Beyond Sunscreen

Beyond Sunscreen

Sunscreen. It may seem like we talk about it a lot, but there's a good reason: Prolonged exposure increases your risk of developing skin cancer, and the sun's rays can damage your skin and cause premature aging. However, sunscreen is not always enough. Dr. Johnson offers five reasons you need to take the extra step beyond just sunscreen to protect your skin by wearing a hat and covering up when you can.

You Forget to Put It On. Forgetting to apply sunscreen happens to everyone, mainly because we are often rushing around getting everyone else ready and putting sunscreen on the kids and we end up forgetting to put sunscreen on ourselves.

You Skipped Reading the Directions. How long before you go out in the sun are you supposed to apply your sunscreen? How long until you need to reapply? If you don't know the answers to these questions, you probably have skipped reading the fine print on your sunscreen bottle. Or, you just forgot to reapply because time flies when you're having fun at the pool or the beach!

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Keep This Side Effect to a Minimum

Keep This Side Effect to a Minimum

Injectables such as endotoxins and dermal fillers are an excellent option to reduce the signs of aging fast. The procedures themselves take just a few minutes in the office, and the recovery time required after injection is practically zero. While these two factors make injectables very popular, some individuals do experience a few minor side effects after treatment. One of the most common side effects after injections is bruising. Innovations Medical offers some tips to help minimize this common issue.

Tips to Minimize the Risk of Bruising After Injectables
First, see an experienced provider. Dr. Johnson and the staff of Innovations Medical are very experienced in administering dermal fillers and endotoxin injectables. This experience and skill help to reduce the chance of bruising and other effects associated with injections.

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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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Honesty Is the Best Policy

Honesty Is the Best Policy

If you're thinking of undergoing a cosmetic procedure, you have probably already thought about what procedure you want, who is going to do it and how you hope to look afterward. But, there are several other considerations you must make so you can be sure you are both physically and mentally healthy for your procedure. Find out how to get ready with these tips from Innovations Medical.

Be Honest About Allergies. There is no benefit in holding back information about your health history, and this includes being upfront about your allergies. Let your physician know if you have had an adverse reaction to acrylates, silicones, rubber and latex. These ingredients may be found in dressings, adhesives and other components used in your procedure.

Keep Your BMI in Check. Some cosmetic procedures require you to be a healthy weight and BMI (body mass index). A good target BMI is 30 or less. Why is a lower BMI and healthy weight important? Being overweight can interfere with anesthesia and may cause complications for recovery. Note: Do not start a crash diet to get to your ideal weight before a cosmetic procedure. Instead, work to lose weight at a healthy pace and stabilize your weight loss at least six months before your procedure.

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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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2018 Holiday Special

2018 Holiday Special

In this special time of the year, give them the body they've always wanted or the gift of stem cell treatment! This is why we'd love to invite you to a one-time-only holiday special that will be open to the first 10 patients.

The Holiday Special


Option 1: $2000 OFF ExtraComplete Abdomen Liposuction - Includes Upper Abdomen, Lower Abdomen, Lovehandles (Tickle Lipo & Smartlipo Skin Tightening)
90 Min
$4000

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Making a Good Thing Even Better!

Making a Good Thing Even Better!
Losing weight is a great thing! It can improve your health, allow you to be more active and help build your confidence. However, losing weight can bring some unintended consequences. One of these consequences is loose skin. Many individuals who lose a significant amount of weight or lose weight too quickly can end up with sagging, loose skin that makes them feel self-conscious about their new bodies. It can also make their clothes fit improperly, which can often compound feelings of embarrassment or insecurity. Innovations Medical Center can help reduce loose skin for some individuals.

What Causes Loose Skin to Develop?
When an individual gains weight, the skin stretches to accommodate increased layers of fat that lie below its surface. The increased fat keeps the skin tight and smooth.

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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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Talking About Turkey Neck

Talking About Turkey Neck
It is almost Thanksgiving. Let’s talk turkey - turkey neck, that is.

Turkey neck is the nickname for the loose, sagging or baggy skin that hangs off the neck. It is a consequence of losing skin elasticity because of aging, genetics and weight loss. Turkey neck can add years to your appearance and may even make you feel self-conscious about wearing anything but a turtleneck sweater.

Turkey neck can be hard to get rid of on your own - it does not respond to exercise or a healthy diet, and many over-the-counter skin-tightening creams make empty promises or yield only temporary results. Dr. Johnson can help treat your turkey neck and sagging skin this fall using the powerful skin-tightening therapy Thermage.
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Cryolipo What?

Cryolipo What?

It seems like there is always some "new" thing hitting the market of cosmetic treatments - a new injectable here, a new surgery there and an endless supply of new lotions or potions making promises to erase the signs of aging overnight. While some of these procedures, treatments and products do what they claim, some leave patients with other, unintended effects, too.

One of those procedures is "fat freezing," also known as cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis is a noninvasive cosmetic treatment that causes fat cells to die by freezing them through your skin. Sounds great, right? Well, before you schedule that appointment, we just want to mention a few things. First, although the fat cells are destroyed, the fat itself moves to a different part of your body. Also, recent studies suggest that there could be a risk associated with the treatment - a complication known as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) in which areas of hardened localized fat develop. Although the condition is treatable, it can be frustrating and leave individuals with unsightly or uneven final results.

What Is the Alternative?

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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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Ready to Get Really Great Skin?

Ready to Get Really Great Skin?

Do you get facials regularly? Do you see results? The results of the average facial typically last about four weeks, which means you either need to book another facial to keep looking great or run the risk of looking flat. Are you ready for something a little more potent than a facial, but with long-lasting results? If so, it may be time to try micro needling from Innovations Medical.

What Is Micro Needling?
Micro needling is a skin-rejuvenation procedure that uses tiny needles to create punctures in the skin.

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After-Summer Skin Savers

After-Summer Skin Savers

Three months of summer can be a great thing - we hope you've had time to relax, enjoy a vacation or two, make a few memories and spend time at the beach or pool. While all these things are great, summer can be a bit rough on your skin due to prolonged exposure to the sun, wind and chlorine. These conditions can leave your skin looking a little dull in the fall. You can revitalize your skin as we move into cooler weather with a skin-rejuvenation treatment from Innovations Medical.

Choose from:
Radiofrequency Micro Needling with Legend Skin Tightening. Radiofrequency micro needling with Legend is a great way to improve your skin's texture, skin pigment, sun damage, scarring and stretch marks. The procedure has minimal downtime, and you are in and out of the office in just a few minutes. During this procedure, the skin is rejuvenated through hundreds of tiny needle sticks. These small punctures stimulate the body to produce collagen, which in turn tightens the skin. Legend Skin Tightening is added to the procedure for powerful skin-tightening benefits that leave you looking youthful and smooth.

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Fight Aging Overnight

Fight Aging Overnight
If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: Getting enough sleep is the key to great skin. Well, maybe we haven't mentioned it a thousand times, but we're saying it now. Not getting a full night's sleep can wreak serious havoc on your skin and leave you at risk of wrinkles. Find out how you can fight the aging process, even in your sleep, with these tips from Innovations Medical.

How Can Sleeping Cause Wrinkles?
Sleeping, per se, does not cause wrinkles. Instead, it is how you sleep that leaves you at risk of lines and creases. When you sleep on your side or stomach, there is a force applied to your face. This force is also applied to the collagen in your skin and will eventually cause the breakdown of this important protein. When collagen breaks down, you're at risk of developing wrinkles, lines and sagging skin.

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Are Wrinkles a Sign of a More Serious Health Issue?

Are Wrinkles a Sign of a More Serious Health Issue?
Concerned about wrinkles? There may be a reason to worry about lines and creases beyond how they affect your appearance. New research presented at the European Society of Cardiology's annual meeting shows a potential link between wrinkles and cardiovascular disease.

Specifically, the heart health researchers are concerned about the connection between deep forehead wrinkles and a higher risk of dying from a heart condition.

This new research may make identifying individuals living with cardiovascular disease, or CVD, a lot easier and less invasive.
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Eat Right and Avoid Cellulite ... or at Least Lower the Risk of Developing It

Eat Right and Avoid Cellulite ... or at Least Lower the Risk of Developing It
Cellulite. The very word makes many of us want to run, hide or at least reach for long pants. Cellulite develops when deposits of fat poke through connective tissue, resulting in a dimpled or uneven appearance. Cellulite can happen to anyone - male, female, young, old, heavy or thin (yes, even thin people can have cellulite), and it is hard to get rid of once it develops. Learning about cellulite can equip you with strategies to get rid of it, or at least improve its appearance. One way you can help reduce your chance of developing cellulite is to eat a healthy diet.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables. Eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing cellulite because these foods contain high levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients that support healthy tissue and collagen production and protect cells from damage. Antioxidants can especially help because they protect against free radicals and other environmental pollutants that can damage cells and lead to cellulite formation.

Include Lean Proteins. Add lean meats to your diet, including chicken and fish, to reduce your risk of developing cellulite. Avoid meats with a lot of fat, as consuming fat and other forms of connective tissue can increase the risk of developing cellulite. Nuts and seeds are also a good source of healthy protein.
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Beating the Drum for Botulinum Toxin Type A

Beating the Drum for Botulinum Toxin Type A

One of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world today is the endotoxin botulinum toxin type A, sold under the names Botox, Xeomin or Dysport. These products are so popular that more than 10 million vials have been sold since 2002, and there were 7.2 million botulinum toxin type A injections performed in the United States in 2017. Why are these minimally invasive injectables so popular? Find out in this blog from Innovations Medical.

What Is Botulinum Toxin Type A?
Botulinum toxin type A is a pure form of the botulinum toxin protein. It is used to temporarily paralyze the facial muscles to stop them from moving and making the facial expressions that cause wrinkles.

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