Skin Care

Skin Cancer Awareness – Melanoma Q & A's
Skin Cancer Awareness – Melanoma Q & A's Dr. Kjar & Candessa

This week we are educating on serious skin conditions to make us all aware of the possible side effects of sun exposure. This week we are hi-lighting an article from American Academy of Dermatology, talking about MELANOMA. Educate yourself and prevent!

Melanoma

Q. What is melanoma?
A.  Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells. Melanomas may appear on the skin suddenly without warning but also can develop on an existing mole. The overall incidence of melanoma continues to rise. In fact, melanoma rates in the United States doubled from 1982 to 2011.
Q.  Is melanoma a serious disease?
A.  Melanoma is highly treatable when detected early, but advanced melanoma can spread to the lymph nodes and internal organs, which can result in death. It is estimated that 7,230 people will die from melanoma in 2019.
Q.  What causes melanoma?
A.  Exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet light is a risk factor for all types of skin cancer, including melanoma. Research indicates that UV light from the sun and tanning beds can both cause melanoma and increase the risk of a benign mole progressing to melanoma.

  • Experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between ages 15 and 20 increases one’s melanoma risk by 80 percent.
  • Exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma, especially in women 45 or younger.

The majority of melanoma cases are attributable to UV exposure. Other possible factors include genetics and immune system deficiencies.
Q.  Who gets melanoma?
A.  Melanoma can strike anyone. In fact, more than 1 million Americans are living with melanoma.
Caucasians are more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma than other races. Even among Caucasians, however, certain individuals are at higher risk than others. For example, men older than 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population. Your risk is also increased if you:

  • Have more than 50 moles, large moles or atypical (unusual) moles.
  • Have a family history of melanoma.
  • Have sun-sensitive skin (i.e., you sunburn easily, or you have red or blond hair, or blue or green eyes).
  • Have a history of excessive sun exposure or indoor tanning.
  • Have had a previous melanoma or nonmelanoma skin cancer, which is more common than melanoma.
  • Have had other previous cancers, such as breast or thyroid cancer.

Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color. In patients with skin of color, the disease is often diagnosed in its later stages, when it’s more difficult to treat. Research has shown that patients with skin of color are less likely than Caucasian patients to survive melanoma.

Q.  What are atypical moles?
A.  Most people have moles (also known as nevi). Atypical moles are unusual moles that are generally larger than normal moles and variable in color. They often have irregular borders and may occur in far greater number than regular moles. Atypical moles occur most often on the upper back, torso, lower legs, head and neck. It is important to recognize that atypical moles are not limited to any specific body area — they may occur anywhere. The presence of atypical moles is an important risk factor for melanoma developing in a mole or on apparently normal skin.
Q.  What does melanoma look like?
A.  Recognition of changes in the skin is the best way to detect early melanoma. They most frequently appear on the upper back, torso, lower legs, head and neck.

  • In females 15-29 years old, the torso/trunk is the most common location for developing melanoma, which may be due to high-risk tanning behaviors.
  • People with skin of color are prone to skin cancer in areas that aren’t commonly exposed to the sun, like the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, the groin and the inside of the mouth. They also may develop melanoma under their nails.

The American Academy of Dermatology urges everyone to examine their skin regularly. This means looking over your entire body, including your back, your scalp, your palms, your soles and between your toes.
If you notice a mole on your skin, you should follow the ABCDE rule, which outlines the warning signs of melanoma:

  • Asymmetry: One half does not match the other half.
  • Border irregularity: The edges are ragged, notched or blurred.
  • Color: The pigmentation is not uniform. Different shades of tan, brown or black are often present. Dashes of red, white, and blue can add to the mottled appearance.
  • Diameter: While melanomas are usually greater than 6mm in diameter when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
  • Evolving: The mole or skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color.

If you notice a new mole, a mole different from others on your skin, or one that changes, itches or bleeds, even if it is smaller than 6mm, you should make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible. 
Q.  Can melanoma be cured?
A.
  When detected in its earliest stages, melanoma is highly treatable. The average five-year survival rate for individuals whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 98 percent. The five-year survival rates for regional (lymph nodes) and distant (other organs/lymph nodes) stage melanomas are 64 percent and 23 percent, respectively.
Early detection is essential. Dermatologists recommend a regular self-examination of the skin to detect changes in its appearance.  Changing, suspicious or unusual moles or blemishes should be examined as soon as possible. A board-certified dermatologist can make individual recommendations as to how often a person needs a skin exam from a doctor based on individual risk factors, including skin type, history of sun exposure and family history. Individuals with a history of melanoma should have a full-body exam at least annually and perform monthly self-exams for new and changing moles.
Q.  Can melanoma be prevented?
A. 
   UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma. Here’s how to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays:

  • Seek shade. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Wear protective clothing. This means wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, when possible.
  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
    • Use sunscreen whenever you are going to be outside, even on cloudy days.
    • Apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. For more adults, this is about an ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
    • Don’t forget to apply to tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of your head.
    • When outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Take care around water, snow, and sand. These reflect and intensify the sun’s damaging rays.
  • Avoid tanning beds. UV light from tanning beds can cause skin cancer and early skin aging.
  • Consider using a self-tanning product if you want to look tan, but continue to use sunscreen with it.

 

Is A Lash Serum Right For Me?
Is A Lash Serum Right For Me? Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Lash serums have become a staple in the beauty industry the last few years. Longer, fuller lashes are in, but what is the best way for you to achieve them? Lash serums are an awesome and natural option and is often more cost effective. But which lash serum is right for you? Here are a few tips to consider when choosing the best lash serum for you.
What is a lash serum?
Lash serums are meant to promote healthy and expedited lash growth. It gives your lashes the boost they need to grow longer, thicker and more beautiful than ever. Whether you already have long lashes, but would like more fullness, or you have very short and fine lashes. A lash serum will work for just about everyone! Our office carries both Latisse and Revitalash.
Which serum is right for me? 
While our social media timelines are often full of lash growth serum before and after photos, there are a few ingredients to consider before investing into an over the counter lash serum. Many over the counter serums are pumped full of vitamins and amino acids, which will aid in healthy lash growth, but they do not actually contain the key ingredients that stimulate growth and thicker lashes. Both Latisse and Revitalash contain these prostaglandin analog ingredients that stimulate the lash growth and thickness.
Latisse contains an ingredient called bimatoprost, and is currently the only FDA approved lash serum on the market. Latisse is prescription only, so it must be purchased inside a physician’s office. The reason why Revitalash is still placed in the same category as Latisse is that it used to contain bimatoprost as well. After a legal battle between the two lash serums, Revitalash now contains latanoprost, which is still an ingredient that will stimulate new growth, but is considered to be not quite as strong as bimatoprost.
Dr. Kjar and our aesthetician’s will typically suggest that a patient start with Latisse, and once their bottle is finished, to maintain with Revitalash. Reason being, Latisse is definitely a bit faster to see results. But it is not for everyone. With the formula being a bit stronger than Revitalash, some people with sensitive skin or eyes will notice some dryness or irritation. In that case, you are perfectly fine to start with Revitalash and stick with it! Both lash serums yield fantastic results, but it honestly comes down to personal preference and tolerance to each formula. Give each lash serum 5-8 weeks to see results.
Are lash serums safe to use with lash extensions? 
To answer this question, we reached out to one of our local lash artists, Jenny LeBlanc of LeBlanc Artistry. Jenny explained that using a lash serum in conjunction with lash extensions is a great idea! Reason being, the more lashes you have, the more lashes she has to add an extension to. Giving you fuller looking lashes. The lash serum will also promote the health of the lashes which can sometimes be slightly compromised by lash extensions. So the answer is, yes! You will only see positive results by combining the two.
Ready to try a lash serum for yourself? Great! You’re in luck! This month (March of 2019) save 15% on either Revitalash or Latisse! Already have gorgeous long lashes from one of these lash serums? Then give your lashes some curve appeal and get a FREE lash tint when you have a lash lift done this month! Enjoy!

Pro-Youth Education Night
Pro-Youth Education Night Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Platelet Rich Plasma is nothing new BUT the anti-aging uses ARE. We’ve brought those amazing techniques in to our practice and are so excited to share WHY we feel it is so beneficial.

Mark your calendars for February 5th at 6:00 pm!

Dr. Kjar and the staff will be educating on some of the newest techniques to help with Anti-Aging. Come learn what is new at our office and all the great ways we can help you stay youthful! Call to reserve your seat (801)295-9105.

Black Friday Week!
Black Friday Week! Dr. Kjar & Candessa

We hope you enjoy our Black Friday WEEK!
All specials must be purchased in office or over the phone.
ENJOY!!! 

All About Hands
All About Hands 150 150 Dr. Kjar & Candessa

With new tools, improvements in technique and consumer confidence in dermal fillers are fueling the popularity of hand rejuvenation treatments. Sun-mottled, wrinkled, veiny hands shout one’s true age despite how young the face might look. Surgical hand-lifts are not an option, but aesthetic practitioners can subtly hide telltale signs of hand aging with a range of products and procedures.
Two main factors have led to an increase in patients requesting hand rejuvenation. First, patients are now familiar with devices and fillers for the face and feel comfortable and confident with them. Secondly, a plethora of new types of treatments can quickly, safely and effectively restore volume, smoothness and softness in the hands. Chemical peels, intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser therapies can improve sun damage and uneven skin tone, while dermal fillers can help remedy soft tissue loss.
Many of the dermal fillers routinely used in the face are also effective for hands, but currently only two product have FDA approval specifically for hands. The first, Radiesse, a calcium hydroxyapatite dermal filler, was approved in June 2015 to treat volume loss in the hands. The second, Restalyne Lyft (our office carries), became the first hyaluronic acid filler to gain FDA approval for hand rejuvenation in May 2018.
Typical hand rejuvenation patients are those who have successfully received filler for facial concerns and want to similarly improve the appearance of volume loss in their hands. Hands start to lose volume due to fat atrophy around age 40, leading to thinning skin, fine lines, and bulging veins. As one of the most exposed-to-the-elements body parts, hands are more likely to have photo damage.
For pigmentation complaints, our office recommends topical tretinoin, chemical peels, or foto-facials. For volume loss and general skin aging, we would suggest dermal fillers. This month, we are rolling out a new package. The Youthful Hands Package includes your dermal filler treatment, two photo rejuvenation treatments for pigmentation on the hands, and includes a FREE medical grade skin tightening and toning hand cream to help ensure a beautiful result for months to come! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kjar to see if you are a candidate!

Why are chemical peels good for my skin?
Why are chemical peels good for my skin? Dr. Kjar & Candessa

We all have heard of chemical peels at some point. Whether it was a good or bad experience, we know of someone who has had them. But why are chemical peels one of the number one requested skincare services in the country? Why would anyone WANT to peel? What are the benefits? Let’s dive right in to those questions!

What do peels do?
In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a chain reaction. As the topmost layer of skin is used, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid, to act younger. A thorough chemical peels offers one immediate benefit: smoother skin that’s more radiant and more receptive to ingredients in your at-home skincare. Your skincare will perform better because there are no dead skin cells impeding the penetration. On top of the anti-aging benefits, there are many great benefits for our acne patients. Some chemical peels are attracted to the oils in our skin that cause the bacteria that acne feeds off of. Removing these layers of dead skin, as well as decreasing oil production in the skin, leaves a beautiful result. Chemical peels will increase circulation in the skin, and bringing new oxygen and blood flow to the skin is very healing and rejuvenating!
Can a peel be customized for my skin concerns?
There are chemical peels that are safe to use on every skin color without risk of hyperpigmentation, usually a worry with darker complexions. We have a wide range of chemical peels. There are superficial peels (also known as a lunchtime peel), medium-depth and deep-depth. We now know that using multiple acids gives a better outcome with less irritation than a single acid at a higher strength. All of our aesthetician’s are proficient in skincare chemistry, and are able to create a blend of acids that will safely attack the concerns you have in your skin. There are chemical peels that focus on hydration, where you will not “peel”, and mid-deeper depth peels where you may peel for a week or more. We offer a wide variety of options, and our aesthetician’s can assist you in choosing a peel that will work within your lifestyle.
The right peel can end acne, and soften the scars that come with it.
Salicylic acid peels and Jessner peels, dive deep into the pores while also skimming the surface to erode blackheads and fade post-pimple marks. Another advantage of salicylic acid: It lingers in the pores, where it continues to keep them clear over time, to improve pitted acne scars. There is very little downtime, and it’s safe for most skin types and colors.
Chemical peels are melasma’s friend.
While there isn’t a permanent cure for the recurring sun-triggered dark patches brought on by hormonal surges. Whether those surges are caused by pregnancy or birth control. Chemical peels, paired with proper at-home care such as hydroquinone creams, high-SPF sunscreen and strict sun avoidance, offer the best fighting chance, While lasers work well with some cases, some patients are unable to treat this light and heat sensitive condition with, you guessed it, light and heat. We offer chemical peels that are exclusive to our office only that have been tried and true when it comes to combatting melasma.
Ready to take the leap?
Come in and see what peels are all about! October is a great month to begin a series of chemical peels. With less sun exposure in these fall and winter months, it is the ideal time. This month we are highlighting our Pumpkin Apple fall peel. This peel uses the natural benefits of apples and pumpkin to firm and tone the skin for a refined look, while nourishing and brightening dull, dry summer skin. Achieve a beautiful and youthful glow to your skin just in time for all of your holiday festivities!

October Specials
October Specials Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Vollure- Am I A Good Candidate?
Vollure- Am I A Good Candidate? Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Write your story… Without parentheses. 

Over time, your skin loses elasticity, which contributes to moderate to severe lines that form around the nose and the mouth. While serums and creams work on the skin’s surface, Juvederm’s Vollure will add volume to the skin to smooth these lines and folds, to help give you the subtle, long-lasting results you want! 
What causes parentheses lines? 
Parentheses lines are known as “static” wrinkles. Static wrinkles are lines that appear even when your face is at rest. This happens over time as your skin loses some of it’s building blocks (hyaluronic acid and collagen), that give your skin its structure. 
Can your natural lips lose volume? 
Yes, over time, your lips may lose volume and become thin. However, many people seek out lip augmentations with injectable fillers, because they naturally have thin lips and simply desire more fullness. 
What is Juvederm Vollure? Where can it be used?
Juvederm Vollure is an injectable form of hyaluronic acid that is used to soften moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to add volume to thin lips. By adding volume to lines and wrinkles, it produces a beautifully subtle and long-lasting result for up to 18 months! The original Juvederm, while it is a fantastic, tried and true product, is proven to last only 1 year. 
We are excited to add Juvederm Vollure to our already impressive line of injectables. We want you to experience it the way we have. That’s why we are offering $50 OFF each syringe of Juvederm Vollure purchased this month! Call in and schedule a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kjar to see if you are a good candidate for Vollure. 

September Specials
September Specials Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Pause & Pamper: How To Take Care Of You!
Pause & Pamper: How To Take Care Of You! Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Exhale. The kid(s) are back in school. The family reunion is done. The big family vacation has been had and memories were made.

Now what?

That PAUSE? That’s the greatest gift! Now you get to decide what to do with some of that “extra” time you have.

Now what, again? PAMPER!

Take care of yourself, put your best face forward as we go in to the fall and soon *cough cough* the holidays. Here are just a few of our favorite ideas for how to PAMPER:

  1. FACIAL: These amazing hour treatments don’t get enough attention….really. We love to utilize medical grade ingredients so that your facial is elevated to the next level. It’s not just about the relaxing hot towels, or the amazing smells. Your skin is actually transformed! Whether it be extractions to get those blemishes back where they belong or giving your skin a youthful glow, we’ve got you!
  2. VENUS VIVA: When you want even more change, go for the treatment that can do more in one treatment. Improve and soften your fine lines and wrinkles, scarring from past acne, and even sun damage that causes uneven skin tone. Softer, brighter, more youthful skin…yes please!
  3. AT HOME PRODUCTS: Make those treatments last even longer and get more bang for your buck. We love to make sure your skin care routine works for your schedule, renders change, and makes you feel like a million bucks. If you reach for a product, here are a couple ideas:
    1. Calming Foam Cleanser by Candessa Aesthetics – good for all skin types and removes even the most stubborn makeup without making it feel dried out.
    2. Anti-Ox Serums – Brighten your skin, protect it from damaging DNA mutations that cause skin cancer, and strengthen those collagen fibers.
    3. Cherry Jubilee Enzyme – Enzymes are one of the best ingredients you can use on your skin! They help to clear off any superficial build up that makes your skin look dull. We also see a great improvement in acne prone skin.

You deserve to take a few minutes and we would love to help you make the most of that time!

PAUSE & PAMPER