What is it Like to Get Laser Skin Rejuvenation?

While some patients shy away from laser skin treatments because they think it’s too new of a procedure to be truly proven, the fact is that lasers have been used in the medical field for decades with safe and highly successful results. Throughout the years, researchers have continuously made improvements on the earlier lasers, making them even safer and more effective for a wide range of skin care needs, from tattoo removal to skin cancer treatment to facial rejuvenation. But one advancement that has arisen in the past several years has stood out as not only a particularly effective treatment, but one which is also easy for patients with busy schedules to accommodate.

The PicoSure® laser actually began (and is still used) as an extremely effective laser for tattoo removal by targeting more colors than similar lasers and providing more thorough results in fewer sessions. But in 2014, the manufacturers of PicoSure® released the FOCUS™ Lens Array, and since then we’ve completed thousands of treatments and have achieved fantastic results. This new tool is essentially an attachment for the PicoSure® laser which allows it to provide comprehensive yet noninvasive skin rejuvenation. By treating fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots alike, this unique procedure offers exceptional results for any area of the body, but with very low risks and without the recovery time that traditional and fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments require. In fact, the only “side effect” the procedure generally causes is a redness that fades in around 4-6 hours.

So what does the treatment actually look like? Take a look at the video below of an actual treatment by our own Dr. D. Scott Karempelis at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) using PicoSure® with the FOCUS™ Lens Array:

Lasers are among the most versatile tools for skin care, because they can be customized to target any specific cosmetic concern: aging, rosacea, spider veins, tattoos, unwanted hair, and much more. And the largest and most experienced laser skin care center in the Southeast is actually right in your back yard—The Laser Institute of Georgia, one of DAA’s nine unique specialty centers. To learn whether laser treatments or another type of procedure may be able to help you restore health and beauty to your skin, schedule a consultation at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta. Or, for more skin care tips and informative videos, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.­­­­

Save on March Wrinkle Reduction, Skin Care Products, and Hair Removal

As all of our existing patients know, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) is composed of nine collaborative specialty centers in order to provide you with exceptional skin care from head to toe all in one practice, yet with the expertise of medical professionals who specialize in each type of care you need, from hair restoration to Mohs skin cancer removal surgery. And this month, our special offers are pinpointing two of our most popular requests: wrinkle reduction and hair removal.

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For many of us, shaving has simply become a part of life, whether it’s our face, legs, underarms, back, or other area we’re trying to keep hair-free. But just a few laser hair removal sessions can offer long-lasting smooth skin for nearly any area of the body. And this month only, take advantage of our spring laser hair removal special and save 10% off your treatments.

 

Shamrocks & Skincare SavingsWrinkle Reduction Injections

Injectables like Botox®, Restylane®, and Juvéderm® are among the most popular ways to look younger. They’re quick, effective, and predictable, and nearly everyone with a wrinkle they want to smooth out is a candidate. This March, we have two ways to save: you can enjoy savings on Restylane® and Perlane® all month long, and our Cosmetic Day on March 15th offers savings on nearly all of our other facial cosmetic injectables, including Botox®, Dysport®, Radiesse®, and more.

 

March Cosmetic Day 2017Skin Care Products to Fight Aging

Taking care of your skin doesn’t end when you walk out of your dermatologist’s office. In fact, daily skin care is one of the most instrumental parts of keeping aging at bay. This month, we’re offering exclusive discounts on two unique products, each with their own approaches: SkinCeuticals® Metacell Renewal B3 (a topical daily product) and Lumity™ anti-aging nutritional supplements.

When it comes to looking your best, few patients realize how much can actually be done without cosmetic surgery. For instance, at DAA alone, we provide skin tightening, fat reduction, wrinkle treatments, sweat reduction, spider vein removal and much more. For a personal consultation where you can discuss all your aesthetic options, call DAA at 404-256-4457. Or, follow Dermatology Associates of Atlanta on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

What Our Patients are Saying about Their Doctors

Looking for a new doctor can be a stressful process. After all, your health is at stake, and in the case of dermatology, your appearance is at stake, too. That’s why many of our patients have offered a helping hand to other Atlantans by posting reviews on websites like Facebook, Yelp, and RealSelf. At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA), in addition to our three board-certified physician assistants, our practice includes five board-certified dermatologists, each with their own specialties and personal styles. To get a better sense of all of our doctors, take a look at some of the things their patients had to say:

Dr. Edmond Griffin

Dr. Griffin is the founder of DAA, and the one who brought us all together. He began as a solo practice in 1976, and has built up DAA to the success it is now, helping hundreds of patients every day. On top of general dermatology, Dr. Griffin specializes in hair loss and hair transplants at one of our specialty centers, The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research.

What Our Patients are Saying about Their Doctors

 

Dr. D. Scott Karempelis

When Dr. Karempelis (or “Dr. K,” as he is affectionately known to his patients and around the office) teamed up with Dr. Griffin in 1986, our practice officially adopted the name Dermatology Associates of Atlanta. Among other areas of dermatology, Dr. K largely focuses on laser treatments. In fact, our Laser Institute of Georgia is the largest laser skin care center in the Southeast.

What Our Patients are Saying about Their Doctors

 

Dr. Stephen Kraus

Just five years after Dr. K and Dr. Griffin joined forces, Dr. Kraus entered DAA as well. While he has a wide range of skills, Dr. Kraus has become most well-known for treating even the most stubborn acne effectively, often using customized prescription compounds which he designs for each patient’s unique skin.

What Our Patients are Saying about Their Doctors

 

Dr. Joseph Payne

In 2008, Dr. Payne became a part of the DAA team. One of his most specialized skills is performing Mohs skin cancer removal surgery. This highly precise and unique procedure, typically used for more advanced or persistent tumors, involves slowly and carefully removing cancerous tissue and examining it under a microscope to ensure that all of the cancer has been extracted while keeping the scarring as minimal as possible.

What Our Patients are Saying about Their Doctors

Dr. Ashley Curtis

While she is DAA’s newest physician, having joined the practice in 2011, Dr. Curtis has quickly developed an exceptional reputation with our patients. One of her primary areas of expertise is hair loss and hair restoration for both men and women, and she also focuses significantly on platelet-rich plasma (PRP) including the Vampire Facelift®.

What Our Patients are Saying about Their Doctors

 

Finding a dermatologist who provides the quality skin care you deserve can make it easier to have healthier, beautiful skin (because your doctor knows you and can see how your skin reacts over time), and it can also help you stay on track with consistent skin cancer screenings, too. To find your dermatologist, schedule an appointment at DAA. Or, for more about our experienced providers as well as special offers and daily skincare tips, follow Dermatology Associates of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins

Visible veins are one of those cosmetic issues that can affect people of all ages, skin types, and walks of life. And especially in a place like Atlanta, feeling too self-conscious to wear shorts or skirts can make the warmer months uncomfortable. But one aspect of visible veins (whether they’re on the legs or the face) that many people don’t realize is the difference between varicose veins and spider veins. While they’re similar issues, these two vein conditions have some key differences, and the guide below can help you understand which condition you have (or whether you have both), and how your veins can be treated at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA)’s own specialty center: The Atlanta Center for Veins.
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At DAA, our goal is to helpevery patient achieve beautiful skin from head to toe, and that includes elements under the surface, like spider veins and varicose veins. Whether your visible veins are causing you physical discomfort or simply holding you back from loving your appearance, we’re here to help. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn about your treatment options. Or, for more fun facts, skin care tips, and special offers, follow DAA on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Introducing the Eczema Center at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta

All of us have good days and bad days with our skin. One day your face may break out with acne, the next day you may have itchy dryness, and the next day your skin may have a beautiful glow. But for people with certain skin conditions like eczema, contact dermatitis, allergies, and rosacea, this inconsistency is far more intense because certain triggers can severely aggravate their symptoms. To cater to these types of conditions and offer comprehensive care for sensitive skin, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) is proud to announce our new Eczema Center.

Introducing the Eczema Center at Dermatology Associates of AtlantaFor patients with the skin conditions above, one of the first steps toward healthier skin is finding out what triggers you should be on the lookout for. DAA’s Eczema Center offers a variety of specialized techniques in order to determine each patient’s specific triggers. While a traditional allergy test uses needle pricks, we primarily use a method called patch testing: a needle-free way to evaluate your skin’s reaction to various substances and chemicals. As opposed to commercially-available patch tests which use just 35 substances, our routine patch testing alone uses 80 common irritants and allergens to identify which ones are causing your breakouts. In addition to this expanded testing, we can also use a patient’s own skin care products (or other substances that their skin regularly comes into contact with) to evaluate exactly what is making them break out, and we offer other modes of testing when necessary as well.

Once your unique triggers have been identified, our board-certified dermatologists, physician assistants, and other experienced medical professionals will also use this enhanced understanding of your skin to make personalized recommendations about your skin care. We will be able to offer you precise advice about how to care for your skin on a day-to-day basis, and about what types of products to use and to avoid. For some patients, we can also recommend professional treatments and offer customized topical medications and even prescription compounds tailored to your skin’s unique needs.

Rashes and skin irritation can put a damper on any day, not to mention a special occasion. Fortunately, by first identifying your unique irritants and then catering treatments to your skin, we can provide every patient with the individualized and effective care they need, from head to toe. To get started with an appointment at DAA’s Eczema Center, give us a call at 404-256-4457. Or, for more skin care tips, special offers, and the latest news from our office, follow Dermatology Associates of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Love Your Look and Your Budget with February Savings

new skin care specials at DAAValentine’s Day is quickly approaching! It’s a holiday that carries different meanings for different people. But whether you’ll be spending the day celebrating the love you have for your significant other, your family members, or your friends, it’s also a perfect occasion to show yourself some love by finally booking that cosmetic treatment you may have been considering. Luckily for you, that just got easier, because we have a wide variety of special offers at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) to help you celebrate and save all month long.

SilkPeel® Dermalinfusion®

 

DAAFeb2017 (Web)Another exciting new treatment at DAA, SilkPeel® offers a new take on microdermabrasion (a popular procedure that exfoliates away damaged surface skin). While SilkPeel® offers the same exfoliating benefits microdermabrasion does, it takes a three-in-one approach by deep-cleansing and applying a customized, medical-grade topical solution, all at the same time as the exfoliation process. The result is a clearer, brighter, more even complexion, and it’s particularly successful for patients who suffer from acne, fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage.

 

90-Day PCA Peel Challenge

Our 90-Day Chemical Peel Challenge is back by popular demand! Get your “before” photos taken at DAA’s Skin Medics™ Medical Spa, purchase a savings package (complete with three PCA chemical peels you’ll receive over the course of 90 days, as well as our ultralight moisturizer and a $25 gift certificate for a total savings of $350), then return at the end of the 90-day period to have your “after” photos taken. At the end of the challenge, the patient with the best results will be named the winner, and will receive their choice of either SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum or a $250 DAA gift certificate. But remember, you need to begin the challenge by February 28th, 2017 in order to enjoy the savings and the benefits!

 

Laser Hair Removal

 

atlanta hair removal discountsOur annual spring laser hair removal special is on its way! Enjoy exclusive savings from February 15th – March 31st, 2017 to get ready for a summer of fun and freedom from the constant hassle of shaving and waxing.

 

 

 

Cosmetic Day + Glo Minerals Makeup Event: February 15th, 2017

 

DAA February 2017 cosmetic dayOne day, multiple great opportunities! As always, our Cosmetic Day will feature fantastic special offers on nearly all of our cosmetic facial injectables, like Botox®, Juvéderm®, Restylane®  Lyft, and more. Plus, a Glo Minerals makeup artist is now accepting appointments for February 15th to perform tutorials and informational sessions right here at DAA, so you can get personalized advice on makeup tips, color recommendations, and more. And last but not least, a representative for our new SilkPeel® treatment will be available to allow you to sample this exceptional new rejuvenating and acne-fighting twist on microdermabrasion.

Glo Minerals Fresh Start Makeup Event Skin MedicsWith this many savings opportunities to choose from, all right here at the Best Dermatology Practice in Atlanta according to Best Self magazine’s annual resident poll, there are no excuses for still feeling bummed about whatever skin concern is bothering you. To nab your savings before our appointment book is full, give us a call today at 404-256-4457. Or, to stay up-to-date on all the latest specials and events, follow Dermatology Associates of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

 

 

What’s the Difference between Traditional and Fractionated Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Since the 1970s, lasers have evolved and taken on many different forms to be able to treat a number of skin issues, from wrinkles to rosacea to unwanted tattoos, and even some types of skin cancer. But one of the most exceptional changes in laser technology has been the use of fractionated lasers. This newer technique, performed frequently at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA), offers the powerful and natural-looking results of traditional laser skin resurfacing but with significantly less recovery time. At DAA, we offer two of the most advanced technologies for fractional laser treatments: Fraxel® and DOT Therapy, and both have been delivering exceptional results for over ten years.

But what exactly is fractional laser skin resurfacing, and how does it lower the downtime so greatly while still producing exceptional results? In the video below, our very own Dr. Edmond Griffin, board-certified dermatologist and founder of DAA, explains the differences between traditional and fractionated laser treatments and how they can benefit you as a patient.

The idea of fractional skin treatments has now spread beyond the world of lasers as well. At DAA, we also offer procedures like Infini™ Skin Tightening, Réjuvapen® micro needling, and Fractora™ Facial Rejuvenation, all of which use the same principle: impacting tiny spots on the skin to produce an all-over healing and revitalizing effect. To learn whether one of these fractionated procedures can help you achieve smoother, younger-looking skin, schedule a consultation at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta. Or, for more skin care tips and the latest dermatology news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chemical Peels

As dermatologists, we’re constantly answering questions from patients whose only knowledge about cosmetic skin treatments like Botox® injections and laser procedures comes from popular culture and movies. While we’re thrilled that media is exposing patients to the fact that they have many options for addressing their cosmetic concerns, the information portrayed is often oversimplified, misconstrued, or exaggerated. To help you separate fact from fiction, our providers at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) are here to answer a few common Hollywood-inspired questions about one of our most popular and versatile procedures: chemical peels.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chemical PeelsI had always thought of chemical peels as an anti-aging treatment, but I’ve recently heard of people in their 20s getting them—what can chemical peels actually treat?

While they can do wonders for wrinkles, peels are actually far more versatile than most people realize. The basic action of a chemical peel is to cause the body to reproduce the top layers of skin, activating the healing process and exfoliating away the current, usually sun-damaged skin. That means that a peel can essentially improve any issues that exist in that surface skin—fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, scars, melasma, rough skin, a dull or uneven complexion, and even active acne in some cases. It all depends on the specific formula used and the depth of your treatment.

I try to stick with natural foods and cosmetics, so that word “chemical” scares me a bit. Exactly what kinds of “chemicals” are we talking about?

Peels use different types of medical acids and acids derived from sugars like lactic and glycolic acid to impact your skin to varying degrees. For example, light peels often use alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or another mild formula, while medium peels typically use glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and deeper peels usually use TCA or phenol. The specific type(s) of acid used in your chemical peel will depend on the aesthetic issues you want to target, and our providers can recommend the ideal peel for you.

What should I expect when I go in for my chemical peel appointment? What does the chemical peel process actually look like?

The first step is to clear away any products, oil, or debris on your skin, so one of our licensed medical aestheticians or other experienced and licensed medical professionals will begin by cleansing your skin. They will then brush on the solution (which will be matched to your specific aesthetic goals), and give it a specified amount of time to work, depending on the depth of peel you’re looking for. When the desired depth is reached, your provider will remove the solution and will typically apply cool compresses, soothing cream, or both. The entire process is rather brief, often lasting just 30 minutes to an hour, or even less for some lighter peels.

How much “peeling” are we talking about? Am I going to have to hide at home?

For anyone who’s picturing Mrs. Doubtfire taking that mask off, you can relax—the actual peeling is often milder than patients expect. While medium and deeper chemical peels will typically remind you of the peeling your skin undergoes after a hefty sunburn, lighter peels actually create a much more subtle exfoliation, resulting in little visible peeling. However, you will need to avoid sun exposure for several weeks and you may need some recovery time at home depending on the depth of your peel, so before your procedure, your provider will discuss the specific details of the treatment depth they would recommend for you.

I’ve seen some “home chemical peels” in ads and at the drug store. What’s the deal? Is this really something I can just do at home?

There are a select few home chemical peels that can be both safe and worth your time, like Baby Foot™, a chemical peel for the feet, although you’ll need to purchase this from a medical facility like our medical spa Skin Medics™ because it’s a medical-grade product. But for the most part, in order for a peel to be safe enough for home use, it will be incredibly mild and you can expect little or no visible improvement. When in doubt (especially for anything regarding your health and safety), have an experienced professional do the job instead.

Not only do patients sometimes underestimate the power and versatility of chemical peels, but they actually underestimate the number of cosmetic treatments that are truly available to them. So many patients live with aesthetic concerns that add stress and self-consciousness to their lives on a daily basis when there is a rather simple solution that they simply aren’t aware of. To discuss your cosmetic issues and the options available to help you, schedule a consultation at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta. Or, for skin care tips, special offers, and more, follow DAA on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

More Hair, No Surgery: Your Hair Restoration Options

Whether you’re a man or a woman, it’s never a pleasant moment to look in the mirror and realize that your hair is becoming thinner. While hair transplant surgery is typically the most successful treatment (when paired with products to limit future hair loss, since it’s a progressive condition), it’s understandable that most patients are hesitant about undergoing surgery. The good news is that there are actually a number of non-surgical methods available as well, especially for patients who are still in the early stages of hair loss, and we offer the full range of options at both of our hair restoration specialty centers: The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss.

More Hair, No Surgery Your Hair Restoration OptionsPlatelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

You may have heard of PRP before, because it has been used successfully in a number of medical and cosmetic areas. The treatment involves taking a small vial of the patient’s own blood and extracting a component of it called the platelet-rich plasma. This contains powerful natural growth factors, which can be used to stimulate the healing process. While it can be injected to help repair certain orthopedic injuries and to create skin-firming collagen, when it comes to hair restoration, we apply the PRP topically and use micro needling to create pathways into the deeper layers of the skin. By enhancing the health and performance of the hair follicles, the procedure may be used as a standalone hair restoration method or as a way to supplement and improve the results of hair transplant surgery.

Red Light Therapy

We have technology to thank for one of the most successful yet least invasive treatments available. Red light therapy (sometimes called low-level light therapy, or LLLT) uses LED lights, lasers, or both to apply precise wavelengths of energy to the scalp. This energy triggers cell activity and stimulates the hair follicles into improved hair growth. At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s two specialty hair restoration centers, we offer red light therapy as an in-office treatment, but we also offer a portable product called iGrow®, which allows patients to continue their treatment at home.

Topical Medications

Especially for patients who are just beginning to notice thinning hair, topical medications can offer a simple and inexpensive way to limit the progression of hair loss. Most patients have already heard of Rogaine®, which has often proven successful in slowing down hair loss, but if you’re looking for a stronger or more specialized option, we also offer a product called AQ Hair Complex as well as customized prescription compounds which our providers will design specifically for your unique needs. Whichever product is best for you, we recommend a combination of topical medications and therapeutic treatments to all our patients, so that you’re not only repairing the hair loss that has already happened but also limiting the hair loss that happens in the future as well.

Oral Medications

Your body’s internal chemistry can have a powerful impact on hair loss, and certain oral medications have been designed to enhance the health and longevity of your hair follicles from the inside out. Offered at both The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss and The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, one of the most effective prescriptions available is finasteride, which often goes by the brand names of Proscar® or Propecia®. Many of our patients have also seen success with nutritional supplements like Help Hair® and Viviscal® Professional, which focus primarily on the vitamins and amino acids which nourish the hair follicles from within.

Hair thinning and hair loss affect a larger percentage of both men and women than most people realize. In fact, it will affect the majority of us at some point in our lives. Whether your hair loss is caused by genetics, hormones, hair trauma, or other causes, rest assured that we will be able to identify the best possible treatments for you. If you’re ready to learn about your options (surgical, non-surgical, or both), call Dermatology Associates of Atlanta to schedule a consultation. Or, for more information and tips about our services, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Celebrate the New Year with Savings

new skin care specials at DAAWelcome to 2017! It’s always exciting to kick off a new year full of possibilities. At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA), our hope is that each of our valued patients enjoys a successful and exciting year ahead, and to give you a head start, we’re starting 2017 with some great specials, events, and discounts.

daa-january-2017-cosmetic-daysdaa-january-2017-cosmetic-daysCosmetic Day: January 18th, 2017

Cosmetic Day is always a favorite among our patients, and it’s back in 2017! This event features one-day-only savings on nearly all of our wrinkle reduction injections: Botox®, Dysport®, Restylane®, Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Belotero Balance®, and more. Whether you’re ready to try a new injectable or it’s time for a new treatment with your old favorite, be sure to schedule your cosmetic injectables appointment in advance, because our Cosmetic Day schedule fills up quickly.

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While Cosmetic Day offers special pricing on nearly all of our injectables, you can receive an exceptional discount on two particular varieties throughout January: Restylane® and Perlane®. Both are facial fillers, designed to “fill in” wrinkles like laugh lines (or “parentheses” around the mouth), marionette lines, nasolabial folds, vertical lines above the upper lip, and more. Not sure which filler is the best fit for you? Schedule a consultation at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta to discuss your options.

The Perfect Derma™ Peel

Chemical peels are one of the most versatile and customizable treatments we offer, and this is especially true for our newest addition: The Perfect Derma™ Peel. This peel can address a number of skin issues at once, including age spots, wrinkles, melasma, acne, and more by combining multiple ingredients with a track record of success. Like most peels, The Perfect Derma™ Peel can offer the greatest benefit when it’s performed as a series, so if you purchase three treatments this month, you’ll receive a fourth for free.

Alastin Skin Nectar™

One of the newest skincare products we offer is a unique formula called Alastin Skin Nectar™. Alastin developed their own TriHex Technology™ as the basis for all of their products, which focuses on a particular part of the skin for a more youthful and clean complexion.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions this year is to finally tackle acne, aging, or other concerns you have with your skin and your appearance, it can certainly seem overwhelming when you’re first realizing how many options you have. But rest assured that our board-certified dermatologists, physician assistants, aestheticians, and other providers are here to help you navigate your choices and find the best ones for you. If you’re ready to get started, schedule your appointment with us today. Or, to keep an eye on our future specials, events, and skin care tips, follow Dermatology Associates of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.