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How Does Fractional Laser Technology Work?

Your cosmetic dermatologist may recommend the use of fractional lasers as an alternative to cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic dermatologists use fractional lasers to treat fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and also as an effective acne laser treatment and acne scar management. Here is a look at the basics of how fractional laser technology works.

Before Your Cosmetic Dermatology Laser Treatment

Before your fractional laser treatment, you will meet with your cosmetic dermatologist to design a treatment plan. Your cosmetic dermatologist may take photos to completely assess the treatment area. Some patients may need a chemical peel or treatment with bleaching cream prior to the laser treatment. An anesthetic cream will be applied to the intended treatment area about 45 to 60 minutes before the treatment begins.

The Fractional Laser Procedure

Once your skin is anesthetized, your cosmetic dermatologist will guide the laser across the treatment area. The fractional laser targets the first two layers of skin, called the epidermis and the dermis. The original laser beam is split into thousands of tiny laser beams that expel old skin cells and stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. The healthy skin cells remain intact, and then help the treated skin regenerate new, healthy skin cells. The treatment may last from 30 minutes to an hour, depending upon the size of the treatment area.

Recovery Time and Side Effects

After the treatment is complete, your cosmetic dermatologist will use a cooling device to alleviate any discomfort. You may experience minor side effects, such as a mild sunburn sensation, swelling, pink skin, and skin peeling. The skin should be fully healed and regenerated after around 14 days. Your cosmetic dermatologist will recommend that you wear sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or more, as well as protective clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.

If you're interested in discussing wrinkle treatment, scar management, or acne laser treatment with a cosmetic dermatologist, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. We offer safe, effective cosmetic dermatology procedures, as well as cosmetic surgery options and skin cancer treatments. To make an appointment or to learn more about cosmetic and clinical dermatology, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Fight Back Against Skin Aging with Juvederm

As we age, our body's natural collagen production begins to decrease. This means that the skin can become thin, papery, wrinkled, and sun damaged. A cosmetic dermatologist can help you reverse the telltale signs of aging through cosmetic dermatology treatments like Juvederm injections. Here is a look at how Juvederm works, and how it can help you.

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is an injectable dermal filler that cosmetic dermatologists use to fill in fine lines and deep wrinkles. Juvederm gel contains hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar that naturally occurs in the body. Some types of Juvederm also include lidocaine, which acts as an anesthetic and makes the cosmetic dermatology procedure less uncomfortable. When your dermatologist injects Juvederm into your skin, the skin retains more water and becomes smoother and plumper.

Who can benefit from Juvederm injections?

Anyone who wants to reverse fine lines and wrinkles due to aging can benefit from Juvederm injections. When you talk to your dermatologist about cosmetic dermatology procedures, he or she can evaluate you to determine if you are a good candidate for Juvederm dermal fillers. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning other cosmetic dermatology procedures, prone to scarring, or taking an immunosuppressant or other drug that promotes prolonged bleeding, you might not be a good candidate.

What is the Juvederm procedure used by cosmetic dermatologists?

Prior to your Juvederm injection, your cosmetic dermatologist can offer you an anesthetic. The entire cosmetic dermatology procedure only takes a few minutes. Your dermatologist will inject the Juvederm directly into the treatment area. After the treatment is performed, you may experience brief, mild side effects such as redness, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and discoloration. The injections are relatively painless, and results are immediate. The results of the cosmetic dermatology procedure can last between 9 and 12 months.

If you're interested in learning more about cosmetic dermatology procedures like Juvederm, visit one of our experienced cosmetic dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. We offer a number of safe and effective cosmetic dermatology procedures that can eliminate scars, wrinkles, and sun damage. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

Benefits of Glycolic Acid for Skincare

A cosmetic dermatologist can recommend a variety of skin care treatments and cosmetic dermatology procedures that can make you look younger and more refreshed. Glycolic acid is often used in cosmetic dermatology treatments, as it is a safe, effective way to improve the overall appearance of skin. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid that is directly and naturally sourced from sugar cane.

Cosmetic dermatologists primarily use glycolic acid as a gentle exfoliant, and it can be found in skin creams, cleansers, and moisturizers. As you apply a product containing glycolic acid to your skin, the acid safely exfoliates the outermost layer of dead skin cells from your skin. This reveals the healthy, younger skin beneath, and over time, can help you appear more rested and refreshed. With continued use, cosmetic dermatology products that contain glycolic acid can also remedy skin discoloration, relieve blackheads, and act as an effective acne treatment.

At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a variety of cosmetic dermatology products that contain glycolic acid. One of our experienced dermatologists can perform a skin care evaluation and recommend the perfect treatment for your skin. To learn more about our products and services, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

A Quick Look at the Benefits of Retinoic Acid

Your dermatologist may recommend cosmetic dermatology products that contain retinoic acid if you suffer from wrinkles, hollow or sagging skin, skin discoloration, or warts. Retinoic acid is also used in safe, effective psoriasis treatments, acne treatments, rosacea treatments, and scar management treatments. Retinoic acid promotes the turnover of old, unhealthy skin on the surface of your face, making way for new, healthy skin growth.

Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dermatology products containing retinoic acid. If you use prescription-strength retinoic acid consistently over 3 to 6 months, you will develop smoother, clearer, and more even-toned skin.

If you're interested in incorporating retinoic acid into your cosmetic dermatology routine, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our talented dermatologists can recommend the right combination of products to reveal your younger, healthier skin. To schedule an appointment to discuss your cosmetic dermatology options, call us today at (866) 400-3376.

After Your Diagnosis: What to Know About Psoriasis

After being diagnosed with psoriasis, you will work closely with a medical dermatologist to develop an effective psoriasis treatment plan. Psoriasis outbreaks have many possible triggers, and once you understand your triggers, you and your dermatologist can reduce flare-ups. Here are some important facts that you should know about psoriasis once you have been diagnosed by a dermatologist.

Determining Which Type of Psoriasis You Have

There are 7 types of psoriasis, and your medical dermatologist will perform a variety of tests to determine which type you have. Your psoriasis treatment depends upon the type of psoriasis that you have. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis, and symptoms include raised, red, scaly skin. Outbreaks typically occur on the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. The other types of psoriasis are guttate psoriasis, inverse psoriasis, pustular psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis, nail psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis.

Recognizing Common Psoriasis Triggers

You can reduce the occurrence of your psoriasis outbreaks, and choose the most effective psoriasis treatment, by identifying your triggers. One of the most common triggers is stress, which can stimulate the body's production of chemicals that cause inflammation. Weather changes, skin injuries, infections, and consuming alcohol or smoking cigarettes can also trigger an outbreak. Medications that can trigger outbreaks include those used to treat high blood pressure and bipolar disorder, as well as over the counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen.

Choosing a Psoriasis Treatment

Psoriasis cannot be cured, but the right combination of psoriasis treatments can reduce outbreaks and symptoms. Your dermatologist may recommend a combination of treatments, including topical psoriasis treatments, phototherapy, systemic treatments, and biologic medications. If your psoriasis does not affect your life severely, you and your dermatologist may determine that regular psoriasis treatments are not necessary.

If you're interested in learning more about safe, effective psoriasis treatments, come see us at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our experienced medical dermatologists can recommend a personalized, comprehensive psoriasis treatment plan based upon your type of psoriasis and psoriasis triggers. Call us today at (866) 400-3376 to make an appointment with a qualified dermatologist.

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