You may see a dermatologist each year for your annual skin check (and that is AWESOME!), but whom do you see for cosmetic needs? Do you have a favorite spa, Aesthetician or MediSpa?
For some procedures an experienced technician may be fine, but, cosmetic or not, any treatments can be dangerous and need to be handled with the utmost safety. It’s not always just the training/certification to be cautious about. You want to think of how much experience the practitioner has had, the environment of the treatment and any malpractice activity.
For instance, some aestheticians are very capable in injections (such as Botox) but their practice (such as a spa) is not capable of dealing with a medically allergic reaction or other complications that could occur. Also, understanding of the law is important. In most cases those preforming these procedures, under state law, must be supervised by a licensed medical professional.
Dr. Germain is proud to let all patients know that she personally performs all injections and oversees each procedure done in her office. She personally makes sure each patient has the best, and safest, treatment Germain Dermatology can offer.
Q: What are the doctor’s credentials and is he or she board-certified?A: Remember, dermatologists are physicians with extensive education, training and experience in keeping the skin, hair and nails healthy.
Q: How many of these particular cosmetic surgery procedures has the physician performed?A: The procedure should be one that the doctor performs regularly. Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous patients.
Q: What result can I expect and are there any risks?A: Because your results depend largely on the skill and experience of the person performing the procedure, it is important to select a board-certified physician. A dermatologist can tell you if the procedure will deliver the desired results, based on the condition of your skin as well as your age and health
We’ve given you tips and tricks to avoid the sun, protect yourself from the sun and even how to care for your skin if you get too much sun… But do you know how to fake the sun? We can help! Get perfectly sun kissed, smooth, skin without the side effects!
Laser hair removal should be done in months where you don’t expose your skin to harmful UV Rays, and indoor tanning/outdoor tanning is a BIG NO-NO. Here is the professional lowdown on that perfectly sunless tan and baby smooth skin.
1- Exfoliate. Use a washcloth to exfoliate the skin prior to applying a self-tanner. Using an exfoliating product also will help remove dead skin cells. Spend a little more time exfoliating where your skin is thickest — elbows, knees and ankles.
2- Shave. Do this at LEAST an hour before you apply, 24 hours before if you have sensitive skin. Before you shave, wet your skin and hair to soften it. Taking a shower or bath is a great way to soften your hair. Next, apply a shaving cream or gel.
Be sure to shave in the direction that the hair grows.
*Change blades or throw away disposable razors after 5 to 7 shaves to help minimize irritation.
3- Dry your skin. Drying your skin before you apply a self-tanner helps it go on evenly.
4- Apply in sections. Apply the self-tanner in sections (such as the arms, then legs, followed by the torso). Massage the self-tanner into your skin in a circular motion.
Wash your hands after each section. You will avoid orange-colored palms by washing your hands with soap and water after you finish applying the self-tanner to each section of your body.
Tips for the best applications:
*Blend at your wrists and ankles. For a natural look, you need to lightly extend the tanner from your wrists to your hands and from your ankles to your feet.
*Dilute over your joints. Dilute the self-tanner on the knees, ankles and elbows, because these areas tend to absorb more self-tanner than the rest of the skin. To dilute, lightly rub with a damp towel or apply a thin layer of lotion on top of the self-tanner.
5- Give your skin time to dry. Wait at least 10 minutes before getting dressed. For the next three hours, it is best to wear loose clothing and try to avoid sweating.