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6Jan, 2017

A New Year of Youthful Possibilities

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A New Year of Youthful Possibilities

A new year is upon us and filled with possibilities. As many welcome 2017, some have undoubtedly either physically or mentally jotted down their goals for the new year. While a popular resolution is becoming healthier by way of diet and exercise, many are realizing how this is transcending to skin care health goals as well.

Here is a springboard of ideas for more luminous and younger looking skin in 2017.

It’s A Partnership

The first step in achieving skin care goals is teaming up with the right medical professional.  A partnership with a board-certified plastic surgeon or their aesthetic nurse specialist is an essential component for a variety of reasons. Not only will they be on the cutting-edge of new technologies, but they are incredibly adept and trained in the facial anatomy.

Ongoing education for these medical professionals is also at the forefront.

Patients can have peace of mind knowing that these experts will deliver cosmetic injections such as Botox, Kybella, or Juvederm, as intended with natural-looking results.

Patients will also be afforded with pharmaceutical grade skincare products which deliver results as well as top solar protection via sunscreen.

Laser Treatments

Teaming up with a plastic surgery office also means having access to top treatment such as Smart Xide Dot Laser. This type of laser procedure is considered by many to be in the lead since it offers optimal facial rejuvenation with a short recovery timeframe, typically lasting five days.

Top plastic surgeons seek lasers which have similar results to CO2 lasers but with less downtime. Lasers such as Smart Xide Dot Laser, which lasts about an hour, can promote a youthful canvas by the following:

  • Significantly reducing wrinkles
  • Removing pigmentation challenges
  • Stimulating new collagen
  • Eliminating sun damage

In the world of aesthetics, laser treatments can now be customized for a patient’s wishes and needs for their rejuvenation goals.

Endless Possibilities

The skin care treatments that patients are afforded at a plastic surgeon’s office are vast. While there is a variety to choose from, a consultation with either a plastic surgeon or their aesthetic nurse specialist is the first exciting step.

As briefly mentioned, these medical professionals realize that everyone has their own unique facial rejuvenation goals. With that in mind, each patient pathway must be tailored to ensure that these goals are met.

While cosmetic injections have proven to be excellent in terms of rejuvenation, the concept of skin rejuvenation must also be addressed to achieve youthful luminosity.  The types of nonsurgical treatments available to patients include the following:

When under the care of a plastic surgeon or aesthetic nurse specialist, patients feel assured that their skin care goals will be monitored on a regular basis as well as making certain that the right skin care products are being used at home.

After all, achieving gorgeous skin takes teamwork.

 

 

 

29Dec, 2016

Following through with Kybella treatments

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Following through with Kybella treatments

A cosmetic injection by the name of Kybella has made an impressive entrance into the world of aesthetics. This new nonsurgical treatment, which is considered minimally invasive, addresses submental fullness with minimal downtime. For the right candidate, Kybella can very well be their solution to eliminating the appearance of their double chin.

Kybella is performed in a series and delivered by either a plastic surgeon or their aesthetic nurse specialist. A series may range anywhere from two to five visits and are based on the patient’s aesthetic goals. According to medical professionals, the amount of visits are patient dependent and do vary.

Fifty-year-old Christina G., is one patient who is currently undergoing a series at the San Diego plastic surgery offices of Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho with his aesthetic nurse specialist, Elizabeth Reed. She was candid about her hesitation to follow through with her second visit because her results were excellent after the first series.

“I obviously didn’t know what to expect after my first Kybella treatment. I did have fullness which was visible the first few days, and then it receded about a week or so later,” she said. “My second series was scheduled seven weeks out, and I could not believe the dramatic improvement after six weeks. It was incredible. So much in fact, that I questioned whether or not I should go.”

The thoughts that Christina G. had were quite normal. Many patients do notice a visual improvement after their first session and contemplate going to their next visit.

“I ended up going because I trust Elizabeth, and she knows better than I do how the treatment works. Elizabeth was thrilled with my results, too but believed that a second series was important so I followed through with it,” she said. “And I’m so glad I did. Now, I’m six out since my last treatment and my results from this round are better than after my first series. Quite honestly, I didn’t think it could get any better.”

The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid. A natural occurring molecule in the body, deoxycholic acid permanently dissolves fat thereby creating new chin definition. Many patients have welcomed a nonsurgical solution to address their submental fullness, including Christina G., after her 30-pound weight loss. Despite diet and exercise, her double chin remained. Now, with the help of Kybella, it’s gone.

“So now I need to book my third appointment with Elizabeth. I have no idea if I will need a final series for a touchup, but I’ll know soon enough,” Christina said. “My best advice for those having a Kybella treatment is to stick with it. Even though you’re tempted not to go to your next visit, just go because more improvement is on the way.”

14Dec, 2016

San Diego Plastic Surgeon Introduces Smart Xide Dot Laser

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon Introduces Smart Xide Dot Laser

Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho, a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Diego, has added an advanced fractional CO2 technology to his menu of services at his private practice located at the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla Campus.

Smart Xide Dot Laser offers leading results for facial rejuvenation with minimal recovery, usually lasting five days.

Results from Smart Xide Dot Laser are similar to CO2 lasers but with one-third of the downtime. In one hour, patients can erase 10 years from their facial canvas including:

  • Significantly reducing wrinkles
  • Eliminating pigmentation challenges
  • Stimulating new collagen
  • Reversing sun damage

From December 10, 2016 to January 31, 2017, Dr. Bolitho is offering a Smart Xide Dot Laser holiday introductory special of $2,500 (regularly priced at $3,200 per treatment).

Dr. Bolitho or his aesthetic nurse specialist, Elizabeth Reed, will customize a treatment for each patient’s specific aesthetic needs.

While under anesthesia, Dr. Bolitho’s patients have the opportunity to add a Smart Xide Dot Laser treatment to their surgical rejuvenation procedure. For those not undergoing surgery, they can have their treatment with Elizabeth who will apply a topical numbing agent before the procedure begins.

DOT Therapy has revolutionized CO2 laser resurfacing treatments. It paves the way towards rejuvenation in about an hour as thousands of tiny microscopic facial skin perforations leave the immediate surrounding skin intact for faster healing. This sought after laser treatment was intended for the body to naturally stimulate new collagen during the healing process from these perforations, unleashing more youthful looking skin.

Dr. Bolitho is delighted about the addition of the Smart Xide Dot Laser treatment to his practice due to its higher precision and power, thereby creating exceptional results for his patients. This advanced fractional CO2 technology renews the skin for youthful and natural looking results.

To learn more about the Smart Xide Dot Laser treatment and how it unveils a more youthful appearance, please contact Dr. Bolitho’s office at 858-458-5100 or email them at info@bolithomd.com to schedule a consultation.

 

About D. Glynn Bolitho, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCSC, FCS (SA)

San Diego Plastic Surgeon, Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho, is serving his second consecutive term as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla. He is quadrupled certified in the United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, and South Africa.

In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Dr. Bolitho was selected into the esteemed Castle Connolly Top Doctor List. Additionally, Dr. Bolitho was voted by his peers and chosen as “Top Doctor” by the San Diego County Medical Society in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. This was announced in San Diego Magazine’s annual special edition.

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.  Dr. Bolitho 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.

Adjacent to Dr. Bolitho’s medical practice located at the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus is his private operating suite, accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. In addition to state-of-the-art surgical procedures, Dr. Bolitho’s office is committed to providing a range of non-operative facial rejuvenation services such as cosmetic injections and skin resurfacing treatments.

12Dec, 2016

Dr. Glynn Bolitho Introduces Smart Xide Dot Laser

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San Diego  plastic surgeon, Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho, recently announced the introduction of Smart Xide Dot Laser treatment to his practice. Don’t wait for younger looking skin when you can treat yourself with Dot Therapy’s Microscopic Laser Dots. Dr. Bolitho is introducing a holiday special for $2,500 (regularly priced at $3,2000) which ends on January 31, 2017. Please click on the below video to learn more.

 

29Nov, 2016

Facial rejuvenation for the holiday season

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Facial rejuvenation for the holiday season

As 2016 comes to an end, an array of festivities will be in full swing. In the weeks ahead, holiday parties, family gatherings, and other celebrations will fill the calendar. With these social engagements some may wonder what facial rejuvenation treatments are doable during this time-frame — meaning, facial rejuvenation with little to no downtime. This is important because this is the hustle and bustle time of the year.

The good news is there is a roster of treatments which fit into this category.

Cosmetic Injections

While cosmetic injections are minimally invasive, treatments should be performed in a medical setting by a healthcare professional adept in facial anatomy such as a plastic surgeon or their aesthetic nurse specialist. Depending on the treatment chosen, results can be immediate such as a filler or appear days after the injection series such as Botox.

As one ages, they tend to lose volume around certain areas of their facial canvas such as their cheekbones. Created by Allergan, JUVÉDERM® Voluma™ is a cosmetic injectable gel which can help restore this volume in a subtle and natural-looking way. An injection series in the deep subcutaneous and/or supraperiosteal region provides cheek augmentation to the mid-portion of the face and Voluma patients note that their results can last up to two years.

Also by Allergan is JUVÉDERM®, another hyaluronic acid cosmetic injectable gel, which is a leading choice to lessen the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Quite new to the aesthetic world of cosmetic injections is JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC. This injection series specifically targets lip rejuvenation by adding subtle volume and lessens the appearance of vertical lines that occurs with age due to repeated muscle movement and solar exposure. Volbella which promotes both a youthful and subtle fullness offers results for up to a year.

One of the most popular cosmetic injections is Allergan’s Botox — another excellent choice for facial rejuvenation by minimizing the signs of aging in the following areas:

  • Horizontal forehead lines and wrinkles
  • Frown lines and wrinkles
  • Squint lines such as crow’s feet

As previously mentioned, it’s highly recommended to see a medical professional for these injections series. During a consultation, they will give their own recommendation after hearing the aesthetic wishes of their patients. The goal of all these injections is to have patients look refreshed with natural-looking results.

Skin Resurfacing

Chemical peels do a fine job in resurfacing the skin in terms of minimizing lines, diminishing age spots, and evening out skin tone. A chemical peel is a good choice if one is not attending an event for about 10 days. However, if this is not the case, another option is to schedule a Break Time Peel.

A Break Time Peel is a combination of dermplaning and a light chemical peel. Dermaplaning removes vellus hair and dead skin cells via a stainless steel tool and prepares the skin for the upcoming peel. Results from a Break Time Peel include the following:

  • Smoother skin texture
  • Improved skin tone
  • Produces and promotes collagen

In less than an hour, patients can return back to their day.

During this very busy time of the year, there is indeed an array of facial rejuvenation choices.

17Nov, 2016

Patient gives chemical peel kudos

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Patient gives chemical peel kudos

A month ago our patient visited the office and had a Voluma treatment with our aesthetic nurse specialist, Elizabeth Reed. Two weeks following her injection series, she made plans to return for her Juvederm treatment.

But that didn’t happen.

“I was expecting to get Juvederm, but Elizabeth was so honest with me by saying how I didn’t need it since the Voluma injections I received a couple weeks before to add volume to my cheek area had actually resolved my nasolabial folds,” Christina said. “As I was sitting there, Elizabeth asked when I’d be available to do a chemical peel because she thought I’d benefit from it.”

For Christina G., 50, a TCA peel (trichloroacetic acid) was going to be different than the type she had with Elizabeth months ago during a Break Time Peel. That one was a very light peel and Christina could immediately resume back to her day’s activities, and she didn’t experience any peeling. She didn’t know what to expect from a TCA peel.

“To be honest, I was a bit concerned about how I would look following a chemical peel. I had no idea how much and for how long I’d be peeling,” she said. “That little voice in my head wanted to put it off, but I hadn’t had any special events planned in the next few days so I had no reason to delay it. Besides, this was Elizabeth. She is specially trained as an aesthetic nurse, and I completely trusted her with my skin and cosmetic injections.”

Reed used a medium grade TCA peel. After she prepared Christina’s skin, she applied one layer at a time. Overhead, Reed had a handheld fan to keep Christina comfortable while assessing her skin.

“In typical Elizabeth fashion, her communication skills yet again exceeded my expectations. It was important to her that she knew what ‘tingle level’ I was at,” she said.

Once Reed determined it was time to neutralize the peel, she did so. Reed also instructed Christina to only use her SkinMedica Cleanser and SkinMedica TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream for the next five days. Following that time, she could then go back to her normal skin care routine which included her prescription Retin-A topical at night.

According to Christina, the chemical peel aftermath was completely doable and not at all what she thought it would be like.

“For the first two days, I didn’t have any peeling. On days three, four and five, I had flakiness around my whole face, particularly around my mouth. When the peeling was visible, I just applied my post-treatment cream and that lessened the appearance considerably,” she said.

Two weeks after her first chemical peel, Christina now raves about the results. Her skin is smoother, more even toned, and her brown spots have diminished considerably. And she agrees with Reed that completing a series would be optimal.

“It’s as if the chemical peel boosted my skin to a whole new level. It’s amazing,” Christina said.

 

5Nov, 2016

Fall into Beautiful Skin

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Fall into Beautiful Skin

Goodbye Summer. Hello Autumn. While many had the best of intentions to protect their skin during the summer months, they still may have had a little bit too much sun exposure.

With the season of fall officially here, there are ways to restore and rejuvenate the skin.

“I love to start with a series of chemical peels,” said aesthetic nurse specialist Elizabeth Reed, who works alongside San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. D. Glynn Bolitho. “I think that’s a great way to remove some of the dead skin that we’ve accumulated during the summer.”

Reed shared that typically skin care professionals don’t do chemical peels during the summer months because people retreat outdoors. Now is the perfect time to start that series.

According to Reed, a great way to see real improvements in one’s skin is by implementing a series of three chemical peels which are tailored to a person’s skin type.  These peels would be done every month.

“During this time, we’d also talk about a person’s skin care regimen and see what changes, if any, would be recommended,” she said. “And if someone is interested in Botox to address their fine lines and wrinkles, we would assess that to determine if they would be a good candidate. But really, starting with a series of chemical peels is a great way to fall into beauty.”

While people begin to change their skin care routine for the new season, Reed shared that there are three skin care staples that never changes. They are the following:

  • Vitamin C
  • Retin-A
  • Sunscreen

An application of Vitamin C in the morning and throughout the day helps hydration and photoaging protection from the sun.

“It also helps with pigmentation challenges such as dark spots, age spots or sun damage,” she said.

Reed’s second go to product is Retin-A which is a medical grade form of Vitamin A.

“Retin-A actually helps reduce some of the effects of sun damage and helps stimulate collagen,” she said. Reed added, “It will help with fine lines and wrinkles as well as exfoliating the skin to help rid it of brown spots.”

Retin-A comes in different grade levels. Reed likes to start patients off with a lower dose, and as one’s skin becomes accustomed to it, the dose level is increased.

The third item on the list is sunscreen which should be tailored to a person’s specific skin care type. A solar protection is imperative to help ward off future damage and help maintain the skin care treatments a person is receiving.

“I usually pick something that has a high percentage of zinc, because zinc oxide is our physical sunscreen,” she said.

24Sep, 2016

Nonsurgical facial contouring choices

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Nonsurgical facial contouring choices
As one reaches their forties and fifties, they may undoubtedly notice their facial contours have altered over time. For example, the fullness in the midportion of their face, particularly in their cheeks, may have lost their youthful volume. As someone looks closely at the lower portion of their face, they may also witness submental fullness, which is more often referred to as a double chin. At different angles, the submental fullness may appear more prominent.

Although these changes don’t occur overnight, many can attest to the fact that it almost appears as if it has. The truth of the matter is that these facial transformations creep up year after year. In addition to maturity, other reasons for these changes may be heredity, weight gain, or weight loss.

Cosmetic injections have made incredible strides in the world of aesthetics. Botox, for example, is one of the leading injections used to diminish lines and wrinkles along the forehead, between the brows, and crow’s feet. While Botox is in the lead, other cosmetic injections have been pioneers in their own aesthetic right. And these injections are top choices for nonsurgical facial contouring.

To address the loss of fullness in the cheek area, a product by the name of Voluma has been considered one which has offered patients with an outstanding outcome. While patient dependent, the effects of Voluma may last up to two years.

During a consultation with a plastic surgeon or their aesthetic nurse specialist, they will determine if a person is a good candidate for Voluma. If it is determined so, photos may be taken prior to the injection so before-and-after pictures will be available.

Prior to the injection, a topical lidocaine cream will be applied to help ensure more comfort for the patient. Methodically, the medical professional will deliver the Voluma slowly. Towards the end of the injection series, a mirror will be on hand so the patient can see the aesthetic transformation. And the results are immediate. There is no downtime with Voluma; however, there may be a bit of bruising which can be easily camouflaged by makeup.

A quickly rising star for addressing submental fullness is another cosmetic injection called Kybella. While the former injection only requires one visit, Kybella is considered more of a treatment plan which may range from two to five series. Kybella’s main ingredient of deoxycholic acid breaks down and destroys fat deposits to help eradicate the appearance of a double chin. Once a person is determined to be a candidate for Kybella, the medical professional will map out the injection area on the underside portion of the chin and numb the region prior to delivering the treatment.

Treatment sessions are generally recommended to be spaced about six weeks apart. Icing is important after treatment to help alleviate any bruising or swelling following the injections.

While these treatments are considered nonsurgical, it’s incredibly important to have them executed by a medical professional who is adept in the facial anatomy.

14Sep, 2016

Skin Care Product Awareness

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Skin Care Product Awareness

During the early part of summer 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers to research their skin care products for a harmful ingredient: Mercury. And this warning was not the first of its kind.

In 2012, the FDA made this announcement regarding the toxic ingredient which they claim was in possibly 35 products which were manufactured overseas. These skin care products claimed to have anti-aging properties as well as the ability to treat acne. The New York Daily News reported the FDA findings underscoring the harmful effects of mercury. These toxic products were found in various states such as New York, California, and Texas.

According to FDA reports, these mercury-containing skin care products are seeping into the states once more. Yet again, these legally imported products are claiming to perform the following:

  • Skin lighteners and enhancers
  • Lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Lessening the appearance of age spots
  • Treating acne prone skin

These skin care items also come in the form of topical facial creams, lotions, and soap bars.

In an article written by Michael Roizen, MD and Mehmet Oz, MD, in the King Features Syndicate, the doctors conveyed that these products are also sold and promoted on the internet. And oftentimes, they may have no ingredients listed which should raise a red flag for the consumer – the FDA’s protocol is that all ingredients must be labeled on the product.

The ingredients to be on the lookout for include following:

  • Mercury
  • Mercurous chloride
  • Mercuric
  • Mercurio
  • Calomel

If the ingredients are missing and/or not in a language that a consumer understands, the best course of action is not to use the product. On the other hand, if one of the above ingredients is detected, immediately dispose the product by placing it in a sealed bag or container and contact the FDA for further instructions.

“The danger is that you’ll absorb mercury through your skin, and what accumulates can take decades to get rid of. That can trigger heart and neurological problems,” the doctors wrote. They continued, “If you’re nursing and use these products, you can pass mercury through your breastmilk. The mercury can quickly damage a baby’s developing brain and nervous system. Those skin products also produce mercury vapors, or you may leave residue on a towel and can make family members ill, too.”

Both consumers and healthcare professionals are incredibly thankful that the FDA has released this news once again and that doctors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz raised awareness level. It serves as a concrete reminder regarding the importance of teaming up with medical professionals who implement sterling patient care.

Dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and aesthetic nurse specialists will navigate patients toward exceptional and safe skin care products while incorporating a variety of treatments for anti-aging goals.  Teaming up with a healthcare professional helps ensure that they have a patient’s best interest at heart.