Parkbench Interview with Dr. DePasquale

Meet Dr. Kalpana S. DePasquale, DO at Avanti Medical Spa

Are you looking to combat the aging process of Mother Nature? If so, then you are at the right place. Avanti Medical Spa can help you reverse the hands of time and enhance your natural beauty. To revitalize your appearance, we offer the following cosmetic procedures:
Botox
Fraxel
Facials & Peels
Dermal Fillers
Visia Skin Analysis
Facial Waxing
To learn more about our spa services, contact us at 904.461.6797, or better yet come see us:
In St. Augustine, Monday thru Friday between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (NOTE: Office is closed for lunch from 12 PM – 1:15 PM). Avanti Medical Spa St. Augustine is located on Anastasia Island, 1.5 miles east of Flagler Hospital at 1301 Plantation Island Dr, Suite 401A, St. Augustine, FL.

What do you love most about the neighborhood?

There are so many different people constantly moving into this area so I feel like we’re in a small, big town. I meet people from Europe, people who are on vacation who come to me with a specific problem sometimes, or people who’ve recently moved from the North or West Coast. I just love the melting pot of all kinds of people from diverse backgrounds–I think that’s my favorite thing!

Top 5 Wrinkle Busters

As we age, lines and wrinkles are inevitable. Fortunately, there are multiple easy ways to help improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles or to significantly delay their development.
 

  1. Moisturize: By far, the most important thing you can do to improve the look of your skin and help ward off wrinkles is to moisturize – morning and night. A high -quality moisturizer will help plump fine lines, smoothing your complexion and keeping your skin from drying out.
  2. Hydrate: Skin naturally contains water, which functions as a protective barrier. As we age, that natural moisture diminishes, leaving your skin looking dry and wrinkled. Drinking plenty of water can help keep your skin properly hydrated, plumped, and smooth. And using a moisturizer, as recommended above, creates a physical barrier to lock moisture in.
  3. Kick the Habit: Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are two major wrinkle-inducers. In fact, one recent study showed that facial wrinkles can appear in smokers as young as 20 years old. Nixing your smoking habit can help reduce the damage to an extent, but long -term smoking will cause deep wrinkles and a leathery look to your skin. Alcohol is known to dehydrate the skin. Add the salt in some drinks like beer or margaritas, and sugar in sweet drinks like mojitos, and the drying effects on your skin are multiplied.
  4. Shun the Sun: The single biggest threat to skin is exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This causes photo-aging, which is to blame for most wrinkles. Staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing, and, above all, wearing a high-SPF sun-blocking moisturizer will protect your skin from not only wrinkles, but also skin cancer.
  5. Get Your Beauty Rest: Inadequate sleep causes your body to release more of the stress hormone cortisol, which can break down skin collagen, the protein that helps keep your skin smooth and elastic. It also limits natural production of human growth hormone, which promotes growth, thickens skin, and increases muscle mass.

Three Questions I Wish Patients Would Ask

Every time I step into a room with a patient, they will tell me what bothers them the most about their appearance. And, they immediately want to know how to fix it. Although I understand this completely, I find myself wishing they would ask me about so many other things. I like to take a thorough approach in my medical and aesthetic practices and I enjoy discussing prevention just as much as I enjoy giving people cures.
Here are the top three questions I wish my patients would ask . . .
What can I do to take better care of my skin?
Almost every patient I see in my medical spa is focused on Botox, fillers, and laser treatments. For some reason, they continue to use products on their skin that are ineffective in correcting skin tone and texture irregularities that occur with age. These patients may be worsening the appearance of their skin with harsh ingredients. Plus, their skin care methods may be the equivalent of washing delicate lingerie in Ajax. Not the best idea.
If I seek cosmetic interventions before the problem gets much worse, will I have a better outcome?
The answer to this question is a resounding YES! If you have small wrinkles, they can be erased much easier than large creases in your face. Volume loss is easier to correct before the skin starts to lose too much elasticity and before the skin folds over itself. You get the point – early intervention is key.
Does my health and nutrition impact my appearance?
In a medical spa environment, people tend to open up. They discuss their lifestyles and tell me they are too busy with life to eat right and exercise. Many of them take better care of their cars and pets than they do with their own bodies. I had one patient tell me she put the best gasoline in her high-end luxury car and bought the best gourmet cat food for her cat. However, she ate at McDonald’s at least once a day. To care for your pet or automobile than your own health is shocking to me.
What are you afraid to ask your doctor about your health? Leave your questions in the comments, and I’ll answer you openly and honestly!

Why You Need a Magnifying Mirror

In my practice, clients often inform me that wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin have magically appeared on their face, neck, décolleté and hands during the past six months.  I am continually shocked by this statement, since these issues take years to develop in order to get to the magnitude where people become alarmed by their appearance.
Aging begins in the mid 30’s and these changes can gradually develop over decades of neglect.  Subtle, yet ongoing changes are difficult for most people to recognize, and therefore they only notice the changes once they have become obvious.
In our 40s, our eyesight starts to decline and it continues as we get older.  In the blurred reflection, we tend not to see the negative changes that have occurred with age.  This is how most people fool themselves into believing they look great for their age.  Poor eyesight and poor makeup application can make you look like a caricature of yourself.  That’s where magnification becomes a handy tool!
I purchased my first magnifying mirror at the age of 35, so that I could examine my eyebrows more closely.  Not only was I able to see my eyebrows better, I quickly started to notice texture irregularities in my skin and large pores and even some dark spots.  I was able to spot signs of aging immediately as they appeared and I was able to correct these issues quickly.
I started to improve my appearance early on and I never had the opportunity to fool myself.  After all, the mirror may lie but the magnifying mirror always states the harsh truth.
Do you own a magnifying mirror? Grab one and leave us a comment about what you see. We’ll check back frequently and leave you advice for improving those areas and guarding against other problems in the future.