We truly live in an exciting time: the medical world is changing quickly, and dermatology is no exception. Every year, dermatologists throughout the country are finding valuable information that allows us to better treat our patients at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta (DAA). Take a look at some of the most notable news to come from the dermatology community just this year:
With all the new information and treatment methods for both general and cosmetic dermatology, there’s more of a reason than ever to schedule a consultation at DAA, because we may be able to treat your condition or aesthetic concern more effectively than what was possible years ago. To stay up-to-date on the latest news in dermatology, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
The providers of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta enjoy interacting with patients and others through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Now, we are excited to also be a member of the social networking site Pinterest. This image-based site allows us to share anti-aging and skin care tips with users while also engaging with other skincare professionals. The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research also shares information through our hair loss board. On our Pinterest page, you can also stay updated about our latest events and specials.
At Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, we believe that your skin, hair, and nails make up a protective shield for your body and deserve the best. With this motto, we are always looking for new and creative ways to inform individuals about the latest dermatological news and technology.
With eight specialty centers, we treat a wide range of skincare conditions from skin cancer and Rosacea using the latest technology and non-invasive treatments such as Ultherapy® skin tightening and miraDry® sweat reduction. If you are interested in one of our services, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Be sure to also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest skincare information.
We know the holidays are a busy time and schedules can be frantic. Dermatology Associates of Atlanta understand the hustle and bustle can get crazy. Mark your calendars, because we’ve settled our holiday schedule!
We will be OPEN Saturdays December 10th and 17th, 2011.
We will be CLOSED Christmas Eve (Saturday, December 24th); Monday, December 26th; New Year’s Eve (Saturday, December 31st); and Monday, January 2nd.
In the case of inclement weather, make sure to check our website or call our office to confirm that we’re open. We hope everyone’s holidays are filled with fun!
We’ve all heard that drinking 8 glasses of water a day keeps your skin glowing and dewy. However, a recent investigation by the British Nutrition Foundation found that protecting your skin from the sun along with maintaining a healthy diet is much more important in achieving a healthy complexion and fighting the signs of aging.
While drinking water is important as part of adequate nutrition, forcing down 8 glasses a day to keep your skin hydrated may not be necessary. According to the BNF, “There currently appears to be very little scientific evidence relating to the effects of water consumption on skin hydration, and whether drinking more or less water actually has any impact on skin appearance.” Instead, eating a healthy range of fruits and vegetables that contain vitamins A, B, C, and E and wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day are better actions to prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
Unprotected sun exposure is a proven cause of skin cancer as well as wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. This is one reason that legislation in California was recently passed that banned teens under 18 from tanning salons even if they had their parents’ permission. Sun exposure breaks down the support structures in the skin speeding up the aging process and producing fine lines and sunspots.
While it’s still important to regularly drink water, Dermatology Associates of Atlanta encourages our patients to take further measures to ensure the health of their skin and postpone the signs of aging from appearing.
For more information on anti-aging, skin cancer prevention or treatment, skincare, or dermatology contact us. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter with the latest in dermatology news and updates!
Is your skin holiday ready? Our Skin Medics™ Medical Spa’s list of December 2011 specials gives you the perfect opportunity to prepare your skin for all the merrymaking of the season! With a microdermabrasion and pomegranate peel combo for only $150, your skin will be glowing!
If the area around your eyes is in need of a holiday brightening, we’re offering 20% off CosMedix® Opti Crystal Eye Serum which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles while gently rejuvenating the delicate skin around the eyes.
Check out our flyer below for more details. Call now to take advantage of these great offers (678) 552-2163. Specials expire December 31, 2011.
Restylane®, a popular facial filler, was recently FDA approved for lip enhancement in patients over 21. Most often used to help reduce the deep lines around the mouth called nasolabial folds or marionette lines, the injectable works by plumping up areas of the face that have lost volume from aging and decreased collagen production or those areas that have developed wrinkles from repeated facial expressions.
A study in which 135 patients received lip enhancement with Restylane® evaluated the safety and effectiveness of the filler for use in lips. In this study, 92% of patients responded well to Restylane® as a lip enhancer. After researching and evaluating the results of the study, the FDA’s panel voted 6-0 for the approval of Restylane® for lips.
Made from hyaluronic acid, Restylane® is a gel that adds fullness to smooth wrinkles and folds. However, the same compound works perfectly to help plump lips that may be thinning or need an extra boost to meet your expectations. If you’re looking for a non-surgical way to enhance and plump your pucker, Restylane® is now FDA approved for this treatment.
Featured in a recent segment on “The Dr. Oz Show,” CoolSculpting® is the latest in non-invasive fat-reduction technology. Developed by Harvard scientists and doctors, CoolSculpting utilizes the power of cooling to eliminate areas of unwanted fat. By applying extreme cold to the treatment area(s) CoolSculpting works similarly to liposuctionwithout the needles, drugs, or suctioning cannulas, and patients can return to work right after the treatment.
Dr. Oz’s guest demonstrates the ease and comfort the CoolSculpting treatment provides patients. Lasting only an hour per treatment area, CoolSculpting can be performed during lunch and patients can return to work, no recovery time needed. Most patients see results in the first three weeks, with full results visible after two to four months. Most patients see a reduction of up to 40% of the fat in the treatment area(s) with two treatments.
CoolSculpting is not for everyone, though. The ideal CoolSculpting candidate is someone who adheres to a healthy diet and exercise routine but still has small pockets of persistent fat around the waist, abdomen, and/or legs. CoolSculpting can help reduce the fat in the treatment area to smooth and refine the silhouette.
Specifically, the treatment works by cooling the fat cells beyond their range of viability, essentially killing them. The lymphatic system works over the next two to four months to eliminate the damaged fat cells and reduce the total amount of fat in the treatment area(s).
CoolSculpting is revolutionary because it allows patients the fat reduction they’d expect from more invasive, plastic surgery procedures with no incisions, no recovery time, and little to no side effects. For more information on CoolSculpting, contact our office. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in fat reduction news and updates!
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta will be hosting a Lashes and Lines event on November 18th, 2011 from 7am to 12pm. If you’re looking to rejuvenate your eyes this holiday season, join us for a morning of great deals on Botox® to reduce wrinkles around the eyes, Latisse® to lengthen and thicken eyelashes thinned by age, and eye revitalizing products.
Make sure to reserve your spot by calling (404) 287-0368 and get ready to be bright-eyed for Thanksgiving and beyond! More details can be found in the flyer below:
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s Skin Medics™ Medical Spa is offering a fabulous fall special on Microdermabrasion paired with a Pomegranate Peel. Prepare for those holiday parties and family get-togethers with this relaxing facial rejuvenation combination. See the flyer below for more details and schedule your microdermabrasion/peel combo before this great deal expires by calling (678) 552-2163. Offer expires November 30th, 2011.
As the seasons change, we like to remind our patients that fall is the time we recommend our skin cancer body check. The Archives of Dermatology reported that in a survey of patients, men and women seek skin cancer screenings for very different reasons. Women are more likely to schedule skin cancer body checks after noticing a change in skin lesions, due to a family history of skin cancer and sun exposure. Men, on the other hand, most often attend skin cancer screenings much later in life after being prompted by a female spouse or family member or after a previous skin cancer diagnosis.
Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. Evidence shows that while family history does play a part, extended unprotected sun exposure (including time spent in tanning beds) is a recognized cause of skin cancer, and that early detection is an important key in catching signs of pre-cancers.
While it seems as though women are seeking skin cancer screenings for the right reasons, it is still important to do so in a timely manner. The median age of women in the survey was around 53 years old. The truth is that people of any age should seek a skin cancer body check if they notice any troubling change in their skin texture or tone. Actinic keratosis is a pre-cancer that is most often found in commonly sun damaged areas like the face, top of the shoulders, and arms. These actinic keratoses are characterized by red, rough, and scaly spots of skin that become rough, and almost even tender when rubbed.
If left undetected and/or untreated, actinic keratosis can lead to one of three kinds of skin cancer including squamous and basal cell carcinoma as well as melanoma. Squamous cell carcinoma appears as irritated, scaly patches of skin, while basal cell carcinoma is characterized by raised, smooth bumps around the head, neck, or shoulders. Sometimes it can look like a sore that never heals. Melanoma is the deadliest skin cancer and most often looks like a darker brown or black lesion. Actinic keratoses may seem harmless because they aren’t cancer, but if patients go too long without treatment, they can turn into basal or squamous cell carcinomas and even melanoma.
Though it’s the most serious form of skin cancer, it’s important to know that melanoma can be 100% curable if detected early.
Monitor your skin for changes in moles including changes in shape, size, elevation, and color. To help with at-home monitoring of potential skin cancers, we often tell our patients to look for the ABCDE’s when checking any moles or suspicious lesions:
Diameter (bigger than a pencil eraser)
Evolving over time
During a medical skin cancer body check, your dermatologist will carefully examine your skin for any curious moles or lesions. If you have any concerns, it’s best to address them with your doctor, and he or she can track any new or existing moles from year to year to measure any growth or other changes.
If necessary, your dermatologist may recommend a treatment option based on any existing pre-cancers or cancers he or she finds. For example, photodynamic therapy uses laser light to destroy cancerous tissues, while cryosurgery uses extreme cold to eliminate abnormal cells and pre-cancers.
Skin cancer screenings are a short, painless prevention measure that can help individuals of any age recognize the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. The survey published in the Archives of Dermatology demonstrates that women are ahead of men in terms of staying on top of skin cancer checks. Regardless of age, sex, or sun exposure habits, it’s important to track your yearly skin changes.