A common misconception is that cosmetic treatments are only for women. While it is true that women represent the majority of cosmetic treatment patients, the number of men getting these procedures is on the rise! What are the best treatments for men?

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on May 12, 2016 under ,

Actinic Keratosis (also known as solar keratosis or by the nickname “AKs”) are precancerous lesions that, when left untreated, may turn into skin cancer, typically squamous cell carcinoma. Caused by skin damaged by UV radiation, rarely does an individual only have one AK. 

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People are increasingly aware of the various dermal (also called “soft-tissue”) fillers available today at least in part because of the many ads that increasingly appear in magazines and on television commercials. Despite this, there is still some confusion about what fillers do and what they can be used for, so in this blog post we will point out a few common misconceptions.

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We cannot turn back the clock no matter how much we wish that we could. Everything ages, including our skin. When a products claims to reverse signs of aging, what it actually means is that it is helping skin to look better and supporting the skin’s health and function.

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Another area of confusion for many people is how skin is affected by ingesting foods or drinks that contain key ingredients (for lack of a better word) versus applying them topically to the skin. For example, we know that Vitamin C is a wonderful antioxidant for the skin, but does that mean you should eat an orange or get a Vitamin C serum to apply?

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While more studies and research will need to be done before new skincare products based on this discovery, we are all hopeful for more effective anti-aging skincare options in the future! 

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Facials and chemical peels are another way to return your skin’s healthy glow! As I’m sure you know what facials & peels are, I’m just going to give you a brief overview of what they are and the options, followed by best practices for helping that glow last as long as possible.

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You can turn dull, lifeless, uneven skin into vibrant, healthy, glowing skin with the right ingredients!

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The benefits of exfoliation and massage on skin. 

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What you eat can affect your skin, helping it glow or accelerating aging.

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Is your sunscreen doing everything that it can for your skin? Here are some tips/recommendations to get the most out of your sun protection!

 

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Radiesse for hands is an FDA-approved cosmetic injectable treatment to restore volume to the hands.

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Our lives can be so busy and hectic that certain habits get pushed to the side. Somehow, these also tend to be the habits associated with health, such as eating right, exercise…and skin care! What skincare practices should you absolutely not skimp on?

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The age-old saying “A little goes a long way” certainly applies to skin care. Sometimes people want the effects sooner, so they will use more product than recommended in the hopes of accelerating the results. Other people will simply use more products to try and fix everything all at once. Show your skin some love by listening to the above saying – a little goes a long way.

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Most treatments, even prescription medications, do not work overnight; they may need several weeks or even months to take full effect.

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Skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is also one of the few that is constantly exposed to the elements –wind and rain, hot and cold, allergens and irritants, and more. In addition, skin is the gatekeeper to the rest of the body; it works to keep harmful things out and to hold beneficial things in. These two attributes together shine a light on how important it is for us to protect our skin as much as we can. If we protect our skin, our skin will protect us. So, what are the main concerns that we need to protect our skin from?

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One way to show your skin some love is to be gentle!

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You probably already know about Sodium Hyaluronate, just by a different name!

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Squalane is a moisturizing oil that is naturally found in both plants and animals, with the most common sources being olive oil and shark liver oil. Human sebum (skin oil)  also naturally contains squalane.

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There is often confusion about the different types of skin cancer, so we thought it may be helpful to put them together into one chart comparing the three types of skin cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma).

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Merz Aesthetics, the creators of XEOMIN® (a BOTOX alternative), are offering a limited time, $100 Savings Card off of your next treatment!

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Neurotoxins and dermal fillers are so often talked about in the same sentence that many people are confused as to which does what.

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A burning or stinging sensation, redness or dryness after applying a given product does not necessarily mean that you have “sensitive skin.” This is a common misconception that has many people believing that they have a sensitive skin condition that they may or may not actually have. The reaction may be due to the nature of the ingredients or other external factors. So, what’s the difference between sensitive skin and skin sensitivity?

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KybellaTM is one of our newest cosmetic procedures as it was FDA approved and released within the past few years (but don’t worry, it has been in clinical trials for years prior to FDA approval). This innovative treatment targets the “double chin” which has been difficult to treat without plastic surgery.

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Many patients only think of coming to our office for general dermatology concerns such as acne or yearly skin checks, but did you know we are also a cosmetic dermatology office that offers a variety of non-surgical rejuvenation & contouring services such as soft-tissue fillers and wrinkle relaxers.

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We also offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy. Most commonly used on the face and the hands, IPL treatment uses short bursts of high energy light to penetrate skin and target certain skin imperfections. This procedure is great for aging skin (targets “age spots” and other dark spots), acne-hyperpigmentation, rosacea (reduces redness), scars and freckles.

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Why should you sign up? You earn points for every treatment (or product in the case of Latisse) and redeem those points for coupons towards future treatments or Latisse.

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While we sleep, our skin refreshes itself. It creates brand new cells and repairs damage sustained the day before (to the best of its ability). So, what is a simple way to improve your skin? Get enough beauty sleep.

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Are your hands betraying your age? One of the first places to show age is our hands, and yet they are often the last area we think of when we start our anti-aging regimens.

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This month, we will be featuring one tip or fact about skin care products, treatments and general skin care during each post.Our first tip is this: When using a skin care product, pay attention to the recommended application times.

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Volume loss is another fact of life when it comes to aging. Skin loses collagen, elastin and fat (in the wrong places. Funny how fat seems perfectly happy where we don’t want it to be!) leading to loss of volume. What can we do to combat this?


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This is likely the most well known part of skin aging. Skin tone and texture changes may come as a surprise many people, but even young people know that wrinkles and fine lines are coming.

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Changes in skin texture are one of the most common complaints about aging skin. Whereas in our youth skin is soft, firm and supple, with age it becomes increasingly dry, rough, and wrinkly. Levels of elastin and collagen decrease and the skin’s barrier becomes less effective, causing increased moisture loss and more sensitive skin. What can we do?!

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Skin tone issues can arise at almost any age, but they become more common as we get older due to UV damage catching up with us and/or hormonal changes. These problems may include dark spots (age spots), melasma or other discolorations. How can we treat and prevent our skin tone issues?

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In our last blog, we looked at 3 ways to prevent skin aging, but what if you already have signs of skin aging? While we will look in detail at most of the main aging-skin concerns in future blog posts, let’s look at a few general improvement tips.

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We all age, but sometimes we feel that our outward appearance does not reflect the youthfulness that we still feel inside! What are the top recommendations by dermatologists to keep skin looking young by preventing premature skin aging and reducing any already-existing aging skin issues?

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Flying in a circulated air, pressurized plan at 30,000 feet has some negative affects the skin. For some people, the difference is very noticeable (to them, if not to others) whereas others experience little effect. There are 2 main ways that plane travel affects the skin.

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As we said in a recent blog post, “heavy duty” exfoliation (i.e. harsh scrubbing particles & deep peels) is not highly recommended in the summer because the increased UV exposure can damage the newer, freshly uncovered skin cells, but daily chemical exfoliation is great in the summer because it works more gently & slowly!

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Combining skincare, lasers and injectables allows for a complete approach to the different ways that sun damage and aging have affected skin – from texture to tone, age spots to wrinkles.

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IPL is a laser therapy that uses short bursts of high energy light to penetrate into the skin and correct a variety of skin imperfections including...

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Facials and chemical peels are another way to return your skin’s healthy glow! As I’m sure you know what facials & peels are, I’m just going to give you a brief overview of what they are and the options, followed by best practices for helping that glow last as long as possible.

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You can turn dull, lifeless, uneven skin into vibrant, healthy, glowing skin with the right ingredients!

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Simple & easy changes to your already existing routing can also lead to more radiant skin!

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You know that you should be using sunscreen every day to protect your skin (sun damage is cumulative over time, not just during the summer), but you can boost your skin’s defense to sun damage to further keep your skin healthy & young.

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We are currently offering $50 off any Laser Hair Removal or IPL treatment booked by through April 30, 2015!

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Why is it so important to have a trained specialist when having a cosmetic procedure done on your skin?

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We have all forgotten our sunscreen a time or two, picked at a pimple we shouldn’t have or done any number of bad skin habits in our lifetime. Unfortunately, skin remembers. Maybe the damage shows up quickly, like a popped pimple that is now a red or dark spot on the face. Other times, like with sun damage, the effect of those bad habits does not show up for years.

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I hope you’re still keeping up those New Year’s Resolutions because staying healthy is another great way to love your skin. 

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The VI PeelTM is a medium to deep depth chemical peel that has been achieving great results without the usual pain & discomfort that typically accompanies this type of intensive peel.  This treatment is specially designed to improve skin tone & texture and reduce acne inflammation & scarring. It has been shown in clinical trials to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration, pore size and fine lines & wrinkles as well as stimulate the skin to produce more collagen and elastin for firmer, ...

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Bella Derma RetinEyes is an anti-aging eye treatment that is designed to target the most common concerns about the eye area!

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You may or may not have heard of this ingredient, but kojic acid is present in a variety of skin tone correcting products, including our own Bella Derma EvenTone pads!

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It’s found in your morning latte, afternoon tea, and evening piece of chocolate.

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Dec 18, 2014 under

In recent years, Coenzyme Q10 (usually referred to as CoQ10), aka ubiquinone, has become a popular ingredient not only in skin care, but also in a variety of areas in health, such as heart conditions and cancer.

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Green tea is great for health all around. It is being studied in connection with cancer prevention and has been shown to lower high blood pressure.

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Retinoids have been a staple in skin care for decades and are found in many products, especially anti-aging serums. Discover why…

 

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This popular ingredient is found in a large number of products, from acne face washes to anti-aging serums. But why? Let’s find out!

 

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Our December blog series is “Shining a Light on Main Ingredients.” In this series, we will look at 7 active/main ingredients commonly found in skincare products. As the main ingredient in our product of the month (Bella Derma Moisturizing Cleanser) is glycolic acid, we figured that’s a great place to start.

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Xeomin® is an FDA approved alternative to BOTOX. Like its counterpart, it is used to treat moderate to severe frown lines, crows feet and forehead lines.

 

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Maybe it’s the lower half of the face that’s your cause for concern. There are things you can do! In addition to the anti-aging regimen you use for your face, there are cosmetic procedures that can also help.

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Are you looking to rejuvenate your eye area? Below are a few key tips & suggestions for showing this much-used area some TLC!

 

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In honor of Thanksgiving come up, let’s talk about our own version of the “turkey neck”! The neck is one of the main body parts that show our age. This often neglected area often does not any TLC until late in the game. 

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Want to get rid of your spider or varicose veins in time for your holiday party? Be ready for that cocktail dress with Sclerotherapy.

 

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Fall is a great time to work on skin tone problems, especially if they have been exacerbated during the summer. Sun damage is a main cause of uneven skin tone, including brown spots, and may make skin pigment conditions such as melasma worse. Below are some ways to improve your skin tone:

 

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We have looked at a variety of options to help combat signs of skin aging, including topical creams & serums, cosmetic injections and lasers. Another option is chemical peels. The most popular peels for aging skin are the Enzyme Peel, Glycolic Acid Peel & the TCA Peel.

 

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Another cosmetic procedure that can rejuvenate the skin and help you to achieve a younger look is the Intensified Pulsed Light (IPL) laser. You may or may not have heard of this treatment before, so today we will touch on what it is & the other highlights of this popular service.

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The next types of anti-aging cosmetic injections are dermal fillers.

 

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Maybe a cream or serum is just not for you. Perhaps it is not making a big enough difference for you, or your skin is too sensitive. Maybe the product is doing great with skin texture, but not tackling the wrinkles. Whatever the reason, you may now be considering a cosmetic procedure to help with your anti-aging skin goals. For the next 3 posts, we will discuss a few options for you – cosmetic injections & lasers. There are two main types of cosmetic injectables- wrinkle relaxers and fillers. In this post, we will focus on the wrinkle relaxers.

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Once you have found a product that you would like to use to combat skin aging, there are 6 things that you can do to really maximize and complement the product.

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OK, so you have fine lines or droopiness or dark spots that you want to get rid of. First line of attack? A topical anti-aging product. These types of products may be a cream, serum, foam or moisturizer. What should you look for in a product? Should you follow the “hype” when new products and ingredients emerge on the market?

 

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Maybe your skin is just starting to age, has shown signs of aging for a while now or perhaps you’re still in the bloom of youth & your skin hasn’t really started to age yet – whichever it is, we would all like to know what we can do to slow skin aging. It WILL happen, let me just say that now; it’s a part of life, affected not only by habits, but also by genetics and just being human. But are there habits & practices that can affect skin aging? Absolutely!

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Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Sep 04, 2014 under

We are all very familiar with the signs of skin aging, some maybe more so than others. Wrinkles, fine lines, brown/dark spots (aka “age spots), droopy features…the list goes on! But why does skin age? Why do some people age differently?

 

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Our blog topic this month is anti-aging skin care! Did you know that one of the main areas of skin on the body that betrays age is your neck? The neck often does not get as much TLC when it comes to skin care, leaving the skin looking wrinkly & droopy (sometimes referred to as “turkey neck”).

 

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Intellishade is an anti-aging tinted moisturizer that blends in naturally with the color of your skin, matching every skin tone, to give your face a healthy glow and even skin tone. 

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Are you a frequent user of Botox, Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, and/or Latisse? If so, you can save money on future procedures through Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions program!

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BOTOX Cosmetic-- How much do you know about the world’s most well known muscle relaxant?

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The newest cosmetic filler that we now offer in our office is Juvéderm Voluma™ XC. Voluma is the first of its kind. It is an injectable gel containing hyarulonic that is injected into the cheek area to instantly add volume and lift the face, giving you a more youthful profile and restoring contour of your face.

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BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 

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