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SPF: How much do you really need?

  
  
  
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We've all stood in the aisle at the drug store wondering the same thing, "How high of SPF is high enough?"
SPF, or Sun Proof Factor, refers to sunscreen's ability to block UVB rays, which cause sunburns. It does not, however, address UVA rays, which are linked to damage at a deeper level. Both UVA and UVB rays contribute to the risk of skin cancer.
SPF specifically refers to the amount of time it would take you to burn if you were not wearing sunblock, as opposed to while wearing it.
According to Dr. James Spencer, a Florida dermatologist quoted on WebMD, "SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays."
Dr. Walker recommends an SPF of 50 in the summer, especially for the face. Make sure it has a zinc or titanium dioxide base for your best protection, too.
No matter what SPF you go for, be sure to keep it on you at all times to reapply throughout the day, and to wear it every day! Even a low SPF number makes a big difference.

The "Mommy Job"

  
  
  
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The months of July-September have consistently been the months in which the most babies are born every year. With this "birth season" in full swing, the fall and winter months promise to be a popular time for the "Mommy Job." Mommy Jobs consist of three parts: a breast lift with or without breast implants, a tummy tuck and liposuction.
Phillip Haeck, MD, and President of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, commented, "In the last decade we've seen women's attitudes about cosmetic surgery change. Today women are not afraid to admit that they love their children, but they wish their bodies looked the way they did before their first pregnancies. And they're not afraid to acknowledge that they may need a little help beyond a healthy diet and exercise."

Ultherapy® Décolletage Treatment Now FDA-Cleared

  
  
  

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Ulthera, Inc., a global medical device company focused on developing and commercializing technologies for aesthetic and medical applications, announced today that its ultrasound platform device, the Ulthera® System, has received FDA clearance to non-invasively treat the chest to improve lines and wrinkles of the décolleté. 

The Ultherapy Décolletage Treatment utilizes the System's signature imaging and micro-focused ultrasound therapy capabilities and takes about 30 minutes to administer. The Treatment stimulates the natural formation of collagen and elastin in the skin's foundation to gradually smooth chest wrinkles. Results are visible after about three months.

As with the FDA-cleared Ultherapy procedure for lifting the neck, eyebrow and under the chin, meaningful results are achieved in just one treatment, and there's no downtime or post-treatment care requirements.

American Firsts in Plastic Surgery

  
  
  
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In honor of Independence Day today, here are a few "firsts" in American history of plastic surgery:
First plastic surgeon: Dr. John Peter Mettauer
First plastic surgery procedure: Cleft palate operation in 1827
First female plastic surgeon: Alma Dea Morani in 1943
Enjoy your holiday weekend and remember all the things to be thankful for in the United States of America!

The Five Most Popular Surgeries in America

  
  
  
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As World Cup hysteria raises to a fever pitch, and as we prepare for a long weekend with Independence Day on Friday, here's a review of the five most popular plastic surgery procedures in the country, according to ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons):
1. Breast Augmentation: 290,000 people received breast augmentation last year. That's an increase of 1% from 2012, and the leader of all plastic surgeries in America.
2. Nose Reshaping: Coming in at 221,000 procedures last year, nose reshaping saw a 9% decrease since the year before, but still remains a popular option for Americans.
3. Eyelid Surgery: Up 6% since 2012, 2013 saw 216,000 eyelid surgeries for those wishing to appear refreshed and more youthful.
4. Liposuction: At 200,000 procedures, liposuction is still one of the most popular procedures in this country.
5. Facelift: Up 6% since 2012, facelifts come in as the fifth most popular plastic surgery procudure.

The World Cup and Plastic Surgery

  
  
  
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As Americans gear up to watch the next USA game against Germany today, take a look at why plastic surgeons are so important to the world-renowned and loved sport. According to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open, "Fractures of the nose and other facial bones are a relatively common and potentially serious injury in soccer players."
Plastic surgeons are frequently sought out for cosmetic procedures, but reconstructive services are just as important. The most common types of sports-related facial trauma are the soft tissue injuries and the fractures of the "T-Zone" bones (the nose, the zygoma, and the mandible). These injuries often occur in combination. For more information about athletic facial injuries, click here.

In Case You Missed It: Dr. Walker on NBC4!

  
  
  

Dr. Walker on NBC4 Talks Sun, Skin, and Staying Young

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In case you missed it: Catch Dr. Walker chatting with Barbara Harrison yesterday on NBC4 midday news. Dr. Walker discusses several options for preventing and treating sun damage, including a live demo of Ultherapy, a one-time ultrasound treatment that delivers dramatic results with no downtime necessary.

WATCH HERE.

Dr. Walker on NBC4

  
  
  

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As we strip down to halter tops and bathing suits, one of the tell-tale signs of aging is damaged skin in the “décolleté,” or chest area.  Catch Dr. Walker on NBC4 today at noon to hear about how to keep the skin below the face looking young!

Dr. Walker will be discussing Ultherapy, an ultrasound procedure that tightens and brightens skin on the chest and other areas of the body. No down time is necessary, and results are dramatic. Tune in to watch Dr. Walker administer Ultherapy during a live demo on-air!

Alternatives to Plastic Surgery: Ultherapy

  
  
  
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Looking to refresh your look, but don't want to go under the knife? Ultherapy is the only treatment FDA-cleared for a non-invasive neck, eyebrow, and under-chin lift. Ultherapy, which is an ultrasound treatement, is extremely efficient, with no need for down time. Additionally, results can be very dramatic.
The procedure works like this: Ultherapy deposits focused ultrasound energy below skin's surface. This stimulates the body’s creation of new collagen. Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin the appearance of youth because it keeps it firm with elastic qualities. With the passage of time, collagen loses its ability to stand up to the effects of gravity.. Ultherapy "jump starts" a natural repair process that produces fresh, new collagen. The result is a more youthful look, with toned, firmed skin that improves over time.

Knock Out Abuse Reception Honoring Dr. Walker

  
  
  

Sheryl Masri, Founder of Knock Out Abuse, hosted supporters of the event to honor Dr. Walker as chairwoman for this year's big event in November.

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Dr. Walker Featured in The Washington Post

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The Buzz hears:

Plastic surgeon Rondi Walker will chair this year’s Knock Out Abuse Against Women, the annual fundraiser that promotes awareness of domestic violence. The event is Nov. 13. Walker is a mother of three and has been on the nonprofit’s board for two decades. Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorensen founded the charity in 1993. In the past 21 years, Knock Out Abuse has raised more than $6.5 million dollars to benefit local charities.

THE BEST FACIAL ANTI-AGING SECRET: DON’T LOSE THE VOLUME

Besides excessive sun exposure and smoking the most common cause of facial aging is the gradual loss of fat in our face. Fat loss begins early in our twenties and continues throughout our lives. Not only does fat waste away, a change in the quality and quantity of the  skin’s elastin fibers and collagen results in a slow diminishing of the skin’s elasticity. Bone mass diminishes with age and facial muscles begin to atrophy. Naturally, this slow aging process alters facial structure and results in a collapsed appearance of the mid-face and cheekbones. Bone loss is most pronounced in the 70s and 80s and the majority of bone resorption occurs around the base of the nose and center of the face.


Fat loss occurs in specific facial areas that are prone to fat resorption: the cheeks and areas around the brow and eyes. The lips and temples are affected next. A quick look in the mirror will let you know if fat loss is adding years to your appearance. As you look at your face answer the following questions:


1. Has your face become square?

2. Are your cheeks sagging?

3. Do you have hallow troughs under your eyes?

4. Does your skin appear to be falling off your bones?

5. Is the area between the sides of your eyebrows and hairline sunken?

6. Are the corners of your mouth turning downward?

7. Do your lips roll in, making it difficult to apply lipstick?

8. If you get the lipstick applied does it seep into the fine lines above and below your lips?


If you have answered yes to any of the above, there is a good chance that volume loss is the source of your aged appearance.


The best ways to restore facial volume and stimulate collagen formation depends on two factors the amount of fat lost and the degree of skin laxity.


The Quick Fix


If you have minimal skin sag and facial deflation the use of hyaluronic acid fillers and collagen stimulating injectables are a fast and easy way to treat the problem. Certain facial areas may be corrected with thinner fillers such as Beletero, Juvederm or Restylane. However, larger areas with more pronounced volume loss will require a heavier filler that combines a more viscous hyaluronic acid with or without calcium hydroxyaptite such as Radiesse, Scuptura Aesthetic and Juvederm Voluma C. These fillers provide subtle improvement, results last between six to eight months.



The Natural Option: Your Own Body Fat!


Micro-liposuction is used to harvest fat cells from your hips or abdomen. The fat is washed and concentrated prior to injection. Fat transfer is a minor surgical procedure, and there are a few days of downtime but the results are well worth it.


The cost benefit proves advantageous if your condition requires multiple filler injections. Fat augmentation varies with each patient but usually lasts five to ten years, and the skin has an incredible smooth, healthy glow.


Combination Therapy


If you have loose skin and have also experienced volume loss, the best options are a face-lift or Ultherapy combined with structural fat grafting or the more viscous fillers. Utherapy is a beneficial skin tightening procedure for patients who have minimal skin laxity or cannot have surgery. A face-lift: micro, mini or standard removes excess skin. The micro face-lift requires only a small incision above the ear.. The mini and standard face-lift reposition underlying facial support structures and fat, creating a firmer look. A face-lift, in combination with fat grafting, not only tightens the skin but also fills in deep wrinkles and areas of depression. Your face is not only rejuvenated, it looks more youthful.


There are different ways to treat and restore volume loss. An individualized approach that is planned with your board certified plastic surgeon will yield the best results.

Mark Your Calendar: Knock Out Day April 1st

In honor of Dr. Walker's chairmanship of Knock Out Abuse, enjoy 20% procedures and treatements on April 1st to support efforts in fighting domestic violence.

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