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How Does Botox Work?

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You have probably heard about a friend or family member getting Botox. Maybe you’ve seen the results for yourself. But how exactly does it work? At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, we are experts in cosmetic dermatology. Here is a rundown of everything you need to know to make an educated decision on applying the procedure to your skin.

Botox is actually a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Scientists were able to harness the side effect of paralysis of this toxin. By using small, diluted amounts, it proved to be very beneficial for cosmetic and medical purposes. In the 1980s, the drug was used for eye complications like crossed eyes, uncontrolled blinking, and lazy eye. It was soon found to diminish wrinkles. In 2002, the FDA approved the substance for cosmetic dermatology purposes. As time has progressed, more and more uses have been discovered. It has been effective at soothing migraines, muscle stiffness, excessive sweating and even overactive bladder.

Botox injections block signals between the nerve and the muscle. The injection site muscle can no longer contract and so wrinkles and fine lines relax and soften. The effects last for several months. After the treatment wears off the lines will return. However, repeated treatments will condition the muscles to contract less and soften lines naturally.

This aesthetic procedure is quick and easy. You always want to make sure an expert is administering injections, as the slightest mistakes can cause problems. At our practice, you will not receive treatments by a nurse or other assistant. We only have board certified physicians administering cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology treatments. Botox treatment for cosmetic purposes only takes a few minutes and it doesn’t require anesthesia. The Botox is injected through a fine needle, and it usually takes a few days for the full effect to show. It is best to avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications to avoid bruising up to five days before the procedure.

If you are interested in rejuvenating a youthful look, we have several solutions. Whether you want to try injections or are interested in learning about other treatments, we’d love to help. We will conduct a full consultation to provide you with all the information you need. Give us a call today and be sure to ask about our ‘Dr. Karen days’ so that you can skip the wait and be seen right away.

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Dermatology isn’t Just for Women! Men, It’s For You Too!

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Many men may think that grooming and cosmetic dermatology is just for the ladies. Those same men probably spend anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes getting ready for a night out or a day at work. The truth is, even though skin care has a greater feminine appeal, taking care of that outer layer is vital for men as well.

The skin is a protective layer. It is our barrier against germs entering the body. It is a big part of the immune system and regulates the body’s temperature through sweat glands. It is part of the nervous system alerting your body to sensations, both good and bad. It is indeed considered the body’s largest organ. The epidermis is the thin outer layer. It consists mostly of dead cells that are constantly dying and regenerating. The layers beneath the epidermis are known as the dermis and the subcutaneous fat. Our skin is a beautiful organ and should be taken care of like any other. Unfortunately, if not attended to it mirrors harsh elements of time, UV damage and environmental pollution and it reveals aging. Thin lines, wrinkles, and age spots all appear with time. However, with good skin care, you can slow down the process.

Men simply neglect many important skin care habits that so many women do without thinking. Aesthetic dermatology offers a lot more than meets the eye, with skin products and services for men and women. The most important habit a man can pick up is applying a daily moisturizer with at least an SPF 15, preferably higher. Simply hydrating the skin and protecting against the sun’s rays can make a huge difference. Moisturizers, serums, and emollients hydrate your skin, improving the barrier that defends against toxins and germs.

The sun’s harmful UV rays do a lot of damage to the skin causing age spots and wrinkles. With the proper UV broad spectrum protection, you can slow down that process. Men also tend to wash their face with any soap available. A lot of times, soaps intended for the body can leave a residue and strip the skin of important lipids and ceramides needed, especially on delicate facial and neck skin. In addition, men with sensitive skin may end up with rashes and dry spots that lead to itching and burning.

Shaving is another aspect of men’s health that may be hurting the skin. If you have sensitive skin or shave every day, you may be getting a clean appearance but also irritating your epidermis. Those dollar cans of shaving gel are full of chemicals, fragrances and harsh ingredients that can be replaced with better quality shaving options.

Look for a product that offers shea butter or natural oils as an alternative. Also, consider shaving less often. The five o’clock shadow look is much more attractive when it is touched up. Perhaps you can sport a different look every couple of days to save your skin some irritation and excess exfoliation.

When men hear the word, “cosmetic” they seem to want to run in the opposite direction. Truth be told, there are many procedures that can enhance and improve a man’s youthful appearance. Botox, or as we like to slang-term it, “Bro-tox”, is a great option for getting rid of frown, forehead and eye lines. Hair restoration is another great option for thinning locks or receding hairline. And believe it or not, a large number of men have taken full advantage of the benefits of laser hair removal. Cosmetic dermatology offers several options for men’s skin and hair health. If this is something you are interested in, contact us today for your consultation and treatment plan. Most of our procedures are done within 30 minutes and require no downtime so you can get right back to your routine.

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Answers to your Cosmetic Dermatology Questions

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Are you comfortable in your own skin? We are passionate about helping our patients be more confident through medical and cosmetic dermatology treatments. We have years of experience studying the skin and employing advanced skin treatments, and we love answering questions about everything from hair to nails to skin. Here are a few of the questions we get the most often!

We get this question all the time, and we always reassure our patients that it is completely normal to lose anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs a day. Brushing and dying our hair contributes to hair loss, and inexpensive hair products can also dry out our hair follicles and cause the hairs to fall out. Even general hairstyling (think ponytails, braids, and ballet buns) can lead to a few hair casualties. So what can be done? If you are only losing 50 hairs a day, you needn’t worry. Hair is regenerative, and it will grow back! However, if you notice that you are losing an excessive amount of hair or that your hair is thinning, you should consult with a dermatologist.

Beyond over the counter skin care products and traditional beauty methods, dermatologists offer a wide range of cosmetic dermatology treatments that are designed specifically to treat problem skin. For acne, we offer laser treatment via our ELOS system. This gentle and innovative treatment uses blue light, intense pulsed light energy and bipolar radiofrequency to target bacteria, slow oil gland production, and zap away existing blemishes. It also helps with acne scars. We also use a light system known as Skin Rejuvenation or Photofacial RF (consisting of IPL and bi-polar radiofrequency) to treat rosacea, pigment spots, and other skin imperfections. This treatment lessens the redness from the vascular inflammation and brown or grayish pigmentation.

When it comes to achieving a youthful glow, the treatment options are as diverse as the people who use them. Botox and dermal fillers are two popular, minimally invasive options. Talk with Dr. Karen, who is passionate about cosmetic dermatology and has achieved expert advanced training, to learn the difference between injectables. If you prefer a process that requires no recovery time, you may want to consider microdermabrasions or chemical peels. These rejuvenating treatments remove dead skin cells and can reduce the appearance of fine lines. As the process is repeated (patients usually get treatment a few times over the course of several weeks) new and healthy skin cells begin to move to the surface. The result is fresh, vibrant skin.

We’re glad you asked! At Dermatology and Aesthetic Center of El Paso and Rejuvené MD, we offer a wide range of medical and cosmetic dermatology treatments to help you be the healthiest and most vibrant version of yourself. Contact us today for more details!

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Are Laser Treatments Right For Me?

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Looking for some powerful anti-aging treatment results? People are missing out on safe and very effective results if they do not consider some specific laser treatments. Those that are skeptical may not even know the technology and benefits that laser dermatology treatments can offer. If you are among the weary, but you’re interested, Trinti Plus treatments are a great place to start. At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, we offer quick and easy skin rejuvenation, skin tightening and skin resurfacing.

First of all, laser treattments offer a beneficial and advantageous alternative to invasive plastic surgery. Many patients return to full activity the day after treatment, with little recovery time. Trinti Plus is a wonderful laser treatment for anyone who wants to get the most valuable laser options, because it offers three facial treatments in one session. You can experience a more comprehensive laser treatment approach and obtain enhanced results and a youthful glow in a single session!

The technology used in each Trinti Plus treatment is extremely impressive. It allows people to experience color correction, contouring, and wrinkle and texture improvement. The treatment applies bi-polar radiofrequency and light energies to the skin to correct discoloration. The energy also contours the skin in areas like the cheeks, neck and jawline. Not only that, the energy is also applied to the skin in a matrix that treats lines and uneven texture. The healthy skin around the spots, created by the matrix, will accelerate the healing and growth of smooth youthful skin. When you receive the three treatments in one session, you can see visible results in as early as a week. At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, we want to provide our patients the convenience of these results all in one appointment, so that you may resume your social schedule as quickly as possible.

Most patients see rapid results, but get continual improvement in the following weeks. The gradual and lasting appearance of results are obvious. Trinti Plus saves time compared to other treatment programs. Depending on the individual, additional sessions may be added. Trinti Plus laser treatments are a great alternative to plastic surgery. If you think skin rejuvenation without an invasive treatment and recovery time is a myth, you are mistaken! Cosmetic and dermatologic laser skin resurfacing improves skin clarity and diminishes imperfections without surgery. The use of this exclusive technology actually helps produce healthier skin and reproduce elasticity lost over time.

If you are looking for that healthy youthful glow you thought you lost, we can help. We even offer special days during the month dedicated to just our cosmetic dermatology patients. You can visit our office and experience little to no wait. A Trinti Plus treatment only takes an hour of your time. Visit or call us today to set up your appointment.

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A Hair Removal Trend we Love

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Spring is upon us, and gorgeous spring clothing is beginning to pop up on fashion week runways and in our favorite boutiques. Peekaboo shoulders, slit sleeves, and bare legs are all the rage this season, and halter bikinis are very much en vogue. But will all the skin-bearing fashion that is making its way onto the scene, many of us our sheepishly grabbing for our razors. Sure, we shaved over the winter, but we weren’t super…thorough. Hair removal is a hassle, and now we will have to shave on the daily. You win some, you lose some, right?

But before you reach for you shaving cream or schedule a wax, you may want to consider jumping on another one of this spring’s trends: laser hair removal.

Did you know that the average woman spends 72 days shaving her legs in a lifetime? Enough said! You have probably heard of this revolutionary aesthetic treatment – and you may have even tried it at one point or another – but advances in technology have made laser hair removal something to be reckoned with. If you dream of ditching shaving and waxing for good, there are several reasons why laser treatment might be the best alternative for you. Here are answers to a few commonly asked questions.

What Does it Do? Laser hair removal is a popular option provided by dermatologists. It works by using a specialized laser that uses the pigment of the hair as a guide to penetrate deep into the underlying layers of the skin and kill hair follicles. This prevents the hair from being able to grow.

Does it Hurt? It hurts a little, but not nearly as bad as waxing. The laser stings slightly, and some patients liken the feeling to a rubber band snapping against the skin. But it only stings for a second as the hair follicle is killed. After you leave the office, you should have little to no pain.

Is it Permanent? Laser hair removal kills current hair follicles, but it is powerless to prevent new follicles from forming. (New follicles can develop because of hormones, shifts in weight, and intense stress.) Accordingly, this procedure is technically a hair reduction technique, and it would be inaccurate to call it 100 percent permanent. Even so, most patients find that maintenance treatments are rarely needed after reaching your target goal- max once a year – and that is about as permanent as hair removal gets!

How Long Does it Take? The procedure time is dependent on the area being treated. A small area, such as the bikini line will take less than ten minutes to complete, while a larger area such as legs or arms might take a half hour. To be completely hair free, dermatologists suggest roughly five to six treatments.

If you are interested in trying out one of the spring’s hottest beauty trends this year, contact the Dermatology and Aesthetic Center of El Paso for a consultation. Ditch the shaving cream and embrace those silky, smooth, hassle free legs you have always dreamed of!

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Stress, Hair Loss, and Hair Restoration

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Did you know that 30 million women and 50 million men in the United States deal with hereditary hair loss? That’s right – 80 million people total. That’s a stressful statistic! Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso is here to help.

Before you begin getting worked up and worried about your own hair loss, here’s another important fact: stress is one of the most common factors in non-hereditary hair loss conditions. Whether your stress is brought on from a new job, a recent breakup, or a lifestyle change, it can cause excessive shedding and thinning of the hair.

Luckily, dermatologists are experts at diagnosing the root cause of hair loss and prescribing appropriate hair restoration techniques. Here are a few of the most common reasons for hair loss – as well as a few of the best supplements and treatments you can use to get gorgeous, healthy hair.


Hair loss, which is also called alopecia, can come about from a myriad of reasons, besides genetics and stress. Gluten sensitivity, medication, and even harsh weather can cause issues! Hormones can also play a huge role. In androgenetic alopecia, high levels of the androsterone hormone cause increased sensitivity to the hair follicles – leading to hair loss for both men and women. Other hormonal causes of hair loss occur with thyroid disorders, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy, or menopausal shifts in hormone levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Vitamin deficiencies can also be a factor in hair loss. Low iron and low niacin levels negatively affect the circulation of oxygen throughout the blood, and low vitamin B7 (biotin) and low L-lysine inhibit the production of proteins and amino acids. We need proteins to stimulate cells that make new hair follicles, and we need good blood flow to support this growth. So, to put it simply, deficiencies get in the way of our hair restoration efforts, and we need specific vitamins and minerals to have a healthy head of hair!

Each hair loss case is unique, of course, and hair restoration techniques should be personally applied to meet the needs of each individual! Dermatologists work with their patients to determine the cause or causes of hair loss, as well as the appropriate treatments. At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, we ask questions about lifestyle factors, medical disorders, recent illnesses, family history of hair loss, and hair care habits in order to evaluate and assess the situation. Dr. Karen and Dr. Peter Herman also perform physical examinations of the scalp and hair for a thorough analysis. Not only is medication customized for you to use at home, healthy hair care practices are counseled. Options of injections are also available in the office, including the protocol Dr. Karen uses for PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) infusion for hair restoration.

If you are stressed about your hair loss, that will likely lead to more hair loss. Instead of stressing about finding a solution, get to the root issue of your hair loss by consulting with the experts at the Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso. We will work with you to find a hair restoration solution that works for you.

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Treat yourself to a youthful glow

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Are you stressed about your skin? Feeling stress can actually have negative effects on your skin. You can find peace knowing that skin rejuvenation is achievable with non-invasive, cosmetic dermatology treatments here in El Paso. Some of these procedures include sublative and laser treatments. At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, Dr. Karen and Dr. Peter Herman have some tips that will get you that healthy youthful glow you are looking for.

Laser treatments are probably the fastest procedure with the least amount of discomfort and recovery time for skin resurfacing and other issues. Lasers remove unwanted hair, smooth and tighten skin, improve texture and pigmentation problems. These sources address medical issues like acne, rosacea, wrinkles, scars, and vascular irregularities. The lasers that Dr. Karen and Dr. Herman utilize have specialized ELOS technology, a dermatological system based on the combination of three different types of energy in three separate modalities: laser and radiofrequency (RF), light (infrared or intense pulsed light, IPL) plus RF, or RF alone. These technologies provide superior solutions for skin tightening, texture toning, body contouring, and cellulite reduction for all over body skin rejuvenation.

Sublative treatment is intended for acne scarring, wrinkle reduction, and use in dermatological procedures requiring ablation and resurfacing. It is designed to deliver radiofrequency energy to the skin in a fractional manner. Sublative works by targeting the formation of new collagen beneath the top layer of skin, in the dermis. This is a resurfacing and remodeling procedure from the inside out. This means that the results will continue to improve as time passes. A lack of collagen is what causes problems like wrinkles, fine lines, laxity, and sagging in the first place. You will experience toning and tightening that includes the area under the eye and around the mouth, that can be extra sensitive.

Microneedling is a new and revolutionary cosmetic dermatology procedure. It is minimally invasive and offers amazing results for patients with acne scars or those looking for youthful, smooth skin. A device containing very fine needles is rolled across the skin to form tiny perforations. The controlled micro-injuries stimulate new collagen and elastin during the healing process. Our physicians take this procedure a step further with Platelet Rich Plasma, known as PRP.

The physician will draw your blood in the office, it will be spun in a centrifuge so that the PRP separates and is removed. Your blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and other elements that are great for regrowth and tissue regeneration in wounds. It has proven successful in the past for other medical procedures, such as orthopedic injuries, hair restoration and genito-urinary disorders.

Chemical peels are a great way to treat acne, rosacea, irregular pigmentation, sun damaged, and mature skin. We know that aging, the environment, and adverse health issues can all affect the skin. Depending on what you need, a specific chemical solution will be applied onto your skin that causes exfoliation of dead skin cells. The first thing your dermatologist will do is evaluate your skin. There are different levels of chemical peels that all produce excellent skin resurfacing results. Chemical peels are ideal for the hands, face, or neck areas.

Superficial Peel: A chemical solution, like glycolic acid, salicylic acid or lactic acid, will be used to treat the outer layer of skin. The rough texture and fine wrinkles will be diminished. You will see mild skin discoloration improve as well.

Medium Peel: This peel will penetrate the outer and middle layer of skin. A medium peel will remove dead skin and improve age spots, wrinkles, freckles, and discoloration. This type of treatment depth is also good for anyone suffering from actinic keratosis.

Deep Peel: A deep peel will also penetrate to the middle layers, but uses stronger solutions. A deep peel will improve age spots, moderate lines, and even shallow scars. This particular peel will produce a dramatic difference and noticeable improvement, however requires longer healing time.

All chemical peels require at-home care to ensure a full and proper recovery. Our doctors recommend a customized and comprehensive skincare protocol for your needs. Even if you don’t have an adverse skin condition, you could benefit from the skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing effects of a chemical peel.

Microdermabrasion is a mild alternative to chemical peels and laser treatments. The results are not as dramatic, but skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing are still obvious outcomes. At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, a diamond-tip wand is rolled over the surface of the face and neck. This machine removes the outermost layer of the skin and leaves a smooth appearance and a healthy glow. Multiple treatment sessions are beneficial as well. Anyone can benefit from microdermabrasions, and it will aid the penetration of your medicines and skincare.

If you are looking for a rejuvenated healthy glow this spring, we have just what you need. Call us today for a consultation. One of our board certified and experienced physicians will provide the exact treatment you need for the specific results you’re looking for. Whether you need microneedling or laser treatments, our physicians will provide the quality care you are looking for. We know that every patient is different and no two diagnoses are the same. The treatment, however, always produces a radiant glow you can love.

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Cosmetic dermatology and healthy eating go hand in hand

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If you’re looking to give your skin a youthful healthy look, you may want to try out more than just beauty products. More and more studies are suggesting that diet influences your skin health and even specific skin disorders, like acne, psoriasis, eczema and skin aging. There are plenty of nutrient-rich foods that can reduce wrinkles and even boost your skin’s natural SPF. Most people think of aesthetic dermatology as a way to hide wrinkles and aging, however, products like botox and dermal fillers can also be preventative measures as well.

First and foremost, it’s best to drink water and plenty of it. Dehydration can give your skin a dry, crepy, and flaky look. When it comes to hydration, if you are thirsty, you probably are in the early stage of dehydration. A large percent of each cell is made of water. When you consume water, it reaches every vital organ before the skin. The average person would benefit from drinking at least 64oz or 8 glasses a day.

Did you know that green tea can boost your immune system? It has been found to protect cell membranes and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is recommended to have 2-3 cups of green tea a day to get the anti-oxidant benefits from the catechins they contain.

It is likely you have been told to eat more seafood. Both seafood and nuts like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and flaxseed contain essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) and zinc which improves circulation and new skin production. Walnuts contain a specific omega-3, called alpha-linolenic acid. When your body is deficient in this particular acid you might suffer from eczema. Diets rich in these ingredients reduce inflammation and dryness.

So what are anti-oxidants? They are properties of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods that fight free radicals that are formed by over exposure to sun and environment and damage the DNA in skin cells. Foods that are rich in anti-oxidants stimulate cell regeneration. You’ll be happy to know that dark chocolate is a great choice for skin care. It is rich in cocoa flavanols, plant compounds that help hydrate the skin and improve circulation. Consuming fruits and vegetables also provides phytochemicals that are protective. An example is tomatoes that can improve the skin’s natural SPF; however, it is not a replacement for sunscreen and sun protection.

If you want to improve the long-term look of your skin, diminish sodium and sugars. Too much sodium can make your skin, especially around the eyes, look puffy and inflamed. Even if you aren’t adding salt to your food, be sure to check labels. Processed foods tend to have exorbitant amounts of sodium.

Sugar is another culprit that can diminish the youthful glow of your skin. When sugar breakdown takes place in your body, the process is called glycation. This breakdown damages collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin smooth and firm. So, eating a dessert from time to time may be okay, but large amounts of sugar on a daily basis can have ill effects on your face in the long run. It is best to avoid a high-glycemic diet and try to alter your food intake to more of a Mediterranean diet to obtain beneficial effects for the skin.

If you’re looking for a quick easy boost to diminish the unwanted effects of aging, or give your face a smooth glow, cosmetic dermatology is the way to go. You don’t have to worry about recovery time, general anesthesia or operating rooms. Many of the choices in cosmetic dermatology include natural products that offer long lasting effects. Dermal fillers replace volume in areas of wrinkles, folds, and scarring. At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, we use hyaluronic acid fillers, calcium-based fillers and poly-lactic acid fillers that refill volume and stimulate your own collagen growth. You are not only reducing folds and fine lines, but also giving your skin a boost for future youthfulness.

Botox is another option that will diminish fine lines and wrinkles with long lasting effects. This product relaxes underlying facial muscles that contract repetitively and lead to wrinkles. The results last several months, and subsequently wrinkles return to their previous state when Botox wears off. With repeated injections, the muscles are trained to relax and wrinkles and lines become less prominent. Scientific clinical data is also proving that when patients are consistent with their neuromodulator injections, i.e. Botox, their skin retains better elastin, collagen and fiber bundles to preserve softer skin.

If you are interested in rejuvenating your skin, many of our cosmetic services will benefit your skin. Whether you decide on Botox, dermal fillers, or any other service, we provide expert care with little to no recovery time. Be sure to give us a call here at Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso to set up an appointment. We can help you choose the services that will be most beneficial. We can counsel our patients about healthy eating, supplements and medical skincare. With a few treatments and healthy eating, and a holistic approach, you are sure to get the results you are looking for!

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Getting rid of winter skin

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There’s so much to love about the winter! Cold weather, sipping hot tea and lattes, letting the fireplace warm your toes, and who doesn’t love s’mores? However, one other thing we can agree on is that the dry cold weather is harsh on the skin. If you have ever dealt with uncomfortable, itchy skin conditions, this may even be your least favorite time of year. At Dermatology & Aesthetics Center of El Paso, we can help you manage your skin during the winter. We even have a few tips you can use to get your summer glow back. Whether it’s specific skin products or body contouring, we have a few ideas to get you ready for the next season.

Psoriasis is an immune system dysfunction that causes overproduction of skin cells. It looks like red irritated patches covered with white or silver scales. The dry winter weather may irritate your skin if you have psoriasis. The cold weather and dry air could trigger an outbreak. If you have psoriasis, petrolatum or oil-based moisturizers will likely help. You should keep a tube with you to keep outbreaks at bay and keep your skin hydrated. You can also remove scaling during a warm bath by using tar solutions or salicylic acid products to effectively diminish the plaques.

Eczema is another rash that acts up during the winter. It is characterized by red or brown patches, bumps, or blisters. It is a very itchy skin condition. During the winter, wearing layers of clothes, taking hot showers, and using too many blankets at night can all cause flare-ups of eczema. Avoiding hot showers and soaps with fragrance and dye is a good idea. Ointments and moisturizers will help with eczema as well. We suggest that while your skin is still damp after a shower or bath, apply oil to your skin, followed by emollient creams.

Even if you don’t have an adverse skin condition, you may still be plagued with itchy, dry winter skin. The most effective way to treat skin is to moisturize and avoid hot showers. It is tempting to turn the dial to hot and soak in the warmth. However, this hot water dehydrates the skin and the problem worsens. It is unnecessary to use loofahs, hand towels, or other scrubs with your daily hygiene. Our fingertips can do the trick. Using thick lotions or petroleum oils will aid irritated skin before bed. When you go out into the cold weather, be sure to apply lotion and then put on your gloves to avoid cracked, dry hands.

You don’t want to enter the spring and summer seasons looking ashy and pale. Late winter is a good time to start preparing for the warm weather. First and foremost, beware of tanning beds. UV rays are extremely damaging to the skin. Overexposure can lead to aging skin, wrinkles, pigment spots and skin cancer. If you want to start the spring and summer right, opt for sunless tanning lotion or professional spray.

If you’re worried about dawning your swimsuit because of the appearance of cellulite or loose skin, non-surgical cosmetic procedures could make a big difference. VelaShape III is FDA-approved for body contouring, cellulite reduction, and circumferential reduction. This non-invasive treatment uses radiofrequency, infrared energy, vacuum, and massage to smooth the skin. It reduces the size of fat cells, causes tightening of the tissue and treats the stubborn fat pockets that exercise and a good diet don’t reduce. Laser hair removal can permanently reduce hair, and because you need at least 5-6 treatments, getting started during the winter will give you ample time to have smooth skin for summertime and liberalize you from shaving. Also, winter is an ideal time to do chemical peels to get rid of the dead skin layer, reduce coarse and pigmented skin.

If you are trying to avoid dry winter skin while getting ready for the next season, our physicians at Dermatology and Aesthetic Center of El Paso can help. Whether you need relief from itchy, dry skin this season, or desire to prepare your body for spring and summer, with body contouring, laser hair removal or chemical peels we can help. Give us a call today.

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Love your look this valentine’s day

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They say that to be loved, you must first love yourself. If you really want to live up to the true meaning of love this Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to love your look. At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, we can help you love your look and celebrate Valentine’s Day to the fullest. Dr. Karen and Dr. Peter Herman can help you enhance the parts of yourself you already love. It is their full intention to help you achieve the best version of yourself, and with some simple and effective dermatology treatments done by the physicians, you can shine with self-confidence.

It is often said that eyes are the first thing we notice about someone. Others call the eyes the windows to the soul. Maybe you have tired-looking eyes and are struggling to improve their appearance. Under eye swelling, wrinkles, or dark circles might be dampening the vivid color of your eyes. With a few non-surgical, non-invasive procedures, we can help you love your look and show that sparkle.

A popular choice is the brow-lift. Dermal fillers are placed near the brow to help lift droopy upper lids, open up the eye, and provide a beautiful arc to the brow. It is a subtle change that makes all the difference. Fortunately, the benefits from this procedure last quite a while. Dermal fillers combined with Botox can also minimize the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles that give the appearance of sadness or fatigue. And, if lines around the eye known as “crow’s feet” make you self-conscious about aging, Botox can minimize these fine lines. All of these procedures are done in the office, take little time and have minimal to no recovery time. We can return the youthful glow to your eyes and have you looking radiant.

Perhaps you love holding hands with that special someone, but discoloration and veins have you feeling self-conscious. The harsh El Paso sun, various daily activities and aging can have their ill-effects on our hands. Dermal fillers, skin lightening treatments with lasers or chemical peels can give your skin a smooth, supple youthful appearance. Dermal fillers will minimize veins by filling in the hollow, crepey look due to muscle wasting and fat loss. Combined with brightening procedures to diminish brown and red spots, your hands will have a stunning presentation of who you are so you grab that special date with confidence.

At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, we want you to look and feel great. We know the human body isn’t perfect and aging sometimes takes its toll on us. That’s why we offer non-surgical, non-invasive alternatives. We want to help you love your look and step out in style this Valentine’s Day. In a month meant to celebrate love, why not love yourself?! Because when you look great, you feel great!

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