Dr. Joel Schlessinger Explains How to Treat a Condition that Affects 80 Million Americans

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how to treat a condition that affects 80 million Americans.

 

Hair loss is a common condition that affects about 80 million people in the United States. Though it is natural to lose a few hairs, a growing bald spot or widening part may be a sign of hereditary hair loss. In this post, Joel Schlessinger MD explains the causes and treatments for thinning hair.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains hair loss.

Hair loss is most often hereditary but may also be the result of a diet lacking essential vitamins, nutrients, minerals or protein. Sudden changes in weight or crash dieting may also cause hair to thin. Hair loss associated with poor diet is usually temporary, but it may take time for hair to return to its natural thickness.

After giving birth, women may experience significant changes in hair volume. A surge of estrogen during pregnancy causes hair to become fuller and lusher. After childbirth, estrogen levels begin to regulate and hair tends to fall out as it resumes its normal growth cycle.

Losing hair may also be a sign of infections to the scalp including ringworm, folliculitis, eczema or staff. These infections are typically associated with symptoms such as itching, flaking skin or irritation. If you experience these symptoms in addition to excessive hair loss, it is best to see your dermatologist.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends hair loss treatments.

PHYTO Phytolium 4 Thinning Hair Treatment is effective option for treating thinning hair. After 16 weeks of clinical studies, 79% of users experienced a reduction in hair loss and 39% of users saw an increase in growth. This natural, paraben-free treatment is specially formulated with capucellpro to prolong the life of existing hair. A blend of essential oils and extracts helps to delay thinning and promote healthier hair blubs, as well.

The HairMax LaserComb is the only home-use laser photo therapy device approved by the FDA. Its laser light energy stimulates hair follicles to reverse the thinning process. It also increases hair density and revitalizes damaged hair. When used for 15 minutes three times a week, most users start seeing improvement in as little as 16 weeks.

Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins strengthens and nourishes hair for healthier growth. This hypoallergenic, silicone-free shampoo contains the natural invigorating ingredient quinine to improve follicle growth. Vitamin B cleanses, detangles and volumizes hair while activating the scalp’s microcirculation to encourage stronger hair.

Nourish hair and promote existing growth with Viviscal Professional Supplements. These dietary supplements are formulated with a blend of marine ingredients, apple extract, biotin, vitamin C and essential amino acids to nourish existing hair and increase density. Taken orally twice a day, they nourish hair from within.

If you experience scalp irritation along with hair loss, see a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Schlessinger.

Hair loss accompanied by itching or flaking may be a sign of infection. Consult your dermatologist who can provide you with the best course of treatment.

Do you have questions about hair loss? Ask Dr. Schlessinger in the comments section.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger Discusses Dermatologist-Recommended Makeup

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses dermatologist-recommended makeup

The makeup you wear everyday can have a huge impact on your skin’s health and appearance. High-quality makeup can enhance your natural beauty, add a youthful glow to your complexion and even help strengthen and protect your skin over time. Low-quality makeup can clog pores, exacerbate conditions, such as acne and rosacea, and irritate skin. Keep reading to learn which ingredients to look for when choosing your makeup, as well as some of Dr. Schlessinger’s favorite products to suggest to patients.

Dermatologists, like Dr. Joel Schlessinger, recommend mineral-based makeup.

Overall, dermatologists recommend mineral-based makeup for optimal skin health. Mineral makeup contains natural minerals mined from the earth and very few additional ingredients. Titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, ultramarine and iron oxides are among the most common minerals used in these products, and each is known to protect skin against free radical damage. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, for example, are two active physical sunscreen ingredients, so when you wear a mineral-based foundation, you automatically receive a little sun protection. These minerals may also help protect skin against signs of aging. Another benefit of mineral makeup is that it remains on top of the skin. Not only does this create a beautiful “second skin” effect and a more natural finish, it also means that products will not clog pores or irritate skin conditions.

While the majority of mineral products are pressed or loose powder, there are plenty of liquid options available. You can also find eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, finishing powders, concealers and more, making it easy to form an entire routine that’s good for your skin.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how to build a mineral makeup routine.

A LovelySkin customer favorite, jane iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 is a lightweight formula that offers medium to full coverage with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. It also features antioxidants, like algae extract, to help diminish signs of aging and protect the skin against environmental stressors. The powder’s matte finish helps reduce the look of shine and promote a balanced complexion.

If you prefer a liquid formula, try Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation. This safe, breathable foundation is gentle enough for those with acne, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and injuries. It features advanced technology that works to deliver oxygen to the skin and encourage healing and healthy collagen production, all while creating a flawless complexion. The water-resistant formula stays put through swimming and perspiring and it offers an SPF of 25.

glo minerals offers a wide selection of mineral blushes, bronzers and highlighters in both cream and powder forms that contain green tea, plus vitamins A,C and E for antioxidant protection. Each offers high color pay-off and a beautifully natural finish. Pick up GloBlush, the Contour Kit and the GloShimmer Brick to complete your face routine.

If you have sensitive eyes, you’ll want to stay away from makeup that contains artificial dyes, fragrance and preservatives. Dr. Schlessinger recommends Mirabella Eye Colour Matte for a gentle eyeshadow, Dr. Hauschka Eyeliner Liquid and jane iredale PureLash Lengthening Mascara.

There is no such thing as makeup that works for everyone, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Remember, even though these formulas are the preferred choice among dermatologists, there is no makeup that is right for everyone. Allergies to mineral ingredients are rare, but they do exist, and just because a product claims to be mineral-based doesn’t mean that it is free of parabens, fragrance, oil or other known irritants. Always check labels for a full list of ingredients to be sure you’re using the best products for your needs and skin type.

You’ll also want to be sure to remove your makeup thoroughly at the end of every day to prevent irritation. A wonderful solution for all skin types is glo minerals GloEye Make Up Remover, a liquid that is soothing to the skin and gentle enough to use on the entire face. To prevent the spread of bacteria, wash your makeup brushes weekly with a special cleanser, like jane iredale Pure Shampoo & Conditioner.

Do you have a question for Dr. Schlessinger about the best makeup for your skin? Let us know in the comments below.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses five reasons to see a dermatologist

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses five reasons to see a dermatologist
Visiting the dermatologist is an important step to maintaining your health. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it’s essential that you take good care of it. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine what requires professional attention, so Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to explain five of the main reasons you should see a dermatologist.

Dermatologists can handle a variety of skin, hair and nail concerns, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

If you’ve ever sat in the doctor’s office wondering if your condition falls under the realm of dermatology, you’re not alone. The bottom line: if it affects your skin, hair or nails, chances are you’re in the right place. Read on for five main reasons you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

Stubborn acne

If you struggle with acne, the sooner you can see a professional, the better. Acne can easily cause severe scarring and, once scarring has occurred, there is little that can be done to improve it. By addressing breakouts early, you can avoid unsightly scars altogether. Your dermatologist can create a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs and even suggest an effective skin care routine that will help keep your acne under control.

New or changing moles, freckles and dark spots

A change in a mole or growth is generally the first sign of skin cancer. Self-examination and yearly checkups are essential to catching skin cancer in its early stages. If diagnosed and treated early, skin cancer is easily cured. Even if you’re diligent about looking for changes in your skin, it’s still important to schedule an annual exam with your dermatologist. These experts are uniquely qualified to recognize, evaluate and treat skin cancers, ensuring the earliest possible detection.

Unexplained changes in your skin, hair or nails

Whether it’s a sudden rash or itchy, irritated skin, sudden changes in your skin can sometimes be a sign of something bigger. If you notice your skin changing, it’s best to see a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. It could be an easily treatable skin condition like eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, but it could also be a symptom of a bigger health concern.

The same goes for your hair and nails. Gradual or sudden hair loss could be caused by a variety of things. Similarly, nail discoloration, peeling and splitting could be the result of a number of factors. Visiting your dermatologist will ensure you receive the right treatment for all your concerns.

Cosmetic concerns

Aside from treating a variety of skin conditions, dermatologists can also address cosmetic concerns. If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure like Botox or laser hair removal, your dermatologist should be your point of contact. Day spas might offer these treatments at a discounted rate, but they often don’t have a qualified or experienced professional on staff to perform the procedure. When it comes to your appearance, you want to choose a board-certified dermatologist with the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your best results.

Expert advice

Lastly, the biggest benefit of regularly visiting your dermatologist is tapping into their wealth of knowledge. Your dermatologist can help you better understand your skin concerns, learn how to protect your skin from the sun and answer any lingering questions you might have. They’ll also be able to recommend the best products for your skin type and concerns. Armed with all of this information, you’ll be well on your way to healthy, beautiful skin.

Visit Dr. Joel Schlessinger for all your skin, hair and nail concerns.

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger sees patients every day at his practice in Omaha, Neb. He and his staff have the skill, expertise and knowledge to find the right treatment plan for you. From simple to complicated skin conditions, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has the medical background to properly diagnose and treat your concerns.

Do you have a question for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Share with us in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains stacked tattoo removal

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Joel Schlessinger MD explains stacked tattoo removal

Before and After – 1 single treatment and 2 stacked treatments

When patients want to have a tattoo removed, their first concern is often how long the process will take. There’s no way to remove a tattoo in just one office visit other than via excision, which is reserved for the smallest of tattoos and doesn’t work in many areas, but luckily, there is a way to speed up the process from about a year to just a few months. In this blog post, Joel Schlessinger MD discusses stacked tattoo removal and how this procedure works.

Stacked tattoo removal allows for several sessions of tattoo removal in just one sitting, Joel Schlessinger MD shares.

Since the 1960s, cosmetic surgeons have used lasers to remove unwanted tattoos. With early laser technologies, the results were not always ideal. The tattoos were difficult to remove and often left behind some scarring. Today’s lasers do a much better job of removing the pigment in tattoos. Even if the tattoo cannot be completely removed, many times it can be diminished or significantly lightened.

Stacked tattoo removal is a recent advancement that has made the removal process much quicker and easier for most patients. The stacked treatment offers the ability to perform four sessions in just one sitting. During this treatment, the doctor uses the same basic laser settings and each session is separated by approximately 20 minutes. This can shorten treatment time from a year or more to several months in many cases.

However, it’s important to remember that not all tattoos respond to the same treatment. Many cosmetic surgeons prefer to perform one single session first to make sure the pigments in the tattoo are responsive to treatment and there are no adverse reactions. Once your doctor knows how your tattoo will respond, he or she will be able to determine the best treatment plan to meet your needs.

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses how the tattoo removal process works.

Tattoo ink is made up of tiny particles that are placed into the skin with a needle. The tattoo removal laser works by delivering an intense pulse of light into the skin. When the color of the light matches the color of the ink, the ink heats up and vaporizes the particles. As these particles become smaller, they absorb into your body.

Some tattoos are easier to remove than others. Black, brown and blue inks are usually easier to remove while lighter colors like green, yellow, white, orange or purple can be more difficult. Generally, the ideal tattoo for removal should be no bigger than five inches in length and width. It’s possible to remove tattoos that are larger than this, but the area will need to be separated in to smaller sections and treated over a longer period of time.

Choose a board-certified cosmetic surgeon like Joel Schlessinger MD to remove your tattoo.

When you’ve decided you want to remove a tattoo, it’s important to seek treatment from a board-certified professional to avoid skin damage or other complications. Your cosmetic surgeon should be able to tell you what kind of results you can expect prior to any treatment. Because each tattoo responds differently, the professional you choose should also be comfortable working with various types of lasers.

Joel Schlessinger MD has been treating unwanted tattoos at his practice in Omaha, Neb. since 1997. He has three different lasers available to use, allowing him to treat a variety of colors and tattoo patterns that are usually difficult to treat. Before your procedure, he can answer any questions you might have, including how approximately many treatments you might need, if your tattoo will respond to treatment and what results you can expect.

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