Posts for: April, 2018

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
April 23, 2018
Category: Skin Care

The Rule Kourtney Kardashian Follows to Keep Her Hands Looking Young

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Say what you will about Kourtney Kardashian’s methods of staying youthful, but whatever she’s doing is working for her. Aside from her well-known ghee-guzzling habit, the 38-year-old shared with her fans that one of her secrets to keeping her skin looking youthful is staying far away from UV lamps in nail salons. 

“[A] concern is the UV light that’s used in curing (or sealing) a gel manicure, which can age the skin with brown spots and wrinkles," she writes on her website and app.  It’s no secret that UV light is known to cause our skin damage, but are those tiny lamps enough to wreak havoc on our hands, even if they're in there for seconds at a time? According to Prospect, KY dermatologist Tami Buss Cassis, MD, yes. 

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“I would never stick my hand in a UV light,” she tells us, explaining that there are concerns over exposing your hand to UV lights over and over. “You risk skin cancer, along with the signs of aging skin." 

Swearing off gel manicures entirely is an easy way to nix your chances of damage in the salon, but what if you're a die-hard gel fan? Dr. Cassis says she encourages her patients not to use them, but if you must, wear gloves and sunscreen on your hands. “The last thing anyone needs when trying to get a manicure is older-looking hands—or even worse, skin cancer.”

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
April 19, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Care  

Caring for your skin doesn’t have to be care

No matter whether you are someone who is dealing with skin problems or you are just curious to know whether you are doing everything you can to keep your skin healthy and happy, you’ve come to the right place. Our Baton Rouge, LA, dermatologist, Dr. Ann Zedlitz, is here to offer up some tips on how to properly care for your skin.

Wear Sunscreen Daily

This is the golden rule when it comes to caring for your skin. You should be wearing sunscreen every day without fail. Opt for a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and offers at least an SPF of 15. Be generous when it comes to how much you apply to your face and body, and remember to reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

The Shade is Your Friend

While it might feel great to bask in the warm rays of the sun, we are here to tell you that this isn’t so good for your skin. The sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 10AM and 4PM, which means that you should limit the amount of sun exposure during these times. Sure, you can still enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the beach, just remember to wear sunscreen and opt for an umbrella to protect yourself.

Drink Lots of Water

While drinking water and staying hydrated is important for your health it’s also important for the health of your skin. When organs are deprived of water they don’t function as well as they should. If you don’t get enough water this can cause skin to become too dry, which can also leave skin prone to fine lines and premature wrinkles. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to not just remove toxins from the body and skin but also to keep skin hydrated and radiant.

Get Some Shut Eye

Do you ever notice how dull your skin looks when you haven’t had a good night of sleep? Sleep is important to your skin because while you are catching your ZZZs your body is pumping blood to the skin to keep it radiant and glowing. If you aren’t getting enough sleep then this means that not enough blood is flowing through the skin, which can leave skin lacking the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and look its best.

Z Aesthetic Dermatology provides comprehensive dermatology to the Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, areas. No matter whether you have questions about your skincare regimen or you want to find out what our cosmetic treatments can do for you, don’t hesitate to call our office today.

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
April 16, 2018
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The 'New' Way Botox Is Being Used Really Isn't New at All

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Botox Cosmetic, as well as its neuromodulator counterparts Dysport and Xeomin, are some of the most popular in-office treatments for the simple fact that they really make lines and wrinkles disappear. But, that's not all they're good for. Because of their ability to "freeze" muscles that play a role in causing pain (think migraines and TMJ, among others), they can be injected into other areas of the body as well, and have proven successful in providing temporary relief for multiple concerns. 

One of these so-called "concerns" is scarring, and particularly scarring on the face that results from facial reconstruction surgery. You're probably thinking, what can Botox do for a scar? But it turns out, it serves a very good purpose by relieving tension on the scar that results from everyday muscle movements and facial expressions so the scar can heal better, and surgeons have been using it this way for a long time. 

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So how does it work exactly? After a surgeon stitches up an incision post surgery, he or she injects Botox around the scar (off-label), similarly to the way Botox for cosmetic is injected to treat wrinkles. "Botox is being used to minimize the movement of facial muscles, thus allowing the surgical scars to heal better without being able to stretch," says Los Angeles facial plastic surgeon Kian Karimi, MD. "We have been utilizing Botox for this reason for many years—it's simply not talked about a lot—and I know it works. I do believe this could, and should, be an FDA-approved indication for Botox in the future."

Although the concept of using the injectable this way isn't "new" per se, new research conducted by a team at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and published in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery further proves the effectiveness of this technique, hence the recent headlines surrounding the topic. The clinical trial analyzed 16 patients undergoing facial plastic and reconstructive surgery over a four-month period (most of them to remove a large birthmark), and half of each patient's facial scar was randomly assigned to treatment with Botox or a placebo (an inactive saline solution), injected immediately at the end of surgery. After six months, the scars were measured and rated by a team of independent plastic surgeons, and the scars treated with Botox were lower and narrower than the ones treated with the placebo. 

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In addition to facial reconstruction, Dr. Karimi says he also uses this technique in conjunction with cosmetic surgeries. "I routinely use a variation of this where I inject a neuromodulator before performing browlift, facelift and necklift procedures, as the muscles in these regions can pull at the stitches and cause poor scars, diminished results or scar 'bands.'" 

Although more research is necessary, this preliminary study is yet another great example of how versatile neuromodulators can be. The ability to produce smaller, flatter surgical scars, especially on the face, is a huge win, and we're excited to see what the future holds for even more Botox applications.

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
April 09, 2018
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The Surprising Body Part a Facial Plastic Surgeon Says Droops Once You Hit Your 30s

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Kris Jenner’s earlobe-reduction surgery generated quite the stir when it hit the reality-TV airwaves. She said the size of her ears were something she was self-conscious over. Her doctor said the fix was a simple 30-minute procedure. And, in the middle of it all, most viewers were shocked to learn this kind of solution even existed. 

Amidst all the buzz, Richmond, VA facial plastic surgeon Michael Godin, MD says cosmetic ear-related surgeries have actually been needed by patients at a regular rate over the years. 

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“Otoplasty generally refers to re-shaping the ear, especially the upper two-thirds,” he explains. "Earlobe reduction [like Jenner had] is what it sounds like and is generally done in aging patients, especially during facelift."

Even if you aren’t in the market for a facelift, Dr. Godin warns that our ear lobes tend to noticeably droop as we get out of our 40s and—gasp—even as early as our 30s. (Like with the face, you can blame that sneaky culprit of collagen loss.) “A reduction can reverse that,” he says.

By Z Aesthetic Dermatology
April 02, 2018
Category: Skin Care
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This Dermaplaning-Meets-Microneedling Treatment Is the Newest Way to Get Skin That Gleams and Glows

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Behold the power of skin-resurfacing treatments. From lasers that lift pigmentation and soften skin texture to microdermabrasion and chemical peels, which exfoliate away the top layers of skin, there’s nothing quite like a resurfacing treatment.

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The newest one on the scene is MIRApeel and it fuses two unique technologies—wet abrasion and wet microneedling—into a single treatment. Here’s how it works:

Step 1
For about 10 minutes, the top, outermost layers of skin are gently and safely abraded layer by layer with a specially designed razor-like head that can be dialed up or dialed down depending on how aggressive the treatment needs to be. At the same time, skin is infused with the brand’s proprietary serums. By removing dead surface skin, skin is prepped to better receive what’s to come in step two.

Step 2
Tiny, 0.25 millimeter needles are rolled across the skin with a flow of serums. The company calls it “wet micro-protrusion,” which is essentially microneedling with the addition of a wet component (here, it’s the use of serums). According to Serge Castro, CEO of MIRAMed, the company that makes MIRApeel, the tiny needles are effective because the tip gently glides over skin while firmly "adhering" to it thanks to vacuum power.

Step 3
Two LED lights are used on the skin to allow it to calm down, followed by a soothing bio-cellulose face and décolleté mask.

Although six to eight weekly sessions followed by quarterly maintenance are recommended to see maximum results, the wet microneedles is the major point of distinction here. “There’s an immediate 'MIRAwow' effect—that’s what we call it. There’s also no blood and no pain with the procedure,” says Castro. “Skin will be glowy and refreshed and boasts a beautiful new appearance directly after the treatment." Ideal for correcting pretty much anything from dry skin and age spots to acne scars and textural issues, and even premature aging, MIRApeel, which was developed in Germany and has a huge following in Europe with dermatologists, is quickly making its mark. Think of this as the next generation of microneedling.