What’s New: Emerging Medical Technologies and Skin Care Advancements
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Physicians and Providers have over 150 years of collective dermatological experience in providing skin care from head to toe. As leaders in their respective fields, Dr. Edmond Griffin (DAA’s founder), Dr. Scott Karempelis, Dr. Stephen Kraus, Dr. Joseph Payne, Dr. Ashley Curtis and their other providers (PA’s Kathryn Filipek, Mara Grosswald and Delmer Henderson) continue to adopt and refine the latest technologies to ensure their patients the most effective skin and hair treatments possible.
At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, we see patients every day who want to reduce the appearance of scars. However, scars in the scalp can be particularly noticeable because there are no hair follicles in scar tissue, so it becomes very clear when there is a line or area in the scalp with no hair growth and no “stubble.” For this reason, our talented staff at The Griffin Center now offers scar camouflaging for the scalp with a process called micropigmentation. As an extremely precise tattoo-like process, micropigmentation involves using a customized blend of pigments to make a light-colored scar blend in with the color of your natural skin. In the scalp, this same process is used to actually re-create the appearance of “stubble” with tiny dots that look like hair follicles. Whether the scar is from hair restoration surgery, a medical surgery, or an injury, or you just want to disguise an area of mildly thinning hair, our micropigmentation procedure makes it dramatically less noticeable.
As many minimally invasive methods as there are for hair restoration, including platelet-rich plasma and in-office surgery, many of our hair loss patients (especially those in the earlier stages) aren’t quite ready for even these types of procedure. To fill the need for those patients to have fuller, thicker hair, new nonsurgical treatments are constantly being developed, and one of our latest successful options is microneedling with growth factors. The microneedling uses ultrafine needles to activate the healing process throughout your scalp. This enhances the health of your hair follicles in order to fight back against hair loss and, for some patients, even lead to stronger hair growth. To maximize the effect, we’re proud to use our customized blend of growth factors during this innovative procedure. When the microneedling allows these specially formulated growth factors to reach the deeper layers of the skin, it further reduces hair loss and enhances hair growth without the blood draw process that is required for the other common supplement to microneedling: your own platelet-rich plasma. Ultimately, this combination of customized growth factors and microneedlng adds up to achieve successful results with a rather quick and minimally invasive procedure, typically only lasting 30 minutes for each of the 4-6 sessions necessary.
Results of all cosmetic and medical procedures vary from patient to patient.
We’re no strangers to facial rejuvenation or hair restoration at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, and we strive to consistently offer the latest and most advanced treatments for our patients. One of the latest additions we have been trialing for some time is AQUAGOLD® fine touch™. This unique procedure allows our experienced, board-certified providers to create a customized solution for your unique skin and deliver it directly to the top layers of the skin to treat fine lines, large pores, and even hair loss when it’s used on the scalp. It uses a set of low-irritation gold-covered microneedles, which create narrow channels that allow the customized solution to reach the precise depth in your skin. The very comfortable procedure is brief, requires no recovery time, and is very comfortable and safe for the patient. By combining successful products like Botox®, facial fillers, and even platelet-rich plasma, this treatment can be the perfect supplement to other procedures like Infini™ skin tightening or fractional laser resurfacing, or it can be used on its own to achieve a light and natural-looking improvement.
Hair transplant surgery is a very delicate procedure that requires a combination of surgical expertise and advanced equipment to produce the most successful final result. Working together with the skilled physician/surgeon is a well coordinated team of experienced and caring technicians who have worked years in hair transplantations. At our specialty centers The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research and The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, our own Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis are highly skilled hair loss experts a who first determine the cause of your hair loss and secondly recommend a treatment strategy. If you are a candidate for hair transplant surgery as determined and recommended by the doctor, the exact plan should be mapped out. Whether our latest FUE technique or the older FUG technique is the best choice for your surgery, your doctor will guide the team and demand the highest standards to produce the best most natural results possible.
Allergan, the makers of Juvéderm®, have long been known as leaders in the field of cosmetic treatments, and they recently developed new technology to provide patients with even better results than before. Juvéderm Vollure™ XC uses this new technology as the first and only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that produces results lasting as long as 18 months for moderate to severe wrinkles (like the nasolabial folds, or “laugh lines”). While results vary with any filler injection, most HA fillers for this area last around six to nine months, so Juvéderm Vollure™ XC offers patients a dramatically more convenient option with the same results of HA that they already love.
For patients who want to address acne, fine lines, wrinkles, or a dull or uneven complexion, our new treatment at Skin Medics™ Medical Spa is a surprisingly gentle yet highly effective option. SilkPeel® takes the well-known procedure of microdermabrasion (“buffing” away damaged surface skin to reveal brighter, younger-looking skin) and adds their unique process of Dermalinfusion®. This technique performs three steps at once: exfoliating away dead and damaged skin cells, extracting debris with gentle suction, and applying a medical-grade topical solution, which is tailored to your specific needs. In addition to treating acne and signs of aging, and with just mild post-procedure redness which fades promptly, SilkPeel® can also be a great way to brighten your skin a few days before a special occasion.
Everyone knows that treating your skin from the outside with topical products can help it look younger, but did you know your internal health plays a significant role, too? On top of drinking plenty of water and eating healthy, Lumity™ oral supplements actually contain a unique formula which helps you build collagen and elastin—two proteins which make skin smoother, firmer, and more youthful.
PicoSure® is moving beyond tattoo removal! Introducing the new FOCUS™ Lens Array hand piece for PicoSure®, a hand piece that allows for skin rejuvenation with minimal downtime and discomfort by lessening the appearance of brown pigmentation from sun damage, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Early results even show correction for pigmented scars! When joined with the V-Beam Perfecta® Pulsed Dye Laser, we generate a supercharged, collagen-stimulating experience to firm and renew the skin.
Nail fungus is a notoriously difficult problem, because even after it appears to be clear, it often returns time and time again. The anatomy of the toenail and surrounding area can make fungus difficult to treat, but at DAA, we now offer highly advanced laser treatments which can actually work through the nail. This essentially offers the effectiveness of oral medications but with fewer side effects.
As anyone with eczema, skin allergies, contact dermatitis, sensitive skin, and other skin conditions knows, symptoms can change dramatically from one day to the next. In some cases, this is due to external triggers, like certain chemicals or natural compounds which may come into contact with your skin. At DAA’s new Eczema Center, we utilize a variety of testing methods to identify these triggers. Among these methods is patch testing, which is a needle-free way to test the skin’s reaction to various allergens. Based on your test results, our board-certified dermatologists, physician assistants, and other experienced and licensed professionals can explain the best ways to care for your skin, recommend or customize skin care products for you, and offer advice about how to avoid your triggers.
At DAA, we’re highly selective about which skin care products we offer, because we’re dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of skin care from head to toe. In this interest, we’re proud to now offer a wide variety of SkinCeuticals skin care products. This skincare line focuses on methods and ingredients that have true scientific evidence behind them. After beginning with Dr. Sheldon Pinnell’s discovery of how to help vitamin C be absorbed and used effectively by the skin, SkinCeuticals has expanded to develop successful, clinical-quality products ranging from cleansers and moisturizers to sunscreens and wrinkle prevention treatments. To learn more about whether any of our SkinCeuticals products can offer results for your fine lines, wrinkles, acne, rosacea, brown spots, or sensitive skin, schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers to discuss personalized recommendations for you.
At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA), we’re constantly reminding our patients about the importance of consistent at-home skin care and of using the right products, and we’re proud to announce that we’ve added yet another option. Alastin Skincare™ is a unique brand which uses their own TriHex Technology™, a specialized combination of peptides and other ingredients designed to focus on the extracellular matrix (ECM), a vital part of the skin. Alastin Skincare™ has two specialized skincare lines. The Procedure Enhancement Systems are designed to amplify the results of either invasive or non-invasive skin treatments (from laser resurfacing to skin tightening and more), both by preparing the skin for a few weeks beforehand and by aiding the healing process after the treatment. Alastin Skincare’s™ second line is called Restore and Renew, consisting of four distinctive products designed to repair signs of aging and protect against future damage, all using the unique TriHex Technology™. Whether you want to make the most out of your upcoming skin treatment or you’re looking for a way to step up your at-home skin care, visit us at DAA to learn whether Alastin Skincare™ may be the right choice for you.
Whether you’re experiencing hair loss or you simply want thicker, fuller locks, Viviscal® Professional offers a treatment option that’s easy to fit into your busy schedule. This oral supplement contains a blend of nutrients like biotin (vitamin B7), vitamin C, apple extract, amino acids, and a unique complex called AminoMar®. This combination nourishes the hair follicles from within, promoting the health that is necessary for stronger hair growth. Available for both men and women, Viviscal® typically produces results within three to six months.
One of the latest additions to our extensive menu of services is InMode – a set of unique treatments which meet a variety of popular cosmetic needs. Fractora™ helps your body build skin-rejuvenating collagen and repair surface imperfections without the downtime, risks, and restrictions of a typical fractionated laser resurfacing treatment. Lumecca™ is an intense pulsed light (IPL) device which produces effective results for irregular pigmentation, facial spider veins, skin texture issues, and sun damage in less than half the treatments most IPL methods require. Finally, Body FX™ is a triple threat when it comes to body contouring, by combining fat reduction, contraction, and cellulite minimization.
While concealers and foundations can help your complexion look more uniform, covering a scar is much more difficult, and Dermaflage® was created for just this purpose. Used by medical personnel and professional makeup artists alike, this unique product uses silicone to immediately conceal the scar while also helping it remodel to be more discreet in the long run. As an ideal solution for scars from acne, surgery, injury, and chicken pox alike, Dermaflage® can last for more than twelve hours per application, and may typically be used as early as two weeks after surgery or suture removal, based on the recommendation of our skilled providers at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA).
For nearly forty years, The Griffin Center for Hair Restoration and Research has been a leader in treating the many forms of hair loss. Throughout this time, we have recognized a strong need for a greater focus on women’s hair loss—a condition which is more common and more treatable than many women realize. This is why our board-certified dermatologists Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis have now opened a new specialty center dedicated exclusively to treating women. The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss focuses on diagnosing the cause of each patient’s hair loss and offers treatment options like topical prescription medications, red light therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), oral medication, and other customizable choices. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss.
Excess fat under the chin can affect patients of any age and weight, and even though it’s often a cause for self-consciousness, fat in this area can be particularly difficult to reduce with a healthy diet and exercise. DAA’s own Dr. Edmond Griffin is one of the first doctors in the Atlanta area to be able to address this common problem with Kybella™, the first treatment to non-surgically minimize fat under the chin. The procedure involves precisely-placed injections which break down fat cells in the targeted area. While several treatments are typically needed for the best outcome, the results are expected to be long lasting for patients who maintain their weight, however results will vary from person to person.
Oxygenetix® is a new product that can change the healing process after full-face laser skin resurfacing. The unique formula combines compounds that promote healing with the coverage capabilities. Oxygenetix® not only serves as a makeup that patients can wear before the usual 5-7 day waiting period after their procedure, but it allows their skin to heal more quickly and smoothly so that they can see the results of their treatment more quickly. As an added bonus, using Oxygenetix® even after the skin has healed may be able to protect and improve skin tone. We offer a wide selection of colors so that you can select the one which best matches your natural skin tone.
UltraShape® provides instant fat-destroying results by transmitting pulsed ultrasonic energy directly onto problem areas which eradicates fat cells almost upon contact. Painless, non-invasive UltraShape® is the latest ultrasound treatment available for fat reduction. There is no downtime following the procedure, which is FDA approved and has no reported side effects. Full results are visible between two and four weeks after the first treatment, with maximum effectiveness achieved after two to three treatments. Patients have reported an overall decrease in body circumference of between 3.5 and 6.3 centimeters after completing their recommended number of one-hour UltraShape® sessions.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta uses 3-D Micro-Needling Fractional Radio Frequency (MFR) to make the most of wrinkle reduction capability by strictly targeting areas of the skin with precise coagulation. Micro-needling generates production of new collagen by itself, and when radiofrequency (RF) is added, results are maximized. Clinical studies for Infini™ indicate results 49% as effective as a traditional facelift, without the extensive downtime or recovery. By using a heated micro-needling hand piece that produces fractional micro-holes in epidermis, increased levels of RF can be delivered to the dermis with more predictable results than when RF used alone. Infini™ breaks up scar tissue to address acne scarring, fine lines, and light wrinkles. Our physicians can identify and recommend what wrinkle treatments can best accommodate your skincare goals during an in-office consultation.
The providers of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta are now offering both of the latest FDA-approved lasers for removal of tattoos and benign pigmented lesions, PicoWay® and PicoSure™, at their Laser Institute of Georgia Center. These advanced laser systems disperse shorter bursts of energy compared to the current nanosecond lasers and utilize dual wavelengths, allowing for more efficient results. Fewer treatments and the ability to remove darker ink tattoos is what makes this new laser tattoo removal technology better than any other on the market today. Not only do these picosecond lasers reduce the number of treatments needed for tattoo removal, they are also very effective in removing dark tattoos from dark-skinned patients. Through photoacoustic fracturing technology, targeted ink is shattered into tiny particles which are then naturally eliminated by the body, providing patients with fewer treatments and reduced risk of injury to surrounding skin. If you are interested in PicoWay®, PicoSure™, or other laser services, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
New Fat Reduction Technology- CoolSculpting® for the Body and the “Double Chin”
CoolSculpting® applies controlled cooling to targeted areas of unwanted fat of the abdomen, hips, back, and now the “double chin”. Unlike surgical fat reduction like liposuction, the cold damages the fat cells externally and non-invasively, and the body slowly expels them through the lymphatic system to refine the patient’s silhouette. At DAA, we offer three CoolSculpting® machines in addition to the new applicator for the chin, so you can get great results in a fraction of the time. Most Atlanta CoolSculpting® patients report up to a 20% fat reduction following their first treatment.