South County Dermatology

Posts for: July, 2017

July 24, 2017
Tags: Botox  

Crow's feet, forehead lines and other facial wrinkles--they're things we all deal with over time. Would you like to ease the appearance ofbotox those lines and give yourself a more refreshed, younger look? Would you like to feel more like yourself? Then Dr. Robert Dyer and Dr. Vincent Criscione may have an answer for you. It's called BOTOX Cosmetic. In its years of FDA-approved use by health care providers such as South County Dermatology in East Greenwich, RI, BOTOX has successfully smoothed wrinkles within one to two days of injection.

What is BOTOX?

It's a medication made from the Botlulinum Toxin A. Injected into the muscles in common problem areas of the face such as crow's feet around the eyes and frown lines between the brows, BOTOX in East Greenwich temporarily limits movement of those areas. Within 24 to 48 hours, the patient notices a smoother look, and the effects last up to six months.

Experts from the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine say that BOTOX Cosmetic injections work best on what's called dynamic wrinkling. These lines appear temporarily on the face when a person smiles, squints or frowns. In other words, dynamic wrinkles happen when your face moves in certain repeated ways. Over time, lines form permanently.

Is treatment with BOTOX painful?

Patients at South County Dermatology liken getting BOTOX injections to feeling a pinch in their skin. Afterwards, there may be some very mild redness at the site. Preparation is simple, too. Qualified BOTOX patients who take blood thinners or aspirin should refrain from taking them for one to two days before and after the treatments.

Additionally, patients can resume their normal activities right away. However, your skin doctor may advise against a heavy gym workout until the next day.

Other benefits of BOTOX

Did you know that BOTOX has other FDA-approved applications? A common use is treatment of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating under the arms, along the forehead or even on the palms of the hands.

Additionally, dentists sometimes use BOTOX to stop teeth clenching or grinding. An involuntary habit also called bruxism, teeth grinding causes jaw joint pain, headaches, ear aches and excessive wear and tear on tooth enamel.

Another recommended application is using BOTOX to treat severe migraine headaches. In individuals who suffer from headaches lasting four hours and experience 15 days or more of headaches per month, BOTOX injections have provided significant relief from debilitating pain, dizziness, light sensitivity and other symptoms that go along with migraine headaches.

Learn more

If BOTOX sounds interesting to you, please contact South County Dermatology in East Greenwich, RI, today for a personal consultation with our professional staff. You could have the smoother, more rejuvenated look you've been seeking. Call (401) 471-3376 today.

July 17, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Care Tips  

Skin CareWe all desire to maintain and restore our youthful appearance. But with hundreds of anti-aging products on the market that promise to make you look younger, finding the right one for your skin can be overwhelming and confusing.  

Rather than buying product after product in an attempt to achieve a more youthful glow, it’s best to find an experienced dermatologist who can assess your skin type and problems, and then make recommendations for the best course of treatment.

There are many professional, cosmetic treatments available to help you minimize signs of aging and renew your young, healthy skin. Talk to your dermatologist about:

  • Botox
    Botox involves a series of injections which work to relax the muscles that cause facial expressions. It’s a quick procedure that is commonly used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.
  • Microdermabrasion
    This non-surgical procedure involves removing the top layer of skin to reveal a fresh, healthy skin underneath.  Microdermabrasion offers many age-defying benefits, including softening fine lines and minimizing scars and shallow wrinkles.
  • Chemical Peel
    Chemical peel treatment involves applying chemicals to the skin to gently exfoliate skin on the face and encourage new skin cells to replace the old, dead ones. Skin peels can take years off of aging skin, and may be a good treatment option for people with sun damage, fine lines or discoloration of the skin.

Not all skin problems require professional treatment. There are other practical ways that you can keep skin looking fresh and healthy every day.

  • Protect your skin from the sun
    Applying sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is one of the single most important things you can do to prevent brown spots, fine lines and sagging skin caused by repeated sun exposure.  
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
    Regular consumption of fruits, vegetables, water and other foods high in antioxidants and omega-3s can keep your skin from aging.
  • Moisturize
    Lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated by applying lotions or creams daily. Keep skin moist to give the skin a radiant, smooth look.
  • Avoid smoking
    Smoking cannot only lead to cancer and other diseases, but it can also damage your skin. Common side effects of smoking include skin discoloration and fine lines.

You can’t turn back the hands of time, but you can prevent and even reverse some of the visible signs of aging by practicing smart basic skin care and consulting your dermatologist for professional treatment.

July 05, 2017
Category: Skin Care

Tattoo RemovalWhile people have many reasons for getting tattoos, people have just as many reasons for wanting to have them removed down the road. The old methods of tattoo removal were time-intensive and often resulted in scarring. Fortunately, thanks to advancements in laser technology, tattoos can be significantly lightened and reduced safely today with the help of your dermatologist.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

The lasers used to remove tattoos can precisely target ink in the skin, allowing for non-invasive and effective removal of unwanted tattoos. During treatment, the laser works by emitting a focused beam of laser light that passes through the skin’s outer layer. The ink particles absorb the light from the laser, breaking the pigment into smaller particles that are eventually removed by the body’s natural healing processes.

Following a series of laser treatments, the ink particles are gradually faded from the skin. The number of treatment sessions required for optimal results varies according to the size, location, color and depth of the tattoo. Some only require a few laser sessions, while others require multiple treatments.

If you’re having second thoughts about a tattoo or want to learn more about laser tattoo removal, talk to your dermatologist and find out if laser tattoo removal is right for you.