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By ROBERT K DYER, MD
April 15, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles  

You might be surprised to discover that some of the most innocuous habits could actually be aging you. Preventing fine lines and wrinkles is certainly easier than trying to treat them once they form. While wrinkles are a normal part of life and aging, there are things you can do each and everyday to keep your skin looking young and healthy so you can knock a few years off your age and people will be none the wiser.

Wear Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen each and every day without fail is probably one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Not only does exposing skin to the sun’s rays cause sun damage and increase your risk for skin cancer, it can also cause premature lines and wrinkles. To protect your skin from the sun, always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 every day (even in the winter and on cloudy days).

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is so very important and yet not enough of us get quality sleep every night. Nights of tossing and turning won’t just leave you grumpy, tired and mentally foggy, it can also lead to wrinkles. That’s because a lack of sleep can actually accelerate the signs of aging and can also affect the skin’s ability to repair itself every night. Most adults require anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Are you getting your beauty sleep?

Stay Hydrated

Did you know that as many as 75 percent of US adults suffer from chronic dehydration? This statistic is startlingly and could have a serious impact not just on your health but also on the health and appearance of your skin. If like most people you aren’t getting more than 2.5 cups of water a day, it’s important that you up your water intake to at least 8 8-ounce glasses per day (and even more if you’re active). Staying hydrated keeps the skin looking plump and radiant (and who doesn’t want that?).

Keep Skin Moisturized

Dry skin can also leave you prone to those early signs of aging, so it’s important that you keep skin supple and hydrated. Everyone should use a moisturizer every day, which can improve skin’s glow and also reduce the appearance of facial lines. Those dealing with more severe dry skin may need to turn to their dermatologist for more intense moisturizers.

Sleep on Your Back

If you find yourself snuggling with your pillow night after night you may soon notice fine lines developing on your face as a result. Just changing your sleep position alone can easily prevent these “sleep wrinkles”. If you want to reduce wrinkles on your face avoid sleeping on your side or stomach and sleep on your back instead.

Of course, a dermatologist offers a wide range of cosmetic treatments that can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. From Botox and dermal fillers to customized facials, laser treatments and chemical peels, there are many options out there to help you achieve a younger appearance. Talk to your dermatologist today about ways to prevent and treat wrinkles.

By Robert K Dyer, MD
January 10, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Wrinkles  

As much as we don't like to speak about it, the natural aging process is inevitable. Sometimes wrinkles make their appearance around the eyes, forehead, laugh lines, and neck, causing us to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Wrinkles develop because as we get older, the skin loses elasticity and becomes more fragile. Other causes of drooping skin include overexposure to the sun, pollutants, and the repetition of facial movements. If you are tired of wrinkles, our providers at South County Dermatology can help by recommending East Greenwich, RI, Botox.

What is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic treatment you can trust because it's the first and only FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe frown lines, crows feet, and forehead lines. It's known for its cosmetic effects and works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles. Once injected into the skin, the muscle is unable to contract, which causes wrinkles to soften and smooth out.

Benefits of Botox

Botox is most effective on wrinkles, and has many medical uses in addition to aesthetic uses. Other conditions that benefit from this cosmetic treatment include:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Neck spasms
  • Excessive sweating 

What to Expect From the Procedure

East Greenwich, RI, Botox is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn't require anesthesia. Per your request, the problem area(s) is numbed with a topical for ultimate comfort. Once this is applied, you'll be able to sit back and relax as one of our providers at South County Dermatology inject a fine needle into the trouble spot. You'll be directed not to rub or touch the injection site for 2-4 hours after treatment and to avoid exercise for the remainder of the day. Results typically appear between three to 14 days and last for up to 3 months to a year.

If you are worn out by wrinkles, the solution is simple - stop looking at them. Your self-esteem doesn't have to suffer. East Greenwich, RI, Botox, is a popular choice to treat wrinkles and facial creases. We have four convenient South County Dermatology locations for patients in East Greenwich, RI, Narragansett, RI, Westerly, RI, and Barrington, RI. For appointment scheduling and more information about each practice, visit our website.

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.