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The Dangers of High SPF Sunscreens

Posted by administration on October 09, 2013

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), consumers should be wary of sunscreens boasting a super high sun protection factor (SPF). SPF shows how much the sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. For example, an SPF of 50 would theoretically allow a person to remain in the sun 50 times longer before getting burnt by the sun.

The EWG reports the problem to be that “people trust these products too much.” The protection difference between a 50 SPF and a 100 SPF is minor – you will get virtually the same amount of protection from both SPF values. People using the higher SPF products often get a false sense of security and end up applying less product and staying out in the sun longer than they should.

Most SPF products only block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays and are not aimed to protect from ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. The UVA rays penetrate the skin deeper and are harder to block. Higher SPF products do not typically provide UVA protection.

Skin cancer is on the rise so it is absolutely necessary to wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin. Aside from skin cancer, overexposure to the sun can cause premature aging in the form of facial wrinkles/lines, skin discoloration and more.

If your skin is showing signs of sun damage, there are ways to combat the damage and rejuvenate your skin. Non-surgical treatments such as laser skin treatments, chemical peels, BOTOX, injectable dermal fillers are offered by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver. A Cosmetic Consultation can help you determine which treatment can revitalize your skin and make you look younger. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today at serotamd.com or 303-367-9000.

To learn more about the sunscreen brands that EWG considers the best, click here.  

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What Does it Take to Get Longer, Fuller Lashes?

Posted by administration on October 03, 2013

Toss out your false eyelashes (and the trimming, gluing and tricky positioning that goes along with putting them on). Now you can actually grow your own thick, lush lashes with a prescription medication called Latisse.

You may have seen advertisements featuring Brooke Shields or Claire Danes sharing their experiences with Latisse, but you don’t have to be a celebrity to achieve “magazine cover” lashes. The FDA approved Latisse in 2008, and their clinical studies have shown it to be safe for most patients.

Some might view the discovery of Latisse as a beautiful accident. The medication is a version of a glaucoma eye drop drug called bimatoprost. Patients who were using bimatoprost realized that hair growth, including eyelash growth, was occurring gradually as they used the medication. From this side effect, Latisse was born.

Unlike bimatoprost that is used directly in the eye, Latisse is applied only to the upper lash line. The medication spreads to the lower lashes naturally with each blink. You must use a new, clean applicator each time you apply Latisse to avoid infection.

Latisse Results

You must use Latisse every night for at least 2-4 months to see initial results. You may be able to lessen the application to once every two days after the desired lash length/thickness is achieved; however, discontinuation of Latisse will result in your lashes returning to normal.

Latisse Side Effects

You must be very careful to apply the medication only to the lashes so it doesn’t result in unwanted hair growth in other areas. Other possible side effects can include:

  • Eye color change
  • Dry eyes
  • Darkening of eyelid skin
  • Eye infections
  • Allergic reactions
  • Interference with intraocular pressure medications

Not everyone is a good candidate for Latisse. If you would like to know if your eyelashes could be improved with Latisse, contact Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today to schedule a Cosmetic Consultation. Call today at 303-367-9000 or visit serotamd.com.

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Using Flex Plans to Pay for Plastic Surgery

Posted by administration on September 26, 2013

If you’ve been considering a plastic surgery or cosmetic treatment (breast implants, liposuction, BOTOX, etc.), but aren’t sure how to afford it, your job may be able to help! If your company offers a Flexible Spending Account, you can choose to place a portion of your pre-tax earnings into this short-term, tax-free savings account to use for non-reimbursable medical expenses, such as elective cosmetic surgery. This program lowers your taxable income.

Use it or Lose it! Most Flex Plans have strict usage rules. If you don't spend your money on your procedure within the specified timeframe, you will lose your savings.

Follow These Steps for Flex Plan Savings

  1. Find out if you are a candidate for cosmetic surgery by scheduling a Cosmetic Consultation at Advanced Cosmetic and Surgery Center.
  2. Find out your company's deadline for open enrollment to sign up for Flexible Spending Accounts.
  3. Find out the cost of your plastic surgery so you’ll know how much to set aside in your account. This will be determined during the Consultation. Dr. Serota cannot pre-determine what procedure will be best for you without examining you first.

Combine Flex Plan Savings with Cosmetic Financing! Contact Dr. Serota to learn more about our 0% interest plastic surgery financing program, how different procedures are performed and what advanced technologies Dr. Serota uses. Contact us today at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.

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Celebrate Self-Improvement Month Blog

Posted by administration on September 13, 2013

September is Self-Improvement Month. This is the perfect time to rally for your own cause, whether that is becoming more physically fit, improving your personal relationships, achieving a well-deserved job promotion, learning a new language or whatever interests you.

This is also the perfect time to pursue plastic surgery or cosmetic treatments if you have been thinking about enhancing your physical appearance. Cosmetic surgery can make you look younger or give you a shapelier silhouette. It can restore self-confidence that has been temporarily lost due to the effect of pregnancies, weight gain/loss, accidents or trauma, aging or other factors.

There are both surgical and non-surgical methods to achieve different results. Sometimes patients are surprised to learn how many options there are when it comes to enhancing their appearance.  

Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Aurora offers free Cosmetic Consultations to help direct people toward the right cosmetic procedures. The Consultation allows Dr. Serota to clearly define the physical appearance aspects you wish to change, what your goals are and what your expectations are after surgery. After examining your medical condition, he can make recommendations on the best course of action for your unique situation.

Take the first step toward physical self-improvement. Contact us today at serotamd.com or 303-367-9000 to schedule your free Cosmetic Consultation.

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To find out more about our cosmetic procedures please contact us or take our online cosmetic self evaluation to find out what procedures might be best for you. To schedule your personal consultation with the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Aurora, Colorado call 303-367-9000.