Top Non-Invasive Fat Reduction Treatments Compared

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What’s the best fat reduction procedure? A closer look at CoolSculpting, LipoSonix, Zerona and Vanquish.

Bothered by that bulge of unwanted fat that just refuses to go away, despite your best efforts? If you have unshapely areas that defy exercise and diet, you are in good company. Stubborn fat is a common complaint, frustrating even the most health conscious individuals.

Fortunately, there are a number treatments that can help eliminate those love handles, belly pooches, and saddlebags. Best of all, many of them do not require surgery or a mechanical extraction of fat. Non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting, SculpSure, and Vanquish permanently remove fat and have become increasingly popular over the years. But what is the difference between them? The answer lies in the underlying technology. Here’s a breakdown of these widely used fat-busting treatments.

CoolSculpting freezes the fat.

Technology: Cooling mechanism

Results: Dramatic results in about 8 weeks after the treatment, with full effects visible in 4 months. Results vary from patient to patient.

CoolSculpting uses a cooling technology the selectively freezes fat cells. Safe and effective, the cooling temperatures do not affect the skin or surrounding tissue. Once the cells are exposed to freezing temperatures and destroyed, they are permanently removed via the lymphatic system. CoolSculpting can be used on different areas in the body, including  the abdomen, flanks, back, hips, thighs, and beneath the chin.

LipoSonix destroys fat in problem areas.

Technology: Ultrasound, Laser

Results: Improvement in 8 to 12 weeks.Results vary from patient to patient.

LipoSonix uses targeted ultrasound energy to break down fatty tissue. Excellent for the abdomen and flanks, LipoSonix penetrates the skin and targets fat cells with precision. The ultrasound energy will not harm surrounding tissue in the dermis. One the fat cells have been disrupted, they are  processed via the body’s own waste elimination channels.

Zerona uses low-level laser to contour the body

Technology:Cold laser

Results: Notable reduction in about a month. Results vary from patient to patient.

This non-invasive technology uses low-level laser energy to emulsify excess fat. Originally designed to assist tumescent liposuction, Zerona can be used as a stand-alone treatment. Zerona is typically used to reduce fat in the waist, hips and thighs.

Vanquish melts fat cells using radiofrequency energy.

Technology: Radiofrequency (RF) heat

Results: Visible results in about 8 weeks, continued improvement with multiple sessions. Results vary from patient to patient.

Like SculpSure, Vanquish relies on heat to kill fat cells. However, rather than using a laser, Vanquish harnesses the power of radiofrequency energy. The unique RF technology can differentiate between fatty tissue and other types of tissue. When the fat cells are heated and broken down, no skin or muscle cells are harmed. The liquified dead fat cells are gradually removed by the body through its natural elimination channels.

Body Sculpting Procedures at Advanced Dermatology

At Advanced Dermatology, we specialize in non-invasive fat reduction procedures. If you would like to know more about the body sculpting procedures we offer, contact one of New York or New Jersey locations. Our fat removal specialists can determine which treatment is best for you. We have  locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, as well as Nassau County and Ridgewood, NJ.

Best Sunscreens

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Although skin cancer prevention can be done quite easily, skin cancer is still on the rise. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, everyday nearly 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a type of skin cancer. Knowing how to select and use the proper sunscreen can help keep you safe and shielded from the sun’s harmful rays, a major risk factor that causes the disease. At Advanced Dermatology, we have developed a few tips and tricks to help you stay safe in the sun and enjoy the summer.

The Benefits of Choosing Effective Sunscreen

As the summer approaches, it is important to know steps you can take to protect your skin and health. Applying sunscreen daily is a key to helping prevent skin cancer and premature aging. At minimum, we recommend a using a product with SPF 15 or greater, even on cloudy days.

The Best Sunscreens to Buy

You should apply sunscreen to any part of the body that is routinely exposed to the sun. Sunscreens that have been specifically formulated for the face will reduce the chance of breakouts and skin irritations. Look for products that contain the zinc oxide, a mineral that helps to protect against ultraviolet radiation. Consider using sun protection products that are sweat and water resistant, especially if you swim or are active outdoors.

For the Face

Because your face takes in UV rays daily, utilizing an SPF 30 is highly suggested. Look for sun protection that are designed to moisturize thirsty, sun touched skin, as well as protect you from the elements. Facial moisturizers are generally light-weight, enriched with antioxidants and add a soothing, hydrated appearance to your skin.

For the Body

A broad-spectrum sunscreen is the way to go. When considering the SPF count, multiply it by 10 to understand its efficiency. For example, SPF 15 allows for 150 minutes of safe sun exposure. For added protection, you’ll need a sunscreen which provides coverage for UVB and UVA. Check for ingredients such as oxybenzone, cinnamates, zinc oxide and ecamsule.

For Sensitive Skin

Most individuals are safe with SPF 15 for the body, but those with sensitive or fair skin or with a high skin cancer risk factor should consider a formula with greater protection. Individuals with a family history of skin cancer or who spend a lot of time outdoors should utilize SPF 30 or greater.

Why Choose Advanced Dermatology?

To help prevent sun damage and skin cancer, it is important to create a barrier between UV radiation and your skin. Applying sunscreen is your first line of defense.  If you have additional questions regarding your skincare routine, or are concerned about sun spots on your body, please contact us for a consultation. Our team of board-certified dermatologists are here to provide solutions for all of your dermatological concerns.

Say Goodbye to Underarm Sweat with miraDry

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Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. shares his secret to dry underarms.

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be a source of embarrassment. If you suffer from uncontrollable sweating, you know that antiperspirants are not enough to protect you from your overactive sweat glands. Former model and General Hospital star Antonio Sabato Jr. discovered the way to control underarm sweating–and prevent those unsightly pit stains. The miraDry treatment is an innovative, FDA-cleared technology that targets sweat and odor glands and eliminates them.

Excessive sweating is a treatable condition that affects millions of men and women.

We produce sweat to regulate body temperature. Under normal circumstances, a person sweats when the body is overheated–such as during a workout or period of physical exertion. Stress or anxiety can also trigger sweating. Those beads of moisture cool the body down and restores temperature equilibrium.

When profuse sweating occurs for no obvious reason in the underarms, palms or feet, it can be a sign of hyperhidrosis disorder, a condition that can interfere with a person’s daily life. Individuals who perspire excessively may have to change clothes during the day to keep dry. The precise cause of hyperhidrosis is unknown, but it is noted that genetic factors may play a role. Fortunately, there are surgical and non-surgical options that can help people find relief.

miraDry is a non-surgical treatment that can halt hyperhidrosis, reduce odor, and boost confidence.

A miraDry treatment at Advanced Dermatology is a fast and painless procedure. To increase patient comfort, the underarm area is numbed prior to treatment. During a treatment, one of our qualified dermatologists will place the handheld device on the surface of the skin. A suction mechanism brings the skin and glands in closer contact with device, enabling the efficient delivery of electromagnetic energy. When the energy penetrates the skin, it safely destroys the sweat glands.

A miraDry treatment can be performed in an hour and most patients do not require any downtime. After the procedure, patients can expect to experience slight soreness after treatment. These symptoms can persist for about 2-3 weeks.

Many patients will see optimal results after just one treatment. A miraDry treatment can:

  • Stop excessive sweating by permanently getting rid of sweat and odor glands
  • Eliminate the need for antiperspirants and deodorants
  • Prevent sweat stains from ruining clothes
  • Yield immediate and long-lasting results

The miraDry treatment is only cleared for use in the underarm area. It should not be used to treat hyperhidrosis in other areas of the body, such as the palms and feet.

Your miraDry Consultation at Advanced Dermatology

At Advanced Dermatology, we offer the most advanced solutions to controlling underarm sweat. A miraDry treatment can provide many patients with a convenient way to stay dry. If you would like to learn more about how you can combat hyperhidrosis, contact one of our New York and New Jersey locations to schedule a consultation. Our offices are conveniently located throughout the greater New York metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, and Suffolk County.

Does Vitamin C Benefit the Skin?

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Let’s face it, we all want healthier skin. The trouble is, there are so many products out there that promise excellent results and it’s hard to figure out what to use. Having excellent skin is possible with the correct formulation of toners, moisturizers and a healthy beauty regime. At Advanced Dermatology, our experts stay updated on the latest research to provide you with the best products and solutions for your skin. Vitamin C, in particular, may be an excellent way to keep your immune system in check, but it’s also useful for maintaining beautiful skin. We’re excited to bring you a unique blend of essential nutrients to properly hydrate your skin and give you a smooth and clear complexion.

Benefits of Using Vitamin C for your Skin
Vitamin C is a vital portion of your skin care and dietary regime. The water soluble nutrient boosts collagen growth, treats sun damage and regenerates skin cells, which translates to glowing skin! When your body is exposed to the elements and pollutants of daily life, aging and tissue damage is accelerated. The antioxidants present in absorbic acid work to neutralize free radicals and create firmer, more youthful skin. Since our bodies do not produce Vitamin C, applying it to your skin topically is a necessity. Studies show massaging Vitamin C into your skin daily is 20 times more beneficial to the skin than ingesting the vitamin orally.

Foods Containing the most Vitamin C and Best for your Skin!
Of course we all know snacks like oranges and grapefruits are high in Vitamin C, so let’s discuss some of the more uncommon foods. You can add variety into your diet with red peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts, strawberries and broccoli. The rule of thumb is to consume around 90 milligrams of the super vitamin a day.

For brighter skin, try applying moisturizers or toners with these ingredients: rose hips, argan oil, sea buckthorn and jojoba. They not only heal damaged radicals in the skin, but work effectively to protect your body’s largest organ from future damage. These are all excellent sources of Vitamin C and lead to firmer, suppler skin when used daily. Implementing these skin-care tips at home is great, but to maintain the health of your skin it’s important to visit a dermatologist regularly.

Why Choose Advanced Dermatology, P.C.
Would you like to learn more about how to maintain a healthier appearance? Our team of highly trained dermatologists will provide you with a skin evaluation and offer you treatments and serums designed to treat your skin-care concerts. If you’re interested in obtaining more youthful and healthy skin, please contact Advanced Dermatology today for a free cosmetic consultation.

Treating Keratosis Pilaris or Chicken Skin

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Keratosis Pilaris is a fairly common condition which effects nearly 15% of the population. Though the genetic disorder which disrupts the natural growth of hair follicles can occur in both sexes, Keratosis is most commonly found in females and adolescents. Though essentially harmless, individuals afflicted with this condition generally become distressed when trying to treat their irritating bumps. Many products on the market promise to soothe skin and reduce the embarrassing signs of Keratosis, but most fail at eliminating gooseflesh, bumps and lesions. Advanced Dermatology features effective skin-care options for individuals seeking relief from Keratosis Pilaris. (more…)