Dr. Smith’s recommendations for skin repair and revitalization


Now that summer is over, it’s time to address our skin after a summer of exposure. Days of fun at the beach or pool can take its toll on our skin, and at the end of the summer we can find our skin to be dry, our complexion splotchy and our expression lines deeper. Good skin care can remedy much of this summer damage. Let us at Charlotte Plastic Surgery help you navigate through the daunting array of products and choose a program specific to your needs.

The first step to good skin care is thorough cleansing. A facial wash which is not drying is necessary, especially after a long drying summer. Dehydration can also be reversed with topical application of SkinMedica® Hydrating Complex. It replenishes moisture levels and leaves the skin looking smooth, firm and rejuvenated. Hydrating Complex features two forms of hyaluronic acid—sodium hyaluronate and hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid—which draw moisture to the skin, instantly plumping and smoothing the appearance of rough texture. Natural sugar compounds help to encourage the skin’s intrinsic hyaluronic acid production, while kelp extract helps to prevent its breakdown. Using a Clarisonic® brush also aids in the deep cleansing of the skin and facilitates the effectiveness of the skin care products.

There are often significant amounts of dry dead skin cells on the surface after environmental exposure. An exfoliator such as SkinMedica’s® 15% AHA/BHA cream (15% alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids). By removing the superficial layer of damaged cells, it improves the appearance of skin texture, tone and smoothness. It also nourishes and helps protect skin from free radical damage with added vitamins and antioxidants. This product is great for those younger patients without much underlying skin damage who have not started to develop the fine lines and wrinkles we all develop as we age. This product can help delay those “expression lines,” too.

For those of us who have already developed those signs of aging and chronic exposure, SkinMedica’s® TNS Essential Serum is a great choice. This unparalleled patented treatment is the first and only rejuvenating serum to combine the benefits of the proprietary growth factor blend, TNS Recovery Complex®, with potent antioxidants, peptides and other innovative ingredients to restore youthful looking skin. This is the all-in-one rejuvenating product that works synergistically with peptides to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and the overall tone and texture of skin. It contains seven antioxidants to fight free radical damage and specialty ingredients that provide immediate visual smoothing. It also contains Alpha-Arbutin – a non-hydroquinone that brightens the skin and helps lessen the appearance of those brown age spots. For those who need even more correction, the addition of a SkinMedica® Retinol product (Tri-Retinol or Tri-Retinol ES) once per day can provide that last bit of metabolic stimulation to further improve the skin.

Lastly, a good chemical-free sunscreen such as SkinMedica® Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. This is an ultra-sheer, broad spectrum 100% mineral formulation that is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It is PABA-free and fragrance-free and helps protect against free radical damage.

Come in and let us help you develop a skin care program designed just for you.