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Aging and delaying the inevitable by Dr. Philip Young Bellevue Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Aging and delaying the inevitable by Dr. Philip Young Bellevue Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery: The skin is an amazing organ.  It protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate our body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.  Human skin is compromised of the epidermis, the dermis and the underlying adipose layer.  In the dermis, collagen fibers work to give strength and structure to the skin, while elastin fibers allow the skin to stretch and return to its original shape.  It is well established that sun exposure breaks down those fibers and is responsible for premature aging as well as skin cancer.  The most common signs of aging are:

  • Sagging and loss of elasticity
  • Enlargement of pores
  • Dryness and dehydration
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Telangiectasia

Sunscreen is, above all, the most important aspect of your skincare regimen.  We’ve all heard it so many times by our primary care physicians, dermatologist and plastic surgeons.  They’re not lying!  A broad-spectrum sunscreen must be applied every morning to prevent future damage.  Choose one that has zinc and titanium dioxide to ensure adequate UVA and UVB protection.  Topical antioxidants are also an amazing addition to your anti-aging skincare routine and will help everyone at any age.  In addition to a great preventative skincare routine, monthly microdermabrasion treatments or light chemical peels are great to assist in the penetration of active topicals.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding which products or treatments are best for you, feel free to call us anytime at 425-990-3223 or find us on our website

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Healthy skin is beautiful skin by Dr. Young of Bellevue’s Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Healthy skin is beautiful skin by Dr. Young of Bellevue’s Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery: As the body’s largest organ, the skin is the biggest sign of inner health.  The same poor lifestyle choices we make on a daily basis can damage the strength and health of our skin.  Smoking, consumption of too many carbonated or alcoholic beverages, sleep deprivation can decrease the amount of blood, oxygen and nutrients that your skin needs to stay beautiful.  The result can be premature wrinkling, dull and unbalanced skin. And who wants that? Vitamins play a huge role in reversing that affect.   Here are some basic Vitamins found in most products today.  The amount will vary per product line and the higher concentrations will always be found in clinical-strength products sold at higher retailers or your physician’s office.

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  • Vitamin A minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Vitamin B3 stimulates the metabolism in the skin
  • Vitamin B5 acts as a humectant while promoting healthy cell regeneration
  • Vitamin C naturally lightens, brightens and tightens the skin
  • Vitamin E works as an antioxidant and helps protect the lipids in the body, including cell membranes from oxidation.
  • Vitamin K can minimize the appearance of broken capillaries

If you have questions regarding your current products, please feel free to call our office anytime.

Happy New Year and hope you have a year of clean, balanced and beautiful skin!

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When is the best time for laser treatments by Dr. Philip Young Bellevue?

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Lumenis IPL Laser Hair RemovalWhen is the best time for laser treatments by Dr. Philip Young Bellevue? Getting your laser treatments such as; IPL and Laser Hair Removal are great to get done in the winter months.  Why?  That is when you are less likely to get sun exposure and you generally tend to be on the paler side.  This will allow the laser to pick up the pigment better on sun spots or the hair follicle, giving you the best results possible.  During the summer months you want to protect and maintain your results with antioxidants, a good broad spectrum sunscreen and let’s not forget…enjoy your new beautiful skin!

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Dry skin got you down by Dr. Philip Young of Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Dry skin got you down by Dr. Philip Young of Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery?  For many of my clients cold weather, turning on the heat in your car, office or home can really dry out the skin during the winter months.  We all love rosy cheeks, but when it becomes red, cracked or inflamed it can become a real problem.  There are many options to help relieve these symptoms without spending too much or taking up more of the precious minutes we have in the morning.  Start basic; use a creamy cleanser rather than a foamy cleanser.  You can also incorporate serums that contain extra hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Olive Leaf Extract, and Vitamin E without changing your daily moisturizers.  The Pro-Heal Serum Advance from IsClinical is one of my new favorites.  It contains Vitamin A, C, E and Olive leaf extract to help heal, supply antioxidant support and repair inflamed skin. Great for Rosacea, dry/dehydrated, acne, poor elasticity or thin skin.   If you just need an extra boost to your moisturizer, the Hydrating Complex from Skin Medica is lighter, absorbs quicker and will enhance the benefits of your current moisturizer.  And as always, apply SPF 20 or higher every day to help protect your skin from daily environmental stresses.   If your skin is extremely flaky or dry, come in for a microdermabrasion to rejuvenate and revitalize your skin and get camera ready for the holidays! You can learn more about our scientific approach to skin care here.


Natural Skin Lighteners by Dr. Philip Young Seattle

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Natural Skin Lighteners by Dr. Philip Young Seattle: Kojic acid and Arbutin are becoming more recognized as improving skin conditions such as Melasma, hyperpigmentation or “sun spots”.  How do they work?  They both inhibit Tyrosinase enzymes that produce melanin, thus controlling hyperpigmentation.  Kojic Acid is derived from Mushroom extract and also is a powerful anti-bacterial, antimicrobial, and has antibiotic properties.  Arbutin can be found in wheat, pears, bearberries, blueberries and cranberries.  Arbutin is also a great antioxidant and skin conditioner! We have several peels and products that have these amazing ingredients in them.  Call us today for further information at

Luxurious benefits of Lactic Acid by Dr Philip Young of Bellevue

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Luxurious benefits of Lactic Acid by Dr. Philip Young of Bellevue: Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid naturally found in milk and sugars.  It breaks down bonds (called demosomes) between cells to allow for easier exfoliation of dead surface cells and hydrates the skin. Just like glycolic acid, another popular AHA, lactic acid is very effective in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and hyperpigmentation.  Here at Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery, we have two different strengths of lactic acid peels which combine the benefits of TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid, another acid commonly used in peels) and other key ingredients like Vitaminc C, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid and more! The Sensi Peel has 12% Lactic acid and the Ultra Peel 1 which has 20% Lactic acid. For more information regarding our peels:

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Introducing PCA Peels to AFPS!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Introducing PCA Peels to AFPS | Dr. Philip Young! What kind of peel is good for me? What is the difference between peels?  These are always questions that arise during any skincare consultation.  I believe that there is a peel for everyone! It doesn’t matter what type of skin or condition, there is a peel for you! Some of my favorite peels are TCA Peels from PCA Skin. (  Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels are often thought of as very aggressive and producing substantial discomfort. PCA Professional™ TCA peels are very different from the standard. These TCA solutions are blends formulated with many ingredients including lactic acid (milk), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), plumping phytohormones and kojic and azelaic acids (natural skin lightener and antimicrobial) to produce dramatic results without the discomfort and downtime associated with traditional TCA peels.  Come in today for a complimentary consultation!