Plano doctors discuss how to maintain the results of aesthetic treatments

Aesthetic treatments available in Plano are vast, and include everything from microdermabrasion techniques to makeup that is actually good for the skin to trusted, medical-grade skin care products. You can also help to maintain the results of these treatments, and optimize the effects of these proven products with proper at-home care and healthy lifestyle habits.

Getting to know your skin

The skin protects and supports the entire body. Consider how this largest organ regulates the body's temperature. As you become overheated, the natural response is for the sweat glands to give off the moisture that cools the body. The skin also works with your nerves to alert the body of danger such as a warm burner.

Since this organ is so visible, others can tell a lot about you simply by looking at your skin. The skin can betray your age, as well as your overall health. It is true that healthy-looking skin often starts from the inside out, so the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery encourages any aesthetic treatments be followed up with all the good habits that nourish a youthful appearance and a healthy body.

Lifestyle pitfalls can ruin your skin

It's OK to unwind with friends every so often, but excessive alcohol consumption can wreak havoc on the skin. Alcohol enlarges the blood vessels. As this happens, your skin may become flushed. You can often tell a chronic drinker by his or her visible blood vessels, enlarged oil glands, and big pores, particularly dotting the nose. Cirrhosis also adds a sickly, yellowish pallor to the skin.

A better choice is to drink plenty of water! Dehydrated skin looks dry, wrinkled, and aged. Your appearance can be improved with proper hydration.

Proper diet and exercise is critical. Physical activity helps to maintain your weight, which further promotes youthful contours and a smooth texture. Furthermore, exercise can help to keep your mood elevated. Excessive chronic stress is associated with a whole host of skin problems, ranging from itching and hives to eczema and flushing.

Regular exercise also helps to promote better sleep. Think of a late night you recently had and how your skin looked the following morning. If skin appeared sallow and your eyes were puffy, you are not alone. Now imagine that sleeplessness is chronic, and how insomnia, night after night, can worsen dark circles, lines, dullness, and dryness.

A well-balanced diet includes foods that contain Vitamin A, Niacin, B vitamins, and Vitamin C, which all promote healthy and smooth skin, hair, and nails. Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin and it helps to keep the skin healthy. However, it should be noted that the single biggest factor responsible for premature aging is overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or tanning beds.

Limiting UV exposure comes down to lifestyle choices. Wear proper sun protection and sunscreen. Forgo tanning beds, as they are not any safer than tanning outdoors.

The Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery wants to be your lifelong partner in health. To find out more about how to prevent skin damage and optimize aesthetic treatments, call 972-985-9003 to schedule an appointment.

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