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By Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery
January 27, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Wrinkles   botox   fine lines  

Aging gracefully is an important trait to have, but if your skin is aging faster than you'd like, it can be a difficult transition. Fortunately, there botoxare treatments available that naturally and subtly diminish the appearance of wrinkles on the face. One such treatment is Botox, offered by Feinstein Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, Florida. Learn how Dr. Brian Feinstein uses this popular cosmetic treatment to help their patients look and feel younger.

What is Botox?

Botox is derived from a natural protein that causes paralysis of the muscles. Once it is purified in a laboratory for medical use, it becomes a very safe and effective way to treat the wrinkles and fine lines that develop around the eyes and on the forehead. Without movement of these muscles, the wrinkles are greatly diminished. This gives you a refreshed and younger-looking appearance.

How do wrinkles develop?

As we age, our skin loses thickness, elasticity and the ability to retain nutrients. This means that the muscles that work underneath the skin become more prominent. When we smile or frown, the muscles around our eyes and on the forehead are in motion, creating the appearance of wrinkles in these areas.

How is Botox administered?

Your Delray Beach dermatologist uses Botox by injecting small amounts of the solution directly under the skin where wrinkles have formed. The needles used are extremely tiny and narrow. Over a period of a few days to a week, the wrinkles will gradually smooth out because the muscles underneath them have been temporarily disabled. The results of a Botox treatment typically last between three and four months, although each patient will experience different results.

If you're interested in learning more about Botox and its capabilities, please contact Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Delray Beach, Florida for an appointment.

By Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery
January 05, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Wrinkles  

The telltale signs of aging skin—wrinkles, puffy eyes, age spots—may start to appear as we grow older. We can’t fight the aging process, but we wrinklescan take steps now to help reduce and prevent wrinkles from appearing prematurely.  

Many factors can contribute to the onset of wrinkles, which are frequently produced by years of unprotected sun exposure in combination with each person’s unique genetic predisposition. Wrinkles are a by-product of the aging process. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, is less capable of retaining moisture and is slower to heal.  All of these contribute to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin.

How Can I Slow the Progression of Wrinkles?

Daily skincare and proper sun protection are important factors in slowing the aging process, diminishing fine lines and minimizing wrinkles.   

  • Take your vitamins.  Many vitamins are good for the skin. Vitamin C, a natural antioxidant found in citrus fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, can help reduce the appearance of sun damage.
  • Apply sunscreen.  Protecting yourself from sun exposure can help prevent the progression of fine lines. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to protect against harmful UV rays.  
  • Moisturize.  Dry skin causes the skin to look dull and aged. To prevent dry skin, apply moisturizer every day.   
  • Get your beauty sleep.  When your body doesn’t get enough sleep, it produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Keep your skin looking and feeling young by getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Tanning beds emit harmful UVA rays and are never 'safe' alternatives to the sun.
  • Take care of your hands. Our hands are often the first part of our body to reveal signs of aging, as they are the most used and exposed parts of the body. Protect the hands by wearing gloves, moisturizing and applying sunscreen.
  • Quit smoking.  Smoking may damage more than your lungs—it causes skin aging and wrinkles around the mouth.

Like it or not, wrinkles are a natural part of aging. Even the most diligent skincare regimen or the most expensive wrinkle cream won’t totally eliminate your fine lines. You can significantly reduce the appearance of your wrinkles, however. Start taking care of your skin now, embrace your age and love the skin you’re in!

By Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery
January 03, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Teenage AcneAcne is by far the most common skin complaint among teenagers, affecting nearly all of those between the ages of 12 and 17 at least occasionally, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In most cases, hormones released during puberty are responsible for the appearance of blemishes during the teen years. These hormones stimulate the skin's sebaceous (oil) glands, producing oily skin that is more prone to breakouts. Because teens are extremely conscious of their image and appearance, an acne outbreak can be emotionally devastating.

While hormonal changes during puberty cause many types of acne to be unavoidable, with a diligent skincare regimen, many teens can help control breakouts from becoming severe, minimize the appearance of blemishes and prevent scarring.

  • Keep skin clean. Teens produce more oil, so it's important to wash your face every day with warm water and a mild cleanser to remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Always remove makeup before going to bed to avoid clogging pores.
  • Avoid over washing. Harsh scrubbing can lead to dry, irritated skin, which can actually increase inflammation and trigger glands to produce more oil.
  • Don't pick. Squeezing and picking at acne can make breakouts worse. Picking at blemishes can also lead to greater inflammation and infection, increasing the risk for scarring.
  • Keep hands off. Avoid touching your face throughout the day, as your hands carry bacteria.
  • Use oil-free products. Avoid oil-based makeup. Instead, look for products that are noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic.
  • Shower after sports or physical activities. Sweat and oil can settle on the skin's surface, trapping dirt and bacteria in the pores.
  • Visit your dermatologist. Most cases of mild acne can be controlled and improved with a good skincare routine at home. If your skin problems persist, visit your dermatologist for professional treatment.

Being a teenager is tough enough without having to worry about breakouts. The good news is that effective treatments are available for acne - and the earlier treatment is started, the lower a teen's risk of lasting physical and emotional damage. When home care is not helping, talk to a dermatologist about treatment options. Your dermatologist can help tailor a treatment plan that is best for a teen's unique skin type and needs.