At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA), Thanksgiving is a time when we all try to take a time-out from the day-to-day rush to think about all the positives in our lives and to be grateful for what we have. But if you’re self-conscious about your appearance, that nagging worry can always be in the back of your mind, holding you back from recognizing and embracing your good fortune. If your self-consciousness comes from facial aging, our November specials are here to help.
Cosmetic Day – Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
If you’re looking for a day to refresh your cosmetic facial injections, Cosmetic Day is a perfect opportunity to get one-day-only savings. Whether you’re looking for facial fillers, which can smooth wrinkles around your mouth or, in some cases, plump up your lips, or you’re more concerned about wrinkles around and between your eyes or on your forehead and would be better suited for Botox® or Dysport®, don’t miss the opportunity to save some cash while getting results that last for months.
While there are many facial filler injections which are effective for smoothing smile lines, marionette lines, and other wrinkles around the mouth and nose, another common problem we face as we get older is a loss of facial volume. The new Restylane® Lyft is an answer to this problem. Like traditional Restylane® and other facial fillers, Restylane® Lyft is an injectable solution made from hyaluronic acid, but this new product is FDA-approved to restore youthful volume to your cheeks as well as your lower face. In other words, it’s the same brief, convenient treatment you love for your wrinkles, but now you can receive even more comprehensive results.
From all of us at DAA, we hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving! But if you need a little help before you can add “youthful skin” to your list of things you’re thankful for this year, give us a call to schedule an appointment. If you’re interested in doing a little early holiday shopping, remember we offer over 100 skincare products and have gift certificates available for all DAA services at our on-site medical spa, Skin Medics™. Or, for more helpful tips and special offers, follow DAA on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Cosmetic facial injections have become an extremely popular way to look younger, and it’s no mystery why – they’re quick, they require little or no downtime, and they’re effective enough to make a difference yet subtle enough to look natural. But many of our patients who are considering cosmetic facial injections for the first time don’t understand what their options are, and they often confuse Botox® with facial fillers. However, these two products are very different, so we’re setting the record straight and helping all of our patients (present and future) to understand their choices for minimally-invasive facial rejuvenation.
What’s the difference between Botox® (or similar injections) and facial fillers?
Both of these popular facial injections are effective for smoothing facial wrinkles, but they take two different approaches to the issue. Botox® and Dysport® are used to relax targeted facial muscles above, in between, and around your eyes. These muscles cause creases after years of repeated facial expressions, leading to crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead creases. Relaxing these muscles can both smooth the existing wrinkles and prevent them from becoming more pronounced. Facial fillers (also called dermal fillers), on the other hand, address the loss of facial volume and skin firmness which occurs with age and which can cause wrinkles around the mouth, nose, chin, and cheeks. These injections give the treated area a more youthful plumpness and fill in the targeted fine lines and wrinkles. For women of any age, even from their early 20s, facial fillers can also be a successful way to add volume to the lips.
What are different cosmetic facial injections made of?
All of the products we use at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) are safe and FDA-approved, but the different injections use different materials to meet their goals. Botox® and Dysport® are all made from purified forms of a protein produced by natural bacteria called clostridium botulinum. These medicines do not cause any harm to the cells. When injected into facial muscles, they affect the area where nerves join these muscles, blocking them from receiving the messages from the brain that are telling them to contract. Facial fillers, on the other hand, can be made from different materials based on the goals of the specific medication. For example, Restylane®, Juvéderm™, and Belotero Balance® consist of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body but decreases with age. Another filler called Sculptra® is made from poly-L-lactic acid, which builds results over the course of multiple treatments, and yet another dermal filler, Radiesse®, is made of calcium-based microspheres which help your body produce more of its own collagen.
Do different facial injections treat different areas?
Yes. Because muscle-relaxing injections and fillers treat different types of wrinkles, they’re also used for different areas of the face. Botox® and Dysport® are most successful for wrinkles around the eyes and forehead which are caused by repeated facial expressions, like crow’s feet, forehead creases, and frown lines between the eyes. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are best used for wrinkles throughout the lower half of the face, like smile lines, marionette lines, and the little vertical lines above the upper lip. Some fillers are also used to add volume to the cheeks, like Restylane® Lyft and Juvéderm®, while other fillers, including Restylane® Silk, are formulated to improve the fullness of the lips.
How long do results from Botox® and facial fillers last?
Because different injections work in different ways, their results vary significantly as well. Botox® and Dysport® produce results that are expected to last anywhere between three and seven months. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, have more variation. For instance, Restylane® and Juvéderm® are expected to last up to six months, while Radiesse® may last a bit longer, perhaps even one year, and Sculptra® and Juvéderm® can both last even longer, perhaps up to two years in some patients.
With a veritable sea of facial rejuvenation options available, the key is finding the right cosmetic dermatology provider who can help you determine the best treatment to fit your needs. At DAA, we’ve performed more than 20,000 cosmetic facial injections, and have the expertise to produce the best and safest results possible. To get started on your way to feeling more confident in your appearance, schedule a consultation at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta. Or, for more helpful information and tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and check out our Specials and Events page to see current discounts on our aesthetic treatments.
One of the most common requests in cosmetic dermatology is wrinkle reduction. Fine lines and wrinkles are one of the first signs of aging to develop, and understandably, many of our patients at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA) want to continue to look as young as they feel. But there seem to be endless ways to address wrinkles, from laser skin resurfacing to injections to chemical peels. So today, we’re taking a closer look at a highly popular treatment, facial filler injections, to help patients understand their options.
Patients who choose to tackle their wrinkles with cosmetic facial injectables should first understand the two basic categories—facial fillers and muscle-relaxing injections. Botox® and Dysport® release the tense underlying facial muscles that cause wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes (like “crows’ feet”), and between the eyebrows. Facial fillers (or dermal fillers), on the other hand, smooth wrinkles that are caused by the loss of facial fat and skin firmness with age. There are many different facial fillers available with different formulations and focuses, so here’s a brief summary:
Restylane® – Made from hyaluronic acid, which is also found naturally in the body, Restylane® adds volume to smooth fine line and wrinkles for 6-12 months.
Restylane Lyft® – From the same manufacturer as Restylane®, Restylane Lyft® is very similar to Restylane® but uses larger particles of hyaluronic acid, so for some, it can be more effective for deeper wrinkles and creases.
Juvéderm® – Juvéderm® also uses hyaluronic acid to add volume to the facial skin, with results lasting up to one year.
Sculptra® – This facial filler is made of a different compound called poly-L-lactic acid. The results gradually appear after a series of three to give treatments, and can last up to two years.
Radiesse® – Radiesse® is a calcium-based filler. Like the other fillers, it provides quick volume improvement, but Radiesse® also stimulates the body’s natural collagen production, making skin plumper and firmer for up to a year or more.
Belotero Balance® – While Belotero Balance® is made with hyaluronic acid like many other fillers, it also uses a formulation that allows it to assimilate with the skin and produce results that are fast and particularly natural-looking.
The decision about which dermal filler is best for a patient depends on the qualities of each filler as well as the area(s) of the face that the patient would like to focus on. The picture below illustrates the specific wrinkles and lines that each filler is able to address.
While the information above can help patients learn about their facial rejuvenation options, the decision regarding which filler will be the best fit for your needs should be made during a consultation with one of our skilled providers at DAA. Contact us to schedule your consultation, or join us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest dermatology news.
At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA), we realize that having healthy skin isn’t our patients’ only goal. Feeling confident in their appearance can help anyone be more positive, more empowered, and all-around happier. That’s why we offer both general dermatology and a variety of cosmetic treatments, so that our patients can look and feel their best. This June, we’re offering special savings on treatments to help you finally achieve the look you’ve been working toward.
For the Face…
Our Cosmetic Day on Wednesday, June 17th, offers one-day-only special pricing on some of our most popular cosmetic injections. Dermal fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane, and Belotero Balance® can smooth wrinkles by restoring the youthful volume that the facial skin has lost with age, and for some patients, can provide a subtle lip enhancement. Botox® and Dysport®, on the other hand, address wrinkles on the forehead and around the brow area by relaxing the tense muscles that are creating the creases. Regardless of which cosmetic facial injectable is the right solution for your signs of aging, each treatment takes just minutes to complete and typically requires no downtime, so it’s perfect on those who need to squeeze their cosmetic treatments into a busy schedule.
For patients who want to get the most out of their professional treatments, June’s Product of the Month can give your facial rejuvenation a boost from home. Skin Medica®’s TNS Essential Serum is specially formulated to give the face an all-around younger and more radiant appearance by combining two of Skin Medica®’s most effective and popular products: TNS Recovery Complex® and APS Corrective Complex™.
For the Body…
While many patients are focused on their facial appearance because it tends to be the most visible and noticeable, we can’t forget the summer phrase that invokes stress and self-consciousness for many: “beach body.” While a healthy diet and regular exercise are always important, some areas of fat can be especially stubborn, and this is why CoolSculpting® fat reduction treatments were developed. With no surgery, anesthesia, or patient discomfort, CoolSculpting® breaks down unwanted fat cells which can then be naturally eliminated by the body. The procedure generally requires no downtime, so it’s a great way to refine your physique and finally be proud of your “beach body.” But CoolSculpting® (like every other fat reduction treatment or surgery) doesn’t prevent new fat from forming in the treated area, so it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to keep your results looking great.
At DAA, we’ve seen time and time again that the patients who see the best results from their cosmetic treatments are often those who see their appearance as a cooperative effort between themselves and their provider. By pairing professional treatments with diligent at-home care, you may be able to take years or even pounds off your appearance and keep that look for longer. To discuss how we can help you meet your aesthetic goals, schedule a consultation with us. Or, for more cosmetic and health tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
The thought of spring seems to put everyone in a good mood. The winter has ended, and we’re greeted with warm weather and the ability to more fully enjoy the outdoors. So much about the season is refreshing, and at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA), many of our patients have decided to follow suit and refresh their appearance. To help you embrace the season, here’s a step-by-step guide to rejuvenated, healthier skin head to toe:
Step 1: Wrinkle-Reducing Injections on our April 15th Cosmetic Day
At DAA, we have no shortage of treatments to minimize signs of facial aging. One of our most popular treatments is the use of cosmetic facial injections. Some patients prefer wrinkle reduction by relaxing the facial muscles with Botox® or Dysport®, while others seek to smooth wrinkles and replace lost volume with dermal fillers like Restylane® or Juvéderm®. Whichever product best fits your needs, the one-day specials at our April 15th Cosmetic Day will allow you to save some cash on these quick, zero-downtime treatments.
Step 2: Non-Surgical Fat Reduction
Unwanted fat is a problem that so many of us face. For patients who are healthy but have an area of fat that hasn’t responded to diet and exercise, UltraShape® fat reduction can be a solution that’s less invasive than liposuction and less frustrating than spending hours at the gym with no results. This treatment uses gentle yet targeted energy to break down stubborn fat cells in the treatment area, so these cells can be naturally cleansed from the body. With no downtime or discomfort and results that improve for weeks after treatment, most patients find that non-surgical fat reduction can easily fit into their busy schedules.
Step 3: Stop Skin Cancer in its Tracks
Healthy skin is beautiful skin, and skin cancer can have an effect on far more than just your appearance. At DAA, we recommend that patients of every age receive a skin cancer screening every year. While skin cancer often progresses rather slowly, this is only an advantage when we take action to diagnose and treat it early. And because patients typically have no symptoms of skin cancer other than potentially noticing a change in their skin, an annual screening by one of our skilled providers is the only way to stay on top of skin cancer.
Spring is a time when we celebrate renewal and watch the landscapes come back to life, and for patients who want to apply the same principle to their skin, our April specials offer several great ways to do so. To get started on your spring skincare, schedule an appointment or learn more about DAA by joining us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
January marks the start of new beginnings and resolutions of progress, to do the things we have always wanted to, and improve our overall quality of life. At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, we believe that when we feel great about ourselves, what we can achieve is limitless. Because self-care is a component of that, we are offering savings and specials from now until January 31st, 2014.
On January 15th, DAA will kick off the New Year by hosting our first Cosmetic Day of 2014. We are offering savings on cosmetic injectables, facial fillers and select Skin Medics™ Medical Spa skincare products. Our doctors have extensive experience with facial injections, performing thousands of injections each year in Atlanta. Total facial rejuvenation can be achieved when you combine fillers, injections, and products with surgical procedures such as liposuction and non-invasive treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
This year, these non-surgical anti-aging treatments are here to stay, as studies find an increasing amount of people turning to less invasive procedures for anti-aging. Take $100 off Ultherapy®, Smart Xide™ DOT Laser, and Fraxel® Laser treatments to address wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, and more. You can also receive a FotoFacial® IPL treatment and peel for $525 ($200 savings) to help you rejuvenate your youthful glow by improving the appearance of overall tone, redness, wrinkles, sun/age spots and skin texture.
Add depth to the eyes by accentuating and brightening them with the Jane Iredale® eye makeup collection, currently 20% off. Eye shadows, eyeliners, and eye pencils from the collection can all work in conjunction to take years off of aging eyes. Skin Medics™ specialists can help you in finding the perfect shades and application methods for you.
For more detailed information about savings at DAA this month, please contact our office today at (404) 256-4457. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ for the latest dermatological news and information. We look forward to seeing you at DAA! Happy New Year, everyone!
On both December 4th and 18th, we invite our patients to join us for two special Cosmetic Day events! We are offering savings on cosmetic injectables, facial fillers and select skincare products offered by Skin Medics™ Medical Spa. With the approaching holidays, skincare products and packages make great gifts for friends and family. We also offer gift certificates for all of our services for one-size-fits-all giving.
Through the end of the month, you can take $100 off of non-surgical anti-aging treatments including Smart Xide DOT™ Laser, Fraxel® Laser, and Ultherapy®, a targeted skin-tightening procedure recently featured on The View. Ultherapy® works with heat energy to tone and tighten loose skin while encouraging the production of collagen. Over time, patients can see youthful, natural-looking results without the use of traditional facial plastic surgery.
Covering up skin imperfections can take away from precious time spent with friends and family during this season of holiday memory making. The FotoFacial® system can help to rejuvenate the skin by using controlled heat and light to improve the appearance of overall tone, redness, wrinkles, sun/age spots and skin texture. Receive a FotoFacial® IPL treatment and peel for $525 ($200 savings) to help you shine bright.
For women, accentuating and brightening the eyes can truly change the appearance of the face. The right makeup can take years off of aging eyes, enhancing their appearance while adding depth to your look. Make your appointment at Skin Medics™ to receive 20% off all products from the Jane Iredale® eye makeup collection, which includes eyeshades, eyeliners, and eye pencils.
For more detailed information about savings at DAA this month, please contact our office today at (404) 303-2989. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ for the latest dermatological news and information. We look forward to seeing you at DAA! Happy Holidays, everyone!
To show how thankful we are for our patients this Thanksgiving season, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta is offering bountiful specials and savings from now until November 30th, 2013.
On November 13th, we invite our patients to join us for a Cosmetic Day event. On this day, save on cosmetic injectables, facial fillers and select skincare products offered by Skin Medics™ Medical Spa. Skincare products and packages make great gifts for friends and family.
Chemical peels are often recommended after laser treatments to maintain results. We are offering a combination of our SkinMedica® Rejuvenize Peel™ and TNS Essential Serum® for $350. Additionally, when you purchase three Rejuvenize Peels™ for $550, you can receive 20% off any one SkinMedica® product the days of your peels.
Wrinkles are a constant battle that accompanies age. For this month, you can save $456 on our generous Anti-Aging package, which includes three Vitalize Peels®, two TNS Essential Serums®, one Tri-Retinol Complex ES™, one Daily Physical Defense SPF 30, and a Facial Cleanser.
Pigmentation problems include hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation. Areas of concentrated skin color in which the surrounding tissue is lighter are called hyperpigmentation, which can be caused by sun exposure, hormone fluctuations, and certain medications. Contrastingly, hypopigmentation is described as loss of skin color caused by melanin depletion. You can save $600 on our effective Pigmentation Correction Package, which includes three Vitalize Peels®, two TNS Essential Serums®, and one Lytera® system, which includes one Tri-Retinol Complex ES™, one Daily Physical Defense SPF 30, and a Facial Cleanser.
For more detailed information about savings at Skin Medics™ this month or to purchase a gift certificate as a holiday gift, please contact our office today. Be sure to connect with Dermatology Associates of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ for the latest dermatological news and information. We look forward to seeing you at DAA! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Pumpkins line porches, apples are picked, and plastic skeletons hang on doors. The signs are all around: October is here! This month, it’s all treats and no tricks. The providers of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta invite you to share the fun of this season by coming in to save on skin rejuvenating products and services from now until October 31st.
This Halloween, we invite you make a cosmetic treatment appointment with any of the centers at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta to receive a FREE skin-rejuvenating treat from our special SkinMedica® goodie bag filled with TNS Line Refine®, TNS Illuminating Eye Cream®, Uplifting Eye Serum, and Daily Physical Defense™ 30+ Suncreen. Pick your treat!
When you book a Fraxel® laser, Miradry®, Ulthera® or Coolsculpting® treatment from any of our providers, you’ll receive 15% off the total price. Come in for a consultation.
Additionally, we welcome patients to join us for our Cosmetic Day Events on both October 9th and October 31st when patients can save on cosmetic injectables, facial fillers and select skincare products offered by Skin Medics™ Medical Spa. Don’t miss out on these special events!
For more detailed information about savings this month, please contact our office today. Be sure to connect with Dermatology Associates of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ for the latest dermatological news and information. We look forward to seeing you at DAA! Happy fall, everyone!
Now through August 31st, 2013, the providers of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta invite patients to save on facial fillers and skincare products. Patients can enjoy $50 OFF Juvéderm® XC and receive a FREE TNS Essential Serum and FREE SPF 50+ sunscreen with their Juvéderm® XC purchase ($305 value). Used to improve the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles, Juvéderm not only addresses signs of aging but also restores lost volume of the face. Treatment must be booked by August 31st, 2013 and received by October 31st, 2013 for patients to receive the discount.
To kick off the end of summer and back to school time, we welcome patients to join us for our Cosmetic Day Event on August 7th, 2013 when patients can save on cosmetic injectables, facial fillers and select skincare products offered by Skin Medics™ Medical Spa. Not only will we be hosting Cosmetic Day the beginning of August, but we will be hosting a second Cosmetic Day Event on August 21st, 2013 to make sure you don’t miss out and can enjoy even more savings during the month of August!
For more detailed information about Cosmetic Day or the great savings this month, please contact our office today. Be sure to connect with Dermatology Associates of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ for the latest dermatological news and information.