The Lowdown on Non-Surgical Facelifts

Surgery is not for everyone. Some patients elect not to undergo a traditional facelift because they are afraid of surgery and anesthesia, are looking for a more reasonably-priced alternative, or because they understand that their condition is not bad enough to require surgery. In any event, an increasing number of patients are electing non-surgical facelifts as their choice to eliminate facial wrinkling and fine lines. Non-surgical facelifts are most commonly performed through the use of injectable fillers, fat transfer, or through light and laser technology.

Why Go Non-Surgical?

Non-surgical facelifts are proven to have noticeable, lasting results. A non-surgical facelift at any of our New York or New Jersey offices has the potential to eliminate years of aging from a patient’s face. The procedure can potentially make a patient look and feel years younger, in the most minimally-invasive, least painful way. They are also a great option for patients who do not want to spend thousands of dollars on a surgical facelift.

Injectable Fillers

Dermal fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra, and Radiesse, can add instant volume to the cheeks and other areas that need additional definition or plumping. The fillers can also target wrinkles and smooth skin around the lips, chin, and forehead. The treatments are done as in-office procedures, in under half an hour. There is no downtime associated with injectable fillers, which is why this type of non-surgical facelift is often referred to as a the “lunchtime lift.”

Your doctor will carefully calibrate the amount of filler to use, customizing your non-surgical facelift to best serve your needs and concerns. Results typically last anywhere from 6-18 months, depending on upkeep and on how the patient’s body responds to the fillers. Patients can always come in for additional treatment to touch up and maintain their results.

Fat Transfer

During this treatment, fat will be taken from other areas of the body and directly injected into the face to rejuvenate and revive areas that have lost volume. Fat transfer can be an effective non-surgical option to address laugh lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. Generally, a patient can be very responsive to this type of non-surgical facelift. Because the fat is taken from a patient’s own body, rejection and infection are rare. Results are best immediately following the procedure and diminish as the body begins to reabsorb the fat. The longevity of results depends on how quickly this reabsorption happens.

Light and Laser Technology

Light and laser technology, such as Ultherapy which uses ultrasound energy, are also popular options for patients who want to tighten their skin. The technologies work by re-stimulating the body’s natural collagen production and tightening skin that has become saggy from a loss of elasticity. These treatments are great for targeting the brow region, neck and chest, and chin areas. This option can also be used alongside injectable fillers to further enhance results. No anesthesia or recovery period are associated with the technologies, so patients can reap the benefits of a non-surgical facelift without compromising their busy lifestyle.

Non-Surgical Facelifts at Advanced Dermatology

If you have signs of aging, but are not ready to go under the knife, you may be a candidate for a non-surgical facelift. At Advanced Dermatology, we specialize in non-invasive anti-aging treatments. Our dermatologists in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Ridgewood, NJ can determine the most appropriate treatment to rejuvenate your appearance.

Port-Wine Stain Removal – Are Treatments Safe for Your Child?

Many of us are born with a mole, a small dark patch, or other birthmark. These small imperfections or “beauty marks” can make us unique. However, a large distinctive birthmark can become a source of insecurity–especially for kids.

Port-wine stains are fairly common red or purple colored birthmarks that most often appear on the face, neck, arms, legs and scalp. If the stain is prominent it might cause low self-esteem issues or confidence problems. Parents whose children have port-wine stains often face a conundrum: is it worth it–and safe–to treat this visible discoloration?

Port-wine stains can change appearance as a child grows older.

Comprised of tiny blood vessels, these birthmarks can become darker in color over time. In some cases the port-wine stain can become lumpy or thick. Although previous treatment methods such as skin grafts were painful and could cause scarring, an advanced Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) treatment is an effective solution for people suffering from port-wine stains, even children.

Pulsed Dye Laser treatments can reduce the appearance of port-wine stains.

The Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) works by specifically targeting the hemoglobin inside the blood vessels that create the birthmark. The laser eliminates the stain from inside by heating up blood vessels, which damages and removes them. Usually multiple treatments are necessary with approximately 6 to 16 treatments needed for successful results. The treatments are normally spaced out about 2 months apart. Depending on the location of the port-wine stain– some locations on the body are more difficult to remove–PDL can significantly reduce this type of birthmark. After a PDL session the skin may look darker or bruised but this typically lasts only 7 to 14 days.

Pulsed Dye Laser, a safe and secure treatment for children.

Although PDL treatment can cause some discomfort, it is considered completely safe for children. Since it can be a bit painful, a topical anesthetic is usually used before treatment. However, in many cases no anesthetic is needed as babies often tolerate the PDL treatment well. In addition, the laser has a cryogen spray that helps cool the area being treated. Due to the innovative design of the laser the spray touches the skin a split second before the laser in order to reduce discomfort during treatment.

How old does a child need to be to receive PDL treatments?

The laser can be used on patients as young as a few days old. Studies have shown that 90% stain clearing can be reached if treatment is begun during infancy. In fact, it is often recommended that treatment begin when the child is an infant in order to achieve best results before the time the child is of school age. Although PDL treatment is effective in adults, early intervention often yields better stain elimination. Furthermore, by completing the treatment before the child is five or six years old the child may avoid managing potential social stigmas and self esteem issues.

Port-wine treatments for children at Advanced Dermatology

Advanced Dermatology is pleased to offer patients with port-wine stains a safe and effective solution. This is especially the case for infants or children with port-wine stains; a PDL treatment is safe and secure for kids as well. With office locations in both New York and New Jersey, Advanced Dermatology’s highly skilled dermatologists can provide expert treatment to patients at the office most convenient to them. Contact the office closest to you for more information on treatment options for port-wine stains.

Are You Losing Your Hair Due to a Skin Condition?

Can an underlying skin condition affect hair growth? Unfortunately for many, the answer is yes. Fortunately, however, with proper awareness and treatment options, hair loss can be slowed down or even stopped.

Hair loss affects both men and women and can change how a person looks and feels by giving the appearance of premature aging and lowering an individual’s self-esteem. Various skin conditions have been linked to increased hair loss. It is important for patients to be aware of this possibility so as best to prevent hair loss, or to properly address hair loss that has already begun.

The following is a list of some of the most common skin conditions that have been found to be associated with accelerated hair loss:

  • Ringworm. Ringworm is a fungal infection that can appear around the body but that typically manifests on the scalp. Because the fungus infiltrates the patient’s hair follicles, ringworm can make hair brittle and easily breakable–causing hair loss and bald patches. The condition is most commonly addressed with an antifungal medication prescribed by a dermatologist.
  • Psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes cells to build up much more quickly than usual, potentially leading to hair loss. If psoriasis is diagnosed and managed by a dermatologist, hair loss in patients can be stopped and can be reversed.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis causes the patient’s scalp to be uncomfortably itchy, flakey, and inflamed. The skin condition has been found to be linked with temporary hair loss, and can flare up when the weather gets cold and dry or when the patient is feeling particularly stressed. It can be controlled through certain shampoos and medications.
  • Scleroderma. Scleroderma is a relatively rare skin condition that causes the dermis to become hard and tight. The autoimmune condition has been linked to an overproduction of collagen and can cause hair loss, particularly on the patient’s arms and legs. With proper treatment, hair loss resulting from scleroderma can be prevented.
  • Sunburn. Though not a traditional “skin condition,” a sunburn can indeed cause hair loss and hair thinning. To protect against the sun’s harmful rays, we recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Don’t let a treatable skin condition get in the way of a healthy head of hair. Our team of New York and New Jersey doctors are here to help. We are among the most experienced and professional in the nation, and together, comprise a full-service, one-stop dermatological shop. With twenty-two locations between the two states, we are here to serve all your hair loss needs and answer any questions or concerns. For a list of our locations, click here.

Extreme Scars: Stop a Keloid from Growing

Ideally, scars should become less prominent as time goes on. But what about those scars that won’t fade, or worse, that actually enlarge?

Keloid scars, often referred to as keloids, are fibrous growths that form when scar tissue grows in large quantities. This excessive scar tissue is usually hard, irregular, and smooth. Keloids are normally larger than the original skin abrasion and can sometimes take several weeks to develop. While they commonly appear on the shoulders, chest, cheeks and earlobes, keloids can be found anywhere on the body. Because keloids continue to grow after being removed, they can be difficult to treat. The good news is there are new effective treatment options for keloid scars.

Keloids arise when the skin doesn’t turn off its healing response.

Keloids can result from an injury to the skin, including surgery, cosmetic procedure, or slight skin damage from, for example, ear piercing, acne or chickenpox scars. When the skin is injured, scar tissue begins to grow over the wound to protect the skin. However, in the case of keloids the scar tissue overgrows.

Is it a keloid or another type of scar?

Keloid scars are not harmful to a person’s health, however they can be a cosmetic nuisance and in some cases cause discomfort. Normally keloids are a pink, red or flesh-colored raised scar that continues to grow over time. Sometimes the keloids can be an itchy patch of skin. In certain extreme cases the keloids may grow large enough to cause restriction of movement. For more information on keloids, as well as other types of scars and their formation, see our detailed guide to scars.

Laser therapy can help stop keloids from growing.

Until now traditional keloid treatment options tended to be painful and ineffective, in addition to causing unwanted side effects. The highly experienced team of dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology is pleased to offer Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT-100) as an extremely effective treatment method for keloid scars. Although keloids were once considered complicated to treat, the SRT Laser offers an innovative and effective treatment option. Furthermore, the SRT is a painless and safe way to remove keloids.

The SRT Laser inhibits the production of excess collagen.

With a cure rate of upwards of 90%, the SRT Laser specifically targets the skin on a superficial level, allowing it to destroy the cells that cause irregular, extra scar tissue–without damaging healthy tissue or any other organs. The SRT Laser is able to achieve this by using a specially calibrated low dose of superficial radiation therapy. After the keloid is excised by one of our expertly trained dermatologists, the area is treated with the SRT Laser within a 24-hour period. The SRT laser’s groundbreaking technology reduces the production of abnormal collagen, ensuring that the skin remains flat and soft during the healing process. Furthermore, multiple treatments with the SRT Laser can bring the keloid recurrence rate to 10% or lower.

Advanced Dermatology makes patient safety and satisfaction a top priority. With several office locations, Advanced Dermatology’s highly skilled dermatologists can provide patients in both the New York and New Jersey areas with expert care. For more information on how the SRT laser can help eliminate an unsightly keloid scar, do not hesitate to contact the office nearest you.

Seasonal Skin Rash? Stay Ahead of Your Autumn Allergies

The long, hot, days of summer are finally coming to an end. School is back in session, the leaves are changing colors, mosquitoes are biting less and jackets and boots are coming out of storage. Although the change of season brings pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking and scarves back into our lives, it can also bring unwanted allergies. Many people think allergies only crop up during springtime, but with ragweed blowing in the wind, mold growing in damp areas and dust mites ever present, we just can’t seem to get away from allergies and irritating skin rashes. Luckily, Advanced Dermatology has some tips to help you prevent and manage your autumn allergies.

Understand Your Skin

When it comes to seasonal allergies, many people do not know that pollen or ragweed can cause irritations on the skin. This is not the most common allergy during this time, but several people will notice itchiness or redness on various areas of the skin. Pollen can come into contact with different areas of exposed skin; because of this, excessive itching may occur and a skin rash may develop. For some people, hives may even appear. Knowing how your skin reacts to the diverse changes in the quality of air come autumn can help you get ahead of skin rashes. Ideally, no exposure to irritants and allergens would work best, but that is not always a viable option. Knowing your skin and how it changes with the seasons is extremely helpful. We want to be able to keep living our lives, but in the healthiest and most comfortable way.

Quick Tips to Help Prevent Skin Rashes

If your skin is being affected by the change of season, you do not need to suffer in silence. There are a few things that you can do that can help soothe and heal your skin rash.

Change and wash your clothing: After spending time outside change your clothes and launder the articles previously worn.

Shower: Showering can help lessen the effect of allergy ridden substances on your skin.

Take allergy medication: Over the counter allergy medications can help, but ask a doctor to know which one is right for you.

Disinfect surfaces: Disinfecting surfaces can reduce contact with allergens.

Keep your windows closed: This can help prevent pollen/ragweed from entering your home and finding its way to your skin or bedding.

Use aloe vera gel: Aloe vera gel can help with comfort and reduce inflammation and irritation of affected areas.

Modify outfits: Wear long pants and jackets while outside, this can hinder pollen from reaching the skin.

A few small changes to your lifestyle during autumn can really make a tremendous difference. So give a few a try and see how much better the fall feels with your allergies under control!

Have More Concerns About Seasonal Skin Rashes? Give Us a Call!

If you are having a hard time this autumn dealing with allergies and finding that you are constantly itching or inflamed, do not hesitate to call us. We are eager to assist and soothe any skin issues you may be having and to find the right solution for you. Schedule a consultation with us in our New York or New Jersey offices today!