Top 3 Treatments for Summertime Acne & Breakouts

New York City Summer Climate and Acne

During the summer months, New York City sparkles with life: outdoor concerts in the park, sidewalk cafés, street fairs and markets.  Yet the hot, humid weather can wreak havoc on acne-prone skin.  Why does summertime skin tend to have more blemishes? In short, there is a correlation between hot weather and bacteria thriving in clogged pores.

Breaking Out during the Summer

Walk out the door on a New York City Summer day and you will feel the sweat beads start to form. Sweat is the body’s mechanism to keep the body temperature in equilibrium. Unfortunately, under certain conditions excessive sweating also can lead to clogged pores. When the pores are clogged, they start to stockpile excess oil (sebum), conditions that are ideal for acne-causing bacteria to grow. Throw in some city air and you have a special formula for flare ups.

When it comes to treating summer flare ups, there is an extra consideration: the sun. Many topical (retinoids) and oral medications (antibiotics) used to combat acne increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV radiation. This increases the risk of sunburns, which can premature aging and skin cancer. So it is important to follow a nourishing anti-acne skincare routine and take additional steps to protect the skin from the summer sun.

Skincare Tips to Treat Summer Acne

Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a leading New York board-certified dermatologist, recommends using a gentle, non-drying, daily cleanser that contains salicylic acid, which can heal blemished skin and help prevent future breakouts. Do not pick at pimples or blackheads–doing so can worsen the problem and potentially lead to scarring.

Dr. Frank offers a range of treatments for acne. His most popular treatments include:

  • Clear & Bright Pads. Soaked in a liquid that contains alpha (glycolic and lactic) and beta (salicylic) hydroxy acids, these medicated pads combat acne, but are gentle enough to use every day. The pads exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells to reveal a brighter complexion.
  • ClearSpot Concealer. To reduce inflammation and minimize redness, Dr. Frank recommends this effective product to conceal active acne.
  • LED Light Therapy. A series of LED light therapy treatments can calm acne and kill bacteria. Ideal for the summer time when laser may not be an option.

If the New York summer climate is exacerbating your acne, Dr. Frank can formulate a comprehensive skincare plan to reduce inflammation, promote healing, and prevent future breakouts. Based on the overall condition of your skin, he will design a customized skincare routine that will help your skin glow. Contact his Manhattan office to schedule a consultation.

Filed in Acne, Wrinkles

I’m Over 30 – How To Avoid Acne?

We commonly associate acne with adolescence, that awkward period of growth when the body’s hormone system is overactive, creating imbalances. Most teenagers outgrow acne, but some find it follows them into adulthood. In addition, individuals who never suffered from acne before may suddenly find themselves staring at a pimple.

Adult Acne occurs when the hair follicles become blogged with oil (sebum) and dead skin cells. When this happens, bacteria can thrive and lead to inflammations and skin eruptions we know as acne. In severe cases, the skin is particularly susceptible to damage and scarring.

What causes adult acne? It is often difficult to pick the exact cause. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank often identifies the following factors as main contributors to adult breakouts.

  • Stress, exacerbated by poor diet. The skin can be very sensitive to both internal and environmental changes. Stress and an unbalanced lifestyle can be a trigger for acne.
  • Hormones. Just as in the teenage years, fluctuating hormones can potentially be an acne-causing culprit–especially in adult women. Contraception pills and menopause affect hormone levels and can cause skin problems.
  • Medications. Some medications, such as lithium, anti-seizure drugs, and corticosteroids, may affect the skin adversely and prompt flare ups.

Treatments for Adult Acne

Adult acne can be frustrating and erode self-confidence. Fortunately, there are some excellent treatments available that can help bring active acne under control. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a top-rated cosmetic dermatologist and founder of the 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center in Manhattan, often recommends a combination of treatments that can include LED Light Acne Therapy, Isolaz laser and Photodynamic therapy as well as oral and/or topical medications.

If your adult acne has caused scarring, Dr. Frank can minimize their appearance with a combination of Fraxel Restore Dual, Fraxel Repair and Silicone Microinjections. Click here to learn more about acne scar treatments.

 

 

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No If, And, or Butts About It

We all would like a perfectly toned and shapely bottom. It may take some work, but it is possible to achieve a tighter bum. Targeted exercise, the right diet, and a little extra body sculpting treatment can all work together to help transform your backside.

Exercise: Working out several times a week will increase your overall fitness and help you lose weight. To maximize the metabolism benefits of a cardio workout, consider incorporating intervals. Intervals are moments of increased effort during your workout routine. Injecting intense periods of effort that push you to breath harder is a great way to optimize your fitness plan. With the right glute toning exercises, you can lose inches from your bottom in a matter of weeks. Some great butt-tightening moves include:

  • Hip lifts
  • Squats
  • Lunges

The key, however, is consistency. In order to benefit from any exercise, you have to commit. Before embarking on a rigorous exercise program, consult your doctor.

Diet: A healthy, well balanced diet is an essential part of any weight loss and maintenance program. Everybody is unique, so there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to diet and weight loss. However, there are some general guidelines that can be followed:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat nutritious meals that include a mix of protein, vitamin-rich vegetables, and whole grains
  • Know the caloric intake that is ideal for your weight loss or maintenance program
  • Avoid empty calories, such as sugary drinks, sodas, and processed foods

Be cautious of fad diets that leave you feeling deprived or that do not address your fundamental eating habits. Working with your doctor and a professional nutritionist is the best way to ensure that your weight loss and maintenance plan is a healthy and effective one.

Body Sculpting: A Little Outside Help

Unfortunately, an excellent diet and regular exercise may not be enough to fully address stubborn fat in the buttocks and thighs. For individuals who have plateaued with diet and exercise, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a New York board-certified dermatologist and leading fat removal specialist, recommends body sculpting treatments. Some state-of-the-art treatments that he offers at his 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center include:

  •  SmartLipo is a minimally invasive laser technology that simultaneously removes fat and tightens the skin.
  • VASER is a non-invasive fat removal technique that uses laser technology to destroy fat cells. This treatment combined with SmartLipo can significantly reduce unwanted fat around the bum or thigh area.

If you would like to see how body sculpting can help you achieve the perfect butt, contact Dr. Frank at the 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center in Manhattan.

 

Filed in SmartLipo MPX™ VASER® Liposuction, VASERsmooth Cellulite Treatment

5 Ways to Get the Most From Your Liposuction

You are determined to say farewell to stubborn fat once and for all. Fortunately, your resolve is possible with the help of today’s non-invasive fat removal technologies.

Liposuction and advanced laser fat removal techniques–such as SculpSure, Liposonix and SmartLipo– can help you perfect your shape and lead to enduring results. But how can you ensure that your body-sculpting investment continues to pay dividends over time?

When asked about the best way to maintain results after liposuction, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, an internationally renowned fat removal specialist, emphasizes the power of healthy habits. Here are his top 5 tips for staying trim after liposuction:

  • Exercise. Although it may be tempting to skip that trip to the gym after liposuction, a fat removal procedure should be viewed as part of an overall slimming strategy. In fact, exercise is the most important factor in maintaining your lean, sculpted figure.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Like exercise, diet plays a crucial role in keeping the body in top form. After liposuction, fat cells are permanently removed. However, a poorly managed diet can lead to weight fluctuations, which can diminish the benefits of liposuction.
  • Manage your stress. From energy levels to the quality of our skin, the effects of stress on our bodies can be significant. Unfortunately, a high level of stress can also be a predictor for fat accumulation. Cortisol, a stress hormone, is linked to unhealthy food cravings–specifically, a desire for food that tends to expand the waistline. When you are facing a deadline at work, avoid reaching for a bag of chips.
  • Stay hydrated. Laser liposuction techniques take advantage of the body’s own waste removal system to flush out fat cells once they are destroyed by laser energy. Give your body a cleansing boost and drink plenty of water, particularly in the 6-12 weeks after treatment.
  • Quit smoking. After a liposuction procedure, you want to encourage the body to heal. Even if you are a moderate smoker, smoking not only puts your health at risk, you are slowing your body’s ability to bounce back.

New York-based Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank brings the latest fat removal technologies to his practice and can customize the right treatment plan for you.  If you would like to know more about the body contouring procedures offered by Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, contact the 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Manhattan to schedule your consultation.

 

Filed in Liposonix

3 Best Ways to Get Rid of a Double Chin

Kybella made a big splash and brought fat under the chin to everyone’s minds. One of the most common aesthetics complaints among men and women is having a double chin. This excess fat obscures definition along the jawline and in the neck area, even among individuals with ideal body weight.

Why is a Double Chin So Difficult to Target?
Chin fat, or submental fat, is considered stubborn fat. This term refers to fat in highly resistant, fat-harboring areas, such as the hips, thighs, abdomen and chin. Although diet and exercise can address an overall weight  issue, the only way to reduce the fatty cells in these stubborn pockets is to remove them. Fortunately, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank is well versed in the most advanced contouring and fat removal techniques that are available today to safely and effectively improve the appearance of the neckline.

So What Are The Best Treatments for Double Chin?

New York City-based Dr. Frank uses four techniques to reduce the appearance of double chins:

  • Liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure to remove fat with tiny holes, local anesthesia and short downtime. Dr. Paul J. Frank has refined neck liposuction with his unique DualSculpt technique, a precise method that simultaneously removes fat and tightens the skin using SmartLipo MPX and VASER Liposuction.
  • Kybella is an innovative, minimally-invasive injectable technique recently approved by the FDA. Kybella melts submental fat with the aid of its active ingredient, deoxycholic acid. Naturally produced by the body, deoxycholic acid is a substance that helps the body melt fat. Take into consideration that multiple sessions may be required over a few weeks period.
  • Ultherapy can help to tighten the neck’s skin and is an excellent option for patients whose main concern is sagging skin, rather than excess fat. Dr. Frank uses this popular ultrasound wave technology to further tighten and sculpt the jawline following fat reduction.

Consultation with Dr. Frank
If you would like to improve the definition in the chin area, visit our Upper East Side (NYC) office and consult with Dr. Frank. He will examine your skin and go over treatment options one by one to see which one best fits your aesthetic concerns and lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Frank today by calling (212) 327-2919.

Filed in Kybella, SmartLipo MPX™ VASER® Liposuction, Ultherapy® - Non-Invasive Skin Tightening

This is the Season for Laser Hair Removal

Tired of tweezing, shaving, or waxing to remove unwanted hair? Laser hair removal may be the procedure for you. The latest technology, called LightSheer Desire, solves one of the main fears patients voice when meeting Dr. Frank – how painful will it be?

LightSheer Desire is considered the new gold standard, probably the best hair removal technology available on the market today. It was designed to quickly remove hair from large areas such as the back and the legs with minimal discomfort. The device generates vacuum that stretches the skin and reduces the sensation of heat. Small, delicate areas are treated with a cool tip that balances the heat of the laser and makes treatments comfortable enough so that there is no need for anesthetic gels prior to each session. The laser works well on all skin types and can remove light and dark hair.

Laser hair removal 101

As one of the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures, laser hair removal uses a highly concentrated laser to destroy hair follicles and remove hair. These intense beams of light target individual hair follicle through the skin. The heat damages the follicle; thus, removing the hair and preventing future hair growth. Common areas for this procedure include upper lip, legs, arms, underarms, and bikini line. Although laser hair removal does not guarantee hair removal forever, it is effective in removing and inhibiting hair growth in almost all people.  LightSheer Desire penetrates deeper layers of the skin, increasing the chance hair will not regrow, even after a single, quick treatment. Treatments can also reduce in-grown hairs that still remain even after shaving or waxing. Furthermore, there is no downtime to heal after treatments.

Laser Hair Removal in the Winter?

As temperatures start to decline, Dr. Frank often sees patients who want to undergo one or multiple hair removal sessions and get it all done before exposing their legs and arms. Slight redness can be expected after treatments.  LightSheer Desire sessions can be as quick as 10 minutes for small areas, allowing you to come in on your lunch break.

Although there are less UV rays in the winter, keep the areas treated well covered for two weeks following each treatments. Ideally these areas should not be exposed to sun 3-4 weeks prior to each session and avoid using self-tanners as well.

If you are interested in permanent laser hair removal, consult Dr. Frank to learn more about the best options to remove this hair once and for all. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Frank today by calling (212) 327-2919.

Filed in Laser Hair Removal

Winter Skincare Tips

Cold winter weather combined with wind and low humidity can cause the skin on our hands to dry up. Good, healthy skin thrives on moisture. Like other parts of the body, our hands also need to retain moisture in order to stay soft and comfortable. If you’re someone who has been a victim of dry skin during the winter, then continue reading as we discuss some quick and simple ways to keep your skin moist and healthy.

  • Adjust your showering routine. During the winter, avoiding long and hot showers can help retain moisture in the skin. Try showering under warm water and use soaps that do not cause skin to dry out.
  • Apply appropriate skincare products. Lotions, creams, and other moisturizing products are crucial for maintaining healthy hands. For individuals who have sensitive skin and their skin dries up quickly, it is best to use thicker creams like petroleum jelly.
  • Invest in good winter clothes. Hats, scarfs, gloves, jackets, and coats all serve as a barrier between you and the harsh cold wind. It’s important to keep your skin covered to stop the wind from drying it out and making it vulnerable to cracks.
  • Use natural oils. Among natural oils, coconut oil is a good choice. The substances in coconut oil are known to treat dry skin and produce a smoother surface. In addition, they also help against sun’s UV rays and exfoliate dead cells on the skin.

Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank also offers these specialized options at his 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center:

  • Fillers: Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank utilizes fillers to produce smooth and soft skin. Over time, many environmental factors can cause our hands to become wrinkly and rough. Dermal fillers, like Radiesse, are great options for fast and easy hand rejuvenation.
  • Crème 24: This vitamin A and C based cream is great for retaining moisture in the skin, especially during the winter. The cream’s natural ingredients are safe for even the most sensitive skin and grant relief from skin inflammation, as well.

New York’s 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center offers a wide range of treatments and products to protect and revitalize your hands. Feel free to set up a consultation with Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank to go over your needs.

Filed in V-Beam Laser

Rosacea and Your Environment

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is generally apparent on the cheeks and the nose as red, flushed patches. In many cases, it also resembles acne which leads many people to ignore it for long assuming it to be nothing more than bad acne flare-ups. However, although rosacea may resemble acne from an angle, the reality is that it is something very different.

Rosacea mainly targets the face over other parts of the body and it appears in various forms.

Here are some examples:

  • Facial reddening
  • Eye irritation
  • Pimples and bumps
  • Skin thickening

As far as facial reddening is concerned, it is something that mainly affects people that are prone to blushing. This is usually the earliest and weakest form where after blushing or flushing, some redness remains on the face. Next, we have the ocular form of rosacea which causes redness, itching, and a burning sensation to the eyes. This can lead to the eyes appearing to be bloodshot or watery.

The pimples and bumps appear when rosacea has fully settled in. Many times the pimples are pus filled and it is at this point that they resemble acne. But unlike acne, rosacea does not bring about any blackheads. Lastly, the skin thickening normally appears on the nose and usually affects men more than women.

Rosacea is something which comes and goes and it gets triggered off due to various reasons.

So, keeping in mind the effects of rosacea and your environment, the following elements are found to be some common triggers:

  • Exposure to the sun
  • Hot weather
  • Strenuous exercises
  • Certain foodstuffs, such as spicy foods and caffeine among many others
  • Stress
  • Cold wind

Regardless, these triggers differ from one individual to the next. Thus, it is likely that you may have one or more factors which trigger your rosacea and this is something you have to keep track of yourself. Once you have a list of what causes your rosacea to flare-up, you can then make a plan to avoid or best deal with those factors.

Rosacea cannot be completely cured, but it can be kept in check via certain lifestyle changes and medications such as oral and topical antibiotics or through the usage of the V-Beam Laser Treatment for patients with permanent redness caused by broken or dilated blood vessels.

If you are suffering from rosacea, you are welcomed to book a consultation with Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank. He will be able to determine what forms of rosacea you have and what treatments are best for you.

Filed in Acne, V-Beam Laser

Myths About Botox

Botox is dangerous.
The kind of Botox which is used for cosmetic purposes is actually very safe and can be injected multiple times over the course of several years without harming your skin or organs. Being the most popular type of cosmetic procedure on the market today, Botox has been highly refined and is designed to be safe. Moreover, it has also been approved by the FDA. With that said, it is important to point out that Botox, like any other cosmetic procedure, must be administered by an experienced cosmetic dermatologist. Improper amount of Botox can produce harmful effects in the body. The toxin present in Botox is extremely dangerous to the body if injected in large amounts.

It is easy to get addicted to Botox.
Botox is not permanent and will usually last for about three to six months. Therefore, to maintain its effects over a long period of time, one will be required to have periodic treatments. Doctors do not consider one to three treatments a year as an addiction because this amount is generally needed to preserve the youthful look. However, Botox does produce very desirable results and this may lead some people to seek multiple treatments in a short span of time which is not recommended. Nevertheless, there isn’t any ingredient in Botox itself that can make one addicted to it.

Botox, Restylane, and Juvederm are all the same.
Botox has a very significant difference when compared to Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, and other dermal fillers. While it is true that all of these have a similar function, the way they work is not the same. Botox, unlike dermal fillers, is a toxin which temporarily paralyzes muscle contraction. This prevents the muscles from forming wrinkles on the surface of the face. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are substances which are injected to provide more volume and fullness to the facial features.

Botox requires a complex surgical procedure.
A Botox treatment can safely and effectively be administered in as little as fifteen to thirty minutes. Botox is a non-surgical procedure which is accomplished by injecting a substance with the use of a syringe in particular regions of the face. There are absolutely no incisions, profound bleeding, or severe swelling if administered correctly. Additionally, even though it may take up to a week for full results to become apparent, there is no real downtime after a Botox procedure. At most, one might experience some redness, small bruising, or discomfort at the injection area.

Botox can treat every kind of facial wrinkles and folds.
It is true that Botox produces great results. No doubt this has made it the most popular choice when it comes to cosmetic procedures and is a major reason why people keep coming back to it. However, Botox has its limitations and cannot achieve every form of facial rejuvenation. There are a lot of factors which come into play with regards to the type of results you will see from Botox and how long they will last. These include your age, amount of exposure to the sun, facial composition, and diet.

Filed in Botox®, Juvėderm™, Restylane®

Why You Should Choose a Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty

Every year, there are countless people who, for one reason or another, opt for nose reshaping surgery (otherwise known as rhinoplasty or nose job). In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), nose reshaping was the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2014.

When it comes to rhinoplasties, there are two major options available for you to choose from. There is the traditional surgical rhinoplasty and then there are the non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures. Obviously, which one is the best for you depends on your individual circumstances, but some people are candidates for both of these types. And, when both options are open, then the better choice is to go for a non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a revolutionary method of straightening the nose, smoothing bumps, and filling gaps. It is done via the means of injecting liquid fillers directly into the treatment areas. This procedure is also sometimes known as liquid rhinoplasty.

We will briefly look at some of the benefits of a non-surgical rhinoplasty and what makes it superior in certain cases than the surgical rhinoplasty.

  • Firstly, the effects of a non-surgical rhinoplasty are temporary. Now, this may sound like a negative characteristic, but it is not. A temporary rhinoplasty gives you the ability to reverse it if you are not happy with the results. This is something that is not possible with most surgical rhinoplasties as many of them can actually change the physical structure of the nose and the bones underneath it.
  • Secondly, the results are noticeable immediately. While some non-surgical procedures do have recovery time, majority of the results can be seen almost immediately after the procedure is performed. In fact, in many cases, the doctor will give you a mirror to see how the nose is being reshaped during the procedure itself.
  • Non-surgical procedures are safe and effective because the dermal fillers used are tried and trusted. Some of the famous ones include Juvederm, Radiesse, and Restylane. Many of these are approved by the FDA, as well. Nevertheless, the procedure must be performed by an experienced surgeon.
  • There is little to no downtime associated with non-surgical rhinoplasties. Moreover, there are very small to almost unnoticeable bruises on the nose after the procedure. So, in many cases, you can continue your daily activities right after the surgery and be ready to go out in public.
  • The price is much more affordable on one’s pocket than the traditional rhinoplasty. So, if your budget is limited, then this may be the ideal option for you. On average, a well-performed non-surgical rhinoplasty will only cost you approximately $1,000 to $2,500. This is well below a normal surgical rhinoplasty.

It is important to note that non-surgical methods can only fill and smoothen the nose; they cannot be used for nasal reductions or any major changes which require the alteration of nasal structure. So, if your nose needs to be adjusted and made physically smaller, your only option would be the surgical rhinoplasty.

Regardless, whether you feel you are a candidate for either of these procedures, you should first consult with Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank to see which particular method would be ideal for you. Please book your consultation today by contacting the office. We look forward to hearing from you!

Filed in Juvėderm™, Radiesse®, Restylane®