What, exactly, is healthy skin?
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When your skin is healthy, it's in great condition, and has:

  • Even tone. No discoloration, blotchiness, rosacea, blemishes.
  • Soft, supple, and even texture.
  • No fine lines, no wrinkles, no crow's feet. Horizontal lines make you look unhappy, and vertical lines make you look old.
  • Firmness and resilience. Replenished collagen and elastin network.
  • Radiance and clarity.
Do I have to see a doctor?
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It is always recommended to see a doctor before choosing a service or treatment to solve your skin health issues. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon can give you the best medical treatment for your skin concern by combining the right products with the latest medical advancements. What works for your sister, may not work for you. Each skin is different and it is always a good idea to see with a physician periodically.
What results should I expect from using ZO® Skin Health?
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Results will depend on whether you are committed to a ZO Skin Health Program or not. You should see firmer skin, smoother texture, diminished lines and wrinkles, more even skin tone and improved radiance.

What results should I expect from using Obagi Medical Products?
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Using Obagi Medical Products will correct your skin problems at the cellular level. Obagi Medical Products will not merely correct the surface of your skin but will target the cells that are at the source of the problem, taking you through phases of skin transformation that will leave your skin younger and healthier.

What should I expect during my treatment with Obagi Nu-Derm?
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OK. Here's the deal. For the Obagi Nu-Derm System to work its magic, you're going to notice some big changes as you experience dramatic cellular turnover. We know your doctor and skin care specialist talked you through all this, but we want to make sure you are totally prepared. So here are some helpful tips for getting through it.

Your Transformation consists of 4 Phases: Out with the Old, In with the New, Healthy Glow, and finally, The New You. Keep in mind that each Phase is a critical part of the journey. And by carefully following your prescribed Protocol, you can expect to see visible improvements in your skin within 4 to 6 weeks, and dramatically transformed skin within 18 weeks.

  • Phase 1: Out with the Old

This initial stage is perhaps the most important phase of Transformation. Your skin will be changing on a deep, cellular level-actually Transforming its underlying structure. Meanwhile, the top layer of damaged skin will exfoliate and be replaced by the Transformed skin beneath.

While you might just sail through this process, it's more likely you'll experience one or more of the common symptoms. These include redness, dryness, peeling, itching, and/or burning as well as an apparent worsening of pigmentation, acne, or wrinkles. But you can get through it!

It's still working no matter what!

Visible reactions like redness and peeling depend on the health of your skin, the thickness of your skin, and your skin type. Cellular Transformation, which begins beneath the top layer of your skin, takes place no matter what. The general rule is, visible reactions are a sign of much needed repair. In fact, most Obagi veterans look forward to things like peeling since it's a sign that your skin is being rejuvenated.


  • Phase 2: In with the New

You're looking good. That's because new skin cells are beginning to reach the surface and pigmentation problems are fading away. The best news is, deep inside, your skin is increasing the production of collagen and elastin! This means cells will become more uniform in shape and size, improving the internal structure of your skin. This will actually diminish wrinkles and pore size-not just their appearance. Meanwhile, your face will take on an even, translucent tone, and feel more supple and hydrated.

  • Phase 3: Healthy Glow

Congratulations, and welcome to Transformed skin! All your hard work has paid off. You've gone through Phases 1 and 2, and your skin now looks better than it has in years, maybe better than it ever did. You have achieved the healthier, younger-looking and younger-acting skin that you, your doctor or skin care specialist, and Obagi promised.

  • Phase 4: The New You

Now that you've Transformed your skin, you'll want to maintain and protect it from the natural processes that damaged it in the first place. Your doctor or skin care specialist will prescribe a simple Maintenance Program that's best for your skin and your lifestyle, so you can keep your skin healthier, and acting younger-for life.

Why do I experience breakouts and peeling?
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Breaking out and peeling is the natural way for the skin to free itself from previous damage and expels to the surface everything that was sitting under the stratum corneum. This "purging" is caused by retinol or retinoic acid and takes about 4 to 6 weeks for the skin to renew itself.
Can I use Obagi products after aesthetic procedures?
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We recommend the use of Obagi pre and post aesthetic procedures such as Botox®, fillers and light-peels in order to perfect your skin and reach outstanding rejuvenation results. It is necessary to consult your physician about the right regimen and about any other type of procedures you can combine Obagi with.

Are Obagi products safe to use during pregnancy or when nursing?
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Obagi® Medical and ZO® Skin Health have not performed clinical testing of their products on pregnant or nursing women to show that they are, or are not, safe to use. If you are pregnant, ask your Obagi MediSpa Physician or Skin Health Consultant what is the best choice for you.

Who is a candidate for plastic surgery?
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The best plastic surgery candidate is someone with realistic expectations and an understanding of the limitations set by medicine, technology, and each patient's own body. Good candidates have a strong self-image, and well-developed reason for pursuing a plastic surgery procedure. They are looking for improvement of a physical trait, knowing that while this positive change may enhance their self-image, it will not change people's perception of them. Dangerous motivations for plastic surgery would be purely doing it to gain popularity, or attempting to reverse recent life crises.
Is there a "right" age to pursue plastic surgery?
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There isn't any overarching rule as to the right age for plastic surgery. In fact, the appropriateness of a certain procedure should be determined more on a case by case basis, looking at the individual's unique body type and aging process. Of course, there are age tendencies for certain procedures. Facelifts generally are not performed on patients under 30, as mini-lifts or laser procedures might be suggested instead, but this is not a rule. Otoplasty, on the other hand, is appropriate for adults or patients as young as 5 years old.
What is the difference between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery?
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Cosmetic plastic surgery is performed to enhance or change a healthy, normal, functioning part of the body. Nothing but the patient's desire for physical improvement necessitates cosmetic plastic surgery. Reconstructive surgery, however, is intended to correct a physical abnormality caused by a birth defect, disease or tumor, physical trauma, or infection. The goal of reconstructive surgery may be to restore function or to achieve physical normality.
Where is plastic surgery performed?
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Plastic Surgeries are not performed within the Obagi MediSpa premises. Your initial consultation with our Plastic Surgeons will take place at Obagi MediSpa during which all plastic surgery recommendations and details will be discussed. Obagi MediSpa is affiliated with local hospitals and will arrange operating room times as needed.
How much pain is involved in plastic surgery?
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Each plastic surgery procedure carries a different level of discomfort, and requires different methods of anesthetizing. In most situations, the patient's preferences for safety and comfort, as well as personal pain threshold, can help determine what type of anesthesia will be used. Very minor, non-invasive surgeries might involve a topical anesthetic, while minor invasive surgeries may call for local anesthetic or local combined with sedation. In more involved surgery, general anesthesia is usually used.
Is plastic surgery outpatient or inpatient?
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Most plastic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. In some cases, usually when the surgery is very extensive or complications arise, an overnight stay might be required.