By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
December 11, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Adult Acne  

An In-Office Treatment That Completely Cleared Up One Woman's Skin


Lasers aren't always the most enjoyable of skin procedures—a zap here and a rubber band snap–feeling there doesn't exactly equate to a relaxing treatment. But, one look at some of the results will have most people signing up—stat—even with the discomfort factor.

As personal trainer and social media star Maeve Madden recently told the Insider, her experience with the Pixel laser was a little more painful than anticipated. 

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"I could feel small pin pricks as the laser lit up across my face," Madden said. "I began to get a little agitated as smoke started to rise and I could literally smell my skin burning. Fifteen minutes after the procedure my face turned a deep purple, and began to heat up. By the time I got home, I was in total agony and my face was burning, it felt like I was on fire."

As San Francisco dermatologist William Kwan, MD, explains, this type of experience is not the norm. "The Pixel laser is a fractional CO2 laser. This type of laser is ablative, meaning that the skin tissue is vaporized (or burned), but slowly and in a controlled, safe manner. It works great, but depending how strong of a treatment is done, there can be minimal to extensive downtime. The pain that she experienced is really not too typical, however the stronger the treatment, the more discomfort and downtime afterwards. The sensation of heat that she describes is common, but is usually not painful. Other factors such as what type of products were placed on the skin after the treatment, could also contribute to additional pain related to any procedure."

However, Madden says she "can't recommend it enough" and it really did a number to clear up her hormonal acne—she even says the treatment has cleared up 70 percent of her scarring and pigmentation issues after just one session. 

"I can't wait to do it again, the pain was worth it."

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
December 06, 2017
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: Laser Hair Removal  

Tired of shaving all the time? Find out if cosmetic laser hair removal is your next step to smoother skin.laser hair removal

Whether you are embarrassed by dark unwanted hair, or you are just tired of having to shave and wax often, there are many reasons why people turn to laser hair removal. Our Baton Rouge, LA cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Ann Zedlitz is here to tell you a little bit about how this hair removal system works.

How does laser hair removal work?

Through the use of a special medical laser, this beam safely penetrates through the skin to target, heat up and destroy hair follicles. Unlike other hair removal methods that only remove the top layer of hair that’s visible on the surface, this cosmetic treatment actually destroys the hair follicles to prevent the hair from growing back.

What are the benefits of getting this treatment?

The question on everyone’s mind at this point is, “What are the pros to choosing this kind of treatment?” Laser hair removal shouldn’t be confused with electrolysis, which is designed for permanent hair removal; however, laser treatment could be all you need to significantly reduce unwanted hair. In fact, it’s often enough that people don’t need to shave these treated areas anymore.

Plus, laser hair removal can be performed on just about any part of your body. Whether you are tired of shaving or waxing your legs or you have unwanted hair on your chest, underarms, stomach, back or face, our Baton Rouge dermatologist can remove hair to reveal the smoother results you’ve been looking for.

Of course, people who are used to waxing or even tweezing (ouch!) may be a bit worried that laser hair removal may also be painful. The last thing you want to do is replace one painful technique for another. While it won’t be as painless as shaving, it is less painful than waxing. Plus, we can apply ice to the areas beforehand to numb the pain before and after your treatment. You’ll also notice less and less discomfort with this treatment over time.

If you are interested in learning more about getting laser hair removal in the Baton Rouge, LA, or Prairieville, LA, areas, or if you want to find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment call Z Aesthetic Dermatology today to schedule a consultation with us.

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
December 04, 2017
Category: Skin Care
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Located within the dermis (below the outermost layer of skin), collagen is the foundation of connective tissue that supports the skin’s structure—making it essential for younger-looking skin. But, as we age, the body produces less of it, since naturally occurring enzymes break collagen down, in turn, causing the skin to thin, lose fullness and form wrinkles. The sun, pollution, free radicals and smoke are also responsible for disintegrating collagen.

While the body is constantly creating new collagen to repair what’s been damaged, around age 35, collagen production naturally begins to taper off, and the quality of collagen is not as good as in years past. The good news? In addition to topical products, and treatments, food is a great way to naturally boost collagen in the skin. “Stimulating collagen with at-home topical products, in-office treatments and proper lifestyle choices helps the skin maintain its strength, resiliency and volume,” says Madison, WI, facial plastic surgeon Richard C. Parfitt, MD.

Flip through this gallery to see the best foods to restore, regenerate and repair damaged collagen. Get out your pen. It's time to make an anti-aging shopping list.

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Fish

Creates stronger cells: “Fish like tuna and salmon are loaded with omega-3 fatty acid,” says New York nutritionist Brook Alpert. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty membrane that protects them. When the cells are healthy, they are able to support the structure of the skin.

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Red vegetables

Pump up sun protection: Tomatoes, peppers and beets contain the antioxidant lycopene. "Lycopene acts as a natural sunblock, protecting the skin from damage while increasing collagen levels,” says Alpert.

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Dark green vegetables

Rev up collagen production: Rich in vitamin C, dark green vegetables like spinach and kale can rev up collagen production. In topical products, “vitamin C has antioxidizing properties that stabilize the messenger enzymes that break collagen down. It also protects against free radicals to prevent weak collagen,” says Orlando, FL, dermatologist Dr. Dimitry Palceski.

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Orange Vegetables

Restore and regenerate: Vegetables that are orange in color, like carrots and sweet potatoes, are rich in vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen.

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Berries

Ward off damage: Blackberries and raspberries scavenge free radicals while simultaneously increasing collagen levels.

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Soy

Blocks aging: Whether sources from soy milk, cheese or tofu, soy contains genistein (plant hormones that serve as antioxidants), which prompts collagen production and helps to block enzymes, like MMPs that can age the skin.

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White Tea

Supports structure: According to research conducted by Kingston University and Neal’s Yard Remedies, white tea may protect the structural proteins of the skin, specifically collagen. It’s believed to prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen, contributing to lines and wrinkles.

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Citrus Fruits

Studies show that citrus fruits such as oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruits that are rich in vitamin C have the ability to help amino acids—lysine and proline—convert to collagen. Antioxidant vitamin C is also extremely important in helping to neutralize free radicals, which attack and break down collagen and elastin in the skin.

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Protein

In addition to giving your body a dose of healthy protein that it needs, egg whites are high in both lysine and proline, as well as collagen itself, so adding more egg whites into your diet could help support your body's natural production of collagen. And for those who choose the vegetarian or vegan route and don’t want to incorporate animal products like eggs or lean meats into their diet, try nuts (particularly peanuts), which also supply lysine.

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Garlic

One of the best sources of sulfur, which is necessary to collagen production in the body, garlic also provides lipoic acid and taurine that help rebuild collagen fibers that have been damaged.

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Oysters

A favorite among exotic foods, oysters are a naturally rich source of zinc—an essential element of the collagen-building process. Also chock-full of vitamins and minerals including iron and vitamin B12, oysters provide a low-calorie option and a long list of health benefits. 

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
November 16, 2017
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One of the downsides of aging is that the lower part of the face—the jawline, chin and neck—loses its sharp definition. Rather than having to deal with sagginess, seek solace in these age-reversing treatments and procedures that are guaranteed to work.

According to Charlotte, NC, dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD, there are many reasons why jowls develop. “Primarily, it’s because of soft tissue (fat) descent to the lower face, which is due to a relaxation of the fatcompartments in the upper and mid face, coupled with resorption of bone in the jawline and perioral area.” When definition is lost along the jawline and jowls become prominent, the area can look “weak” and the chin will look pronounced, like it’s protruding. “Starting with dermal fillers, like Radiesse or Juvéderm Voluma, in the pre-jowl area sooner rather than later will help restore lost volume and reestablish the jawline contour.” But, not every patient requires filler to correct their jowls. “If skin laxitywith pronounced sagging obscure the contours of the jawline, an energy-based device, like the INFINI, can contract the skin to make a noticeable difference,” says Dr. Munavalli.

Not only is the neck likely to lose elasticity with age, but Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Leslie H. Stevens, MD, says there can also be pigment changes, fat pockets and deep creases on the front of the neck. Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin, can be used off-label to relax the muscles in the neck and soften the bands. “As skin becomes lax, nonsurgical radio-frequency treatments and Ultherapy, can be used, but the results are limited,” explains Dr. Stevens. “When nonsurgical procedures don’t cut it, surgery to tighten the bands under the chin, or a neck lift to remove excess skin from behind the ears, are needed.”

You may not think of your chin as an area that succumbs to aging, but it does. “With aging, soft tissue and facial bones lose volume. There’s also a loss of elasticity in the skin,” says Chicago plastic surgeon Michael Horn, MD. “When this happens, the chin crease can become deeper, pebble-like wrinkling can occur and the chin can become more pointed.” When the chin appears weak, it can also make the noseseem larger than it really is. “I always tell patients that it’s important to keep their weight consistent because rapid weight loss or gain can age the area,” adds Dr. Horn. In the event that a procedure needs to be done, there are several options. Hyaluronic acid fillers can increase projection and fill in lines, Botox Cosmetic can correct pebbling in the chin, and surgery can offer permanent correction. “To improve an aging chin, an implant can help make a dramatic difference.”

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
November 14, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Untagged

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