by Sarah Kinonen, July 20, 2017
You skimped on sunscreen. Then forgot to re-apply. Now, you have a sunburn that — quite literally — burns like no other, and your scorched skin more resembles the scaly, flaky mess shed from reptiles (ew) than its usual smooth, glowing disposition. But did you know that when your skin begins to peel, it's actually your body's way of ridding itself of dead, damaged skin cells that were exposed to the sun's damaging ultra-violet rays? Pretty cool, if you ask us.
"UV light exposure causes free-radical damage to your skin," Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, tells Allure. "Significant inflammation leads to a process known as programmed cell death, where skin cells shut down because they are too damaged to live properly. Any redness, and especially peeling, signifies that there has been damage to the skin."
In non-science speak, your body is literally shedding dead skin that was touched by the sun as a form of protection. So what does that mean for the skin that didn't shed? "In some cases, if skin cells do live despite significant damage to their DNA, they can become cancerous," says Zeichner.
That's why it's so (emphasis on so) important to slather on sunscreen (at least SPF 30) every day - 30 minutes before heading outdoors - and then reapply every few hours, as the American Academy of Dermatology Recommends. "Skin cancer is largely preventable," says Zeichner. "Even a single sunburn increases your risk of developing skin cancer later in life. This risks doubles if you develop a blistering burn." (Which is what unfortunately happened to this guy.)
Your best bet in skipping the scaling sensation, as well as avoiding your risk of skin cancer, entirely is to be sun smart. And don't get burnt. It's really as simple as it sounds. "It's like car accidents - don't put yourself in harms way and wear a seatbelt," Beverly Hills-based dermatology Ava Shamban tells Allure. Along with slathering on SPF, Shamban recommends wearing a hat, sitting in the shade, and opting for UV-protected sunglasses when you're outdoors. "Taking precautions now will prevent premature aging, skin cancer, and painful peeling of unsightly skin," she says. "Treat your skin like your favorite article of clothing — you wear it every day."
It's true. You checked the mirror again. Those crow's feet around your eyes and the lines between your eyebrows have deepened, becoming more noticeable. What can you do to change those wrinkles? Dr. Ann Zedlitz of Z Aesthetic Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, uses BOTOX Cosmetic to help patients who desire a more refreshed appearance. Injected into the muscles at the outer canthus of the eyes, between the brows, around the mouth and on the forehead and neck, this highly popular wrinkle treatment literally smooths facial lines for months.
The details on BOTOX in Baton Rouge and Prairieville
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2002 for aesthetic purposes, BOTOX injectables are a purified, pharmaceutical-grade form of the Botulinum Toxin A. When Dr. Zedlitz determines that a patient's personal appearance and self-image could be helped by this minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment, she schedules some short appointments at Z Aesthetic Dermatology.
As a fully-credentialed dermatologist and Expert Injector for BOTOX, Dr. Z has seen excellent results from BOTOX injections around the eyes and for the brows, depending on patient preference and need. The BOTOX serum actually limits the movement of selected muscles in the areas of dynamic wrinkling--in other words, on parts of the face where the skin moves as the patient smiles, frowns, laughs and speaks.
The injections themselves take about ten minutes during which patients experience no more than a pinching sensation. Afterward, the injected areas may be slightly red and puffy, but this quickly resolves. The optimal smoothing results from BOTOX appear within three to seven days and last literally for months with occasional touch-ups.
Could BOTOX help you?
The answer lies in a one-in-one consultation with Dr. Zedlitz at Z Aesthetic Dermatology. She'll examine your areas of concern, take a full medical history and help you decide how you want your facial appearance to change. She may recommend BOTOX Cosmetic or other treatments such as dermal fillers to help you look and feel your very best.
To schedule an appointment Baton Rouge or at the Prairieville office, call (225) 778-7540 for a consultation.
By Leiana Briganti , Online Content Producer |
A: If you've never heard of hyaluronic acid fillers, you're missing out on an anti-aging essential. Hyaluronic acid is a substance found naturally in human skin that retains skin's moisture and fills the space between collagen and elastin fibers, enhancing the skin's plumpness. As we age, our levels of hyaluronic acid decline, resulting in crepey, dry and wrinkle-ladened skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can can correct the effects of diminished hyaluronic acid, especially on the lips.
If you think the words "inject lips" and "natural" aren't compatabible, think again. "My motto is less is more. If you can tell you've had something done, I haven't done my job. I try to educate [pateints] and let them know my goals are for them to look rested, not 'done,'" says Baton Rouge, LA dermatologist Ann Zedlitz, MD.
According to New York dermatologist Adebola Dele-Michael, MD, Restylane Silk, the newest hyaluronic acid on the market, is perfect for a subtle, natural-looking lip enhancement. Dr. Zedlitz agrees. "It is now my favorite filler for the lips. It is softer, therefore the enhancement is even more natural than before."
"For patients aiming to achieve more pronounced and fuller lips, Juvederm XC or Restylane-L are great choices," adds Dr. Dele-Michael.
Months after you lose weight, muffin tops, love handles and double chins can still be a problem. Luckily, there's a simple way to get rid of stubborn fat deposits that don't involve surgery. Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologist, Dr. Ann Zedlitz, explains how CoolSculpting can improve your appearance.
Freezing the fat away
Fat cells don't like cold temperatures. In fact, when they're exposed to extreme cold, they die. Because CoolSculpting targets fat cells only, healthy cells adjacent to fat cells aren't harmed by the treatments. When fat cells freeze, they crystallize and are metabolized by your body. The remains of the cells are eliminated by your body over the next several weeks or months.
Coolsculpting offers an effective alternative to liposuction
Unlike liposuction, CoolSculpting requires no incisions and no anesthesia. CoolSculpting offers a more gradual way to eliminate fat deposits. Each visit may reduce fat deposits by as much as 20 percent. Most people need a few visits to obtain the desired results. Treatments last one to three hours, depending on how many areas are treated.
CoolSculpting targets multiple areas
CoolSculpting is very effective in reducing abdominal and flank fat deposits, it's also ideal for reducing fats in other parts of the body, including:
- Back Fat: Have you given up wearing form-fitting clothing because your back fat is on display? CoolSculpting eliminates the rolls on your back.
- Double Chin: It's frustrating to see the numbers on the scale decrease every week, yet notice no difference in your double chin. Freezing the fat deposits will help tone your neck and eliminate the fat.
- Buttocks Rolls: The treatment is also very effective at targeting rolls of fats under the buttocks.
- Thigh Fat: Coolsculpting can thin your thighs by reducing the fat in your inner and outer thighs.
What happens during a CoolSculpting treatment?
Before your treatment begins at our Baton Rouge office, a gel pad will be applied to your skin to protect it from the extreme temperatures. After the pad is applied, the CoolSculpting applicator is placed over the area. Vacuum suction holds the skin and fat in place during the treatment. You'll feel a burst of cold when the device is activated, but that cold feeling will soon be replaced by numbness. After your treatment, you can immediately return to your usual activities. Bruising and tenderness are common after CoolSculpting treatment, but usually only last a few weeks.
Would you like to tone your body with CoolSculpting? Call Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologist Dr. Ann Zedlitz at (225) 778-7540 to schedule an appointment.
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