27 Sep

DOT Therapy is Your Key to Smooth Skin

skinThose deep wrinkles, fine lines, and scars on your face don’t have to stay forever. With DOT Therapy, a cutting edge laser skin treatment, you can reverse skin damage and embrace the revitalized appearance you’ve always wanted.

The Basics of DOT Therapy

DOT stands for Dermal Optical Thermolysis. It’s an innovative process that uses CO2 energy to create columns of energy through the layers of the skin These columns (or dots) kick collagen production into high gear. Collagen is a vital protein in the skin because it provides firmness, elasticity, and helps replace dead skin cells with healthier cells. Collagen production diminishes with age, which is why older skin is more prone to wrinkles, scars, and imperfections than young skin. With DOT Therapy, increased collagen production allows for unbelievable healing. Read More

17 Nov

DOT Laser Skin Therapy: Here’s What You Need to Know

skin careIf age, acne scars, and sun damage are causing you to feel less than confident about the appearance of your skin, the latest innovation in skin rejuvenation, DOT, could be your answer.

DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) Therapy is an advanced technique to eliminate signs of aging using a laser. It’s a quick and painless process that will have you doing a double-take next time you look in the mirror. Here’s what you need to know! Read More

23 Jun

How Do We Preserve Youthful Skin?

aging skinAging can sometimes feel like an overnight phenomenon: one day we have beautiful, glowing skin and the next day it seems like we have been hit with a myriad of wrinkles! A proactive and organized approach to skin care can help you achieve the best results in the attempt to triumph over the aging process.

Skin care falls into several categories. Preventative measures, non-surgical procedures, and surgical operations are all options to help you preserve your youthful looks over the passing of time. But which option is the best for you? Read More

19 May

Comprehensive Skin Care Solutions

skin careHave you reached that point in life when you feel you are throwing away money on drug store creams that do not work? You may have entered the stage in life where you are dealing with more than fine lines and require a skin care overhaul. Fine lines can appear quite early in life due to sun damage, dehydration, and muscle movement on the face, while deep wrinkles develop from chronic sun damage or collagen changes in the skin. Read More

09 Dec

Important Information about Liposuction

liposuctionLiposuction is a type of body contouring or body sculpting that will remove the excessive fat from certain parts of your body. Liposuction is able to be performed virtually anywhere on your entire body, which includes you upper arms, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, back, buttocks, hips and abdomen. You can also have facial liposuction that can help with issues such as excess fat and skin on your neck, cheeks and jowls.

In many cases, localized fat deposits can be inherited and may not respond to exercise or dieting. Liposuction will often be the only way to get rid of this type of fat.

Liposuction is able to be performed on its own, or with other plastic surgeries such as a tummy tuck or breast reduction. Read More

03 Dec

Three Non-Surgical Ways To Reduce Wrinkles

You love the wrinkles on your neighbor’s adorable shar pei puppy, but when you started noticing them on your own face, they did not look so adorable. Most of us know how to take good care of our skin—by not spending too much time in the sun, not smoking or drinking too much, and eating the right foods. But there are other methods that can help you address the natural causes of aging as well as help bolster your skin’s ability to look its radiant best.

Some people refer to microdermabrasion as an instant facelift. Once available only to rich Hollywood types, it is now more commonly available and very affordable. Simply put, microdermabrasion is the application of tiny granules that buff and smooth the surface layer of the skin. This technique can be used on the face, neck, arms and hands. What happens during this procedure is that when the skin is being buffed with these micro-granules, the body is interpreting this as an injury and it rushes to replace the cells that have been buffed away with new cells. This is an excellent way to clean out clogged pores and repeated procedures can positively influence the growth of new layers of skin.

Chemical Peels
A chemical peel is a solution applied to the skin that technically destroys a part of the skin so that new skin will grow in its place. There are many brands of chemical peels but they usually fall under 3 types: superficial, medium, and deep.

Glycolic acids are usually the lightest chemical peel and are safe to use on almost everyone, including those with sensitive skin.

Trichloroacetic acid, which causes second degree burns is used for the medium peels.

Deep peels will penetrate several layers of the skin and also cause second degree burns. These peels cannot be done on darker skin as they can cause hypopigmentation which is a bleaching of the skin. This deep type peel can also only be performed once.

Ultrasonic Skin Therapy
This is a non-surgical treatment for the face that uses ultrasound technology to tighten skin. Although non-invasive, this therapy uses ultrasound imaging that allows your doctor to safely view the layers of skin that are being targeted. It can hone in on the deep areas below the skin without using surgery. This therapy stimulates the body to create new collagen which results in skin that will begin to lift and tone over time. Patients treated with this therapy have shown new collagen growth a year after the procedure.

Discuss with your doctor the right procedure for your skin type. Microdermasion, the light chemical peel and ultrasonic therapy have little to no recovery or downtime. The deeper chemical peels will take some time to recover from as there will be some swelling and redness which may even require corticosteroids to ease these issues.

If you want to avoid invasive surgery and yet want noticeable results, these procedures are recommended.

01 Aug

A Youthful Look for Hands

You notice it when you try on a ring or you want to warmly shake someone else’s hand. Your hands look years older than they should. The causes behind the aged appearance of hands can defy standard remedies or prevention, but new techniques offer a return to a youthful, smooth, fuller look for your hands.

Changes in the Structure of Hands

While you might have a daily regime of moisturizing the hands this will help in keeping the skin soft, but it can’t repair the changes in structure which occur as a person matures. After the age of thirty most people will see a loss of volume and fat under the skin. The skin itself begins to lose elasticity. This loss of fat tissue gives the skin of the hands a translucent quality, allowing the veins and bones to appear more prominent. The skin loosens and the hands look shriveled. If you are like many patients who look for a medical solution you might note your hands “look old” despite the fact your face and body still possess a more youthful countenance.

Age Spots

Age spots can appear on the hands and elsewhere on the body. These spots are more likely to develop on the skin if you have a fair complexion. The hands are most often affected by age spots due to exposure to the sun.

Cosmetic Hand-Lifts

During a hand-lift a qualified plastic surgeon can repair several problems in a short amount of time using several methods.

  • Injecting fillers under the first layer of skin to “plump up” thin areas

  • Using pulsed light to smooth the skin surface

  • Laser resurfacing to remove age spots

Fast, Safe, and Effective

Depending on the procedure some hand-lifts take less than thirty minutes. This is a safe procedure, but it’s best to seek out the surgeon with experience in performing this type of surgery.

Dr. William W. Adams MD