Posts for: February, 2020
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.
Say hello to a brand new decade and a brand new you with Botox.
Aging isn’t always kind when it comes to physical appearance, and unfortunately, no one can avoid it. If you’re not quite ready to embrace those lines and wrinkles, that’s okay. Our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologists can help smooth away those early signs of aging with the help of Botox.
So, you want to get Botox? This cosmetic injectable has been a popular way to smooth away forehead wrinkles, smile lines as well as frown lines in both men and women. It works by injecting a purified form of botulinum toxin into the muscles of the face. By preventing muscle contractions in the face, this treatment can reduce the appearance of,
- Crow’s feet (lines around the eyes)
- Laugh lines (lines around the nose and mouth)
- Forehead wrinkles
- Wrinkles and lines between the brows
The lines and wrinkles that appear whenever you smile or make other facial expressions are the ones that will respond to Botox.
Before Getting Botox
First, one of our Fort Lauderdale, FL, cosmetic dermatologists will need to sit down with you to discuss your treatment goals. It’s important to fully understand the treatment process and the results you will and won’t be able to get with Botox to determine if this is truly the best option for you.
Administering Botox only takes a couple of minutes and is relatively painless. Most patients feel nothing more than a slight pinch that goes away in a matter of seconds. Of course, patients may ask for a topical anesthetic before treatment to numb the area.
After Botox Treatment
Results will appear within 3-4 days after getting Botox and can last up to 3 to 4 months.
No surgery, no recovery time…just a brand new you. If you want to learn more about Botox and whether it’s the right treatment for you then call Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, today at (954) 500-7546.
Is it time to see a dermatologist about your acne symptoms?
Dealing with the occasional pimple may have you reaching for an OTC cream or face wash; however, it’s important to recognize when your acne requires proper medical attention that home care just can’t handle. Our Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologists are experts at treating acne and can work with you to create a custom treatment plan. You may just want to consider seeing a dermatologist if:
You’re not sure if it’s acne
Not all red bumps are pimples, and treating all skin problems like you do acne could cause more harm than good for your skin. Other conditions such as folliculitis or rosacea leave you with pimple-like bumps that aren’t pimples. If you are noticing new bumps on your face or body it’s a good idea to turn to one of our Fort Lauderdale, FL, skin doctors for a proper diagnosis.
OTC treatments aren’t working (or are making things worse)
The first course of action for most people is to try over-the-counter washes and creams that are designed to target acne symptoms. Most of these products contain a small percentage of an active, acne-fighting ingredient such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Sometimes these products just aren’t enough to get rid of your acne. If you find that your breakouts are getting worse or aren’t responding to OTC acne products after 6 weeks of continued use, then give your dermatologist a call.
Your acne is painful
If you are dealing with severe or inflamed nodules or cysts that form under the skin than commercial acne products just aren’t going to cut it. This is a job for a skincare professional who can give you more aggressive prescription-strength medications and creams. These will not only target the inflammation but also prevent scarring. Since cystic acne leads to scars it’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.
You feel embarrassed by your appearance
While acne may seem like a rite of passage for most teenagers, this doesn’t mean that you should spend your teen years stressing about your skin or trying to cover up blemishes. Our dermatologists can provide you with the medication, products, and skin treatments you need to get your acne under control. If acne is affecting your quality of life and causing you to avoid social engagements, we can help.
Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has helped countless children, teens, and adults get their acne under control. If you are embarrassed by your acne symptoms then call our office today at 954-500-SKIN (7546) to get the care you need for clearer skin.