Anti-Aging Product Carried By Dermatology Associates of Atlanta Featured on Popular TV Show ‘The Doctors’
Aware of the youthful skin cells found in foreskin, one dermatologist thought to isolate these cells and proteins and grow them in a lab to produce an anti-aging substance with over 100 growth factors called “TNS.” While the TNS serum itself does not contain any foreskin – it does carry its properties; meaning a regular application of the serum will promote youthfulness in skin. The serum works by stimulating collagen and promoting skin cell growth – reversing the signs of aging, diminishing wrinkles, and resulting in an overall more youthful look. In fact, ‘The Doctors’ loved the product so much that they gave away the serum to the entire studio audience!
Is Nanotechnology the Future of Your Skin Care Products? Dermatology Associates of Atlanta Discuss New Technology
Is nanotechnology the future of your skin care products? Some scientists and dermatologists think so. In fact, patents for products using nanotechnology are most rapidly growing in the cosmetic skin care field, including everything from shampoo to eye shadow. But there is a reason that you haven’t seen a surge of these types of products on your store shelves – the FDA still hasn’t determined its safety.
Despite uncertainty about side effects, scientists are hopeful about the future of nanotechnology and skin care. Because of their miniscule particle size, nanotechnology has unique properties and benefits not achievable by bigger sized particles in current products. A Medical News Today article cited sunscreen as an example. Currently, the larger particles used in sunscreen are what leaves greasiness and white residue on the skin; a sunscreen made with nanoparticles however, would have the same UVA/UVB blocking benefits without the leftovers on the skin.
With nanotechnology, the smaller sized particles more easily penetrate the skin, making it possible to deliver and absorb important nutrients and ingredients not currently possible with bigger particle size.
While nanotechnology shows great promise for skin care, make up, and anti-aging products, scientist are also hopeful for nanotechnology in the treatment of cancer. In fact, a recent animal study showed that nano sized shells of gold were very effective in the treatment of melanoma (the most deadly form of skin cancer) – creating the potential for a very effective noninvasive dermatological skin cancer treatment.
It is important to note, that while these advancements are promising and exciting, the FDA still has not determined the safety of nanotechnology on the skin. We at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta will work keep you abreast of any developments in this field or any other technology advancements.
Never pick a tattoo off the wall. Whatever tattoo you get will be with you for a looong time – most likely forever. So it is of the utmost importance that you get a tattoo that truly means something to you. This doesn’t mean that every tattoo you get must commemorate a deceased relative. Your tattoo can still be funny, girly, or ironic – as long as it has special meaning to you. If you spontaneously walk into a tattoo parlor, pick a design off the wall and get it done right then and there, chances are you will be sick of it about as quick as you made the decision to get one!
Be careful about placement. When you think about where your tattoo is going to be placed, you have to think about what your opinion will be on the placement 10, 20, 30, even 50 years from now! Try to avoid places that will start to sag or expand with age and make sure the tattoo can be easily covered with clothing if necessary.
Shop around for an experienced artist. Tattoo artists have portfolios that they are willing to show you in order to showcase their work; so take advantage of this and shop around! This is especially important if you are having a tattoo created especially for you. First make sure that your artist is good; then make sure your artist’s design aesthetic matches yours. Also of utmost importance, is making sure your tattoo artist/parlor is upholding the highest health standards for your personal safety. Being selective in the artist you pick will benefit you in the long run!
Cost should not be THE deciding factor. When you are getting something that will potentially be on your body for the rest of your life, do not be cheap! Make sure you are going to a high quality parlor with an experienced artist, even if that means paying more.
Do not neglect the aftercare of the tattoo. Once you put the time into planning for a tattoo and spending the money to do it, you need to make sure that you are also diligent about tattoo aftercare. To avoid infection, you must avoid harsh conditions, keep the area clean and moisturized, and allow it to heal.
While we at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta are happy to offer you our laser tattoo removal services if necessary, we would rather you be happy with your tattoo decision the first time, instead of going through the removal process. Keeping some of these tattoo tips in mind, might help you avoid the urge to remove it in the future. If for any reason you already have a tattoo that you wish to be removed, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta has the largest laser center in the southeast, with the technology to remove any color or size tattoo. Contact DAA today if you have any additional questions.
Popular facial filler injectables are making the move toward painless injections by adding lidocaine into their products. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic, which works to numb the injection site and ultimately provide patients with a more comfortable experience.
The facial fillers now FDA approved for use with lidocaine are Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvederm®. These products work by injecting collagen or a collagen-like substance into the face to smooth out wrinkles and folds or to plump up lips and correct scarring. With the addition of a local anesthetic into these injections, the actual procedure will be more comfortable for patients without affecting results.
At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, our experienced staff is well seasoned in performing every type of injection – whether it is a facial filler or Botox®/ Dysport®. Our in-house PA Delmer Henderson PA-C for example, had over 300 Botox®/Dysport® and 135 facial filler patients in 2009 alone! To develop a treatment plan specific to you, or to try a filler FDA approved with lidocaine, contact our office.
***Dysport® Love it or Leave it Challenge!! ***
Dysport® is currently running an up to $150 rebate special, challenging patients to try Dysport®! Patients can receive a $75 rebate if they try Dysport® – then after 15-30 days, if they love it, they can receive another $75 off an additional Dysport® injection. If they decide you go with another product (Botox®), patients can still receive a $75 rebate off that procedure.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Skin Medics Medical Spa Offers March Special on Microdermabrasion Treatments!
You have often heard aging woman complain that as they age, they are deemed “old”, but as men age they become more “distinguished.” The findings from a recent study about facial wrinkles can be added to the list of complaints…
A recent article in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal (the official publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or ASAPS) published a study that found women to develop more wrinkles around the mouth area than men do with advancing age.
While dermatologists (and aging woman) have long suspected this was the case, this new study points to the differences in facial anatomy as the root of this discrepancy. For example, women have fewer sweat (also known as sebaceous) glands in that region of the face. These glands are oil producing and work to keep the skin smooth and wrinkle-free. Facial muscles are also closer to the surface of the skin in women than the muscles found in men, which may cause the skin to pull tighter and eventually be an additional cause for more wrinkles. Additionally, women have fewer blood vessels resulting in less blood flow, which may contribute to the problem.
Even though these factors may contribute to wrinkling in women, the best way to prevent wrinkles is to practice good skin health. That means practicing safe sun exposure, avoid smoking, and keeping your skin moisturized.
For women who wish to correct some of these facial wrinkles, injections like Botox®, Dysport® or facial fillers, laser treatments, or microdermabrasion can be the solution. Contact Dermatology Associates of Atlanta for more information or to schedule a consultation.
Everyone has heard by now that tanning is bad. The harm from the UV rays in tanning beds can be cancer causing, even in moderation. That is why the FDA is publicly considering stricter regulations on indoor tanning salons.
As we have discussed in previous blogs, the World Health Organization has officially deemed tanning beds as a “definite” cause of cancer – upgrading them from their previous classification as a “probable” cause of cancer.
This has prompted the FDA to consider a requirement for more visible warning labels on tanning beds, to make user better aware of the risk they are taking. The FDA is also considering following suit with the World Health Organization and putting tanning beds into a more sever classification to establish them as a carcinogen.
Proponents of the tanning bed industry already have enough on their plate – actively lobbying against legislation to put taxes on tanning salons to help pay for the healthcare reform bill. Spokespeople for the tanning industry claim that it is only harmful for people who “overdo it.”
But as any qualified dermatologist would tell you, prolonged exposure to UV rays (like the tanning bed) causes cancer, no matter how “careful” you are about it. Last year alone, there were 69,000 cases of melanoma, the most severe type of skin cancer, and resulted in 8,650 deaths.
We at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta urge you to be proactive about your skin protection. Make sure you are practicing safe sun habits and come in regularly for mole checks by a board certified dermatologist. We guarantee it will help you in the long run!
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta Introduce PHAROS EX-308 Excimer Laser: The Newest Laser Available for the Treatment of Psoriasis
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta are excited and proud to introduce the PHAROS EX-308 Excimer Laser, the newest laser available for the treatment of psoriasis. The PHAROS Excimer laser will replace the XTRAC Excimer laser as our most effective and longest lasting laser psoriasis treatment yet.
The PHAROS Excimer laser works through a handheld device that emits concentrated beams of UV light. Using targeted technology, the UV light specifically treats the psoriatic lesions, and leaves any surrounding, health skin and tissue unaffected. Because of the maneuverability and precision of the device, the PHAROS Excimer is effective in the treatment of the most hard-to-treat areas, such as the hand, feet, elbows, knees and even scalp!
PHAROS Excimer laser treatments are completely painless and only take a few minutes to perform. Most treatment plans require sessions 2 times a week for 4 to 6 weeks. Many patients will experience clearing of psoriasis symptoms in 10 or fewer treatments, with remission results lasting several months.
Visit our website for more information on psoriasis or the PHAROS Excimer laser. If you suffer from psoriasis, PHAROS Excimer could be the solution, so schedule an appointment with one of our board certified dermatologists to see if it is the right treatment for you.