Everybody's Doing It

Everybody's Doing It

Are you thinking about Fraxel laser skin treatment but are a little worried about the recovery and aftercare process? Fraxel laser is a non-ablative laser treatment, which means it does not completely remove the topmost layers of skin as ablative lasers do. However, Fraxel laser does cause very tiny injuries just below the surface of the skin. Don't worry; these micro-injuries are part of the rejuvenation process and the journey to great-looking skin. The Innovations Medical Center offers patients these tips to help mitigate the side effects of Fraxel laser treatment.

What to Expect After Fraxel Laser
Most patients experience some irritation, redness and swelling right after their Fraxel laser treatment. The skin can also feel dry and tight. These effects occur because Fraxel exfoliates away the top layer of skin to allow new skin cells to form. You may also experience some flakiness and crusting, too. Don't be alarmed; these side effects are a sign that the treatment is working.

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Study Reveals a Few Surprises About Aging

Study Reveals a Few Surprises About Aging

When you think about women and how they feel about aging, you probably think that most women are ready to run, not walk, to their cosmetic surgeon at the first sign of wrinkles, right? But, is it true?

A new study by Allure and the AARP says not exactly. The study focused on how women feel about aging, beauty and how the media portrays women and the aging process.

Some common stereotypes about women and aging are that many women choose to deny their age and others do anything they can to avoid aging entirely. To find out if these conventions had merit, the two collaborating groups behind the study asked 2,000 women between the ages of 21 and 72 what they really thought about their age.

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Skin Can Show Signs of Stress

Skin Can Show Signs of Stress

You probably know the signs of stress when it comes to your body: tension headaches, feelings of anxiety, neck and shoulder pain, and maybe even high blood pressure. Do you know that the signs of stress probably show up on your face too? Stress affects every single part of your body - including your skin. Take a good look in the mirror and take a deep breath. Are you seeing the signs of stress? Learn how your skin may be signaling you that it is time to relax.

Puffy eyes. Stress keeping you up at night? The three cups of coffee you had this morning are not why we're asking; it's your puffy eyes. If you're tossing and turning all night, it is going to show on your face. Try to relax with a mug of herbal (caffeine-free) tea and turn off your phone, TV or tablet at least one hour before you go to sleep.

Changes in Skin Quality. Stressing out about things takes your mind off taking care of yourself. Stress tends to lead to dry skin. Why? Because you're probably so busy being stressed, you're not remembering to drink enough water, and all that coffee you're drinking to keep you going dehydrates your skin. Get back on track by carrying a water bottle with you and using a high-quality moisturizer.

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Is the Key to Great Skin In the Pantry?

Is the Key to Great Skin In the Pantry?

The first ingredients that come to mind when you think of what you want in skin care likely include things such as retinol and hyaluronic acid. But would you ever consider maple syrup as good for your skin?

Some researchers are hoping that you'll soon say yes.

Before adding Mrs. Butterworth's to your skin care regimen, read on.

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Don't Live with Dry Skin

Don't Live with Dry Skin

Although it seems like North Texas is humid year round, our climate can be arid, too. When the air is dry, your skin is often affected; it may feel dry and tight. Dry skin can contribute to the development of blemishes and acne, as well as wrinkles, fine lines and creases. We offer some natural ways to hydrate your skin and keep it looking youthful all year long.

1. Drink water. Drinking water is the No. 1 way you can help keep your skin hydrated. Water supports skin health by keeping cells functioning and plump. The result? Your skin looks brighter, feels softer and has fewer dark circles under your eyes.

2. Moisturize. Sometimes water is not enough to rehydrate severely dry skin. If your skin is very dry or dull, use a high-quality moisturizing lotion or facial oil as part of your skin care routine. Facial oils contain omega and fatty acids that help revitalize your skin. Look for products that contain oils such as argan oil, emu oil or grapeseed oil. These products can help make your skin soft and bright. They can also help to make your skin more elastic and supple, which can help prevent premature aging. Products that contain vitamin A or vitamin E are also essential for your skin health.

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Best Ways to Tighten Sagging Facial Skin

Best Ways to Tighten Sagging Facial Skin

There are many options available if you want to treat your sagging facial skin, including surgical face-lifts, noninvasive skin tightening, facial exercises, topical creams and even devices that promise to give you back the face of your youth. But, what actually works? We break down what works and what doesn't for sagging facial skin in this blog.

Topical Creams
There are many topical creams and lotions available that claim to firm and tighten the skin, but to see real results, you must use these products for extended periods. The majority of these products also only work for very mild cases of sagging skin, so if your situation is more serious, you may be out of luck and out of money spent on products not suited for you.

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Stop Uneven Skin Tone

Stop Uneven Skin Tone

Have you noticed uneven skin tone when you look in the mirror? If so, you're one of the millions of Americans who experience hyperpigmentation, or the irregular and uneven darkening of the skin caused by the body's overproduction of melanin. Melanin is what gives the skin and hair their color. As a result of overproduction, dark spots or patches can develop that can leave you looking more than 10 years older than your actual age. Find out what causes uneven pigmentation of the skin and how you can erase dark spots forever with some help from Innovations Medical.

What Causes Uneven Skin Tone?
The most common factors in developing uneven skin tone include:

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Keep Skin Healthy Between Appointments at Innovations Medical

Keep Skin Healthy Between Appointments at Innovations Medical

We talk about skin a lot at Innovations Medical. We can't help it - it's our specialty. We love to provide you and all of our patients with high-quality skin care treatments and skin-rejuvenating procedures to keep skin looking great. But, what happens once you leave our clinic? There's a lot you can do on your own to keep your skin looking great in between appointments with us.

Tips to Keep Your Skin Looking Great
Establish a Solid Skin Care Routine. One of the best ways you can keep your skin looking great is to cleanse, restore and moisturize it regularly with high-quality cleansers, toners, serums and moisturizers. Ask us for our recommendations about what products you should use and what you should avoid.

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Spring Means Sunscreen

Spring Means Sunscreen

The weather has been beautiful lately, which means you have more than likely been outside working in the yard to beautify your garden or in the house cleaning up any last signs of winter. You may also be spending more time outside hiking on trails or at the soccer field or the baseball park as spring sports leagues get under way. Whatever you are doing outside, Dr. Johnson and the staff of Innovations Medical suggest you do it wearing sunscreen.

The Benefits of Sunscreen
The largest and most significant benefit of wearing sunscreen is that it helps to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Sunscreen blocks out the sun's damaging UV rays that can lead to skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Dr. Johnson recommends that everyone wear a broad spectrum sunscreen year-round for protection.

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Spring Means Sunscreen

Spring Means Sunscreen

The weather has been beautiful lately, which means you have more than likely been outside working in the yard to beautify your garden or in the house cleaning up any last signs of winter. You may also be spending more time outside hiking on trails or at the soccer field or the baseball park as spring sports leagues get under way. Whatever you are doing outside, Dr. Johnson and the staff of Innovations Medical suggest you do it wearing sunscreen.

The Benefits of Sunscreen
The largest and most significant benefit of wearing sunscreen is that it helps to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Sunscreen blocks out the sun's damaging UV rays that can lead to skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Dr. Johnson recommends that everyone wear a broad spectrum sunscreen year-round for protection.

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How to Find a Quality Provider

How to Find a Quality Provider

We know you have many options when considering places to go for skin-rejuvenation and med-spa services. Many things factor in making your decision, such as location, price and the types of services offered. While these considerations play a part, there are other things you should think about when making your selection. Dr. Johnson and the staff at Innovations Medical are well trained and experienced and provide high-quality and safe skin-rejuvenation, anti-aging and med-spa treatments.

There are a few things you should look for when selecting med-spa procedures and skin-rejuvenation treatments. This include experience, education and safety measures.

Experience Matters

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Skin Tightening and Fat Removal Reigned Supreme in 2017

Skin Tightening and Fat Removal Reigned Supreme in 2017

Americans want to get rid of unwanted fat more than ever before, according to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The organization's new numbers show that treatments aimed at eliminating fat and cellulite increased significantly in 2017.

Non-invasive fat-reduction treatments that utilize special technology to "freeze" away fat without surgery increased 7 percent.

Cellulite treatments were also popular in 2017, increasing nearly 20 percent over 2016.

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Show Skin Some Love This Valentine's Day

Show Skin Some Love This Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a great time to take care of someone you love - including yourself! Show yourself some love this Valentine's Day by taking care of your skin and treating yourself to a skin-rejuvenating treatment from Innovations Medical.

How to Show Your Skin Some Love
Stay Out of the Sun. The best way to show your skin love this Valentine's Day is to protect it from the sun. Even during the winter, the sun's rays can be damaging. The sun damages the skin by destroying collagen and elastin, two things necessary for your skin's ability to expand and retract. When collagen and elastin break down, your skin begins to wrinkle and sag.

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Don't Forget the Sunscreen!

Don't Forget the Sunscreen!

Spring is finally here- although it has felt like summer lately! Warmer temperatures have North Texans heading to the lake, taking the top off of the Jeep, and spending more time outside. Before you head out the door, grab your sunscreen. Although it isn’t too hot just yet, the sun’s rays are powerful and damaging all year round. Dr. Johnson offers skin rejuvenating treatments to repair sun damaged skin, but you can help yourself and your skin by taking a few precautions.

If you spend time outdoors, you need sunscreen. Select a broad-spectrum sunscreen with zinc oxide dioxide or titanium dioxide in it in order to block ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays, and make sure it has a Sun Protection Factor, also known as SPF, of at least 30. Use a higher SPF to protect your face, and if you wear makeup or wear moisturizer, boost your protection by grabbing one with sunscreen built in.

Wearing wide-brimmed hats will also protect your face, neck, and décolletage from damage, as well. If you’re going to be out working in the yard, consider a hat. If you’re going to be on the beach this spring or summer, bring along a beach umbrella for a place to escape the sun and heat.

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More Seniors Choosing Cosmetic Procedures

More Seniors Choosing Cosmetic Procedures

Everyone has heard the saying about growing older gracefully. For most people, it simply means accepting that age is just a part of life – and accepting the things that come along with it. Things like gray hairs, laugh lines and wrinkles. For many older Americans, growing older gracefully means something else. It means fighting back the hands of time through cosmetic and other rejuvenating procedures to stay looking great. As a matter of fact, cosmetic procedures for older Americans are on the rise, according to recent statistics.

One of the most popular procedures for senior adults is the facelift. In fact, the number of facelifts performed on Americans over the age of 65 doubled between 2014 and 2015, according to the numbers from the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, also increased significantly in the age group of 55 and older, with almost 98,000 procedures performed in 2015. Other popular procedures include abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck, forehead lifts, and even butt lifts. Additionally, noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, and laser skin rejuvenation have also proved to be leading options for this demographic.

Older Americans are turning to cosmetic procedures for a few reasons, says Dr. Bill Johnson, M.D., a cosmetic physician located in Dallas, Texas. Johnson treats patients of all ages but has seen an increase in the number of patients looking to reduce the signs of aging. "Many patients are looking to reduce creases, wrinkles and other signs that may communicate their age, or may make them appear older than they actually are." Many individuals in this stage of life are divorced or widowed, and want to regain their youthful visage in order to attract a mate, explains Johnson. "No one wants to be looked at negatively by a potential partner because they have an older appearance," he says.

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Can You Stop Aging? Erase Age With These Procedures


All of us want to look young and Dr. Bill Johnson of Innovations Medical explains some of the office based procedures that can combat the effects of aging on our appearance.

One of the most popular methods right now is to use combined therapy because, each procedure deals with a particular problem area of the body. Injectables like Botox or Restylane are the easiest procedures you can have done. Botox does a great job on wrinkles on your forehead and between your eyes as well as the crowfeet.

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How To Look As Young As You Feel


According to a recent survey, 2 out 3 Americans who are over 30 years old feel younger than they really are. On the other hand, 50 percent of people from 30 to 60 people don’t like the way they look. They say that you can't reverse aging, but you can certainly do things to look young again. You’d be glad to know that there are more procedures as ever before to address body issues. Things are even better today, because there is very little or no downtime at all.

According to Dr. Johnson of Innovations Medical, Botox is one of the common go-to procedures. It is injected into muscles to improve the look of crow’s feet lines and frown lines. It works immediately and just takes a few minutes in the office. Fillers like Radiesse is also another favorite. It is a next generation cosmetic filler that helps minimize deep lines and wrinkles. Radiesse makes a big difference in filling in the cheek and in squaring of the jaw.

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Dr J Off Air - Hands - Do Your Hands Make You Look Older Than You Are?


Are you planning a wedding? Maybe you've wanted to show off that engagement ring on social media, but don't want your friends and family to see the age spots and veins in your hands? We'll as Dr. Johnson recently explained, your happy day doesn't have to include this worry. Learn how to make your hands look years younger. Here's a full transcript of Dr. Johnson conversation with Good Morning Texas host, Amy Vanderoef.

Full Transcript
AMY: So, hands are a popular procedure that you do here. It’s another area of our body that sometimes we forget shows signs of aging before many other parts of your body.

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Tighten Arms, Chest, and Back Without Downtime


You can’t get more confident than the shirtless guys from the Right Said Fred duo in their “I'm Too Sexy” music video. A lot of men and women aren’t as confident though, because of their body issues. If your arms or love handles are stopping you from wearing sleeveless and sexy shirts, hope is not lost, even if you’re not keen on exercising those fats away. Innovations Medical offer procedures that take only an hour in the office and with no downtime.

Thermage Skin Tightening is a non-invasive treatment that safely heats your skin’s dermis and the web of collagen in the subcutaneous layer. This causes an immediate tightening of skin, followed by a long-term improvement as new collagen forms. The result is a smoother and tighter skin. About 80% of patients see immediate results. For the fat on the arms, however, SmartLipo is the perfect fat removal procedure. The laser produces heat that remodels the collagen in the skin. About 30 percent of the skin will shrink and the procedure lasts for about an hour.

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Can Sunscreen Prevent Skin Damage?


In 2012, new rules from the Food and Drug Administration took effect governing label information regarding sunscreen. Included in the new rules are defining the term “broad spectrum.” And so, it means sunscreen offers protection from both ultraviolet UVA and ultraviolet B – ultraviolet A and B – in proportional amounts. Before, sunscreens did not address UVA radiation which causes skin cancer and early aging, but not necessarily the tell-tale signs of sunburn.

Additionally, claims such as waterproof, sweat-proof sunblock are no longer allowed. Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst at Environmental Working Group says, despite greater awareness of the damage sun can do and products with higher sun protection factors, melanoma rates are still increasing.

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