The professional laser technicians at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Laser Institute of Georgia will regularly use a combination of their over 15 different lasers to best remedy patients’ skin issues. The laser technology world is also learning the advantages of combination treatments evidenced by the invention and increased popularity of the DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) laser.
The advancements in laser skin therapy have come a long way in the past couple of years. Invented more recently, the Fractionated (Fraxel) CO2 lasers have the marked advantage of being able to increase collagen and elastin production to treat wrinkles, hyper pigmentation (skin darkening), and facial scarring in specific areas of the face, neck, and hands through tiny columns penetrating the dermis.
Originally introduced in the 1960’s, CO2 Laser Resurfacing was a great invention for eliminating deep wrinkles on those patients with fair complexions. The down-side to the original CO2 Laser was that it had to be used over the entire face to prevent an uneven appearance, and the strength of the treatment required significant recovery time (typically a whole month.)
The DOT laser combines the main advantages of both the original CO2 and Fraxel CO2 by penetrating the lower collagen-containing layers of the dermis through tiny microscopic points. This combination results in magnified results (smoother, tighter, younger looking skin) with significantly decreased pain and recovery time.
While the DOT laser is a viable option for most skin-types and a variety of skin issues, it’s important to schedule a consultation and speak with one of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta licensed laser technicians by calling (404) 256-4457 or visiting our website.
You wear sunscreen at the beach to protect you from sunburn; you avoid tanning bed use; you wear protective clothing when you are outdoors for prolonged periods of time. But have you ever stopped to think about potential sun damage while you are behind the wheel of your car?
A recent study published in the Journal of the AmericanAcademy of Dermatology found that, for professional drivers that spend prolonged amounts of time in the car, more skin cancer appeared on the left side of their faces. At least for drivers in America, our left side (especially our face) is exposed to more sunlight because the driver’s seat and driver’s side window is located on the left side of the car. The sun that penetrates the window and hits our skin can be just as harmful as if we were outside, an aspect of sun safety that many people tend to overlook.
With almost 12,000 skin cancer deaths last year alone (according to the American Cancer Society), it is more important than ever to protect yourself from the sun no matter where you are – and that includes the car.
Make sure to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen (protecting against UVA and UVB rays) everyday, even if you do not plan on being outdoors. Wear protective clothing while in the car for prolonged periods of time. It is also a good idea to get your windows tinted or look into UV filters for your car windows, especially if you drive a lot for your profession.
If you’ve read any of our past blogs, you’ve probably noticed how adamant the professionals at Dermatology Associates are about protecting your skin from sun exposure. Hopefully readers will now heed their warnings- SunSmart, a UK based Skin Cancer research organization, has compiled findings which show that adults of the Baby Boomer generation are now five times more likely to develop Melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) than previous generations.
The UK group attributes this trend to the rise in popularity of low-cost package vacations and the introduction of tanning beds in the 1970’s. Baby Boomers, who as a group were in their 20’s and 30’s during this period, remember a culture where “burning before tanning” was the norm for everyone. Even more astounding, the study also found that of the Baby Boomer cohort, men in their 60’s and 70’s were seven times more likely to develop Melanoma than men of the same age 30 years ago.
The most important thing to remember about sun damage is that it is preventable. Wearing a sunscreen with an appropriate SPF for your complexion (no lower than SPF 15) and remembering to re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours while outdoors are imperative. The information from this study isn’t just a call to Baby Boomers, this trend could very easily repeat itself with Generation X, Y, and Z’ers if proper preventative sun protection is ignored.
If you have a fair complexion with light hair, light eyes, freckles, or have lots of moles you are naturally more susceptible to sun damage. If you have a history of sunburn you are also at an increased risk for developing Melanoma or other forms of skin cancer. So, when it comes to sun exposure remember- lather with sunscreen and repeat!
To learn more about preventative skin care or to schedule a consultation with one of Dermatology Associate’s professionals, visit our website or call (404) 256-4457.
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LOOK GOOD, DO GOOD: Schedule a Botox Injection with Dr. Karempelis on Friday May 14 2010 and 100% of Proceeds will Help Cure Blindness in Africa
We know you have been considering a Botox® injection… so, why not give yourself another reason: Helping to cure blindness in Africa!
Dr. Karempelis of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta was the only doctor in Georgia chosen to represent his state and participate in “Vanity for Vision”, a campaign of the One World Sight Project and the makers of Botox® to help support cataract surgery and diabetic eye care in Africa.
Currently, there are 25 million people in the world that are needlessly blind. All it would take to cure these people is a $50, 15 minute operation that, without help from organizations such as this, they would be unable to afford.
On May 14th only, patients can receive a Botox® injection in their brow area, giving them a smoother and younger look for only $250. ALL off that $250 goes directly to support blindness in Africa. Specifically, your money will go towards purchasing equipment that would serve an area of 1 to 2 million people in the country of Tanzania.
For more information about the cause, visit: http://www.endblindness.org/.
American Academy of Dermatology and Country Music Star LeAnn Rimes Team Up to Raise Awareness About Psoriasis
LeAnn Rimes has been a popular country music singer in the media spotlight since the age of 9 – but what most people don’t know is that Rimes has been a psoriasis sufferer for even longer. Diagnosed at 2 years old, Rimes has had to actively manage her psoriasis because of her career; and is now partnering with the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to encourage others to do the same.
The awareness campaign, called “Stop Hiding From Psoriasis”, asks psoriasis sufferers to take a stand by pledging to better manage their disease with the help of dermatologists. They are asked to go online and make an official pledge at www.StopHiding.org. The “Stop Hiding From Psoriasis” campaign hopes to not only raise awareness of the disease to non-sufferers, but to help sufferers to better understand their disease and to be proactive about getting effective treatment.
According to the AAD and the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis affects about 7 million Americans. Symptoms include scaly areas of skin or red flaky skin that can itch or burn and are most commonly found on the elbows, knees, scalp, and torso.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) are experts in the treatment of the disease and have a specialized, in-house Psoriasis Treatment Center. In addition to traditional topical treatments, DAA also has a PHAROS EX-308 Excimer Laser, the newest FDA approved laser light procedure that targets the specific areas affected by psoriasis with a concentrated beam of UV light. If you have psoriasis and would like to learn more about your treatment options, schedule a consultation with one of our board certified dermatologists today.
We Dermatology Associates of Atlanta support any campaign that encourages people to be proactive about their skin health. We are happy to do anything we can to help psoriasis sufferers better manage their disease and fulfill their ‘Stop Hiding’ pledge.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta News Highlight: The American Academy Of Dermatology Makes Official Statement On The Indoor Tanning Tax
The recent passage of the healthcare reform bill and the attached 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning salons has tanning bed goers everywhere in an uproar. But if you have read any of our blogs or visited any of the physicians at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, you know that we are STRONGLY AGAINST the use of indoor tanning beds because of the negative repercussions it can have on your overall skin health.
A recently released official statement from The American Academy of Dermatology agrees with us saying, “Indoor tanning is dangerous. There is compelling, irrefutable scientific evidence which shows that indoor tanning beds can increase your risk for skin cancer. A tax on indoor tanning services serves as a signal from the federal government to young people that indoor tanning is dangerous and should be avoided.”
Some statistics they use to support their opinions include the fact that using tanning beds before the age of 35 increases a person’s risk for melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) by 75 percent!
The American Academy of Dermatology is openly supportive of the healthcare reform tanning tax, noting that it helps to further the goal of promoting wellness and prevention as part of overall healthcare reform – feeling that it will discourage more people from practicing indoor tanning.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta has no official position in support or in opposition to the healthcare reform bill, but we do have a position on the safety of indoor tanning: Tanning beds are a definite cause of skin cancer and should be avoided!
If you have any suspicious sun damage spots or would just like an overall skin cancer check, schedule a consultation with one of our board certified dermatologists today. And remember – don’t use the tanning bed!