04 Mar

Kybella – New, Natural, Non-Invasive


You may have heard about people whose profiles include a “strong, square jaw” or a “dainty chin.” For those who feel like their jowls fall into the “prematurely soft and round” category, there is hope. Where cosmetic surgery and liposuction once reigned supreme, Kybella is a new advancement.

What Is This New Treatment?

Dr. Landow says that Kybella injections were approved for dermatology regimens in early 2015. They are designed to combat excessive fat deposits in and around the jawline. The drug, itself, is a synthesized version of deoxycholic acid. Your body naturally produces this compound in your gut to get rid of fat cells. Here’s how it works:

  • The acid breaks down the fat cell membrane
  • The fat cell dissolves
  • Your body absorbs the free-floating cell residue
  • Your body metabolizes the residue

Adult fat cells do not naturally regenerate, so these treatments typically produce long-lasting results.

What Is Kybella Not? 

Kybella filler is not surgery. There is no anesthesia or cutting required. It is also not liposuction. Nothing is siphoned out of or off the body. You may receive a topical or localized anesthetic to numb the sensation from the injections. You may have two to six sessions over the course of your treatment, depending on your needs and how well your body responds.

Talk to your dermatologist about how this innovative technique can help you produce the profile you’ve always preferred.

22 Aug

Debunking Dermatology Myths

Proper skin care is vital so that you can continue to look fabulous throughout life. There are a lot of myths out there about what should and should not be done so that you can continue to look magnificent. It can be difficult to sort through what is real and what is not, so here are some dermatology myths you should not feel obliged to abide by.

Moisturizer Needs to be Applied in Upward Strokes to Avoid Wrinkles
This is a common myth you do not have to follow. It is impossible to rub wrinkles on your face. However, you can create wrinkles by consistently stretching a certain area of your face. For example, always sleeping on one side of your face could create wrinkles over time because you are creasing the skin the same way every night.

Greasy Foods and Chocolate Cause Acne
This may come as a surprise, but there has been no scientific evidence to support the notion that the foods you eat lead to acne. Now if you get oil on your face, then that could cause acne. However, simply eating something is not going to make you break out in zits.  (Source: Dr. Ken Landow, M.D)

There are numerous other dermatology myths out there about what should be done to have healthy skin. The information is available right at your laptop, but you should do plenty of research on any skin care tip before taking it to heart to make sure you are actually getting some good out of it.

11 Apr

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a type of filler that is used to treat some signs of aging such as wrinkles and loss of skin volume. Usually, the product is injected around the lips, nose and cheeks to treat a number of problems. It is a good option for softening the creases in the face. Like some similar treatments, the product is made of hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar that is found naturally in the body. The acid is part of cell wall structure and this fact helps eliminate allergic or other negative reactions. The body already knows the sugar and will be less likely to reject it. This can make the road to recovery even faster.

Juvederm has a thin consistency and should cause less bruising and swelling than the alternatives. It’s correctible by using a simple enzyme injection to dissolve the injected serum. This means any lumps or negative effects are easy to fix. The treatment lasts for about six to twelve months after injection. It is a forgiving process and lasts as long or longer than competing solutions. Overall, the average client will have around two treatments. Some alternatives require regular doctor visits over an extended period of three to four months. For minor problems or first time patients, this product is a great option because it has a minimal time commitment and dependable results.

10 Mar

What Is Belotero Balance

Belotero Balance is a dermal filler made with hyaluronic acid, a substance that is found in the skin. By injecting Belotero Balance into the skin it helps temporarily smooth out those unwanted folds, depressions formed by acne scars and wrinkles.

What does Belotero Balance treat?
It is common for treating facial problems that are associated with aging. Frown lines on your forehead, crow’s feet around your eyes, lines around the mouth and lips and laugh lines are common areas that are treated with Belotero Balance. Other applications this dermal filler is used for are augmenting the cheeks and lips or repairing small facial indentations created by acne or injury.

How is the treatment done and are there any side effects?
Like many of the dermal fillers on the market today, Belotero Balance is a procedure where you are making an injection into the treated area by using a very fine needle. When the filler is injected you will experience a pricking feeling, but most patients do not feel much discomfort, if any while the injection is being made. If you are sensitive to needles then you can request a topical anesthetic that numbs the area where the injection will be made.
The Belotero Balance treatment usually takes between 20 – 30 minutes depending on the amount of areas being injected. Once the procedure is complete you can resume your normal activities. You may experience some minor side effects like redness, mild swelling, and itching. In most cases these side effects only last one to two days, but sometimes they can last longer when injections have been made to the lips.

09 Mar

The Botox Treatment

There are many doctors that have been using Botox for years to treat facial creases and wrinkles. The name Botox is a toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Other brand names on the market are Xeomin and Dysport.

How does the Botox procedure work?
In simple terms, by injecting Botox into the desired area it blocks signals that go to the nerves then to the muscles. This leaves the injected muscle unable to contract which makes the wrinkles soften and relax.

The most common areas that Botox is used are your frown lines, lines around the eyes which are called crow’s feet and forehead lines. If you have wrinkles that were caused by the sun or gravity, then the Botox treatment will not work. Other areas Botox can be used are your chin, neck, corner of mouth and lip lines.

What is the procedure for Botox?
Actually, Botox is a very simple procedure and only takes a few minutes to administer. It is injected by using a very fine needle into the specified muscles and does not require anesthesia. At best there might be a slight discomfort when the needle enters the skin.
Once your injections are complete it usually takes anywhere between 5 to 7 days to have a full effect. It is a good idea to stop taking any anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin 14 days prior to your Botox treatment. This will reduce and type of bruising where the injections were made.

Once I have the Botox injections how long will they last?
The results of the Botox injections typically will last from 4 to 6 months then your muscle action slowly returns. The wrinkles and lines begin to become noticeable again.
As more treatments are applied over the months the wrinkles and lines can appear less severe each time since the muscles are being trained to relax.

Are there any side effects with the Botox treatment?
The most common side effect from the Botox treatment is temporary bruising. Some people might experience a headache but this is very uncommon. If you are having Botox done around your eyes you could see eyelid drooping which usually disappears in about 3 weeks. It is important to not rub the treated area for the first 12 hours after the Botox injections.

07 Mar

Botox Works Beneath The Skins Surface

Your face can acquire wrinkles from a combination of factors. Squinting a lot can create crow’s feet from the muscles around your eyes contracting, frowning results in the muscles around your brow contracting causing your skin to fold and unfold, lines in your forehead, lip lines, bunny lines and neck lines are all areas that Botox can smooth out for a younger look.

The Botox injections work beneath the skin’s surface which treats the muscle activity that creates those noticeable lines. The injections into the determined areas will temporarily reduce the muscle activity allowing the lines to smooth out. Botox will block the signals that go from the nerves to the muscles keeping them from contracting. This will make the wrinkles relax which in turn makes them soften.