Does Kybella Work on Jowls?

The term “jowls” refers to the skin along the lower jaw, especially when fleshy or sagging. The primary cause of jowls is simply natural aging. As you age, your skin loses vital proteins called collagen and elastin, which keep the skin firm and smooth. The body produces collagen at a slower rate as you age and stops producing elastin shortly after puberty. Because of the loss of these proteins, gravity starts to affect the shape of the skin, pulling down on it and causing the sagging due to less protein keeping the skin firm. Repetitive facial expressions also play a part in creating jowls.

Fat around the jowls is extremely hard to get rid of through diet and exercise. The only way to remove fat on the face and jaw used to be through surgery – typically liposuction or through a facelift. Kybella is the first non-surgical method to decrease jawline, chin and neck fullness.

Kybella is an injection that destroys fat cells and increases collagen production, reducing fat around the jowl area. Most facial injections and dermal fillers are used to add volume back into the face, not remove it. But Kybella is made up of deoxycholic acid, a natural substance that breaks down fat cells and shrinks fat pockets. This is the same substance our body uses to break down dietary fat.

This procedure is administered through a series of injection treatments spaced four to six weeks apart. Two to three injection sessions may be needed for optimal results.

With minimal downtime, no loose skin and an increase in skin firmness, Kybella is a fantastic way to chisel the jawline and shave fat (and years!) off your face. Most patients experience some swelling the first week after their injection with low risk of other side effects.

To learn more about Kybella in Phoenix, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com today.

Posted: January 20, 2019 By:

Body Contouring Without Surgical Treatment

Are you looking for a non-surgical approach to smoothing your body contours? The Verjú laser system is a new revolutionary device designed specifically for body contouring without surgical treatment.

This clinically-proven, non-invasive treatment that painlessly reduces inches and removes stubborn body fat has revolutionized the way we approach body contouring. The Verjú method is safe and effective; requires no needles, no incisions and no recovery time.

Unlike other technologies, Verjú uses Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to stimulate the body’s fat cells and create pores in the cells’ walls. Through these pores, the lipid material (the fat) is released, allowing the cell to collapse to a smaller size. Also unlike other technologies, the process does not kill or remove the fat cell. Surprisingly, the fat cell is not the enemy; it’s the size of the fat cell that is harmful to your health.

Verjú laser treatment is completely painless and requires no downtime. Following the treatment, you can immediately resume your regular physical activities with no discomfort. Depending on the size and complexity of your targeted areas, follow-up sessions may be recommended.

Verju is ideal for patients who:

  • Would like to reduce fat in troublesome areas
  • Would like to get rid of their cellulite
  • Are looking for non-surgical solutions

If you are interested in body contouring with Verjú, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy. During a consultation in Phoenix, Dr. Holy will examine your areas of concern and evaluate your body contouring goals to determine if Verjú is the right treatment for you. To learn more about this exciting new body contouring treatment, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com.

Posted: January 13, 2019 By:

Botox vs. Fillers

There are so many skin smoothing beauty treatments available today, it can be difficult to decide which treatment might be the best choice for you. Do you need Botox to smooth your wrinkles, or are fillers a better option?

When you’re searching for the optimal treatment to combat the signs of aging on your face, it is important to understand the differences between Botox and facial fillers – what they each treat and how they work. Whatever you choose, both forms of treatment can help you to refresh and maintain a natural, youthful appearance.

Botox Botox is a neurotoxin that blocks nerve activity where it is injected, stopping the neurotransmitters responsible for muscle movement from working properly. This popular wrinkle treatment works on specific types of wrinkles known as dynamic wrinkles. Typically most visible when your face is in motion, these wrinkles are created by repetitive facial expressions that occur daily, and eventually etch themselves into your face. Botox breaks the communication chain between muscles and nerves, leading to forced muscle relaxation.  With consistent use, Botox can soften noticeable wrinkles and help prevent new ones from forming.

Fillers – Facial fillers, which are often called dermal fillers, can also be used to prevent or eliminate signs of aging. Like Botox, fillers are an injectable wrinkle treatment, however, they are a completely different type of treatment to address completely different types of wrinkles. Fillers are ideal for what are known as static wrinkles, which, unlike dynamic wrinkles, can be seen even when your face is relaxed. Static wrinkles are smile lines, lines along the sides of your nose (nasolabial) and minor forehead lines. When fillers are injected into these wrinkles they fill the creases, making them less noticeable or even eliminating them altogether. Fillers also stimulate collagen growth, so if you are diligent with your treatments, you can not only address existing lines, but prevent new ones from forming.

At The Center for Advanced Dermatology in Phoenix, we are committed to making sure that our patients understand their choices for achieving the most effective results for their specific needs. Contact us today at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy and learn how Botox or fillers can rejuvenate your face.

Posted: January 6, 2019 By:

Botox vs. Fillers

There are so many aesthetic treatments available today, it can be difficult to decide which treatment might be the best choice for you. Do you need Botox to smooth your wrinkles? Or are fillers a better option?

When you’re searching for the optimal treatment to combat the signs of aging on your face, it is important to understand the differences between Botox and facial fillers – what they each treat and how they work. Whatever you choose, both forms of treatment can help you to refresh and maintain a natural, youthful appearance.

Botox Botox is a neurotoxin that blocks nerve activity where it is injected, stopping the neurotransmitters responsible for muscle movement from working properly. This popular wrinkle treatment works on specific types of wrinkles known as dynamic wrinkles. Typically most visible when your face is in motion, these wrinkles are created by repetitive facial expressions that occur daily, and eventually they etch themselves into your face. Botox breaks the communication chain between muscles and nerves, leading to forced muscle relaxation.  With consistent use, Botox can soften noticeable wrinkles and help prevent new ones from forming.

Fillers – Facial fillers, which are also called dermal fillers, can also be used to prevent or eliminate signs of aging. Like Botox, fillers are an injectable wrinkle treatment, however, they are a completely different type of treatment to address completely different types of wrinkles. Fillers are ideal for what are known as static wrinkles which, unlike dynamic wrinkles, can be seen even when your face is relaxed. Static wrinkles are smile lines, lines along the sides of your nose (nasolabial) and minor forehead lines. When fillers are injected into these wrinkles, they fill the creases, making them less noticeable or even eliminating them altogether. Fillers also stimulate collagen growth, so if you are diligent with your treatments, you can not only address existing lines, but prevent new ones from forming.

At The Center for Advanced Dermatology in Phoenix, we are committed to making sure that our patients understand their choices for achieving the most effective results for their specific needs. Contact us today at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy and learn how Botox or fillers can rejuvenate your face.

Posted: December 30, 2018 By:

Popular Dermatology Procedures

Dermatology is a field of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting skin, hair, nails, sweat and oil glands, and mucus membranes (inside the mouth, nose and eyelids). The extent of services provided is broad – ranging from acne, infections, genetic disorders and skin cancer to cosmetic issues such as scars, hair loss, tattoo removal and aging.

Some of the most popular dermatology procedures include:

Botox – Botox is one of the most popular procedures performed today. Botulinum toxins temporarily relax the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles, softening their appearance.

Facial Peels – Chemical peels combat skin issues related to damaged layers of skin from sun exposure, scarring or other issues by removing dead skin cells to smooth the skin and give it a healthier glow, treating pigmentation and acne scars.

Laser Hair Treatments – Traditional hair removal methods such as shaving, waxing, tweezing and electrolysis can be painful, time-consuming and only temporary. Lasers provide a gentle, non-invasive and long-lasting solution to unwanted hair.

Laser Skin Resurfacing – Laser resurfacing uses high-intensity light to improve the look of wrinkles and scars by tightening loose skin.

Dermal FillersFillers such as collagen and hyaluronic acid reduce lines and wrinkles, provide volume and definition to lips and cheeks and improve the appearance of scars.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) – PRP therapy involves injection of the patient’s own platelets and fibrin for the treatment of wrinkles or scars in the face, hands and neck.

Microneedling – Microneedling is a minimally invasive anti-aging skin treatment technique that stimulates your skin, helping it to heal and reverse the signs of aging. This procedure involves puncturing the skin with tiny, sterile micro needles to promote the production of collagen and elastin.

Microdermabrasion – This procedure sands down the skin using a coarse instrument to remove the top layer of skin cells and reveal the fresh new skin underneath.

At The Center for Advanced Dermatology in Phoenix, we are here to provide the best and latest dermatological procedures to help you look and feel your best. Contact us today at phone or website to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy.

Posted: December 23, 2018 By:

What Can a Dermatologist Do for Dark Circles?

Dark under eye circles can make you look tired, sick or worn-down. While you can conceal your dark circles with cosmetics, you can also visit your dermatologist to learn about treatments that can reduce them. Once we determine the cause of your under eye circles or bagging skin during your consultation, we will review your treatment options. Dark circle treatments include:

Laser Therapy: For most patients, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments cause little to no downtime and effectively reduce or eliminate their dark under eye circles. The treatment improves the texture of the skin under the eyes and removes any excess pigmentation that can be causing the circles. Laser treatments also stimulate collagen production beneath the surface of the skin, which can make the skin in the area thicker, meaning circles are less likely to be visible.

Injectable Fillers: Injectable fillers such as Belotero, Juvederm and Restylane replace lost volume to fill hollows below the eyes and smooth out bulges. These fillers typically last about 4-6 months, depending on how individual patients metabolize the material. Hyaluronic acid, the primary material most commonly used in modern cosmetic fillers, occurs naturally in the body, is safely metabolized with time, and is hypoallergenic.

Chemical Peels: Chemical peels can be effective in reducing dark circles by exfoliating the surface layer of the skin and revealing healthier underlying skin. Most dermatologists recommend a series of medium-depth peels containing trichloroacetic acid (TCA) for dark circle reduction. Within a few days of treatment, superficial layers of skin will peel off, revealing healthy underlying skin. Once the peeling process has ended (approximately 7 days), you should notice a reduction in your dark circles.

Dark circles under the eyes appear for many different reasons. The under eye area may have a hollowed look due to genetics, volume loss due to aging or from environmental and health factors such as excessive sun exposure or habits such as cigarette smoking that can affect the skin internally and externally. If under-eye dark circles are getting you down, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holy.

Posted: December 16, 2018 By:

Skin Spots

All people have some form of pigmented spotting on their skin. Whether you are born with these spots or develop them over time through aging or sun exposure, it’s very important to monitor your skin and discuss any changes in your skin spots with a dermatologist. While most spots are harmless, some may be a sign of skin cancer.

Here’s a brief overview of the most common forms of skin spots (along with best treatment options):

Freckles – Freckles are tiny, flat, circular spots that are typically beige or brown in color. They typically appear in groups along areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to the sun like the face, arms and legs. Freckles often become darker after sun exposure and significantly lighten up in the winter months. Options to get rid of freckles include topical skin care products (such as retinoid creams and vitamin C serums) and laser skin resurfacing treatments (such as Fraxel).

Age Spots – Also referred to as sun spots or solar lentigines, age spots are flat brown spots that appear when the skin is chronically exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, either from the sun or from tanning beds. Age spots commonly form on areas of the body that are most frequently exposed to the sun like the face, hands, neck, chest, arms and legs. Treatment options for age spots include topical products, chemical peels, laser treatments and microdermabrasion.

Moles – A mole is a growth on the skin that can be flesh-colored, brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Moles can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) which is why it’s critical to monitor any moles you have for changes. We recommend monitoring the mole for changes to the ABCDE’s: Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter and Evolving. Malignant moles should be removed by an excision or Mohs surgery, and non-cancerous moles can also be surgically removed if desired by the patient.

Melasma – Melasma is a common skin disorder that creates dark discoloration patches along the skin. Melasma generally manifests itself in a brown or gray discoloration across the cheeks, forehead, nose, chin or upper lip, and is most often uniform and symmetrical on both sides of the face. Most melasma is caused by hormonal changes within the body. It can be treated with topical skin treatments, chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Laser treatments are often not recommended because laser heat can actually make melasma symptoms worse.

If you would like Dr. Holy to evaluate your skin spots, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com to schedule an examination.

Posted: December 9, 2018 By:

How Does Kybella Work?

Excess fat under the chin is a common problem, affecting people of all ages. Submental (under the chin) fat is commonly called a double chin. It can impact the lines of the neck and jawline, add years to your appearance and make a person who is trim and fit look older and overweight. At The Center for Advanced Dermatology in Phoenix, we offer a non-invasive treatment to correct this issue.

Kybella is a non-surgical procedure that is capable of eliminating a double chin and dramatically improve one’s appearance. This innovative treatment is the first and only injectable to be approved by the FDA to eliminate the appearance of a double chin. How does it work? The Kybella injectable is comprised of deoxycholic acid, a chemical that is used to help absorb fats which the body naturally produces. When this chemical is directly injected into the tissue under a patient’s chin, the deoxycholic acid destroys the walls of fat cells, which ultimately causes the tissue to slowly dissolve as it is metabolized by the body, allowing the tissue under the chin to achieve a more sculpted appearance.

Every patient is different, but the benefits of Kybella can generally be seen after as few as two or three treatments. In some cases, as many as six treatments might be necessary to receive the maximum benefit. Given that this injectable treatment destroys fat cells in the treated area, the results that Kybella produces are long-lasting and will not require additional treatment sessions.

Kybella must be administered by a highly trained professional for your safety and optimal results. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holy, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com today.

Posted: December 3, 2018 By:

Chemical Peel for Acne

Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells causing inflammation. Acne typically appears on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. This common condition can be unsightly and uncomfortable and can negatively affect a person’s self-esteem.

Acne scars can be just as varied as acne itself – from more pronounced pits in the skin, to elevated scar tissue known as keloid scars. Sufferers of more severe acne are more likely to experience scarring, but mild acne is known to produce scars as well.

When topical medications do not provide satisfactory results for treating the appearance of acne, a clearer, healthy-looking complexion may be achieved with a chemical peel for acne or acne scars.

An acne chemical peel is performed by applying a chemical solution to the skin. The solution causes the skin to blister and peel over a period of several days. As the treated skin comes off, fresh new skin replaces it. This exfoliation caused by the acne skin peel eliminates or reduces the appearance of acne blemishes and scars. Acne chemical peel treatments provide benefits in addition to acne treatment by improving the skin’s pigmentation and making the skin smoother.

Most patients experience a sun burnt look with obvious peeling of the skin in the days after their first peel. This redness and peeling tends to be less pronounced with each consecutive peel. The number of treatments needed is dependent on the individual patient’s skin and the severity of their acne.

The best candidates for acne chemical peel treatments are people with superficial acne or acne scars. Individuals with severe or very active acne may not be good candidates for acne chemical peels.

It is important to speak with your dermatologist to determine whether or not a chemical peel is right for you. There are instances when a chemical peel is not recommended, such as during pregnancy or if you have cut or broken skin. It is also not advised to have a chemical peel if you have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.

Contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com for more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holy.

Posted: November 25, 2018 By:

How Long Does Kybella Last?

If you’re like many patients in Phoenix, you may be self-conscious or dissatisfied with the skin and fat under your chin. A double chin can be difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise alone, but Kybella can help to get rid of excess fat in a non-surgical, non-invasive way.

How Kybella Works

Dr. Holy utilizes small, virtually painless injections of Kybella to help your body naturally remove fat. Kybella is made from deoxycholic acid, a natural product from within your body. This helps to absorb fat by destroying the fat cell’s membrane. Without a cell membrane, the fat cell ruptures and your body naturally removes it.

Kybella Results

Through a series of approximately 4-6 sessions spaced about 4 weeks apart, Dr. Holy will administer small amounts of Kybella. Each injection session takes about 15-20 minutes, and results will be evident within a few weeks. The end-result will be a loss of chin fat and a firm, youthful look that you will love.

Kybella will reduce your double chin and improve the appearance of your neck and jawline. The results gained with Kybella are permanent because the fat below your chin won’t return, and you can enjoy the permanent results of Kybella as long as you maintain a healthy weight.

However, the contoured appearance of the neck may change if you gain a significant amount of weight. This could cause the fat cells that remain to get larger, and once again create some fullness in the chin.  But since there are fewer fat cells, the fat will be proportionately less than you had before. The great thing about Kybella being a product that your body naturally creates is that you can have touchup injections when needed without the fear of a reaction or any adverse effects

If you’re interested in Kybella treatments in Phoenix, contact The Center for Advanced Dermatology today at 602-867-7546 or mddermsolutions.com.

Posted: November 18, 2018 By: