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How to Make Healthy Skin Your New Normal During the Winter

If there’s one thing that we are known for in Western New York it’s our nasty snowstorms. Even though snow may be pretty to look at, it can dry out your skin and make it feel rough in texture. To help you get a smoother more moisturized complexion during these harsh winter months, Dr. Bertolino has created a list of things for you to focus on.

Exfoliating

Both exfoliating at home and in our office are two things that Dr. Bertolino recommends. Every time you exfoliate properly, you help to get rid of dry, chapped skin which helps to encourage the growth of healthier skin in its place. Even though weekly at-home exfoliating scrubs can get rid of a little bit of dry skin, you may also want to consider microdermabrasion as an option. Microdermabrasion is a tool that uses crystals to exfoliate the skin; leaving you with smoother, healthier skin in the process.

Moisturizing

After you have properly exfoliated your skin, it’s time to moisturize. When choosing a moisturizing cream for cold months like January, make sure that you use a moisturizing cream that is thick in texture; that way you know that your skin is really getting the moisture that it needs. If you feel like you aren’t getting the most out of your moisturizer, then we may recommend microneedling. Microneedling is not just collagen induction therapy, but it is also a treatment that helps your skin retain skin products as well.

Protectant

You may forget about sunscreen when there’s so much snow outside that you can swim in it, but it’s just as important to wear sunscreen in the winter as it is in the summer. Why? You are equally as prone to getting sun damage.

Having rough, dry skin during these cold winter months is normal, but it doesn’t have to be your normal. Find a new normal and use the tips listed in this article. To learn more, contact us at our Williamsville office and call us at (716) 633-6100.

3 Things to Ask Santa For This Year

Are you in the process of making your list and checking it twice? If you want to make sure that you get exactly what you want for Christmas, then we have a few suggestions for you. Based on some skin care concerns, Dr. Jack Bertolino has created a list of a few different procedures that you may want to ask for for Christmas.

Acne Scars

If you thought that you’d be done with your acne in your teens but you still have acne scars in your adult years, then Dr. Bertolino may recommend a treatment like microneedling. Microneedling is ideal at treating a variety of skin care issues including acne scars. By targeting the top few layers of your skin, microneedling encourages the natural production of newer, healthier skin in its place; leaving you with fewer signs of acne scars in the process.

Cellulite

If you loathe your cellulite, then you’re not alone. Cellulite is one of those genetic things that even the fittest of people can get; making it that much more frustrating. To help treat your cellulite, Dr. Bertolino may recommend a treatment called Vaser Smooth which works to actually break up the dimpling to leave you with smoother skin.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Depending on the severity of your fine lines and wrinkles and where they are located, you may want to ask Mr. Clause for either dermal fillers or Botox. Botox is typically used around the eyes and across the forehead whereas fillers are used around the nose and mouth.

Before you land on one of these procedures, Dr. Bertolino will want you to come in to our office for a consultation. During your consultation, he will be able to determine which procedure is going to give you the best results. Are you ready to learn more? Schedule your consultation today and call us at our Williamsville office at (716) 633-6100.

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Can Your Thanksgiving Feast Give You Healthier Skin?

Having healthy skin starts with doing small things like washing your face twice a day, wearing a sunscreen on a daily basis, coming in to see Dr. Jack Bertolino for regular treatments, and watching what you eat. To help you make wise food choices this Thanksgiving, Dr. Bertolino has created a list of foods that are good for your skin.

Pumpkin

If there’s one staple (other than Turkey) that’s on everyone’s table during Thanksgiving, it’s pumpkin. Pumpkin is full of beta-carotene which eventually converts itself to Vitamin A which is good for preventing fine lines and wrinkles. And one of the great things about pumpkin is that you can either eat it as a savory side dish with some butter and salt, or you can eat it as a pumpkin pie dessert.

Sweet Potato

Just in case, you didn’t realize how good Vitamin A was for your skin by reading the pumpkin section, then let’s talk about sweet potato. Sweet potato is also full of Vitamin A; in fact, one serving of sweet potato contains 200% of your daily Vitamin A intake. And when you have enough Vitamin A in your diet it helps encourage the growth of healthier skin.

Kale

It’s no secret that kale is good for your body but did you know that it’s good for your skin as well? Kale is full of antioxidants which help with skin cell turnover; leaving you with smoother, younger, healthier looking skin in the process. Rather than serving up a traditional green salad on Thanksgiving, try a kale salad instead.

If you are what you eat then you may as well eat some vitamin-rich food this Thanksgiving. If you are interested in learning more about other ways that you can take care of your skin, contact Dr. Bertolino at our Williamsville office and call us today at (716) 633-6100.

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Scrub-a-Dub: Why Exfoliating Is Important

PearlYou know that one of the biggest no-no’s in the skincare industry is going to bed with makeup on your face because it causes breakouts. And although you may be aware of some basic skin care tips and recommendations, make sure that you don’t forget to exfoliate. Whether you choose to use an exfoliating face scrub, mask, or get a skin care treatment done by Dr. Jack Bertolino at Smooth Solutions, there’s one thing that’s worth talking about: the benefits.

It Can Breathe

Even though your heart, lungs, and the lady at church are likely the first things that come to mind when you hear the term “organ,” your skin is actually the largest organ on your body. As such, it’s important that you ensure that it can breathe properly. As dead skin builds up and dry patches form, however, it can make it harder for your skin to breathe— which is where properly exfoliating comes into play. By helping you get rid of dry, chapped skin, exfoliating is one of the best ways to improve oxygen flow and help your skin breathe.

It’s Clearer

Everyone is prone to getting a pimple or two at least every so often— if not more. One of the best ways to fight blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples? With an exfoliator. By getting rid of trapped dirt, germs, and bacteria on your skin, exfoliating can helps stabilize the oil production on your skin and get rid of that acne.

It Helps Moisturize

If you are spending hundreds of dollars on skincare products, but you aren’t properly exfoliating, your moisturizer isn’t going to be able to penetrate your skin. By getting rid of dry, chapped skin, exfoliating helps your moisturizer reach into the layers of your skin and hydrate it from the inside out.

Here at our office, we offer a variety of exfoliating skincare solutions including exfoliators and treatments. To schedule your consultation, call 716) 633-6100.

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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!

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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!

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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!

3 Easy Ways to Detox

detoxThis time of year is all about feeling restored and rejuvenated. And because winter is a time of year where you eat richer foods and you’re more sedentary than usual, you may have gained a few pounds over the past month. Spring clean your body this month by getting rid of all the toxins in it. By making three simple changes to your diet, you can easily detox your body and hopefully lose a few lb’s in the process. This article will discuss three ways that you can detox this spring. Read on to learn more.

Drink More Water

Drinking more water is the number one way you can clean out your body and get rid of toxins while doing so. The more water you drink, the more you will excrete it through sweat and urine— leaving your body cleaner and healthier than before. As a suggestion, try carrying around a water bottle with you wherever you go. Remember that you should be drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.

Stop Drinking Alcohol

If you are a regular drinker, this tip is going to be especially difficult to accomplish. However, alcohol can do damage to central organs like your liver. To help cleanse your liver and get it functioning properly, stop drinking alcohol altogether.

Eat More Vegetables

When was the last time you ate a vegetable that wasn’t covered in butter or salad dressing? To help clean out your body and get rid of toxins, consider loading up your plate full of vegetables. Filled with vitamins and minerals that your body needs for fuel, eating a diet rich in vegetables will make you feel like a new person. If you fill up on vegetables, you won’t have as strong of a desire to eat things like cookies, candy, and chips.

Detoxing your body doesn’t have to involve crazy things like cayenne pepper and lemon water. By simply drinking more water, stopping alcohol use, and eating more vegetables, you can cleanse your body and restore it. To learn more about how you can take better care of your body, contact Dr. Jack Bertolino’s office today.

Don’t let Cooler Weather Wreck your Skin!

fall and winter skin careWe are well on our way into the Fall and Winter months, and this means that your dermatologic needs are changing, and quickly. You may have read headlines about Fall Skincare Tips or other ways to protect your skin after summer. If you’re like millions of other people, you may have found yourself skipping over such tips. Perhaps, when viewing such nonsense, you even had an inkling that such warnings were, well, nonsense! That’s nonsense!

Here’s what the cooler weather could be doing to your skin, and why it matters.

Hydration, please!
When we feel so parched after a day in the sun, it can be hard to imagine that cooler temperatures can be just as harsh on our outermost layer of tissue. In fact, many of the skin problems that cause the most irritation and sensitivity stem from dryness at the change of this particular season.

Because we meet cooler seasons with a renewed enjoyment of hot showers or baths, our skin gets a double-whammy. You don’t have to forego your morning steam in order to save your skin; just switch up a few products. Instead of using bar soap, lather up with an extra-moisturizing shower gel. Instead of applying any old lotion, slather on a thick, creamy body butter – preferably one without alcohol.

Some TLC Couldn’t Hurt, Either!
Treatments such as facials, chemical peels, micro-needling, and microdermabrasion may seem luxuriously pampering. They are. However, these treatments should not be reserved for some kind of special occasion; they are necessary aspects of skin health, and they can be excellent for a little TLC to mitigate summertime sun damage. The purpose of many of these treatments is to encourage collagen remodeling. As the skin absorbs UVA radiation, the fibrous strands of collagen that keep skin firm and resilient break down. The cool winter months are a great time to encourage collagen proliferation.

We are happy to help you explore the treatments that will reveal your inner glow now and throughout every season. Call Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics at (716) 633-6100 for a convenient appointment in our Williamsville office.

Quality of Life is Vital. Why Put It Off?

As we all have found out as we age, life can be difficult. Technology although good has made life more hectic, not to mention politics and just dealing with the day to day hassles of ordinary life. Quality of life, as well as good health is a necessary part of living. Whether it’s a well deserved vacation, putting children through school or just feeling better and having that special relationship with someone you love is really what is all about.

For the longest time women have found hormone replacement as they age to be a fearful undertaking. The problem was, and is a lack of understanding by the public and the medical community. Since the early 1980’s Premarin (Estrogen) was found to cause certain cancers in women. The problem was that the word estrogen was not defined. Estrogen is a class, women have 3 estrogens (men one). It is knowing and receiving the right combination, as well as progesterone and testosterone that make a huge difference. Remember your brain is the main focus (as well as bone and muscle health), that gives back quality to an aging life. Take short term memory and libido, both brain functions, the sex hormones, as well as a functioning thyroid give humans drive and vitality. For year’s doctors and patients were fooled into thinking antidepressants, anti anxiety drugs and sleeping pills made a difference. They are band aids only. The problem is simple aging.

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy(BHRT) has for the last 15-20 years given women and men the vitality, clear thinking and sexual desire often forgotten over time. BHRT through pellet insertion gives a smooth transition to better health and quality of life. Most patients get a 4 month benefit before re-insertion. Hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings gently dissipate over 10-14 days. No peaks and valleys.

The other side of women’s health is totally mechanical. Hormone depletion, hysterectomy and vaginal deliveries lead to laxity, urinary stress incontinence, anorgasmia, painful intercourse and extreme dryness due to thinning of the vaginal mucosa (tissue). ThermiVa (by Thermi Aesthetics) has developed a proprietary technology, using radio-frequency waves to restore sexual well being and stop urinary incontinence and leakage. No more incontinence pads which add up monetarily. ThermiVa tightens, restores the anatomical G-spot to its functioning place and strengthens the pelvic floor muscles to restore urinary control. No more Kegel exercises that insurance companies want you to do with NO effect. Relationships improve for both parties because ThermiVa improves the vascular supply, thereby thickening naturally thin vaginal tissue. No more creams and gels that inhibit most relationships. Three treatments over 3 months with a yearly maintenance makes the difference, no pain no downtime.

Did you ever think you could get back what you once had? Remember, it’s a double edged sword. BHRT supplies needed brain and bodily functions for women and men. Drive, vitality and a good night’s sleep are important factors in healthily aging. Women can also fix the functional side of vaginal health as well as urinary issues to truly get back what time has taken away.

At Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics, we take care of the complete package. We are the first and longest user of ThermiVa and are Western New York’s only BHRT pellet facility.

So get your quality of life back at Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics, where we not only want you to look good, but feel good as well.

Jack G. Bertolino, MD

www.smoothsolutionsmed.com

716-633-6100