Thursday, January 28, 2016

Whats New In the New Year- Kybella a New Way to Lose the Double Chin

    Submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”, is a common yet under treated facial aesthetic condition. It can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.
    Florida Skin Center has a solution for you. Kybella is a new FDA approved non-surgical option to help lose stubborn fat under the chin, and get a more defined jaw line. Kybella is an injection made of a substance naturally found in our bodies called deoxycholic acid. It is a fat-absorbing substance that literally melts fat away by causing rupture of fat cells that will be excreted from the body.
    The procedure for Kybella takes approximately 20 minutes at which time a series of injections are done into the area of fullness under the chin. The number of treatments will vary by person, but a minimum of 2 treatments are done 6 weeks apart for maximum results. The results of Kybella are long lasting as long as you maintain your ideal weight.

Ask a provider today if you are a good candidate for Kybella.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Reducing the appearance of scarring

  Scarring can be inevitable whether due to an injury or a procedure, but there are many things you can do to help reduce the appearance of scarring.

  • 1.       Clean wound right away with peroxide if it is due to an injury, and twice daily after that. Follow any post procedure directions given by the provider if due to a surgery or procedure.
  • 2.       Keep wound moist while it is healing with something gentle like plain Vaseline or Aquaphor. Although it is an old wives tale to let the wound dry out, this actually prevents the wound from healing quickly and leads to more itching.
  • 3.       Keep the area covered with a bandage while it heals. This helps keep the area moist for healing, decrease the amount of bacteria the area is exposed to, and also protects it from the sun as it heals (this helps reduce the discoloration) Change the bandage once to twice daily.
  • 4.       If the wound has stitches or staples, make sure to have them removed in the time frame recommended. Too short amount of time can cause area to reopen resulting in a larger scar, and too long of time can cause more inflammation and/or track mark like scarring.
  • 5.       Always protect healing scars with sunscreen SPF 30+ daily during and after the area has healed. This helps to prevent more red or brown discoloration in the scar which will make the area look less noticeable.
  • 6.       At Florida Skin Center we recommend using Skin Medica’s Scar Recovery Gel twice daily after the wound has healed. This product helps to reduce inflammation while hydrating the scar, leading to a reduction in the appearance of red or pink discoloration.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Antiperspirant and Deodorant: Are they the same thing?

    Although used interchangeably, antiperspirant and deodorant do actually have differences. The main difference is that antiperspirants help to control sweating and body odor, while deodorant only helps to control body odor.
    Both antiperspirants and deodorant control body odor by using fragrances to mask odor, and antimicrobial agents that help to kill odor causing bacteria. Antiperspirants also contain aluminum salts that help to control the amount a sweating. This is accomplished by the aluminum salt being dissolved in the moisture of the armpit and forming a gel like substance. This gel will for a small plug in the sweat gland that will help to block the amount of sweat that reaches the surface of the skin. This plug will normally last up to 24 hours and washing will remove the temporary plug.
    The efficacy of antiperspirants can be improved by applying at night. The sweat gland is least active at night, and allows time for the plug to form in the sweat gland. This in turn leads to less sweating.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Who's Got Your Back?

As the video below depicts, it is very difficult to apply sunscreen to your own back effectively. Don't be afraid to ask a friend or family for help.

A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology shows:

-37% of people rarely or never apply sunscreen to their back
-43% of people rarely or never ask someone else to help them apply sunscreen to their back
-Only 36% of people examine their back for signs of skin cancer at least once a year
-Only 35% or people ask someone else to help them examine hard-to-see areas of their skin for signs of skin cancer

Why is this important you might ask?

Sunscreen application and examination of the back are important because the back is THE most common area for diagnosed Melanomas.
Melanoma has a high cure rate and a good prognosis when detected early. However, research has shown that more advanced Melanomas are often on parts that can't be self-inspected.

So, who's got your back?