Westchester Dermatologists Explain Common Cosmetic Procedures

Corrective skin care treatments can help patients overcome cosmetic challenges and feel more comfortable in their skin. However, knowing which procedure is right for a specific skin care challenge can be confusing. In fact, two patients with the same condition may not necessarily be given the same treatment. This is due to the fact that producing positive results in cosmetic dermatology requires taking an individualized approach.

To help patients better understand available skin care treatments, Westchester dermatologists from Abadir Associates have put together answers to some commonly asked skin care questions:

What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are different brands of botulinium toxin type A, which are very similar, though not the exact same. Cosmetic dermatologists use them to treat wrinkles, including frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines and even vertical neck bands. Both injection treatments are non-invasive and help relax the muscles. Even a small amount of either can help improve lip lines, lift the corners of the mouth, and smooth the chin. A major difference, is that some patients see results more quickly with Dysport than with Botox. Which treatment you ultimately choose will depend on your consultation with your cosmetic dermatologist.

What are filling injections used for?

Filling injections, such as Restylane, Juvederm, Sculptra and Radiesse, do exactly what their name implies: they “fill.” They are often used to fill smile lines, undereye circles, lines at the sides of the chin, and hollows – and they can even be combined with Botox or Dysport treatments for patients with extra deep frown lines. Most fillers last from 6 months to more than a year. However, some patients also have the option for permanent filling injections. To find out whether you are a candidate for this type of treatment, talk to one of Abadir Associates’ qualified Westchester dermatologists.

What is Thermage?

Thermage is a treatment that is used to tighten skin without surgery. It has become increasingly popular over the past years due to vast improvements in the technology. Thermage does not fill wrinkles or relax muscles, but it does help patients see more successful results with Botox and filling injections, as both treatments work much better when the skin is tighter and firmer. Thermage can be used anywhere on the body, including the face and neck, eyelids, hands, thighs , knees, arms, buttocks and abdomen. All tighten significantly with Thermage, and with minimal downtime. Additionally, the treatment can be used in conjunction with “mini liposuction” of jowls and under chin fat.

What are lasers used for in cosmetic skin care?

There are many types of lasers. Some are specific for removing prominent blood vessels, tattoos and dark pigment. Meanwhile, others are used for reducing unwanted hair and removing skin discolorations, fine lines and scarring. At Abadir Associates, we have a variety of lasers for different problems. If you think you could benefit from this technology, ask us and we’ll guide you through it.

Is there a treatment for removing sun or age spots?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a safe and effective treatment that is used to treat sun spots, age spots, and other skin care issues like Rosacea. It can reduce or eliminate the need for make up by making the skin a more even tone, and it can even contribute to a more youthful, creamy complexion. Ask us about IPL and whether it can help your current skin care problem.

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