Got the Winter Blotches?

blotchyskin beforeafterWe see a lot of people at Marina Plastic Surgery with blotchy skin.  It has many causes – sun exposure is fairly common, as is age.  If you want to combat blotchy skin without using tons of makeup, I have some suggestions.

1) Limelight/IPL/Photofacial — These treatments diminish red blotches and red capillaries on the face (especially around the nose) and help with brown spots and irregular skin tone.  Done in our office in just a few treatments of about 20 minutes each, you can vastly improve blotchiness and often make makeup an option, not a necessity.

2) Try products like IS Clinical Pro-Heal combine vitamins, anti-oxidants, olive leaf extract and arbutin (to name a few ingredients) to repair the skin, build collagen, soothe the skin and diminish redness and blotchiness.

3) Always wear sunscreen year round.  It helps keep the blotches from getting worse and prevents damage to your skin.  Getting a tan or using a tanning booth does not blend the blotches together.  In fact, it worsens them.

There are no treatments that are cures and solve blotchy skin forever.  Instead, they treat the problem, but require maintenance, so expect to do periodic treatments and use products regularly.

This is a great time to get rid of blotchy skin before all the holiday parties.  Are you in?

Cheers! WGS

About Dr. Grant Stevens

W. GRANT STEVENS, MD, FACS Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery University of Southern California Dr. Grant Stevens is the founder and Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery and the Orange Twist Institute, a Medical Spa in Marina Del Rey, California. He is also a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California, Chairman of the USC-Marina Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship and the Director of the USC Division of Aesthetic Surgery. He has been elected by his peers into "The Guide to Top Doctors" and Castle Connolly's "Top Doctor Guide," recognizing him as one of the best plastic surgeons in America and one of the select few to be featured in "Plastic Surgery: The World's Top Surgeons & Clinics." Dr. Stevens is an active member at Marina Del Rey Hospital, where he is the past Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Chairman of the Liposuction Committee and the Medical Director of The Breast Center. He is also on staff at St. John's Medical Center, the Marina Outpatient Surgery Center and USC. Dr. Stevens is on the board of directors of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, serving as president elect. He is also third vice president and on the board of directors of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). Dr. Stevens graduated with honors from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis where he was awarded the Senior Prize in Surgery. He completed his general surgery training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center then returned to Washington University-Barnes Hospital where he completed a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Paul Weeks, Dr. Leroy Young, Dr. Tom Mustoe, Dr. Jeffrey Marsh and Dr. R. Christie Wray. He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He was appointed by the governor of California to the Medical Board of California Medical Quality Review Board. Dr. Stevens is an ASAPS and ISAPS Traveling Professor and has been an invited visiting professor at numerous U.S. and international universities. Dr. Stevens has authored more than 90 articles and chapters on aesthetic plastic surgery. He has also lectured at numerous international, national and regional meetings. Dr. Stevens is a member of many medical societies, including ASAPS, ISAPS, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Stevens is the past Chairman of the California Medical Association Advisory Panel on Plastic Surgery. He received the California State Assembly and the California State Senate Certificate of Recognition. He has also received the Special Congressional Certificate of Recognition and the Distinguished Service Citation from the Medical Board of California. He has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in many media, including Time, USA Today, People, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Vogue, Allure, Cosmetic Surgery Times, Business Week, Men's Fitness, LA Times Magazine, Discovery and numerous newspapers. He has appeared on more than 125 television programs including CNN, Discovery, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, The Learning Channel, PBS Nightly Business Report and many other TV and radio interviews.

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