Emory Aesthetic Center Spa

New Year, New You at Emory Aesthetic Center

woman looking at self in mirrorWouldn’t it be nice if 2020 was the year you turned back time? A new decade is the perfect opportunity for fresh starts and fresh faces. At Emory Aesthetic Center, we’re ready to help you kick off the new year right — with healthy, glowing skin.

Speaking of fresh starts, we’re happy to welcome our newest aesthetician, Dawn Bellard, to our team. Throughout her career, Dawn has worked with renowned dermatologists and surgeons in the Atlanta area. She’s passionate about helping people look their best and now she’s going to share her skincare knowledge with you.

Learn more about Dawn.

How to Get the Healthiest Looking Skin

There are certain things that everyone can do at home to improve the appearance of their skin. Simple lifestyle habits such as getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and applying sunscreen daily are three of the most impactful. But why stop there? If you want to see real results, then don’t go at it alone — that’s what the experts are for.

Consult a Skincare Expert

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all skincare regimen. If there were, the skincare section at the store would sure be a whole lot smaller. Because your skin is unique, you need a skincare routine that addresses your specific needs. That’s where partnering with an expert can make a world of difference.

A qualified aesthetician gets to know your skin and what it needs. They can help you sort through the plethora of products out there and guide you to the ones that will work best for your skin. Having a knowledgeable skincare partner will also come in handy when it comes time to navigate the changes that naturally occur as you age. Even just choosing the right retinol cream and how to apply it can feel overwhelming. An aesthetician can guide you toward the most appropriate non-surgical anti-aging procedures to help you achieve your desired results.

Make Time for Daily, Monthly and Yearly Skincare Treatments

You can probably think of daily, monthly and yearly tasks you perform to protect your health, but what about your skin? At Emory Aesthetic Center, your aesthetician can get you started with a simple daily routine to jumpstart your skincare with a combination of medical-grade skincare products. We also offer a variety of facials for monthly maintenance and countless other procedures that will keep you looking fantastic.

Invest in Your Skin Health with a Laser Treatment Plan

You’ll find some of the best laser treatment options in Atlanta at the Emory Aesthetic Center. We offer CoolSculpting® for fat reduction, laser hair removal, skin resurfacing and more. During your skin analysis, your aesthetician will review all your options and help you create a yearly plan to address your specific concerns and goals.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Start your year off right with a visit to Emory Aesthetic Center. Our talented, licensed aestheticians are available to help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures and products is right for you.

Dawn is ready to welcome you with a complimentary consultation and skin analysis. Call (404) 778-7261 or schedule online today. And don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly spa specials email.

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Chemical Peels: Restore Your Skin with a Facial or Body Peel

chemical peelYou put your best face forward every day as you meet all of life’s challenges. While you probably realize environmental factors such as air quality, makeup or sweat can affect the health of your skin, you may be surprised to learn that mental factors, like stress, can also have a significant impact.

Your skin is extremely resilient, but sometimes it’s best to start fresh. A chemical facial peel is one of the most versatile procedures to improve your skin’s health and glow.

What is a chemical peel?

A facial peel treats skin with a chemical solution that’s applied to your face. This solution exfoliates your skin, removing dead or unhealthy skin cells and revealing the new and rejuvenated skin beneath.

Chemical peels are given in the office and you may go home immediately following your procedure. Additional peeling, redness or sensitivity can sometimes happen for up to five to 10 days after the peel is applied — and will usually go away on their own.

Who is a good candidate for a chemical peel?

There are many different types of chemical peels to address your unique skin issues. Chemical peels are generally safe and have few side effects. You may want to consider a peel if you have:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots
  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Scars
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Wrinkles

Of course, it’s always best to discuss treatment options with a qualified aesthetic provider before having any cosmetic procedures. He or she can help you decide which procedures are right for you.

What is my downtime with a facial peel?

Most superficial facial peels have little downtime and only minor side effects, such as redness and slight swelling. In-depth peels that remove the top tissue of skin may require several days of rest and recovery. Crusting and scabbing may occur after deep peels — it’s important to care for your skin properly and avoid touching your face.

Will I need multiple treatment sessions?

Some peels may call for a series of treatments, depending on the type of peel and desired results. When several treatments are needed, they are usually spaced several weeks apart. Many individuals use superficial peels as a way to refresh their skin and come in every few weeks or months.

Are chemical peels only for the face?

Most peels are designed for use on the face, but the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa also offers body peels. These peels are excellent for individuals with sun damage to the chest, back, arms or hands.

What type of peel does the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa typically use?

The Emory Aesthetic Center Spa favors ZO 3 Step Peel. This innovative, in-office peel is followed by an at-home treatment. Your cosmetic surgeon will explain the steps you need to follow during your consultation and treatment date. The ZO 3 Step Peel utilizes a blend of exfoliants, retinol and multi-action agents to help improve skin health and treat many signs of aging.

Do I need a consultation before I schedule an appointment for a peel?

We recommend a consultation for anyone interested in scheduling a chemical peel. This appointment gives you and one of our aesthetic providers the opportunity to discuss desired results, review your skincare routine and evaluate your needs. This allows us to better understand how many peels you may need, what areas to treat and the appropriate follow-up regimen to make your skin look and feel its best.

Watch a video featuring before and after photos of chemical peel patients.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Get your skin glowing again. Emory Aesthetic Center is experienced in the full-range of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. We offer a wide-range of facial peels to restore your skin’s health. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

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Anti-Aging Skincare Tips

Your skin doesn’t have to show your age. An ounce of prevention goes a long way when it comes to skincare. Check out these easy and inexpensive ways to continue putting your best face forward.

1. Get Enough Sleep

It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Getting about eight hours of sleep a night is essential for a healthy lifestyle and healthy skin. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re likely to see dark circles or bags under your eyes. Your skin may also look puffy, washed-out or saggy. None of that sounds very youthful, does it?

Sleep deprivation also causes your body to produce more of a hormone called cortisol. If you have a high level of cortisol, it can affect your appearance and lead to serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure and stroke. So, make sure you catch those zzz’s.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated is important. After all, about 60 percent of your body is water. It helps your body function and plays a major role in the appearance of your skin.

Think of your skin as being like a sponge. When you fill it with water, it plumps up and all those little creases and crevices disappear. When it dries out, it gets flat and shriveled up. The same thing happens with your skin. When you’re well hydrated, your skin looks plump, dewy and fresh.

The two most common recommendations for drinking enough water are:

1. The 8×8 rule. Drink eight, 8 oz. glasses of water a day.
2. The half your body weight rule. Divide your body weight by half and drink that many ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 100 pounds, you would drink 50 oz. of water a day.

3. Use Sunscreen

Preventing sun damage is vital to keeping your skin looking healthy. Sun exposure can dehydrate you, cause age spots, give you “leathery” skin and, in the worst case, cause skin cancer. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day — even when you’re not outside. It may surprise you to hear that the rays that cause long-term skin damage, and possibly even cancer, can penetrate windows.

4. Apply Retinol

Even if you take great care of your skin, your cells will become damaged with age. This is where retinol comes in. Applying it a couple of times per week turns old damaged cells into new fresh ones.

And as you get older you also lose collagen. A good retinol regimen helps you retain some of that collagen to lessen the appearance of volume loss and wrinkles. Retinols come in different strengths for different skin types. So you’ll need an aesthetic partner to help design the right retinol routine for your skin.

5. Consult with a Skincare Expert

If all skin were the same, there would only be one cleanser, one beauty cream, and so on. But if you’ve walked down the cosmetics aisle of any store recently, you know that’s not the case. Just like every other part of you, your skin is unique. That’s why an individualized skin care regimen is so important.

An aesthetic partner can help you get to know your skin and what it needs. They can help you sort through the plethora of products out there and guide you to the ones that will work best for you. They can also help you navigate the changes that naturally occur as you age, and provide you with anti-aging procedure options – including both non-surgical treatments and cosmetic surgical options.

Emory Aesthetic Center Spa

The Emory Aesthetic Center Spa offers a range of services designed to improve skin health and beauty. Our non-surgical treatments can be successfully performed alone, or used to complement more in-depth anti-aging procedures, either as a skin preparation or as maintenance. Our talented, licensed aestheticians are available to help you determine which procedure or combination of procedures and products are right for you. If you’re ready to look your best, schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our licensed aestheticians today.

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Choosing a Cosmetic Surgery Center

View of Emory Aesthetic Center Building EntranceWhy Choose Emory Aesthetic Center? If you’ve been thinking about cosmetic surgery, you probably have a lot of questions like “Why choose Emory Aesthetic Center.” “How do I find the right doctor for me?” “How do I know it will be safe?” “What kind of procedure do I need?” Then, like most people, you’ll likely turn to the internet for answers. But is the information accurate? Who and what can you believe?

Emory Healthcare: A Name You Can Trust

Emory Healthcare is the region’s most comprehensive academic healthcare system. It’s home to highly-regarded doctors who conduct innovative research and are ranked among the top for patient care. But is Emory the right place for cosmetic surgery? Absolutely. With an aesthetic center dedicated solely to surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, how could you go wrong?

Specialized Cosmetic Surgery Team

Cosmetic surgery is what we do. When you choose Emory Aesthetic Center you get a cosmetic surgery team filled with innovators in the field. Many of our expert surgeons teach nationally and internationally and have served as leaders in regional, national and international societies. Collectively, our team has also published hundreds of contributions in journals and books about how to perform cosmetic procedures — safely.

In addition to top-notch surgeons, our entire staff — including anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, nurses, technicians and more — works together to provide the best care in a center that meets the highest standards of credentialing.

Wide-Array of Surgical and Nonsurgical Cosmetic Procedures

How can you know if the procedure being recommended is the best choice for you? There’s a saying, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.” That’s the problem with going to a center that has limited offerings. You will only be offered the choices they are able to provide.

Body contouring is an excellent example of why it’s important to go to a center that can offer a variety of procedures. Let’s say you want to improve the look of your abdominal area. There are several surgical and nonsurgical options for different situations:

  • Coolsculpting® can reduce small amounts of localized fat deposits, without surgery.
  • Liposuction may be needed if there is a higher percentage of fat to be removed.
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is needed to remove significant excess skin from the tummy.
  • A body lift may be needed to tighten and firm the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks of a patient who has lost a significant amount of weight.
  • Or a combination of the procedures above may be required to give the best results.

At Emory Aesthetic Center, we’re continually studying, teaching and publishing about cosmetic procedures, so we’re always on top of the newest developments. We offer the entire spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including cosmetic surgery, skin care, facial rejuvenation and body contouring. Our familiarity with the full-variety of techniques available enables us to guide you toward the procedure that fits you best.

Luxurious Atmosphere

At Emory Aesthetic Center, you’ll get the best of both worlds — clinical excellence and a luxurious experience. You won’t feel like you’re in a hospital. Our center is quiet and elegant and stands remote from the main campus. Our entire staff is focused on ensuring you have a great experience. Whether you’re here for a skin treatment in our Spa or surgical treatment in the operating room, we’re ready to give you the experience of a lifetime.

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Choose Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center is the right choice for your cosmetic procedure. But don’t take our word for it, schedule your complimentary consultation and experience the Emory difference today.

Last Minute Solutions to Achieve Your Holiday Glow

lady-eveningThe holidays are just a week away, and with it come good tidings, cheerful decor, and of course, holiday parties. This time of year, I am often asked by my clients, “What can I do to look my best?” Below are some great options that don’t require a lot of down time so that you will look fabulous right away.

  • Hydrafacials will give you immediate results. Here, at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa, we use a device made by Edge Systems that exfoliates the skin while using solutions that plump and hydrate the skin. This treatment is wonderful for dry, dull skin, and the procedure takes approximately forty-five minutes with no down time.
  • Customized facials are also a great way to get ready for the holidays. I would recommend doing a facial a few days prior to any big social event, as you may be a little pink the next day. The Emory Aesthetic Center Spa customizes your facial based on your specific needs, whether it is exfoliation with thorough extractions or deep hydration. Your skin will look refreshed, clear, and hydrated.
  • Microdermabrasion is another great tool we use to help exfoliate the skin. This is a vacuumed device that uses a diamond-tipped hand piece that buffs away dead, dull skin. This allows new cells to appear and give skin a very polished look with no down time.

After the pressure of all the holiday parties comes a new year. This is the time many of my clients decide to commit to a skin care program. This may include micro-needling which typically includes four treatments, four weeks apart. Micro-needling stimulates collagen, helping to correct fine lines and wrinkles, and diminishing the appearance of any scarring.

Facial peels are an option and help with pigmentation issues and fine lines. Depending on your skin needs, multiple sessions may be needed. Intense pulse light (IPL) also helps with pigment issues such as sun damage, as well as redness from rosacea.

I always say that a good home skin care regime is necessary. Without that, anything you do in our med-spa is very temporary. It’s the same as working out at the gym and then eating fast food everyday. When you’re ready to start a skin care regime, it is important to meet with a skin care specialist. A licensed aesthetician can evaluate your skin and recommend the best products for your skin and lifestyle. I suggest purchasing your skin care in a medical setting. These products are considered cosmeceutical skin care, which means that they’re going to have much higher active ingredients in them than department store products. Typically, cosmeceutical products are also cheaper than department store lines. At the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa, we offer free skin care consults. We encourage you to bring your current skin care products with you at the time of the appointment so that we can evaluate what you’re using. This way, we are able to only add things if needed.

The Emory Aesthetic Center offers many different solutions to your cosmetic needs. Once again, it all depends on your needs, desired goals, and the time frame we have to work with. It is important to meet with on of our licensed aestheticians to help you develop a plan for you. It would be our pleasure to help you fall in love with your skin.


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Liposuction versus CoolSculpting®: Which is Right for You?

Lipo vs CoolSculptingLiposuction and CoolSculpting® are two very different procedures that are designed to reduce unwanted fatty deposits. So with both procedures producing the same outcome in the end, how are you to decide which is best for you? Like so many things in cosmetic medicine, it depends . . .Let me break down the differences between the two so that you can make the best decision for you.

Liposuction was developed in the 1980’s and has been around a lot longer than CoolSculping. There are now many types of liposuction including Suction Assisted Lipectomy (SAL) – the original technique but still a great one; Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL) that uses sound waves to break up the fat, Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) that uses vibration, Laser Assisted Liposuction (LAL) that uses laser energy, and Fluid Assisted Liposuction (FAL) that works like a water jet. Despite the different approaches, all of these techniques can work well, and none is clearly superior over the other, despite marketing claims to the contrary.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia, under sedation, or with full general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia you will need depends on the area(s) to be treated and the amount of fat that needs to be removed. In general, the more areas that you treat, the more sedation or full general anesthesia you will need. The incisions for liposuction are small, typically less than 1/4 inch, so there isn’t much scarring. There is, however, a recovery period that lasts for a few weeks – bruising and swelling are most common. Patients can usually resume light exercise after a few days.

As opposed to liposuction, CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia at all. The CoolSculpting system includes a disposable gel pad that is placed over the treatment area. A cooling head is then placed over the gel pad and suction is activated. The machine has a base that cools the liquid flowing through the headpiece and pulls the fatty area into the head, therefore, freezing the fat. After an hour or so (or two hours for a non-suction treatment type) the cooling head is removed and the frozen area is massaged briefly. Although there can be some discomfort when the tissue is first pulled into the cooling head, this becomes numb once the cooling starts and the massage doesn’t hurt. Like liposuction, it takes a few weeks to see the final result, and although there really isn’t much pain, like liposuction, the treated area can feel a little tender for a while.

Liposuction is the more aggressive treatment of the two, allowing more fat to be removed in a single session. Because CoolSculpting removes less fat per treatment, patients may need several sessions of CoolSculpting to get their optimal result.

Patients who are thinking about other cosmetic surgical procedures may be better candidates for liposuction than CoolSculpting since they would already be under aesthesia. In addition, the combination of liposuction with an excisional procedure (think tummy tuck with liposuction) is very powerful and can deliver dramatic results. Another example of when liposuction is preferable is when a patient might want to add volume to an area and they want to do so with their own fat. Liposuction can be used to harvest fat for fat transfer to another site. Liposuction is often preferred when there are many body areas that the patient wants treated, as these can be done all at one time, rather than over many different sessions with CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting can be a great option for smaller fatty deposits. It is also a great choice for patients that are keen to avoid surgery, either for personal preference or because of health issues that may increase the risk of surgery.

Patients always wonder which is more cost effective – liposuction or CoolSculpting. This is another it depends situation. If a patient is treating a single small area that will probably be effectively treated with two sessions, then CoolSculping makes a lot of sense and may be cheaper. However if there are multiple sites to treat, and some of these will need three or more CoolSculpting sessions to get full resolution, then liposuction may be the less expensive of the two.

In the long run the choice of which is best for you depends on you – how you feel about it, what issues are the most important, and how aggressive you want to be in removing the fat. If avoiding surgery is super important to you, and you’ll accept less dramatic results in order to do so, then CoolSculping might be your best option. On the other hand, if you’d rather get as much fat off as possible, and would rather do this in one session instead of several, then liposuction may be your best bet. Let the board certified cosmetic surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center help you figure out what approach is best for you.


About Dr. Eaves

Felmont Eaves, MDDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.

Fractionated Laser Resurfacing or Micro-needling: Which One Should I Have to Improve My Skin?

MicroneedlingAs a plastic surgeon, I am often asked by patients, friends and family members, “what can I do to look younger?”. The appearance of the skin is the most troubling to them. Typically, they are bothered by wrinkles, discoloration, enlarged pore size, and sometimes scarring from acne in their youth. Luckily for them, I am armed with a multitude of products and treatments that will rejuvenate the skin. Two of the most popular treatments used at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa are fractional laser resurfacing and micro-needling. Let’s review each one to help you decide which one is right for you.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a non-ablative laser used to resurface the skin. The laser works by penetrating beneath the skin’s surface to the dermis, where it heats the tissue and initiates a healing process that forms new, healthy tissue. The treated area regenerates new collagen, improving the tone and texture of the treated skin, resulting in a fresher and more youthful skin tone.


Micro-needling is a procedure that uses needles to create micro-channels in your skin without causing thermal injury to the surrounding tissue. Like lasers, micro-needling relies on the skin’s natural healing ability. But since the mechanism leaves the protective epidermis intact, there is less risk of scarring and infection. This results in the skin becoming firmer and regaining elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, pores become finer and the overall condition of the skin improves.

So how do you choose?

For both procedures, a topical numbing agent will be applied to your skin about 60 minutes prior to treatment – oral pain medication is NOT needed. A relaxing spa environment also accompanies the procedure for added benefit to the experience.

Once adequately anesthetized, the treatment begins. The forehead is treated first as it can be the most painful anatomical location for either procedure. Patients generally grade the pain associated with laser treatment at 4-6 on a scale of 10, and the micro-needling as a 2-3, being notably more tolerable. We understand that no one welcomes pain, but if you know that your pain threshold is somewhat low, micro-needling may be a better choice for you. Both procedures are relatively fast with the laser treatment completed on average in 20-30 minutes, while micro-needling takes 15-20 minutes.

Both procedures lead to redness immediately at the completion of the treatment. You appear as if you have a sunburn. The redness persists for 24-48 hours in both cases, although it seems to resolve more quickly after the micro-needling than laser. There is more associated swelling with the laser treatment as well. In both case, makeup can be worn the next day to help camouflage these changes so no one will be any wiser.

Most importantly, people with all skin types can effectively use micro-needling throughout the year. Unlike lasers, micro-needling does not depend on chromophores (pigment or color) to work. Therefore, it does not matter how dark one’s skin tone is when considering whether to perform a micro-needling treatment. Micro-needling can provide great results for people with all skin types, which is not the case for lasers.

If you think you may benefit from fractional collagen induction therapy either by laser or micro-needling, an evaluation at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa is a great start. Let us help you reveal your beauty and decide what treatment is best for you.


About Dr. Anderson

Erica Anderson, MDErica Anderson, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University. Dr. Anderson completed her general surgery residency and plastic surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and associated hospitals in Denver, CO. She completed a year of advanced training in Aesthetic Surgery at Grotting Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Anderson returns to Emory University after being in private practice in Arlington, Virginia. While there, she maintained a busy aesthetic and reconstructive practice and also served as Medical Director for the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Virginia Hospital Center.

Dr. Anderson’s academic and research interests are largely focused on clinical outcomes with regards to cosmetic surgery. Her areas of clinical interest are diverse including cosmetic surgery of the breast and body as well chest wall reconstruction and wound care.

Dr. Anderson is married with 3 children, Trent, Connor and Fiona, and 2 vizslas, Max and Mimi.

Does Laser Hair Removal Really Work?

Laser Hair RemovalIt was 75 degrees and sunny in Atlanta yesterday. Suddenly winter is over and the summer season is quickly upon us. The shorts and sundresses have already made their way out of our closets. With the loss of layers, we now need that extra time in the shower for you know what….shaving. If you are like me, you hate shaving. I mean REALLY hate shaving. Can’t there be another option to shaving that works? Wait a minute, there is. For some, laser hair removal can be an answer! Let’s review the science behind laser hair removal to see if you are a candidate to rid yourself of razors forever.

Does laser hair removal work?

The simple answer is yes, laser hair removal does work. A better term to use however for the procedure is laser hair reduction. With a full treatment protocol, roughly 80-90% of the hair is gone. The hair that remains is typically fine and colorless so causes little issues.

How does laser hair removal work?

In general, lasers work by a process known as selective photothermolysis, wherein a specific wavelength of light is directed at a target. In the case of laser hair removal, that target is melanin. The light energy emitted by the laser is selectively absorbed by the hair follicle, which subsequently heats up and dies. The surrounding skin is unaffected.

Are you a candidate for laser hair removal?

The best candidates for laser hair removal are those that have darker pigmented hair, either black or brown, and a more fair skin type. Blonde, red and grey hair will not respond to laser hair removal, as it does not have the necessary pigment to target. Vellus hair (or peach fuzz) similarly cannot be treated. There are newer lasers available now that can successfully treat black hair in dark skinned patients.

Is it a single treatment?

Hair grows in several phases and only hair that is in the active growth phase (early anagen) is affected. That is why multiple sessions are required. For the best treatment, we recommend 10 sessions. For body hair removal, these sessions are scheduled 6 weeks apart. For the face, only 4 weeks between treatments is required as the hair on the face typically grows faster.

How to prepare for laser hair removal?

You need to avoid tanning or self-tanning products for 2 weeks in advance of your treatment. The skin needs to be without pigmentation to avoid injury. We also ask you to shave the area 48 hours in advance of the treatment. The idea is to have the hair present in the follicle but short at the skin, again to avoid excess heat or cause injury. Waxing should be avoided prior to treatment to allow the hair to regrow in the follicle.

What to expect?

The pain of the treatment is tolerable even in the most sensitive areas. No numbing creams are applied as they risk the success of the treatment. After the procedure you may notice itching, redness, and swelling to the skin at the treated site. A more localized reaction can occur with swelling around each follicle follicular edema) which looks like little red bumps in the treated area. Any irritation is typically resolved in 1-2 days.

Summer is almost here in Atlanta. Make an appointment today at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa and see if you are a candidate for laser hair removal so you can ditch the razor for good.


About Dr. Anderson

Erica Anderson, MDErica Anderson, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University. Dr. Anderson completed her general surgery residency and plastic surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and associated hospitals in Denver, CO. She completed a year of advanced training in Aesthetic Surgery at Grotting Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. Anderson returns to Emory University after being in private practice in Arlington, Virginia. While there, she maintained a busy aesthetic and reconstructive practice and also served as Medical Director for the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Virginia Hospital Center.

Dr. Anderson’s academic and research interests are largely focused on clinical outcomes with regards to cosmetic surgery. Her areas of clinical interest are diverse including cosmetic surgery of the breast and body as well chest wall reconstruction and wound care.

Dr. Anderson is married with 3 children, Trent, Connor and Fiona, and 2 vizslas, Max and Mimi.

Does Microdermabrasion Work?

MicordermabrasionMicrodermabrasion is a procedure usually performed at a medical spa for enhancement and brightening of the overall facial appearance. Patients may present with complaints of dull skin texture, or superficial skin irregularities that just need a little freshening. It is more aggressive than a facial, but much less aggressive than dermabrasion. Although the terms are related, the “micro” in microdermabrasion arises from the fact that originally, little tiny crystals were used as an exfoliant within the hand piece to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. More updated equipment relies on different methods of liquid exfoliation, but the effect is the same. Downtime is minimal if any, usually resulting in a few hours of redness or mild irritation of the skin, similar to the sensation of a mild sunburn. It’s important to reduce or eliminate sun exposure after any exfoliation procedure, but other than that, it is a relatively pain-free and uncomplicated endeavor. It may require repeated or regular appointments for maintenance of ideal skin tone. Microdermabrasion can be performed on all skin types and colors safely because the injury is very superficial.

Dermabrasion, on the other hand, is a much more involved procedure. Often performed under sedation or local anesthesia, depending on the area treated, it may even require the use of an operating room. A surgeon or dermatologist will use a special instrument that actually “sands” the top layers of the skin to reveal deeper, fresher skin. Patients in need of dermabrasion may present with deeper scars, acne scars, or traumatic tattoos from motor vehicle accidents or other trauma that require aggressive resurfacing. Recovery takes a week to 10 days depending on the depth of abrasion, and often the skin in the area treated appears lighter or redder in color for several weeks after treatment. As always, sun avoidance and sunscreen are imperative in the healing period, and some time off work is often needed to allow for postoperative wound care. Dermabrasion can be performed safely on most patients of light skin colors, but is often not recommended or very carefully performed on patients of Mediterranean, Asian, Hispanic or African American backgrounds because irregularities in skin color can arise easily if performed aggressively.

At the Emory Aesthetic Center, we request that all prospective patients meet with one of our aestheticians or board certified physicians before undergoing any procedure, allowing us to formulate a treatment plan based on your specific needs, outcomes and recovery time. Let us help you come up with a plan to achieve your desired results.

About Dr. Sethna

Anita Sethna, MDAnita Sethna, MD, understands that facial plastic and reconstructive surgery demand a marriage of science and artistry, and she enjoys using precision, skill, and vision to make her patients’ dreams reality. Dr. Sethna’s meticulous attention to detail and her passion for maintaining a natural look ensure optimum results for her patients. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Sethna is devoted to assisting residents in facial trauma or reconstructive cases at Grady Hospital. She relishes the opportunity to educate residents and medical students in all aspects of patient care. Dr. Sethna has a strong interest in several areas of facial plastic surgery research and has presented at national meetings on the importance of resident and fellow education in rhinoplasty techniques and adjunctive measures to decrease discomfort during cosmetic procedures.

Skin Care throughout the Stages of Life

Skin Care StagesOne thing my experience as an aesthetician for over twenty years has taught me is that each client/patient has individual cosmetic concerns and needs. As you age, as seasons change, and as you go through different transitions of life, your skin will change as well. It is important to have a relationship with an aesthetician so that he/she can help you look your best through every phase of your life. As skincare specialists, we are trained to provide the proper treatments and ingredients to your skin to allow it to be at its optimal health. Below are some general skincare guidelines we recommend for the different stages of life:

  • In your thirties it is time to get serious about your skin care. Stop using bar soap on your delicate skin. Now is the time to begin using a facial cleanser morning and night. It is imperative to wear sunscreen daily with an SPF of 30 or higher – be sure to look for one that has a blend of antioxidants and moisture. For night, we recommend using a light moisturizer containing antioxidants, retinol or Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) to give your skin the help it needs to stay rejuvenated.

Having regular facials every six to eight weeks will help keep the pores clean and hydrate the skin. Also, microdermabrasion is a great way to have your skin exfoliated and give it a very refined and polished look.

With our doctors, Botox®  may be a consideration if you are starting to see fine lines around the eyes and forehead.

  • In your forties you need to step up the game on your skin care. It is time for more advanced active ingredients. You will find these products at your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist office. It is time to utilize the assistance of a skin care specialist to recommend proper products based on an evaluation of your skin. Washing your face with a cleanser containing AHA will help with exfoliating the skin to give it a nice glow. Using an antioxidant serum like will fight against the free radicals we expose our skin to everyday. Regular use of prescription grade retinol or tretinoin will boost collagen and elastin, as well as help to slow down the hands of time.

Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a wonderful in office treatment that can assist in removing unwanted brown spots and broken blood vessels caused by sun damage. Medium depth facial peels are also an option to help give the face a lighter, brighter, and more supple appearance.

With our doctors, dermal fillers such as Restylane® , Juvederm®  and Voluma®  can be added to the face to help soften fine lines around the mouth and other areas of the face where needed. Botox®  can soften the appearance of lines around the eyes and forehead. Deeper chemical peels performed in the operating room are done for more advanced sun damage.

  • In your fifties it’s time to fight back the hands of time. Keep in mind that at this stage the skin is dryer and more fragile. Wash your face with a gentle hydrating cleanser morning and night. Never forget your daily sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Use products with DNA repair, growth factors and stem cells that will help trigger new cell growth. Make sure to continue your prescription retinol or tretinoin to slow down the aging affects. Always use night creams rich in hyaluronic acid that will help retain moisture in your skin.

Fractional Resurfacing is a noninvasive laser treatment that can help in smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. It can assist in tightening the face and neck multiple treatments are required for best results. Intense pulse light can help the appearance of rosacea and brown spots caused by the sun. Micro-needling with a growth factor is also a great choice to help stimulate collagen production in the skin. We recommend facials every four to six weeks to help with hydration and circulation.

It may be the time to build a relationship with a cosmetic surgeon to weigh the options of a liquid facelift using dermal fillers and Botox®  injections versus taking the plunge and having surgery. Finding a physician that you trust and feel 100% confident in is very important. Take the time to get to know your surgeon so that if and when you make the decision to have surgery you will be comfortable with your choice.

  • In your sixties your skin may be much more sensitive so protection and hydration is very important. Use gentle cleansers to wash your face morning and night. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher daily. Using antioxidants and hyaluronic acid will help protect and hydrate the skin. Using a mild exfoliate once a week will help give your skin a nice glow. Using products with DNA repair, growth factors and stem cells will help trigger new cell growth. Applying moisturizers with ceramides will bring long lasting hydration to the skin.

Having facials on a regular basis will ensure hydration and stimulation for your skin. Hydrafacials are a wonderful way to gently exfoliate the skin and infuse the face with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid using a special machine that helps penetrate deep into the skin. For an overall rejuvenation to tighten the skin, regain elasticity, minimize pores, and soften fine lines and wrinkles, we recommend micro-needling.

With our doctors, deep chemical peels can soften or remove lines and wrinkles around the mouth and tighten the skin. Botox®  and dermal fillers are a great non-surgical way to plump up thin lips, fill the lines around the mouth and soften the lines around the eyes and forehead. Discuss surgical options with your physicians if you considering facial surgery.

Call today for a complimentary skincare consultation with one of our licensed aesthetician at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa.