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By Trident Dermatology
July 21, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermal Fillers  

When your goal is to refresh and rejuvenate the look of your skin, particularly your face, there are a few different treatment options dermal fillersavailable from your dermatologists at Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC. One treatment a dermatologist may suggest is dermal fillers. Dermal fillers, often better known by their brand names, are a very common and minimally invasive solution for patients who want to look younger.

Dermal Fillers
Over time the skin can sag and start to look worn down due to daily exposure to the sun. Dermal fillers, also called soft tissue fillers, can help reverse those symptoms, and it only takes one or two visits to the dermatologist’s office. There are a number of different filler products on the market. Juvaderm and Juvaderm VOLUMA XC (for the cheeks) are two fillers available at Trident Dermatology in Charleston.

What Fillers Can Fix
An injectable cosmetic is a viable alternative to plastic surgery. Fillers are used to successfully treat these common skin concerns:

- Fill in wrinkles in the forehead.
- Rejuvenate “sunken in” bags under the eyes.
- Reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and laugh lines around the mouth.
- Plump up the lips and cheeks.

Benefits of Fillers
Dermal fillers are consistently at the top of the list of cosmetic minimally invasive procedures according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you’re wondering if dermal fillers are right for you, explore these benefits of choosing this dermatological treatment:

- You don’t have to go under deep anesthesia.
- Not cutting necessary—just a few injections in key areas of concern.
- It’s an in-office procedure that takes about 15 minutes.
- You can usually return to your day right after an appointment for dermal fillers.
- The results (smoother, firmer skin) can last for over six months.

Schedule a Dermal Filler Consultation
Your dermatologist will consult you first to tell you more about dermal fillers and examine your skin to determine if this cosmetic treatment is right for you. Call 843-797-3960 today to set a date and time to visit Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC.

By Trident Dermatology
June 09, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne  

While you may have heard that acne is chronic and incurable, it's important to remember that treatment and maintenance are the keys to acnekeeping your skin clear. At Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC, our dermatology professionals work with many acne-prone patients to achieve healthy and beautiful skin. Below, they discuss some of the treatments we employ to treat acne.

Topical treatments

Your dermatologist offers a wide array of topical solutions that are applied directly to the surface of the acne-affected skin. Topical antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide both kill the bacteria that causes acne, while retinoids provide the healing properties of vitamin A. Your specific type of acne, its severity, and your medical history will help your doctor at Trident Dermatology decide which topical treatment will work best for you.

Oral medications

Severe acne often requires a more aggressive regimen of oral medications. Oral antibiotics offer the same anti-bacterial benefits of topical antibiotics but are stronger and work to heal the acne from the inside out. Oral retinoids, which cannot be taken by women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, attach themselves to the acne-causing cells and reduce their numbers. Your Charleston dermatologist pay prescribe oral retinoids and antibiotics together or separately, but these treatments will need to be closely monitored by your doctor to make sure they're working properly for you.

Consistency and patience are very important while working through acne treatments. If you have stubborn acne, our dermatologists at Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC, want to help you! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our skin specialists.

By Trident Dermatology
March 24, 2017
Category: Dermatology

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., reports the American Academy of Dermatology. Luckily, skin cancer is one of the skin protectioneasiest types of cancer to prevent. The Charleston, SC, dermatologists at Trident Dermatology share a few tips that will help you protect your skin from the sun and lower your skin cancer risk.

Make sunscreen use a daily habit

Contrary to popular belief, your skin can be damaged by the sun even if you don't develop a sunburn. Using sunscreen every day will help reduce your skin cancer risk.

When you buy sunscreen, make sure the product you buy provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Be sure to reapply the sunscreen periodically throughout the day, especially after sweating or swimming. Experts recommend that you use enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass. Using less may mean that some parts of your body will be unprotected.

It's just as important to use sunscreen during the winter months. Although the sun's rays may be a little weaker, you can still develop skin damage and sunburn when you're outdoors, particularly if you participate in winter sports.

Stay out of the sun

Staying out of the sun as much as possible will help you avoid skin damage. Find shady spots when you're outdoors or bring a canopy or umbrella to the Charleston beach with you. Even if you faithfully stick to the shade, you'll still need to wear sunscreen, as the sand and other surfaces tend to reflect the sun.

Buy some shades

Skin cancer can also affect your eyes, plus sun exposure can increase your cataract risk. Wear sunglasses that offer protection against UVA and UVB rays to decrease the risk.

Wear protective clothing

Choose lightweight, breathable clothing that covers your skin as much as possible when outdoors. Wearing rash guards, hats, pants and long-sleeve shirts offer a simple way to prevent the sun's rays from reaching your skin.

Protecting your skin from the sun and visiting the dermatologist when you notice any unusual spots or changes in moles is the best way to safeguard your health. If you're concerned about skin issues, call the Charleston, SC, dermatologists at Trident Dermatology at (843) 797-3960 to schedule an appointment.

By Trident Dermatology
January 30, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Scars  

Scars can occur no matter your age or gender. We may get them from an injury, because of acne or another health condition. Your scarsCharleston, SC dermatologists at Trident Dermatology are well versed at treating scar removal. After all, a scar doesn’t have to be permanent!

Scar Removal Treatment Options in Charleston

If you are unhappy with a scar that doesn’t want to fade, there are many options available to you. The professionals at Trident Dermatology offer a variety of dermatology options that can help you achieve this goal of reducing the appearance of your scars.

Some of their treatment options include:

  • Chemical Peel: This uses a chemical solution that removes damaged top layers of the skin and regenerate skin underneath the scar.
  • Dermabrasion: This treatment polishes the top layer of the skin to improve contour. It also helps to replace the older skin with a smoother and more refreshed layer of skin, which hides the scar. This is recommended for minor scars.
  • Microdermabrasion: This sprays tiny crystals into the skin to improve the appearance of mild scars. This is achieved by stimulating cells and requires several small sessions to be successful
  • Laser skin resurfacing: This is done with a laser that sends short, pulsating beams of light at a scar. It removes damaged skin one layer at a time.
  • Topical Retinoids: This medication is applied to the skin to help smooth out acne scars. This isn’t recommended for deep scars.

What a Dermatologist Can Do For Your Skin

Our dermatologists offer a scar analysis and consultations to patients of all ages. They will evaluate your scar and offer treatment options for you and your particular skin. To schedule an appointment today at Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC, call (843) 797-3960.

By Trident Dermatology
December 02, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: fillers  

Find out why more and more people are turning to dermal fillers to get smoother, more youthful skin.

It pretty much goes without saying that many people really want to hold on to their youth as long as possible, particularly when it comes fillersto their appearance. Unfortunately, wrinkles and fine lines tend to be a part of growing older; however, that doesn’t just mean that you have to put up with them. Our Charleston, SC dermatologists make it easy to get younger-looking skin without always needing time-consuming or invasive cosmetic dermatology to achieve it. Find out how dermal fillers might help you!

What are dermal fillers?

Cosmetic fillers are used to fix issues associated with aging, particularly in the face. Here are some issues that dermal fillers can address:

  • Volumizing areas of the face that have begun to sag or lose volume
  • Smoothing out lines, wrinkles and creases in the skin (e.g. laugh lines)
  • Volumizing thin lips and smoothing away the lines around the lips
  • Filling out superficial scars caused by acne or chicken pox to reduce their appearance
  • Increasing volume and plumpness in hollowed-out areas of the cheeks or temples

Depending on the type of dermal filler you choose to get, they can be made from either synthetic or natural materials. These materials are then injected into the surface of the skin to improve fine lines, wrinkles and other skin problems related to signs of aging. Many people think that dermal fillers are like Botox but this is not correct. Botox prevents certain facial muscles from contracting to smooth away wrinkles while dermal fillers are designed to smooth and plump the skin.

How long will it take to get dermal fillers in Charleston, SC?

This is a very quick and easy process and can be administered in only a few minutes. Of course, some patients do choose to have the area numbed with a topical anesthesia prior to injections, so this can lengthen the procedure. Dermal filler injections aren’t painful but you may notice a slight burning or pinching sensation when the small needles are inserted into the skin.

When will I notice my results?

Sometimes results show up right away while others may take a couple days to achieve the full effect. Dermal filler results don’t last forever but they can last a few months and even up to a couple years. Plus, you can continue to come in for continued treatments to maintain your results for longer.

Have questions about dermal fillers? Ready to find out if you are the ideal candidate? Then it’s time you called Trident Dermatology in Charleston, SC to learn more about how dermal fillers could help you!

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