Skin Care

How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs are a common problem that can lead to discomfort, an undesirable skin appearance, and even infection. The condition often occurs in areas where hair is regularly removed—whether from shaving, waxing, or another method—due to the sharper hair tip growing back under the skin. When this happens, the body treats the hair as a foreign body and reacts with irritation, redness, and bumps.

Although foregoing hair removal altogether is the best way to prevent ingrown hairs, that isn’t typically a realistic option for most people. To help get rid of the condition before it starts, you may want to employ one or more of the following tactics:

  • Use a sharp razor and don’t stretch the skin while shaving.
  • Exfoliate the area to prevent a buildup of dead skin cells and moisturize regularly.
  • Limit wearing overly tight clothes, as these garments can press the hair against the skin.
  • Opt for laser hair removal to get long-term relief from ingrown hairs.

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment at our medical spa. Not only does it reduce how often hair removal is needed, but it significantly minimizes the chance of getting ingrown hairs in the first place. If you’re interested in this advanced hair removal technique and would like to learn more, contact our team at the Dermlounge to schedule an appointment.

Spider vs. Varicose Veins

Spider veins and varicose veins are common conditions that cause blood vessels to take on an especially noticeable appearance. Spider veins are typically red, purple, or blue and tend to appear on the legs or the face. Varicose veins are larger, raised vessels that can develop on the legs. While spider veins are considered more of a cosmetic concern, varicose veins can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including swelling, aching, throbbing, and restless legs.

Both types of veins are linked to causes including genetics, obesity, hormones, and excessive periods of standing, such as with certain occupations. Women are more prone to developing both spider and varicose veins. Even when these vascular conditions produce minimal discomfort, many people are unhappy with how they look and often try to conceal them.

If you struggle with spider or varicose veins, our team at the Dermlounge offers laser vein removal that may help you reduce, if not completely eliminate, your condition. To learn if you are a good candidate, please contact us to schedule your consultation!

DiamondGlow™ Now Available at the Dermlounge

Our team at the Dermlounge is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our collection of innovative skin care treatments—DiamondGlow. As a non-invasive treatment, DiamondGlow offers patients an effective way to improve skin tone and texture with minimal discomfort and no downtime. The DiamondGlow system uses a three-in-one technology that exfoliates dull skin cells, extracts clogged pores, and infuses specially formulated serums to promote cell renewal. It’s an exciting skin resurfacing treatment that provides immediate improvement in skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, acne, and dark spots. With the addition of serum infusion, which involves a blend carefully selected for your needs, patients can enjoy additional improvement in their skin over time.

DiamondGlow can enhance skin health and appearance for any skin tone or type. If you would like to learn if this treatment is right for you, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team will perform a skin evaluation to determine the best treatment option(s) for helping you realize your skin care goals. We look forward to helping you achieve a smooth, youthful-looking complexion that will help you glow from the inside-out.

What Skin Care Treatments Can Help My Acne?

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that affects people of all ages. While a variety of factors can contribute to acne flareups, taking good care of your skin can be a powerful way to help control, if not prevent, these blemishes. At the Dermlounge, our skin care professionals offer a variety of treatment options to help you obtain healthy, beautiful skin. Among the various treatments that can help clear patients’ skin, there are two in particular that can be especially beneficial for those suffering from acne: micropeels and BroadBand Light Therapy (BBL™).

In the micropeel treatment, the outer layer of skin is exfoliated using a superficial chemical peel. This removes dull skin cells and clears blocked pores, revealing the healthier, smoother skin underneath and causing acne to fade. With BBL therapy, light energy heats the skin, which destroys the acne-causing bacteria and stimulates collagen production. This helps diminish current and future acne while also reducing redness. Both micropeels and BBL therapy are typically most effective in a series of treatments.

To learn if you are a good candidate for a micropeel, BBL therapy, or another skin treatment, please contact us to schedule your consultation with our aesthetician.

What Is in a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are a popular skin care solution that can reveal smoother, healthier facial skin without the need for much downtime (if any at all). At Dermlounge Caitlin M. Roop, our licensed master aesthetician, performs this non-invasive treatment, tailoring it to the patient’s skin condition and the concerns they would like to improve. The recommended chemical formula will depend upon the level of intensity the patient needs to reach their goals, as well as the amount of downtime they are comfortable with. The most common chemicals typically used in chemical peels include:

  • Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)
  • Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
  • Phenol

AHAs and BHAs are the least intense acids and are often used as part of the gentler micropeel treatment. TCA can be used in various formulas, typically as part of a medium-grade chemical peel. Finally, phenol is the most powerful chemical used in peels, such as in our Vi Peels, causing about 2-5 days of moderate peeling in most cases.

Interested in getting a chemical peel at Dermlounge? Contact us to schedule an appointment with our licensed aesthetician and learn which formula is right for your skin care needs.

Dermlounge is Giving Away a SkinMedica® Gift Basket!

Looking to win the perfect skin care gift for summer?! In less than a minute you can sign up and enter to win our SkinMedica gift basket which includes Facial Cleanser, Rejuvenative Toner and Ultra Sheer Moisturizer and is valued at $134. And for any friend you refer, you get three additional entries!! The winner will be announced on May 31st, 2018. Best of luck everyone!!

JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC Introduced as Dermal Filler for Nasolabial Folds

JUVÉDERM® continues to revolutionize the market for cosmetic injectables with the introduction of JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC, a new product specifically designed to target the smile lines that extend from the nose to the mouth. JUVÉDERM® has long released a number of innovative dermal fillers that use naturally occurring substances to combat the forces of time and age, but JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC acts as the only product that can achieve optimal results for nasolabial folds lasting up to a year and a half.

Like all products in the JUVÉDERM® dermal filler line, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC is composed of a hyaluronic acid-based gel. Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally in the body to moisturize and soften skin. Combined with lidocaine, a mild anesthetic found in the gel to decrease discomfort at the injection site, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC firms and softens skin, yet remains supple enough to flow easily through the desired treatment area.  

JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC gently and effectively improves the look of nasolabial folds, or “parentheses” wrinkles, by adding small amounts of volume to the treatment area for a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC’s ability to comprehensively treat moderate to severe wrinkles in the lower half of the face with a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure is prompting some patients to consider it as an alternative to a facelift. Benefits of using JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC can include:

  • Temporarily reverses signs of aging by smoothing nasolabial folds
  • Minimizes discomfort during the procedure due to the built-in anesthetic
  • Lasts up to eighteen months

Mild to moderate side effects may appear at the injection site and can include swelling, numbness, bruising, or discoloration. Within a week, these will typically subside.

To learn more about whether you are a good candidate for JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC, please contact our practice today.

Why Choose Medical-Grade Skincare?

Everyone wants to have glowing, healthy skin, but not everyone is using the right products to achieve this flawless complexion. While some individuals have their favorite drugstore products, others are loyal users of pharmaceutical-grade skincare products. At the Dermlounge, we offer the highly regarded SkinMedica®, Obagi® and SkinCeuticals® Medical skincare lines and treatments. To learn why our medical-grade skincare products have better potential than over-the-counter cosmetic products, read about each type of beauty product below.

Over-the-Counter Beauty Products

The most commonly purchased beauty products are those sold at drugstores and other retailers without the need for a prescription. The active ingredients in these products are designed to treat the average person and are legally not allowed to surpass a certain level. As a result, many people don’t achieve the dramatic results they expect.

Due to the marketing of these products promising beautiful outcomes, people continue to buy the different products hoping to find one that can provide the improvement they desire. While many of these products can help the skin, people often need to use more of these to get near the same level of effects achieved by medical-grade products.

Medical-Grade Skincare Products

Although over-the-county beauty products and medical-grade skincare are often intended for treating the same concerns, medical-grade products are prescribed by doctors or licensed aestheticians. The formulas in medical-grade skincare are designed to reach deeper into the skin for a more dramatic improvement. This is possible due to the higher concentration and number of active ingredients involved.

A major difference between products offered by licensed professionals versus drugstores is that medical-grade skincare is under FDA regulation to contain 99.9% pure ingredients and to ensure safety and effectiveness. They are supported by scientific research and are specifically formulated for best results. Because of this fact, those interested in transforming their complexion should seek medical-grade skincare products to achieve optimal results.

Finding the Best Products for Your Needs

While many people find that over-the-counter beauty products can provide sufficient results, medical-grade skincare is more reliable and clinically proven to achieve faster, more effective improvement. By combining pharmaceutical-grade skincare with the expertise of our licensed professionals, you can achieve the beautiful, younger-looking skin you desire.

To discuss your skin concerns with one of the knowledgeable professionals at our medical spa, and find the best SkinMedica®,Obagi®, or SkinCeuticals® products for your needs, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

How Long Is Recovery After Laser Skin Resurfacing?

woman-smooth-skinLaser skin resurfacing is a non-surgical method of facial rejuvenation that can address a wide range of common skin concerns. Our fractional CO2 laser treatments can effectively treat larger areas such as the abdomen and hips, but is also delicate enough to treat areas such as the areas around the eyes and mouth. The benefits of laser skin resurfacing can include:

  •      Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  •      Lightening dark spots and age spots
  •      Reversing the visible effects of sun damage
  •      Achieving a more even skin tone
  •      Smoothing and softening scars and stretch marks

By simultaneously shedding dead or damaged skin cells and stimulating new collagen production, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatments can reveal a smoother, more youthful complexion. As an added benefit, unlike older methods of CO2 treatments, our fractional CO2 laser can minimize downtime and reduce the risks of scarring or pigmentation.

Mild redness and irritation are the most common side effects of fractional CO2 laser treatments, and these inconveniences typically resolve within one to two weeks. Antibiotic and antiviral medications are prescribed for all patients a few days before treatment to prevent infection. To maximize the results of your laser skin resurfacing treatment, we recommend you wear sunscreen daily for at least six months after the procedure. In addition, some of our patients at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery’s med spa choose to undergo multiple treatment sessions for a more complete skin rejuvenation.

Dr. Neil Zemmel

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If you would like to learn more about laser skin resurfacing, or to schedule a consultation, please contact Richmond Aesthetic Surgery today.

Richmond Medical Spa Offers Non-Surgical Treatments to Address Signs of Aging

Dermlounge at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery offers a wide variety of non-surgical treatments to help patients achieve a younger-looking appearance through less invasive means.

Richmond, VA – Dermlounge, a medical spa in Richmond, provides customized treatment plans to address patients’ unique concerns and help them achieve their desired outcome. From injectables to skin care treatments, the team at Dermlounge is proud to help patients rejuvenate their appearance through a variety of non-surgical options. In the medical spa’s recent blog series, their services are highlighted for the different ways they can reduce signs of facial aging.

In “The 2 Major Types of Injectables to Treat Wrinkles,” patients can learn the difference between botulinum toxin type A injectables, like BOTOX® Cosmetic, and dermal fillers, like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®. Patients interested in the anti-aging effects of injectables are educated on the different types during their consultation with Dr. Neil Zemmel, who performs the injections at Dermlounge. Depending on the area of concern and the extent of their needs, your doctor may recommend a specific injectable or combination of different injectables to help them achieve their aesthetic goals.

For the medical spa’s second blog post, “Skin Care Treatments for a Youthful Complexion,” the topic of improving the skin’s appearance and health is discussed. Treatments like the photofacial and microdermabrasion are both presented as effective solutions to various signs of aging, like age spots or wrinkles. Additionally, Dermlounge’s licensed esthetician can help patients find a medical grade skin care line, should they be interested in adopting an advanced skin care regimen to improve their complexion.

The team at Dermlounge recommends anyone interested in anti-aging procedures to do their research and find a qualified professional with which to consult. By doing so, they can learn what options are most appropriate for their individual needs.

Dermlounge at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery

Dermlounge is the medical spa of Richmond Aesthetic Surgery, founded by Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS. Everything from injections to laser treatments to spa services are offered at the medspa to help patients look and feel their best. With a board-certified plastic surgeon available and a licensed esthetician, patients can be confident they are receiving the highest standards of safety and care. The professionals at Dermlounge are available for interview upon request.

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