Fall- The perfect time for skin correction in Charleston, SC

 While fall is upon us, it is time to start thinking about correction.

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We did it! We survived another hot hot summer down here in the Low Country! Happy Fall Y’all !!  I hope you’ve done your best protecting and treating your skin well during these past few months and now the time has come to really start thinking about skin correction and protection from any past or present damage that has been done. This month, I’d like to fill you in on the products we offer here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery that will combat color correction, lifelessness, and aging skin.

I truly believe that it starts with the products we use. I recommend all of my patients to get themselves on board with Dr. Obagi’s  ZO Daily Health regimen that will provide the basic building blocks to better skin health. Cleansing, exfoliating, oil control/tone and of course protection. These basic principles implemented by Dr. Obagi prepares skin to function properly, tolerating all daily exposure and activities. These basic steps are essential in preventing and controlling, acne, rosacea, skin pigmentation problems, enlarged pores, rough and damaged skin texture. My product recommendations include; a cleanser, like Normacleanse or Foamacleanse if you like a bubbly wash (Note; For oily skin type, use Oilacleanse)  followed up by Offects Exfoliating Polish, Ossential Daily Power defense, Oclipse Sunscreen and Primer and Offects TE-Pads for pore treatment. Each of these products will provide the tools to help achieve healthier skin. It utilizes retinol, specialized enzymes and antioxidants to promote cellular function and restore and maintain youthful, healthy looking skin.

Now that you’ve gotten the basics, it’s time to go in a bit deeper creating the most effective treatment plan for your specific skin needs at a rate that you are comfortable with by making improvements, fast, moderate or gradual. ZO Medical has products to help with aging, textural, sun damaged, acneic, and rosacea. Below I’ve listed a few sample regimens for specific skin conditions and treatment with product by ZO Medical.

Anti-Aging Phase III:  (Moderate aging)

Fully developed fine lines with resting stage wrinkles, skin laxity, loss of firmness, lower face and neck, brown patches, large pores, dull rough texture

  • Offects Hydrating Cleanser
  • Offects Exfoliating Polish
  • Offects TE-Pads
  • Ossential Daily Power Defense
  • Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair (A 1% concentration of retinol, high potency. Initially you will experience dryness, irritation and peeling. Increase frequency as tolerated)
  • Ommerse Renewal Cream (AM and PM)
  • Oclipse Sunscreen and primer
  • ADVISABLE OPTION:  C-Bright (Stabilized 10% Vitamin C for brightening and texture solutions)
  • ADVISABLE OPTION:  Growth Factor

Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System: Bleaching and Blending

Treatment regimen is ideal for patients with pigmentation concerns, textural damage even rosacea dealing with skin discoloration, and skin inflammation that can lead to PIH. This system is also great to prepare your skin for a ZO 3-Step Peel which is a multifunctional epidermal peel treating acne, aging and pigmented skin.

  • Cleanser (as listed above in the Daily Skin Health regimen)
  • Offects Exfoliating Polish for dry skin types, or Vitascrub for oily skin types
  • Cebatrol or Offects TE-Pads for oily skin types or Balatone Calming toner for dry skin types
  • C-Bright
  • Melamin (Bleaching & Correcting Hydroquinone 4%)
  • Glycogent (Exfoliation Accelerator)
  • Ossential  Daily Power Defense
  • Melamix +Tretinoin (1 pump Melamix and 1g Tretinoin equivalent to a chocolate chip) Mild, Moderate and Aggressive options are available if so desired.
  • Hydration and Calming
  • Oclipse Sunscreen and primer

*Please note: Never stop HQ abruptly, instead transition into a non-HQ system to prevent rebound hyperpigmentation and resistance.

*Anticipated reaction to these high potency products include:  redness, dryness, itching, stinging, burning, and exfoliation. These are normal skin repair responses and will ease with tolerance.

 

Combined Hyperpigmentation System (No Bleaching, Blending Only )

Great for darker skin tones restoring an overall even tone without bleaching, Improves rough texture, minimizes large pores and firms skin. Great for fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Cleanser (as listed above in the Daily Skin Health regimen per skin type)
  • Offects Exfoliating Polish for dry skin types, or Vitascrub for oily skin types
  • Cebatrol or Offects TE-Pads for oily skin types or Balatone Calming toner for dry skin types
  • C-Bright
  • Brightalive ( Non retinol, Non HQ skin brightener) or Brightenex (Non HQ, 1% Retinol for aggressive or 0.5 Retinol for moderate)
  • Ossential  Daily Power Defense
  • Melamix (Hydroquinone 4%) +Tretinoin (1 pump Melamix and 1g Tretinoin equivalent to a chocolate chip) Mild, Moderate and Aggressive options are available if so desired.
  • Hydration and Calming
  • Oclipse Sunscreen and primer

*Please note when blending is the objective (NOT BLEACHING) Use: Brightenex Skin Brightener and correcting crème in the AM and Melamix + Treninoin in the PM. Never stop hydroquinone abruptly; instead, transition into a non-hydroquinone system if pigmentation still persists to prevent rebound hyperpigmentation and resistance.

*Anticipated reaction to these high potency products include:  redness, dryness, itching, stinging, burning, and exfoliation. These are normal skin repair responses and will ease with tolerance.

 

Sun Damage System (Non Hydroquinone Approach)

Ideal for mild conditions and maintenance, treats dry, dull and rough textures with visible lentigines and sun damage. Aggressive exfoliation from a retinol product will aid in cell turnover for new healthy growth while antioxidant agents will protect and repair DNA cellular structure.

  • Cleanser (as listed above in the Daily Skin Health regimen per skin type)
  • Offects Exfoliating Polish for dry skin types, or Vitascrub for oily skin types
  • Cebatrol or Offects TE-Pads for oily skin types or Balatone Calming toner for dry skin types
  • C-Bright
  • Brightenex (Non HQ, 1% Retinol for aggressive or 0.5 Retinol for moderate) or Brightalive (Non retinol, Non HQ skin brightener if so desired for a mild approach)
  • Ossential  Daily Power Defense
  • Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair (1% Concentrated Retinol)
  • Hydration and Calming
  • Oclipse Sunscreen and primer

 

 

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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