Julio Garcia MD

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What is Good for the Gander is Not Good for the Goose

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Quickie note to all of the men out there reading my blog. Below is a nice article about skin care for men. No boys, don’t just use your girlfriend’s or wife’s system. Time to man up and take care of that face so you don’t look like a piece of dried leather. Healthy skin is masculine. Get on board with it. Even designer Tom Ford has a new men’s skin care line. And don’t be coy, I know you guys out there know who Tom Ford is.

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From Selfie to Techie Neckie

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We all heard about the explosion in facial cosmetic surgery when the selfie craze took hold. As the lens on a smartphone will make things look wider when taken up close, many people’s faces look fuller than they were in real life. This prompted many visits to plastic surgeons for a ‘correction’. Luckily, most of those people did not need anything done. Now comes the claim that playing on your smartphone will give you wrinkles on your neck. It appears that keeping your neck flexed for prolonged periods of time will cause wrinkles in the area, just like scowling can give you wrinkles between your eyebrows. So beware, limit the neck flexion and avoid the techie neckie!

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Would You have Cosmetic Surgery at a Barbershop?

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An article talking about a woman who died in a barbershop where an unlicensed person who worked as a massage therapist performed what is called a Vampire Facelift. Let me first say that although I think the Vampire facelift where your own blood is taken and then separated into components and then injected underneath your skin in an attempt to make you look younger does not work, but what is a person thinking when they go to a barbershop to have a massage therapist to have such a procedure? A tragic story where if she had gone to a legitimate practitioner all she would have lost would have been her money, instead she lost here life. So so sad.

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Lies in Advertising

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Reportedly there were over 10 million of you that tuned int the Golden Globe Awards this past weekend and you all got to see celebrities behaving (under the influence) and looking a little more human (wrinkled). One of them that caused the biggest stir was Diane Keaton and how she looked on the show and then on her spot for a make-up company. Don’t get me wrong, I thought she looked great for her age on the TV show, but the commercial left something else on my mind. It goes to prove what I constantly tell most of my patients that they want to look like a famous person and bring in pictures from the latest magazine. Please understand that commercials and anything that is promoting a product and uses a celebrity for endorsement has likely used PhotoShop or a similar program to ‘enhance’ their appearance. I think this can send out an impression to our younger patients and they will feel inadequate about parts of their skin or body. Not  a good thing. Either way, just another attempt from me to pull away the curtain and expose the ‘wizard’.

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All That Glitters is Not Gold

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I t amazes me how some surgeons think that using ‘buzz words’ will make people do silly things. In the article below it speaks about how doctors are now using gold threads to lift tissue of the face and keep you looking younger. Well, as your Grandma told you, ‘if is sounds too good to be true, it usually is’. Here is another case of that. The threads , if you feel so inclined to have them placed, will in time break, and they may break faster on one side versus the other, leaving you lop-sided. You can have a reaction to the gold, and you will develop possibly scar tissue to encase the gold thread but no collagen will be created outside of that so there will be no collagen formation that will make you look younger. I suggest two things to my readers. First read the article below as we all deserve a smile and the feeling that we are smarter than some others; and second, forget about the golden threads, just today’s version of an attempt to take the gold out of your pockets.

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Skin Care in the Air

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Just a quick post on things to do when flying to keep your skin looking its best. Easy to do things that will let you keep that healthy glow before you get to see friends and family. Best of the Holiday Season to you all.

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Workout without Breakout

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Many Americans are trying to workout to lose those few pounds that Thanksgiving put on some. Below is a good article on do’s and don’t's about taking care of your skin after burning off those calories. Important info especially in winter months where the humidity level is lower inside and that can make skin care more of a challenge.

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Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose AND Your Skin!

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The weather is changing and there are some changes you might need to consider in order to keep your skin ship shape this winter. Great article below. A quick read with some take home points that are easy to implement without spending a lot of money. Enjoy!

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Walking on Sunshine!!! Not So Fast

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Yes, summer is over so we can forget about sunblock right? WRONG! Great article below about the aging and therefore wrinkling effects of the sun. Trust me, prevention is easier and less expensive that treatment, so avoid it or use sunblock. But don’t forget to take some Vitamin D supplementation as you will lose some when you don’t have sun exposure, but the trade off is well worth it.

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Doing This Makes Me More Money

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I hear almost daily about improving skin tone, and although it sounds like a wonderful idea, few people, including doctors can really agree on what skin tone means. It would seem that it would appear to be relative to skin coloring, but retailers and marketing people use it in conjunction with tightening, like in the realm of muscle. Muscles do have tone or not and if they are not toned, they are flabby and loose. The take home lesson today is tight muscles do not make for tight skin. It is actually counterproductive. The more muscles move on the face, the worse the wrinkles get, just think of the neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport and others and understand they reduce the wrinkles by weakening the muscles. As to Yoga for the muscle, it is awesome and I highly recommend it, but not yoga for the face. Below is another in the increasing line of absurd articles about how to beat facial aging. I am posting it so you can read it and enjoy the ridiculous video. In short, there is no exercise that tightens facial skin, or skin anywhere else for that matter.

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