Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
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The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 150+ locations.

FAQs About Skin Aging

No one expects to look exactly the same at 50 as they did at 20, and some people gracefully accept the changes of time as being reflective of their life experiences. You can still age gracefully and look your best, however, with a little help from a knowledgeable dermatologist. He or she will help you understand how age has affected your skin and how you can minimize those changes with professional-grade products and dermatologist-administered therapies.

Why does aging skin sag?

Collagen and elastin are instrumental in keeping the skin taut, soft, and plump. As you grow older, your levels of collagen and elastin naturally decline, leading to sagginess. Gravity adds to the problem. The same force that keeps your feet firmly planted on Earth continually tugs at your skin, exacerbating the droopiness over the years. People who have had too much unprotected sun exposure during their lives are likely to see a greater degree of sagging, along with wrinkles and sun spots. The ultraviolet rays damage the collagen and elastin.

What other age-related changes affect the skin?

As if sagginess and wrinkles weren't enough to contend with, your skin will eventually develop other challenges. It will bruise more easily because the blood vessel walls become thinner. It'll appear more transparent, as the epidermis thins. Your skin will also be more fragile. All of these challenges highlight the importance of getting professional skin evaluations and treatments to look your best.

Which skin care products are good for aging skin?

At this stage in your life, it's not worth it to skimp on topical products. Visit a dermatologist for the most effective formulations. These will have ingredients like potent glycolic acid, antioxidants, and retinol. Not all anti-aging products are appropriate for every face. Your dermatologist will evaluate your skin type and unique needs to provide recommendations that are right for you.

At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, you'll find a premier line of dermatologist-designed anti-aging products. Our cosmetic dermatology specialists are available nationwide to provide individualized skin care guidance and in-office treatments. Call us at (866) 400-3376 and get started giving your skin the care it deserves.

Can You Use Topical Vitamin C if You Have Sensitive Skin?

Concerned about the signs of aging? Your dermatologist might recommend that you start using a topical vitamin C serum or cream. Topical vitamin C products absorb into the skin much better than moisturizers, and with consistent use, they can delay wrinkle formation, improve wrinkle appearance, brighten the skin tone, and lighten up areas of discoloration. But if you have sensitive skin, you might react to a strong vitamin C serum. You may experience some stinging and redness. This usually means you've chosen an improper product for your skin type.

Your dermatologist can recommend a topical vitamin C product that works for your sensitive skin. He or she will likely start you off on a low concentration, which is gentler on the skin. It's also possible to have a reaction to the base, which might include inactive ingredients like silicones. But don't let this scare you away from trying vitamin C—just follow the product recommendations that your dermatologist gives you.

You can receive personalized skin care guidance at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Give us a call today at (866) 400-3376 to locate a cosmetic dermatologist near you.

Which of Our Laser Treatments Is Right for You?

Light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation (LASER) is a concept that was first theorized by Albert Einstein, but only in recent years has it gained widespread acclaim for its uses in the dermatologist's office. Today, there are many different laser technologies that can accomplish a range of aesthetic improvements—from age spot elimination to wrinkle repair. Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to offer top-of-the-line laser technologies to our patients. One of our dermatologists will explain the differences between our laser treatments, and help you make the right choice for your skin.

GentleMax Pro

The GentleMax Pro is widely considered to be the most coveted technology for laser hair removal. It's effective and safe for all skin types. This technology features powerful, dual wavelength beams: The 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser and the 755 nm Alexandrite laser. Together, these wavelengths reduce the treatment time, improve patient comfort and satisfaction, and offer a superior safety profile. In addition to laser hair removal, the GentleMax Pro is effective for correcting sun damage and age spots, and for treating visible leg and facial veins.

elōs Plus

The elōs Plus is among the newest generations of laser skin rejuvenation technology. It's an excitingly versatile platform that combines bipolar radiofrequency with optical energy. What this means is that it targets skin imperfections like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, melasma, uneven skin texture, and even areas of cellulite. It's also effective for treating acne, acne scars, and beard bumps.

CO2RE Fractional Laser

Fractional laser technology can give you great results in just one treatment. CO2RE is capable of addressing the surface and deeper layers of skin. Dermatologists recommend this laser treatment for individuals with acne scars, trauma-related scars, and wrinkles.

The best way to find out which laser treatment is right for your skin is to consult one of our talented dermatologists. Call Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery at (866) 400-3376 to be directed to a location near you. While you're here, be sure to check out our exclusive family of professionally designed skin care products to help your skin look its best.

See Kybella in Action

Kybella is an FDA-approved treatment for reducing a double chin. There's no surgery required, and zero down time. Your dermatologist can perform it during a simple office visit. After numbing your skin, he or she will inject a solution into several areas along the underside of your chin. This solution destroys the fat cells, allowing them to naturally be eliminated from the body over time.

You can see Kybella in action by watching this featured video. Two patients volunteer to receive Kybella injections on TV. One of them is returning for her second series of injections, and says that she already sees significant improvements.

For cutting-edge cosmetic dermatology services, you can turn to the trusted team at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Call (866) 400-3376 to find out about getting Kybella injections at a location near you.

Understanding the Causes of Acne

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Acne can be frustrating, especially when it lingers well into adulthood. Adding to the problem is the many misconceptions about its causes and ideal treatments. To find out what could be contributing to your skin blemishes, schedule an exam with a dermatologist. You'll also learn about the treatment options that are most likely to work for you, which may include a combination of medicated applications and in-office therapies.

How Acne Develops
It's commonly thought that acne is caused by a skin infection, but it's actually an inflammatory process. The skin is kept lubricated by oil glands. Hair follicles are connected to these glands. As the glands secret sebum, this greasy substance makes its way up the hair shafts and through the pores to reach the surface of the skin. Sometimes, your oil glands produce too much sebum, and this can clog the pores. Dead skin cells can accumulate there, worsening the problem and helping the sebum to form a "plug." Bacteria live all over your body, inside and out. Normally, they are kept in balance. When a plug clogs a pore, the bacteria can accumulate there and cause an inflammatory reaction.

How Hormones Contribute
Hormonal changes can contribute to acne breakouts. This is why acne breakouts are so strongly associated with adolescence. Boys and girls both get a surge of hormones during puberty. As a result, the oil glands in the skin become larger and produce more sebum. Hormonal changes later in life can also contribute to acne, such as pregnancy or the use of hormonal birth control.

What Can Make Acne Worse
Many people make their acne problem worse, especially if they resist going to a dermatology office. Very harsh methods of trying to clean the skin, such as scrubbing aggressively or exfoliating, will only worsen the inflammation. Using greasy moisturizers, cosmetics, and sunscreen worsen the clogged pores. Picking or squeezing acne lesions won't help, either, as acne scars are more likely to form.

Acne is among the most common skin problems we treat here at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. You can find our 180-plus locations around the country, and many of them have immediate appointments available. Call (866) 400-3376 and let our clinical dermatology team help you achieve clear, beautiful skin.

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