By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
May 31, 2018
Tags: Acid Fillers   Fillers  

This New Hyaluronic Acid Filler Promises Next to No Swelling

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Fillers, especially hyaluronic acid ones, possess a plethora of beauty enhancing capabilities—they can lift, augment, and plump deficient areas for a more streamlined and defined visage. And with all the options available at the doctor’s office today, finding one that can check off every box on the list isn’t like finding a needle in a haystack. Yes, they all differ. And, yes, they come with different price tags and nuances. But the newest hyaluronic acid-based filler offers a big advantage over the some of the most tried-and-true injectables out there—it doesn’t cause nearly as much post-injection swelling.

Revanesse Versa, which received FDA approval in 2017 and launched in January 2018, uses a special highly controlled wet milling technology, which, according to Nashville, TN dermatologist Michael Gold, MD is basically the manufacturing process behind the gel. “There are a series of screens that the gel is pressed through which results in a uniform particle shape, size, and smoother solution.” Besides being well balanced and having less surface area, another benefit to the spherical molecules in Versa is less swelling. In clinical trials, Versa was shown to produce less swelling than other fillers, which can cause 24% more swelling—and less swelling equals less downtime, a big plus to patients. “In theory, the small, uniform, spherical particles promote optimal integration into the tissue, resulting in the body being less likely to recognize it as a foreign substance,” says Dr. Gold.

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Considered the ‘microbrewery brand of aesthetic fillers’, Revanesse Versa is tested in-house before distribution, and to further ensure quality control, every syringe is individually inspected to make sure that it is safe and effective. The brand believes that small patch production ensures a high standard of quality and fresh products.

Priced less than its competitors, Versa treats moderate to severe lines and wrinkles and, according to Dr. Gold, lasts as long as every other hyaluronic acid filler when injected properly in the right patient for the right indication. One million syringes have been sold worldwide to date with no reported cases of nodules or granulomas—a huge coup for a new filler.

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
May 29, 2018
Tags: Botox  

Botox TreatmentNo matter how well you care for your skin, fine lines and wrinkles tend to appear as you get older. Botox injections help smooth lines, making you appear more youthful. Injectables are just one of the anti-aging treatments Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologist, Dr. Ann Zedlitz of Z Aesthetic Dermatology, offers.

What is Botox?

Botox is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment that uses small amounts of the purified botulinum toxin to reduce lines and wrinkles. Once injected, Botox relaxes facial muscles that contract when you frown, laugh, or make other facial expressions. Although you'll probably begin to notice an improvement a few days after your treatment, the full effects won't be noticeable for about two weeks. For the next three months or longer, your fine lines and wrinkles will be smoother and less visible. If you want to maintain your results, you'll simply schedule a follow-up appointment with your Baton Rouge, LA dermatologist.

When it Botox used?

Do you have permanent horizontal lines on forehead due to raising your eyebrows or furrowing your brow when you concentrate? Lines on your forehead can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and avoid hairstyles that leave your forehead exposed. Botox injections smooth your forehead lines and increase your hairstyle choices.

Frowning or squinting causes vertical lines that look like the number eleven to form between your eyes. Unfortunately, these lines tend to make people look tired or angry when they're perfectly happy and well-rested. Injecting a little Botox into the lines offers a simple way to refresh your appearance. Botox injectables also minimize the appearance of crow's feet and lines that appear around the mouth.

Are Botox injections painful?

Botox injections may sting a little, but most people don't notice any pain. Before you receive your injections, a topical anesthetic may be applied to your face to minimize any discomfort. After your treatment, you can continue on with your normal activities, although you should avoid massaging the treated area or exercising for several hours.

Enhance your appearance with Botox. Call our Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, dermatologist, Dr. Zedlitz of Z Aesthetic Dermatology, at (225) 778-7540 to schedule your appointment.

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
May 21, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Top Board-Certified Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons Come Together to Discuss Aesthetic Advancements

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Last week in New York, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) held its annual Aesthetic Meeting where board-certified plastic surgeons and board-certified dermatologists from around the world spent more than five days discussing new trends, out-of-the-box techniques and future technologies and treatments that have yet to become mainstream.

Driving home the point that dermatologists and plastic surgeons often work together on a united front, one almost-all-day comprehensive session (The Reality of Non-Surgical Face & Neck Rejuvenation with Devices and Injectables: How Close Are We to Achieving a Surgical Outcome?) focused primarily on minimally invasive procedures and technologies for facial and neck rejuvenation. As Chicago plastic surgeon Julius Few, MD explains, "The collaboration between dermatologists and plastic surgeons benefits every consumer of cosmetic medicine because no longer do we have two very significant groups trying to compete. Now, there is an understanding that dermatologists and plastic surgeons can look at the same issue from different perspectives for a synergistic approach."  

Comprising a panel of board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons—ASAPS invited Spokane, WA dermatologist Phillip Werschler, MD and New York dermatologist David Goldberg, MD to serve as "guest dermatologists"—doctors discussed how to achieve a natural, rejuvenated look using energy-based devices and injectables. Combination therapy with skin care products, energy-based procedures, neuromodulators, fillers and absorbable thread sutures were also on the agenda, which was chaired by New York plastic surgeon Z. Paul Lorenc, MD and featured panelists including Montclair, New Jersey plastic surgeon Barry DiBernardo, MD, Dr. Few, and Dallas plastic surgeon Jeffrey Kenkel, MD. "ASAPS 2018 provided an ideal opportunity for cosmetic dermatologists to provide their vast experience and knowledge to the plastic surgery community in panel sessions and live, hands-on treatments in all aspects of noninvasive aesthetic treatments," says Dr. Goldberg.

Dr. Werschler, one of the presenting dermatologists at the session who demonstrated the proper way to use lasers, energy-based devices, injectables and fillers to several hundred plastic surgeon colleagues, says, “I am both honored and proud to represent the skills, expertise and knowledge that dermatologists have in aesthetic procedures. We were thrilled to share this with the attendees." 

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
May 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Adult Acne  

New Study Shows Genetics Is a Big Reason for This Common Skin Condition

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When the Twins Day Festival took place in Twinsburg, OH two summers ago, it wasn't just a massive meeting place for multiples, but an opportunity to survey a "perfect study group" for the very prevalent skin condition of acne.

As published in the April issue of the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, the study was able to separate genetic versus environmental factors that may contribute to acne severity by surveying 139 identical and fraternal twins (279 individuals) and one set of triplets. Both groups, on average, were predominantly female.

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Perhaps not surprising, the study supports the thinking that there is a definite link between genetics and acne, as the findings show the proportion of pairs where twins have acne was significantly higher in identical (64 percent) versus fraternal (49 percent) twins. Additional factors, such as possible associations with other health conditions were also examined, including the relationship between acne and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), anxiety and asthma.

“There is some suggestion that factors other than genetics may contribute to acne severity. As was demonstrated in our study and others, people genetically predisposed to acne can reduce the intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates to help keep acne on the mild side. Using cosmetics that are non-comodegenic can also help reduce acne severity," dermatologist Elma Baron, MD, professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University and chief of dermatology at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, said in a release.

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
May 07, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Untagged

How to Take Care of Your Skin Post-Laser

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Ask any dermatologist or plastic surgeon when the best time of year is to do a laser (of any kind) and I guarantee you the answer will be a resounding, “WINTER!”

During the winter months, generally, skin is less exposed to the sun, which can easily undo what a laser just fixed. That’s not to say that the sun isn’t out and doing damage unto your skin from December through April, but it’s just that people are less likely to spend time in the sun (unprotected).

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No matter what type of laser you opt for this winter, taking care of your skin post-procedure is just as important as taking care of your skin every day.

Skin that has been "lasered" is sensitive, easily irritated and compromised. Washing the skin with cleansers that are harsh and stripping, like those that are acid-based or exfoliating, can actually damage your skin. You’ll want to keep your skin as clean as possible, which may mean limiting makeup (ask your doctor when you can start wearing makeup again and which formulas are best for you) and the use of your regular skin care products, especially those with ingredients like acids and retinoids.

If your skin is red and swollen after you’ve been treated, make sure to apply cold compresses and ice packs to the area, as this will help mitigate some of the inflammation. Sleeping in an elevated position with an extra pillow or two can help, too.

Colleyville, TX facial plastic surgeon Yadro Ducic, MD says what’s most important is moisture preservation. “Simple products like Aquaphor and various other occlusive moisturizers are all adequate,” he adds. A lack of moisture post-treatment can cause the skin to scab and may even delay (and in some cases compromise) the healing process. Torrance, CA plastic surgeon Linda Swanson, MD has patients use EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex ($45) to help replenish moisture in their skin.

“Two weeks after the laser, patients are ready for manual skin exfoliation,” says Dr. Swanson. “I find that dermaplaning works well to help get all the additional transitional skin off and create a non-flaky appearance.” 

Sun protection is of the utmost importance because skin is vulnerable in the healing phase. Failure to wear a good SPF can cause the treated skin to actually become more damaged than it was pre-treatment and also for dark spots to form. We like Bare Republic Mineral Face Sunscreen ($15), which protects against both UVA and UVB rays and offers an SPF of 30.

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