Skin Care

Richmond Medical Spa Offers Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin All Year Long

Dermlounge medical spa in Richmond, VA provides 5 skin care tips for National Healthy Skin Month.

Dr. Neil J. Zemmel and his team at Dermlounge medical aesthetics provide key tips for maintaining healthy, beautiful skin during every season.

Richmond, VA — To help patients of the Dermlounge at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery achieve radiant skin, board-certified plastic surgeon Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS and his team provide a wide range of minimally invasive aesthetic solutions. In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, observed annually during the month of November, the Richmond medical spa professionals are providing key tips for achieving healthy skin at every time of year.

  • Wear sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher. Damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays can lead to dark spots and wrinkles, as well as increase one’s risk of developing skin cancer. Even during the winter months, Dr. Zemmel advises people to use sun protection to protect the long-term health of their skin.
  • Keep skin hydrated by drinking water and moisturizing. By drinking at least eight (8-ounce) glasses of water daily and using a skin moisturizer, Dr. Zemmel says this can help improve skin elasticity, slow the formation of wrinkles, and provide a healthy glow to one’s complexion.
  • Maintain a skin care regimen tailored to one’s skin needs. Skin care is not one-size-fits-all, explains Dr. Zemmel. Everyone can benefit from a customized skin care plan that targets their unique skin qualities and specific needs.
  • Refrain from smoking. Tobacco use has been linked with premature skin aging, causing a reduction in elasticity and increased dullness. Dr. Zemmel highlights that those who quit smoking quickly begin to notice restored skin vitality.
  • Check skin regularly for signs of skin cancer. In addition to adopting a daily skin care regimen and overall healthy lifestyle, Dr. Zemmel urges men and women to monitor their skin for any abnormalities, such as changing moles that may indicate a malignancy. He also encourages yearly skin exams from a board-certified dermatologist to catch any problems early.

By practicing these tips to protect the health of one’s skin, Dr. Zemmel says people can help preserve the smoothness and youthful glow of their skin. He also notes that skin care regimens should evolve with the changing of seasons, and provides seven skin care tips for the fall and winter months in the Dermlounge blog.

For those interested in learning how to achieve their best skin, Dr. Zemmel recommends individuals consult with a qualified skin care professional, such as his experienced team at Dermlounge medical spa. They can tailor a regimen to each patient’s unique needs, as well as recommend minimally invasive treatments to rejuvenate one’s overall skin appearance.

About Dermlounge at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery

Dermlounge is the medical spa at Short Pump-based plastic surgery practice Richmond Aesthetic Surgery. Overseen by Dr. Neil J. Zemmel, patients at Dermlounge may be seen by Megan J. Goff, PA-C, the practice’s board-certified surgical physician assistant, Alicia Walker, FNP-B, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner, or Heather Sinclair, LE, a licensed aesthetician. Together, the experienced team offers a comprehensive array of skin solutions, ranging from cosmetic injectables and laser treatments to chemical peels and medical-grade skin care products. Dr. Zemmel and his team are available for interview upon request.

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7 Skin Care Tips for Fall and Winter

With the heat and humidity of summer behind us, fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and dry air that can take a toll on our skin. Many men and women start noticing their skin getting dry, being itchy, and looking dull around this time of year. To prevent these side effects that come with the changing of seasons, you may want to rethink your skin care regimen.

Take a look at some of the top tips from our aesthetic professionals for how to maintain a healthy skin barrier during the fall and winter months:

  1. Refrain from taking long, hot showers or baths, as these can lead to dry skin.
  2. Use hydrating products that help add and retain moisture in the skin all day long.
  3. Avoid soaps that use harsh ingredients and strip the skin of their natural oils.
  4. Incorporate a good-quality serum to nourish skin for lasting hydration.
  5. Use a humidifier to combat the drying effects of cold weather and central heating.
  6. Keep using a broad-spectrum sunscreen; the skin is still vulnerable to sun damage.
  7. Exfoliate with gentle products to remove dull, dry skin cells without causing irritation.

Just because the colder months can make your skin prone to dryness and irritation, that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve beautiful, glowing skin. With professional-grade skin care lines like SkinCeuticals®, SkinMedica®, and ZO® Skin Health, our team at the Dermlounge can customize the ideal skin care regimen for you this fall and winter.

To schedule a skin evaluation with our Licensed Aesthetician, Heather Sinclaire, LE, please contact us today!

Is There a Way to Prevent Sun Spots on the Face?

Sun spots can be a nuisance for those wanting healthy-looking, evenly toned skin. These unwanted marks are a form of hyperpigmentation that are caused by the sun’s UV rays. They form due to your skin increasing melanin production to protect itself from damage. Whether you have small freckles that appear after sun exposure or develop larger spots that won’t go away, sun spots are extremely common and tend to be more prevalent as we age.

To prevent or slow the formation of sun spots, you should limit your exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Helpful ways of doing this include wearing full-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher (and reapplying regularly), wearing protective clothing and hats to shield your skin, and minimizing time spent outdoors between 10 am and 3 pm when the sun can be more harsh. If you already have sun spots and want to address the marks before they get worse, there are a variety of minimally invasive skin treatments that may help.

Medical-grade skin care products can often help even out skin tone, diminishing spots caused from sun damage. For a more advanced treatment, laser procedures with the Halo™ hybrid fractional laser resurface the skin through its dual-wavelength system, and BroadBand Light (BBL™) Therapy delivers photothermal energy to achieve skin renewal.

To learn more about our sun spot treatments and how you can achieve a more even skin tone, please contact our team to schedule a consultation!

How to Get Rid of Chest Wrinkles

The chest is one of the first areas to show signs of aging, due to sun damage and the natural aging process. Often called the décolletage, the chest commonly develops wrinkles and thin, crepey skin over time. This is caused by a decrease in collagen production and less elasticity. Lines and wrinkles on the chest are especially common in women as a result of breast tissue pulling the skin. While it’s well-known that facial wrinkles can be minimized with certain products and treatments, many people may not realize their chest wrinkles can also be improved.

At the Dermlounge, our aesthetic professionals offer a variety of anti-aging treatments for the face, chest, hands, and other areas that can make a patient feel self-conscious. Those wanting to target their chest wrinkles may benefit from treatments such as laser therapy, chemical peels, filler injections, and medical-grade skin care products. Two of the most common solutions recommended for our patients tend to be fractional CO2 laser resurfacing and micropeels.

Our fractional CO2 laser technology creates microperforations in the skin to help stimulate the creation of new collagen. As more collagen is produced, skin tone and texture gradually improve to create a more youthful look. Micropeels, on the other hand, are a less invasive treatment that addresses the outer layer of skin. A superficial type of chemical peel, the micropeel can help brighten and smooth the outermost skin for a rejuvenated chest appearance.

The best treatment for wrinkling on your chest will ultimately depend on the extent of your needs and your aesthetic goals. When you come in for a consultation with one of our aesthetic professionals, they can help you find the most appropriate treatment option(s) for helping turn back the clock on your aging décolletage.

How Can Hyaluronic Acid Make Me Look Younger?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that naturally occurs in the body to help tissues retain moisture. The skin contains a significant amount of the body’s hyaluronic acid, which binds to water and keeps skin hydrated. Although this substance is produced naturally by the body, the natural aging process and other factors—like sun damage, smoking, and pollution—can cause it to gradually be depleted. As this occurs, lines and wrinkles can become more pronounced due to the skin losing its youthful plumpness.

To help combat the gradual decrease of hyaluronic acid in our skin as we age, the substance can be taken as an oral supplement, applied topically, or injected into the skin. This ingredient has become an incredibly popular way to revitalize the skin through hydration. At the Dermlounge, our team offers professional-grade skin care products, such as the SkinMedica® HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator, to allow patients to work the anti-aging ingredient into their daily skin care regimen. For those wanting more significant improvement in their skin, dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® can be administered to help restore lost volume and smooth wrinkles in different facial areas. These injections can create a younger-looking facial appearance that lasts for several months.

To learn how hyaluronic acid can help you turn back the clock and rejuvenate your skin, please contact our team to schedule a consultation.

How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs are a common problem that can lead to discomfort, an undesirable skin appearance, and even infection. The condition often occurs in areas where hair is regularly removed—whether from shaving, waxing, or another method—due to the sharper hair tip growing back under the skin. When this happens, the body treats the hair as a foreign body and reacts with irritation, redness, and bumps.

Although foregoing hair removal altogether is the best way to prevent ingrown hairs, that isn’t typically a realistic option for most people. To help get rid of the condition before it starts, you may want to employ one or more of the following tactics:

  • Use a sharp razor and don’t stretch the skin while shaving.
  • Exfoliate the area to prevent a buildup of dead skin cells and moisturize regularly.
  • Limit wearing overly tight clothes, as these garments can press the hair against the skin.
  • Opt for laser hair removal to get long-term relief from ingrown hairs.

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment at our medical spa. Not only does it reduce how often hair removal is needed, but it significantly minimizes the chance of getting ingrown hairs in the first place. If you’re interested in this advanced hair removal technique and would like to learn more, contact our team at the Dermlounge to schedule an appointment.

Spider vs. Varicose Veins

Spider veins and varicose veins are common conditions that cause blood vessels to take on an especially noticeable appearance. Spider veins are typically red, purple, or blue and tend to appear on the legs or the face. Varicose veins are larger, raised vessels that can develop on the legs. While spider veins are considered more of a cosmetic concern, varicose veins can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including swelling, aching, throbbing, and restless legs.

Both types of veins are linked to causes including genetics, obesity, hormones, and excessive periods of standing, such as with certain occupations. Women are more prone to developing both spider and varicose veins. Even when these vascular conditions produce minimal discomfort, many people are unhappy with how they look and often try to conceal them.

If you struggle with spider or varicose veins, our team at the Dermlounge offers laser vein removal that may help you reduce, if not completely eliminate, your condition. To learn if you are a good candidate, please contact us to schedule your consultation!

DiamondGlow™ Now Available at the Dermlounge

Our team at the Dermlounge is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our collection of innovative skin care treatments—DiamondGlow. As a non-invasive treatment, DiamondGlow offers patients an effective way to improve skin tone and texture with minimal discomfort and no downtime. The DiamondGlow system uses a three-in-one technology that exfoliates dull skin cells, extracts clogged pores, and infuses specially formulated serums to promote cell renewal. It’s an exciting skin resurfacing treatment that provides immediate improvement in skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, acne, and dark spots. With the addition of serum infusion, which involves a blend carefully selected for your needs, patients can enjoy additional improvement in their skin over time.

DiamondGlow can enhance skin health and appearance for any skin tone or type. If you would like to learn if this treatment is right for you, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team will perform a skin evaluation to determine the best treatment option(s) for helping you realize your skin care goals. We look forward to helping you achieve a smooth, youthful-looking complexion that will help you glow from the inside-out.

What Skin Care Treatments Can Help My Acne?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that affects people of all ages. While a variety of factors can contribute to acne flareups, taking good care of your skin can be a powerful way to help control, if not prevent, these blemishes. At the Dermlounge, our skin care professionals offer a variety of treatment options to help you obtain healthy, beautiful skin. Among the various treatments that can help clear patients’ skin, there are two in particular that can be especially beneficial for those suffering from acne: micropeels and BroadBand Light Therapy (BBL™).

In the micropeel treatment, the outer layer of skin is exfoliated using a superficial chemical peel. This removes dull skin cells and clears blocked pores, revealing the healthier, smoother skin underneath and causing acne to fade. With BBL therapy, light energy heats the skin, which destroys the acne-causing bacteria and stimulates collagen production. This helps diminish current and future acne while also reducing redness. Both micropeels and BBL therapy are typically most effective in a series of treatments.

To learn if you are a good candidate for a micropeel, BBL therapy, or another skin treatment, please contact us to schedule your consultation with our aesthetician.

What Is in a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are a popular skin care solution that can reveal smoother, healthier facial skin without the need for much downtime (if any at all). At Dermlounge Caitlin M. Roop, our licensed master aesthetician, performs this non-invasive treatment, tailoring it to the patient’s skin condition and the concerns they would like to improve. The recommended chemical formula will depend upon the level of intensity the patient needs to reach their goals, as well as the amount of downtime they are comfortable with. The most common chemicals typically used in chemical peels include:

  • Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)
  • Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
  • Phenol

AHAs and BHAs are the least intense acids and are often used as part of the gentler micropeel treatment. TCA can be used in various formulas, typically as part of a medium-grade chemical peel. Finally, phenol is the most powerful chemical used in peels, such as in our Vi Peels, causing about 2-5 days of moderate peeling in most cases.

Interested in getting a chemical peel at Dermlounge? Contact us to schedule an appointment with our licensed aesthetician and learn which formula is right for your skin care needs.