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Tired of wrinkles but wary of invasive cosmetic procedures? For optimal skin-smoothing results with no fuss or discomfort, see one of our five dermatologists at Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC. Dermal fillers are one of our most sought-after treatments. Juvederm may be right for you.
Why does skin wrinkle and sag?
The sun's ultra-violet radiation accelerates wrinkling, but age is the main factor. Over time, your skin's natural plumpness diminishes, and it shows in your face as you lose definition and volume. Additionally, the epidermis, or the outer layer of the skin, is drier and has fewer blood vessels.
What you can do:
It's important to protect your exposed skin with sunscreen lotion--SPF 15 or higher, says the American Academy of Dermatology. The AAD also warns to stay out of the sun during peak times exposure. Staying hydrated and avoiding smoking will also help.
To further counter wrinkles and other signs of aging, your Charleston dermatologists offer dermal fillers, such as FDA-approved Juvederm. Its main ingredient is hyaluronic acid, a natural chemical that stimulates collagen, the protein which plumps and smooths the skin, giving it its youthful appearance.
How Juvederm treatments work:
After a skin exam and review of your medical history at Trident Dermatology, your dermatologist may recommend treatment with Juvederm or Juvederm XC. Both gels directly act on the visible signs of aging on the face, including:
- Lost volume in the cheeks and around the mouth
- Fine lines and wrinkles around the lips
- Skin dullness
Each Juvederm treatment happens in the office as you relax in a comfortable treatment chair. The doctor injects Juvederm gels into targeted facial areas with a fine needle. The gel contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic.
Your session will take about 15 to 60 minutes, depending on your treatment needs. Smoothing results are immediate and last indefinitely. Some patients see side effects such as site tenderness, swelling, redness and bruising. These resolve over the ensuing few weeks.
After your Juvederm treatment, simply return to your normal activities at home or work. Stay out of the direct sun, avoid strenuous activity, and wear no make-up for 24 hours.
Feel like yourself again.
Dermal fillers can help. In Charleston, SC, the professional team at Trident Dermatology offers many innovative solutions to aging skin, and of course, we deliver the finest in medical dermatology care. Phone us to learn more: (843) 797-3960.
*Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Trident Dermatology is taking precautions during this time such as asking that only patients being seen entering the building, sanitizing all surface areas and doorknobs in the waiting room hourly, and screening patients for coronavirus symptoms - however they cannot offer testing for Covid-19*
Are you losing the battle against acne? It might be time to turn to a dermatologist.
It isn’t always easy to know when to turn to a skincare professional to treat your acne symptoms. After all, given that acne occurs to most people at some point during their lifetimes, many patients don't even realize that they could actually benefit from turning to our Charleston, SC, dermatologists for care. Read on to learn the difference between minor acne and acne that could get worse if left untreated by the skincare professionals here at Trident Dermatology.
When should I turn to a dermatologist?
It might be time to talk to one of our Charleston, SC, skincare professionals if:
- You’ve tried to treat acne on your own but it isn’t responding to home care and treatment
- Your acne does go away but you continue to get new breakouts
- You notice pimples on rather unexpected areas of the body such as the armpits or groin
- You've started noticing acne as early as 8 to 11 years old (or earlier)
- You have deep cysts and painful nodules under the skin
- You’ve been dealing with acne for years and don’t know why
- You've noticed breakouts when you starting a new medication
- You feel embarrassed or anxious about your acne and avoid social situations as a result
- You notice discolorations and dark spots once your acne goes away
If you’ve said yes to several of these statements, then it’s time to see a dermatologist. At Trident Dermatology, our specialists have tools that can determine the root cause of your acne and from there decide the best method for treating your skin. If you’ve never been diagnosed with acne it’s easy to assume that every bump is a pimple; however, it’s important that you see your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis.
From prescription medications and topical treatments to hormonal contraception and laser therapy, your dermatologist can provide you with the comprehensive treatment plan you need to start seeing results and to finally help get acne under control.
Interested? Give us a call
If you are having trouble getting your acne under control, then it’s important that you have a dermatologist that you trust to listen to your needs and provide you with the care you deserve. Call Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC, today at (843) 797-3960 to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.
Aging eventually takes a toll on your face no matter how well you care for your skin. Fortunately, fillers offered by the Charleston, SC, dermatologists at Trident Dermatology can help you look more youthful.
What do fillers do?
Injectable fillers restore volume to your face, improving the appearance of lines, folds, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Depending on the condition of your skin and your treatment goals, fillers can be used to enhance the way you look for just a few months or several years.
Are fillers right for me?
Fillers are a good choice for both men and women. As long as you're healthy, have realistic expectations and are committed to taking care of your skin, they may be an excellent option for you. If you want to look younger without plastic surgery, you'll want to consider fillers.
Fillers aren't quite as effective for smokers. The facial movements you make when you smoke will make lines and wrinkles appear again and will decrease the effectiveness of the treatment.
What issues do fillers treat?
- Improve facial contours
- Soften the nasolabial fold lines that extend from your nose to your mouth on either side of your face
- Make lines, wrinkles, and folds less noticeable
- Reduce crow's feet around the eyes
- Improve volume under your eyes and in your cheeks and lips
- Plump shallow scars, including acne scars
- Decrease puffiness under the eyes
How long do fillers last?
Your results will vary depending on the type of filler used. Some fillers improve your appearance for six months, while others last as long as two years.
What happens when I receive fillers?
Your Charleston dermatologist may use local or topical anesthetic to reduce injection pain before the process begins. After your skin doctor injects a small amount of filler into your face, he or she will evaluate the results before continuing. Injecting a small amount at a time ensures that your results look completely natural. You can return to your normal activities immediately after receiving fillers. Side effects can include mild pain, bruising, or redness, although these effects don't last very long.
Are you ready to try fillers? Call the Charleston, SC, dermatologists at Trident Dermatology at (843) 797-3960 to schedule an appointment.
Find out just how Botox is able to smooth away lines and wrinkles from the face.
Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean your face has to give away your age. Every day, more and more men and women are turning to our Charleston, SC, dermatologists to get Botox, a simple non-surgical treatment option that can smooth away certain lines and wrinkles in the face. Could Botox be the solution that you’ve been looking for?
What is Botox?
First and foremost, you’ll need to understand what Botox is in order to understand what it can do for you. Botox is a cosmetic injectable treatment that contains a medical-grade, purified form of a neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin. When administered in very small amounts, botulinum toxin has the ability to temporarily relax certain muscles of the face in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What can Botox treat?
There are different types of wrinkles and Botox will only be able to treat wrinkles that are caused by muscle contractions. These wrinkles are referred to as dynamic wrinkles, and they include the lines that appear whenever you smile or frown.
Accordingly, Botox is able to reduce the appearance of,
- Forehead lines and wrinkles
- Crow’s feet (lines around the eyes)
- Laugh lines (lines around the nose and mouth)
- Wrinkles around the brows
What is it like to get Botox?
It only takes a couple of minutes for a dermatologist at our Charleston office to safely administer these very thin injections. Since this treatment is noninvasive, you can go back to your daily activities immediately after (there is no downtime). While you may feel a slight stinging when the needles are administered, this discomfort is very mild and will go away as soon as the injections are removed.
How quickly will I see results?
You won’t see results right away, as it does take 3-4 days for Botox to work its magic. However, you should see full results within 5-7 days after treatment. The effects will then last up to six months, but if you want to continue the look, then you can keep them longer by coming back in for maintenance treatments.
Interested? Give us a call!
Do you want to refresh your appearance and get rid of those pesky crow’s feet and laugh lines? If you said “yes,” then the cosmetic team here at our Charleston office is ready to help! Call us today at (843) 797-3960 to schedule an appointment.
You don’t come to our office just seeking to remedy an imperfection in your skin. You arrive with the expectation of being transformed.
The goal of cosmetic dermatology is simple: to help you improve the quality of your life. Whether it’s aging skin, rashes, scars, veins, moles, or any other common or uncommon skin complaint, your cosmetic dermatologist will be able to recommend a treatment plan! Despite their comprehensive knowledge on these topics, many people don’t know anything about the services provided by a cosmetic dermatologist. In fact, most people immediately think of a surgical facelift when talking about cosmetic dermatology. In reality, cosmetic dermatologists involve many nonsurgical options for improving your skin.
These services include:
- Botox Injections: Reduce facial lines and wrinkles without surgery (very small time commitment)
- Microdermabrasion: For painless removal of dead skin cells smooths wrinkles, acne scars, fine lines etc.
- Laser Treatment: For hair removal, spider vein treatment, mole and skin tag removal
- Chemical Peels: For complete resurfacing of the skin, for a fresher, cleaner complexion. May require up to a week to ten days for recovery
- Facials: To tighten those pores and make your skin dewy and smooth
As you can see, the services in cosmetic dermatology can deal with many skin problems without surgery. The best way to determine if you are a good fit for these services it to set up an appointment for a consultation. The doctor can evaluate your skin, and using their experience, tell you what the best options are for your unique skin type. You may even be able to treat your pet peeve with an over the counter solution recommended by your dermatologist! You’ll only find out by contacting our office today, and by scheduling the consultation that could change your life.