Skin Rejuvination for the Winter
Article by Kenneth Bermudez, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
Now that summer is over and winter is near,it is time to rejuvenate and correct your skin. Sun exposure is the biggest environmental cause of skin aging. Blemishes appear, skin wrinkles and loses its luster secondary to the UVA and UVB light rays. Our minimally invasive treatments such as Laser Micropeel combined with an array of skin care products such as Obagi Nu-Derm System, Obagi Professional-C, and Procyte, can transform and correct much of the damage which has occurred due to excessive sun exposure.
Laser Micropeel is a special pulsed infrared laser that treats and softens wrinkles and other blemishes. It also improves collagen production. This treatment helps restore your skin to its natural beauty, making it softer, smoother, and more vibrant. Dr. Bermudez will evaluate how many treatments will be necessary in order to give you the best results and he will also discuss post treatment effects and care with you. There should be minimal discomfort associated with this procedure as a topical anesthetic cream is used. You may feel warming of the skin or a rubber snap like sensation while it is being performed. It is crucial to follow Dr. Bermudez’s aftercare instructions to the best possible results.
Obagi Nu-Derm System is a physician-prescribed skin care system that corrects and transforms your skin at the cellular level. As your skin ages, the turnover of skin cells and the sloughing off of old damaged skin cells. Collagen and elastin start to slowly break down, causing the skin to lose its elasticity, resulting in wrinkles and sagging. Daily UV exposure accelerates this process and causes uneven pigmentation. Obagi Nu-Derm System has demonstrated best results in improving mild to moderate photodamaged skin.
Procyte skin care products contain copper, which is a powerful collagen and elastin promoter. It restores skin’s radiance and works as an antioxidant against free radicals. It helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and blotchiness while firming the skin.
The initial step is a complete evaluation by Dr. Bermudez and his skin care team. This is followed by non-invasive procedures performed in the office tailored to your specific needs. Most patients only require a topical anesthetic cream, but for the more sensitive patients, a "dental block" with local anesthesia can be performed.