Refreshing Your Skincare Routine for Fall

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Every year, September ushers in a new daily schedule. School and extracurriculars might mean more time ferrying the kids around. You might be buckling down at work now that vacation season has ended. Perhaps your activity levels are shifting as the days get shorter. A change of seasons means a change in lifestyle, even for those of us in sunny Southern California. As you adjust to your new routine, don’t forget to check in with your skin — stress levels, sleep schedules and atmospheric changes can all have an impact on the types of products you skin needs to stay healthy.

Start Fresh

After a summer full of outdoor activities, you might want to hit the reset button before picking up new skincare products. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer two excellent nonsurgical options that can help you get rid of the layer of old skin cells that has built up over the last few months: laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.

At SCCSA, laser treatments can be comprehensive or customized to target specific skin regions and concerns. They are effective in fading scars, hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The short pulses of light vaporize highly targeted areas of skin cells, making sure that only unhealthy cells are removed and leaving behind a glowing layer of new skin.

If laser resurfacing isn’t right for your needs or skin type, ask us about medical-grade chemical peels. These use acidic ingredients to dissolve dead skin cells, making this treatment ideal for brightening dark spots and removing dull skin cell buildup.

These treatments can be scheduled by calling Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-616-6685 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Elias can help determine if one might be right for you, or recommend skincare products that can achieve similar results.

Don’t Dry Out

A good moisturizer can be your skin’s best friend as the air starts to get dry. Even here in Southern California, where we can expect temperatures to stay balmy through November, the average humidity levels drop beginning in late September. When the moisture levels in the air are low, the moisture in your skin becomes more prone to evaporation. It’s important to choose a moisturizer that will replenish your skin’s water stores and protect it from the dry air. Look for moisturizing creams that list ingredients like dimethicone or squalane, or are cocoa or shea butter-based.

Wake Your Skin Up

If your new fall routine is busy and stressful, your skin might be feeling the effects. If you’re noticing your skin — especially your eyes — feeling red or puffy, you should consider adding a soothing mask or nightly eye cream to your regular skincare. Antioxidant and moisturizing ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin B3 (also called niacinamide) or aloe can stimulate collagen production, cool and hydrate, bringing an even tone and youthful springiness back to your skin. Be sure to avoid harsh or fragrant ingredients like alcohols and essential oils — these could irritate your eyes and make redness worse.

SCCSA wants all of our clients to have beautiful skin that makes them feel empowered and confident, regardless of the season. Call us today at 818-616-6685 to find out more about what we can do to get your skin glowing year round.

3 Ways to be Bikini Ready This Summer

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Summer is officially here, and that means long days of lounging beachside with your favorite gal pals. As a woman, your physique is accentuated by your body’s unique curves and shapely breasts. But when the size, proportion or setting of your breasts cause you to lose self-confidence, it can feel impossible to rock your favorite two piece.

Whether through aging, genetics, major weight fluctuation or childbearing, the appearance of your breasts can transform over time. When these lifestyle changes begin to affect the size, shape and volume of your breasts, it may be time to consider a cosmetic breast procedure.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, our team of dedicated surgical artists can boost your femininity. Our practice offers three different ways to achieve beautiful-looking breasts that fit your needs.

Breast Augmentation

If you suffer from breasts that are too small or disproportionate from one another, or have undergone a mastectomy, you may benefit from receiving breast implants. Also known as an augmentation mammoplasty, this surgical procedure is beneficial for women wanting to increase the size and volume of their breasts.

With a breast augmentation by Dr. Elias, you can expect nothing but the best. He understands that every body is unique and will take the time to discuss with you the implant and placement options. Both our saline and silicone-filled implants are safe and effective, and it really comes down to your preference on how they look and feel. Breast enhancement patients can expect a full recovery within three to six months following the procedure.

Breast Lift

When aging and extreme weight loss cause your breast tissues to weaken and sag, a surgical lift can be an easy solution. Also known as a mastopexy, a breast lift can get rid of the sagging skin and raise the breasts to a new position. By reshaping the tissues, this procedure also provides a slight increase in volume and symmetrical placement.

It’s important to note that a breast lift does not necessarily guarantee full volume restoration, but instead is a great first step to lifting the breasts into a higher position. Should you desire more dramatic results, Dr. Elias may recommend implants with your breast lift.

Breast Reduction

Women with overly large breasts know that certain activities, like running and other exercises, can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Having too large of breasts can even lead to physical health complications that can make it difficult to walk and perform normal activities. In fact, one of the most common complaints of patients with large breasts is daily back pain.

For these reasons and more, women often turn to SCCSA for a breast reduction. This procedure can not only reduce overall breast size, but also reshape the breasts and add symmetry to the areola nipple complex. In an individualized consultation with Dr. Elias, you will receive a full body dimensional measurement to determine the correct proportions for your body. Following the recovery period, almost all of our patients describe the reduction as a great relief. Find Rejuvenation

We believe that every woman’s body is unique and should be celebrated. With the help of Dr. Elias, you can create a feminine physique you are proud of. Here at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, your vision matters and our team will sit down with you to discuss and fully understand your aesthetic goals.

To see if a cosmetic breast procedure is right for you, give us a call at 818-616-6685.

Peel Yourself Beautiful This Fall

Great skin comes in many forms, and it’s subjective when you’re looking at it from the surface because beauty can be viewed by so many people differently. We agree that beauty is dynamic and we like it that way; each one of our patients is beautiful uniquely. However, the condition of the skin from a bird’s eye view may reflect something that could affect the health of the skin. If your skin is unhealthy, the chances are that it won’t look great forever which is why we want to give our patients their best chance at not only beautiful but healthy skin all around from the roots on up.

At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, great skin is a promise that we work into our skin care treatments, and we recommend that everyone take a chance on a peel. We say during the fall season is the best time to start thinking about your skin care regimen and how it can chance the world for you and your skin. So why don’t you peel yourself beautiful this fall with our various safe and customized chemical peels?

Chemical Peels and How They Work

An overview of chemical peels is the ideal way to start when you’re weighing your skin care options because you should know what each treatment promises for your skin and why. Chemical peels were designed by dermatologists to help remove or exfoliate the superficial skin from your face so that you can start a skin care plan fresh and be able to concentrate on any custom concerns that stick to your skin type. There is a list of things that will further classify the types of facial chemical peels we present to our clients at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts; the first is your age and the condition of the skin.

The younger our clients are, the more lenient we can be on the type of peel they should go for to maintain healthier skin that has a relatively new set of cells. Older skin may require deeper peel formulas if you’re looking to lift and tighten as well as restructure. Should you have a few different levels of hyperpigmentation, acne and age spots, these too can require a varied peel strength. The following skin concerns are ideal for a chemical peel:

  • If you’re looking to restructure the dermal layer
  • Want to rid your skin of freckles, age spots and melasma
  • Smooth over the tone and texture
  • Reduce wrinkles in the face, neck, chest and hands
  • Get rid of larger pore openings
  • Increase circulation
  • Break down dead cells and resurface the skin
  • Reducing the appearance of scarring

We can continue as to the many reasons why you should consider a peel. Ultimately during your skin care analysis with Dr. Elias and his nursing staff we’ll help you decide which peel is the optimal choice for your skin since it should align with your needs of hydration, rejuvenation, and vitamin infusions. There are three types of facial chemical peels that we base our decision on as we recommend this treatment plan for each patient.

The Three Gradients of Chemical Peels

Surface Peel, Light Peel or a Peel for Sensitive Skin

The surface peel, the lightest possible peel we can offer our patients, is composed of alpha and beta-hydroxy acids or glycolic acids that will be created for you as you enter into our treatment room. Only the topmost dead cells will be removed during this sensitive peel which will not damage the deeper layers at all. When patients have never had a chemical peel, previously we often recommend starting here to see if you like the result. Should you require a deeper peel to cover any deeper skin conditions, we may move to medium or a deep peel. This peel is for younger skin that doesn’t require serious treatment, so for things like superficial sun damage and rough wind conditions.

Medium Peel

We go a little deeper with this peel since it will go further than just those top layer cells that are normally flagged as continually regenerating cells. Not only will we wash away the top layer of dehydrated, malformed or sunburned cells, but we will remove discoloration from the skin’s layer one set further. Resurfacing the skin will start with a medium peel in your skin care place so we can start by rerouting blood circulation that will feel the facial cells with more nutrients and oxygen to act as anti-oxidants when free-radicals irritate the skin.

Deeper Peel

When we’re hoping to help patients with their deep wrinkles, injury and some light surgical or acne scarring, this deeper peel is harsher on the skin, but it will get to smooth these issues over. We require an anesthetic for these deeper set peels because they tend to be a bit uncomfortable which is why we don’t recommend this for sensitive skin. Sometimes these deep peels are done through laser heat energy but will depend on the recommendation.

We encourage you to set up a comprehensive consultation for chemical peels and a skin care analysis to find out if chemical peels are the right choice for you. Call SCCSA today to schedule your skin care session with Dr. Husam Elias at 818-616-6685.

Santa Ana Winds: How to Protect Your Skin

The Santa Ana Winds are something we hear about every day in the fall and winter here at SCCSA, Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, in Sherman Oaks. These winds hit between October and January, which are the strongest sets of wind speeds that can reach up to 40 mph. That’s pretty fast wind and the higher their speeds, the harder they hit whatever they pass through or hit straight on—mainly your skin. During these months, when the winds are at their highest, the skin is the most vulnerable part of the body, and we want to protect it vigorously.

Wind Dehydrates the Skin

As soon as we go outside, our skin is vulnerable to high winds and cooler temperatures that can be a shock from the temperatures inside your car or home. When the temperature change hits the skin, then cells start to lose their plumpness and vitality. Each layer of the skin becomes weaker and will eventually break down over time revealing aged skin if we don’t tend to these cells. Regulating the effect that the wind has on our skin can help reduce the amount of damage we find during the winter months.

The difference between fall and winter compared to the summertime makes all the difference in the way the skin behaves. In summer, we have more moisture to spare because the heat activates sweat glands to balance internal and external temperatures, but in the winter months when it’s cold we don’t have these mechanisms always working. If we continue to lose water molecules, then we can’t get them back unless we hydrate the cells another way. So how do we protect the skin from the wind and dryness?

Protecting Skin in Wind from Dryness

The Santa Ana Winds produce dead skin cells on the surface and dryer than dry cells beneath. We have to save what’s healthy and to hydrate these cells continually. At SCCSA, we recommend that everyone have either a skin resurfacing laser treatment or varying type of chemical peel that can remove the topmost surface layer to uncover fresh skin. Once we have a fresh new layer of the skin, this is the best place to start our complete skin care regimen. Here are some of the tips we recommend to our clients at the change in the seasons, especially when the Santa Ana Winds are at their peak.

  • Try to avoid swift cold to warm shifts in the temperature
  • Apply sunscreen and cover up
  • Drink plenty of fluids, mostly water
  • Apply oils and cosmeceuticals prescribed by a skin care professional
  • Laser treatments and peels
  • Maintain healthy skin care plan with your doctor

If you have significant damage to your skin, such as redness and maximized pore size, hyperpigmentation, and a rough texture, it’s time you see a specialist that can help you reverse this damage or repair what you have. The sooner you know how important skin care is no matter what the season, the better prepared you’ll be for what’s to come. Call the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts to learn more about healthy skin care and our top cosmetic treatments today at 818-616-6685.

Transitioning Your Skin into Fall

Fall in California has been a little wonky this year, with temperatures blazing into the 90’s all the way into October, and our skin is feeling it for sure. At Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we provide a variety of skin rejuvenation and resurfacing treatments to help our clients restructure and refresh their skin. During our consultations, we assess the current health of your skin cells and devise a plan to help you get the most out of your skin care home treatments in conjunction with our nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. During the fall season, the skin suffers from so many different environmental changes that we have to be prepared to treat it accordingly; otherwise, these treatments won’t last long. To keep your skin looking fantastic at SCCSA, we will help you transition your skin into fall so you can get through the next few months ageless and stress-free.

Summer into Fall Skin Concerns:

  • Sun damage
  • Hydration or over drying of the skin
  • Essential nutrients for restructuring dead cells
  • Sensitive skin issues
  • Pigmentation or redness

How to Transition Your Skin Using New Products

When we talk about transitioning from one season into another, it’s important we understand why we do this. The weather changes with temperature, so moving from hot heat in the summer means the skin is sweating more and overcome with sun exposure. During that transition from summer to fall, it may be hotter in the day but cold at night. A shift from one temperature to another means our skin isn’t going to remain properly hydrated. We have to address both things that cause our tissues distress and produce wear. Chamomile and lavender.

You should also think about the base of your skin care products best for different seasons. During the summer, we use products that protect the skin from sun damage but still allow your pores to breathe. We normally think of water-based, light moisturizers and hydrating cleansers that invigorate cellular repair. Citrus and nutrient infused moisturizers will wake up your cells and brighten the face by reducing pigmentation you’ve gained in summer months. Once you’ve worked on hydration and pigmentation, it’s time to think about tone and texture.

How to Avoid the Dry Fall Weather

As you move up your hydrating density, think of night creams that you can add to your skin care regimen to avoid over drying of the skin and additional base serums applied before your night moisturizer. In the summer it’s a bit humid, but during fall the air loses moisture and so will your skin. Black cumin oil is said to help naturally restructure the skin cells and witch hazel will help you reduce cluttering of the pores and nourish sensitivity. When the skin drys out in fall, the smoothness of your skin becomes rough and fine lines may start to appear. We recommend exfoliating the skin as you make the transition to fall skin care products to remove all dead cells and refresh your look. Start from scratch with a fresh face in fall.

Our laser skin resurfacing treatments alongside these new methods for hydration will reverse these temporary changes. Call Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-696-4425 to find out more about our skin resurfacing treatments and how we get rid of the premature signs of aging.

Why Peeling Away Your Imperfections Could be Better Than Injectables

In the heart of Los Angeles, where the stars shine brightest, we at Southern California Center for Surgical Arts think that your skin imperfections could be peeled away for the best results instead of injectables. Sure, we love injectables and the results they bring for people that are looking to improve volume loss in their skin from years of tissue degeneration, but if you’re trying to get rid of some minor wrinkles and skin imperfections, they’re not the best option. When clients come to us looking for a solution to their skin care issues, we try our best to give them real options and the benefits or cons of each choice based on their skin care condition.

Why would peels be your best option?

Your Skin’s Condition

Depending on the condition of your skin, injectables may not be needed or what’s best for you. For many of the patients that come to us looking for best skin maintenance options out there, the first thing they ask about are injectables and by injectables, we mean Botox and other muscle relaxant injections or dermal fillers that work beneath the epidermis and above the muscle layer. If you have relatively younger skin and don’t require a facelift or have significant wrinkles or cellular damage to consider one, a peel may be all you need.

The reason we say this is because your skin may just require a gentle resurfacing technique that could remove the topmost layer of dead skin cells to allow congested healthy cells to flourish. While dermal fillers will simply fill in space and help to reintroduce collagen and elastin fibers to the skin, a chemical peel can focus on the damage that’s occurred on the surface of the skin and treat the underlying dermal layer as needed. The healthier your skin is or how close you are to healthy skin is important. If you’re just starting to see small signs of damage, don’t think about injections just yet.

What You Need from a Peel

Chemical peels come in three types; they range from sensitive skin treatments at their lightest to medium and higher level peels. Depending on your type of skin, one of these levels will benefit you. Most people start with a lighter peel to see what the skin looks like following the peel. You need to remove the top layer of skin to get rid of everything you see on the surface and reduce any signs of these conditions as you progress your facial peels. Injectables won’t do this because they work beneath the skin, not on the skin or within it. To promote skin health, you need to nourish it and bring out the best attributes while erasing any issues. A peel can help address issues such as hyperpigmentation and dehydration as well as the size of your pores and reduce any dullness and texture issues. These peels also contribute to getting rid of any blockages in the pores that can allow bacteria to sit on them and eventually damage the skin with things such as free radicals. Injectables will only enhance what’s already there.

Cost and Treatments

Injectables are a lot more expensive than chemical peels because of the time insertion into the skin that requires skilled techniques to make sure no nerves are damaged, and the proper contouring occurs so that we make sure to get the results you want. You may only need dermal fillers once every few months, but they don’t necessarily improve the skin beyond these structural treatment benefits. Peels, on the other hand, are most cost effective for you and are less of a risk for patients that are first starting on their skin care journey. After each peel, on average there are three in a series, you’ll notice the change in your skin that will continue to improve over time. We love this treatment since it helps you get to the core of what’s causing these wrinkles and color changes as well as any bacterial concerns you have causing irritation.

To schedule your consultation for a chemical peel or to see what types of injectables we offer, depending on your skin, call SCCSA today at (818) 616-6685.

Getting Glowing Skin with Chemical Peel Treatments

Looking for a more permanent way to improve your skin before your late summer vacation? We thought so. Dreading those close-up family photos (and hundreds of selfies) should not come in the way of enjoying your time for rest & relaxation. If you have not yet experienced the magic of a chemical peel, it might be time for you to learn more about this incredible treatment.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is exactly what it sounds like: a chemical solution is applied to your clean skin, using an applicator, until your face is covered with the product. The chemicals will cause the outer layer of your skin to mildly blister and then peel away.

There are several types of chemical peel: light, medium and deep, each designed to treat different types of skin conditions.

What conditions does it treat?

Chemical peels are meant to wholly improve your skin by shedding its outer layer, often riddled with sun damage, discoloration, blemishes and signs of aging. By removing the damaged skin, you find a layer beneath that simply glows.

Light chemical peels can remove fine, superficial wrinkles, but medium and deep peels explore other skin conditions as well. This procedure is great for treating the following symptoms:

  • Fine lines around the eyes and mouth
  • Sunspots, age spots and freckles
  • Deep wrinkles (often caused by sun exposure or simply aging)
  • Acne scars
  • Blemishes and acne
  • Discoloration
  • Uneven texture

How long is the procedure?

A chemical peel typically lasts ten to twenty minutes, depending on the solution used on your skin. Most patients say they do not feel pain during the procedure, only mild burning and sometimes stinging. However, the sensation is worth the dramatic results and revived skin you can enjoy after your treatment.

What is the downtime like?

While there is no “downtime” after a chemical peel, there are things you may want to keep in mind when scheduling your treatment. The burning and stinging you feel during the procedure may carry on afterward, especially with a deeper peel. Using a cold compress or over the counter pain medication can help to ease this discomfort.

After your chemical peel, your skin will react similarly to a sunburn, and you will notice redness, blisters, scaling, and peeling. These are all normal reactions and will carry on for one to two weeks, depending on how quickly your body heals.

As your healing continues, it is important that you avoid exposing the treated skin to direct sunlight. For the first couple of months, your skin will be thinner and more susceptible to sun damage, so be sure to use broad-spectrum sunscreen daily and invest in a wide-brimmed hat for days outside.

Who should NOT consider a chemical peel?

While a chemical peel may provide benefits for all skin types, patients with darker skin are at risk of experiencing more discoloration following the peel. Fair skin types typically have more success with this treatment.

If you are interested in scheduling a chemical peel, call the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at (818) 696-4425, for the highest quality treatments in Los Angeles.

Your Best Skin; No Surgery Required!

Non-surgical treatments have advanced so much that they are becoming almost just as effective as surgery in improving the look and feel of your skin. Plastic surgery is, of course, the most effective way to affect significant change to your appearance, but there are so many options for treating the minor conditions you face on a daily basis that do not require incisions at all!

Treating your skin and giving it back its youthful texture, tone and lift may be as easy as a quick cosmetic procedure. At the Southern California Center for Surgical Arts, we offer several options for improving your appearance without surgery, depending on what you would like to treat and how significant a change you are looking to make.

Injectable Treatments

Botox cosmetic is one of our most popular treatments for erasing dynamic wrinkles, including crow’s feet and laugh lines, and giving you a softer, more approachable look. This injectable treatment has become Los Angeles’s most requested procedure, and for good reason! Relaxing the muscles that tighten into wrinkles not only improves your facial expression, it can also help to relieve tension held in these spaces and allow your soft facial appearance to reflect in a persona that is more at ease.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser treatments are so crucial in treating skin that has been damaged by the sun, wrinkled skin and scarring, as they give the skin natural, long-lasting improvement without any incisions and very minimal downtime. The laser used by Dr. Elias is an ultrapulse carbon dioxide laser, one specifically designed to remove unwanted tissue from the skin. This tissue is seen in the imperfections of the skin, such as sun spots, fine lines, uneven tone or unpleasant texture. Laser resurfacing works to even skin tone and reverse damage that may be causing blemishes and scars.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels work to shed the top layer of skin that is damaged, pigmented or has a rough texture, revealing a fresh and new layer of skin that simply glows. During the procedure, a solution is applied that will treat the top layer of skin, which will eventually blister. This process lends to a bit of downtime, as it can be uncomfortable to be in public while your skin heals from this treatment. Once the layer of skin restores itself, however, you will be eager to show off your lively look! Sun damage is especially responsive to this type of treatment, and hyperpigmentation is also best treated with chemical peels.

If you are looking for restoration, healing and renewal of your skin, smoothing of wrinkles or an uplifting of your natural facial expression, one of our many nonsurgical options can help give you your desired results. During a consultation with Dr. Elias, you can express your disappointments with your skin and what you would like to improve, and he will work with you to determine the best procedure for you. Call us today if you are interested in learning more about our treatments or scheduling your first procedure: (818) 788-6622.

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