Treatments
Medical Treatments
Acne Treatments
Allergic Reaction Treatment
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Hair Loss Treatments
Propecia
Rash Treatments
Rosacea Treatments
Wart Removal
Surgical Treatments
Cyst Removal
Earlobe Repair
Lipoma Removal
Mole Removal
Skin Cancer Treatment
Skin Tag Removal
Cosmetic Treatments
AquaGold Fine Touch (Microinfusion Device)
Botox Cosmetic
Dermal Fillers
Dysport
Facelift by Syringe
Facial Contouring
Juvederm
Kybella
Latisse
Microneedling
Platelet-Rich Plasma – PRP
Restylane
Restylane Lyft
Sculptra
Stretchmark Treatment
Volbella
Vollure
Voluma

ACNE TREATMENT

We will take the time to carefully assess the underlying causes of your condition and design a treatment plan that addresses these factors. Here are just some of the treatment options we may suggest.

Acne Extraction

To help clear the pores, we may suggest acne extraction. This treatment gives your skin an added boost by removing the pore plugs (also called comedones) that prevent you from effectively cleansing the skin. With the comedones gone, your skin care routine will be much more effective, as any cleansers will be able to penetrate more deeply and destroy acne-causing bacteria.

Chemical Peels

Some chemical peels, like the glycolic acid peel, can be very effective as part of an acne treatment routine. These peels reduce acne by exfoliating the skin and unclogging pores.

Topical Treatments

For many patients, topical treatments can be an effective option for getting their acne under control. Unfortunately, over-the-counter brands may not have active ingredient concentrations strong enough to clear the pores and reduce inflammation. In such cases prescription-strength creams may be a viable option. Further, anti bacterial creams may also be a good solution for some patients.

Skin Care Routine

In some cases, the patient’s acne can be partly the result of a poorly-designed skin care routine. To help you treat acne, one of our expert providers can help you assess your current skin care routine and figure out how it can be improved.

Prescription Medication

Patients struggling with severe acne, like cystic acne, may need a more aggressive form of treatment that involves oral medication.

ALLERGIC REACTION TREATMENT

More information on Allergic reaction treatments coming soon!

BOTOX FOR HYPER

A person with a medical condition known as Hyperhidrosis, often sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest. Botox may be used to treat hyperhidrosis after deodorant and oral medications have been tried without relief. Botox is a natural, purified protein with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the body’s sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains. This procedure is extremely effective, though can be costly.

By injecting the affected are with botulism toxin, sweating will be reduced for approximately 6 months.

HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS

Hair loss can be a frustrating and complicated issue to deal with. There are a variety of different types of hair loss. Causes of hair loss can range from stress, genetics, to underlying issues within the body. Treatments for hair loss are specific to the type of hair loss you are experiencing, and can range from a simple supplement regimen to oral medications. Blood work is sometimes performed in an attempt to target the underlying cause of hair loss.

Androgenetic Alopecia (Genetic Hair Loss)

Androgenetic alopecia is also know as male and female pattern baldness or hereditary hair loss. Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. However, if you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing alopecia. The most common type of alopecia is a medical condition called hereditary hair loss. About 80 million men and women in the United States have this type of hair loss.

There are many reasons why people experience hair loss. However, if hair loss is gradual and becomes more noticeable with each passing year, it is likely hereditary hair loss.

Treatment

Several treatment options exist for androgenetic alopecia, including Rogaine (minoxidil), estrogen (for women), and various androgen-blocking agents, including Propecia (finasteride) and spironolactone (for women). Rogaine (minoxidil) is suggested for both men and women. Patients using minoxidil 5% foam for hair loss must consistently use it on the scalp once a day for approximately 1 year before any results will be visible. It’s important to note that patient’s using minoxidil 2%-5% solution must apply the solution to their scalp twice daily. Rogaine can also be effective in the treatment of senescent hair thinning. Propecia (finasteride), an oral prescription medication, is FDA approved to treat male pattern baldness. Propecia is currently undergoing trials for FDA approval in women. Women may be prescribed Propecia if there is zero risk that they may become pregnant (post-menopausal, hysterectomy, etc.)

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means that the body’s immune system attacks the body. Alopecia occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles (structures that contain the roots of the hair). A person’s genetic makeup, combined with other factors, triggers this form of hair loss. It can occur at any age; it often begins in childhood. Alopecia is not contagious. It is not due to nerves. This disease most often occurs in otherwise healthy people.

Treatment

There is no cure for alopecia areata. Hair often re-grows on its own. Treatment, however, can help the hair re-grow more quickly. One or more treatments help the hair re-grow more quickly. Treatments include use of corticosteroids, which suppress the immune system, Minoxidil, which allow hair to re-grow, Anthralin, which alters the skin’s immune function, and Diphencyprone (CPCP), which causes a small allergic reaction to trick the immune system.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring (temporary) hair loss characterized by diffused hair shedding. This type of hair loss often occurs noticed suddenly after an individual has experienced stress. Physical stress, or illness, can cause this type of hair loss, as can emotional stress.

Treatment

No treatment is needed as generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months. Remember that the hairs fall out when a new hair growing beneath it pushes it out. Thus with this type of hair loss, hair falling out is a sign of hair regrowth. As the new hair first comes up through the scalp and pushes out the dead hair a fine fringe of new hair is often evident along the forehead hairline. To help hair regrowth, the following supplements are recommended:

  • Daily prenatal vitamin (for women) with DHA and EPA daily
  • Viviscal Professional (2 capsules per day)
  • Biotin once daily (5,000mg per day)

Lichen Planopilaris (LPP)

Lichen planopilaris, or scarring alopecia, is a rare inflammatory condition that results in progressive, permanent hair loss. This occurs most often on the scalp. LPP usually affects young adult women, although the age range is wide and can also affect men. Although LPP is rare, it is one of the most common causes of scarring hair loss on the scalp. The cause of LPP is unknown.

Treatment

The goals of treatment are to improve patient symptoms and to slow progression of the disease. There is no current treatment to recover hairs that have been lost and replaced by scarring, which is why early treatment is important. Hair loss may continue even with treatment, but at a slower rate.

  • Topical and intralesional steroids
  • Oral medications (glucocorticoids, hydroxychloroquine)

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is hair loss due to tight pulling on the hair, such as from frequently wearing your hair in a tight ponytail or braid. It is very common in African American women and in those who wear hair weaves.

Treatment

Unfortunately once the hair is lost, there is no treatment to regrow it. To prevent further loss, you should not wear your hair in a tight hairstyle. Instead you should wear your hair naturally or in loose braids or a loose ponytail. It is also important to change your hairstyle frequently so as to not cause hair loss in one particular area. Do not wear a hair weave to cover up the hair loss as this can actually worsen the hair loss.

Propecia

Propecia is a drug prescribed by Dr. Lily to male patients for the treatment of male pattern hair loss on the vertex and the anterior mid-scalp area.

Propecia prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men experience thinning of the hair on their scalp. Often, this results in a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head.

Propecia is for use by men only, and we do not prescribe for women of childbearing age.

Rash Treatments

More information on rash treatments coming soon!

Rosacea Treatments

Although Rosacea can’t be cured, treatments may help with the symptoms. Treatments such as antibiotics or anti-acne medications can control and reduce symptoms. Left untreated, it tends to worsen over time.

Wart Removal

How are Warts treated?

There are several ways of treating warts. All treatments cause some amount of irritation and inflammation, and none can be absolutely guaranteed to cure every wart.

Liquid nitrogen is an extremely cold liquid that is put on the wart until it is frozen. A blister may develop within a few hours.

Salicylic acid medications, such as Mediplast, are available without a prescription.

Shave Removal

in some cases, this may be the best form of treatment to remove the wart. This requires a small local injection of anesthesia and then the wart can simply be shaved off with a blade.

Cyst Removal

Small cysts do not usually need treatment, but can be readily removed by a minor surgical procedure. Cysts can remain untreated for years. Larger cysts are usually removed if they become inflamed or infected.

Cysts are treated by making a small surgical opening into the skin and removing their contents and the sac. This procedure is called an excision. This is done under local anesthetic and may require stitches, which are removed a few days later. Occasionally cysts recur and need further treatment.

Earlobe Repair

Coming soon

Lipoma Removal

A lipoma is rarely a serious medical condition. Treatment generally isn’t necessary, but if the Lipoma bothers you, or is painful or swollen, you may want to have it removed.

Lipomas can be easily removed. This procedure is called an excision, during which the skin is numbed with a needle, the Lipoma is removed, and stitches are placed.

Mole Removal

Mole removal can be performed for medical and/or cosmetic purposes. Most often, moles will be biopsied and sent to a pathologist to confirm that they are benign. Moles come in many different shapes and forms, and removal ranges from a simple shave to a more complex surgical excision. If you have any moles that are particularly bothersome or unsightly, it is best to consult with Dr. Patel.

Actinic Keratosis

AK’s typically occur on body parts that are most often exposed to the sun. They usually appear as small crusty, scaly, or crumbly bumps or horns. Early on, they may come and go. Sometimes they are more easily detected by feel than by sight.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

One of the most common skin cancers, caused by long-term sun exposure. Frequently, two or more features are present in one tumor. In addition, basal cell carcinoma sometimes resembles non-cancerous skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma. They usually appear as thick, rough, scaly patches that may bleed easily. They often look like warts and sometimes appear as open sores. The skin around the site may exhibit signs of wrinkling, pigment changes, and loss of elasticity.

Melanoma

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Even so, if diagnosed and removed while it is still thin and limited to the outermost skin layer, it is almost 100% curable. Once the cancer advances and spreads to other parts of the body, it is hard to treat and can be deadly.

SCAR REVISION

We offer several options for scar revision depending on the type of scar.

DEPRESSED SCARS

Depressed scars, such as acne scars, can be treated with microneedling or subscision. These treatments are recommended to stimulate collagen regrowth.

RAISED SCARS

Raised Scars can be treated with microneedling or fractional laser resurfacing.

PINK SCARS

Pink scars can be treated with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments.

BROWN SCARS

Hyperpigmented scars such as these can be treated with skin lightening creams, pads, or chemical peels.

Skin Cancer Treatment

River Oaks Dermatology has helped many patients with diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Although a skin cancer diagnosis is not something people like to hear, early diagnosis is absolutely key to improving survival rates. This is because skin cancer is much easier to fully treat in its early stages. When the tumor has grown and metastasized to other parts of the body, the treatment becomes more complicated and survival rates can decrease dramatically.

Whether you are concerned about unusual moles or have already been diagnosed with skin cancer, please schedule an appointment with us to discuss your options.

How Skin Cancer Forms

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States, and there are several factors that can contribute to the development of this disease. This includes sun exposure and genetics, among others.

At the very core, skin cancer is an uncontrollable growth of mutated skin cells. This occurs when a skin cell becomes mutated by UV radiation, or other factors. Typically, a damaged cell will simply die and will no longer divide – it’s the body’s natural defense against such situations. However, in some instances the mutated cell will not die, but will instead continue to divide, with the mutation passed on to the new cells.

These mutated skin cancer cells will eventually grow in a cluster that becomes a tumor. At this point, most types of skin cancer can still be treated effectively, with high rates of success.

However, if untreated, the cancerous cells may eventually reach the lymph nodes, which will pass the mutated cells to other parts of the body. In this way, the cancer will travel to other organs, where the damaged cells will continue to grow and create more tumors.

Diagnosing Skin Cancer

Skin cancer often appears in the form of irregularly-shaped moles or spots on the skin. These can be of various colors, and may even look like a raised bump on the skin.

If you’ve noticed any such spots, or moles that seemed to appear out of nowhere, it’s important to visit a dermatologist who can make an accurate diagnosis.

To catch skin cancer early, we encourage all of our patients to come in for an annual exam, where we carefully inspect your skin for early signs of skin cancer. An early diagnosis is key to a successful treatment of cancers like basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.

Treating Skin Cancer

There are several options for addressing skin cancer, with the best course of action depending on the type of cancer you’ve been diagnosed with and how advanced it has become.

Cancer Excision: In many cases, the best way to ensure the destruction of the skin cancer tumor is to surgically remove it. This is a very nuanced process that requires careful assessment of the tumor size and shape, and ensuring that the tumor tentacles have been removed.

Taking the Next Step with Skin Cancer Treatment

If you’ve noticed new or strange moles or lesions on your skin, please schedule an appointment with one of our providers, so that we can carefully assess the problem and provide you with an accurate diagnosis.

If you’ve already been diagnosed with skin cancer and would like a second opinion on the best course of treatment, please schedule a consultation as soon as possible.

Skin Tag Removal

Skin tags are tiny benign growths that often occur where there is friction on the body from clothing, jewelry, or movement. These bumps can appear to be flesh-colored or darkly pigmented. The development of skin tags can occur on anyone, but are more common in adults. Studies also show there is a genetic tendency to develop skin tags if other family members have them. More skin tags may develop as you age.

Common places that skin tags occur

  • Neck (where necklaces or shirt collars touch neck)
  • Chest (particularly under the breasts of women)
  • Underarms
  • Eyelids
  • Groin

Skin tags are harmless, but can sometimes become irritated from rubbing against clothing, jewelry, or other materials. Treatment is not necessary, but if removal is desired they can be treated in office. Skin tags are removed by cutting or burning them off.

Skin tag removal is not covered by insurance because it is not considered medically necessary, and is, therefore, considered a cosmetic (elective) procedure. Once removed, the skin tag does not usually regrow after it is removed, but new skin tags may form on other parts of the body.

STRETCHMARK TREATMENT

What are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are fine lines on the body which develop when tissue under the skin tears. This can occur when someone grows rapidly, gains weight rapidly, or when the skin is stretched, such as during pregnancy. Stretch marks are a common condition that does not cause any significant medical problems but can be of cosmetic concern for some people. Other names for stretch marks are striae rubrae (which are red) and striae albae (white) striae atrophicans (thinned skin), striae gravidarum (following pregnancy), striae distensae (stretched skin), striae nigrae (black) and striae caerulea (dark blue).
Who gets stretch marks?
Stretch marks are very common. They can develop on parts of the body that are affected by rapid weight gain and stretching of the skin. Specifically, they are common on the following body locations:
Abdomen and breast in pregnant women
Adolescents undergoing growth spurts (buttocks, thighs, breasts)
Shoulders in body-builders
Obese or overweight people

SUBCISION

Subcision is a minor surgical procedure used for treating depressed acne scars. Subscision works by stimulating collagen regrowth, which improves the appearance of depressions in the skin caused by acne lesions.
Subcision is performed by numbing the area and using a special hypodermic needle inserted through a puncture in the skin surface to break up scar tissue.
Most scars require a series of subscision treatments for significant improvement of the appearance of acne scars. This treatment not covered by insurance because it is not medically necessary and is, therefore, considered a cosmetic (elective) treatment.

THERMISMOOTH

ThermiSmooth® – Non-invasive treatment for skin laxity, wrinkle improvement and smoothing
How does it work?
ThermiSmooth® is performed using a specially designed temperature controlled hand piece. The hand piece gently heats the skin’s surface using radiofrequency technology to stimulate production of collagen and elastic fibers, which may give the appearance of smoothing or wrinkle reduction.
What areas of the body does ThermiSmooth treat?
ThermiSmooth lifts the eye and mouth areas by stimulating collagen and tightening the skin around it. This is both a preventative treatment and actual treatment for reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
What can I expect the day of treatment?
ThermiSmooth is a gentle therapy that is non-invasive, and has no downtime. It requires a
series of 3-6 applications, scheduled 1-3 weeks apart for the best results.
Remove all jewelry and makeup, including lotions, from the treatment area prior to treatment.
With your consent, a series of before photos will be taken upon arrival.
The area(s) will be cleansed and prepped with alcohol.
A small electrode will be placed on the treated area to heat the collagen gently and improve
collagen production.
Beard stubble should be thoroughly removed prior to treatment.
What can I expect during treatment?
Slight discomfort may be experienced while undergoing treatment. Typically the discomfort is mild and temporary during the procedure and localized within the treatment area. During the treatment you should feel warmth and heat and provide ongoing feedback to the healthcare provider performing the treatment. Treatment time is approximately 30 minutes.
What can I expect after treatment?
You may experience warmth and a mild pink to red appearance of the skin that usually dissipates in about 30 minutes post treatment. Mild swelling and bruising may occur, which typically goes away within 2 to 24 hours. Diligent protection from sun exposure and application of sunscreen after treatment will minimize pigmentation changes. Post-treatment care guidelines will be provided following treatment. Please schedule your follow-up appointment or further treatments with the office.

THERMITIGHT

ThermiTight® – Controlled subdermal tissue heating for skin tightening
How does it work?
During the ThermiTight® application, a tiny probe is used to gently heat specific tissues to a selected therapeutic temperature. The hand piece gently heats under the surface of the skin using radiofrequency technology to stimulate production of collagen and elastic fibers, which may give the appearance of lifting or tightening. After the application, you may resume normal activities the next day.
What areas of the body does ThermiTight work on?
Typically used on the neck for the submental fat under the chin. Other target areas are the breasts, arms, abdomen, thighs and knees. This procedure is great for someone experiencing skin laxity.
What can I expect the prior to and the day of treatment?
ThermiTight is a minimally invasive/nonsurgical procedure, and has manageable downtime. Results can be seen with one application, however, clinical results may not be fully apparent for 6 to 12 months after the procedure.
All jewelry and makeup (including eyeliner and eye shadow), including lotions, should be removed from the treatment area prior to the procedure.
With your consent, a series of before photos will be taken upon arrival.
The area(s) will be cleansed and prepped with Hibiclens.
What can I expect during treatment?
Slight discomfort such as a sharp pain and/or burning may be experienced while undergoing treatment, specifically during the numbing process. Typically the discomfort is mild and temporary during the procedure and localized within the treatment area.
During the treatment you should feel warmth and mild pressure. You will provide ongoing feedback to the healthcare provider performing the treatment. Treatment time is approximately 60 minutes.
What can I expect after treatment?
You may experience temporary redness and bruising of the treated area. Mild swelling and/or some swelling may occur. Bruising and swelling typically lasts up to 5-7 days. For head and neck procedures, elevate the head while sleeping the first 72 hours to minimize swelling. Post-treatment care guideline will be provided following treatment. Please schedule your follow-up appointment in one month.

THERMIVA

ThermiVa® – Non-invasive vulvovaginal treatment
How does it work?
ThermiVa® is a non-invasive, non-hormonal treatment that uses controlled radiofrequency energy to gently heat tissue to rejuvenate collagen, without discomfort or downtime. Studies have shown improvement in vaginal rejuvenation, lubrication, sexual satisfaction, and improvement in urinary urge incontinence.
What can I expect the prior to and the day of treatment?
ThermiVa® is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that does not require anesthesia. It treats both internal and external vaginal tissue and requires no downtime.
PRIOR to treatment: shave the area at least one day prior to the procedure. Waxing or laser hair removal should be performed 5-7 days prior to avoid further irritation.
With your consent, a series of before photos will be taken upon arrival.
Empty bladder prior to procedure.
The area(s) will be cleansed and prepped with a lubricating gel.
What can I expect during treatment?
The procedure feels like a vaginal ultrasound. A small probe will be used to gently heat the area. Slight discomfort may be experienced while undergoing treatment. Typically the discomfort is mild and temporary during the procedure and localized within the treatment area. During the treatment you should feel warmth and pressure and provide ongoing feedback to the healthcare provider performing the treatment. Treatment time is approximately 30-40 minutes. There is no anesthesia necessary.
What can I expect after treatment?
You may experience warmth and mild pink to red appearance of the skin that usually dissipates in about 30 minutes post-procedure. Mild swelling may occur immediately post-procedure. Light spotting may occur for 5-7 days after the procedure. You may experience urge incontinence for up to 1-2 days, which you can prevent if you to urinate more often. Intercourse is safe the same day as treatment. Post-treatment care
guidelines will be provided following treatment. Please schedule your follow-up appointment 3 weeks after for further treatments with the office. Three treatments are recommended for best results.

THREAD LIFT

What is PDO Thread Lift?
‘An excellent and effective cosmetic technique to lift and tighten sagging skin tissues’. Thread lift therapy originated from oriental acupuncture therapy to control and improve tissue stimulation and muscle contraction. The threads are made of a material called Polydioxanone (PDO). Polydioxanone (PDO) has been used for many years in surgery, particularly in cardiothoracic surgery. Why? Because it is fully absorbed within 4 to 6 months and doesn’t create any scar tissue. The foreign body stimulates collagen production and the skin structure created with Nova Threads will hold for another 12 to 15 months. There are no cuts or incisions and the procedure is purely injection based much like other fillers! The Nova Threads are needles that are pre-loaded with varying types of PDO threads. The threads are inserted in the tissue, parallel to the surface of the skin. The PDO thread remains under the skin and acts as scaffolding.
Which areas can be treated?
Upper and lower cheeks
Foreheads (brow lift)
Jawline, Neck
Nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines)
Marionette lines (corners of the mouth)
How does the treatment work?
The PDO Thread Lift works by redefining the facial contours and inducing collagen production creating a lifting effect that lasts for up to 1 – 2 years. The threads will form a support structure for the tissue of the face due to collagen stimulation. The lifting effect is at its peak 6 months later when collagen has formed around the threads.
What are the possible side effects?
Side effects are very rare; however, you may experience: Swelling, Bruising, Infection, Foreign body reaction/granuloma, Pain, Migration, Facial nerve trauma, and Asymmetry.
Pre-treatment instructions
You will first undergo a full consultation to ensure you are an ideal candidate for treatment. Aspirin prescribed for a medical indication should not be terminated. However, bruising is more likely. Arnica tablets taken from about 5 days pre-treatment may be beneficial in reducing swelling after the treatment. We advise you to stop taking all blood ‘thinning” supplements such as Fish Oil, Vitamin C and Vitamin E and certain herbs.
Thread Lift aftercare instructions
Apply SPF30 + and avoid direct sunlight in order to prevent post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
Gently wash the treated areas on the same day but do not rub or massage the face for 2 weeks.
Do not open mouth too wide for 3-4 weeks (avoid dental treatment for 2 weeks if possible)
A stinging or “pulling” pain or discomfort is normal. Take Tylenol 500 mg 1-2 tablets every 6 hours as directed. Avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medication such as Naproxen or Ibuprofen, because inflammation is necessary to initiate the new collagen formation process. Ibuprofen and similar medications will suppress this process.
Avoid alcohol and anti-coagulant medicines (aspirin, unless prescribed for medical indications) for 7 days.
Avoid blood “thinning” vitamins C, A & E for 7 days.
Avoid temperature extremes such as sauna or very cold climate for 10 days.
Avoid physical exercise for 7 days post procedure.
Avoid having Radio Frequency (RF) or any heat producing device (laser, IPL, etc.) treatments of the thread treated areas for at least 2 weeks.
Stinging or “Pulling” discomfort or scratchy sensation will subside over a 2-week period.
Possible complications may include Infection, swelling, bruising, foreign body reaction in epidermis (granuloma) and protrusion. Extremely rare, temporary facial nerve fall out may occur due to local anesthetic, swelling, hematoma or pressure of the cannula or thread on the nerve. Your practitioner MUST be informed immediately if facial nerve fall out is experienced and if your practitioner can’t be reached then go immediately to the Emergency Department.
Follow up examination 2 weeks later.
Follow-up appointment at 3 months post procedure.

VOLBELLA

Everyone will notice. No one will know. Lift, smooth, or plump your way to natural looking results that last. Volbella is a thin filler, similar to Restylane, which is perfect for lip augmentation. Volbella is perfect for adding definition to the lips. Volbella can also be used to soften the appearance of lines around the mouth.
Volbella is made of a synthetic substance known as hyaluronic acid. Treatment with hyaluronic products typically takes less than one hour (individual treatment times may vary). Generally, there is little to no downtime associated with treatment.
Pre-Treatment Guidelines
Avoid using aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Plan to arrive to the office an hour prior to your scheduled appointment time for topical numbing.
Post-Treatment
Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
Avoid touching the treated area for the first six hours following treatment, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After six hours, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
Avoid exposure to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing) or cold.
Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
After treatment some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness may occur. These are typically mild and normally last less than 14 days.
Important Safety Considerations
Products should not be used during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years for nasolabial folds.
Use at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. In these instances, product use could delay healing or make your skin problems worse.
Rarely, the doctor may inject into a blood vessel, which can damage the skin. Although rare, red or swollen small bumps may occur.
Products with hyaluronic acid should NOT be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment.

VOLLURE

Smooth or plump your way to natural looking results that last.
Vollure is a filler used to soften the appearance of facial folds (such as nasolabial folds). This filler is made of a synthetic substance known as hyaluronic acid, and is FDA-Approved to last up to 18-months. Vollure is thin enough to render a soft and natural cosmetic improvement, but thick enough to last.
Pre-Treatment Guidelines
Avoid using aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Plan to arrive to the office an hour prior to your scheduled appointment time for topical numbing.
Post-Treatment Guidelines
Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
Avoid touching the treated area for the first six hours following treatment, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After six hours, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
Avoid exposure to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing) or cold.
Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
After treatment some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness may occur. These are typically mild and normally last less than 14 days.

VOLUMA

Lift, smooth, or plump your way to natural looking results that last. Voluma is the best filler to restore volume loss in the cheeks and give yourself a little lift.
This filler is made of a synthetic substance known as hyaluronic acid. Treatment with hyaluronic products typically takes less than one hour (individual treatment times may vary). Generally, there is little to no downtime associated with treatment.
Pre-Treatment Guidelines
Avoid using aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
Plan to arrive to the office an hour prior to your scheduled appointment time for topical numbing.
Post-Treatment
Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
Avoid touching the treated area for the first six hours following treatment, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After six hours, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
Avoid exposure to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing) or cold.
Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
After treatment some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness may occur. These are typically mild and normally last less than 14 days.
Important Safety Considerations
Products should not be used during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years for nasolabial folds.
Use at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. In these instances, product use could delay healing or make your skin problems worse.
Rarely, the doctor may inject into a blood vessel, which can damage the skin. Although rare, red or swollen small bumps may occur.
Products with hyaluronic acid should NOT be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment.

WART REMOVAL

How are Warts treated?
There are several ways of treating warts. All treatments cause some amount of irritation and inflammation, and none can be absolutely guaranteed to cure every wart.
Liquid nitrogen is an extremely cold liquid that is put on the wart until it is frozen. A blister may develop within a few hours.
Salicylic acid medications, such as Mediplast, are available without a prescription.
Shave Removal: in some cases, this may be the best form of treatment to remove the wart. This requires a small local injection of anesthesia and then the wart can simply be shaved off with a blade.

WRINKLE TREATMENTS

To help our patients look and feel their best, McLean Dermatology offers a number of wrinkle treatments suitable for many skin types. Because every patient’s situation is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Therefore, our providers dedicate special attention and effort to design a custom-tailored treatment plan for each patient. We will take the time to assess your concerns, analyze your facial structure and the current condition of your skin, and discuss all of the wrinkle treatment options that best suit your needs.
To schedule your treatment consultation, please give us a call at 703-356-5111, or send us an email through the Contact Form.
How Wrinkles Form
There are two major mechanisms responsible for the onset of wrinkles: depletion of the skin’s collagen support network, and repetitive facial expressions that create creases in the skin. In many cases, these two factors can also interplay for an exacerbated effect.
The depletion of collagen can be very frustrating for patients. When we are young, our skin is filled with collagen fibers that keep the skin elastic and provide it with support. As we age, various factors destroy some of the collagen fibers and cause the remaining ones to shrink. This leads to skin that is thinner and more likely to sag.
Repetitive facial expressions, like smiling and frowning, also contribute to wrinkle formation by causing the skin to crease in the same place over and over. Eventually, the creases can become pronounced-enough that even the smallest movement of facial muscles can make us look tired or angry.
Wrinkle Treatment Options
At McLean Dermatology we offer a wide range of wrinkle treatment options, many of which can even be combined to achieve enhanced results for our patients:
Microneedling: This wrinkle treatment option is based on the idea of stimulating the growth of collagen by administering controlled micro damage to the skin. The procedure works by making shallow, microscopic punctures in the skin with tiny needles. This process causes the body’s immune system to respond by creating more collagen fibers in the area, thus increasing skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. For enhanced results, microneedling can be combined with serum infusions to the treatment area.
Chemical Peels: Another great way to treat wrinkles is through chemical peel exfoliation. By promoting the shedding of dead skin cells and stimulating the growth of healthy skin, the expert providers at McLean Dermatology can help patients reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and even address brown spots at the same time.
Botox: For patients struggling with expression lines, like crow’s feet or frown lines, we can utilize Botox and other neuromodulators (like Dysport) to relax facial muscles contributing to the issue. The results can last for several months and tend to improve with regular touch-up treatments
Dermal Fillers: Because each patient’s situation is unique, McLean Dermatology offers a wide range of dermal fillers for treating wrinkles and facial volume loss. These filler wrinkle treatments reduce wrinkles by increasing support under the skin, and can be completed with absolutely no down time. For example, we’ve helped many patients treat lip wrinkles with fillers like Restylane Silk, and have achieved significant improvements in nasolabial folds with Sculptra.
Photofacial: Some patients are great candidates for a photofacial to boost collagen production, tighten the skin, and remove hyperpigmentation. This procedure utilizes special pulses of light to heat up specific structures within the skin, which stimulates the body’s natural healing processes. Unlike laser skin treatments, a photofacial has virtually no down time and can often be completed during your lunch break.
These are just some of the many wrinkle treatments offered by the experienced and compassionate providers of McLean Dermatology. When you visit us for your consultation, we will make a careful assessment of your skin, answer all of your questions, and will help you create an individualized treatment plan custom-tailored to your needs.
Taking the First Step
If you’d like your outward appearance to better reflect how you feel inside, please get in touch with us to schedule a consultation. We’ll be glad to see you! Just give us a call at (703) 356-5111, schedule online, or send us a message through the Contact Form below.

SKIN TAG REMOVAL

Skin tags are tiny benign growths that often occur where there is friction on the body from clothing, jewelry, or movement. These bumps can appear to be flesh-colored or darkly pigmented. The development of skin tags can occur on anyone, but are more common in adults. Studies also show there is a genetic tendency to develop skin tags if other family members have them. More skin tags may develop as you age.

COMMON PLACES THAT SKIN TAGS OCCUR

  • Neck (where necklaces or shirt collars touch neck)
  • Chest (particularly under the breasts of women)
  • Underarms
  • Eyelids
  • Groin

Skin tags are harmless, but can sometimes become irritated from rubbing against clothing, jewelry, or other materials. Treatment is not necessary, but if removal is desired they can be treated in office. Skin tags are removed by cutting or burning them off.

Skin tag removal is not covered by insurance because it is not considered medically necessary, and is, therefore, considered a cosmetic (elective) procedure. Once removed, the skin tag does not usually regrow after it is removed, but new skin tags may form on other parts of the body.

SKIN TAG REMOVAL

Skin tags are tiny benign growths that often occur where there is friction on the body from clothing, jewelry, or movement. These bumps can appear to be flesh-colored or darkly pigmented. The development of skin tags can occur on anyone, but are more common in adults. Studies also show there is a genetic tendency to develop skin tags if other family members have them. More skin tags may develop as you age.

COMMON PLACES THAT SKIN TAGS OCCUR

  • Neck (where necklaces or shirt collars touch neck)
  • Chest (particularly under the breasts of women)
  • Underarms
  • Eyelids
  • Groin

Skin tags are harmless, but can sometimes become irritated from rubbing against clothing, jewelry, or other materials. Treatment is not necessary, but if removal is desired they can be treated in office. Skin tags are removed by cutting or burning them off.

Skin tag removal is not covered by insurance because it is not considered medically necessary, and is, therefore, considered a cosmetic (elective) procedure. Once removed, the skin tag does not usually regrow after it is removed, but new skin tags may form on other parts of the body.

AquaGold Fine Touch (Microinfusion Device)

Aquagold Fine Touch is a microinfusion system that combines gentle microneedling with infusions of skin enhancing elements.

The device is made up of 24 karat gold needles, each smaller than a hair follicle. These nearly microscopic needles painlessly create very tiny open surfaces in the skin, delivering anti-aging and skin refining treatments deep into the dermis.

The procedure

During the procedure, the skin is cleansed and the chosen solution or serum is inserted into the delivery device. Solutions are custom formulated for your skin concerns. The AquaGold Fine Touch device is applied to the treatment area and the tiny needles penetrate the skin, delivering the solution painlessly, without any bleeding. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes, and involves no downtime or recovery, although some patients may see redness and slight swelling for a few days at the treatment site.

What to expect with treatment

Results are seen within 3-7 days after treatment and typically last approximately 3-4 months. The procedure can be done as often as every 1-3 months, doing several treatments throughout the year will continue to improve overall appearance of skin.

Benefits include

  • Decreased flushing
  • Smaller pore size
  • Improved skin texture

Botox Cosmetic

Botox is one of many treatment options offered by River Oaks Dermatology to address expression lines like crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles. Through a carefully-administered series of virtually painless injections, certain wrinkles can be effectively smoothed, to bring about a more youthful appearance to the face.

Botox treatments are fast and comfortable, and there are no visible signs of the procedure afterwards. Many patients even choose to perform this treatment during their lunch break.

How Botox Works

Botox can effectively target wrinkles that develop due to movement of facial muscles. For example, everyday actions like smiling or frowning can cause creases to develop in the skin over time and result in wrinkles like frown lines (also known as glabellar lines) and crow’s feet.

This is further exacerbated by the depletion of collagen, which can make the creases even more prominent, as the skin loses part of the support structure that helps it bounce back and keeps it elastic.

Botox treatments are focused on reducing the facial muscle movements that are responsible for the wrinkles. The key ingredient in Botox is Botulinumtoxin A, which temporarily reduces neurotransmitter activity within the treated area, thereby relaxing the muscle.

With decreased muscle movement, the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles can be significantly reduced.

Do Botox Results Look Natural?

Yes, if the treatment is performed correctly and injections are made into the right areas, the results will look completely natural.

The key to achieving results that look natural is to understand the intricate muscle structures under the skin and how they interplay to create our facial expressions.

Does Botox Hurt?

Botox is a very comfortable procedure that is virtually painless. The expert providers use very thin needles to administer the injections, and may even suggest a topical anesthetic for extra comfort.

How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox results tend to appear gradually. After your treatment, you will see some results almost immediately, as the treatment begins to relax the facial muscles responsible for certain wrinkles, like crow’s feet and frown lines.

However, patients typically notice the full results about one week after treatment, when the injection has had time to fully affect the targeted area.

Results from Botox injections will last approximately 3-4 months, depending on the patient. Touch up treatments may also be performed to increase the longevity of the results. Further, many patients find that regular treatments with Botox further improve results due to increased muscle memory in the treatment area.

What Botox Doesn’t Treat

It’s important to note that Botox only treats situations where the predominant cause of the wrinkle is muscle movement. By relaxing the right facial muscles, the wrinkle’s appearance is reduced.

However, Botox is not effective for sagging skin or facial volume loss. In these instances, the underlying causes have to do with loss of collagen and elastin, as well as the loss and migration of fatty tissues underneath the skin. For such cases, treatments like dermal fillers may be a more viable option.

Combining Botox with Other Treatments

Botox can also be effectively combined with other treatments like dermal fillers, light peels, or facials. This is often done to achieve enhanced results, by improving several factors at once.

For example, Botox can be used to smooth out crow’s feet and frown lines, while a hyaluronic acid filler can be used to bring more volume to the cheeks, chin, or lips.

Or, the patient may choose to receive a light chemical peel as part of the treatment, to enhance overall results by reducing the appearance of fine lines through exfoliation.

Dermal Fillers

Through a series of carefully-administered treatments, our expert providers can help patients smooth out wrinkles and add more contour and definition to the face.

However, one of the most important aspects of using dermal fillers is to achieve results that look natural. This requires a deep understanding of facial structures, how they visually balance each other, and how they change over time.

Further, because some fillers can take several days to show full effects, your provider must carefully estimate the change that will occur several days after the injection, so that the face has contours that look natural and aesthetically pleasing.

Having helped thousands of patients look and feel their best, the expert providers at McLean Dermatology will use their extensive expertise to help you understand how fillers will affect your appearance, and help you select the best treatment strategy in your situation.

How the Face Changes

As our bodies become more mature, the skin, muscles and fatty tissues can undergo significant change. This can be especially apparent in the face.

For example, one of the biggest causes of wrinkles and sagging skin is the loss of skin elasticity. When we are young, the skin is filled with collagen and elastin. These are the protein fibers that form the natural support network of the skin and help it bounce back when it is pulled out of its usual place.

As we age, however, these fibers become damaged through UV radiation, other environmental factors, and the natural aging process. Further, the skin loses some of its fibroblasts; the cells that produce collagen. The end result is that the support structure becomes much weaker, causing wrinkles to form.

Additionally, the process of maturing causes our body to lose some of its fatty tissues. Further, the remaining fatty layers may migrate downward due to gravity. This change in fatty tissue is one of the reasons why some individuals develop the appearance of hollow cheeks over time – the fats that provided support and created contour have been depleted.

Although these issues can certainly feel frustrating, the good news is that they can be effectively addressed with dermal fillers, which work by building up volume under the skin to provide support.

How Dermal Fillers Work

There are many types of dermal fillers available, all of which target wrinkles and loss of volume somewhat differently. This makes it essential to work with an experienced provider who understands the nuance of using these treatments to achieve the best results. Some of the fillers we use at McLean Dermatology include:

  • Juvederm: This dermal filler is based on hyaluronic acid, which is valued for its ability to attract moisture to the treatment site. Hyaluronic acid also occurs naturally in our bodies, and can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture. Within Juvederm, hyaluronic acid is formulated into a smooth, gel-like substance that is gently injected under the skin to create volume that looks natural. We can use Juvederm to address a variety of wrinkles, as well as to boost volume in the cheeks.
  • Perlane: This dermal filler is also based on hyaluronic acid. However, the size of the molecules has been specifically adjusted in this formulation to provide support at deeper levels. For example, one of the most common uses for Perlane is to ease the appearance of nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth). By providing support to the area, the nasolabial are made less visible.
  • Sculptra: The goal behind Sculptra is to provide support under the skin, as well as to stimulate collagen production in the long term, to rebuild the skin’s natural support network. The main ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid, which can boost collagen production in the treatment area.

It’s important to note that the fillers described above are just some of the many options that are available at River Oaks Dermatology, and we will help you select the best solution based on your unique situation.

Our goal isn’t just to help you reduce the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines, but to utilize fillers as a means for re-sculpting facial features to return the face to a more youthful appearance. As such, our providers pay special attention to creating the right balance and contour in the face.

Facelift by Syringe

A facelift by syringe, or a liquid facelift, is the use of injectable fillers to add volume to the face and restore a rejuvenated, youthful appearance without the cost, risk, or pain associated with surgery. If you’re not ready to discuss surgery, various types of fillers such as; Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse can be used to address problem areas to provide several months to years of improvement.

Facial Contouring

While the latest trend in facial contouring is through make up, contouring can also be achieved by enhancing facial features with injectable fillers. Fillers such as; Voluma, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse can help smooth lines, plump the lips, heighten the cheeks, smooth the forehead, fill in the temples, brighten the under-eye area, and much more without surgery.

Juvederm

Everyone will notice. No one will know. Lift, smooth, or plump your way to natural looking results that last. Juvederm is the number one selling collection of hyaluronic acid fillers in the United States. Each product in the Juvederm collection of fillers adds volume to a different area of the face to lift cheeks, smooth parentheses lines, or plump the lips. The results are natural looking and long lasting.

These fillers are made of a synthetic substance known as hyaluronic acid. Treatment with hyaluronic products typically takes less than one hour (individual treatment times may vary). Generally, there is little to no downtime associated with treatment.

Juvederm Voluma XC

An injectable gel instantly that adds volume to the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss.

Juvederm XC

An injectable gel instantly smooths moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles around your nose and mouth.

Juvederm Ultra XC

An injectable gel is formulated exclusively for lip augmentation.

Juvederm Volbella

A thin injectable gel forumlated for lip augmentation to enhance definition and for lines around the mouth.

Pre-Treatment Guidelines

  • Avoid using aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • Plan to arrive to the office an hour prior to your scheduled appointment time for topical numbing.

Post-Treatment

  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid touching the treated area for the first six hours following treatment, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After six hours, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
  • Avoid exposure to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing) or cold.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • After treatment some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness may occur. These are typically mild and normally last less than 14 days.

Important Safety Considerations

  • Products should not be used during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years for nasolabial folds.
  • Use at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. In these instances, product use could delay healing or make your skin problems worse.
  • Rarely, the doctor may inject into a blood vessel, which can damage the skin. Although rare, red or swollen small bumps may occur.
  • Products with hyaluronic acid should NOT be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment.

Kybella

This is a revolutionary, FDA-approved double chin treatment, which requires absolutely no surgery or incisions. Through a series of targeted injections, the fat in the double chin is gradually destroyed, creating a tighter appearance in the neck, and achieving a more aesthetically-pleasing transition between the jaw and the neck.

However, in order to achieve a dramatic improvement in appearance, Kybella injections must be completed with the utmost of care. In many ways, using Kybella is like sculpting a marble statue; great care must be taken to remove the right amount of fat under the chin to create an appearance that looks natural and provides the right contours.

How a Double Chin Forms

There are many factors that may cause the formation of a double chin. Often, this can be due to weight gain (such as during pregnancy, or other life events), changes in the hormonal balance, changes in metabolism, and even hereditary factors.

Unfortunately, once a double chin appears, it can be very difficult to remove without physical intervention. This is because diet and exercise may cause the fat to disappear from one area but not another. Further, there isn’t an easy way to target the fat under the chin through exercise.

Until the introduction of Kybella, the only ways to effectively remove a double chin was through liposuction, as well as through cooling or radio frequency treatments. However, what makes Kybella unique is its ability to remove the double chin with a series of short, fast injections that carry absolutely no down time.

How Kybella Works

The key ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, which works by destroying the membranes of fat cells. Deoxycholic acid is found naturally in the human body and plays a role in the digestive process.

By harnessing the power of this ingredient in Kybella, the treatment can effectively destroy the fat under the chin. As the fat cells are broken down by deoxycholic acid, they are gradually removed from the body through the natural lymphatic processes.

This gradual removal of fat cells has another benefit; the shrinking of the double chin takes several months. Therefore, your friends and family will not be able to tell that you’ve had any procedures done. To everyone else this will look like a natural improvement in your appearance.

However, it’s also important to note that Kybella only works to reduce fat under the chin. It does not tighten the skin or address the vertical muscle bands that may appear with age. Therefore, it is typically a good treatment option for patients who are only dealing with a double chin in the area and whose skin is sufficiently elastic to accommodate the slimmer shape of the chin after treatment.

How long do Kybella Results Last?

It takes approximately 2-6 injection sessions for the average patient to achieve a dramatic reduction in the size of the double chin. With each Kybella session, more fat is gradually removed from the treatment site.

The results are virtually permanent, as long as the patient’s diet and exercise habits do not change drastically. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle after the procedure are vital for maintaining aesthetically-pleasing results.

Kybella Side Effects

When administered properly, side effects from Kybella are minimal. Patients don’t need to take time off work, and there is typically only mild redness at the treatment site.

However, it’s important to work with an expert provider when considering this treatment, because this treatment must not be rushed and vital structures (like nerves and muscles) must be avoided during the injection. The expert providers at River Oaks Dermatology have extensive expertise with Kybella treatments, and can help you achieve a dramatic double chin reduction in a safe, patient-centric manner.

Latisse

What is Latisse?

Latisse is a prescription treatment for inadequate or sparse eyelashes and eyebrows. It is used to grow eyelashes and brows, making them longer, thicker and darker.

How to use Latisse

Apply the Latisse at night after your makeup is removed. Place 1 drop in the cap of the Latisse and apply with the sterile brush. Apply it as you would a liquid eyeliner, tracing a line along the upper lash line right where the lashes meet the skin. Do not apply the latisse to the lower lashes. Dr. Patel also recommends applying the remaining Latisse on the brush to the eyebrows. The Latisse may be applied to the eyebrows alone if desired as well. It generally takes around 2 months to see results. Once you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes and brows will likely return to their previous appearance over several weeks to months.

What should I do if I get Latisse in my eye?

Latisse was originally used as an ophthalmic drug. It will not harm you if you get it in your eye. Do not try to rinse out your eye.

Side Effects of Latisse

Latisse can cause increased brown pigmentation in the colored part of the eye (iris) of people with green or hazel eyes. This side effect is likely to be permanent. There is no risk of brown pigmentation in any other eye colors. Also the skin directly above the upper lash line may darken as a result of the Latisse application. This side effect is not permanent. Redness or irritation may occur as well although it rare.

Microneedling

What is it?

Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy, is a treatment effective in treating all manner of acne scarring and pitting, injury and surgical scars, skin discoloration, mild rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks. Skin needling is a safe and controlled method of treatment and it can benefit all skin types.

How does is work?

As the micro-needling device stamps over your skin, it creates micro-point punctures in the skin, the majority of which are simply pushing your pores open temporarily. This is perceived by the body as damage, which stimulates the release of growth factors that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. Your skin reacts to any injury by initiating the healing process. You encourage your skin to continue healing through this micro-needling process.

Your skin normally assumes that scars, stretch marks and wrinkles are repaired, but with micro-needling treatments, the skin is tricked into repairing itself. The process of micro-needling skin remodeling can go on for months after each micro-needling treatment. Results can be seen within a week or even a few days. Your skin naturally heals itself every 45 days, so with a little micro-needling stimulation changes can be dramatic and fast.

How is it performed?

Skin needling procedures are preformed in a safe and precise manner with the use of sterile needle head. The procedure is normally completed within 30-60 minutes depending on the required treatment and anatomical site. Before the procedure starts a topical anaesthetic will be applied to your skin to ensure a comfortable experience. After the skin is numbed, the technician gently moves the micro-needling device over the your skin to puncture the epidermis layers of the skin and create miniscule sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen deposition which may last for up to a year, yet they close within less than an hour.

What is the skins appearance after the treatment?

After the procedure your skin will be red and flushed in appearance similar to a mild sunburn. You will also experience tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatment and within the next 24 hours the skin will be completely healed. After 3 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.

How quickly are results visible?

Visible results of skin rejuvenation are generally seen after just 6-8 weeks following procedure and improve further over time. A series of micro-needling sessions, is usually recommended to achieve optimum results; however skin improvement is noticeable after just one treatment.

When to avoid

Contraindications and precautions include; keloid or raised scarring; history of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic conditions; history of actinic (solar) keratosis; history of Herpes Simplex infections; history of diabetes; presence of raised moles, warts or any raised lesions on targeted area. Absolute contraindications include; scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases or cardiac abnormalities; Rosacea and blood clotting problems; active bacterial or fungal infection; immuno-suppression; scars less than 6 months old; and facial fillers in the past 6 months.

Platelet-Rich Plasma – PRP

Platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, is a cutting-edge procedure performed in office where the patient’s own blood plasma is enriched with platelets to treat a variety of concerns.

Science behind PRP

As part of the body’s healing ability, platelets and other components in human blood migrate to the point of care. Platelets release numerous growth factors that respond to tissue injury and initiate and promote healing. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is optimally concentrated with minimal amounts of red and white blood cells. PRP has been safely used in hundreds of thousands of procedures worldwide.

What happens during a PRP treatment?

  • During a short office visit, a small amount of your blood is drawn into a vacuum collection tube containing a separating gel.
  • The tube is placed into a centrifuge and spun to isolate the PRP.
  • The red and white blood cells are displaced from the PRP and are located at the bottom of the collection tube.
  • The PRP that remains on top is ready for clinical use. In some cases PRP is applied topically, in other cases it is injected.

Features and Benefits

PRP procedures take less than 30 minutes. Only a small volume of blood is required. There are no foreign components, which eliminates the risk of adverse reactions. This procedure is FDA-cleared.

Uses

  • Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (can be injected or used topically)
  • Improves skin texture, tone, and overall quality
  • Encourages hair growth for individuals with hair loss disorders (a series of treatments recommended)
  • Scar revision

Restylane

We’re pleased to offer Restylane treatments, an exciting option for those who are looking for skin rejuvenation. Restylane was developed in Sweden, and since 1996 has helped millions of patients in 70 countries have younger–looking skin.

The science behind Restylane is hyaluronic acid, which is present in youthful skin but recedes and changes in structure as we age. Restylane gel injections boost your natural supply of hyaluronic acid, which will smooth out signs of aging and brings out the best of your features.

Restylane gel treatments can diminish the appearance of:

  • Worry lines in forehead
  • Glabellar lines between the eyebrows
  • Smile lines (adjacent to the mouth)
  • Nasolabial folds (laugh lines, from nose to mouth)
  • Periorbital lines (crow’s feet)

Restylane Lyft

Just like Restylane, Restylane Lyft (formerly known as Perlane) is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid, adding volume and fullness to the skin.

What makes Restylane Lyft different than the original Restylane is the average size of the particles and the depth of injection, which means it’s a good choice for more severe facial wrinkles that benefit from a deeper injection into the skin.

The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, and tenderness at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and resolve in less than 7 days in nasolabial folds.

Sculptra

Sculptra is not an overnight miracle. It is long lasting and not a quick-fix. The first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. Replacing lost collagen. Giving you a natural-looking appearance, without giving you away. A full treatment of Sculptra, an average of three injection sessions over a few months, can last more than two years.

Sculptra is a type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles, and folds, that appear with aging by replacing lost collagen. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.

Sculptra is used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds which are treated with the appropriate injection technique.

Sculptra Aesthetic is suitable for:

  • Deep folds between the nose and the mouth (nasolabial folds) also called smile lines
  • The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
  • Chin wrinkles

Stretchmark Treatment

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are fine lines on the body which develop when tissue under the skin tears. This can occur when someone grows rapidly, gains weight rapidly, or when the skin is stretched, such as during pregnancy. Stretch marks are a common condition that does not cause any significant medical problems but can be of cosmetic concern for some people. Other names for stretch marks are striae rubrae (which are red) and striae albae (white) striae atrophicans (thinned skin), striae gravidarum (following pregnancy), striae distensae (stretched skin), striae nigrae (black) and striae caerulea (dark blue).

Who gets stretch marks?

Stretch marks are very common. They can develop on parts of the body that are affected by rapid weight gain and stretching of the skin. Specifically, they are common on the following body locations:

  • Abdomen and breast in pregnant women
  • Adolescents undergoing growth spurts (buttocks, thighs, breasts)
  • Shoulders in body-builders
  • Obese or overweight people

Treatment Options

Treatment of stretch marks is considered a cosmetic treatment and is, therefore, not covered by insurance. To improve the color of red stretch marks, IPL may be an option. Fractional laser and microneedling may also be options to improve the texture of stretch marks, which helps to improve the appearance.

Volbella

Everyone will notice. No one will know. Lift, smooth, or plump your way to natural looking results that last. Volbella is a thin filler, similar to Restylane, which is perfect for lip augmentation. Volbella is perfect for adding definition to the lips. Volbella can also be used to soften the appearance of lines around the mouth.

Volbella is made of a synthetic substance known as hyaluronic acid. Treatment with hyaluronic products typically takes less than one hour (individual treatment times may vary). Generally, there is little to no downtime associated with treatment.

Pre-Treatment Guidelines

  • Avoid using aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • Plan to arrive to the office an hour prior to your scheduled appointment time for topical numbing.

Post-Treatment

  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid touching the treated area for the first six hours following treatment, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After six hours, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
  • Avoid exposure to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing) or cold.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • After treatment some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness may occur. These are typically mild and normally last less than 14 days.

Important Safety Considerations

  • Products should not be used during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years for nasolabial folds.
  • Use at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. In these instances, product use could delay healing or make your skin problems worse.
  • Rarely, the doctor may inject into a blood vessel, which can damage the skin. Although rare, red or swollen small bumps may occur.
  • Products with hyaluronic acid should NOT be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment.

Vollure

Smooth or plump your way to natural looking results that last.

Vollure is a filler used to soften the appearance of facial folds (such as nasolabial folds). This filler is made of a synthetic substance known as hyaluronic acid, and is FDA-Approved to last up to 18-months. Vollure is thin enough to render a soft and natural cosmetic improvement, but thick enough to last.

Pre-Treatment Guidelines

  • Avoid using aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • Plan to arrive to the office an hour prior to your scheduled appointment time for topical numbing.

Post-Treatment Guidelines

  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid touching the treated area for the first six hours following treatment, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After six hours, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
  • Avoid exposure to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing) or cold.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • After treatment some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness may occur. These are typically mild and normally last less than 14 days.

Voluma

Lift, smooth, or plump your way to natural looking results that last. Voluma is the best filler to restore volume loss in the cheeks and give yourself a little lift.

This filler is made of a synthetic substance known as hyaluronic acid. Treatment with hyaluronic products typically takes less than one hour (individual treatment times may vary). Generally, there is little to no downtime associated with treatment.

Pre-Treatment Guidelines

  • Avoid using aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • Plan to arrive to the office an hour prior to your scheduled appointment time for topical numbing.

Post-Treatment

  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid touching the treated area for the first six hours following treatment, so you do not accidentally injure your skin while the area is numb. After six hours, the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
  • Avoid exposure to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing) or cold.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • After treatment some swelling, redness, pain, bruising, or tenderness may occur. These are typically mild and normally last less than 14 days.

Important Safety Considerations

  • Products should not be used during pregnancy, when breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years for nasolabial folds.
  • Use at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. In these instances, product use could delay healing or make your skin problems worse.
  • Rarely, the doctor may inject into a blood vessel, which can damage the skin. Although rare, red or swollen small bumps may occur.
  • Products with hyaluronic acid should NOT be used by people with previous bad allergies, particularly to microorganisms known as gram-positive bacteria, or by people with serious allergies to drugs that have previously required in-hospital treatment.

Dysport

Stand up to the line with Dysport (abobotulinum toxin A), a prescription for temporary improvement of the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults less than 65 years of age. It’s time to make your move & be proud to be you.

Those who want a natural look choose Dysport. It’s proven to help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. Don’t surrender to a look that’s just not you. Take charge of your frown lines by asking for Dysport by name.

Instead of making you feel like your face is frozen, Dysport temporarily treats the facial muscles in just the area you want — between the eyebrows — and allows the muscles in the untreated areas of your face to move normally. Delight, surprise, shock, concern — you can still show your natural facial expressions when treating moderate to severe frown lines with Dysport. And that’s certainly something to smile about.

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