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By Robert K Dyer, MD
September 04, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Wrinkles  

The telltale signs of aging skin—wrinkles, puffy eyes, age spots—may start to appear as we grow older. We can’t fight the aging process, but we can take steps now to help reduce and prevent wrinkles from appearing prematurely.  

Many factors can contribute to the onset of wrinkles, which are frequently produced by years of unprotected sun exposure in combination with each person’s unique genetic predisposition. Wrinkles are a by-product of the aging process. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, is less capable of retaining moisture and is slower to heal.  All of these contribute to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.

How Can I Slow the Progression of Wrinkles?

Daily skincare and proper sun protection are important factors in slowing the aging process, diminishing fine lines and minimizing wrinkles.   

  • Take your vitamins.  Many vitamins are good for the skin. Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant found in citrus fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, can help reduce the appearance of sun damage.
  • Apply sunscreen.  Protecting yourself from sun exposure can help prevent the progression of fine lines. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to protect against harmful UV rays.  
  • Moisturize.  Dry skin causes the skin to look dull and aged. To prevent dry skin, apply moisturizer every day.   
  • Get your beauty sleep.  When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Keep your skin looking and feeling young by getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds emit harmful UVA rays and are never 'safe' alternatives to the sun.
  • Take care of your hands. Our hands are often the first part of our body to reveal signs of aging, as they are the most used and exposed parts of the body. Protect the hands by wearing gloves, moisturizing and applying sunscreen.
  • Quit smoking.  Smoking may damage more than your lungs—it causes skin aging and wrinkles around the mouth.

Like it or not, wrinkles are a natural part of aging. Even the most diligent skincare regimen or the most expensive wrinkle cream won’t totally eliminate your fine lines. You can significantly reduce the appearance of your wrinkles, however. Start taking care of your skin now, embrace your age and love the skin you’re in!

By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
December 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles   Healthy Skin  

Nutrition for Healthy SkinWith a few simple diet tweaks, you can help reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles, dryness and thinning skin.  When people say, “you are what you eat,” it is especially true when it comes to your skin.  In the same way that certain foods can ruin your figure, some foods will also ruin your skin—and, conversely, adopting a healthy skin diet can make all the difference in the world.  What you feed your body dictates whether you have healthy skin or problem skin, so it is time to watch what you eat.  Being food-conscious is officially not just important for helping you fit into your jeans.  Your dermatologist can help you care for your skin by offering an effective diet plan. 

Your Diet and Your Skin

Here are some of the best foods you can incorporate into your diet to improve your complexion:
 
Low-Fat Dairy products – one of the most important components of a healthy skin diet is vitamin A, which can be found in low-fat dairy products.  
Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums – these foods contain high antioxidant content, which provide an array of benefits for healthy skin. 
Salmon, walnuts, canola oil, and flaxseed – these seemingly unrelated foods each deliver essential fatty acids, which are key elements in a healthy diet. 
Healthy oils – these contain more than essential fatty acids, which helps to keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall.  
Water – while the amount needed every day varies, it continues to remain undisputed that it plays a significant role in good hydration, which is essential for your healthy skin diet. 
 
Remember, many of the best foods for healthy skin also promote good overall health.  Rather than focusing on specific foods for healthy skin, concentrate on a healthy diet in general.  Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and visit your dermatologist for further diagnosis and advice on maintaining healthy, glowing skin.
By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
September 01, 2017
Tags: Wrinkles   Fillers  

fillersAs you age, your skin loses collagen—a protein that helps make up the lower layer of the skin.   As a result, the skin loses its firmness, appearing less plump and becoming more prone to wrinkles.

The good news is that there are many cosmetic procedures available today that can be performed by your dermatologist to minimize fine lines and signs of aging. One popular treatment involves injecting cosmetic fillers into the face. Also known as dermal fillers, this type of cosmetic treatment helps to restore volume to the face by physically filling wrinkles and depressions in the skin.

The Procedure

By injecting small amounts of filler substances, such as Restylane® or Juvederm® into affected areas of the skin, crows feet, smile lines, and wrinkles disappear to produce a smoother more youthful appearance.  The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform, and the results of the treatment can last several months depending on the filler used and the area treated.

The benefits of dermal fillers are visible immediately after your procedure, and most treatments require very little to almost no recovery time.  

Seek an Experienced Dermatologist

Injectable fillers are a popular choice for someone looking to restore their youthful appearance without undergoing surgery or extensive anti-aging treatments.

If you’re considering dermal fillers—or any type of wrinkle treatment—it is important that you choose an experienced dermatologist to perform the procedure.  Not all fillers are created equal, so consult with your dermatologist to discuss the different types of fillers available and which areas of your skin would benefit the most. 

By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
September 14, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox   Wrinkles  

It may be impossible to avoid lines and wrinkles, but you can take steps to make them much less noticeable. Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. botoxVincent Criscione, your East Greenwich, RI dermatologists, explain how Botox treatment can help you.

Botox softens wrinkles

Botox injections prevents muscles in your face from contracting by blocking the impulses that travel between your nerves and facial muscles. When you can't frown or make other common facial expressions, the muscles relax, allowing lines and wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox is a toxin that comes from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Since the toxin is purified, it's perfectly safe for cosmetic treatments.

How do doctors use Botox?

Botox is used to:

  • Relax the vertical lines between the eyes that can make you look tired
  • Improve the appearance of wrinkles around your mouth
  • Minimize crow's feet around your eyes
  • Smooth horizontal forehead wrinkles

In addition to minimizing lines and wrinkles, Botox is also used to:

  • Treat chronic migraines
  • Reduce eyelid spasms and severe neck spasms
  • Improve the appearance of crossed eyes
  • Treat overactive bladder
  • Prevent excessive underarm perspiration

What happens during Botox treatment in East Greenwich?

Because the needle used to inject Botox is very thin, injections are not usually painful. Before treatment begins, your doctor will use a local anesthetic and ice packs to numb your skin and increase your comfort. He will then inject small amounts of Botox under your skin in strategic locations. It takes some time for Botox to begin to work, but over the course of the next week, you should see a gradual softening of your wrinkles.

Does Botox offer a permanent solution to lines and wrinkles?

The effects of Botox treatments usually last approximately three to six months. The amount of time you can expect maintain your results varies depending on the area of the face that was treated. If you don't make a follow up appointment, your lines and wrinkles will gradually return.

Botox offers a simple way to improve your appearance. Call Dr. Dyer and Dr. Criscione, your East Greenwich, RI dermatologists, at (401) 471-3376 to find out if you're a good candidate for Botox.

By SOUTH COUNTY DERMATOLOGY
August 15, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Botox   Wrinkles  

BotoxForehead wrinkles. Crows feet. Frown lines. Dynamic wrinkles often develop from repetitive facial expression, causing these fine lines to appear visible even when the face is totally relaxed.

Wrinkles are a normal part of the aging process. The most common contributors to premature aging of the skin include genetics, spending too much time in the sun, smoking and poor diet.  Avoiding or limiting these activities can help prevent and lessen the effects of wrinkles.

Not all wrinkles can be avoided, and when quick, dramatic results are desired, Botox® may be a viable solution for removing wrinkles on the face caused by daily muscle contraction of your natural facial expressions. Botox® works by temporarily blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the movement of those particular muscles. With less movement, the skin surface is gradually smoothed, the lines begin to fade, and your natural vibrant skin strengthens and returns.  

During treatment, very low doses of Botox® are administered by way of small injections. FDA-approved, Botox® is a safe and minimally invasive treatment. It takes just a few minutes and can last about 3-4 months. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated as directed by your dermatologist. 

If you are interested in learning more about Botox ® cosmetic treatments, contact our office and we will be happy to answer your questions.  Younger looking skin is easily attainable with the help of your dermatologist!