anti aging tomatoIt’s a yummy Tasty Tuesday in search of foods to fight aging skin… and who wouldn’t love sauteed shrimp atop a heaping bed of spaghetti with SPF-filled marinara….

Wait, what?

Well, tomatoes provide lycopene, which acts as a natural sunblock, preventing the UV damage that causes sun spots, dryness and wrinkles. Dr. Oz let us know cooking your tomatoes maximizes their anti-aging benefits making them one of the best foods to help fight aging skin.

kristy's shrimp

Kristy decided to share a tomato-filled dinner with her family and we think it looks pretty tasty this Tuesday!




We are loving the rest of the Dr. Oz’s post about what other foods are best for aging skin so feel free to read the rest!

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Happy First Day of Spring!

When we think of Spring we think of fresh, green grass.  Speaking of GRASS, we love sharing SkinMedica’s G.R.A.S.S. skincare regimen with our patients.  Wondering what G.R.A.S.S. has to do with your skincare?

G.R.A.S.S. is an acronym which stands for the important ingredients that should be in everyone’s skincare products.  Let’s take a look at what the letters stand for and why the ingredients are great for healthy, fresh skin.

G – Growth Factors.  They are naturally occurring proteins in the skin and repair damage that aging skin needs.  Multiple growth factors work together and are critical in repairing and remodeling the skin cell structure for effective anti-aging.

Dr. Clinton’s recommendation: SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum

R – Retinols/Retinoids.  This ingredient improves the appearance of fine lines, aging, and sun-damaged skin.  It encourages your skin to exfoliate, constantly revealing improved skin tone and texture.

Dr. Clinton’s recommendation: SkinMedica’s Retinol Complex .25%, .5%, OR 1.0%

A – Antioxidants.  Effective antioxidants provide your skin protection from free radicals, sunburning, and help maintain healthy skin.

Dr. Clinton’s recommendation: SkinMedica’s Vitamin C & E Complex OR Dermaquest Antioxidant Soothing Serum

S – Sunscreen.  The sun is responsible for breaking down your skin and making it susceptible to aging, skin cancer, and damage.  Everyone needs a sunscreen to protect from the sun’s damaging rays.  All year, everyday.

Dr. Clinton’s recommendation: SkinMedica’s Ultimate Daily Moisturizer plus SPF 20 OR Colorescience’s Sunforgettables SPF 30/50

S – Specialty Ingredients.  We customize everything here for our patients because not everyone’s skin is the same.  Specialty ingredients allow for that extra care that is needed for your specific skin concern.  (i.e. acne treatment, rosacea care, or hyperpigmentation brighteners)

Dr. Clinton’s recommendation: SkinMedica’s Lytera OR SkinMedica’s Redness Relief Calmplex

G.R.A.S.S. does not necessarily stand for the order certain products should be applied, but rather a helpful way to remember what ingredients are important to implement into your skincare routine.

Does your current skincare regimen have G.R.A.S.S.?  Need help finding which products contain which ingredients?  You are always welcome to stop in and speak with one of our skincare specialists.  We look forward to helping you!

What is the Maintenance Plan?  Our Maintenance Plan offers an outline for your skincare routine on a monthly basis.  This plan includes:  (2) IPL treatments, (2) Laser Genesis/IPL treatments, (6) SilkPeels, and (2) chemical peels.  These treatments last you for an entire year, are performed once a month, and offer a savings discount by paying for the package upfront.

Is the Maintenance Plan right for me?  The great thing about the Maintenance Plan is that it is for everyone. The Maintenance Plan is not a rigid series of procedures. It is a framework to allow us to treat patients with the procedures they need for an on-going and evolving basis.  We do not take a cookie-cutter approach, but rather a customized treatment plan that gives us the flexibility to treat each patients’ needs and concerns within a given sequence and time frame to achieve their optimal outcome.

For example, one of the treatments featured in our Maintenance Plan is the medical-grade microdermabrasion treatment called a SilkPeel.  A SilkPeel has a wide range of diamond shaped treatment bits (attachments) and topically-infused solutions to treat everything from the toughest skin to the most fragile. Chemical peels lie on a spectrum of mild-strong, which means you can have no downtime to several days of downtime. And IPL & Laser Genesis treatments can be adjusted to treat a variety of skin types and ethnic backgrounds while targeting a full range of concerns such as hyperpigmentation, facial redness, pore size and fine lines.

The Maintenance Plan is an excellent resource that keeps everyone on track – from the patient trying to correct problematic skin to the patient that is wanting to maintain the results they have already achieved – this is truly a plan for everyone!

Watch here as our patient Tawnya describes how this annual skincare plan works for her

Maintaining Healthy Beautiful Skin from Timeless Skin Solutions on Vimeo.

Dr. Clinton wanted to spotlight the newest filler: JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC and answer your frequently asked questions.

Juvederm Voluma XC

How do cheek fillers work?  They work by having less compressibility, while also adding a lift in the skin.  Most patients either want a more defined cheek bone or want a lift in the lower face.  Cheek fillers can treat these concerns.

Can cheek fillers take the place of surgical procedures like a face lift or cheek implant?   And if so, in what ways are fillers better?  They can take the place or prevent the need for surgical procedures.  It is better to think of cheek fillers as an alternative.  The volume of change can be adjusted by the individual amount injected – so the single largest advantage is the ability to customize the treatment areas for each patient.

How long will the effect of cheek fillers last?  Voluma specifically is seeing 65% of patients report they can still see a change at 2 years.

Does this procedure work on everyone?  Or are there exceptions?  This procedure works on individuals looking for less flattening of the face which happens with age and also patients needing lifting.   The placement of the filler can vary with age and skin thickness.  There are patients whom this filler is not indicated to use on and that would require a discussion with your physician.

How long is the procedure, and what is the recovery time?  The procedure can take up to 30 minutes.  There is very little to no down-time with the procedure – although bruising may occur.  It may take several days to weeks for all side effects to decrease such as: ability to feel the filler under the skin, bruising and swelling.

Does this procedure require more than one session?  And how much does each procedure usually cost?  Different fillers have different answers to this question.  Some fillers require several treatments to achieve optimal results, which will then need maintained.  Others require a period of time for collagen to produce – such as Radiesse and Voluma.  Prices range from $2,000 to $5,000 depending on how much cheek filler is needed.

How different will the patient look after the procedure?  The patient will look like their face has a more youthful appearance – with a softer curve to the face and not as much flattening.  Occasionally, some of the filler can be pushed under the eye area and the dark circles can be reduced in this area as well.

Do you have some advice on how not to look too “done” from fillers?  Go slow – more can be added at a later date.  If you are in your 30s most optimal results can occur from the first treatment, and then continuing to improve upon these prior results is recommended.  If you have aged beyond 40 with no prior treatments, it’s important not to expect every line to be gone with the first treatment.  When treating lines around the mouth it’s important to have patience if there are more than a few.  And no one wants the look of duck lips.  I suggest using a smaller amount of filler in these lines but a bit more frequently.

Studies cited that common side effects of this procedure include swelling, bruising, redness, pain and itching that can last up to 4 weeks—are there ways to lessen or eliminate these outcomes?  Yes.  Avoid omega supplements and antioxidants before treatment, as well as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and alcohol up to five days prior to procedure.  Taking a bromaine supplement, drinking pineapple juice the evening before, and using Arnica cream before the procedure can help.  Icing and pressure at time of the procedure are also helpful.  Finally, rate of injection is important and a slow, steady injection is preferred to lessen bruising.

Who can administer this procedure?  Physicians usually administer the procedure, but law varies state by state and RNs & PAs are able to inject in some states.  Other licensed professionals such as dentists have also received state approval to inject, but this again varies by state.  What credentials should we look for?  Please have someone who does this as their primary practice and not an adjunct to their practice.  Go to someone who does this frequently and has patients that will give you feedback on their experience.  Does the staff look like you would like to look?  Do the patients have the look that you want?

You May Need Voluma XC…

5.  Friends tell you that you look tired and you are not.
4.  Your face sags when you look down into a mirror.
3.  You put your fingers on your cheeks, pull upward and think – “there, that looks better”.
2.  You look in the mirror and wonder what your mother is doing there.
1.  You know a lift will bring back the way you want to look.

Dr. Clinton is thrilled to be the first to introduce the newest filler, Voluma XC.  Watch Dr. Clinton here on NBC4: treat her patient, and explain the benefits of this skin lifting product.

Columbus Dermal Fillers and Dads: “Brotox” And Beyond

According to recent studies, Botox and other cosmetic treatments for men have increased dramatically over the past 10 years.

How dramatically? About 260 percent dramatically. – source

Dads Deserve Good Skin, Too

Dr. Carol Clinton, Gail Hogan and patient David recently discussed products and procedures available and what brings the guys around.

“That’s it. I’m coming in.” Clinton said many patients say after seeing their wives or other women they know emerge with great skin.

Nice and Easy

A good way to get started is with the basics of skin care including a great cleanser, a treatment product and a sunscreen.

“It takes about a minute and you’re done,” David said.

The Next Step

All the treatments and products we offer such as dermal fillers, Botox and Dysport, Ultherapy and more can provide improvement for most everyone.

While we can improve just about everyone’s skin, it’s important to schedule a consultation so we can tailor our approach to your specific needs.

To learn more about what we can do for you, set up an appointment.



Looking for a Botox or Dysport Provider?finding the right botox and dysport provider at timeless skin solutions

While an injection of Botox or Dysport isn’t surgery, it’s still very important to select a provider that has loads of experience.

Making sure those injections get where they need to go demands a real familiarity with the muscles in the face and how the two relax those muscles.

Platinum Plus

Dr. Carol Clinton, Gail Hogan and patient Taylor recently discussed how you want a provider that’s performing a lot of these procedures.

Timeless Skin Solutions is one of the top 3 percent of Botox providers in the country and has earned the Platinum Plus designation.

Clinton is often called upon by fellow providers to share her techniques.

It’s in The Way You Move

“Almost everybody has an asymmetrical face, ” Clinton said.

“Some people have more: some people have less. So you have to know where you’re putting the Botox to see how the person’s face moves.”

Easy Does It

An experienced provider will be able to quickly and virtually painlessly get the injectable exactly where it needs to go.

Taylor said her apprehension about needles faded quickly.

“I couldn’t even really feel it, honestly.

“I’d definitely do it again.”

Clinton said when done correctly, getting Botox or Dysport is less uncomfortable than a hair trim.

“It’s not as bad as getting your hair pulled when you get it cut,” she said.

To learn what Botox or Dysport can do for you, schedule a consultation here.


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Botox and Dysport for The Rest of Us

We’ve seen the infamous housewives who look a little like their faces may break if they crack a smile.

That’s not for you?

We get it.

“I Don’t Want to Look Crazy”

We want you to be comfortable in the skin you’re in.

Significant improvements can be made with Botox and Dysport that don’t mean radical changes or frozen, permanently surprised looks.

Some Tips to Make Sure Your Botox or Dysport Looks Great

Select well – Be steadfast in picking a provider that’s experienced in Botox or Dysport. Be sure the practice bends over backwards to answer your questions and addresses ANY concerns you may have.

Dr. Carol Clinton is one of the top Botox injectors in the nation and is routinely called upon by other physicians to teach them her technique.

Be clear – Make sure you and your provider are on the same page when it comes to what results you want.

Let us know you are seeking a natural look and not something that seems too “done.” 

Keep those lines open – Let your provider know your satisfaction level following your treatment. If you keep in touch, they can maintain or improve your appearance at future visits.

We offer a free follow-up visit two or three weeks out from your initial visit to make sure you’re doing well and can tweak the procedure if need be.

To schedule a consult and learn more about what’s right for you, contact us here.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt may have battled with malignant melanoma.Timeless Skin Solutions offers a wide variety of sunscreen.

FDR’s advisors might have covered up the fact to prevent questions about leadership stability, according to reports.

Times change and President Ronald Reagan publicly announced his treatment for non-malignant melanoma in the ’80s.

A great deal of progress in sun damage prevention has been made since the ’40s.

While we can help with some of the issues from too much sun, an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure.

We have a variety of top-notch sunscreen products including those from Dermaquest, La Roche-Posay, SkinMedica and Obagi.

With spring vacation just around the corner, we encourage you to stop by our offices to let us help you pick out a sunscreen that’s right for you.


You might have heard the term “Baby Botox” bouncing around a lot lately. What does it mean?

Thankfully, this term does not refer to Botox for babies, but rather to the gentler outcome achieved by using tiny—or “baby”—amounts of Botox during treatment. It’s also been referred to as “Light Botox” or “Botox Light” and is ideal for patients who want to soften lines caused by muscle movement, without stopping this movement altogether.

It’s important to distinguish the difference between good Botox and Baby Botox.

  • Good Botox: A skilled injector will be able to use the standard amounts of Botox in a way that leaves a subtle (but noticeably improved) look. As a speaker at a Cosmetic Dermatology conference once said, “If you run into someone on the street, and they ask you who does your Botox, it’s not good Botox.” When it’s done well, the tell-tale signs of Botox—a heavy forehead, uneven brows, the “frozen” look—are virtually nonexistent.
  • Baby Botox: Because of the tiny amount used during treatment, Baby Botox is often barely noticeable. Facial expressions can still be made, even after it takes full effect, but they’ll be softened to allow some improvement of fine lines and wrinkles.

The human body has trouble maintaining collagen production in the areas where the skin is constantly creasing. This is why, as we age, the wrinkles stick around long after the crease is made. Botox works by relaxing the muscles that cause these wrinkles, giving the body time to build collagen and erase those lines. Baby Botox is such a tiny amount, that the muscles still move, creating wrinkles, but not as easily. The creases are less deep, so some collagen production will occur, keeping the skin more youthful and elastic.

Performers tend to be fans of Baby Botox because they need to be as expressive as possible while still maintaining a youthful look. The term is said to have been coined in the Entertainment Industry by film director Martin Scorsese, because he was unhappy with the “frozen” look of his actors.

The downside of Baby Botox is that the results don’t last as long, and treatment must occur more often for maintained results. As stated before, lines and wrinkles do not typically disappear completely with Baby Botox. A patient should still expect to have lines or wrinkles, but know they are softened and will not be as deep as they might without any Botox at all.

Regardless of how much Botox is injected, it is still a medical treatment. Make sure your provider is a skilled injector and performs this treatment often.

At Timeless Skin Solutions, Dr. Carol Clinton performs injectables and laser treatments exclusively—all day, every day. She’s a top injector in the country, doing more Botox than 98% of her peers. Call our office to schedule a consultation: 614-799-5100