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17Jun/14Off

Skincare at Every Age

Everyone knows that it is important to have a regular skincare regime, but it's also important to update your skincare regime as we age. In the earlier years, protecting your skin from sun damage and finding the right skincare routine is key, but once you get into your 40s you will need more anti-aging treatments and even more sun protection treatments  in your skincare routine. Dermatologists in Torrance are aware of cosmetic treatments that can rejuvenate skin and bring it back to health. This infographic provides tips and steps to skin care methods through your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50+.

 

Laser Skincare in Torrance

5Jun/14Off

The Options for Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Laser skin treatment in Chattanooga, TN

When people talk about ageless beauty or skin treatments that turn back the clock, most often the image people think of is plastic surgery or BOTOX. What most people don’t realize is that there are other treatment solutions that doesn’t involve surgery or needles, like laser skin rejuvenation. Laser skin resurfacing has slowly gained interest as technology has become safer and much more accurate.

Over the last decade, laser skin rejuvenation has become a popular treatment option for skin rejuvenation, seeing a 199% increase since the millenium. It is easy to see why more and more patients have opted for laser treatments due to the fact that most laser procedures are virtually painless and require little to no downtime. Here are 4 different treatments that can offer skin rejuvenation using laser technology.

Clear + Brilliant (or Laser Microdermabrasion)

Clear + Brilliant is a revolutionary, gentle laser treatment that is clinically proven to fight the effects of aging skin. Clear + Brilliant helps improve tone and texture providing your skin a radiant, youthful glow. The treatments last up to 30 minutes and patients may experience mild side effects for up to 12 hours after treatment.

Thermage CPT

This laser treatment works by using radiofrequency technology to safely heat the deep layers of your skin to treat fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating your body’s natural skin renewal process. Thermage CPT can also smooth uneven skin and temporarily reduce the appearance of celllulite. The treatments last up to 90 minutes for below the neck areas and 45 minutes for the face. Most Thermage CPT treatments require little to no downtime.

Ultrapulse TOTALFX

Is a form of fractional laser treatment that stimulates new skin and collagen formation in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars by improving pigmentation, skin tone and texture. The Ultrapulse TOTALFX treatment utilizes a very narrow laser microbeam to treat the deeper and surface layers of the skin to eliminate signs of aging and stimulate new skin formation. The treatment takes about 30 minutes and patients will discover improvements in fine lines, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation, tone and texture for the next 6 months.

Fraxel re:store Dual

Fraxel re:store Dual is a revolutionary laser treatment that emits many tiny beams, deep into your skin to remodel the collagen in your skin to keep your skin youthful and tight. The most popular feature about this laser treatment is that they beams are focused on a fraction of your tissue at a time in order to minimize the recovery time. The best results for the face will last anywhere from 20 to 25 minutes, with 3-5 treatments every 2 to 4 weeks apart.

Contact a skin specialist or visit a facial rejuvenation center for more information about how to benefit from these state-or-the-art laser skin rejuvenation treatments.

 

5Mar/14Off

What is a Liquid Face Lift?

Cosmetic surgical procedures tend to have a certain connotation to the word. When thinking about having a cosmetic surgical procedure many patients tend to think about the risks, pain, recovery time, costs of surgery, or even how long to take off of work. Because of this, many people stray away from the requirements of a cosmetic surgery and instead choose non-surgical options that do not require as much as cosmetic surgeries do.

Non-surgical procedures like injectables were created, to provide immediate results for minor improvements with minimal risks, little to no downtime and, better yet, at a fraction of the cost. Introducing the Liquid Facelift. A liquid facelift involves a combination of dermal fillers and/or injectables injected into specific and targeted areas of the face to achieve similar results that of a cosmetic surgical facelift.

The major differences between a liquid facelift and a surgical facelift are:

  1. The results are not permanent, like any filler or freezer the results are temporary as the filler and freezer substances are absorbed by your body over time.

  2. In the short term, the costs are much less than a surgical facelift, however, due to the transient nature of injectables the costs can add up over time.

  3. A liquid facelift does not remove sagging skin in your neck area.

  4. The liquid facelift is great if you don’t have the down-time for the recovery of a surgical facelift. Liquid facelifts have no downtime.

  5. If  you are concerned about the pain, recovery, risks and cost of a surgical facelift, a Liquid Facelift is great alternative.

Another common question among patients is what treatments are used during a liquid facelift? A treatments used in a liquid facelift will determined by your skin care provider as each treatment depends on the individual. Most Liquid Lifts will include dermal fillers such as  Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Radiesse and Restylane used in conjunction with injections of botulinum toxin, like Botox and Dysport.

Botulinum toxins work by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles reducing muscle activity and thus smoothing out the area. Dermal fillers restore lost facial volume by filling in crevices, smoothing wrinkles and restoring facial contours.

Depending on the individual and the injectables used, the results can last up to 1-2 years as some injectables have a longer life than others. Although we can’t stop aging, we can certainly delay the effects with a liquid facelift. Consult your local physician, nurse or aesthetician to find out if a liquid facelift is the right solution for you.

Liquid Face Lifts in Beverly Hills

5Feb/14Off

Differences between Dermal Fillers and BOTOX

If you are considering injectables for your anti aging solution, chances are that you have wondered about the differences between BOTOX and dermal fillers. The biggest difference between the two is that BOTOX is a muscle relaxer and products like Juvaderm and Collagen are fillers.

BOTOX is more for dynamic wrinkles or creases caused by movement, like frowning or squinting. Bototulinum toxin, which is in BOTOX, temporarily impairs the nerve functioning of the muscle, so the relaxed muscle is unable to produce the movement that results in the wrinkle.

Dermal Fillers are best for wrinkles or creases when your face is relaxed, also known as static wrinkles. These static wrinkles form over time as the skin loses its elasticity. Dermal fillers help to reduce these type of wrinkles by adding volume to plump up the tissue, providing a natural, more youthful look. There are also fillers like Radiesse and Sculptra that jump start your bodies natural production of collagen, which delivers longer lasting results.

Both of these two solutions have different products that yield different results, depending on your goals. In addition to BOTOX, there is another product called DYSPORT which works very similar to BOTOX, however DYSPORT can spread a little further and may show results slightly faster.

Similarly, dermal fillers also have several different product options, such as, Juvederm, Restylane, Scuptra and Radiesse. Juvederm or Juvederm Plus is the “next generation” smooth gel filler that has become very popular due to the ease of insertion and minimal discomfort. Juvederm Plus is a little thicker than Juvederm, which works better on deep folds and creases. Restylane is also made of a substance called hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally found in our body, but similar to collagen, we also lose HA as our age matures. Restylane allows physicians to subtly “sculpt” your face to restore fullness. Sculptra is a collagen replacing dermal filler that is injected a bit deeper. This is a great option for those who have lost excessive fat in their face, filling out hallowed temples and for shallow wrinkles. Radiesse is similar to Sculptra in that it is also a collagen replacer that also stimulates your bodies natural production of collagen. This calcium-based dermal filler is thicker than most fillers and is especially good at adding volume to deeper wrinkles and folds.

Since everyone’s body is different, it would be wise to consult a physician at your local Medical Spa to get more information on the best solution for your goals.

31Jan/14Off

Cosmetic/Medical Dermatology

I have severe acne and new wrinkles, where should I go?

In this day and age, there are more cosmetic procedures available to you than there has been ever before. If you have ever been concerned about your appearance and sought out on remedying your imperfections, discovering the best treatment for you can certainly be an uphill battle. This is because there are many many services offered by either certified medical or cosmetic dermatologists, or people that pretend to be so.

Your first step in seeking treatment for dermatological imperfections is to search locally. Search yelp and discover the local places that treat your issue. Next, you want to vet that location through their website. Ensure their physicians are board certified cosmetic or medical dermatologists. For example, this cosmetic dermatologist in Manhattan Beach lists her Board Certified status right on the home page of the website as well as within her bio. You can also take the step to ensure your dermatologist has Board Certified standing by searching for them in directories such as The American Society of Dermatological Surgery (www.asds.com). Also take some time to ensure past patients were satisfied with their results through the testimonials/reviews or the photo gallery.

Do I need a medical dermatologist or a cosmetic dermatologist?

This depends on what your concerns are with your skin. Medical dermatologists diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases that affect the skin, hair and nail, for example, skin cancer. While a cosmetic dermatologists treats the skin, hair, or nails using a treatment that is meant to improve the patient’s appearance rather than treat a disease. For example, a cosmetic dermatologist can treat wrinkles or acne while a medical dermatologist can treat skin disease and also acne. Many times, Cosmetic dermatologists are also medical dermatologist and sometimes even surgical dermatologists. This just means that they have the skills and experience to treat all of your dermatological needs.

Does this mean a cosmetic dermatologist can perform surgery?

Yes, IF that cosmetic dermatologist is also a surgical dermatologist. As mentioned, many dermatologists practice not only medical dermatology but cosmetic dermatology, surgical dermatology, as well as medical dermatology. Some examples of treatments dermatologists perform that fall into cosmetic dermatology are surgery to diminish acne scars, injecting dermal fillers such as Juvederm Voluma or injectables such as Botox to give the aging face a more youthful appearance. Another example would be laser surgery such as the Intese Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial to diminish or remove small veins, age spots, tattoos or wrinkles.

What examples fall under medical dermatology?

Medical dermatology is the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases that affect the skin. Diseases such as acne, lumps or growths, moles, rosacea, skin cancer, uneven pigmentation, or melasma are some examples that medical dermatologist can treat.

3Sep/13Off

ASAPS Trends: Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Every year the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery compiles statistics on the year’s before trends in cosmetic surgery. The statistics vary through the years but typically include “Plastic Surgery Timelines”, “Top 5 Surgical and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures”, “Economic, Regional and Ethnic Information” and “Top 5 Cosmetic Surgeries for Women and Men”. These statistics are great for understanding the Plastic Surgery industry and even for consumers to know the most popular treatments offered in the industry. The following is a quick rundown of the top non-Surgical treatments in the plastic surgery industry and why they rank at the top of the list.

Since the ASAPS began the statistic of “Top 5 Non-Surgical and Surgical Cosmetic Procedures” in 2000 there have been three major contenders that have ranked the top three within the non-surgical category for at least 9 years. These top contenders include Botox, Hyaluronic acid (Dermal Fillers), and Laser hair removal known for their effectiveness and low cost. The last two places in the top 5 rankings usually change between different laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels known also for their value and effectiveness. The 4th and 5th positions in the ranking can be determined by new trends within the industry in those years as laser technology has soared in the most recent years.

Botox and Hyaluronic Acid

Botox and Hyaluronic has continued to rise to the top of the ranks every year popular for its cosmetic uses particularly as the number one solution for wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other unsightly facial lines. Botox is a prescription medication while hyaluronic acid (dermal fillers) does not require a prescription. Hyaluronic acid as actually found naturally in the body which makes it a good choice as a dermal filler because of its compatibility with your body. Botox is also FDA approved for migraine headaches and excessive sweating but also used for other surprising uses not FDA approved such as Gummy Smile, Botox “boob job”, and hair rejuvenation.  Botox is ranked #1 and used widely for many different reasons because of its easy access, application, length of treatment benefits, and the effects of the treatment. Hyaluronic acid is found in naturally in the soft connective tissues and in the fluid surrounding your eyes. When this gel is injected it behaves like cushion or pillow to support your facial structure that might have lost volume and elasticity due to aging. Hyaluronic acid is also currently used to treat aching joints of those with arthritis to ease pain. Botox is supplied in almost every city, has an 82% improvement rate within a week, takes 30 minutes to apply, and lasts an average of 4 months. Dermal fillers are also immediately available in most cities. Hyaluronic acid comes in a few different forms unlike Botox such as Juvederm, Radiessse, Restylane, and Sculptra. The application is similar to Botox, taking only 30 minutes however the efficacy of the treatment can last from 9-24 months depending on the hyaluronic acid brand. The usability, accessibility, and ease of Botox and hyaluronic acid makes it easy to see why Botox and hyaluronic acid still ranks in the top 3 non-surgical treatments for the last decade.

Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion

Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion have also landed a few spots on the ASAPS Top 5 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures over the last decade however their strength is not as great as that of Botox and hyaluronic acid. They are however still on the top 5 because of their ease of access and they are the least invasive procedures to improve the appearance of your skin. Chemical peels improve acne and acne scars, age and liver spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, irregular skin pigmentation, rough skin and scaly patches, scars, and sun-damaged skin. Chemical peels use a gentle chemical solution to smooth skin while Microdermabrasion uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin to remove the thicker, uneven outer layer. Microdermabrasion is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun-damage, and to lessen the appearance of stretch marks.  Unlike chemical peels, the microdermabrasion technique also helps to thicken collagen, resulting in a younger complexion.  Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels work to make your skin look smoother, younger, and smooth by gently removing the damaged outer layers. Microdermabrasion application can last for about 30 minutes with very minimal discomfort while a chemical peels, depending on the strength can last from 10 minutes to 2 hours with some resulting temporary redness, hyperpigmentation and stinging.  Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are widely used and continue to rank on the top 5 lists because of their ease of access, no downtime and effective results.

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments have also been a staple of the ASAPS Top 5 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatment Statistics. More specifically, Laser hair removal has continuously ranked on the chart at the # 3 top ranked non-surgical procedures over the last few years. Other laser treatments such as the IPL treatment and laser skin resurfacing treatment have grazed the charts over the last few years as advanced laser technology begins to soar. Laser hair removal is an obvious choice for a top rank on the ASAPS statistics as men and women from young to old benefit from the treatment effects. Laser hair removal works by producing beams of highly concentrated light into hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles then absorbs this light destroying the hair. Laser hair removal is so common because of its precision, speed of treatment, and predictability. The laser can treat an area the size of a quarter every second while some areas can be treated in less than a minute and a larger area up to an hour. 90% of patients have permanent hair loss after an average of three to five sessions making laser hair removal more appealing than waxing, shaving, or tweezing. Laser skin resurfacing such as the Fraxel re:store Dual system has grazed the statistics with its presence here and there over the years however, time will tell as this laser has a 66% “worth-it” rating from Realself.com, a educational community of patients, dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons. The Fraxel laser skin resurfacing provides skin resurfacing with minimal downtime using wavelength technology used to address pigmentation, acne scars, photo-damage, and discoloration with fast recovery pain-free.  This laser skin resurfacing is similar to the benefits of a chemical peel or microdermabrasion with less redness and pain.

Well, there you have it, the most common treatments in the non-surgical cosmetic statistics by the ASAPS and why they make the charts. Only time will tell what will be on the charts next year but we have a very good feeling that Botox, hyaluronic acid, and laser hair removal will still rank top 3 on the statistics. With laser technology advancing, it’s very possible next year we will see a bigger trend in the laser non-surgical cosmetic industry.

 

23May/13Off

Should 20 Somethings Have Botox?

Recently there's been a lot of noise about younger people choosing to have Botox Cosmetic and whether or not this is a good thing for them to do at this young age. The mindset that these 20 something year old's are taking is that they want to prevent wrinkles before they happen and they feel that Botox is something that can help them in the fight against aging.

And if you're not familiar with Botox, where have you been!  It's a neurotoxin that is injected into wrinkles, and/or little folds in the face that relaxes the surrounding muscles and nerve endings causing the wrinkles to smooth out.  It's become a beauty secret among many women across the world today.  Actually, I shouldn't leave the men out as many men are now choosing this simple treatment to get rid of unwanted facial wrinkles.

The Media's Spin On 20 Somethings Having Botox

The media has chosen to highlight 2 main issues; safety and effectivness of having the treatment at 20 something versus having it later in life to treat existing wrinkles or problem areas.  The main story goes on to say that of the 6.1 million Botox injections performed in 2012 almost 100,000 of those injections were for patients in their 20's which represents about a 10% increase from the previous reporting period.

A dermatologist is quoted as saying, "the younger you start the younger looking you will stay."  Which I'm quite sure not all dermatologists will agree with.

Should 20 Something Year Old's Start Botox Treatments Before They Begin To Age?

There's been no real definitive conclusions on this, some have started as early as 18 but many dermatologists say they refuse to inject anyone under age 30.  It's really a personal decision between you and your doctor that you'll need to make if you're considering it and you're in your 20's (or even younger).  More information on the ABC new story here.

22May/13Off

Botox Cosmetic – Is it Right For You?

Only you and a qualified doctor can determine if it's right for you, and if you're looking for  Botox Cosmetic in the Manhattan beach area this blog post will provide some very relevant information for  you.  First, let's talk about what Botox is and how you go about having the procedure done.

First and foremost just be aware that it involves injection of Botox directly into the skin, so if you're squeamish about needles or shots you'll want to know that up front.  It's the price of beauty, right?  Overall, the goal is to reduce the visible signs of aging, specifically to treat wrinkles, fine lines and crow's feet. I recommend this procedure to patients who want younger, more vibrant skin. Botox is a great alternative to other cosmetic treatments because it does not require general anesthesia or cutting.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Botox?

The ideal candidate for Botox cosmetic is someone who is between the age of 18 and 65. Interested candidates should also be in good physical and mental health. Additionally, people who want to get Botox cosmetic should have realistic expectations.  It is important to note that Botox is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  I always perform a thorough evaluation on my patients to make sure that they are good candidates for Botox.

How Long Do The Results of Botox Last?

For most patients, the results of Botox will last anywhere from four to six months. However, it is important to note that individual results can vary. Patients will have to periodically get Botox injections if they want to maintain the results.

What Are Some of The Potential Side Effects of Botox?

Botox is a very safe procedure, and the vast majority of my patients do not have any problems with it. Temporary bruising is one of the most common side effects, but it will usually subside with two weeks. Eyelid drooping, headache and allergic reaction are other potential side effects, but those are extremely rare.

How Do I Prepare To Get Botox?

Patients who consume alcohol should avoid drinking for at least one week prior to their procedure. I also recommend that patients avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications at least two weeks prior to their procedure. Anti-inflammatory medications have been shown to increase the risk of bleeding.

Is Botox Painful?

Patients may experience discomfort during this procedure, but it is usually brief and minimal.  If the patient is concerned about the discomfort, then I will numb the area with a topical anesthetic or cold pack prior to administering the injections.

How Long Does This Procedure Take?

The entire Botox procedure can be completed in about 10 minutes. In fact, many of my patients come in my office during their lunch break, get the procedure done, and then go right back to work. There is no downtime necessary.

27Feb/12Off

Services For Dermatology San Diego Residents Can Use For Acne Scar Removal

The path to a clear and blemish-free complexion has eluded many individuals throughout their lives.  Whether battling acne or acne scars, these people have suffered from both the physical aspects of these skin conditions and the emotional pain and discomfort that they cause.  The good news is that the services for dermatology San Diego residents can use, provide a vast array of options in acne scar treatment which are designed to help people look better and to feel better about themselves.

Learning Which Acne Scar Removal Technique Is Right For You

Different acne scar removal options can help people to enjoy smooth and blemish-free skin.  While acne is in and of itself a very difficult cosmetic issue to deal with, the deep pits and obvious scarring that acne can create, will often lead to social discomfort and embarrassment as well.  By selecting the right acne scar removal technique for your cosmetic needs, you can begin experiencing confidence and self-assurance again.  A consult with a medical professional who specializes in dermatology San Diego, will help to define the nature of your skin care needs.

Eliminating Acne First

One of the first and most crucial steps in dealing with acne scarring is dealing with the acne that you presently have.  While blackheads, if left alone, will generally not cause scarring in the traditional sense, they will leave unsightly tiny black holes wherever they exist and thus, they should be removed by either skin care professional or a professional blackhead removal system.
The professional removal of blackheads ensures that no scarring is created during the process of forcibly removing them.  With the right techniques, these can be gently lifted out of the skin without causing damage to the surrounding tissue and skin.  For moderate blackheads that are present in the T-zone, pore cleansing strips can be used to free the blackheads from the pores at home, however, more invasive and professionally performed techniques may be required for stubborn areas.  White heads and boils should also be addressed as well, as these can both lead to future scarring.  In some instances the services for dermatology San Diego residents can use will even recommend the use of antibiotics to resolve existing infections.

Moderate Acne Scars

Called macules, the red-brown scars that a healed pimple can leave behind are often relatively easy to get rid of.   In fact, these are just clusters of dead skin cells that have bonded together.  With time, these will lift directly off of the face when washing with an exfoliating cleanser or facial cleaning instrument.  They will then reveal new and healthy skin beneath.  These tend to be the most moderate and the most common form of acne scarring.  A dermatologist will usually recommend the best at-home skin care regimen and products to remove macules or may suggest professional treatments for lifting these away.

Deep Scars And Pitting

Deeper scars are often successfully treated with professional dermabrasion processes.  In these, the upper layers of skin are abraded away to be replaced by healthy and new skin.  This process is certainly more invasive in comparison to pore cleansing strips and exfoliating techniques that can be performed at home, however, it is definitely less invasive than many other cosmetic facial treatments.  It is also very effective in addressing scars that have a greater depth than macules and helps to create a smooth and ever surface when used on ideal dermabrasion candidates.
Pitted acne scares are those that have a greater range of depth.  These are generally much more difficult to treat as they affect more of the different skin layers and impact the skin texture as much as they do the uniform coloration of the face.   Dermabrasion is one popular option for making skin improvements when pitted acne scars are present.  There are also surgical punch techniques that can be employed by the Services for dermatology San Diego residents can use with greater levels of efficacy.  These generally entail the surgical removal of scar tissue and the suturing of the site as well as the insertion of replacement tissue.  Speaking with a reputable skin care professional or dermatologist in the San Diego area will help you to learn more about the different options that are available to those with your level of acne scarring.

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