Skin is the body’s largest organ and one of the most important. To achieve optimal skin health you must understand the various skin types and conditions as well as factors that can potentially cause damage. At the office of Dr. Mark Bishara and The Paragon Med Spa, we emphasize the importance of taking care of your skin. We offer SkinCeuticals products and treatments to help you properly treat your skin, and our staff can educate you on the products that are right for your own skin type.

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Sun Damage and Sun Protection
Accumulated exposure from the sun without proper protection has negative consequences. The three main types of rays that damage our skin are UVA, UVB, and infrared rays, all of which have the ability to penetrate skin and cause damage to cells and DNA. On the surface, this damage manifests as fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, and discoloration, but the most dangerous consequence beneath the surface is the risk of skin cancer.
To adequately shield skin from the sun, sunscreen needs to be a part of every daily routine. Options include physical UV-reflecting ingredients, chemical UV-absorbing ingredients, or a combination of both, but the most important thing to look for on a label is the term “broad spectrum”. This indicates full coverage from the entire spectrum of UVA and UVB radiation, whereas SPF only measures the length of time one is protected from the UVB rays responsible for sunburn.
Research has shown that sunscreen alone does not provide adequate protection from environmental damage. The average consumer does not apply enough sunscreen, therefore only obtaining up to half the protection stated on the bottle. Second, sunscreens only block 55%* of the free radicals generated by UV exposure. Finally, UV filters do not provide protection from damaging infrared radiation. For broad range protection against all sources of environmental skin insults, it’s imperative to use a topical antioxidant in conjunction with a daily sunscreen. Our SkinCeuticals products offer eight antioxidant products that have been clinically proven to provide optimal protection from the damage caused by UV rays and other environmental factors.

Environmental Aggressors

Natural protective antioxidants helps the skin repair itself, but when it is hit with environmental aggressors, this supply is quickly depleted. Without antioxidant protection, the skin can be damaged in both its appearance and long-term health.
The main environmental factors that contribute to skin damage are sunlight, infrared radiation, air pollution, alcohol, and smoking. These aggressors generate free radicals, which cause damage in the skin that compromises vital cellular components as well as the cells’ DNA. When cells can’t defend themselves, they then lose their ability to replicate correctly- and the visible signs include fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, discoloration, and potentially skin cancer.

The Importance Of a Proper Regimen

In order to maintain and improve the health and appearance of skin, a proper skincare regimen is essential. Although the specific products depend on skin type and skin conditions, every effective regimen must include three fundamental elements—Prevention, Protection, and Correction.
To “Prevent” accelerated skin aging and skin cancer, it’s imperative to use a daily topical antioxidant. This targeted range of products prevents skin damage by neutralizing the free radicals generated by UV rays, infrared radiation, and other environmental factors like pollution, alcohol consumption, and cigarette smoke. Photodamage created by the sun is the number-one cause of accelerated skin aging and skin cancer. In order to prevent this damage, it’s essential to “Protect” skin with sunscreen. To minimize lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and other visible effects of past damage, we offer products designed to “Correct”. These potent skincare products are formulated with powerful ingredients and advanced technologies to restore a healthier, younger-looking complexion.
These three components ensure an effective skincare regimen for maintaining and improving the health and appearance of skin.  To properly choose a skincare regimen and proper treatments we now offer Digital Facial Scanning at Dr. Bishara’s office.  The Reveal Computer Skin Analysis System is computer imaging software that takes high resolution photos and demonstrates areas of aging and sun damaged skin. After your digital facial scanning we can discuss proper SkinCeutical products and laser facial rejuvenation procedures that would correct your skin conditions.At the office of Dr. Bishara and The Paragon Med Spa- we can create an effective skincare regimen that is tailored to every unique skin type and condition. Our staff can prescribe additional in-office treatments that make it possible to achieve one’s skincare goals. Think of us as an essential partner for healthy, beautiful skin.  Please contact our office at (817) 473-2120 for further information or questions.

Ever wonder after getting a facial or chemical peel what makes your face feel so firm and fresh? There is a very important and common ingredient found in some skin care products. We all know that taking our daily multivitamins and eating healthy are important to our everyday lifestyle as well as keeping our skin looking beautiful, but did you know that we can also find our vitamins in our skin care products as well.  At Dr. Bishara’s office and The Paragon Med Spa we know the benefits of Retinoids for skin care.
Our epidermis is the outer most part of our body and is exposed to so many free radicals each day and it is also the organ to receive the least amount of vitamins from the foods we
eat and the supplements we take. This is why in order to protect the biggest organ on our body (our skin) we need to use good topical products to insure it receives all the vitamins it needs to stay healthy as well.
Retinoids are a form of vitamin A and essential to collagen production, wrinkle and inflammation reduction. Retinoids can be found in many different forms and can also have different side affects on the skin. Retinal is the alcohol form of Vitamin A which can convert to retinoic acid. Retinoic Acid is more commonly found in chemical peels and is used for more acne prone, problematic skin. Now although these are okay to use on the skin they can at times cause a little peeling depending on the strength and form thats in the product being used.
The next time you see our aesthetician at Dr. Bishara’s office & The Paragon Med Spa- please ask how Retinoids would be beneficial in your daily skin care regimen.  For more information about us, feel free to explore our website, or call the office today at 817.473.2120.


Got teen acne?

You’re definitely not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 100% of all teens have at least the occasional breakout. Acne strikes all teenagers equally, regardless of sex, race or ethnicity. Most teenage acne comes from hormonal changes during the teenage years.  Dr. Bishara and The Paragon Med Spa can help you and your children or teen learn more about how to properly take care of your skin.

Teen Acne Triggers:

Hormones released at the onset of puberty are responsible for the appearance of acne during the teen years. These hormones stimulate the skin’s sebaceous, or oil glands, creating an oily skin that is more prone to pore blockages and breakouts. There have been studies indicating that sress and diet can be additional acne triggers.

The Emotional Cost:

While acne is a physical problem, it also affects teens psychologically. Even if the acne is relatively mild, it may have a big impact on self-esteem and self-confidence. Parents need to understand that even mild acne may have a profound impact on the way their teen feels about themselves. Helping with treatment and support can go a long way in protecting and repairing a teen’s self-esteem.
It is important to start implementing a good skin care regimen around the age of 8, because this sets forth good habits that the child will carry out through their life. Starting with a basic 3 step regimen of cleanse, tone, and moisturize.  Making this a daily routine will also help their face become accustomed to controlling oil production.

What Can Be Done:

As the child enters into their teen years it’s good to take preventative measures to fighting acne as well, such as coming in on a once weekly or monthly visit for a facial and other aesthetic treatments to help prevent the seriousness of the acne and keep their skin scar
The next time you see our aesthetician at Dr. Bishara’s office & The Paragon Med Spa- please ask how help your child or teen with their daily skin care regimen.  For more information about us, feel free to explore our website, or call the office today at 817.473.2120.


As the season changes, it’s important to update your beauty regimen and fitness routines. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind:

Put your skin first-
As you’re soaking up that vitamin D, don’t forget to pay extra attention to protecting your skin. You’ll be exposed to more sunlight over the next few months, which means wearing sunscreen each and every time you go out is a must. Remember, UV radiation is one of the leading causes of premature signs of aging!
Get fit outdoors-
One of the best ways to spend more time outside is to switch up your workout routine so that you are exercising outside. Walking, jogging, biking and even yoga can all be performed in the great outdoors. However, you still must take the same precautions when working out in the fresh air as you do at the gym. Be sure you stretch thoroughly before and after your fitness sessions, and if you plan on jogging outside, give yourself at least two city blocks before and after you run to warm up and cool down with a brisk walk.
Stay hydrated-
Drinking plenty of water during this time of year can be beneficial both for fitness and beauty. H2O keeps you feeling great as you sweat it out on a jog or bike ride, and water can also keep your skin hydrated, giving you a healthy glow.
-Now’s the time for plastic surgery-
If you’ve been trying to decide when to finally get that breast augmentation or tummy tuck procedure you’ve been wanting, there’s no time like the present. Patients who are more interested in non-surgical options like Botox or soft tissue fillers don’t have to worry about rushing to the clinic however, as these procedures carry little to no recovery time.
Dr. Bishara offers cosmetic surgery procedures that help sculpt the appearance of the face and body to help patients look and feel their best. Breast augmentation, tummy tuck, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections and fillers are just some of the many procedures Dr. Bishara offers.  Please call our office at (817) 473-2120