Friday, March 26, 2010

Today is Friday, the end of another week. How many of you plan to start something new on Monday? I will eat healthy, I will exercise more, I will take better care of my skin, or simply, I will take better care of myself? We all do it. We set goals for ourselves throughout the year, usually because there is a new beginning coming. It can be as simple as a Monday or the beginning of a new month, or at bigger yearly markers like New Year's Day, your birthday (especially if it is one that ends in a 0!), or the fact that spring is here and summer is right around the corner.

Taking good care of yourself is much more than a bunch of promises that are usually broken (I include myself in this group!), it is a lifestyle change. And we ALL know how to do it, so why don't we? Stress, big party coming up, I don't have time, etc. Well, you know, there will always be stress, a big party, and lack of time. Lifestyle changes do not occur in a vacuum. You cannot stop life in order to change YOUR life, and here it comes, you must adjust your priorities! Nothing new in that statement, but it is the truth. Only you can make up your mind once and for all and do it. There is no magic pill; there is no quick fix. A bad lifestyle did not happen overnight, and you are not going to fix it overnight. If your lifestyle is not good for you, then you are the only one who can change it.

Yes, there are people like me and the rest of the staff here at Wyndhurst Medical Aesthetics and Wyndhurst Family Medicine who can assist you and provide the tools necessary to get on track, and we are here to support you as well. So this Monday when you wake up do what it is that you need to do; make it a priority. And if you need help, we are here.

Have a terrific weekend, and by all means, choose to be happy.
Victoria

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's Been Awhile!

New and exciting things are happening here at Wyndhurst Medical Aesthetics this year! We now have Fraxel@ which adds another layer to our gold standard of quality care!

We also launched our new website this week, so visit us at www.wyndhurstaesthetics.com for information and specials. You can also friend us on Facebook where we also post information regularly!

You may contact us at 434-237-3664.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Long, Beautiful Lashes!

One of today's most popular trends is to have long, beautiful lashes! Some were born with the basic equipment and only need a coat or two of a great mascara to get "the look". Others invest in false eyelashes which can be whimsical and a lot of fun, but too fussy and complicated for everyday use. So what's a girl to do if she just doesn't have the basic equipment?

Recently, there has been a surge in the beauty industry of products promising to grow longer lashes. Some are okay, but I've not found any that give the kind of result we all want until now!

Unless you never turn on the television or pick up a magazine, then you have seen beauty icon, Brooke Shields, touting the benefits of Latisse*. Latisse* is a newly approved FDA approved prescription that actually grows longer, darker, stronger, and thicker eyelashes. And best of all it really works! After 8 weeks of use, not only do I see a big difference, but my friends are also amazed!

Latisse* is easy to apply. One drop placed on a disposable brush applied to the upper lashes, much like you would apply eyeliner, at night is all you need. Then in about six to eight weeks WOW what a difference. Now this is something you will have to continue doing as long as you want to maintain your gorgeous, new lashes, but what a small price to pay!

Latisse* is available only through physician's offices, and full prescribing information and potential side effects will be explained when you purchase. Patients with a history of eye pressure problems especially need to consult their physicians before using this product.

Latisse* is available at Wyndhurst Medical Aesthetics in Lynchburg, VA (434-237-3664). If you do not live in the area, visit www.latisse.com for a physician near you!

Latisse* is from Allergan, the makers of Botox* Cosmetic and Juvederm*, so you know it has to be great!

On another note, please take the quiz on the right of this page. I will choose the most popular of the four topics listed for my next entry.

Have a great weekend,
Victoria

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Today is the unoffical start of summer, and May is National Skin Cancer Awareness month, so I thought it would be a good time to discuss sunscreen. Those of you who know me know that I preach sunscreen 365 days a year, but I will save that lecture for another time!

The news has been covering the misleading information about sunscreens a lot lately and with good reason! Those numbers on the bottles are only one indication of protection, and that number can give a false sense of security, an issue the FDA is currently addressing.

Most of you know that there are two main rays from which we need protection: UVA and UVB. Well, that number only addresses the latter, the rays from which we can get a sunburn. It tells us nothing about UVA protection, the aging rays that penetrate not only deeply into the skin but also penetrate glass and clothing among other things.

When choosing a sunscreen, you want a broad spectrum product with a UVB factor of 35-40, anything over that will just lead to a false sense of security since anything above the aforementioned is not incrementally as powerful as it sounds.

Now, the second ingredient to look for is the UVA protection. The product should contain micronized zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or the newer helioplex. All are good. In over-the-counter products you will find these ingredients at two to three percent; however, if you purchase through a physican's office, you are likely to get a much higher percentage of the UVA protection ingredient.

Several that I recommend include an SPF of up to 35 (UVB) protection and a UVA factor of up to 12.5: Obagi Healthy Skin Protection, Rosaclear (especially good for those with rosacea), and Skinmedica's Enviromental Protection 30.

So enjoy the beautiful summer weather, but just be smart. Wear a hat and sunglasses, avoid too much outdoor activity between 10 am and 3 pm, and reapply all sunscreen products every one to two hours, especially if you are swimming or sweating...sunscreens may be a bit water resistent, but they are NOT waterproof.

Take the sundamage test: look in the mirror with a clean face and compare the side of your face that spends more time next to a window (for most it is the driver's side). You might be surprised!

If you have additional questions regarding sunscreen or other skin care questions, I will be happy to answer them here, or you may call me at 434-237-3664.

Next time: Latisse, the new product from the makers of Botox Cosmetic, that actually makes eyelashes grow longer, fuller, and darker!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

WELCOME!

Hello, my name is Victoria Lunsford, and I have been involved in Medical Aesthetics for the last 10 years. It is an ever evolving field with so many choices that it can be very confusing even to me, let alone the consumer.

It is my intention to help you through all the hype to finding the best products and/or procedures to meet your needs, whether it is through my offices at Wyndhurst Medical Aesthetics in Lynchburg, VA or in your own hometown.

Today I would like to talk about how and why I got into this business and how it differs from over-the-counter products and salon/spa procedures. First let me clarify that each has its place. I love to go to spas for facials and body treatments, and there are also some over-the-counter products that I love! However, to truly change your skin, to achieve really healthy skin, you must visit a medical specialist.

About 15 years ago I noticed that the cute little summer freckles that magically disappeared in the winter not only didn't go away but were actually becoming more noticeable and larger. I tried everything in every price range with little to no luck. A local dermatologist gave me some samples of an alpha-hydroxy lotion that helped a bit, but I was still wearing extremely heavy makeup and would NEVER leave the house without it! (In my pic, I am wearing no makeup at all.) Sound familiar?

On return from spending the summer in Spain, I finally made an appointment with a local plastic surgeon. I had heard about CO2 ablative laser therapy and thought that might be the answer. Fortunately, there was a less drastic alternative. Obagi. I had never heard the name, but I gave it a try. The product worked beautifully and I was hooked. A few years later, I was asked by that practice to join their staff as a skin care specialist. I took a leap of faith. I left my job as a college English instructor, and ten years down the road here I am.

Since then, I have worked with plastic surgeons and for Obagi Medical Products and am now happily employed by Wyndhurst Medical Aesthetics and Dr. Craig Petry.

Okay, so this is not a bloggomercial for Obagi or WMA, although I will let you know what is going on from time to time, but for now, I invite you to ask questions and make comments.

Next time: How do I choose the right sunscreen?

P.S. Coming soon to WMA-Fraxel: the gold standard in skin resurfacing and rejuvenation!