Posts for: September, 2019

By Skin Center
September 24, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

We know how annoying it is to have to wax, shave, or tweeze. It feels like you just did it, why do you already need to do it again? This is just one of the many annoying things about unwanted body hair. Luckily, your Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologists at Skin Center have a solution that will have you throwing out those tweezers and saying goodbye to painful waxing products.

What is laser hair removal?

Here in our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatology office we offer the GentleYAG laser system. By directing a light beam over the treatment area, the light targets the hair pigments. This heats up the hair follicles and destroys them. This prevents the hair from growing back.

Just as the name of the laser suggests, the GentleYAG laser uses a built-in cooling system to help keep skin from getting too hot. It delivers a very thin layer of cooling cryogen to the area to minimize the heat and discomfort, making the GentleYAG laser ideal for treating unwanted hair anywhere on the body or face.

What areas are treated with laser hair removal?

The GentleYAG laser system is used just about anywhere on the body including:

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Underarms
  • Legs
  • Bikini area

How many treatment sessions are needed?

Since your hair grows in cycles, we won’t be able to target all the hair follicles in just one session. This means that you will need to come in for repeat treatments to ensure that you get the desired results. Most patients will require anywhere from 6 to 10 treatment sessions.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

The GentleYAG laser system provides a gentler and more comfortable procedure for removing unwanted hair from the face or body. Before your treatment, our Fort Lauderdale, FL, skin doctor will apply topical anesthesia to the area to numb it. This ensures that there is minimal discomfort or pain during your treatment. The built-in cooling system will also offer the skin a refreshing and cooling mist to reduce any redness or swelling.

Do you have questions about getting laser hair removal treatment from the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL? Interested in learning more about our services? If so, call our office today at (954) 361-1459 to learn more.

By Skin Center
September 13, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Chemical PeelsIf you’re bothered by fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, or if you are looking for a simple way to rejuvenate your skin, chemical peels may be a good option for you.

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by your dermatologist. This in-office treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin, erasing imperfections and improving skin tone and texture. As the old, outer layer of skin is exfoliated and removed, it stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells that are smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

This time-tested, non-invasive procedure is quick—in most cases less than an hour—and yields fast results. It can drastically improve the appearance of skin marked by wrinkles, scars and other signs of aging or sun damage.

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckling

Chemical peels can be applied to many parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands and are available in several different strengths. Our office can help you determine the type of chemical used depending on your skin type and desired results. The best candidate for a chemical peel is a person with fair skin and light hair, although darker skin types can also achieve good results depending on their specific problem and treatment goals.

How many treatments are necessary depends on the severity of skin damage and the patient’s goals. With each treatment, scarring and other imperfections typically diminish more and more.

At your dermatologist's office, we can help you achieve your most radiant, youthful skin. Visit to learn more about cosmetic dermatology and to find out if you are a candidate for chemical peels.

By Skin Center
September 03, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Wrinkles  

The telltale signs of aging skin—wrinkles, puffy eyes, age spots—may start to appear as we grow older. We can’t fight the aging process, but we can take steps now to help reduce and prevent wrinkles from appearing prematurely.  

Many factors can contribute to the onset of wrinkles, which are frequently produced by years of unprotected sun exposure in combination with each person’s unique genetic predisposition. Wrinkles are a by-product of the aging process. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, is less capable of retaining moisture and is slower to heal.  All of these contribute to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.

How Can I Slow the Progression of Wrinkles?

Daily skincare and proper sun protection are important factors in slowing the aging process, diminishing fine lines and minimizing wrinkles.   

  • Take your vitamins.  Many vitamins are good for the skin. Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant found in citrus fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, can help reduce the appearance of sun damage.
  • Apply sunscreen.  Protecting yourself from sun exposure can help prevent the progression of fine lines. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to protect against harmful UV rays.  
  • Moisturize.  Dry skin causes the skin to look dull and aged. To prevent dry skin, apply moisturizer every day.   
  • Get your beauty sleep.  When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Keep your skin looking and feeling young by getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds emit harmful UVA rays and are never 'safe' alternatives to the sun.
  • Take care of your hands. Our hands are often the first part of our body to reveal signs of aging, as they are the most used and exposed parts of the body. Protect the hands by wearing gloves, moisturizing and applying sunscreen.
  • Quit smoking.  Smoking may damage more than your lungs—it causes skin aging and wrinkles around the mouth.

Like it or not, wrinkles are a natural part of aging. Even the most diligent skincare regimen or the most expensive wrinkle cream won’t totally eliminate your fine lines. You can significantly reduce the appearance of your wrinkles, however. Start taking care of your skin now, embrace your age and love the skin you’re in!