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Skin Care

Skin Care

Smooth, firm, even colored skin with a clear complexion is a reflection of health and physical attractiveness.   As we age, maintaining a firm youthful glow becomes more difficult despite a healthy diet and lifestyle because they alone cannot reverse the aging process or reverse damage from environmental toxins including the sun.  It is currently estimated that 85% of all facial aging can be attributed to sun exposure.   As the most exposed part of the body, the face and hands are the most vulnerable to damage from the sun causing loss of collagen, elastin and inflammation that cause your face to age.  The first line of defense against the aging process is to improve the health of your skin, and promote skin cell turnover and production of collagen and elastin.  


The Northern Center for Plastic Surgery offers a carefully selected line of skin care products and systems created by ZO Medical Inc., to improve the health and barrier function of your skin as well at treat a wide range of dermatological issues.  ZO medical has had proven success with treating a wide range of skin disorders including skin discoloration (dyschromasia), Rosacea, acne, sun damage, and wrinkles associated with aging.   Your skin is the most visible portion of your body, and optimizing your skin health, will optimize almost any treatment you receive.     Therapeutic treatment protocols are designed for everyone regardless of skin condition, age, gender or ethnicity.

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What Skin Treatments Do You Offer?

There are both therapeutic regimens and daily and preventative regimens to allow everyone to continually maintain healthy, vibrant, youthful looking skin.   

Therapeutic regimens are designed to address specific skin conditions and diseases including rosacea, acne, melasma, aging and photo damage.  Maintenance programs are designed to extend the benefits of therapeutic regimens, and daily skin care regimens are designed to keep skin active and healthy. 

Preventative products are also available to protect skin from intrinsic aging related to inflammation and extrinsic aging from environmental and sun exposure.

Ask the Doctor

Frequently Asked Questions

What products and/or procedures are right for me?

Schedule a consult with one of our skin care system experts Lyndsley or Caitlin or with our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Aaron Capuano, (for an additional fee). They will perform a comprehensive skin care assessment and make recommendations to best meet your needs.  

Dr. Capuano is a skin care expert and one of Dr. Zein Obagi’s clinical faculty members worldwide and he would be happy to discuss your options for skin care with you.

How do I make an appointment for a skin care consultation?

Contact the office of the Northern Center for Plastic Surgery at (201)820-5280 to schedule an appointment.

What if I am interested in other treatments including surgery?

You may schedule an appointment with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Aaron  Capuano, who will address your surgical needs.

What exactly is "poor quality skin"?

This is a great question and one I spend a considerable amount of time explaining to patients as skin quality is a major component of fantastic and lasting surgical results.  It is so important that I make sure that all of my face/neck lift patients pre-treat their skin with a specific regimen, that is determined, based on their specific skin health. The health of your skin plays a vital role in its recovery following surgery and paying close attention to skin health before and after surgery is extremely important.  This is  because suturing into unhealthy skin could comprise your results.  

There is no specific definition of poor skin quality but consider it the antonym of good skin quality as defined by Dr. Zein Obagi, dermatologist.  Healthy skin is defined as "skin that is naturally smooth, strong, firm, even-toned, hydrated and free of disease".

To address your additional concerns regarding why poor skin quality was discussed as a reason for recurrence of skin laxity after a facelift.  While this may be the case, without an in-person consultation, it is difficult to determine the cause of your recurrent loose or excess skin.  First, it is important to determine whether your surgeon performed a facelift that included tightening your SMAS fascia, because skin-only facelifts are known to result in early recurrence of skin laxity.  This is because this surgery both fails to fix the anatomical problem associated with facial aging, and because the skin is not meant to hold tension and ultimately stretches back out.  Next it is important to rule out genetic elastin or collagen disorders.  You may alternatively need volume replacement of your subcutaneous fat compartment, which can be accomplished with fat grafting.  Lastly, chemical peels and lasers can adjunctively improve residual laxity, but both have their limitations.    I recommend consulting with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, one who pays close attention to and deals with skin quality, pre and post surgery, for optimal results.