Posts for: November, 2019
We all would like to find that magical solution that would keep us looking young forever. Of course, while we certainly haven’t found the Fountain of Youth just yet, advancements in cosmetic dermatology are coming impressively close. If you are looking for a fast, simple, and non-invasive way to smooth away facial lines and wrinkles, talk with our dermatologist about whether Botox could give you the results you want.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified, medical-grade neurotoxin that is injected directly into muscle groups of the face. When Botox is injected into the muscles, it reduces the brain-sent signals that cause the muscles to contract. As a result, this cosmetic treatment prevents muscle contractions, thus temporarily reducing the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles.
Botox can be used to smooth away wrinkles between the brows, on the foreheads, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and the mouth (“laugh lines”). In fact, any lines or wrinkles that are accentuated when you frown or smile can often be treated with Botox.
What is it like to get Botox treatment?
Botox is non-invasive and doesn’t require surgery or other aggressive techniques. It only takes our skin doctor a couple of minutes to administer Botox, and these thin needles are well-tolerated by our patients.
Additionally, there is absolutely no downtime associated with receiving Botox, allowing many patients to come in for treatment and return right back to work and their daily routine immediately after. It only takes about 10 minutes to administer Botox and side effects are minimal.
What kind of results should I expect with Botox?
You won’t see results immediately, as it will take the body time to respond to treatment. Most people will see results within 3-4 days and results can last anywhere from 4-6 months. If you’re happy with your results and wish they would last longer, then you can talk with your cosmetic dermatologist about how often you should come in for maintenance treatments.
Whether you have questions about receiving Botox treatment or if you want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for treatment, don’t hesitate to call your dermatologist’s office today to schedule a consultation.
Is it time to do something about those sun and age spots, deep facial wrinkles and acne scarring? The Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale offers AcuPulse Facial Rejuvenation performed by our board-certified dermatologists. Safe and effective, the gentle AcuPulse laser can give you that bright, fresh look you desire.
Make-up is not enough
Some skin defects on the face, neck and upper chest won't hide under the best of make-up. At Skin Center, the professional team treats patients--from teens to adults in their senior years--who struggle with deep facial lines, sun damage and acne scars. They want a more effective and long-lasting solution to their aesthetic issues. Also, they desire skin procedures that are safe, reliable and take little to no time out of their busy lives.
Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale offers AcuPulse Facial Rejuvenation
Just what is AcuPulse Facial Rejuvenation? It's a skin resurfacing technique employed by your board-certified dermatologist. If you're cleared through a medical skin exam and review of your history, you could take advantage of this state of the art service. There's no age limit, heavy discomfort or long treatment times (just 15 to 30 minutes per session).
Best of all, your dermatologist uses the most precise CO2, low-energy laser instrument to resurface, rejuvenate and brighten your problem skin. Whether you have light skin damage from the sun, deep wrinkles from aging, or even acne scars or warts, an AcuPulse Facial Rejuvenation can change your appearance and your confidence level, too.
The treatment is comfortable
To begin your facial rejuvenation, your doctor will apply some skin numbing cream. Also, you'll wear special protective glasses as a small, handheld laser delivers short pulses of focused light to targeted areas:
- Around the eyes
- On the neck and upper chest
- Across the forehead and between the eyebrows
- Anywhere your skin needs a refreshed, tightened, flawless look
Throughout the process, you'll perceive just a mild sensation of heat, and afterwards, you may see some redness. Patients often report tenderness for a few days post-procedure as well.
The healing process
For a week or so, you'll apply a moisturizer, such as Aquaphor, to soften the skin and any minute scabbing you may see. Also, sun screen lotion (SPF 30 or higher, says the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery) and limiting sun exposure are musts.
Avoid strenuous activities such as gym workouts or heavier household tasks such as gardening. Stay away from the swimming pool and locker room to reduce your chances of developing an infection.
After your skin has healed, you'll see more youthful, flaw-free skin.
Then, phone Skin Center to arrange a consultation. Ask about amazing AcuPulse Facial Rejuvenation. You'll get all the details you need to make an informed decision about your aesthetic skincare.
Psoriasis doesn’t just impact someone’s appearance but it can also affect someone’s quality of life. Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that leads to itching, burning patches of skin known as plaques. These plaques can be embarrassing for the sufferer and have a serious impact on their life. If you have psoriasis that is causing you to avoid social situations or you are noticing symptoms of psoriasis it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to. A dermatologist can both diagnose and treat your skin condition.
Since symptoms of psoriasis can also resemble other skin problems it’s always a good idea to see a skin doctor to find out what’s causing your symptoms. Symptoms of psoriasis include:
- Red, inflamed, and sometimes-scaly patches of skin
- Dry skin that may crack or bleed
- Tenderness, itching, or burning around the plaques
Plaques may be raised, dry, or contain white scaly skin. While plaques can develop anywhere on the body they are more prevalent on the knees, elbows, back, and scalp.
Certain things can trigger flare-ups including:
- Injury to the skin
- Cold weather
- Certain medications (e.g. beta-blockers; lithium)
Avoiding these triggers can be an effective way to reduce the amount of flare-ups a patient experiences.
Treatment for psoriasis includes a variety of home remedies, lifestyle modifications and medications. At-home care is focused on alleviating the itchy and burning associated with the formation of plaques. Mild to moderate itching may be relieved through:
- Moisturizing the skin daily
- Taking cold showers
- Apply ice packs to the skin
- Using skincare products containing lactic acid or urea, which can remove scaly skin
Finding the right medication and treatment plan takes time and having a dermatologist that you trust is crucial. Common medications and therapies for treating psoriasis include:
- Topical anesthetics
- Certain antidepressants
Despite the fact that there isn’t yet a cure for psoriasis, a dermatologist can certainly provide you with the treatment plan you need to get flare-ups under control.
If you are dealing with psoriasis it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you can turn to for care, treatment and support. Together you and your dermatologist can create a treatment plan to manage symptoms and improve your quality of life.