Posts for: May, 2014
Please join us for a special Ulthera event on June 18, 2014 10am to 2pm.
Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved non-invasive treatment for lifting the skin on the neck, chin and brow. The treatment uses ultrasound to stimulate collagen deep within the skin with a result of tighter, healthier looking skin.
A short demo will take you through what to expect during the treatment and the results that you should see. The event will be limited to a small group based on a first come first serve basis, and we will consult with you individually while you try the treatment to see if this procedure is right for you. Because the Ultherapy representative will be in attendance, you will have the chance to receive a rebate towards your purchase that will expire August 31, 2014.
Refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. We are looking forward to your attendance!
A question we often get is how to lighten brown spots. Summer is approaching, and this is a time that we can see darkening or an increase in these unsightly spots. First, it is important to understand the etiology of brown spots, which are different from moles. The usual culprits for brown spots are solar lentigines, freckling resulting from sun damage, melasma, which appears as patchy brown spots on the skin, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which often occurs after trauma to the skin from cuts, acne, or bites.
Treatment of brown spots is equally as important as prevention. Sun exposure will cause hyperpigmentation of the existing spots so avoidance is key in conjunction with the application of broad spectrum sun-screens. Try Elta MD, MDSolarSciences or Nia 24sunscreens, which you can purchase at our office. For lightening of already existing spots and to improve overall skin tone, try Nia 24 Rapid depigmentation serum, which contains Vitamin C, Pro-Niacin, willowbark, and nutmeg oil, all ingredients that interrupt the cellular process by which hyperpigmentation occurs. Prescription products such Tri-Luma cream, a compound that contains Hydroquinone 4%, Fluocinolone acetonide .01%, and tretinoin .05% can be prescribed to use daily. Lastly, we offer Broad Band Laser (BBL) treatments in our office, which allows us to precisely treat and eradicate brown spots virtually anywhere on the body, tailored to your skin type. BBL is a non-invasive treatment with minimal downtime, allowing you to immediately return to work after.
Keloids tend to be larger scars than the wound edges themselves and are often described as having edges that spill over. On the other hand, hypertrophic scars do not have edges that spill over, but do raise upwards. These scars can occur due to minor injury (even from just from a pimple), or due to a more invasive wound. An overactive scar response with an overproduction of granulation tissue and collagen create these unsightly scars. Certain ethnicities are more prone to develop keloids, especially those of African or Asian descent. When we see patients in the office with keloids or hypertrophic scarring, we often treat with corticosteroid injections. These help flatten the scars over time and may involve several injections, each spaced a month apart. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your scarring, come see us in the office!
Come purchase your sunscreen today at our office. Sunscreen will protect you from sun damage and skin cancer as well as slow the development of wrinkles.
Here are some facts you should know in the application and purchase of sunscreen:
Look for sunscreens that are broad-spectrum. This means they block both UVA and UVB rays. Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide are important ingredients to look for.
- UVB is responsible for sunburn, while UVA rays, are associated with the aging of the skin, as well as increasing the cancer-causing effects of UVB rays.
As the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) value increases, the more protection a sunscreen offers against UVB rays.
- If it takes 20 minutes for your skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 will prevent this from happening about 15 times longer.
- Make sure when applying sunscreen, you are using a generous amount to get full SPF protection. Apply at least 1 ounce to the skin- this is approximately the size of a shot glass.
- Sunrays are strongest at high elevations and latitudes close to the equator. Rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm.
- Do not forget to protect your eyes. Purchase anti-UV sunglasses in addition to sunscreen.
- Reflective surfaces such as the snow and water can increase the amount of UV radiation you are exposed to.
- Sunscreens should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before exposure, followed by one reapplication every 2 hours.
All of our products have science behind its effect. We are proud to offer the following:
- MDSolarSciences- Mineral Sunscreen Gel (untinted- $30 and tinted - $32)
- Nia 24- $49
- Elta MD- UV Aero sunscreen spray-$30, UV Lip Balm-$10, UV facial sunscreen-$30
Last Sunday, we joined Thomas Dvorak and his family in the Walk to Cure Psoriasis at the Bronx Botanical Garden. The walk had a great turnout of over 300 people. Thomas is an amazing little boy, who has battled with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis since the age of 6, and we are greatful to have joined him and his family in the walk. The walk raised money for the National Psoriasis Foundation, an organization that provides psoriasis education and support, and funds research to find a cure. Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country, affecting approximately 7.5 million Americans.