Skin Care

ZO Skin Health & DNA Repairing Enzymes

DNA is a surprisingly fragile molecule. Though it’s essential to all your cells, it takes very little energy to break it apart. Sunlight, pollution, and free radicals damage DNA in over a million skin cells every day, impairing its natural defenses and basic functions. Cells with damaged DNA produce less collagen, less elastin, and fewer antioxidants. They make your skin weak, vulnerable, and prone to wrinkles, freckles, lines, and sunspots. As damage builds, your epidermis becomes thin, allowing red capillaries around your nose, cheeks, and ears to peak through.

Here in Southern California, we enjoy our surf and sun. The abundance of sunshine throughout the year makes it seem as if it’s summertime all of the time. However, all those days in the sun can take their toll.

Wrinkles, sagging skin, freckles, and brown spots are often the result of excessive exposure to the sun. Sun damaged skin can be troubling to many. Fortunately, there are steps you can take, without sacrificing your southern California lifestyle, to prevent and even reverse the signs of sun damage.

Do yourself a favor this summer and protect yourself from the sun. While an hour here and there without sunscreen might not seem like a big deal, exposure to the sun over a lifetime will significantly speed up the signs of aging. To minimize wrinkles and age spots, and reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, be sure to practice sun safety this summer.  

More than 6.6. million Botox® and Botox-like injection procedures were performed in 2014, making it one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the country. Botox was initially approved for cosmetic procedures in 2002, but more recently received approval specifically as a treatment for crow’s feet. A minimally invasive procedure that requires little downtime, Botox can help to remove those wrinkles at the corners of your eyes.

Since it was approved by the FDA in 2002, Botox® has become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the country. More than 6.6 million Botox and Botox-like procedures were performed in 2014. Botox has a proven safety record. However, side effects are always possible. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of having problems with your Botox treatments.

Scar Reduction & Prevention

Scars are inevitable. Our goals as plastic surgeons are to deliver you the best results possible with the most inconspicuous scars.  We take great care in planning your procedure to hide the scars whenever possible and to make sure that any visible scar appears as a thin, flat line.  As a patient, there are several steps you can take to make sure you get the best scars possible after your procedure.

Caring for Fresh Wounds to Reduce Scarring

Properly caring for a wound can help to reduce visible scarring.

Scar Treatments: What Should Patients Know

A scar is unavoidable whenever the skin is cut. However, there are many factors that determine how a scar looks after the cut has healed. Even though plastic surgeons excel in using meticulous suturing techniques to close incisions, this is only a small part of what determines the appearance of a scar.

If you are overly concerned about the way a scar looks, there are different measures and scar treatments that can be used to make scars less visible. None of these methods will eliminate the scar, but they can be used to improve its appearance.

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