Tired of having to pluck, wax, and shave every few days? Dealing with thick, dark and unsightly hair in visible areas such as the chin or shoulders? If so, a dermatologist can provide you with a more effective solution for getting rid of unwanted body hair faster and easier. The answer lies in laser hair removal.
Plucking and waxing can be painful and shaving can leave you with ingrown hairs and irritation. None of these methods are fun. Plus, you have to keep doing it every few days or every week if you want smooth skin. Why go through the hassle when a dermatologist can help you get rid of hair without ever having to lift a finger?
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. This procedure makes it easy to get smoother skin without having to deal with tweezing, shaving, or waxing. This non-invasive laser treatment can treat just about any part of the body; however, it’s most often used to treat the,
- Upper lip and chin
- Bikini line
Thanks to advanced laser technology, our dermatologist can provide patients with a safe, effective, and comfortable laser treatment to help them target and remove unwanted hair for the long term. Most laser systems offer a built-in cooling system to make treatment as comfortable as possible. Depending on the size of the treatment area, laser hair removal can take as little as 10 minutes for regions such as the upper lip or chin and as long as one hour (for a full back).
Since hair grows in cycles, you will need to get several laser hair removal sessions to ensure that our dermatologist removes as much of the hair as possible. The average person will get anywhere from 4-6 sessions. During laser hair removal, the handheld device will be directed over the skin to target and heat up the hair follicles to destroy them, preventing them from growing back. While laser hair removal will not permanently get rid of the hair, it will help the hair grow back fewer, finer, and lighter so they are far less visible.
If you think laser hair removal could help you feel more confident in your appearance, then your cosmetic dermatologist can give you the smoother results you want before summer hits.
If you’ve suddenly noticed your skin breaking out in a red, itchy rash, you could be dealing with dermatitis, a common skin condition that often leads to a red, swollen rash, or dry and intensely itchy skin. Sometimes dermatitis can even cause oozing or scaling blisters to form. This condition may be embarrassing but don’t worry—it isn’t contagious.
The most common types of dermatitis include:
- Contact dermatitis: occurs when an allergen comes in contact with your skin
- Eczema or atopic dermatitis: most commonly inherited
- Dyshidrotic dermatitis: often appears on the hands and feet
- Seborrheic dermatitis: a type of dermatitis that often affects the scalp (dandruff)
The causes really depend on the type of dermatitis you have. For example, contact dermatitis occurs when you come in contact with an allergen such as certain detergents, poison ivy, or nickel. Eczema most often runs in families and occurs more frequently in those with allergies or asthma.
With dermatitis, it is common to experience flare-ups with bouts of remission. Common symptom triggers include environmental or hormonal changes, stress, or certain irritants (e.g. new detergents; perfumes).
Since the symptoms of dermatitis are similar to other skin conditions, it is important to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. Some types of dermatitis can be diagnosed through a simple physical exam; however, if your dermatologist believes that your symptoms are due to an allergic reaction, then allergy testing may be necessary to determine what’s causing your dermatitis.
Those with mild symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and topical creams to stop itching and redness; however, a dermatologist can create a customized treatment plan based on the type of dermatitis you are dealing with and your symptoms. Along with home care (e.g. oatmeal baths; cold compresses) and over-the-counter medications, a dermatologist may also prescribe stronger antihistamines, topical steroids, or oral medication to ease more serious flare-ups.
Your dermatologist can also discuss ways to prevent flare-ups including treating and preventing dry skin, using a proper moisturizer, and implementing necessary dietary changes. Some patients also find that alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage therapy help reduce the number and severity of flare-ups.
If you are experiencing symptoms of dermatitis, it is important that you see your dermatologist right away for care. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will experience relief.
Tattoo removal has become one of aesthetic and medical dermatology's most sought-after services. Read on to learn about how this treatment works.
Dermatologists mostly use Q-switched, or quality-switched, laser instruments for tattoo removal. Short, focused bursts of light break up the tattoo pigment that lies embedded in skin. With repeated treatments, the pigment particles eventually clear the body, and the tattoo lightens or fades away completely. Your skin doctor will tailor your treatments to your skin and to your tattoo.
Skin doctors find that older tattoos composed of darker hues such as brown or green respond best to laser removal. Colors such as red or yellow are more easily retained and may not fade completely.
These treatments are best performed by a board-certified dermatologist who will examine your skin and your tattoo, review your medical history, and give you the safest and most effective treatment options available.
The American Society for Aesthetic Surgery reports that skin doctors performed more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures in 2013, and those numbers continue to rise. In just a few treatments, many patients experience complete erasure of their body artwork.
After your tattoo removal
As you may have some blistering, bleeding, and swelling after your laser removal procedure, you must treat your skin gently afterward. Keep the area clean and dry to avoid infection.
Additional aftercare involves:
- Avoiding sun exposure
- Keeping the treated skin covered
- Wearing loose clothing over the tattoo site
- Applying antibiotic ointment or cream as directed
If you want a tattoo removed...
See your board-certified dermatologist for a personalized consultation. They have the credentials, skill, and tools to do the job safely and effectively. Call your skin doctor today to find out more about removing tattoos.
Say goodbye to that embarrassing double chin with Kybella.
Do you have a double chin? Do you try to hide it with turtleneck sweaters and scarves? While some people can lose that double chin through weight loss treatment, if your double chin is due to genetics or age then our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologists have a simple solution that could help you get the more defined chin you want without having to turn to invasive procedures or surgery.
What is Kybella?
Kybella is the only FDA-approved injectable that uses a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which destroys fat cells within the chin by breaking down fat. When Kybella is injected into the chin it kills fat cells so the cells can no longer store fat. Kybella is exclusively used to treat submental fat (“double chin”).
How many treatments are necessary?
Every cosmetic treatment that our Fort Lauderdale, FL, cosmetic dermatologists offer is customized to fit your needs. The number of sessions will depend on the severity of fat around the chin. Each treatment session is spaced about one month apart and requires multiple injections. Some patients will require up to six treatment sessions, with most people seeing an improvement within 2-4 sessions. It only takes a couple of minutes to administer Kybella.
Is there a recovery period?
There is no downtime associated with Kybella. Once you receive the treatment you are free to go back to your routine. It is normal to experience tenderness, redness or bruising at the injection sites, but this will usually go away within a couple of days.
How long will my results last?
Once Kybella is injected into the chin it goes to work destroying and absorbing the fat cells. Once the cells are destroyed they will not be able to store fat again. This means that results are permanent and you will not require additional treatment afterward.
Who is a good candidate for Kybella?
As with any cosmetic treatment, it’s important to be realistic about the results you can achieve. Most healthy individuals who feel self-conscious about their appearance due to a double chin are often great candidates for Kybella; however, a consultation with one of our dermatologists is always necessary before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.
From pediatric dermatology and cosmetic services to plastic surgery and massage therapy, Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a one-stop shop for all of your skincare needs. If you want to discuss whether Kybella is right for you then call us today at (954) 500-7546 to schedule a consultation.
How Dysport from your dermatologists in Fort Lauderdale, Florida can help you look younger.
Do you want to look younger? Of course you do, but those little frown lines and other tiny wrinkles are starting to show. Well, now you can do something about it! The answer is Dysport, a unique dermal filler material designed to minimize the frown lines appearing at the top of your face, your forehead, and between your eyebrows. The dermatologists at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida offer a wide range of skincare and anti-aging services including Dysport treatment, to help you look younger.
Dysport is a dermal filler designed to fill in the tiny lines and wrinkles which happen as you get older. Your skin changes as you age, losing both moisture and elasticity, so when you show emotions, your skin doesn’t snap back and smooth out the way it did when you were younger. The result is lines and wrinkles forming across your forehead, between your eyebrows, and in other parts of your face.
That’s where Dysport comes in. It’s designed to treat moderate to severe frown lines between your eyebrows, and it works by targeting specific muscles and reducing muscle activity. Your Dysport treatment begins with an injection of the dermal filler into each of the five points between and above your eyebrows. It temporarily prevents muscle movements that cause the frown lines, but leaves your remaining facial muscles moving naturally.
When you choose Dysport, you will enjoy these amazing benefits:
- A more natural look, because Dysport targets specific muscles, so your face will still move naturally
- Quick results, because you will begin to see benefits two to three days after treatment
- Long-lasting benefits, which can last up to 4 months, with just one 10 to 20-minute treatment
- Minimal downtime, which allows you to take on the day, knowing you look your best
If you want to fight the signs of aging and look your best, you owe it to yourself to discover Dysport. To find out more about Dysport, dermal fillers, and additional anti-aging and skin care services, call the dermatologists at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida today.
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