DERM CLINIC M.D.
WAYS TO LOOK YOUNGER WITHOUT SURGERY
This is a question our patients ask frequently: “I’m not ready for surgery, what do you recommend to make me look younger?”
Patients want to know how to look younger without the complications and risks accompanied with major surgeries such as facelifts. Read below for our favorite results-proven treatments for the aging face.
1. LASER RESURFACING
Lasers are a wonderful treatment modality for people who want to improve sun damage, age spots, dark spots, and acne scars. Energy from the laser targets damaged skin and allows the formation of brighter, clearer skin. Our office uses the latest technology when it comes to fractional laser resurfacing. Our SMART DOT and Cynosure lasers are customized to skin type, therefore maximizing results and minimizing complications.
2. DERMAL FILLERS
There are various hyaluronic acid fillers on the market which are a great choice for people who want to fill in lines and wrinkles and restore lost volume to areas such as the cheeks and chin. The fillers are each indicated for a specific part of the face and are chosen carefully by your physician based on your cosmetic needs. Fillers are fantastic because they produce immediate results and erase the wrinkles and lines instantaneously. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the human body. It is gradually metabolized by the body, and is not permanent. Fillers are a minimally painful, IMMEDIATE cosmetic fix for deep or shallow wrinkles. Our new favorite filler is VOLUMA—this filler is requested most by our patients and for good reason—its results are dramatic and can be described as an instant ‘liquid facelift’.
3. INJECTABLES: Botox has been around for over 20 years. It is a fantastic way to soften lines and prevent wrinkles from deepening with time. The results can be seen in 3-5 days and injections are minimally painful. Injections of Botox can be targeted by your experienced physician to help soften and minimize lines in most places on the face, such as the forehead, between the brows, around the eyes, neck, and chin.
4. DAILY SKINCARE with the RIGHT products. Ask us for our highly effective PRESCRIPTIVE strength products, which are tested and FDA regulated for true results when it comes to battling the signs of aging. Often, over the counter products are not as effective, and have not been tested by the FDA or a regulatory organization to prove they work. If you’re spending money on skincare products, those from department stores are not going to produce guaranteed results, whereas prescriptive strength products are FDA tested and regulated for years to ensure they produce the results you expect from anti-aging products.
NOTE: Always look for a board-certified physician’s office when seeking anti-aging treatments. Our office has a board-certified physician as the injector and administrator of ALL cosmetic services. Our board-certified physician specializes in rejuvenating the aging face non-surgically. We provide multiple levels of anti-aging treatment modalities, which are fast, minimally painful, and effective.
Oct 25th, 2015
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What can Laser resurfacing do for MY skin?
We have very educated and well-informed patients come to our practice, and we absolutely LOVE all of them for being so inquisitive! As we learned in school, every question is a great question, so ask away! Read our patients’ FAQ’s answered in one article.
Laser resurfacing has been around for over 20 years. Technology has advanced significantly since the first days of laser resurfacing where downtimes were over 2 weeks, and the procedures were very painful. Fortunately, modern technology makes the procedure virtually painfree, results are phenomenal, and downtimes have been reduced to 5 days of PAINLESS recovery.
Every skin type is different, and laser resurfacing is a machine that can be adjusted to YOUR special skin type and concerns! It’s BRILLIANT, it’s SPECIFIC, and it’s the LATEST technology to battle years of sun damage, acne scarring, age spots, large pores and fine wrinkles. It literally destroys the dull, damaged and discolored skin and makes way for “baby-soft” luminescent smooth skin.
The FIRST question asked by most of our patients interested in laser resurfacing is:
“What does laser resurfacing do?” Laser resurfacing technology does MANY things! However, simply put, it treats: sunspots, fine wrinkles, large pores, scars, and mild skin laxity. It’s brilliance stems from it’s ability to treat multiple age-related skin conditions at once!
Our laser resurfacing machines are designed to treat brown spots, fine wrinkles, large pores and looser skin. In just one treatment, you can expect to see a 40-50% improvement in your skin. Skin tone, skin texture, fine wrinkles and pore size all show improvement with the first laser treatment and this is seen as early as 2 weeks after the skin has completed its initial healing phase.
Post-laser, you may expect skin redness, swelling of the area treated, and skin peeling for 2 weeks or more. Mineral makeup and sunscreen with SPF 50 may be applied to skin on the 5th day after laser resurfacing. Other things to consider is a downtime of 3-5 days where, after 5 days, you may expose your skin to sunlight once again.
Oftentimes, patients ask about laser resurfacing with trepidation because they research online and look at web content and read stories by disgruntled patients. Most importantly, our office appreciates a well-educated patient who cares to learn about their procedure of interest! If you look at our office video with live patient testimonials, you will hear a real patient talk about their laser resurfacing experience at our office. One of the best things about our office is that we are a AAAHC certified surgical center which adheres to the HIGHEST STANDARDS OF PATIENT SAFETY. We use multiple forms of anesthesia and our laser resurfacing procedures are almost painless. Our patients report the procedure to be around a level of pain of 4/10 on a pain scale (10 is the highest pain level possible).
When choosing a physician or surgeon, it’s important to ask about what you can expect from your procedure.
If you have any questions about laser resurfacing, call us for a complimentary consult today! All treatments are by a board-certified physician experienced with laser resurfacing.
Sep 18th, 2015
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Your pretty baby blues, soft greens, sweet hazels, chocolate browns…These beautiful colors may not be the first thing people notice about you if you have lines distracting them from your eyes. A study by University of Chicago researchers suggests the difference between love and lust might be in the eyes after all. Specifically, where your object of affection looks at you could be the deciding factor between where they are interested in you romantically or platonically. The research found that eye patterns concentrate on a stranger’s eyes if the viewer sees that person as a potential partner in romantic love.
Crow’s feet, bunny lines, or frown lines are seen before your eyes have a chance to show off the beauty that lies beneath them. Often referred to as the “windows to the soul”, the eyes may be missed when lines distract the viewer from the intense beauty they offer. Lines can be easily softened, diminished, or even eradicated with products such as Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin. Sometimes, special fillers are used to erase permanent lines that are untreatable with Botox or similar products. A simple, quick procedure with natural results is all it takes to reveal your eyes inner beauty, true and intended expressions, and ‘soul’.
Jul 17th, 2015
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DID YOU KNOW THAT BOTOX IS NOT JUST FOR FROWN LINES ANYMORE!
TREAT NECKLACE LINES, WRINKLED CHINS, DROOPY EYELIDS, GUMMY SMILES, DROOPY NASAL TIP, CLEAVAGE LINES, AND A STRONG SQUARE JAW all with a few quick injections!
You will be surprised to hear that BOTOX can be used to treat lines on our face other than the notorious “11’s” in between our eyebrows. Yes, we have all seen the infamous pictures of the famous “11’s” plastered all over magazine articles, beauty journals and tv media, and most of us aren’t complacent with looking angry, upset, tired, sad, and concerned all the time. Botox can be an easy, quick, minimally painful correction with natural results. But, what most people haven’t heard is that Botox can be used to treat WRINKLY CHINS. It can be used to treat the muscles around our mouth responsible for causing us to frown repetitively, helping to lift our smile. It can be used to treat NECKLACE LINES—those horizontal lines along our neck. It can be used to treat those large protruding muscles in our neck, which are often seen in athletes. And you’d be surprised to know it can treat a GUMMY SMILE and a DROOPY NASAL TIP! Gummy smiles can be easily and quickly treated with botox, avoiding painful and lengthy gum surgery. DROOPY LATERAL EYELIDS, and an ENLARGED POSTERIOR JAWLINE or ASSYMETRICAL JAW can all be treated with a few tiny injections! Botox mesotherapy is also an amazing new treatment that targets fine wrinkles in the cheeks, CLEAVAGE LINES and even above the knees and is one of the latest ways injectors are using botox to generate a natural youthful appearance. Botox has come a very long way since its humble beginnings treating spasms of the eyelids.
ALL BOTOX IS INJECTED BY OUR EXPERIENCED BOARD CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN injector.
May 8th, 2015
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FAT…it’s a hate-love relationship. We hate it on our bodies but love it in our face. In our youth, our face is loaded with numerous fat pads adding just the perfect amount of volume where our face needs it. Mother Nature knew exactly where to put those fat pads to add youthful curves to our facial structure. Thanks to the natural aging process caused by GRAVITY, WEIGHT LOSS, DIMINISHED COLLAGEN, and many other factors, our facial fat and underlying bone diminish with age, leaving the overlying facial skin loose. Oftentimes, doctors are heard giving the following analogy of the shrunken bone and fat in the face: the face is like a table that has shrunken with a loose tablecloth remaining on top. Essentially, this is the process which takes place in our facial anatomy with aging. In our early 40s, and sometimes starting earlier in thinner people or athletes with higher muscle mass and lower fat composition in their bodies, we notice the loss of fat and laxity of skin in the areas around the mouth, upper lip, and lower lip, called the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The folds are caused by loss of fat or fallen fat pads, which push downwards and create the deeper wrinkles or grooves in these areas. In the cheek region, we often see sunken cheeks where once youthful curvaceous cheeks lived, we notice the loss of the S-curve (or Ogee curve as doctors call it) in our cheeks and a flattening of this area when we view our faces from a 3/4 angle.
Facial fillers are the best and most instantaneous remedy to the loss of fat on our faces, where even facelifts cannot recreate the lost volume on our faces. Unlike facelifts, which only tighten the loose skin, fillers replace the plump and curvaceous silhouette to the face and in the hands of an experienced injector with a good aesthetic sense of the natural curve of the face, results are dramatic and beautiful. Fillers are injected underneath the surface of the skin (depth of injection depends on the filler used and the area injected), and they replace lost volume where our fat pads have disappeared. Replacement of volume underneath the skin surface re-drapes the skin and fills it back up, thus tightening the skin similar to water being filled into an empty balloon and stretching the elastic out. During the injection process, we show the patients their results in a mirror as filler is injected, allowing our patients to take an active role in the skin rejuvenation process. Results are instantaneous and patients walk out the door looking years younger (this is a great way to look more youthful instantaneously if you are going to a wedding or reunion in the coming weeks). The fillers used at Derm Clinic MD are all FDA approved, manufactured by reputable U.S. companies, and injected by a board certified physician or surgeon who carefully evaluates each patient’s facial anatomy and aesthetic goals, making sure the results are natural and approved by the patient.
Apr 7th, 2015
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