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Fall is officially here and the holiday season is right around the corner. As we age, the production of certain proteins in our skin begins to slow making our skin not as tight as it once was. This year don’t dread seeing family and friends because you feel and look older. Ultherapy® facial skin tightening can help lift loose skin leaving everyone else wondering how you stay so vibrant and youthful looking.
Ulthera® is an FDA approved non-invasive technology that uses ultrasound waves to tighten lax skin around the neck, cheek jowls, forhead (eyebrow) and under the chin. At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta our providers first evaluate each patient to determine the depth and area(s) of concern, so they can specifically target your individual needs. The technology heats the targeted tissue underneath the surface to stimulate collagen production and tighten loose skin.
Patients enjoy the many benefits of Ulthera® including quick recovery times and lowered risk of complications compared to more invasive, surgical facial treatments. Patients generally experience only mild and temporary side effects such as redness and swelling following the procedure. Ulthera® is great for both men and women who are experiencing loose or sagging skin and who are not ready for a surgical procedure. At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta we commonly combine Ultherapy® with Botox® and facial fillers for even better results.
If you are interested in learning more about Ultherapy® or other non-surgical facial rejuvenation options please contact our office today. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest for the latest dermatology news and information.
Maintaining healthy skin is no longer just a women’s priority, men have started to take a close look at their own facial and skin care rejuvenation needs. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, some of the most popular male cosmetic procedures in 2011 included Botox®, Laser hair removal, chemical peel, microdermabrasion and soft tissue fillers. Dermatology Associates of Atlanta offers all of these procedures and frequently treats men for multiple conditions.
Botox® and Dysport® are minimally invasive treatments that reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Many of our male patients complain about crow’s feet and lines on their foreheads. Injections with Botox® or Dysport ® relax muscles in the treatment area to smooth out these lines. Patients enjoy the short procedure time and no downtime of injectables. Results typically last between four and seven months.
Laser hair removal is another popular treatment for men who have unwanted hair on their backs, chests, arms, legs and/or face. Laser hair removal is a permanent solution for any hairy areas. Similar to other procedures, patients benefit from short treatment times and minimal downtime. However, as with any laser procedure, it’s important for patients to avoid sun exposure during treatment to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation. Oftentimes we have male patients complain about underarm sweat and unsightly stains on their shirts. The miraDry® system is the newest non-invasive technology to permanently reduce underarm sweat. This FDA approved technology uses electromagnetic energy to permanently target and destroy sweat glands.
Our specialty center, Skin Medics™ Medical Spa, offer chemical peels to restore and refresh facial skin. Our providers use a specific combination of chemical solutions tailored to your unique skin type and needs. Chemical peels are a great solution for many skin conditions including acne, oily skin, dry skin, and wrinkles. Also within our Skin Medics™ Medical Spa, microdermabrasion treatments are available. Microdermabrasion exfoliates the skin while stimulating circulation and collagen production. Our qualified and experienced aestheticians will discuss what treatment would be most beneficial for your skin’s needs. These topical skin care treatments are a great option for men with minimal signs of aging who do not necessarily need facial injectables for rejuvenation.
Soft tissue fillers such as Restylane®, Juvéderm® and Sculptra® can effectively fill in facial wrinkles and restore lost facial volume. These FDA approved fillers are great to replump facial volume lost with age and provide a more youthful appearance. Additionally facial fillers may also be used as an ancillary treatment for facial scar reduction.
Other procedures men often seek include liposuction, blepharoplasty, and laser skin resurfacing. If you are interested in learning more about these treatments please contact our office today. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest skincare news and tips.
Non-invasive procedures are very popular among patients who want to curb signs of aging. These services are growing exponentially as their safety and effectiveness are improved. Before such non-invasive skin tightening technology was available skin and tissue concerns around the face could only be treated surgically with procedures like facelift, brow lift, or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
A recent study in South Korea looked at how effective noninvasive skin tightening techniques were for patients from Asia. Patients from Asian descent have a greater risk of scarring and pigmentation change making nonsurgical options more attractive.
Specifically, the study concentrated on intense focused ultrasound (IFUS) devices such as Ultherapy®, an FDA approved noninvasive energy source that uses ultrasound to target tissue to lift the tissues of the face and neck. The study evaluated the effectiveness of IFUS in treating face and neck laxity. Ten of the study’s participants had both the face and neck treated. Two blinded, experienced clinicians reviewed pre and post treatments photos and patients also completed a self-assessment. As a result the clinicians felt that 8 out of 10 patients showed significant improvement 90 days after treatment while 9 out of 10 patients reported personal improvement.
Overall, IFUS devices such as Ulthera® have many advantages including expedited recovery time and lowered risk of adverse effects compared to more invasive, surgical facial rejuvenation treatments. Dermatology Associates of Atlanta use Ulthera® technology to heat the deep dermal layers of facial tissue to increase the production of collagen while lifting and tightening loose skin.
If you are interested in learning more about Ultherapy® or other non-invasive procedures we offer please contact our office today. Also don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to stay up-to-date on the latest dermatology news and skin care technology.
Although we try to answer all your frequently asked questions on our website, we understand that each patient’s situation is different. Here we’ve compiled a few common questions about CoolSculpting® non-invasive fat-reduction technology.
I’m 65 and don’t want to deal with the recovery time of liposuction at my age. Am I too old for CoolSculpting®?
Because no needles or incisions are necessary during CoolSculpting® there is little to no downtime. There is no age that’s technically “too old” for this non-invasive fat-freezing treatment, but it’s important to make certain each patient is healthy enough for the treatment. During a CoolSculpting® procedure, treatment areas are pulled into a cooling device that presses two cooling plates on either side. Areas of thinner skin in older adults may be more prone to bruising during the process, but each person’s case is different. CoolSculpting® is approved as a fat reduction treatment for adults 18 and over. Individuals with larger areas of fat may not be candidates for CoolSculpting®, though. Schedule a consultation to see if CoolSculpting® will work for you.
I’m scheduled to go to the beach after my CoolSculpting® treatment. Can I swim and work out days after my procedure?
The glory of non-invasive fat reduction is the minimal downtime. Each person’s experience with CoolSculpting® non-invasive fat reduction is different, and some patients are able to go to the gym immediately after treatment. Others may experience tenderness or a tingling or numb sensation in the treatment areas a few days after treatment. These symptoms are temporary and usually attributed to the machine’s cooling applicator. However, there are no restrictions on post-treatment activity for most patients which means you could receive CoolSculpting® and head straight to the beach afterward!
Is there a BMI requirement to be a CoolSculpting® candidate? Can it help with weight loss?
Patients looking to lose weight should resort to diet and exercise before choosing CoolSculpting®. The nature of the procedure means that it is best reserved for individuals in the final shaping process of achieving their desired look. While a certain body mass index (BMI) is not required, we do screen candidates for their eligibility. Patients with small areas of exercise- and diet-resistant fat are the most appropriate candidates.
CoolSculpting® is an exciting new treatment that opens up many opportunities for patients looking for fat reduction without the downtime associated with surgical techniques like liposuction. By cooling treatment areas beyond the point where fat cells can survive, CoolSculpting® can help patients feel more confident in swimwear, fit comfortably into those “skinny jeans,” and feel better about themselves. To stay connected with Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “two is better than one” at some point in your life, and Dermatology Associates of Atlanta has set out to guarantee this statement rings true with their additional CoolSculpting® machine. As the first practice in Georgia to offer this method of fat reduction, Dermatology Associates is proud to now be the only Atlanta practice offering two CoolSculpting machines for Dual Cool treatments. By performing DualSculpting treatments, we can provide shorter treatment times for each patient and a more flexible treatment schedule.
CoolSculpting is the perfect, non-invasive solution for eliminating small areas of unwanted fat without liposuction surgery. By using a process called Cryolipolysis™, CoolSculpting freezes the fat within cells beyond viability. Over time, the fat is expelled through the body’s lymphatic system. CoolSculpting is designed for patients who are in good physical condition and have small pockets of fat that just won’t respond to diet and exercise.
Since the process is gradual, patients usually begin noticing results about 2 or 3 months after their initial treatment. Full results, which produce a 20-40% fat reduction, will appear in 4-6 months. Although one treatment will produce evident results, some patients pursue a second treatment to optimize CoolSculpting results. During treatment, the CoolSculpting device is attached to the treatment area and left for a period of time (about an hour per area). Although you may feel a slight pinch and cold when the treatment begins, the targeted area will become numb. You will be able to read, watch a movie, use a laptop, talk on the phone, etc. during treatment.
Some patients have asked why two CoolSculpting machines should matter to them. The CoolSculpting device only treats one area at a time; typically the size of one hand. Although treatment isn’t uncomfortable, it can be tedious for patients who wish to treat multiple areas. With DualSculpting, treatment times can be halved to help get you back to your busy schedule.
If you’re interested in learning more about CoolSculpting, don’t miss our Cool Day In lunch and learn event on Friday, June, 15th from 12-2pm. Take advantage of special pricing for event attendees with a chance to win a FREE CoolSculpting treatment ($750 value). Contact us at (404)256-4457 ext. 200 to RSVP because space is limited. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more event details and skin care news.
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