What to expect from a chemical peel

Chemical Peel - Charlotte, NC

Chemical peels and aging skin As we welcome in a new year, we can turn the clock back on our aging skin through a procedure called a chemical peel. It may sound too good to be true, but you can visit a Ballantyne area dermatologist and in one or two visits, diminish many signs of aging on your face, hands, neck, and chest. We are not suggesting that chemical peels are the definitive cure for aging skin, simply that it is an effective way to decrease wrinkles, leaving you with smoother skin and a brighter complexion. A simple process Depending upon your desired level of treatment, your dermatologist will recommend a pre-peel skin care plan. This will be necessary to prepare your skin for 2 to 4 weeks before your treatment. The goal is to ensure that you get the desired results with the lowest possible risk for side effects. On the day of your peel, the first step in the process will be a thorough cleansing of your skin, in order to remove oils and contaminants. Once your skin is prepared, a clinician gently applies the chemical peel, closely monitoring your skin carefully, removing the peel at just the…

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The best Dermatologist tips for treating bags under the eyes

Dermatologist - Charlotte, NC

The eyes have it Your Charlotte dermatologist know that your eyes are usually the first feature that people notice when they first meet you. When your eyes look tired and unappealing because your drawn, you may be projecting an image that doesn’t truly reflect the way you feel. As we age, the skin around our eyes become increasingly tender and sensitive. Thus, it becomes more prone to the effects of aging. This is why so many individuals experience crow’s feet, drooping skin, and sagging lids. They will appear to have hollowed-out areas under the eyes, making them appear much older that their actual age. One of Charlotte’s best dermatologists specialize in eye rejuvenation with the need for invasive eyelid surgery. Their office offers several options that can help you diminish the signs of aging without the need for an operation, depending upon your skin condition and ultimate goals. Consider the following options for rejuvenation of the skin around the eyes: Dermal fillers Dermal fillers are popular for several reasons. This is the number one option for patients who want or need to return to everyday activities immediately after receiving treatment. It is also the preferred treatment for patients that like…

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Understanding contact and allergic dermatitis

Dermatitis - Charlotte, NC

Sources of contact dermatitis Increasing numbers of adults and children are visiting their Charlotte dermatologist because of contact dermatitis from many of the ingredients used in household cleaning products. Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) develops when someone’s skin has an allergic reaction to any substance placed on to the skin. This can go beyond the dangerous chemicals in cleaning products. It also includes products designed to be placed on our skin such as antibiotic creams, soaps, shampoos, lotions, perfumes, and makeup. The skin typically reacts by developing an itchy, red, scaling rash. If the reaction is severe, blisters and oozing of fluid may occur. Your dermatologist can provide the proper medical treatments that can help to diminish or to control the symptoms. Usually, a comprehensive examination and patch testing is necessary to identify the offending allergen. What is Contact Dermatitis? Contact dermatitis commonly refers to an irritation of the skin that results in a rash caused by something that can be categorized as either irritant or an allergen. An irritant can be anything that causes an inflammatory reaction in your skin. The reaction can vary from one individual to another. Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to…

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Are you a candidate for Juvéderm Ultra™ dermal filler?

derm fillers - Charlotte, NC

Are you hoping to rejuvenate their facial features with injectable fillers instead of with surgery or some other extensive procedure? Visit your Ballantyne area dermatologist to determine if you are a candidate for JUVÉDERM ULTRA™, a dermal filler designed to restore volume to depleted and wrinkled areas of the face. Patients who are candidates for dermal fillers typically achieve graceful and natural-looking results that can last for months, and that can be safely repeated when necessary. The process effectively diminishes the presence of lines, and wrinkles, while restoring a patient’s natural radiance. Explaining Juvéderm™ injections JUVÉDERM® is a dermal filler gel that uses hyaluronic acid as its main ingredient. It temporarily adds volume to facial tissue, creating a smoother appearance to the face. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is the first and only FDA approved filler that instantly adds volume to the cheek area. Juvéderm™ injectable gel is available in three formulations, allowing your dermatologist provide treatment based upon your unique individual needs. JUVÉDERM™ can be administered singularly, or in combination with other dermal fillers. Patients are naturally concerned about pain, and injections may cause some discomfort during and after the procedure. However, the smooth consistency of the Juvéderm™ gel allows your…

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Understanding Botox®

BOTOX from your Ballanytne Dermatologist- DSCMD

  Botox® treatments BOTOX® is the trade name for an FDA approved injectable agent that has been used cosmetic dermatology. It is widely accepted as one of the most popular of treatments for the management of lines and wrinkles, that are caused by the facial muscles that contract during facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, and squinting. Botox is extremely effective for treating deep creases found between the eyebrows, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. A common misconception is that these dynamic wrinkles are caused because we frown or scowl too much. The truth is that any facial expressions, whether happy or sad, will leave lines etched into our skin. Botox works by affecting the muscles of facial expression and not only lessen the appearance of wrinkles immediately. It also helps to prevent them from becoming more deeply etched into your face. Explaining Botox BOTOX® is one of the brand names for a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical injectable fillers, that is most safely administered under the supervision of a dermatologist. Treatment can temporarily reduce moderate to severe facial expression lines in people from 18 to 65 years of age. Botox is effective for…

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