Category Archives: Skin Care

How does botox work?

How does botox work?

Do you have facial lines and wrinkles that you wish would go away?  Botox cosmetic can make that wish come true.  Botox is the most popular minimally invasive anti-aging treatment on the market, because it is an effective solution for unwanted facial wrinkles.   But how does botox work.

What is botox and what does it treat?

Botox is an injectable drug that is made from botulinum toxin type A.  Botox is able to smooth out dynamic wrinkles, which are lines that appear as a result of repeated movement of the facial muscles.  These muscles are linked to facial expressions such as frowning, squinting and smiling, and over time, they create dynamic wrinkles i.e. frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. 

How does botox work?

When botox is injected into the facial muscle, the active ingredient interacts with the nerves, and blocks the release of a neurotransmitter that tells the muscles to contract.  This limits muscle contraction, and temporarily relaxes the muscles.  Since the muscles are unable to contract, the wrinkles in the overlying skin soften and become less visible.

Botox is a minimally invasive in-office treatment that requires almost no downtime.  When administered correctly, botox results will look completely natural (click here to learn more).

When will I see results with botox?

Results can be seen within 3-5 days.

How long do the results last?

Botox results take approximately 3-4 months to wear off.  After this time the muscles will start to contract again, and the wrinkles will return.  Therefore additional treatments are required to maintain results.

Are you interested in getting botox?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Wall Township, NJ area, Karolak Facial Plastic Surgeon is our featured practice.  

You can reach them at www.drkarolak.com, or by calling (732) 627-4822.

When to get a Skin Cancer Screening

When to get a Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer can be very serious, but when it is caught and treated early it has a high cure rate.  That’s why it’s so important to check your skin regularly, so that you are aware of the usual moles and spots on your body and can easily recognize any changes.  But when should you get a skin cancer screening?

Checking skin moles

In order to be proactive about preventing skin cancer, doctors recommend that individuals do a monthly self-examination to identify any changes to the moles on their skin.  Examining moles regularly, increases the likelihood of early detection of skin cancer.  

What to look for

When checking the skin, individuals should look for changes in the asymmetry, border, color, diameter, of the mole, or any evolving moles.   This is known as the ABCDE rule, and is used as a guide to identify any atypical moles.  If a mole displays any of these signs, it’s important to have it checked immediately by a dermatologist. 

When to get a skin cancer screening

Individuals with a family or personal history of skin cancer should get screened at least once a year.  People that are at high risk of developing skin cancer, such as those that sunburn easily, have fair skin, or have a history of using tanning beds, should also get annual skin cancer screening.   Everyone else should get a skin check whenever they are concerned about changes to a mole on their skin (learn more).

Would you like to learn more about skin cancer screening?   Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Tucson or Sierra Vista AZ areas, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.dermplasticsaz.com or by calling 520-207-3100 (Tucson) or 520-458-1787 (Sierra Vista).

How soon will I see results from laser hair removal treatments?

How soon will I see results from laser hair removal treatments?

If you have made the decision to have laser hair removal, obviously you want to know how soon you are likely to see results after the treatment. The answer is not always easy, as there are several factors that impact how soon results appear.

How laser hair removal works

Laser hair removal is the modern way to remove hair from areas such as the face, underarms, bikini line, and legs.  The laser emits a concentrated beam of light that targets the pigment in the hair follicle. The pigment absorbs the light which converts to heat that damages the follicle and prevents future growth.  The treated hairs are shed approximately 1-2 weeks after treatment.

How soon will I see results from laser hair removal treatments?

Depending on the size of the area being treated, it can take anywhere from 6-8 treatments before you see results from laser hair removal.

Why multiple laser hair removal sessions are needed

Several hair removal sessions are needed, in order to accommodate the hair’s growth cycle, so the results are not immediate.  Hair grows in 3 phases – growth, transition, and resting, and only responds to the laser pulses when it is in the growth phase.  Since only a certain amount of hair will be removed in the targeted area during treatment, more sessions are required for large areas with dense hair.

Are you ready to schedule your laser hair removal consultation?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Tupelo, MS area, Accent Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.drmarkcraig.com, or by calling (662) 377-6290.

Can botox look natural?

Can botox look natural?

Botox is undoubtedly one of the most popular anti-aging treatments on the market, but a common misconception people have about botox is that it does not look natural.  That’s understandable, since there have been many examples of botox faces that look frozen and unnatural.

What exactly is botox and how does it work?

Botox is a cosmetic injectable that is used to temporarily smooth frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.  These lines develop as a result of repeated muscle contractions related to expressions such as frowning, squinting, and smiling. When botox is injected into the underlying muscle, it limits muscle movement, and as a result, wrinkles become less noticeable over time.

Can botox look natural?

Botox can look natural, but it’s important to have the procedure done by a licensed, trained injector that is also an expert in facial anatomy.  Providers that have the necessary skill and experience know exactly where to inject botox, as well as the required dosage.  

Botox can certainly help maintain a youthful look, but if too much of it is injected, or if it is overused, it makes the face appear unnaturally smooth and super-tight. When botox is properly done patients should have fewer lines, and still look attractive. 

Proper application is an important key to getting subtle, natural-looking results with botox.  In addition, botox results look far more natural when patients don’t have droopy brows, and are still able to lift their eyebrows.

Would you like to learn more about botox?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Rancho Santa Margarita & Newport Beach, CA areas Pure Beauty Skin Care & Medical Spa is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.purebeautymedicalspa.com, or by calling (949) 763-3859 (Rancho Santa Margarita) or (949) 236-6001 (Newport Beach).

How to increase collagen in the skin through microneedling

How to increase collagen in the skin through microneedling

If you are looking for a treatment to diminish signs of aging, and renew the appearance of your skin, microneedling is the answer.  Microneedling has quickly become a popular cosmetic treatment because it is a versatile procedure that treats a range of skin concerns, and boosts collagen levels.  But how is it possible to increase collagen in the skin through microneedling.

What exactly is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that is designed to improve skin tone and texture.  Microneedling benefits the skin in several ways – it restores youthful contours, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, minimizes acne scars, and more.  

How to Increase Collagen in the skin through microneedling

Microneedling is performed with a special device that is fitted with several needles.  During treatment the device is moved across the skin, and the needles penetrate the outermost layer, creating microscopic punctures.  Microneedling tricks the skin into thinking it has been wounded, so these micro-injuries activate the skin’s natural wound healing response.  

Collagen helps in the wound healing process, because it attracts new skin cells to the site of the wound.   As a result, fresh, new collagen is produced as the skin heals from the microneedling treatment.  As collagen levels increase, the skin becomes, softer, firmer, and plumper.

Microneedling is often combined with PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) therapy or hyaluronic acid injectable treatment, to further enhance skin rejuvenation results.

Would you like to learn more about microneedling? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale by the Sea, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach or the surrounding areas, Baltic Beauty Centre, Fort Lauderdale, FL, is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.balticbeautycentre.com, or by calling (954) 420-7487.

What Is the Best Lip Filler?

What Is the Best Lip Filler?

Would you like to try lip augmentation, but you’re not sure what is the best lip filler.  It’s not easy to differentiate between the various lip fillers on the market, so it’s best to consult with an experienced injector, to determine which filler would be the right one for you.

Lip augmentation with fillers

Lip augmentation with fillers is a simple cosmetic  procedure that is done to make the lips fuller and plumper.

How long do lip fillers last

Depending on the type of filler used, lip fillers can last 6-12 months.  

What Is the Best Lip Filler?

While there isn’t one lip filler that is considered the best, there are options like Juvederm Volbella and Restylane that are highly recommended because they have an excellent safety profile, and provide natural looking results. 

Juvederm Volbella and Restylane are both derived from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a molecule that occurs naturally in the skin.  HA fillers are mostly preferred for lip augmentation because they are very compatible, so patients typically have little or no reaction to these fillers.

Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are also a good choice for lip augmentation because the filler can be dissolved with hyaluronidase.  Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that can be used to safely melt away HA.

Which filler is right for you

It’s best to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to determine which filler would be right for you, because they can each achieve different things.  So it really depends on your specific needs.  

Would you like to learn more about lip fillers.  Search our directory to find a practice in  your area.

If you are in the Central Florida area, Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, Winter Park, FL is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.scottgreenbergmd.com, or by calling (407) 499-8603.

How long does it take to get Botox?

How long does it take to get Botox?

In the battle against wrinkles, botox is the number one choice.  It is the most popular minimally invasive procedure in the US, because it provides the wrinkle-smoothing effects that people are looking for.  But how long does it take to get botox, and how long do the effects last.

What is botox?

Botox, or botulinum toxin type A, is a neurotoxin that is made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.  It is used to temporarily reduce the appearance of moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles i.e. forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet (learn more).

How does botox work

Botox works by relaxing the muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles.  These wrinkles form as a result of the repeated contraction of the muscles when you squint, frown, or smile.  When botox is injected, it prevents the signal from the nerves from reaching the muscles.  As a result, the muscles relax, and this temporarily erases the overlying wrinkles (click here to learn more).

How long does it take to get Botox?

It only takes about 10 minutes to get botox.  Treatment consists of a few injections made into specific muscles using a tiny needle.  No anesthesia is required, as the procedure is virtually painless.  The effects of botox take approximately 3-5 days to kick in.

How long does botox last?

The results of botox can last up to 4 months.

If you would like to get the best possible results with botox, be sure to consult with a trained, experienced medical professional, preferably a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

Are you ready to schedule your botox consultation? 

If you are in the Walnut Creek or Greenbrae, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Robert Aycock M.D. for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Aycock at www.aycockmd.com,  or by calling (925) 854-4174 (Walnut Creek) or (415) 903-8463 (Greenbrae).

How to effectively get rid of acne?

How to effectively get rid of acne?

Acne is a persistent condition that may clear for a while, but keeps coming back.  That’s why people with the condition are often anxious to find out how to break the cycle and effectively get rid of acne.   Acne most often occurs on the face, chest, and back.

What causes acne?

Understanding what causes acne is helpful in getting to the root of the breakouts.

Acne is generally caused by the excess production of oil (sebum) by the sebaceous glands.  If the oil clogs the pores in the skin it can cause bacteria to develop and lead to different types of acne lesions i.e. pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. 

How to effectively get rid of acne

While acne won’t go away overnight, there are several ways to effectively treat it.

  • Acid peels:  Peels using salicylic acid are frequently used to treat mild to moderate cases of acne.   Salicylic acid penetrates into the pores of the skin and deep cleans them by dissolving the oil and debris.  It also exfoliates the skin, helping to remove blackheads and whiteheads.
  • Laser therapy:  Photodynamic Laser Therapy (PDT) is one type of laser treatment that is used to resolve acne. PDT involves the use of special solutions (photosensitizers) that are applied to the skin along with light.  The treatment shrinks the oil glands and reduces the production of sebum, resulting in a reduction in acne.  PDT clears the skin and prevents future breakouts.
  • Acne extractions: This is a safe way to get rid of acne.  Dermatologists use a medical-grade comedone extractor tool to remove whiteheads and blackheads.

Would you like to learn more about acne treatment.  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Maitland, FL area, Derrow Dermatology is our featured practice. 

You can reach them at www.derrowdermatology.com, or by calling (407) 389-2020.

How can I improve the tone and texture of my skin?

How can I improve the tone and texture of my skin?

Has your skin lost its dewy, youthful appearance?  If yes, and you’re wondering how to improve the tone and texture of your skin, laser skin resurfacing is an effective option, because it alleviates complaints such as discoloration and uneven texture.

Factors affecting skin tone and texture

Over time, factors such as excess sun exposure, improper skin care, acne, and smoking can alter the tone and texture of the skin.   These factors adversely impact skin health and quality, but laser skin resurfacing can get the skin back on track.

How can I improve the tone and texture of my skin?

If you would like to refresh the tone and texture of your skin, Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is an excellent choice.  Clear + Brilliant is a simple, non-invasive treatment that requires no incisions or needles, and leaves the skin looking smooth, radiant, and more youthful.

How Clear + Brilliant improves skin tone and texture

Clear + Brilliant uses fractional laser technology.   The laser treats specific zones of the skin, creating microscopic wounds that are surrounded by healthy areas of tissue.  The untreated tissue helps to accelerate healing and stimulate collagen production.  After a few days new, healthy tissue emerges, so the skin looks smoother, clearer, and more youthful.

Treatment with the Clear + Brilliant laser takes approximately 15-20 minutes.  

What to expect after treatment with Clear + Brilliant

The skin will look slightly sunburned after the procedure, and there will be some flaking for a few days.  However, once the exfoliation is complete, the skin will be noticeably clearer and fresher.    

Would you like to learn more about Clear + Brilliant laser treatment?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Boston, MA area, Krauss Dermatology, Wellesley, MA is our featured practice.

You can reach them at kraussdermnew.wpengine.com, or by calling (781) 416-3500.

How can I improve acne scars?

How can I improve acne scars?

Are you wondering how you can improve acne scars because you don’t like how they make your face look? You don’t have to live with those scars forever.  There are treatments out there that can reduce those irritating blemishes, and give you the smoother, clearer skin you desire.

What causes acne scars?

Acne scars develop as a result of the inflammation from a pimple or lesion.  When pimples and lesions occur they cause the pore to swell, and rupture the follicle wall.  During the wound repair process the body increases the production of collagen and it often forms unevenly, creating an indented or raised acne scar. 

How Can I improve acne scars?

Laser treatment, particularly fractional laser resurfacing, has proven to be very effective for acne scars.  Fractional lasers work by emitting a laser beam that is divided into thousands of microscopic beams, which penetrate down to the dermis.     These lasers target only a fraction of the skin at a time, so the treated areas are surrounded by untreated tissue that helps to speed up healing.  

The Halo hybrid fractional laser by Sciton is a state-of-the-art resurfacing treatment that treats acne scars, as well as a range of skin issues.

How the Halo laser improves acne scars

The Halo laser combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to create a powerful skin resurfacing solution.  The non-ablative wavelength penetrates deep into the skin and stimulates collagen, resulting in healthier skin.  The ablative wavelength removes damaged skin from the surface, to reveal new, fresher skin that glows.

Would you like to learn more about Halo laser treatments?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, Capital Laser & Skin Care, Chevy Chase, MD is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.capitalskinlaser.com, or by calling (301) 234-7669.