


When a hair follicle becomes plugged on your scalp, the hair in that follicle becomes trapped and is prevented from coming to the surface. Over time, your scalp becomes smooth and you become bald or lose most of your hair.


So the secret to preventing hair loss, thinning and balding is to prevent your hair follicles from becoming plugged. Once you know what causes your follicle to plug, you can avoid or counteract those conditions.


Here is what causes your follicles to become plugged:

1. Excessive build-up of testosterone in blood converting over to DHT and plugging up your hair follicles

2. Use of shampoos, conditioners, and gels that contain an excessive un-natural chemical that stays on your scalp and gets trapped in your follicles

3. Excessive release of sebum and scalp flaking mixing together to form a hard material that plugs up your follicles.


DHT build up in your follicle

It is well known now that excessive conversion of testosterone into DHT accumulates in the hair follicles and plugs. Knowing this you can use a variety of shampoos on your hair to dissolve this DHT. This keeps your pores open and your hair growing normally. You can also take capsules that prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT.


Un-natural shampoo and conditioners

Most shampoos, conditioners, and hair gels are created using petrochemicals, un-natural additives, dyes, preservatives that are harmful to your hair and scalp.

In addition, these un-natural hair product chemicals get into your pores and can plug. Once in the follicle, they also get into your blood and are harmful to your liver and the rest of your body.

Search for more natural shampoo products which contain fewer petrochemicals and have more herbs with natural cleansing chemicals


Excessive sebum and scalp flaking

Some people have oily hair and some dry. When the hair follicle releases excess sebum it accumulates on the scalp. Here it will combine with dirt, dead scalp cells, and shampoo chemical residues.


Using natural remedies reduces the number of chemicals available to combine with excess sebum and dead scalp cells. If you use any type of gel to style your hair these gels combine with sebum to plug up your follicles.


To keep your hair and scalp clean and follicles open, use aloe vera gel mixed with a few drops of jojoba oil. Buy aloe vera gel, 99% pure and pure jojoba oil. Put some aloe vera gel in your hand and add 4-5 drops of jojoba oil. Rub your hands together then rub this mixture into your hair. This mixture will keep your hair shiny and thick and your hair follicles open.


Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to hair growth

Our blood contains our own perfect, healing growth factors embedded in our plasma. Believe it or not, our growth factors may be the answer to many common issues. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be injected into the scalp to regenerate hair growth, micro needled into the skin using a skin pen for skin tightening and skin texture/tone improvement. One will need 3 to 6 treatments when using PRP to regenerate hair growth. For a professional treatment of Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), please contact RD Laser Skin Solutions at 713 - 266 - 2569

Just making these changes to your hair care will go a long way in keeping your hair from thinning any further.

Warm Weather Family Skin Care

04-24-2020


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Winter’s not the only time to pay attention to your family’s skin health. Sun, chlorine, and even air-conditioning can deplete the skin’s natural moisture, leaving it feeling dry and uncomfortable. Deborah S. Sarnoff, M.D., New York City Cosmetic Dermatologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, NYU School of Medicine and president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, offers these tips to help families keep the “itchy” at bay:


In the pool

In the Pool-According to recent studies, swimming in chlorinated or seawater causes a 20 percent reduction in skin hydration, which can lead to dry and itchy skin. Worse, the uncomfortable feeling can last up to four hours after swimming. A Creme formulated with oatmeal is used for treating itchy, dry, and post-pool skin, no matter how many dips you take in the pool, your skin will feel hydrated and healthy.

In the bath

In the Bath-Women who shave their legs can calm after-shave irritation and dryness with a thick moisturizer containing glycerin. Dr. Sarnoff recommends applying a moisturizer immediately after a shower or bath to lock moisture into the skin. If the skin is especially irritated, apply a soothing ointment, such as Aquaphor, to the affected area.

At home

The House-Air-conditioning can zap moisture from the air in your home and from your skin. Keep effective hand and body moisturizers in the house for those dry-skin moments, and consider investing in a humidifier for your home.

For him

Men often take off their shirts in the hot weather, which can lead to drier skin. When the temperature rises, dermatologists advise heavier, “greasier” moisturizers such as creams and ointments because these are more effective at holding moisture in the skin and helping heal dry areas.

For kids

For The Kids-Moisturizer is a summer camp essential. Pediatricians recommend using moisturizers that contain oatmeal to calm the dry-skin itch, and which are also nonirritating, so they’re safe for children with sensitive skin and eczema.

Moisturizer can be especially important for kids’ skin during warm months. warm weather family skincare, and don't forget to protect your family from damaging sun rays. Sunscreen is an effective way to protect them from both short- and long-term effects of sun exposure.

Get a more youthful and smoother skin with proper skincare. Many treatments can be used on the hands and body as well as the face. Contact RD Laser Skin Solutions for non-surgical rejuvenation

Skincare for Quarantine Days

04-09-2020

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Coronavirus is with us and staying home is the best way to avoid it and keep health services available for as many people as possible. The incubation period is 14 days, so it is really important to keep that time of quarantine after the last time you visited public places. But staying home does not mean neglecting your skincare. As a matter of fact, staying indoors can affect your skin in several ways. Therefore, this is what we recommend:

Staying home means a big change in routines, including your diet and environmental conditions that can bring dryness, lack of vitamin D and changes in sleeping habits, among other things that can affect your skin.

Another important issue is the stress of staying home and the anxiety of solving problems and duties, the sensation of loneliness or the frictions with the people you are at home with. Self-control and the use of technology are useful to lower this stress.

In terms of eating, use green vegetables, fruits with antioxidants, like blackberries and cranberries, fish and chicken breasts. Avoid dairy as much as possible.

Water is key: wash your hands many times a day, and drink a lot of it to stay hydrated. Stress can bring acne, but water helps to avoid it.

You must also avoid drinking too much alcohol, as it can accelerate aging and provoke breakouts. Moderation is always important.

Do exercise at home, to maintain blood flow and body oxygenation up. The benefits will be seen on your face.

Sleep well and do it between seven and nine hours. A home office can be more demanding than you may think, so the balance of work, recreation and sleep are priceless. Do not let work take more time than it is really required.

Very important: avoid touching your face, especially your mouth nose and eyes. Coronavirus enters easily that way, and also through ears. Remember: washing your hands very often is necessary, and, by the way, do it with a soap indicated for hands, so they do not get dry, if possible. But if they do, health is more important than softness right now.

You can apply masks for your face, but you have to wash it well afterward. Moist surfaces are favorable to coronavirus and we want it away.

Please keep in mind that, if you leave home for any reason, you must wash your clothes, disinfect your shoes and take a thorough shower with hot water right away. Coronavirus can be anywhere and it is especially easy to come down with it.

​What is Botox?

03-26-2020

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Botoxis a trading name for botulinum toxin A. In this way, Botox is related to botulism. Botulism is a form of food poisoning. Botulinum toxin A is one of the neurotoxins (a neurotoxin is a toxin that acts specifically on nervous tissue) produced by Clostridium botulinum.


The most serious symptom of botulism is paralysis, which in some cases has proven to be fatal. The botulinum toxins (there are seven — types are A through G) attach themselves to nerve endings. Once this happens, acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, cannot be released. A series of proteins are essential for the release of acetylcholine. Certain botulinum toxins attack these proteins. Basically, the botulinum toxins block the signals that would normally tell your muscles to contract. Say, for example, attacks the muscles in your chest — this could have a profound impact on your breathing. When people die from botulism, this is often the cause — the respiratory muscles are paralyzed so it’s impossible to breathe.

Why Botox?

At this point, you may be wondering why anyone would want to have a botulinum toxin injected into his or her body. The answer is simple: If an area of the body can’t move, it can’t wrinkle.

Botox injections are the fastest-growing cosmetic procedure in the industry, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). In 2001, more than 1.6 million people received injections, an increase of 46 percent over the previous year. More popular than breast enhancement surgery and a potential blockbuster, Botox is regarded by some as the ultimate fountain of youth.

A little history

Botox was first approved in 1989 to treat two eye muscle disorders–uncontrollable blinking (blepharospasm) and misaligned eyes (strabismus). In 2000, the toxin was approved to treat a neurological movement disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder contractions, known as cervical dystonia. As an unusual side effect of the eye disorder treatment, doctors observed that Botox softened the vertical frown (glabellar) lines between the eyebrows that tend to make people look tired, angry or displeased. But until this improvement was actually demonstrated in clinical studies, Allergan Inc., of Irvine, Calif., was prohibited from making this claim for the product.

By April 2002, the FDA was satisfied by its review of studies indicating that Botox reduced the severity of frown lines for up to 120 days. The agency then granted approval to use the drug for this condition.

How is Botox applied?

Botox is injected with a very tiny needle. After Botox injection, the muscles will relax and the skin will smooth out over about 5 days. The effect usually lasts about six months and can be repeated when needed.

There are very few side effects of this procedure. While allergy to any medicine is possible, it is rare with Botox. While a small amount of brow or lid droop is possible, it is unusual and can usually be avoided by not treating the area just above the outer portion of the brow. If it does happen, it goes away by itself.

Originally used for treating nervous twitch of the eyelid muscles, it was discovered that the crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead creases can be flattened dramatically. Neck Bands can sometimes be helped also.

Who Can Provide Botox Cosmetic Treatments?

Any authorized healthcare professional can administer BOTOX® Cosmetic, but dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat doctors), or physicians specializing in cosmetic procedures are generally more experienced.

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic “mini-treatments” today. This procedure can be done on a lunch break and requires no anesthesia or recovery.

Choosing a Doctor

You want to find a doctor with experience—someone familiar with injecting Botox Cosmetic. To make the selection process easier, consider choosing a doctor from the Botox Cosmetic Physicians’ Network. Members of the Network have medical practices that focus on facial aesthetics, as well as detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and experience injecting Botox Cosmetic. Their practices also offer other facial aesthetic treatments. At the end of this article, there is a link to finding a qualified Botox doctor in Spain.

Step-by-Step

Here’s what you might expect at the doctor’s office from the moment you arrive until your procedure is done. (Please note that although this experience is typical, the routine at your doctor’s office may be different.)

• Your doctor will determine where to administer the injections by examining your ability to move certain muscles in your brow area. The location, size, and use of the muscles that create a furrowed brow vary markedly among individuals.

• Your doctor will administer several tiny injections of Botox Cosmetic directly into the muscles that cause those moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.

• No anesthesia is required, although your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Most patients compare the sensation to a pinprick.

You may resume normal activity immediately. You may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows within days. Improvement may continue for as long as a month and could last up to 4 months.

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