Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 120+ locations.

The Differences Between Fat Reduction and Weight Loss

It's common to assume that weight loss and fat reduction are essentially the same, when in fact, they are completely different. If you've been working out regularly and following a sensible, balanced diet, yet aren't seeing the results, it could be time to consider whether cosmetic dermatology treatments may help. For instance, CoolSculpting is an effective, widely used method of achieving fat reduction.

Understanding the Changes Associated with Weight Loss

If you step on a scale and notice that you've inexplicably lost two pounds overnight, you probably haven't lost much fat, if any. This rapid weight loss can be attributed to the loss of water weight, rather than a reduction in excess body fat. Even if you see consistent results when dieting and exercising regularly for weeks, there's a good chance that you haven't lost as much fat as you might think. This is because dieting also leads to the breakdown of your muscles, as well as the loss of body fat. Furthermore, when you do lose body fat, you're actually shrinking your fat cells. The number of fat cells you have remains constant. Similarly, if you gain weight, your fat cells become larger.

Identifying the Benefits of Fat Reduction

For true fat reduction, you'll need the help of a cosmetic dermatologist who offers fat reduction treatments. Fat reduction involves decreasing the number of fat cells in the targeted areas. These areas frequently include the hips, abdomen, and thighs. Once fat cells have been eliminated from the body, they're permanently gone. The untreated areas do not experience any alterations in fat cell distribution, which allows you to shape your body the way you want it.

Exploring Methods of Fat Reduction

CoolSculpting is one way to achieve fat reduction. This non-invasive involves crystallizing the fat cells. Once these fat cells die, they are naturally eliminated from the body. Another option is Kybella, which is an injectable drug that destroys fat cells. This is one of the newest innovations in fat reduction techniques. It's important to turn to a highly skilled dermatologist who has undergone safety training for Kybella injections.

Do you have stubborn bulges that don't respond to diet and exercise? Consider visiting Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery for non-surgical CoolSculpting or Kybella treatments. You can find a cosmetic dermatology clinic near you by calling (866) 400-3376 or visiting us on the Web.

The Benefits of Fractional Resurfacing Lasers

As the name suggests, laser resurfacing is a technique your dermatologist can use to correct common skin problems. Substances known as chromophores and the water in the skin absorb the pulses of high-energy light. The light is turned into heat energy, which vaporizes very thin sections of skin. As the skin heals and new skin is created, the appearance of blemishes becomes minimized. Fractional resurfacing laser therapy is the latest innovation in laser treatments and it offers unique benefits for dermatology patients. If you're curious about whether it might be right for you, you can consult a cosmetic dermatologist.

Skincare Concerns

One of the primary benefits of fractional resurfacing laser therapy is its versatility. This skin rejuvenation treatment can address a wide range of skincare concerns in just one treatment. Many people visit a dermatologist for fractional resurfacing because they want to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It's ideal for addressing areas of discoloration, such as age spots or sun spots. Uneven skin tone, skin laxity, scarring, and textural irregularity are all problems that are correctable with this treatment. Additionally, laser resurfacing can rapidly improve dull skin tone and thinning collagen.

Comfortable Treatments

The main difference between fractional laser resurfacing and older generations of laser resurfacing technology is that the fractional laser system targets microscopic skin columns. The areas of treated skin are surrounded by areas of untreated skin. This means that patients typically find that undergoing fractional laser resurfacing is a much more comfortable experience compared to traditional laser resurfacing. Additionally, patients can expect fewer side effects and rapid healing.

Continued Improvement

You'll notice significant improvements to your skin right away. However, the results will continue to improve over the following months. For an optimal outcome, take good care of your skin by applying sunscreen, minimizing sun exposure, and avoiding tobacco smoke.

To find out if fractional resurfacing is right for you, you can contact Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery at (866) 400-3376. Our clinical and cosmetic dermatology practices offer the latest in skincare technology, including the CO2RE fractional laser, which is the latest generation of fractional lasers and the only Co2 of its kind. After visiting a dermatologist for skin rejuvenation, be sure to check out our exclusive line of custom skincare products, R Essentials.

Caring for Skin with Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by the tendency to develop flushed skin. A dermatologist can provide personalized tips for effective rosacea treatment, such as by helping patients understand how to avoid symptom triggers. A flare-up of symptoms may be triggered by certain foods or beverages, such as spicy foods, red wine, and caffeinated beverages. Avoiding these food triggers can help manage symptoms.

As you'll learn by watching this video, it's particularly important for patients with rosacea to protect their skin from the sun. This video offers some tips for selecting the best sunscreen for sensitive skin. It also recommends protecting the face from extremes in temperature, wind, and any source of irritation.

For expert guidance in managing rosacea symptoms, you can turn to Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Give us a call at (866) 400-3376 to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or explore our website for more information about our services, including acne laser treatment.

Different Types of Chemical Peels

You may have already heard of the benefits of exfoliation for your skin. It involves the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. This allows your skin to renew itself. Exfoliation brightens the skin and lessens the appearance of blemishes. Although some skincare products contain ingredients that help exfoliate the skin, these won't provide dramatic or rapid results. Instead, consider talking to a dermatologist about a chemical peel. Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin. During the subsequent one to two weeks, the skin peels off to reveal the new skin underneath.

Superficial Peels

Superficial peels are the gentlest type of chemical peel. It is appropriate for people with all skin types. Your dermatologist will apply alpha-hydroxy acid or another very mild chemical to the skin. The chemical solution will remain on your skin for several minutes to allow it to penetrate the top layer of skin. Then, the chemical solution is neutralized and removed. You can return to your usual activities immediately afterward. Your skin may turn pink, but you will only experience minor skin peeling.

Medium Peels

Medium chemical peels affect the top and middle layers of skin. Often, dermatologists use trichloroacetic acid (TCA) for this type of peel. The TCA solution is left on the skin for a longer period of time. You won't be able to apply makeup for about five to seven days and your skin will redden before it heals. However, a medium peel provides more dramatic results than a superficial peel.

Deep Peels

As the name implies, deep peels are the most aggressive form of chemical peel. Since it can affect skin pigment, it is only recommended for individuals with fair skin and it can only be used once. Dermatologists typically apply phenol for a deep peel. Usually, patients receive pain relievers and an oral sedative. It takes about two weeks for the skin to heal itself.

To look and feel your best, choose from the menu of cosmetic dermatology services offered by Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our dermatology clinics provide chemical peels, facials, waxing, CoolSculpting, eczema treatment, and so much more. Give us a call today at (866) 400-3376 or stop by our website to read our rave reviews.

Be Sun Smart

Skin cancer treatment is most effective when the disease is detected as early as possible. It's important to check your skin regularly and see a dermatologist if you notice any abnormalities. Additionally, schedule a professional skin exam with a medical dermatologist. To reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, follow the tips in this video.

This video, which is presented by the American Academy of Dermatology, discusses the type of sunscreen you should apply and how often you should reapply the product. Remember to apply sunscreen every day before you go outdoors, even on cloudy or wintry days.

You can schedule a skin cancer exam with a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. To learn more about our exams or to find a location near you, call us at (866) 400-3376.

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