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By Skin Center
September 18, 2018
Tags: Dermal Fillers  

Find out how fillers smooth away lines and wrinkles for a more beautiful skin.

Wrinkly to New SkinAs we age our skin begins to change, and usually not in the ways that we had hoped. With the reduction of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production, it’s only natural that skin will begin to sag and lose tightness over the years. Certain areas of the face may also lose volume, increasing the amount of lines and wrinkles. Fortunately, our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologists offer a simple, non-surgical solution that could take years off your appearance.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are designed to give you younger-looking skin by increasing skin’s firmness and volume while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Just as the name suggests, fillers “fill” the areas of the face that have lost volume due to aging.

In most cases, dermal fillers are made from a substance known as hyaluronic acid. This is a naturally occurring substance within the body; however, as we get older our bodies stop producing this. By administering dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid into the skin, we can smooth away common wrinkles and lines such as laugh lines, crow’s feet and nasolabial folds. Furthermore, dermal fillers can also plump up volume in the cheeks or lips, and fill out superficial scars to reduce their appearance.

When will I see results?

This will depend on the type of dermal filler you choose. Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid will often produce results rather instantly, but with other dermal fillers, you may have to wait a couple of days to see the full results.

How long will my results last?

Results can last anywhere from 6 months to 18 months, depending on the type of dermal filler that you and our Fort Lauderdale, FL, cosmetic dermatologists decide is right for you. If you love your new results, know that it is possible to continue getting maintenance treatments every few months to refresh your appearance and keep your results.

If you are ready to rejuvenate your skin’s appearance and think dermal filler can offer the results you want, then it’s time to sit down with our dermatological team at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to find out whether you are an ideal candidate for dermal fillers.

By Skin Center
September 13, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Swim   Skin Care  

Woman at the pool in summerGive your skin the TLC it needs while still enjoying your pool days.

If the swimming pool is a second home to you, then you may definitely label yourself a swimmer. Swimming is a wonderful and refreshing workout that can help us lose weight, maximize muscle and strengthen our core; however, whether you choose to swim in a chlorinated pool or natural water, all that time in the water can certainly take its toll on your skin. It’s important to know just how to care for your skin the next time you jump into the pool for your refreshing workout.

Shower Right Away

This is the most important rule you can follow after you take a dip in the pool. You need to wash the irritants of the pool or water from your body using warm water and soap. Chlorine found in the majority of pools sticks to your skin and can cause rashes and other skin problems. To minimize irritation, you will want to jump into a shower right away.

The same goes for those who swim in the ocean or lake. Saltwater, algae and bacteria from natural bodies of water can cause redness, rashes, and other irritation.

Wash Your Bathing Suit

Besides just washing your body, you’ll also want to wash your bathing suit with soap to remove any possible contaminants from the pool or seawater. Don’t wear the same bathing suit twice unless the suit has been thoroughly washed and is completely dry.

Apply a Moisturizer

The chlorine in pools is meant to kill bacteria to prevent infection; however, these pool chemicals can also dry out your skin. To combat this, we highly recommend using a thick, cream­based moisturizer after your shower to keep dryness away. Most swimmers can get away with using an over­the­counter moisturizer from their local drugstore; however, talk to your dermatologist if you need a stronger moisturizer to take on your pool dryness.

Hydrate Yourself

Sure you just spend a lot of time in the water, but how much water are you actually consuming each day? Working out alone takes water out of our bodies, so it’s important to replenish as much as possible. Furthermore, drinking water is a great purifier for our skin and it keeps our skin moist. Drinking more water will also help flush out pool toxins and keep you hydrated.

To learn more about how to take care of your skin, call your dermatologist today!

By Skin Center
August 29, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Chapped Hands   Dry Skin  

Chapped hands can be painfulChapped skin can happen at any time of the year, from the warmest climate to the coldest. Whether it’s harsh chemical soaps, cold temperatures, or over­exposure to the sun, chapped hands are painful and inconvenient in any season.

What is to blame for this nasty problem? Unfortunately it has to do with a loss of moisture. Just washing your hands multiple times throughout the day can cause hands to peel and bleed. However, once you recognize your issue, then you can do something about it. Find out the best ways to care for your chapped hands to prevent this issue in the future.

Moisturize

If you want your skin to return to its once supple state, then you’re going to want to put back the moisture that you’ve robbed your skin of. Sadly, just drinking water just won’t cut it, although it is helpful. You must apply a moisturizer directly to your skin to combat this problem. 

The best way to prevent chapped hands is to start a moisturizing regime even before your hands start to feel dry. This way it’s already a normal habit in your daily routine, and you can keep your hands from drying out.

Some people are dealing with such deep cracks and bleeding that a light moisturizer isn’t going to do the trick. In this case, using a thicker product can be very effective, such as petroleum jelly or a rich moisturizer that contains cocoa butter or beeswax as an ingredient. For an even deeper moisturizing experience, trying putting this product on at night, and then wearing cotton gloves to bed.

Washing hands

It’s vital to wash our hands, and no one is recommending giving up this healthy habit. It can, however, wreak havoc on your hands! It’s important to follow these steps when washing: 

  • Use a mild soap
  • Avoid using hot water
  • Pat rather than rub your skin dry
  • Apply a moisturizer right away

While handwashing can be drying, hand sanitizer gels are even harsher on your skin. Try to avoid their use unless absolutely necessary, opting instead for a gentle wash.

If you are dealing with severely chapped hands and you can’t seem to find relief from your symptoms, then it might be time to see your dermatologist for treatment. Call us today!

By Skin Center
August 27, 2018
Category: Skin Care

Laser Hair RemovalHair often grows in some of the most undesirable places, such as the chin and neck (for women), the legs, arms, and underarms. Hair removal is a daily or weekly grooming process that can become difficult to maintain. If you want complete hair removal that will last much longer than shaving or waxing, go see a dermatologist at the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, for a laser treatment called The GentleYAG Laser System.

Unwanted Hair in Unwanted Places
It can be difficult to manage hair growth in unwanted places using traditional hair removal techniques. Shaving the hair eventually creates hard stubble that grows back after just a few days. Waxing can be painful and cause skin irritations. Patients who want a more reliable and effective way of removing hair and keeping it at bay opt for laser treatments.

The GentleYAG Laser System
If you’re ready for a more long-term hair removal solution, consult your Fort Lauderdale dermatologist about the GentleYAG Laser System. A laser light heats the hair follicle, causing it to fall out. A handheld device is placed over the targeted area and a cool spray of cooling cryogen liquid covers the skin to make the procedure easier to tolerate. Multiple sessions will ensure the best results. As is the case with most skin laser treatments, patients who have pale skin and dark hairs are usually the best candidates, but the GentleYAG laser can treat all skin types.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
After laser hair removal, you no longer have to shave every morning in the shower, or wax before a big event. You can put your tweezers away—no more painful, nervous plucking in the mirror. You will enjoy smooth, stubble-free skin for up to a year, sometimes longer, after repeated treatments.

See Your Dermatologist
You might be the perfect candidate for the GentleYAG Laser System, a specialized hair removal treatment offered at The Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Call (954) 500-SKIN (7546) to set up an appointment to consult with a dermatologist.

By Skin Center
August 17, 2018
Tags: Botox  

Botox has been used to help skin patients since the late 1980s. Its ability to “freeze” the muscles in the skin to make the face look botoxsmoother and younger has caused a rapid increase in its popularity over the years. Discover how a Botox treatment at The Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, can benefit your skin and give your confidence a boost. 

What Botox Does
Botox, short for Botulinum Toxin, is a liquid containing a purified neurotoxin. It has been used in a number of medical applications, including reducing hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and alleviating migraines. But the most common application is in dermatology. When injected into the skin, Botox stops the release of a neurotransmitter that causes the muscles to move in the face. When the muscles relax and stop contracting, deep lines and wrinkles begin to disappear.

The Benefits of Botox
If you are trying to avoid invasive plastic surgery while getting results similar to a facelift, Botox may benefit you. Your Fort Lauderdale dermatologist can target wrinkles in the forehead, smile lines, and frown lines. The results are temporary, but they can last several months before another treatment is required. After your appointment, you’ll begin to see results in about a week—just in time for your upcoming affair. Your skin will look and feel smooth to the touch. Botox could make you look years younger after just one session.

A Fast Skin Appointment
You don’t have to worry about spending a lot of time at the dermatologist’s office when you’re getting a Botox treatment. The visit will be very quick—about 15 minutes after sitting down, you can go right back to your normal daily activities. When the effect starts to fade, just call your skin doctor for a new treatment.

Discover Botox
Visit your dermatologist for a skin consultation to find out if Botox is something that would give you the results you’re looking for. Contact The Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at (954) 500-SKIN (7546) for an appointment with one of the dermatologists on staff.





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