Studies show that attractiveness is measured by facial symmetry, clear and even skin tone and a healthy glow. Once we have established a strong foundation and controlled skin conditions that can cause damage, its time to focus on treatments, products, and procedures to optimize your appearance. Our Board Certified Dermatologists are well equipped to evaluate your skin, assess your concerns and devise a long-term treatment plan to help your skin to shine. At the Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama, we stay on the cutting-edge of innovative treatments so that you have a wide variety of options to keep you looking and feeling your best. Together we can enhance your appearance while improving the overall health of your skin. We look forward to helping you achieve your skin care goals!
All fillers work to achieve similar goals—imparting substance and shape—however, the mechanism of action and ingredients used to do so differ. The primary ingredient in HA fillers, like Juvéderm and Restylane, is, as the name implies, hyaluronic acid. While the lion’s share of fillers in your dermatologist’s armamentarium are made of HA — a safe sugar found naturally in the human body — a few are made from other materials. Radiesse contains the mineral calcium hydroxyapatite (the stuff of teeth and bones, it’s visible in X-rays and CT scans). Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biodegradable man-made polymer — the same component in absorbable stitches. Unlike HA fillers, which basically serve as place holders — substitutes for depleted collagen and fat — these others are known as biostimulatory fillers: They give an immediate, short-term plumping due to the simple fact that liquid is being injected into the face but their primary purpose is to spark the growth of your own collagen for longer-lasting fullness and lift. Thanks to the uptick in collagen they yield, biostimulatory fillers can provide a long-lasting result, without the need …
We are living longer than our ancestors did. Even though our bodies may feel more energetic as we get older, they will begin to show signs of aging at some point. Skin Wellness Dermatology of Alabama has solutions for men and women that let you be in control of your aging process when it comes to your skin.
One of the most common ways to help your skin look as vibrant as you feel is with targeted botulinum injections. Botulinum toxin is known more commonly as Botox®. Xeomin and Dysport are other brands of the same product.
What Issues Can Botox Treatment help with?
These FDA–approved anti-aging treatments are ideal for the treatment of:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines on the forehead
- Furrows between the brows
- Platysmal bands on the neck
Botox, How Does it Work?
There are 43 muscles at work on the face, allowing us to chew, smile, speak, laugh, frown, and communicate every emotion. As these muscles are consistently worked, they become toned beneath the skin, and wrinkles form above …
What Is A Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels are an underutilized, often misunderstood dermatologic treatment. A chemical peel is the application of a chemical substance directly to the skin that causes rapid skin cell turnover. This turnover is evident as peeling and scaling for days after the procedure is performed. The goals of chemical peels are as varied as the products used in the chemical peel procedure.
What Issues Can Chemical Peels Treat?
Superficial Chemical Facial Peels
Chemical peels are generally classified by their depth of penetration and can be divided into superficial, medium depth, and deep peels. Superficial peels penetrate to or through the very top layer of skin and offer surface improvements with minimal downtime. Sunspots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, acne, and sun damage can be treated and improved cosmetically through the use of chemical peels. Since their improvement is gradual, best results are achieved after a series of treatments. Known as lunchtime peels, superficial chemical peels work well to quickly improve the texture, tone, and overall appearance of the skin with minimal interruption to one’s life.Read more about Chemical Peels in our Learn section
Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers
Also called fillers, soft tissue fillers, or soft tissue augmentation, dermal fillers restore our skin’s youthful fullness that is lost as we age. Dr. Corey Hartman, who is a Board Certified Dermatologist, and his team at Skin Wellness Dermatology, offer a number of different fillers to reduce aging signs on the face, lips, and hands. With our wide selection, we can:
- Rejuvenate facial contours by restoring volume to the cheeks, hollows under the eyes, and deep folds.
- Reduce the appearance of scars.
- Eliminate fine lines
- Add fullness to the lips.
- Lift a downturned mouth or lift the brows.
- Restore a more youthful appearance to the hands.
Restylane and Juvéderm are composed of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the human body. It is found in high concentrations in our joints and connective tissues, acting as a network to carry nutrients to our skin cells. When injected, the gel adds volume to the tissues and facial structures and draws water to the skin’s surface, keeping it looking supple and fresh.
What is the Difference between Dermal and Injectable Fillers
Dermal filler treatments are delivered via an injection, which …
Now there is a treatment for your double chin! The FDA has approved KYBELLA™(deoxycholic acid) injection, which contours and improves the appearance of moderate to severe submental fullness due to submental fat.
Submental fullness, also known as “double chin,” can affect adult women and men of all ages and weights, and is influenced by multiple factors, including aging and genetics. Submental fullness is often resistant to diet and exercise, and according to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 68 percent of people said they are bothered by their double chin.
How Does Kybella Work?
KYBELLA™ is a formulation of a naturally occurring-substance (deoxycholic acid) that targets and destroys fat cells in the area where it’s injected. Once those cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. Once the aesthetic response is achieved with KYBELLA™, re-treatment is not expected to be required.
The most common side effects are typically local to the treatment area and most commonly include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, tingling, hardness and redness. KYBELLA™ can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the …
When Kim Kardashian made news with her “vampire facial,” the procedure actually wasn’t new. Microneedling therapy, also known as skin needling, has been around for many years but is currently enjoying a renaissance. And although microneedling devices are now available for home use, trying to undertake the procedure on your own carries significant risk.
Why use microneedling?
Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that stimulates collagen growth. A mechanical pen, its head filled with tiny needles, is rolled over the skin and as it vibrates, it delivers microinjections, penetrating the skin many times over the course of a few seconds. The needles are used to create a controlled skin injury.
For decades, dermatologists have successfully used this procedure to treat facial scars and promote collagen growth. It can be used after traumatic injuries or to treat depigmentation disorders.
In addition to its effectiveness as a procedure on its own, microneedling can also be a vehicle for delivering other treatments. That’s because rolling the needles over the skin creates channels in superficial portions …
Moles, medically known as nevi, typically appear as small brown spots, but they can be any one of a wide range of colors. They occur when cells, called melanocytes, grow in clusters instead of spreading out. Melanocytes cells are distributed throughout the basal cell layer of the epidermis and form melanin pigment, which gives skin its color.
Moles Are Common
Moles are extremely common skin growths, most adults have from 10 to 40 moles, and they can develop on virtually any part of the body. They may be flat or raised, and nearly color brown, black, pink, red, white, purple, blue, or flesh colored. Most moles are non-cancerous (benign), and no cause for concern. However, a mole can sometimes develop into melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer.
Moles should be checked for the ABCDEFGs of melanoma. If a mole is Asymmetrical, has an irregular Border, is varied in Color, has a Diameter larger than a #2 pencil eraser, is Evolving in color, shape or …
- Reveal can show the hidden effects of sun damage on your skin. If left untreated, these could lead to serious complexion problems later.
- Reveal can pinpoint redness of the skin in problem areas associated with rosacea. Your skincare professional can treat these for a more youthful complexion.
- Spider veins start small. Reveal can help you visualize them before they become big problems.
- Reveal sees beneath the skin’s surface to identify potential problems not yet visible to the naked eye.
- Reveal’s “3D” visualization of your skin shows where facial wrinkles may be lurking in the earliest stages. Get the right treatment when and where you need it.
- Take home a full color printed report showing the results of your Reveal session, and recommended treatments.
- Reveal uses high-resolution digital imaging to photograph your complexion in amazing detail.
The Reveal imager takes clinical quality photographs of your complexion and uses multi-spectral analysis to identify the key areas …
Skin Care & Protection
Like any other precious commodity, good skin care is essential to protecting your appearance. Individualized skin care products are essential to maintaining healthy skin that will last a lifetime. With so many products on the market, it can be overwhelming to navigate the aisles and web to find the perfect regimen for yourself.
Our medical professionals are on the pulse of what’s new and innovative in skin care and are committed to helping you carefully select products that will help you to achieve all of your skin care goals.
At Skin Wellness Dermatology, we carry only the best skin care lines on the market, including Isdin, SkinBetter, SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, EltaMD, Glytone and many more. Each is individually tested rigorously to ensure maximum benefit for minimal cost. After a consult with one of our medical professionals, your regimen will be specialized to your needs and goals.
Once you’ve tailored your skin care products, regular maintenance to polish the look can help you to always be prepared to present your best face. Regular facials, waxing, and extractions can provide that extra boost to ensure that you are always …
Sclerotherapy, or ‘injection therapy’, is the most common vein treatment for spider and varicose veins on the legs. The treatment is performed by injecting a mild chemical solution directly into the spider veins on the legs or other area. The solution irritates the vessel walls, causing them to collapse. Over time, natural processes in the skin absorb the vein and blood is diverted to a healthy vein, maintaining proper circulation through the healthy blood vessel network in the area.
Typically, a touch up sclerotherapy session is necessary to retreat some vessels and to ensure that none were missed the first time. The touch up session usually takes place a few weeks after the first treatment. Some patients may require additional treatments, depending upon the number of veins treated, healing time and level of cosmetic improvement desired. During a sclerotherapy treatment session, multiple injections are necessary to perform the procedure. Patients describe the injections as feeling like bee stings, …