By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: June 2009
Dr. Mallory Spoor-Baker of Advanced Cosmetic Medicine offers a variety of solutions to make your skin look radiant this summer, including IPL laser procedures.
During the warm summer months, less is more – people are eating lighter, dressing in less clothing and wearing less makeup. When you’re out at the lake or swimming pool, you don’t want to have foundation caked on your face – you want to feel free in your skin. But at the same time, the bright sun is not good about hiding brown spots, wrinkles, veins, dilated pores or lax skin; in fact, the sun is often the cause of such imperfections.
“Each patient I see for skin care has a different problem, but it is usually a variant of one thing – sun damage,” says Mallory Spoor-Baker, D.O., of Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in Tulsa. Dr. Spoor-Baker offers a variety of cosmetic treatments to help transform the look of your skin into a radiant and healthy one this summer. Not only will your skin look better, but you will be more inclined to care for it and prevent future sun damage.
“The principle approach to sun damage begins with nutritional supplementation, using a whole food fruit and vegetable concentrate. I am completely convinced that better nutrition provides the foundation for everything else I may recommend, such as laser procedures and topical treatments,” says Dr. Spoor-Baker.
The next step is better skin care at home: glycolic acid cleansers and toners, topical Vitamins C and E, sunscreen and retin A. Advanced Cosmetic Medicine carries two top lines of skincare products – SkinCeuticals and Biomedic.
The next phase in getting your skin summer-ready, according to Dr. Spoor-Baker, is choosing one or more cosmetic procedures.
“One of our most popular treatments is Botox. By injecting very tiny amounts of Botox into a specific facial muscle, only the targeted impulse of that muscle will be blocked, causing a local relaxation and weakness. In this way, the muscle is immobilized, thus preventing ‘wrinkly’ expressions.”
Laser procedures are also effective in beautifying your skin. “The laser procedure that most dramatically changes pigment – red or brown – is Intense Pulse Light (IPL), also known as limelight. IPL is a 560-nanometer light that primarily treats vascular and pigmented lesions. It is the grandmother of all lasers that claim photorejuvenation, because we know that the impact of the heat produced by IPL means more collagen. More collagen results in better-looking skin.”
For patients who desire dramatic changes in heavy textural issues, Dr. Spoor-Baker recommends the Pearl, a resurfacing laser that combines the best effects of Erbium and CO2 lasers without the risk of serious side effects. “The Pearl is essentially a thermal peel, providing significant surface exfoliation. My Pearl patients have smoother skin, smaller pores and an overall refined texture within three to five days. Their skin is fresher, softer and brighter, and their heavy lines are greatly improved.
“With better skin care and nutrition, as well as attention to sun exposure, these treatments are considerably long lasting,” Dr. Spoor-Baker continues. “They may also reduce the need for surgical procedures. When your skin looks good, you feel good.”
In addition to skin products – concealer, foundation and face powder – another type of makeup you want to avoid this summer is mascara. What’s worse than taking a dip in the water and emerging with raccoon eyes? Advanced Cosmetic Medicine now offers a successful solution. Latisse is a product that will help you grow longer, thicker, darker eyelashes – mascara not necessary.
“Latisse is the first and only science-based prescription treatment approved by the FDA for hypotrichosis, or the condition of having inadequate or not enough eyelashes,” says Dr. Spoor-Baker. “You apply Latisse to your upper eyelids at night and begin to see eyelash growth in as little as three weeks.” For more information about Latisse and to see impressive before-and-after pictures, visit www.latisse.com.
Advanced Cosmetic Medicine also offers dermal fillers, leg vein therapy, permanent cosmetics and laser hair removal. Call (918) 280-0270 to learn more about how you can look glowing and gorgeous this summer.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.