Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s latest laser treatments for tattoo removal

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Tattoos can be removed, but the process can be more complicated than you might imagine. It’s important to consult with a skilled dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Joel Schlessinger to determine the best way to remove your tattoos and what results to expect.

Laser tattoo removal by dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger

The picture above of a recent patient is an excellent example of the technology and treatments that Dr. Joel Schlessinger can use to remove unwanted tattoos.

The patient, a 41-year-old woman, had the name of her husband put on her wrist. She now finds that it interferes with her professional job and came to see Dr. Joel Schlessinger to get it removed. This result was after 5 laser treatments, at a cost of approximately $200 a treatment.

Cost for removal varies according to the size, location, and quality of the tattoo. Tattoo removal often depends more on the color of the tattoo rather than on the design and size.

“Not all tattoos respond this well,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Larger ones become nearly impossible to treat in this manner due to size.  Certain colors, especially green, are tough to treat as well.”

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports, complete tattoo removal without scarring may be impossible.

At-home remedies can be unsafe and are invariably ineffective. Tattoo removal at home is unlikely to lead to complete removal of the ink and may cause burns or other unwanted skin damage. Remedies such as creams or bleaching agents found on the Internet are ineffective and can cause more damage than help.

As an additional caution for people considering getting a tattoo: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported a new type of bacteria that has caused infections in people getting tattoos. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that the infection came from bacteria found in tap water used to dilute the tattoo ink.

It’s best to consult with a specialist to examine your needs and decide on the best course of tattoo removal.

Skin Specialists, under the guidance of board-certified dermatologist and board-certified dermatologic cosmetic surgeon Dr. Joel Schlessinger, offers award-winning consultation and treatment for tattoo removal. For more information, contact Skin Specialists toll-free at 1-800-364-7583.

What tattoo do you have that you’d like removed?

Common hair loss drug may be able to slow prostate cancer

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

A new study has shown that dutasteride and a similar drug, finasteride, could actually slow or stop the progression of prostate cancer rather than making it worse as previously presumed.

One hundred thousand men are diagnosed every year with early stage prostate cancer. Removing prostate cancer with either surgery or radiation can have serious side effects such as impotence or incontinence. In the new study from the University of Toronto, it was found that dutasteride and finasteride actually slowed or even stopped prostate cancer from progressing in men with early-stage prostate cancer who choose to not have immediate treatment.

Earlier studies have suggested that dutasteride and finasteride had the possibility to protect men from prostate cancer, but the Food and Drug Administration did not allow these drugs to be marketed for cancer prevention for fear that they may spur the growth of later stage cancers.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger currently prescribes finasteride to men as a treatment for hair loss.

Although this drug is commonly used to shrink prostates, in much lower doses it can help promote hair growth. Dr. Joel Schlessinger says there has always been a concern to him that finasteride has the potential to make cancer worse.

“This is important for many of my male patients who use finasteride because we worry about overall issues with long term usage,” Dr. Schlessinger said. “But this study proves the opposite it seems.”

The verdict is still out on long term usage of the drug in the growth of later stage cancers.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends getting tested for prostate cancer starting at age 50 for early detection and prevention.

The American Cancer Society provides guidelines for the early detection of prostate cancer. Be proactive about your health.

What questions do you have about the hair loss drugs that are in the news?

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and staff spend a Saturday night out!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
Hookshot at Dinker's Grill in Omaha, Nebraska

Dr. Joel Schlessinger considers his staff to be family and truly enjoys supporting their hobbies outside of the workplace.

On Saturday, an event was put on at Dinker’s Grill in Omaha, a restaurant and bar owned by the family of the Director of Internet Sales, Cathy Hutfless. This event featured live music from the band HOOKSHOT, whose lead guitar player, Logan (left in photo), is Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s Director of Information Technology. Logan’s band will be traveling to Los Angeles this year to record their debut full-length album at a major recording studio.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and many of his staff members and their families were in attendance to show their support for the restaurant and the band!

Top dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the many differences between generic sunscreens and ones that are specially formulated

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

For one, the price is higher for many of the better sunscreens, but that is due to ingredients that are higher quality and a formulation that is less likely to cause problems with acne or other conditions. Additionally, some sunscreens may wear off sooner, despite saying they are long lasting. Because of this, my staff and I have undertaken a thorough analysis of sunscreens, ranging from those that are great for everyday use to those that are great for acne prone individuals.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one way to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation is to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen.

But, Dr. Joel Schlessinger . . . it’s wintertime!

It is important to remember that, even though the sun isn’t quite as strong in the winter, it still has the ability to tan you and damage your skin, especially in higher altitudes such as skiing areas. So it is important to remember sunscreen, particularly if you have melasma, a pigmentation problem or sun damage.


Common Myths in Dermatology and comments by Dr. Joel Schlessinger

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

A friend of mine and one of the best dermatologists I know, Dr. Jerry Litt, put together a fantastic list of common myths in dermatology.  I am putting them on my blog with comments regarding them:

Acne is caused by lack of cleanliness

Comment by Dr. Joel Schlessinger:  Dermatologists know that acne is caused by many things and cleanliness, while possible as a cause for infections, doesn’t often cause the run of the mill teenage acne.  What does cause it is hormones, heredity, what you use to clean and put on your face and some foods (milk, in particular!).

Poison ivy (dermatitis) is contagious

Comment by Dr. Joel Schlessinger:  Poison ivy isn’t contagious, but the clothes you wore around the time you picked it up and animals who might have rolled in it ARE!  So be careful after an outbreak of poison ivy and also remember to clean under your fingernails for best results as the resin from it can be quite tough to get off!


Happy New Year from Dr. Joel Schlessinger

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

This message is one that I sent to my patients and customers at the office and LovelySkin.com.  I wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy New Year!  After the message is a fun picture of some of our LovelySkin.com staff in holiday garb…

Here is the link to my message:



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