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 180+ locations.

Considering Whether CoolSculpting Is Right for You

Are you plagued by pockets of fat that won't budge, despite your best efforts to live a healthy lifestyle? Often, diet and exercise is not enough to help you achieve the sleek, toned physique you want, but fortunately, there is a solution: CoolSculpting. Through CoolSculpting, your dermatologist can help you say goodbye to that stubborn fat for good, through a simple, in-office treatment that is non-invasive and FDA-approved. Could CoolSculpting be right for you? Here is what you need to know.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting uses targeted cooling to freeze fat cells, which are then subsequently flushed out of the body naturally. The reduction in fat cells makes the treated area look slimmer and more toned. The procedure can be performed in a cosmetic dermatology office and last between one and two hours. Patients can read and even nap during the process. Once the treatment is over, patients can return to their normal activities right away.

Who is a good candidate?

You could be a good candidate for CoolSculpting if you have reached a healthy weight but still have bulges of fat that you wish to get rid of. Since CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment, most dermatologists recommend waiting until you are at your goal weight before beginning treatment to achieve the best results. CoolSculpting can be used to target unwanted fat around your midsection and inner and outer thighs. In some cases, it can also be used to treat fat on the upper arms, as long as sagging skin is not also an issue.

What happens during the recovery period?

No rest is required after the procedure, so you can return to your normal activities. You may experience minor swelling, bruising, and tingling for several days, and cramping may also occur. Most side effects resolve themselves within two weeks. You will begin to see results within a few weeks, but the most dramatic changes will be apparent within the first two to four months.

To find out if CoolSculpting can help you achieve your desired results, make an appointment with Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Dial (866) 400-3376 to schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dermatologists, and don't forget to ask about our other procedures, including acne laser treatment and sclerotherapy.

How Often Is It Safe to Have Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic dermatology procedure that delivers dramatic anti-aging results in a fast, non-invasive treatment. Botulinum toxin, the active ingredient in Botox, reduces the movement of muscles under your skin that are associated with dynamic wrinkles—the kind of wrinkles that are formed by muscle movements, such as squinting your eyes and furrowing your brows. As a result, you will look younger and more refreshed.

The results from Botox are not permanent, so you will need to have maintenance treatments to make your results last. Generally, you can safely receive Botox injections every three to four months, though some people may opt to wait longer between treatments. Your dermatologist will help you select a schedule that is right for you, based on how you react to the Botox and how long the treatment lasts for you.

Your dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery will help create a personalized Botox treatment plan to keep you looking your best. Get more information about all of our cosmetic dermatology procedures by calling (866) 400-3376.

A Look at Oral Medications that Are Used to Treat Skin Conditions

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You may think of topical medications when you think of skin conditions, but dermatologists also prescribe a variety of oral medications. Sometimes, your dermatologist may prescribe oral medications alone or in conjunction with topical treatments, often to treat dermatological conditions that are the result of systemic health issues. There are many different kinds of oral medicines that can be used in dermatology. Here is a look at some of the most common types that are prescribed.

Corticosteroids offer treatment for acute flare-ups of many inflammatory skin conditions. If you suffer from eczema, blistering skin diseases, and skin conditions that are linked to autoimmune diseases, then steroids could be an effective treatment for you. Steroids are extremely effective, but they also can carry serious side effects if they are taken for extended periods of time. Typically, your dermatologist will prescribe short bursts of steroid treatments during flare-ups but will not use them in the day-to-day management of your condition.

Antibiotics, including antibacterials, antifungals, and antivirals, are used to treat a multitude of skin conditions. Antibacterials may be prescribed to stop the spread of a persistent skin infection or to treat chronic inflammatory conditions, such as acne. Antifungals can be used to address athlete's foot and other skin fungal infections. Antivirals are ideal for treating herpes, warts, and a variety of other conditions. They can also be helpful in preventing certain lesions from becoming cancerous.

Most people are familiar with topical retinoid treatments that are used for fighting skin aging, but oral retinoids also have applications in dermatology. These medications use high doses of vitamin A to treat skin conditions such as acne. Dermatologists often rely on retinoids to treat several conditions off-label.

The doctors of Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery use a comprehensive range of treatment options to deliver the best possible medical, clinical, and cosmetic dermatology care for our patients. Don't let an untreated skin condition affect your health and your self-esteem. Find out more about our services by calling (866) 400-3376.

Why Smoking Ages Your Skin

Your dermatologist has likely told you that smoking can make you look older, but how exactly does it affect your skin? This video explains why smokers frequently have more wrinkles and more saggy skin than nonsmokers.

Smoking affects your skin in a number of different ways. It causes your blood vessels to constrict, which slows the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your skin cells. Additionally, smoking can reduce the amount of collagen that is produced by your skin, which can lead to sagging skin.

Quitting smoking can slow down the skin aging process. At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, our dermatologists can offer treatments to reverse the damage that has already occurred. Make an appointment with a cosmetic dermatology specialist today by calling (866) 400-3376.

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