How to Get the Most Out of Your Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery

Vaginal Rejuvenation Williamsville and Buffalo, NYAlthough it may be embarrassing to talk about, vaginal rejuvenation is a fairly common procedure that Dr. Jack Bertolino performs. As we age, our bodies go through a variety of transformations at certain stages—, especially during menopause and childbirth. For many women, these transformations result in a loss of vaginal tightness which can lead to dissatisfactory sexual intercourse for both partners.

During a vaginal rejuvenation procedure, the vaginal muscles will be tightened which helps to improve vaginal strength, tone, and sexual gratification. To ensure that you don’t get an infection and that your recovery goes smoothly, we have created a list of a few helpful tips.

Avoid Bathtubs or Swimming

It may seem like a hot bath, or a nice dip in the pool would soothe your vaginal incisions, and that may be the case until it’s not. Bathtubs, hot tubs, and swimming pools harbor germs and bacteria that can cause infection in or around the incision.

Wear “Granny Panties”

Granny panties aren’t exactly the go-to lingerie for a special occasion, but while you’re recovering from your vaginal rejuvenation surgery, they may as well be your best friend. These large, high waisted undergarments won’t rub or irritate your incisions which will allow you to heal faster.

Watch Your Activities

For the six weeks while you are in recovery unless you get permission from Jack Bertolino, avoid any activity that involves you “getting in the saddle.” For instance, you should avoid activities like horseback riding, biking, ATVing, or motorcycle— the pressure on your vaginal region can cause injury or may even open your incisions.

Stay on Pelvic Rest

Possibly the hardest recovery step of all is giving your vaginal region pelvic rest from both sexual intercourse and tampon use. As your vagina heals, it’s important to avoid any pressure or impact to the area for about six weeks after surgery.

Contact Dr. Jack Bertolino to learn more!

Stretch Marks Removal Williamsville, NY

Embrace Your Weight Loss Without the Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks Removal Williamsville, NYIf you’ve recently lost a lot of weight, a congratulation is in order! Losing weight not only requires extreme dedication and perseverance, but it also requires more work than most people are aware of. And although fitting into smaller clothes and reading a number you never thought you’d see on the scale are two accomplishments worth bragging about, there are some adverse effects of weight loss that many people don’t talk about like stretch marks.

What Are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks occur when the skin has been overstretched over weak connective tissue which forms a type of scarring. Stretch marks appear as smooth, linear lines across areas of the body such as the abdomen, buttocks, upper thighs, and arms— although they can appear elsewhere on the body. Typically, stretch marks start out as long red or purple streaks across your skin and then fade to an almost silvery color later on.

How Are They Caused?

Although you only see the top layer of your skin (the epidermis) your skin is comprised of three separate layers including the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. When the connective tissue (the dermis) has been overstretched, stretch marks form.

Are Stretch Marks Permanent?

Depending on your skin, your stretch marks can fade over time, or they may need some treatment for you to see the results. During your initial consultation with Dr. Jack Bertolino, we will go over your treatment options. Depending on the severity of your stretch marks, Jack Bertolino offers a variety of solutions including:

  • Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
  • Microneedling
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Ultrasonic Dermawave

Losing weight is a large accomplishment that shouldn’t be overshadowed by your stretch marks. Schedule your stretch mark treatment consultation with our Williamsville office today!

Acne Treatment Buffalo NY

3 Ways to Avoid an Acne Breakout This Halloween

Acne Treatment Buffalo NYWith social media platforms like Instagram and SnapChat making people almost instantly famous, people will do just about anything to get a like or more followers— which makes them go all out for every occasion including Halloween. And with costume makeup and face paint, you can transform your entire appearance with just a few tools. But, if you have acne prone skin, costume makeup and face paint may cause your skin more harm than good. To ensure that you get as many likes on Instagram as possible without having to break out afterward, this article will list three things you can do to avoid acne.

Don’t Share

Sharing is caring until it’s not. If you and your friends are hoping to save money by sharing costume makeup and face paint this Halloween, think again. Not only will you be sharing makeup but you’ll be sharing germs and bacteria as well. And, if you are spreading bacteria from person to person, you are more than likely to break out.

Be Cautious

Rather than buying just any cheap costume paint or makeup off of the grocery store shelf, take time to read the labels. For instance, some costume paint is designed only for the body and not the face which can lead to major breakouts. Remember that the more cautious you are when buying costume makeup, the better chances you have of shielding your skin from a major acne breakout.

Use Face Wipes

If you’re going to be hopping from party to party all night and then crashing on one of your friend’s couches, make sure to bring along some face cleansing wipes. That way you can quickly get the makeup off before you go to bed without having to worry about washing your face. Just remember to exfoliate your face the next morning to get off any leftover makeup or paint.

Avoiding acne breakouts starts with good skincare and habits. Keep your skin protected this Halloween by using the tips listed above. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Jack Bertolino today to learn more about how you can treat your acne.

Functional & Metabolic Medicine Williamsville, NY

3 Things to Use Metagenics For

Functional & Metabolic Medicine Williamsville, NYMetagenics is a health and dietary supplement line that we offer here at Jack Bertolino’s office. By promoting good health and nutrition, Metagenics can be used to treat a variety of different things including, but not limited to, digestinal issues, bone density, and nutritional absorption. To help you better understand Metagenics and decide whether or not they’re good for you, read this article.

Digestinal Issues

If you suffer from digestive issues such as acid reflux, then you may want to consider using one of our Metagenics vitamins. By lining your digestive tract, you can help soothe your digestive lining and get rid of too much gas and acid.

Bone Density

Both men and women start to lose calcium in their bones as they age, making them more prone to extreme bone breaks and fractures. To help you create stronger bones that are less susceptible to breaking, you may want to consider taking a Metagenics supplement that contains ingredients like calcium in it.

Nutritional Absorption

A lot of times people take expensive vitamins and supplements but don’t reap the benefits because their body isn’t able to absorb them. Metagenics are different because they contain specific ingredients that help your body naturally absorb these nutrients so that you can stay healthy for longer.

Here at Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Jack Bertolino only offers patients brands of products that are trusted and beneficial. If you are looking for ways to improve your overall health, consider investing in Metagenics. To learn more about what Metagenics product can help you and your specific needs, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino today!

Dermal Fillers Buffalo, NY

How to Get Lips that Will Make Kylie Jenner Jealous

Dermal Fillers Buffalo, NYKylie Jenner stunned her fans a few years ago when she started taking selfies with noticeably larger lips. And although she tried to continually put people off for months by claiming her injections weren’t injections but just lip liner, she finally ended up admitting it on an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. So, how exactly did Kylie Jenner get those plump, sexy lips and how can you get a pout that will make her jealous? Read on to learn more.

Fillers

One thing Kylie finally fessed up to was using temporary lip fillers to enhance her otherwise skinny lips. If you want to add volume and contour to your lips, Dr. Jack Bertolino can use a filler like either Juvederm or Restylane. Composed of a common ingredient called hyaluronic acid, these types of fillers are safe, natural, and effective. By injecting your lips directly with a filler, Dr. Jack Bertolino will be able to mold your lips so that they are the right shape and size that you want.

Implants

Implants are not as common as fillers because they are more permanent and require surgery. Similar to breast implants, lip implants are typically made of a saline solution and are inserted under your lips to help add volume to your pout. Once the implant has been placed, your lips will be stitched up, and you will be sent off to recovery.

Add More Makeup

Whether you decide to get fillers or implants, take your lips to the next level and apply a combination of lip liner and lipstick. By accentuating your already full pout, these lip products will take your sexy pout to a whole new level.

To learn more about how you can get a sexier pout or to schedule a consultation appointment, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino today!

Skin Care Services Williamsville, NY

Skincare Treatments to do in Your 20’s

Skin Care Services Williamsville, NYWhen it comes to things like Botox and chemical peels, you may think that they are only to be done in your 50’s and 60’s— or at least when you start getting more fine lines and wrinkles. However, one thing that Jack Bertolino insists on is that it’s never too early to start practicing good skin care habits. If you are in your 20’s and want to have the youthful skin for even longer, then consider getting some of these treatments done. Read on to learn more.

Chemical Peels

You may think that chemical peels are only done when you’ve hit your midlife and are in crisis mode— however, that’s simply not the case. In fact, we encourage many of our patients who are in their twenties to get a chemical peel because they help to get rid of things like acne, acne scars, freckles, and yes, fine lines and wrinkles.

Botox

Botox is popular amongst women of all ages— as long as they are over the age of 18— and can be used as a preventative treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. Although there isn’t much scientific evidence to back up the fact that Botox is preventative, it certainly doesn’t hurt to start getting some injections around your forehead and eyes.

Dermal Fillers

If you have always wanted a sexier, fuller pout, then you may want to consider getting some dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane. Although these fillers can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth, they are equally as good at adding volume to lips and cheeks— giving you a more contoured looking appearance.

Taking good care of your skin in your twenties is just as important— and fun— as it is in your fifties. If you would like to consider getting a chemical peel, Botox, or dermal fillers, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino’s office today and schedule a consultation appointment!

Microdermabrasion Williamsville, NY

Skin Alert: Understanding Collagen

Microdermabrasion Williamsville, NY As you age, your skin starts to lose collagen in it— contributing to fine lines and wrinkles and a loss of volume across your face. And although aging can be a beautiful thing, it can also wreak havoc on your self-esteem as you see your skin go through these changes. Luckily, Dr. Jack Bertolino can perform a variety of different treatments to help encourage your skin’s natural production of collagen including microdermabrasion, micro-needling, and photofacials. To help you better understand the aging process, we have created an article discussing what collagen is at a scientific level and what it is good for. Read on to learn more.

What Is Collagen?

At the surface level, collagen is a substance that helps add volume to your skin, but what about under the skin? Under the skin, your collagen is a structural protein that helps aid in the strength and production of connective tissues and elasticity.

What Does It Do?

Yes, collagen is a substance that can help give your skin more volume but did you know that it also has other health benefits? In fact, collagen isn’t just necessary for skin health but it also helps with your bones, tendons, muscles, blood vessels, digestive system, and it can diminish the appearance of cellulite and skin dimpling.

  • Bones: Collagen allows our bones to glide over each other without any pain or discomfort.
  • Tendons: Your tendons are comprised of collagen— making them work properly.
  • Muscles: Collagen is in your muscle tissue and helps with connective tissues.
  • Blood Vessels: When collagen is present in your blood vessels, it increases the circulation and flow of blood throughout the body.
  • Digestive System: Collagen breaks down proteins in your digestive system, soothes your guts lining, and heals any damaged cell walls in your stomach.

Collagen is an important component of your overall health. If you would like to learn more about the importance of collagen for your skin, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino’s office today!

Skin Care & Cosmetics products Buffalo, NY

The Truth Behind Charcoal Masks

Skin Care & Cosmetics products Buffalo, NYYou’ve likely seen videos circling YouTube lately with people using popular peel-off charcoal masks only to end up screaming in agony because of the pain. Although these clips are beyond hysterical— and may be worth spending your lunch break watching on repeat— they have everyone posing the question, “Are they worth it?” To help you decide if investing in a charcoal mask will either help your skin or turn you into the next YouTube star, we have created a brief article. Read on to learn more.

Understanding Charcoal

Charcoal, in general, is really good for your skin— especially if you have acne. As an all-natural component, charcoal helps to draw out dirt, bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful particles from the skin— leaving you with cleaner, and smoother looking skin. If you are experiencing breakouts or more blemishes than normal, consider getting a charcoal face mask or charcoal induced face soap.

Are Masks Good for You?

Not all face masks are created equal. The charcoal face masks that are gaining popularity on the internet, in particular, are peel off face masks which means that once they dry to your skin, you can peel them off in one piece. Even though these masks are good at removing toxins, they can be more painful than beneficial. In fact, you can get the same positive benefits from a regular, charcoal cream mask.

The truth is that charcoal is a great ingredient to use on your skin to help combat bacteria and germs. However, it doesn’t have to be a painful experience. Before you buy any face product online, make sure to see what ingredients it has. If you would like to learn more about skin care or skin care products, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino’s office today!

Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Buffalo, NY

How to Get Skin Worthy of Kim Kardashian West

Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Buffalo, NYIt’s safe to say that Kim Kardashian West has done it all to get that perfect body and maintain her sexy appearance— including getting a fish pedicure, wearing waste trainers, and trying out Botox (even though she’s allergic). And although Mrs. Kardashian West has denied ever having gone under the knife, she has embraced non-surgical treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)  injections claiming that they make her look and feel more youthful. So, what are PRP injections and how are they effective? Read on to learn more.

What Are PRP Injections?

It’s no secret that Kim Kardashian West likes to keep everything public. Not only does she have TV cameras document just about every stage of her life, but she’s queen of posting on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. One procedure that she documented was when she got PRP injections— leaving her followers looking a bit concerned when she took a selfie with blood all over her face. So, what is PRP?

Platelets are a portion of the blood that is good at repairing damaged blood vessels and cells throughout the body. During a PRP injection procedure, blood is extracted from the patient’s arm and then spun in a machine to extract the platelets. Then, by making tiny acupuncture sized holes in the face, the platelet rich blood is then splattered onto the face— helping to heal the skin in the process.

What Can It Treat?

The real question is, what can’t PRP treat? PRP injections are primarily popular amongst patients like Mrs. Kardashian West because of their ability to help get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, volumize the skin, tighten pores, and get rid of damaged skin under the eyes.

Does It Hurt?

Although you may feel a slight bit of a sensation during the procedure itself, it shouldn’t be painful. Before Dr. Jack Bertolino even gets started, he will apply a numbing cream to your entire face so that you remain calm and comfortable during the entire thing. If you start to feel pain at any time, make sure to tell Dr. Bertolino and his staff.

If you are looking for a relatively non-invasive way to get a more youthful looking complexion, it may be time to consider PRP injections. To learn more about this and other treatments, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino’s office today!

Cellulite Treatment Williamsville, NY

Does Dieting Get Rid of Cellulite?

Cellulite Treatment Williamsville, NYNo matter who you are or how skinny you may be, as a woman, you are still susceptible to getting cellulite. In fact, even Serena Williams who is one of the most athletic women in the world has cellulite. Even though the majority of women have cellulite, however, it doesn’t make you feel more confident when you have to hit the beach in a bikini. So, how can you get rid of cellulite? Can diet alone do the trick? Read on to learn more.

Focus On Reduction

The main thing to focus on when discussing the correlation between diet and cellulite is a reduction, not elimination. As mentioned previously, even the skinniest, most fit women have cellulite, just not as much as those who are chronically overweight. If you are overweight and have a lot of cellulite, diet can help reduce it, but it won’t necessarily eliminate it.

Focus On Whole Foods

You are what you eat. So, if you eat a diet that is high in processed fats and sugar, you are more likely to be overweight. Eating a diet filled with whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats, can help you get rid of your appearance of cellulite and help you feel more confident in your body.

Diet can’t necessarily get rid of cellulite, but it can cut down on the appearance of it. If you are a healthy weight and live a healthy lifestyle, then changing your diet may not impact the appearance of cellulite. However, Dr. Jack Bertolino can treat your cellulite with a state-of-the-art treatment that will help get rid of your stubborn cellulite and help you feel more confident. To learn more about cellulite and how Dr. Bertolino can help you get rid of it, contact our office today!