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I finally found the time to read ” In Stitches” a memoir of Plastic Surgeon, Anthony Youn, M.D. I am not in the habit of writing book reviews, however I have been looking forward to reading this book since it was released. Dr. Youn is recognized as a top plastic surgeon and has been seen on shows like Rachel Ray and Dr. 90210. His blog “Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery” has been hugely popular, and now he shares his personal journey to becoming a plastic surgeon in his book “In Stitches”. This is a fun, easy read, a perfect book for a relaxing summer day.
In Stitches gives a humorous inside look of the life of Anthony Youn, a boy that grew up feeling like a “nerd” who didn’t fit in, and his journey to becoming a successful Plastic Surgeon. As a teen he was insecure about his over sized jaw and had major plastic surgery to correct it. He hoped that after the surgery he would have better luck with girls, but things don’t always work out as planned. Dr. Youn shares the personal struggles he had talking to women and trying to get a date while in medical school. Honestly, I was beginning to wonder if he was EVER going to get lucky. I actually had to flip back to the photo of Dr. Youn on the inside flap several times, to see if it offered any clues to his dating challenge. I think it all comes down to confidence.
Dr. Youn said he never had an “ah-ha” moment when he instantly knew that he was going to become a plastic surgeon. Maybe he didn’t have an “ah-ha” moment, but I suspect that a night he spent in pediatrics was a major influence. It is often overlooked, that plastic surgery has it’s roots in reconstruction, we are reminded of this when an infant is brought into the emergency room in need of immediate plastic surgery to reconstruct his face.
You will have to read the book to find out exactly what happens. (Warning, this chapter is a tear jerker)
I have spent my career working with doctors, in the field of Medical Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery, so I have some idea how challenging medical school is and plastic surgery happens to be one of the most competitive fields in medicine. Youn was one of 250 qualified candidates competing for a residency in plastic surgery, with only 60 openings. After completing applications for 35 plastic surgery residency programs and 20 general surgery programs (as backups), he receives 15 interview invitations for general surgery and 8 for plastic surgery. Now begins the exhausting process of traveling around the country for residency interviews. These interviews are a bit unusual and a little comical. Finally, Match Day, the day when future doctors are matched with their residency via a process that is compared to E-Harmony.
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Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. – Greenville Kleisser
Best Of Both Worlds Az, recently co-hosted an event to benefit Athletes International, at Stand Up Scottsdale comedy club. We really had a great time and would like to thank everyone that came out to help us support a good cause. For those that didn’t make it, you missed a great show. The show featured Andrew Norelli as the headliner, along with the other comedians that opened the show.
Andrew has been seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Comedy TV, Entertainment Studios with Byron Allen, and Comics Unleashed to name a few. He is real a top act. Not only is he funny, but he is able to make a crowd laugh out loud without using derogatory terms or offensive language. ( Which, in my opinion is a talent ) Sometime’s you watch a comedian and their style of comedy is only enjoyed by a certain targeted group, however Norelli’s act is tailored to be enjoyed by everyone in the audience. I am guessing his experience with improv has helped him to read a crowd, while working as writer for nationally syndicated television programs has given him an understanding of mainstream humor. Two thumbs up!
Stand Up Scottsdale is known for booking some of the most relevant comedians on the scene, you can expect an amazing headliner every weekend. They also have open mic on Wednesday nights. Stand Up Scottsdale! Comedy Club is located in old town Scottsdale, on 5th Ave between Goldwater and Indian School. It is the old Anderson 5th Estate building. The location is great for anyone that may want to go to dinner in Scottsdale and then a show, or enjoy Scottsdale’ night life at some of Old Town’s Dance Clubs, Bars and Restaurants. You can also enjoy food and drinks at the comedy club before, during or ofter the show, which may be a good idea because the drink prices are more affordable than most of Scottsdale’s trendy hot spots. Most shows are $15. and they offer discounts for military, studants, fire and police.
We really enjoyed working with Howard and everyone at Stand up Scottsdale Comedy Club, we will definitely be back to the club for a good laugh.
Microdermabrasion is a form of mechanical exfoliation or micro-resurfacing, that utilizes a specific mechanical medium to gently abrade the top most layer of skin along with adjustable suction. There are many mechanical mediums used for microdermabrasion including: Aluminium Oxide Crystals, Sodium Bicarbonate Crystals, Sodium Chloride Crystals, Bristle tips, natural and synthetic Diamond Tips. DiamondTome is a natural, non-partical form of microdermabrasion that utilizes natural diamond chips at various levels of coarseness attached to the tip of a wand.
DiamondTome eliminates the powders and crystals, by using the polishing action of diamond chips and the cleaning action of controlled vacuum. This non-particle form of microdermabrasion offers a clean controlled procedure.
When you have a Microdermabrasion facial treatment at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, you will enjoy the added benefits of full custom facial and dermaplaning. The microdermabrasion procedure removes the top most layer of skin by gently exfoliating the skin with natural diamond chips while at the same time vacuuming the dead skin cells away, in a sterile and controlled manner. This exfoliation promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells. You will immediately experience cleaner, softer and smoother skin after with each treatment.
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic also offers Microdermabrasion with Sodium Bicarbonate Crystals
Why do I need Microdermabrasion?
Our skin is constanly growing, similar to our hair and nails. The normal cycle of skin cell turn over is about six weeks. This means that a new skin cell is produced, and slowly moves to the surface of the skin (stratum corneum), then is naturally sloughed or exfoliated off and replaced by a new skin cell. As the skin ages the process of skin cell turn over slows down and dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin. As the stratum corneum becomes thick with a build up of dead skin cells, this skin will have a rough dull appearance and texture. Pigmented skin cells also becomes more dense causing hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, freckles, sun spots or any skin discoloration to look worse. Dead skin cells can also build up in the pore contributing to blackheads, whiteheads and acne breakouts.
When the skin is exfoliated with microdermabrasion the dead skin cells are immediately removed from the surface of the skin, and the fibroblast is stimulated to produce collagen. Exfoliation is a way of speeding up the process of skin cell turnover. Removing dead skin cells from the skins surface will allow for better penetration of topical skin care products, you can actually double the effectiveness of your products. Exfoliating the skin will also reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, superficial scars and help combat acne.
Is there any discomfort or downtime?
No. Microdermabrasion with the DiamondTome is very comfortable, most people actually enjoy the way it feels. Microdermabrasion feels similar to the “scratchy” surface of a cats tongue, along with mild suction. One advantage to microdermabrasion is there isn’t any down time. You can have a microdermabrasion on your lunch break, reapply makeup and return to work.
What are the limitations of microdermabrasion?
Unfortunately, there are some exaggerated claims to microdermabrasion benefits. It’s important to have a realistic expectation for skin treatments. Microdermabrasion is a fairly superficial form of exfoliation compared to chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Each technique has unique benefits and has a special place in skin care. Microdermabrasion is intended to exfoliate the skin without downtime or discomfort. Treatments can be done on a regular basis to maintain the skin and performed between other skin treatments to expedite and enhance results.
There are limits to microdermabrasion, it does not reach skin below the stratum corneum, even if done once a week it will not have an effect on the deeper layers of skin. It is necessary to reach skin cells at deeper layers to treat many skin conditions, for this reason microdermabrasion can not be used to replace laser resurfacing procedures or chemical peels.
Microdermabrasion alone will not eliminate hyperpigmentation. Exfoliation will remove the dense layers of dead skin cells on the skins surface, by removing these layers, pigmentation will be less dense and the appearance of skin discolorations will be reduced. The discoloration is still there it just appears lighter because it is less dense. As the skin continue’s to “grow” and as the stratum corneum builds back up, the pigmentation will return. Your skin care professional can help you select topical agents to help better treat skin discolorations.
Can I get the same results with Microdermabrasion products at home
No, these products generly use crystals similar to those used in Microdermabrasion treatments. They are basiclly facial scrubs, and don’t exfoliate skin to the same level of a Profesional Microdermabrasion treatment. Proffesional treatments use equipment that allow for controll of the negetive pressure or suction used as well as the release of abrading crystals or the abrasiveness of wand. The technique used also plays a role in the effectiveness of treatment.
Hollywood bombshells Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are said to have shaved their face. Shaving offers more benefits than hair removal, it is an excellent form of exfoliation, especially when done professionally. Dermaplaning treatments are popular among Hollywood A-Listers
Dermaplaning also known as epidermal leveling, microplaning or bladeing, is a gentle form of manual exfoliation. A surgical blade is used to gently scrape facial skin removing the outer most layers of dead skin cells as well as fine facial hair, leaving skin completely smooth and baby soft. Exfoliating the skin stimulates the production of new skin and allows for better absorption of topical skin products. Dermaplaning can be done as an independent treatment or used to enhance other treatments such as chemical peels.
Dermaplaning is completely painless in-fact most people say it feels good and there is absolutely no down time. Treatments only take about 30 minuets and regular blading treatments are scheduled about 3-4 weeks apart.
How does the hair grow back?
Despite popular belief, the hair does not grow back thicker. Fine facial hair is known as Vellous hair and when it is shaved, cut or removed it grows back the same way. If there is any dark, coarse facial hair present, I usually recommend laser hair removal. Dermaplaning can be used to remove coarse facial hair, but keep in mind that it will grow back the same way.
What if I have acne?
I don’t recommend dermaplaning for acne skin. Acne begins in the hair follicle and when the hair is removed it can aggravate or stimulate acne breakouts. Microdermabrasion is another form of manual exfoliation, and it is more appropriate for acne prone skin.
Best Of Both Worlds AZ, is proud to presents “The Celebrity”
The Celebrity is the Best of Both Worlds Az signature facial, designed by Medical Estheticians Kristy Harris and Stephanie Willis. You will truly have the “Best Of Both Worlds” as you enjoy the luxury and pampering of a spa facial while still receiving the benefits of a medical treatment.
Best Of Both Worlds AZ, proudly presents “The Celebrity” a multitasking treatment, featuring the best aspects of a full cast of facials. We open with a thorough Clarisonic cleansing under steam, followed by an AHA/ Intensive Resurfacing mask. Dermaplaning and diamond tip microdermabrasion of the face, neck and chest give a leading performance as they gently exfoliate removing dead skin cells. Extractions and high frequency are then utilized to combat acne. A cooling Rejuvenating mask formulated with hyaluronic acid is applied, to sooth and hydrate skin. Cold Derma-globes are gently rolled and massaged over the skin to reduce redness, inflammation and contract pores. The treatment is completed with a soothing oxygen treatment, designed to nourish and revitalize skin with the use of pure oxygen that is infused with vitamins and minerals. The entire experience is further complemented with a paraffin hand treatment and a relaxing massage of the face, neck and shoulders. The Celebrity skin is healthy, radiant and sure to demand an encore.
120 minutes / $275. * Gratuity not included
The Celebrity Facial is offered exclusively at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic.
Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Athletes International is a non-profit organization that focuses on reaching active & retired professional athletes, collegiate athletes, coaches, other athletic affiliates and future athletes. It is their mission to use the extensive platform that athletes are given to influence the community.
“Athletes International is reaching the athletic community with a message of faith, hope & victory!” Larry Kerychuk Founder of AIM
I became aware of Athletes International last summer, after my son worked his way on to the field. My oldest son came home one day and told me he was going to play football at the church, at first I thought that he just put together a game with some friends. I didn’t realize that it was a legitimate league, until I went to watch them play. I found out later that he had been going to the church and watching the team practice, and “asking” the coaches to let him play. He was so board waiting for the fall football season to start that he was dying to get on the field and play. They finally gave him some pads and a jersey and put him on the team. I am grateful they did, because that is how I found out about Athletes International and how they help kid’s through sports. I think it is important to understand that many of these kids would not be able to play organized sports without the help of (AIM) Athletes International. AIM founder Larry Kerychuk and his team take their work beyond the field helping many athletes and their family’s.
The Football Camp
In addition to offering organized team sports to kids, they also have a youth football camp in the summer. During the camp these young athletes will have 3 days of training with professional athletes coaching them. The kids will stay 3 nights at the Pointe Hilton, have meals provided and get to have fun at the resort water park. Wait…. it gets better! They also get to attend the Annual Award Banquet with a room full of professional and collage athletes. Some how, they are able to do all this for only $100. per child. Any parent that has sent their child to sports camp or even paid for personal training will tell you that is extremely cheep.
There are a lot of costs involved with sports programs. Many youth programs have volunteer coaches, but they still have to pay to have the games officiated and the fields painted. There is also the expense of equipment and uniforms. Athletes International sponsors many of their athletes to participate in organized sports programs and camps, they have never turned a child away. They are only able to cover the cost of these expenses through donations.
Registration Fees: Soccer & Flag Football $65.
Tackle $120 plus $150. per athlete for pads & equipment
27th Annual Awards Banquet:
Athletes International hosts a Celebrity Golf Classic and Annual Athletes Awards Banquet & Auction. They recognize Americas most outstanding Christian athletes. The guests of the banquet not only include collage and profesional athletes, but many of the kids they help are invited to attend as well.
Partners also receive a table for eight at the Annual Awards Banquet, hosted by an Athlete and their spouse.
This years speakers will include:
Aeneas Williams, Cardinals- All Pro
Darrell Green, Washington Redskins – Pro Football Hall of Fame
Brian Jennings, San Francisco 49ers
Bill Mc Cartney, Former Head Football Coach for the University of Colorado
Last summer we attended the 26th Annual Athletes Award Banquet. The Annual Awards Banquet, honors chosen athletes, coaches, and administrators for their professional achievements, as well as their action taken to positively reach their community.
The 2010 award recipients were:
Channing Fry, Phoenix Suns
Adrian Wilson, AZ Cardinals
Mary Ann Miller, Rodeo
Kermit Alexander, SF 49ers
Hillary Bach, ASU Softball
Chris McGaha, ASU Football
M.L. Harris, Bengals
[ Kermit Alexander: A real life story that will change the way you think ]
Adrian Wilson, AZ Cardinals
To learn more about Athletes International, visit their website at www.athletesinternational.com
Simply put, I had my old saline implants that were placed over the muscle removed and replaced with the Natrelle® Silicone Gel implants, under the muscle with a breast lift and removed the scar tissue that developed around my old implants. My procedure was performed by Dr. Daniel Shapiro, at the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center.
Why I am sharing my personal story.
I struggled with the decision to share my experience of having a breast augmentation. This is kind of a private issue, but I decided that I have no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed that I had a breast augmentation. I know that there are plenty of people that are opposed to cosmetic procedures, and they are quick to pass judgment on those that choose to have surgery. I think some people have created a stereo type in their mind of what type of person would have cosmetic surgery. I have read some comments on other blogs sites, that are insulting, ignorant, cruel and even hateful toward people that have cosmetic procedure. Obviously, I work for a plastic surgeon so I have some insight to the type of person that has cosmetic surgery. First of all, most of the people that have surgery do not fit the high maintenance stereo type some people might imagine and they are certainly not all rich. The truth is, there is no “type” that has cosmetic surgery, however mom’s often desire to regain their pre-pregnancy body. That’s why the “mommy makeover” has become so popular. Society does not seem to have any problems excepting the changes that pregnancy can do to a woman’s body, so why should we feel guilty for wanting fix what we can. Maybe you were genetically blessed with naturally great breasts, that have not been affected by age, gravity or pregnancy, and you can be grateful for your assets. If pregnancy has caused your breast to droop, sag, or deflate and you have learned to love and embrace your body as it is, then that is simply what works for you. What ever the case is, it is not fair to pass judgement on those that choose to have a cosmetic procedure. If you are thinking of having cosmetic surgery, you should not feel embarrassed, it is natural to want to look good.
My First Breast Augmentation
Yes, I said my first breast augmentation. I had my first breast augmentation about 12 years ago. I was young when I had my first child and when you are in your 20′s your supposed to have perky, cute breasts, but pregnancy left me “deflated”. I knew that I might have more children in the future, but not for a long time, so I decided to go ahead and have a breast augmentation without a lift. I had a Transumbilical Breast Augmentation also known as (TUBA), because it didn’t leave any scars. This procedure seemed “trendy” at the time and I even paid about $1000. extra to have my implants put in this way. During a Transumbilical Breast Augmentation, the surgeon makes an incision in the belly button and the breast implants are put in empty with an endoscope and then filled with saline when they are in place. The endoscopic equipment creates two tunnels underneath your skin and the implants are placed, and then filled, through these tunnels. The advantage is you don’t get scars, but unfortunately you can only do this procedure with saline implants. The tissue along the tunnels rarely do, but can leave visible tracks and because the incision is far from where the implants are placed, there is a greater chance for error, especially in the placement of the implant.
My recovery wasn’t that bad except my entire abdomen was black and blue, swollen and very sore. It felt like I had done a million sit-ups. They also fill your abdomen up with a gas, so your abdomen is distended for a while. I had little to no pain in the chest area, probably because my implants were placed over the muscle and I didn’t have any incisions in that area.
For the most part I was happy with the results of my first surgery, except they were placed lower than my natural breasts were, so although I didn’t have saggy or deflated breasts, I did have large breasts that made my torso look shorter. I was willing to except this because I was going to have more children and I knew I would need another procedure in the future when I was done having children. I think a lot of women need a breast lift, but choose to have large implants put in instead, because it is less expensive and they don’t want the scars of a lift. Some women can get away with simply putting in implants without having a lift and still look good.
My Second Breast Augmentation
I know that I am done having children, so I feel like I can finally make an investment in my body. Working for a plastic surgeon gives me a unique advantage, I get to see the results of different surgery’s. A lot of my client’s have had breast augmentations with Dr. Shapiro and they are happy to show me the results and I am always impressed. (I also get to see the work of other surgeons too.) One client was on her third surgery, (the first two were with another surgeon) she had her first surgery before children. Her second surgery was after children, but that surgeon put in huge implants instead of a lift and she wasn’t happy with that look. Her final surgery was with Dr Shapiro and he put in smaller implants and did a lift. She showed me her results and they looked great and the scars had already started to fade. I can’t tell you how many people I have met that got large implants instead of a lift and then wish they had done a lift. So my advice is, if you need a lift, get one. I know it is more money for a lift, but the cheapest procedure is the one done right the first time. I also know that people hate scars, but the truth is they do fade with time. It takes about a year for scars to fade and there are also products and procedures you can do to improve scar reduction. Dr. Shapiro has a full staff of highly experienced medical estheticians and nurses that can work with you, to reduce your scars.
During my consultation with Dr. Shapiro, I explained that this time I wanted to have a lift, have my implants placed under the muscle and switch to the Natrelle® Silicone Gel implants. I had saline implants, and honestly they were fine, but I wanted to switch to the new silicone gel implants because they feel more natural and they are less likely to cause capsular contractor and rippling. I also told Dr Shapiro that I have a short torso and that my original implants were placed so low that it made my torso shorter, he agreed and said we could place them higher. We also discussed size, I was okay with my current size, but thought I would actually like to be a smaller. He assessed the size of my frame, and said we could go a little smaller, but suggested that I probably would look better if I didn’t go too small. He also explained that when you place implants under the muscle they look smaller anyway. I had one other concern, like many other women, pregnancy caused the areola to spread and I wanted to make them a little smaller. We discussed all my concerns and I felt confidant that Dr. Shapiro could create the look I wanted. I must add that a good plastic surgeon is like an artist, and I think Shapiro has a good eye for aesthetics and knows what looks good for each person. I don’t know if this comes from experience or is just a natural talent, I suspect it’s both. So, although I had an idea of what I wanted, I also wanted his opinion of what would look best for my body type. I’m kind of a control freak, but I respect and trust his opinion.
Day of Surgery
I arrived at the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center an hour early, so that I could be prepped for surgery. When we got to the surgery center I was impressed with how nice it was. The waiting room was warm and inviting, however my husband and I were quickly escorted to a private room, that was also very comfortable. A nurse came in to prep me and start my IV, then Dr Shapiro came in to go over any last minute questions and mark me for surgery. The entire ambiance made me feel relaxed, like I was at a nice hotel or spa. It is always cold in a surgery room but I was put on to this warm cushioned surgery table and covered with warm blankets. I remember thinking “wow, this is so nice” before slipping off to dream land.
During surgery Dr Shapiro discovered I had developed bilateral capsular contractor, which is scar tissue that can form around breast implants and may even cause the breasts to harden. This wasn’t visibly obvious, my breasts didn’t feel hard, and nothing showed up in my mammogram. I’m guessing it’s because I had a lot of dense natural breast tissue, but I am only guessing. Dr. Shapiro had to spend an extra hour to do a corrective bilateral capsulectomy. A Capsulectomy is the surgical removal of a Capsular contracture or the formation of tight scar tissue that can develop around the implants. I would like to apologize to whom ever was scheduled for surgery after me, but I am so grateful that Dr Shapiro took the time to do the job right. He obviously cares about his patients and takes pride in his work.
Capsular Contracture Around Breast Implant
Photo’s from www.implantforum.com
After surgery you are moved back into a private recovery room. I appreciate the special attention to privacy. I have had outpatient surgeries before in a hospital, and they only have little cloth curtains between patients and when you wake up and you can see and hear the nurses, other patients and their family’s in the recovery area, which means they can hear your conversations too. I remember having to go in to a hospital surgery center and I hated thinking that other patients could hear my conversation with the nurse about my post-op care. It was already a very difficult time and I had hoped that they would be more discrete.
I only took a week off work to recover. I am only two weeks post-op and am starting to feel much better, however having implants under the muscle is much more uncomfortable than over the muscle. The muscle feels tight and sore, like you did a strenuous work out, but worse. I seem to feel fine during the day, but first thing in the morning, when I am getting out of bed, my breast feel heavy, they are probably swollen. If I have pushed myself, trying to do to much, I find I am more uncomfortable at the end of the night. I have had all my stitches removed, and have to wear a sports bra for 6 weeks. Dr Shapiro’s nurse Pat has instructed me on how to massage my breasts to keep them soft. I must warn you there are instructional video’s online, for breast massage, however some techniques may not be appropriate for you. Always, follow your surgeons instructions.
I know you shouldn’t judge results until about 6-8 weeks post opp, because the breasts are healing and swollen. When the implants are placed under the muscle, the muscle pushes on the implant and the muscle will relax with time and the breast will look and feel softer. However, even at this point I can tell they look great. Dr Shapiro and I were joking that I owe him big, because they look so good.
(Plus he had to work so hard to reconstruct and correct the damage I had) It is a little strange that they are smaller, I even felt a little sad for a moment, because I was use to very large breasts. I had mixed feelings because my larger breast made me feel a little National Geographic, and matronly. I tried on one of my old bra’s and I am actually not much smaller, it just looks that way because they are firmer and lifted. I have noticed a lot more women coming in and switching out their large implants, and now I know why. It really looks better and believe it or not younger. I feel like although my breasts are a little smaller, they remind me of how I looked at 18 and I feel motivated to start working out so the rest of my body can match, soon as I am recovered. When I was about 25 I joked with my husband that I would look better at 50, than I did in my 20′s. Clearly I was crazy, but maybe Dr Shapiro will help get me close. I will not share my personal photo’s, but you can go to Dr Shapiro’s website and see a few before and after photo’s or schedule a consultation in the office.
Dr Shapiro has always had the reputation for doing great face lifts and specialized facial work. I know he really enjoys those procedures and people fly in from all over to have him work on their face. Based on my personal experience and what I have seen from his patients and the patients I have seen from other surgeons, I think he may be the go-to guy for breast augmentations.
Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253
* Located on the South West corner of Scottsdale Rd and Jackrabbit.
The use of topical antioxidants can help prevent wrinkles, reduce hyperpigmentation (sun spots), and improve skin tone. Topical antioxidants are available in many serums and moisturizer, formulations are available with a variety of antioxidants and strengths.
How Do Topical Antioxidants Work?
A free radical is any atom or molecule that is missing an electron from it’s outer shell, so it attacks an other molecule and steels an electron. The molecule that has been attacked by a free radicle, is now missing an electron and has become another free radical. This creates a chain reaction. Antioxidants stop the chain reaction, by giving an electron to the free radical.
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Topical antioxidant stop the chain of reaction caused by free radicals. Free radicals are damaging to the skin and can accelerate extrinsic aging. Although some topical antioxidants are purely antioxidants, some have additional actions.
Topical antioxidants also help protect the skin from UV damage. Human studies have demonstrated protective effects of antioxidants when applied topically before ultraviolet radiation exposure. Antioxidants don’t work the same way that sunblocks do, so you still need a daily SPF. Sunblocks absorb or reflect out UV radiation and antioxidants neutralize the UV rays. Photoprotective topical antioxidants work by the inhibiting the UV-induced biochemical changes that lead to photoageing and DNA mutations.
Vitamin C is currently the most recognized topical antioxidant, however it works synergistically with other antioxidants such as vitamin E. There isn’t any one antioxidant that is effective on all free radicals, you need a variety of antioxidants. Each has a unique set of chemical behaviors and biological properties. Antioxidants work together as part of a network, and no single antioxidant can do the work a group. Some antioxidants may excel at fighting certain types of free radicals, or only work in certain parts of a cell. However, when it comes to topical antioxidants, there are some that are more stable and are better absorbed by the skin.
Types Of Topical Antioxidants
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic)
There are many derivatives vitamin C, however they don’t penetrate well. Look for products that contain L-ascorbic acid. Topical Vitamin C is the most popular topical antioxidant, and for good reason. In fact the benefits are so great, I will need to write an entire post devoted to topical vitamin C.
- Potent antioxidant
- Vitamin C is nessacerry to produce collagen
- Protects skin from both UVA and UVB, by neutralizing the UV rays.
- Can reduce sun – induced pigmentation, due to tyrosinase inhibitor function
- Anti- inflammatory qualities
Retinol ( Derived from Vitamin A )
- promotes healing
- promotes collagen synthesis, and inhibits cellular degeneration
- also increases epidermal thickness, and an emollient
Vitamin B3 ( Niacinamide)
- essential for cellular metabolism
- increases microcirculation
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
When choosing a topical vitamin E product, look for a-tocopherol. Vitamin E derivatives such as (tocopherol acetate) are common in cosmetic ingredients, and although they are good as a moisturizing ingredient, they are not antioxidants.
- Protects cell membranes and lipid structures from free radical attack.
- Vitamin E is regenerated when it is in the presence of Vitamin C.
- Vitamin E doubled the UV protection in the skin when added to vitamin C.
- Inhibits the immunosuppression and tumorigenesis induced by ultraviolet radiation.
- Vitamin C can not scavenge lipo-philic radicals directly within the lipid phase, however vitamin C works synergistically with a- tocopherol to reduce lipid peroxide radicals.
- a plant antioxidant
- Increases L-ascorbic acid ( vitamin C) stability.
- synergistic with other antioxidants, specifically vitamin C and E.
A potent antioxidant derived from apples and root bark of fruit trees with a broad range of activity.
- Anti- inflammatory
- Accelerates cell renewal
- Pigment inhibitor
- Enhances product penetration
- has wound healing and anti-inflammatory ability’s
- UVB protection
Bioflavonoids are a group of substances that are potent antioxidants, many have anti-inflammatory ability and help protect from UV damage.
Centella Asiatica (Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid)
- promotes collagen synthesis, and inhibits cellular degeneration
- increases microcirculation
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract ( Green Tea Extract)
- protects cell from oxidative stress
- increases microcirculation in the cell
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
-Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is found in food and is made by the body. It is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy.
- ALA is both fat- and water-soluble.
Idebenone is a synthetic analog of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is a vitamin-like natural compound found naturally in the body, that plays a pivotal role in the cellular energy production and as an antioxidant. Idebenone is closely related to CoQ10, however it is more water-soluble. Idebenone has been known as a pharmaceutical agent since the 1980′s, before it became popular as a skin care ingredient.
There are claims that idebenone is the most powerful topical antioxidant available, based on it’s EPF® rating. I have not been able to confirm that an “EPF” rating is an actual recognized rating, or verify the strength of antioxidants that were used in the EPF study. There are also studies that show that idebenone, offers less photoprotective value compared to topical vitamin C. I would like to find an independent study that compares L-ascorbic acid 20% to Idebenone 1%, until then it is hard to say which is truly the stronger antioxidant. Personally, I alternate between an Idebenone product and a topical vitamin C serum.
Topical Antioxidant Products
Skin Ceuticals Phloretin CF®
Phloretin (2%), vitamin C ( 10% L- ascorbic acid ) and ferulic acid (.5%)
Skin Ceuticals C E Ferulic®
Vitamin C (15% L-ascorbic acid), Vitamin E (1% alpha tocopherol), and ferulic acid (.5%)
Ferulic acid doubles the synergistic benefits of the vitamins C+E.
Obagi Professional-C Serums
Available in four concentrations of L-ascorbic acid .
20% Highest concentration of L-ascorbic acid
15% All skin types
10% Dry, sensitive or reactive skin
5% Protection for the sensitive eye area
Is Clinical Pro Heal Advanced Serum+
New time-released L ascorbic acid (in a 15 percent concentration) plus Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor maximize performance
Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E ( Alpha Tocopherol), Retinol, Soluble Bioflavonoids
Olea Europea (olive leaf extract)- Synergistic with vitamins C and E, also antibiotic, anti-acneic, anti-inflammatory.
Mushroom Extract (a source of Kojic acid) – natural lightening to even pigment, antibacterial
Arbutin – corrects abnormal pigmentation by inhibiting tyrosinase enzyme.
IS Clinical Super Serum Advance+
New time-released L ascorbic acid (in a 15 percent concentration) plus Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor maximize performance.
Zinc Sulfate, Centella Asiatica
Pentapeptide Amino Acids – protein building blocks, increases cellular metabolism and integrity.
Mushroom Extract (a source of Kojic acid) – natural lightening to even pigment, antibacterial
Leave the candy for the kiddo’s,
sexy Halloween costumes are not for trick- or- treating.
Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson: Our favorite girls next store, at the Playboy mansion for the annual Halloween party.
Christina Auguilera: This sexy nurse is sure to have all the boy’s calling in sick.
Paris Hilton: I am not sure what she is in the first photo, but I like the matching contact lenses. The bunny costume is sexy but, a little unimpressive.
Heidi Montag: Officer Friendly
Kim Kardashian: Anyone that knows me probably knows that, I LOVE Wonder Woman. I love Kim’s Wonder Woman costume, with the exception of the black tights. It would have looked so much better with nude tights. I have to add, her hair is perfect. If it weren’t for the black tights this would be my favorite.
Coco and Rihanna: Rihanna is a sexy tiger, and I couldn’t tell you what Coco is supposed to be.
Lauren Conrad: Classic Sexy and tasteful as a flapper.
Celebrity’s are not the only people that love to dress up in sexy Halloween costumes. How will you be dressing up this Halloween and where will you go to party? Send us photo’s of your Halloween costumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on our facebook page.
If we get enough “worthy” costumes submitted, we will come up with a special prize for best costume.
Last night I attended a Latisse Event at the Hilton in Scottsdale. Allergan, the makers of Latisse are leading teams of LATISSE® users from across the country to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Inspired by the tradition of blowing on an eyelash to make wishes come true, the teams are challenged to raise the most funds to help grant children’s wishes, and they need your help.
Between now and November 30, 2010, Allergan will double each donation made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation through Latisse Wishes Challenge Campaign, with a maximum of $250,000.The total number of Latisse trial certificates is limited to the first 10,000 participants who make a minimum donation of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Offer limited to one Latisse trial certificate per person and U.S. residents only. This is such a GREAT deal since Latisse retails for $125!!
All you have to do is visit www.latissewisheschallenge.com to join team Bobbie by donating a minimum of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After doing so you will receive a Latisse free trial certificate and schedule an appointment with your doctor to see if Latisse is right for you.
I got to meet Bobbie Thomas, one of the campaign ambassadors for Latisse’s Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is so beautiful inside and out! For over a decade, Bobbie has been empowering others to embrace their style as a positive form of self expression, and is passionate about communicating ”Style is the way you speak to the world without words.” She encourages everyone to match the ‘outside’ with the best that the ‘inside’ has to offer, and believes you don’t have to Do-It-Yourself, but you should Do-it-Your Way.
As co-host of the Style Network’s Fashion Police, Bobbie helped to not only transform viewers, but trends, by taking from the runway, what could work their way. For the past six years, Bobbie has appeared as both a co-host and guest on a variety of E! Entertainment specials, including their annual red-carpet Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Awards coverage.
Currently, millions of people wake up to catch Bobbie on NBC’s “Today Show,” where she serves as Style Editor. Her weekly TodayShow.com Style Buzz articles have become a popular fixture for the Fashion & Beauty section, and are often pulled to also appear on MSN.com and MSN messenger, as well as MSNBC.com’s home page. Check out Bobbie’s website for all of the latest Fashion Trends! www.bobbie.com
Other campaigne ambassadors include fashion CEO Kathy Ireland and professional ballroom dancer Chelsie Hightower. They are leading teams of Latisse users from across the country in raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while sharing their personal lash experiences with Latisse at www.LatisseWishesChallenge.com
Join the Latisse Wishes Challenge to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation!! I personally use Latisse and it’s amazing how well it really works. I LOVE it! I now have fabulous lashes and you can too! The donation is for a great cause and it’s a inexpensive way to try the Latisse.
Please note: The Latisse Make a wish challenge is not hosted by Best of Both Worlds AZ, Stephanie, Kristy or Paradise Skin Klinic. This campaign is by Allergan ( the makers of Latisse).
* This only works if it is your first kit.
#1 Go to www.latissewisheschallenge.com
#2 Click pink button: donate and get a Latisse trial certificate
#3 Fill out all the required fields ( your name, email ect..)
#4 Select “Team Bobbie”
#5 Read terms and conditions
#6 Make $20 or more donation
#7 Wait for certificate in mail ( a couple weeks)
#8 Bring certificate into approved physicians office, to be signed and get a Latisse prescription.
#9 Return completed form via email or fax.
For assistance call 1-800 505-3898
Latisse is sold at Dr. Shapiro’s Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, and other Dr. offices. Click here to find an office near you that carries Latisse.
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