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What It’s Like to Have Excess Skin Removal After Bariatric Surgery

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Carrying extra weight has many negative health consequences. Heart disease, diabetes, joint issues, and more can all be complications of excess weight. For those considered morbidly obese, bariatric surgery may be the best option to get their bodies back into shape. While bariatric surgery has been a lifesaver for those who struggle with weight loss, there is another issue people must deal with when rapidly losing weight. Because the skin was stretched out from being overweight, losing weight rapidly can result in excess skin. This excess skin can be unflattering.

Excess Skin Removal After Bariatric Surgery

Fortunately, there is a plastic surgery that deals with excess skin left after bariatric surgery. People who have rapidly lost weight can undergo skin removal surgery to have the excess skin taken off them. How much skin you have removed, and what part of the body the skin removal is done on, will affect how long it takes to recover. A breast lift, or an upper arm lift, have a short recovery period. In one week, patients can return to work, and after a month, patients can start exercising again.

On the other hand, you may need more skin removed. This more extensive plastic surgery includes procedures like a lower body lift. A lower body lift removes excess skin around the abdomen. Then, it may also become necessary to tighten up the midsection. In this case, there can be excessive swelling after the procedure that requires drains to be placed and left for one or two weeks. It is usually over six weeks before patients can resume normal activity, including exercise and heavy lifting.

After surgery, it may be hard to stand or walk for a certain period of time. The incision must be babied to prevent from being opened or infected.

While it may be daunting to look at the recovery times, pain, and reduction in activities during recovery, having excess skin removed will boost your confidence.

To book a consultation, call Clearview today at 1-866-765-9171 or contact us here.

Sunburn vs Windburn: What’s The Difference

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If you spend any time outdoors in the summer or winter, at some point you have experienced an uncomfortable burn on your face from the elements. Was it sunburn or windburn? Maybe it was both. But what’s the difference?

Sunburn Vs Windburn: What’s The Difference

What is Windburn?

Windburn occurs usually in winter during cold windy days. For example, if you go skiing, snowboarding or hiking you can end up with a case of windburn. The cold wind damages your skin by pulling out all the moisture and oils. There is no real lasting damage, only temporary inflammation.

You can get windburn on your face, ears, and hands. That’s why it’s best to cover as much of your face and head as possible when outdoors. Gloves will protect your hands, and use plenty of moisturizer before going out in the winter.

If you use wrinkle creams or acne medication, stop using them a few days before a ski trip. These products already dry out your skin.

If you do end up with a windburn, soothe it by using a moisturizer and/or aloe vera, avoid hot showers, and an over-the-counter painkiller if necessary.

What is a Sunburn?

Although “burn” is in both names, a sunburn is much more dangerous. You can develop a sunburn in both warm and cold climates, unlike windburn. A sunburn occurs when UV rays burn unprotected skin causing long-term damage.

Sunburn penetrates the skin, unlike windburn which only affects the skin’s outer layer. Sunburn can leave you with discolouration and brown spots as you age, not to mention premature wrinkles. It also puts you at risk for skin cancer. Although doctors have long cautioned the public to use sunscreen, some still think they can beat the odds. Don’t take the chance.

Don’t be fooled by cloudy weather. UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds.

Although both windburn and sunburn have similar symptoms like inflamed skin, they are NOT the same.

Protecting your skin no matter the weather or climate must always be on your mind.

Has years of sunburn and windburn prematurely aged your skin? Call Clearview today at 647-792-0980 or contact us here to learn more about our facial treatments.

5 Tips For Healthy Winter Skin

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Seems like these blistering winds and cold temperatures will never go away. You may be wondering, “how much longer before the sun feels warm on my face again?” Hang in there.

5 Tips For Healthy Winter Skin

No matter if you are the type who hibernates all winter, or can’t wait to get out on the slopes this weekend, we all suffer with dry, itchy and cracked skin. That is the farthest thing from healthy glowing dewy skin.

So buck up and pay attention; here comes 5 tips for healthy winter skin.

Skip The Long Hot Shower

You have heard this before but it bears repeating. It might seem like the best way to warm your cold, cold body in the morning or evening, but don’t do it! It may feel soothing for a few minutes, but it actually does more damage to your skin than help. The hot temperatures actually will strip the natural moisture barrier your skin has. Choose a more lukewarm temperature instead. After patting dry with a towel, immediately slather on your moisturizer.

Skip the Chapstick Too

It’s inevitable our lips will become dry. Some folks suggest using vegetable shortening like Crisco on the lips. Sure, it’s vegan, but personally, we would pass on advising that one.

Instead, how about honey or vaseline on your lips? Wait about 15 minutes, then gently remove it with a cotton swab dipped in warm water. Sounds better to us, and it works.

The Coconut Oil Fix

Coconut oil is all natural with no toxic extras like you will find in your local drug store moisturizers. It penetrates deeply into the skin and smells divine too.

It’s great on cuticles and has multiple other uses. We like creating your very own body scrub. Mix coconut oil with coconut sugar for a gentle exfoliator. Use once or twice a week.

The Non-Negotiable – Must Have Humidifier

If you wake up in the morning with dry eyes, dry tight skin, and a cough, head straight to a retailer and purchase a good humidifier. Find one that will last year after year and puts out a cool mist. Buying more than one is even better. The bedroom is a must, but add another one in an area where you spend a lot of time.

Rubber Gloves and Cotton Socks

Even if you have a dishwasher in your kitchen, you still have to rinse your dishes and clean those pots and pans. Don’t subject your hands to that misery every night. They still sell rubber gloves for a reason. You may feel silly wearing them, but you will be glad to did. Your cuticles and your manicurist will too.

Before you retire for the night, give your feet a treat. Moisturize them luxuriously (don’t forget your heels). Then put on some cotton socks to lock in that moisture for the night.

Then dream about the warmer weather that’s coming…soon…yes soon.

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6 New Year’s Resolutions for Self-Care In 2018

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We all make them; we all break them. We’re talking about those pesky New Year’s resolutions. We won’t be suggesting losing weight, so relax. For the upcoming year there are some easy-to-keep self-care promises we can make to ourselves.

6 New Year’s Resolutions For Self-Care

Say “NO” Sometimes

Many of us feel obligated to tackle any new project proposed at work, by friends and even your family. You do not have to do everything. Give yourself a break, know when to say no, and try not to allow any guilt bother you. If you happen to be someone who always agrees to take on more, that’s probably why you continue to be asked. Try an stop the cycle.

Step back, think about everything already on your plate, and politely say, “No, I can’t do that.”

Hang Out With Positive People

Skip friendships with people who bring you down. You know who they are; they always have something to complain about, something to be unhappy about, and never are positive. Try intentionally spending less time with them, and more time with happy, energetic and fun people.

Keep To A Sleep Schedule

This might be the most important self-care promise of all. Getting enough sleep can change your whole outlook. We become healthier, smarter, more focused, and relaxed.

Pick a time to go to sleep. We mean darken your bedroom, no TV, no smart phone and just getting into bed is not what works. Maybe take a warm bath or utilize essential oils and scents to relax you. Shoot for minimum 6-7 hours per night.

Put Yourself On The Calendar

Everything in the world is on our calendars: appointments, work projects, caregiving, errands, meetings, getting the children to after school activities. You get the idea. Give yourself time for just yourself.

    • Sit in the sunshine for just a few minutes each day
    • Choose a time to do some relaxing personal reading.
    • Have a cup to tea or other beverage and watch a movie.

These kinds of “Just Me” moments help you relax and rejuvenate. Don’t feel guilty, just enjoy.

Drink More Water

Seems obvious but many of us forget to stay hydrated. Give yourself the luxury of improving your skin as well as improving your health. Maybe substitute that 2nd or 3rd cup of coffee with water every day. Helps rid your body of unwanted toxins and will make you feel like you can rule the world. (almost)

The Last Tip

Don’t stress over what you can’t do. If you can conquer 3 out of the 6 resolutions, OK, that’s an improvement. Pat yourself on the back, Then work on some of the others. You might even find you will lose some weight.

Make 2018 all about you, but without the pressure..

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7 Ways To Hydrate Your Skin In Winter

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Harsh cold winds, combined with indoor dry heating, are just two of the culprits that steal the natural moisture from our skin during the winter months.

Hydrating Your Skin In Winter

If you haven’t already started to make some of the changes and suggestions we made in our last post, time is of the essence if you want to prevent dry, itchy, red and flaky skin.

Here are 7 ways to hydrate your skin in winter we hope you’ll find helpful as the temperatures drops.

Avoid Hot Water

A nice long, hot bath may sound fabulous at the end of a long day, but it’s not going to hydrate your skin. In fact, it will do just the opposite. Try turning down the heat a bit and adding essential oils to the bath. Chamomile or jasmine works well, or try adding some licorice tea to the water.

Wash your face and hands in lukewarm water.

Moisturize Immediately

As soon as you towel off, start to moisturize your skin all over. Damp skin seals and traps in the moisture. Keep some moisturizers in various places in your home to use throughout the day, especially after washing your hands..

Another simple tip is to close the bathroom door when showering or taking a leisurely bath. It will help keep the humidity high.

Let Sleep Perform Its Magic

Don’t forget to use a rich moisturizer on your body before you go to bed, and that includes your hands and feet.

Take advantage of those 7 or 8 hours of isolation from the outside world to jump start the silky skin you crave. Maybe wear some soft gloves or socks too.

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Avoid petroleum or alcohol based moisturizers. Look for oil-based products with lavender, chamomile, jojoba, coconut oil, and cocoa butter.

Avoid deodorant soap, retinoids, and alpha-hydroxy acid.

While Outside In The Elements

Dress in layers. Wear gloves outside and especially if you will be doing anything hard on your hands, or have the possibility of getting them wet. Don’t forget scarves and don’t put away your sunscreen. Use it wherever your skin is exposed to the sun. The winter sun can be just as damaging as in summer and sometimes even worse, due to snow glare.

Eat Healthy Hydrating Foods

Find foods that will help you stay warm and add to the moisture in your skin. Take an interest in soups. They are easy to prepare in a slow cooker, or buy them prepackaged.

Choose some water based fruits and vegetables during the winter. Cantaloupe, apples, oranges are all good choices. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots to winter salads as Vitamin C helps to promote collagen.

Repeat after me: Drink plenty of water!

Bring On The Humidity

Find humidity wherever you can get it. Your bathroom is a good place to start; as already mentioned close your door.

Buy a humidifier (or two) for your home. Be sure to put one in your bedroom. If you are more traditional, put a bowl of water on a radiator.

With a little attention, you can retain your soft, touchable skin even through the winter.

Keep your skin looking its best with one of the affordable packages available now at Clearview Plastic Surgery.

9 Fall Skincare Tips For All Skincare Types

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Most of us hate to say goodbye to the warm weather and all that comes with the relaxing days of summertime. But sorry to tell you, the colder weather is upon us. Get ready for those dry cold winds, forced air heating and the drying air from fireplaces. Although sitting by the fireplace can be relaxing too, it does dry out our skin, meaning all our skin: hands, feet, legs, face, everywhere.

Fall Skincare Tips

There are proactive ways you can get a head start on the upcoming cold weather and how it affects your skin. Let’s look at 9 skin care tips for all skincare types.

Don’t Wait Until the Damage Is Done

This is your fair warning. Your skin requires different care as the weather changes, and it will assuredly become dry if you continue to use the same products you love in the spring and summer. Start making some changes to your products now.

Pay Attention to Your Hands

Our hands are always on display. Obviously we are going to moisturize our skin as we step out of the shower, but our hands can be forgotten. There is nothing worse than dry cracking fingertips and dry cuticles. Those who must wash their hands multiple times a day due to their occupation are particularly susceptible. Find a rich hand cream to use every day and during the day as needed.

Change Your Cleansers

Switch out the sweet-smelling soap you have used during the warm weather for a moisturizing, creamy body wash. There are many on the market with additional hydrating qualities.

Exfoliate

Time to remove those dead skin cells and start fresh. There are facial specials available at Clearview Plastic Surgery right now. Get ahead of the curve and book one now.

Don’t Forget Your Lips

There is nothing worse than chapped and dry lips. This is a common problem during the cold months. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it looks dreadful. Protect your lips with a moisturizing balm and keep them plump and inviting.

Try a Facial Mist

Look for a pleasant-smelling facial mist, and perhaps one with hydrating properties. Tuck one in your purse to use any time of the day and as an added bonus to help refresh your makeup.

Change Out Some Staple Face Products

During colder weather, instead of light lotions, switch to thicker creams to help moisturize and protect your skin.

Buy a Humidifier

Maybe buy more than one humidifier to counteract drying during the winter. Keep one in your living area and one in the bedroom. Not only will your skin thank you, but so will your eyes.

One Last Simple Tip

Drink lots of water during the winter. We know to stay hydrated in the hot summer months, but we need to be drinking water just as much in the cold months.

There are numerous wintertime sports and activities to enjoy, so it’s not all bad. Just don’t forget to care for your skin. Contact Clearview Plastic Surgery with questions or to learn how we can help improve your skin issues with Miracle 10 – a breakthrough skincare line that improves skin elasticity and radiance to create a more youthful appearance.

6 Ways to Transform Your Fall Beauty Routine

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As you put away your swimsuits, tanks and flirty summer dresses, it’s also time to change out your beauty routine and the products you’ve been using. The weather is getting cooler by the day, so pull out your tall boots, booties, sweater vests and layers with lots of texture.

6 Ways To Transform Your Fall Beauty Routine

All the fun we had this summer has done a number on our skin, hair, nails and feet. Here are 6 ways to transform your fall beauty routine..

Hydrate Your Skin

Seasons change, and so does your skin. Depending on your age and where you live, begin by switching out your light warm weather moisturizer. Trade up to a richer, heavier moisturizer to guard against the drying fall and winter winds.

Look for one that targets those dark sun spots left over from overexposure to the sun, known as hyperpigmentation.

Exfoliate

Remove the dead skin cells with a scrub to brighten and repair your summer face and body. This will induce natural oil production, so use it on your feet, elbows or anywhere that feels dry. Don’t forget your lips if they have become dry from the sun.

Put Retinol Back Into Your Routine

If you stowed away retinol for the summer months, it’s time to pull it back out. There is nothing better to smooth out those wrinkles and brighten your skin. This miracle vitamin A derivative will boost your collagen production and even out your complexion as it unclogs pores.

Fall Into A New Palate

It’s always fun to experiment with new makeup colors, and this fall is no exception. Hide those pink pastel lipsticks and polish and bring out the fall shades.

Fall 2017 is showcasing lots of shimmer and metallics. Bronzes and browns on the eyelids, along with dark jewel tone shimmer shadows. Try a dark brown eyeliner instead of your normal black.

Maybe it’s time you played with a darker shade of lipstick! There is nothing better than a berry shade or even a bright red in the autumn.

This year’s darker nail colors are spectacular, with all shades of mauve, grey, and espresso, and deep dusky roses, our favourite. Have fun with color!

Don’t Forget Sunscreen

Yes, even in the fall you should wear sunscreen. True, there is less skin exposed, but the UVA rays are just as strong as in the summer. Those are the nasty rays that cause damage and can lead to cancer.

Pay Attention To Your Skin

If your skin is suddenly developing pimples and breakouts, it is telling you something. Dryness and sensitivity are all signs of inflammation.

Maybe you want to start fresh with a wrinkle treatment or dermal filler.

Take advantage of our Fall Specials. We can address your sun-damaged skin with a chemical peel, or you can relax with a Platinum Anti-Aging Facial before the cold weather sets in.

Make an appointment today at Clearview Plastic Surgery.

Find Out What SPF You Should Be Wearing

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First and foremost, everyone should be wearing sunscreen. That means young and old, from toddlers to the elderly. Everyone should take precautions and protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays.

Find Out What SPF You Should Be Wearing

It is universally understood that the minimum amount of SPF is SPF30. This blocks 97% of the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing a higher SPF is helpful, but unfortunately nothing blocks 100% of the sun’s rays. If you will be out in the sun for a longer time, switch to an SPF50.

Why You Should Wear Sunscreen

Everyone should wear sunscreen to protect themselves from UV rays, even on cloudy days. It should be water resistant and give broad spectrum protection.

Wearing sunscreen protects us from early skin aging and wrinkles, painful sunburn, and skin cancer.

There are two types of dangerous rays. UVA rays are the ones that cause aging, wrinkles and those brown aging spots. These rays can penetrate through glass.

UVB rays are the ones that can burn the skin, but they are blocked by windows. In order to have full protection, your sunscreen should provide protection from both types of rays.

When And Where You Should Wear Sunscreen

The simple answer is every day and anywhere your skin is exposed to the sun. Many of today’s make-up and foundations have SPF in them. Look for lipstick that has protection. Just going from your home to your car, taking a walk during lunch or playing outdoors with your children leaves you exposed. You may think this is not important, but when those sunspots and wrinkles begin to appear, you will wish you had been more attentive to these cautions.

At The Beach

Most of us know to slather on sunscreen when outside in the sun for long periods of time.

  • Sunscreen should be applied every two hours and after coming out of the water.
  • You should apply it 15 minutes BEFORE you go out into the sun.
  • Make sure you apply it everywhere skin is exposed.
  • Pay special attention to children and apply enough and frequently enough.
  • The sand and the water are especially reflective of the sun, so be cautious while boating.

Winter Sports Activities

Don’t be fooled by the winter sun. It can be just as damaging as in summertime. If you like to ski, snowboard or do any other outdoor activities during the cold months, be advised that the sun will reflect off the snow, increasing its danger. Use sunscreen anywhere you skin will be exposed. Wear protective eye wear to minimize damage to your eyes.

Best Practices

Never go to a tanning bed. There are many excellent faux tanning products on the market now. You don’t have to sit in the sun to look like you did.

Wear a hat, especially a wide-brimmed one, while out in the sun.

It is always a good idea to wear sunglasses. Even young children should be wearing them, especially at the beach.

Wear protective clothing like long sleeves when out in the sun.

Just avoid the sun whenever possible. Sit under an umbrella or carry an umbrella when out in the sun.

Before we knew all the dangers of sunbathing, many people sat in the sun for hours on end to get that look of a healthy glow. Now we know that healthy glow can lead to some very unfortunate consequences.

Contact Clearview Plastic Surgery for our state-of-the-art cosmetic treatments for wrinkles, age spots and other consequences of the sun.

6 Ingredients To Avoid If You Have Acne Prone Skin

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Anyone can be prone to acne regardless of their age. Most of us remember those unsightly bumps and red blotches when we were teenagers and how it affected our fragile self-esteem. Even as adults we can still have acne prone skin for various reasons and at different points in our life. Rosacea can also give the appearance of acne, with breakouts known as Papulopustular rosacea.

Ingredients To Avoid If You Have Acne Prone Skin

What many of us don’t realize is that we may be using a variety of products to improve other skin issues like wrinkles and fine lines, that may in fact be causing inflammations leading to acne. If you don’t love your skin right now, here are six ingredients to avoid.

Silicone

This is found in many tanning products and foundations, to make your skin feel soft. It may succeed at that, but silicone will dry out your skin and clog your pores, leading to breakouts. This is one ingredient to avoid completely, if possible.

Parabens

These are included in products as a preservative to extend shelf life. They contribute to acne by over stimulating hormones. This type of ingredient includes many subtypes: methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben. The reason that these sound like petroleum products, is that they are, and they do not benefit your face.

Alcohol

Alcohol dries the skin, which in turn causes glands to over-secrete oil. Just as drinking alcohol can dehydrate your body, alcohol on your face does the same to your skin.

Scented Products

Although we all like to put something on our face that smells pleasant, many times the ingredients that give it that peach or lavender scent are clogging your pores and adding to the irritation. Switch to unscented cleansers and moisturizers.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is highly comedogenic. It blocks and clogs pores. All comedogenic ingredients block and trap the dead cells and chemicals in your makeup products inside your pores.

Benzoyl Peroxide

This is acceptable for minimal use but it will irritate and dry out skin.

Other Tips

Besides avoiding the above six ingredients, here are some proactive lifestyle measures you can take to improve the look of your skin.

  • Drink plenty of water. Never forget to hydrate.
  • Change your pillowcase frequently.
  • Avoid overindulging in alcohol.
  • Always remove all traces of makeup before going to bed.
  • Stay away from fatty and sugary foods.

Even if you have been acne prone your whole life, you can learn to love your skin again. Contact Clearview Plastic Surgery with questions about your acne-prone skin or for help with Dermal fillers to smooth out old acne scars.

7 Tips On How To Treat Oily Skin In The Summer

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Heat increases the production of sebum, which means that our skin tends to get much oilier in the summer months. This increased oil can clog pores and make blackheads much more visible. These tips, however, will keep oil at bay all summer long.

How To Treat Oily Skin In The Summer

  1. Choose Skincare Products For Oily Skin
    In the summer months, you should switch to cleansers and moisturizers that are specifically designed for oily skin (like an oil-free moisturizer). Although you may have been tempted to do away with your moisturizer altogether, it is still essential to healthy skin.

    Look for skincare products with salicylic acid (ideally 2 percent), which will break down oil in the pores. However, also ensure that you don’t over-cleanse – over-washing your face actually has the opposite intended effect, causing your skin to produce too much oil in an effort to replace what was just lost. Washing your face morning and night is sufficient.

  2. Exfoliate
    Exfoliating once a week with a scrub will serve to loosen oil in the pores and reduce the amount of oil on your face overall.
  3. Wear Minimal Makeup
    In the summer months, avoid heavy makeup. Not only it is uncomfortable to wear, but it also melts into your pores, which then causes your skin to produce more oil. Go bare-faced instead (but don’t forget the sunscreen!) or opt for lighter foundations, like tinted moisturizer or mineral powder foundation.
  4. Managing Oily Summer Skin

    These tips will not necessarily treat or prevent your oily skin, but they will help minimize shine.

  5. Choose a Water-Based, Mattifying Sunscreen
    Don’t ever skimp on the sunscreen! A water-based, mattifying sunscreen is a good option for those with oily skin as it will minimize shine.
  6. Use a Mattifying Primer
    Silicone-based, mattifying primers, which you wear under your main base, can help minimize shine throughout the day while also reducing the appearance of pores.
  7. Keep Blotting Papers Handy
    Keeping blotting papers by your side can help curb shine in a pinch by absorbing excess oils.
  8. Use Charcoal-Based Masks
    Charcoal-based masks can not only be a respite from a long summer’s day, but can also help temporarily reduce oil and unclog pores.
  9. Eat a Healthy Diet
    There is certainly a link between diet and skin. A diet high in processed foods like fried foods and other junk, as well as alcohol, can actually increase oily skin. Choose healthy options instead. Also ensure that you drink enough water throughout the day. One common cause of oily skin is actually dehydration.

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