Posts for: November, 2018

By Hecker Dermatology Group, PA
November 16, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Ultherapy  

Discover the non-invasive cosmetic treatment that helps tighten skin while smoothing away wrinkles.

Collagen is a naturally occurring element in our bodies that is instrumental in keeping skin plump, firm and supple; however, as we get older, our bodies are no longer producing as much collagen, which causes our skin to loosen and sag. If you’ve just started to notice these changes, they may seem minor right now, but you should nip this issue in the bud rather than turning to more invasive treatments in the future. If so, our Pompano Beach and Tamarac, FL, dermatologists Dr. Melanie and Dr. David Hecker offer a non-surgical way to give your face the youthful lift it needs.

What is Ultherapy?

This treatment uses ultrasound technology to target the deeper layers of the skin (approximately 4.5mm deep, which is deeper than any cosmetic laser or radiofrequency treatments) to stimulate the production of collagen below the surface of the skin to tighten, lift and firm the skin of the face, neck, and chin while also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Ultherapy is unique to other treatments that offer similar results because the system allows your cosmetic dermatologist the ability to determine precisely where the ultrasound energy should be administered, tailoring your treatment to your specific needs and goals. This simple treatment can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.

When will I see results?

While some people swear that they see a difference right away, it takes a couple of months for the body to begin producing new collagen. Therefore it takes about 2-3 months before you’ll start to notice firmer and tighter skin, with full results taking up to 6 months to appear.

One treatment session is usually all that’s needed to get the results you want. Of course, nothing can stop us from aging, so results can’t last forever. Results can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years.

What are some benefits of Ultherapy?

One of the benefits of getting Ultherapy is that there is no downtime, so you can go right back to your daily routine right after treatment. We know that many people lead busy lives, and while they might love to get cosmetic treatments to improve the look of their skin, they often can’t afford to take time off. This is why Ultherapy is a great option for so many of our patients looking to refresh their appearance without surgery or treatments that require a long recovery time.

This is also a great option for someone who isn’t quite ready to take the plunge to get cosmetic surgery, since Ultherapy allows a more conservative approach to reducing and even eliminating the appearance of lines and wrinkles of the face, neck and chest.

Hecker Dermatology Group in Tamarac and Pompano Beach, FL, is dedicated to providing you with the comprehensive dermatological care you need. No matter whether you want to address issues such as acne or smooth away early signs of aging with Ultherapy, call our office today to find out how we can help you.

By Hecker Dermatology Group, PA
November 15, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Warts  

Treatment of wartsFind out the most effective ways to remove a wart.

The common wart is a small tumor caused by a virus known as the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts can occur anywhere on the body. They may come and go over the years. The HPV infection can produce everything from the common, noncancerous wart, to cancerous warts of the mouth or genitals.

Since a virus causes warts, these benign growths are also contagious. Sharing towels and clothing, or even just coming in contact with their wart can cause the virus to spread. The good news is that most warts often go away on their own without treatment; however, it can often take months or even years for them to go away. If the wart is unsightly or in an uncomfortable spot then you may want to have it removed. Here are some of the top ways to effectively remove a wart yourself.

Salicylic Acid Treatment

Salicylic acid treatment can come in several forms including pads or gels. They can be used to get rid of a variety of different kinds of warts from the small ones to the large, lumpier ones. Salicylic acid works by breaking down the protein that makes up the layers of the wart.

At ­Home Freezing

While your dermatologist is able to remove warts with liquid nitrogen, if you’re looking to remove the wart yourself, then you can also opt for aerosol wart removals that can be sprayed on the wart to freeze it. While the over­the­counter products are nearly as effective as the freezing methods your dermatologist can use, many patients still find at­home freezing to be just as effective.

If none of these at­home treatments remove your wart, then it’s time to talk to your dermatologist about other treatment options. Keep in mind that even the most effective wart treatment can’t guarantee that the wart won’t grow back. This is because most of the treatments available only get rid of the wart but not the actual virus.

If you’re dealing with a painful or unsightly wart but over­the­counter treatments aren’t working, then it’s time to call our dermatology office today.

By Hecker Dermatology Group, PA
November 01, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Facial Scars   Treatments  

Facial Scars can have reduced visibilityFind out how your dermatologist can improve the appearance of your facial scars.

From traumatic injuries to acne, there are a variety of reasons why you may be dealing with facial scars; however, it doesn’t mean you have to live with them for the rest of your life. Your dermatologist offers up a range of cosmetic treatment options that can improve the appearance of your skin and reduce the look of your scars. If you’re ready to get newer, healthier­looking skin, find out more about what treatments could help you.

Dermabrasion: This cosmetic procedure uses a handheld device to remove the outermost layer of the skin. By abrading this top layer, we are able to remove dead skin cells and promote the growth of healthy new skin. Dermabrasion is used to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores and acne scars. However, this treatment is not effective against deep­set scars.

Laser Resurfacing: By using a high­powered laser, we can remove damaged skin and surface scars, helping to minimize the appearance of unsightly dermatological problems like lines, wrinkles, age spots, pigmented areas and scars caused by acne, injury or surgery.

Chemical peels: This treatment requires your dermatologist to apply a strong chemical solution over your skin to remove the top, damaged layer of skin and exfoliate the healthier, smoother-looking layer of new skin that is revealed. Chemical peels are another great way to dramatically reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and acne scars.

If you are dealing with superficial scars that are close to the surface of the skin, you will benefit greatly from this cosmetic procedure; however, those with deeper scars will not experience a significant improvement.

Injections: Your dermatologist is happy to offer both collagen and cortisone injections to help shrink and reduce the appearance of scars. By increasing the collagen in your face, we can give your skin more fullness to smooth out visible scars.

If you are interested in any of these dermatological treatments talk to your dermatologist today. Don’t let facial scarring affect your self­esteem. Make the choice to improve your skin and your confidence!

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