Posts for: May, 2019
Patients visit Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL for improvement on a range of issues caused by aging including sagging skin, smile lines, and skin discoloration. One problem that some patients report is the dreaded “double chin.” An injectable called Kybella may be a solution. Understand how Kybella works and the benefits of this revolutionary chin treatment, then take time out of your schedule for a skin care consultation.
What Is Kybella?
Kybella is made with an ingredient called deoxycholic acid, which slowly breaks down fat under the skin. When injected, Kybella can significantly decrease the look of a “double chin,” restoring the neck area to a slimmer and more youthful appearance over the course of several months. A double chin is caused by excess fat that builds up over time, causing the chin to dip lower due to the natural effects of gravity. After Kybella is injected, the fat cells eventually leave the folds of the chin and are eliminated as waste. You may need up to six sessions with your dermatologist to get the best possible results.
The Kybella Procedure
Your Fort Lauderdale, FL skin doctor will examine your chin carefully and outline several injection points. The needle is gently inserted over the course of about 15 minutes as you lie back in your chair, relaxing. You should be able to return to most normal activities after the visit. Additional sessions will be scheduled about a month apart.
One important advantage of Kybella is that once the fat cells go away and you get your chin to look more contoured, you likely won’t have to revisit your skin doctor again for future treatments. Your lower face, neck, and chin will continue to look younger, smoother, and svelte. Also, for many patients having injections is preferable to having a surgical procedure.
Is Kybella Right for You?
The team at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL is eager to help you achieve the better-looking chin that you want. Kybella just might be the right solution for you. Call (954) 500-7546 today to schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist.
Who wouldn't want to stop shaving, plucking or using messy depilatories to remove unwanted body hair? If this describes you, please explore laser hair removal from the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale. Your team of four board-certified dermatologists recommend this state-of-the-art aesthetic skin treatment to patients with healthy skin, giving them the smooth appearance they desire.
Targeting the hair follicles
That's what the Gentle YAG laser system does. Using a highly focused beam of light applied with a small handheld laser, the Gentle YAG de-activates hair growth from follicles on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, legs, underarms and bikini line. Hair falls out and does not regrow for months. When it does come back, it is lighter, finer, scant and may be retreated as needed.
How it works
After your Fort Lauderdale skin doctor examines you and discusses your aesthetic goals, your medical aesthetician applies a mild numbing cream to your skin. Then, they use the Gentle YAG laser to focus a tiny light beam to the targeted areas. The Gentle YAG system has a built-in cooling system which mitigates the mild heat the laser produces.
Treatments take anywhere from just a few minutes for a small area to an hour for larger areas such as the legs. Patients report a light stinging or snapping sensation as the light is applied. Afterwards, they may feel some mild soreness and see a bit of redness on the skin.
As weeks go on, you will need additional treatments--up to 10--to completely eliminate unwanted hair. Body hair grows cyclically; that's why you'll need additional applications of the Gentle YAG laser.
Laser hair removal succeeds best with fair-skinned people who struggle with thick, coarse, dark hair. However, patients with darker complexions and/or lighter hair can receive laser treatments, too. Rest assured that your dermatologist will outline a care plan perfect for your age, health, and skin type.
Laser hair removal frees you from nuisance hair and all the at-home hygiene routines which take too much time and really don't work well. Why not contact the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale? Come in for a skin consultation, and ask about one of our most popular aesthetic services--laser hair removal. Phone the office team at (954) 500-7546.
Does your face sometimes appear extremely red and flushing? While a slight blush is certainly nice, if the blush is severe or widespread you may be dealing a common condition known as rosacea. People with rosacea often liken their redness to looking like they are sunburned even though they are not, and the redness often appears across the nose and cheeks but can spread to the forehead, as well.
Along with redness those with rosacea may also experience:
- Stinging or burning
- Hard bumps that look similar to acne
- Visible blood vessels
- Thicker skin (in more advanced cases)
Rosacea is more common in women than men, as well as those over 30 years old. Rosacea is characterized by flare-ups of redness that may go away and then come back when in contact with certain triggers. Common rosacea triggers include:
- Heat or cold
- Spicy foods
- Certain skincare products
- Certain medications
It’s important to note when you experience triggers to figure out what might be causing your flare-ups so you can avoid them whenever possible.
There are no over-the-counter medications designed to treat rosacea, so the only way to get the proper treatment you need to get your symptoms under control is to see a dermatologist. There are certain prescription medications that may be prescribed to lessen your symptoms. These medications include:
- Certain drugs and topical medications that reduce redness
- Oral antibiotics (to kill the bacteria responsible for inflammation)
- Isotretinoin (for severe and unresponsive rosacea cases)
In some cases, your skin doctor may also recommend laser therapy to reduce redness and the appearance of blood vessels. Common laser therapies for rosacea include dermabrasion and intense pulsed light therapy.
Along with medication and laser therapy it’s important to be gentle with your skin and to always wear sunscreen before going outside. Choose a sunscreen that offers full-spectrum protection and has an SPF of at least 30. Even on cloudy or windy days you should apply sunscreen. Also be aware of certain products and makeup that could also be causing flare-ups. There is also makeup on the market that can conceal redness.
If you think that your redness may be the result of rosacea isn’t it time you got answers? Schedule a consultation with our trusted dermatologist today.
Excess facial or body hair can be troublesome for both men and women. Although common, removal methods such as shaving and waxing are temporary, time-consuming, painful and often yield poor results. It’s no wonder more and more people are opting for long-lasting, convenient hair reduction via laser hair removal.
With the use of advanced laser technology, your dermatologist can treat most areas of unwanted hair successfully, conveniently and with fewer complications than other methods. Professional laser treatment is a non-invasive approach to permanent reduction of hair, which can easily treat large areas of hair growth in a short period of time.
In-Office Laser Hair Removal
Performed by an expert dermatologist, laser hair removal works by penetrating the skin with controlled pulses of light that are absorbed by the hair follicles. Without damaging the skin and with minimal patient discomfort, the laser energy destroys the hair follicles and significantly impedes their ability to re-grow. Following treatment, patients enjoy smooth, soft skin and a long-lasting reduction in unwanted hair.
Since hair grows in cycles, the total number of required treatment sessions varies by patient skin type, hair color, and hair coarseness. Common areas treated with laser hair removal include the legs, arms, back, shoulders, underarms, upper lip and the bikini area. Darker-colored hair is typically more responsive to laser treatment than light colored hair.
It’s important that you always choose an experienced dermatologist for hair removal to ensure the highest level of safety and efficiency. Your dermatologist will discuss the best laser hair removal options for your specific skin type, needs, and expectations.
Visit Skin Center In Fort Lauderdale, FL & Serving Pompano Beach & Oakland Park For A Successful Diagnosis And Treatment For Excess Hair And Experience The Long-Lasting Results Available With Laser Hair Removal.
Mole Removal: What to Expect
Worried about that mole? A mole is a dark spot or irregularity in the skin. Everyone is at risk of skin cancer and should keep an eye on their skin and moles. Simply thinking about having a skin mole removed might send shivers down your spine, but sometimes it’s necessary for your health. For example, if a biopsy is cancerous, removing the mole can help to stop any cancer from growing more. But many individuals also have moles removed for cosmetic reasons.
What Causes Moles?
Skin moles occur in all races and skin colors. Some individuals are born with moles. Most skin moles appear in early childhood and during the first 20 years of a person's life. New moles appearing after age 35 may require medical evaluation, and possible biopsy. Some moles appear later in life. Sun exposure seems to play a role in the development of skin moles. People with high levels of exposure to UV light tend to have more moles. However, moles may also occur in sun-protected areas.
How Is It Done?
Mole removal is a simple kind of surgical procedure. Your doctor will likely choose one of two ways: surgical shave or surgical excision. Surgical shave is done more often on small skin moles. After numbing the area, your healthcare provider will use a blade to shave off the mole and some tissue underneath it. Stitches aren’t usually required. During the surgical excision procedure, your doctor will numb the area. He or she will use a circular blade or scalpel to cut out the mole and some skin around it. The doctor will then stitch the skin closed.
Can a Mole Grow Back?
There's a small chance that a mole can grow back after mole surgery, although there's no way to predict whether this will happen. It's important to understand that no surgery has a 100 percent cure rate. Some mole cells may remain in the skin and may recur in the same area. Some skin moles are more aggressive than others and need closer follow-up and additional treatment.
Are There Any Risks?
Risks of mole removal methods include infection, rare anesthetic allergy, and very rare nerve damage. Follow your doctor's instructions to care for the wound until it heals. This means keeping it covered, clean and moist. The area may bleed a little when you get home, especially if you take medications that thin your blood. It's always prudent to choose a doctor with appropriate skills and experience with these removals. This will lower the risks associated with this procedure.
Take charge of your health today. Regular self-skin examinations and annual skin examinations by a doctor help people find early skin cancers. If you need a mole check, find a dermatologist near you and schedule your annual skin cancer screening.A simple skin cancer screening could save your life.