Are chemical peels safe in the New Orleans sweltering summer heat?

Chemical peels are highly customizable and extremely effective for a variety of applications. From overall skin rejuvenation to targeted acne treatment, a peel can be a great solution. However, you may have heard that the procedure is best in the cool winter months. Do you really need to wait until the temperatures in New Orleans start dropping?

Any time is a great time for a chemical peel – with the right provider

The short answer is that chemical peeling can be a very safe procedure any time of year, in any weather. You will need to take some precautions, but you should be advised of these prior to treatment. The most important factor in both safety and efficacy is the quality of treatment and guidance you receive from your provider. The fact is, some people prefer summer treatments because they are teachers or because they can hide their peeling skin while on vacation.

Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology adheres to the highest standards of safety and clinical excellence. This includes attention to detail and sound judgement in planing and administering the procedure, such as choosing the appropriate formula and neutralizing it at precisely the tight moment. It also includes patient education, giving comprehensive pre- and post-procedure instructions, as well as being available to answer any questions or concerns that arise.

About weather and chemical peeling

If you are given proper aftercare guidelines, and you follow them, you needn’t worry about the time of year. There are some seasonal considerations when planning a chemical peel, which will be discussed during your consultation. These include:

  • Your skin will be highly sensitive to UV rays during healing. Summer sun is especially intense, but you can effectively protect the area with sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and staying indoors.
  • Having a peel in winter does not mean you can skip the sun protection. Even on the coolest and cloudiest day there are UV rays if there is daylight.

Four things New Orleans area patients should know about Juvéderm and other fillers

If you’ve researched New Orleans antiaging treatments or read a beauty magazine in the last decade, you probably know about dermal fillers. Juvéderm and similar products can be injected into the face to replace lost volume and literally “fill in” wrinkles. What else is there to know? Actually, quite a lot!

Fillers aren’t just for wrinkles

Dermal fillers can also:

  • Improve the appearance of depressed acne scars
  • Add fullness to thin or sunken cheeks
  • Correct asymmetry or unsightly shape of the nose
  • Shape thin lips
  • Fill sunken temples
  • Define the jaw line

Fillers aren’t just for your face

Your hands are one of the first areas to show signs of age. As the skin becomes thinner, veins become visible and hands acquire a boney appearance. Dermal fillers are fantastic for non-surgical hand rejuvenation. In fact, Radiesse is specifically FDA approved for hands.

The difference is more than a brand name

There are many dermal fillers on the market. You might think they are essentially different brands of the same thing. That’s not the case. Juvéderm is formulated with hyaluronic acid, a

substance naturally present in skin, so there is minimal risk of having an adverse reaction. It stands apart from other hyaluronic acid products due to a high degree of cross-linking, which gives it a smooth texture and resiliency.

Does this mean Juvéderm is better? Sometimes it is. Sometimes Restylane is better, or Sculptra, or… Every filler has distinctive qualities. There is no single “best” brand that will give great results in all applications. Instead, the best results are achieved by matching the unique needs of the patient, and of the treatment area, with the most appropriate product. These products all perform best in the hands of an experienced board certified dermatologist with an artistic eye.

 Fillers can’t do it all

Not all wrinkles are caused by volume loss. Therefore, not all wrinkles can be filled. Products such as Juvéderm are often combined with Botox® or other treatments for comprehensive anti-aging.

Health, Wellness and Beauty at the Lupo Center

heathyWhile Dr. Lupo and Dr. Holcomb are specialists for the health and beauty of the skin, hair and nails, both of our doctors also have training in internal medicine.  Here at the Lupo Center, a patient’s medical health is just as important as the health and appearance of the skin. We now offer the following four dietary supplements that support your health, wellness and beauty.

LUMITY, the groundbreaking anti-aging supplement

Lumity’s unique targeted approach is designed to work around the clock with your body’s natural cycles. The morning softgel supplements spring cells’ energy centers into action, giving a new level of vitality. Lumity also contributes to collagen and elastin formation in the skin, clears out toxins, repairs oxidative damage and protects DNA. The bedtime softgel supplements reinforce the antioxidant and anti-glycation action of the morning softgels.

Lumity is an all-natural anti-aging routine with cumulative benefits. Feel more balanced, vital and beautiful with each day. The longer you take Lumity, the better you look. Lumity also naturally stimulates the release of Human Growth Hormone, important to building muscle, healthy tissue and bone density.

This month Lumity is featured as our Product of the Month for 10% off. See above for details.

NUTRAFOL, advanced science at the root of hair health

NUTRAFOL is a dietary supplement to naturally help grow and thicken hair. When triggers like stress, aging, genetics, nutritional imbalance and overstyling take a toll on your hair, strengthen and protect it where it matters most: from within.

Using the latest biotechnology, NUTRAFOL is formulated with patented, standardized and clinically tested ingredients. The components of the vitamin act to reduce the effects of stress on the body especially as it relates to hair loss.

Patients who purchase 3+ month supply of NUTRAFOL will receive a 10% savings. Patients who purchase a 6+ month supply will also receive a complimentary hair analysis ($150 value). The hair analysis will help us pinpoint any additional factors that may be contributing to your hair loss.

Skin Essentials Omega Advantage, purified Omega-3 to supports skin wellness

Skin Essentials Omega Advantage contains a high level of EPA and DHA, beneficial in providing the necessary lipid content in maintaining healthy skin and produced in the triglyceride form, which has been shown to enhance bioavailability. Omega-3 plays a role in minimizing UV-induced skin damage, which is one of the contributing factors in collagen damage associated with the process of skin aging. Lutein and Zeaxanthin positively influence skin oxidation and hydration, which play a role in skin aging.

CardioTabs BONE Essentials, promotes better calcium and bone density

CardioTabs BONE Essentials is a highly absorbable, natural calcium sourced product containing MicroCrystalline HydroxyApatite (MCHA). MCHA provides essential minerals in an organic, collagen-rich protein milieu and has been clinically demonstrated to not spike blood calcium levels the way other forms of calcium, such as carbonate and citrate, can. Vitamin D3, vitamin K2, potassium and other key nutrients are combined with MCHA for support of stronger bones and more youthful cardiovascular and arterial health.

You can purchase these supplements at anytime in our office or in our online store. If you would like to learn more to see which one is right for you, you can schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists.

Employee of the Month Selects Product of the Month

sep-201610% off Lumity Anti-Aging Supplements

Kristi is our laser technician, and she has been selected as the Employee of the Month! She has been rewarded with a skin care product of her choice, which will be our September Product of the Month: Lumity Anti-Aging Supplements.

Kristi says “I’m excited to add Lumity to my current anti-aging regimen. I like that it not only helps to build collagen but also supports healthy muscles, tissue and bone density.”

For more information on Lumity, click here.

When you purchase Lumity, you can receive 10% off of this product through September 30, 2016. For in-office purchases, please mention this promo at checkout. For online purchases, please use the coupon code “POM10“.

Summer Sun Damage Solutions

As you put away your swimsuits, shorts and sandals, have you noticed your summertime fun left behind new spots, uneven skin tone or fine lines? We’ve got some simple solutions to get your skin glowing again. These treatments require little to no downtime and can be done on a wide variety of skin types and conditions. Because they are mild procedures, they require a series of treatments for optimal results. From now until the end of October, if you pre-pay for a series of 4 treatments, you will receive a complimentary 5th treatment in the same series. 


Chemical peels work to bring new skin to the surface to provide a healthy glow.  A chemical peel is a way to gently resurface the skin by removing the top layers using a mild to moderate chemical solution. The new skin makes pores appear smaller and can greatly diminish the appearance of fine lines, acne and discoloration. Chemical peels are completely customizable to fit each patients’ needs and lifestyle.


Clear + Brilliant is a gentle yet effective treatment you can add to your regimen to give your skin a radiant glow. Developed by the makers of Fraxel (a more intensive fractional laser technology for skin resurfacing), Clear + Brilliant can help improve tone and texture while reducing fine lines and pore size. The latest Clear + Brilliant technology, called Permea, is a treatment option for improving pigmentation seen in melasma and other skin pigmentation disorders. Fraxel patients often find that Clear + Brilliant is a gentler option for between-treatment maintenance and longer-lasting results.


Laser Genesis is a multi-purpose solution for skin health and appearance. The facial resurfacing treatment protects the epidermis, while stimulating collagen production in the dermis to improve pores and texture. It is also shown to fade red and brown spots and is beneficial for acne, mild acne scars and discolorations.


SilkPeel is a special kind of microdermabrasion. It not only uses a diamond fraize tip to mechanically remove the top-most layers of the skin, but also incorporates a technology called dermal infusion. With this dermal infusion, special solutions are driven deep into the epidermis to stimulate skin brightening and deeper dermal repair. The result is brighter skin, smaller pores and smoother texture. The suction aspect of the SilkPeel system cleanses pores and improves acne.

Appointment times are filling up fast, so call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lupo or Dr. Holcomb to get your skin glowing again! Remember to mention our series special: buy 4 get 1 complimentary treatment!

Collagen Building Foods

Collagen is the foundation of healthy skin. It provides the natural support structure that gives skin strength and resilience. It helps our lips stay plump and prevents our cheeks from drooping into jowls. However, as we age, our body’s natural production of collagen decreases. Generally, the first signs of age-related collagen loss are fine lines, which can develop into wrinkles over time. To help combat this decline, here are nine collagen-boosting foods you can easily incorporate into your daily diet:collagen-building-foods

  1. Fish: Omega-3 fatty acids create an ideal environment for collagen production. Find this nutrient in fish such as salmon and black cod. Omega 3 is a natural anti-inflammatory to help acne, rosacea, and other inflammatory skin diseases. The source of omega supplements is crucial as the layer where fish store fat is where mercury can accumulate, so talk to us about safe supplements. We even do Omega level testing to see if you are deficient.
  2. Prunes: As free radicals attack the skin, they break down collagen. To combat free radical damage, eat antioxidant rich prunes. Eat five to six prunes daily for a great health boost. Prunes are also a great source of fiber and regular bowel movements improve overall health. Constipation can increase your risk of varicose veins.
  3. Manuka Honey: This special honey from New Zealand has long been promoted for its special healing properties. Manuka Honey has been touted as helpful in the formation of strong collagen. Additionally, it is rich in antioxidants and has been traditionally used to help to reduce inflammation and breakouts.
  4. Pineapple: Your body needs an ample amount of the mineral manganese for collagen production, especially when healing wounds. Pineapple is high in manganese and can help you achieve the recommended daily amount of 2.3 milligrams per day.  The Bromoline in pineapple reduces swelling and bruising before surgery or injections.
  5. Turkey: contains carnosine, which research suggests may slow down the collagen damaging aging process called cross-linking. Cross-linking makes collagen stiff and less resilient, and accelerates its breakdown.  Eat turkey two to three times a week to help your skin snap back into shape. Tryptophan in turkey helps relax you for better sleep.
  6. Oranges: Your body uses Vitamin C to make collagen and elastin, proteins that help keep your skin firm. Get 75-90 milligrams of vitamin C daily for ideal collagen production. Natural sources are better than supplements.
  7. Grapefruit: After age 50, it is recommended that you concentrate on a variety of fruits and vegetables to boost your vitamin C intake. Grapefruit is a great vitamin C-rich alternative to oranges. Ask your doctor, however as some medications can be deactivated by grapefruit.
  8. Shellfish: contains a concentrated amount of copper, an essential mineral the body uses to bind collagen and elastin for strong, healthy skin. Consume 0.9 milligram of copper a day to help boost healthy collagen and elastin production. Copper is important to wound healing.
  9. Tomatoes, red pepper and beets: These red foods are an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that boost skin’s won natural sun protection to help prevent collagen damage resulting from UV exposure. Lycopene is also beneficial for eye health.

Introducing NUTRAFOL

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We want to introduce you to NUTRAFOL, a dietary supplement to naturally help grow and thicken hair. When triggers like stress, aging, genetics, nutritional imbalance and overstyling take a toll on your hair, strengthen and protect it where it matters most: from within.

Using the latest biotechnology, NUTRAFOL is formulated with patented, standardized and clinically tested ingredients. The components of the vitamin act to reduce the effects of stress on the body especially as it relates to hairloss.

Patients who purchase 3+ month supply of NUTRAFOL will receive a 10% savings. Patients who purchase a 6+ month supply will also receive acomplimentary hair analysis ($150 value). The hair analysis will help us pinpoint any additional factors that may be contributing to your hair loss.

Contact Abby at 504-288-2381 or to schedule your consultation to get your hair looking and feeling healthier!

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