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Everyone is talking about this (so we are too)

skin care | bay area caIt’s been a story that’s been all over the news, and it’s certainly one of the most exciting technologies we’ve heard about, maybe since Botox. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts General Hospital and others have been working together to develop a substance that can act like a new and improved “second skin.”

They’ve created a miraculous skin coating

The group of researchers has come up with a silicone-based coating that can actually duplicate the appearance of younger, healthier skin, including its elasticity and strength. When the substance is applied to aging skin, it can tighten skin and smooth away wrinkles. This topical polymer is designed to try and compensate for the natural loss of skin elasticity that causes wrinkles and sagging as we age.

It’s stronger than human skin

It’s applied in cream or ointment form and then a “platinum catalyst” triggers the polymer to form a strong, flexible film. It can last up to 24 hours and is practically invisible.

Safety and effectiveness testing

Researchers report applying the coating under the eyes of test subjects, where for 24 hours it:

  • Tightened the skin
  • Reduced under-eye bags

In another test, the coating improved hydration of dry leg skin by preventing moisture loss. And there may be many more uses for this breakthrough substance related to skin diseases, sun protection and dryness issues.

Discovering all this “invisible layer” can do

It can provide a barrier, cosmetic improvements, and, potentially, better deliver treatment to specific areas. And so far, none of the over 200 study participants have experienced any negative reaction to the coating.

It wasn’t designed to be worn constantly — yet

It’s all still in the experimental and testing stages, so there’s more to learn. But it’s possible that in our lifetimes, we will be able to cover over aging skin and make it appear younger. And remember, many of the procedures we perform now to improve the appearance of aging skin might have sounded like science fiction just a few decades ago.

Call for your procedure appointment today:

In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282

In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755

 

How to treat your skin after a skin treatment

Whether you’ve had a non-invasive procedure, such as a chemical or laser peel, or a surgical procedure, such as an eye lift or liposuction, you probably feel excited about watching for the results. And waiting and then witnessing your appearance transform for the better is, of course, the most enjoyable part of any procedure. But there’s more to be done after your procedure is done.

Maximize your results by following post-procedure skincare practices
Even though you’ve had your procedure, there is still a very important thing left to do: take the best care of your skin.

Never go without sun protection. Ever again

skin care bay area caLaser resurfacing and chemical peels treat the upper, and sometimes, deeper layers of your skin. It can take a couple of months for the ‘interrupted” layers to create fresh, rejuvenated skin. During this period, your skin is particularly vulnerable to sunburn, which along with being unhealthy for your skin, can also result in blotchy hyperpigmentation. If you don’t use sun protection after a skin peel treatment, you could do more damage than whatever you had before your procedure!

If you’ve had plastic surgery, you will have sensitive areas of skin wherever you had sutures, and those areas will not heal as well if they receive sun exposure. So limit your time in the sun, and when you do go outside, always protect your skin with SPF 30 or higher, wear appropriate sun blocking clothing on your body and wear a hat.

Take it easy with your usual skincare products

Prior to any treatment, we will instruct you to avoid products that increase skin sensitivity, such as retinoids. This advice should continue for a week or two after you’ve had peels, resurfacing or facial plastic surgery procedures. Your regular products can be gradually reintroduced, depending on your skin and the type of procedure you’ve had.

Calm and nurture your sensitive areas

Certain products and ingredients can help soothe your skin and facilitate the healing process after a surgical or non-invasive procedure. We can discuss your post-treatment plan at your consultation. Make your appointment today by calling:
In Pinole (East Bay): (510) 724-8282
In Larkspur (North Bay): (415) 461-5755

Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
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