Let’s talk Body-Contouring: Velashape vs. CoolSculpting

body contouring coolsculpting spring lakeWith summer just on the horizon, many of our patients are starting to ask about the body-contouring treatments offered in our Spring Lake office. The methods used to slim down body parts such as the arms, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen have changed significantly in recent years. Men and women no longer have to feel the pressure to get liposuction if they don’t want to take that route. Instead, all they have to do is find the right non-surgical solution for their needs . . . and there may be a right one.

Non-surgical body contouring is typically performed with one of two methods: heat or cold. Here, we will make a comparison between the heat method available in our office, Velashape, and the fat-freezing method, CoolSculpting.

Freeze it to Melt it

Who would have ever thought that to melt fat, you should freeze it! The makers of CoolSculpting, that’s who. This procedure has been widely used for a few years now and continues to be a popular method of body-sculpting without surgery. Here’s how it works. The cooling panels are placed around a squeezable portion of fat, usually in the abdomen. The tissue is held between the panels with suction. It’s gentle enough, though mildly uncomfortable, according to patients.

The CoolSculpting process is completed in about an hour-long session (which needs to be repeated after a few weeks for optimal results). After the tissue is released, it is massaged. This is where patients express that they feel the most discomfort. Then, over the course of the next 12 weeks, the fat cells that have been frozen crystallize and are metabolized, released from the body. The manufacturer of this process claims that as much as half an inch can be reduced after the very first treatment.

Get Hot to Look Hot

One of the key differences with Velashape is that this device uses radio frequency to heat fat cells. While these cells are gently warmed, tissue is also simultaneously being massaged with gentle suction. This increases circulation and also encourages lymphatic drainage, through which toxins are released from the body. Another key difference between the two treatments is that heating tissue, versus cooling it, prompts the production of collagen. It is for this reason that Velashape may also improve the appearance of cellulite, a goal that has been notoriously difficult in the past.

Like CoolSculpting, Velashape does require multiple treatments to obtain optimal results. However, this treatment is not limited to the abdomen or the thighs. Velashape may treat those areas and also the hips, buttocks, love handles, and the upper arms.

Do you want a head to start for summer? Contact us at (732) 449-0167 to learn more about body contouring in Spring Lake.

 

It’s Change-up Time!

skin careAs much as we may have looked forward to the winter months, and the reprieve from warm temperatures, a few months of cold and we are ready once again for the glow of sunshine to return. As we head into Springtime, thoughts may turn to spring cleaning. The clearing out of the old and ushering in of the new is a great habit to keep, especially as it pertains to your skin! Here, we will talk about 3 crucial changes that will make your transition into Spring more productive.

The Product Change-up

Your skin will naturally change along with the seasons. As the weather cools and air dries out, so does your skin. This past few month, you may have been basking in heated indoor air and steaming showers. To make up for all the dryness,  [we hope] you applied thick, creamy body lotion right out of the shower. Your moisturizer products were inclusive of emollient ingredients to nourish depleted skin cells. Now is the time to lighten up. Don’t stop moisturizing, by any means! Apply your products morning and night, but toss those thick formulations for the smoother moisturizer with vitamin E as well as alpha or beta hydroxy acid.

The Dermatologic Change-up

As a result of all those thick products and dry air, your skin may be crying out for some TLC. Old, dead skin cells most likely accumulated on the surface of your skin. This layer of cells stands in the way of your moisturizer and other skin care products. It also impedes the revealing of your inner glow. To bound into Spring with a fresh new face, you want to clear off the surface of your skin. The best way to renew skin cells is to see your Spring Lake dermatologist for a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. These gentle treatments give you a jump start to your weekly exfoliating practice.

The Sunscreen Change-up

We are going to give you the benefit of the doubt here and assume you have been using sunscreen all Winter long.  As the temperature rises, you want to be sure to use SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen every single day. When you head outdoors for the day, reapply your sunscreen every few hours.

For general and cosmetic dermatology services from our experienced, friendly staff, contact us or call  (732) 449-0167.

Ready to Try Something New?

skin treatmentsTrying new things is good for the soul. It’s also good for your skin, if you spend time visiting your dermatologist for the latest beauty treatments! Sometimes, the speed at which new technologies and treatments become available may feel overwhelming. That shouldn’t stop you from looking and feeling your best. Here, we want to introduce you to some of the ways our patients are spreading their proverbial wings in the realm of aesthetic medicine.

Sublime Skin Rejuvenation

We all could use a little rejuvenation from time to time. Our sublime skin contouring treatment is just as valuable for the man or woman who wants to preserve youthful skin as it is for the individual who has begun to notice the signs of aging. The reason this is so is because this treatment focuses on restoring adequate stores of collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives skin its firmness. Production starts to slow sometime during our 20s, though we don’t see the signs for another decade or two. By then, we are chasing a problem rather than preventing one.

Hair Removal

If one of your major frustrations is the time you have to spend grooming away unwanted hair, then now may be an excellent time to schedule laser hair removal. After a series of treatments, you can throw out that razor and never need another. The results of laser hair removal become evident after the first treatment, when hair that exists in the follicles at that time is vaporized. Further treatments are necessary to complete the cycle of hair growth, but hair often grows back much thinner throughout the process.

Injectables

For some people, just visiting the dermatologist for wrinkle reduction feels adventurous, and that’s ok! Until you have undergone this treatment, it may sound uncomfortable or unsettling, at the least. Rest assured, your experienced provider knows the appropriate method of application, as well as dosing. patients who are treated with Botox or dermal fillers regain a more youthful, more energetic appearance without losing their true self.

Raise your confidence with cosmetic treatments tailored to resolve your concerns. Call our Spring Lake office at (732) 449-0167 for a convenient appointment.

Changing Seasons Affect your Skin Care Routine

skin care“The only constant is change.”

It’s a saying with which most of us are familiar. We know that life changes on a day to day basis; that there is no way we can guarantee an existence without the occasional surprise. Still, our subconscious quest for certainty often leads us into a rut. We use the same products and basic routine for years, and then wake up one day and wonder how our skin got so old.

The time to think about your skin care is now, not when lines and wrinkles are an obvious concern. Patients of our Spring Lake general and cosmetic dermatology office are supported in their efforts to maintain healthy, glowing skin no matter what their starting point. Here, we want to touch on how the changing seasons provide you an excellent opportunity to switch up your skin care routine.

Winter Woes

As the winter temperatures have dropped, your skin is most likely responding. Only you can notice these changes, which could turn to cries for help if subtle signs are not noticed. The main challenge of winter is the dryness of the air. The outside air is dryer thanks to falling digits. The air inside gets dryer, as well, when we heat it. In combination, these two factors deplete the lipid layer that provides a barrier between skin and the environment. On top of that, most people instinctively wash their hands more during the winter months, or use hand sanitizer. More drying! To combat the winter woes, change up your product line to include richer formulations of body wash and creams with emollients such as shea butter or lanolin. Sealing in moisture is vital to protecting skin from damage and premature aging.

That Summertime Sizzle

As we move closer to summer, we will discuss the value of a good, broad-spectrum sunscreen. The harshness of UV rays is the primary culprit of summer skin damage. There are several ways to mitigate risks, such as daily sunscreen use and wearing wide-brimmed hats when out in the sun.

We support our patients in the management of their most attractive, healthy skin. To schedule professional care from your Spring Lake dermatologist, call (732) 449-0167.

 

Nourish your Skin by What you Put on your Holiday Plate

Happy Holiday PlateWe have made our way back to the holiday season, and that means more opportunities to connect with friends and loved ones. It means opportunities to jump in the leaves, or to build a snowman. The holidays also tend to bring on a healthy dose of busyness. We have shopping and wrapping and cooking and more shopping to do. In the midst of all this, we may also find ourselves headed to numerous holiday gatherings. All of this hoopla can have unexpected effects on your skin. Here, we will dive into what you can feel good about eating this season, and what you may want to avoid.

The Happy Holiday Plate
There are certain winter foods, and certain goodies that we tend to enjoy more frequently around the holidays. Those that feed the skin – as well as our senses – include:

  • Coffee. The positive effects that coffee can have on the skin and the body in general can make you positively certain you will never again try to give up your favorite beverage. Specifically, some of the compounds in coffee beans that make it into your cup can offer substantial protection against nonmelanoma skin cancer.
  • Pumpkin. Bring on the pumpkin pie! This tasty treat is on most holiday tables, and now you can feel even better about that little extra slice. Pumpkin is filled with nourishing vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, which fights free radical that degrade the skin. There are also carotinoids in pumpkin that help you ward off damage from UV exposure.

Foods that Rob your Skin of Goodness
Yes, part of the reason that we indulge in holiday treats is because there is a certain type of comfort that we get from seasonal goodies. However, we also eat to feed the body with nourishing ingredients. Some of the holiday fare that could be detrimental to skin health include:

  • Fast food and processed foods. Most of the things we grab on the go are loaded with sodium. Too much salt can cause your face to look puffy.
  • Sugar. This is a hard one to avoid completely, but care should be taken to minimize sugar consumption through the holiday season and beyond. This is because sugar has been found to degrade collagen, which we need to avoid premature aging.

We extend well wishes to all of our patients for a healthy holiday season.

3 Things to Avoid After Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair RemovalWith the holiday season just around the corner, you are going to want to do everything to look and feel your best before all of those work parties, family parties, and parties with all of your best friends. And, as one of the best ways to look and feel like your sexiest and most attractive self, getting laser hair removal is a great option. By permanently getting rid of unwanted hair around your body, whether you are male or female, you can kiss your razor, tweezer, and waxer goodbye for good. However, as with any type of procedure that you are going to get done, recovery is one of the most important steps. Read on to learn more about things that you should avoid and try to do in between your laser hair removal treatments.

The Sun
Luckily, because it is almost winter, you likely won’t be spending too much time outside in the sun. However, depending on where you are getting laser hair removal done— your arms and face— you will need to cover up and avoid the sun as much as humanly possible. Because getting laser hair removal done can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun, it can cause you to burn and even scar— a lose, lose situation. If you do have to go outside, make sure that you cover your skin with sunscreen.

Avoid Hot Baths and the Sauna
If you are used to getting into a hot bath every night before bed or if you enjoy getting into the sauna in order to help clear out your pores and sinuses, then this part of recovery may be hard for you. However, for at least 24 hours following your laser hair removal treatment, we encourage you to avoid taking any hot bath, dip in the jacuzzi, or trip to the sauna.

Use a Skin Calming Cream
Because your skin might be a bit more sensitive after your laser hair removal treatment, purchase a skin calming cream beforehand. Something that has something like aloe vera in it will help to soothe your skin afterwards.

Get ready and equipped for this holiday season by getting laser hair removal done by Dr. Philip LoBuono. To learn more about laser hair removal, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!

Two Very Important Proteins, Collagen and Elastin

anti aging treatmentsFirm, beautiful facial skin is a worthy goal for life-long skin care. Two naturally occurring proteins, collagen and elastin, play important roles in meeting that goal. You may have heard of them, read about them and possibly have wondered what they are.

  • Collagen is a very abundant protein found in your nails, skin, hair, muscles, tendons and other parts of your body – it is an important component of your body’s connective tissue. Collagen helps your skin stay smooth and firm. It also aids in the formation of new skin cells and keeps harmful toxins at bay.
  • Elastin is a protein that helps your skin stay young by keeping it flexible and elastic, thus countering the effects of gravity on your skin. There is less elastin in your body than collagen, but they work together to keep your skin flexible, firm and youthful looking.

Your body has less of these critical proteins as you age, and, as a result, your skin becomes loose, saggy and thin. It also damages more easily and is more susceptible to the effects of gravity. Fine lines and wrinkles appear and your skin may sag, which creates the appearance of jowls and a double chin.

It’s impossible to completely prevent the visible signs of aging, but there are some things you can do to protect the collagen and elastin in your body and keep your skin looking young for as long as possible:

  • Stop smoking. Just do it.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Avoid spending too much time in the sun – and always use sunscreen when you are outside.

And, as many of our client’s do, consider one of the cosmetic treatments we offer to counter the visual signs of aging. We proudly offer Restylane® and Perlane® – FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

Call us for a consultation, today, to learn more about the anti-aging, cosmetic procedures we offer our clients: (732) 449-0167.

A Beginner’s Guide To Chemical Peels

chemical peels Considering a chemical peel? Good! A chemical peel can make a huge difference in the way your skin feels and looks. Peels are popular, effective and fast. If you are curious to learn more, read on. Dr. LoBuono’s goal is to provide his patients with glowing, more youthful-looking skin, and a peel is just one of the ways he can accomplish this for you.

We offer peels tailored to your unique needs, ranging from mild to strong, including:

  • TCA (trichloroacetic acid) for medium-depth peels. Because these peels penetrate deeper, they are usually only performed once.
  • Neo-Strata glycolic acid peels, which are made from natural fruit juice acids and vary in strength from 20 to 70 percent. These peels improve skin tone, reduce pores, clear away wrinkles and fine lines, and leave your skin radiant. A series of these peels is recommended.

Our peels achieve the most optimum results possible with the least amount of down time. Each type of peel is different; each is specifically designed to enhance and improve the look and texture of your skin.

Renewing your skin and reviving how you feel about yourself are 2 reasons to schedule a chemical peel. Here are 5 more:

  1. Increase the production of collagen
  2. Improve minor acne scars and treat existing acne
  3. Correct surface aging problems
  4. Un-clog pores
  5. Remove sun spots, freckles, and blotches

Your skin will feel warm during your peel; it may also sting or burn slightly. Afterwards, your skin will feel dry and tight, and may be red for an hour or so. Your skin will be sensitive to the sun, so you must be diligent about using a good sunscreen.

Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. LoBuono and discuss with him which of the peels we offer would be best for your skin type. You may even want to enhance your peel with another procedure, such as a Botox treatment or a dermal filler. Call, today: (732) 449-0167.

Hear, Hear! It’s Time For “Brotox”

botoxBotox…our women clients love it! Why? Because they love the way it makes them feel and look, and they love the compliments they get from friends and admirers. It’s not surprising, then, that the number of men – taking the cue from their women friends and partners – are opting for Botox injections as the perfect way to maintain a younger look. Botox remains the safe, easy and perfect way to get rid of wrinkles, especially those between the brows and around the eyes and mouth.

It has taken a bit longer for men to sing the praises of Botox, but over the last few years more and more men have become more open and proactive about their appearance. There also appears to be less of a stigma associated with cosmetic procedures for men. This injectable trend for men has been given the name “Brotox.”

So, why the man-shift to Botox? Men may feel pressured to maintain a more youthful look in the highly competitive job market. Youthful appearance has always been an asset, for both women and men. For those who are job hunting, looking less stressed and more youthful can give an applicant a definite edge. Botox provides men that edge and helps them feel better about themselves.

So, guys, if you decide to try a Botox treatment, discuss the results you want to achieve with Dr. LoBuono. He is experienced injecting male patients – who have unique muscle mass, fiber patterns and distribution of hair follicles. Exact Botox dosing requirements for men do not currently exist, but there is consensus that men require higher doses than their female counterparts. Most men are conservative about their injections and privacy is definitely a concern.

Call to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. LoBuono, today, to learn more about “Brotox” treatments: (732) 449-0167.

Dr. LoBuono Specializes In Treating All Types of Skin Cancers

skin cancer screeningDid you know that Dr. LoBuono is a specialist in both general and surgical dermatology with respect to the treatment of all types of skin cancers, including melanomas, basal and squamous cell carcinomas, and Mycosis Fungoides (the most common form of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma which commonly affects the skin, but may progress internally)? Dr. LoBuono is board certified, with over 30 years of experience in private practice.

We talked about skin cancer in last month’s blog, but as a refresher, here are the three types of skin cancers, from least serious to most deadly:

  • Basal cell carcinomas are slow growing and are unlikely to spread or cause death.
  • Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely to spread. They, therefore, are more serious.
  • Melanomas are the most aggressive and the most serious.

Most skin cancers are manageable and easily treatable if caught early. The treatments can vary from “freezing” to surgical removal. If you have a growth that is surgically removed, Dr. LoBuono will send the removed tissue to a lab for testing and will then proceed with an appropriate treatment protocol.

One of the reasons it is so important to get yearly exams of your entire body, including your scalp, is to check for any changes to existing moles or growth and to scan for new growths. Melanoma is nothing to sneeze at and is not to be ignored. It can be deadly.

Summer is here and the sun is at its hottest. It goes without saying that using sunscreen is recommended as a preventative measure, as is wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes and wearing a hat, especially if you are balding. Remember also that the use of tanning beds has been linked to skin cancers.

The take-away is that we are here to help you with any concerns you may have, especially regarding skin cancer. Please don’t wait if you have a suspicious growth or a mole that has changed. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. LoBuono, today: (732) 449-0167.