Top 10 Skin Care Tips from Our Expert

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Just because you have to go everywhere bundled up this time of year doesn’t mean your skin should be neglected. In fact, it’s especially important to pay attention to your skin’s needs when the temperatures plummet. Here are a 10 skincare secrets from our resident expert Roseanne Warchola, medical esthetician at Vinings Surgery Center, to keep your skin healthy and happy all winter long.
  1. Do not overexpose your skin to UV rays. Even in the wintertime, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun. Use sunscreen when going outside for longer than 30 minutes.
  2. Stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day. You may not be perspiring, but winter dryness can rob your skin of the moisture it needs to stay beautiful and healthy.
  3. Avoid smoking.
  4. Cleanse your skin thoroughly both morning and night.
  5. Moisturize your skin well both morning and night.
  6. Exfoliate two to three times a week.
  7. Use products with antioxidants and peptides.
  8. Eat a diet rich in fruits, nuts and vegetables.
  9. Exercise at least 30 minutes daily.
  10. Get professional facials every three months.

This month’s great skincare specials will help you boost your cold-weather beauty regimen!

Ultrasonic Facial

The Skin Master Rejuvenation System is the ultimate skin care treatment.  It combines ultrasonic technology for deep cleaning and product penetration along with electro micro-current to tone and firm the skin by stimulating collagen production.

$75 (reg. $125)
Add glycolic peel $25 (reg. $50)
ReFirme Skin Tightening
Effective treatment for jowl and neck laxity, sagging under the eyes, saggy brow lines and nasolabial creases using radio frequency and infrared light energies to precisely heat the dermal tissue within the targeted treatment area.
$200 (reg. $300)
Offers expire 1/31/2014.
Call 770-955-9000 to make an appointment for your complimentary consultation!

Dr. Colgrove and the staff at Vinings Surgery Center have an innovative new technology to offer patients who want to reduce wrinkles, tighten loose skin and contour problem areas of the body: ThermiRFTM. 

ThermiRFTM uses radiofrequency (RF) technology, which for more than 75 years has been safely used in cardiology, pain management, dermatology, plastic surgery and other medical specialities. This technology allows physicians to precisely locate an area for treatment, then apply a specific dose of controlled radiofrequency energy to a portion of the targeted area for wrinkle reduction, body contouring, lifting, relaxation of frown lines and skin tightening.

ThermiRFTM is the first aesthetic therapy that uses temperature control technology, which is a safer than laser and other RF technology currently being used. All procedures done with ThermiRFTM can be performed in the office setting and do not require any down time. Patients can have procedures done  during a lunch hour and return to work.

ThermiRFTM can be used to tighten small areas of adipose tissue (fat) deposits in areas including:

  • Frown reduction
  • Submental
  • Axillary fold
  • Arms (tricept area)
  • Abdomen (love handles)
  • Knees

The ThermiRFTM device is FDA-cleared and provides a minimally-invasive solution for tightening and fat reduction anywhere on the body. A tiny radio-frequency probe delivers the prescribed dose of safe RF energy through the non-insulated tip of the probe to heat the targeted loose tissue and fat cells. This is a very accurate method to selectively target the loose tissue and fat pockets results in controlled tissue reduction and tightening. Over time, the treated fat cells are drained via the lymphatic system and then excreted as urine and the lax tissues tighten.

The prescribed temperature is set by the clinician to ensure a comfortable yet effective treatment for each patient. The ThermiRFTM Platform controls the temperature of the handpiece tip that is in contact with the patient. The clinician can set the desired temperature and know that it is being delivered to the patient. Once the handpiece tip reaches the target temperature, a digital clock measures time. With precise temperature and time, the clinician can target and control the therapeutic dose. The system increases safety and delivers more reliable clinical outcomes.

Call 770-955-9000 to schedule your consultation today!

When you carve your jack-o-lantern this month, be sure not to just toss out those pumpkin “guts”! They’re super rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, antioxidants, beta-carotene, zinc and vitamins A and C. As if that weren’t enough, pumpkins are packed with anti-inflammatory benefits, natural UV protectors and even exfoliating properties.

Just remove the seed and try these spa treatment recipes from The Beauty Bean designed to give you smooth and sexy skin ready for the season ahead.

Pumpkin Pie Face Scrub
Mix a few tablespoons of cooked and mashed (or canned) pumpkin with 2 tablespoons of plain, unsweetened yogurt (rich in lactic acid, a great natural exfoliator) and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds and/or oats. Apply the scrub to your face and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the pumpkin and yogurt to start to soften dead skin cells before using your fingers to gently scrub your face in small curricular motions. The dead, dull skin cells will wash away and your face will look fresh and flawless.

Pumpkin Body Mask
Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned),
1/2 cup virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil
(which not only moisturizes, but also helps to exfoliate deal cells and even has antibacterial properties) and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (which is antioxidant rich, antibacterial and smells delicious!). Apply generously to clean skin (in the shower is neatest!) and massage it into the skin. After 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry – we think this is a perfect body treat to do while you let a deep conditioning hair mask steep.

Pumpkin Honey Facial Mask
Mix a few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin with 1 whipped egg white (which will help tighten pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines), 1 tablespoon plain yogurt (which will help exfoliate) and 1 tablespoon honey (which is anti-bacterial, great for clearing acne). Apply to entire face, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing. The yogurt and pumpkin will encourage cell-turnover and exfoliate, while the honey has antibacterial properties to ensure a fresh face for fall.


The summer is slipping away! Don’t let your chance to get a SkinMedica product and receive a FREE Vitalize Peel ($150 value) slip away with it. This amazing offer ends tomorrow, so take advantage of it today by purchasing one of these great SkinMedica products!
TNS Recovery Complex
TNS Recovery Complex improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes the appearance of age spots and dyspigmentation, and enhances skin tone, texture and firmness.
TNS Essential Serum
TNS Essential Serum is an all-in-one rejuvenating product featuring seven antioxidants to fight free radical damage, specialty ingredients to provide immediate visual smoothing and alpha-arbutin to brighten the skin.
Lytera® Skin Brightening Complex was featured on TODAY in a segment about sun damage and its effects on skin. Lytera is recommended to diminish the appearance of brown spots that can result from the sun and suggests using along with a sunscreen.
This month at Vinings Surgery Center, buy a SkinMedica product and receive a Vitalize Chemical Peel FREE! ($150 value)*
The Vitalize Peel by SkinMedica is safe to use on the face, neck and chest of both male and female patients of all skin types, even those with dark ethnic skin tones. It contains a combination of powerful, yet gentle beta hydroxy and alpha hydroxy acids, as well as resorcinol and retinoic acid to provide you with maximum anti-aging and skin rejuvenating benefits.
You will see Vitalize Peel results after just one treatment, however a series of 3-6 treatments spaced 2-4 weeks apart may be necessary to achieve optimalskin rejuvenation.
Call 770-955-9000 today to schedule your consultation!
*Only TNS Essential Serum, TNS Recovery Complex and Lytera available. while supplies last.  Expires 7/31/2013
What are antioxidants? We hear a lot about  them, but do we know what they do and why it’s important to have them in our skin care products?
Antioxidants are chemicals that protect cells by neutralizing external  forces, like air pollution, sunlight, alcohol and cigarette smoke, and internal factors, like stress.  Common antioxidants are vitamins A, C, E and Resveratrol. These special chemicals assist in skin repair and the strengthening of blood vessels.
This month, you can get Sheer Berry Antioxidant Serum, which contains high-powered antioxidant fruit blends and anti-aging peptides, for 10% off the regular price of $35 (while supply lasts)! This serum quenches your skin’s need for protection and free-radical fighting power.

For a very limited time, get ReFirme skin tightening treatment for just $99 (67% off $300 value)! ReFirme stimulates collagen cells to produce smoother and more spatoned skin. It can also reduce fine lines and improve skin sagginess. A course of five treatments, one every 3-4 weeks, is recommended for optimal results.

ReFirme uses elōs™ technology to target signs of aging, including, jowl and neck, sagginess under the eyes, saggy brow lines and nasolabial folds. Unlike some conventional laser skin treatments, ReFirme offers virtually painless and fast treatment for sagging and wrinkled skin.

See Refirme featured on the Rachael Ray Show.

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The low humidity and blasting indoor heat during the cold winter  months can leave your skin feeling parched and looking less than radiant. With spring finally on its way, it’s time to get ready to bare those limbs and show a little more skin in the warmer days ahead.

Here are a few secrets from skincare expert Roseanne Warchola, medical esthetician at Vinings Surgery Center, to get your skin ready to shine under the sun!

  •  Exfoliate with beta  hydroxy acids a few times a week to loosen the dead cells that make skin look dry and scaly.
  • Immediately after cleansing and exfoliating, use a moisturizer with skin-quenching ingredients and antioxidants that protect skin cell membranes. Look for vitamins A, C and E as well as humectants like hyaluronic acid that will retain moisture and leave you with a dewy complexion.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF, either in your moisturizer or makeup, every day. UVB rays are getting more powerful and are more likely than ever to cause sunburn, so don’t forget to protect your skin, particularly between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

What skincare tricks and techniques do you use to stay your beautiful best through the changing seasons? Share them here or on our Facebook page!

SPRING SKINCARE DEAL: $225 for 1 Vi Peel ($300 value)! Why wait weeks or months for results? Enjoy radiant, younger looking skin in about a week with the VI PEEL.

Start the new year looking fresh and younger…for less! For a limited time, Vinings Surgery Center is offering Sublative Rejuvenation ($400 value) for just $199. Sublative Rejuvenation uses fractionated bipolar radio frequency to penetrate through the skin. It is clinically proven to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and textural irregularities caused by excessive sun exposure.

You can expect little to no down time following treatment. Sublative Rejuvenation is proven safe and effective on ALL skin types. Most patients will receive three treatments, each spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

Get an additional $5 gift certificate when you share this deal.

VSC is an AAAASF Accredited Surgery Facility where plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, and reconstructive surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. We offer an environment uniquely qualified to provide a comfortable, yet professional atmosphere while you receive the best quality medical care.

Start the new year looking fresh and fabulous with these party-proof skincare tips:

  • One place stress can make an appearance is the eyes in the form of dark circles and puffiness. Dr. Colgrove recommends making sure you stay well hydrated, drinking 1 to 2 liters of water a day, as a way to keep eyes looking fresh and bright. Keeping alcohol and salt intake down (which can be a challenge this time of year with all the goodies everywhere), makes a big difference as well, reducing water retention.
  • Some existing skin conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea, acne and eczema can be exacerbated when the pressure it on. Check in with yourself often to measure how stressed you’re feeling. If you feel tension creeping in, take some time to give yourself the care and attention you need. Exercise, rest, quiet time and relaxing activities are important to incorporate balance into the hubbub of the festivities.
  • Be preventive. If you’re planning to attend or throw a bunch of parties, take some proactive steps to preserve your glow. Laser treatments can help, as can topical creams and serums, especially those with Vitamin C or retinol. Also switch to a richer, more emollient moisturizer for increased moisture.
  • If all that New Year’s merriment leaves you with puffy eyes the next morning, reach for a cold pack. Leave it in place for just a few minutes for quick, soothing relief.  Keep in mind sleeping with your head elevated can help minimize puffiness the next morning.

Our skincare experts have many ways to help you refresh your skin this season. Give us a call at 770-955-9000 to schedule an appointment today.

You can find more great holiday skin-saving techniques in this article on WebMD.

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