Is it safe to have multiple procedures at the same time? Thinking of having liposuction and a face lift so it’s a one time thing? Jack

Hi Jack, the viability of having several procedures done at the same time depends on the length and nature of the operations.  Large scale lipo has had some percentage of significant complications as there is just a lot of fluid being sucked out of the body, and a lot of fluid being put in for the anaesthesia, you can easily have a major operation that last 5 hours. Then adding a face lift, also another major procedure, it may not always be a very good idea. I understand how you’d like to have everything done in one sitting, it is better to split it up into two trips to the operating room. So basically, all these factors have to come into play, the length of the operation and the nature of the operation, not to mention the patient’s own particular condition — their physiology, how they are known to heal. If a patient is a slow healer, it makes sense to be a little more conservative and have two separate operations

What are the PROs and CONs of chemical and laser peels? Johnny

Hi Johnny, thanks for your question. Laser peel makes the little individual cells of the skin, pop and die, as opposed to the chemical or acid that makes them die from the acid treatment. In effect, the outer layer of skin is destroyed on purpose to a certain thickness forcing nature to send up brand new smooth tight fresh pink skin. In my opinion, chemical peel will deliver the desired results. Treating just parts of the face takes about 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment takes up to two hours. After the laser procedure, the doctor will bandage the treated areas. After 24 hours, you will need to clean the treated areas four to five times a day and then apply an ointment such as petroleum jelly to prevent scabs from forming.

I just turned 16 and I just had a chemical peel. My doctor said I should use sunscreen. What’s the best type for someone my age? What do you think of self tanners? Joe

Hi Joe, new skins emerges after a chemical peel.  Sunscreen should be applied daily as a form of protection outside, it’s important to choose a good sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin. Some of the zinc based sun blocking agents will be less irritating than others. You can use a moisturizing type of sunscreen especially on the face because it’s practical after you wash in the morning to put on a daily moisturizing sunscreen. There are some foundations with sunscreen – foundation with less than SPF 15, should be supplemented with sunscreen beneath whatever will be applied to the skin. Sunscreen with 15+ SPF is usually adequate enough for most skin types. It basically gets between 93 and 94% of the suns removed.

What are the different treatments for acne? Cherry

Hello Cherry, There are several possible treatments for acne.  There are oral prescriptions, injections, topical ointments (both prescription and non-prescription) and/or acne surgery/extractions or chemical peels. There is also acne surgery wherein skin is cleansed, blackheads and whiteheads extracted, and clogged pores are cleaned.  Acne surgery helps to reduce current acne outbreaks. Patients receiving acne surgery treatments must continue to have periodic visits with the dermatologist for acne management.  In addition, you can work with your dermatologist or aesthetician to develop/create a regime to prevent further outbreaks. Acne treatments are not just for cosmetic reasons. Acne can cause permanent scarring, affecting the way a person feels about themselves. With significant medical and non-medical advancements, most acne can be cleared up, so it makes sense to explore all options available. To reduce the appearance of acne scars, you can look at options for skin resurfacing like chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Which is more effective, Artefill or fat injections? ­­­Orly

Hi Orly, the biggest difference between these two types of fillers is how long the results last. The results from Artefill injections lasts only a few months and it can’t be used on thinner skin and should not be used to correct crow’s feet. Also when an Artefill injection is given, the solution not only acts as a dermal filler, but its microspheres also stimulate the body to produce its own collagen. As the injected collagen slowly degrades naturally, the newly produced collagen replaces it. This is what gives Artefill long-lasting, almost permanent results. These injections are administered by the doctor directly into the Nasolabial folds. Unlike fillers such as fat, Artefill does not need to be over-injected to correct wrinkles. Because of the filler’s composition, the results of an Artefill injection will be seen immediately and will not begin to fade too quickly.