Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses common patient misconceptions about fat reduction procedures

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses common patient misconceptions about fat reduction procedures
When a patient decides to undergo a non-invasive fat reduction procedure like CoolSculpting or VelaShape, sometimes they come into the office with unrealistically high expectations. As a board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is committed to under promising and over delivering results. Before any procedure, he makes sure to sit down with the patient and discuss what results they can expect.

Extreme marketing often affects patient expectations, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Many doctors avoid offering procedures in their practice if they promise unrealistic results. Dr. Joel Schlessinger says this is because it is often difficult to change the patient’s way of thinking.

“Almost every non-invasive laser or modality to date has been blown way out of proportion by the company and reps and had no chance of reputation repair by the clinician by the time it was popularized,” he says.

The media also popularizes procedures, leading patients to expect more drastic results.

“The ‘Oprah Effect’ and now the ‘Dr. Oz Effect’ have also inflated and then deflated numerous procedures.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says these unrealistic expectations aren’t caused by one specific company.

The cosmetic industry as a whole has warped the public’s view of laser procedures. Dr. Joel Schlessinger says patients shouldn’t be deterred from non-invasive fat treatments, as long as they know what results to expect.

“There is so much misinformation by the companies—and now unethical clinics and medispas—that it may be out of control and unsalvageable,” he says. “Non-invasive fat treatments have some utility, but the industry is engaging in a game of one-upmanship that could derail and/or destroy any public faith in these products.”

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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


Everyone’s skin can benefit from an antioxidant serum. Antioxidants protect the complexion against environmental damage caused by pollution, smoke, the sun and more. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD shares how SkinCeuticals’s newest antioxidant serum can benefit your skin.

This antioxidant treatment protects your skin while you sleep, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E uses the antioxidant power of red grapes to strengthen, repair and protect skin. Active ingredients in this concentrated serum also help boost the skin’s antioxidant defense system to help your complexion repair itself overnight. Resveratrol B E is different from other treatment serums because it offers the triple antioxidant power of resveratrol, baicalin and vitamin E to repair and prevent damage. This serum also uses an innovative delivery system to help these active ingredients work deep into skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD shares how SkinCeuticals Resveratrol  B E helps minimize the signs of damage.

This nighttime treatment repairs skin while protecting the complexion from future damage. With regular use of Resveratrol B E, you’ll see a visible improvement in skin smoothness, firmness, clarity, density and overall radiance.

Because Resveratrol B E is not meant for morning use, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends pairing this product with SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic for all-day protection. In the morning after cleansing and toning, apply four to five drops of C E Ferulic to your face and neck. Then after cleansing at night, apply one to two pumps of Resveratrol B E to your face and neck.

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Joel Schlessinger MD discusses body treatments and how to choose the right one

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

When it comes to skin care, it’s important to treat the skin on your body as well as you treat your face. Areas like the neck, chest and hands are often neglected in the way of treatments. Body treatments provide the rest of your skin with firming, anti-aging, hydrating and other skin care benefits. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses body treatments and how to choose the right one for your concerns.

Body treatments can diminish signs of aging on hard-to-treat areas, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

The neck, décolletage and hands are all areas where most people forget to apply sunscreen. This leads to sun damage down the road. Body treatments can help firm, tighten and brighten, giving your skin a more youthful appearance. For an all-in-one treatment to target the neck, chest and hands, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands. This anti-aging cream diminishes dark spots and plumps thinning skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD also recommends body treatments to treat specific skin concerns.

Body treatments can also improve the symptoms of common skin conditions. FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone soothes dry skin, psoriasis, eczema, insect bites, poison ivy, seborrheic dermatitis and more. The hydrocortisone in this balm goes beyond moisturizing to treat and heal itchy, irritated skin.

Joel Schlessinger MD recommends Glytone Body Retexturize KP Kit to improve the rough, bumpy skin associated with keratosis pilaris. The exfoliating products in this kit are formulated with glycolic acid to promote healthy skin renewal.

Finally, DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula helps improve the appearance of bruised skin with key ingredients like retinol, ceramides, alpha hydroxy acids, and niacinamide.

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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about PMD Personal Microderm Device

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014


Complete skin renewal is possible to achieve without making an appointment at the spa. PMD Personal Microderm Device is a microdermabrasion tool that yields professional-quality results from the comfort of your own home. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD shares how to use the PMD device and what results you can expect.

This at-home microdermabrasion tool rejuvenates the complexion, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

PMD Personal Microderm Device unclogs pores, improves skin tone, smooths a rough texture, diminishes blemishes and minimizes wrinkles. This tool offers three exfoliating discs that provide different levels of renewal, allowing you to control your own treatment. The blue discs provide sensitive treatment, the green discs provide medium treatment and the red discs provide maximum treatment. For best results, start with the blue discs first, then work your way up to the green and red discs.

PMD Personal Microderm Device makes skin renewal quick and easy, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

This at-home microdermabrasion tool is simple to use. Start by cleansing your skin and patting it dry. Use your free hand to put your skin taut, creating a smooth surface for the tool to glide across. Move the PMD device in an upward motion across the skin. Keep the device moving at all times and do not make more than two passes over one area during the treatment. PMD Personal Microderm Device can be used once a week.

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Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about moles

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Everyone has at least one mole. These marks can be any irregularity or dark spot on the skin, such as a birthmark. Most moles are harmless and don’t change, but others can show early symptoms of melanoma. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses how to distinguish harmless moles from dangerous ones.

Safe sun practices and proper skin care can protect you from dangerous moles, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Protecting yourself from harmful sun exposure can prevent moles from developing into skin cancer. Wear sunscreen and protective clothing to shield your skin. Another way to keep yourself safe is to avoid tanning booths.

Recognize the warning signs of dangerous moles by using the ABCDE rule. Look for moles with asymmetry, where one half doesn’t match the other half in shape. Next, check for moles with ragged, blurred or irregular borders. Watch out for marks with uneven coloration, more than one color or unusual color. Pay attention to moles with a diameter larger than 6 millimeters, or the size of a pencil eraser. Finally, keep track of evolving moles that change or grow in shape over time.

Scar treatments can minimize marks left behind after mole removal, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Joel Schlessinger is an expert in skin cancer evaluation. As a board-certified dermatologist, he is skilled at assessing dangerous moles and removing them if necessary. If you do need a mole removed, there are several scar treatments that can help diminish the appearance of scarring.

SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel is clinically proven to address multiple phases of scar formation to improve the overall healing process. You’ll see softer, smoother skin with less noticeable scarring with continued use. To conceal and heal post-procedure scars, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation. This breathable foundation stimulates cell growth and soothes stressed skin to minimize scar formation. Plus, the formula is gentle enough to use immediately after procedures.

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