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shutterstock_153204509Even in a place like sunny Southern California, the sudden decrease in temperature in the fall and winter seasons can be enough to dry the skin. If proper measures are not taken to care for it, the skin can become itchy, flaky, or even red and irritated. Follow these simple tips to protect your skin when the weather outside is frightful.

1. Wear Sunscreen

Overcast clouds or colder temperatures do not cancel out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, which can lead to photodamage, premature aging, cell death, or an inflammatory response. In fact, up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays still reach the ground on a cloudy day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Make it a part of your daily routine to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF above 15, and don’t forget to reapply every two hours.

If you plan to visit the slopes this winter, for skiing, snowboarding, or other activities, remember that snow can reflect up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays. What’s more, higher altitude can increase UV strength by 10 to 12 percent. Consider increasing your SPF to 30 when you participate in these activities.

2. Mind your diet

A diet rich in essential fatty acids can help hydrate skin cells and lead to supple skin during the colder months, and walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, borage oil, and olive oil are some of the best sources. A study by the Institute of Experimental Dermatology in Germany revealed that women who took 2.2 grams per day of either flaxseed or borage oil supplements experienced a significant increase in skin moisture and smoothness. The seeds of the borage plant are the richest known source of Gamma Linoleic Acids (GLAs), and flaxseeds are a significant source of Omega-3 fatty acids. For those with very dry skin or inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema or rosacea, flaxseed and borage oil supplements can be very beneficial.

3. Don’t overheat your house

Central heating and air conditioning can dry the skin because they cause humidity levels to drop. Instead of turning up the heat this winter, bundle up or invest in a humidifier to retain moisture in the air.

4. Avoid harsh soap

Body wash, face wash, and hand soap can strip the skin of its protective oils especially if it is an antibacterial or deodorant soap. When shopping, be sure to avoid the lye in the list of product ingredients, as it can be very irritating to dry or sensitive skin. For a natural alternative, you may consider coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or sunflower oil to wash your skin without causing irritation and dryness.

5. Avoid long, hot baths

Hot water can also be very drying to the skin. Limit bathing time and opt for lukewarm water instead of hot to keep the skin supple.

Lifestyle choices, sun exposure, and the elements can have quite a taxing effect on the health and appearance of the skin. If you are interested in learning how to correct or prevent skin damage and reverse the effects of aging, please contact board-certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria to schedule your consultation. Please call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form today.

shutterstock_140725294As we get older and the aging process takes its toll, men and women constantly look for ways to restore volume to their face and body. At our Beverly Hills practice, we offer PureGraft®, which is a revolutionary treatment that is safer and more effective than prior autologous fat transfer methods.

The PureGraft® system is more efficient than controlled and centrifuged techniques because the it drastically improves many aspects of the preparation process. The PureGraft® system is beneficial for fat grafting because it:

  • Processes up to 250 milliliters of fluid from fat tissue in about than 15 minutes

  • Removes a higher concentration of lipids, nonfat cells, and other contaminants

  • Controls water absorption of the fat graft by diversifying wash cycles and drain time

This means that when you undergo a fat grafting procedure using PureGraft®, you are getting superior purified fat content that contains:

  • Greater tissue viability

  • Reduced red & white blood cell count

  • Reduced free lipid & fluid count

The entire process can be completed in just a few simple steps:

Step 1.  Harvest:  Fat is removed from areas in the lower body, such as the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks.

Step 2.  Process:  Contaminants are removed as the fat is washed and purified

Step 3.  Deliver:  Fat is injected in specific areas of the body that are in need of fullness and volume.

Step 4.  Storage:  After the treatment is complete, any unused fat is stored for future medical uses and research.

If you are looking for a safe and easy way to restore volume and fullness to your face and body, feel free to contact the office of Dr. Renato Calabria. During your initial consultation, Dr. Calabria can help you decide if PureGraft® fat grafting is right for you. Call (310) 777-0069 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Woman with marker on face before facial plastic surgeryIn the realm of plastic surgery, terms for procedures can be quite confusing. A “mini facelift” or a “full facelift” and the techniques involved with each can vary greatly from one surgeon to the next. This is why it is so important to find a surgeon who is not only board certified, but is also able to showcase plenty of facelift before and after photos that show the quality of work he or she performs on a regular basis.

In general, if you have minimal skin laxity and only wish to see a slight improvement, a mini facelift is the procedure for you. If you wish to have more improvement to tighten up the jawline and smooth the neck, a full facelift may be necessary because the invasiveness of the procedure allows for deeper tissue tightening. Both procedures will provide improvement to facial wrinkles and an overall more rejuvenated facial appearance.

The best thing you can do during a consultation with your plastic surgeon is to fully explain the results you desire with the facelift procedure. With your expectations in mind, Dr. Calabria can recommend the surgical solution that will best meet your needs.

Dr. Calabria’s “Full Facelift”

Dr. Calabria offers some of the most cutting-edge techniques for facelift procedures. He regularly performs the “vertical facelift,” which utilizes two discreet incisions that allow him to reposition the facial tissue in a vertical vector. Manipulating the tissues in this way has lead to quicker healing and more aesthetically pleasing results than a traditional facelift.

The lower eyelid area is also improved with Dr. Calabria’s full facelift. He repositions the orbicularis oculi muscle and fills the area with micro fat grafting to replace lost volume. He often recommends the use of fat grafting during the facelift procedure, especially for patients who are thin or who have thin skin. To accomplish this, he uses the stem cell fat transfer technique, which uses liposuction to remove fat from certain areas of the patient’s body, such as the stomach and thighs. The fat is purified, and the stem cells are separated to be reinjected into the face. This technique is often very successful because the body does not reject its own tissues.

Dr. Calabria’s “Mini Facelift”

If you seek minimal improvement and are concerned about downtime, Dr. Calabria offers the “One-Stitch Facelift,” which provides results similar to if you were to put your fingers on your cheeks and pull up. The technique utilizes the patient’s own skin to anchor the lift and hold the tissue in place. Only two very small incisions are made, and the procedure involves local anesthesia without sedation. The result is a natural one: never too pulled, overdone, or “wind blown.” It is considered a true “lunchtime lift” because it is quick, and the patient can return to routine activities immediately. Feel free to view Dr. Calabria’s One-Stitch Facelift before and after gallery to see the great results this “mini facelift” can achieve.

If you are interested in a natural looking facelift, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Renato Calabria has extensive experience performing techniques that are customized to meet your needs. Please contact our Beverly Hills office by calling (310) 777-0069 or our Rancho Mirage location at (760) 836-0077. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.