Month: June 2016

Get your Summer Glow Going with Microneedling Treatment

Microneedle treatments

There are many ways that we prepare ourselves for summer. Primarily, we look at our physical shape and do what we feel we must to foster the utmost confidence in a physique that will be more exposed in shorts and bathing suits. But we should remember to consider our skin and the exposure that it, too, will get during the warm-weather months. Whether it is stretch marks on your abdomen, legs, or arms, or fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots on your face, microneedling is a treatment that can give you a summer glow now.

What is Microneedling

This skin rejuvenating treatment may still seem relatively new, though it’s been around for a few years. Some people, due to the use of PRP with microneedling, think of this minimally invasive procedure as a “Vampire Facial.” What microneedling does is create microscopic injuries using a score of tiny needles. These micro-injuries are so tiny that they begin to heal immediately, while you are still in the office! Beneath the surface, however, the body is already at work repairing these wounds by proliferating collagen and elastin.

As stores of these vital substances are improved, the skin looks more and more refreshed. In the weeks following treatment, patients notice:

  • Smoother texture
  • More firmness in the skin
  • Improved tightness
  • Diminished lines, scars, or stretch marks
  • Lightening of dark spots
  • Refinement of pores

Microneedling is a Great Summertime Treatment

Men and women are in need of consistency in terms of anti-aging skin care. As such, they are also in need of options. Certain types of treatments, such as chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing, can create photosensitivity in healthy, new skin cells. This can translate into easy burning and further damage due to the absorption of UV light. Microneedling does not cause the skin to become more sensitive to light, which makes it an excellent summertime skin-rejuvenating procedure.

Get your Glow On

A summer glow doesn’t have to mean a golden tan (in fact, it shouldn’t)! Your skin can become more radiant and better supported with microneedling at Sahara Medical Institute. Call (702) 823-5010 to schedule your visit.

Sunscreen: Your Ticket to Healthier Skin

skin careAs much as the discussion about skin cancer has increased in recent years, studies show that a large majority of people remain in the dark about the power of sunscreen. Some studies indicate that the use of sunscreen has declined over the past few years. Other studies indicate that we may be collectively choosing the wrong products and the wrong methods to protect ourselves against skin cancer.

Get to Know your Sunscreen

When you choose a sunscreen product, what is the first thing you observe? Is it SPF? If so, you’re not alone. Many people associate the SPF number on the sunscreen bottle with strength, the higher the number the better the protection. In truth, even a lower SPF of 15 filters out over 90% of UVB light. SPF 15 also gives you 15 times more time in the sun than if you went sunscreen-free. So, if you are one who tends to burn within 10 minutes of being in the sun, applying SPF 15 sunscreen should presumably offer you 150 minutes of light-filtering to prevent sunburn. However sunburn is only one of the dangers of UV radiation.

UVA and the Skin

While UVB light is responsible for the physiological changes that result in red, prickly skin, UVA radiation has been associated with latter onset conditions. These include premature aging, a noticeable loss of elasticity in the skin, and skin cancer. Clearly, there is a need for UVA protection and sunscreen; but this is not indicated by SPF. The term “broad-spectrum” is what indicates this characteristic, and it is what you should look for when choosing sunscreen for you and your family.

Your Skin Health is in Your Hands . . . Literally

No matter how high the SPF of your sunscreen, protection from UV radiation comes from the proper application. Most people do not apply the adequate amount of sunscreen (about 2 tablespoons ), and most people do not apply sunscreen as frequently as they should (every 2-3 hours). UV damage occurs within minutes of being in the sun. For this reason, it is important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis, covering all areas of the face, neck, chest, backs of hands, and any other area that is exposed. On days at the beach, the pool, or any other outdoor area, SPF 30 sunscreen with water resistant capabilities is recommended.

At Sahara medical Institute, we offer complexion analysis using the innovative Visia system. Contact our office to see how a personal analysis can identify hidden sun damage beneath your skin.