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Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen


Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Physical sunscreens such as Daily Physical Defense by SkinMedica, more commonly referred to as sunblock, contain active mineral ingredients titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. These ingredients which naturally give both UVA and UVB protection do not penetrate the skin but sit on the surface of the skin and deflect the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens such as Total Defense and Repair by SkinMedica, which do penetrate the skin, actually absorb or scatter the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens have a tendency to be more irritating to sensitive skin since multiple ingredients are combined to achieve the UVA and UVB coverage. Chemical sunscreens usually rub in easily while Physical Sunscreen can be a little thicker.

So, which one is better?

Physical Sunscreen is the ideal everyday choice, but it’s not waterproof and it must always be applied with your hands. Chemical Sunscreen is better if you are going to be exposed to the sun for extended periods of time because it can be offered in a convenient rub-free, water-resistant aerosol can. The most important point I would like to stress is one must be willing to wear sunscreen daily to protect your skin’s health and your aesthetic investment.                        

Drains and why we use them in Cosmetic Surgery

Drains are used in all of the Surgical fields, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology and Plastic Surgery etc… The purpose of a drain is to evacuate fluid from building up in an empty space or a potential space where the surgery was performed.This helps lower the chances of post operative complications and infections.

What actually is a drain? Most are small, hallow tubes, made of silicone that we place in the empty space and then outside of the body they are attached to a small bulb that creates suction. This allows us to keep fluid from building up in the operative area.

In Cosmetic Surgery they are often used in Tummy Tucks, Face Lifts, and some Breast surgeries. Tummy tucks are probably the most common instance. In a tummy tuck the drain removes the fluid that naturally builds up between the top of the abdominal muscles and the overlying fatty tissue. Without a drain in place, the fluid would just collect and distort the appearance of the abdomen and could lead to wound healing problems. In most instances that we use drains we remove them not based on time but on how much fluid is actually draining out. When the output is low enough, the drain is removed. Usually this ranges from a day or two up to a week.

So, while not terribly popular with patients, drain are sort of a ‘necessary evil’ that helps your surgeon get the best outcome with your cosmetic procedure.

Lee Corbett, MD

Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and Med Spa

I have Split Ear Lobes…now what?

Repairing a split earlobe is a pretty common event in our office yet we are surprised to learn that a lot of our patients had lived with split lobes for years. Unaware that repair was possible.

The whole process takes about 10 minutes per ear and is done in the office. We numb the ear with a shot of local anesthetic, remove the extra skin that has grown over the split, and repair it with sutures. And then you hop up and go along your way.

We need to remove the sutures at about 1 week and you can re-pierce the ear at about the 3 month mark. Problem solved!

Lee Corbett, MD

Don’t Skip the Growth Factor

allysonWhat aging skin really needs are Growth Factors. Research shows that Growth Factors have the potential to enhance resiliency, increase collagen production, improve the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, age spots, wound-healing, and the overall tone and texture of skin. Growth Factors work to stimulate biochemical pathways that promote skin tissue repair and regeneration. The more Growth Factor you have, the better the outcome you can expect.  In this case, more is MORE. This is why we carry SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex.  TNS is a highly concentrated formula containing Matrix proteins, Soluble Collagen and antioxidants.  It is made up of 93.6% Human Growth Factor!!

We recommend cleansing, toning then applying TNS, your antioxidant, RETINOL and any other specialty product you use such as a brightening agent.  If you are one who likes to simplify your skincare routine,  try is the TNS Essential Serum.  Essential Serum is a 2 chamber, all-in-one product containing 93.6% growth factor, 7 antioxidants to prevent free radical damage and specialty ingredients to brighten the skin.  Just add a retinol at night and a sunscreen in the morning and you are ready to go.

For more information on skin care or if you would like help in perfecting your skincare routine, call for a free consultation with me, Monday through Friday, 9-4:30.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic


Breast Implant “Profiles”…what does it all mean

Breast implant profilesBreast Augmentation is the most requested cosmetic surgery in the U.S. every year and has been for many years running. As its popularity continues to increase, the variety of implants has increased as well. I’d like to take a minute to go over the different Profile options as this is confusing for many patients.

For decades implants came  “one size fits all’ however now there are many profile options: Ultra High, High, Moderate, and Low ª. What the ‘profile’ of the implant refers to is its’ width and its’ height or projection.

For example, if you have two implants that are both filled with 350cc, the high profile won’t be as wide as a moderate profile implant, but it will project out more. The higher the profile in the order the more narrow the implant and the more it projects. What this allows for is the more narrow breasted woman to get more volume or the appearance of more volume.

Other than that, there is no difference in the implants at all. They are made the same way, have the same warranty, and the cost is the same. It just allows us to best suit the needs of our patients who all come in different shapes and sizes.

Lee E Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MedSpa

ª Mentor, Allergan and Sientra are the three manufacturers of implants and they each have their own profile nomenclature.

“A Labia-what…Are you kidding me ?”

Chaturanga? Yoga Knicker - Black

I have certainly heard that question along with a look of disbelief when I discuss Labiaplasty Surgery. So, “Yes”, there is such a thing as Labiaplasty surgery and it is more common that you may think.

“Why?”, you ask? Well, there are several reasons women request labiaplasty. Primarily the patients are unhappy with the size of their inner labia, the labia minora. Common problems are dissatisfaction with their size, pigmentation, or lack of symmetry between the two sides. Many women with large labia also complain of problems and embarrassment when they wear the Lululemon type yoga pants / leggings or are in their bikini or bathing suit. Others experience discomfort when they exercise, particularly those who enjoy biking or spin class. Discomfort during intimacy is also an issue for some patients. Finally, many women simply have large, redundant and uneven labia that result from aging, childbirth, hormones or may just be the way they were born. While their anatomy is entirely normal, they simply do not care for the appearance of their vulva and choose to have some of the extra skin removed to give a more pleasing appearance.

If you have specific questions about the procedure please call our office at 502-721-0330.

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MedSpa

What is Vaginal Rejuvenation?

Vaginal Rejuvenation encompasses a group of procedures intended to approve the appearance of the vaginal area and eliminate some common problems women complain of.

Often times patients complain that their labia are too large. This presents problems for them during some sports/exercise, intercourse, or more often is an issue when they are wearing yoga pants / leggings / bikinis. And some patients simply do not like the appearance of their labia because they feel they are too large or uneven.

The procedures that correct these issues typically take less than an hour, are done on an outpatient basis, and allow for a return to normal activity within a few days.

If you would like to learn more visit our website at

Lee Corbett, MD

Medical Director Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MedSpa