Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD - The Aesthetic Institute
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Category: Skin Care

Do’s and Don’ts for Proper Skin Care

Having luxurious skin is considered the essence of youthfulness for many people. However, the natural effects of aging or improper skin care can cause us to develop facial imperfections such as wrinkles, acne, and irritation. It takes a lot of extensive care to maintain a healthy and smooth appearance, though this care is necessary to achieve your desired skin aesthetic.

Maintaining a daily skin care routine can help minimize these issues, and it is the first step to providing your skin with the proper treatment it needs. Here are some helpful tips to help you keep your skin looking healthy and rejuvenated.

Woman Putting on Face Cream

Do: Clean and Moisturize Your Face

Sweating and wearing makeup can cause oil, dirt, and toxins to collect under your skin throughout the day. This can also clog your pores and make your skin break out. It is important that you clean your face properly to remove any makeup you have applied and moisturize your skin to rid yourself of harmful bacteria and prevent future unpleasant facial issues. Make sure you also clean and moisturize your neck and chest. Talk with your specialist to help you determine the best type of moisturizer based on the following concerns:

  • Oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • Flaky skin
  • Moderate to severe acne  

Don’t: Over-Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin can be beneficial and help minimize facial impurities. However, you should be careful when it comes to overly cleansing your face. Over-exfoliation can cause the following issues:

  • Peeling or flaky skin
  • Breakouts
  • Puffiness
  • Dryness
  • Skin sensitivity and irritation

Just like your muscles need to recover after an extensive workout, your facial skin needs time to rest in between your skin care routines. It is recommended that you exfoliate your skin at least one to two times per week. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.     

Do: Use Plenty of Sunscreen

If you plan on being outside most of the day, then you better pack the sunscreen. While many of us desire that brown, golden tan, overexposure to the sun can come with consequences and cause your face to age quickly. Applying sunscreen to your face not only prevents you from getting a bad sunburn, but it offers protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause wrinkles, sun spots, and other facial imperfections from developing.  

Don’t: Neglect Sleep

While many of us find it easy to pull an all-nighter or stay up late watching one more episode of our favorite TV show, not getting the proper amount of sleep harms both our physical health and our facial appearance. Not giving your body seven to eight hours of rest can cause your face to develop under-eye bags, inflammation, breakouts, wrinkles, and more.  

To learn more about proper skin care, please contact our office by calling (714) 312-3549.

Non-Surgical Facelift Using The Infini Laser

Treatment For Aging, Sagging Skin, And Wrinkles Of The Face

infini laserPatients generally receive laser treatments during the Fall or Winter seasons in order to avoid the sun. Now, the Infini laser provides patients with the luxury of receiving nonsurgical facelifts all year round. Other lasers can’t effectively treat darker skin pigmentation, whereas the Infini device is safe for all skin types. The Infini laser reverses the aging process by removing wrinkles and lifting/tightening the skin. 

What is the Infini Laser?

The Infini is a microneedling, fractional radiofrequency device that targets coagulation zones within specific layers of the dermis. The Infini is a high intensity laser that adds heat only at the distil tip. Dr. Wald can manipulate the laser by specifically adjusting the needles depth to match the desire of each individual patient.

What type of results can I expect? 

Within three days to one week Post-Treatment patients notice a brighter skin tone and significant reduction in oily secretion, for those with oily skin types. One month after treatment patients see improvement of fine wrinkles and skin laxity. There is continuous improvement of fine wrinkles, pore sizes, scars, and skin laxity up to three months after treatment. The Infini laser removes wrinkles, sagging, acne scars, and reverses the aging process.

Infini Laser - before and after pictures

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Recovery and Downtime using Infini Laser

The technology of the laser provides maximum comfort with little downtime. Holes from the treatment will be completely closed within just two hours after treatment. Some patients may experience some bruising, but makeup can be applied the following day. 

If you are considering a non-surgerical facelift using the Infini laser, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today. Contact our office at (714) 312-3549, or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.

Understanding Skin Cancer

Treating Skin CancerSkin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer, affecting more people in America than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined. While each patient is unique, there is currently a 93 percent survival rate for skin cancer, which is one of the highest survival rates of any cancer. This is due to a number of factors, the most important being early detection.

Catching any cancer in its early stages is one of the main keys to surviving it. Educating yourself on what skin cancer and precancerous lesions look like will help you know when you should get evaluated for skin cancer. The ABCDE system of identifying cancerous and precancerous lesions will help you know if you should get your lesion checked for skin cancer.

  • A: Asymmetry – Cancerous lesions are not symmetrical. If you draw a line through the center of the lesion, both sides don’t match up.
  • B: Borders – Regular lesions have smooth borders, while cancerous and precancerous ones have jagged, irregularly shaped borders.
  • C: Color – Most benign moles are one color. If you have a lesion that varies in color, you should get it evaluated.
  • D: Diameter – Cancerous lesions are usually larger than benign lesions. You should get checked if your lesion has a diameter larger than 6mm or if it is bigger than an eraser head.
  • E: Evolving – Moles and other lesions usually stay static. If yours changes in appearance or grows over time, you should have a doctor check it out.

Diagnosing Skin Cancer

If you believe that you might have a cancerous lesion, it is important to schedule a consultation with a doctor. During your consultation, a small portion of the lesion will be cut off and sent to a lab to be biopsied. If your results come back as precancerous or cancerous, the next step to take is treatment.

Treating Skin Cancer

Whether you have a precancerous or cancerous lesion, the first step is removing the mass. Smaller lesions can be removed in-office using local anesthesia. Common removal techniques include excision or desiccation. After removal, some patients may require further cancer treatment that may include chemotherapy and radiation.

Reconstruction After Treatment

Some lesions are larger or placed in visible areas that can leave unattractive marks on the skin after removal. Sometimes it is just some slight scarring, but in other cases, whole sections of tissue may be removed from the nose, lips, or ears. Dr. Wald performs reconstruction on areas that have undergone cancer removal. This is done to restore the aesthetic appearance of the skin. Common reconstruction techniques include:

  • Scar revision
  • Transferred tissue flaps  
  • Prosthetics

 

If you need to have a lesion tested for cancer, need a lesion removed, or need reconstruction after treatment, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today. Contact our office at (714) 312-3549 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.

Skin Resurfacing Using the Sciton® Laser

Life in our modern world comes with a lot of upsides as well as downsides. While we enjoy many conveniences such as technology and transportation, we also experience environmental pollutants and sun damage from the depletion of the protective ozone layer. These harmful effects can damage our skin, leading to wrinkles, sun spots, discoloration, and acne scars. While we may not be able to avoid these pollutants and sun exposure, we can use modern technology to combat the negative effects on our skin. Here at The Aesthetic Institute, Dr. Wald is pleased to offer an effective treatment for skin resurfacing using the Sciton® Laser. This technique can revitalize your skin and remove the results of skin damage from the sun or other environmental pollutants.

What Is the Sciton® Laser? Sciton® Laser Skin Resurfacing 

The Sciton® Laser is a device that transmits heat energy into the skin. Sapphire contact cooling protects the surface layer while the heat waves are directly transmitted into target areas deep within the dermal layer. Dr. Wald can manipulate the Sciton® Laser to ensure that the appropriate depth of damaged tissue is treated. This treatment uses ablative fractional resurfacing rather than full-field resurfacing to significantly improve results, recovery time, and the healing process.

The Benefits of Fractional Resurfacing

Sciton® Laser Skin ResurfacingMany resurfacing procedures use a full-field technique, which means they target a full section of skin. Full-field laser treatments remove an entire layer of skin so that the body can replace it with new, healthy skin. However, this treatment is more aggressive and requires more downtime than fractional resurfacing. Fractional resurfacing removes only pinpointed columns of skin rather than the entire layer, and it leaves the surrounding skin tissue intact. With only small amounts of damaged skin tissue being destroyed, it is easier for the body to heal rapidly from the treatment. Fractional resurfacing technology also allows Dr. Wald to control the coagulation depth and ablation for lighter or deeper treatment options. The Sciton® Laser is even more effective than other fractional lasers because it’s an ablative laser that fully removes microscopic columns of damaged tissue.

  • No downtime with little to no recovery
  • Fast treatment of 15 to 30 minutes
  • More effective and precise skin resurfacing, particularly for acne scars and sun spots
  • Also effective for skin tightening and active acne treatment
  • Does not harm the surface skin but treats the damaged deeper tissues
  • Multiple treatment areas
  • Effective on all skin types and tones
  • Adapts well to new treatments and procedures

 

While modern living can damage your skin, modern technology can restore it. Dr. Wald uses cutting-edge Sciton® Laser technology to improve your look through skin resurfacing, skin tightening, and/or acne treatment. To find out more about skin resurfacing or any other benefits that the Sciton® Laser can provide for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today through our online contact form or by calling (714) 738-4282.

Skin Tightening Using the Sciton® Laser

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 10.55.22 AMThe quality of your skin changes dramatically over the course of life. When you’re young, your skin is smooth, firm, and plump. As you age, it thins, loosens, and sags. Over time, your skin may begin to show wrinkles, fine lines, and sagginess that make you appear older. Many men and women alike who experience these changes in skin quality could look years younger if they knew what technology is available today. One of the best tools for skin tightening is the Sciton® Laser, which can reverse the problems of loose, thin, and sagging skin. With the expert hand of Dr. Robert Wald at The Aesthetic Institute, the Sciton® Laser can rejuvenate your skin and refresh your appearance.

How Does Your Skin Age?

As you age, your skin quality changes and eventually begins to sag, loosen, and thin out. The main reason your skin ages in this way is because your body slows its production of collagen. Collagen is a fibrous, structural protein, and it is a major component of your skin’s connective tissue. This protein gives your cells structure and strength. Some of its primary roles include strengthening your skin tissue and keeping your skin elastic. Thus, when collagen begins to deplete, it’s no longer around to keep your skin healthy, strong, and elastic. This is why skin thins, loosens, and sags over time.

Reversing the Process

Sciton® LaserCollagen production slows and weakens at different rates for different people. If you look at someone who is around your age or older and think that they look younger than you, perhaps the process of collagen breakdown is occurring at a faster rate for you. But with the help of cutting-edge technology, you can reverse this process. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Wald uses the newest technology in the Sciton® Laser to rejuvenate skin quality and restore firmness to the skin.

The Sciton® Laser

The Sciton® Laser sends infrared heat energy deep into the skin to trigger the collagen fibers to contract. With Dr. Wald’s controlled application of these heat waves, the existing collagen strengthens, new collagen forms, and loose tissues start to become firm. The natural process of collagen production begins to work more effectively once again, and the results continue to improve over several months. Due to sapphire contact cooling, no surface tissue is harmed during treatment.

  • Quick treatment (15 to 30 minutes)
  • No downtime with little to no recovery period
  • Surface skin is protected while deep skin tissue is treated
  • Safe and effective for all skin tones and types
  • Can treat multiple areas on the face and body

 

Skin tightening with the Sciton® Laser effectively leads to firmer, more youthful skin. To see how this cutting-edge technology can improve your skin and help you look and feel younger, call (714) 738-4282 or contact us online to schedule your consultation with Dr. Wald today.

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Robert Wald, MD
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Fullerton, CA 92835


Phone: 714-312-3549
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