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The Best (& Worst!) Cities for Skin

10 best and worst cities for your skinYou can see it lurking in a hazy layer over large cities. Its foul stench follows you through the streets. Sometimes you can even taste it. The culprit is smog. If the thought of breathing in a lungful of smog makes you choke because of the damage it can do to your respiratory system, you won’t be surprised to know that smog can also damage your skin.

Charlotte is one of the worst cities for the skin on our list because of its high ozone and pollution levels, with 26.2 high-ozone days out of the year. The American Lung Association also ranked Charlotte as the tenth worst city for ozone pollution in the US in 2010. Why is it so polluted? It may have something to do with the lack of air flow in the city on the hottest days of the year, which can be related to its geographic location: in the middle between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Coal-powered plants might also play a factor, as well as population growth.

Smog is a chemical cocktail of low-level ozone (molecules of three oxygen atoms bound together), particulates (such as dust, soot and smoke), and other pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and lead. When pollutants in the atmosphere are absorbed through your skin, your whole body can suffer the consequences.

You hear a lot about the ozone layer these days, and for good reason. The ozone layer in the stratosphere, or upper atmosphere, protects you by blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun, but ozone in the troposphere, or ground level, is a major component in smog.  When the sun’s rays hit the smog, it breaks down into free radicals. If they enter the body, the free radicals bounce all over the place within the cells and chip away the cells’ walls. Several diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, have been linked to free radical damage.

In addition to being a factor in serious diseases, free radical damage can also cause premature aging. When the pollutants in smog rob your skin of its oxygen supply, the result is signs of aging, such as wrinkles and loss of elasticity in the skin. If you already have mature skin, you will be more susceptible to high pollution concentrations because your ability to fight free radicals diminishes as you get older.

Fortunately, if you live in Charlotte – or any area with a significant amount of pollution, you don’t have to pack your bags!  (We ❤ Charlotte!)  There are measures you can take to protect your skin from pollution.

  • Antioxidant nutrients help to block free-radical activity in the body, so include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet.
  • Many skincare products contain antioxidant ingredients, such as vitamins A, C, and E-  Obagi has a popular Vitamin C serum line which neutralizes free radicals to prevent skin cell damage.  Skinceuticals also have an entire skincare line devoted to Prevention.
  • Cleanse your skin thoroughly at night to wash off collected dirt and grime.
  • Water: Stay hydrated to flush toxins through your system and keep your skin (and entire body) healthy.
  • Sunscreen!: The diminishing ozone layer results in increased UV exposure, more sunburns, and higher rates of melanoma. UV exposure increases free radical activity. Protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and ozone.

For more information on skincare or any products mentioned, please contact one of the skincare experts at Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh.  919.785.1220 or info@drgmdavis.com.


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Microdermabrasion June special + sunscreen bonus!

June microdermabrasion special at Davis Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Raleigh, NC

June microdermabrasion special at Davis Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Raleigh, NC

Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh has put together an amazing skincare treat for you this June!  If you’ve never tried a diamond microdermabrasion facial (regularly $99,) try one this month for only $50.   And once you are enjoying that smooth new skin, we NEED you to protect it!  Especially with this weeks news coverage.  Year-round use of sunscreen significantly slows the aging of skin caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, according to the first rigorous study of its kind.  So with your $50 facial this month, we are including a FREE UltaMD full size sunscreen ($27 value!)  This is a great opportunity for only $50 to kick off summer with gorgeous and healthy skin.  We invite you to call Davis Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics to find out more about this special and to book your free consultation with one of our skin care experts.


What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, pain-free treatment that resurfaces the skin by gently exfoliating the topmost layer of the dermis to remove dead skin cells, even out the texture and pigmentation, improve the appearance of wrinkles and acne scarring leaving the skin healthier, softer and firmer. It requires no downtime.

Results are gradual and vary according to skin condition and number of treatments. Most people experience softer, smoother skin after their 1st treatment.

Why is Diamond Microdermabrasion better than Crystal Microdermabrasion?

  • Latest technology in microdermbrasion
  • No crystal residue on the skin, eyes, hair or floating in the air
  • No need to wear protective eye goggles or mask
  • No environmentally hazardous waste

Who Can Benefit?

Diamond Microdermabrasion is beneficial to all skin types but specially anyone who wants improvement on specific conditions such as:

  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Acne scarring and acne hyper pigmentation
  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Appearance of fine and deep lines (wrinkles)
  • Loss of elasticity and firmness
  • Stretch Marks

How Often Should I have Diamond Microdermabrasion?

A series of treatments is highly recommended in order to achieve optimal results. After the series is completed maintenance every 8-10 weeks is advised. An home skincare regimen prescribed by Patricia Casey, LME is essential to complement and enhance the results of the Microdermabrasion treatment at Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC.

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Try a Vi Peel this winter for a ‘brighter’ 2013!

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Regularly $250 – today only purchase your Vi Peel for only $175! Why? Improved tone, texture and clarity of the skin; Reduction of age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; softening of lines and wrinkles; clearing of acne skin conditions; reduction of acne scars; pretty much more YOUTHFUL SKIN!
*Purchase today and use anytime through March 29, 2013.








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What does a Chemical Peel do?

A chemical peel is used to treat people who have facial blemishes, wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation and even acne scars.  It is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin and can even be used to improve skin of your neck and your hands.  There are different levels of chemical peels and the deeper it penetrates, the more visible results you can achieve, but the lengthier the recovery period may be. Selecting the best chemical or chemical mix for you is individual to your skin condition. A solution is applied using a cotton pad, swab, or brush to the areas to be treated. A gray-white film, referred to as “frost,” develops on the skin by the end of the application. The peeling solution is left in place for a few minutes and then thoroughly neutralized or removed with water. Most peels can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs. We choose to use a combination of chemicals for your procedure to tailor the treatment specifically to your skin type and condition.


Superficial Peels

Mild Chemical solutions like beta hydroxyl acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid are used to lightly peel the skin with little or no downtime. They are typically done in a series to maintain results over time, and combined with an at-home skin-care regimen for best results.

Medium Peels

Jessner’s Solution, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or other solutions are used to correct pigment problems, superficial blemishes, moderate sun damage, fine lines, and weathered skin. TCA peels are typically performed in a doctor’s office. You may feel a warm or burning sensation, which is followed by some stinging, and there will be some crusting for 4-10 days.

Deep Peels

Phenol-croton oil peels are usually performed as a onetime procedure. They can produce more dramatic, long-term results on wrinkles, brown age spots, mild scarring, and precancerous growths. Phenol peels are usually performed in a doctor’s office or surgicenter, and may require intravenous sedation.

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Fraxel and a Younger You

Most of us wish we could slow down the effects aging has on our looks – and maybe even get a few years back in the process. Fraxel is proven laser technology that can help reverse the visible effects of aging, naturally helping you look as young as you feel. With Fraxel, change isn’t drastic or scary – it’s you, just younger.

Fraxel is effective on:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles – like crow’s feet and brow lines
  • Surface scarring – erasing effects of acne and other scarring
  • Pigmentation – minimizing the appearance of age spots
  • Sun damage – helping heal dangerous skin damage
  • Actinic Keratosis (AK) – a common pre-cancerous skin condition

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Contact our office for a free consultation on Fraxel.

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Complimentary skin scope analysis

Davis Plastic Surgery announces the Skin Scope Analyzer

The changing colors and shorter days are reminders that the summer sun is now gone and fall is upon us. The moist air that left your skin feeling soft and supple in the warmer months is now turning cool and dry. In turn, much like the leaves outside, the skin’s surface begins to tighten and develop a more brittle texture, which can make even the most youthful face look weathered.

The Aesthetics Department at Davis Plastic Surgery in Raleigh has a new and exciting method of skin analysis. The Skin Scope Analyzer, developed by Hansen Medical System, allows for Jenna Fitzgerald, RN to provide the most advanced skin analysis. This new generation of technology uses advanced black light technologies facial topography that fluoresce in a unique way highlighting the very different types of skin found on everyone’s face.

Jenna will view your face through a window and interpret what is being seen. A skin analysis is important for the early detection of sun damage and wrinkles.

The Skin Scope Analyzer more accurately aids in the determination of an individualized treatment. Armed with a customized skin care program and tips from our medical spa skin care experts, you’ll have glowing, supple skin through the fall.

Happy October!  We look forward to seeing you.

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