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  • Q. I've been using the Obagi NuDerm system for three weeks and I'm really worried. My skin is red, flaky and in starting to peel. What should I do?

    A. This is a normal reaction to the Obagi NuDerm system. A normal skin cell turnover and renewal cycle is six weeks. During these first six weeks, the redness and peeling is your skin being thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated while new skin cells are generated. The redness and flakiness will diminish over time and, with continued use of the products, you should see improvement in the overall texture and tone of your skin and softening of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Q. On the advice of a friend, I ordered Retin A over the internet. Now I'm really red and peeling. Is this normal?

    A. Retin A and its branded counterparts (Renova, and others) is a topical cream or gel that has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles (rhytids) over time. If you are a good candidate for Retin A, then some redness and peeling are actually expected and show that the product is exfoliating as it should. However, there are certain skin types and skin conditions that would be better served with different products. We recommend seeing a qualified professional, such as a cosmetic surgeon or trained staff, prior to using this and many other medical-grade skin care products.

  • Q. What types of facials do you have for acne-prone and sensitive skin?

    A. We offer an acne-fighting facial that works well for clogged pores and acne prone skin. We also have a sensitive skin facial for people with compromised skin associated with problematic skin and rosacea. Skin peels can also be used to address acne prone skin. We recommend a complimentary consultation with our aesthetician to determine the best treatment for you.

  • Q. What is VASER liposuction? How does it differ from traditional lipo?

    A. VASER Lipo is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the more strenuous techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER lipo uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body. What distinguishes the VASER lipo procedure is its ability to differentiate targeted fat from other important tissues such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Innovative VASER technology breaks up fat while preserving these other important tissues to promote smooth results and rapid healing.

  • Q. How does VASER liposuction work?

    A. First, the area to be reshaped is filled with a tumescent saline solution that helps numb the site and shrink blood vessels to minimize blood loss and reduce bruising. This solution wets and fills the area to be treated, making it easier to break up the fatty tissue with VASER lipo's ultrasound energy. Then, a small probe transmits sound energy to break up (liquefy) fat on contact while preserving other important tissues. Finally, the liquified fat is removed through a gentle suction process designed to minimize trauma to surrounding structures and tissues.

  • Q. What areas of the body can be treated with VASER lipo?

    A. Doctors have experienced great success in treating all of the following areas: abdomen, thighs, saddlebags, knees, calves, buttocks, hips, arms, male breasts (gynocomastia), female breasts, lovehandles, chin and face.

  • Q. How much fat can be taken with VASER lipo? Can you treat multiple areas at once?

    A. VASER lipo allows physicians to treat multiple body areas during the same procedure. Dr. Schmid will be able to give you a better idea of what is right for you and how much fat will be taken out during your procedure. Please bear in mind that this procedure is not intended as a weight loss solution. The goal is to create a slimmer silhouette. You may not notice a significant amount of weight loss, however you should be pleased with your new, slimmer contours.

  • Q. Where is VASER lipo performed?

    A. VASER lipo is performed in Dr. Peter Schmid's private, AAAHC-accredited surgery center. The procedure can be safely and effectively performed under a combination of local and IV sedation (twilight sedation), thus minimizing anesthesia risks.

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