Importance of Sunscreen and SPF Protection

The Importance of Sunscreen and SPF Protection

SunscreenThere are many reasons why people should use sunscreen and SPF protection, mainly to ensure that they don’t do damage to their skin. Protection against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays is something that more people should consider on a daily basis and not when they are just planning to lay out in the sun. It should be considered daily.  The thought of getting skin cancer should be more than enough reason to protect yourself. SPF protection does range in the strength, while face creams usually have an SPF of 30 or higher, the higher the number, the more protection.

Potential Risks

Long time exposure to the damaging rays of the sun are known to lead to melanoma (skin cancer), the risk of sunburns is increased tremendously, as well as, premature wrinkles and aging.

Sunscreen Application

When choosing the proper sunscreen, you should make sure that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.  If you are going to be out in the sun for prolonged periods of time, and/or are going to be in the water, reapplying frequently will ensure that your skin is being protected, as it should be.

Dr. O’Neill’s practice in Charleston South Carolina offers a wide variety of skincare products that are not only great for everyday use in your daily hygienic regimen, but for your protection against the sun as well.  Dr. O’Neill now offers the Ultra Shield Lotion by Epionce, by using this product, the potential for UV radiation damage no longer has to be a concern. It is an SPF 50 and a super-light, non-greasy, broad spectrum lotion that protects your skin from the sun without the “white” residue. Additionally, it is comprised of antioxidants as well, and exudes anti-inflammatory qualities.

Self Confidence Benefits Post Breast Augmentation

How Breast Augmentation Can Improve Self Confidence

Self Confidence post breast augmentationBreast augmentation is a cosmetic surgical procedure for enhancing breasts either by enlargement, reduction or reconstruction of the breast area. The majority of breast augmentations come in the form of enlarging breasts with saline or silicone implants.  The benefits in confidence a patient experiences post breast augmentation surgery are substantial. Not only does breast augmentation help boost a patients physical appearance, the benefits oftentimes help a patient’s emotional state.  Self-esteem can negatively affect one’s quality of life, more so than anyone can imagine.

Enhanced Confidence

Breast augmentation has also been proven to improve relations between partners. Individuals who have undergone the surgical procedure usually feel great about themselves; their partners experience enhanced intimacy too. Additionally patients who undergo surgery will feel more confident in what they wear, and how they carry themselves throughout the day. Psychologically, individuals will more than likely be able to drop all of their ill feelings towards themselves and really just be able to focus on living a carefree and enjoyable life, away from isolation and discomfort.

A Discussion

If a family member or a close loved one is considering breast augmentation, perhaps sitting down to discuss the facts and reasoning will allow them to be more supported in their decision. Nine times out of ten, self confidence levels skyrocket through the roof and you see a ‘whole new person’ after the surgery has been completed. Breast augmentation should be looked at as an enhancement for an individual to feel great about themselves and be able to exude the beauty that you already see in them.


For More Information Contact Dr. O’Neill to Schedule a Visit

Our surgical suite is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) and is recognized as the gold standard of outpatient cosmetic surgery centers.  The mission of AAAASF is to provide patients with the assurance that they are choosing a facility that provides the highest quality of care.  We meet and exceed stringent national standards for equipment, operating safety, personnel and surgeon credentials. We work with experienced board certified anesthesiologists and CRNAs.

Vaginal Rejuvenation Using Laser Treatments

Using Laser Treatment for Vaginal Rejuvenation

Vaginal RejuvenationUsing a laser for vaginal rejuvenation  has become a widely popular procedure for females. Many women choose to undergo this procedure for various reasons, including to increase sensitivity in the vaginal area or to alter the vaginas appearance.  This procedure typically makes a women feel great, both physically and emotionally. The body does change over time and especially after pregnancies.  This can leave women feeling unattractive and very self-conscious. Using a laser for vagina rejuvenation was not always available, however with time the practice as grown considerably and is a great option for women.  It’s also very effective!

The Procedure

Instead of an invasive procedure that previously involved cutting and stitching and a prolonged recovery time, laser vaginal rejuvenation offers women the comfort of knowing that there is a safe procedure to help make them feel better. This procedure is typically an outpatient procedure where a pudenal block will be used in combination with general anesthesia and/or IV sedation. This type of block will numb the vulva and vagina entirely and the procedure typically can last up to an hour and a half.

The Recovery

Women can expect there to be some slight bruising and swelling to the area, but the recovery time is much less than one would expect. Generally, within six weeks’ time, all regular activity can be resumed. If you have any additional questions about the procedure and what the procedure entails, contact Dr. O’Neill’s practice and we will be more than happy to discuss everything in full detail with you. We will work together in making an informed decision in determining whether laser vaginal rejuvenation is the best option for you.

Vaginal rejuvenation may be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures including labiaplasty, clitoral hood reduction or hymenoplasty, breast augmentations,  liposuction, abdominoplasty, or other cosmetic procedures offered by by Dr. O’Neill


ZO Skin Health Products| Charleston SC

ZO Skin Health Products by Zein Obagi

ZO skin health Dr. Zein Obagi is a world renowned dermatologist and is the creator of some of the most sought after skin care products available to date. Being a board certified dermatologist and winning several awards, he has been helping people achieve beautiful skin for many years. It is oftentimes very difficult to find products that are ‘just right’ for your skin, but you should be comforted in the fact that the ZO line is indeed created by one of the best dermatologists around. Offering amazing solutions that are great for any skin type, and better yet – they are perfect to utilize after laser rejuvenation treatments

Find ZO Skin Health Products at Dr. O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Most people assume that if a product is in the marketplace it must be good for you! But this is not always the case.  Many skincare products can cause more damage than good. The ZO skin care line is offered at the Dr. O’Neill Plastic Surgery practice in Charleston South Carolina, and endorsed by Dr. O’Neill himself.  We invite you to speak to one of our professionally trained staff members to answer any questions that you may have. They can certainly show you which products are going to work best for you and your personal situation.

From sunscreens to different exfoliating scrubs and moisturizers, the ZO line has got you covered in every area of proper skincare and maintenance. Instead of worrying about your skin becoming over dry, or red and blotchy, you can use a product that is specifically designed for your skin type!

Learn More About ZO Skin Health Products, Visit Dr. O’Neill –  Charleston SC

To learn more about the non-invasive and non-ablative anti-aging procedures available to Charleston residents, visit our aesthetic services page. We offer many non surgical options to keep our patients looking as young as they feel! Contact O’Neill Plastic Surgery online or call us at (843) 881-2130 to make your appointment.

Skin Fillers Used by Plastic Surgeons – Charleston SC

Common Skin Fillers Preferred by Plastic Surgeons

Skin fillers are synthetic materials that are specially made to do just that…fill fine lines and wrinkles. Anytime facial expressions are made – smiling, frowning, a puzzled look, laughing will contract the muscles in your face. With time, the contractions in your face produce furrows, creases, lines, and wrinkles in the skin that cannot be easily erased. These deep lines are generally seen around the mouth, eyes, and forehead. These lines could make you look older than you are. However there is a solution to those who want to reduce the effects that come with aging, it’s Botox.

Botox Cosmetic treatments are available at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, and they help to prevent lines and wrinkles from being noticed on your face. Please note, Botox will not erase lines forever. Botox treatments will leave you looking, and feeling young and refreshed, once again.


What Are Botox Treatments?

skin fillersBotox is one of the most used skin fillers.  Botox is by far the most popular deep line and wrinkle treatment in the cosmetic industry, and throughout the entire country. It’s a quick, effective, and most importantly, a SAFE treatment, which is able to prevent and eliminate any facial lines for up to six months. No surgery or downtime is needed, and there is little discomfort with obtaining the injections.

If you have never undergone a Botox procedure, you may have some questions surrounding the Procedure. Botox entails tiny injections which are placed strategically on the face to provide a rejuvenated look. The Botox solution that is placed beneath the skin smooths out the appearance, making the lines and wrinkles.


What Exactly is in the Botox Treatment?

Botox is made directly from a highly purified protein that is extremely safe when administered by a trained, licensed professional, like Dr. Patrick O’Neill. It works to fill the pockets in the skin, while also relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles to happen. This is why Botox is the go-to option for wrinkle removal and prevention.


Learn More About Skin Fillers & Botox –  Charleston SC

To learn more about the non-invasive and non-ablative anti-aging procedures available to Charleston residents, visit our aesthetic services page. We offer many non surgical options to keep our patients looking as young as they feel! Contact O’Neill Plastic Surgery online or call us at (843) 881-2130 to make your appointment.

Which Skincare Products Are Right for My Skin

What Skincare Products Are Best for Me and My Skin?

Oftentimes, people do not even realize the damage that they are doing to their skin by not utilizing the proper skincare products, or choosing ones that are not good for their skin. While purchasing a skin facewash and adding it to your daily hygiene routine is great practice, is that facewash specially formulated to enhance your skin? There are different skin types and it varies from person to person, so it is best if you learn about the different products and ensure that what you are using – is going to help and not cause damage.

Something for Every Skin Type

Skincare ProductsDr. O’Neill offers a broad range of different skincare products that have proven to be effective and great for most skin types. Their facewash, for example, is mild and formulated for normal to combination skin. It will easily remove the impurities from the day without over drying the face and assists in balancing out your faces’ pH balance. A product like the Lytic Gel Cleanser works best on those who have oily skin. It is specially formulated to remove debris, break up oil and actually get down in the pores to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Protect Yourself Against the Sun

There are also a couple different face lotions/moisturizers which are safe to use on a daily basis that will provide the proper protection that your face needs during the day. Regardless if it is summer or not, it is imperative that you use skincare products to protect against the sun’s damaging rays. Even if you do not feel you are getting too much sun, the ultra violet rays are strong and are causing damage without notice.

The best preventative steps that you can take towards premature aging, is by ensuring that your daily cleansing routine encompasses the proper skincare products and a good moisturizer/sunblock.


Learn More About Skincare Products –  Charleston SC

To learn more about the non-invasive and non-ablative anti-aging procedures available to Charleston residents, visit our aesthetic services page. We offer many non surgical options to keep our patients looking as young as they feel! Contact O’Neill Plastic Surgery online or call us at (843) 881-2130 to make your appointment.