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The Perfect Team for the Perfect Skin

Going in for a consultation with a Plastic Surgeon and Medical Aesthetician is now quite commonplace. Thank Heavens for that! The stigma of having cosmetic procedures done are becoming a thing of the past. This is because the last few generations have had the Internet at their disposal, makeover reality shows on TV, social media, camera phones and celebrities coming clean about their own procedures.

For years, women have been fighting a losing battle. If you did not seek to get some “work done”, then people would say you had “let yourself go”. If you had a facelift or breast augmentation, then people would state that you were vain. You could not win!

It is refreshing to note that people feel much more comfortable today with the idea of cosmetic enhancements, particularly non-surgical procedures such as Botox TM, fillers, lasers and skin care.

In the last few years, I have found that many of my patients are quite savvy and well informed on the many types of non-surgical procedures we as Plastic Surgeons can now offer them.

Partners in Skin Care



Throughout history, we’ve all heard about some great teams – Abbott and Costello, Sonny and Cher, Batman and Robin, and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, to name but a few. The reasons these Dynamic Duos were successful is that they each had strengths that offset the other’s skills.

Each of them alone were fine, but together they were unbeatable. Today, Plastic Surgeons and Medical Aestheticians are combining their skills to offer outstanding care to all their patients. I refer to this “Partners in Skin Care”.

Aesthetician and Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

 

I am proud to be a part of a dynamic duo. My licensed medical Aesthetician, Beth Walker, and I have combined forces to ensure that our clients get the best of our skills, knowledge and training.

As a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon for almost thirty years and a Diamond provider for Allergan, my patients tell me they are thrilled with our incredible results from Botox TM, skin care and fillers. Therefore, more and more tend to steer away from “going under the knife” these days. It’s all about having non-surgical options!

I take pride in the fact that my team and I ensure that our patients receive the best possible care during their procedures, while still maintaining safety and comfort.

Our talented aesthetician Beth has been in the Medical Aesthetics field for almost twenty years. Her extensive knowledge, combined with my medical training, provide our patients with the best possible regimen for all of their skincare needs. I find that leaning on the strengths of professionals will always give our patients their best, intended results.

 

Who Should You Visit Today for Injectables and skin care?

 

Do your homework before you decide to get “injectables” such as Botox TM, laser treatments, skin care and/or dermal fillers! What you need to know is the differences between consulting with a licensed medical professional such as a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon or going to a local med-spa for the “best pricing” where you are unsure of their training or expertise. You also need to know the differences between seeing a Licensed Medical Aesthetician and an Esthetician. Although both professions are known as skincare specialists, traditional estheticians work in salons and spas, while licensed medical Aestheticians typically work in a medical setting with the guidance and supervision of a physician for safety. Our Medical Aesthetician can perform laser treatments, Medical-Grade peels etc., body contouring treatments…not just “facials”. All of which contribute to outstanding results.

 

Skincare is Essential for Healthy and Youthful Skin

 

At the Polacek Center for Plastic Surgery, we truly believe that great skincare is essential for healthy and youthful skin. We offer leading edge treatments, such as Medical-grade peels, micro-needling and laser resurfacing. Along with our various procedures, our Aesthetician recommends medical-grade skincare products that can only be purchased by a physician’s office. Between the procedures I provide through injections and contouring, and the treatments and products Beth provides, we believe we have a winning combination!

This leads me to discuss the differences between Over the Counter skincare products and Medical Grade products! Although medical grade skincare products are sometimes costly, investing in your skincare with a proven and effective product is worth every penny in the end.

 

Medical grade skincare products:

    • Are FDA Regulated
    • All the active ingredients are 99.9% pure
    • Are all formulated in a lab and highly tested for effectiveness
    • Must be sold under a doctor and prescribed by a trained/licensed skincare Aesthetician

 

Over-the-counter Skincare products:

    • Are sold by anyone
    • Are mass produced
    • Made with less science and more marketing
    • Fragrance and synthetics are the main ingredients
    • Have high levels of preservatives to maintain a longer shelf life
    • Have only trace amounts of pure ingredients

Women are starting their anti-aging treatments younger because they realize that preventing and maintaining is better than playing catch up later. I find that it’s quite common for patients to say, “What can you do for me in the office, I don’t want surgery.”

 

We here at Polacek Center for Plastic Surgery are proud to be offering the following product lines:

 

Obagi Nu Derm – This product is designed to target skin damage at the cellular level, which results in improved skin health and appearance and aids in the reduction of future damage. This system benefits patients with facial aging, hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne, and rosacea. If you feel that sun damage, hormonal changes, stress, or environmental pollutants have caused your skin to prematurely age, then this line of products is for you!
 
SkinCeuticals – This comprehensive line of science-backed products aims to restore youthful skin and improved skin health. It is designed to prevent future skin damage, protects the skin, and correct any pre-existing damage.
 
SkinMedica– This skin care line is committed to advancing the science of skin rejuvenation through research and innovation. Their products work with your skin’s natural healing properties to help you achieve transformative results from the inside out.
 
To learn more about Beth Walker and myself, please click on the following links from the website:
 
https://www.polacekplasticsurgery.com/about-us/plastic-surgeon-rhode-island-ri-lori-polacek/
https://www.polacekplasticsurgery.com/meet-the-staff/
 
So, if you would like to discover more about the best ways to care for your skin, the medical grade products we think would work best for your skin type, and the non-surgical procedures through injections; please contact our office at (401) 331-0202 to schedule your “Perfect Duo” appointment. Together, Beth Walker and I will coordinate a personalized skincare treatment plan for you. Let’s work together to get you perfect, younger-looking skin today. You’re worth it!

VAGINAL REJUVENATION – SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION

No longer should a woman be ashamed or be in pain due to vaginal discomfort. As Vaginal Rejuvenation is becoming more familiar and talked about, we are happy to see more woman discussing the possibility of having a non-surgical procedure with their doctors. Whether women want to restore their vaginal health, improve issues with incontinence, enhance their sexual functioning or gain more confidence with their feminine well-being, there are non-surgical solutions without having surgery. I felt it was very important to debunk some falsehoods and misconceptions that circulate still today about Vaginal Rejuvenation.
 

It is vital to point out that this could be a serious problem that should not be taken lightly. Women should not have to accept or endure symptoms that include urinary stress incontinence, vaginal dryness and atrophy due to menopause, vaginal laxity or painful intercourse.

 

The issue, unfortunately, lies with the fact that too many women are made to feel embarrassed to even talk about it. If it impacts your life, health, and wellbeing; you should no longer stay silent. As women we need to empower ourselves and get our life back!

So…. let’s begin to separate facts from fiction, shall we?!

  • Myth – Women only undergo vaginal rejuvenation because they feel pressure to change the appearance of their genital area to be more pleasing to their significant other or partner.

  • Fact – The majority of the women I see request the non-surgical procedure to relieve discomfort and other physical issues. After years of suffering in silence, the aesthetics of their vaginal area is the last thing on their mind. However, they regard it as an added benefit!

  • Myth – Women are not as concerned about their sexual health as men are. They are not as interested in how aging changes how they feel about sex.

  • Fact – Just because women don’t talk about their sexual health, doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter to them. In fact, it concerns them more so because of vaginal dryness, loose tissue due to childbirth, inability to orgasm like they used to, and pain during intercourse.

Designer Vagina or Medical Conditions?

  • Myth – Women are now becoming more vain about their genital areas and want to have a “designer vagina” because it’s trendy and all their friends are doing it!

  • Fact – Although some women may want it solely for vanity purposes, most women’s goals are to seek help with vaginal looseness, enlarged labia and incontinence, to name a few reasons. Finding the right doctor and procedure is their main concern.

  • MYTH – Surgery is the only way to correct any vaginal issues a woman may have.

  • FACT – Fortunately for women who are wary of having surgery, there is a non-surgical procedure that is a great solution to many common concerns and medical conditions. It is an in-office procedure that has minimal to no pain or downtime!

  • MYTH – Only women who have had children are offered Vaginal Rejuvenation

  • FACT – Vaginal Rejuvenation does help with vaginal laxity due to childbirth, but it also is effective for vaginal dryness as a woman ages and starts menopause, weak vaginal tissue, urinary incontinence, and pain during sexual intercourse. As a woman ages, their skin loses collagen which then leads to vaginal changes in appearance.

  • MYTH – Women are afraid to lose their lover or spouse because they feel they cannot satisfy their sexual desires the way they used to.

  • FACT – As much as it is important to want to satisfy your significant other sexually, it is just as vital for a woman to fulfill her sexual desires as well. They want to feel like they used to before childbirth and aging. By getting this non-surgical treatment, they can strengthen vaginal tone and sensitivity. It also strengthens their confidence when being intimate!

Painless!

  • MYTH – The procedure is quite painful and recovery time is long and challenging.

  • FACT – Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation comes with minimal pain. The procedure utilizes laser therapy. A topical anesthetic is used prior to the procedure for less discomfort. Our patients tell us the discomfort is minimal both during the procedure and post procedure. Recovery is quick and there is no downtime. The patient only needs to abstain from intercourse for one week and can exercise shortly afterwards.

  • MYTH – Vaginal Rejuvenation isn’t necessary – it’s just a fad!

  • FACT – It may not be a matter of life or death, but it can improve a woman’s quality of life significantly. I hear so many of my patients talk about the severe bladder leakage they experience since they had children. They have lost bladder sensation; and if they laugh or sneeze they leak. This is the quality of life that I’m concerned about.

Are You a Candidate?

So, now that those misleading myths have been debunked, do you feel like you could be a candidate for Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation? Well, if you are a woman who is experiencing stress incontinence, vaginal dryness, vaginal laxity, painful sexual intercourse, or lessened or no sexual pleasure at all; then you are a candidate. Do you want to live life to the fullest and feel like your old self again? Stop feeling the shame and ignoring your pain, do something for you.

Your Checklist for Your Non-Surgical Rejuvenation Consultation

Per the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, you should use the following questions as a guide and checklist during your non-surgical rejuvenation consultation.

 

  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?

  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?

  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?

  • Am I a good candidate for nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation?

  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?

  • Have you been specifically trained in this procedure?

  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?

  • What nonsurgical technique is recommended for me?

  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?

  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?

  • How are complications handled?

  • Will I experience any changes in sensitivity during sexual intercourse?

  • How long will I need to wait after the procedure to engage in sexual intercourse?

  • Will I be able to have a vaginal childbirth after nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation?

  • Would vaginal childbirth affect the results of the procedure?

  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my nonsurgical vaginal rejuvenation?

 

COR2RE Intima Laser Treatment System

As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for almost 30 years, I have done extensive research trying to find the best device to perform these non-surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation procedures in the comfort of my office.

After careful consideration, I’ve chosen the CO2RE Intima Laser Treatment System. Its efficacy is well established in medical literature. Three treatments at 3-4 weeks apart are recommended with a yearly follow-up. This treatment thickens and tones the vaginal tissue and increases circulation, improves lubrication and sensitivity and decreases incontinence.

Along with that, it also treats the external tissues by improving pigmentation, shrinking loose tissue and making tissue healthier and less fragile. In short, CO2RE is a simple, non-surgical procedure that helps to restore vaginal health!

If after reading this article you feel this non-surgical procedure will help you “Enjoy Life Like You Used To”, please give our office a call at (401)331-0202 to request a consultation. I’d be more than happy to answer all your questions and concerns! Take your life back!

Are You a Sun Worshipper or Sun-Phobic?

Summer is here!  So, are you going to enjoy it fully or hide indoors?  We have gone from being total sun-worshippers to total sun-phobics!  There has got to be a happy medium. All things in Moderation. With the proper preventative measures and precautions taken, there is no need to be either one or the other.    

 

As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for over 30 years, I have learned that you just can’t tell a client to stay out of the sun completely!  Most of us love to be able to enjoy the summer outdoors getting a golden tan, playing sports, swimming, and going to barbeques! So, instead of speaking only about the dangers of sun exposure, it’s important I also extol the benefits of a little sun.  

 

Nowadays, everyone knows that too much sun exposure can be a danger to our skin.  The key is balance. There are several health benefits as well. Besides the fact that a tan makes people feel good about themselves; it also improves your mood, boosts a healthier immune system, stimulates the body’s production of Vitamin D, helps with bone health, lowers blood pressure, and helps with better sleep!  I’ve even heard some clients say that a healthy tan makes them feel AND look thinner! It’s definitely a self-esteem booster!

So, in order to prepare for summer fun in the sun, I’ve listed a few things that you should do before, during, and after you head out into the sunshine that will give you some peace of mind:

 

  • BY ALL MEANS….DON’T GET BURNED!

Everyone knows that the most common form of sun damage to their skin is a sunburn.  Its unsightly and very painful….and frankly, can ruin your day or vacation! So, taking adequate measures to protect your skin before heading outdoors is not only smart but important.  The EPA recommends that you take action steps to help you and your family be “Sun Wise”. Check out their Action Steps for Sun Protection at www.epa.gov/sunwise

 

  • SUN-PROOF YOUR SKIN

Talk to your Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon on which types of sunscreen would work best with your skin type.  Make sure you apply at least a minimum of SPF 15 every 2 hours or so. I truly recommend the sunscreens with Zinc Oxide!  Zinc Oxide is the best, safest, and most effective UV filter there is on the market today. Too much sun for long periods of time isn’t good for your skin, either.  I see too many clients come in asking how they can reverse their damaged skin so they can look youthful again. Those age spots, sometimes called sun spots, are an accumulation of sun damage which triggered melanin-producing cells to lose control and produce too much pigment.  No one likes having Age Spots!

 

“Sun protection doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive – it needs to be consistent. Keep it simple, but do it forever!”
Hillary Fogelson, Melanoma Survivor and Author of Pale Girl Speaks

 

  • HYDRATION IS VITAL

While outdoors, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.  Hydration is crucial as you increase your outdoor activities in the heat as you perspire.  This advice cannot be stressed enough as it not only helps you with hydration, but it helps your skin as well.

 

  • CONSIDER A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT

A stylish hat that compliments your beach attire will protect you from the harmful effects of the sun.  According to OutdoorResearch.com, certain brimmed hats have UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) which acts like sunscreen!  So, look great while doing a great service to your skin!

 

  • UV SUNGLASSES ARE A MUST

You’re eyes and the surrounding skin are highly sensitive to the elements.  Over exposure to the sun around the eye area is quite dangerous and damaging.  Investing in a great pair of UV sunglasses is so vital to the health of your eyes.  The Mayo Clinic notes that UV rays can damage the skin on your eyelids as well as the more sensitive parts like your cornea.  

 

  • KNOW THE BEST TIMES TO AVOID THE SUN!

The EPA suggests that UV levels are at their highest from mid-morning to afternoon – say from 10am to 4pm.  Seek shade whenever possible, continue to wear and re-apply sunscreen, sunhat, cover-ups, and sunglasses throughout the day if you find yourself outdoors for most of the day.  

 

  • DON’T FORGET THE UMBRELLA!  

I know….I know….too much to carry to the beach!  However, you’ll be ever so grateful for that umbrella as you seek some shade when that mid-day sun hits!  A shaded tree, umbrella and cover-ups all can help you keep your skin safe from sun damage.

 

WHAT TO DO ONCE THE DAMAGE IS DONE

So, you forgot to use sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or follow any of the advice listed above!  So, what do you do? It is time to soothe the over-exposed skin. Using super-soothing cooling gels often help prevent peeling and reduces redness and inflammation.  It is also very important that you get a skin exam from your physician. Prior to exposing yourself to the sun, it is vital to find out if any medications you may be taking could cause you to have a sun allergy or if you have sun sensitivity; which usually runs in the family.  

 

So in closing, if you love to be outdoors in the summer feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, then go for it!  Just remember to respect the elements and take proper precaution when taking care of your skin!

 

If you would like to learn more about summer skin care, please call me to request a consultation at (401) 331-0202.  I can help you design a skin care regimen specific to your own unique skin care needs. Our Fraxel Dual laser corrects damage from the sun. Have a safe and fun summer!  

 

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