Friday, January 21, 2011

Instantly Youthful

There is no way around it. As we age, our skin changes. Over time, the natural volume of youthful skin begins to diminish as wrinkles and folds form. To combat this specific type of skin aging, the dermatology world has relied on new techniques to help patients stop the hands of time. Juvederm does just that.

Juvederm, or "filler", is the fastest growing non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. Juvederm consists of a very smooth gel made of hyaluronic acid - a naturally occurring substance in your skin - that helps to add volume and hydration.

As we discussed in last week's blog, BOTOX Cosmetic is not a filler. BOTOX Cosmetic relaxes muscle activity and is used to treat moderate to severe lines caused by the dominant frown muscles between the eyebrows.

With Juvederm, I am able to ease the product under the skin and instantly restore your skin's volume, while smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds, like your "smile lines" or "parentheses" (nasolabial folds - the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).

Juvederm provides a smooth, natural look and feel, so everyone will notice how great you look (but no one will know)! Juvederm is a convenient procedure and results are almost instantaneous.

The injection process takes about 15 minutes and normally, patients return to work, school or their usual routine, right after the procedure. Our office will provide cold compresses to help reduce swelling or bruising and make-up may be worn immediately after treatment.

Juvederm is FDA-approved for use in the United States and is the ONLY hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that will provide you with beautiful results lasting for up to 1 year. Call our office to learn more about Juvederm so you can start seeing results today! Olivia, After:
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Lisa, After:
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Clear Up Confusion - And Wrinkles

I've been intending to write about cosmetic services for some time. Of all the cosmetic procedures I perform in my office, Botox is the most popular, and in a lot of cases it is the most misunderstood. This blog post will provide some insight into the Botox procedure and hopefully clear up any confusion.

Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, and since its inception into the marketplace it has fast become a favorite procedure for A list celebrities and housewives alike.

The protein Botox is injected into the facial muscle that controls the unwanted wrinkle and prevents nerve impulses from reaching the nerve. The surrounding skin then relaxes and produces a smoother area. Botox is specifically useful to rid a face frown or worry lines, crow’s feet, lip wrinkles, uneven brows and even severe underarm sweating. The result is the end of wrinkle-free days for its millions of loyal users.

It takes a skilled dermatologist to pinpoint the exact location of injection necessary to optimize the effects of Botox without causing any adverse reactions or downtime. I have been injecting Botox for eleven years, and because of my familiarity and advanced techniques, my patients suffer no downtime and minimal to no bruising.

The effects are natural and beautiful and require absolutely no downtime (many patients come in for appointments on their lunch break). You may be asking: what should I expect during the procedure? Botox takes only a few minutes, is virtually painless, and the amazing results can last up to four months.

I know many readers and patients are concerned about the “frozen face” look we see in the media and with celebrities, but this image of Botox is extremely rare. In fact, the majority of these expressions are as a result of surgical procedures like brow and face lifts- not Botox.

I encourage any of my patients who are looking for facial rejuvenation to schedule a consultation so I can explain in detail all of the options available to help you look and feel your best. Call our office at 864-242-5872 to make your appointment. Below are several before-and-after pictures that allow you to better understand what Botox can do for you.

Before After

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Myth 6: You just have to let acne run its course

Busting Myths on Acne! Myth 6 of 6
Myth 6: You just have let acne run its course.
There is no cure for acne, but it is treatable, which means you shouldn’t give up. From over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription products to micro dermabrasion and light therapy, there are so many ways to fight acne.

If OTC products aren’t cutting it, let’s set up an appointment and discuss a plan of attack. Every product is different, and one may work for someone else that doesn’t work for you, so we’ll keep trying until we get results you’re happy with.

Be careful not to overuse acne medication. If you use your products more than recommended on the label or by the dermatologist, you may actually cause your acne to worsen by drying out and irritating your skin.

At Greenville Dermatology, we have a wide selection of facial cleansers, topical treatments, oral medications, and cosmetic procedures to choose from. It’s time to be proactive about your acne. Start 2011 off right and call (864) 242-5872 today to make your appointment!