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July 31st, 2020 by SARA SNARR, NURSE PRACTITIONER

TURN THAT FROWN UPSIDE DOWN

The Basics on Botox and Fillers

by Sara Snarr, Nurse Practitioner

You have unwanted lines and wrinkles, you say? We have options! Whether you are just starting to notice lines around the eyes in delightful photos, or you have been noticing deepening lines around your mouth that you seemed to inherit from your mother, we possibly have options! Now don’t get scared- I am referring to MINIMALLY invasive techniques with little downtime! BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers are widely used to help treat, and prevent, unwanted lines, wrinkles, and volume loss. Here are a few facts about BOTOX® and fillers to help you determine if one, or both, may be right for you.

BOTOX® COSMETIC

First, let’s begin with neuromodulators. There are four types of neuromodulators: BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, Xeomin® and Jeuveau®. BOTOX®, the neuromodulator used for treatment at Soderstrom Skin Institute, is the first neurotoxin ever to be approved for treatment by the FDA.  BOTOX® is a purified protein that is injected into the target muscle, causing it to relax.  This relaxation gives a smoothing effect to the unwanted lines and wrinkles that are caused by that specific muscle contraction. Common areas of treatment are the glabella (lines between the eyes), forehead, and crow’s feet, though the list of BOTOX® treatment options is quite lengthy. BOTOX® takes anywhere from 4-14 days to fully set in, and will last approximately 3-4 months. The amount of BOTOX® needed is dependent on many factors, so treatment dosages and placement will be specific to each patient. Your injector will determine what is best for you.

Injection of BOTOX ® is virtually painless: a little poke with a tiny needle. There may be small bumps in the area after treatment that typically subside within a few hours. Though typically minimal, there is a small risk for bruising in the area of treatment. We really try to avoid this side effect if at all possible, but bruising is a risk of treatment.

FILLERS

Next up, we have fillers. The fillers used at Soderstrom Skin Institute are all made up of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance within the body. Fillers, to the human eye, look like a clear gel and are used to correct the signs of age-related volume loss. Common areas for treatment include the cheeks, lower face, and lips.  When injected, the results are seen immediately and will last 12-24 months, depending on the filler used. I like to think of fillers as in terms of structure. Each filler has a different way of plumping and smoothing the skin. Let’s use a bed as an example.  If the mattress is boggy, or the sheets loose, or the comforter not properly draped, the bed looks messy, right? You can have a nice comforter lying flat on the bed, but if the sheets are wadded up or the mattress is sloppy, the bed still looks unkempt.  All of the layers need the proper support to complete the look. 

I like to take this analogy and apply it to fillers as well. JUVEDERM VOLUMA® XC the thickest of our hyaluronic acid fillers, is like the mattress on the bed. It is the firm base, or the structure builder. The structure of JUVEDERM VOLUMA® XC makes it unique, in that it works best when placed on bone. JUVEDERM VOLUMA® XC is a beautiful, subtle filler that is built off of the patient’s natural structure: the cheek bone. It helps to rebuild the natural volume loss that we often seen with aging, and helps to lift the cheeks and lower face. My patients love this filler because it provides a subtle, but noticeable, improvement!

Other HA fillers can be placed in the upper layers of the dermis to correct volume loss. Examples include JUVEDERM® Ultra Plus XC, JUVEDERM® Ultra XC and JUVEDERM VOLLURE ™ XC. These fillers are most commonly used in the nasolabial folds, marionettes (puppet lines) and lips. They can even be used around the corners of the mouth to fix that downward turn as we age. This filler group is softer, and gives a beautiful, natural result when placed correctly by a skilled injector.

So whether it be unwanted wrinkles, or loss of volume: BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers may be just what the doctor, or injector, ordered! And remember, consultation is key to determine what products should be used to address your concerns! We can determine a course of action and devise a plan together based on your goals!

To schedule your consultation please call Soderstrom Skin Institute at 833-439-8613.

March 12th, 2020 by James M. Jeffries, MD, FASC

WHAT EXACTLY IS
“BODY CONTOURING”

Another year of “New year, new me”? You have been watching your diet and exercising regularly but you may still be carrying some stubborn, unwanted fat after trying everything. Body contouring may be the next step to get rid of extra skin and stubborn pouches. There are a variety of procedures that can be performed alone or in combination with other methods to accomplish your desired goals.

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Non-invasive Contouring 

Just like the title suggests this option is not-invasive and treats the fat through the skin. Some non-invasive methods used are radio-frequency, ultrasound (Liposonix®), heat (Sculpsure®) or cooling reduction (Coolsculpting®) treatments. There is no downtime or discomfort. In 2018, there were 376,962 of the non-invasive fat reduction procedures performed. 

Liposuction Methods

Liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure that uses a variety of options. These options allow for more targeted treatments that can provide a major change and extra contouring to help you achieve a specific look. In 2018, 258,558 liposuction procedures were performed, including, traditional, ultrasonic, and laser methods. These may be done under tumescent with oral sedation, twilight anesthesia, or general anesthesia. It is best for treatment of exercise resistant fat. It is not meant for weight loss or treatment of loose skin. 

Traditional Liposuction 

This is a surgical procedure that uses a suction cannula to remove fat from targeted areas of the body. This method is highly personalized to the patient’s goals and body so results vary from patient to patient. An initial consultation is required to decide if liposuction is right for you. Learn more about liposuction by visiting this link: http://soderstromskininstitute.com/diseases-treatments/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/liposuction/

Ultrasonic Liposuction

This method uses ultrasonic waves to dissolve fat through small incisions. The ultrasonic waves are emitted through a small tube inserted into the small incisions and the waves will liquefy or emulsify the fat so, it can be aspirated with a suction cannula.

Laser Liposuction

The laser method is much like the ultrasonic procedure. Instead of ultrasonic waves, this method uses focused low-energy waves that are delivered by a thin laser fiber. The fiber is inserted through an incision and the fat is melted and liquified to be suctioned out. At our institute, we offer SmartLipo Triplex, which is the most advanced laser-assisted lipolysis system available today. To learn more about this method schedule a consultation or visit this link: http://soderstromskininstitute.com/diseases-treatments/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/smartlipo-triplex/).

Tummy Tuck

In 2018, 130,081 tummy tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty, procedures, were performed. This method is a major procedure that removes both fat and excess skin from the lower abdominal wall. This method is perfect for those that have lost a significant amount of weight due to exercise, diet, or multiple pregnancies. This procedure can be used in addition to liposuction to provide a better body contour. Learn more about Tummy tucks by visiting this link: http://soderstromskininstitute.com/diseases-treatments/cosmetic-plastic-surgery/tummy-tuck/)

This is just a general overview of the options you have when you look at body contouring procedures. Body contouring procedures are personal to your body and current lifestyle and they all require an initial consultation to learn more about you and your goals. If you are ready for a “New You” this year schedule a consultation with our board certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. James M. Jeffries III MD FACS. 

Reference

American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2018/plastic-surgery-statistics-full-report-2018.pdf

May 14th, 2019 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

A NEW Way to LIFT Sagging Facial Contours…

We have recently introduced Silhouette InstaLift™, the breakthrough facial rejuvenation procedure that lifts sagging facial skin without the need for surgery, or general anesthesia.

It is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure to re-contour your face by lifting the deeper layers of your skin. You will see immediate lifting with gradual volumization and regeneration of collagen, one of the building blocks of skin that diminishes with age.

The best thing about this treatment is the minimal downtime…and is available in all of our locations.

**individual results may vary

Contact us now to schedule a consultation to find out if Silhouette InstaLift™ is right for you at 888.970.7546.

August 29th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

2018 Best of the Best Winner – Soderstrom Skin Institute & Skin Dimensions Day Spa

2018 Best of the Best Winner Badge

Winner of 6/6 Categories

Soderstrom Skin Institute and Skin Dimensions Day Spa placed first in 6 of the 6 nominated categories in Journal Star Media’s 2018 Best of the Best business listing: Best Dermatology Group, Best Cosmetic Surgeon (James M. Jeffries III, MD), Best Plastic Surgeon (J. Eric Lomax, MD), Best Spa/Medical Spa, Best Manicure and Best Cosmetics. Thank you to everyone who voted for Soderstrom Skin Institute and Skin Dimensions Day Spa!

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May 25th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

WHAT TYPE OF LASER IS USED?

Different colors are absorbed by different wavelengths of light. Make sure the laser can target the specific colors in your tattoo. Soderstrom Skin Institute uses the Q-Switched Nd: YAG (black, blue, red, orange and yellow inks) and the Alexandrite (green inks). These lasers are gold standards in the industry and FDA approved for tattoo removal.

WHO WILL PROVIDE THE TREATMENT?

Laser tattoo removal at Soderstrom Skin Institute will be performed by highly-trained staff and board certified dermatologists.

HOW DOES THE LASER REMOVE THE TATTOO?

The laser penetrates the skin and vaporizes the ink, as a result, pigment in the tattoo is broken up. A scab forms over the treated area and pigment is released through the scab and absorbed by the body’s natural cleansing process.

WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT SO LONG BETWEEN TREATMENTS?

Time in between treatments is needed so the tattoo can heal and your body has enough time to process and flush the ink from your system naturally. The immune system breaks down the ink slowly, usually taking a few weeks to see the full results from each treatment.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Each patient is unique. The number of treatments will vary depending on several factors including:

  • Amount of ink used by the tattoo artist.
  • Depth of the ink in the skin.
  • Type of ink used.
  • Location of the tattoo on the body.
  • Age of the tattoo.
  • Colors used.

Each session removes approximately 50% of the remaining pigment. Your treatment plan should be discussed during your initial consultation.

WILL THE TATTOO BE COMPLETELY GONE?

There are hundreds of tattoo ink colors, manufacturers and formulas – each tattoo fades at a different rate. For these reasons, it’s difficult to predict 100% removal. Black and red pigments are easier to remove. Light blues and greens are the most difficult. In many cases, more than one laser will be needed to treat a tattoo.

IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?

Every person has a different pain tolerance. Many compare it to the discomfort of getting the original tattoo. It is often compared to a rubber band snapping on your skin. A topical anesthetic is available if needed.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS?

There are risks with any medical procedure. All risks and benefits will be discussed during your initial consultation.

DO YOU HAVE PHOTOS OF PATIENT RESULTS?

Soderstrom Skin Institute is proud to provide you with photos of our own patients after they have completed our laser tattoo removal program.
View our Before and After Gallery >>

*individual results may vary

February 28th, 2018 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Considering a laser treatment like laser vein treatment, laser hair removal, or laser tattoo removal? Here are 9 helpful questions to guide you in your search.

How many years has your center provided laser services?

Like many technologies, medical laser treatment has advanced rapidly. It is vitally important your provider has the necessary training and experience to provide safe patient care and desired aesthetic outcomes.
More than 25 years ago, Soderstrom Skin Institute started their laser treatment program and became one of the first providers of these services in the state.

Is there a medical doctor that oversees laser protocols and techniques?

In some states, medical training is NOT required to operate a laser treatment center. Keep in mind, operating a medical facility means a physician is required to meet certain guidelines set by the state medical board that optimize efficacy and patient safety.
The medical staff at the Soderstrom Skin Institute are leaders in the field of dermatology, plastic surgery and cosmetic services. Highly educated and board-certified, our physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are the foundation upon which Soderstrom Skin Institute has been grounded since its inception 40 years ago. Our philosophy is simple: our patients come first.


Are your laser clinicians certified and trained?

Licensing and training requirements for laser operators can vary from state to state. Make sure your provider is properly trained prior to your treatment.
Our doctors are proud members of the ASLMS American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and follow their guidelines on laser safety and training.


What type of lasers do you use?

Some laser centers only have one or two lasers and try to provide multiple treatments with limited equipment. Make sure your provider has the right laser for your specific needs.
Soderstrom Skin Institute has ten different lasers providing multiple wavelengths for use in treating a variety of issues including brown spots, wrinkles, facial rejuvenation, unwanted  hair, leg and face veins, tattoos, birthmarks, scars, stretch marks, warts, psoriasis and rosacea.



Do you have Before and After treatment photos?

Make sure your laser provider has before and after photos of patients of who have received laser treatments at that facility.
Photos of our own patients are available here on our website. These will give you an idea of your potential results:

Is the laser treatment painful?

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Some people compare it to a rubber band snapping.
At Soderstrom Skin Institute, a topical anesthetic is provided if needed.

How many treatments will I need?

This will vary depending on the type of laser and the type of treatment being performed. Be sure you know up-front how many treatments will be needed for the results you desire.
During your laser consultation, your goals will be discussed and a treatment plan will be provided that includes number of visits and time frame needed to meet your goals.

Are there any risks to Laser Treatment?

There are risks with any medical procedure. Be sure these are explained to you prior to your treatment.
Our laser clinicians will explain benefits and risks during your laser consultation.

Do you provide financing options?

Many patients have difficulty paying a large lump sum out-of-pocket for these services.
We offer financing is offered through Care Credit. Ask for details during your consultation.


Interested in a Consultation?

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team or visit weknowlasers.com.

November 16th, 2017 by Soderstrom Skin Institute

Answering Your Questions About Eczema

Carl W. Soderstrom, MD
Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology

What is Eczema?

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common skin disease that causes dry, itch skin. It may appear anywhere on the body, but most commonly appears on the cheeks, hands, elbows and knees.

What Does It Look Like?

While atopic dermatitis can look different from person to person, everyone shares one common symptom. The skin itches. In fact, atopic dermatitis usually begins with an itch and is often referred to as “the itch that rashes.”

What Parts of the Body Does It Affect?

In infants, the rash generally appears on the cheeks and around the mouth. By age 2, atopic dermatitis most commonly occurs on the hands, wrists, arms and legs. You will often see atopic dermatitis in the creases of the elbows and the bends of the knees by age 4. The most commonly affected areas in children and adults are the face, neck and the insides of the elbows, backs for the knees and ankles.

Which Irritants Can Trigger a Flare-Up?

Soap, chemicals, sweating, certain fabrics, food, weather changes and stress can cause a flare-up. In particular, winter weather can cause skin to become dry and itchy due to lower humidity levels.

Are There Treatments for Eczema?

Specific treatment measures and techniques vary from person to person – but these are a several ways to effectively treat and prevent severely dry skin*:

  • Use skin cream, like Skin Dimensions Moisturizing Skin Cream, to add moisture back into your dry skin.
  • Soaking in a bath with bath oil, like Skin Dimensions Bath Oil, for 15 to 20 minutes, is helpful because it adds moisture back into the skin. Showering tends to wash off your own body oil and makes you drier. Pat, don’t rub, yourself dry after the bath.
  • A prescription cortisone cream may reduce itching, redness and irritation.
  • Glycolic lotions (alpha hydroxyl acids), like Skin Dimensions Glycolic Body Lotion 15%, may be used to exfoliate and slough off the dead skin cells while hydrating and smoothing the skin.
  • An antihistamine may be prescribed for itching. These pills work internally by decreasing itchiness. Take them as directed.
  • A cortisone shot may be used to quickly help reduce severe redness, inflammation and itching.
  • The humidity in your home should be kept around 45 to 50 percent. The use of a humidifier often helps alleviate dry skin. A humidity gauge should be placed in your home to monitor the humidity; these can be purchased at a hardware store.

How Do I Know If I Have Eczema?

The best way to know, for certain, that you have Eczema is to schedule an appointment with a qualified physician.

Interested in a Consultation?

Give us a call at 1.888.970.7546 to schedule a consultation with our team.

Learn More About Eczema >>

 

*results may vary
Source: National Eczema Association – https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/

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