How Breast Implants Give Confidence

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How can plastic surgery affect your confidence and well-being? Learning to love your body and feel comfortable in your skin is a road we must all walk in order to be the best version of ourselves. Plastic surgery can be part of that journey for you. The first step is finding a caring plastic surgeon who will take the time to listen to your goals and address your concerns. Women in Virginia Beach can visit Dr. Matthew Galumbeck, a board-certified plastic surgeon and IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon. Dr. Galumbeck knows many women feel concerned about complications with breast implants, which is why he offers the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. Read below to find out how this can make a difference in your life.



Plastic Surgery and Piece of Mind

Feeling confident with your body starts with freedom from worry. Surgery, such as breast augmentation, isn’t a decision to be made lightly. Every surgery comes with risks and benefits that each patient must weigh for themselves. But for many women, the risks are vastly outweighed by the benefits. A lifetime of confidence and the freedom to be who you’ve always wanted to be may be worth undergoing a breast augmentation. However, for some women, confidence is overshadowed by daily concerns about complications, particularly concerns about silent ruptures in silicone gel breast implants. An independent 2017 survey of over 900 women found the following statistics:


  • 98% of women reported they would be somewhat to constantly concerned about a silent rupture.
  • 89% of women reported if the overall performance of the implant is similar, they want an implant where rupture could be detected by simply looking at the breast.
  • 91% of women reported that if the overall performance of the implant is similar, they prefer saline coming into contact with their tissue over silicone gel.


The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant was developed with these concerns in mind. It is filled with saline so that women will know exactly when a rupture occurs and there is no risk of silent rupture. The saline inside is safely absorbed by the body if a rupture occurs. The internal structure is built to restrict the flow of saline and allow it to move in a more natural way. This structure leads to beautiful, natural looking results previously not seen in saline filled implants. With the IDEAL IMPLANT women get the best of both worlds: beautiful looking breast implants with freedom from worry.


Feeling Confidence in Yourself

Choosing to get plastic surgery means you are taking control of your own life and the way you present yourself. You’re showing the world that you are the one in control of yourself and making choices that lead you to feel more confident. Plastic surgery can also lead to a happier, more fulfilled life. According to a survey published in 2013 98% of women surveyed said their breast augmentation met or exceeded their expectations. Additionally, 92% of these women reported increased self-esteem, and 64% reported an improved quality of life. Plastic surgery can’t fix every problem, but if you’ve ever felt self-conscious about the way you look now is the time to give yourself the gift of change. It may be just what you need to show the world who you really are.


Breast Implants from a Caring Surgeon

Your plastic surgeon should be the one who guides you to a new and improved look. The right surgeon will look out for your best interests and make sure you are comfortable with every step of the process. Cosmetic surgery isn’t just about making changes to your body, it is about coming out on the other side feeling a positive change to your whole self. Dr. Matthew Galumbeck is dedicated to providing this level of care to his patients. Not only is he a skilled plastic surgeon and teacher, he is the founder of Spa Phoenix, a doctor-directed spa. At Spa Phoenix, patients are treated in a way that affects their whole selves for a complete transformation. This level of care extends to Dr. Galumbeck’s plastic surgery practice, where he strives to give every patient the results they desire and change their lives for the better. Read what one patient had to say about her experience:


“Absolutely amazing. My results are phenomenal!!! I couldn’t be happier with my decision. You don’t realize how much of a positive change you can make until you take a leap of faith. Dr. Galumbeck and his staff were professional, made me feel at home and 6 months post surgery they still make me feel like a part of their family. 100% recommend and would do it all over again!! Thank you guys.” from


If you’re considering breast implants in the Virginia Beach area visit Dr. Galumbeck’s office at 1817 Republic Rd. Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454 Visit to learn more about the procedures offered at Galumbeck Plastic Surgery. To get started on your plastic surgery journey call Dr. Matthew Galumbeck today at (757) 330-8421.


A Guide to Choosing Breast Implants and a Plastic Surgeon


If you are considering a breast enhancement, do your research on the types of breast implants available before your consultation. This simple task will help you make an informed choice and could affect your outcome in terms of aesthetic results and peace of mind. Choosing a surgeon who offers you all the implant choices and informs you about your options is the first step in your plastic surgery journey. Dr. Matthew Galumbeck, board-certified surgeon in Virginia Beach, makes sure his patients are well informed of their options and comfortable with each procedure.



Breast Implants: Changing Technology

Technology everywhere is moving forward, and the plastic surgery field is no different. In the past, women were forced to choose between saline and silicone gel. Each implant has its own benefits and compromises, and each woman had to make her own personal decision before her breast enhancement: beautiful results or peace of mind? Now there is a third FDA-approved implant available for women 18 and older. The IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant gives women the peace of mind of saline, with beautiful, natural looking results.


Saline Breast Implants

These implants used to be the only FDA-approved option, until silicone gel was reintroduced in the early 2000s. Because they are filled with saline, women know that if a rupture occurs the implant will deflate and the saline will be naturally absorbed by the body. Saline (sterilized salt water) is the same liquid found in IV bags, so there is no harm in your body absorbing it. However, these implants are not as dense as breast tissue, and behave similar to a water balloon causing ripples and wrinkles under the skin. For this reason, many women chose breast implants that offer more natural looking results without the aesthetic concerns.


Silicone Gel Breast Implants

These implants give women beautiful, natural looking results, but cause some women to worry about the potential complications. Silicone gel implants come with the risk of ‘silent rupture,’ meaning the implant could rupture without showing symptoms. According to the FDA, “A ‘silent rupture’ doesn’t change the way an implant looks or feels to a woman because the rupture occurs within the capsule. Silent ruptures are not usually evident by a physical examination by a doctor.” An independent 2017 survey of 933 women found that 98% would feel somewhat to constantly concerned about a silent rupture with silicone gel implants. While the results silicone gel implants give are desirable, constant worry is not. It is difficult to enjoy your new body if you feel constantly concerned about complications you may encounter.


IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants

Now there is a new technology on the market: IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants. These implants are filled with saline for a woman’s peace of mind, but are made with an internal structure restricting the flow of that saline. This restricted flow results in an implant that does not ripple or wrinkle, behaving more like a silicone gel implant. Additionally, the IDEAL IMPLANT has a lower rate of complications, such as rupture and capsular contracture. With the IDEAL IMPLANT, women can have the best of both worlds: natural looking results with peace of mind.


Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

When asked how his plastic surgery center operates, Dr. Galumbeck tells us “Instead of just coming up with what everybody does, we look at all the options and really evaluate them.” Dr. Galumbeck knows that newer technology can often lead to things like better results and faster healing times, but he needs to investigate it fully before offering it to his patients. Instead of being satisfied with the same old things, or hopping on the bandwagon of what everyone is doing at the time, Dr. Galumbeck takes the time to fully consider each procedure and decide if it will benefit his patients. When the IDEAL IMPLANT first became available, Dr. Galumbeck took the same approach and eventually offered it to his patients. Like many surgeons around the nation, he could see the benefits of the IDEAL IMPLANT. In fact, Dr. Galumbeck has recently been named an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon because he is one of the most experienced surgeons with these breast implants.


Dr. Matthew Galumbeck: Individualized Care, Superior Results

Dr. Galumbeck is a native of Virginia Beach, and is proud to offer excellent care to his community. Not only is Dr. Galumbeck a skilled surgeon and teacher, he is the founder of Spa Phoenix, which offers the benefits of a medispa in a therapeutic spa environment. This environment promotes well-being of the whole self. Dr. Galumbeck has demonstrated an unmatched level of care for his patients before, during, and after surgery that has led to excellent results. Read how a former patient reviewed Dr. Galumbeck on


“Dr. Galumbeck’s personality is as amazing as his surgical skills. His staff are absolute angels and they made my experience so pleasant. I’m glad I done my research and chose him as my surgeon.”


If you’re considering plastic surgery, visit one of the best surgeons in Virginia Beach. Dr. Galumbeck is one of the only surgeons in the area to offer IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants. Schedule your consultation today by calling his office at (757) 330-8421 or visiting Don’t wait to start your journey to a new you!


Uneven Skin Tone – How To Treat And Prevent

Uneven Skin Tone – How To Treat And Prevent

Uneven Skin Tone


treat uneven skin tone at Spa PhoenixThis week Heidi Lavan, our esteemed Master Esthetician from Spa Phoenix, discusses facial hyper pigmentation problems, how to treat them, and how to prevent them from coming back.

Uneven Skin Tone – Causes

Taking care of your skin can be a challenge when it’s marred by dark spots of hyperpigmentation. Dark patches can surface on anyone’s skin. Overproduction and irregular deposition of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, causes uneven skin tones. The big three causes of uneven skin tone are sun damage, hormones, and trauma.

Sun Damage

One of the primary functions of melanin production in your skin is to protect you from UV rays from the sun. A suntan results from your body’s melanin response to the sun. With repeated sun exposure, pigmentation is produced irregularly leading to uneven skin tones.


Melasma, commonly known as pregnancy mask,  causes your face to appear as if you’re wearing a dark, blotchy veil. It’s generally the result of the combination of hormone fluctuations from birth control or pregnancy, and sun exposure.


If your skin undergoes any trauma, including cuts, scrapes, or bruises, the affected area can become discolored because the body increases pigment production in an injured area, referred to as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Uneven skin tone can also be caused by irritation from shaving or waxing.

Uneven Skin Tone – Treatment

An easy to follow treatment regimen will help diminish the appearance of brown spots and uneven skin tone. Exfoliate – Use a gentle exfoliating scrub, like Skin Amnesty Exfoliating Face Mask. Removing thickened layers of dead skin cells will not only make the skin smoother, but will also diminish uneven skin tones. Repair – Products containing Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Soy Proteins, and Aloe, like the Skin Amnesty Restore Protect Serum can reduce inflammation and sun damage, resulting in lighter brighter skin. Professional Help – Utilize the services of a Master Esthetician to select a professional peel program to accelerate the process, such as the Phoenix Peel, the Amnesty Peel, and the Phoenix X Peel.

Uneven Skin Tone – Prevention

Start with sun protection. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher will help maintain an even skin tone because it will prevent sunlight from triggering more melanin production. Small changes in your habits can also help, especially in preventing more trauma to the skin. If you have problems such as acne, cuts, or bruises, it’s best to keep your hands away. Don’t rub, don’t touch, don’t scratch, don’t pick. Following these simple measures will make uneven skin tone ancient history!



Blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery, was the third most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in 2015.

Usually, when a person reaches his or her late 30s or early 40s, the supporting structures of the eyelids begin to weaken. Eyelid fat protrudes, stretching the delicate eyelid skin. In the lower eyelids, prominent fat and stretched skin appear as puffiness or bags. In the upper eyelids, this results in excess folds of skin that may actually hang down over the edge of the upper eyelids. Fine wrinkle lines and creases appear in the delicate skin around the lids. The result is a tired, sleepy or sad look. These changes detract from the natural beauty of the eye area.

Blepharoplasty, one of the procedures for facial rejuvenation, is designed to improve one’s appearance by reducing the prominence of wrinkles, drooping and other imperfections in the eyelids. This may be done for either the upper or lower eyelids, or for both.

Blepharoplasty – Indications

The following conditions can be treated by eyelid surgery.

  • Puffiness in the upper eyelids caused by excess fatty deposits
  • Loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision
  • Excess skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Droopiness of the lower eyelids

Blepharoplasty – Procedure

The incision for the upper lid is made through the upper eyelid crease. A segment of skin is removed; if necessary, fat underneath the lid is removed as well. The incision for the lower eyelid is made approximately just below the rim of the lower eyelashes. Excess skin and fat is removed to achieve the desired result.

Blepharoplasty – Recovery

Cold compresses should be applied over the eyes during the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Sutures are removed two days after surgery. The eyelids are discolored and swollen for two to seven days, depending upon the patient’s skin type, age and healing ability. It is common to feel “tightness” of the eyelids for some time after surgery.

Blepharoplasty – Cost

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, The average cost of eyelid surgery is $2,874.

Blepharoplasty cost can vary widely. The average fee above does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

Make sure that your blepharoplasty cost includes:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Medical tests
  • Surgeon’s fee

Blepharoplasty – Results


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Blepharoplasty – Patient Video Testimonial

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Cosmetic Surgery | Top 5 Procedures in 2015

Cosmetic Surgery 2015

The top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures from the The American Society of Plastic Surgery has recently been released for 2015. Over 1.7 million cosmetic surgery procedures and 15.9 million minimally invasive procedures were performed.


Top 5 Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Breast Augmentation Liposuction Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Tummy Tuck

The total number of procedures remained about the same as in 2014. While cosmetic surgery procedures have decreased approximately 10% since 2000, tummy tucks have increased an astonishing 104% Facelift  filled the number six position, closely behind tummy tucks.

The top 5 non surgical procedures include Botox Soft Tissue Fillers Chemical Peels Laser Hair Removal Microdermabrasion

The data collected was from board certified plastic surgeons who participated in the study sharing their operative data with the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Since 2000 the total number of cosmetic surgery procedures has decreased 10%. Liposuction has decreased 37%, while breast augmentation has increased 31%. I think the most likely explanation for the decrease in liposuction is that physicians other than plastic surgeons are performing the procedure.

Just remember when it comes to your  procedure, make sure your physician is a board certified plastic surgeon, who can show you pre and postoperative photographs of patients that he or she has performed the procedure on. Make sure the facility is accredited and that an anesthesiologist is present during the procedure to ensure your safety. While cosmetic surgery is safe and performed millions of times a year, it is still a surgical procedure and needs to be approached with careful thought and planning.

CoolSculpting or Liposuction | Which Is Right For You

CoolSculpting, cryolipolysis, is a non invasive technique to contour areas of the body. Liposuction is a procedure to permanently remove fat cells while accurately sculpting the body.

CoolSculpting or Liposuction

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CoolSculpting vs Liposuction – The Procedure

CoolSculpting – The area to be treated is marked. Then a transparent gel pad is placed to protect the skin, and the applicator head is put into position. A vacuum is turned on. Once the bulge is sucked into a cup, two cooling panels numb the area. The fat cell freezing takes about an hour. After an hour, the area is massaged to break up fat cells.

Liposuction – The area to be treated is marked. An anesthetic solution is injected into the area fat. A small cannula, tube, is inserted into the fat and with the assistance of a vacuum  the fat is removed, precisely sculpting the area.

CoolSculpting vs Liposuction – The Results


  • a noninvasive technology
  • no or minimal down time
  • less dramatic results compared with liposuction. Only 20-25% of fat reduction
  • risks of pain or paradoxical increase in fat
  • treatable body part areas is limited by fit of application head
  • bulges must be pinchable to fit into cup


  • Surgical procedure
  • 1-2 day down time
  • More aggressive and complete fat reduction
  • Better contouring
  • More immediate results
  • The possibility of simultaneous surgical procedures

A recent study reviewed the effectiveness of cool sculpting of the saddlebag area. Forty women had one of their saddlebags treated and one untreated. According to the authors “at the conclusion of the study, 7 of the 40 subjects received optional equalization treatment to the control thigh. Thirty subjects declined equalization treatment.

If the treatment was so effective why would 75% of the patients not want to cool sculpt their other thigh for symmetry?

Breast Lift With Implants

Breast Lift With Implants

Breast lift with implants is a plastic surgery procedure to improve the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Breast lift with implants is an excellent option for any woman whose breasts have begun to droop; however, it is a particularly popular among mothers who wish to regain their pre-pregnancy figures, often as part of a Mommy Makeover. Many women choose to combine breast lift with breast augmentation in order to elevate and enlarge their breasts simultaneously. Women often seek a breast lift with implants after experiencing significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, which can all cause breasts to sag and loss of volume.

Breast Lift With Implants

Breast Lift With Implants After Pregnancy

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are two of the most common causes of drooping breasts. Many women begin to consider a breast lift after they have children. Breast lift combined with breast augmentation can reshape the breasts to their pre pregnancy shape. While it is safe to breast-feed after an augmentation mastopexy, the breasts may develop more droop requiring a secondary breast lift.

Breast Lift With Implants After Weight Loss

Weight loss can give you a new lease on life and Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss is a very popular group of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Because excess weight will stretch your skin, weight loss can also leave you with drooping empty breasts. Once you have achieved your goal weight a breast lift with implants can restore firmness and the shape of your breasts.

Breast Lift With Implants Cost

What does a breast lift combined with a breast augmentation cost? The cost of an augmentation mastopexy is about $6300 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is for the surgeon’s fee only and does not include other associated costs for this cosmetic surgical procedure such as anesthesia or the operating room. It’s important to know all the fees for plastic surgery procedures.

How to Choose a Surgeon

For an augmentation mastopexy it is best to see a board certified plastic surgeon who performs cosmetic breast procedures frequently. Ask to see breast lift with implants before and after pictures. A breast lift is a physical change as well as a psychological journey, so it is essential that you work with a physician who makes you feel at ease.

Operating Facilities

In most cases, a breast lift with implants is an outpatient procedures. At Galumbeck Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, the procedure is performed in our fully accredited facility. We are accredited by the American Associations for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. This accreditation indicates that our Virginia Beach Plastic Surgery center is completely up to date and follows proper safety protocols.

The Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation at Galumbeck Plastic Surgery, Dr. Galumbeck will examine your breast size and shape, skin elasticity, the amount of droop that you have as well as your nipple position and the position of your nipples in relation to the rest of your breast tissue. This is exam along with your goals of size and shape will help determine the type of breast lift with implants is best suited for you.

During this consultation you will also discuss which surgical techniques will most effectively achieve your goals. For the best results, it is important to be honest about your expectations and goals. You will talk about your breast implant options including the differences between saline breast implants, silicone gel breast implants and the structured saline breast implant, Ideal Breast implant.

Breast Lift with Implants Technique

There are several types of incisions for breast augmentation with implants. The incisions for an augmentation mastopexy take into consideration the size of your breasts, the extent to which they are drooping, your skin quality, your nipple position and the size of your breast implants.


Doughnut Augmentation Mastopexy

Doughnut mastopexy with implants involves circumferential incisions around your nipple and areola. It is important to note that the doughnut technique may not be the optimal choice if you have larger breasts.

Lollipop Augmentation Mastopexy

The lollipop breast lift with implants, vertical augmentation mastopexy, involves an incision around your nipple and areola as well as from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease.

Anchor Augmentation Mastopexy

The anchor augmentation mastopexy involves the creation of an incision around the border of the areola, a second vertical incision down to the base of the breast, and a third horizontal incision along the breast crease.


Breast lift with implants recovery varies for each patient. At Galumbeck Plastic Surgery, breast implant endoscopeDr. Galumbeck uses an endoscope for the procedure. This is a specialized TV camera to assist with surgery. According to a recent article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, endoscopic breast surgery is associated with shortened recovery times, a reduced need for drainage, and excellent outcomes. With aid of the endoscope drains are not used postoperatively. Most women are back to work and social activities in just a few days.


A breast lift with implants can give you noticeably firmer, perkier breasts. Although you will probably notice an immediate improvement in your figure, the final results of your surgery will not be apparent for several months. As swelling subsides and your breasts adjust to their new shape, you will begin to enjoy the full effects of your procedure.

Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck? How To Choose

Liposuction Vs Tummy Tuck

Reshaping of the tummy after having kids or weight loss is a popular procedure. But with so many options out there, it is difficult to decide which procedure is best. For liposuction vs tummy tuck, what does each procedure entail?  What is the cost of a tummy tuck; what is the price of liposuction? What is the recovery time for liposuction or days out of work for a tummy tuck?

First it’s important to know what a tummy tuck or liposuction can do and who it’s best for.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – Evaluation Of The Abdomen

  • Abdominal Fat – liposuction vs tummy tuck- where's the fatSculpting the abdomen is a key element in both liposuction and
    tummy tuck. Both procedures only reshape the fat that is above the tummy muscles. Rule of Thumb- If you can pinch it, you can sculpt it.
  • Tummy Muscle – liposuction vs tummy tuck muscle bulgeThe abdominal muscles, the rectus abdomini muscles are the two central muscles of the tummy that, when toned, can give us a six pack. Between the muscles is a band of tissue that has no elasticity. After pregnancy or weight gain and weight loss, this band stretches. So despite doing thousands of crunches, the tummy bulge is not from muscles that are out of shape, just muscles in the wrong position. Repositioning the tummy muscles and tightening the laxity between them results in a flatter, tighter tummy. This is a key component of a tummy tuck.
  • Tummy Skin – With Liposuction, the tummy skin can shrink somewhat, but a tummy tuck removes excess skin, ensuring a firmer, flatter tummy.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – The Procedure


I prefer Cold Laser Liposuction. External cold laser liquefies fat cells with no chance of burning the skin or other tissues. A small cannula is inserted into fat deposit. A low vacuum is used to sculpt the fat. The excess fat is permanently removed.

Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck includes liposuction to sculpt and remove excess fat. In addition, the tummy muscles are tightened and excess skin is removed. This combination allows for a tight firm abdomen.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – The Recovery


The recovery for liposuction is relatively quick. Most people undergoing liposuction are back to work and social activity is just a few days.

Tummy Tuck

The recovery for a tummy tuck is a bit longer. Most people can resume normal activities in about 1 week and return to strenuous activities in 2 to 3 weeks.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – The Cost


What does liposuction cost? The cost of liposuction is about $3,000 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is for the surgeon’s fee only and does not include other associated costs for liposuction such as anesthesia or the operating room. It’s important to know all the fees for plastic surgery procedures.

Tummy Tuck

What does a tummy tuck cost? The cost of a tummy tuck is about $5,500 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is for the surgeon’s fee only and does not include other associated costs for a tummy tuck such as anesthesia or the operating room. It’s important to know all the fees for plastic surgery procedures.

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – The Results

Liposuction of the abdomen as well as tummy tucks can give great results. Make sure to discuss all of your options with your board certified plastic surgeon. That’s the best way to make sure you get the final result you envision.

Winter Skin Care – 10 Tips To Survive the Chill

Winter skin care doesn’t have to be difficult. The weather outside is frightful. Dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin leaving it dry, itchy, and irritated.

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Heidi Lavan, one of our master estheticians, offers winter skin care tips to combat dry skin causes and help keep your skin feeling moist and supple all winter long.

Winter Skin Care Tips

  1. Invest in a humidifier – Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom while you sleep.
  2. Lower the thermostat – When it’s chilly outside, what’s the first thing you want to do? Crank up the heat! But central heat can make the air in your house even drier. Try setting the thermostat at a cool, yet comfortable setting (68°F to 72°F) to maintain healthy skin.
  3. Skip hot showers – Although it may be tempting to warm up with a long, steamy shower, hot water dries out your skin by stripping it of its natural oils. Instead, take a 5-10 minute lukewarm shower. You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands.
  4. Choose cleanser wisely –  For optimal winter skin care steer clear of regular bar soaps, since they tend to contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Instead, start washing with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser.
  5. Modify your facial skin care regimen for the season – During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply toners sparingly. Look for toners that contain little or no alcohol unless your skin is excessively oily. For winter skin care at night, use a richer moisturizer on your face.
  6. Moisturize frequently – Maintain healthy skin by moisturizing after washing up. It’s best to use a cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates.
  7. Apply sunscreen even in winter – It is still important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays on cold, dreary days in winter. Before going outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.
  8. Wear appropriate clothing – Many cold-weather fabrics can aggravate dry winter skin. Keep wool and rough clothing from directly touching your skin as they can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy.  Wear soft, breathable materials against your skin, and then pull on a warmer sweater. Protect your hands from cold winter air with gloves or mittens.
  9. Eat right and stay hydrated – Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flax seed oil. For the most part it is important to help the skin moisturize from the outside.
  10. Change out of wet clothes quickly – Wearing wet clothes and shoes can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness. Be sure to remove wet gloves, socks, and pants as soon as possible.

The best tip for great winter skin care is to visit Spa Phoenix for medically directed restorative and rejuvenating treatments.

Facial Fillers – 5 Tips For First Time Patients

Last Year over 2 million injections of facial fillers were performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles are then working closer to the skin surface, so wrinkles become more apparent. Dermal fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery.

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Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse, can be used to:

  • Plump thin lips
  • Enhance shallow contours
  • Soften facial creases and wrinkles
  • Improve the appearance of recessed scars

The popularity of dermal fillers has grown significantly over recent years as these treatments are relatively painless, provide quick results, and require little to no recovery time.

Juvederm and Restylane are composed of Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. Hyaluronic Acid holds water at the injection site and acts as a cushioning agent.

Radiesse is a cosmetic filler that has small microspheres (particles) comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite suspended in a gel-like solution.

Tips For Facial Fillers


In today’s market there are many different types of dermal fillers each of which address different concerns. Hyaluronic acid based fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, for example, are effective in restoring moisture and plumpness into the skin by attracting water to the treated area, while Radiesse is better for deeper lines and for restoring volume.

It is important to understand what injectables are capable of treating and to know what realistic results will be. An experienced injector should be able to guide you to the best course of treatment to achieve your desired results.


Just like any other medical procedure selecting the right provider is important. When deciding who to trust for your procedure, make sure the injector has ample experience in using a variety of fillers and is properly (and currently) licensed. It’s always a good idea to review testimonials from previous patients or seek recommendations from friends or family.


Be sure to follow all instructions both before and after your treatment. Failing to follow simple instructions like not taking an aspirin before the procedure or working out after the procedure can make all the difference between a great and not-so-great treatment.


While injectables require little to no downtime, some individuals will experience minor swelling or bruising immediately following the procedure, both of which subside on their own.


While they are long-lasting, the effects of injectables will eventually wear off. Typically results can last anywhere from four months to six months depending on the specific filler  used. Keep in mind that in order to maintain your desired results periodic maintenance treatments will be necessary.