Board-certified dermatologists and founding partners Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Scott Karempelis along with Drs. Stephen Kraus, Joseph Payne, Ashley Curtis and physician assistants Kathryn Filipek, Mara Grosswald and Delmer Henderson were featured in the July 2013 issue of Atlanta Magazine.
Our experienced physicians and providers use the most advanced technology available, including Picosure™ laser tattoo removal and miraDry® non-invasive sweat reduction to provide our Atlanta area patients with optimal skincare results.
With our eight in-house specialty centers such as the Atlanta Center for Veins and Hair removal, Skin Medics™ Medical Spa, Psoriasis Treatment Center, and the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, patients take comfort in knowing we can take care of their various skincare needs.
For more information about the services and treatment options available at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, please contact us today. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest for the latest skincare news and information.
You may have just seen one of Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s experienced providers on television. Board certified dermatologist Dr. Ashley Curtis and Mara Grosswald, PA-C were recently featured on the daytime show Atlanta & Company to discuss MiraDry® for sweat reduction. They explained to the audience how this non-invasive treatment works to eliminate underarm sweat glands, providing life-changing results.
Kathryn Filipek, PA-C was also recently a guest on TrustDale TV to discuss proper skin care, laser procedures and Ultherapy® skin tightening. On the show Kathryn recommended that patients regularly check their skin and see a dermatologist annually for a complete skin check to help prevent sun damage, premature aging, and skin cancer. She detailed certain laser procedures and Ultherapy® skin tightening is a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound waves to tighten and lift loose skin on the face and neck. Our practice offers a wide variety of other non-surgical rejuvenation treatments as well including CoolScupting®.
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s board certified dermatologists and licensed providers offer patients head-to-toe skincare while specializing in the treatment of many skin conditions and skin procedures. DAA is often the first practice in Georgia to adopt new and effective skincare technology.
If you are looking for a customized treatment for acne and other skin conditions including skin cancer or have hair loss concerns please contact one of our providers: Dr. Edmond Griffin, Dr. Scott Karempelis, Dr. Stephen Kraus, Dr. Joseph Payne, Dr. Ashley Curtis, Delmer Henderson PA-C, Mara Grosswald PA-C, Kathryn Filipek, PA-C . Don’t forget to connect with Dermatology Associates of Atlanta on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for upcoming events and skin news.
Any acne sufferer can tell you that he or she would have tried just about anything to rid themselves of the troublesome and oftentimes embarrassing skin condition. For generations, everyday conversations have perpetuated the myth that what you eat is a major contributing factor to acne. Teens across the nation have probably sworn off pizza and chocolate, French fries and dairy products in hopes of clearing their complexions.
While it’s always a good idea to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet, studies have yet to determine a link between our diets and acne. In an effort to determine the popularity of the idea that acne and eating habits are interlinked, a group of researchers went to a place where common misconceptions are always rampant: the internet.
Using YouTube to survey the views of the public, researchers from the SUNY Health and Science Center searched the video site for the terms “acne,” “acne diet,” and “acne food” to determine the layperson’s notion of the correlation between food and acne. Eighty-seven videos searched between July and August 2009 were included in the study that was used to show that, though research does not support it, many people still believe in the connection between diet and acne.
Of the 87 YouTube videos, over 85% suggested a moderate to strong correlation between acne and what people eat. The three most popular videos, each viewed over 100,000 times, all fell into the “strong correlation” category, suggesting that nutrition and acne were most definitely linked.
While studies regarding the connection between diet and acne are still ongoing, current evidence shows that other treatments are more effective in helping acne sufferers achieve clearer complexions and fewer acne symptoms including scarring, blackheads, and more. Each person’s case of acne is different, allowing Dermatology Associates of Atlanta’s physicians to tailor treatments to your skin and lifestyle. Acne treatment methods can include photodynamic therapy like Allumera®, laser treatments like IsoLaz™, topical treatments and customized prescription compounds containing benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, oral medications such as antibiotics, cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels, laser treatments, and more. Make sure to visit out acne treatments page for details.
The public’s prevailing views regarding the correlation between acne and diet are important to dermatologists because patient satisfaction is directly tied to perceived results. If patients believe that going to see a dermatologist about acne is a waste of time, then they will be less likely to adhere to the treatment plan devised specifically for them, and therefore they will not achieve the complexion-clearing results they desire. No treatment gives patients immediate results, especially since acne begins in the sebaceous glands of the deeper layers of the skin. Instead, patients must maintain a regular treatment schedule to see results. Your dermatologist can tell you when to expect results based on your specific treatment plan.
This study shows the importance of both patient and doctor cooperation in helping each patient achieve his or her cosmetic goals. To stay updated on all of the latest dermatology news make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We also recommend you check out our blog for explanations of studies on acne and other skin conditions.
If you’re ready to begin 2012 fresh-faced, join Dermatology Associates of Atlanta‘s Skin Medics™ Medical Spa for our first Cosmetic Day of the year. Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 we’ll be offering great deals on facial fillers like Juvéderm™, Restylane®, and Radiesse®. You can also save on Botox® and Dysport® injectables which work to smooth wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. Make sure to take advantage of our specials on cosmetic laser treatments and Skin Medics™ Medical Spa‘s featured products, too.
For those with no serious skin conditions, skincare can be something that often falls to the wayside when schedules get busy during the holiday season. However, even if you don’t suffer from rosacea or acne and aren’t ready for wrinkle treatments, it’s important to take care of your skin now to prevent future issues like the signs of aging or even skin cancer. There are four main steps to maintaining healthy skin: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and apply sunscreen.
Cleanse: Choose a cleanser that works with your skin type (dry, oily, combination, sensitive, normal), and wash your skin once or twice a day with warm water. Over-cleansing can dry out your skin, and washing in very hot or cold water can cause broken capillaries or visible facial veins. Those with dry skin should choose a creamy cleanser, and oily-skinned individuals should opt for a clear cleanser. If you wear makeup, make sure to remove it with a makeup remover before going to bed to prevent dirt and bacteria from building up in your pores.
Exfoliate: In order to protect you from outside elements, your skin is constantly regenerating new skin cells. However, sometimes dead skin cells don’t slough off as easily as they should. Exfoliation helps to remove the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Using a gentle scrub with small polishing particles, lightly rub the face in a circular motion working from the inside out.
Each person’s exfoliation schedule depends on his or her skin type. Those with more sensitive facial skin may need to stick to weekly exfoliation, while those with more durable or oily skin may exfoliate more often. The key to exfoliation is gentleness. Remember that the exfoliation process is supposed to leave the skin healthier afterward, not irritated and red.
Moisturize: There are multiple moisturizers on the market that work well for individuals of all different skin types. Cleansing the face removes any dirt or oil that could clog pores, but it also often strips the skin of its natural moisturizing and protective oils. By applying the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type, your skin can replenish the oils eliminated by the cleanser and protect itself from outside elements.
Apply Sunscreen: Of all the skincare steps one should take, applying daily sunscreen is the most important. The main cause of wrinkles is unprotected sun exposure. UV rays hasten the aging process, breaking down the support structure behind the skin creating lax tissue that makes us look older than we are. A simple daily application of a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen on facial skin can help prevent advanced signs of aging as well as skin cancer. There are currently many moisturizers on the market that include SPF for a combination of the last two steps.
Skincare is often much simpler than people think. A quick 4-step regimen takes less than 10 minutes to complete and sets you up for healthy skin now and in the future. Our Skin Medics™ Medical Spa can formulate an easy skincare program catered toward your age and skin type.
Get yourself holiday-ready during our December Cosmetic Days. Join us December 7th and 14th, 2011 for one-day only specials on facial fillers like Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Radiesse®. These fillers work with your skin to plump areas of lost volume around the nose and mouth. Restylane® was also recently approved by the FDA for lip enhancement in patients over the age of 21!
You can also take advantage of $50 off Botox® and Dysport®. These injectables work to smooth wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause lines as a result of repeated facial expressions. Also included in our Cosmetic Day deals is $75 off cosmetic laser treatments over $250! Winter is the perfect time to take advantage of laser treatments because of the cooler weather and reduced likelihood of damaging sun exposure.
We’re also offering 20% off all Skin Medics™ Medical Spa’s skincare products including Cosmedix®, Skin Medica®, and Jane Iredale® products!
Make sure to mark your calendar to join us for our Cosmetic Days this December! We hope to see you there! Make sure to contact us for more information or to schedule your appointment!
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!
If frown lines are not part of your holiday plans, you can get $50 off your next Dysport® treatment at DAA. Dysport® works to eliminate signs of aging around the forehead and eyebrows by relaxing the muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Results from Dysport® typically last 4 to 6 months, so you’ll be set for younger-looking skin long after the holiday hustle and bustle is over.
You can also get $50 off each mL of Restylane® and $65 off each mL of Perlane® you purchase (see conditions in flyer below). Restylane® and Perlane® are facial fillers that work to smooth facial wrinkles by restoring volume to facial areas like the lips and cheeks. Restylane® works well for fine lines, while Perlane’s® larger particles help eliminate deeper wrinkles around the nose and mouth.
Make sure to take advantage of these great holiday specials before time runs out! We’ll have you looking refreshed and rejuvenated before the New Year approaches!
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: