Dr. James Campbell has been treating the appearance of veins on men and women for 30 years now at Hot Springs Surgery and Vein Clinic. It wasn’t until 2009 that he and his wife, Susan Campbell, brought skin care and aesthetics into the practice. Susan has been managing the clinic ever since.
From dermal fillers, face-lifts and Botox to basic skin care solutions, the clinic does it all, and Susan is passionate about helping people feel good about themselves and stay healthy.
H.S. Surgery and Vein offers a free consultation with every appointment to evaluate the patient and advise on the best treatment to address each person’s specific needs.
“First of all, I like to keep it as simple as possible. The first thing that we do is identify problem areas of the skin. Then we identify the type of skin, whether it’s oily or normal or dry, and their age. That all affects what their routine is,” Susan said. “Generally, the simpler, the better, because if it’s too complex, they’re not going to follow it. We add in things that are necessary to treat problem areas, but basically what we want to do is cleanse and moisturize the skin, and that varies by person.”
In doing that, Susan said, she tries to use the purest ingredients possible without a lot of additives. She said the first thing they recommend to everyone is the Clarisonic brush, which is a cleansing brush.
“When we started this, (Dr. Campbell) took good care of his skin but he never used a Clarisonic brush. I bought him one back in 2010 and he has sworn by it ever since. He uses it every single day,” Susan added.
Regular use of the brush paired with a facial cleanser can improve, among other things, softness, radiance, firmness and improved texture of the skin.
After the skin has been cleansed, Susan said the next step is to “turn over the skin,” which can be achieved with a number of different moisturizing products and toner, if needed.
“If you are taking care of turning over your skin, you should have a good barrier there. The outer portion of your skin is a barrier and that barrier, when it is solid, protects the skin and Susan said the main “must-do” daily morning steps are cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen.
“Sunscreen should be used 100 percent of the time when you’re outside, or even driving in a car, or sitting in a room with windows. You’re always going to get those rays so you always want to protect your skin from sun damage,” she said.
At the clinic they recommend the Elta MD skin care line for sunscreen because of the quality of the protection.
“Dr. Elta created the product and he created it as a dermatologist to make sure he protected his patients. The thing that he found was zinc oxide. Zinc oxide protects better than anything else. And price point-wise, Elta MD is a third less for the quality of the product than anything else out there,” said Susan.
When it comes to indoor tanning, Susan said the use of tanning beds is “very foolish.”
“I think that it causes more damage and people do it because they think that it makes them look healthier and more attractive, and actually the reverse is true. As they age, they will age quicker. That’s not to mention the danger. If we just ignore the danger of people getting skin cancer, just ignore that, it’s still going to make your skin leathery and less useful long term.”
Susan added that there is really no safe way to tan outdoors, either. If you do go out in the sun, you must always wear sunscreen, especially on your face, as it’s more sensitive.
“You can go out in the sun, you can enjoy the sun, your children can enjoy the sun. They don’t need to be totally protected from that. They need to have sunscreen applied, and you need to apply sunscreen. What people do is apply a little sunscreen and they forget to reapply it, and then they get burnt. That doesn’t help,” she said.
Aside from establishing a productive skin care routine, the clinic offers other services such as laser treatments for skin spots and discoloration, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and custom weight loss plans.
“Our goal is to come up with affordable, quality skin care that is simplified and works for the patient. If it doesn’t work, I tell them to bring it back. If they’ve used it for two weeks, bring it back and get something that works,” Susan said. “If you’re doing a consultative skin care approach where you’re really looking for something that works for you and you find a system that works, you’re going to do it. You’re going to benefit from looking better and you’re going to be happier and you’re going to want to continue to use it.”