Tucson Lifestyle January 2014 : Page 5

Q A Your Skinformation I am 55 years old, and I’ve never been one to wear makeup or do anything for my skin. But now I want to start taking better care of my skin, and I don’t know where to start. ere are so many creams and lotions to choose from that I feel overwhelmed and confused. We agree that trying to navigate the sea of skin products out there can reduce you to tears. But skincare is often simpler than you might think. ere are certain types of products that bene t almost everyone, such as antioxidants, growth factors, and retinoids. Talk to a dermatologist, who can tailor a program to t your skin type, lifestyle, goals, and budget. Many of our patients enjoy visiting our in-o ce derm store, where they can sit, relax, receive personalized skincare advice, and try products and makeup. It’s embarrassing that sometimes people see my red nose and think that I must be a heavy drinker, although I’m not at all. My doctor told me that my nose is red because I have rosacea. I have been using a prescription lotion, but I have to say I don’t see any improvement. Are there any other treatments for rosacea? Q A On a TV show yesterday, they were talking about a new ller called Juvederm. I know that I had Juvederm put in my chin a few years ago, so I’m puzzled that it’s being discussed as something new. Has the product been changed in some way? You are absolutely right, Juvederm is a popular ller that has been used in the U.S. for a number of years now. What you heard about is a new addition to the Juvederm family of llers, called Juvederm Voluma. Allergan, the company that makes Juvederm, has just received FDA approval for the newest hyaluronic acid ller, Juvederm Voluma. It is the only HA product approved for injecting into the cheek area. It is unique with its “lifting” properties, especially for hollowing cheeks and sagging skin. Voluma is the only FDA approved HA ller to last over two years. We’re thrilled to announce that Dr. Jody Comstock has trained the unique injection techniques of Voluma to the initial core U.S. physician trainers. Available in Europe for 5 years, Voluma will be a game changer in the United States. Q A Rosacea is a common skin condition, although there is still much about it that is not understood. Although it is not dangerous, many people nd it unsightly and, like you, are self-conscious about it. Laser treatment is very helpful for fading the redness and spider veins, and there is little or no visible healing afterwards. Also, the FDA recently approved a medication called Mirvaso gel that is applied to the face and can temporarily fade redness for up to twelve hours. Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. SKIN Spectrum 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 www.skinspectrum.com Email your questions to: skinexperts@skinspectrum.com

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