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Category: Skin Tightening

Dispel Dry Skin This Winter

The cold winter months are generally accompanied by wind and low humidity. While space heaters and central heating systems help us stay warm and comfortable, they also produce dry, hot air. All of these winter conditions strip our skin of its natural moisture, often resulting in cracked, flaky, itchy, and irritated dry skin.

To help dispel dryness and keep your skin healthy and radiant this winter, follow these tips:


Close up of a beautiful woman with glowing skin holding a snowflake over one of her eyesBody scrubs with spherical particles evenly buff off dry, dead skin cells and speed up the cell regeneration process. Gently exfoliate your body’s skin once or twice a week to remove old cells and help new, healthy ones come to the surface. You can even make your own body scrubs using sugar or salt mixed with oil, and the oil will help hydrate your skin at the same time.

Avoid Hot Baths and Showers

Exposure to hot water strips our skin (and hair) of moisture. Opt for a quick (5 minute) lukewarm shower, or add some oil and/or even a few cups of whole milk to your bathwater to soothe rough skin. Be sure to moisturize (see below) within three minutes after bathing to help lock in moisture.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Moisturizing once a day may be sufficient during the summer, but during the winter it is best to apply a moisturizing lotion or cream at least once in the morning and once at night to avoid dry skin. Look for “ointment” moisturizers that are oil-based rather than water-based and products that contain lipids (called “sphingolipids” or “ceramides”) and humectants (glycerin or hyaluronic salts) that will trap and retain moisture in the skin.

Skin Care Products and Treatments

Dr. Wise offers a range of aesthetic skin care services and products to help you achieve healthy, youthful skin. From anti-aging treatments and rejuvenating facials to exfoliating treatments and medical grade skin care lines, Wise Center for Plastic Surgery is the answer to any and all of your skin care needs this winter.

If you are interested in rejuvenating your skin, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you achieve beautiful, healthy skin this winter and all year long.


How Does Fractionated Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

Colored drawing of the four steps of how fractional laser skin resurfacing worksLaser skin resurfacing targets aged and damaged skin to produce smoother and firmer skin with a more youthful complexion. The fractionated CO₂ laser skin resurfacing procedure works by removing damage on the outer layer of skin (epidermis) while stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen deeper in the skin. The powerful laser ablates the flaws on the skin’s surface and penetrates the deeper layers to vaporize microscopic areas of damage. This actives the regeneration process, in which the body grows new, healthy tissue. The laser leaves fractions of healthy skin, which also aids in the healing process.

The Benefits

Fractionated CO₂ laser skin resurfacing can improve the following signs of aging around the eyes and mouth, in the cheek area, and on the forehead, neck, and chest:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Pigmented lesions (sun spots, liver spots, birthmarks)
  • Warts
  • Scars
  • Blotchiness
  • Yellowish or grayish skin tone
  • Large oil glands

The Healing Process

After the procedure, the healing process may require one to two weeks of downtime. The skin may be red, swollen, and have some crusting for the first week, and during the second week pink, youthful skin will emerge. Patients should avoid direct sunlight until the skin is fully healed. Dr. Wise will then create a customized skin care regimen to ensure a proper recovery and help maintain results.

Combination Procedures

The Erbium-Yag Laser Peel, which targets more superficial layers of the skin, is sometimes combined with fractionated CO₂ laser skin resurfacing to provide more comprehensive rejuvenation. Surgical procedures, such as a facelift, also often combine a laser skin resurfacing treatment to achieve skin that is as youthful as the lifted tissues.

At the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, we evaluate each patient’s unique circumstances to determine the best procedure to meet his or her needs. If you are interested in improving signs of aging and achieving youthful, radiant skin, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Jeffrey Wise is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery as well as board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.


Healthy Holiday Baking Swaps

A healthy body is beneficial for many reasons, including increasing the safety and efficacy of any plastic surgery procedure or treatment. When our bodies are healthy and running more efficiently, we heal faster, are better able to fight off sickness and disease, and have more energy. Following a healthy lifestyle can improve a person’s appearance (skin, teeth, nails, hair, and body contours), help them feel more confident, and increase their overall enjoyment and happiness in life.

The holidays are fast approaching, and this means there will likely be lots of enticing food around packed with empty calories. These tasty treats are terribly tempting when compared to traditional healthy alternatives, such as a veggie tray, but taste doesn’t have to be sacrificed for health. When baking your goodies this year, you can replace certain unhealthy ingredients with more beneficial stand-ins. These healthier swaps amp up the nutrients while cutting down on ingredients that contribute to health problems, making them both nutritious and delicious!

To get the most out of your baked goods this holiday season, try some of the following recipe swaps by replacing one cup of the main ingredient with one of the bulleted ingredients below it.

White Flour (1 Cup) for:A tray of cookies and brownies on a Christmas floral tablecloth

  • Black beans (1 cup pureed, about a 15 oz can)
  • Wheat flour (⅞ cup)
  • Almond flour (¼ cup) and wheat flour (¾ cup)
  • Almond flour (1 cup) and ½ teaspoon extra of your rising agent (almond flour is heavier than regular or wheat flour)

Sugar (1 Cup) for:

  • Applesauce (1 cup) and reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 25 percent
  • Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon) and reduce the amount of sugar by half
  • Stevia (1 teaspoon liquid stevia or 2 tablespoons stevia powder)

Oil (1 Cup) for:

  • Unsweetened applesauce (½ cup) and oil (½ cup)
  • Mashed banana (1 cup)

Butter (1 Cup) for:

  • Unsweetened applesauce (½ cup) and butter (½ cup)
  • Avocado puree (1 cup)
  • Mashed banana (1 cup)
  • Prune puree (¾ cup) and boiling water (¼ cup), combined and pureed
  • Chia seeds (1 tablespoon) and water (9 tablespoons), let sit for 15 minutes; then combine this chia gel (½ cup) and butter (½ cup)

Frosting (1 Cup) for:

  • Marshmallow fluff (1 cup)
  • Meringue (as needed)

Cosmetic Procedures

If a healthy lifestyle hasn’t quite achieved the body contours or smooth, radiant skin you desire, there are a variety of procedures that can, including fat transfer, fillers and injectables, laser skin resurfacing, and many more.

To learn more about all of the procedures we offer at the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form today.

Why Choose Ultherapy® for Facial Skin Tightening

Beautiful woman smiling Ultherapy® is a quick, nonsurgical treatment that will give you tighter skin on your face, neck, and decolletage, as well as beneath your chin and along your jawline. While laser skin tightening treatments target only the surface layer of the skin, Ultherapy® is FDA approved to correct the deeper foundational layers with ultrasound technology, providing the ultimate refreshed and youthful look.

Ultherapy® vs. Thermage®

Ultherapy® holds an advantage over radiofrequency devices like Thermage®, which is also used for skin tightening. Thermage® works by heating and penetrating the surface of the skin in order to reach the deeper layers, while Ultherapy® targets those foundational layers without damaging the surface. Once the ultrasound wave technology is applied, the body responds by producing collagen, a vital protein for skin elasticity and strength. This causes the skin to continue to improve over the next several months as collagen develops, resulting in fewer wrinkles, tighter skin, and improved skin texture. Ultherapy® is the most impactful non-surgical treatment for tightening the deep tissues of the face and neck.

What does Ultherapy® treatment entail?

With Ultherapy®, patients attain more beautiful skin without the use of any needles, knives, or lasers. Only one 45 to 60 minute treatment is needed to begin the gradual skin restoration process. Some improvement can be seen immediately following the procedure, but the majority of the results will manifest within three to six months. This treatment is long lasting, but since it does not stop the aging process altogether, touch-up treatments may be necessary every two to three years. There is no downtime required following an Ultherapy® treatment.

Advantages of Ultherapy®:

  • No needles, knives, or lasers are used
  • No downtime
  • FDA approved to target the same deep layers of skin that are addressed in surgery
  • Quick, in-office procedure
  • Does not damage the surface of the skin
  • Uses acoustic imaging for the most precise application

Potential patients should note that Ultherapy® is not a substitute for surgical procedures, such as a facelift, eyelid lift, or neck lift. Those surgical procedures will address significantly lax skin and can provide a more pronounced result than Ultherapy®. Patients who are not ready for surgery or who have mild to moderate skin laxity and wrinkles are the best candidates for an Ultherapy® treatment.

Why Choose Dr. Wise

Dr. Wise exclusively focuses his practice on the face and neck.  He will examine you and make a recommendation as to whether you are a good candidate for Ultherapy®. Dr. Wise will consider your personal goals and answer any questions or concerns you have so that he can help choose the best option for you.

If you are interested in Ultherapy® or other procedures for facial revitalization with double-board certified surgeon Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. Please call (973) 305-1400 or fill out our online contact form today for more information.