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Facial Plastic Surgeon

Enhancing Your Natural Beauty

Maria Awender, Esthetician

Maria Awender is a Licensed Medical Aesthetician, 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-looking requires regular work, maintenance, and common sense. 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; take care of it so the oils that live naturally in your skin help keep it soft and moist. Use mild soaps and cleansers – regularly. Find a good moisturizer to keep it soft and pliant. While shaving is good for your skin in some ways,  shaving without adequate lubrication before and after is not. For men, daily shaving and showering aren't enough, and in fact many soaps, shaving  creams, and shampoos only dry out your skin. Men should also  follow a good skin care regimen to keep the skin healthy and attractive.

If you want young-looking 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 draws important nutrients (like Vitamin A and collagen) out of the skin. A Vitamin C-rich diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in fats and carbohydrates may keep  your skin healthier. And stress of all kinds can affect your general health and certainly the skin (through acne, for example), so good stress management is critical.

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

One effective stress management and skin-care tool is  to treat yourself  to a 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. Plus, facial treatments  are relaxing and help you look and feel healthy. 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. An esthetician can help, by recommending soaps, creams, and other products that will work best with your skin and personal needs.

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. Look into the program and facility, because sometimes a "medical spa" isn't medical at all, or at best is loosely tied to a physician.


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