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Dermatology specialist Dr. Joshua Fox with Advanced Dermatology PC offers tips on easy skin maintenance for men

According to Dr. Joshua Fox with Advanced Dermatology PC, a lot of men don’t properly prepare their face to be shaved or do what’s needed to keep razor burn and bumps at bay. But a little extra effort can restore the ‘rugged’ while banishing the ‘rough’.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 02, 2014

The days when skin care was just for women are long gone. But even though men shave daily – and commit common mistakes that can contribute to an unhealthy appearance – rough and irritated skin isn’t inevitable, according to Joshua Fox, MD, medical director of Advanced Dermatology P.C.

For decades, skin care was something in which only women seemed interested. But recent years have witnessed a surge in men of all ages who realize that their fathers’ bare-bones routine of nicking their faces with razors and splashing on stinging aftershave just doesn’t cut it anymore, says Dr. Fox, who is board-certified in dermatology.

“A lot of men don’t properly prepare their face to be shaved or do what’s needed to keep razor burn and bumps at bay,” he explains. “They may use a dull razor blade or shave with only a meager layer of foam or gel. But a little extra effort can restore the ‘rugged’ while banishing the ‘rough.’”

First steps toward handsome, healthy skin for men

A close, smooth shave actually starts well before the task begins – ideally in the shower, where a steam-rich environment opens pores and softens stubble, Dr. Fox says.

A worthwhile step for men – one that women discovered long ago – is using an exfoliating-rich scrub on their faces before shaving. Exfoliation frees ingrown hairs and gets rid of dead skin cells that might otherwise hinder facial cleanser or soap from reaching the skin layers below, Dr. Fox notes.

“It’s better to use a soap specifically labeled as a “facial cleanser” rather than standard-issue soap, since it does a better job of moisturizing and keeping skin damage leading to premature wrinkling at bay,” he says.

After washing your face (whether in the shower or sink), don’t towel-dry. Instead, leave it damp and apply a liberal amount of gel or foam, massaging it into your skin. With a high-quality razor, shave the flatter parts of your face (sides and sideburns) first, moving to the upper lip, chin and ear area afterward. By leaving difficult-to-shave areas until last, you allow the shaving product plenty of time to soften the stubble on these parts, Dr. Fox says.

Can’t-fail extra efforts and tips for smoother skin

The after-shave your dad used likely contained alcohol, which causes stinging, burning and redness. But today, alcohol-free after-shaves are designed to soothe and moisturize the skin – exactly what’s needed after exfoliating and shaving, Dr. Fox says.

Speaking of moisturizing, that’s another area where men can take a skincare lesson from the ladies, he notes.

“Shaving and exfoliating both strip good oils away as well as dead skin cells, so hydrating the skin afterward is important,” he says. “Even better, look for a moisturizer with sun protection built right in.”

“After all, women aren’t the only ones who want to keep wrinkles to a minimum for as long as possible,” Dr. Fox adds. “A healthy skin care regimen is just as important for men as it is women, and it only takes a little time and care for men to make sure their skin remains in tip-top condition.”

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com.

Joshua Fox, M.D., is board certified and specializes in dermatology at Advanced Dermatology P.C., with 13 locations in New York and New Jersey.

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – Fresh Meadows, NY, July 2014 – Getting breast implants is a choice, but deciding to have them removed may be completely optional or due to medical necessity. Either way, women should know what to expect from the procedure and how to prepare for it, says Robert Kraft, MD, Plastic Surgeon with Advanced Dermatology, P.C.

About 20,000 breast implant removal surgeries are performed each year in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. But 70 percent of those procedures stem from three main problems: the breast implant has leaked or ruptured; collagen fibers have grown around the implant, painfully squeezing it (called “capsular contraction”); or the woman’s breast has changed in shape or size.

“Most women who choose to have breast implants don’t consider that they may one day need to be removed,” Dr. Kraft explains, “but the procedure, while unusual, underscores the fact that breast implants are not designed to last forever. This means women should be informed about what’s involved.”

Reasons for breast implant removal

Changing our minds is natural, and women with breast implants may decide that they’re too big or small and want to exchange them for implants of a different size. Others may not like the “artificial” look of their breasts – or decide they’re too high or low – and want to return to having only their natural breast tissue, Dr. Kraft says.

But typically, medical reasons necessitate the removal of breast implants. Filled with silicone, gel or saline, the implants may eventually leak, and all breasts eventually change in shape and size. Other reasons for breast implant removal include:

  • Visible wrinkling or rippling of the implant
  • Hardening of the implant
  • Allergic reactions to the implant
  • Uneven appearance of breasts
  • Persistent breast pain following implant insertion

“Many factors explain why women would want or need to revise their breast implants, replace them or opt out of having implants at all,” Dr. Kraft says. “All motives are valid and should be handled seriously by a woman’s doctor.”

Undergoing the procedure

What’s involved with removing breast implants? The surgery is same-day, meaning you can go home shortly after the one- to two-hour procedure or in certain cases need to stay in the hospital overnight. Using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, a surgeon typically removes the implants using an incision along the crease beneath the breast. Extra care will be taken if the breast implant has ruptured, and hard scar tissue that may have formed around the implant area will also be removed.

“After the implants are removed, the skin will look loose,” Dr. Kraft explains, “so another procedure is typically needed to lift the breasts and adjust the skin and tissue if the patient isn’t exchanging her implants for a fresh set. This can be done at the same time as the implant removal or at a later date.”

Before the breast implant removal is scheduled, women should talk with their surgeons about their expectations – including whether they desire new implants, and their type and size – and will need certain to follow certain pre-operative procedures, Dr. Kraft says. Blood and imaging tests may be scheduled, and the patient may be asked to stop taking some medicines and supplements up to a week beforehand.

Once home, breast implant removal patients are typically advised to use compression bandages or wear a special bra to lessen swelling along with avoiding heavy lifting and extensive reaching for several weeks.

“If your breast implants are intact and aren’t causing you any trouble, then there’s no need to remove them,” Dr. Kraft says. “But for some women, this surgery is exactly the right choice and the results leave them feeling better inside and out.”

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies.

Robert Kraft, M.D., is board certified and performs breast augmentation, reduction and lift; abdominoplasty and liposuction; and the full range of facial aesthetic procedures at Advanced Dermatology P.C., with 13 locations in New York and New Jersey.

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Plastic Surgeons Drs. Elan Singer and Joshua Fox With Advanced Dermatology PC Offer Tips About Upper Arm Lift Surgery

According to Dr. Elan B. Singer with Advanced Dermatology P.C., you don’t need to be famous to want to confidently wear short-sleeved and sleeveless fashions, especially in the summer heat, and an upper arm lift can help people achieve this ideal.

Roslyn, NY (PRWEB) June 04, 2014

Inspired by the toned arms of celebrities such as Michelle Obama, Kelly Ripa and Jennifer Aniston, upper arm lift procedures have exploded in popularity among women who want to bare their arms but have been held back by the dreaded “batwings” common to weight loss, aging or genetically loose skin, says Elan B. Singer, MD, of Advanced Dermatology P.C.

Known as brachioplasty, upper arm lifts – a surgical procedure sometimes incorporating liposuction – have increased by more than 4,378% since 2000, with more than 15,000 women undergoing arm lift procedures in 2012, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). A 2013 ASPS poll indicated the trend is fueled in part by heightened attention on strong-armed celebrities that also include actresses Jessica Biel and Demi Moore.

“But you don’t need to be famous to want to confidently wear short-sleeved and sleeveless fashions, especially in the summer heat, and an upper arm lift can help people achieve this ideal,” says Dr. Singer, whose practice has a particular emphasis on surgery of the breast and body. “

Adds Joshua Fox, MD, medical director of Advanced Dermatology P.C, “More people are becoming aware of the benefits of arm lift surgery and are seeking us out. (We were awarded best plastic surgery practice on Long Island in 2013.) They want to look and feel great and realize their options for doing so have expanded.”

What arm lift surgery entails

In a nutshell, upper arm lift surgery reshapes the upper arm from the underarm region to the elbow by trimming loose skin and fat from the area. The procedure may also incorporate liposuction to help remove additional fat. It’s an outpatient surgery that generally takes between 90 minutes and 2 hours to complete.

Who are optimal candidates for an arm lift? According to Dr. Singer, they include those:

  • At or near their desired weight
  • With loose upper arm skin that hasn’t responded to diet or exercise
  • Who lost large amounts of weight, often 80 pounds or more
  • Who are otherwise healthy and don’t smoke

The length of each incision required for arm lift surgery varies depending on the patient, but the procedure will leave a scar – albeit one on the underside of the arm that may prove barely noticeable six months or more afterward.

“While exercise can improve the upper arm’s muscle tone, it can’t effectively take care of excess skin that has lost its firmness due to age or weight loss, along with localized fat deposits that may be genetically programmed into an individual,” Dr. Singer explains. “People dealing with these factors may want to consider an upper arm lift as their solution.”

Complications minimal, benefits huge

Recovery from arm lift surgery occurs over days and weeks, and most patients will need to wear compression garments on their arms to minimize swelling and maximize the chances for a smooth, contoured result, Dr. Singer says. Most can return to work within a couple of weeks and will be able to exercise and lift heavier objects again four to six weeks after surgery.

While complications from arm lift surgery are possible – as with any surgery – a study in the journal Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery found that 95% of all complications are classified as minor, such as bruising and swelling. Patients can also help boost healing by keeping arms elevated while sleeping, limiting strenuous activities in the first weeks after surgery.

“It’s a trade-off: You have a scar, but you lose the loose skin,” Dr. Singer says. “Most patients consider the trade-off well worth it. The benefits aren’t merely cosmetic – they’re psychological as well. It’s great to feel self-assured in your own skin.”

For the people who do not want a linear scar but usually with less improvement, we have several non-invasive options: Thermage, Ulthera, Liposonix, all-offer no downtime with mild swelling. For a semi-invasive technique with no stitches the device is entered through a tiny hole, we have Smart-Lipo and ThermiRF, performed by Dr. Singer. These last 2 devices not only melt the fat, but they can tighten the arms.

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com

Elan Singer, M.D., is board certified and his practice has a particular emphasis on surgery of the breast and body. Joshua Fox, M.D., is board certified and specializes in dermatology at Advanced Dermatology P.C., with 13 locations in New York and New Jersey.

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Tips for Understanding Contact Dermatitis from Dermatology Specialist Dr. Joshua Fox

According to Dr. Joshua Fox with Advanced Dermatology, contact dermatitis may seem perplexing because rashes can be triggered by an exhaustive list of substances.

Roslyn Heights, NY (PRWEB) May 20, 2014

Just as temperatures rise and you’re ready to don warm-weather clothes again, bam! You come down with a nasty red rash. But are you having an allergic reaction or is your skin just irritated? Contact dermatitis – which can be triggered by either allergens or skin irritants – is likely to blame, according to Joshua Fox, MD, medical director of Advanced Dermatology P.C.

Contact dermatitis is the medical name for rashes caused by culprits ranging from soaps, cosmetics, fragrances, jewelry or plants such as poison ivy or poison oak. Some jobs also expose us to substances that can cause contact dermatitis, Dr. Fox explains.

“The red, itchy rash of contact dermatitis isn’t contagious or life-threatening, but it sure can be uncomfortable and unslightly,” Dr. Fox says. “Many people get these sorts of rashes from time to time. It’s important to know that a variety of home treatments and medical approaches can be used to quickly and effectively tackle contact dermatitis.” It is also possible now, through new testing to find the etiology of what caused the contact dermatitis and how to safely avoid it in the future.

Many possible causes

Contact dermatitis may seem perplexing because rashes can be triggered by an exhaustive list of substances. There are two main types of contact dermatitis, irritant dermatitis and allergen dermatitis. Irritant dermatitis, the most common type, can be caused by:

  • Soaps, fabric softeners and detergents
  • Hair dyes and shampoos
  • Cement
  • Pesticides or weed killers
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Solvents or chemicals

Allergic dermatitis, on the other hand, does not occur the first time you’re exposed to a substance – the reaction usually only happens after subsequent exposure. This form of contact dermatitis can be caused by:

  • Adhesives, including those used for fake eyelashes or toupees
  • Antibiotics rubbed on the skin surface, such as neomycin, bacitracin or polysporin.
  • Fabrics and clothing
  • Fragrances in perfumes, cosmetics, soaps and moisturizers
  • Nickel or other metals that are found in jewelry, buttons, bra straps and zippers
  • Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac and other plants
  • Rubber or latex gloves

Additionally, some products cause contact dermatitis only after the skin is also exposed to sunlight (photo contact dermatitis), including shaving lotions, sunscreens, coal tar products, some perfumes, and even oil from the skin of a lime.

“It’s not always easy to tell if your rash was caused by an allergy or by an irritant because some of the symptoms may be identical,” Dr. Fox explains. “But an allergy usually provokes symptoms on or near the skin you touched the allergen with, while a rash from skin irritants may be more widespread.”

“Also, with an allergy, it may be a day or two before the rash shows up,” he adds. “But with an irritant, the rash usually shows up immediately, and it tends to be more painful than itchy.”

Home treatments, medications can help

Successfully treating contact dermatitis starts with identifying what’s causing your reaction. Avoiding the trigger usually gives the rash a chance to resolve on its own, though it may take two to four weeks. Home treatment measures, which can reduce inflammation and soothe skin, include:

  • Washing affected skin with water to remove any traces of remaining irritant
  • Using anti-itch creams such as calamine lotion or corticosteroid skin creams or ointments

If your rash doesn’t get better after a few days, it’s time to call your dermatologist, who may – for patients with long-term, repeated contact dermatitis – perform allergy testing with skin patches. So-called “patch testing” can determine which allergen is causing the reaction. We have hundreds of test so we can discover the correct allergens. The American Contact Dermatitis Association, of which I am a member, will tell us, through an agreement with multiple manufacturers, which products the patient should avoid as well as which products can be safely used with their specific allergy.

Clinicians may also prescribe heavy-strength ointments, creams or even pills to treat more severe cases of contact dermatitis.

“While sometimes treatment may be necessary, if it’s painful or uncomfortable and you are losing sleep or are distracted from your everyday life, it’s time to get your rash checked professionally. There’s no point in suffering in silence when treatment is so readily available. Failure to treat can lead to skin infection and scarring.”

Advanced Dermatology P.C., the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) provides cutting edge medical, laser & cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery services. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com

Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., is the founder and medical director at Advanced Dermatology P.C. He is a leading authority in the field of dermatology with expertise in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and laser procedures and is program director of a fellowship in laser and cosmetic surgery

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Vast Majority of Women Thrilled with Breast Augmentation Results

Fresh Meadows, NY (PRWEB) May 15, 2014

What’s the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States? Breast augmentation procedures significantly outpace surgical enhancements of other body areas, with recent research showing that nearly all women who’ve done it feel the results met or exceeded their expectations – echoing what patients of Advanced Dermatology P.C. are telling plastic surgeon Robert Kraft, MD.

“Women come to us unhappy with the small size of their breasts and say they feel self-conscious when wearing form-fitting tops or swimwear,” explains Dr. Kraft. According to Dr. Joshua Fox, founder of Advanced Dermatology, “after breast augmentation, their confidence level soars and they love their new shape.”

Research published in May 2013 in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery indicates that 98% of women undergoing breast augmentation – which soared by 35% since 2000, to 286,000 operations in 2012 – said the results met or surpassed their hopes. They also reported improvements in self-esteem and quality of life, with 85% rating their new breast size “just right.”

“Patient satisfaction tells us all we need to know about the success of breast augmentation surgery,” says Dr. Kraft, who’s board-certified and is a founding member of the New York State Association of Plastic Surgeons and is President of the Queens Medical Society. “Not only is it a highly safe procedure, but it helps women feel beautiful inside and out.”

What’s involved in breast augmentation?

Most people know that breast augmentation surgery, known medically as augmentation mammoplasty, results in bigger breasts. But many don’t know what’s involved in the procedure, Dr. Kraft says, or even all the reasons why it might be desirable. Breast augmentation used cosmetically to:

  • Enlarge small breasts that most commonly result from heredity
  • Restore breast volume lost after pregnancy, breast-feeding or weight loss
  • Achieve better symmetry when breasts are noticeably uneven in size and/or shape

What breast augmentation can’t do, Dr. Kraft notes, is correct badly drooping breasts, which require an operation called a breast lift – which can be done along with breast augmentation – to re-position them. Two types of breast implants are used in breast augmentations: saline or silicone gel. Each has pros and cons, but surgeons work with each patient to determine which choice is best for them. Once that’s decided, Dr. Kraft uses one of two incisions for the surgery:

  • Periareolar incision: Made around the edge of the areola, this incision leaves the least-visible scars but may affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed in the future.
  • Inframammary incision: Considered the fastest, simplest and most popular of the incision options, this incision is best for patients with fuller breasts that effectively cover the scar when standing but may be visible when lying down.

Implants may be placed either over or under the muscle depending on how thin the patient is.

Preparing for breast augmentation surgery

Before breast augmentation surgery, a plastic surgeon will examine the patient’s breasts, review their medical history and take medical photographs to compare pre- and post-surgery results. Beyond physical preparations for surgery, Dr. Kraft recommends that women also be psychologically prepared to understand that implants typically need to be replaced over time, since aging, gravity, hormonal factors and weight loss or gain can change the appearance of their breasts, or the implants may develop a leak.

Breast augmentation surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis using general anesthesia to keep patients comfortable for the 1- to 2-hour procedure. Temporary pain, swelling and other surgical complications may occur, but the 2013 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery study found that patients felt they were completely “back to normal” about 25 days after surgery.

“Best of all, the results are immediate,” Dr. Kraft says. “Women can tell right away after breast augmentation surgery how much bigger and fuller their breasts appear. It’s a feeling of satisfaction for them that’s like no other.”

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com.

Robert Kraft, M.D., is board certified and performs breast augmentation, reduction and lift; abdominoplasty and liposuction; and the full range of facial aesthetic procedures at Advanced Dermatology P.C., with 13 locations in New York and New Jersey.

Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., is the founder and medical director at Advanced Dermatology P.C. He is a leading authority in the field of dermatology with expertise in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and laser procedures and is program director of a fellowship in laser and cosmetic surgery.

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