Summer Sun SafetyPosted Jun 29, 2016
Mary Bidgood-Wilson FNP CNM
Now that summer is in full swing, we are spending more time outside enjoying the beaches and lakes, outdoor sports and activities. With the additional time we spend outdoors, we need take extra precautions to protect ourselves from harmful effects of the sun on our skin. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause significant changes in the upper and lower levels of our skin, premature aging and skin cancer.
According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is the second most common form of cancer in young adults 15-19 years old. New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont have the highest rates of melanoma skin cancer in the country.
Protecting Your Skin
We can all enjoy these warm summer months with just a few precautions.
· Apply a minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen liberally to all exposed skin 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
· The sun’s rays are strongest between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. During these hours limit your exposure, seek shade or wear protective clothing, wide brimmed hats and sunglasses.
How do I choose the right sunscreen?
Although sunscreen should be applied year-round, during the warm spring and summer months when we spend more time outside with more of our skin exposed, applying sunscreen takes on even greater importance. Look for products labeled as broad spectrum sunscreen, which will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn, while UVA rays are the main contributors to skin cancer and premature aging.
We recommend our clients use a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 to 50 year-round. You will need 1oz of sunscreen, approximately the size of a shot-glass, to cover exposed areas of your skin, for the average individual.
Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center recommends Dr. Zein Obagi’s ZO Skin Health products. The skin care line features Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 which matches your skin tone combined with a broad spectrum sunscreen; Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection while smoothing and priming skin for even makeup application; and recently introduced, Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 offers a one touch, non-greasy, weightless feel in an all-angle spray for face and body. Additionally, it provides a 12-hour, time-release antioxidant complex that guards against photo-damage.
Rejuvenate your skin with a PhotoFacialPosted Mar 31, 2016 by: Staci McCarthy, RN, BSN
PhotoFacial may be a term that is still somewhat unfamiliar to many. Those who have experienced a PhotoFacial say the results are truly remarkable. As we age, our skin will normally start to show signs of uneven skin tone and sun damage. Years of sun exposure, change in hormones and the stresses of home and work begin to show on our face. We also start to notice changes in our skin, such as larger pores, age spots, spider veins, wrinkles around our eyes, and sagging skin around our jawline. It’s time to turn back the clock with a skin rejuvenation PhotoFacial.
The PhotoFacial, or SRA laser treatment, is a virtually painless treatment that safely fades the appearance of skin imperfections caused by the sun and uneven skin tones caused by brown and red spots. With our state-of-the-art laser, it is possible to reverse the signs of aging and achieve a healthy, more youthful appearance. With just a few treatments, scheduled approximately one month apart, you can have noticeably younger looking skin. Gradual and cumulative improvement of skin tone is typically achieved in three to five treatment sessions, one month apart. Best of all, this new FDA approved anti-aging procedure is relatively pain-free and requires no down time.
Unlike some other skin rejuvenation treatments, the Elos SRA laser uses a combination of bipolar radio frequency technology safely targeting pigmented lesions such as freckles, sun spots and age spots achieving remarkable results. Most patients return to normal activities immediately after treatment. The SRA laser treatment is safe and effective for most skin types.
For optimal results after the SRA PhotoFacial treatment, we recommend using ZO Oclipse Suncreen Plus Primer daily, currently one of our top sellers. It combines the protection of a broad spectrum SPF 30 product with a primer for flawless makeup application. Some clients also choose ZO Restoracalm after their treatments, which, provides relief by calming and soothing the treated area. To maximize results, we also recommend ZO Brightalive, a non-retinol skin brightener that inhibits melanin production. These products compliment the results of treatment nicely.
Are your hands giving away your age?Posted Mar 10, 2016 by: Mary Bidgood-Wilson FNP CNM
Your hands. You can’t hide them behind a scarf, camouflage them with makeup, or bury them under layers of clothing. After years of exposure to the sun, wind, cold,and cleaning fluids, your hard working hands start showing their age. Your hands will give away your age before any other part of our body.
As we age, we loose the fatty layer in our hands; we start to see ‘crepey’ skin, bony hands, veins and tendons we didn’t see in our youth. But, there is something we can do to bring back the plump, youthful appearance our hands once had.
Inrecent years, fillers have gained popularity to restore youthful appearance of your face, with rave reviews. Now, using fillers to restore the youthful look of our hands is gaining favor with patients. We have recently completed specialized training with Radiesse for hand treatments. These treatments are popular with many women to restore the youthful looks of their hands.
The process is quite fast with minimum down time. The hyaluronic acid filler is injected quite superficially into the surface of the hand and massaged to distribute the filler evenly throughout the hand surface. The results are almost immediate, but improve over time. Your hands will have a smoother, more taut and rejuvenated appearance.
Call Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center if you have been considering restoring a more youthful appearance to your hands. We know you will be pleased with the results. We can be reached at 603-556-7271 or visit us www.meredithbaylaser.com.
Using Lasers to Treat Nail FungusPosted Feb 03, 2016 by: Mary Bidgood-Wilson FNP CNM
Phil has rendered his decision – it’s going to be an early spring! Soon, will
be taking our strappy sandals out of storage and scheduling our pedicures. Are your toenails ready
to come out of hiding, or have you noticed a thickening, cloudy or yellowing of
your toenails? If so, you may have a toenail fungus.
Toenail fungus develops by getting in through cracks in your nail. The warm and damp environment found in our shoes is perfect for a fungus to grow and spread. Without treatment, the nail infection can spread to your other toenails, or even your fingernails. Additionally, the nail fungus can spread to other members of your household.
There are many treatments available to treat nail fungus. Their effectiveness will be highly dependent on the type of fungus and how embedded it is in the toenail. Treatments can include prescribed topical creams that are applied to the nail, surgery to remove the infected nail followed by creams applied to the area, and antifungal prescription pills. Recently, there have been some very promising results with the use of lasers to treat nail fungus.
There are significant advantages to laser treatments over the other methods. Laser treatments are fast and painless. Other treatments require daily application of topicals, over an extended period of time, used alone or in conjunction with a prescription pill. Use of prescription pills is a lengthy treatment and may or may not help. And, as with any medication, it comes with possible side effects of nausea, vomiting, headaches and, in some individuals, may cause liver damage.
With any treatment for nail fungus, patience is key. In order to see the effectiveness, the nail must grow from the nail bed outward and that can take up to six months.
Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center is using lasers to treat toenail fungus. If you suspect a toenail fungus and would like to explore treatment with lasers, give us a call to schedule a consultation. We can be reached at 603-556-7271 or visit us www.meredithbaylaser.com.
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I have been very pleased with all the services I have received from Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center. I am impressed with the staff - they take the time to consult and advise me on the best products and services for my skin type and concern. The facials are top notch. Not only does my skin look great, I feel great. I would recommend MBL to anyone – and I have!
I have always been impressed with the staff at Meredith Bay Laser and Skincare Center. I feel pampered in a spa-like environment, with the confidence that my services are being delivered by highly experienced professionals. I love the results I’ve seen in my skin – I’m glowing! It’s never to soon, or too late, to take care of your skin.
I have been a client for over six years. I have complete confidence in their skills and expertise - they are very professional and their services deliver the results I expect. Recently, I had lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in 50 years and she said I had the skin of a 35 year old. Thank you Meredith Bay Laser!
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