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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.

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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.

Request an appointmentor call us at 404-778-6880.

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

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.

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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.