Physician Strength Skin Care Products
Products used at Abrams Dermatology are recommended and prescribed to treat skin care issues such as hyperpigmentation, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne, fine lines, enlarged pores and texture. Obagi and NeoCutis are our two main skincare lines.
Obagi medical was founded in 1988 by skin care experts and is the #1 physician dispensed product line. Obagi skin care products include prescription 4% hydroquinone and are available only through physicians and medical professionals.
Neocutis is a Swiss based company that fuses science and technology together to address the signs of aging. Neocutis uses PSP- Processed Skin Proteins. PSP is a mixture of peptides, nutrients and Human Growth Factors.
When choosing recommended physician strength products, you are choosing to make an investment in your skin’s treatment plan. These products can go deep in the layer of skin (the dermis) that changes the cellular makeup of skin. They contain higher concentrations of active ingredients (vitamin c, growth factors, retinoids) that stimulate collagen and elastin to strengthen and repair skin. Over the counter products are superficial and generally only temporarily improve the skin’s appearance.
When purchasing prescription or physician strength products it is best to purchase from licensed physicians. Everyone loves a bargain, but purchasing these products elsewhere can lead to problems. When purchasing at online sites that are not authorized, you may be receiving products that are not suitable for your skin causing reactions and infection. They may also be expired, diluted or even worse – counterfeit products.
Partial List of Unauthorized Internet Resellers
• 101 MedicalSpa
Complimentary consults are always available with Catherine Deans, LE , to discuss a plan of action for each individual’s skincare needs. Feel free to bring in the products you use and discuss the good, the bad and the not really necessary. Many over the counter products can easily be incorporated into a regimen that includes prescription and physician strength formulas. Review your skin care products and help correct existing damage or prevent it altogether.
Posted on 16. Aug, 2016 by Catherine Deans, L.E..
Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures – what they can do for you
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures and treatments are part of a $20 billion global industry and are projected to rise to over $27 billion by the year 2019.
There are three categories that comprise these non-surgical procedures and treatments – injectable products that include neuromodulator toxins, dermal fillers and volumizers; energy and light based procedures such as lasers and radio frequency devices and active skin care treatments and products.
Each individual has personal reasons for electing to do a procedure or treatment that will help correct a variety of issues, whether it is premature aging from sun damage, scarring from acne or intrinsic aging that presents in the form of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. We are now fortunate that we have an arsenal of ways to choose from to look and feel our best.
One of the most popular procedure that is requested is for Botox. Allergan reports that Botox injections have increased by 700% since the year 2000. Neuromodulator toxins such as Botox and Xeomin from Merz Aesthetics are used to smooth out wrinkles that are caused by the overuse of facial expressions. Examples of expression lines are the lines in between the brows, sometimes referred to as the “11’s” or “angry lines” and crow’s feet, lines around the eyes and forehead wrinkles. There are off label uses as well for Botox and Xeomin. It can be used in the lower face around the chin for droopy mouth and above the lip to help with “smokers” lines. There is no downtime with toxin injections and they last anywhere from 3-4 months.
There are a wide variety of fillers that will help to fill creases and wrinkles. Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular ones on the market. Both are hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural lubricating substance found in our bodies, that pulls 1000 times it weights in water to the areas creating a plumper skin. Smile lines or the folds on the side of the nose and the “marionette” lines that run from the mouth downward are two areas that are easy to correct with HA fillers. HA fillers are used around the lips with nice results. These fillers typical last anywhere from 6 months to 12 months depending upon your body’s chemistry. Some people with a higher metabolism may have filler that dissipates quicker than others. There can be a little “social” downtime associated with the injections such as swelling and bruising at the injection site.
Volumizers are another group of dermal injectable that are used to bring back volume to the face due to aging or weight loss. These injectables last longer, up to two years, and are used in deeper folds and wrinkles and can also be used to provide a subtle lift to the lower face. Radiesse is a smooth gel filled with tiny calcium microspheres. There is immediate correction of folds and sagginess when Radiesse is first injected but it also stimulates your body’s own natural collagen. Sculptra is another facial injectable that brings back the structure of your face naturally. Sculptra works gradually to replace lost collagen and is done in 2-3 sessions over a eight-week period between appointments. Voluma injectable instantly adds volume in the cheek area that is natural and subtle. Voluma also contains hyaluronic acid but can last up to two years.
Wrinkles and lines are not the only complaint we see as we age. Sun damage and the natural aging process can show up in the form of hyperpigmentation (brown spots), rough texture, enlarged pores and red blotchiness. Bouts with acne can leave pitting and scarring that can be difficult to hide. This is where the lasers and engery based procedures come in. CO2 fractionated laser is a procedure that resurfaces the skin to rid it of all signs of aging and/or scars. CO2 produces tiny injuries deep within the skin as it takes off the first few layers of the outer epidermis. By creating these injuries, the body will produce new collagen and create a smoother skin. This is an in office procedure that requires about 7 days downtime that will result in refreshed and rejuvenated skin. Most people will go on a homecare regiment of retin a and hydroquinone to maintain the results of CO2. It is ideal for acne scars, heavy hyperpigmentation and fine lines. Ematrix, bi polar radio frequency, is used to tighten sagging skin and promote a smoother surface. It is not a true laser, but is laser like, and uses heat energy to change the cellular matrix and stimulate the collagen deep in the dermis. When doing treatments that stimulate collagen, three treatments are required four weeks apart. There may be 2-3 days of redness and swelling but recovery is shortened after each treatment. It is the perfect procedure for people who do not have the extended downtime to devote.
A cosmetic consult is always the best way to determine what procedures will correct individual issues and result in the best outcome. There are many complimentary ways that work together to correct and enhance ourselves. By using a mix of injectables, resurfacing and prescription homecare you can achieve optimum desired results.
Abrams Dermatology is one of the first dermatology practice in the area to offer their patients Teleheatlh services. Telehealth can be used for minor issues like acne flares, eczema flare, and skin lesion that would prefer to receive diagnosis for sooner than later while avoiding the commute to the doctor’s office.
Posted on 21. Jul, 2016 by Nadia Vizza.
Silhouette InstaLiftTM is a non-invasive procedure that re-contour the face of the patient by lifting the deeper layers of the skin. The results are immediate with a minimal recovery time after the procedure. Dr. Abrams creates a treatment plan to ensure the patient achieves desired natural-looking results.
Abrams Dermatology Telemedicine solution helps maintain the relationship and continuity of care with its patients by allowing Dr. Abrams to provide treatment, diagnosis and advice for his patients when a virtual visit is appropriate.
Rolling back the years on your complexion can be possible with one laser treatment. Years of sun damage can be corrected with the SmartXide Dot CO2 laser therapy. Acne scarring, even ice pick scars – the kind that looks like “pitting”, can be reduced. Photo aging is the premature aging of the skin and occurs […]
Perks at Abrams Dermatology Everywhere you look you see advertising for discounts and specials on everything from dining out to dental cleanings. A lot of those ads are trying to get you into an establishment for the first time or introducing a new service or product. We at Abrams Dermatology offer discounts and specials on […]
Posted on 28. Apr, 2016 by Sheryl Wilson ARNP-C.
Abrams dermatology will be out there at Cars and Coffee sponsored by Suncoast Motorsports on Saturday May 14th from 8-10am. We will be giving away samples of Elta MD sunscreen and other goodies. If you do nothing else for your skin throughout your life time applying a great sunscreen such as Elta MD will help […]
The VI Peel – the Painless Peel Exfoliation is the process of eliminating dead skin cells to reveal a smooth, refreshed complexion and can be performed with different methods. Chemical peels can be a very effective and efficient way of exfoliating the skin. Chemical peels vary in depth and strength. They can be very superficial, […]
Dr. Abrams and his team at Abrams Dermatology are proud to join the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk to raise money to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). You can make a donation right at the office or by clicking the link: Donate to the JDRF – This is an important cause for […]