Cosmetic Procedures

Cosmetic Procedures & Skin Care for Men & Women in San Antonio, Texas

Most people didn’t take skin care too seriously in the past. Today, we have a much better understanding of the connection between skin health, overall wellness, looking terrific, and feeling good about ourselves.

Dr. Bucay has developed a healthy, anti-aging skin care strategy, which she and her team customize to your individual needs and skin type:

UV protection. This step is non-negotiable and vital for all patients. Sun triggers the production of free radicals, which cause your body to recognize suntan as an injury. It responds by creating enzymes called MMPs. They break down collagen and elastin to remove the damaged skin cells. When you are young, you are able to generate plenty of the collagen and elastin, which provides structure to your skin. However, as you age you produce less of these vital components. With increased breakdown and decreased capacity to repair, sun damage becomes more noticeable. Sunscreen blocks production of free radicals and breaks that chain of events.

Retinoids. More than 40 years of research has proven the skin benefits of these members of the Vitamin A acid family. They improve cell renewal rates, increase the manufacture of collagen, and inhibit the production of melanin (pigmentation spots). Topical gels and creams containing retinol, retinaldehyde, tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene are available over the counter and by prescription, in varying strengths. We recommend an appropriate one as part of every patient’s skin care program.

Topical anti-oxidants. Free radicals, those unstable molecules triggered by even small amounts of everyday UV exposure, air pollution, and normal metabolism cause premature aging of the skin. A healthy diet helps, but only about one percent of ingested anti-oxidants ever reach the skin. Products containing vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid, and phloretin applied in the morning help your body neutralize free radicals to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.

Collagen boosters. These topical skin supplements, such as peptides and growth factors, contain compounds that encourage your body to produce more collagen, the component that gives support and firmness to skin.

DNA repair. Over time, injury to skin results in strands of DNA with flawed coding – kind of like “typos” in an email. Often derived from marine algae and the mustard seed plant, DNA repair enzymes are like “spell check” for the skin. They help your body cut out damaged DNA and retype corrected strands, which transfers into new cells just like forwarding an accurate email message rather than one with typos. We use a Canfield Visia complexion analysis system to reveal damage that is not visible. If you get a high score, we’ll recommend this treatment.

That’s skin care, by the numbers, using the most advanced cosmeceuticals available today. By marrying the art of cosmetic dermatology with pharmaceutical quality ingredients, we deliver smart skin care that’s just right for you.