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How to be “Sun smart”

I love experiencing the sun and all the activities surrounding its presence such as boating, swimming, hiking, and cycling. My mood is immediately elevated witnessing its warm glow. Yes there are many benefits to the sun’s rays such as stimulating the production of Vitamin D which is essential in calcium and bone metabolism as well as supporting the immune system. It chases away the blues of seasonal affective disorder and is essential for life. However there is a risk benefit ratio to being exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Following is a list of downsides to sun exposure. File May 11, 2 23 07 PM

1. The ultraviolet rays of the sun damages the DNA in our skin cells which can result in malignant transformation of cells such as basal, squamous, or melanoma. The latter can be lethal. Therefore minimizing the harmful UVB rays can reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Sun screen is not a one -time application for a whole day of exposure. It needs to be repeated at least every two hours or more often depending on water or perspiration which can reduce the effectiveness of the prevention. Sun damage is additive over a life time but taking breaks from the harmful rays can allow the tissue to heal and repair some of the mild DNA damage. Therefore year- long tanning such as tanning beds should be discouraged.
2. Exposure of both UVA and UVB rays will damage the elastin fibers in the skin permanently resulting in loose less compliant skin. This will result in the skin of the face, arms, breast, abdomen, thighs, and knees to hang and appear loose. No exercise will tone the damaged skin. Therefore protect your largest organ system, the skin, by shielding the sun with appropriate hats, clothing, and sun screen.
3. Splotchy color changes to the skin. With increased sun exposure the skin will upregulate melanin production resulting in pigmentation changes that are less than attractive and are extremely difficult to reverse.
4. Thinning of the dermis which can result in the appearance of capillaries giving a red appearance around the nose and cheeks.

Everyone wants to have that sun kissed glow to the skin. I wish I had a dollar for every time a women says tan fat looks better than pale fat. Just remember the list above and understand a large sun exposure that creates a nice tan for around a week or so causes a lifetime of damage that can result in potential skin cancer and many vexing maladies of the skin giving a marked aged appearance over time.
Fortunately if you have experienced the above sun damage we can help. A combination of good home skin care with Skin Medica products, chemical peels to remove damaged skin and remove pigmentation changes, and microneedling which can result in collagen induction and improved dermal thickness and skin tone. More educational BLOGS are available on our website. www.thelucascenter.com

Renew, Refresh, Restore

Spring is here and what a perfect time to refresh your look for graduation, Father’s Day (yes, men do it also!), weddings, or before that fun vacation! It is time to put yourself first, which is hard for so many of us to do. We schedule our physicals and hair appointments. Why not start making appointments to take care of our skin, slow the aging process, and feel more confident? It’s never too early or too late to start. I see patients of all ages, and I will meet with you individually to ensure our goals and expectations are the same. Patients in their early 30’s might want to prevent deeper lines and wrinkles versus the more mature patient that is working to correct volume loss, soften lines, and have a more youthful appearance.

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We have many options to offer depending on your specific goals. I can offer nonsurgical aesthetic treatments, starting with a thorough assessment which includes speaking with you about your concerns, a physical assessment of your face explaining changes I observe from the aging process, and completing a Vectra 3D image. The Vectra 3D imaging is a great tool to assess volume loss in the face, asymmetry and skin quality. We then use this baseline evaluation as a comparison tool during treatments. I also take traditional photos before treatments. It can be overwhelming to take in all this information, so I like to discuss options and come up with a treatment plan to best fit the patient’s desires and budget.

One of our most popular treatments is to use a neuromuscular blocking toxin such as Botox or Dysport to treat frown lines in between the eyebrow, crow’s feet that develop at the corner of the eyes, and forehead creases and wrinkles.

Dermal fillers can address volume loss in the face, reduce lines, wrinkles, and creases on aging skin, create fuller lips, and give the face a more youthful appearance.

My goal is to always keep the patient “natural” looking and make subtle changes to the face. There are multiple dermal filler options. Most are made of hyaluronic acid, which is produced by our own bodies. I select the product based on location and desired effect. Examples are Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Lyft, and Silk. I love Sculptra which is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid.  It promotes collagen growth, which improves volume loss, creases, and softens lines. It is an excellent choice for volume loss in the temple area. The key is a good facial assessment and working with my patient to decide on the most beneficial products.

Now a word about microneedling – It is an excellent investment in addition to a neurotoxin and dermal filler to address the aging face. A treatment can be done every four to six weeks promoting collagen growth and improving skin elasticity with minimal down time. Microneedling can improve the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, surgical scars, and stretch marks.

At The Lucas Center we have a dynamic team with over 100 years of combined experience in medical and aesthetics. We are privileged to be led by Dr. Jay Lucas, a board-certified plastic surgeon, who provides medical supervision of the aesthetic team. If your needs can’t be met through aesthetic treatments and filler agents, Dr. Lucas will be glad to meet with you through an individualized consultation appointment to discuss surgical treatments.

Do you look in the mirror and notice subtle changes on your face and frown? The aging process can sneak up on us. The Lucas Center can help you feel more confident about your skin and overall appearance. Get summer ready!

Step Ahead with The Lucas Center! Give us a call today at 865-218-6210 to schedule your free consultation with me.

Non-invasive Kybella may improve your neckline

Non-invasive aesthetic procedures have come a long way in the last ten years. The American Society of Plastic Surgery’s yearly statistics continue to demonstrate strong demand for procedures such as neuromodulators (Botox and Dysport), and hyaluronic acid filler agents (Juvederm, Voluma, Restalyn). Recently, non-invasive contouring systems that perform the techniques of cryolipolysis, such as Cool Sculpting and radiofrequency skin-tightening Ultherapy, have emerged in the marketplace. Now Allergan has added Kybella to the mix as a non-invasive injectable material to dissolve fat under the chin.

Before and After

Before and After

The key to success with these treatments is consulting a comprehensive center that offers a full array of non-invasive and surgical options, and will direct you to the ideal treatment modality for your unique circumstances. Just as with any medical and surgical procedure, there are appropriate candidates and patients with contraindications.

The most important step to avoid dissatisfaction is to be evaluated by a physician who is properly trained to perform comprehensive evaluation and care for all patients with a particular aesthetic concern.

Board-certified plastic surgeons have the most comprehensive education and background experience to correctly evaluate your anatomy and determine which treatments will yield the best outcomes. The statement “if all you have is a hammer the whole world is a nail” rings true for medical spas and dermatologist offices which only have one option, such as Cool Sculpting or Kybella. Just because a treatment option is non-invasive does not mean it is inexpensive. If you factor in the cost of multiple treatments, it may be as expensive as surgery and still fall short of expectations.

When is Kybella the right choice?

With the current status of the injectable form of deoxycholic acid (Kybella) the ideal candidate must have reasonably tight skin with only mild to moderate adipose excess in the submittal and chin neck angle. The patient should not have a significant mandibular jaw discrepancy with the midface or have a particularly steep mandibular plain angle.

When is Kybella the wrong choice?

Any patient with lax skin of the neck or a significant deflation of the neck related to weight loss with demarcated platysmal bands is not a candidate. Taking away fat in this circumstance only worsens the deformity. Any patient with a deep underbite and a small chin with a very oblique chin-neck angle should also avoid Kybella. Deoxycholic acid is mostly created to dissolve fat but does produce some inflammation with the caustic material to encourage collagen production and skin retraction. Skin excess with an oblique chin neck angle and recessed chin will not yield overwhelming positive results.

Instead of Kybella, the better option is placement of a chin implant (genioplasty) with aggressive liposuction to encourage skin retraction. A middle facial third with significant skin excess and deflation combined with loose-hanging skin with platysmal bands is best treated with a corset platysmaplasty in conjunction with a neck/face lift.

Non-invasive aesthetic procedures can be a wonderful adjunct to helping people age gracefully with limited down time. Kybella in the right situation may improve necks and make people happy with the results.

Avoid being pushed into this option without a thorough three-dimensional analysis of your face to determine if it’s right for you. Nothing is more frustrating than spending a great deal of money and not realizing your desired results. Even with surgery, some deformities may not be able to be corrected. Take advice from a board-certified plastic surgeon to maximize your goals and to feel good in your own skin.

TLC for Rosacea

Rosacea is a fairly common condition that I see in my aesthetics practice. It is a condition which causes redness and in some stages, small pustules on the face. The redness can occur when blood vessels under the skin become enlarged. Though it is a chronic condition, with no known cure, there are several ways it can be controlled with treatment. During a skin assessment I refer to the Kligman acne rosacea classification scale. The stages of rosacea can range from Stage I-Pre- Rosacea, Stage II-Mild Rosacea, Stage III-Moderate Rosacea, to Stage IV-Severe Rosacea. In office facial treatments include a combination enzyme/AHA, mild chemical peels, and microdermabrasion, preformed once a month. In addition to having regular professional skin treatments, I recommend that clients follow an at home regimen to help minimize flare ups. SkinMedica’s Sensitive Skin Cleanser is specially formulated to protect highly sensitive skin. Active ingredients include chamomile flower extract to neutralize irritants, cucumber to calm skin, and marigold which has soothing properties. Follow cleansing with Redness Relief Complex. Redness is reduced with Calmplex (4-Ethoxybenadehyde) and niacinamide to improve barrier function of the skin increasing moisture content by reducing trans epidermal water loss. Please give us a call at The Lucas Center at 865.218.6210 to set up your first facial treatment with skin assessment.

What can a comprehensive plastic surgery center offer to men?

Plastic surgery for males is a relatively new phenomenon. Historically, men have viewed this venue of services as mostly for women. My father’s generation was not working out in gyms and drinking protein shakes to stay healthy and active in middle age and beyond. Undeniably, the aging baby boomer population refuses to be defined by chronologic age and embraces the concept of wanting to look as good as you feel. With this is mind, why let women have all the resources to age gracefully and look young and vibrant? Men can now maintain a youthful appearance proportionate to our level of health and to our significant others.

What services are available to men?

Skin care: The concept may seem too metrosexual at first glance, but there is a health benefit as well. Sun exposure has a cumulative effect, which damages the outer skin, and dermis making the skin look dry and leathery. Loose, inelastic skin coupled with blotches of dark pigmentation makes the skin appear older than chronologic age would suggest. This is also a set up for skin cancers. Skin care may include skin resurfacing with peels to remove the damaged skin along with micro-needling to induce collagen production and improve skin tightening to provide a much-improved appearance and reduce the potential risks of skin cancers.

The use of Botox, which will weaken the overactive muscles between the brows and around the eyes, can prevent the deep furrows of the skin thus smoothing the appearance. This agent can be employed to hide some of the muscle bands in the neck as well.

Filler agents, such as Voluma, can be easily injected into areas of programed fat atrophy which occurs in aging and results in the cheek falling causing accentuation of the cheek folds and may produce hanging on the jaw line. Voluma, which is a highly crosslinked stiff hyaluronic acid filler, can manage to lift the cheek without making the face look fat.

Rhinoplasty: This is the art and science of the interactions of skin, bone and cartilage of the nose to provide an aesthetically appealing appearance with normal function. Rhinoplasty is a very meticulous surgery with the goal of providing a balanced appearance between the various components of the nose as well as creating harmony with the rest of the face. This surgery can provide a real boost to someone’s appearance and self-esteem.

Gynecomastia: This is a condition in which the male breast increases in size with fibro-glandular tissue mixed with added volume of fat giving it a feminized appearance. Gynecomastia can occur at any age creating self-conscious situations both with and without clothing. Fortunately the correction is very straightforward and very predictable. We recommend the use of ultrasonic energy mixed with traditional liposuction to facilitate fat and fibro-glandular removal of tissue to sculpt the breast back to a masculine appearance. There are occasions when direct excision of tissue directly under the nipple-areolar complex is necessary in addition to the liposuction to achieve the desired results, but the scaring in minimal. Without question a very power surgery that gives wonderful results.

Lipo-sculpturing: Unfortunately diet and exercise can’t cure all problems with the contour of the abdomen and posterior flanks. With metabolism changes, even a meticulous healthy eater with an active lifestyle can still experience abdominal bulges and flank adiposity. For patients with good skin quality without a great deal of skin excess, liposuction can provide a means of sculpting the torso to give a more pleasing shape and enhance confidence with and without clothes. The surgery is generally not that difficult to recover from, and results can be effective.

Eyelid rejuvenation: Do people say you look tired? Do your lids hang over your eyes giving the appearance of sleepiness? Do you have puffy lower eyelids giving you a less vibrant persona? Then you may want to consider eyelid surgery to give you a refreshed look. It’s been said that the eyes are the windows into the soul; so don’t have outdated window treatments. The surgery is mildly uncomfortable with swelling being the biggest issue related to return of feeling comfortable in social situations. Careful consultation with your surgeon is required to avoid complications depending on the anatomy of your eyelids. People will notice the refreshed look after the recovery has taken place.

Neck rejuvenation: A hanging neck with loose skin and excess fat can give the appearance of an aged and out-of-shape individual. It may also project being overweight. Depending on the degree of tissue excess and skin quality, this may be correctable with liposuction alone. However if the skin quality is poor and there is the presence of muscle bands in the neck, a true neck lift will be required. This surgery can take an old-looking neck and transform it to a smooth crisp neckline with well-defined jaw contours. Neck rejuvenation can take years and pounds away from how you look.

In summary, plastic surgery offers men many options to consider feeling good about the skin you’re in. It’s not just for women anymore. For more in-depth discussions of procedures and spa services, visit thelucascenter.com or call 865.218.6210 to schedule your personal consultation with me.

Restore Aging Skin with Theraderm Skincare

Theraderm

Theraderm is a brand of clinical-strength skin health products designed to restore, correct and protect skin. It is firmly rooted in bioscience and comprised of innovative ingredients specifically chosen to enhance skin’s natural ability to restore itself.

The steps to restoring aging skin are to clean and gently remove damaged skin cells, repair the skin, restore skin to its healthiest condition and protect skin from damage. The Theraderm skin care system offers many products to address each of those restoration steps. From renewal and anti-aging products to body products, there is something for everyone.

Developed by board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, James Beckman, M.D., Theraderm has been trusted by physicians for more than 20 years. It is formulated without parabens, gluten and lanolin.

If you have any questions about Theraderm, please contact The Lucas Center of Plastic Surgery to set up a complimentary consultation at 865-218-6210.

Dr. Jay Lucas is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Knoxville, TN. He has a decade of experience performing a variety of cosmetic surgeries, and his unique educational background at some of the nation’s most prestigious medical centers allows him to perform cutting-edge plastic surgery procedures for his patients, including face lifts, breast augmentations, tummy tucks and rhinoplasties.

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