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THE TRUTH ABOUT LASER SKIN RESURFACING

The CO2 laser is widely considered to be the most versatile laser system because it can be used to treat multiple degrees of scarring and visible signs of aging and will give a more dramatic response in a single treatment. However, because there is usually significant downtime and higher risks associated with ablative or deep resurfacing, not everyone can tolerate the treatment.

The adverse events vary based on the treatment modality chosen. With any injury to the skin you must be concerned about initiating an infectious process. Ablative resurfacing is more likely to cause changes in the pigmentation of the skin that is less frequent with a non-ablative treatment.

Many dermatologists and plastic surgeons have chosen to offer non-ablative laser skin resurfacing for this reason. Non-ablative devices can be very effective and over time, you may achieve the same results as with deeper treatments if you have several sessions.

For example, one very popular technology is Fraxel® for non-ablative skin resurfacing. Among the many benefits are the significant improvements in skin tone and texture that can be achieved. The dual wavelength of the Fraxel technology can also be used to treat dark blotches and sunspots.

When undergoing fractionated CO2 laser treatment, you can expect to have about five days of downtime. Most doctors will recommend using an occlusive ointment for the first several days while they are peeling. The ZO® Post Procedure Recovery System can greatly improve the post-laser experience. It contains three key products formulated to synergistically deliver the most advanced technology to protect and soothe skin.  The products were designed to help prevent scabbing and restore the skin’s barrier to speed up the skin’s natural regenerative process.

Around day five after Fraxel, you will have completed the peeling and your doctor may allow you to apply camouflage makeup.  Your skin will be slightly pink which gradually fades. Some fair skinned individuals may be pink for several weeks or longer, depending on how aggressively the treatment was performed.

Wrinkle-reducing results can be dramatic with Fraxel after a series of 3 – 5 treatments based on your skin type and concerns.

Get Your Own Copy of Dr. Obagi’s New Skin Care Bible

Dr. Zein Obagi’s original textbook was heralded as a bestseller around the world. Years in the making, his second edition is a comprehensive overview of his renowned skin care regimens and features the cutting edge skin changing techniques that are followed by physicians and skin care professionals in over 80 countries.

In The Art of Skin Health Restoration and Rejuvenation: The Science of Clinical Practice, Second Edition (CRC Press, Dec 2014) Dr. Zein Obagi reveals his new System of Skin Classification that specifically addresses all of the variables in skin types and their expected responses to various treatments, from topical agents to medium depth peels and more.

Dr. Obagi’s range of signature skin peels for every skin type, and his innovative approach to correcting sun damage, controlling the pigmentary system, stimulating new collagen, and restoring skin elasticity are explained in detail. Effective therapies for managing acne, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, rosacea, melasma and other common skin conditions are addressed. In addition, there is an up-to-the-minute chapter on laser resurfacing written by renowned laser and dermatologic surgeon Dr. E. Victor Ross in San Diego.

With more than 200 illustrations and photographs of Dr. Obagi’s own patients from his Beverly Hills Clinic, the Obagi Skin Health Institute, a presentation of his new breakthrough skin classification system, and a special section on combining laser resurfacing and peels with other techniques including aesthetic facial surgery, this is a volume you are sure to cherish for many years to come.

Researcher, innovator, scientist, published author, lecturer and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Zein Obagi is the ZO Skin Health, Inc. founder and medical director and is responsible for the development of new skincare treatments, protocols and products to achieve healthy skin. This must-have reference book is an indispensable resource for plastic surgeons, dermatologists, facial plastic surgeons, skin care professionals and anyone dealing with the skin.

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Mission: Speedy Recovery

Remember that famous scene from an episode of Sex & The City when Samantha had a chemical peel and turned beet red and swollen for days? Well that won’t happen any more thanks to the NEW ZO® Post Procedure Recovery System developed by Zein Obagi, MD.

This system is the most effective program available for post procedure skin management. This unique post procedure recovery system is designed for use after laser resurfacing procedures, chemical peels or any combined ablative treatment. The three products are formulated to synergistically deliver the most advanced technology available to protect and soothe skin while natural re-epithelialization of the skin is completed.

The system includes three powerhouse products – Pomatrol™ Soothing Ointment, Surfatrol™ Antiseptic Powder Solution and Regenacell™ Epidermal Renewal Creme. It was designed by Dr. Obagi for use after medium to deep peels, laser resurfacing or any combined skin resurfacing treatment. The three products in this kit contain a highly effective, unique variety of proteins and growth factors. It has been clinically proven to be superior in accelerating wound renewal and the speed of skin recovery by up-regulating the re-epithelialization process of cell rejuvenation.

The ZO Post Procedure Recovery System is only available through ZO physician offices. So next time you’re considering a deeper peel or wrinkle-smoothing laser treatment, ask you dermatologist or plastic surgeon for this rapid healing remedy and you can get back to your normal routine and face the world in no time.

Asian Skin—Part Nature, Part Nurture

Asian women are often the envy of women around the world because they tend to look younger than their chronological age. Why are they so fortunate? Asian skin generally contains more melanin, so photoaging is less visible. By avoiding sun exposure, they can maintain a more even-tone complexion and their skin is less prone to the tell-tale signs of aging—like wrinkling and sagging.

What are some of the characteristics of Asian skin types?

  • Sensitivity. Asian skin is susceptible to discoloration from UV rays, hormonal changes, hot water, saunas, and steam. Asian skin also reacts badly to the use of some skincare products, moisturizers, and fragrances—all of which can result in skin reactions, scarring, and increased pigmentation. Try to avoid those products and/or conditions that cause problems, and begin sun protection at an early age. Look out for ingredients like ammonia, arnia, and sodium lauryl sulfate, especially if they appear at or near the top of the ingredient list. If these ingredients are used in minute amounts (toward the bottom of the list), they may not be problematic.
  • Pigmentation. Because Asian skin produces more melanin, it has a built-in SPF that helps reduce sunburns, but this melanin also causes more discoloration. Even though the skin may appear to be light, the melanin may reside in the deeper layers of the skin. This excess melanin can induce pigmentation problems, including sun spots, dark patches, and deep discoloration that is resistant to treatment. Dark spots on the cheeks usually begin to appear in the 30s and 40s, although they can also start to appear earlier. Unfortunately, traditional ways of treating these pigmentation problems (IPL, photorejuvenation, light chemical peels, microdermabrasion, etc.) frequently are not effective, and may, in fact, cause the pigmentation to worsen. Apply broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, rain or shine, regardless of whether you’re indoors or out, as UVA rays can penetrate windows. Not only will you reduce the risk of skin cancer, you will also help reduce the incidence of pigmentation problems.
  • Oiliness/Acne. Asian skin tends to have unstable sebaceous glands. Sometimes that excess sebum production leads to discoloration and scarring. Proper care and oil-free moisturizers will help. Avoid products made with mineral oil—it’s the oil most commonly found in skincare products. It’s also important to avoid the use of cleansers that contain alcohol, as that may cause skin to produce even more oil. And don’t make the mistake of using overly harsh cleansers—look out for ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, as these detergents can be very damaging.

The best way to treat all of these problems—sensitivity, pigmentation, and acne—is by stimulating the skin to rejuvenate itself and expedite cellular renewal. All of the ZO Skin Health products are based on this philosophy.

In more advanced cases, problem skin may require medical treatments such as peels and laser resurfacing. Ask your dermatologist or plastic surgeon what the best treatments and skin care regimen is for your skin.