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!