Tucson Lifestyle October 2012 : Page 5

Q Your Skinformation I had dermal ller put in my smile lines, but I don’t think I look any better. Would you recommend trying a di erent brand of ller? Many patients come to us because of a particular wrinkle that bothers them, and more often than not, it’s those smile lines that run from the corners of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. However, rarely does improving this crease make someone look rejuvenated. Instead, we take a global approach and improve the areas that cause the smile lines to appear. is involves replacing lost volume in key strategic areas. Patients are much more satis ed with these results of correction, balance and harmony of their aging face. Q A A I have melasma, the brown patches on my face that get darker from sunlight. Even though I wear sunscreen every day, it got worse after I played tennis recently. Is this unusual? Melasma is exquisitely sensitive to sunlight, and if you are outdoors enough it often worsens, even with sunscreen on. For a setback such as you have experienced, we often recommend chemical peels, laser BEFORE treatment (Spectra Laser), or microdermabrasion, in addition to skincare products and an anti-in ammatory diet. Email your questions to: skinexperts@skinspectrum.com AFTER Q A I am going through menopause, and I actually feel pretty good, but I am looking noticeably older. What can I do? Much of why we look older over the years is the loss of facial volume, which results in drooping, sagging, and shadowing. After the age of 30, we lose a teaspoon of volume on our face each year. During menopause, we lose an extra 30%. e key to looking younger is to replace that volume with treatments , such as Restylane, Juvederm and Sculptra, along with optimizing your hormonal health. Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. SKIN Spectrum 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 www.skinspectrum.com

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