Which is Right for Me? Botox vs. Filler at The Dermatology Center

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If you are fighting against fine lines and wrinkles that are prematurely aging your appearance, there are many options that can give you a youthful boost. But what is best for you - Botox® Cosmetic or dermal fillers like Juvederm? Often a combination of Botox and filler is needed to achieve the best results because these products can work in conjunction to address different issues.

Botox® Cosmetic is one of the most familiar ways of smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles by causing facial muscles to relax temporarily. Here at The Dermatology Center, we perform a lot of Botox and we see that Botox can be an excellent solution for many clients. For instance, someone in their late 20's and 30's might choose Botox to help prevent wrinkles and enhance their complexion. Older clients may opt for Botox to soften existing lines and prevent new ones from forming.

Like Botox, dermal fillers are an injectable treatment used to tackle some of the most frustrating signs of aging. Unlike Botox, fillers do not relax facial muscles. Instead, fillers work to fill "creases" and "plump" the skin. This allows a more youthful looking appearance by replacing lost tissue volume with filler in addition to filling folds and wrinkles. The Dermatology Center offers popular fillers such as Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma™ XC, and Radiesse.

Botox Before & After

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Fillers Before & After

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Not sure which one is right for you? No problem, let our experts recommend the best combination of products to address your individual concerns. You can feel confident choosing The Dermatology Center for your beauty needs because we know natural-looking results are a must. One of our expert injectors will develop a personalized treatment plan based on their medical knowledge and injection experience. Contact The Dermatology Center today and regain your youthful appearance!

New! Cut Your CoolSculpting® Treatment Time By Nearly Half at The Dermatology Center

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The Cool Advantage at The Dermatology Center

As you may know, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that eliminates stubborn fat safely and effectively, with zero surgery or downtime. It is the only fat reduction treatment cleared by the FDA, that uses controlled cooling to safely target and eliminate diet- and exercise-resistant fat. In just 60 minutes, many clients are on their way to a happier, more-contoured self. 

But now, 60-minute treatment times are a thing of the past! With CoolSculpting's latest technology, the CoolAdvantage, treatment times have dropped by nearly half, to approximately 35 minutes.

And those 35-minute treatments are now available for many popular areas including the abdomen, flanks (love handles) and inner thighs!

ABDOMEN

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FLANKS

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INNER THIGHS

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When will I notice results?

While some patients may see results in as little as three weeks after their first treatment, the most dramatic results are usually seen between one and three months following treatment.

Remember though, CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment. It is designed for people who have an active lifestyle, experience minimal weight fluctuations, and are looking to target stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Am I a candidate for CoolSculpting?

To determine whether you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting, request a consultation today!

CoolSculpting for Arms - Now Available at The Dermatology Center!

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Your favorite fat-freezing procedure is now available for arms!

Are bicep curls and tricep extensions not giving you the “toned” arms you desire? Do you spend copious amounts of time dieting and exercising, yet you still aren’t seeing the results you’re looking for? Not to worry, because you’re not alone! As a matter of fact, according to Zeltiq, the medical technology company behind CoolSculpting treatments, 14 million people have expressed concern about unwanted arm fat, making this the third most popular area for consideration of non-invasive fat reduction. 

With that much concern and consideration, Zeltiq has been hard at work getting the FDA to approve CoolSculpting to treat stubborn fat on your upper arms. And with great success, CoolSculpting using the CoolAdvantage Petite for arms is now FDA-cleared, with all Dermatology Center offices offering treatments now!

What is CoolSculpting?

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CoolSculpting is a procedure that safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystallized or frozen, and then die off. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the cells, leaving a more sculpted appearance. Typically, fat cells in the treated area are reduced by 20-25%, and since these cells are naturally processed and eliminated, they won’t migrate to other untreated areas of your body.

What happens during the CoolSculpting arm treatment?

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During the CoolSculpting arm treatment, a gel pad and the CoolAdvantage Petite applicator will be applied to the upper arm area. The applicator will deliver controlled cooling to the targeted fat and be completed in roughly 30 minutes per treatment cycle. During the procedure, you can read, check email, or even take a nap; after the procedure, you can return to your normal activities immediately.

When will I notice results?

While some patients may see results in as little as three weeks after their first treatment, the most dramatic results are usually seen between one and three months following treatment.

Remember though, CoolSculpting is not a weight-loss treatment. It is designed for people who have an active lifestyle, experience minimal weight fluctuations, and are looking to target stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

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Am I a candidate for CoolSculpting for arms?

To determine whether you’re a candidate for CoolSculpting for arms, schedule your complimentary consultation at any of our locations today!

Your Skin and the Sun - Dr. Yu and Dr. Gilman Answer Questions Most Commonly Asked by Patients

Q: What is skin cancer, and am I at risk?

There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (“BCC”), squamous cell carcinoma (“SCC”) and melanoma.

A: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US. It affects men and women of all ages and skin colors, and will affect 20% of the population at some point during their lifetime.  There are three common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. 

The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma ("BCC"). BCC is almost always due to sun exposure; infrequently these cells form due to certain types of burns, scars, or skin diseases. BCC is rarely life-threatening, but it can grow and damage surrounding tissue, leading to considerable destruction and disfigurement. Squamous cell carcinoma ("SCC") is the second most common type of skin cancer. SCC is also caused by exposure to ultraviolet light, from both the sun and tanning beds. SCCs grow and destroy the skin and, while it is uncommon, if left untreated, some can get large and deep enough to spread to other parts of the body. Both BCC and SCC have a more than 95% cure rate if treated early.

The most serious form of skin cancer is melanoma. It is the least common of the three types, but the incidence is increasing. If caught and treated early, melanoma can be cured, but if it is not caught in time, it can spread to other organs and can be fatal. Melanoma often, but not always, occurs on sun-exposed skin. There are both environmental (sun exposure) and genetic factors involved in the development of melanoma, so it is important to practice safe sun habits and check your skin regularly. The risk of developing melanoma is higher if you have fair skin and eyes, many moles on your skin, or a family history of melanoma. These are the reasons The Dermatology Center and Sona Dermatology & MedSpa recommend a yearly total body skin exam with one of our board-certified dermatologists.

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Q: How can I treat sun damaged skin and still enjoy the sun? 

A: You need to be honest with yourself about how willing you are to protect your skin from the sun. Don't waste your time and money treating your sun damage if you are not going to start protecting yourself from the sun. You don't have to stay home and hide and stop doing the things you love, but you do need to adapt your behaviors in order to minimize the damage to your skin. Wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, one with avobenzone and zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and wear a hat. Try to do your outdoor activities when the sun isn't at its peak, which is usually between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

If you decide that you want to treat your sun damage and you are going to start practicing good sun-protection, you have a variety of options. You can start with a retinoid cream at night that will help build collagen and fade the discolorations. You can boost the effectiveness of the retinoid cream by adding a hydroquinone, like TriLuma cream. You should also use an antioxidant serum in the morning. Another option would be intense pulsed light (“IPL”). IPL will treat brown spots from sun damage very well, especially if this is your main concern. Fraxel is another option, which treats fine lines and pigment. However, if you are only treating the brown spots, then IPL may be the way to go.

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Q: What is the ideal age to start using retinol-containing products? 

A: Retinol-containing products are a good choice for all age groups and have been proven to be one of the best products for anti-aging. Regular use will stimulate your skin to make new collagen, smoothing any existing fine lines while slowing down the appearance of new ones. The overall texture and tone of the skin will be softer, fresher, and more even. When you start using a retinoid cream for the first time, you will probably have some skin peeling or flaking, which is just your skin exfoliating and is not a sign of allergy or intolerance to the cream. If you are very dry, try using the cream every other night for a couple of weeks and then use it every night. You can also apply your moisturizer on top of the retinoid, and it will not decrease the effectiveness of the treatment. Unless you get very red or irritated, keep using the retinoid cream and your skin should adjust and stop feeling dry after 2-3 weeks. There are different strengths of retinoids, and you may want to start with a mild one, increasing over time to stronger treatments.

Fat Reduction vs. Weight Loss | CoolSculpting®

What's the Difference Between Getting Rid of Fat and Losing Weight?

Many of our clients interested in the CoolSculpting for fat reduction have the very common misconception that weight loss and fat reduction are the same thing. They are not.

While as we all know maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of physical health, it does not always equate to the look you want. That means you could spend months dieting, working out, and staying fit, and still not get rid of those love handles or problem areas around your stomach that you just can't stand. CoolSculpting is designed specifically to help you target stubborn fat in those areas.

When we lose weight, our fat cells become smaller, but the number of fat cells remains the same. When we gain weight, those fat cells become larger again.

The CoolSculpting procedure actually reduces the number of fat cells in the treated areas. Obviously, fat cells that are no longer there can't get bigger. And unlike weight loss surgery or other non-surgical weight loss procedures, results from the CoolSculpting procedure are lasting because once the fat cells are eliminated, they're gone for good. 

After the CoolSculpting procedure, the treated areas actually have fewer fat cells. And unlike what happens when you lose weight, there's no change in fat cell distribution in untreated areas.

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5 Things You Wanted to Know About CoolSculpting - But Never Asked

1. Is CoolSculpting permanent?

Yes. Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

2. What does it feel like?

As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you may typically feel intense cold. This soon dissipates. With some applicators, you’ll feel some pulling as suction is applied. The area generally goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes during treatment. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their CoolSculpting treatment.

After the treatment, you may feel some tingling as the area is massaged for 2 or 3 minutes. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities immediately following their appointment. 

3. Why does it take so long to see results?

Once the the fat cells treated die, your body will process those dead cells naturally. You may start to see changes as quickly as 3 weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after 2 months. Your body will still continue to flush out fat cells for up to 4 to 6 months after treatment.

4. Will CoolSculpting help me lose weight?

No. The number of fat cells in our bodies typically becomes a fixed number sometime in our teenage years. Losing or gaining weight generally does not increase or decrease the number of fat cells. Instead, it changes the size of fat cells.

5. I hear you treat the banana area - What exactly is that?

The banana roll is a pocket of fat underneath the butt that is in the shape of a banana. Some people say it makes them look like they have a double butt.

 

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