Shine a light on what you need to know to stay protected!
At this point in our lives, many of us know that we need to wear a sunscreen while outdoors to protect our skin from sunburn and premature aging of our skin…WRINKLES! It’s now common knowledge that the sun alone causes up to 90% of visible aging on our skin, not to mention putting us at risk for skin cancer. But, if you have walked down the aisles of any drugstore recently, you may have noticed that the sun care industry has literally exploded with options. From gels, to creams, to tints and sprays – there is no lack of options. And now, with recent bans of some sunscreens in states like Hawaii (because of damage to coral beds), a whole new controversy has come to light in the sun protection world – Chemical vs. Physical Sunscreens. Feeling confused and overwhelmed about which options are right for you and your skin? Let’s shine some light on what you need to know to make an informed choice!
While some of us dutifully apply our sunscreen everyday come rain or shine, others of us are more in the habit of slapping some on only while we are on vacation. The American Cancer Society wants you occasional users to listen up! Their research estimates that in 2018 there will be about 91,270 new cases of melanoma diagnosed and over 9,000 deaths from the disease. What does that mean for you? You need to find a sun protection option that works for you, your lifestyle, and your skin type!
So, what makes sunscreens different from one another? Besides their vehicle of delivery (gel, cream, lotion, spray, etc.), sunscreen is generally broken down into two distinct categories; Chemical or Physical. In layman’s terms – absorbent versus reflective. Let’s dig deeper!
Like the name suggests, chemical sunscreens protect our skin via chemicals and their reactions with sun. When we’re wearing a chemical sunscreen and we come into contact with sunlight, the chemicals absorb the UV rays and transfer them to heat (and infrared) that dissipates off our skin’s surface. Common ingredients you’ll find on the label of a chemical sunscreens are anything that ends in “benzone,” like Avobenzone and other chemicals like Octinoxate and Octylcrylen.
Because of the heat these sunscreens can trap against the surface of the skin, chemical sunscreens are NOT the ideal options for sensitive skin types or those of us who suffer from conditions like rosacea. The chemicals in these sunscreens can also be incredibly destructive to coral beds in the ocean. Think about it… you’re on vacation and apply your sunscreen right before you go snorkeling, right? Turns out, all of these chemicals in the water are having a large enough impact on ocean health that many states and countries are bringing forth legislation to ban them!
One of the biggest complaints that some people have about wearing sunscreen is that they get a ghostly white hue to the skin once they apply. If this is the case, they are most likely applying a physical sunscreen. Unlike their chemical sisters who absorb the sun’s rays, physical sunscreens reflect light. They most always contain a more natural array of ingredients and always contain zinc and titanium oxide, the main culprit that will give you that white hue in certain formulations.
Physical sunscreens tend to be a much better option for children and those with sensitive skin, as they reflect heat and have more natural ingredients that are skin friendly. Many formulations now come in tints that omit the concern of the dreaded white hue!
Alright…so which one is better for me?
The short answer is that it depends on you and your lifestyle! Visit any store and you’ll see that chemical sunscreens are much easier to find because the chemical ingredients are cheaper to manufacture and formulate. These sunscreens may offer more versatility in that different chemical combinations are used to filter out more UVA/UVB rays, but there is a tradeoff. More chemicals mean more of a chance for skin irritation.
Physical sunscreens, outside of straight zinc, are most often found in your physician’s office, as they are the gold standard for anyone recovering from a cosmetic procedure like laser resurfacing, after which you do NOT want heat on the skin. The formulations of these sunscreens have come a long, long way from the days of the blue zinc on surfer’s noses. Most have very sophisticated mineral makeup tints to them that have millions of consumers ditching their makeup foundation for a well formulated tinted physical sunscreen. These are great options for those with busy lifestyles who want to still be protected and look “put together” as they race out the door!
What matters most when it comes to sun care is that you’re using it, and using it regularly! Look for products that ensure broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays, are at least an SPF 30, and are approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Meeting with a Licensed Aesthetician who carries many options of chemical and physician sunscreens will ensure that you get a perfect match for you and your skin!
Ready to step up your protection this Summer? Schedule a sunscreen consultation with a Face Cosmetic Licensed Aesthetician to sample several options and find the perfect fit for You! Call (651) 632-9700 to schedule!
What you need to know about Otoplasty Ear Reconstruction
If you’re like most people, you take your ears for granted! In this case, we’re not talking about the function of the ear – hearing, but the actual appearance of your ears. About 5% of the American population is dissatisfied with how their ears look. This may be due to size, shape, or even how far from the head they protrude. As a result, many of these people experience a negative impact on their self-esteem and confidence, especially in their youth. Otoplasty, a surgical ear reconstruction procedure, is an incredible option for this population that is more accessible than many people think! Let’s take a closer look at what it is and how it can improve the quality of life of those who are unhappy with the appearance of their ears!
“As a child, my mother made me wear my hair long and parted down the middle to cover my ears,” shares Karissa, an Otoplasty patient of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “I remember having to style my hair in a ponytail for gym class and being teased mercilessly by the other kids with names like Dumbo and Mickey Mouse,” she continues, “when I graduated from college, I wanted to address my dissatisfaction with my ears before I started my career and this new chapter in my life. So, after a lot of research, I sought out the Otoplasty procedure with Dr. Tolan!”
“Although many of my Otoplasty patients are children, I also see a large number of adults during the year, like Karissa,” says Dr. Christopher Tolan, Facial Plastic Surgeon with Midwest Facial Plastics. “In many cases, they have disliked the appearance of their ears their entire lives,” he explains. “Most are surprised to discover how safe, economical and low risk the surgery is, and wish they had pursued it as an option sooner!”
Otoplasty, sometimes referred to as “ear pinning,” is a surgical procedure designed to adjust or correct the appearance of the external part of the ear. Your ear is primarily composed of cartilage; a firm but flexible type of tissue that allows the ear to maintain its shape, but still bend. This external structure, called the pinna, is meant to help amplify what we hear by focusing sound to our eardrum. Although it has no appreciable effect on hearing, the Otoplasty procedure can adjust a variety of problems that affect its appearance, such as asymmetry between the ears, oversized ears, outwardly protruding ears, and even atypical lobe shape.
“The most common reason a patient comes to me for Otoplasty is because of protruding ears,” shares Dr. Tolan. “But, other common reasons include ear reconstruction to correct atypical shapes such as “lop ear,” when the tip seems to fold downward and forward, or “shell ear,” when the curve in the outer rim is missing.” Dr. Tolan continues, “Regardless of the procedure, an Otoplasty is never meant to improve your ability to hear.”
EAR PLASTIC SURGERY FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS (CHILDREN)
Otoplasty is typically performed on children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old. The young cartilage is more flexible and easier to mold in children. However, the surgery is generally not performed until the ears have fully grown, which typically occurs at 5-6 years of age. Children are often teased for abnormal appearing ears, which can create a strong, adverse psychological impact on their self-esteem. Otoplasty can correct for differences in the appearance of their ears, providing an effective option for children who are distressed by how they look.
For pediatric patients, general anesthesia is recommended since the procedure can last up to three hours. The surgery is generally done on an outpatient care basis, so patients are able to go home soon after the procedure. Children can return to most activities after seven days of rest and use of a headband, contact sports must be avoided for several weeks.
EAR PINNING OR RECONSTRUCTION FOR ADULT PATIENTS
While cartilage is more pliable in younger patients, Otoplasty is also performed regularly and effectively on adults, such as in Karissa’s case. Ear pinning, or reshaping, will be easier to perform the younger the patient is. In adults, general or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is the typical form of anesthetic used. After the procedure, you can generally return to your daily routine after seven days.
“Otoplasty has a surprisingly short surgical time and downtime,” advises Dr. Tolan. “I find it such a satisfying procedure to perform because it immediately has such a positive impact on the self-confidence of my patients,” he continues, “in fact, it’s not uncommon to see them sporting a brand-new hairstyle when they return for their follow up appointments!”
Do you have questions about improving the appearance of your ears with Otoplasty? Are you interested in this procedure for your child? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tolan or Dr. Griffin at Midwest Facial Plastics by calling (651) 632-9700.
Earlier last year, Oscar award winning actress, Angelina Jolie came forward with a surprising diagnosis of Bell’s Palsy, a form of temporary facial nerve paralysis. At the time, this was a condition few Americans had heard of, but soon other A-List celebrities, like George Clooney, followed suit and came forward to discuss their battles with Bell’s Palsy. What exactly is this condition? Why does it happen? As it turns out, this condition, and other forms a facial nerve paralysis are more common than you may think.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines Bell’s Palsy as damage or trauma to the facial nerve (the seventh facial nerve in the case of Bell’s Palsy), which, in turn, causes a disruption of the nerve signal at its origin at the brain stem to the muscles of the sides of the face. The result? The patients’ ability to move or express their face may be dramatically impacted.
“A patient experiencing Bell’s Palsy may have difficulty with expressions such as raising their eyebrows, blinking, and smiling,” shares Dr. Garrett Griffin, a Facial Plastic Surgeon and facial paralysis expert at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “In some cases, their sense of taste may even be affected,” he adds. He continues, “Although both sides of the face may be affected, it is most common to see it only affect one side.”
The cause of Bell’s Palsy is not completely known, though it is most likely caused by reactivation of the Herpes Simplex Virus within the facial nerve. The nerve swells and gets trapped within its bony canal at the base of the skull, resulting in loss of blood supply to the nerve and reduced or absent facial movement. Most patients (85%) with Bell’s Palsy recover with no sequelae but 15% will be left with facial spasm or uncontrolled facial movement called synkinesis. Bell’s Palsy never causes permanent facial weakness…if the weakness extends beyond 6 months a different cause must be sought out.
Bell’s Palsy is the most common cause of facial weakness but there are many possible causes of facial paralysis.
- Infection or inflammation of the facial nerve
- Head trauma
- Head or neck tumor
- Stroke or blood pressure disorders
- An error in fetal development or trauma during birth
- Accidental trauma to the nerve during a car accident or fall. Sometimes this is because there is a fracture of the bone at the skull base where the nerve enters the face
- Autoimmune diseases including Wegener’s disease
- Neurologic diseases including multiple sclerosis
- Other infections including Lyme disease or shingles of the face
- Chronic ear problems like cholesteatoma
Facial paralysis can come on suddenly (in the case of Bell’s Palsy), or happen gradually over a period of months (in the case of a head or neck tumor). Depending on the cause, the paralysis might last for a short or extended period of time. In either circumstance, the condition can be devastating for patients and affect various aspects of their lives. Fortunately, there are treatments available to improve these conditions.
Are there treatments for poor recovery after Bell’s Palsy, ie. for synkinesis?
Yes! Botulinum toxin (Botox) can be injected into the spastic and overactive muscles which can help people better control their facial movements and make them more comfortable. Patients can also work with a skilled occupational or physical therapist to learn stretches and biofeedback to improve facial control
Are there treatments for complete facial paralysis?
Unlike Bell’s Palsy, some injuries to the facial nerve cannot recover. For example, if the nerve needs to be cut out for cancer, the nerve cannot spontaneously recover. In other instances, the nerve may be stretched and it can take up to 12 months to know if the nerve will be able to recover on its own or not. Fortunately, there are many reliable surgical treatments for chronic facial paralysis. The choice of treatment depends on how much time has passed since the injury and whether or not there is still a chance for spontaneous recovery.
“The surgical treatments that our clinic offers for facial nerve paralysis can basically be broken down into 5 categories,” advises Dr. Griffin.
1. Static procedures: Static procedures mean that they do not create facial movement. Likely the most common procedure performed for chronic facial paralysis is an upper lid gold or platinum weight. This is a static procedure where a small, sterile piece of gold or platinum is placed in the upper eyelid to help gravity close the eye during blink. Another common static procedure is aptly named a “static sling.” In this surgery, the paralyzed cheek is suspended in a more symmetric, elevated position.
2. Nerve grafts: When a portion of the nerve is removed by trauma or surgery, it can be replaced with a piece from a different nerve if both cut ends of the nerve can be identified.
3. Nerve substitutions (hypoglossal-facial nerve transfer or masseteric-facial nerve transfer): If the facial nerve is damaged or removed very close to the brain, a nerve graft is often not possible. However, it is possible to sew the nerve to the tongue (hypoglossal nerve) or a chewing nerve (masseteric nerve) to the stump of the facial nerve. Then, one can move the tongue or bite down in order to move the face.
4. Muscle substitutions (temporalis tendon transfer): When the muscles that move the face are paralyzed for 2 years or longer, they tend to shrink or atrophy and no longer function, even if you give them back nerve input. In these instances, you have to bring a new muscle into the face instead of a nerve. The most common and modern example of this technique is called temporalis tendon transfer. In this surgery, one of the chewing muscles (the temporalis muscle) is detached from the lower jaw and sewn to the corner of the mouth. Then, when the person bites down, it will create a smile on the paralyzed side of the face.
5. Cross-facial nerve graft and free muscle transfer: The only way to restore a completely emotional and spontaneous smile is to perform a 2-stage surgery called cross-facial nerve grafting with free muscle transfer. In the first stage, a nerve graft from the leg (sural nerve) is harvested and attached to a nerve branch that creates a smile on the normal side of the face. The nerve graft is tunneled across the upper lip and left near the corner of the mouth on the paralyzed side. After about 6 months, nerve fibers (axons) will grow across the nerve graft. At that point, the second stage is performed. A muscle from the leg (the gracilis muscle) is moved with its nerve and blood vessels to the paralyzed side of the face, and attached to blood vessels there so that the muscle will live. The nerve to the muscle is attached to the nerve graft from the first stage. Now, the brain can tell the good facial nerve, can tell the nerve graft, and can tell the muscle graft, to move when laughing or smiling. The entire gracilis flap process takes about 2-3 years and has a 20% failure rate in most large studies.
“I cannot stress enough the impact facial nerve paralysis may have on a patient,” says Dr. Griffin sadly. “Sufferers are usually incredibly self-conscious about their appearance and feel they can’t effectively communicate,” he continues, “it is so important for them to know that there are treatment options available to them and that they will be treated with the utmost respect, kindness and understanding at our clinic.”
Are you, or someone you know suffering from Facial Nerve Paralysis? If so, please do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Garrett Griffin. Call (651) 632-9700
Must have treatments and products to get you ready for the Big Day
You’ve secured the perfect venue for your Wedding Day. You scored your absolute dream dress. Your updo appointment date is booked with your favorite stylist. Almost all of your “To Do’s” are checked off your list except the final “I DO!” But, what about your skin? Wedding planning is stressful stuff! Unfortunately, this stress can wreak havoc on your skin. No worries though! The Licensed Aestheticians at Face Cosmetic Skincare have the perfect products and treatments to ensure your skin is flawless on your big day!
“Ideally, I like to start with my brides AT LEAST six months before their wedding,” advises Amie, a Licensed Aesthetician with Face Cosmetic Skincare. “A year is optimal if we are doing any laser treatments like IPL for pigmentation,” she continues, “the more time we have the better, as it allows us to see how a bride’s skin responds to each treatment and gives ample time for final results to be seen.”
“I have my ‘Wedding Trifecta’ of treatments I absolutely love for brides which includes HydraFacial MD®, SkinPen® Microneedling and Dermablading,” shares Amie. “I start the SkinPen® Microneedling every 4-6 weeks about 6-12 months out from the wedding to ensure that skin is smooth, plump and firm and pores appear less noticeable. We either swap this for intervals of HydraFacial MD® to treat acne, pigmentation and hydration, or start a HydraFacial MD® series 4 months before the wedding every 3-4 weeks. The Dermablading treatment, 2-3 days before the wedding, is the icing on the cake, as removing the soft vellus hair from the face allows makeup to set flawlessly on the big day!” Amie continues, “So basically, we start SkinPen® 6-12 months out from your wedding, HydraFacial MD® 4-6 months out and perform a HydraFacial MD® with Dermablading 2-4 days before your wedding – sometimes closer!”
The trio of treatments that Amie recommends is quickly becoming the gold standard for many brides to get their skin in shape before their weddings. The HydraFacial MD® treatment is unique in that it can address MULTIPLE concerns at once. These include conditions such as blackheads/congestion, acne, pigmentation/sun damage and dehydration. Results are progressive, so it’s important to start months before your wedding to ensure that perfectly hydrated Wedding Day GLOW! Many brides find that their skin tolerates the treatment so well that they get their last HydraFacial the day before their wedding!
Brides that battle acne scarring, enlarged pores, and/or fine lines may find a wonderful solution in SkinPen® Microneedling. This treatment involves the use of several small, surgical grade needles, which travel over the skin forming micro-injuries. In turn, your skin responds by invoking its wound healing cycle which builds up collagen and elastin, making your skin plumper, smoother and firmer! When performed in a series of treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, SkinPen® can have a dramatic smoothing and tightening effect on the skin. Because results take time to fully unfold, it is best to start SkinPen® 6 to 12 months out from your wedding.
Dermablading is a favorite for many patients wanting to simply look their best for a special occasion! This treatment implements the use of a rounded surgical scalpel blade that is skillfully stroked over the skin to remove dead skin cell build up and peach fuzz, or vellus hair. The result? Skin that is as smooth as a baby’s bottom! Why do brides and makeup artists love Dermablading? It creates a smooth, even canvas for makeup to adhere too and set upon. This makes your bridal makeup last longer and prevents peach fuzz from refracting light, or giving a halo effect in your wedding pictures! Once a Licensed Aesthetician sees how your skin responds to Dermablading, she may recommend it as close as 2 days before your wedding and even choose to combine the treatment with a HydraFacial or facial!
“The products you use on your skin 6-12 months out from your wedding are just as important as the treatments you receive, in fact, they can make your treatments MORE successful,” instructs Cyndi, also a Licensed Aesthetician at Face Cosmetic Skincare. “It takes time for conditions such as acne and sun damage to respond to topical ingredients, so it is best to meet with a Licensed Aesthetician well before your wedding to set up a customized plan,” she continues, “most of the brides I work with are predominately concerned with being free from acne on their face, chest and back on the big day, as well as having an even skin tone and being hydrated and glowing. As a result, I find myself recommending cleansers and serums with ingredients such as salicylic acid to combat acne, brightening ingredients like kojic acid, or hydroquinone for sun damage, and lots of hyaluronic acid serums to keep skin looking dewy and hydrated!”
When all is said and done, your skin should be the LAST thing you’re concerned about on your wedding day. With just a little bit of planning and the partnership of a Licensed Aesthetician, you can ensure radiant and glowing skin on one of the happiest days of your life!
Ready to partner with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician for your Big Day? They specialize in setting up customized treatment and skincare strategies that are unique to you! Call 651-632-9700 to set up a complimentary consultation!
According to Goldman Sachs, the makeup industry alone grossed over $20 billion in 2017. Many of those products were liquid, cream and powered foundations engineered to cover uneven complexions. In fact, certain cosmetics, such as IT Cosmetics, center their entire lines on covering both dark spots and facial redness. With millions of women seeking these products to cover up their concerns, why aren’t more seeking treatment options to actually correct them? It’s time to stop covering up the problem and get even with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)!
“Many of the patients I do consultations with for brown spots and redness don’t even realize that treatments exist to help correct them like IPL,” shares Amie, a Licensed Aesthetician and Certified Laser Technician at Face Cosmetic Skincare. “They’ve been using makeup to cover the dark spots for years and don’t understand that sun exposure can even make them worse,” she advises. “I love that a simple series of IPL treatments can make such a dramatic improvement to their skin’s their appearance!”
While many of us think that wrinkles are the #1 visible sign of aging, studies point to uneven skin tone and discoloration as being the true culprit in making us look older than we are. Years of unprotected sun exposure can manifest itself later in life as unattractive dark spots on face, chest, hands and blotchy redness and broken blood vessels. These can make our complexions look muddy, uneven and dull. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are the gold standard in the aesthetic industry to restore even, youthful coloration to your skin!
How does IPL work? Unlike traditional lasers which utilize a single beam of light to target a specific skin concern, IPL administers several wavelengths of light to the skin at once. Different wavelengths of light are attracted to different components of your skin. This diversity allows IPL to safely target brown discolorations (hyperpigmentation) and eliminate redness. Both visible dark spots and pigment below the skin absorb the energy from this pulsed light, while clear and healthy tissue remains unaffected. Spots initially become darker over the days following treatment, eventually flaking off. Once cleared, a more even and radiant complexion is revealed.
IPL treatments are generally performed by a Licensed Aesthetician who has extensive experience as a Certified Laser Technician. Before your treatment, she will discuss how to properly prep your skin for enhanced results and care for it following your IPL. It is important to have no active tan before your treatment, as this may cause complications. Your Laser Technician will also need to know if you are currently using any prescriptions that could increase your sensitivity to light, like some antibiotics. It is also recommended that you avoid the use of any strong skincare ingredients such as retinol, glycolic acid and hydroquinone before your IPL. If you suffer from frequent cold sores, a medication may be prescribed to you to take before your treatment to prevent a possible outbreak.
Before your IPL, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and a cooling gel will be applied to the treatment area. During the treatment, you will feel a series of small, fast snaps against your skin accompanied by a bright flash of light. Your eyes will be protected during treatment. Many patients describe the sensation of IPL as a light snap of a rubber band, with the midface and nose being most sensitive.
Immediately following your treatment, your skin may feel like you have a mild sunburn. You may also notice that dark spots look darker and that they have multiplied. Don’t worry! This is a good sign, as the IPL has pulled deeper damage to the surface of the skin. It is important not to pick or scratch these areas, as you may damage the emerging healthy skin beneath. A daily SPF of at least 30 is recommended to protect your skin and prevent future damage.
“I tell my IPL patients that the dark spots will get DARKER before they flake off,” emphasizes Amie. “It almost looks like your skin is covered in little coffee grinds for a few days after treatment,” she continues, “it’s really important not to pick at or scratch these areas, as you may damage your skin.” She goes on, “IPL can also be used on other areas of the body like the hands, chest, shoulders and even legs; basically, anywhere you have sun damage!”
If the focus of your IPL treatment was to treat redness/vessels, you may notice some slight greying of these vessels, slight welts and tenderness. Cool compresses can be applied to these areas and symptoms will subside in a few days. Eventually, you will notice that overall redness decreases and individual vessels disappear. It is important to discuss our social calendar with your Licensed Aesthetician, as you may want to schedule your IPL around important events.
Most patients note dramatic improvement with one IPL, but as some of our damage may not be at the surface of the skin yet, a series of 3, spaced 4 weeks apart is recommended. IPL is also a fantastic treatment to schedule on an annual basis to compensate for any damage acquired throughout the year. If you lead a very active outdoor lifestyle in the summer, it is recommended to schedule your IPL treatments in the fall and winter for the safest results!
Tired of covering up dark spots? Schedule a consultation with a Licensed Aesthetician / Certified Laser Technician at Face Cosmetic Skincare to discuss IPL. Call (651) 632-9700 to schedule!
No pressure, but choosing the right surgeon for a facial plastic procedure may very well be a decision you live with for years, if not the rest of your life! So, it’s not an understatement to say that choosing a qualified provider is crucial to being happy with your outcome. A successful procedure can dramatically impact your life by making you feel more confident in your appearance. On the other hand, a procedure performed by an unqualified surgeon can have a poor outcome that leads to additional surgical costs, more investment of your time and your unhappiness. Employ these tips to find a facial plastic surgeon who is qualified, experienced and sure to get you the results you desire and deserve!
Check to make sure your surgeon is board certified
One would hope that the medical board of the state you live in would ensure that the physicians you are seeking a procedure from are actually qualified to perform the procedures they advertise. Unfortunately, this is wishful thinking. In fact, the United States government does NOT require that a surgeon be specifically trained in the procedures they offer. This stipulation is especially prominent in the world of cosmetic medicine, or “cash based” medicine that is not billed under insurance.
*Did you know? Both Drs. Tolan and Griffin of Midwest Facial Plastic are BOTH Double Board Certified in Otolaryngology (ENT – Ears, Nose, Throat) and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery?
Research, Ask and Confirm that your surgeon is experienced in the specific procedure(s) you are interested in
The skills required from surgery to surgery vary greatly. Inserting a saline implant for a breast augmentation is very different that artfully sculpting and repositioning the cartilage during a rhinoplasty, or “nose job.” Check your physician’s website for their list of services and before & after photo gallery. Ask for patient referrals during your consultation. Directly ask your physician how many of these surgical procedures they have performed and for how long. Ask them to outline their training to perform them. Surgeons who are legitimate will have no issues with you asking these questions. Be cautious of providers that grow impatient with you and your questions.
Look at the “Style” of your Surgeon’s Work
Just as you have a personal preference of what is balanced, beautiful and attractive, so will your surgeon. It is common for providers to gain recognition for having a certain “style,” or way of performing your procedure. Look at your surgeon’s before & after gallery on their website and ask to see pictures during your consultation to ensure that you and your surgeon are on the same “aesthetic wavelength.” Be sure to look for patients in photos who are close to your age and have a comparable facial structure to you. In addition, look for consistency in your surgeon’s results from picture to picture.
Ask yourself how your Surgeon and His/Her staff make you feel?
It is incredibly important that you feel 100% comfortable with not only your surgeon, but his/her support staff. A surgical procedure is a big deal! Between prep, surgery and recovery time, you will be spending a fair amount of time with this team and it’s important to trust and resonate with them. Your surgeon should invoke trust, care and competence. You will be sharing your entire medical history with this person, so feeling at ease is crucial to the success of your procedure. Their staff should be warm, friendly and informative. If you have to question whether or not you like your surgeon and his/her team, it is most likely, not a good fit.
Take a look at what your surgeon’s operating facility is like
Ask your surgeon where they perform their surgeries. If possible, take a tour of the surgical suite and ask for the facility’s level of accreditation. Who will be your anesthesiology team? What are their credentials and background? The more you know and see, the more comfortable and empowered you will feel about your decision.
Trust your first impression – Customer Service Counts!
What is your first impression when walking through your surgeon’s clinic doors? Is the appearance of the facility clean, warm and inviting? Is the staff engaging, friendly and helpful? Does the environment put you at ease? Does the staff provide you with print materials and resources about your procedure? Is pricing clearly laid out and transparent? When you contact the facility by phone or email, does the staff reply promptly? All of these elements lay the foundation for a reliable and sound practice. If these integral pieces are not in place, buyer beware. Trust your intuition.
Facial plastic surgery can be one of the biggest decisions you can make in your life to improve your appearance and enhance your self-confidence. A great surgeon will not only deliver successful results, but make you feel safe, understood and cared for throughout your entire journey.
Are you interested in learning more about a facial plastic procedure such as rhinoplasty, facelift or blepharoplasty? Call 651-632-9700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Tolan or Dr. Garrett Griffin.
Lengthen, thicken, condition, and enhance your way to gorgeous, natural lashes with
Latisse® and RevitaLash®!
Tired of lackluster lashes? Want to make your eyes more noticeable? Gorgeous, full lashes can add dramatic dimension and beauty to your eye area, but many of us struggle to realize our lashes full potential. Synthetic and natural eyelash extensions have become a booming industry, but for those who want a more natural approach, or who experience sensitivity from extensions, other options are now available that deliver incredible results that last!
Just as our skin ages, so do our lashes. Lash count and growth cycles can decrease as we age, leaving gaps along the lash line that leave eyes less defined and prominent. Lashes can also become dry, brittle, and incapable of growing to their full length and density. Here are two options available from Face Cosmetic Skincare that can restore youthful, long and full lashes in a matter of weeks!
Latisse® by Allergan
FDA-approved Latisse® is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis (inadequate or not enough lashes) to grow eyelashes longer, fuller and darker. It is applied nightly to your lash line with disposable applicators, much like liquid eyeliner. The active ingredient in Latisse®, bimatoprost ophthalmic solution, works by increasing the length of the growth cycle of your lashes over time. As the weeks go by, you’ll first begin to see changes in length. Gradually, you’ll notice increased thickness and darkness in your lashes as well. Many patients are happy with their results at 8 weeks, but results continue up to 16 weeks, your recommended treatment time. Your physician and Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician will discuss continued use of Latisse® to keep your lashes gorgeous all year round!
RevitaLash® is the most effective lash growth product available on today's market without a prescription! RevitaLash® Advanced Eyelash Conditioner delivers long, thick, healthy lashes without the risk of pigmentation along the lash line. In addition to using a powerful prostaglandin as an ingredient to stimulates eyelash growth, RevitaLash® also contains natural botanicals that protect against breakage and brittleness. In turn, this improves flexibility, moisture, and shine for more dramatic-looking eyelashes.
Many patients who experience darkening along the lash line or irritation with Latisse® choose RevitaLash® as their lash enhancement product of choice. In fact, you can use both Latisse & RevitaLash® together to maximize your results. Face Cosmetic Skincare also carries RevitaBrow® to increase the fullness of your brows! Your physician and licensed aesthetician will assist you in decided which product is best for you and your lashes!
“I love being able to offer my patients options when it comes to enhancing their lashes,” says Cyndi, a Licensed Aesthetician with Face Cosmetic Skincare. “Many of them have experienced sensitivity with the glue and adhesives associated with eyelash extensions, or found the maintenance too taxing and cost prohibitive,” she continues, “Topically applied products like Latisse® and RevitaLash® are easy, economical AND effective!”
Excited about enhancing your lashes with Latisse® or RevitaLash®? Schedule a consultation with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician to find the right match for you! Make sure you are signed up for Brilliant Distinctions to earn reward points with each Latisse® purchase!
Join today for your 2018 skincare resolutions!
Let’s be honest, not all of us are born with beautiful, flawless skin. Great skin takes effort and diligent stewardship—especially if you’re battling a condition like acne or, when you start to see the first signs of aging. Yet, for many of us, embarking on a “I Want Healthier Skin in 2018” resolution can seem overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you make sure you’re not overpaying for skincare products that won’t work? What if a certain treatment isn’t right for you and another would be better? The obstacles can be intimidating. That’s why many clinics that cater to skin are beginning to offer their patients membership programs to not only take the guesswork out of attaining your best skin possible, but help you save money while doing it!
The MRewards Membership at Face Cosmetic Skincare at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery was created to take the effort out of achieving your skincare goals, and has literally transformed the skin of hundreds of our patients. We believe that each patient deserves to love the way they look. Here’s how we make sure they do!
You Get a Personal Skincare Concierge
“Don’t laugh, but I’ve had patients call me Coach before,” laughs Amie, a Licensed Aesthetician at Face Cosmetic Skincare. “In reality, there are a lot of similarities! I literally coach my patients on how to choose the right services and products for their skin and how to properly care for it,” she smiles. “I see my patients almost every month, if not more frequently, and can monitor their progress on the strategy we devise. This allows me to fine tune and tweak anything we need to get them better results!”
Once a patient has signed up for the MRewards Membership at Face Cosmetic Skincare, a whole new degree of customized care unfolds. You are immediately partnered with a Licensed Aesthetician who helps identify your skin type and condition and works with you to map out treatments and products that will most effectively meet your goals. It’s much like having a Personal Skin Concierge, who has your best interests at heart, who consistently monitors your progress to make sure you’re getting results!
It Takes the Guesswork Out of Selecting the Right Products for YOU
“It’s a normal day at the office when a patient brings in bags of skincare products they’ve purchased from a drugstore or department store, and they want to know why they aren’t getting results,” shares Cyndi, also a Licensed Aesthetician at Face Cosmetic Skincare. “Most patients have spent HUNDREDS of dollars on products that aren’t even right for their skin type or condition and are actually bad for their skin!”
The difference between purchasing a skincare product based on a celebrity endorsement, versus a product recommended to you by a Licensed Aesthetician who has performed a proper skin analysis on you, is immense. With the MRewards Membership, not only are you partnered with a skin therapist who will lay out an entire annual product prescription, you’ll also save on the products they recommend with membership discounts!
You Get a PERSONALIZED Skincare Treatment Strategy
“I have patients I work with who are MRewards members who simply maintain their skin with monthly HydraFacial MD® treatments and the product regimen we agreed on, and then, I have patients who do several series of peels, laser treatments, Botox & Filler throughout the year,” explains Sara, another Licensed Aesthetician with Face Cosmetic Skincare. “I cater to my patients’ goals, lifestyles and budgets! Some patients want simple maintenance while others want a complete transformation that includes several treatment therapies and injectables,” she continues, “the MRewards Membership allows me to customize their treatment plans to match who they are and save them hundreds of dollars on the services and treatments I recommend!”
When you sign up for a MRewards Membership, you and your partnered Aesthetician will discuss your skincare goals at length. Their job is to get you from point A to B with your skin in the most effective way possible. That may include simple facials and chemical peels, or it may require laser treatments, injectables or even recommendations for surgical procedures. Regardless of which treatment path you take, they will be with you ever step of the way monitoring your progress and make any changes needed.
It Saves You Money, Time & Effort
One of the obstacles that holds some of us back from achieving our best skin possible is that we feel too busy. Many of us are simply tired of pursuing things that don’t work and prove to be a waste of our valuable time. Having a Licensed Aesthetician who has professional insight into your skin and its behavior, will make recommendations that deliver results, saving you time, effort and money.
What kind of discounts do our patients get with their MRewards Membership? For starters, there are two ways you can choose to sign up!
PLAN A: Bank $1,190 in your personal MRewards Account up front and receive $50 in Face Cosmetic Skincare Products instantly to get you on the Fast Track!
PLAN B: Simply put $299 down now and pay $99/ month.
Once you have established which membership is right for you, you’re entitled to these discounts throughout the year!
- 40% OFF all Aesthetic Skincare Services including laser treatments, chemical peels, HydraFacial MD®, SkinPen® and Facial Treatments
- $3 OFF each unit of Botox
- $100 OFF each syringe of Dermal Filler ($50 OFF Volbella)
- 15% OFF all Physician Dispensed Skincare Products and Lash/Brow Enhancement Products
Consistent Care = Remarkable Results & a 24/7 Glow
Just like a new fitness routine, if you don’t use it, you lose it! Most of us start out with great skincare habits at the beginning of the year, but as the year progresses, we lose time, motivation and interest. Our Licensed Aestheticians make sure this doesn’t’ happen with our MReward members by checking in with you monthly, offering motivation and support! In addition, skin that is cared for on a consistent and regular basis with treatments that exfoliate, hydrate and keep key conditions under control, stays looking beautiful 24/7!
“My MRewards Member patients are my most satisfied patients because their skin is continuously in great condition throughout the year,” shares Amie. “They enjoy setting goals together and meeting them. They understand that they are making an investment that will keep their skin looking healthy, youthful and radiant for years to come!”
Ready to partner with one of our Licensed Aestheticians, reach your 2018 skincare goals AND save while doing it? Sign up for MRewards at your next visit to Face Cosmetic Skincare!
Restore a more lifted, youthful face and take 10 years off your perceived age with a Surgical Facelift.
For most of us, a New Year signifies a fresh start. In turn, January sees thousands of us flock to our local gyms to get a jumpstart on resolutions and set a foundation for healthy habits and goals for the months to come. But this year, hundreds of men and women may take their resolutions elsewhere: their facial plastic surgeon’s office. What are they seeking? A resolve to look as young as they feel and to put their best face forward towards brand-new year!
“Many of the patients I consult with for surgical facelift procedures are already in great shape and consider themselves fit and healthy,” explains Dr. Garrett Griffin, Double-Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon from Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “Their goal is literally to LOOK as great as they feel,” he continues. “When you surgically correct an area of the face with advanced aging, such as a sagging jawline or fallen cheeks, you’re not just eradicating the visible signs of age – you’re giving an overall more youthful and healthy look to your entire appearance!”
As we age, several factors contribute to our skin and face looking older. Years of environmental damage and strong facial expressions can cause deep lines in the skin. Natural bone and fat loss can lead to a gaunt appearance and excessive sagging of tissue due to lack of support. Our skin loses its plump volume and becomes less resilient. The general shape of our face goes from being an uplifted heart-shape to being more like an inverted triangle with heaviness and drooping along the jawline. In turn, we can appear much older than we feel. A surgical facelift can effectively address all of these concerns.
Known as a rhytidectomy, a surgical facelift is designed to improve the overall shape and youthfulness of your face while respecting your natural features and character. One of the benefits of a surgical facelift is that there are several different kinds, which allows your physician to customize their approach to meet your individual needs. However, facelifts can generally be broken down into three types: SMAS lifts, deep plane lifts, and short-scar lifts. You and your physician will discuss at length which approach is best for you, your skin, and your expectations.
Regardless of which type of facelift is indicated for you, the primary goal of a rhytidectomy is to improve jowling and loose skin in the lower face and neck. A full facelift always includes a neck lift. This ensures that there is an overall rejuvenation to your appearance and not a noticeable break at the neckline. That being said, there are additional procedures that can be performed that are more targeted to the neck in the event that your main concern lies below the jawline.
When is the right time for your facelift? Studies show that younger patients note higher satisfactions rates with their procedure. This is partly because our skin-quality is better in our 50’s compared to our 70’s. Skin is more resilient and heals more quickly as well. Many of our facelift patients choose to have surgery in their 50’s, because they want to enjoy the benefits of looking younger for many years to come!
Not all patients require a full facelift. In these cases, a “mini” lift may be more appropriate. This procedure is designed to recreate the youthful and refreshed look of the cheek and midface, with minimal downtime. Again, you and your physician will discuss which option is best for you. This may include discussing non-surgical additions like injectables like Juvederm®, and/or Voluma®, or fat grafting techniques to achieve your desired outcome.
“I truly see surgery and many of the procedures we offer as a means to help our patients live their lives to their fullest potential,” shares Dr. Christopher Tolan, also a Double-Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “Seeing a more youthful, healthy and radiant YOU smiling back in the mirror can make a dramatic impact on your life,” he smiles. “Even so, I always stress to my patients that protecting their surgical investment with a clean and healthy lifestyle full of exercises, positive relationships and laughter, will extend their results for decades to come!”
Ready to take a fresh look at yourself? Resolving to look as young as you feel in 2018? Schedule a Surgical Facelift Consultation with Dr. Tolan or Dr. Griffin by calling Midwest Facial Plastics at (651) 632-9700.
Walk into any Target nowadays and you’ll see that the skincare, haircare and cosmetics departments now span across 8 aisles or more. Scroll through your Facebook feed and you’re bound to see countless ads and before and after pictures of multi-level marketing skincare lines. Page through your favorite fashion magazine and see the latest celebrity touting the benefits of yet another skin cream. Wherever we go, it seems we are bombarded by beauty and skincare options, and for many of us, we feel overwhelmed and under informed! And now, added to the lineup, is a new designation of skincare labeled “Physician-Dispensed,” offered only through your doctor’s office. What makes this skincare different? Is it better, or more effective than what we can pick up at the drugstore or department store? And if so, why?
There’s no getting around it, Beauty is BIG Business! In fact, analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate that the global beauty industry is growing at 7% each year, more than TWICE the rate of the developed world’s GDP. Skincare products alone contributed over $24 billion in sales in 2016. With all of these options, and their aggressive marketing campaigns, how can the average consumer identify what options are truly effective? Let’s take a closer look at what makes Physician-Dispensed skincare different!
What ARE Physician-Grade or Dispensed Skincare Lines?
Although the term, “Physician-Dispensed Skincare,” is not officially recognized by the FDA, it generally refers to products (available almost exclusively through your physician’s office) that trigger biological actions on the skin below the stratum corneum. A “Cosmetic,” by definition, is a product that does NOT alter the skin’s structure or function. Many physicians whose practices or specialties involve skin health, choose to dispense these cosmeceuticals, or have them specially compounded, to offer heightened results to their patients and to enhance their results with other treatments, such as surgery or Botox®. These lines often combine pharmaceuticals, like Tretinoin, which are regulated by the FDA.
Designed to Deliver REAL Results
“I explain to my patients that the key difference between drugstore, department store and multi-level marketing skincare and what we retail at our clinic is the quality and strength of the ingredients and how they are formulated together,” explains Sara, a Licensed Aesthetician with Face Cosmetic Skincare, the skin clinic of Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery. “Physician Dispensed product lines are able to formulate with stronger concentrations of ingredients and enhance the way they are delivered into the skin,” she continues, “this translates into better and faster results for our patients. Plus! Patients get to partner with a Licensed Aesthetician like me, who will follow their progress every step of the way!”
An example of stronger, more effective ingredients being used in Physician-Grade Skincare are peptides and Vitamin C. The concentration and delivery of peptides is crucial for them to have any impact on the appearance of the skin. A clinical amount (which varies by peptide) is required to encourage such responses as increased fibroblast activity or collagen synthesis. Many of the skincare lines you see advertised will say they include popular peptides, yet the amount in the product is so miniscule that it will have virtually no impact on the skin. It’s important to look at ingredient lists and see where the ingredients you are paying for a placed. The further down the list it is, the less concentrated that ingredient is.
Vitamin C is available in multiple forms. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is the most stable, non-acidic and effective of all forms but it is very expensive. It is almost exclusively found in Physician-Dispensed skincare lines for this reason. But, ANY skincare line can say that they have Vitamin C included in their products, even if the formulation of that Vitamin C has absolutely no clinical results on human skin.
Physician Dispensed Products Can Penetrate More Deeply into Your Skin
One of the biggest challenges in skincare is getting key ingredients to go deeper into skin so their impact is more profound. Due to research and development, Physician-Grade Cosmeceuticals are far more likely to do this than OTC products. Most Physician lines are created and formulated by physicians, scientists and skin professionals who have researched ingredients for years and put them into action in their own practices. They are custom formulated to have ingredients that actually reach their intended targets, such as the basal layer, to encourage actual change. Most drugstore and department store lines simply sit at the surface of your skin and provide hydration and absolutely no change in the quality, appearance, or health of your skin.
Profits Go Back into RESEARCH, NOT to Celebrity Endorsement Deals
A celebrity can get paid MILLIONS to endorse a department store line and be featured in its ads. In many cases, this celebrity does not even use the product on a regular basis. Meanwhile, the profits from the sales of most Physician-Dispensed lines go directly back into research and development. Many of these lines spend millions in clinical research and trials to ensure that the product is not only safe and efficacious, but that it delivers real and tangible results in the skin.
In addition, Physician Dispensed skincare lines are evaluated through countless studies to determine their “proof of concept,” or in layman’s terms…THEY DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY DO! Although most drugstore and department store skincare products are studied for overall safety and to make sure they aren’t too irrigating for skin, very little is spent on research to determine that they actually work.
The Bottle Doesn’t Deliver Results. What’s INSIDE of it Does!
Yes, we all like nice and attractive things, but a crystal or gold-encrusted lid on your more recent skincare purchase is NOT going to improve your skin! So, why pay extra for crazy, superfluous packaging? Prestige skincare lines know that you have MANY options when making your way through the cosmetics department. As a result, they spend millions packaging their products in eye-catching container colors, shapes, sizes and embellishments that will attract your attention. In many cases, the cost of container design and production FAR exceeds the cost of quality ingredients of what is actually inside the container. In turn, Physician-Dispensed skincare is oftentimes a far better value than department store products because your investment is in the ingredients, NOT the packaging!
A FREE Skincare Concierge is Included in the Price of your Physician Dispensed Skincare
“I take my partnership with my patients very seriously,” says Cyndi, also a Licensed Aesthetician with Face Cosmetic Skincare. “I listen to my patients concerns and perform a thorough skin analysis before I recommend any skincare to them,” she continues, “this allows me to customize their homecare regimen to ensure the best results and educate them about their skin and my recommendations.”
In addition to having the knowledgeable guidance of a Licensed Skincare Professional recommending your products, Physician-Dispensed products may offer far more versatility to matching your lifestyle. Unlike their OTC counterparts, these products may come in a variety of strengths, formulations and concentration to match all different skin types and conditions. They may also be developed to care for your skin while undergoing treatments with your dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon such as laser, chemical peels and/or Botox. Traditional drugstore and department store products just can’t afford to offer that level of customization or education.
“I check in with my patients on a regular basis and monitor their progress; if we aren’t seeing the results we want, or if they are experiencing symptoms like dryness, or flaking, we work together to adjust their regimen. It’s a true partnership that you’ll never find from a drugstore or cosmetics counter,” advises Cyndi.
The average consumer throws about hundreds of dollars on skincare products each year that have absolutely no medical or scientific backing. Hundreds of thousands of us are left frustrated and disappointed in products that don’t deliver the results promoted on TV or in Facebook Ads. Knowing the difference between Physician-Dispensed Skincare and OTC Skincare can have a dramatic impact on our skincare regimen’s effectiveness AND our pocketbooks!
Want to get started on a skincare regimen that actually works? Schedule a complimentary consultation with a Face Cosmetic Skincare Licensed Aesthetician! Call (651) 632-9700 today!