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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bringing Back the Softer Side of your Skin

You may have heard that adage “youth is wasted on the young.” It expresses how many adults feel when they reach a certain age when discernment provides them with all that insight they needed when they were young. As it pertains to the skin, not very many of us grew up knowing that the softness we took for granted would one day be a distant memory.

If you are pining for the softness, you once had. You can stop right now. Your Spring Lake dermatologist has tips and treatments that will help you bring it back.

First, the Cleansing

We know that the skin needs cleansing, so we may all do a quick once-over while in the shower. Those who are committed may spend a few minutes every night cleaning off makeup and debris from the day. This is not what we’re talking about. There is only so much a daily skin care routine can do when the surface of the skin is blocking products from doing their job.

Cleansing, in the context of getting back that baby-soft skin, means cleaning that blockade that is in the way of your products. Chemical peels are a great method of exfoliating the epidermis. Not only do these gentle treatments clear the path for better skin care, they enliven the tone of the skin for a healthier, younger-looking glow. Other ways to clean up include microdermabrasion and sublative skin rejuvenation.

Next, the Moisture

After a surface cleansing treatment, skin care products are better able to nourish on a regular basis. It is important if you want softness, to choose quality creams that will moisturize as needed at the right time. Estheticians recommend daytime and nighttime moisturizing products to ensure the skin gets what it needs when it can best utilize certain ingredients.

Finally, the Protection

Soft skin is skin that has the support of strong collagen. UV exposure, whether from the sun or a tanning bed, breaks down this vital protein. Without tightly-wound strands of collagen, the skin loses its firmness, and it is less capable of retaining moisture for long-term softness. To make your skin soft, make sunscreen a priority.

Does your skin need some attention? We’re here to help. Call (732) 449-0167 for cosmetic or medical dermatology services in Spring Lake.

Sublime Skin Contouring Monmouth County, NJ

You Look Sublime!

Aging is a process that can eventually take quite a toll on the skin. The progression of facial aging is further exacerbated by changes in hormones, by what we eat and drink, and by how much time we spend in the sun without adequate UV protection. The cards may seem like they are stacked against us. But are they? In our Spring Lake, NJ office, concerns such as sagging, aging skin become less intimidating. This is because we have assembled a long list of treatments to reduce lines and wrinkles, to brighten tone, and to tighten skin that has lost its resilience.

The General Problem

There is no shortage of anti-aging treatment options. Over the past several years, we have seen some new technologies become available. Some of these non-invasive procedures involve radiofrequency; some prompt collagen is rebuilding with ultrasound. From what we have seen, the use of many of these technologies has resulted in either minimal results or lengthy treatment times or potentially uncomfortable side effects. Throughout the extensive investigation, we have also seen what is possible when proven technologies are combined.

Introducing SublimeTM Skin Contouring

Common concerns related to aging skin include sagging brows, puffiness and thinning of the skin under the eyes and nasolabial folds. Each of these issues and more can be reduced by treating the superficial layers of tissue with a combination of bi-polar radiofrequency and infrared light therapy.

SublimeTM skin contouring is effective, comfortable, and safe. It maximizes outcomes while simultaneously reducing the risk of side effects such as lingering redness or swelling. The combination of therapeutic energies has been developed precisely for that goal. Over time and the course of the recommended number of treatments, collagen strands gain the support they need to tighten and lift sagging tissue.

An Important Note

There is a big difference between non-surgical tissue lifting and face lift or brow lift surgeries. Men and women who are interested in promoting their youthful aesthetic without going under the knife get the payoff of no recovery time, but need to prepare for a bit of a wait. Collagen rebuilding occurs over several months. While SublimeTM skin contouring may leave skin looking tighter right after treatment, this initial lift usually subsides as heated collagen strands cool off and loosen up. Long-term improvements are noticed more gradually.

Learn more about supporting healthy collagen with advanced technology. Call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167.

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It’s Time to Talk Sunscreen

skin care Spring Lake, NJWith skin cancer rising in numbers, there is ample reason to continue the conversation about this condition and, importantly, how to protect yourself. Experts estimate that 90% of skin cancers are directly linked to UV exposure. This doesn’t have to mean a bad burn, as was once believed. The fact is, exposure to UVA and UVB rays damages skin cells. How we spend time outdoors matters, and sunscreen is a crucial aspect of protection.

The Basics

There are some chemicals that have been approved by the FDA for inclusion in sunscreen products. These include cinnamates and para-aminobenzoic acid, or PABA. These chemical ingredients absorb UV rays and convert them to heat energy. Other ingredients, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are physical sunscreens that actively scatter rays so they cannot be absorbed by the skin. Both types of ingredients are appropriate. The question is, which type of sunscreen is right for you?

The SPF Question

It is easy to become confused about the SPF, or sun protection factor, of sunscreen use. If you are only outdoors for a few minutes here and there, you may think that you don’t need sunscreen at all. Wrong. Conversely, if you plan an entire day at the beach, you may believe that you need one of those SPF 100 products. Also wrong. Here is a safe bet: choose an SPF 30 product with broad-spectrum protection. This product will require filers up to 97% of UV light, which is sufficient, so long as you reapply as needed.

Now for the Uniqueness of You!

  • Dry skin needs a sunscreen with the moisturizer such as dimethicone or lanolin oils.
  • Children’s skin may be sensitive to certain ingredients, such as oxybenzone and PABA. Instead, choose a physical sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Spray sunscreen may be used but not applied directly to the face; apply to hands first.
  • People with acne-prone skin, or with rosacea or allergies, may also be sensitive to sunscreen ingredients such as fragrances, preservatives, PABA, and oxybenzone. Products containing alcohol should be avoided, as well. If you are using medication for acne, even topical solutions, talk with your dermatologist about sunscreen use.
  • Darker skin still needs to be protected from UV light! Both chemical and physical sunscreens are appropriate for dark skin. Physical sunscreens are now formulated with micronized particles, so they are less likely to look white on the skin. SPF 15 or SPF 30 products are suited.
  • People with very fair skin, a history of skin cancer, or with melisma do not have to stay completely clear of sunlight. SPF 30 sunscreen needs to be applied 30-minutes before going outdoors, and it needs to be applied every two hours, or anytime you sweat or swim.
  • Mature skin has sustained a fair amount of UV damage over the years. This can lead to laxity, discoloration, wrinkles, and precancerous or cancerous lesions. SPF 30 sunscreen needs to be carefully applied to the nose, ears, neck, chest, back of the neck, and all other exposed areas. This can be difficult for an older adult with limited mobility so that a spray-on product may be useful.

Do you have questions about sun protection or skin cancer? Call our Spring Lake, NJ office at (732) 449-0167.

Dermal Fillers for the Newbie

It may have been a long time since you felt like the “new kid on the block.” In the realm of anti-aging treatments, we continue to meet men and women who have yet to jump into the pool of wrinkle-reduction with injectables. If you are new to the idea of dermal fillers, the vastness of available products is enough to make you hesitate. This is where we come in. As your cosmetic and medical dermatologist in Spring Lake, Dr. LoBuono provides details on treatment options that are suited to your needs and preferences. Let’s take a brief tour of dermal filler land to introduce you to what may be in store for you.

How do fillers work?

There are two common types of fillers. The first type is natural fillers that are formulated with hyaluronic acid. This compound is a sugar derivative that is present in the body’s joints, eyes, and skin. The function of hyaluronic acid is to bind water molecules into one location. So, when we inject a hyaluronic acid product beneath the skin, it will attract water to plump lines and creases.

Fillers may also be made synthetically. Radiesse is an example. This filler is made of tiny granules of calcium hydroxyapatite. The result is similar to a hyaluronic acid filler, but the mechanism is slightly different. When Radiesse is injected beneath superficial tissue, it creates a light scaffolding that lifts the skin temporarily. As granules are slowly metabolized, the body is at work rebuilding collagen in the treatment area. When the calcium particles have diminished, new collagen stores continue to support youthful looking skin.

Uses of Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are all about smoothing and plumping. Some of the common concerns for which filler treatment is recommended include:

  • Under eye bags
  • Deflated or thin lips
  • Nasolabial folds and smile lines
  • Hollowness below the cheekbones or at the temples
  • Loss if midface volume
  • Scars

A Word about Botox

If you are a complete Newbie to injectable anti-aging treatments, you may wonder why you wouldn’t just get Botox instead of dermal fillers. The reason is that the two types of products work in different ways. Botox is intended as a slight, temporary muscle relaxer that reduces lines and creases on the top portion of the face, those caused by facial expressions. Patients need not choose Botox or dermal fillers, either; combining the two is a great way to get the best results!

Is it your time to address the signs of aging? Call (732) 449-0167.