Posts Tagged ‘skin care’

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.

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

 

A New Year, A Fresh Look: Facial Rejuvenation

Facial rejuvenation gives you a fresh new look for the new year. Emory Aesthetic Center offers surgical and nonsurgical options.For many of us, a new year brings new hopes and wishes for a better life and better health. Maybe you’ve resolved to start taking better care of yourself this year but aren’t sure where to start. How about with your skin?

At-home skincare

For some, a simple skin care routine may be enough to achieve a fresh look. Medical-grade exfoliating agents, moisturizers and a broad-spectrum sunscreen can renew and protect the superficial layers of your skin and bring back your natural glow. Skin care products like these are available at the Emory Aesthetic Center Spa.

Non-invasive facial rejuvenation

Chemical peels and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) are popular noninvasive procedures to renovate the top layers of skin. Depending on your skin type, it’s possible to:

  • Soften fine wrinkles
  • Erase sun spots and blemishes
  • Improve melasma and freckles
  • Stimulate collagen production to treat and prevent facial aging

For mature skin, with more intense sun damage and wrinkling, deeper treatments like Croton oil peels or CO2 and Erbium lasers are great options. These procedures work in the deepest layers of the skin to improve stubborn lines and skin laxity. These deeper skin treatments require about a week of downtime but give longer lasting results.

Injectables and fillers

Injectables , like Botox®, and fillers , like hyaluronic acid, are incredible rejuvenating agents that help treat and prevent signs of aging. Botox is used to relax face muscles and treat wrinkles that appear with facial expressions. They also can prevent wrinkles from becoming permanent. Fillers are used to restore volume and enhance the shape of specific facial areas. They are used to treat folds and wrinkles around the mouth, improve the shape and volume of the lips, treat hollow eyelids and improve the cheek bone volume and projection.

Surgical facial rejuvenation

There’s a wide offering of noninvasive procedures that give amazing and natural looking results, but sometimes surgery is the only option. For instance:

  • Neck – Neck laxity may show up as a bulge under your chin or a change in your jawline. It’s hard to treat without surgery because extra skin needs to be removed and lax muscle needs to be tightened. Only a neck lift can treat this and produce a lasting result.
  • Eyes – Upper and lower can lose volume and build up extra skin. Although it’s possible to treat mild aging changes in these areas with noninvasive procedures, a surgical procedure like a blepharoplasty eyelids is usually needed to remove extra skin and under-eye bags.
  • Eyebrows – Eyebrows can droop beneath the brow bone. When this happens, a brow lift is needed to reposition the brows and rejuvenate the area.

Emory Aesthetic Center

If you’re considering a fresh look, come see the expert physicians at the Emory Aesthetic Center for a complimentary consultation. We’re happy to help you find the right surgical or nonsurgical procedure for your goals.

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Facial Rejuvenation- Secrets to Defying the Aging Process

Learn the secrets to defying the aging process with facial rejuvenation. Renew your face with tips from a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.Aging is a part of life. And yes, your appearance will change as you get older. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Aging gracefully is about allowing the best version of yourself to shine through, and there are countless facial rejuvenation tools to help you do just that.

Facial Rejuvenation Starts with Skin Care

Skincare is the first and most important step of facial rejuvenation. You don’t need to ditch your current products and spend a fortune on complete skin care “systems” to get good results.

A licensed aesthetician can help. Find someone who’s willing to listen to your concerns and offer advice to help you get the results you want within your budget.

These products can help you look your best:

• Sunscreen. Use sunscreen every day to prevent aging sun damage, such as dark spots and fine lines.
• Vitamin C. Apply Vitamin C to your skin to reduce the effects of sun damage and significantly brighten your complexion.
• Tretinoin (Retin-A). Use a Retin-A product to penetrate the deeper layers of your skin and stimulate collagen production. It also works as a mild daily exfoliant.
• Prescription medicine. Ask a dermatologist about certain prescription medicines (such as hydroquinone), which can lighten dark brown spots, patches and hormone-induced darkening.

Chemical Peels and Micro-Needling

Minor procedures for facial rejuvenation such as mild to medium facial peels (also known as chemical peels) and micro-needling can do wonders to kick-start a healthy routine and help your skin care products to work even better. Regular peels can help keep your skin texture looking younger as you age.

Injectable Treatments

You may get great results from fillers and/or Botox© if you have these early signs of aging:

• Mild volume loss
• Fine, early creases around your forehead and/or between your eyes
• Crow’s feet

Most patients have more than one of these signs, plus others such as loose skin and fat build up. You may need a multi-step action plan for facial rejuvenation to tackle multiple concerns.

Cosmetic Surgery

If you’re trying to use fillers or Botox for something that really requires cosmetic surgery, you probably won’t be happy with the results.

For example, if you have extra skin or fat around your eyelids and use Botox to lift your eyebrows, you may end up with an unnatural, arched expression. If you use an injectable filler to add a significant amount of volume to your jawline, you may look more “puffy” than youthful.

There are many surgical procedures that can help you put your best face forward. Talk to a board certified cosmetic surgeon to learn which procedures may be right for you.

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About Dr. Sethna

anita-sethna-avatarDr. Sethna 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.

Takeaways from the Emory Aesthetic Center’s Getting Ready for the Holidays Live Chat

eac-holiday-260x200Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, October 13th, for our live online chat on “Getting Ready for the Holidays”, hosted by Emory Aesthetic Center’s facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Anita Sethna.

Believe it or not, the holidays will be here before we know it. In this live chat, Dr. Sethna provided advice and answered questions on how to get your skin glowing for the festive season. She discussed effective non-surgical treatments that will give you a brighter, rejuvenated look. She also answered questions around cosmetic surgical options and recovery to ensure your are ready just in time for the season. Here are just a few highlights from the chat, including one question we didn’t have a chance to answer:

Question: Can you perform a nose job with injections? My friend said that he had it done and I can see a difference.

anita-sethna-avatarDr. Sethna: Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a relatively new concept in injectables, but not one that should be taken lightly. There are no FDA-approved injectables for injection into the nose. That being said, in very select cases either after a rhinoplasty has already been done, or if a small issue in the bridge needs to be corrected, injection of a hyaluronic acid filler (juvederm , restylane for example) can be injected to correct the concern. A rhinoplasty surgeon familiar with the anatomy and blood vessels of the nose should be the one performing the injection. The risks of improper placement or unintended consequences can be severe in the nasal skin if performed by an untrained individual. As always, a consultation with a rhinoplasty expert to determine whether your concerns are even amenable to non-surgical (injectable) rhinoplasty is recommended prior to any interventions.

Question: What is the simplest thing someone can do to look fresher and rejuvenated?

anita-sethna-avatarDr. Sethna: On a daily basis, skin care is probably the easiest and biggest bang for your buck. The ingredients that are most helpful are tretinoin, or some type of retinol, that is essentially a daily exfoliant that is helpful in stimulating collagen and removing surface dead skin cells.

 

 

Question: When would you recommend a chemical peel and what does it best treat? Wrinkles? Complexion? Wondering if I should have one.

anita-sethna-avatarDr. Sethna: There are many different types of chemical peels and many different concentrations that can be used to achieve a different type of cosmetic result. Very limited amount of down time can be achieved with a lower concentration of peel solution and can improve overall brightness of the complexion and possibly improve the appearance of darker spots or age spots. If deeper wrinkles are present or overall skin tightening is desired, most of the time a deeper peel will need to be performed in an operating room or under sedation, with a recovery time of closer to seven days. Most peels can be repeated to get more drastic results and can be repeated with varying intervals depending on the depth of the original peel. Ultimately, the best recommendation on whether or not it will be helpful will be to come in for a consultation to address what your overall goals are and whether a peel could accomplish those.

If you missed out on this live chat, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers on the chat transcript. You can also visit emoryaesthetic.org for a full list of services and treatments offered by the Emory Aesthetic Center.

If you have additional questions for Dr. Sethna, please feel free to leave a comment in our comments area below.

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or call us at 404-778-6880 to schedule a consultation.

Holiday Glow: Getting Ready for the Holidays Live Chat- October 13

eac-holiday-calloutBelieve it or not, the holidays will be here before we know it. There are so many things to look forward to as the holiday season begins – parties, events and time with family and friends. But will you be ready?

Join Dr. Anita Sethna of the Emory Aesthetic Center for a live chat on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST where she will give advice and answer questions on how to get your skin glowing for the festive season. Dr. Sethna will discuss effective non-surgical treatments that will provide the most significant changes to your skin to those last minute options that will still give you a brighter, rejuvenated look. She will also be available to answer questions around cosmetic surgical options and recovery to ensure your are ready just in time for the season.

Register for the live chat on Tuesday, October 13 at 12pm here.

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About Dr. Sethna

anita-sethna-avatarDr. Sethna 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.

 

Takeaways from the Emory Aesthetic Center’s Skin Care Live Chat

skincare-eacThank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, July 28th, for our live online chat on “Skin Care Throughout the Stages of Life”, hosted by Emory Aesthetic Center skin care specialists, Dr. Erica D. Anderson and licensed aesthetician Danette Baxter.

Good skin care is essential for looking your best through every phase of your life. During this live chat, Dr. Anderson and Danette discussed treatments and ingredients to keep your skin at its optimal health. They provided general skincare guidelines for every stage of life as well as cosmetic treatment options to reduce the signs of aging and keep you looking younger. Here are just a few highlights from the chat:

 

 

Question: What can I do to reduce facial dark spots?

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Dr. Anderson: Dyschromia and hyperpigmentation occur as our skin ages or with hormonal changes like pregnancy. There are many approaches to address the condition depending on your skin type. Hydroquinone therapy is the gold standard of treatment and is applied daily to the skin. There are also non-hydroquinone based treatments available that work similarly. Many light-based treatments exist to remove or lighten these lesions as well, such as Intense Pulsed Laser (IPL) or Fraxel laser.

 

Question: What’s the best non-invasive way to treat smile lines?
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Dr. Anderson: The main way to treat lines around the mouth is with fillers. It is minimally invasive, meaning that the product is injected under the skin as an office based procedure. A regimented skin care program with chemical peels on a monthly or every 6 weeks basis will also improve wrinkles and lines on the whole face.

 

Question: I am 57 and don’t really have any wrinkles or problems and would like to keep it that way! Do you have recommendations for a skin care regimen? I have normal skin.

Danette: Using antioxidants (vitamin C, green tea, or products you can purchase in a medical spa that have active ingredients to promote skin health) every morning, applying sunscreen! sunscreen! sunscreen! daily, and using a light-grade retinol cream at night can help protect and maintain your skin. You should also see a licensed aesthetician at a medical grade spa once a month to ensure your skin stays looking its best.

If you missed out on this live chat, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers on the chat transcript. You can also visit emoryaesthetic.org for a full list of services and treatments offered by the Emory Aesthetic Center.

If you have additional questions for Dr. Anderson or licensed aesthetician Danette Baxter, please feel free to leave a comment in our comments area below.

Caring for Your Skin Throughout the Stages of Life – Join our Live Chat with Dr. Erica Anderson

EACPreChat_7-10As we age, as seasons change, and as we move through the different stages of life, our skin care needs change as well. Good skin care is essential for looking your best through every phase of your life. Join Emory Aesthetic Center skin care specialists, Dr. Erica Anderson and licensed aesthetician Danette Baxter, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from Noon – 1PM as they discuss treatments and ingredients that will allow your skin to be at its optimal health. They will provide general skincare guidelines for every stage of life as well as cosmetic treatment options to reduce the signs of aging and keep you looking younger.

During this live chat all of your questions will be answered from products to nonsurgical treatments like chemical peels and injectable fillers to facial surgery options. Understanding that every person has their own individual concerns and needs, Dr. Anderson and our licensed aesthetician will answer all of your questions such as:

• What is the best method for reducing facial dark spots and imperfections from acne scarring from the face?
• What are the best over the counter products to use for anti-aging?
• What is the difference between a photofacial and laser resurfacing?
• Do dermal fillers and Botox injections do the same thing?
• What types of results can I expect to see from a facial surgery versus Botox or dermal fillers?
• What is the benefit of having my non-surgical or surgical procedure performed at a place like Emory Aesthetic Center?

Register now for our July 28 chat at emoryhealthcare.org/mdchats.

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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.