January is a time for New Year’s Resolutions and a new outlook on life. For some individuals, those New Year’s resolutions could include exercise, eating better, and taking care of the largest organ in the body. Known in Greek as derma, the skin is the fastest growing organ in the body and is responsible for playing a multitude of critical roles. This includes keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer as well as holding in the interior organs such as the lungs, heart, kidney, spleen, and containing the blood and muscles.


Considering the many roles it plays in so many parts of our life, it’s worthwhile to understand how to best care for and maintain the health of your skin. A dermatologist can help point you in the right direction, whatever your skin care needs. The dermatologic experts at Sunflower Dermatology offer a range of cosmetic procedures that can help meet your skin care goals such as the Fraxel® re:store, microdermabrasion, Botox®, and Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse facial fillers.


Botox® Cosmetic has been safely used by medical practitioners for twenty-five years. The non-surgical cosmetic injection temporarily relaxes facial folds and fine lines in order to create a wrinkle-free appearance that lasts for approximately three to four months. From start to finish, the process takes less than ten minutes, and patients will begin to see results in seven to ten days.


Microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates and refines the surface of the skin, leaving behind smoother, brighter and younger-looking skin. Because the process speeds up the production of healthy skin cells, patients can see a quick improvement in uneven skin texture, enlarged pores and fine lines.


Fraxel® re:store Laser
This is a non-ablative (meaning no harm to the top layer of skin) rejuvenator. The laser is commonly used on the neck, chest, hands and face to reduce the appearance of sun damage (brown spots), fine wrinkles around the eyes, and scars from acne. The method can also be used to treat stretch marks, surgical scars, and irregular pigmentation (melisma). Results are immediate with the greatest benefits seen after three to five treatments.


Facial Fillers
Over time, gravity, changes in weight, sun damage and aging can take a toll on the skin, resulting in unwanted wrinkles and folds. This natural aging process can be combated with the use of cosmetic facial fillers. The fillers can be injected into the lips, cheeks, hands and ear lobes to fill out wrinkles and folds and also improve the pitting of scars. Board certified physicians at Sunflower Dermatology perform all injections.


Start of the year right with a resolution to protect one of your body’s most important components with a comprehensive approach to healthy and beautiful skin care. The dermatologic experts at Sunflower Dermatology and Medical Day Spa in Riverside, Missouri, offer medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology procedures and photodynamic to treat skin cancer. Talk to Sunflower Dermatology today about how to protect the largest organ in your body and improve the long-term appearance and health of your skin.

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