Dr. Mary Lupo discusses the long-term effects of excessive sun exposure in Summer

Dr. Mary Lupo and the team of the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology are committed to helping patients in and around the area take good care of their skin every day. A big problem that can lead to skin cancer is sun exposure so it is best that patients are serious about protecting their skin as necessary during the harsh, summer months in the New Orleans area.

Many patients are not aware of the long-term effects of sun exposure during the hot summer months. In the summer, the sun is at its strongest, especially during the middle part of the day. Dr. Mary Lupo takes the time to educate her patients on skin protection for many reasons. Some common effects of sun exposure include:

Sunburn

The first noticeable problem with sun exposure is sunburn. Sunburn can be extremely uncomfortable and can damage the skin in ways that may not be noticeable initially. This also increases the risk for skin cancer when sunburn occurs, no matter what the age.

Freckles

Freckles tend to pop out when patients receive extensive sun exposure. While they are not problematic, some patients do not enjoy their appearance and the way they can affect the tone of the skin. Freckles can be difficult to disguise with cosmetics.

Accelerated skin aging

No one wants to see the signs of aging occur on the skin, but sun exposure on a regular basis can actually accelerate the development of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. Avoid the appearance of aging skin by reducing sun exposure in the summer months.

Pigmentation issues

Sun spots are common pigmentation complaints by patients who visit a dermatologist. These can develop with even minimal sun exposure.

Changes in skin cells

The most serious long-term danger of excessive sun exposure during the summer is skin cancer. Skin cancer is a serious issue and it should not be taken lightly. Patients are urged to use broad-spectrum sunscreen every day and to ensure they use the proper amount when participating in outdoor activities that can result in UV ray exposure. Reapplication is a necessity.

While there are benefits to sunlight, such as natural Vitamin D, it is important to take note in regards to ways to protect the skin with sunscreen and to avoid sun exposure in mid-day when it’s at its strongest. Remember tanning beds do not provide the UVB that makes Vitamin D. Tanning beds are intense sources of UVA, the more deeply penetrating UV energy that accelerates wrinkles, sagging and suppresses your immune system causing fever blisters in herpes-prone individuals. Dr. Mary Lupo can educate patients on skin care during the summer months.

Bye, Bye Double Chin

According to a 2014 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, approximately seven out of 10 consumers are bothered by submental fullness (also known as a double chin). Submental fullness is a common yet undertreated condition that can detract from an otherwise balanced and harmonious facial appearance – leading to an older and heavier look. Submental fullness can affect both women and men of all ages and weight, and it is often resistant to diet and exercise and can be influenced by multiple factors including aging and genetics.

The FDA recently approved the first and only non-surgical treatment for reduction of submental fullness called Kybella (formerly known as ATX-101). It has been under development for more than nine years, and it is the subject of over 20 clinical studies involving more than 2,600 patients. Dr. Lupo was one of the investigators during the clinical trial, and she has been named a trainer for Kythera, the makers of Kybella.

Kybella is a non-human and non-animal patented formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into subcutaneous fat, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells, followed by a natural healing and elimination process to improve the chin profile. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Patients who want to dramatically improve their jawline with non-surgical options can be treated with Kybella in conjunction with dermal fillers and/or radio-frequency and ultrasound devices for additional definition and skin tightening.

Kybella is administered by injections into the fat under the chin through a series of treatments spaced no less than one month apart. Many patients experienced visible results in two to four treatments, and up to six treatments may be administered depending on the desired outcome of the patient and treating physician. Once the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment is not expected.

The Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology will begin treating patients with Kybella in late June.  If you are interested in learning more about this treatment or to see if you are a candidate, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Employee of the Month Selects Product of the Month

TiZO3 Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 TiZO3
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Stacy Honore’-McGill has worked at the Lupo Center for 16 years and is the clinical research coordinator. She is the June Employee of the Month and has been rewarded with a skin care product of her choice: TiZO3 Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40. Stacy says “TiZo is one of the few sunscreens that I have found that doesn’t leave my skin looking ashy or ‘ghostly.’ I also love that it’s a mineral sunscreen, which goes on velvety and really suppresses the shine on my oily skin.” We want our patients to benefit from this product as well, so during the month of June, TiZO3 Facial Mineral Sunscreen will be 10% off.TiZO3 Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 TiZO3 is a tinted facial mineral sunscreen that offers superior sun protection in a silky, cosmetically elegant lotion, with a non-greasy matte finish. It contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide sunscreen filters that helps prevent pre-mature skin aging, sun-induced wrinkles and loss of firmness. TiZO3 layers invisibly under makeup and refines the look of the skin.

Benefits:

  • An everyday SPF 40 sunscreen with protection against all the sun’s damaging UVA-UVB rays
  • Free of chemical sunscreens, preservatives, oils, fragrances or PABA
  • Water resistant for 80 minutes
  • Will not irritate skin
  • Gentle enough to use after aesthetic rejuvenating skin procedures such as laser, microdermabrasion, chemical peel or facial cosmetic surgery
  • For all skin types, including Fitzpatrick II and VI

When you purchase a TiZO3 Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 TiZO3 in our office, you will receive 10% off this product through June 30 2015, while supplies last. This promotion cannot be combined with our Spring Specials promotion.

More Ways to Save on Your Favorite Injectables!

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Galderma, the maker of Dysport®, Restylane®, Restylane® Silk, Perlane® and Sculptra® Aesthetic, recently launched a rewards program for patients called ASPIRE Galderma Rewards. With their loyalty rewards program, patients can earn points with each Galderma aesthetic treatment and use the points for savings on future Galderma aesthetic treatments.

Patients receive a $20 instant savings just for enrolling in the ASPIRE program and earn additional points if a referred friend enrolls in the ASPIRE program.

To enroll in ASPIRE Galderma Rewards or to learn more about the program, visit https://www.aspirerewards.com/app/home.do

Employee of the Month Selects Product of the Month

Teoxane RHA Serum
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Thais Chanove is our office administrator, and she has been selected as our Employee of the Month! As the Employee of the Month, Thais has been rewarded with a skin care product of her choice: Teoxane RHA Serum. Thais says she loves this serum because it leaves her skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. Teoxane is very hydrating, not like most serums that leave your skin feeling tight and dry. Plus, she feels it has improved the overall texture of her skin. We want our patients to benefit from this product as well, so during the month of May, Teoxane RHA Serum will be 10% off.

Teoxane RHA Serum is comprised of a very high concentration of Resilient Hyaluronic Acid (RHA) and a patented combination of powerful antioxidants that have a visible brightening and revitalizing beauty effect. The second-skin texture combined with a high moisturizing power visibly reduces the appearance of skin fatigue.

After 14 days, patients report smoother skin, and skin regains its ability to reflect light and complexion is brighter. After several applications, skin appears lifted, wrinkles are filled in and the face is sculpted.

Dr. Lupo and patients rave about Teoxane RHA Serum on WWLTV:

Dermatology Promotions New Orleans - Dr. Lupo and patients rave about Teoxane RHA Serum on WWLTV When you purchase a Teoxane RHA Serum in our office, you will receive 10% off this product through May 31, 2015, while supplies last. This promotion cannot be combined with our Spring Special promotion.

After 14 days, patients report smoother skin, and skin regains its ability to reflect light and complexion is brighter. After several applications, skin appears lifted, wrinkles are filled in and the face is sculpted.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

You’ve heard it over and over… “Get your annual health checkups because early detection can be lifesaving!” But sometimes it’s hard to face what might come out of an exam.  It could be nothing, but it could also be lumps, bumps, surgery or scaring.  You never know, but if you want to stay healthy, don’t put off checkups.

Here at the Lupo Center, it’s important to get an annual skin exam to check for any changes in the skin.  Being diagnosed with any kind of cancer is always disturbing, but it can be worse on our self esteem if the cancer is on the face or a visible part of the body. The first and most important step is to get any suspicious spot excised with cleared margins, and then if needed, we can discuss options for scar improvement. We have several treatment options including lasers and fillers that erase skin cancer surgery scars. We individualize each case to utilize the optimal treatment(s) to make the scar a distant memory.

The images below show a case of a patient who had a skin cancer removed.  Her scar was treated with the state-of-the-art Excel V to improve redness and the Fraxel Dual to improve texture and soften the scar tissue.

Dermatology Promotions New Orleans - May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month Remember, there are differences in treatments for each patient, just like there are differences in the training, experience and judgment of dermatologists! Choose wisely for all your skin care needs to make sure you are receiving the best care