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Monday, July 02, 2012
Removing Acne Scars: What Works

Most of us have experienced acne – the bane of every teenager’s existence. If you suffered from particularly severe acne, you may have permanent acne scars that last into adulthood and sometimes make you wish you didn’t have to show your face in public. The good news is that acne scars can be removed – or at least significantly diminished.

Removal of acne scars may involve more than one type of treatment, depending on the type and severity of your scars.  If you have medium to deep scarring, you should be prepared to undergo some form of mechanical skin resurfacing that will require local anesthetic.

If you are committed to eliminating your acne scars (and thereby improving your appearance and self-confidence) here are some of the most effective professional scar-removal procedures you might consider:


Treatments That Remove Acne Scars


Dermabrasion is one of the favored methods of acne scar removal for patients who have no active acne or infections and a low risk of hyperpigmentation. Dermabrasion is a mechanical resurfacing of the skin that can be superficial, medium or deep. It employs the use of abrasive tools or materials to “sand off” or remove the outer layers (epidermis) of your skin. For deeper scars, physicians will perform deep dermabrasion to remove portions of the inner layer (dermis) of your skin as well.

Your dermatology physician may choose to use motorized dermabrasion with a mechanical brush or cylinder or manual derma-sanding with silicone carbide sandpaper.  New skin will grow over time to replace what has been removed.  The skin will be tender for some time after a dermabrasion procedure, requiring weeks of healing, as collagen reforms under the skin.

Laser resurfacing may be an option for scar removal if you have darker skin that is prone to hyperpigmentation. This form of Laser treatments use high-energy beams of light to destroy the outer skin layers (epidermis) and the uppermost dermis. Like dermabrasion, laser resurfacing can cause discomfort and require considerable time to heal.

Chemical peels involve chemicals (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, and others) that are applied to destroy the surface of the skin and promote new skin growth. Certain chemicals are stronger than others, and patients who receive the stronger chemical peels can achieve more benefits but also run a higher risk of infection and skin discoloration.

Dermal fillers can add volume to the skin under acne pits or scar, flattening the skin out for a smoother appearance. Dermal fillers are injected by a dermatology physician and may be used in combination with any of the skin resurfacing procedures. Patients should know that fillers wear off after a few weeks or months and have to be redone periodically.


Click here to find a specialist near you, and to learn more about the latest skin resurfacing and skin renewal treatments available!


Monday, June 11, 2012
4 Secrets for Tighter, Younger Skin that Celebrities Use

Any dermatologist will tell you that the best way to achieve firm, youthful-looking skin is to avoid smoking, sun-tanning and alcohol. Complete avoidance of these things may not be realistic for many of us, or maybe we are already seeing the damage from past indulgences! What can we do to achieve a tighter, younger complexion?

It is still advisable to quit smoking, cut back on alcohol and trade in your sun-tanning time for a bottle of good self-tanning lotion. In addition, you should wash your skin with a gentle cleanser, apply moisturizer and sunblock, and get plenty of sleep. If you desire additional help to restore that youthful glow, here are four professional treatments that can help get you there.

Skin Tyte™ – This is an infrared light energy treatment that incorporates advanced cooling technology. Skin Tyte selectively delivers heat below your skin’s surface to make collagen contract so tissue is tightened. It simultaneously cools your outer layer of skin to reduce pain and minimize thermal injury.

Triniti™ –This is actually a combination of three separate procedures bundled into one anti-aging treatment: ReFirme skin tightening is complemented by Fotofacial color correction and Matrix IR fractional wrinkle reduction. The treatments, typically spaced four weeks apart, are comprised of both laser light energy and radio frequency technologies. The trinity procedure has become popular with celebrities like Madonna, Kris Kardashian and others as a way to maintain youthful skin.

Thermage® – Using radio frequency to induce collagen growth, Thermage can restore youthful contours to your face by tightening the loose skin around your eyes, chin and neck. This procedure takes an hour or less.

Titan™ – Infrared light is used to uniformly heat deeper layers of facial skin to stimulate tightening of the underlying collagen. The heat may cause some redness and swelling, but that will subside after treatment. The procedure takes an hour, and full benefits may take a few months to occur as collagen increases.

Effective skin tightening procedures are designed to firm up your skin and can often take 10-15 years off your face. Also known as “non-surgical face lifts,” the following skin tightening procedures have become very popular because they involve low risk and a very little downtime post-treatment.


Monday, April 30, 2012
Top 6 Skin Treatments for a Youthful Glow

Our increasingly youth-conscious culture drives many of us to seek magical treatments that can bring a youthful glow back to our skin. The cosmetic surgery and beauty industries are booming, but that doesn’t mean surgery is necessary to achieve a youthful complexion. Recent advances in anti-aging skin products and therapies have led to improvements in many professional, minimally or non-invasive skin treatments that can melt years off your skin. Here are the top 6 skin treatments that can help you get that youthful glow:



  1. Dermal Fillers or Anti-Wrinkle Injections are injectable gels or other solutions designed to plump lips or fill wrinkles, lines and facial folds. Many different materials are used as dermal fillers, including fat, collagen and hyaluronic acid. Your skin specialist may require you to undergo allergy testing to find out if any of the dermal filler materials cause sensitivity.

  2. Botox or Botulinum toxin A injections are a popular choice among the “stay young” set because they offer dramatic, long-lasting (3-4 months) results.  Botox injections target the muscles directly beneath the skin, preventing them from contracting and thereby causing wrinkles. Botox gives skin a smoothed-out appearance and works best to treat frown lines and crow’s feet. In some people, this treatment may cause side effects such as headaches, muscle weakness and nausea.

  3. Chemical Peels are professional treatments that use a variety of chemical compounds to peel away damaged surface layers of your skin. These treatments can remove mild scars, improve your skin’s texture and even out pigmentation.  Chemical peels may sometimes cause scarring and permanent skin discoloration.

  4. Microdermabrasion is a mechanized form of skin abrasion that removes the upper layers of damaged skin through the use of mechanical tools and aluminum oxide crystals to reveal fresh new skin. This technique works well for treating wrinkles, skin discoloration and deep scars. It can take a few weeks to heal from microdermabrasion, depending on the depth of your treatment.

  5. Laser facial treatments or laser skin resurfacing like RevLite® Rejuvenation or Laser Genesis™ Skin Rejuvenation can tighten sagging skin and increase collagen production. Results progress as your skin heals post-treatment, and usually appear a few weeks after your treatment session. Your dermatologist will recommend a good anti-aging moisturizer to complement the results of laser skin treatment.

  6. Light Therapy or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Fotofacial can bring back a youthful glow by boosting collagen production under the surface of your skin. IPL uses tiny pulses of calibrated laser light to penetrate deep below the damaged skin’s surface. This treatment is usually only available at medical spas and dermatology clinics. You may require several sessions before you see a difference, but results from IPL Photofacial™ treatments will continue to manifest for a few weeks after treatment.


Click here to learn more or find a dermatology facility near you that is offering these top anti-aging treatments.


Sources:


http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42270697/ns/today-style/t/thinking-about-botox-peel-best-fixes-your-skin/


http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/news/20110921/needle-free-wrinkle-treatment-works-like-botox


 


Thursday, March 29, 2012
3 Laser Liposuction Treatments to Try this Spring

Spring is around the corner and if you want to look “hot” in some of the revealing new fashions with a trimmer belly or thighs, you may be considering laser liposuction.  What kinds of laser liposuction treatments are available, and how might they work as an alternative to liposuction surgery?


Laser Lipo vs. Liposuction Surgery


One benefit of laser liposuction over traditional liposuction is that it’s not major surgery. Laser lipo dissolves fatty deposits just under the skin using laser beam technology rather than invasive surgical incisions. Fatty deposits in problem areas are broken down and dissolved by laser beams, and the growth of collagen is stimulated, further toning and firming the area.


Laser lipo doesn’t involve anesthesia or lengthy (and painful) post-surgery recovery. It may not be the best option for those who hope to remove a significant amount of excess fat or tighten sagging skin that cannot be corrected any other way. Laser liposuction is an alternative to invasive surgery for people who want contouring in problem areas that don’t improve with diet and exercise.


Laser Liposuction Treatments


There are many laser liposuction treatments currently available, but four of them have become particularly popular in recent years. The laser liposuction treatments that people seem to want now are SmartLipo™, CoolLipo™ and SlimLipo™.


Each of these treatments has been FDA-approved and is considered safe when performed by a licensed, experienced professional. Here is an overview to help you decide which laser liposuction treatment might be best for you.


SmartLipo – SmartLipo can treat many body areas including the belly, buttocks, thighs, waist, hips, pubic area, arms, neck and facial areas. SmartLipo can also be used to reduce male “breasts.” This treatment typically takes 2-3 hours and requires one to three sessions.


Cool Lipo – “Cool Touch” lipo is usually used to remove fat from smaller areas such as under the chin or back of the arms that traditional liposuction left behind or cannot treat. It typically takes one hour, and one session. Cool Lipo is sometimes used on the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.


SlimLipo – Short for Selective Laser Induced Melting, SLIM is thought to melt away fat deposits more efficiently than other laser treatments. Unlike many other laser treatments, Slim Lipo does involve tiny incisions made to areas receiving laser treatment. Designed for smaller areas such as upper arms, knees, ankles, back and chin, it can also be used on larger areas like the abdomen. SLIM typically takes an hour or less and one session is usually sufficient.


Click here to find a specialist near you, and to learn more about the latest "laser lipo" treatments for body contouring!


 

 


Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Laser Skin Resurfacing: What It Can Do For You

As we get older, most of us experience the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around our eyes and mouth, on our foreheads and other facial areas. Some of us also have age spots, acne scars, blotchiness or uneven skin pigmentation that can’t be removed with creams or hidden by make-up. These “blemishes” are due to many factors, including sun exposure, aging, heredity, pregnancy, certain medications and lifestyle behaviors like smoking, alcohol consumption and an unhealthy diet.


How Laser Works to Renew Skin


Most of these skin problems can be corrected with laser skin resurfacing – a cosmetic dermatology treatment that directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at blemished or irregular skin to correct discoloration and smooth it out. The laser works by precisely removing small areas of damaged skin from the outer layer, or epidermis. The laser beam also heats the underlying layer of skin, or dermis, of the skin. Laser skin resurfacing, which is also known as “lasabrasion,” “laser peel” or “laser vaporization,” encourages the growth of new collagen fibers as the skin heals, leading to smoother, firmer skin.


Laser Skin Resurfacing Basics


The two types of lasers that are most commonly used for laser skin resurfacing are carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium. Each of these lasers vaporizes the damaged cells at the skin’s surface. These newer-model lasers use less intense heat than their predecessors, so any risk to patients is reduced by limiting the amount of heat absorbed by the skin. This means that patients are less likely to experience pain, scarring, discolored skin, and protracted healing periods after laser resurfacing treatment. The healing time after laser skin resurfacing with newer technology is typically two weeks or less.


Laser Skin Resurfacing Is Used to:


•    Remove birthmarks, warts and wrinkles

•    Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars

•    Remove varicose and spider veins

•    Improve skin color and texture on the neck, chest and hands


Are you a candidate for laser skin resurfacing?


If you have very dark skin or are suffering from active acne (rather than old, inactive acne scars that have not faded or disappeared), you may not be a candidate for laser skin resurfacing. If you have allergies, a tendency to get cold sores or fever blisters, any previous burns or exposure to radiation, you will need to discuss your candidacy for laser skin resurfacing with your doctor. Individuals with darker skin tones may be better candidates for the erbium laser method, as it is less likely to cause skin discoloration than the carbon dioxide method.


Click here to find a specialist near you, and to learn more about laser skin resurfacing and treatments for skin renewal!



Sources:


http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/laser-resurfacing/MY00560

http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/skin/skin-resurfacing


Thursday, February 02, 2012
Why Zerona is Lipo's Newest Get Skinny Star

We are two months into a brand new year and, like many of us, you are working hard to achieve your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get into shape. You have been diligently following your diet and exercise program, but find that no matter what you do, that extra layer of fat around your belly (or thighs) just won’t budge. You feel that you need something more to support your diet and exercise efforts and help you achieve more targeted re-contouring. What do you do? Consider using a painless and non-invasive method of liposuction that utilizes the power of laser light beams, rather than surgery, to zap those tough-to-treat areas.


Zerona is a method of laser liposuction treatment that, for many, is providing a solution for targeting stubborn areas that have not responded to other body contouring measures.  One of the first "laser fat removal" devices recently approved by the FDA for non-invasive body slimming and re-contouring, Zerona is designed to target fat cells with low-level wavelengths of light. This “lipolaser” light is aimed at specific trouble spots to make the fat seep out of the cells in that area. Once the cells have been zapped by the “lipolaser” and deflated of excess fat, the targeted area will typically appear smaller, smoother and trimmer.  It is important to note that the fat cells treated with Zerona have not been destroyed, but merely emptied. This means that if you want to keep that newly contoured area slim and trim, you will need to maintain a healthy program of diet and exercise.


Treatment Snapshot: What to Expect


Because Zerona is a non-surgical approach to fat-reduction and body shaping, the treatments are safe and virtually painless. No anesthetic is required and the treatment is unlikely to pose any medical risk. Each Zerona session typically lasts 40 minutes, and patients are advised to undergo a series of six treatment sessions every two or three days over a period of two weeks. Patients are also advised to drink copious amounts of water to flush their system and optimize treatment during those two weeks. Most physicians offering Zerona treatments recommend that patients drink plenty of water in the pre- and post-treatment phases as well, to achieve optimum results.


How it Works


Zerona uses five laser light beams to target adipose tissue – subcutaneous fat that is just under the surface of the skin – in specific areas of your body. The lasers reach through to the fat cells in your target areas, creating a porous surface on the cells that allow them to collapse and expel liquefied fat.  You won’t feel a thing as the laser beams do their work. You will typically lie quietly on a table in a private room – wearing your bathing suit and special glasses that protect your eyes from the laser lights. A technician will position the Zerona machine so that the laser light beams are aimed at your trouble spots at timed intervals. The treatment is quiet and stress-free, allowing you to take a nap or make a phone call. The machine will shut off automatically at the end of your treatment, and your technician will re-enter your treatment room to move the Zerona machine out of your way so you can get dressed.


Guidelines to Follow During Treatment


Drink Plenty of Water Every Day – at least 60 ounces – to aid your lymphatic system in processing and flushing the liquefied fat that has been excreted from your fat cells.


Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, Soda and Junk Food, as these can negatively impact your body’s ability to metabolize and flush the fat from your body once it has been released from your fat cells.


Don’t skip treatments. For your two-week series of Zerona treatments, it is best that you don’t go more than 72 hours (3 days) between sessions, or the efficacy of the “fat draining” process will be minimized. In fact, some of the fat may be reabsorbed into your fat cells if you allow too much time to elapse between sessions.


While Zerona body contouring treatments require a two-week commitment of several sessions to complete, the potential payoff is worth it. Those who are looking to boost their overall fitness efforts will very likely be happy with the targeted results that Zerona delivers. 


If you would like to try Zerona to help you achieve more targeted body shaping results, click here to find a provider in your area.


 


 


Monday, January 16, 2012
Kick Off the New Year with Confidence by Treating Acne Scars

Ringing in a new year isn't necessarily a joyous time for people with acne scars. And while these scars are permanent, a person's appearance can be improved upon. Depending on the types of acne scars that you have, several different methods may have to be employed, the most effective treatment methods being surgical in nature. The most common treatment is a resurfacing, which can be done either with a mechanical device or a laser. More severe and deeply pitted scarring may require surgical excision and grafting.These permanent scars cause many people to lose self-esteem. If you're struggling with your self-confidence because of acne scars, consider one of the following options to start off the new year right:


Dermabrasion


Motorized dermabrasion is a mechanical resurfacing method. It generally removes both the epidermis and the dermis of the skin with an abrasive tool. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area, and then the device is used to resurface the skin. Removing the outer layers allows new skin to be exposed, leaving a more clear and clean appearance. Sun exposure should be avoided initially, and the full results of a treatment are visible after four to six weeks.


Manual dermasanding  is also a resurfacing treatment, which requires local anesthetic. The doctor uses a silicon carbide sandpaper to remove the outer layers of skin. This method is sometimes used along with a chemical peel or another treatment for acne scars.


Lasers


CO2 lasers and YAG lasers can be used to resurface the skin and minimize acne scars. The outer layers of the skin are destroyed, bringing new skin to the surface. Laser resurfacing methods can be more effective than dermabrasion or sanding, but might require a longer recovery time.


Chemical Peels and Fillers


Chemical peels are used to improve the appearance of the face by removing superficial layers of the skin while promoting the growth of new skin. Fillers add volume to the skin and can temporarily improve the appearance of acne scars by flattening and evening out the skin’s surface.


Subcision and Excision


Subcision involves removing scar tissue beneath the skin with the use of a needle. An excision requires cutting out a large acne scar and then sewing the incision shut; it involves trading a larger scar for a smaller one, which is filled in later using different methods.


If you are ready to do something about your acne scars, click here to find a skin specialist in your area.


Monday, December 19, 2011
Want to Avoid the Knife? 3 Minimally Invasive Body Contouring Methods

If you're ready for a body contouring procedure, but do not want to get traditional liposuction, there are a number of other techniques available. Unlike going under the knife, these offer much less downtime and are minimally invasive. You're much less likely to encounter complications when you opt for one of the following methods:


AccentXL Radiofrequency


AccentXL is a handheld radiofrequency device that contours the body by tightening the skin and stimulating collagen. It also removes some fat cells. There's no cutting involved, so there's no risk of infection or similar complications. The production of new collagen plumps up the skin and makes it tighter, and it also removes some unwanted lines.


SmartLipo


SmartLipo  is considered the latest scientific advance in laser liposuction. A small incision is required to insert the laser. The big advantage to SmartLipo is that it can target fat cells in areas that traditional liposuction can't. The upper abdomen, the inside of the arms and the neck are all difficult to treat with a regular liposuction operation. There's a danger of nicking a vein with the cutting involved in liposuction, so SmartLipo really can treat more areas of the body.


The dual lasers in the SmartLipo device liquefies targeted fat deposits. It also cauterizes the area at the same time, so there's very little risk of bleeding. The costs run between $2,000 and $8,000 per treatment, depending on the area of the body being operated on.


VASER Lipo


VASER Lipo (http://www.dermanetwork.org/information/vaser-liposelection.asp) uses sound waves to break up fat cells, which are then extracted. The device is FDA approved for use in treating any area of the body with unwanted fat. The procedure starts with a saline injection in the treatment area. The VASER Lipo device is then inserted through a small incision, and sound waves are applied. This breaks the fat cells loose from the surrounding tissue so they can be suctioned out.


All of these treatments are safe alternatives to traditional liposuction, but they do still have risks. Any of these procedures can produce unwanted results or complications, but they are generally much milder than those you'd experience if something goes wrong with a liposuction treatment.


To find out more about body contouring or to find a specialist in your area, click here!


 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Winterizing Your Skin Care Regimen

A change in season should mean a change in your skin care regimen since dry, cold air can cause unhealthy skin, resulting in flaking, cracking, itching and soreness. Without the right care, eczema can be exacerbated, and fine lines and wrinkles can be worsened. Incorporate the below tips for healthy winter skin:


Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize


Though you probably have moisturizing creams left over from the spring and summer months, it is critical to use a moisturizer that is appropriate for the weather change. Suitable moisturizing creams should be oil-based instead of water-based. In addition, to keep the pores free of debris, use unclogging moisturizers such as avocado oil, almond oil or mineral oil. After showering, lather your entire body with a high-quality moisturizing lotion. The hands are more prone to cracking due to the drying effect that handwashing can have. Use a moisturizing soap and apply hand cream liberally after washing.


Suncreen in Winter?


Can you get freckles and age spots in the winter? Don't fall victim to the thought that only hot summertime UV rays can damage the skin. In fact, snow, ice and water can reflect 80 percent of the sun's UV rays, increasing the exposure and therefore allowing more damage to take place. A broad-spectrum sunscreen should be a regular part of your daily skin care routine.


Indoor Humidity


So you’re cranking up the heater to stay toasty, but all that hot air is also drying out your skin. To further protect the skin while inside, use humidifiers during the winter months. Moisture is pumped into the air, preventing the skin from unnecessary drying.


To find out more about exisiting skin conditions or to find a specialist in your area, click here.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011
3 Things to Do Now to Prepare for Next Bikini Season

You might think it’s too early to think about bikini season, but in order to look your best come next summer, you need to plan ahead. The following three procedures can give you a drastic bikini bod makeover, but since it will take you six months to see the full effects, you need to start the process right now.


#1: Book a Thermage Treatment


Cellulite is the number one reason we fear beach season, but as little as one simple, non-invasive Thermage treatment six months before summer can drastically tighten skin and minimize the appearance of cellulite. So, how does it work?



  • Thermage uses radio frequency pulses to heat and activate collagen production in the skin, which is effective against sagging and bulging skin and yields a tighter, less dimpled appearance.

  • Thermage can performed on the majority of the body, including the face, abdomen, arms, buttocks and thighs.

  • The skin tightening effect of Thermage can last for up to three years, while the smoothing of dimples from cellulite can last from six to 12 months after the results have set in.

  • Thermage treatments are performed in a plastic surgeon's office, on an outpatient basis.

  • Thermage can soften the appearance of scars.

  • Although visible results will likely be immediate, measurable tightening and contouring will continue to appear after the initial treatment session.


Thus, for optimal results, Thermage treatments should be done about two to six months in advance.


#2: Get an IPL Photofacial


Beach season means lots of sun, but over time sun damage can cause major skin problems, so before you hit the sand, freshen up your complexion with a IPL Photofacial. How the IPL Photofacial works:



  • An intense pulsed light to penetrate the layers of the skin, resulting in the production of collagen and new connective tissues.

  • IPL Photofacial is proven effective at treating rosacea, age spots, wrinkles, veins, and skin that has been damaged by the sun's UV rays.


A few treatments might be recommended (usually a series of five to eight); however, IPL Photofacial results can be considered permanent, though touch-ups may be necessary every few years.


Since treatments are generally spaced three weeks apart, you should start scheduling your appointments now. And once you do hit the beach, be sure to always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen so your clear skin results can last longer.


#3: Laser Hair Removal from Arms/Legs/Bikini Line


And lastly, what says bikini-ready more than a smooth, hairfree body? Rather than deal with the hassle of constant shaving, many people look to laser hair removal for a permanent solution. Here’s how it works:



  • Prior to beginning the laser treatment, the targeted area of skin will be thoroughly washed using alcohol.

  • Once the technician has determined the necessary laser light energy settings for your skin type, the laser beam will be aimed at the hair follicles within the treatment region.

  • The hair follicles absorb the laser's energy causing them to die. Depending on the area being treated, the procedure can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.

  • Though laser hair removal should not be unusually painful, it is common to experience mild to moderate discomfort.

  • In order to be effective, laser hair removal requires five to nine sessions, spaced approximately six weeks apart. With each subsequent session, a certain percentage of hair is removed until the skin ultimately becomes hair free. Hair is destroyed at the roots and once the hair is completely gone, the skin pores close giving way to sexy, smooth skin.


Three simple procedures, three great results. All it takes is a little planning, and you too can have a beach-ready body by the time the weather heats up. For more information on any of the aforementioned cosmetic procedures and to find a cosmetic specialist in your area, click here.


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