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Instant Wrinkle Reducers – Do They Really Work?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

ASK THE EXPERT:

Q:  I have seen advertisements for instant wrinkle reducers.  Is this a good investment?  Do they really work?

A:  I am sure that some of the over the counter products will reduce your wrinkles for a few hours.  They do this by acting as a plumper.  However, don’t be fooled by over-promising, over-the-counter skincare that swells the skin for an instant wrinkle reducer.  Remember, it is contracting and relaxing the elastic fibers of your skin over and over again.

Think of a new balloon.  What happens to that balloon after you have blown it up and let the air back out several times, expanding it and contracting it over and over again? The balloon material becomes loose and thin.  This doesn’t seem like a good solution to me.

Our experience at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic has been that it is best to treat the condition with a scientifically proven-effective method rather than putting your skin at risk of further damage for a few hours of temporary correction.

This blog was written by Roxanne

Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Clinic, Savoy and Bloomington IL

ASK OUR EXPERT: How to choose effective skincare products

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Q: I have a drawer full of lotions and creams that don’t work. There are so many skincare products out there.  How I know which skin care products work and which ones do not?

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. Maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin does require an effective home-care routine. With the abundance of the over-the-counter and infomercial skin care products available today, I understand how confusing and frustrating it can be to choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.
My first recommendation:
Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, just because “M.D.” appears behind their name, it does not make them an expert in every field of medicine. Technology is always changing, so it’s important to consult with someone who is up to date on those changes. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.
My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the consultation, very frustrated. They just want to look their best. But they feel like they have wasted a lot of time and money experimenting with different products, just trying to narrow down what works and what doesn’t.
During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.
My second recommendation:
Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?
I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as you would pay at the mall. The main differences between over–the-counter-skincare and medical-grade skincare are strength and effectiveness.  Medical-grade skincare is typically formulated at a much higher strength, as it is used under the care of a physician. Medical-grade skincare is tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. Over-the-counter skincare is not. Therefore you do not know if you are really getting what you are paying for. Unlike over-the-counter skincare, medical-grade skincare must be FDA-approved. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity as well.
I guess what I am saying is that you do not need a drawer full of skincare products to get the results you want. You just need the right products and the scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.
This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436

A: Well, first of all, you are on the right track. Maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin does require an effective home-care routine. With the abundance of the over-the-counter and infomercial skin care products available today, I understand how confusing and frustrating it can be to choose effective skincare products without wasting your time and your money.

My first recommendation:

Consult a reputable doctor who specializes in facial aging such as a cosmetic or facial plastic surgeon. Remember, just because “M.D.” appears behind their name, it does not make them an expert in every field of medicine. Technology is always changing, so it’s important to consult with someone who is up to date on those changes. Many times cosmetic or facial plastic surgeons will have a Medical Skincare Specialist on staff, such as myself.

My job is to take the guess work out of the equation. Most often, patients come to the consultation, very frustrated. They just want to look their best. But they feel like they have wasted a lot of time and money experimenting with different products, just trying to narrow down what works and what doesn’t.

During a skincare consultation at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute, we listen to the patient’s skin concerns and their goals. Then we talk about the options they may have.  During this time you get lots of great, FREE information to help them understand what ages the skin, how to avoid it, and works for their particular skin issues. They get a better understanding of what each product does and how to best maintain results. We de-bunk many of the media driven myths that are out there and answer any questions the patient may have. I would also recommend that you do not relay on magazines, talk shows, or infomercials as much of that information is misleading.

My second recommendation:

Use only products have SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN clinical data to support their effectiveness. When is the last time you seen an infomercial offer a non-affiliated, SCIENTIFIC CLINICAL STUDY for their latest, greatest “miracle in a jar?”  Ummm, never! So, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t work right?

I cannot stress enough the difference that a medical grade skincare program can make in the way your skin looks, acts and feels for the same cost as you would pay at the mall. The main differences between over–the-counter-skincare and medical-grade skincare are strength and effectiveness.  Medical-grade skincare is typically formulated at a much higher strength, as it is used under the care of a physician. Medical-grade skincare is tested in a blind or double-blind clinical study to prove its effectiveness. Over-the-counter skincare is not. Therefore you do not know if you are really getting what you are paying for. Unlike over-the-counter skincare, medical-grade skincare must be FDA-approved. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity as well.

I guess what I am saying is that you do not need a drawer full of skincare products to get the results you want. You just need the right products and the scientific-based knowledge to know the difference.  Dr. Castillo offers free skincare consultations with me. During this consultation you will receive valuable skincare information to help determine the best options for your skin.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer, just all our Savoy (Champaign-Urbana Il.) office 217-359-7508 or our Bloomington office at 309-622-0436 to schedule at appointment.

Roxanne, Skincare and Laser Specialist

This question was answered by Roxanne, Medical Skincare and Laser Specialist at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Skin Restoration and Laser Institute.  Please contact us for additional information at  217-359-7508 or 309-662-0436