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What Mom Wants for Mother’s Day

GD April blog-mothersdayMoms want many things for their family – health, love, security. But moms rarely put themselves first, so treat her to something you know she’ll appreciate. Maybe she feels her body just doesn’t measure up no matter how hard she tries, maybe she feels gravity has had its negative way with her, or maybe she just wants to achieve a more youthful look and feel younger and more beautiful than ever. Either way, giving her the gift of a treatment or a series of treatments will truly show how much you care. Here are some ideas on what Georgia Dermatology Center, serving patients in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell, Dahlonega, Canton, Duluth, Gainesville, Sandy Springs, or Suwanee, offers that she will love!

The Case of Our Falling Features

The truth is, our skin is tighter, smoother and firmer when we are young. It holds everything up where it is supposed to be, giving the face and jawline youthful contours. Necks are firm without sagging. Then, repeated exposures to the damaging effects of exposure to sun, gravity, smoking, environmental factors, high sugars and processed foods in our diet, weight fluctuations, and hormonal changes can damage collagen and elastic fibers in the skin. As they break down and are reabsorbed, skin loses its elasticity. As well, naturally occurring fat pads in the skin diminish in size and drop as the tissue surrounding them loosens with aging. At the same time, muscle mass, tone and bone structure are lost with aging. Everything starts to sag.

Sooner or later, we all get to that day when we realize that our faces and our figures just aren’t as tight as they used to be. Whether it is our face and neck, skin on our tummy or thighs, any of the other parts of our body that jiggle, or a combination of the above, it can undermine mom’s confidence about her appearance.

Natural Appearing Non-Surgical Rejuventation on Face and Neck

When mom starts to see sun damage, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, skin looseness and sagging she may decide it’s time to embark upon non-surgical aesthetic skin rejuvenation treatments. The first line of approach involves skin tightening, brightening, resurfacing and/or collagen stimulating procedures to tighten, lift, resurface, firm and stimulate collagen support. Mom can select which feature to focus on for improvement – one or several:

FotoFacial RF: A unique combination of intense pulsed light and radiofrequency energies is a gentle yet effective treatment for age spots, brown pigmentation, spider veins, and also the redness of rosacea.

ReFirme™: Uses revolutionary ELOS technology to comfortably achieve skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and facial contouring with no down time. Treatments stimulate collagen production, tightening skin and smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles.

Matrix IR™: Uses a combination of light and radiofrequency to create the deep thermal heating needed to both shrink and generate new collagen while protecting the top layer of skin for gentle yet effective wrinkle treatment. Matrix IR is great for fine lines and wrinkles, especially “smoker’s lines.”

Micro Laser Peel: For light skin resurfacing to treat fine lines and sun damage. Short pulses of laser energy gently ablate the outer layers of the skin at precise depths at different intensities to eliminate unwanted pigmentation, acne scars and fine lines.

ScitonProFractional: ProFractional treatments dramatically improve the overall appearance of your skin including tone, texture, acne scars, and wrinkles. For moms desiring total skin rejuvenation with minimal downtime, this treatment ablates narrow-diameter channels into the skin. The fractional action initiates the body’s wound healing response, in turn stimulating fibroblasts to produce new collagen and elastin.

The second step is to restore the aging related lost volume with the soft tissue fillers Juvederm, Restylane, Restylane Silk, Belotero or Radiesse. Intended results include: boosted facial fullness; scar revision; plumped lips; reduction in the appearance of wrinkles; softened facial creases; augmentation of shallow contours; and skin rejuvenation. With some simple, quick injections, she’ll walk out of the dermatologist’ office with a beautiful, full mouth, and a reduction in fine lines. Has mom been complaining about fine lines and wrinkles, especially frown lines? Botox, Dysport or Xeomin are minimally invasive and can reduce the look of these lines temporarily. There is no recovery time and she’ll walk out of a treatment feeling more youthful and confident – just the kind of mother’s day gift you want to offer.

To achieve the maximum facial rejuvenation experience, Dr. Gross recommends the “liquid facelift” procedure, which employs the use of a combination of injectables for different facial areas to improve the entire facial aesthetic. In this procedure, soft tissue fillers, in conjunction with Botox® or Xeomin muscle inhibitors, are administered via injection to targeted areas, depending on the outcome envisioned.

Non-Surgical Body Contouring

Mom can choose from three (3!) awesome laser body contouring techniques to defy the effects of gravity and metabolism changes on her body. Exilis body contouring treatments are non-surgical and can tighten loose skin on the decolléte, abdomen, back, arms, and legs. The Vanquish treatment works by using Radio-frequency (RF) energy to penetrate the body and is absorbed by fat cells in the abdomen or other “jiggle areas”. The focused heat liquidizes the fat and ruptures the cells in the targeted area, effectively destroying the fat cells without damaging muscle or skin. VelaShape uses a unique combination of infrared and radio frequency energies and massage to melt away cellulite and extra inches in the midsection, buttocks, arms, and legs. It triggers reactivation of metabolism of stored energy and lymphatic drainage, reducing the amount of stored fat.

When’s The Time for a Surgical Option?

When mom is ready for an uplifting change in facial contours, and non-surgical alternatives just haven’t been delivering the required outcome, but she’s not ready for a full face lift, the S-Lift Mini Face Lift may be the recommended solution. For the body, stubborn pockets of fat may require a targeted approach with the cool liposuction procedure. What mom who has been battling the effects of hormone changes associated with aging, childbirth, or simply genetics doesn’t want to more permanently lose inches from the waist-line, back, arms, flanks, love handles, thighs, buttocks, even chin and neck?

Give Back to Those Who Give

Our mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, step-mothers, a caregiver, or anyone filling a mothering role may expend their efforts on focusing on the needs of others. This May, it’s time to focus on sharing with them whatever procedure at Georgia Dermatology Center will help these wonderful women feel more youthful, more vibrant, more comfortable with their appearance, and more energized.

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