New Facial Fillers on the Market

Since their introduction, facial fillers have become an essential part of a cosmetic dermatologist’s toolkit–and a popular option for those seeking a more youthful appearance. Millions of Americans have benefited from injections of the volume-boosting and wrinkle smoothing products.

The active ingredient is the same for the most widely-used fillers: hyaluronic acid, a plumping agent that the body naturally produces. However, the composition of the different fillers vary. Thicker formulas give more structural support, while thinner ones work well for filling in fine lines. As the market has grown, new formulas have been introduced that can address specific concerns. Sunken cheeks? Check. Deep creases around the mouth? Check. Fine lines in delicate areas? Check. Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are two of the latest facial fillers available at Advanced Dermatology.

Two new formulas designed for creases around the mouth.

Restylane, one of the leading lines of hyaluronic acid fillers, has new products that are excellent for wrinkles and creases around the mouth. In the last year, the brand has introduced two new products that address nasolabial folds (the lines that run from to corner of the mouth to nose) and marionette lines (the lines that extend from the mouth to the chin). Although both of these products focus on the mouth, their composition varies slightly and can be used to treat different depths of wrinkles.

Shallow Folds: With its lighter composition, Restylane Refyne can address less prominent lines. It reduces smile lines, yet does not affect the mouth’s normal movements. With the proper injection technique, natural-looking results can be achieved.

Deep Folds: Restylane Defyne has a more concentrated formula, giving it some extra scaffolding to treat moderate-to-severe facial creases. Defyne is a preferred choice for deeper, set-in lines. It can reliably produce subtle, yet visible outcomes.

Retylane Refyne and Defyne are temporary dermal fillers, but they can yield long-lasting results. Some patients have reported noticeable improvement 18 months after treatment; however, individual results will vary from patient to patient. When combined with other minimally-invasive treatments, these fillers can help restore a more radiant appearance. Many patients opt for a chemical peel or laser treatment to complement the work of fillers.

What is next for facial fillers?

The next generation of fillers will most likely increase the ability of skilled injection specialists to further customize treatments. Dermal fillers are constantly refined to increase the effectiveness and longevity of the treatments. At Advanced Dermatology, our doctors stay abreast of the most cutting-edge non-invasive cosmetic treatments.

Facial Filler Treatments at Advanced Dermatology, NY and NJ

Facial fillers can be an excellent way to improve the appearance of aging skin. If you are interested in revitalizing your skin, contact Advanced Dermatology to schedule a consultation. With offices located throughout New York and New Jersey, we offer convenience and expertise. Our specialists can determine the best skin treatment based on your skin and aesthetic goals.

Treating Psoriasis and Vitiligo with Lasers

For those who suffer from chronic skin conditions, managing flare-ups can be difficult. Some patients find success with topical treatments, oral medications, and lifestyle adjustments. However, other patients may find that creams and oral medications do not provide adequate relief. Ongoing, uncontrolled discomfort and visibly irritated or unbalanced skin can lead to frustration. So what can you do if you want healthier skin? Many patients turn to technology to improve their skin–and their quality of life.

Psoriasis and vitiligo arise when the body goes on the attack.

Two skin separate chronic skin conditions, psoriasis and vitiligo, affect patients differently. Psoriasis is related to an overactive immune system, which causes the skin to become inflamed. Scaly patches can be arise, causing itchiness and tenderness. Vitiligo also results from a dysfunction with the immune system. In this case, however, the body destroys the cells that give the skin its color. Characterized by uneven pigmentation, vitiligo patients have visible patches that are much lighter than the surrounding skin.

Psoriasis and vitiligo can be managed, but not cured.

Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution for either problem. However, with proper and consistent care, it is possible to keep these skin conditions under better control. Psoriasis and vitiligo have been shown to respond well to laser treatments.

Therapeutic treatments can minimize the effects of autoimmune skin disorders.

Laser treatments can help alleviate the symptoms associated with these two skin conditions. At Advanced Dermatology, our doctors treat psoriasis and vitiligo with the Xtrac Laser, a type of laser that uses ultraviolet (UV) light. When ultraviolet light is directed toward the affected area, it penetrates the skin and prompts a healing response. The laser is highly calibrated and the UV energy only affects the unhealthy skin. The doctor determines the dose of UV light to be delivered.

Laser treatments are typically done in a series of sessions. The number of treatments needed depends on the individual case, but most patients see results in about two to ten sessions. It may be necessary to have multiple sessions a week to get desired results.

Treating Skin Conditions at Advanced Dermatology, NY and NJ

If you are suffering from a chronic skin condition such as psoriasis and vitiligo, it is best to seek help from a qualified dermatologist. Mild-to-moderate cases can show marked improvement. When left untreated, the conditions can worsen, causing additional stress and concern.

The doctors at Advanced Dermatology understand how difficult it can be to live with an autoimmune skin disorder. We offer a range of treatments designed to help control flare-ups and restore balance. Contact one of our New York or New Jersey offices to schedule your consultation today.

7 Tips to Stop Summer Eczema Flaring in NY and NJ

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After long New York and New Jersey winters, as the weather gets warmer we want to spend more time outdoors. However, for people living with eczema, factors like humidity, heat and sweat can trigger eczema symptoms. Following are 7 tips on how to prevent summer eczema flare-ups. For more information on eczema and the various types of the condition, see our information page:

1. Keep Sweat to a Minimum

Sweat has been shown to trigger eczema outbreaks. Some link this to the natural salt in our body’s sweat that irritates the skin and can therefore cause eczema symptoms to appear. While it may be difficult not to sweat, especially in the summer, it is important to shower after exercising, playing sports or spending active time outdoors. It is also important to remember to use a mild, unscented soap and gently pat skin dry so as to not irritate the skin further.

2. Summer Wardrobe Check

Luckily in the summer we are less likely to wear rougher, heavier materials such as wool, which can be eczema triggers. However, it is still important to check what material your clothing is made of because certain synthetic fibers are known to cause eczema outbreaks. It is best to wear cotton or natural-fiber clothing, as they are less likely to cause eczema flare-ups. Furthermore, it is important to remember to wash new clothes to remove any residual dye or chemicals, which can also be skin irritants. Loose fitting clothing is also better as it helps the skin breathe better and avoids eczema-irritating friction.

3. Keep Cool

Heat and humidity are also common eczema triggers. It is best to avoid the heat and humidity by staying in air conditioning so as not to exacerbate eczema symptoms. This can be difficult in the summer, so if you are going to spend time outside in the heat then it is important to take certain steps to keep cool and not get overheated, like finding a shady spot. Furthermore, while taking a dip in a pool is a great way to cool off, it’s always good to wash the chlorine off immediately to avoid irritating eczema prone skin.

4. Avoid Drying Out

Dry skin is one of the most common eczema triggers. This can be especially true after a cold winter, when our skin typically dries out from low humidity and low temperatures. During the summer, don’t forget to keep up with a moisturizing routine. Since dry skin can irritate and cause eczema symptoms to worsen, it is important to keep skin hydrated. Speak with a skin care expert at Advanced Dermatology to find out the best moisturizing routine for you.

5. Spring and Summer Cleaning

While it’s tempting to do a major spring or summer cleaning after a long winter, dust can be a common eczema trigger. This is not to say that you shouldn’t clean. In fact, people struggling with eczema should clean often as part of their eczema treatment plan in order to avoid the accumulation of dust. Also, getting rid of carpeting, rugs, and blinds, which all accumulate lots of dust can help eczema symptoms. In addition, washing bed linens and curtains weekly in hot water and cleaning your whole bedroom in general can help manage symptoms.

6. Watch Out for Pollen

With beautiful spring and summer also comes pollen. People that have atopic dermatitis eczema can have flare-up triggers from pollen. It is important to avoid going outside and keep windows closed when pollen counts are high. After going outside, taking a shower to wash the pollen off your skin and hair can also be helpful, as well as changing your clothes. If you also suffer from seasonal skin allergies, a specialist at Advanced Dermatology can help you get both conditions under control.

7. Stay Out of Hot water

While it might be relaxing to take a long hot shower at the end of the day, try to avoid this typical eczema trigger. This is probably easier to do in the summer. The heat that rises outside a tepid shower can actually be quite calming. Moderate water temperature can also help reduce eczema outbreaks since hot water can irritate the skin. After you shower don’t forget to apply a moisturizer or emollient while the skin is still damp. This locks in the moisture and can help improve skin that is aggravated by eczema.

How Can Advanced Dermatology Help?

Advanced Dermatology is committed to offering patients the best skin care solutions. With offices near Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens and Westchester, Advanced Dermatology provides medical treatments that can help control eczema so you can look your best this summer. To book a consultation, contact our expert staff today:

The Best Tear Trough Filler Option: Make the Area Under Your Eyes Look Younger

Weary looking eyes, especially those pesky dark circles and hollows under the eyes, can age the face. Sometimes exacerbated by lifestyle–thanks to those late nights burning the midnight oil at the computer–tear troughs are most often due to heredity–thanks mom! Irregularities beneath the eyes can be a frustrating cosmetic concern for both men and women. Today, there are some non-surgical options that can put the life back into your eyes.

What exactly are tear troughs?

Tear troughs refer the grooves, or folds, that give the eye a sunken appearance. These grooves run from the inner corner of the eye down to the cheek. Tear troughs are not necessarily a consequence of age and can emerge when a person is in his or her 20s.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are commonly used to improve the appearance of the eyes.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers are a class of temporary dermal fillers that can smooth age-related imperfections. Designed to combat wrinkles and loss of volume, hyaluronic acid-based fillers are widely used in the United States, and at our practices. Biocompatible, minimally-invasive and long-lasting, these fillers have increased in popularity since their introduction.

The most recognized temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are Juvéderm and Restylane. Both product lines have fillers especially designed for particular areas of the face, such as the cheeks, mouth, and lips. The softer formulas of these two brands are typically used for delicate areas. Another popular product is Belotero Balance.

Restylane: Restylane is considered a safe and effective dermal filler and has been used to reduce orbital rim hollows. It is the only treatment FDA cleared for tear troughs.

Restylane can yield long-lasting results, but its effectiveness will depend on individual eye anatomy. Some common side effects include swelling and bruising. Some patients may experience mild discoloration as a result of the dermal filler injection.

The under eye area can be a challenging area to treat, so it is important to consult with medical professionals who have expertise in cosmetic dermatology and fillers. Effective treatments and natural-looking results depend heavily on proper injection technique. Before you commit to a treatment, you should be sure that your cosmetic dermatologist or specialist has a proven track record with injectable fillers and has specifically treated tear troughs.

Rejuvenate the Eyes at Advanced Dermatology.

If you have tired eyes and think you may benefit from fillers, contact Advanced Dermatology, NY and NJ, for a consultation. Our expert doctors and injection specialists can determine the most appropriate treatment to revive the eye area. Our offices are conveniently located throughout New York and New Jersey, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Summer Vacation Tips

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Taking a Break in Your Own City

Whether packing for a long journey or deciding to stay close to home, a summer vacation is a great opportunity to recharge your batteries. For many of us, summer means spending time with family and friends, listening to the sound of the surf, and breathing in the great outdoors. It can also be a time to explore and discover new places.

The Forgotten City Break

Tourists from around the world flock to New York City, but if you’re a local, your daily routine may keep you from enjoying what is constantly on offer. Take time out of the grind to see something you have that you keep putting on the bottom of the list. Vacation time in your urban backyard can breathe fresh life into your day-to-day.

Skin Tip: The New York heat and humidity can contribute to breakouts and problem skin. A spa treatment can be a great way to cleanse the grime, replenish the skin, and treat yourself to some seasonal luxury. Schedule a deep moisturizing facial or make an appointment to zap that unwanted body hair.

Great Escapes in New York and New Jersey

Going for a hike upstate? Relaxing on the beach in Cape May? Enjoying sculptures in the open air at Storm King Art Center? Short, local excursions can be a great way to extend your summer R&R. A series of weekend getaways can add up, packing some more energy into your reserves.

Skin Tip: Every dermatologist will tell you: applying sunscreen should be a daily habit, especially so when your skin is exposed to the sun. While many of us routinely put SPF-enhanced creams on our faces, we often neglect other areas of our bodies. The neck, arms, hands are just as vulnerable to sun damage and skin cancer. In the summer, when you show a more skin, remember to increase your protection against harmful UV rays.

Summer Skin Care at Advanced Dermatology

No matter where you decide to vacation, be sure to protect your skin from the elements. At Advanced Dermatology, our expert doctors can help you keep your skin in top condition. If you have skin problem or cosmetic concern, contact one of our New York or New Jersey offices today to schedule a consultation.