Monthly Archives - September 2010

What To Do About Adult Acne

Dear Dr. Brooks,

I had acne as a teen, and always assumed it would go away once I was in my 20’s. Unfortunately, that has not been the case for me. I just hate it. I’ve tried a lot of different oral and topical medicine, and am dying to find a solution. What do you suggest  for adult acne?

Won’t This Ever Go Away

Dear Won’t This Ever Go Away,

There are two broad categories of acne:  inflammatory and non-inflammatory.  There are several different treatment options available, depending on what type of lesions are present.  Treatments range from topical antibiotics and retinoids, to oral medications.  There are also cosmetic procedures such as lasers and chemical peels that may help. Please schedule an appointment for a consultation so I can give you a recommendation personalized for your skin.

– Dr. Brooks

The Difference Between Botox and Juvederm

Dear Dr. Brooks,

I’m interested in a “Liquid Lift”. I’m confused. Can you please explain the difference between Botox and Juvederm? I know they are both injected.

Thanks,

Looking for a Liquid Lift

Dear Looking for a Liquid Lift,

Thanks for writing me. I am happy to explain the difference, as a lot of people ask me this question. Botox immobilizes the muscles of the face, and is effective for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and between eyebrows.  Patients typically see results in 4-5 days and results usually last 3-4 months. Juvederm doesn’t effect the muscles. It is a cosmetic filler, which adds volume that the face loses as we age. I use this product to fill in deep lines (laugh lines), build up cheeks, refine the nose, and plump lips.

Please schedule a time to come in for a consultation and I can take a look and advise you as to what would be best for you.

– Dr. Brooks

Laser Hair Removal For African Americans

Dear Dr. Brooks,

I’m an African American. I was told that I couldn’t get laser hair removal because of my darker skin tone. I wanted to ask you if this was true, and what you would recommend for women of color.

Thanks,

Trying to Get Smooth

Dear Trying to Get Smooth,

This is not true. Laser hair removal can be done safely in people of color. There are certainly more risks, such as pigment changes, scarring and keloid formation. But if the correct laser is used and the right setting are applied, laser hair removal is safe and effective for any skin type. I have a laser at SKIN Cosmetic Dermatology of Georgetown that works very well on darker skin tones. Please schedule an appointment to come in for a consultation.

– Dr. Brooks

Laser Skin Tightening vs. Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Dear Dr. Brooks,
Can you explain the difference between laser skin tightening and laser skin rejuvenation? I’m trying to figure out what I want.

Thanks,
Confused

Dear Confused,
Thank you so much for your question. Laser skin tightening helps improve skin sagging. As we age, the collagen in our skin starts to weaken, resulting in sagging skin: jowl formation, upper eyelid sagging and laugh lines. I use the Titan laser, which heats the collagen, resulting in its contraction and thickening; thereby, decreasing the sagging appearance.

With laser rejuvenation, there is some overlap with the tightening. Both will help stimulate collagen by heating up the skin; the Titan produces a greater amount of energy and can correct sagging. Where the rejuvenation helps with pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, redness and ruddy appearance. I often use a combination of both the Titan laser, IPL and laser genesis to obtain optimal cosmetic results.

Please schedule an appointment to come in to see me, and I can take a look at your skin and give you my recommendation on which would be best for you.

– Dr. Brooks

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