Tips for Dealing with Skin Issues from Wearing Masks

Experiencing “Maskne”?

If you’re experiencing breakouts from wearing a face mask for long periods of time, know that you are not alone. Many of our patients have asked us for product recommendations to help clear up their skin. Here is what we shared with them:

  • Lytic Gel Cleanser has antimicrobial properties to help clear blemishes.
  • Purifying Toner helps clear skin of surface bacteria that can lead to breakouts and helps control visible shine.
  • Lytic Tx products are for daily use and help unclog and clear pores of impurities.
  • Lite Renewal Facial Lotion helps optimize the function of the skin.

August “maskne” special: Purchase the Lytic Gel Cleanser, Lytic Sport and Lite Renewal Facial Lotion and get the Purifying toner for free ($30 value).  While supplies last.

Help SCPS Support Furry Friends – September 12-19

Virtual Event Features “Hairy Pawter” Theme

Sneak Peek:

Join Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery in support of our favorite local no-kill cat shelter and adoption agency, Furry Friends. This year, their annual auction goes virtual and has a “Hairy Pawter” theme to it. If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, there will be lots of items to delight you. All proceeds from the event will go towards the organization’s medical costs and operating budget for the kitties. Furry Friends is an all-volunteer organization and the cats get all the proceeds.

The auction begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, and will end on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9:00 p.m. Please go to the auction website for a sneak peek at items. 

COVID-19 Update: Beginning to Offer Non-urgent Appointments with Precautions in Place

We are now starting the process of reopening our office to non-urgent appointments beginning next week on May 11th.  In Washington, we cannot resume non-urgent surgeries until further notice from Governor Inslee. This is anticipated to be no earlier than May 18th

Facemasks at Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery

We are focusing first on safety

At Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery, the health of patients and employees is our first priority, so strict safety measures have been put in place, including:

  • Asking each patient how they are feeling at the time of scheduling.
  • Checking each person’s temperature at the door.
  • Asking all patients to bring and wear masks. If this is not possible, then we will provide a mask to patients who don’t bring their own.
  • All of our staff will be wearing masks and other personal protective equipment.
  • Extra cleaning and sanitizing of the lobby and exam rooms.
  • Minimizing or eliminating waiting in our lobby. Patients will be instructed to call us from their cars once they arrive in our parking lot

Note: Visitors are not allowed to clinic appointments with the patient unless the patient is disabled and needs help to come to their appointment. If the patient is a child, then one parent can come with them to their appointment. Patients having an operation at our ambulatory surgery facility are allowed one visitor.

To make an appointment:

Call (360) 823-0860 or contact us through our website at

Resuming non-urgent medical procedures

If you had a previously scheduled surgery or procedure that was postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will receive communication from our office. Priority will be given to the most urgent cases.

Thank You for Helping Us Support Furry Friends

Thanks to your help, Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery was able to donate $10,000 to Furry Friends, a no-kill cat rescue and adoption agency in Vancouver.  Dr. Virginia Huang presented the organization with a check during their annual dinner and fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. 

This year’s dinner was a costume tribute to the Star Wars franchise. In the photo below, you can see SCPS Social Media Specialist Ione Janik holding her cat, BJ, along with other SCPS staff. Above, Dr. Huang presents a check to the organization.
Start practicing your spells for next year, which will feature a Harry Potter theme!

Patients Are Happy with This Type of Surgery

Regular readers of this newsletter may have become accustomed to learning about the non-surgical aspects of our practice.  We are surgeons though, and I thought it might be nice to discuss some of those procedures over the next few months.

Richard Green, MD, FACS
Richard Green, MD, FACS

I am often asked what operations are the most enjoyable to perform.  I usually answer any operation that makes the patient happy.

Some of our happiest patients are those who have undergone breast reduction.  
Not only do they feel better about their appearance, but they also no longer have back, neck and shoulder pain. Their clothes fit better and they no longer feel so fatigued by the end of the day. Plus, the procedure might possibly be covered by insurance.  

We generally do these outpatient operations in our surgery center which makes for a nice experience overall.

At Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery, we are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding procedures. Please call us at (360) 823-0860 or contact us

Dr. Green Visits Australia for Cutera Conference on Lasers

Dr. Green and his wife, Nancy, enjoyed a trip to one of the friendliest places in the world at the end of March.

He was honored to serve as moderator for the Cutera Clinical Forum in Sydney, Australia, a conference which brought together physicians from all over Australia, New Zealand and Asia to learn about new ways to get the most out of their medical lasers.

While there, he also took advantage of an opportunity to attend a meeting of the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, a breakfast gathering that took place on a boat in Sydney Harbour. As immediate past president of the Vancouver Rotary Club, he was eager to meet Rotarians and their guests from the other side of the world. It turns out that they talk as much about American politics as we do!

Australia has a Medicare for All system (similar to what is being proposed here by various presidential candidates), but most Australians who can afford it still buy private health insurance so that they can access health care services in a more timely fashion.

In Sydney, sunrises tend to be more spectacular than sunsets. Dr. Green took an early walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to catch the Sunday morning sun coming up over the iconic Sydney Opera House.