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Smooth and Supple: The Benefits of the Sciton Micro Laser Peel

Sciton BBLIn a perfect world, you would have the skin you have in your twenties for the rest of your life. Not only are your teenage hormones balanced out by the time you are in your twenties but your skin is usually free of those nasty lines and wrinkles as well. However, as not only age sets in but environmental elements as well, your skin can start to show signs of damage and wear. Luckily, Dr. Daniel Tresley specializes in a variety of treatments that are designed to help rejuvenate your skin so that although you may not be able to live in your twenties for forever, your skin can still look like it. As one of the best treatments to help rejuvenate your skin, a Sciton Micro Laser Peel is something that you should consider. Read on to learn more.

What is a Sciton Micro Laser Peel?
The Sciton Micro Laser Peel is designed to remove the top few layers of your skin in order to encourage the regrowth and production of newer, healthier skin. Once the Micro Laser Peel’s laser is brushed over the skin, it removes the top layer of skin. As the skin heals, fresh cells grow which result in less wrinkles and a more even colored skin tone.

What is the Procedure Like?
Before you undergo any type of procedure, it’s beneficial to know exactly what you can expect from it. Before treatment starts, your skin will be cleaned and Dr. Daniel Tresley will then put on the proper protective eyewear— both on you and himself. After everything is prepped and prepared, Dr. Tresley will then start the treatment which should be fairly painless because only the top parts of the skin are being targeted. Lasting about 15-30 minutes, you won’t have to take off a substantial amount of time from your day in order to get the procedure one.

What are Results Like?
After about 3-5 days following your Sciton Micro Laser Peel, you will start to see that your skin is not only smoother looking and feeling, but that your fine lines and wrinkles are a bit less apparent as well. In order to maintain these results, it is recommended that you get a peel a few times a year depending on your skin type and age.

If you would like to learn more about the Sciton Micro Laser Peel, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley’s office today and schedule a consultation.

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How to Tell It’s Not Just Your Vision

istock_4690025_smallAging can sometimes feel like a guessing game— you’re gaining weight, is it because of aging? You’re more tired, is it because of aging? You are having a hard time seeing, is it because of aging? And although the answer to the above questions can most likely be attributed to aging, when it comes to things such as your vision, is it simply caused by aging or is it something else that is causing you to not be able to see as well? Read on to learn more.

How to Tell If It Is Your Vision
As you age, it can be hard to tell if your vision is simply deteriorating because you’re aging or you’re just having a harder time focusing because you’re just more tired. There are a few ways that you can tell if it is your vision that is causing you difficulty including:

  • Extreme fatigue: when you are suffering from vision problems and your eyes are constantly trying to focus, it can place an undue amount of strain on your eyes causing them to feel heavy and fatigued.
  • Blurred Vision: Is your vision blurry when you are either trying to see an object in front of you or far away? This is another large indication that you are suffering from vision problems and that you need glasses or contacts.
  • Headaches: Are you suffering from more headaches now than you used to? Similar to the strain placed on your eyes that causes you to feel fatigued, this same strain can cause you to experience headaches.

How to Tell If It’s Old Age
As a condition that Daniel Tresley specializes in, Ptosis is a condition that causes your eyelids to become droopy which can often be mistaken for vision problems. However, unlike actual vision problems, Ptosis is a condition that if left untreated, it can cause your eyelids to droop so far that it can be difficult to see as clearly. Luckily, with ptosis surgery, Dr. Tresley can raise the eyelid back to its natural position by reattaching the muscle properly to where it should be.

Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between vision problems and Ptosis. If you are having a hard time distinguishing between the two, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley in order to schedule a consultation.

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The 411 on Ectropion

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As you age, your skin starts to lose elasticity and can even begin to sag in places that you didn’t know it could— including both your upper and lower eyelid. Usually affecting the lower part of the eyelid, ectropion is when there is a sagging and outward turning of the eyelid which can make everyday things like seeing or even applying makeup to the lower part of the eye to become a bit more difficult. If you suffer from ectropion, Dr. Daniel Tresley can help you to get your vision back and literally see the best results possible. Read on to learn more.

How Is It Caused?
As mentioned above, ectropion is a condition that is primarily caused by old age and the loss of elasticity in the skin and eye muscles. However, there are other contributing factors such as:

  • previous trauma
  • previous surgery
  • burns
  • skin cancers
  • nerve palsies

What are the symptoms?
Ectropion isn’t just a condition that can make your appearance look a little less than attractive, but it is also a condition that can cause things like watery eyes, irritation, redness, inflammation, and the caking and crusting around the eyelids.

What are the treatments?
There are two different types of treatment options that Dr. Tresley may recommend. The first is eyedrops and the second is a surgical procedure. Dr. Daniel Tresley specializes in this type of surgery and can help to restore your vision and overall appearance back to normal in no time. During the surgical procedure, Dr. Daniel Tresley will tighten the eyelid muscles in order to restore the eyelid to its normal position. Ectropion surgery involves tightening the muscles of the eyelid and its attachment to restore the eyelid to its more normal position.

If you are suffering from ectropion, Dr. Daniel Tresley can help restore your eye and appearance in no time. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today and one of our specialists will help you out.

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The Importance of Antioxidants for Your Skin Care

tresley-photoAntioxidants took the world by storm a few years ago with foods rich in antioxidants like acai became extremely popular. With properties that promote good overall health and protect you against disease, antioxidants are considered to be one of the easiest properties that you can use in order to maintain good health. And antioxidants aren’t only ingested, but they can be used in skincare products such as creams and cleansers in order to help promote good skin health. Read on to learn more about the benefits of using skin care with antioxidants.

Reparative
Dr. Daniel Tresley’s So Moist moisturizing lotion contains antioxidants that aid in not only protecting your skin from things like sun damage but that also help to reverse the damaging effects of the sun on your skin. Specifically, by stimulating the blood flow in your skin, antioxidants work to encourage the growth and production of new skin cells which repair damaged skin cells. As an added bonus to Dr. Daniel Tresley’s So Moist moisturizing lotion, it also contains sunscreen which will help protect you against further sun damage.

Firming
Both Dr. Daniel Tresley’s So Moist moisturizing lotion and Daily Antioxidant Cleanser contain the correct amount of antioxidants your skin needs in order to help it become more firm and youthful. In fact, antioxidants may actually help to reverse signs of aging by tightening your skin and restoring moisture to it.

Age Fighting
As one of the greatest benefits of Dr. Daniel Tresley’s skincare products that contain antioxidants is the fact that antioxidants contain age fighting capabilities as well. By plumping up your skin and restoring moisture to it, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced in appearance, and your skin will start to look more youthful.

As you can see, there are many health benefits of antioxidants including reparative, firming, and age fighting components. To learn more about Dr. Daniel Tresley’s skincare line or to schedule an appointment with him, contact our office today!

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Let’s Talk Facial Aging!

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As the years creep up, we may be able to look back on many happy memories and accomplishments. However, the joy that this brings maybe counterbalanced with concerns related to the signs of aging. It may not be the passage of time so much that is causing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but a combination of numerous different factors.

Earth, wind, and fire. OK, so we’re just giving a shout out to one of our favorite groups of the 70’s. In reality, facial aging maybe directly affected by the sun, and by our love of it. Ultraviolet light has been linked to the early signs of aging such as brown spots, loss of elasticity, and fine lines. This includes not only natural sunlight but also tanning lamps. To prevent premature aging, and minimize your chances of skin cancer, be sure to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 on days that you plan to be on the beach, at the pool, or in the garden. For daily use, most we recommend applying a moisturizer that contains SPF 50 sunscreen in it.

Stress. Stress comes in many forms. It need not be a dramatic event, such as the loss of a job, or the loss of a loved one that affects your stress levels adversely. The chronic stress that many of us endure on a daily basis can cost us a good night’s sleep, the consequences of which may be persistent under eye bags and more visible fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and the forehead. Most people, when they’re stressed, also tend to become dehydrated simply due to a lack of awareness about how much water they are drinking. Dehydration in the body, even if not associated with stress, leads to a thinning of skin which makes it appear fragile and creepy.

There is a Silver Lining

Although aging is not something we can avoid, the silver lining in recognizing the effects of external factors is that we gain some degree of control over them.

In addition to finding and implementing a daily skin care routine that includes nourishing ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids and antioxidants, and reducing stress with healthy habits such as meditation or just taking a daily walk in nature, we have numerous options for reviving our appearance.

It brings us a great deal of satisfaction to help our patients regain greater confidence in their appearance. We can help you discover the value of facial rejuvenation with either plastic surgery or non-surgical solutions. Contact us to explore your options.

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Can Under Eye Bags be Banished with Dermal Fillers?

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As an unfortunate side effect of aging and genetics, many people struggle with the issue of under eye bags. The persistent puffiness may be somewhat affected by stress, sleep, and diet. However, most people with sagging, bagging lids find no relief even with a healthy lifestyle.

Under eye bags reflect the accumulation of fat on the lower lids. This problem is exacerbated when collagen breaks down and the delicate skin around the eyes becomes thinner. Many people try to minimize the appearance of bags with expensive eye creams. The sad fact is that no topical product has been proven effective to significantly reduce or even control this problem.

Under Eye Bags: Considering all Options

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, has a long history of success at reviving the eyes. In one procedure, many people achieve the look they want and never need a re-do, even though the aging process continues. With the development of numerous fillers and wrinkle-reducing solutions, additional options can also be considered. It is important to consult with an experienced physician to ensure that you understand what is possible for your unique structure. Dr. Tresley performs eyelid surgery, as well as eyelid rejuvenation with Botox and dermal fillers. He discusses the value of each during patient consultations.

Dermal Fillers for Younger-Looking Eyes

Dermal fillers such as Juvederm®,  Radiesse® and Restylane®  are effective at treating lines and wrinkles around the eye. This is because these products lift sagging tissues, and stimulate collagen, which gives longevity to the results of a single treatment.

To reduce the appearance of under eye bags, fillers are inserted into the curved depression that lies just above the cheek. In addition to building up the line itself, the cheeks may also be enhanced to further reduce the visibility of puffiness beneath the eye. Using expert technique, the Dr. Tresley achieves a more natural contour between the cheek and the eyelid, making bags all but disappear.

Non-surgical eyelid rejuvenation has become increasingly popular. To see how your eyes can look younger, and reveal your inner zest for life, call 847-291-6900.

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Caring for your Skin after Laser Resurfacing

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One of the best things you can do for your skin is to give it the extra TLC it needs. This can be done on a daily basis with gentle products and techniques, and it may also include the periodic professional treatment. Lasers have paved the way for men and women to address a host of concerns, including wrinkles, scares, laxity, and hyperpigmentation. If you are considering one of our safe, effective laser procedures, you will want to know how to pamper your skin to achieve maximum rejuvenation.

What to Expect after Laser Skin Treatment

In the days that follow laser treatment, mild redness and swelling should be expected. The degree to which these conditions develop depend on the aggressiveness of the laser procedure. There is also the matter of aftercare and your own body’s innate tendency to heal. Sometimes, the response to a lighter treatment may be more intense, and the response to a deeper treatment not so intense. It’s all personal reaction. Our goal is to provide you with the full extent of information you need so you have a good idea what to expect. Additionally, we offer tips for skin care after resurfacing treatment. With proper care, effects like itching, peeling, and dryness can be minimized.

  • Sun protection. The American Academy of Dermatology encourages us all to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. The need for UV protection becomes even greater after laser treatment, when the skin is naturally more sensitive. At this time, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is ideal, with an SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects you against UVA and UVB rays, both of which can cause photoaging. In addition to sunscreen, it is advisable to wear a protective hat if you cannot avoid direct sunlight.
  • Skin care. The products that you use to cleanse and moisturize your skin after laser treatment should be formulated with the gentlest ingredients. All-natural does not necessarily mean that a product is suited to your needs at this time.
  • Your skin is going to flake or peel after laser skin resurfacing, this is virtually impossible to avoid and is, in fact, the goal. While we want dead, damaged cells to fall away, we do not want to dry out your skin. Moisturizer will need to be applied quite often while you are healing. We recommend our Post Laser Recovery Ointment.

We are here to help you look and feel your best. Call 847-291-6900 to see how.

 

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How to Get a Smoother Forehead in No Time

Looking into the mirror to see an array of forehead wrinkles smiling back at you is enough to cause anyone to have a panic attack. If you are starting to notice that your forehead wrinkles are more than you remember, it’s time to take matters into your own hands and zap them before they only get worse. Read on to learn more about how you can get a smoother forehead in no time.

Botox
facial fillersWhy is Botox so popular among men and women? Because it will temporarily get rid of your forehead wrinkles for around 3-4 months depending on your age, skin type, and other factors. By essentially paralyzing the muscles that Botox is injected into, patients receive the virtually flawless appearance of a smooth forehead without any of those nasty wrinkles in sight. After your Botox injections, you will likely start to see the full Botox results within about a week.

Dysport
As Botox’s competitor, Dysport is also a neurotoxin that helps to relax the muscles in the forehead and around the eyes. A treatment that is shown to be equally as effective as Botox.

Retinol
Both the prescription topical cream and the over-the counter creams are ideal to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles all over your face, including your forehead area. Once prescribed by your doctor, simply apply the retinol cream across your forehead, both morning and night or as recommended. Due to its complex chemical components, you will likely experience some skin peeling after a few weeks of using retinol consistently. However, this is just a sign that it’s working, so don’t discontinue using it. To help add moisture back into your skin, try applying a face cream over the Retinol. Also, be sure to avoid direct contact with the sun when using retinol because it can cause you to burn more easily.

Although there are several ways to help decrease the appearance of forehead wrinkles, these three solutions are proven to be some of the most effective. To learn more about how you can get a smoother forehead with less wrinkles, contact Dr. Tresley’s office today and schedule an appointment! Be sure to ask Dr. Tresley about our private labeled, pharmaceutical grade Retinal.

 

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When is Too Young to Start Worrying About Wrinkles?

If your six year old child is obsessing over their appearance and is worried about the onset of premature wrinkles, you may have a problem. However, if your teenager is concerned about wrinkles and wants to get a head start on their anti-aging skincare routine then you really have nothing to worry about. In fact, starting the habit of using good skin care products now will only benefit your child later on. Read on to learn more about what skin care items your teenager should be using and why.

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It’s never too early to start protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. In fact, you shouldn’t wait until you’re in your teens to do so. If your young child is spending hours and hours in the sun everyday, they should be wearing sunscreen everyday as well. As a good rule of thumb, add sunscreen to your child or teenagers list of things to do everyday. For instance, make bed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, and put on sunscreen.

Anti-aging face cream
Anti-aging face creams are typically filled with ingredients like antioxidants and retinol, which all aid in protecting your skin and replenishing your skin as you age. Simply have your teenager apply an anti-aging face cream both morning and night, focusing on the forehead and around the mouth.

Anti-Aging Eye Cream
Everyone as they age will start to get some wrinkles around their eyes. To help your teenager’s eyes stay moisturized and to prevent against early signs of aging, buy them an anti-aging eye cream. Typically applied at night using small circular motions around the eyes, anti-aging eye cream helps to moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes which prevents against wrinkles.

If your teenager is expressing interest in skincare and wrinkle prevention, try encouraging them to use a combination of sunscreen, anti-aging face cream, and anti-aging eye cream. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Tresley today!

 

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4 Ingredients to Look for In Skin Care Products

Among getting things like Botox, Restylane or Juvederm, it’s also important to take proper care of your skin in order to ensure that it stays healthy and looks young for as long as possible. That’s why it’s important to use high-quality skin care products such as face creams, night creams, and cleansers. When shopping for anti-aging skin care products, look for these ingredients.

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  1. Retinol
    Derived from Vitamin A, Retinol helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, lower the appearance of sunspots, and it can even help to combat acne. And although you can actually get a prescription from your dermatologist for a retinol cream to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkle, there are all-in-one face creams available on the market that have a small dose of retinol or retinol already in them, that way you won’t have to have an abundance of extra face creams.
  2. Alpha Hydroxy Acids
    Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid help your skin to look more refreshed and radiant. And although you can head to your doctor’s office to get a rejuvenating glycolic peel, you can also find over-the-counter facial creams and lotions that are packed with alpha hydroxy acids.
  3. B Vitamins
    B Vitamins are typically found in moisturizers and are the leading ingredient that helps any damaged skin cells to heal and repair themselves more quickly.
  4. Vitamin E
    Vitamin E is one of the best ingredients to look for when looking for a face cream or oil that can help your skin rejuvenate itself. By helping your skin to repair any damage that has already been done, Vitamin E is the ultimate anti-aging solution to all of your skin care problems.

When shopping for a new skin care product, the best thing you can do is to read the label. By looking for a face cream or lotion that contains at least some of the above ingredients, you can rest assured that your skin is getting the care and attention it deserves.

To learn more about skin care, contact our office today!

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