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By Trident Dermatology
April 19, 2019
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Botox  

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 botoxturning 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.

By Trident Dermatology
December 19, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Cosmetic  

You don’t come to our office just seeking to remedy an imperfection in your skin. You arrive with the expectation of being transformed.Woman showing signs of cosmetic dermatology

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.

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.

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