You went through your teenage years with unsightly acne and told yourself, “This will disappear when I’m an adult.” Turns out you were only half correct. Acne can leave behind deep tissue scarring that will haunt your complexion. Does this sound like you? If so, Bellafill may be the answer.
What is Bellafill?
Bellafill is a dermatological injectable filler that is composed of a smooth collagen gel carrier and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres.
What is Bellafill used for?
Bellafill can be used on all parts of your face and body except for the lips. It can be used to repair deep acne scars, wrinkles and stretch marks. In recent studies, Bellafill has also been used to sculpt nipples for women who have recently undergone breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy.
How does it work?
The combination of the PMMA particles and the collagen raise the skin and partner with your own skin cells to rebuild its own collagen. After a single treatment, you will begin to notice the results of Bellafill. After approximately four months, the collagen and blood vessels have worked to enable collagen production with the assistance of the PMMA.
How long does it last?
Bellafill is the only FDA approved injectable filler with the longest recorded results. Bellafill can last for up to 5 years on even the deepest facial scarring. Compare that to other fillers that may only last 6 months to 1 year.
Is it right for me?
The results of Bellafill are, no doubt, amazing. However, the treatment may not be right for you. Some factors to consider are age, allergies and depth of scarring or wrinkles. To find out if you might be an ideal candidate for Bellafill, connect with us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wooming by calling 972-661-5476 or request an appointment online.
Did you know that around 56 million Americans will experience a form of hair loss at some point in their lives? With such a vast number of people suffering from this very frustrating cosmetic issue, doctors began using Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or PRP Therapy for short.
This treatment serves to stop hair loss from worsening and to induce regrowth and thickening of hair follicles. PRP Therapy has been used for decades to treat injuries in famous athletes such as Tiger Woods, Mo Williams, and Chris Tillman, but now doctors have begun using it on the scalp.
Here is Knox Dermatology’s guide on everything you need to know about how the procedure works and its potential benefits:
The materials responsible for inducing hair regrowth actually come from one’s own blood. The first step of this process is having a small amount of blood drawn when you come into the office. During the actual procedure, you will be put under topical anesthesia so that you will feel no pain.
The blood is then spun in a centrifuge so that the platelets from your blood that contain growth factors are separated and made into a higher concentration to be more effective. The PRP is then injected into the scalp to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles to start to grow.
Right now, PRP therapy is one of the most effective ways to regrow hair available for both men and women. It’s convenient and all it takes are four sessions, once a month, for four months.
It’s a great non-invasive and all-natural solution for patients where you can forego the continuous use of expensive medications or ointments. It also uses your own body’s natural elements instead of a hair transplant from an outside provider.
For more information about PRP Therapy click here. At Knox Dermatology Dr. George Wooming is proud to offer his patients this potential solution for hair loss prevention and regrowth. If you have questions about whether PRP Therapy could be right for you, contact Dr. Wooming today by calling 972-661-5476 or request an appointment online.
Just hearing the words “chemical” and “peel” can be a little daunting, as their connotations are frightening in some cases. Your Dallas chemical peel experts at Knox Dermatology want to put those fears and suspicions to rest. Here is everything you need to know about Dallas chemical peels.
So, what is a chemical peel anyway?
Chemical peels aim to improve the skin on your face, neck, hands, chest, or back. The application of the chemicals induces an intense exfoliation process, which when completed leads to smoother and less wrinkled skin. As it turns out, there are three kinds of chemical peels: lunchtime/superficial, medium, and deep. The more intense the chemical peel, the better the results, but the recovery time increases as well.
Why get a chemical peel at all?
This treatment is great for all kinds of dermatological issues and conditions:
Acne scars, wrinkled and aging skin, scars, skin damaged by the sun, and more. The acid solution applied to the face strips off the outermost layers of skin, allowing for fresher, stronger layers with fewer imperfections to take their place. Depending on the type of peel, you won’t break the bank or spend a lot of time in recovery. A light or superficial peel only takes twenty minutes, and the light peeling from the exfoliation could last only three days.
Does it hurt?
Because chemical peels involve the application of acid to the face, they do sting just a little bit, but there is in no way a large amount of pain. There may be redness, peeling, and crusting in the days after the peel, but as time passes, those symptoms fade and your skin looks better than ever.
Are there side effects? What happens afterwards?
Superficial peels take up to a week to completely heal, and the redness and peeling you experience will be minimal. To aid the healing process, you will need to apply the appropriate skin cream or lotion, and use sunscreen every day.
The medium peel healing process lasts a bit longer, but the results are worth the wait. Peeling can be expected to halt after two weeks, and during that time, you must soak the skin daily, apply lotion, and avoid direct contact with the sun.
The deep peels require the longest recovery, but have the most lasting effects. The treated area will be bandaged, and may take up to three weeks to fully heal. The skin must be soaked multiple times per day, and a heavy moisturizer needs be applied daily. To ensure the healthiest recovery, avoid exposure of the treated area to the sun for up to three months.
Should I contact Knox Dermatology for more information?
Yes! Never hesitate to contact us for more information about Dallas chemical peels, or any other service we offer. We are here for you.
There are many reasons one might consider Dallas cosmetic surgery: acne scars, tattoos, spider veins, normal signs of aging, and photo-aging (a result of time spent in the sun without proper UV protection). Cosmetic surgery is suited for patients who want to treat skin conditions that have adversely affected their appearances.
The American Academy of Dermatology and Dallas cosmetic dermatology experts at Wooming Dermatology recommend that you do your research and ask the following questions before choosing someone to do your surgery.
This information can generally be found on a provider’s website, or this question can be answered with a simple phone call to the provider’s office. Generally speaking, if it isn’t stated on the provider’s website that they are a board-certified physician then chances are, they aren’t. While non board-certified providers may be convenient and less expensive, they may also be riskier. Non-physicians may be working with limited equipment and training and may not be equipped to handle complications or emergencies that may arise during a procedure. This can result in less than optimal results as well as significant health risks.
Find out exactly how many of the procedures the provider has done and ask for some patient referrals you can talk to. Does the provider have true, un-retouched before and after pictures he or she can show you?
As with any medical procedure, it’s also important to know all the possible risks or complications so you can make an informed decision, what kind of results you can expect, what the recovery time is and what to expect during the immediate post surgery time.
Ask what kind of anesthesia will be used, if you can expect any discomfort during or after the procedure and whether you will require pain medication afterward.
You will want to know where the procedure will be performed, if there are any pre-op instructions, how long it will take and when you can return home.
One of the most important questions for most patients if to find out when you can expect to see the final results of your procedure. You will want to know this in order to be able to plan when you will want to resume your normal activities.
Be sure you know all costs associated with the surgery, including post-op visits that may be required. Most cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance, but check to be sure your insurance provider does not offer benefits for cosmetic surgery.
The Dallas cosmetic dermatology offices of Dr. George Wooming encourage you to do your research, get your questions answered and make your final decision to simply determine whether the benefits of the surgery to improve your appearance outweigh the risks. If you decide they do, make sure you are choosing the best possible provider for your procedure. If you have any questions or are interested in requesting an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact Knox Dermatology, (972)-661-5476.
Aging is a natural process we really have no control over — it plays a key role in the appearance of our skin. With age, visible lines begin to appear on skin and the face loses its general look of youthfulness. Skin also often becomes thinner and more dry with age. Many of these changes are controlled by genetics alone — a process called “intrinsic aging.” The years you celebrated on your birthday do have an affect on your skin, but your physical age is not the only factor contributing to aging appearance. Environment and lifestyle factors can cause premature aging of the skin — a process called “extrinsic aging.” Despite the cause, your friendly dermatologist in Dallas, Dr. George Wooming, knows best when it comes to the aging process, prevention, and treatments.
What does aging skin look like? Here are some of the common symptoms of aging you may notice in your appearance:
Wrinkles — Factors including skin type, genetics, and sun exposure can all cause your skin to become wrinkled. People who are fair skinned with a history of ultraviolet (UV) exposure are more susceptible not only to wrinkles, but also to skin damage and skin cancer.
Age spots — These flat, brown marks on the skin usually appear on the face, chest, back, backs of the hands and tops of the feet. Also caused by exposure to UV radiation, if you have a family history of age spots, you should take extra precaution to protect yourself from UV exposure.
While age and genetics do play a factor, there are some tips from your friendly dermatologist in Dallas to help you reduce premature skin aging.
Protect your skin from the sun — Exposure to UV radiation from the sun and indoor tanning beds is the most preventable cause of early skin aging. To prevent age-related sun damage, always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, wear protective clothing, a wide brimmed hat, and seek shade when you’re outdoors.
Use a self-tanner rather than a tanning bed — Instead of using a tanning bed or the sun to darken your skin for swimsuit season or a special occasion, apply a self-tanning lotion or consider a spray tan. These methods will accomplish the same look, without damaging your skin and putting you at risk of skin cancer.
Don’t smoke — Use of tobacco products significantly speeds the rate at which your skin ages. Smoking causes your skin to look wrinkled, dull and saggy.
Watch your facial expressions — Repeatedly making the same facial expressions, or even squinting in the sun, year after year, can cause lined and wrinkles to become permanent. Wear a hat or sunglasses when out you’re out in the sun to avoid squinting.
Eat healthy and exercise — Studies have found that a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging of the skin. Focus on eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Exercise improves circulation and can boost the immune system, which may contribute to a more youthful appearance. Make a habit of exercising at least 30 minutes five days a week.
Reduce alcohol consumption — Alcohol dehydrates your body and your skin, in time permanently damaging the skin, which will only add to aging. Drink in moderation, and when you do consume alcohol, drink plenty of water as well to keep your body and skin hydrated.
Practice good hygiene — Gently clean your face twice daily to remove pollution, makeup and other substances that may irritate your skin. Avoid scrubbing your skin, as this can cause irritation. If you have been sweating heavily, wash your skin as soon as possible.
Use the right products — Apply a facial moisturizer daily to trap moisture in your skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. Avoid using skin care products that stink, burn or otherwise irritate your skin.
Fall is right around the corner, and so are our latest promotions! To celebrate getting settled into our new office, we are offering specials lasting through the end of the year! As your one-stop-shop for all Dallas cosmetic dermatology needs, we’ve discounted some of our best treatments!
Botox & Fillers – The kids are heading back to school, and it’s time for you to focus on restoring and maintaining your youthful appearance. Dr. Wooming can help you do just that. Get 10% off Botox and Fillers for the remainder of 2016! Knox Dermatology offers Juvederm, Voluma and Belotero dermal fillers and Bellafill and Radiesse collagen stimulators.
Laser Genesis Skin Therapy – Looking to eliminate your acne scars and boost your self-confidence? Search no further than our Laser Genesis treatment. This procedure uses non-invasive laser technology to treat acne scars and diffuse redness. Treatments can be done without the use of topical anesthetics or gel. It can be used to treat your face, neck and to eliminate recent scarring on other parts of your body. We are now offering a special for 6 treatments at the discounted price of $1,500 (normally $1,800) for the rest of this year!
Microneedling Treatment – Get rid of those brown spots before the school year calendar hits, with our microneedling treatment! We are offering 10% off, or $800 for 3 treatments, now through the end of 2016!
All offers are valid until December 31st, 2016, but you can call us anytime for current specials! Cosmetic dermatology is suited for patients wanting to diagnose, treat and prevent skin conditions that have adversely affected their appearances. The most common of these conditions treated by George Wooming, M.D. are: acne scares, melasma, spider veins, signs of aging, and sun damage (photo-aging). To take advantage of the savings or learn more about our other treatments, contact Knox Dermatology for all of your Dallas cosmetic dermatology needs!
Facial acne scars are an embarrassing reminder of the acne you faced as a youth or young adult. As we age, acne scars can become even more noticeable because our skin loses collagen over time.
Whether you developed acne in your youth or adulthood, why live with the scars reminding you of that time in your life?
You don’t have to.
Acne scars often appear as the result of skin not properly healing after a breakout. There are different types of acne, but no matter the type or cause, without proper treatment and healing, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as the acne clears.
Bellafill® is a safe and effective treatment for the reduction of acne scars. It is the only FDA-approved dermal filler to help you get rid of lasting facial blemishes. Bellafill® is created to treat moderate to severe, atrophic facial acne scars on the cheeks. Results last up to five years and treat even the deepest acne scars.
The Bellafill® Dallas treatment is an injectable collagen with PMMA (polymethylcrylate) particles. These two ingredients work together to raise the depressions in the skin while fostering growth of naturally produced collagen over time.
After one treatment, most Bellafill® patients see visible correction of their acne scars. After four months, the collagen tissue and blood vessels that promote the long-term production of collagen should be fully working to fill acne scars.
Dr. George Wooming offers the best Bellafill® Dallas has to offer, but this treatment is not ideal for everyone. If Bellafill® isn’t right for you, there are other treatments available for your acne scars, including laser treatments, minor skin surgeries and chemical pills — each of these treatments, including Bellafill®, can be performed in your dermatologist’s office.
To determine if Bellafill® is right for you, schedule an appointment with your Dallas skin care specialist to review your personal medical profile and history.
Submental fullness, more commonly known as a “double chin,” is similar to that annoying cousin that you see at your family gathering every year. No matter what you try to do; you can’t seem to get rid of him. Like your cousin, the fat that creates a double chin is a part of your DNA, and up until now you had to deal with it because you didn’t have a choice. We don’t have a remedy for that cousin of yours, but we do have one for your double chin.
The name of the solution is KYBELLA®, and Dr. Wooming has the best KYBELLA® Dallas has to offer for patients that qualify. KYBELLA® is the only FDA approved, non-surgical injectable treatment for submental fullness. The injection contains a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring enzyme in the body that metabolizes fat cells. After it is injected into the desired area, the keoxycholic (synthetic deoxycholic) will destroy those unwanted fat cells. Upon their destruction, those cells will not be able to collect more fat or store fat in that area ever again, thus additional treatment is not required after the final aesthetics are achieved.
Your dermatologist for KYBELLA® Dallas, Dr. George Wooming, is a trained professional with steady hands who will administer the treatment effectively and safely. He will also determine the amount of sessions and frequency of those sessions dependent on the patient’s aesthetic goals and personal health factors.
The amount of time required before you see a significant reduction of the chin will depend on the specific genetic factors of each individual. However, the majority of patients undergo two to four surgeries before they claim a visible change is present and six treatments total until they reached their desired goal.
If you want to make a concrete change in your confidence, then contact Knox Dermatology today for the best KYBELLA® Dallas has to offer. Dr. Wooming will invest his expertise in you if you invest your trust in him and his staff. Together, this union will ensure that at least one of your annoyances will be taken care of by the time that next family gathering rolls around.
Springtime is upon us! What better way to spring into action than with new promotions for all of your Dallas dermatology needs? Now that spring is here, we know that summer is right around the corner. We want to help restore your youth and get your smooth skin back in time for swimsuit season. That’s why we’re offering an amazing deal on Botox, which reduces unwanted lines and wrinkles on the face and can last up to 6 months.
Our promotions also encapsulate savings on Juvederm, Radiesse, Belotero, Voluma, and our new Bellafill fillers as well to help you rejuvenate the signs of aging this spring. These products restore volume and eliminate wrinkles on the face, particularly areas such as the cheeks and the nasolabial folds (the space between the nostrils and corners of the mouth).
Transitioning from colder months into warmer months means that some patients are still suffering from dry winter skin. Start each of your days with our Gly-Sal Cleanser, CerumWORX Vitamin C pods and Antioxidant Moisturizing Sunscreen, and end your days with our Alpha Pads. Don’t forget to exfoliate twice a week with our Brightening Polish Scrub. We want you to feel confident and comfortable in your swimsuit, flip-flops and shorts, and you can’t do that with dry skin!
With spring brings the month of May, which is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer annually affects an estimated 3.5 million Americans each year. We urge you not to wait. Remember to schedule your annual skin check as soon as possible!
All special offers are valid now through the end of June, but you may call us at any time for current specials. You must complete your treatment by June 30th to receive the discount. Contact us today to take advantage of these promotions or any of your other Dallas dermatology needs!
Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to pull out your shorts and get ready for warmer weather.
Does that thought make you nervous? Are you hesitant to show off your legs because of dark, unsightly spider veins? If so, you’re not alone. Spider veins — sometimes mistaken for varicose veins — affect more than 80 million adults in America. While they are most common in women, men can get spider veins too. Here’s what you need to know about spider veins from Dallas dermatology expert, Dr. George Wooming.
Spider veins are small, thin blood vessels seen under the skin. Spider veins are close to the surface of the skin and may appear red or blue. Their short, jagged lines give them the appearance of a spider web or tree branches. Spider veins are usually harmless, but can be a symptom of poor circulation or the formation of varicose veins.
Varicose veins are thick, enlarged, rope-like veins that can protrude out of the legs. They are often seen on the thighs, back of the calves, or the inside of the leg. Varicose veins become stretched out when blood pools in the veins and occur when one-way valves in the veins do not work properly.
Spider veins can be caused by prolonged standing or sitting. Other risk factors include obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, aging, sun exposure, use of hormonal birth control and even genetics.
Pregnancy can also lead to varicose veins a result of increased blood flow and increased pressure in the abdomen. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause the muscle of the veins to relax, making them more likely to dilate.
Weak or damaged valves in the veins can also cause varicose. As the heart pumps blood through the arteries, the veins carry the blood from the body back to the heart. A one-way valve in the veins prevents the backflow of blood back into the legs. If this valve becomes weak or damaged, the blood can leak back into the veins and collect there.
In most cases, spider veins are not a reason for concern, however they can cause discomfort in the legs, such as itching or burning. Varicose veins may cause aching pain or throbbing in the legs and may signal more long-term health problems including: poor circulation, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, and leg swelling.
If you have spider veins or varicose veins, it’s important to have them checked out by a doctor or dermatologist.
Exercise is the number one way to prevent the development of spider or varicose veins in your legs. Exercise — such as swimming, walking, and stair climbing — promotes increased circulation. It’s also important to maintain a healthy diet to avoid weight gain and reduce other risk factors such as smoking. Here are some ways to ease discomfort from existing spider or varicose veins:
If your veins don’t cause symptoms, lifestyle changes such as exercise and quitting smoking may be the only “treatment” your doctor recommends. However, if your veins become more severe, your doctor or dermatologist may recommend treatment. Some treatment options for spider veins and varicose veins include:
If you’ve noticed spider or varicose veins on your legs, contact the Dallas dermatology expert, Dr. George Wooming for diagnosis and treatment of your veins.