Dermatology Services Monmouth County NJ

Living with The Intention of Having Great Skin

We hear a lot today about living with intention; about being mindful about what we are doing with our lives. There are so many ways we can expand from that general concept. Whichever way you go about it, living with intention has its benefits. Here, we want to touch on how intentional practices might revolve around the desire to have great skin. We also discuss how to bring the idea of deliberate practice to life so your skin looks great now and for your lifetime.

Skin Care Begins with an Idea

The idea behind good skin care, meaning what you do to care for your skin each day, is that taking care of your skin will provide aesthetic rewards. Wash, moisturize, and protect, and your skin will be more resilient against the early signs of aging. Sure, we’ve got an array of corrective treatments that can lift brows and erase dark circles and much more; but prevention is still the best medicine. Why wait until the evidence of collagen loss is unmistakable? Set the wheels in motion now to benefit later.

How to be Intentional about Your Skin

Our appearance changes as we age. This we cannot control. What we can control, though, is how and when those changes happen. Genetics, aside, aging skin is also a matter of intention. The good news is that we don’t have to go to great lengths to postpone the signs of aging. We also don’t have to spend thousands of dollars. Some of the best ways to get a leg up on aging include:

  • Maintain skin by maintaining health. If you didn’t already have enough reasons to load your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, here’s another. Leafy greens and fresh fruits support cell function, which in turn supports firm, glowing skin.
  • Care for skin with well-chosen products. More people are learning that medical-grade skin care has the magic their skin needs. This is because skincare isn’t just about washing makeup off at night; it’s also about using the strongest and safest ingredients to fight free radicals and other factors that degrade collagen.
  • Boost anti-aging power with periodic professional treatments. Again, these don’t have to be costly. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are excellent treatments for promoting ongoing collagen production.

We’ve got what your skin needs. Call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167 for cosmetic and general dermatology care.

Dermal fillers Monmouth County NJ

Are You Still Making Friends with Fillers?

Dermal fillers and other injectables have been a part of medicine for quite a few years now. The popularity of these non-surgical solutions is widely known – so widely known that it may seem like you’re the only one not on the bandwagon at the moment. Obviously, that’s not true. We continually meet patients who are new to the injectable trend. Many of them report that they hesitated for months because they had questions that they simply didn’t ask. If you have questions about dermal fillers and other injectables, we encourage you to contact our office for a personal consultation. In the meantime, we’ll answer a few common questions here.

Exactly what is a dermal filler?

A dermal filler is a product that smooths lines and creases by adding volume. There are various fillers on the market these days, each of which may restore volume with a unique ingredient. The most common ingredient found in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid. This is the base ingredient for the Restylane® products that we use when treating facial aging. The introduction of hyaluronic acid into subdermal tissue invites water molecules to plump the skin. Because hyaluronic acid particles bind to water molecules, the skin stays smooth for months at a time. We also use Radiesse®, a filler that is made with micronized granules of calcium hydroxyapatite.

Will I look fake if I get dermal fillers?

It’s unfortunate that such as thing as “bad Botox” and poorly-done dermal fillers exists. The fact is, there are many high-profile people who have made it seem as though dermal fillers will augment areas of the face too much. This isn’t the norm. Let’s say you would like to correct the natural deflation of your lips by enhancing them with dermal fillers. When you visit our office, this process can restore just the right amount of fullness to give more definition to your lip line and more symmetry to your mouth. There is no need for dermal filler treatment to look “done.”

How much does it cost to get dermal fillers?

Many patients are surprised at just how affordable dermal filler treatment is. The overall cost is determined by the amount of filler that is used to achieve your unique goals. Generally, one to two syringes is all that is needed to reduce lines and wrinkles or enhance the lips. Cheek augmentation may require slightly more, but this varies on a case by case basis.

Are you ready to get friendly with fillers? Call (732) 449-0167 to schedule a no-obligation consultation in our Spring Lake, NJ office.

Ultrashape Monmouth County, NJ

Ultrashape or Velashape? Is this the Right Question?

It may feel to you as though you’ve waited an entire year for the return of warm weather. Now that we are planted firmly in Spring, your heart may be fluttering with all things new, especially friendlier temperatures and visions of summertime fun. In contrast to this, you may also be ever-so-slightly preoccupied with how you will look and feel your best when the time comes to don tank tops and shorts.

Here in our Spring Lake, NJ dermatology office, we love getting the opportunity to help patients just like you feel great in their own skin. To help you embrace the best version of you, we want to discuss the value of Ultrashape and Velashape treatments. The two sound similar, but are quite different – and that can make all the difference in which you choose.

A Look at UltraShape

UltraShape is all about fat reduction. This non-invasive body-contouring platform uses pulsed ultrasound technology to target excess fat cells in areas such as the thighs, hips, and stomach. Because it is non-invasive, working completely from the outside in, UltraShape does not require you to take time out of your busy schedule. This is precisely why this modality is popular. For several years, potential patients have shied away from the surgical liposuction procedure because they want to avoid the risks associated with surgery. UltraShape offers an alternative. During treatment, pulsed ultrasound passes through the skin to affect superficial, subcutaneous fat. On contact, this energy transfers to heat. This heat then disrupts the walls of each fat cell, causing held triglycerides to break free. Once separated from the cellular matrix, triglycerides can be metabolized. Results appear gradually as metabolism occurs, and fat cells will be gone forever.

A Look at VelaShape

While VelaShape is also considered a non-invasive body-contouring treatment, it’s objective is different than it’s Sister-platform. When we perform VelaShape, it is because a patient wants to reduce circumference and visible cellulite in one or more areas of the body. Rather than using ultrasound to target cells, VelaShape uses a combination of infrared light, radiofrequency, and gentle suction. The synergistic effect of these technologies promotes circulation and diminishes the appearance of cellulite. Common treatment areas include the thighs, flanks, abdomen, stomach, arms, or neck.

Now About That Question . . .

We posed the question “UltraShape or VelaShape?” In reality, there need not be an answer that involves one or the other. In many situations, patients achieve their objective with a combination of the two.

Would you like to know more about our body-contouring treatments? Call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167 to schedule a personal consultation to discuss your needs and how we can help you meet them.

Botox and Xeomin Monmouth County, NJ

Is Xeomin Better than Botox?

The demand for non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatments to correct the signs of aging has been high for decades and seemed to have been met fully and completely with the development of BOTOX Cosmetic. While we offer BOTOX in our Spring Lake dermatology practice, we are also proud to provide wrinkle-reduction with Xeomin. Here, we want to discuss how the two products differ in an attempt to answer the question “is Xeomin better than Botox?”

Botox was first approved by the FDA in 2002, and only for the treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows. Oh, how times have changed! Today, we routinely use this and other neuromodulators for lines on the forehead and around the eyes, for migraine headaches and excessive sweating, and to restore a nice upward curve to the corners of the mouth. Xeomin is the “new kid on the block,” having gained FDA approval in 2010. It is important to note that, like many other cosmetic treatments, Xeomin was widely used in other countries as early as 2005.

Same neurotoxin, Different Protocols

One of the reasons that there may be a bit of confusion regarding BOTOX and Xeomin is that each product contains a purified form of botulinum toxin A. This means that, when injected into the muscles on the face, neck, or another area, the mechanism of action is the same. Both BOTOX and Xeomin inhibit the release of a chemical that enables nerve endings to receive neurotransmission. These products blunt the receptors in muscles so they do not contract as they normally would. This has huge therapeutic and cosmetic value. So, why would we have more than one product that does the same thing?

The primary difference between these two cosmetic prescription drugs is that Xeomin has been developed uniquely. Whereas BOTOX is purified and then compounded with preserving proteins, Xeomin is purified so extensively that no preservatives are needed. This is why Xeomin is described as the “naked BOTOX.” As a result of purification, Xeomin may work better in cases where the desired outcome was not achieved with another neuromodulator.

The Bottom Line

The good news about BOTOX and Xeomin is that it’s not an “either/or” thing. One is not better than the other. While Xeomin is more purified, there are cases for which BOTOX may be better suited. To determine which product is most appropriate for you, Dr. LoBuono performs a thorough consultation before treatment.

Call (732) 449-0167 to schedule your consultation to see how we can help you love the way you look.

UltraShape Fat Removal Spring Lake, NJ

CoolSculpting® vs. UltraShape®: Exploring Your Treatment Options

Nonsurgical fat reducing procedures have become the new norm in body-sculpting. Now that men and women have a way to improve their physique without surgery, they are taking advantage of the innovative technologies available to them. Whether through surgery or not, treating unwanted fat means making an investment of your money and time. Therefore, it is only natural that you would want to know that the treatment you choose is one that will lead you to the body you want.

Two of the common nonsurgical treatments that are popular today are CoolSculpting® and UltraShape®. We offer the latter in our Spring Lake office. Here, we discuss the differences between the two methods of body-contouring so you can see how they work and what they have to offer you.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting treatment works on the theory of cryolipolysis or the destruction of fat cells through freezing. Treatment involves pulling a small area of tissue, such as the lower abdomen, up and in between two panels. Gentle, constant suction keeps tissue secured in this position while freezing temperature is delivered through each panel section. One of the clear disadvantages of this process is that cold temperature can be more than a little uncomfortable. Treating technicians claim that the discomfort that stems from cold lasts only 5 to 10 minutes, then nerve endings numb sufficiently to make the remaining treatment time tolerable.

UltraShape

UltraShape is also an external method of fat reduction; only this technique relies on the power of pulsed ultrasonic waves. This energy is tissue-selective, which means it only targets fat cells during each treatment session. As these cells are penetrated by varying ultrasound waves, they are broken down and separated from the superficial tissue to which they cling. This allows the body to naturally metabolize these cells over time. The manner of elimination does not differ from CoolSculpting to UltraShape; what is different is the method behind the fat destruction. Treatment consists of our technician passing a small handpiece over the treatment area to deliver the right amount of energy. Treatment takes less than an hour in most cases, and there is no downtime and virtually no discomfort during your session.

Now is a great time to schedule your UltraShape treatment before summer! Call (732) 449-0167 for friendly assistance.

PDT Spring Lake, NJ

When Photosensitivity can be a Good Thing

Usually, we want to do everything we can to protect our skin from the potentially damaging rays of light. UV light can create some problems if we are not careful to cover the skin before exposure. So why might you want to visit your dermatologist in Spring Lake, NJ to make your skin more photosensitive? Let’s see . . .

The purposeful creation of photosensitivity is referred to as photodynamic therapy or PDT. This treatment is appropriate for chronic or severe acne as well as for precancerous and cancerous growths. Finally, some people schedule photodynamic therapy treatments to manage their skin as it ages.

Treatment involves the use of an active sensitizing agent, aminolevulinic acid, or ALA. This may also be called Levulan. After skin cells have absorbed the agent and become more sensitive to light, we administer light to the skin. Why would we do this? Because of the absorption of ALA, a naturally occurring substance in the body, occurs in unhealthy cells. This allows us to target those cells for destruction.

The process is quite simple, as is the treatment itself. The combination of aminolevulinic acid and light has a unique effect on pores, oil glands, sun damage, and pre-cancerous cells. Destruction of targeted cells occurs naturally with oxygen molecules that are created during the synergistic process beneath the skin.

Photodynamic therapy can provide significant benefit due to the action it incites beneath the surface. This is where all problems begin, from acne to fine lines and hyperpigmentation to skin cancer. Therefore, treating only visible problems somewhat limits results. PDT reaches beneath the surface to affect sub-clinical, or invisible, problems before they manifest on the skin.

As with many dermatologic and cosmetic treatments available today, photodynamic therapy can be customized to meet needs and preferences. Fewer treatment sessions may be necessary when a more intense protocol is used. However, side effects are usually increased. To experience less acute side effects, each treatment can be tailored to be more conservative. However, more sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results.

We are interested in helping you have skin that is healthy and vibrant. Learn more about photodynamic therapy and our other general and cosmetic dermatologic treatments at (732) 449-0167.

Laser Hair Removal Monmouth County NJ

Why Winter is a Great Time for Laser Hair Removal

Things have cooled down quite a bit here in our neck of the woods, and we are just getting started with Winter weather. Why would we even think about wearing shorts and bikinis at this time of year? There is very good reason. Summer is only a few months away. Far too often, we hear people say they forgot all about their aesthetic concerns such as unwanted hair until it was too late. Let’s make this year different. Rather than get caught in a hairy position, schedule your laser hair removal treatment now. You’ll be glad you did.

What is laser hair removal?

Have you heard? Shaving is outdated! Adults today don’t have time for the daily grind that we call shaving. Instead, the common trend is to turn to laser hair removal. This process of incapacitating hair follicles involves disabling them from their hair-production in baby-steps. Laser hair removal works by focusing pulses of light toward them. This light is absorbed into the follicles, where it vaporizes existing strands of hair.

For a Great Process, Winter is Ideal

To obtain the full results of laser hair removal takes time – months of time. This is because only a small length of hair lives in the hair follicle at a given time. Each laser treatment vaporizes that hair only. So, treatment is not complete until the entire growth cycle has been targeted. Starting in winter means being ready for summer.

Ideally, laser hair removal is conducted on lighter skin and darker hair. This may not be a simple task during the summer months, even if you’re not someone who sits on the beach every weekend. The natural byproduct of sun exposure as we go about our days leads to melanin production, which means skin will naturally darken somewhat. During Winter, we aren’t getting that same exposure, and the skin has been gradually lightening throughout the Fall. Therefore, we’ve got prime conditions for optimal results.

What Laser Hair Removal is Like

Individual laser hair removal treatments may feel like a general warming sensation marked by temporary “zaps” as energy hits the hair follicles. These sensations may dissipate over the course of treatment. After laser hair removal appointments, the skin may feel slightly “sunburned” for several hours up to a few days. A good moisturizer is your best friend.

Schedule your laser hair removal treatment at (732) 449-0167.

dermal fillers Spring Lake, NJ

Puffy Eyes: Need a Fix?

Eyelid puffiness may occur for some reasons. Sometimes, the underlying cause is a temporary bout with allergies or fluid retention after a weekend of partying. Additional reasons why puffiness may affect the eyes include poor-quality sleep, smoking, hormone changes, and general fatigue. Rather than spending time trying to figure out just why your eyes have puffed-up like a down-blanket, spend time reducing puffiness and learning how you might prevent this problem in the future.

Quick-Fixes for Puffy Eyes

  • Cucumber slices. Cucumber slices do hold a bit of magic in soothing tired, puffy eyes. Just make sure to use slices from a refrigerated vegetable. Part of the power of cucumbers is cold, and part is the water content of cucumber that may absorb into the tired skin. Additional options include a cold washcloth or spoon applied to the eyes for a few minutes.
  • Tea bags (black or green tea with caffeine) can be placed in water and refrigerated for several minutes to cool them. The cold soothes puffiness, while caffeine minimizes fluid retention.
  • If you’ve got zero time for a five-minute home remedy for puffy eyes, splashing some cold water on your face may help reduce swelling.

Preventing Puffiness

This is where it can pay to understand a bit more about why your eyes puff up. Knowing the cause of puffiness allows you to take preventive action such as:

  • Reducing salt-intake, especially at night. Salk leads to fluid retention, which leads to a puffy appearance not only around the eyes but elsewhere.
  • Stay hydrated, especially if you eat salt! Hydration maintains a good salt to water ration in the body, which prevents fluid retention.
  • Minimize alcohol consumption at night. Alcohol almost always disrupts sleep patterns, which causes puffiness and many more issues.
  • If puffiness occurs alongside redness and itching, take an over-the-counter allergy medicine for relief. For severe or chronic allergies, prescription allergy medication may be necessary.

Is it Just Puffiness?

To have puffy eyes is one thing, but to live with ongoing heaviness and bagging of the upper or lower eyelids is something else entirely. If your eyes appear puffy and tired day after day, it is likely a result of genetics and aging. In this case, quick-fixes will not provide the relief you seek. Cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers are routinely performed to reduce the appearance of under eye bags. Upper eyelid hooding may be due to a drooping brow. In such an instance, Xeomin, an effective neuromodulator, may be applied to raise the brow and open up the eyes.

Learn more about how to rejuvenate your eyes. Call our Springlake, NJ office at (732) 449-0167.

dermatology services Spring Lake, NJ

Three Simple Tips for Maximum Impact on your Skin

You know you should be taking care of your skin. Perhaps you spend time each day with your favorite face wash, or that silky new moisturizer in an effort to maintain the firmness and radiance you currently enjoy. Our skin is an interesting organ. It can require a heck of a lot more than we imagine. The thing is, what often happens is we go above and beyond without remembering a few basic ways that we can have maximum impact in our beauty routine. We’re going to list them here, and you may be surprised at just how convenient they are!

Live Well

Who doesn’t like the idea of living well? But what does that mean and how does it relate to your skin? For greater dermatologic health and resilience, the basic starting point is to:

  • Sleep well. This may be 6 hours a night for some, and it may be 9 for others. The point is, don’t skimp on sleep. Doing so will cause you to have dark circles or bags. These may seem like temporary concerns, but the reality is lack of sleep prevents us from regenerating at a cellular level, and this means premature aging.
  • Eat well. We’ll just be blunt. Processed foods and fast food do not nourish the body in an optimal way. Skin health, in particular, flourishes when the cells are fueled with phytonutrients, those that come from fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration is a prevalent problem because many people think that any fluid is good fluid. Not so, when it comes to your skin. Water is the best thing to put in your mouth. Next to that, detoxifying is aided with herbal teas. These are far better choices than sodas and coffees that actually deplete nutrients from the body.

Choose Wisely

Next to choosing good lifestyle habits, it pays to choose skincare products with a great deal of discernment. It is necessary to recognize that over-the-counter skincare products, even those that cost hundreds of dollars, are only active on the skin’s surface. Medical grade skincare penetrates the epidermis to affect greater change. Whichever path you choose for purchase, look for key ingredients such as:

  • Retinoids
  • Glycolic acid
  • Antioxidants like green tea
  • Vitamin C

Protect

What kind of help would we be if we skipped over the vital necessity of UV protection? We can all use a friendly reminder from time to time, so here it is: use sunscreen every day, 365 days a year, rain or shine. It’s that simple.

Does your skin need a boost? Contact our Spring Lake dermatology office at (732) 449-0167.

RADIESSE® Spring Lake, Monmouth County NJ

Why People Rave about Radiesse

Cosmetic concerns develop gradually as we age, and are exacerbated by time spent in the sun (or tanning bed) as well as other lifestyle and environmental factors. The accumulation of damage eventually shows up in the form of lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume. Historically, the changes that have affected a person’s facial aesthetic have been corrected with surgery. This is no longer the case.

Yes, there are cases in which surgery is the best option for lasting rejuvenation. However, because more people are starting an anti-aging program earlier in life, dermal fillers have become a common go-to for a younger appearance. Dermal fillers like Radiesse are cost-effective, efficient, safe, and convenient, but these are only a few of the obvious benefits to treatment.

What is Radiesse®?

Most of the dermal fillers that are recognizable to consumers are made with hyaluronic acid. This naturally-occurring chemical binds to water molecules. This is how products like Juvederm reduce wrinkles. Radiesse is different. This filler is made from microparticles of Calcium Hydroxylapatite. The particulates in this gel-based filler are small enough to pass through a tiny needle but are larger than other fillers. As such, they are less flexible. The viscosity of Radiesse, then, makes it ideal for people with thicker skin and use in larger areas such as the cheeks.

Benefits of Treatment

Each dermal filler product that we use has unique attributes that make them valuable. One of the reasons that Radiesse is advantageous is that this filler provides immediate improvement as well as ongoing support. Yes, as the filler is absorbed over time, fullness will diminish. However, beneath the surface, stimulation from the microspheres continues in the form of collage production. Due to the rebuilding of the skin’s foundation (collagen fibers) and the longevity of microspheres, many patients require less frequent touch-ups than would be necessary with other fillers.

Is Radiesse Right for You?

It is difficult to determine which dermal filler would be most appropriate for you by reading about the characteristics of each product. In many cases, a combination of injectables is used to fully rejuvenate the face, neck, and hands.

To consult with our experienced team about anti-aging treatments like Radiesse, Botox, and other therapies, call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.