At Affiliated Dermatologists, S.C. and The Skin and Laser Center, we take pride in providing our patients with only the most advanced and comprehensive skin treatments and products available. We desire to help you look and feel your best and have the skill and technologies necessary to help you achieve younger, beautiful looking skin.
Our experienced staff has been educated, trained and certified in all of the treatments and products that we offer at Affiliated Dermatologist. This is to ensure that all patients receive quality care and effective treatments. Call to schedule your complimentary consultation and let us help you achieve your skin care goals.
Microdermabrasion is especially for those with less than perfect skin. People with skin that has been damaged by the sun, age spots, acne or has a rough texture may benefit from microdermabrasion. The treatment removes the uppermost layer of skin and removes dead skin cells to reveal a healthier appearance. The exfoliation helps to revitalize the skin and encourage blood flow. We will consult with you on the treatment plan we feel will best achieve your desired results.
DiamondTome Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the top epidermal layer of the skin without the use of aluminum oxide crystals. The diamond tipped wand and vacuum makeup the handpiece that is held at a precise angle against the skin, producing a skin polishing peel. In as little as 30-40 minutes, this gentle abrasive technique efficiently produces satisfying results. Treatments are applied through a course of weekly to monthly sessions. It can be used to treat the face, neck, chest, shoulders, back, and hands. Microdermabrasion enhances the skin’s condition by stimulating collagen production and does what no other non-surgical treatments can do in combating the signs of aging skin. Most importantly, it is safe to use on all skin types and colors.
Age spots and fine lines are reduced, pores, are unclogged, acne diminished, collagen is stimulated and more uniform tone is evident. Most clients report that their skin is visibly softer, tighter, smoother, and younger looking, even right after their first treatment.
Laser Hair Removal
The High-Speed LightSheer Duet is the new standard in laser hair removal. Affiliated Dermatologists is pleased to offer this treatment for permanent hair reduction with exciting speed and amazing comfort! The LightSheer Duet uses a small vacuum to draw the skin into the device improving efficiency and comfort. The new device also produces a much larger beam of highly concentrated light that pulses for a fraction of a second. The light emitted is absorbed by the pigment located in the hair follicle, heating it up and reducing the hair’s ability to re-grow resulting in permanent hair reduction over time.
While we can safely and effectively treat all ethnicities and skin types, hair reduction procedures are only beneficial for dark haired individuals. Blonde, red, and gray haired people will not respond to hair reduction treatments.
Generally, a series of 5-7 treatments will be necessary to achieve the long-term look you desire. We usually space these treatments 4-12 weeks apart. Results vary but on average, results are noticeable after 4-6 treatments, with about an 80% reduction in hair growth. Touch-up treatments may be necessary to maintain optimum results.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Lumenis M22 Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a comprehensive, nonsurgical procedure that precisely produces a dramatic effect on the skin. Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) rejuvenates facial skin using a broad band of intense light. This popular device has the ability to treat a variety of skin disorders, like facial pigmentation, brown spots, and spider veins. Unlike a laser, treatment with IPL is much faster and the results become visible more quickly. The number of IPL therapy sessions needed varies depending on what a patient desires. The treatment time depends on the area being treated and there is little or no downtime afterwards. Treatment will take roughly 25-35 minutes, once every three weeks, with at least three to five treatments needed for the best possible results.
The IPL therapy is perfect for the individual who shows signs of photo aging. People who have rosacea, reddish discoloration, melasma, enlarge pores or fine lines tend to show the best response. The results of IPL are not immediate but take a few weeks to become obvious. The end result is a significant decrease in skin blotches and the appearance of an aesthetically pleasing youthful face.
Collagen Induction Therapy (DERMAPEN)
Collagen Induction Therapy utilizing the Dermapen Fractional microneedling device provides unparalleled collagen production. This unique microneedling device creates new collagen below the skin by (1) triggering the release of the growth factors for new epidermal growth (2) stimulating production of collagen and elastin for firm tight skin and (3) tissue remodeling to remove or reduce discolorations, fine lines and wrinkles and scarring. 4-6 treatments in 3-4 week intervals are recommended.
The Dermapen fractional micro-needling device has a unique spring-loaded disposable needle tip that uses an automated, vibrating stamp-like motion that enhances results while offering a more controlled and safer method of treatment than other micro-needling devices, all while causing less epidermal damage. The automated needling motion minimizes pain and discomfort, while increasing the effectiveness of treatments by promoting an even absorption of topicals into the skin. Dermapen offers exceptional results, is easy to use and has better precision and control than leading alternatives, all at a fraction of the cost.
The Collagen Induction Therapy treatment can provide drastic results in improving the appearance of keloid, surgical and acne scars, minimizing pore size, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and providing skin tightening, lifting and rejevenation. The micro needles of the Dermapen® create new collagen and elastin to be generated and deposited called collagenesis, however the added benefit of new capillary growth is also a result which can improve blood supply to the area which helps create healthier existing skin as well as provide a healthy foundation for the new skin. The physical nature of “skin-needling” breaks up this fibrous and uneven scar tissue and stimulates the growth of new tissue. Currently there are ablative and non-ablative treatments offered which can damage the epidermis and evaporate the skin leading to thinner epidermis problems. The Dermapen® keeps the epidermis integrity fully intact while treating the area which quickens healing time and causes less pain.
Post Treatment Experience
You will look as though you have a moderate to severe sunburn and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. This is normal and will subside after 1 to 2 hours and will normally recover within the same day or 24 hours. Your practitioner will prescribe a Dermapen approved post-procedure skincare.
Chemical peels are one of the oldest cosmetic procedures performed in the world. There are various types of chemical peels that can aid in skin rejuvenation. We offer a variety of chemical peels for all skin types and conditions. Depending on the strength, some peels will result in at least a small amount of down time, during which the dead skin will visibly flake and peel off. Following this stage, the “new” skin will appear smoother and more even in texture and tone. These peels can effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, shallow acne scars, sun damaged skin and age spots. This procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and involves the application of a series of peeling agents to the skin to remove dead cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. Most patients experience a mild to moderate hot sensation lasting 1 to 10 minutes depending on the depth of the peel. Depending on your skin problem and the desired results, a superficial, medium or deep peel will be recommended.
Light peels require little down time with minimal peeling from 2 to 7 days following the peel.
The medium to heavy peels require 7 days of downtime.
The procedure takes 5 to 60 minutes, depending on the depth of the peel.
Chemical peels can be performed safely on the face, neck, chest, and hands.
Light peels can result in significant improvement of uneven pigmentation, acne, and leathery skin without hiding out. Usually 3 peels are recommended and done in a series (every 3-4 weeks).
The heavier peels require some down time but result in a deeper and more permanent result, especially with respect to wrinkles.
Most common side effects:
Peeling, temporary redness and brown pigmentation lasting usually 1 to 2 weeks for the heavier peels. Peels can rarely flare acne. Occasionally, cold sores can be triggered. This is easily treated with cold sore medication (acyclovir). Scarring is very rare for heavy peels but has been reported.
Skin Analysis At Affiliated Dermatologists, S.C. and The Skin and Laser Center, we take pride in providing our patients with only the most advanced and comprehensive skin care available. We desire to help you look and feel your best and have the skill and technologies necessary to help you achieve younger, beautiful looking skin.
We offer the latest in skin complexion analysis technology, which allows us to thoroughly evaluate skin conditions and provides us with a visual foundation for determining the best course of treatment for each patient’s case. This revolutionary digital imaging technology thoroughly documents and evaluates the pores, wrinkles, texture and pigmentation of your skin. With both standard images and ultraviolet images recorded, we are able to measure any underlying sun damage below the surface of the skin as well as surface skin conditions, giving us an inside look at your skin.
Your doctor will work with you individually to create a personalized treatment plan that is best for you. Based on the results for your skin complexion analysis and comparing it to others of your age and skin type, we are able to recommend the best treatment option for your skin that will deliver optimum results.
As trained dermatologists, our staff has received advanced education and training in the treatment of skin, nails and hair, which allows them to effectively treat many skin-related conditions. With this expertise, they are also able to help you choose the best make-up for your type of skin.
We will work with you individually to choose a personalized make-up combination to meet your specific needs and desires. We pride ourselves in providing the best, most current cosmetics available to help you look and feel your very best!
Though it may sound obvious, always remember to keep your skin clean. This means not only washing your face with a gentle cleanser regularly, but little things you may not think about during the day. For example, your hands are one of the oiliest parts of your body – touching your face repeatedly spreads not only those oils, but the dirt that accumulates on your hands as well.
Avoid excessive exfoliation and moisturizing. While moderate exfoliating can clear your skin of old, dead cells, over-exfoliation can acidify and irritate your skin. Likewise, rationed applications of moisturizer are good for skin, but over-moisturizing can clog pores and make your skin oily.
When at all possible, try to keep your skin care regimen consistent. Cosmetic products, lotions and cleansers – even all-natural ones – can have dozens of ingredients, any of which could be potential allergens. Regularly and frequently changing these products out increases your chances of irritating, inflaming or shocking your skin.