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An Esthetic Perspective: The Blog at GFPCS

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My name is Stacey Bernhardt. I have been specializing in professional skin care services for the past decade. During this time, the industry has exploded with advances in medical esthetic procedures including Botox, chemical peels, and laser hair removal. Medical skin care products have also gained popularity during this time (hello Retin-A)! While these procedures and products are safe and very effective, they are indeed medical procedures and should be performed by a trained professional within a medical setting.

In my experience patients receive the most effective care and are happiest with their results when an esthetician and a physician collaborate throughout their treatment process. Working hand in hand with Dr. Glazer, as the only Board Certified Facial Plasticand Reconstructive Surgeon in our area, allows us access to the most effective modalities for treating today's common esthetic concerns.  These concerns include skin cancer prevention, wrinkling, skin laxity and loss of volume (sagging), hyperpigmentation (sun spots), sensitivity, acne and acne scarring. We truly believe that aging affects a person in various ways, so we must utilize a plethora of proven procedures and products to promote a healthy, youthful appearance. There is no “one size fits all.” In our practice we treat each patient, depending on their concerns, from the most superficial skin layers (addressing skin tone and texture) to the deepest layers of fat, bone and muscle (addressing sagging and loss of volume). For example, Botox is amazing for forehead wrinkles, but will not enhance the tone or texture of the skin.  It’s our job to guide you to a treatment plan that will be best for you, your concerns, and your lifestyle.  The products we recommend contain efficacious, medical grade ingredients that require a professional to oversee their use. This collaborative, comprehensive, and progressive approach to anti-aging and healthy skin is why I am so proud to be a part of GFPCS. Our goal here is to create an atmosphere where you feel safe, educated and empowered.

Our blog will be educational and fun! I look forward to sharing with you, and I am always here to answer any questions you may have.

-Stacey Bernhardt, LE 

7 Tips To Healthy Summer Skin

Lately, I've become a sunscreen aficionado . Sure, as a skin care specialist I've always recommended sun protection, but lately it's become my personal mission to find out as much as I can about safe sun practices and share my findings with you, our patients...

Working for Dr. Glazer, we see a plethora of patients needing skin cancer lesion removal and reconstruction. With proper sun protection and precautions, skin cancer is a potentially preventable pathologic process. The other side of excessive sun exposure is the direct link to premature aging. As a medical esthetician, I spend most of my days helping patients deal with skin wrinkling, loss of collagen, discoloration and uneven skin texture. Every one of these concerns is caused and made worse by sun exposure. So a theme occurs with both skin cancers and anti-aging: "An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure"!

A lot of people feel surprised to hear they have skin cancer because they have always worn sunscreen. Why, you might ask, is this occurring so regularly? Recently the FDA has been giving the SPF industry a lot of attention the past few years, cracking down on misleading claims and non-beneficial chemical formulations. Below are some helpful tidbits to help you enjoy the summer while protecting yourself and your family. 

  1. Truth time! Tan skin is damaged skin, therefore there is no “healthy” tan. Skin color is produced by a cell called Melanin, which is activated when we are exposed to the sun to protect the structures below the skin.  Uneven skin tone and “age spots” are caused by several factors, but perhaps the largest cause is UV exposure. 

  1. UVB rays cause skin burning. UVA rays cause skin aging. Both cause skin cancer. Look for broad spectrum protection.  

  1. To go further: look for sun products that contain a PHYSICAL sunblocking agent: such as Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. Physical sunscreens form a barrier ON TOP of the skin. Chemical sunscreens absorb INTO the skin. Because chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, they may cause irritation.  Many chemicals have been found to cause hormone disruption and break down over time, offering less effective sun protection.  

  1. Reapply every 1-2 hours especially when sweating or swimming, and make sure you are applying enough product to get thorough, even coverage (especially with spray sunscreens, which we love!) 

  1. Look for changes with sunscreen regulations and do your research. New FDA laws state that sunscreens can only be listed as SPF 50+ (higher SPF numbers, such as SPF 100, are misleading and do not necessarily provide superior sun protection). Products cannot claim to be a “sunblock” but only a “sunscreen”, nor can they claim to be “waterproof” or “sweat proof”.  

  1. Scientists estimate that nearly 42% of adults suffer from vitamin D deficiency. The best way to get an optimal level of vitamin D is through sensible sun exposure (using a physical sunscreen) and daily vitamin D supplements, if deemed necessary by your physician.   

  1. No sunscreen, no matter the formulation, is enough to protect against the full spectrum of UVA/UVB rays. A topical antioxidant, such as Obagi Vitamin C 15%, is necessary for the most complete sun protection.  

At Glazer Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, we use Elta MD and Obagi sun products to provide our patients with "an ounce of prevention" before needing "a pound of cure".