What to Know Before Laser Hair Removal

If you are tired of reaching for the razor on a regular basis and would love to find a more permanent solution to your personal grooming needs, laser hair removal may be right for you. Here is what you should know before investing in laser hair removal treatment.

Why Choose Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a safe, long-term solution for both men and women. Hair can be removed from a variety of body parts ranging from legs and bikini line, chest and back hair, to facial hair on the lips, chin or cheeks. Its enduring results and minimal side effects make it superior to other methods of hair removal for those people who wish to streamline their regular beauty and grooming routine.

For example, shaving cuts hair at a sharp angle just above the skin, which means the hair resurfaces almost immediately. For many people, this requires the aggravation of daily shaving. Tweezers are a less-than-ideal solution for removing hair from smaller areas on the face, since plucking stray hairs on the chin or neck may lead to redness, plus the uncomfortable and unsightly condition of ingrown hairs. Waxing, which pulls hair out from the root, can be painful and involves frequent sessions for this temporary fix. Laser hair removal solves all of these issues.

Keep in mind that the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a board-certified dermatologist for this procedure, since he or she has an in-depth knowledge of the skin and the experience necessary to perform the procedure safely.

How It Works

At Windsor Dermatology, we customize our laser hair removal treatment settings for each individual based on skin tone, color of hair, and location of treatment. Lasers can safely be used on most parts of the body, although the eye area must be avoided.

First, a cool gel is applied to the treatment area. Next, a board-certified dermatologist guides a hand-held laser instrument over the skin. This device pulses and releases beams of light that target the dark pigment in the hair follicles, thus destroying the follicles permanently. Since the hair directly absorbs the light, the surrounding skin remains undamaged. A mild snapping sensation may be felt during the pulses.

The duration of each session depends upon the size of the body part being treated. Since hair follicles are in various stages of growth, several sessions spaced apart are necessary to target as many follicles as possible. Treatments are performed once per month. Occasionally, some hair may regrow, requiring maintenance treatments from time to time.

The cost of the treatment is based on the size of the body part that is being treated. Individual results vary depending upon factors such as the color of your skin and hair, and the contrast between them.

How To Prepare for Treatment

To achieve the best results for laser hair removal, it is important to follow the below tips for maximum safety and effectiveness:

  • Shave your skin with a new razor prior to your appointment.
  • Refrain from plucking or waxing for several weeks before your laser treatment.
  • Avoid sun exposure and steer clear of self-tanners for several weeks beforehand to increase the maximum contrast between hair and skin.

 
After treatment, you may experience minor skin irritation such as slight redness, but this should disappear within a few hours. If you wish, you may use cold compresses to soothe the skin. You should avoid sun exposure and salt water for a short time after your session, and follow any instructions issued by your doctor.

If you are considering laser hair removal, contact Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, New Jersey to schedule a consultation. Our experienced professionals offer laser treatments for your unwanted hair that can provide you with smooth, lasting, hairless skin. Call the office today at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online.

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Eczema vs. Psoriasis: Understanding the Difference

Is It Eczema or Psoriasis?

Whether you’ve had thick, red patches on your skin for a while or maybe they’ve just recently appeared, your skin is calling out for help. Maybe it’s eczema. Maybe it’s psoriasis. While it may not be so easy for you to tell the difference, a trained dermatologist like the ones at Windsor Dermatology know exactly what’s going on with your skin and can help you get the treatment you need.

What Is Eczema?

Eczema occurs because of a hypersensitivity reaction of the skin to certain triggers or conditions. It’s far more prevalent than psoriasis, with over 31.6 million Americans suffering with it.1 Eczema tends to be seen more in children, affecting up to 25% of them, while only 2-3% of adults.2 About 60% of eczema patients are under a year old and 90% are under the age of 5.3

Eczema tends to show up as raised dry, red patches in places like the crooks of the elbows and behind the knees.4 These patches can itch so badly that patients scratch until they bleed.

What Is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis affects 7.5 million people in the United States3, and is caused by a defect in the immune system that causes the skin to overproduce some of its cells. While psoriasis can develop at any age, it is primarily seen in adults between the ages of 20-65, but can occur in kids or older adults as well.

The red, scaly patches of psoriasis that have well-defined edges can develop in the elbows or knees, just like eczema, but can also appear on the face, buttocks, bottoms of feet, and scalp.4

Eczema and Psoriasis at a Glance

  Eczema Psoriasis
Cause Hypersensitivity reaction Overproduction of skin cells
Prevalence 31.6 million Americans1 7.5 million Americans3
Itch level Intense Mild
Contagious? No No

 

What If It’s Both?

Yes, it is possible to have both eczema and psoriasis. These conditions can overlap, or you may have psoriasis in one place and eczema in another.

The Road to Recovery

Whether you have eczema or psoriasis, you need a partner to help manage the treatment of your disease. Both can become more severe as time goes on or they could affect more areas of your skin. The good news is that both conditions are manageable, and remission or off-times when the patches go away for a while are possible.

Making an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist is an important first step. The physicians at Windsor Dermatology are leading experts in Psoriasis and Eczema treatment. Call the office at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online to visit one of our of world-class treatment centers.


References:

  1. Hanifin J, Reed M. A Population-Based Survey of Eczema Prevalence in the United States. 2007;18(2):82-91.
  2. Eichenfield LF, Tom WL, Chamlin SL, Feldman SR, Hanifin JM, Simpson EL, et al. Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis: section 1. Diagnosis and assessment of atopic dermatitis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014;70(2):338-51.
  3. Menter A, Gottlieb A, Feldman SR, Van Voorhees AS, et al. Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis: Section 1. Overview of psoriasis and guidelines of care for the treatment of psoriasis with biologics. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008;58(5):826-50.
  4. American Academy of Dermatology. What’s the difference between eczema and psoriasis? https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/eczema-resource-center/controlling-eczema/eczema-vs-psoriasis. Accessed 7/9/2018.

 

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Dr. Bagel Receives Excellence in Leadership Award

At this year’s Commit to Cure Gala, our very own Dr. Jerry Bagel, was one of two physicians honored by the National Psoriasis Foundation with the Excellence in Leadership Award. Dr. Bagel has dedicated most of his career to psoriasis treatment and research, working on more than 200 clinical studies over the last 30 years. He has shown an outstanding commitment to the National Psoriasis Foundation’s mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and to improve the lives of those affected.

Dr. Bagel has served on the National Psoriasis Foundation’s Medical Board for five terms and founded the NPF President’s Council, which has raised more than $1 million for psoriasis research. He is also an Associate Editor of NPF’s peer-reviewed scientific journal, the Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, in which he has published extensively on the topic of psoriasis. As if that weren’t enough – in 2016, NFP awarded Dr. Bagel with the Outstanding Physician-Clinician award.

Dr. Bagel has become a world-renowned expert on psoriasis, and we are so incredibly proud to have him and see his countless efforts to improve his patients’ lives every day.

Check out the photos from the world-class NPF Gala!

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Take Control of your Teenage Eczema

Dealing with Teenage Eczema

Your teenage years may seem like the worst time of your life. Harder classes, extra-curricular activities, love interests… puberty. On top of all of that, are you also dealing with eczema?

First of all, you’re not alone — according to the National Eczema Association, nearly 10 million people under the age of 18 have some form of eczema.

Whether you’ve continuously dealt with eczema since childhood, experience random flare-ups or are noticing symptoms for the first time, everyone experiences eczema differently. And as a teenager, you already have enough on your plate to worry about.

As a child, we are pretty much at the discretion of our parents to look after our skin. Some parents use a proactive approach and lather us up every chance they get. Other parents are a bit more laid back, diligently treating the skin after a flare-up. Regardless of how they handled your eczema, as you get older your eczema becomes your responsibility. It’s time to take control of your eczema so that it doesn’t control your life!

 

Tips for Dealing with Teenage Eczema

  1. Start a Daily Routine
  2. Gaining control is the most important step you can take for yourself. To start with, commit to a daily skin care routine of bathing in lukewarm water followed by a moisturizer. Since keeping your skin moisturized is key, it is beneficial to lotion up 2-3 times a day. There are numerous over-the-counter drugs and moisturizers that target eczema, many of which you can learn about here. Remember, if you let your skin get dry it will itch, you will scratch, and be back to square one.

    It also helps to get in the habit of checking your nails each day, to ensure they are clean and short, which can prevent damage caused by intentional or unintentional scratching. And as always, follow your doctor’s or dermatologist’s directions regarding other skin care recommendations and consistently take prescribed medications. The sooner you can get into a routine, the easier it will be for you to manage your eczema.

  3. Know Your Skin
  4. What triggers an itching cycle for you? Knowing what triggers your eczema can allow you to stop it in its tracks. If you can avoid situations and substances that stress your skin, take the extra step to do so. Don’t be afraid to ask for a seat away from a sunny window or cover yourself up if direct sunlight causes a flare-up. You’ll thank yourself later.

  5. Stay Active
  6. Getting involved in extracurricular activities, such as athletics, is a huge part of high school but also a great way to get your mind off the itch. Even if sweat tends to affect your eczema, exercise is still crucial to your health and well-being. If certain activities aggravate your eczema, such as playing soccer in the grass, consider joining activities and teams that won’t harm your skin – try walking, bike riding, yoga, or another sport that keeps your skin cool and dry while you work out.

  7. Girls, Don’t Be Afraid of Makeup
  8. For girls, the teenage years are also a time for experimenting with makeup. This is already a learning experience, and no girl wants their eczema flare up to mess with their freshly contoured face. There are several natural cosmetic product lines available for dry and sensitive skin. If you know your skin is sensitive to certain substances, speak to a dermatologist who can recommend makeup brands less likely to irritate your skin.

  9. Make Time for Yourself
  10. Worry and anxiety often play a significant role in eczema flare-ups. We know that balancing school and social life can be overwhelming, stressful and emotionally upsetting at times. It helps to find something outside of school, where you can focus on yourself, relax and take your mind off of the stresses of school.

  11. Don’t Miss Out
  12. As the summer temps rise, and we all start hitting the pool, chlorine can often aggravate eczema. But you shouldn’t have to miss out on your best friend’s pool party! Just take the time to apply your moisturizer before and shower off immediately after you swim. Remember, people without eczema don’t know a lot about it. So, if you notice your friends staring, you can confidently assure them it’s not contagious and therefore should not concern them.

 

There is always hope

There is good news if you have teenage eczema: it may clear up as you get older. If your symptoms remain, however, you don’t have to let your life suffer just because you have eczema. Your teenage years should be some of your best! So, take control of your eczema today — there is no better time than now.

We know battling eczema can be tricky, but we’re here to guide you through it. If you’d like to know more ways to combat your eczema, schedule an appointment with the experienced staff at Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, New Jersey. Call the office today at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online!

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Best Foods to Eat for Psoriasis Patients

What are the Best Foods to Eat for Psoriasis Patients?

Psoriasis sufferers often ask our physicians, “What are some of the best foods to eat for psoriasis patients?” The answer is not cut-and-dry, as there’s no concrete scientific evidence that links specific foods to psoriasis. However, dermatologists, physicians and nutritionists all agree that a healthy, balanced diet is strongly recommended for any patient. Reason being, the food we put into our bodies is directly linked to our health and well-being.

Eating a healthy diet that consists of lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables — avoiding processed and fried foods whenever possible — can help lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. This is especially important for psoriasis sufferers, as the risks of these ailments are higher in patients with psoriasis.

 

The Best Foods for Psoriasis Sufferers

While every patient is different, we recommend that our psoriasis patients try their best to adhere to a diet that is rich in the following foods. While doing so certainly will not cure the disease, it may help reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks.

    1. Fruits and vegetables
    2. According to Harvard Health, the following foods have been shown to help fight chronic inflammation:

      • Fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, apples, oranges and cherries
      • Leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, collard greens and others
      • Hearty vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, avocados and squash
      • Legumes, such as beans, lentils and chickpeas

      These foods are recommended because they contain high levels of natural antioxidants and polyphenols, which are protective compounds found in plants. Studies have shown that antioxidants and polyphenols play a role in the reduction of inflammation in the body, which is something that is of particular importance to psoriasis sufferers.

    3. Nuts and grains
    4. According to Mayo Clinic, eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may be good for your heart. While there’s no conclusive evidence stating that eating nuts can reduce the risk of early death due to heart disease, it’s generally believed that nuts can be good for heart health because they contain the following heart-healthy substances:

      • Unsaturated fats, AKA “the good kind of fat”
      • Omega-3 fatty acids, which are often found in fish
      • Fiber, which can help lower your cholesterol
      • Vitamin E, which may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries
      • Plant sterols, which can help lower your cholesterol
      • L-arginine, which may help improve your arteries


      While a lot of these ingredients focus on the health of the heart, it’s worth noting that they can also have anti-inflammatory benefits. Plus, who doesn’t want a healthy heart? In addition to nuts, grains can be a great addition to a psoriasis patient’s diet because they are high in fiber. Plus, like the fruits and vegetables outlined above, they often contain a variety of anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

    5. Lean meats and fish
    6. In general, eating lean white meat like turkey and chicken is recommended as part of a nutritious diet. If you do eat red meat, try to stick to lean cuts, avoiding fattier meats and cuts. Harvard Health also says that certain red meats can cause inflammation, including burgers, steaks, hot dogs and sausage.

      Additionally, fish is a great addition to your diet. Take this Healthline article, for example, which outlines 11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Eating Fish. In a nutshell, eating fish is recommended because:

      • Fish contain high concentrations of important nutrients, like high-quality protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals
      • Fish oils are thought to reduce inflammation and support the immune system, which operates in overdrive for psoriasis patients
      • Eating fish may help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke


    Again, there’s no guarantee that eating (or not eating) the foods outlined above will have any impact on your psoriasis — our hope is that they do. Regardless, if psoriasis is impacting your health and quality of life, our psoriasis experts at The Psoriasis Treatment Center are here to help you!

    If you need help getting your psoriasis under control, schedule an appointment with the experienced staff at Windsor Dermatology in East Windsor, New Jersey. Call the office today at 609-443-4500, or request an appointment online!

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National Psoriasis Foundation Honors New Jersey Dermatologist with Excellence in Leadership Award

Dr. Jerry Bagel Recognized for Decades of Psoriasis Research, Treatment

EAST WINDSOR, N.J. – May 9, 2018 – Dr. Jerry Bagel, an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of psoriasis and founder of Windsor Dermatology and Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey, will receive the Excellence in Leadership Award from the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) next month.

Dr. Bagel’s commitment to the NPF mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected will be celebrated at the Commit to Cure Gala on June 7 at Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses St., New York City.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Bagel has worked toward curing psoriasis and helping people who suffer from the sometimes debilitating, even deadly, skin condition.

He is a five-term member of the NPF Medical Board, and he founded the NPF President’s Council, which has raised more than $1 million for psoriasis research. NPF previously awarded Dr. Bagel its inaugural Outstanding Physician-Clinician award.

I’m in awe of this honor,” Dr. Bagel said. “Throughout my career, I’ve been passionate about the study and treatment of psoriasis for the benefit of my patients, and it is truly humbling to receive this award that recognizes my dedication and contributions toward a cure.

Dr. Bagel has become a world-renowned expert on psoriasis and speaks to international audiences. He has published more than 150 articles, participated in more than 200 clinical trials and is sought after to peer-review psoriasis articles for numerous dermatologic journals.

He is the senior attending physician at the University Medical Center of Princeton, an editor of Practical Dermatology and associate editor of the NPF peer-reviewed scientific journal, the Journal of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis.

Board-certified in dermatology, Dr. Bagel is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and co-chair of the Psoriasis Expert Resource Group. In 2016, the AAD awarded Dr. Bagel its Presidential Citation for his “significant contributions and dedication to promoting excellence in psoriasis research.”

Windsor Dermatology’s Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey is an integral part of Dr. Bagel’s practice and the state’s first complete facility for advanced psoriasis research and therapies.

Dr. Bagel launched his practice on June 28, 1985, with just himself, a receptionist and a handful of clients. Today, the thriving practice includes six board-certified dermatologists, a newly expanded clinical trials department and a cutting-edge research facility.

The 3,000-square-foot clinical trials department puts a strong emphasis on medical dermatology research and treatment through high-quality clinical trials, in which the practice has been participating since 1990. Windsor Dermatology has been involved in most of the FDA-approved psoriasis treatments over the past 25 years.

Dr. Bagel earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University, his master’s in biochemistry from Rutgers University and his doctor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and his residency in dermatology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

For more information about Dr. Bagel, Windsor Dermatology and the Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey, visit www.windsordermatology.com.

About Windsor Dermatology

Located in East Windsor, Windsor Dermatology has been providing patients throughout New Jersey with comprehensive medical dermatologic care for common skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer, for 30 years. The practice delivers unmatched patient care, accepts most insurance plans and commits to seeing any patient with an emergency within 24 hours.

Through its Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey (PTCCNJ), the practice offers psoriasis patients cutting-edge care and treatment. Windsor Dermatology participates in a growing number of high-quality clinical trials to help advance medical dermatology research and treatment. For more information, visit www.windsordermatology.com or call (609) 443-4500.

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3 Unique Gift Ideas for Pampering Mom This Mother’s Day

Buy a Unique Gift for Mom That She’s Sure to Love

Moms spend the majority of the year putting their family’s needs before their own. Mother’s Day is one of the few special occasions you can show your mom how much you appreciate her. It is also the perfect time to make her feel special.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s the ideal time to start shopping. At Windsor Dermatology, we offer several gifts for mom, so here are three unique gift ideas that she’s sure to love and appreciate.

Fade Mom’s Wrinkles

Ask any mom about her fine lines or wrinkles, and she is sure to tell you they are a gift from her children over the years. A mother never stops worrying about the well-being of her family and stress is one of the leading causes of wrinkles as we age. Help mom fade away wrinkles this Mother’s Day with a Botox treatment.

Botox Cosmetic is a safe, nonsurgical procedure that helps reduce fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and on your forehead. The injection process takes little time and Mom won’t require any downtime afterward. Most patients experience results within seven to ten days which last about three months.

Give the Gift of Fuller Lips

Full and plump lips are a dream for many women and one you can make come true for your mom this Mother’s Day through the gift of lip augmentation. With Juvederm, your mom can experience fuller lips in no time at all. Juvederm is a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid that is injected into the problem area. The process takes less than ten minutes and results last six to nine months for most patients. Since Juvederm also helps reduce fine lines, Mom can experience a decrease in any unwanted wrinkles as well.

Help Her Lose Unwanted Inches

Many moms talk about how their bodies were in shape until they had children and then everything changed. As moms spend the majority of their time focusing on family needs and making sure everybody has what they need in life, they tend to neglect themselves. Over time, their body changes as a result. If they wait too long, it is difficult to regain control of their weight and lose the inches they want.

By giving the gift of CoolSculpting, you can help mom say goodbye to those unwanted inches and help her regain her confidence. CoolSculpting is an alternative to liposuction that doesn’t entail surgery and removes fat from the body through targeted cooling treatments on the problem areas. Mom will be able to resume her activities immediately after the procedure.

Don’t let Mother’s Day pass by without finding a unique gift for mom this year. Windsor Dermatology is here to help you find a gift she will love. If you have questions, contact our staff today at 609-443-4500 or by completing our online form.

 

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Top Ten Tips for Staying Hydrated This Drinking Water Week (May 6-12)

Staying hydrated is essential to your overall well-being, and drinking plenty of water is a big part of it. Every May, the American Water Works Association celebrates the importance water plays in staying hydrated during Drinking Water Week. The movement is a way to teach and encourage communities on the benefits of drinking water. Proper hydration offers many benefits to your health and the health of your skin.

The Importance of Staying Hydrated and Your Skin

All of your organs rely on proper hydration to work properly. It protects your organs, transports the nutrients you need throughout your body, and helps you stay on top of your game mentally and physically. When you don’t consume enough water throughout the day, you can start to experience adverse effects such as muscle cramps, tiredness, dry and itchy skin, dry mouth, and extreme thirst.

With the hottest months of the year just around the corner, we’ve put together a list of our top ten tips for staying hydrated.

  1. Buy a reusable water bottle and carry it with you

    Buying a reusable bottle that you carry with you everywhere increases the chances you will actually drink out of it. It also makes it easier for you to track how many bottles you consume in a day.

  2. Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up

    You spend six to eight hours asleep every night, and during that time, you don’t drink any water to stay hydrated. When you wake up your body needs hydration. Drinking a 16-ounce glass of water as soon as you get out of bed boosts your metabolism and rehydrates your body.

  3. Drink a glass of water before every meal

    If you struggle with a consistent intake of water, try drinking a glass of water before every meal. Not only will this make sure you are staying hydrated, but it may even make you feel less hungry and can help with weight loss attempts.

  4. Build flavors

    Not everybody can handle the tasteless offering of water. A great way to learn to enjoy drinking water is by building flavors with infusion. Add cucumbers, strawberries, oranges, lemons, and limes to create unique flavors that are a little more enjoyable.

  5. Create a water schedule

    If the idea of drinking 64 ounces of water everyday frightens you, create a plan to make it happen. Break down the number of ounces you plan on drinking by certain times throughout your day and track your progress.

  6. Eat foods high in water content

    A shortcut to staying hydrated is by eating foods higher in water content. Grapefruit, cucumbers, and peppers all consist of at least 90% water.

  7. Drink a glass of water before bed

    Since you won’t be drinking water for eight hours, it makes sense to “fuel up” before going to sleep. Drink 16 ounces of water every night before bed to improve hydration.

  8. Don’t pay for drinks at restaurants

    Next time you go out to eat, skip ordering an iced tea or soft drink and ask for water instead. Not only will you be on point for proper hydration, you’ll save a few dollars too.

  9. Use an app

    There are plenty of mobile apps available that let you input and track you water intake throughout the day. You can even set a reminder to notify you when it’s time to take a sip of your water.

  10. Hold yourself accountable

    If you continue to struggle with staying hydrated, try alternate methods to hold yourself accountable. Look for a drinking buddy that can help keep you on point by checking in daily or start the day with eight rubber bands on your wrist and remove one for every eight ounces of water you drink throughout the day.

Staying hydrated is a simple way to help care for your skin. If you are looking for other creative ways to stay hydrated or methods of skin care to keep you looking your best, contact Windsor Dermatology today to set up an appointment.

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Spider Veins Stopping You from Moving More in April? How Sclerotherapy Treatment Can Help

Treat Spider Veins This April Thanks to Sclerotherapy

With April being deemed the “Move More” month by the American Heart Association, many individuals are looking for ways to get out and be active daily. If you suffer from purple, red, or blue lines on your legs known as spider veins, the idea of dusting off your shorts and sportswear may not be at the top of your spring bucket list. The good news is there is a spider vein treatment available to treat your lines known as sclerotherapy.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are blood vessels that become dilated with blood and then appear on your skin’s surface. They are often caused by poor circulation, but can also occur due to standing for long lengths of time, obesity, pregnancy, and hormonal changes. In some cases, spider veins cause discomfort or burning, but mainly they are cosmetic concern that create a lack of confidence in individuals who experience them.

Spider veins are not limited to your legs either. Some individuals experience spider veins on their nose and cheeks (caused by sun exposure) or on their abdomen. Spider veins are most common in women because they are triggered by female hormones.

How do you treat spider veins?

If your spider veins aren’t causing any discomfort, you may not need to seek treatment. Many of our patients contact us about treatment options because they are embarrassed by how the lines look and they no longer want to expose their legs during warm months. Proper treatment of the veins can minimize their appearance or make them disappear entirely.

While there are several steps you can take at home to help with spider veins including changing your diet, wearing compression socks, elevating your feet, applying concealer or self-tanning lotion, and, of course, wearing clothes that cover them completely, we often recommend sclerotherapy to our patients.

What is sclerotherapy?

The Sclerotherapy procedure is a spider vein treatment where a dermatologist injects a salt solution into the impacted vein. The salt solution causes the blood vessel to swell and the blood to clot. After two to three months, the vessel becomes scar tissue and fades from being noticeable on your skin.

Sclerotherapy is a relatively painless procedure. You can expect to feel a pinch when the injection occurs, and there is a possibility of some minor bruising and discomfort afterward. You should wear compression socks to help with the healing process. You should also avoid strenuous exercise or aerobics for up to a week after the procedure, but you can take slow walks to help increase the blood flow and the healing time.

Spring has just begun, and April is the perfect time to treat spider veins with sclerotherapy. Windsor Dermatology has worked with numerous individuals to rebuild their confidence by eliminating spider veins, so contact our office at 609-443-4500 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors today. We will work with you to explain sclerotherapy, create a plan, and minimize your spider veins.

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BOTOX vs. Juvederm: Which Is Right for Your Skin?

Understand the Differences of BOTOX vs. Juvederm

The aging process brings us more than just new wisdom. It usually comes with unwanted lines and wrinkles. Modern cosmetic procedures with BOTOX Cosmetic and fillers (such as Juvederm) give you an opportunity to fight these unwanted signs of aging. Below is an introduction to the BOTOX vs. Juvederm procedures to help you understand how they work to rejuvenate your appearance.

What is BOTOX Cosmetic?

BOTOX Cosmetic is a brand name for botulinum toxin. Using BOTOX Cosmetic relaxes the muscles that cause frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet to appear. During a treatment, a physician injects diluted medicine into the problem areas. You can expect a mild, brief pinch during the treatment.

Treatment takes under 15 minutes. Improvement is seen a few days after the treatment. Results usually last for three months.

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is the brand name for a family of injectable cosmetic fillers based on the active ingredient hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid exists naturally in the skin and helps the skin stay hydrated. With age, the quantity of natural hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases, leading to increased laxity and wrinkles. Replenishing hyaluronic acid with Juvederm reduces the appearance of aging.

One use of Juvederm fillers is to directly fill or soften unwanted wrinkles such as in the nasolabial folds (“laugh lines”). It may also fill marionette lines below the mouth corners and vertical lip lines. In addition, Juvederm may be placed into the lips to augment their fullness.

Juvederm Voluma is a used to correct age-related facial atrophy by restoring volume which has been lost from deep facial fat pads. The effect of this revolumizing is particularly dramatic on the upper cheeks, where it restores a more youthful facial contour and creates a subtle lift.

The effects of Juvederm fillers are long-lasting, and improvement commonly lasts for one year or longer. Treatments may take anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the extent of the procedure.

Results

Both BOTOX Cosmetic and Juvederm produce satisfying and rejuvenating results. Often they are used together as part of a comprehensive rejuvenation program which may also include laser and light-based treatments to reduce photoaging.

The best way to know what procedure is right for you is to contact Windsor Dermatology to schedule a personal cosmetic consultation with a board-certified dermatologist. We will guide you through the treatment selection process and help you understand what to expect.

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