Dermatology Associates of Atlanta offers a variety of options to meet Atlantan’s skin care needs. From fat reduction and wrinkle reduction to treating various skin conditions, no matter what’s on your wish list, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to join us for our Cosmetic Day Wednesday January 11th, 2012 for discounts on various products and services. For more infomation, please contact our office at 404-256-4457.
If you thought Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s eight on-site specialty centers were extensive, then you will definitely consider the sixteen different lasers at the Laser Institute of Georgia amazing. We, however, see it as a way to provide Atlantans with the best skin care head to toe. Lasers can treat a variety of skin conditions, and our physicians have over twenty years of experience working with this skin care technology.
If you’re wondering why sixteen lasers are necessary, allow us to explain: just like no two human beings are identical, all lasers are slightly different. Although settings can be adjusted on most lasers, certain lasers treat specific conditions and skin types better. Lasers are attracted to pigment, the darker the pigment, the more effective the laser treatment. Take laser hair removal and laser tattoo removal for an example. We probably wouldn’t have much luck trying to remove hair with a tattoo removal laser (or setting). More
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For years, the staff at the Dermatology Associates of Atlanta and doctors around the world have been using sclerotherapy for the treatment of spider and varicose veins. This procedure injects a solution called a “sclerosing agent” into the veins to collapse them – making them less noticeable or invisible on the outside of the skin. However, a newer and “foamier” variation of this technique has emerged. Doctors can now inject a carbon dioxide foam deep into the troublesome veins, using ultrasound tracking to clear out the blood and eventually destroy the veins.
While it may be scary to think of the destroying the channels that push the blood through your body – spider veins are, by definition, small veins that emerge typically around your knees, thighs, calves, and ankles caused from increased pressure on deeper, more vital veins and thus serve no purpose in pumping the blood through your body.
Foam sclerotherapy is unique in its reduced concentration of the sclerosing agent yielding more effective and longer lasting results. Sclerotherapy treatments are also less invasive and require much less downtime than most other treatment options. Vein stripping for example has a 30 percent chance of permanent paralysis and can leave you in a hospital bed from one to up to three weeks! Laser treatments are a viable alternative; however results may take up to a year to achieve. Sclerotherapy patients on the other hand average about four treatments with only minimal side effects including itching, hyperpigmentation, small blisters or ulcers, and temporary pain. Dermatology Associates of Atlanta have a specialized Atlanta Center for Veins at their practice and have successfully been treating veins at their practice for over 15 years.
Although Dermatology Associates of Atlanta doesn’t currently offer foam sclerotherapy, traditional sclerotherapy and laser treatments are available. Visit our website for more information about the vein treatments that Dermatology Associates offer.
Everyone will have to fight with acne. Nobody is born immune to it because all of our bodies excrete oil and all of us have pores with the potential to clog. The most common form of acne is called Acne Vulgaris and presents predominantly on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. Severe cases of acne may result in scarring, a small percentage of which can be permanent even with laser and other corrective treatments. To prevent such a situation from happening, it’s important to stay on top of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s do’s and don’ts when it comes to acne prevention.
There are several risk factors to be aware of when it comes to triggering an acne outbreak. Wearing oil-based cosmetics can clog pores quickly; if you wear makeup, be sure to remove it at night. If possible, try natural cosmetics instead of chemical-based products. Pricking pimples is difficult not to do, but it’s important to realize this action can worsen acne and even infect the pricked area. There are some triggers more difficult to control, like your level of emotional stress, pregnancy, the period preceding menstruation, or your level of testosterone. A few ways to prevent acne breakouts are available to everyone, though. Drinking 2 liters of water each day is enough to keep you hydrated and your pores from clogging. Making sure you’re eating a healthy diet is important not just for acne prevention, but your health overall. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, foods low in fat, and make sure you’re getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
Prevention is not always enough. When acne does flare up, what are your options? Most people opt for skin cleansers, over-the-counter medications, or prescribed oral drugs. Skin cleansers contain the ingredient salicylic acid in varying concentrations which serves to unclog pores. Over-the-counter medications serve the same purpose, with benzoyl peroxide leading the pack in topical acne treatments. Oral drugs serve to reduce the production of oil, kill bacteria, and control inflammation. They range widely in potency with Accutane being the strongest.
Modern acne treatments bypass these three options by offering luxurious experiences like Microdermabrasion or Laser treatments. Microdermabrasion peels the top layer of skin off affected areas, resulting in open comedones (blackheads) and unclogged pores, eliminating acne. Laser treatments use a low-level beam to burn oil-producing glands, eliminating clogged pores and killing any bacterium. We also offer a variety of facials at our Skin Medics™ Medical Spa to cleanse the pores and give your skin a softer, smoother look.
With all this knowledge at your disposal, we hope you will come see us at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta for all your dermatological needs. We’re happy to answer any questions you have and are willing to give you the treatment you deserve.
Some of the tips provided in this post were derived from this website and we thank them for their ideas!