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.

How To Defeat Aging!!

We are all struggling against the effects of aging. The more weapons we have to fight the monster of aging the better. Here are some weapons everyone should keep in her anti-aging arsenal. At the office Dr. Mark Bishara and The Paragon Med Spa- our main focus is to help patients restore or achieve their ideal appearance in order to feel confident about the way they look. Dr. Bishara and his staff are ecstatic to welcome you personally to our office and look forward to helping you very soon!

Our Paragon Med Spa has many different procedures that we offer which can be done as quickly over a lunch time with little or no down time such as our Lunch-Hour Facelifts, Fotofacial, skin tightening, and small areas for laser hair removal. Our aesthetician also offers many other services that can be done over a longer scheduled amount of time such as a Laser 360, tattoo removals, and bigger laser hair removal areas (legs, brazilian, back, etc.) Through the many options that are offered from our Paragon Med Spa we always have a solution for what you are wanting to achieve.
Please contact a member of our staff to see how we can help you fight aging signs with the following treatments:
  • Combine Botox and Fillers: Most of us have tried Botox. You don’t have to stop there, add some fillers too. Botox will soften dynamic wrinkles that occur as a result of continual muscular contraction. Fillers will restore volume and support. The combination is dramatic!
  • Invest in some laser treatments: The laser 360 is your best option. It combines three treatments in one procedure. The first step, Fotofacial, will remove unwanted skin discolorations such as pigmentation and blood vessels. The second step, NIR Skin Tightening will stimulate the production of brand new collagen and elastin. The final step is iPixel Laser Resurfacing restoring smooth texture All parts and layers of the skin are treated. The results are unmatched.
  • Stop the Abuse: Smoking, drinking alcohol, caffeine and drugs are not good for your skin or your body. They all accelerate the aging process. Stop!
  • Use skincare at home: Your at home skincare routine will help you maintain your skin as well as any treatments you may invest in. In addition to the basics (cleanser and moisturizer) everyone should be using an antioxidant, an exfoliant and an eye cream.
  • Wear sunscreen every single day: We know UV radiation causes cancer. It doesn’t stop there. When UV radiation is absorbed by the skin, it activates the body’s own natural substance MMP-1. This substance digests collagen. This means that when you are in the sun unprotected, you are digesting your own collagen! This is very bad!
  • Use Mineral Based Makeups: Try to find 100% quality mineral based make-up- especially after a LASER 360 or a chemical peel. Your skin has to breath for proper healing to take place, and most foundations and powders coat the skin, and trap oxygen from getting in. This can lead to many problems, if fact if you have tiny bumps under your skin, its probably do to your daily make-up routine. One ingredient to avoid is Talc, which clogs the pores, and irritants sensitive skin.
Dr. Bishara and The Paragon Med Spa’s unique treatments offer patients effective results through the most minimally invasive techniques. For more information about Dr. Bishara and his practice, feel free to explore our website at, or call the office today at 817.473.2120 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bishara.


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.