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Dr. Eric Emerson, FACS, recently appeared on Charlotte’s WCNC-TV, speaking about the mommy makeover series of procedures and how they can help women after child birth.
Now there is a treatment for your double chin! The FDA has approved KYBELLATM (deoxycholic acid) injection, which contours and improves the appearance of moderate to severe submental fullness due to submental fat. Submental fullness, also known as “double chin,” can affect adult women and men of all ages and weights, and is influenced by multiple factors, including aging and genetics. Submental fullness is often resistant to diet and exercise, and according to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 68 percent of people said they are bothered by their double chin.
KYBELLA™ is a formulation of a naturally occurring-substance (deoxycholic acid) that targets and destroys fat cells in the area where it’s injected. Once those cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. Once the aesthetic response is achieved with KYBELLA™, re-treatment is not expected to be required.
The most common side effects are typically local to the treatment area and most commonly include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, tingling, hardness and redness. KYBELLA™ can cause serious side effects, including trouble swallowing and nerve injury in the jaw that can cause an uneven smile or facial muscle weakness.
Schedule your FREE cosmetic consult at our Hickory/Tate Blvd. today to determine if KYBELLA™ might be right for you.
We are pleased to announce Dr. Jerry Pruitt, Dr. George Magel, and Dr. Parag Butala have joined our practice. Dr. Pruitt will see patients at our new Hickory/Viewmont office, Dr. Magel will see patients at our Hickory/Tate Blvd. office, and Dr. Butala will see patients at out Gastonia/Cox Rd. office.
Announcing the opening of our newest Hickory office. Formerly known as Dermatology Center of Hickory, it is located at 245 11th Ave. NE. Please schedule your appointment with either Dr. Dori Hunt or Dr. Jerry Pruitt, both board-certified dermatologists.
Our PPSD offices are once again helping out in our local communities. Here are some upcoming highlights:
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by Dr. Jaime J. Vanourny
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime; 13 million Americans are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, and nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
As the days get longer, shirt sleeves and pant legs often get shorter, exposing more of your skin to the intense summer sun. While the warm summer days are filled with baseball games, vacations, and other outdoor activities, they increase our exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, humidity, bugs and plants. However, summer skin problems can be prevented with a few simple changes to your skin routine.
You may notice this summer that sunscreen labels have changed. They can now tell you whether a sunscreen can help you prevent skin cancer, premature aging, and sunburn – or just sunburn. The first thing you want to look for are the words “broad spectrum.” This means that the sunscreen blocks you from both types of harmful UV rays – UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum sunscreen will help protect against skin cancer, premature aging, and sunburn. A sunscreen that does not say broad spectrum, and only lists an SPF, will protect against UVB rays that cause sunburn, but it does not provide the extra protection against UVA rays. The second most important thing to look for in a sunscreen is an SPF of 30 or higher. With the new labeling requirements, sunscreens will no longer be advertised above an SPF 50.
Dermatologists also recommend you look for the words “water resistant.” This tells you the sunscreen will stay on wet skin. The label will also say “40 minutes” or “80 minutes,” which tells you how long your skin can be wet or sweaty before you need to reapply. I also try to remind my patients to apply their sunscreen 20-30 minutes before heading outside, since most need time to be absorbed into your skin to be effective.
Sunscreens should be reapplied every 2 hours and after swimming (even if the sunscreen is labeled as “water resistant”) and toweling off. Products will no longer be labeled “waterproof” or “sweat proof.” Another word you will no longer see on labels is “sunblock,” as this word is misleading. Sunscreen manufacturers must now only use the word “sunscreen.”
Don’t forget to protect your lips too. Follow the same recommendations as your skin and select a lip balm labeled “broad spectrum SPF 30.” I find that another commonly forgotten area in the summer is the ears. Remember to apply sunscreen to your ears. You can add extra protection by also wearing a broad-brimmed hat.
Patients often ask me what the best sunscreen is to use. My answer to them is usually whichever one they like the best and will actually apply to their skin. Smell the sunscreen and try samples when available to help ensure you will find one that you like. I also tell women who come into the office that wearing a sunscreen every day is one of the most important things they can do for their skin. Sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer, as well as decrease lines and wrinkles, blood vessels on the skin called telangiectasias, and brown spots.
You can choose a sunscreen with insect repellant, but remember that sunscreen needs to be reapplied more often than most insect repellants. Wearing protective clothing and hats will help protect you from the sun, as well as from insect bites.
To decrease your risk of skin cancer, protect your skin by using sunscreen, covering up, and seeking shade. You can help detect skin cancers early by looking at your skin once a month and contacting Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology if you notice anything changing, itching, or bleeding.
Dr. Charles S. Johnson discusses the effects of sun damage on skin on WCNC / Charlotte Today.
Dr. Miguel A. Yáñez, FACS explains the many options that are available within a Mommy Makeover on WCNC / Charlotte Today.