What are the benefits of microneedling?

What are the benefits of microneedling?

Microneedling has been trending in cosmetic circles lately, and for good reason.  It is a safe, minimally invasive procedure that treats a variety of skin concerns.  Microneedling has grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to innovative devices like Dermapen.   But what are the benefits of microneedling.

What is microneedling

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a skin rejuvenation treatment that improves the health and appearance of the skin. 

Microneedling is performed using a pen shaped device that is fitted with tiny needles, which are used to create micro-injuries in the skin.  The micro-injuries trigger the skin’s natural wound healing process.  Microneedling is a gentle, virtually painless treatment that requires very little downtime.

What are the benefits of microneedling?

  • Increases collagen and elastin

Microneedling increases the production of collagen and elastin, which both contribute to younger-looking skin.  Collagen makes skin plumper, and this helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, acne scars, and stretch marks.  Elastin boosts skin elasticity, making the skin tighter and more toned.

  • Promotes new skin cells

Microneedling stimulates the growth of new skin cells that improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.   The new skin cells restore the skin’s youthful glow and make it softer, smoother, and firmer.

  • Improves the effectiveness of topical skin care products

After microneedling, topical skin care products such as gels, creams, moisturizers, and serums, are able to penetrate deeper into the skin.  Consequently, they are absorbed more efficiently, and work more effectively.

Are you ready to restore youthful, glowing skin with microneedling?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Las Vegas, NV area, Stile Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at drstile.com, or by calling 702-243-9555.

How can I get rid of brown spots?

How can I get rid of brown spots?

Have you ever wished you could get rid of those pesky brown spots on your skin and restore the clear, youthful complexion you once had.  The secret to getting rid of brown spots lies with chemical peels.

What causes brown spots?

Brown spots on the skin are most often a sign of sun damage, because they usually show up in areas that are constantly exposed to sunlight, such as the hands, face, and arms.  Too much sun can cause the skin to produce excess melanin (pigment that gives skin its color), causing it to darken in different areas.  

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a versatile skin rejuvenation treatment that treats a variety of skin concerns by removing the damaged outermost layer of skin.  Peels can be superficial, medium, or deep, depending on the condition being treated. 

Treating brown spots with a chemical peel

Chemical peels are aesthetic treatments in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin, to strip away the outermost layer of dry, dull skin cells.  The skin eventually peels off, revealing clearer, smoother skin. 

PCA Skin has formulated a peel solution that contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).  AHAs such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid, are very effective for removing brown spots, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

How many chemical peels do I need to see results?

A course of 4-6 treatments is normally recommended to remove brown spots.  Sessions are spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

Are you ready to erase those brown spots for good?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Bala Cynwyd, PA area, Cosmetic Facial Surgery Center is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.drfarole.com, or by calling (610) 615-0585.

Best Laser for Scar Removal

Best Laser for Scar Removal

Do you have a scar that you would like removed?  Fortunately, there are several effective scar removal options available, including laser therapy.  Patients interested in laser treatment for scars often want to know which is the best laser for scar removal.

What causes scars?

Scars are a part of the natural healing process after an injury to the skin.  When the skin is injured the body forms collagen (a skin protein) to help repair the wound, and this leads to some degree of scarring.  The quality and texture of the scar tissue is usually different from the surrounding tissue. 

Best Laser for Scar Removal

There are several laser technologies that can be used to successfully reduce the appearance of scars, including the following:

  • Vbeam pulsed dye laser

Pulsed dye lasers target the pigment in the skin, and this makes them very effective for reducing the redness associated with scars.  Removing the redness helps the scar blend in with the surrounding skin.  The Vbeam laser also reduces raised scars.

  • Halo Hybrid Fractional laser

The Halo Hybrid is a fractional laser that creates microscopic areas of injury in the skin.  This induces the formation of new collagen, causing scars to become softer and flatter over time. 

  • Fraxel Dual Laser

The Fraxel laser has two wavelengths.  One wavelength targets the surface of the skin while the other penetrates below the skin and breaks up the scar tissue, so the Fraxel Dual is particularly effective for textured scars.

During consultation the dermatologist will determine the best laser treatment based on the characteristics of the scar, and the patient’s skin type.

Would you like to learn more about laser scar removal?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, Capital Laser & Skin Care, Chevy Chase, MD is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.capitalskinlaser.com, or by calling (301) 679-7550.

How can I effectively treat facial skin laxity?

How can I effectively treat facial skin laxity?

If you are looking for a way to effectively treat facial skin laxity, and refresh your appearance, without surgery, you may want to consider Thermage skin tightening treatment.

What is Thermage?

Thermage is a non-invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten and contour the skin. Thermage is a quick, easy treatment that requires little to no downtime.

Thermage improves facial laxity by boosting collagen in the skin. Collagen is a protein found in the layers of the skin that keeps it plump and youthful. However, collagen breaks down over time, and as a result, the skin starts to sag, and fine lines and wrinkles appear. Thermage renews the natural collagen fibers in the skin, and this strengthens the underlying tissue, and tightens the skin.

How Thermage works

The Thermage device emits RF energy that penetrates to the deep layers of the skin. The heat generated tightens the existing collagen strands, and contributes to the formation of new collagen over the following weeks.

After Thermage treatment the skin will be tighter, smoother, and more contoured, and improvements will continue as collagen remodels. There will also be a noticeable improvement in the tone and texture of the skin.

What areas does Thermage target?

Thermage can give the forehead a slight lift, tighten the jowls and jawline, and firm the skin on the neck.

How many Thermage treatments will I need to see results?

Patients typically need one Thermage treatment to see results.

How long will the results last?

The results of Thermage can last up to 2 years.

Would you like to learn more about Thermage skin tightening?

Contact Sthetix Cosmetic Surgery Clinic for a consultation. Sthetix is based in Liverpool, Merseyside UK and also serves Chester.

You can reach them at www.sthetix.co.uk, or by calling 0151 317 3052.

Is Infrared Light Good For Your Skin?

Is Infrared Light Good For Your Skin?

Are you looking for healthier skin? If you are, there are a variety of treatments that can improve the health of your skin including creams, lotions, chemical peels, lasers, and infrared light. In recent years, infrared light therapy has become a popular non-invasive skin treatment. But is infrared light good for your skin.

What is infrared light therapy?

Infrared light therapy involves the use of low intensity laser light to treat the skin. Infrared light is commonly provided by means of a sauna.

Infrared sauna therapy

Infrared sauna therapy involves the application of light that penetrates the skin, warming the body from the inside out. Infrared sauna therapy helps with pain relief, detoxification, weight loss, and oxygen flow.

Is infrared light good for your skin?

Infrared light has been clinically proven to help a wide variety of skin conditions, and provides lasting benefits for the skin. Below are some of the benefits of infrared light for the skin:

  • Stimulates the growth of new skin cells. The new skin cells improve the appearance of the skin, and also help to heal the underlying issues causing skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne.
  • Protects against skin damage and heals existing sun damage.
  • Anti-aging skin benefits. Infrared light boosts collagen levels, and the increased collagen makes the skin firmer and more youthful, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Boosts circulation and promotes detoxification, as it penetrates to the inner layers of the skin, as well as the muscles, joints, and nerves.
  • Heals damaged, irritated skin. Infrared light sooths the skin and reduces inflammation.

Would you like to learn more about infrared sauna therapy? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Reno, NV, area Renew MD is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.renewmdreno.com, or by calling (775) 277-2066.

How To Lift Sagging Jowls

How To Lift Sagging Jowls

Are you tired of the way your sagging jowls make you look? If you are wondering how to lift those sagging jowls, there are treatments available that can help erase them for you and refresh your appearance. Jowling can be minimized using both surgical and non-surgical options.

What causes sagging jowls?

The term ‘jowls’ refers to the area beneath the chin and jawline. When the skin is tight and youthful, the profile is defined and razor-sharp. However, the skin tends to become loose and less elastic with age. The decline in skin quality, along with the accumulation of fat deposits, causes the jowls to sag. Factors such as excess sun exposure and smoking can also contribute to jowling.

How to Lift Sagging Jowls

A facelift or rhytidectomy is considered the most effective way to lift sagging jowls. During a facelift, the surgeon will make incisions around the ears to remove excess skin and fat, and tighten the underlying muscles. The remaining skin will then be lifted, in order to rejuvenate the lower face. This will refine the jawline, and reduce the appearance of jowls.

Individuals with less pronounced jowling can benefit from a non- invasive treatment such as Ultherapy. Ultherapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment that is FDA approved for treating the face and neck. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound energy directed at the skin’s foundation layer, to lift and tighten droopy jawline skin. The procedure also stimulates the production of new collagen, which further tightens the skin in the following months.

Are you ready to say goodbye to sagging jowls? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Torrance, CA area, Awaken Aesthetics is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.awakenaesthetics.com, or by calling (310) 791-2233.

What is a deep plane facelift?

What is a deep plane facelift?

Are you thinking about having a facelift? If you are, you may not realize that there are different types of facelifts beyond the standard facelift that is commonly performed. In particular, there is the deep plane facelift that can provide superior results for some patients, with less chance of scarring and complications. But what is a deep plane facelift.

Facelift
A facelift (or rhytidectomy) is a procedure that is done to rejuvenate the face. The SMAS facelift is the standard facelift these days, and it generally addresses the jowls, jawline, and neck. The SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) is the muscular system of the face, which is normally tightened and suspended during a standard facelift.

What is a deep plane facelift?
When performing a deep plane facelift the surgeon manipulates the deep plane of the face, which is the area below the SMAS.

The deep plane facelift gives the surgeon greater access to the midface, so it does a better job of addressing volume loss and the descent of fat pads in the cheeks, when compared to traditional facelift techniques.

During a deep plane facelift the area below the eyes and around the nose and mouth is worked on. As a result, it does a good job of improving the appearance of the cheeks, and reducing hollowing below the eyes and deep lines and wrinkles such as nasolabial folds. It also refines the jawline and neck.

When performed correctly, deep plane facelifts provide long lasting results.

Do you think you may be a good candidate for a deep plane facelift? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the San Francisco or Walnut Creek, CA areas, Andrew Barnett, MD is our featured board certified plastic surgeon.

You can reach Dr. Barnett at www.drbarnett.com, or by calling (415) 855-4115.

Where can I get an Ultherapy treatment?

Many people want to turn back the clock and take off a few years, but they don’t want to go under the knife. Instead, they are opting to undergo minimally invasive treatments like Ultherapy. But how does it work, and where can you get Ultherapy treatments.

Where can you get Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure. It can help smooth wrinkles,and tighten and firm sagging skin. Ultherapy also gives a subtle lift to the brows, for an overall refreshed appearance.

Ultherapy is effective, because it helps to kick-start the production of collagen in the skin. Collagen is a key structural protein that the skin needs to maintain its youthful firmness and elasticity. It is naturally produced by the body, but levels fall off as you age.

If you are considering Ultherapy treatment, be sure to visit the offices of a board certified dermatologist to ensure you have a safe and successful procedure.

How Ultherapy works
Ultherapy delivers focused ultrasound energy below the skin’s surface, targeting the foundational support layers. This is the same area that is addressed during a surgical facelift. The ultrasound energy that is deposited triggers collagen production, and this will cause the skin to gradually lift and tone over the following weeks and months.

Treatment takes 45-60 minutes and most patients only need one treatment to achieve maximum results.

Ultherapy is generally well tolerated, but patients may experience some discomfort as the ultrasound energy is being delivered.

If you want to reduce wrinkles, lift your cheekbones, and tighten your jawline, but don’t want to go under the knife, Ultherapy may be right for you.

Contact Laser Skin Care Center Dermatology Associates, Long Beach, CA, to find out more.

Call (562) 997-1144 today to schedule a consultation.

What is a non-invasive solution for skin tightening?

An increasing number of women, and men as well, wishing to tighten and rejuvenate their skin now want to achieve that goal without having to go in for surgery. Fortunately, there are now new skin tightening weapons on the market that are completely non-surgical.  But how do you know what is a really effective non-invasive solution for skin tightening.

Non-invasive skin tightening
Non-invasive skin tightening often involves the use of laser or radio frequency technology to heat and tighten the skin. These procedures are virtually painless, and require little or no recovery time. Non-surgical skin tightening is more effective for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity.

SkinTyte
SkinTyte is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment that uses advanced infrared laser technology to firm the skin, and improve the signs of age. SkinTyte is safe for all skin types, and can be used to tone various parts of the body including the face, neck, arms, and abdomen.

How it works
The SkinTyte laser deep heats the soft tissue, which triggers the skin’s natural healing,and promotes collagen regeneration.Since collagen provides strength and firmness to the skin, collagen renewal helps to tighten things up.

SkinTyte is a comfortable procedure that requires no local anesthetic, and its sapphire contact cooling system enhances safety and patient comfort.

There is no downtime after treatment, so patients can resume their normal routine right away. There is also little risk of any complications.  It typically takes a series of 3-5 SkinTyte treatments to achieve optimal results.

SkinTyte in Newport Beach, CA
Contact the offices of double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Katharine Nitta, to find out more about SkinTyte skin tightening solution. We would be happy to work out a treatment plan that fits your needs.

Call949-722-6644 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nitta.

How to resolve peer review and credentialing conflicts with physicians:

Legal nuances private practice physicians should be aware of

Although doctors are usually protected in hospital peer reviews, the process can be a challenging and complex one, and may not have a positive outcome. For this reason, resolving peer review and credentialing conflicts with physicians, often requires the intervention of legal counsel.

Reasons for Conflict

Physicians, who believe that they are adequately credentialed and competent, often feel that they are unfairly treated by a peer review. As a result, some of them become frustrated by the process, and opt to resign in the midst of the investigations.

Resolving Conflict

When peer reviews are presented in an educational rather than a disciplinary context, less conflict is likely to arise. Physicians should therefore be advised of hospital policies and procedures, and their expectations in this regard.

The hospital should also have a clear peer review policy that outlines the role of peer reviews in maintaining standards, and quality of care. Peer review committee members should be adequately trained, and have the specialized knowledge to carry out their task in a timely manner. In addition, the findings should consist of objective evaluations that are clear and consistent.

This approach can help to quickly diffuse potential conflict. However, there are times when the process is not properly executed, and the physician decides to seek legal representation to resolve conflict. The physician should choose a law firm that specializes in health care matters, and has the expertise to handle peer review and credentialing issues.

The attorneys at Nelson Hardiman, LLP have represented physicians in a number of peer review actions in California. Our success in gaining landmark decisions in relation to physician rights is evidence of our expertise in these matters.  Call 310-203-2800 today for an appointment.