21 Sep 2023 | by Leonard Miller, MD, FACS, FRCS

The skin is your body’s largest organ.

At Boston Center for Plastic Surgery, we believe in treating the whole patient. This is one of the reasons why skincare is a cornerstone of our practice philosophy. Most people don’t realize that the skin is your body’s largest organ. Keeping it healthy will not only make you look more youthful, but it will also help you to feel more energized and vital. Furthermore, if you are coming in to see us for a surgical or non-surgical procedure, your skin is the canvas upon which any result rests. This is why my colleagues and myself are proud to offer our Boston area and beyond patients a wide range of medical grade skincare products. Many patients want to know: Is medical grade skincare better? Yes, and here is why.

Medical Grade Skincare vs. Over the Counter (OTC)

Skin aging is an inevitable part of life. It can manifest in a myriad of ways, but the most common signs of aging skin are:

  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Brown spots
  • Melasma
  • Redness
  • Crepey, uneven skin texture and/or pigmentary dyschromia
  • Sagging

Proper skincare is an easy way to begin to address, reverse and even prevent some of these early signs of aging in the skin on your face, hands and body. The key is matching the right routine to your specific needs, and  choosing products that will get the job done.

One of the key differences between medical grade skincare and something that you can buy over-the-counter is that the concentration of active ingredients in the former is higher. This is what helps to make them more efficacious. So while a skincare regime with medical grade products may cost more, we believe it’s worth it as it delivers measurable results that may delay the need for a more invasive treatment.

Benefits of Advanced Skincare

Besides the fact that advanced skincare products typically work better than something you can buy at the drugstore, other benefits of medical grade skincare are:

  • Physician recommended
  • Free of unnecessary perfumes & additives
  • Work without harsh chemicals
  • Gentle on even sensitive skin

My colleague at Boston Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sean Doherty and myself strive to stay at the forefront of innovation. But only if a product or procedure actually delivers on its promise. All of the medical grade skincare products that we offer our clients have a long and proven track record in improving skin texture and tone.

Advanced Skincare Options at Boston Center for Plastic Surgery

One of the advantages of being treated at Boston Center for Plastic Surgery is that all of our doctors are Board-Certified. This means that we have the experience, training and expertise to look at your face, breast or body, and know what needs to be done to address your specific concern.

To support our team, we offer a wide array of truly effective advanced skincare options including:

  • Environ® Skincare System
  • Immunocologie®
  • SkinBetter Science®
  • Skin Medica®
  • Revision Skincare®
  • Skin Ceuticals®
  • ZO® Skin Health by Obagi
  • Jane Iredale
  • RapidLash®

Right SkinCare Regime Depends on Your Needs

One of the critical things to keep in mind when it comes to skincare is that the right regime for you is going to depend on your individual needs. We are living in an era when many of us get our information from social media. However, one of the downsides to this is that what worked to treat your favorite influencer’s acne may not be the right choice for your sensitive skin. This is why we always encourage patients to schedule an in-person consultation.

In general, younger patients tend to complain about acne while older patients are more concerned with fine lines and wrinkles. However, many women develop adult acne in their 30’s and beyond due to a change in hormones. And sensitive skin is often genetic so it can affect patients of all ages. This is why an effective skincare regime must be tailored to your unique anatomy and needs. Having said that, there is one product that is universal: Retinoid.

This is Why Retinoid is for Everyone

We often refers to a retinoid as a patient’s forever cream. This vitamin A derivative has the power to treat everything from a 20 something’s cystic acne to a 50 something’s crow’s feet. While the younger and older patient will probably use different retinoid products, the SkinBetter Science peel pads are something we recommend for almost anyone. Incredibly gentle, making them safe for even the most delicate skin, they still deliver a powerful skin cell turnover punch. And since this is at the heart of skin rejuvenation, the end result is more glowing, plump and youthful looking skin.

To find out more about medical grade skincare or any surgical or non-surgical procedure with Dr. Leonard Miller at Boston Center for Plastic Surgery, check out our website or call (617) 735- 8735 to schedule a consultation.

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