Posts for: December, 2017

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
December 26, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Sun Damage  

This Woman Hasn’t Used a Tanning Bed in 40 Years, But Is Paying the Price Now

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“They said it was nothing to worry about.” Rochester resident Elaine Sheaf clung to those eight fateful for almost 20 years while the mole on her face continued to grow in size, shape and irregularity—only to find out it was actually malignant melanoma (a likely result from her tanning-bed habit as a teenager). “From 1995 to 2013 [the mole] had grown from a small, Domino-sized dot to a round an inch,” Sheaf tells DailyMail.

After seeing a dermatologist when she noticed a sore on the mole, it was confirmed to be skin cancer. Over the next four years, Sheaf would undergo surgeries, biopsies, skin grafts and the devastating news that the stage-four cancer had also spread to her lungs. Sheaf says that shortly after she would arrive home from a surgery, she would notice a “little black speckle at the bottom” and call the hospital back. Doctors would reply, “that needs to come off immediately,” and she would go in for follow-up surgery where surgeons would have to cut even deeper into her face “and shave some of the cheekbone away,” she explains. “Now, even with makeup on, if I turn sideways my face is indented because my cheek has been cut away.” (Images can be seen here.)

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Looking back at her destructive habits, Sheaf says that she and her friends would use tanning beds for hours at a time in their 20s, often staying in them for an hour at a time, only taking a break for a drink. “You really have to be careful—I wish I’d known.” Studies show that overexposure to UV rays during this time period (namely childhood and teenage years) greatly increases the chances of developing skin cancer later in life. As a result, recent legislation has been introduced stateside to prevent minors from using tanning beds until they are over the age of 18.

But the U.S. government isn’t the only voice hoping to make a difference and prevent Sheaf’s story from happening to someone else. Now, she is urging others to stay away from tanning beds, to get into a dermatologists’ office, and to never be afraid to ask for a second opinion. “If you are worried about a mole or something on your skin, don't let [doctors] tell you that it's fine,” Sheaf says. “If I had done that I wouldn't be here now. Stand your ground because I should have done that 20 years ago.”

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
December 18, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Anti-Aging  


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Celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert is known as being the go-to New York wedding makeup guru, showing up frequently behind the scenes to work her magic for the most buzzed-about nuptials. Her clients have included the likes of Gwyneth PaltrowCameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Amanda Peet, and, even if you aren't part of the Hollywood crowd or have bridal on the brain, her Upper East Side studio is a non-pretentious place for anyone looking for good skin and "you-but-better" makeup.

One thing she's big on for creating a flawless face (hint: it's not foundation): A healthy-looking complexion where brightness and volume play the two biggest roles. "Most people think fullness and vitality are only available to those who can afford injectables, but that’s not the case. Many of my clients and celebrities who walk the red carpet make good skin care products and skin care treatments part of their regular routines. We’ve even seen celebrity clients at my skin care studio who put specific skin care treatments into their contracts, with the studios or TV shows footing the bill while filming."

Ahnert stands by the fact that it's not completely impossible for the non-Hollywood sect to get similar treatments and results—minus a movie deal. "Women can get oxygen facials, microcurrent lifting treatments and hydrofacials to deliver these healthy glows and stimulate circulation, increase collagen and replenish hyaluronic acid."

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Radiant skin is also a prerequisite for the runway, as Marius Morariu, co-founder and president of Tracie Martyn (clients include Kim Kardashian, Dakota Johnson, Yolanda Hadid and Bella Thorne), points out and says there is a sort of "unspoken rule" where, in addition to production companies paying for actors and actresses to achieve good-skin goals, agencies often do the same for models.

"Our Red Carpet Facial [a mix of microcurrent and LED lights] has been known to be a pre-runway, pre-photoshoot, pre-movie-premiere/award show and pre-filming requirement."

Of course, these skin-perfecting efforts naturally extend into plastic surgeon and dermatologist offices. The Beverly Hills, CA, offices of plastic surgeons Andrew Ordon, MD, and Ritu Chopra, MD, treat a lot of A-list celebs—with hydrating facials and brightening peels that help address, fine lines, sun damage and give skin the ultimate glow making up the most popular musts. Not surprisingly, stars also "love to stay on top of Botox Cosmetic, fillers and Thermage, which helps stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. Cryotherapy has been a really big hit also lately."

As for the contractual treatment that is requested most often? Beverly Hills, CA, dermatologist Rhonda Rand, MD, says that, in her opinion, it is Clear + Brilliant laser. 

"It makes skin glow and there's not downtime. It's everyone's favorite!"

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
Tags: Untagged

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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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



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.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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.