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Facial Plastic Surgeon

Enhancing Your Natural Beauty

Maria Awender, Esthetician

Maria Awender is a Licensed Medical Esthetician, certified in a variety of skin care services and has experience working with Facial Plastic Surgery patients.

“I believe in treating the individual needs and concerns of each and every client. I look forward to meeting you and assessing your skin care needs.” 

Many of us remember the commercial from many years ago. An elegant, glamorous woman, her skin shimmering and radiant, looks into the camera and tells us, "I was not always beautiful. I had to work at it."  She was right - somewhat. We are all born with different skin, affected uniquely by individual genetic traits that make some of  us more prone to skin problems. Keeping our skin healthy requires regimens and maintenance. Here are a few helpful tips for keeping your skin healthy throughout your lifetime.

When it comes to your skin, the sun can be your enemy.

A day at the beach, lounging luxuriously in a hot  summer sun, feels great, but the sun can damage your skin. Treat the sun and your skin with respect and protect your skin from the sun. Use sunscreen (SPF 30 or greater) regularly - even before you go in the sun. Even in winter, exposure to the sun  can cause skin damage - from wrinkles, age spots, and dry skin to skin cancers, most of them highly preventable. Wear protective clothing - hats, UV-protective shirts and swimwear, even light sleeved shirts. And minimize your sun exposure when its rays are their strongest, from late morning to mid-afternoon.

Give your skin lots of TLC - and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

Your skin is a delicate asset. Keeping your skin moisturized, with the right product for your skin type, can help maintain its balance. When skin is too dry, common skin concerns, such as redness, itchiness, and breakouts, can arise. Keeping the skin well hydrated will give it the extra boost it may need to repair itself and stay supple.

If you want healthy skin, adjust your lifestyle.

Healthy living goes hand in hand with healthy skin.  It sounds simple, but many of us forget if we smoke, eat poorly, or don't manage stress well, it affects our total health, including our skin. In addition to its effect on our cardiovascular health, smoking deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients. A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, and the recommended daily intake of water may keep your skin clearer and brighter.

Use a skin-care professional - but don't get dependent!

One effective stress management and skin-care tool is to treat yourself to facial or other skin treatments on a regular basis. Our licensed esthetician is highly trained and certified in all aspects of skin care, and can give you useful input on a range of matters, but don't think that regular treatments are all you need to do to keep your skin healthy. You still need to follow all the tips above to ensure healthy skin, as well as a thorough at-home skin care regimen.

If you are considering a facial procedure, go to a physician-supervised program.

Many people opt for and can derive many benefits from procedures like Botox/Juvederm or facial plastic surgery, often in combination. But stay away from facilities that aren't supervised by a physician. Botox/Juvederm treatments should be performed in a physician-supervised program. The Botox/Juvederm in some facilities not physician-managed is often diluted, depleting its strength and impact on the skin and sometimes damaging other parts of the skin. Especially if you're considering cosmetic surgery, and even if you're not, go to a program run by a physician.

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