Berman Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center - Facial Surgical Procedures

Manual vs. Chemical Exfoliants

Exfoliating is a very important step in your skin care regimen if you want to improve the appearance of your complexion. Not only does exfoliating help your skin to look brighter, clearer, smoother, and overall healthier, it also allows for your other products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, making them more effective. When you exfoliate, you are sloughing off dead skin cells which helps to stimulate your cell turnover rate (which decreases the older we get). Exfoliants fall under two categories, manual and chemical.

Manual exfoliants tend to have a gritty texture with microbeads and typically come in the form of scrubs. Microdermabrasion is another type of manual exfoliant, and you can either use diamond tips or crystals to exfoliate the skin. When you are using manual exfoliants, you are literally scrubbing off dead skin cells. Because they are abrasive, it is very important not to over exfoliate because it can actually cause damage to your skin. A good rule of thumb when using scrubs to exfoliate is to use them only 1-3 times per week!

Chemical exfoliants use chemical solutions to exfoliate and stimulate collagen and elastin to the skin. The solutions are known as either AHAs or BHAs. AHAs are “water” loving meaning that they attract and hold moisture close to the skin’s surface and they work from the bottom of the epidermis to the top. The different AHAs are good for certain things, but in general they are preferred for those who struggle with dryness. The most common AHAs are Glycolic, Lactic, and Citric. BHAs on the other hand are “oil”-loving meaning they work to “de-gunk” pores and they work from the top of epidermis to the bottom. BHAs are great for people with oily, acne-prone skin. Salicylic Acid is the main BHA…which is also a main ingredient found in aspirin. If you are allergic to aspirin, you will want to avoid BHA products. Oftentimes a combination of AHA and BHA products can be very beneficial for combating skin issues and having a superior outcome!

If you’d like to speak to our estheticians about great exfoliating products to add to your skincare regimen, call our office at 703-406-2444 to schedule a complimentary private consultation!

Surgical Facelift Alternatives - Berman Cosmetic Surgery

Surgical Facelift Alternatives

People mistakenly believe that a facelift fixes your face and makes it perfect and instantly takes many years of aging off of your face. A facelift does certain things very well, but does not address many other aspects of aging.

What does a facelift do, exactly? A facelift is primarily designed to tighten the skin and underlying muscle of the neck and face. The most dramatic change occurs in those with a lot of loose neck skin. There is some improvement in the pre-jowl area and even less improvement in the naso-labial folds. Of course, one can add things like laser resurfacing, fillers or fat transfer and Botox, and a blepharoplasty. However, you can do these other things in the office, without paying for anesthesia or in an operating room facility.

So what are some surgical facelift alternatives?
Aging is multifactorial. This means that there is not one aspect of our face that shows our age. Just a few of the many things one can do to improve your face and delay for many, many years a facelift include:

  • Picosure laser:
    almost every women over the age of 35 will develop areas of irregular pigmentation – areas that are darker and lighter than the rest of the skin. The Picosure laser, with break-through technology, fires 1,000 times faster than any other laser. This means that you can get your face (and neck and chest and hands) resurfaced, with NO DOWN TIME! You need to plan for 3 treatments, each spaced a month apart. The Picosure laser can also help with fine lines and soften your skin. It can even help with acne scarring (although this will typically require 6 treatments). It will also dramatically improve age spots on the face.
  • Chemical Peels:
    We also offer an array of chemical peels such as the ViPeel, megapeels, and pharmaceutical skin grade products to further assist in this area.
  • Smartlipo to the submental area:
    Most people develop fullness and slight sagginess to the upper central neck area (submental area). This area usually responds very nicely to Smartlipo. This area is quite small and does not require any oral sedation, meaning you can be in and out of my office in just 30 minutes and can return to work the very next day.
  • Facial Fillers:
    As we age, we lose fat in our face and experience a deepening of the nasolabial folds. These respond very nicely to fillers such as Juvaderm, Voluma and Volbella.
  • Botox:
    Crowsfeet, glabellar and forehead lines in particular respond nicely to Botox. These lines are a result of movement.
  • Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty:
    The upper blepharoplasty is designed to decrease the redundant upper eyelid skin, while the lower lid blepharoplasty can help decrease the bulging and/or the redundant skin.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call my office at 703-406-2444 to schedule a complimentary, private consultation with me.

What is Microneedling, Exactly? 

Have you ever fallen and scraped your knee? Once it heals and there is new skin, do you find that it looks softer and smoother than before? Microneedling is the same concept. With this treatment, we use a device that has tiny little needles which causes controlled micro-injuries. These send a signal to your body to produce more collagen and elastin. Therefore, it is great for people with fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, larger pores, and stretch marks. It is safe for ALL skin types and you’ll experience little to no downtime!

Before your treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied to help reduce any pain you may feel. Typically, our patients say they don’t feel any pain, just the vibration from the device. Microneedling is awesome for your face but it can also be done on your hands, thighs, stomach, etc.

The healing time depends on each individual. Most patients generally look like they have a mild sunburn afterwards with redness and swelling. This can last up to two to four days following the procedure, but generally people see their skin go back its typical color in about 24 hours. It is recommended that you get between 3-6 treatments, and sometimes more, depending on how severe your condition is.

In order to achieve optimal results you must have a good at home care regimen and be consistent with that plan. And of course, our estheticians can help you build a great regimen tailored to your needs!

If you’d like to speak to our estheticians about ways to love the skin you’re in, call our office at 703-406-2444 to schedule a complimentary private consultation!

Do I Really Need to Wear Sunscreen in the Winter?

Simply put, YES! Now that it’s getting cooler outside many people ditch their SPF, which is a big no no. Wearing daily SPF protection is critical to helping prevent aging. In fact, the rays from the sun are the #1 cause of aging. Even though it’s no longer summertime, you are still being exposed to UVA rays on a daily basis.

There are two kinds of UV (ultraviolet) rays to be concerned about: UVB rays, which cause sunburns, and UVA rays, which cause aging (fine lines and wrinkles). Even when it’s cloudy or rainy out, 70% of UV rays are able to penetrate through the skin. Even if you spend more of the day indoors, the fluorescent lights are emitting UV rays. And those UVA rays are actually stronger when coming through glass, meaning everytime you get in your car you should be wearing SPF!

If you plan on being outdoors for a long period of time, remember to reapply every 2 hours. When purchasing sunscreen, make sure that is says “broad spectrum”, meaning it has both UVB and UVA protection.

If you’d like to speak to our estheticians about great SPF products to add to your skincare regimen, call our office at 703-406-2444 to schedule a complimentary private consultation!

The Many Benefits of Retinol

Written by Nicole Hackett, Master Esthetician
When considering what products to use in your skin care regimen, Retinol, a form of Vitamin A, should be at the top of your list! This ingredient is the gold standard for anti-aging. Essentially, it increases the cell turnover rate, which starts slowing down the older we get.  Retinol comes in many different forms, including  creams, serums, moisturizers and gels.  You can also get prescription-strength retinol. When you begin using Retinol, start slowly (1-2 times per week) and gradually work your way up to using it daily if your skin can handle it.  Sometimes it can cause your skin to feel dry and you may experience some flaking. This is a sign to cut back the usage and to also apply a good hydrating moisturizer. It is highly recommended that you use products that contain Retinol at night, because it makes your skin sensitive to sun light, and be sure that you are using your SPF daily!
The top benefits of Retinol for your skin: 
  • Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fights acne
  • Increases skin firmness
  • Improves uneven skin tone
  • Increases collagen production
  • Fights free radicals

If you’d like to speak to our estheticians about ways to love the skin you’re in, call our office at 703-406-2444 to schedule a complimentary private consultation!

Berman Cosmetic Surgery - 3 Summer Must Haves for your Skin

3 Summer Must Haves for your Skin

Written by Jacqueline Seabra, Master Esthetician

Summer is that time of the year when sweat glands and sebaceous glands are more active – meaning the skin clogs more easily. You need a good regimen to maintain your skin and keep it free of blemishes, while protecting it from harmful UV rays.

Seeing a need for a great skincare solution for our clients is what prompted Dr. Berman to create his own line of skincare products. As a master esthetician, I cannot say enough about our 3-step plan for gorgeous skin, which consists of a daily scrub, Vitamin C serum, and tinted moisturizer.

These 3 products are all you need to set the stage for beautiful summer skin: 

  • CLARIFYING BRIGHTENING POLISH
    This mild brightening scrub is environment friendly with micro-beads to gently and effectively polish the skin by removing excess oil, residues and impurities. As a brightening agent, it contains Arbutin, a natural brightener that inhibits melanin production, Glycolic and Salicylic Acids to assist with cell renewal, and Vitamins A, C, and E, which work as powerful antioxidants.
  • VITAMIN C SERUM
    This unique serum delivers the most stable form of ascorbic acid to the skin using a special liposome-encapsulated phyto stem cell and peptide delivery system. This powerful antioxidant can be applied both morning and night to combat free radicals.
  • PERFECT TINT -SPF 50 

    This luxurious tinted moisturizer, enhanced with green tea extract, is the perfect combination of an antioxidant moisturizer and sun protection, made with 16.2% Zinc Oxide. It will also block both UVA and UVB rays. Its’ unique Universal Pigment Technology provides a sheer, healthy touch of color for all skin tones.

In addition to these 3 must-haves, our Berman Cosmetic Surgery skincare line has everything else you need to customize your skincare regimen according to your individualized needs and concerns. View the complete line >

Great skin is just part of your skin care regime. If you have more serious concerns you’d like to address, including hyper pigmentation, acne scars and fine lines,  you may want to consider our Picosure laser facial, which gives great results with NO downtime, or one of our popular skin care facials or chemical peels.

If you have questions or need help finding the perfect skincare regime, please call us at 703-406-244 to schedule a complimentary consultation with me. Here’s to healthy, glowing summer skin! 

My Experience with the PicoSure Laser Facial

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As a Master Esthetician, I can truly say that I’m delighted with the results from PicoSure, which is a minimally invasive treatment. As I’m every defensive about what goes on my skin, I wanted to try the facial treatment without any numbing/ I was a little skeptical, but definitely willing to try.

I will note that I do have a high tolerance for pain and discomfort in general, but I found it to be minimally uncomfortable – a heat sensation that I’ll describe as intense but at the same time, it felt good. The PicoSure laser concept is about bringing heat to the skin to induce collagen production and thus resurface the skin. With that thought it mind, I can say it actually felt quite pleasant to me.

It’s a quick procedure, with no  redness or just a small amount, which can be easily covered up with makeup. After each of my two treatments (I will do a third in a months time), I kept working in the office and treating patients, and did not even apply any makeup because I experienced no redness. I found the PicoSure laser facial to truly be a no-downtime procedure with great results.

Even though I wanted to do the PicoSure treatment without applying the numbing cream, most people will want to apply the numbing cream 30 minutes prior to the treatment and cover the area with Saran wrap (for greater absorption), so it will be completely painless.

Remember, you should stop all active ingredients, such as Retin-A or other acids, on your face for 3 days prior to your Picosure laser treatment. You will likely need 3 treatments to see your desired results, each one month apart. You must use a sunblock between treatments when you are in the sun.

 

Jacquline is a Master Esthetician at Berman Cosmetic Surgery & Skincare Center. Learn more about Jacqueline and the rest of the team here.

Want to schedule a skin consultation with Jacqueline? Click here or call 703-406-2444 to schedule now![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/3″][image_with_animation image_url=”4607″ alignment=”” animation=”None” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Master Esthetician, Jacqueline, one hour after her PicoSure facial. Notice the absence of redness – she was able to continue to work and see patients immediately! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Lengthening The Results Of Your Facial Treatments

Want to extend the benefits of your facial treatments? We offer a complete line of products that can lengthen the results of microdermabrasion. This skin rejuvenation treatment is used to gently exfoliate your skin while removing the thicker and uneven outer layer.  The results are amazing and this treatment will leave your skin feeling soft, and supple with an even-tone, similar to if you were wearing make up.  Unfortunately, because of the free radicals that surround the environment, along with lifestyle and skin metabolism, these results are temporary.  Lengthening the optimal results of this procedure is what most patients seek.  In order to do that, we offer three magic products that will leave your skin feeling exactly like it did immediately following your microdermabrasion.

 

 

 

Step 1: Cleanse your skin with your favorite cleanser.

Step 2: For 2-3 minutes, rub your skin with the Skin Ceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub.

Step 3: Pat the skin dry and apply the Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5 Masque. Wait for 5-10 minutes.

Step 4: Use a warm face towel to remove product.

Step 5: Pat the skin dry and apply Hydrating B5 Gel serum.

Step 6: Finish with your favorite moisturizer.

Using these three products together has helped many patients lengthen the results of their microdermabrasion facial treatments.  The Micro-Exfoliating Scrub is gentle, yet will restore the skin’s moisture balance.  Finishing with the B5 Gel will seal the moisture in and add extra hydration with essential vitamins.

Our Master Estheticians would be more than happy to assist you in addressing all of your skincare concerns and customize a skincare regimen just for you!  Call our office at (703) 406-2444 and schedule your complimentary skincare consultation today.