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Posts for: December, 2014

By D&A Dermatology
December 18, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

While botulinum toxin, the root toxin used to make BOTOX cosmetic is by no means a new toxin, its usefulness in the medical and cosmetic fields was not discovered until the 1960s. At this time, Dr. Alan Scott, an ophthalmologist and researcher Edward Schantz started researching using botulinum toxin treatments. This initial research led to innovations in treating strabismus, which causes the eyes to appear crossed. As the decades passed, further research enabled scientists and doctors to find new uses for BOTOX, including to reduce temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The first official studies on the effects of BOTOX in wrinkle reduction were published in the late 1980s.

Mechanism of Action

BOTOX only works on dynamic wrinkles. These are wrinkles present when a muscle contracts, such as the facial muscles in your forehead. By keeping these muscles from contracting, our BOTOX Chicago Loop patients can achieve a smoother-looking face.

The ability for BOTOX to minimize excessive muscle contraction has opened up the possibilities to treat a number of conditions. Physicians currently use BOTOX to treat more than 20 medical disorders, including chronic migraines, overactive bladder and cerebral palsy.

How Long Does BOTOX Last?

BOTOX is not a permanent solution to wrinkle reduction. The body ultimately absorbs some of the toxin, which can return the wrinkles to their previous appearance. The duration BOTOX lasts differs from person to person. Typically, an injection will last anywhere from three to six months.

When BOTOX is injected, it can take anywhere from three to seven days to take full effect. Once the facial muscles become accustomed to relaxing, patients often can take longer durations between injections.

Ready to experience a younger-looking you through BOTOX? Call our Chicago Loop dermatologist's office at (312) 861-3911 to schedule an appointment.

By D&A Dermatology
December 16, 2014
Category: Skin care
Tags: Acne  
Acne Treatment ImageWhile acne usually appears during puberty, adults into their 50s can even develop acne. Acne is one of the most common skin problems, affecting 40 to 50 million Americans. Furthermore, the American Academy of Dermatology also reports that almost 85 percent of all people will experience acne at some point. If you’re dealing with acne then you are most likely looking for ways to get clearer skin. Follow these helpful tips from your Chicago loop dermatologist to promote healthier, acne-free skin:

1. Avoid overwashing

At the first sign of a pimple, you might feel the need to scrub your face as clean as possible. However, overwashing can strip skin of the essential oils it needs, which can make acne worse. Plus, acne washes contain strong chemicals, which can dry out skin. Try this approach instead: wash acne twice a day with only a mild face wash and lukewarm water. This will help reduce irritation

2. Opt for oil-free products

Oil-free cleansers won’t cause acne or clog pores, so they are the best choice for anyone, but particularly those prone to acne. When you go shopping for acne products, look for words like “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic”.

3. Limit sun exposure

The sun’s rays can dry out skin and aggravate acne. Not to mention sunbathing can cause wrinkles and even skin cancer. And if you are using prescription acne medications, you’ll most certainly want to avoid the sun (as your medication may already recommend), as it can make you more sensitive to UV rays.

4. Don’t pick or touch your face

When you notice a pimple your first inclination might be to pop or squeeze it; however, think twice before touching your skin. Our fingers and hands carry a lot of germs, which only get transferred to the skin. Plus, popping that pesky pimple could only push bacteria further into the skin, causing infection and scarring. Talk to your Chicago dermatologist about extractions.

5. Know your treatment options

If you aren’t happy with how your acne is responding to over-the-counter treatments, your dermatologist has a variety of different options from effective cleansers to hormonal treatments to extractions and antibiotics. We can get you on the road to clearer skin.
We would also be happy to sit down with you and create a unique treatment plan for clearing up your acne. Call us today to schedule your next dermatologist appointment.