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Posts for: April, 2014

By Emily Gottstein, RPA-C
April 22, 2014
Category: Anti-aging

Did you read The Buffalo News this weekend? There was an article in the Refresh section of the newspaper on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, under Health titled Preserve youthful skin without surgery. The article outlines ways that you can preserve beautiful healthy skin without having any type of surgical procedure. Dr. Kenneth Arndt, a clinical professor of dermatology affiliated with Harvard Medical school, was interviewed.

Interestingly, the first step discussed to youthful skin is wearing sunscreen and using sun protective measures to slow the pace of sun damage. That's something that we always recommend in our office. No matter what you plan to do to improve the appearance of your skin, you should always protect it against further damage. Otherwise, your investment will be for naught.

The most sought after non-surgical treatments that Dr. Arndt discussed are neuromodulators, such as Botox, and dermal fillers, such as Juvederm. Both treatments are minimally invasive and have minimal recovery time. Remember, neuromodulators help to relax fine lines and wrinkles while dermal fillers are injections that help to plump up or soften lines and wrinkles. Both treatments are often done together for maximum results.

Another option for youthful skin without surgery is skin rejuvenation with laser treatments. There are different types of minimally invasive laser treatments available to help treat such problems as brown spots on the skin or uneven skin tone. Some of these lasers include fractional lasers or pulsed light therapy. These lasers also have minimal recovery time and again, are not invasive.

There are other options to obtain and maintain youthful skin without surgery that are also less costly. These treatments include microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Microdermabrasion uses tiny exfoliating crystals to slough off the top layer of skin and reveal fresh glowing skin. Chemical peels use specific chemicals such as glycolic acid to strip away the outer layer of skin an remove damaged skin. These treatment options are relatively inexpensive and are great non-surgical procedures to rejuvanate the skin.

You should always make sure that the person providing treatments for you is a well trained and licensed professional. Dr. Accetta, Susan Peterson, PA and myself are well trained in many non-surgical cosmetic procedures.Our licensed aesthetician, Heidi, would be happy to do a complimentary consultation about skin rejuvenation products and procedures. We provide many of the treatments as discussed in this article from The Buffalo News. If you are interested in obtaining youthful skin without having any type of surgical procedure, we would be happy to discuss any of these treatment options with you right here in our office.

By Peter Accetta, MD
April 11, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: wrinkles   sunscreen   photoaging  

A study from Australia published in the June 2013 Annals of Internal Medicine.  The principle findings are:

  • Among the 600 patients using daily sunscreen a majority showed no detectable increase in skin aging after four and a half years. Some actually showed an improvement in skin texture over the baseline.
  • Daily sunscreen use is much more effective than discretionary use.
  • Even if started in middle age, daily sunscreen use still has an impact.
  • This impact can be seen in as little as four years.

Dr. Accetta and his daughter Julia Accetta, a student at The George Washington University, have published an article on digital photography.  The article can be found in the March 2014 issue of The Dermatologist, a journal devoted to practical and clinical insights into today’s dermatology issues.

The article explains in detail how we have incorporated digital photography into our practice.  It highlights everything from choosing a camera, details on camera settings as well as the storage and retrieval of clinical images.

This article was prompted by a previous publication by Dr. Accetta and Julia which demonstrated that not all dermatologists utilized digital photography because they perceived it to be too complex, costly and time consuming.  This article explains in a step by step fashion how dermatologists can start using digital imaging today with equipment they already own.

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