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Eat Your Way to a Beautiful Complexion

Most people suffer from at least some symptoms of dry, rough, easily sun-damaged or otherwise imperfect skin. If that sounds like you, we’ve got good news: Making healthy swaps in your diet doesn’t only help you lose weight, fight cancer and live longer … it also improves your skin. The following suggestions, followed regularly, will help you eat your way to a prettier complexion.

Get Your Omega-3s

Omega-3 fatty acids boast a wealth of benefits for your entire body. When it comes to skin, they are hardly less impressive, smoothing wrinkles and fading spots caused by sun and aging. Although you can buy supplements, it is healthier to get your Omega-3s through whole foods such as salmon, walnuts or flaxseed oil. Unprocessed flaxseeds are also an awesome choice, and work well baked into goodies or sprinkled on oatmeal.

Eat the Rainbow

Specifically, the red and orange part of the rainbow. When your skin starts to look pale and washed out during colder summer months, you can improve your complexion by eating mangoes, papayas, tomatoes and apricots. They contain high levels of carotenoids, the pigments that give them their rosy color. When eaten, those carotenoids are stored in the layers beneath your skin and shine through, making you glow.

Drink Your Tea

You already know that tea is a healthier alternative to coffee, but you may not know that drinking green tea can help improve your skin. High in catechins, a type of antioxidant, green tea provides anti- inflammatory benefits, which can help reduce sun damage and fight cancer. Shoot for at least two cups a day, and if you really don’t like green tea, opt for white.

Eat Foods High in Vitamin E

Although you shouldn’t give up on your sun block any time soon, vitamin E does seem to have sun- blocking effects. It can lessen the damage caused by overexposure to the sun and, when applied to the face as a topical, can soothe burns. Over the long haul, however, your best bet is to eat whole foods that contain vitamin E to up your skin’s natural defenses against the sun’s aging effects. Good choices include almonds, peanuts or peanut butter, hazelnuts, kale, chard, spinach, turnip greens and many types of raw seeds.

Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic

You know you love it, and luckily, dark chocolate is super good for you. Chocolate is high in bioactive compounds known as flavanols, which also protect against sun damage as well as smoothing your skin and improving blood flow to the area. Beware of choosing inadequate substitutes like white or milk chocolate, however. These contain few to none of the benefits of dark chocolate, and are high in sugar, which is not a friend to your skin. Choose your chocolate as dark as you can stand it, and aim for a few ounces a day.

Eat Your Sweets

Well, okay, that’s misleading. You shouldn’t actually eat sweets that often, but you can eat sweet potatoes to your heart’s content. This tuber is loaded with vitamin C, which stimulates the production of collagen in your body and helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles as you age. Eat the skin for an extra boost of fiber.

Consume Your Carrots

Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is a form of provitamin A. Once in the body, it is converted to vitamin A, which has all sorts of skin-protecting qualities. For one thing, it prevents the overproduction of skin cells in the top layer of your skin, in turn reducing the chances that they will combine with sebum (oil produced by skin cells) and clog pores, causing breakouts. For another, it prevents eczema, an itchy, flakey condition that can appear on the hands and body as well as the face. Although a good diet is no guarantee of perfect skin, you don’t have much to lose by trying. Chances are good your skin will improve, but even if it doesn’t, you’ll still enjoy the benefits of good health and clean eating.

For optimal results, contact us for a complimentary consultation with our licensed medical aesthetician and Dr. Wise so we can get started improving your skin today.

Treatment for Rosacea

Beautiful woman with rosaceaRosacea is a common skin disorder that affects millions of Americans every year. As an inflammatory condition that can cause facial skin to turn red, rosacea occurs when small blood vessels constantly flush beneath your skin. Although the cause of rosacea is not fully understood, this condition can be aggravated by a variety of factors, including:

  • Stress
  • Warm water
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol

If left untreated, this condition can not only lead to permanent redness, but can also blemish the texture of the skin. Fortunately, Dr. Wise offers a wide-range of laser and skincare treatments that can effectively reduce the signs of rosacea and restore a vibrant, attractive complexion to your face.

Laser Treatment

Using a fractionated CO₂ laser, a powerful beam of light is applied directly to the skin to stimulate the growth of healthier, more beautiful skin. The energy from the laser destroys harmful damaged skin cells and blood vessels that are causing redness and irregular texture. The result is a smoother facial appearance that is free of redness and discoloration.

Skincare Treatments

SkinCeuticals®

To correct current damage and prevent further damage of rosacea, SkinCeuticals® skin care products are comprised of pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that are specifically formulated to provide healthy looking skin.

SkinMedica®

The SkinMedica® skin care line was discovered through wound healing and can noticeably reduce the signs of rosacea through a blend of antioxidants, proteins, and collagen.

Neocutis®

As one of the most popular products in cosmetic skin care, Neocutis® corrects rosacea by balancing and supporting the skin’s natural ability to defend against redness. The result is beautiful, radiant skin.

If you are tired of living with rosacea and want to know which treatment(s) can improve your skin, we encourage you to contact the Wise Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in New Jersey. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise, please call (973) 305-1400 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Wise and his experienced staff look forward to seeing you soon and helping you improve the condition of your skin.

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:

Exfoliate

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.

 

The Importance of Skin Care

A beautiful woman applying a skin care product to her nose on a white background

Taking care of your skin is one of the essential ways to combat the signs of aging. Although your skin will inevitably develop some fine lines and wrinkles as the collagen and elastin in it deteriorate over time, a healthy skin care regimen will help deter these negative side effects of growing older and keep your skin looking beautiful and youthful as long as possible.

Proper skin care requires four basic elements:

  1. Antioxidants

  • Protect skin from free radical cell damage by inhibiting oxidation reactions

  1. Growth Factors

  • Stimulate cellular growth and healing

  1. Retinol

  • A form of vitamin A that regulates epithelial cell growth, cell proliferation, and cellular differentiation

  1. Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

  • Protects the skin from ultraviolet radiation damage

Skin Care Products

At Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer SkinMedica®, SkinCeuticals, and NEOCUTIS skin care products that contain these elements to provide our patients with beautifully radiant skin. These products help maintain youthful skin as you age, improve skin quality for those who already have signs of aging, and prolong the results of injectable treatments, laser skin resurfacing, facial peels, and other anti-aging procedures. Skin health is regenerated as these products work below the surface of the skin at the cellular level, and skin health is maintained as the cells are protected from harmful environmental elements. It is important to use these products every day, especially a broad-spectrum sunscreen, in order to protect and heal your skin from daily damage.

Our skin care products prevent and improve the following signs of aging:

  • Fine lines

  • Deep wrinkles

  • Uneven pigmentation

  • Uneven skin tone

  • Rough skin texture

  • Poor elasticity

The SkinMedica®, SkinCeutical, and NEOCUTIS products are not available for purchase over-the-counter (OTC) because they contain over 10 percent of active ingredients for dramatic improvement in skin quality (OTC products contain less than 2 percent). These high-quality products are only available through a physician’s office, where a skilled physician or aesthetician can evaluate your needs and recommend the best products for your individual condition.

If you are interested in achieving youthful, radiant skin, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you with any and all of your skin care needs.

Tips for Improving Wrinkles

It’s a given that time will take a toll on our skin, and no one can escape this unfortunate reality. We are constantly making facial expressions, and these contractions of the facial muscles stretch the skin. The middle layer of the skin, called the dermis, contains elastin fibers that give it the ability to return to its original form after being stretched. Over time, the dermis naturally loses elastin, and fine lines and wrinkles develop. These signs of aging are especially noticeable on people who smoke cigarettes and sun bathe often, as these habits drastically damage the skin’s resilience. For those who are already noticing signs of aging on their skin, try these tips for improving the appearance of existing wrinkles and keeping future ones at bay.

Renew With Retinoids

Topical retinoids, such as the Tri-Retinol Complex™, work by penetrating the skin’s surface and rejuvenating it from the deep layers upward. Retinoids stimulate your skin’s natural production of collagen and promote cell turnover to fight wrinkles and produce beautiful, radiant skin.

Volumize With MoisturizerA girl applying skin care cream to her face

When the skin is dry, wrinkles are more pronounced, and our skin retains less moisture as we age. Moisturizers, such as SkinMedica® Ultra Sheer Moisturizer and NEOCUTIS LUMIÈRE Bio-restorative Eye Cream with PSP®, hydrate and plump the skin to reduce wrinkles.

Protect With Sunscreen

To prevent existing wrinkles from worsening and future wrinkles from developing, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. The JOURNÉE Bio-restorative Day Cream with PSP® Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 and Daily Physical Defense™ SPF 30+ Sunscreen are great products for moisturizing the skin and protecting it from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

Prepare With Primer

After moisturizing your skin but before applying foundation, use a makeup primer as a base to fill in wrinkles and fine lines. This base will soften the appearance of wrinkles and keep your makeup looking fresh longer.

Here at the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of skin care products and aesthetic treatments to drastically reduce the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. Fillers and injectables are also safe and effective ways to treat early to moderate signs of aging without surgery. If you have significant wrinkles and sagging skin, Dr. Wise offers the Wise Revitalize Lift and the Wise Signature Lift for complete facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise is one of the few surgeons in the country who is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon. His extensive education, training, and experience in facial plastic surgery have given him comprehensive knowledge of the structures of the face and how to improve them. If you are interested in improving the signs of aging in your skin, please call (888) 295-6933 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wise.

Retinoids for Gorgeous Skin

A beautiful woman smiling with glowing skin and flower petals around her on a glowing yellow backgroundEveryone wants to have gorgeous, glowing skin with an even complexion. However, hormones and environmental factors can lead to acne, blotchiness, sun spots, wrinkles, and other blemishes on the skin. While a cleansing regimen and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen can help prevent some blemishes and signs of aging from developing, it is very difficult for many people to maintain clear skin. Those who struggle with skin problems are in luck because retinoids can treat acne, signs of aging, psoriasis, and warts, and an overall improved skin texture can be achieved.

Topical retinoids were introduced in the early 1970s for acne treatment and have been hailed as a remedy for almost any skin problem since. The efficacy of retinoids has been demonstrated with extensive studies. They are vitamin A products that promote cell turnover and the development of new skin cells. This unclogs pores and exfoliates the damaged outer layer of the skin as new cells are produced more rapidly. The old, damaged skin sheds, and new, healthy skin becomes apparent. This eliminates blemishes such as acne, sun spots, warts, and skin buildup from psoriasis. Retinoids also boost collagen production, which increases the skin’s thickness and elasticity and results in improved skin texture and diminished wrinkles and fine lines.

Retinoids should be the foundation of any skincare regimen, and people should begin using them when they are about 20 years old. Because of the powerful ingredients in retinoids, products containing them in high enough concentrations to be effective are only available by prescription. Retinoid products may cause dryness, flaking, and redness at first. Apply only a small amount every second or third night and gradually increase the frequency of application over time to help your skin adjust.

Discover the benefits of our skincare products, including the Tri-Retinol Complex™ with retinoids, available by prescription only.

For beautifully radiant skin, please contact the practice of Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise. Retinoids can provide significant improvement to skin quality. However, patients with more extensive signs of aging can benefit from facelift surgery to eliminate wrinkles and sagging skin. Please call 888-295-6933 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation.

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