Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Can a psychiatrist offer Botox?

The answer is yes. A psychiatrist can offer Botox, an oral surgeon can do breast reductions, an ear nose and throat doctor can do breast augmentations and an ER doctor can do liposuction. Any medical doctor in the United States can call themselves a "cosmetic surgeon" and offer cosmetic procedures services, regardless of training or experience.

How do you know who is qualified? Be an informed consumer and ask these questions. Share this list with your friends.

Are you board certified in plastic surgery?
Is the board certification one of the 24 boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties?
Were you trained to perform this procedure during your residency/fellowship?
Can I see photos and talk to past patients?
Will the Dr. be performing the procedure him/herself?

Dr. Peterson is board certified in plastic surgery and ENT, did a fellowship for cleft lip/palate surgery, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons and is a silver level provider of Botox Cosmetic. He performs his own Botox injections

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunscreen 101- are you using the right product and the right amount?

Adequate sun protection is at the core of every skincare regimen. Here are a few things you need to know about sunscreen from you favorite Topeka Plastic Surgeon:

The effectiveness of a sunscreen is dose dependent. It is important to apply an adequate amount of suncreen in order to reap its benefits. The dose of sunscreen recommended by the FDA of an SPF 15 for your face is 10ml (or two teaspoons).

Sunscreens are divided into two classes, chemical and physical. Chemical suncreens ( products like benzophenone or homosalate) work by coverting UVB radiation into heat. These comprise most of the sunscreens you will find at the local drugstore. Physical suncreens ( products like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) reflect and absorb solar radiation . Physical sunscreen like Total block are generally recommended by this office as they have much high SPF and have minimal risk of skin sensitivity and breakouts.

Given that UV radiation is the primary cause of free radical formation, we also recommend a daily topical antioxidant like Vivite serum . This antioxidant will block free radicals and decrease cell damage in an attempt to prevent photodamage and improve the signs of aging like wrinkles and brown spots.

Who doesn't want to do that!