Wintertime Sunscreen Helps Keep Skin Healthy

By Franky242
By Franky242

Many times we think using sunscreen is something to do during the summer, but think again. Just because we are not involved in activities associated with sunny days around water, we do have a tendency to partake in activities around the slopes and snow.

According to experts, snow and sun exposure can greatly increase ultraviolet ray contact. The higher altitude at which we ski, snowboard and hike can greatly increase the risk of too much sun exposure.

Although it may feel like it, this is not the time to tuck away the sunscreen. Instead, it’s a solar defense phase to lay in a new supply because winter changes nothing. Be aware that the very same rays that rain down on us in the summer do so in the winter.

The UVB rays, the rays that burn, can do as much damage in the winter because they reflect off snow and ice and are the origin of painful sunburns. UVA rays can weaken the skin’s collagen and are ever present even on overcast days.

Throughout the year, solar protection is superlative to fight off premature aging brought on by the sun.

Top San Diego board certified plastic surgeons offer wonderful sun care products which include top-of-the-line sunscreens. They can also determine the best type of sunscreen needed to best protect your specific skin type in association with your favorite outdoor winter activity.

For most people, the ideal broad spectrum UVA and UVB level is SPF 30 or more. Even those with sensitive skin or who have acne can be steered to a sunscreen that will work for them.

A plastic surgeon can even make non-operative treatment recommendations to reverse the signs of premature sun damage.

It is important to remember that using sunscreen provides protection against premature aging and even skin cancer. It is recommended that people reapply sunscreen throughout day while having fun in the outdoors.

Assessing skin tightening treatments by Marin by Marin

Over recent years, an array of skin tightening treatments has emerged. They have aroused a great deal of interest because there is virtually no downtime and the procedures are considered noninvasive.

For many of these treatments, a skin care plan is mapped out to implement the very best outcome.

This nonsurgical treatment may take the form of either ultrasound skin tightening or laser skin tightening. Indeed, it has fulfilled a niche for patients particularly in their forties and fifties.

While a group of board certified plastic surgeons have helped navigate patients in choosing a noninvasive tightening treatment, other doctors have removed these devices from their medical practice for their own personal reasons.

Some plastic surgeons agree that while these treatments may provide some benefit, overall, the results may be far too subtle in nature for the cost involved. These monies could be used toward a better aesthetic avenue such as a minimally invasive operative facial rejuvenation procedure.

Since the advent of skin tightening treatments, it’s fair to say that a collection of these patients who underwent them will ultimately seek facial rejuvenation surgery in the future.

In fact, many already have. And during surgery, some plastic surgeons are recognizing the direct results of these treatments which they find somewhat concerning.

These noninvasive procedures may not be entirely benign as once thought. It does indeed scar the subcutaneous tissues, so those areas treated are not as elastic as they would have been.

While many are delighted to take part in a skin tightening treatment series, some are taking pause with this new information. Individuals are now considering the high cost of skin tightening treatments and assessing if it would be better funneled to a minimally invasive operative procedure to see immediate aesthetic results.

In the end, the decision is a personal one.

Easy Tips To Keep Skin Soft During The Winter Season

Moisturizing regularly will help with skin dryness during the winter months. By Poulsen Photo
Moisturizing regularly will help with skin dryness during the winter months. By Poulsen Photo

Wintertime is here. A look in the mirror will reveal a facial canvas is dryer than usual. Some people may find that certain areas may be itchy as well.

One of the leading causes of skin dehydration during this time of year is a combination of heating systems, wind, hot showers and harsh soaps.

Body lotions can help a little to boost hydration, but a bit more care may be needed to keep skin soft and supple during the winter. The first step is purchasing a cleaning product without soap ingredients. The reason behind this is that soap does indeed zap moisture content within the skin.

Dr. Bolitho and his skin savvy staff have done the shopping for their patients and offer an elite skin care line which includes face and body products which soothe the skin. From Skin Medica, MyBody, to MD SolarSciences, these revolutionary skin care systems can help add a boost of youth and keep skin healthy.

While staying on track with a daily skin care regimen is of the utmost importance, here are some additional skin care tips to add onto the list:

• Don’t take long hot showers or baths since hot water dries the skin
• Drink plenty of water
• Wear sunscreen every day, including overcast days and especially if snow is present
• Moisturize from head to toe including the hands, décolletage and feet
• Invest in a humidifier to be used in the bedroom at night

Others like to implement aromatherapy in their bath water to help hydrate the skin. It also offers wonderful relaxing properties which are a welcome after a hectic day.

For any questions whatsoever regarding skin care needs, please know that Dr. Bolitho and his team of skin care professionals are on hand to assist. They will be able to offer wonderful guidelines to help keep skin looking healthy, not only during the winter months, but all year long.

Dr. Bolitho and his team can be reached at (866) 738-9360 or by e-mail at or visit their website at

A Special Gift For You….

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December marks a holiday season of cheer, joy, and thankfulness. We are thankful to have you, our loyal and special patients, who continue to be a part of our practice.

Since it’s the month of giving, Dr. Bolitho wanted to offer you a FREE Environ Cool Gel Peel when you purchase 2 peels by Dec. 31, 2014 (priced at $200 each). We are gifting this $200 skincare treatment to you.

A chemical peel is the one of the finest methods to get skin ready for the winter months. Following summer sun exposure, chemical peels along with prescription strength Retin-A can truly offer optimal rejuvenation and renewal results.

The Environ Cool Gel Peel is considered as one of the best in the skin care industry. The treatment takes under 30 minutes and is done every three to four weeks thereafter. A series may range from four to five treatments within a six-month period.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you can purchase this skin care special in 2014 but get started on your Environ Cool Gel Peel series in 2015!

To learn more, call (858) 381-4114 or email us at

From our family to yours, have a lovely holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Dr. Bolitho and his team

Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho serves second consecutive two-year term as Chief of Plastic Surgery

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San Diego plastic surgeon, Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho, has been appointed for a second consecutive, two-year term as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla.

Dr. Bolitho acquired this position by votes from the plastic surgeons on staff at the hospital.

Once again, Dr. Bolitho is humbled by this prestigious position and looks forward to serving his second term.

Quadrupled certified in the United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, and South Africa, Dr. Bolitho is considered a renowned plastic surgeon with expertise in both cosmetic and reconstruction procedures.

For 3 consecutive years in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the San Diego Medical Society received votes from its peers and awarded Dr. Bolitho as one of its “Top Doctors” in the field of plastic surgery. These “Top Doctor” announcements were published in special annual editions of The San Diego Magazine.

Dr. Bolitho often describes his field of medicine as one which affords patients an array of options they never thought possible through cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

Dr. Bolitho completed his plastic surgery fellowship training at Emory University in Atlanta. After leaving his full time faculty position at Emory, he opened the doors to his La Jolla private practice in 2000.

He also fulfills a non-salaried appointment as Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Bolitho is an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Bolitho and his team can be reached at (866) 738-9360 or by e-mail at or you can visit his website at

A liquid facelift for a holiday boost

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It’s that time of year again, where holiday cheer abounds. With all the hustle and bustle, there is likely a list of parties and gatherings on the holiday agenda.

With limited time on the schedule, there is a way to give those facial features a youthful boost and that is via a liquid facelift. These wonderful applications have been a welcome to so many men and women wanting to look rejuvenated and refreshed.

And plastic surgeons are noted for being the best in delivering these treatments since they are adeptly familiar with facial features, muscles, and structures.

Depending on a liquid facelift treatment, results are sometimes immediate, such as JUVÉDERM Voluma™. Fairly new in the market, this hyaluronic acid re-absorbable filler creates volume to the cheek area. In fact, Voluma™ has longer acting hyaluronic acid products and results can last up to two years.

Voluma addresses the aging process where cheeks collapse and drift down towards the jowl area. This FDA approved Juvederm product adds volume, and in some cases, may also minimize nasolabial folds.

By augmenting the cheek area with Voluma, there is a nice convexity. With that said, many are impressed by the benefits making it a wonderful cosmetic injectable during the holiday season.

Lessening the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is always high on the aesthetic roster, especially when social gatherings are scheduled. The “go to” liquid facelift for this
remains Botox®.

Generally, plastic surgeons start the injections around the forehead area, and sometimes, around the eyes to help minimize crow’s feet. It offers exceptional results which can be noticed a few days after the treatment.

It is botulinum toxin, the main ingredient in Botox®, which promotes muscles not to contract. This product helps lessen wrinkles and lasts for a few months.

Also by Juvederm, there is an injectable to treat nasolabial folds, also known as “parenthesis around the mouth.” Different from Voluma, this popular injectable plumps up these specific wrinkles offering an immediate result around the mouth and nose. The results last up to a year.

Likewise, someone desiring a liquid facelift may have a variety of treatments such as one or all the treatments mentioned. The guidance of a plastic surgeon is important to help achieve a “beauty wish list.”

Liquid facelifts are a great option to give everyone a youthful enhancement in their appearance. These cosmetic injections play a critical role in skin rejuvenation. And above all, there is no downtime which makes it a wonderful solution during the holiday season.

40s Skincare Tips

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When a woman reaches her forty-something-years, she may begin to notice some changes in her skin. What may start to become more apparent are fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone.

While the natural process of aging takes part in these changes, so does a lifetime of playing in the sun without proper solar protection. It begins to take a skin care toll.

Don’t despair. An anti-aging skin routine can help restore a more youthful look and a board certified plastic surgeon can provide a person with the treatments to do it.

There are many choices to slow down the march of time.

Retin-A is one of the most effective means along with chemical peels, Botox and Juvederm. Each one improves the appearance of skin along with an anti-aging skincare routine.

Retin-A, is one of the first weapons in the line of defense against aging. Studies show it can do a great deal toward reversing the affects of sun damage. It must be used regularly to achieve the best results.

While products containing Retin-A are available just about anywhere, the most optimal choice is prescribed a physician. The potency is stronger than over-the-counter creams.

And contrary to popular belief, anti-aging skin care products are not all the same. Finding the right line may take some time but a plastic surgeon and their skin savvy team can lend a helping hand.

To decrease the appearance of fine lines and age spots, a chemical peel series can be added to the routine to refine the overall look of the skin. These peels are commonly used to solve pigmentation problems, lessen fine lines, and promote collagen for younger looking skin.

A liquid facelift with Botox, Juvederm, or both reduces lines and wrinkles around the eyes and treats “parenthesis” around the mouth known as marionette lines.

A board certified plastic surgeon can provide a prospective patient with all the information needed to make any decisions about skin care products and treatment procedures.

A Month For Giving Thanks

November marks the Thanksgiving Holiday, and with it, everything we are thankful for. We are “thankful” to have you, our loyal and special patients, who have made our medical practice bloom.

Receive a FREE Environ Cool Gel Peel when you purchase 2 peels by Dec. 31, 2014 (priced at $200 each). We are gifting this $200 skincare treatment to you.

A chemical peel is the best way to get skin ready and rejuvenated for the winter months ahead.

Considered the best San Diego chemical peel in the industry, the Environ Cool Gel Peel takes under 30 minutes to complete and can be done every 3 weeks (a series is typically 4 to 5 peels).

You can purchase this skin care special in 2014 but get started on your Environ Cool Gel Peel series in 2015!

To learn more, call (858) 381-4114 or email us at

From our family to yours have a lovely Thanksgiving,

Dr. Bolitho and his team

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Although we are nearing the end of November, it is still Lung Cancer Awareness Month. According to the CDC, lung cancer is the leading type of cancer people are afflicted with in both men and women.

Unlike screening for breast and colon cancer, many lung cancers are discovered after symptoms emerge.

Some common symptoms include:

• Persistent cough
• Shortness of breath
• Voice changes
• Hoarse breathing
• Coughing up blood

Recently, a low-dose computed tomography, also known as LDCT, has been made available for screenings to those who are current or former smokers.

The American Society of Clinical Oncologists recommends that individuals speak with their physician if they fall within these LDCT screening guidelines:

• Individuals between 55 to 74 years of age
• Individuals who have smoked for 30 years or more
• Current smokers
• Smokers who kicked the habit within the last 15 years

Lung Cancer Awareness Month also means to live a healthy lung life. There are lifestyle changes one can make to reduce their risk of lung cancer.

These steps include the following:

• Stop smoking
• Avoid secondhand smoke
• Avoid carcinogens
• Test a home for radon
• Eat a healthy diet
• Exercise regularly

Let Lung Cancer Awareness month be a time to remember those we have lost, those who are fighting the fight, and to live a healthier lifestyle.

Changing the face of “selfie” plastic surgery

In 2013, “selfie,” was entered into the Oxford English Dictionary. Yes, taking a picture of oneself is now an official word in society’s vocabulary.

While this “word” and “action” appears to have transcended across the globe, it looks as if this behavior has prompted appointments with plastic surgeons. Social media intertwined with selfies is triggering a call for more cosmetic procedures.

The cosmetic term now used is “selfie surgeries.”

According to a survey championed by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, they collected the following data between 2012 and 2013:

• One in three plastic surgeons had patients who wanted a better online facial image
• A 6 percent increase in eyelid surgery
• A 10 percent rise in nose surgery
• A 7 percent increase in hair transplants

Living in a social media world where photos are plastered all over the internet, people are looking at themselves in a different light and a more critical way. While social media is used for friends and family, it’s also an avenue for potential romance and reconnecting with people from the past.

Some are absolutely tolerant with how they have aged. However, some are less tolerant, so to speak.

From the twenty-something age category and beyond, patients are scheduling appointments with plastic surgeons either for cosmetic injections or actual operative treatments.

While women make up more than 80 percent of patients seeking injections and surgery, male patients are becoming more attentive in reducing wrinkles and addressing hair loss.

In the survey, it was reported that those under 35 years of age, sought nose surgery for reshaping and cosmetic injections.

While cosmetic procedures are certainly popular for a more mature crowd, for younger females under 30, plastic surgeons are encouraging young ladies to first try makeup application tricks to offer them the facial definition they seek. For some, it may be a better option in this age range.

Social media has changed the way people have conducted their daily lives and the way they do business. And taking selfies is part of this equation. Quite frankly, not many plastic surgeons expected “selfies” to be the next wave of scheduling aesthetic appointments and procedures.

What used to prompt cosmetic procedures were upcoming gatherings like a high school or college reunion.

Now, there’s a new twist.

It appears that “selfie surgery” is here to stay for some time because a group of social media users want to feel better about the way they look out on the web.