Is Botox Right for Me?

Is Botox Right for Me?

Our increasingly virtual world and seeing yourself on Zoom may have alerted you to signs of aging that you’d rather not have, namely lines and wrinkles. For many, Botox can help.

You are a good candidate for Botox if one or more of the following applies to you: You have crow’s feet or worry lines around your eyes. You have moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. You find that your makeup is collecting in facial creases and lines.

Botox is injected into muscles, where it blocks nerve impulses to those tissues. The muscle activity that causes the frown lines is reduced, and a smoother look results. Without a contracting muscle beneath it, the skin has a difficult time wrinkling.

Typically, people will notice a younger appearance without being able to point out that you had a cosmetic procedure done, which creates a more natural, aging gracefully appearance. Some user even select to use Botox BEFORE they develop the early signs of aging to help stave off the onset of wrinkles.

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Since Botox doesn’t work for all wrinkles, however, you should consult with a doctor first. For example, facial lines that exist when your face is totally relaxed are not very good candidates for Botox. These lines are better handled by the dermal fillers. A dermatologist can help advise you on the best course of action for your specific needs.

Windsor Dermatology is now offering Telemedicine appointments. Call now for a consultation.

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Fight scars, wrinkles and aging with microneedling

Fight scars, wrinkles and aging with microneedling

Looking for a way to improve your wrinkles and fine lines without any down time? Microneedling is a quick and virtually painless procedure that can give you smoother, firmer, and younger looking skin.

Using a wand with a series of very fine needs, your microneedling technician passes the tool over your area of concern. The needles create micro “injuries” in the skin that trigger the body to produce new collagen and elastin to fill the microscopic wound. This procedure has no major side effects and results are typically noticeable in a short period of time. (Though multiple sessions are often recommended for best results.)

Microneedling is proven to diminish the look of surgery and acne scars as well. Stretch marks, too, can be improved with this technique since the procedure breaks down old tissue and triggers the production of new elastin and collagen for healthier skin.

While researching microneedling, you may discover advertising suggesting that at-home products and treatments are the way to go for microneedling. However, like with any skin treatment, you’ll want to trust a professional to do it safely, cleanly, and with the best results.

Want to know more about what microneedling might be able to do for you? Schedule a consultation with the team at Windsor Dermatology. Windsor Dermatology offers in person and telehealth visit options Call us today!

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When Should I see a Professional about my Acne

When Should I see a Professional about my Acne

Adult-onset acne can develop anytime between your 20s to as late as your 50s, and often occurs for people who also had acne during their teenage years.

Majority of people will experience acne at least once in their lives. However, not all acne is created equal. While most cases of acne are treatable at home with good skin care products, there are times when a medical professional should be consulted.

  • When non-prescription treatments have stopped working. You’ve probably tried lots of over-the-counter options. But if something that has worked for you before, no longer is, it may be time to get professional advice.
  • When acne is taking a toll on your self esteem. Acne can affect your entire life, and if breakouts are causing you social or psychological distress, regardless of whether it is mild or severe, then it’s time to go see a dermatologist.
  • When your acne is super painful. If your acne is painful enough that it’s hindering your every day activities or constantly on your mind, it’s definitely worth a trip to a dermatologist to see if anything can be done to reduce the inflammation.
  • When your acne lasts a long time and/or keeps coming back. Cystic acne is caused by bacteria that is underneath the surface of your skin and it gets inflamed. It’s hard to treat because it’s so deep. This is when a visit to a dermatologist can benefit you.
  • When you get a lot of post inflammatory pigmentation and acne scars. If acne leaves post inflammatory pigmentation (or dark marks), or acne scars, even if you haven’t picked at your skin, then it’s time to consult a dermatologist.

Windsor Dermatology offers in person and telehealth visit options. Call today to schedule your consultation.

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New Technology in Port Wine Stain Removal

New Technology in Port Wine Stain Removal

A port wine stain is a benign birthmark that is caused by enlarged capillaries under the skin’s surface. These swollen capillaries produce a light pink to dark-red- violet discoloration of the skin.

Port wine stains can be found anywhere on the body, however, it is common for them to present on the head and neck. Often the biggest problem people with port wine stains experience is low self esteem, and psychological issues due to their negative cosmetic appearance.

The cause of port wine stains is not completely understood by medical professionals. What doctors believe is that port wine stains develop as a result of deficient or absent neurons that would normally regulate blood flow through the skin’s capillaries. As a result, the blood vessels are unable to constrict normally and remain permanently enlarged giving off a pink to red appearance.

In the past, port wine stains have been treated by freezing, surgery, tattooing, and radiation. These treatment options have shown limited success and have been replaced by pulse dye laser (PDL) technology. The laser targets the vessels, and, over time and multiple treatments, causes the birthmark to lighten and diminish in size. Usually a combination of different lasers is needed to significantly reduce the appearance of a port wine stain.

After a PDL session, the skin may look darker or bruised, but this typically lasts only 7 to 14 days. This treatment has also been found to be safe for infants, toddlers, and children.

Call Windsor Dermatology today to schedule your stain-removal consultation.

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Microneedling – Why a Professional is Better than At-Home Treatment

Microneedling – Why a Professional is Better than At-Home Treatment

Though at-home microneedling has been marketed as a safe, easy alternative to using a professional for the procedure, there a number of reasons you really should leave it to the experts.

While both professional microneedling and at-home dermarolling work similarly—creating micro-wounds in the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen and elastin production—at-home devices are simply a needle-studded roller that employs one depth of needles, but professional microneedling uses a hand-held device with mechanically controlled settings that allows the practitioner to reach multiple depths, which typically achieves more optimal results. Going deeper, a professional is able to more aggressively target specific skin concerns including skin laxity, acne scarring, and stretch marks—all which require the use of a deeper needle depth that is not available with at-home dermarollers.

Both at-home and in-office techniques require that you puncture microscopic holes into your skin. Thus, it is important that microneedling be performed in a clean and professional setting. At-home dermarollers are nearly impossible to sterilize completely, which can lead to infection and further scarring. To ensure your treatment is as clean and safe as possible, professionals utilize sterile, single-use tips that are discarded after each use.

Professional microneedling has shown to increase serum absorption by up to 300 percent due to their access to medical-grade skin care products before, during, and after your treatment to maximize your results. 

Want to know more about what microneedling might be able to do for you? Schedule a consultation with the team at Windsor Dermatology. Call us today!

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Juvederm – A Liquid Facelift

Juvederm – A Liquid Facelift

When the reflection in the mirror doesn’t feel like a true reflection of your age (or the age you want to see in yourself), a filler like Juvederm can be a suitable substitute for surgery. Think of it as a liquid facelift.

  • What do you think ages our appearance the most? Is it lines and wrinkles? Discoloration? Sagging skin? Truthfully, it is a combination of all of these factors, but there is one major underlying cause that contributes to the sagging, lines, and wrinkles—a loss of fullness. Think of a youthful face, and you’ll most likely picture a face with full, rounded cheeks. That’s because fat plays a large part in filling out the skin and keeps our faces looking smooth and supple.
  • Juvederm is a collection of fillers designed to be used in different areas of the face. Common areas include cheeks, corners of the mouth, and lips. The main ingredient in Juvederm is hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar found in the body that gives the skin moisture, volume, and elasticity. As HA gets depleted with age, skin loses volume and wrinkles are more likely to appear. When injected, HA acts like a sponge to attract water into the skin. As a result, it plumps up the area in which it was injected. One advantage of HA-based fillers over earlier options is that because HA is found naturally in the body there’s no risk of allergic reaction. Though not totally painless, most HA fillers are infused with the anesthetic lidocaine to minimize discomfort during and after treatment.
  • Depending on the material (some are thinner and more “flowy,” others thicker, so they can potentially last longer), the effects of Juvederm can last from 6 to 18 months before the body gradually absorbs the material.
  • Expert advice based on your specific needs will help you have the right experience. The team at Windsor Dermatology is ready to help you create a personalized treatment plan. Call today to schedule your consultation.
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Things to Know Before you Botox

Things to Know Before you Botox

If you are contemplating Botox, here are some things to consider:

  • Botox doesn’t actually erase wrinkles. For most people, Botox is more preventative than restorative. Its active ingredient “freezes” facial muscles to keep you from contracting them in ways that deepen lines and wrinkles. That’s why you’re seeing more people getting Botox starting as early as their 20s, when they will need less product. However, it’s never too late to start because patients who already have lines can use Botox to decrease the movement of new lines while also considering adjunct procedures like peels, fillers, and microneedling to remove the current ones.
  • Don’t expect results right away. Botox results aren’t immediate. In fact, you’ll spend the first three or four days wondering if your doctor even did anything. But, come day five, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t try this sooner. Two weeks post-treatment, you’ll be enjoying the full effect of your injections.
  • Botox is temporary. No matter which neurotoxin you try, the results aren’t immediate and they don’t last forever. Results vary depending on each person, their metabolism, how many units the person received, and other factors. Typically results will remain for three to four months. You may find, too, that different parts of your face respond differently due to varying muscle tone. Be prepared for touch ups, adjustments, and regular maintenance once you start.
  • Schedule your procedure with post-care in mind. For about six hours post treatment, you should not exercise, lie down, or take any blood-thinning medications (such as Ibuprofen.) Because of the liquid nature of the combined formula, there is a theoretical risk that the solution could spread or move from the intended location.

An initial consultation is important.  As with any procedure, finding a provider that makes you feel comfortable and, in this case, matches your aesthetic is of the utmost importance. The team at Windsor Dermatology is ready to help you create a personalized treatment plan. Call today to schedule your consultation

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What is a HydraFacial?

What is a HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is quickly becoming the most popular in-office facial treatments. It has become the go-to facial for everyone from Hollywood celebrities to your Facebook friends because it can address the most common skincare concerns like dryness, acne and signs of aging with little to no side effects.

The HydraFacial is a medical-grade resurfacing treatment that clears out your pores and hydrates your skin. The three-step treatment includes cleanse and peel, extract and hydrate, and fuse and protect.

The HydraFacial treatment starts with cleansing by removing the dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin. Next, a mix of salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to the skin to break up any dirt that’s clogging pores. Then, the HydraPeel Tip is used to vacuum out blackheads, dirt, oil, and impurities, while hydrating, plumping, and nourishing serums are simultaneously applied to the skin.

A HyraFacial treatment can improve your skin in a myriad of ways. Its many benefits include a more hydrated, bright, plump, and clear complexion. One of the many reasons why the HydraFacial is so popular is because there are minimal side effects, and essentially no downtime post-treatment.

One of the HydraFacial’s biggest draws is that the treatment is suitable for virtually any age and skin type — save for a few exceptions. So it’s always best to talk to your dermatologist. Call Windsor Dermatology today to schedule your consultation.

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The Power of Botox Isn’t Just Skin Deep

The Power of Botox Isn’t Just Skin Deep

When you hear the term “Botox,” you probably envision middle-aged men and women being injected with needles to minimize their wrinkles. While it does offer incredible cosmetic results, its power goes much deeper than your skin. Here are some of the top non-cosmetic ways this treatment can improve your life.

Combat Excessive Sweating

Do you have a hard time keeping your armpits dry, no matter how much antiperspirant you use? If so, Botox may be the surprising solution to your problem. It treats hyperhidrosis (the medical term for excessive sweating) by preventing the sweat-stimulating neurotransmitter from delivering its message to keep producing sweat.

The Food and Drug Administration approved treating hyperhidrosis with Botox back in 2004. When you receive the treatment, you are given several injections in your armpits. Although it sounds painful, the results can be liberating and may last up to eight months.

Manage Breakouts

Botox injections can reduce pimple breakouts by reducing the body’s oil production. Many people find that small, strategically placed injections are sufficient to manage their symptoms. Others may require a much greater amount to experience a noticeable reduction in acne. It’s also important to note that these injections have been shown to have a positive effect on post-acne scarring and other types of scarring.

Prevent Migraines

One of the experimental non-cosmetic uses for Botox is migraine prevention. It isn’t fully understood how the treatment helps minimize migraines, but experts think it does so by relaxing the head muscles. When the muscles are more relaxed, they’re generally not as sensitive to pain.

Treat Overactive Bladder

It may surprise you to discover that Botox is used to treat overactive bladder. Since this common condition occurs in part because of overactive muscles, certain properties make it a good treatment option. It mildly paralyzes the muscles that cause excessive urination frequency. Some people may experience minor cramping sensations in response to such bladder treatments, which are described as being similar to period cramps.

Combat Facial Twitching

Facial twitches can be irritating and distracting. While many people experience them randomly and for only short periods of time, others have chronic facial twitching issues. For these people, these injections are often an effective treatment. Botox can relax the muscles so they no longer twitch abnormally. Your doctor will let you know how many injections are recommended and how frequently you need to receive them for optimum results.

Relax Symptoms of TMJ

The temporomandibular joint is located on both sides of your face, right between the ear and the jaw. The muscles surrounding these joints help you move your jaw to speak and eat. It’s not uncommon for those muscles to become tense and overworked. When this happens, it can lead to a condition known as temporomandibular disorder. Botox can be used to treat this condition by relieving jaw tension and helping the muscles relax.

Find Out How Botox Can Help You

Whether you’re interested in the cosmetic or non-cosmetic benefits of Botox, Windsor Dermatology can help. Schedule your appointment with the reputable cosmetic services provider by calling them during business hours or filling out our online form.  

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Rosacea

Rosacea

Combat Winter Redness with These Tips and Tricks

Rosacea is a common skin disorder that affects many people. It is characterized by redness mainly on the face, around the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Unfortunately, the cold, dry air of the winter often seems to exacerbate this condition. However, there are steps you can take to combat the effects of the winter months.

1. Take Your Medication as Prescribed

If you have been seeing a doctor or dermatologist for your condition, then you have likely started on prescription medication to help alleviate your symptoms. Stick to your treatment plan even if it seems like the pills aren’t helping, unless your doctor suggests otherwise.

2. Buy a Humidifier

The winter is notorious for dry skin. The alternating temperatures from inside to out and lack of moisture in the air are a nightmare for people with skin disorders. To help combat the dryness, consider purchasing a humidifier for your home.

3. Use Lukewarm Water

Many people with rosacea notice flare-ups when using hot water. Therefore, especially in the colder months of the winter, consider using lukewarm water to help your body maintain moisture and reduce skin aggravation.

4. Wear Protective Clothing

Winter’s cold, harsh winds can also lead to flare-ups. Always be sure to wear protective clothing, such as scarves or face masks, when you go outside.

5. Reduce Sweat

It is common knowledge among rosacea sufferers that excessive sweating can lead to redness. Therefore, try to avoid winter activities that lead to sweating. If they can’t be avoided, then wear clothing with ventilation and wicking capabilities.

6. Avoid Spice and Cool Off Hot Drinks

The National Rosacea Society recommends that people with the condition avoid spicy foods and heated beverages. Research suggests that some spices and hot drinks can enhance neurotransmitters that influence sweat glands, causing flare-ups.

7. Reduce Stress

A common rosacea trigger is stress. Since the winter is also the holiday season, it is known to be quite stressful for many. To combat this, take time every day to relax. Try meditation, yoga or other relaxation techniques.

8. Moisturize

Using certain moisturizers and mild cleansers can help alleviate dry skin, which in turn can reduce flare-ups and outbreaks. However, you should consult your dermatologist before switching or using skincare products.

9. Avoid Heat

You should also avoid direct heat sources. Air vents and hot baths are the enemies in the winter, especially for those suffering from certain skin conditions. Be careful about what you expose your skin to.

10. Track Triggers and Symptoms

Track your triggers and symptoms. Not every sufferer has the same reactions to stimuli. Your skin is unique to you, and so triggers may be specific to you as well. By tracking flare-ups, you can begin to notice what situations may be the cause.

Rosacea is a legitimate and common condition that can be controlled with medications and proper skincare. If you believe you have this issue or are seeking specialized treatment advice, then contact Windsor Dermatology and schedule an appointment. At your first visit, a dermatologist may be able to discuss treatment options that suit your needs.

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