Skin Care

Rick J. Smith, MD

Plastic Surgery located in East Lansing, MI

Looking after your skin is essential for a glowing complexion and helps keep the signs of aging at bay, but with so many skin care products on the market and treatments available to improve your skin, it can be difficult to know which to choose. The esthetician at Rick J. Smith, MD, in East Lansing, Michigan, specializes in helping women care for their skin and enhance their appearance using hand-picked skin care products and esthetic procedures. To make an appointment, call the clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Skin Care Q & A

Why is skin care important?

Looking after your skin properly can make a dramatic difference in your appearance, transforming a dull complexion and bringing vitality back to your face. If you care for your skin, you’re less likely to suffer from signs of aging like crow’s-feet, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Adding carefully selected esthetic procedures to your beauty regime can also keep you looking youthful even longer.

Rick J. Smith, MD, provides comprehensive skin care services. The clinic has a selection of hand-picked skin care products from Skinceuticals, Avène, Physicians Choice™, and Mineral Mine™ that are proven to be effective.

What is the best skin care regime?

Skin care starts with proper nutrition and hydration, as what you eat and drink supports the health of all your organs, including your skin. Smoking and substance abuse are known to cause premature aging, so quitting any bad habits makes a significant difference to your skin. The essential elements in your skin care routine should be:

  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Sun protection
  • Rebuilding collagen
  • Antioxidant support

The products Taylor uses and recommends include everything you need to ensure you have a natural, healthy complexion. She carries out a skin care product assessment that she uses to create a treatment plan, including any in-office procedures as well as an individualized skin care routine for you to take home.

What esthetic treatments are available to improve my skin?

In addition to the skin care products Taylor provides, she also carries out several esthetic skin procedures, including:


Microneedling involves using a roller containing tiny needles that prick your skin as the roller passes over the surface. It’s designed to stimulate the production of new collagen fibers that firm up skin naturally. Microneedling is effective in treating scars, wrinkles, and large pores on your face.


Microdermabrasion uses an applicator that has a rough surface. When used on your skin, it removes the outer layers, revealing fresh skin underneath. It’s useful for treating a number of conditions, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Scarring
  • Melasma

Microdermabrasion also promotes new collagen growth, helping to improve the structure of your skin and keep it looking younger.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are an alternative to microdermabrasion, using specific chemicals to remove old and damaged skin cells and uncover the healthy, newer skin underneath. You can have light peels or stronger treatments, and Kathy advises you on which would be best for your skin type.

To make a skin care appointment with an aesthetician, call Rick J. Smith, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.