What Causes Our Skin to Age?

Many things cause our skin to age – some things we cannot do anything about and others we can influence.

One thing that we cannot change is the natural aging process. With time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthful fullness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. Our genes largely control when these changes occur. This type of aging is called intrinsic aging.

There is another type of aging that affects our skin called extrinsic aging. Our environment and lifestyle choices can cause our skin to age prematurely. By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects that this type of aging has on our skin. 

Ways to Reduce Premature Skin Aging 

To help our patients prevent premature skin aging, Dr. Holy in Phoenix offers the following tips:

1. Protect your skin from the sun every day. The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin. Whether spending a day at the beach or just running errands, sun protection is essential. You can protect your skin by seeking shade, covering up with clothing, and using sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, SPF 30 (or higher) and water-resistant. You should apply sunscreen every day to all skin that is not covered by clothing. 

2. If you smoke, stop. Smoking greatly speeds up how quickly skin ages. It causes wrinkles and a dull complexion. 

3. Avoid repetitive facial expressions. When you make a facial expression, you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. Wearing sunglasses can help reduce lines caused by squinting. 

4.Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables may help prevent damage that leads to premature skin aging. 

5. Drink less alcohol. Alcohol is rough on the skin. It dehydrates the skin, and in time, damages it. This can make us look older. 

6. Exercise. Moderate exercise can improve circulation and boost the immune system. This, in turn, may give the skin a more-youthful appearance. 

7. Cleanse your skin gently. Scrubbing your skin clean can irritate it. Irritating your skin accelerates skin aging. Gentle washing helps to remove pollution, makeup and other substances without irritating your skin.

8. Wash your face daily and after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, can irritate the skin, so wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.

9. Apply a facial moisturizer every day. Moisturizers keep water in our skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. 

It’s Never Too Late  Aging of the skin can be slowed down with lifestyle changes that promote good health and diligent skin care habits. Even people who already have signs of premature skin aging can benefit from making lifestyle changes. If aging skin concerns you, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology in Phoenix at 602-867-7546 or website. New treatments and less-invasive procedures for smoothing wrinkles, tightening skin and improving one’s complexion are giving many people younger-looking skin.

Posted: November 18, 2019 By:

What Are the Side Effects of Secret RF?

Secret RF is an anti-aging microneedling treatment that safely and effectively gives your skin a more youthful and radiant appearance. Secret RF is one of the most effective treatments to tighten skin and improve fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Secret RF is also affective at reducing pore size, acne scars and stretch marks.

The secret to Secret RF is ultrafine needles that emit high energy radio-frequency waves to target deep layers of the skin. The procedure stimulates the regeneration of collagen and elastin production, providing lasting results. Secret RF is quick and painless, lasting only 30 minutes with little to no recovery time. As your skin heals from these wounds, your body’s collagen production increases, resulting in tighter skin and the reduction of lines and wrinkles.

You may experience the following side effects from Secret RF:

Although the Secret RF procedure is extremely safe, some mild side effects are to be expected. Some patients experience a slightly uncomfortable although tolerable experience. You may notice redness and swelling around the treated area, though both side effects should only be mild.  

The following tips may help as you heal from the treatment:

  • To help with swelling, you can sleep with your head elevated
  • Keep the area covered at all times with a product such as Aquaphor or Vaseline so it does not dry out.
  • Do not pick at any scabs or peeling skin, this could cause scarring.
  • Avoid any direct sun exposure for one week. After that, it is important to use a good sunscreen when outdoors.  
  • Avoid any makeup for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid alcohol for several days after treatment.

If you’re interested in Secret RF treatment in Phoenix, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or website to schedule an appointment. 

Posted: November 11, 2019 By:

How to Remove Cellulite

The Verju laser system, also known as body contouring laser treatment, is a simple, non-invasive procedure to painlessly reduce inches and remove stubborn body fat and cellulite. Verju is among the best laser body contouring treatments available.

The Verju method is safe and effective; it requires no needles, no incisions and no recovery time. Verju targets your stubborn fat areas and painlessly emulsifies the fat cells under your skin. Verju safely causes the release of fatty lipids from within fat cells, causing the fat cells to collapse and shrink to a smaller size, which reduces the circumference and the appearance of cellulite. The fatty lipids then enter the lymphatic system where they are broken into free fatty acids and used as energy in the cardiovascular system. As the Verju low-level lasers gently penetrate the skin and release fatty lipids, they build dermal collagen for smooth and beautiful results. 

This cellulite and fat reduction treatment can be used on multiple areas of the body. While it is most commonly used to treat the thighs, buttocks, flanks and lower abdomen, it can also be used on the arms and the sides of the abdomen.

Common reasons for undergoing the Verju laser treatment are to:

  • Reduce stubborn, unwanted fat in the tummy, thighs or other areas
  • Remove or reduce cellulite
  • Improve overall body shape
  • Balance the look of the legs, hips or other areas
  • Supplement other weight loss plans

Verju is a relaxing, painless process. Because Verju is completely noninvasive, it will not cause any discomfort whatsoever either during or after treatment. After your Verju laser appointment, you can immediately return to your regular activities without any discomfort. Follow-up sessions may be recommended, depending on the size and complexity of the treatment areas.

If you are interested in Verju laser treatment in Phoenix, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy. Contact us today by calling 602-867-7546 or visiting website

Posted: November 4, 2019 By:

How Can You Treat Spider Veins?

Varicose veins, often referred to as spider veins, are a common condition that affect many adults. These abnormally enlarged vessels, which affect women more often than men, appear most often on the legs and become more prevalent with age.

Spider veins can be caused by:

  • Pregnancy
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Occupations that require prolonged standing, such as teaching or hairdressing
  • Abnormal Larger Deeper Blood Vessels
  • Weight Gain
  • Family History

There are several treatments available for spider veins. These include:

Sclerotherapy — This treatment is the most commonly used and involves injecting a solution into the vein with a tiny needle. The solution alters the vein wall which closes down. The body then absorbs the vein and it disappears. Blood flow is shifted from the abnormal vessel to other healthy veins.

Laser Therapy — Although laser treatment can be helpful, it is a more painful option and therefore not a first choice to combat spider veins.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Therapy — This treatment works very well for dilated blood vessels, redness, flushing and blushing on the face, neck, chest, arms and the back of the hands. It can be helpful for very tiny blood vessels that sometimes occur after sclerotherapy but is less effective than sclerotherapy for removing spider vein on the legs.

Most treatments require multiple sessions spaced out over several weeks. Results may not be noticeable right away. You will typically see improvement several weeks after initial treatment. While the treated veins will not re-appear, new veins may develop and require further treatment. 

To learn more about treating spider veins or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy, contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or website today.

Posted: October 25, 2019 By:

Can a Dermatologist Help with Acne?

Acne is a very common skin condition – about 85% of us will have it at some point in our lives.  And, with the abundance of over-the-counter acne treatment products available today, it’s easy to forget that acne is not just a cosmetic issue.  It’s an actual medical condition that very often should be treated by a dermatologist. 

Acne vulgaris is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. Acne is characterized by areas of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and greasy skin, and may result in scarring. The resulting appearance can lead to anxiety, reduced self-esteem and, in extreme cases, depression.

You should consider seeing a dermatologist to help with your acne if:

You’ve Never Been Diagnosed with Acne Before – If you suddenly begin to break out in red bumps on the face, upper chest, back or elsewhere, and you have never before been diagnosed with acne, you should contact your dermatologist.

Your Acne Is Getting Worse Despite Using Over-the-Counter Acne Products – Mild cases of acne can often be successfully cleared with over-the-counter acne products.  But many cases just don’t respond well to OTC treatments. In this case, it’s best to see an acne doctor about prescription acne treatments.

If you’ve been treating your acne consistently and your breakouts aren’t getting better, or if your acne seems to be worsening, you should contact your doctor. Your dermatologist can prescribe an acne medication that will give you better results and will have helpful advice regarding proper acne skin care and home treatment.

You Have Moderate to Severe Inflammatory Acne, Nodules or Cystic Breakouts – If your acne is moderate to severe, or very inflamed, skip the over-the-counter products altogether.  They just aren’t strong enough to improve acne at this level and you’ll waste time and money on products that won’t work for you.

Nodules and cysts are very severe forms of breakouts and should always be evaluated by a dermatologist. These deep blemishes can easily cause scarring, so they should be treated promptly.

You Think Your Acne May Be Caused by a Medication – Certain medications, such as steroids and birth control pills, may cause acne. If you are taking any medications and your skin begins breaking out, let your doctor know.

You Are Upset or Depressed About Your Skin – Let’s face it – acne can affect more than just your skin, it can affect your life! At THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology in Phoenix, Dr. Holy has treatment options available that can not only improve your skin, but also help you deal with the feelings of frustration and despair that can come along with acne.Don’t wait! There’s no reason to just accept acne breakouts. With the right treatment, you can see your skin start to improve in just a few short weeks. Contact us at 602-867-7546 or website today to schedule an appointment today.

Posted: October 18, 2019 By:

What is the Difference Between Botox and Juvederm?

Wrinkles and fine lines are an inevitable part of the aging process. They can make us look tired and not as youthful as we once were. For fast results, Botox and Juvederm are popular treatments to combat the signs of aging on the face, helping you look younger and more attractive. 

So, what’s the difference between Botox and Juvederm?

Relaxer Vs. Filler: Botox cosmetic is a purified protein that works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles, fine lines and folds. It’s great for reversing the aged look brought on by wrinkles and is also used as a preventive measure by younger patients avoiding the emergence of wrinkles.

Juvederm facial fillers are sterile gels made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid – a natural sugar found in skin. It works by filling in the grooves and lines thereby eliminating wrinkles and smoothing out your skin.

Wrinkle Types: A major difference between Botox and Juvederm are the types of wrinkles they work on. Both treatments are fantastic for smoothing out the wrinkles on your face but do not work on the same type of wrinkles. 

Juvederm is perfect for wrinkles that are present when your face is at rest, whereas Botox is perfect for wrinkles that appear with movement. So if you have wrinkles that are there when your face is at ease, those will need Juvederm. The wrinkles that appear when you smile, laugh, cry or show any other emotion, you’ll need Botox for those. Some treatments work best in combination of both injectable treatments, especially where you want both volume and precise definition.

Time and Results: Both treatments work fast and the results are noticeable within a couple of days. Both treatments are also capable of providing natural-looking results. The injectables are safely absorbed by the body over time, so the results are not permanent. You can expect Botox results to last anywhere between 3 months to a year. Depending on the concentration of hyaluronic acid, Juvederm results may last a year or longer.

Pain and Discomfort: Both Botox and Juvederm are applied using very small needles, so there is minimal pain or discomfort. 

Safety and Side Effects: Both products are considered extremely safe and FDA-approved. 

Botox and Juvederm are popular aesthetic treatments and available at THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology. Contact us today at 602-867-7546 or website to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy.

Posted: October 11, 2019 By:

What is Xeomin Used For?

Botox is the name that probably comes to mind when you think of treating facial wrinkles, but you might be surprised to learn that there are several botulinum toxin alternatives available, one of which is Xeomin.

Xeomin is an injectable filler used to treat frown lines. It incorporates the same active ingredient as Botox, botulinum toxin type A, except Xeomin is a slightly purer form of the toxin which is believed to be beneficial to long-term patients in particular.

Xeomin has a variety of aesthetic and medical applications. It can be used to improve the look of:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead lines
  • Laugh lines
  • Frown lines

Beyond aesthetic applications, Xeomin has also been approved by the FDA to treat a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Cervical dystonia (neck spasms)
  • Blepharospasm (eyelid twitch)
  • Limb spasticity
  • Sialorrhea (excessive drooling)

During treatment in Phoenix, Dr. Holy will use a very thin needle to inject Xeomin into the desired area. You may feel a slight pinch, but the procedure typically isn’t considered to be painful. A topical anesthetic may be applied prior to treatment to alleviate discomfort.

As with most botulinum toxin treatments, there’s little to no downtime after receiving a Xeomin injection, with most people returning to their regular activities immediately afterward.

You may experience some slight bruising, swelling and redness near the injection site. These side effects tend to resolve within a couple of days. You may consider avoiding strenuous exercise for a few days following your Xeomin treatment because the increased blood pressure from physical activity can potentially exacerbate bruising.

Results are not immediately visible following the procedure. Optimal results from Xeomin should be seen within approximately seven days after treatment, and the full effects roughly one month later.If you are interested in Xeomin treatment at THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology, contact us at 602-867-7546 or website to schedule a consultation.

Posted: October 4, 2019 By:

Who Can Have Botox?

Botox is a popular procedure for eliminating facial wrinkles and giving you a refreshed, more youthful look. 

The best candidates for Botox treatments are people who are physically healthy, with no history of neuromuscular diseases (such as multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis), who are not pregnant or nursing and who are at least 18 years old.

You are considered a good candidate for Botox if you have crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines, forehead furrows, drooping eyebrows, fine lines or wrinkles on your face and neck.

Who Should Not Have Botox?

Not everyone is a good candidate for Botox. If you are in poor general health, your skin is very thick or you have existing muscle weakness in the proposed injection site, you may not be a good candidate for Botox.

Patients with sensitive skin may experience an allergic reaction at the injection site. If you feel that you have particularly sensitive skin, you may want to consider having an allergy test performed prior to your Botox treatment. 

People who may have allergic reactions to the ingredients used in Botox or are currently taking aminoglycoside antibiotics should not get Botox treatments done. If you also have any infections at the proposed injection site, you should inform your doctor.

Alternatives to Botox 

Although Botox may be the most popular method for wrinkle treatment, there are various alternatives for patients in Phoenix. Other options include non-invasive chemical peels and microdermabrasion or invasive treatments such as facelifts, neck lifts and brow lifts.

During a consultation with Dr. Holy, you can discuss your concerns, cosmetic goals and have your wrinkles analyzed. Dr. Holy can determine if Botox is the best treatment for you or if another procedure would be better suited for your individual needs.

To schedule a Botox consultation at THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology, contact us by calling 602-867-7546 or visiting website.

What is the Difference Between Botox and Juvederm?

Wrinkles and fine lines are an inevitable part of the aging process. They can make us look tired and not as youthful as we once were. For fast results, Botox and Juvederm are popular treatments to combat the signs of aging on the face, helping you look younger and more attractive. 

So, what’s the difference between Botox and Juvederm?

Relaxer Vs. Filler: Botox cosmetic is a purified protein that works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles, fine lines and folds. It’s great for reversing the aged look brought on by wrinkles and is also used as a preventive measure by younger patients avoiding the emergence of wrinkles.

Juvederm facial fillers are sterile gels made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid – a natural sugar found in skin. It works by filling in the grooves and lines thereby eliminating wrinkles and smoothing out your skin.

Wrinkle Types: A major difference between Botox and Juvederm are the types of wrinkles they work on. Both treatments are fantastic for smoothing out the wrinkles on your face but do not work on the same type of wrinkles. 

Juvederm is perfect for wrinkles that are present when your face is at rest, whereas Botox is perfect for wrinkles that appear with movement. So if you have wrinkles that are there when your face is at ease, those will need Juvederm. The wrinkles that appear when you smile, laugh, cry or show any other emotion, you’ll need Botox for those. Some treatments work best in combination of both injectable treatments, especially where you want both volume and precise definition.

Time and Results: Both treatments work fast and the results are noticeable within a couple of days. Both treatments are also capable of providing natural-looking results. The injectables are safely absorbed by the body over time, so the results are not permanent. You can expect Botox results to last anywhere between 3 months to a year. Depending on the concentration of hyaluronic acid, Juvederm results may last a year or longer.

Pain and Discomfort: Both Botox and Juvederm are applied using very small needles, so there is minimal pain or discomfort. 

Safety and Side Effects: Both products are considered extremely safe and FDA-approved. Botox and Juvederm are popular aesthetic treatments and available at THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology. Contact us today at 602-867-7546 or
https://www.mddermsolutions.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy.

What is a Liquid Facelift?

A liquid facelift is a non-invasive procedure that uses injectables to minimize noticeable signs of aging. Most liquid facelifts involve a combination of products like BOTOX, Juvéderm, Restylane, Perlane and Sculptra. If you are concerned about wrinkles, loss of facial volume and other signs of aging, yet you are hesitant to commit to a surgical procedure, a liquid facelift with Dr. Holy in Phoenix may be a great option for you.

Because a liquid facelift is completely non-surgical, there is absolutely no downtime for patients. Following the treatment, patients are able to immediately return home or continue with their everyday activities. 

A liquid facelift will noticeably rejuvenate the face — but only temporarily. Exactly how long the results last depend on several factors including the specific products used, where they are placed, the severity of the wrinkles (or volume loss), the technique of the injector and how quickly the body metabolizes the products. Everyone tolerates liquid facelift injectable products a little differently, but typical results last one to two years.

Though you cannot control exactly how your body breaks down the injectable products used in your liquid facelift, there are a few things you can do to prolong the results of your procedure:

  • Stay out of the sun
  • Avoid smoking and using other nicotine products
  • Inquire about medical-grade skin care or complementary treatments with your skin care team

Touch-up treatments can also prolong the results of your liquid facelift. Over time, regular touch-ups can help you enjoy the anti-aging effects of your liquid facelift with less product and less frequent treatments.

There are virtually no major side effects experienced after undergoing a liquid facelift. It is possible to see slight bruising, redness, itching or swelling that will diminish over the course of the next several days following the procedure.

Contact THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or website to learn more about liquid facelift options or to schedule a consultation. Dr. Holy can evaluate your particular areas of concern and recommend a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals.