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Effective 1/1/14, Associates in Dermatology will be accepting clients using Optima Health Insurance. We will continue to accept clients of a variety of other insurance plans as well, but are excited to add Optima Health to start the new year.
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David McDaniel, a dermatologist in Virginia Beach, Va., recalls an awkward scene in which a husband bumped into his wife at Dr. McDaniel’s office. Both were there for Botox, but the husband hadn’t told his wife he was getting treated. The man quickly threw his arm around Dr. McDaniel, pretending the doctor was an old buddy he had stopped by to visit.
“Men are stealthy,” Dr. McDaniel says.
However stealthily, men are having a little work done in increasing numbers these days, plastic surgeons and dermatologists say. Total cosmetic procedures for men rose 22% from 2000 through 2012, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
From 2011 to 2012, men’s use of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, including botulinum toxin (sold under the brand name Botox), rose 6%, according to the society.
One theory for the trend: pressure to look young to find employment. While the unemployment rate for people 55 and older is lower than for other ages, it takes baby boomers much longer to find work if they lose their jobs. The duration of unemployment for job seekers 55 and over is 50.4 weeks, compared with 34.2 weeks for those under 55, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by Sara Rix of the AARP Public Policy Institute.
Women visit plastic surgeons, too, of course, and face similar pressures at work. Men account for just 9% of overall cosmetic-procedure patients, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. McDaniel does laser skin resurfacing on the faces of men who have done too many rounds on the golf course without wearing sunscreen. He sees men in their early 30s for “pre-juvenation,” or treatments such as micro-dermabrasion designed to delay the onset of wrinkles.
Cosmetic treatments generally aren’t covered by health-insurance plans. Botox is typically sold either by the unit or per treatment area—a dosage for crow’s feet, for example. One unit costs around $15, says J. Shah, a doctor of anti-aging medicine and chief medical director of Amari Medical in Scarsdale, N.Y. Areas might cost $200 or more to treat. Treating laugh lines around the eyes alone would cost less than laugh lines plus forehead and frown lines, for example. Facial fillers that minimize the appearance of wrinkles are sold by the syringe and typically run $500 to $600 per vial, with a usual minimum of two shots per treatment, Dr. Shah says.
One catch: As with gray roots, wrinkles resurface. Botox typically lasts about three months, while fillers can last about a year, Dr. Shah says.
Men have a tendency, doctors say, to make the mistake of shopping for cosmetic procedures the way they shop for cars. It isn’t a matter of getting the best price for a menu of features, experts say. Fillers and Botox aren’t commodities that perform the same no matter who injects them, and even “minimally invasive” procedures can go wrong in unskilled hands. (Think of a frozen look from bad Botox, or “duck lips” from too much filler).
Dermatologists and plastic surgeons have plenty of competition these days when it comes to administering cosmetic treatments, from dentists to medical-spa technicians who aren’t doctors or nurses. Unsurprisingly, experts say the doctors who get the best results tend to be those who specialize in cosmetic procedures and do them all day long.
Some doctors also advise patients to go to a practitioner who offers a full range of cosmetic treatments, from minimally invasive to more involved procedures, such as face-lifts. Eric Swanson, a plastic surgeon in Kansas City, Kan., sees men in their mid-60s who want to get rid of their “turkey wattle.” In these cases, injections usually aren’t the answer and a face-lift is needed instead, says Dr. Swanson, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Face-lifts are pricier, running between $8,000 in some parts of the country to the $20,000 charged by some New York City or Beverly Hills doctors.
Such procedures last longer, but require more down time, which may be tough to fit in to an executive’s schedule. For his part, Dr. Swanson thinks patients are fine with this: “They want results.”
The article was written by ELIZABETH O’BRIEN and published in the Wall Street Journal on October 17, 2013
Each year our crew at Associates of Dermatology walks the walk in support of Breast Cancer Cure with Making Strides Walk of Peninsula. It’s a fun 5K walk (that’s 3.1 miles) through trails at the Mariner’s Museum and by the Lion’s Bridge.
We appreciate all the help and support for this year’s walk. We helped Making Strides of Peninsula raise a total of $109,581.77 in 2013 to help fight breast cancer.
New prescription Mirvaso cream to treat Rosacea may help.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a commonly found skin disease typically causing redness or eruption on the face. It is inclined to affect the cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. While rosacea is a chronic condition, the severity tends to come and go based on the individual. While mostly affecting middle-aged (40-60 years old), light-skinned people, it is found predominantly in women though it tends to be more severe in men. Outbreaks of rosacea are characterized by a tendency to blush easily as well as redness, dilated blood vessels, small red bumps and pus-filled spots. It is not uncommon for suffers to experience facial itching, burning and stinging.
Rosacea is not contagious and no scientific studies have been done to determine if rosacea conditions are hereditary. However there have been some surveys by the National Rosacea Society that indicate the condition may be inherited.
What Causes Flair Ups?
The exact cause of rosacea is not yet know. Flair ups can occur suddenly and without any forewarning. However, many patients discover over time that their rosacea is triggered by unique factors to them. Flair ups may be triggered by environmental factors, immune response, stress, or lifestyle habits. While there is continuing research into these areas, none has yet to be proven.
Rosacea can affect people in several different ways: acne and tender inflamed bumps on the face or neck, irritation and sensitivity of the skin of the face and redness with easy flushing of the skin. People can suffer from a combination of any or all of these conditions.
While the acne lesions and bumps can be treated with topical creams and/ or oral medications as recommended by your dermatologist. The redness typically required laser treatment, until now…
New Mirvaso Cream May Help Ease Redness
If you use makeup or coverups to hide the redness on your face, you may want to consider using the new Mirvaso Cream. Mirvaso doesn’t just cover up your rosacea flare ups, it treats the underlying cause by reducing. Clinical studies showed reduce redness for up to 12 hours in patients using Mirvaso.
For our Hampton Roads Rosacea patients, Associates in Dermatology is excited to offer this new treatment. We currently have it available.
Learn more about Mirvaso on their website at https://www.mirvaso.com
Have you ever notice how long and beautiful a child’s eyelashes are? As we age, our lashes begin to thin out, regardless if you are a male or female. Just like in animals, who may not be able to shield their eyes, lashes are a protective mechanism meant to keep debris out. Eyelashes also “frame” our eyes and add beauty.
Should I Be Concerned Regarding My Thinning Eyelashes?
Your eyelashes naturally thin as you age. For the most part, you shouldn’t be overly concerned with it. Your lashes are like the hair on your head. It grows, rests, shed’s, and regrows. Your lashes grow through your eye follicles. The older we get, the slower our growth process becomes. This is how your lashes start to thin out.
Other Reasons For Thinning Eyelashes
If you’re reading this and saying to yourself how you’re not old enough to have thinning lashes, there are a few other reasons your eyelashes could be thinning. Constant rubbing along your lashes or eyelid can cause thinning. This is especially true for women who wear eyeliner and mascara. When you rub to take your makeup off, you are irritating your lids and your eyelashes.
Another reason for thinning of your lashes is simply having eye irritants. If you rub your eyes constantly, you eventually will irritate the follicles. Also, there is pure scientific reasoning of thinning lashes including family heredity, taking certain medications, and certain medical conditions. For any major concerns regarding your eyes, you should always speak with your primary doctor or optometrist.
What Are Home Treatment Options For My Thinning Eyelashes?
You don’t have to live with thinned lashes. There are home remedies that can help you achieve the look of beautiful eyelashes again. Most are temporary, but you will feel great about them and possibly fool everyone around you. Whatever method you choose, be sure to give your lids a breather.
Wear eye makeup such as mascara. There are so many mascara products on the market now such as thickening or extended lash formulas.
False lashes are a huge hit in today’s beauty era. You can find eyelash strips to apply yourself at home or go to your salon professional for strand by strand extremely natural looking lashes.
Are There Other Options For My Thinning Eyelashes?
There is also a prescription treatment available and you can speak to your dermatologist about it. It’s called Latisse. Latisse is FDA approved to assist in growing long, healthy, and fuller lashes in approximately 16 weeks.
There is extreme process that only your doctor or dermatologist can determine is right for you. It’s an eyelash transplant. This procedure involves transferring your scalp follicles to your eyelids.
Now that you are aware of all your options regarding thin lashes, you can make an informed decision on what to do about them, if anything at all.
Make sure to talk to your dermatologist before applying any unnatural treatment to your eyelids.
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