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Cancer patient, 33, feeling ‘very old.’ Any safe skincare suggestions?

Q: I was diagnosed with lymphoma approximately nine months ago and I have undergone treatment. Although I’m in remission and very happy, I started to look very old and dragged down. I am 33. Is there anything I can do that is safe and would make me feel better?

Carlos Wolf 2018
Dr. Carlos Wolf

A: The short answer is yes! I have many patients like you who are very happy that the cancer is in remission but would also still like to look good.

Oftentimes I get pushback from the oncologist. I like to have the blessing of the oncologist to determine if it is safe for you to have treatments without risk of infection and/or complications. Once this is been established, I have found that patients are very satisfied and feel much more like their “old self.”

Often, I find patients who have had chemotherapy to have very dry and “abused” skin. I like to get aggressive with skincare treatments that help hydrate and rejuvenate the face. In our office we like to use Skinceuticals products that accomplish this.

During the time patients are starting their treatment, we often have them undergo a hydra facial which intensely hydrates and reinvigorates the skin. Depending on your type of skin, we will then recommend different types of skincare products.

Patients often have volume loss with chemotherapy and they will appear as if they have lost weight with facial volume loss. I like to correct this volume loss with various different types of hyaluronic acid fillers. Some of these include Voluma, Juvederm and Restylane. Each filler has its own characteristics and its own uses.

In addition, I love using Botox and Dysport in order to give a patient a chemical brow lift with the removal of wrinkles.

The combination of all or any one of these treatments will make you look much healthier and will make you feel better as you look at yourself in the mirror. You can go about your regular life with minimal-to-no residual appearance of your lymphoma. You’ll look like your “old self.” Maybe even better.

Dr. Carlos Wolf is a partner in Miami Plastic Surgery and is board certified. Email questions to him at For more information, videos, and before-and-after photos, follow @carloswolfmd and @mpsmedspa on Instagram.