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Category: Cosmetic Dermatology

Ultherapy Plus Halo Combo

June 4th, 2020 As we began to reopen our clinic to a new normal, I wanted to rejuvenate myself and my skin. I asked Rebecca, my laser technician who had recently attended an advanced Ultherapy training class pre-COVID if she would please give me my annual Ultherapy face and neck treatment. Of course she was happy to do it, but she was feeling a little rusty on her laser skills since she had been mandated out of commission for 7 weeks by the governor of Texas, and she asked if she could do a combination of both Ultherapy face and neck in conjunction with Halo to my face and neck. I said, “Sure, why not?” I was already going to be blocked with local anesthesia, as well as topical numbing applied prior to the treatment. Plus, I was going to take some oral pain medication and a Xanax—don’t worry! I was not going to drive myself home. My daughter came up to the clinic that day and drove my car home and my husband drove me home after the procedure. It was a great decision. I turn 50 on June 15th. I am always doing things here and there to […]

A Non-Surgical Solution to Pandemic Weight Gain

May 19, 2020 After being on lock-down for so many weeks, it has been really easy to wander back into the kitchen and snack more times than normal. Many people are working from home, and it is unusual circumstances so they may find themselves more sedentary than usual. One good thing is that perhaps you are cooking more than you usually do, and so you may be controlling your ingredients better and eating healthier. However, the more you consume, the more calories go in, so it does not matter how “good” those calories are, the pounds may have come on, and you may find those pants or jeans are fitting more snugly these days than you remember prior to Covid-19. If bells are starting to ring, or this is starting to sound like I may be barking up the right tree, then I may have a helpful solution to your problem. Well, yes—I definitely will be telling you to get out there and get active for at least 20 minutes per day and get heart rate and breathing rate up. Also drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day and consume at least 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables […]

Dallas Dermatologist Dr. Ellen Turner’s Interview with Practical Dermatology

In each issue, magazine asks leading physicians about new products that they are recommending to their patients. This month, Ellen Turner, MD, a dermatologist in Dallas, TX, discusses Colorescience Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50, which she wears every day. How long have you been recommending Colorescience Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50? Do you use it on yourself? Dr. Turner: I have been recommend­ing Colorescience Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50 since it first launched. I practice what I preach and therefore skin protection is an integral part of my daily routine. It is hard to remember my skincare regimen without Face Shield. How and how often do you suggest that your patients use this product? Dr. Turner: Just as we brush our teeth every single day, I want my patients to apply this product daily. Often times patients will tell me they only wear sun protection when they are going outside, but I am quick to remind them we are on our phones, and sit in front of our computers all day long and the Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50 will protect them not only from harmful UVA damage but also environ­ mental damage caused from their device screens […]

Sculptra for Non-Surgical Butt Augmentation

Approximately two years ago, my cosmetic consultant asked me to attend a training conference to learn how to perform Sculptra buttock injections. Coming from a generation where a smaller backside is more desirable than a larger one, I asked “Why would someone want a larger butt?” She quickly laughed and said, “You will see. There are lots and lots of people, women especially, who would like to have a larger butt because they never had the fortune of being blessed with this naturally, or they would like to see the shape of their butt altered to what it was in their adolescent years or in their twenties.” I was skeptical initially, but after attending the training, I was excited and ready to start injecting using my Sculptra and my blunt tipped cannulas for minimal pain and discomfort and maximum results! Unfortunately, the gates were not opened and patients were not flooding in two years ago, but over the past 18 months, what began as a patient or two every month, has  now blossomed into a routine outpatient procedure taking approximately 20-30 minutes to perform.  Patients are consulted initially to determine exactly what their desire buttock will look like. Once scheduled, […]

Volbella for a Natural Looking Lip Augmentation

Volbella launched in the last quarter of 2016, but it is still not as well-known as its predecessors, Juvederm and Voluma. Volbella is a hyaluronic acid product, similar to its family members of Juvederm and Voluma, but it has a completely different cross-linkage that allows for decreased viscosity but excellent longevity—around 18 months. Volbella was created as an option for filling very superficial fine lines as opposed to deeper or more coarse wrinkles or folds. I like Volbella best for the patient who is starting to see a decline in their lip volume, which is a normal part of the aging face, but which makes the patient start to have thin lip as opposed to a normal one. Patients who have never used lip filler before are quite hesitant to move forward for the primary reason they do not wish to look artificial or fake. They like their lips in their natural state, but unfortunately time marches on. I like to explain that by selecting the proper filler and using the proper filling technique, Volbella is the best option for a patient who desires their own natural and subtle lip, and without the unwanted “plump” lip appearance. I also really […]

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