Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about chapped lips

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Now that winter’s here, the cold weather, dry air and harsh winds can leave your lips chapped and cracked. Caring for rough, dry lips can be difficult, but luckily, there are several products available to soothe and hydrate your skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD’s recent presentation on frequently asked questions about chapped lips highlights several recommendations for moisturizing products proven to help keep your lips soft and smooth. For specific treatment options, make an appointment to see your local dermatologist.

What do you use to keep your lips hydrated? Share with us in the comments.

New form of Accutane, researched by Joel Schlessinger MD, approved for use in US

Monday, November 26th, 2012

New form of Accutane, researched by Joel Schlessinger MD, approved for use in USRanbaxy Laboratories has launched Absorica, a drug used to treat recalcitrant acne, in the United States. Joel Schlessinger MD is excited about this new and effective treatment for acne.

Recalcitrant nodular acne is a severe type of acne that often does not respond to antibiotics or topical treatments. Absorica, a new version Accutane, is taken as a capsule by mouth twice daily.

Accutane is an effective treatment that heals and prevents acne breakouts on skin that may be resistant to other treatments. One of the downfalls of Accutane is that it must be taken with a large meal for best results. This version of Accutane has a better ability to be absorbed into the GI tract.

“This means that folks don’t have to take it with a fatty meal to get decent blood levels,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “In our tests, it did a fantastic job.”

Joel Schlessinger MD worked on this drug in clinical trials at the Advanced Skin Research Center in Omaha.

“The other benefit of this drug is that we hope there will be company support for indigent patients who need it.”

Currently, generic forms of Accutane are not much less expensive than the brand name drug, so it is still unaffordable to many patients.

Have you ever tried Absorica or Accutane? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about Juvederm

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Wrinkles and creases naturally form as we age. In his recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about Juvederm, a wrinkle filler similar to Restylane or Perlane. Juvederm is commonly used to fill in fine lines around the lips, as well as deeper wrinkles and folds in the cheeks.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger performs many of these simple cosmetic procedures daily in his clinic. To sign up for a consultation about Juvederm or any other cosmetic procedure, click here.

For more information about Juvederm procedures performed at Skin Specialists P.C., visit our website.

Joel Schlessinger explains SmartLipo and how it can benefit you

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Joel Schlessinger explains SmartLipo and how it can benefit youWhen you hear the word liposuction, you probably think of invasive surgery, long recovery time and permanent scarring. Luckily, there’s an alternative cosmetic procedure to liposuction that can give you great results – and it can be performed at your local cosmetic surgery office! Joel Schlessinger shares his thoughts about this innovative and effective procedure.

“SmartLipo is the combination of a laser that is introduced under the skin along with liposuction,” said Joel Schlessinger. “In my practice, I use it with tumescent liposuction, the safest and most effective form of liposuction.”

SmartLipo uses the most innovative advances in laser and cosmetic surgery to provide a quick, safe and cost-effective form of liposuction. This quick procedure works on small areas of fat that can be easily liquefied and removed.

This effective procedure is commonly used on areas that are troublesome for traditional methods of liposuction. Areas include the back, bra strap area, thighs, hips, knees, upper arms, chin, neck, breasts and other areas of loose or flabby skin.

“Generally speaking, the majority of heavy lifting is done by tumescent liposuction, but the SmartLipo results in significant increases in fat reduction as well as increased tightening after the procedure,” said Joel Schlessinger.

Visit our website to see if SmartLipo is the right choice for you.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about keratosis pilaris

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Keratosis pilaris is characterized by dry, rough patches and small bumps on the back, arms, thighs and other areas of the body. These small bumps form when obstructed hair growth patterns cause the skin to become congested. Keratosis pilaris is generally worse during the winter, but luckily, there are several products available to treat this common skin concern.

Joel Schlessinger MD’s recent presentation on frequently asked questions about keratosis pilaris highlights several recommendations for exfoliating products proven to help minimize these dry, rough patches of skin. For personalized treatment options, you should make an appointment to see your local dermatologist.

What products do you use to treat keratosis pilaris? Share with us in the comments.

What’s the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction? Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

What's the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction? Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.Many people believe the only way to achieve a smaller, flatter stomach from surgery is with a tummy tuck. However, this isn’t the case. Dr. Joel Schlessinger offers an alternative to this invasive surgery with liposuction. Read more to discover the difference between a tummy tuck and tumescent liposuction.

“Many patients come to me thinking they want and need a tummy tuck,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger, “but find that liposuction offers a less expensive and more effective result.”

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. It is often performed on patients that have sagging skin following pregnancy or major weight loss.

Tumescent liposuction is an alternative to a tummy tuck. This form of liposuction removes unwanted localized deposits of fat to help contour the body.

Why should you choose tumescent liposuction over a tummy tuck? Dr. Joel Schlessinger says tumescent liposuction can give more effective results with only a day of down time compared to a tummy tuck that can leave someone out for up to 12 weeks.

“While tummy tuck is a cute name, it leaves individuals with lifelong scars from one side to another, along with an artificial and somewhat odd appearing belly button,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“There are times when a tummy tuck is the only thing that can be used, but about 90% of the time I find that tumescent liposuction, the best and safest form of liposuction, does just as well, if not better, at about half the cost.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger performs tumescent liposuction regularly in his clinic. He also offers SmartLipo procedures, a laser surgery form of liposuction. To learn more about SmartLipo, click here.

Make a consultation today with Dr. Joel Schlessinger and find out of tumescent liposuction is right for you.

Rosacea treatment tips from Joel Schlessinger MD

Thursday, November 8th, 2012


Rosacea is an extremely common condition that causes the skin to appear red or flushed and can also be a type of acne in mature patients. During this educational video, Joel Schlessinger MD explains the importance of finding the cause of your rosacea.

While this condition can often be cleared, some cases of rosacea do not go away. Joel Schlessinger MD spotlights a few great products that can be used to either cover or treat redness associated with rosacea. Learn more about this condition and how to minimize its affects by watching this video.

If you need help with your rosacea treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Joel Schlessinger and Skin Specialists PC today.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about melasma

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation often caused by uncontrolled exposure to sunlight or pregnancy. This patchy discoloration, usually appearing on the cheeks, nose, upper lip and chin, is a common skin condition for many women between the ages of 20 and 50. Fortunately, there are several products available to help diminish these dark spots.

Joel Schlessinger MD’s recent presentation on frequently asked questions about melasma discusses the causes of this condition and highlights several recommendations for products proven to help minimize dark spots. For specific treatment options, you should make an appointment to see your local dermatologist.

How do you treat melasma? Share with us in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the differences between fillers and facelifts

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the differences between fillers and faceliftsDr. Joel Schlessinger performs cosmetic surgery daily at Skin Specialists PC. One of the most popular procedures is wrinkle-relaxing injections such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin and wrinkle fillers like Restylane and Perlane. However, many patients are skeptical about the use of cosmetic injections and how long they will last. Many people want to know why use fillers and wrinkle relaxers when you can get a permanent facelift?

“The simple explanation is that facelifts are going to look good at one point in time and gradually, as you change, they won’t have the ability to change with you,” says Joel Schlessinger. “That’s the reason that most people can tell when someone has had a facelift.”

Injections like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines, wrinkles and other areas in the face. It leaves the skin appearing smooth and youthful. Results can last up to six months before another injection may be needed.

Other injections like Restylane and Perlane fill in lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin looking youthful and smooth.

With permanent plastic surgeries like a facelift, the skin is pulled tight across the face to limit the appearance of sagging and wrinkles in the skin. The results are dramatic and long-lasting, but as Dr. Joel Schlessinger pointed out, this can leave your face looking unnatural.

“Many times, a facelift is the only option if people go too long without injections, but the new paradigm is to treat early so you can avoid the cost, risk and significant alteration of your appearance,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“Botox, Dysport and Xeomin as well as fillers like Restylane and Perlane provide a much more natural appearance and they can be adjusted over time, which leads to a much more graceful way of aging,” said Joel Schlessinger.

Set up a consultation today at Skin Specialists PC and determine if cosmetic injections are right for you.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about dark eye circles

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Dark circles form under our eyes as the delicate skin becomes thinner and more fragile, exposing tiny blood vessels under the surface. These dark under eye circles can cause the complexion to look fatigued, but luckily, there are several products available to help minimize this common sign of aging.

Joel Schlessinger MD’s recent presentation on frequently asked questions about dark eye circles discusses several recommendations for products proven to help diminish the appearance of dark circles. For personalized treatment options, you should make an appointment to see your local dermatologist.

What do you use to minimize dark under eye circles? Share with us in the comments.