3 Benefits of a Customized Facial

1. The name says it all - They are Customized Just for Your Skin

Whatever your skin concern is - acne, aging skin, rosacea, melasma, or other conditions – there is a facial for you. At the Dermatology Center and Rockledge MedSpa, our licensed aestheticians take the time to analyze and assess your personal skin needs and create a customized facial to ensure you get the best results. 

Those who do at-home facials may see some results, but not the level of results you see with a customized facial from a licensed medical aesthetician at a dermatologist's office. Despite clever marketing, at-home facial products are not right for every skin type and condition. This can lead to minimal results or even adverse skin reactions like allergies or rashes. Plus, most of the products you purchase for at-home facials do not contain much of the active ingredients that you need. This is why customized facials are best left to a licensed aesthetician.

 

2. The Best Deep Cleanse

One of the many benefits for a customized facial is that it uses stronger, more effective ingredients, resulting in a deeper  cleanse of the skin. This deep cleanse gets rid of clogged pores which can significantly reduce the amount of acne, blackheads, puffiness and redness you experience on a daily basis. In addition to the cleanse, your aesthetician performs a facial massage that stimulates proper blood circulation, enhancing your results.  At this stage of the facial, many clients say:

I fell asleep, sorry, it was just so relaxing!
— SPJ, Client at The Dermatology Center in Sibley

3. Relaxation

This leads us to our third benefit of a customized facial. Facials are meant to not only to make your skin glow and look healthier, but they can be very relaxing. You can relax knowing that when getting a customized medical facial at The Dermatology Center and Rockledge MedSpa, you can just sit back and get pampered by our licensed aestheticians. Our Medical Master Aesthetician says that when she gets a facial done her skin is left glowing, smooth, and silky!

No wonder she gets a facial once a month!

 

For an added bonus…

Many clients take their facials to the next level by combining it with a medical-grade chemical peel. The added benefit to combining a chemical peel to a facial is the extra exfoliation. By exfoliating the skin with an Illuminize Peel by SkinMedica or a PCA Glow Peel, makes for an extended glow that you will surely love. 

Treat your skin with a customized facial today at The Dermatology Center & Rockledge MedSpa!

SkinMedica's TNS Essential Serum

Treat your skin with this dual-chamber anti-aging serum.

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum is an all-in-one rejuvenating product that promotes healthier skin with growth factors, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides. The treatment is formulated to hydrate, firm and enhance the face to create a more even, younger-looking appearance. 

This anti-aging serum has two separate chambers to house APS Corrective Complex and TNS Recovery Complex. APS Corrective Complex is a blend of antioxidants and peptides that improve the skin’s overall appearance. TNS Recovery Complex is a mix of growth factors, matrix proteins, and antioxidants that soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With the combination of these powerful formulas, this face and neck serum will help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tones. During clinical studies, this treatment showed results in just one month with best results appearing in three months. 

I love TNS Essential Serum because it combines everything that’s good for your skin in one bottle. I like the fact that it’s one pump, apply and your skin looks great! By using this product I have seen a noticeable difference in how healthy my skin looks. I love it!
— Rene Fielder, a frequent TNS Essential Serum user

 

Why does The Dermatology Center recommend SkinMedica products?

With a long history of research and backed by numerous scientific studies, SkinMedica products uses the science of your skin's own healing abilities to give you naturally radiant skin. By using SkinMedica products, you can enhance your results of your treatments at the Dermatology Center & Rockledge MedSpa even further.

5 Common Reasons To See a Dermatologist

When it comes to your skin, hair, and nails a dermatologist is the medical practitioner to call.  With thousands of conditions that can affect your skin, there are many reasons to see a dermatologist. Some conditions cause mild symptoms, while others can be serious and interfere with your everyday life.  Here are the 5 most common reasons to see a dermatologist:

MOLES AND SUN SPOTS

No matter if your mole has been there since birth, or showed up a couple of months ago, a yearly skin exam to examine your moles is necessary. Especially if you get a lot of sun exposure. Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer and identifying cancerous spots early can save your life! Schedule your skin exam today with The Dermatology Center.

ACNE

If you have been using over-the-counter skin treatments to treat your acne and it’s been two to three months without much success, it’s time to see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can determine what kind of prescription would be most effective for your acne and lifestyle. If your acne is causing scarring and/or feelings of embarrassment, it’s time to make a change and see a dermatologist who can find you a solution and build back your confidence.

ITCHY SKIN

Call your dermatologist if you have been itching an area for more than a week. Itching can be caused by various factors: an allergic reaction to medications, or a common, chronic condition known as eczema. After examining your skin and reviewing your medical history, the dermatologist can recommend the appropriate treatment. Click here to learn more about Eczema.

DISCOLORED SKIN

Have you been noticing tan patches of skin on your face or body? A hormonal reaction to sun exposure called Melasma could be developing. If your skin does not respond to over-the-counter therapies, visit a dermatologist. They can provide stronger bleaching agents, chemical peels, laser treatments and sunscreen that will provide noticeable results.

RED SKIN FLARE-UPS

Skin flare-ups can be caused by big, difficult life changes. If you are noticing that your skin is looking flushed or experiencing red patches of skin, it’s time to call a dermatologist. Red skin flare-ups could be caused by eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, or even psoriasis. A dermatologist will examine the area of concern and recommend the right medication, laser therapy or lifestyle changes to resolve or help control your symptoms.

If you’re having issues with your skin, hair, or nails - set aside self-diagnosing and see a dermatologist. As the skin experts, The Dermatology Center can advise you on the most appropriate procedures and treatments for your concerns, educate you about protecting your skin, and recommend the best products for you. Contact The Dermatology Center Today!

4 Facts to Know About Eczema

If you have been diagnosed with Eczema or think you have Eczema, you’re not alone. Eczema is very common and over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema. Here are 4 facts to know about Eczema:

WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA?

Eczema is a non-contagious skin disease. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) usually develops very early in life. This skin disease is common in infants and young children, and most people who get eczema will have it before they turn five. It is less common for eczema to appear for the first time as an adult and it tends to come and go, often without warning.

HOW IS ECZEMA DIAGNOSED?

A dermatologist can often diagnose eczema by looking at a child's skin. The dermatologist will look closely for dry, scaly patches and/or rash. The dermatologist may also ask you:

  • When did the dry, scaly patches first appear?
  • Do any blood relatives have eczema, hay fever, or asthma?

HOW IS ECZEMA TREATED?

At The Dermatology Center, our dermatologists will create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Most treatment plans consist of:

  1. Skin Care
  2. Medical therapies
  3. Tips to avoid flare-ups

It is important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by the dermatologist. Too often, people try to treat eczema on their own by avoiding what they believe is causing the eczema. The truth is no one thing can control eczema. Successfully managing this condition requires following a treatment plan.

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE USED TO CONTROL ECZEMA?

Many treatments can help control eczema. Treatments that a dermatologist many recommend includes:

  1. Calcineurin Inhibitor – This prescription medicine is applied to the skin to reduce inflammation and other symptoms.
  2. Eucrisa – FDA-approved Phosphodiesterase (PDE4-I) Inhibitor ointment to treat mild to moderate Eczema in patients two years of age or older to decrease inflammation
  3. Corticosteroid (cortisone, steroid) Creams – This cream is used to decrease inflammation and control itching.
  4. Antibiotic – If your child develops an infection, an antibiotic either taken by mouth or applied to the skin, can kill the bacteria causing the infection.
  5. Phototherapy – If stronger treatment is needed. this light therapy may be added to the treatment plan
  6. Systemic Immunomodulatory Agents – When a client has not responded to other treatments, our dermatologists may consider and explain the risks and benefits of other medicines that are stronger.

 

WHY SEE A DERMATOLOGIST?

Dermatologists specialize in treating skin conditions. Let them help you make the informed decision to control your Eczema. To learn more about Eczema, contact The Dermatology Center today to speak with one of our dermatologists.

CoolSculpting vs Liposuction

CoolSculpting and Liposuction are both proven treatments to slim and reshape specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image. But which treatment is right for you?

HOW THEY WORK

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, fat-freezing procedure that provides a more comfortable, non-invasive alternative to contouring the body. Liposuction (also known as Lipoplasty) is the surgical removal of excess fat. During a CoolSculpting procedure, a device is positioned on the area being treated and controlled cooling is applied. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, the body naturally processes the fat and eliminates the dead fat cells. Liposuction requires a patient to be under anesthesia and a thin, straw-like instrument called a cannula is inserted through incisions to loosen excess fat. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe.

DURING THE PROCEDURES

Depending on the area being treated, a CoolSculpting procedure takes about 45 - 90 minutes to complete. During this time you can read, work on your laptop or tablet, talk on the phone, or even take a nap. You can take advantage of a CoolScuplting procedure by having "you time." Most would agree that Liposuction is not as relaxing. With Liposuction (like most surgical procedures) anesthesia is used and after your 45 - 90 minute liposuction procedure, at least an additional 30 minutes is required of post-anesthesia observation. This means unlike a CoolSculpting procedure that can have you in and out in about an hour, Liposuction requires at least 2 hours at the medical facility. 

RECOVERY TIME

After a CoolScuplting procedure, you may experience a little numbness in the treated area, but there is no downtime. This procedure allows you to return to your normal activities right after the procedure and can resume workouts in a day or two. Due to Liposuction being a surgical procedure, downtime is required and normal activities can be resumed within a few weeks after the procedure. Depending on the area being treated, pain will occur 2-4 days after surgery and a compression garment must be worn for a few weeks after Liposuction to allow the skin to tighten as the treated area heals.  

RESULTS

In the weeks and months following a CoolSculpting procedure, the body naturally processes the treated fat, gradually tightens the skin, and eliminates the dead cells. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they are gone for good and more noticeable results of fat reduction can be seen around 2-4 months after the procedure, depending on the area treated. Unlike CoolSculpting, Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat immediately leaving the skin loose, which does not allow the body to naturally tighten like CoolSculpting. Even though CoolSculpting and Liposuction both result in eliminating fat and contouring the body to a more attractive state, both results must be maintained. As long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained, the results will stay.

WHAT IS THE COST?

Both CoolSculpting and Liposuction are not "one size fits all" treatments.  This means treatment plans are truly unique to the individual and their goals. Because everyone does not have the same body type or the same goals, pricing can and will vary from client to client and an in-person consultation is required. The CoolSculpting procedure is very affordable compared to more invasive procedures like liposuction. At The Dermatology Center, we offer a number of financing options that provide low monthly payment plans to fit your budget.

5 Facts to Know About Laser Hair Removal - But Never Asked

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1. Do I have to let my hair grow out before treatment?

No. Unlike waxing, you do not need to grow out your unwanted hair. Shaving is required before your laser hair removal treatment. However, do not wax before any laser hair removal treatment. The objective is for the laser energy to go directly to the root of the hair and shaving allows the laser to locate the pigment of the hair follicle, with the follicle still in place.

2. What if I feel modest about the areas I'm treating?

Our medically trained staff are very sensitive to your privacy. A private changing room is in each of our treatment rooms and for your privacy, we provide a robe to wear during treatment. Only the area being treated is exposed. Keep in mind, your laser hair removal is only between you and your provider. 

3. What is included in the bikini area?

You can have as much area or as little as you want to be treated. Only your provider will know your preference. 

4. Will anyone notice that I got Laser Hair Removal?

No. But if you have sensitive skin, you may experience some flushing of the skin due to the heat from the laser. If you experience any bumps or flushing of the skin immediately after treatment, our providers will provide cream to calm the irritation. 

5. Why isn't the gel heated before being applied to the treated area?

The purpose of the gel used during each laser hair removal treatment is to cool and protect your skin. The gel must be cold to protect your skin from the heat of the laser. Our providers will generously apply the gel throughout your treatment to ensure a safe and effective treatment. 

Learn More About Laser Hair Removal at The Rockledge MedSpaToday!