As the natural aging process occurs, our skin cells gradually lose their ability to rapidly turn over and renew. Combine this with the effects of sun damage, smoking, and other environmental factors and we see the result of the breakdown of collagen and elastic fibers.
The combination of these two processes results in the appearance of aging skin:
• Fine lines, medium-deep lines and furrows
• Texture changes and volume loss
• Enlarged pores
• Dull complexion
• Brown spots and red dilated vessels
• Adult onset of acne
• Pre-skin cancer and skin cancer
• Crepiness of the neck and chest
Dr. Cortez performs a thorough physical examination of the skin of your face, neck and décolleté. He then designs a customized program just for you.
A physician-administered skin care program of cosmeceutical products and chemical peels is critically important to help restore and revitalize your skins appearance and prevent further damage. Dr. Cortez personally performs all skin treatments.
Peels are designed to mimic what your skin used to be able to achieve on its own, cellular turnover and renewal. Dr. Cortez offers a variety of chemical peel options that address severity of photo damage.
• Lighter chemical peels contain a combination of Trichloroacetic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Salicylic Acid and require no down time.
• Medium chemical peels contain higher strengths of Trichloroacetic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Salicylic Acid in addition to Phenol. This provides a deeper level of cellular turnover and renewal with expected flaking for about 3-5 days.
Reduces facial blood vessels and brown pigmentation.
Each year, many products are clinically tested within our practice, and only the most efficacious are selected.
Physician-strength products formulated with ingredients including peptides, antioxidants, alpha & beta hydroxy acids.
• Turnover new cells
• Stimulate collagen
• Reduce fine lines
• Lighten brown spots
• Brighten the skin
• Shrink pores
• Improve acne
Derived from Vitamin A, acts to re-accelerate the turnover of skin cells and help reduce the incidence of brown spots, skin cancer, acne and stimulate new collagen production. For those who have experienced dryness or irritation with the use of a retinoid, our selection of hydrators enables you to tolerate using a retinoid more frequently.
The entire science of hydration has changed with the use of hyaluronic acid hydrators. The days of heavy, emollient moisturizers are a thing of the past. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body to retain moisture. As we age, the level of hyaluronic acid decreases which results in dry, lifeless skin. The products we recommend were developed with a unique, patented formula that uses nanotechnology to make hyaluronic acid molecules so small that they can penetrate to the superficial dermis. This allows for deeper penetration than any other hyaluronic acid products available.
Appropriate broad spectrum UVA & UVB sunscreens and knowledge of their application is crucial to any skin care program. Our sunscreens include transparent zinc that acts as a physical barrier to the sun. Lightweight formulas allow for daily use year round as prescribed by Dr. Cortez.
Various cleansers including those that are hyaluronic acid-based are prescribed according to patient need.