Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends the best time of year for cosmetic procedures

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends the best time of year for cosmetic procedures
Deciding to have a cosmetic procedure done is a big decision and you want to make sure that you get the best results possible. Having certain procedures performed at certain times of the year will help you achieve this. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is here to explain when you should schedule your treatments throughout the year.

Treatments on the body may take longer to see results, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Some procedures require multiple treatments over a period of several weeks. To get your body ready for the beach, you’ll want to have your cosmetic procedures performed in early spring. Laser hair removal generally requires a series of five to seven treatments over a period of eight to twelve weeks to catch the entire growth cycle of hair. It is also important to schedule your appointments in the winter or early spring because laser hair removal cannot be done when skin is tan. The laser targets and destroys the dark hair follicle which is easier to pinpoint when skin is lighter so if your skin is too tan, the procedure cannot be performed.

Procedures that help reduce fat around the stomach, abdomen and thighs require multiple treatments. CoolSculpting, a non-invasive procedure, targets and eliminates fat cells by freezing them. The fat cells are gradually eliminated over a period of several weeks following your treatments. UltraShape is another non-invasive fat reduction procedure that delivers bursts of energy to target fat cells that dissipate over a period of a few weeks. With both of these treatments, it can take a couple of months to see the full results so Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests having the treatment performed in the spring before you have to hit the beach.

Anyone who is looking to reduce the appearance of fat around the neck and chin can treat the area with Kybella. During a series of two to six sessions, the treatment is injected into skin and eliminates fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue. After the treatment, the area can swell for up to three days to a week so you want to avoid having the procedure performed right before a big event. . Generally, patients see results in six to eight weeks so now is the best time to schedule the procedure so you are ready in time for the holiday season.

Fillers and BOTOX®, explains Dr. Joel Schlessinger, can be performed any time of year.

Treatments that reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, nose, mouth and forehead can be performed any time of year. Occasionally, fillers can cause bruising so you do not want to have them done immediately before a big event. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends having the treatment performed at least two to three weeks before the event.

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and JUVEDERM generally only require one treatment and the results can last up to six months. JUVEDERM VOLUMA™ XC is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that adds volume to the cheek area. The injectable gel gently lifts skin to create a fuller and more youthful contour. This treatment lasts up to 18-24 months so it is the best option for anyone who is not able to schedule an appointment every six months.

BOTOX® works by preventing repetitive muscle contractions that cause deep furrows on areas such as the forehead and between the brows. Dysport™ is similar to BOTOX® and is a newly approved FDA wrinkle relaxer that reduces the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles. With both of these treatments, you will see a relaxing of lines anywhere from three to four days after the treatment.

Do you have a question about these treatments for Dr. Joel Schlessinger? Ask him in the comments section!

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses IPL Intense Pulsed Light treatment

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Many women struggle with dark spots and sun damage. The best way to create and maintain an even skin tone is to pair an in-office treatment with an advanced skin care regimen. In his most recent presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about IPL, or intense pulsed light therapy. He also recommends a post-treatment skin care regimen that will help you maintain a healthy complexion.

IPL treatment creates a more even skin tone, Joel Schlessinger MD shares.

The IPL treatment uses an innovative technology that helps diminish the appearance of dark spots, discoloration, freckles and uneven skin tone. This gentle, non-ablative procedure uses broad spectrum light to safely treat sun damage. Great for patients with active lifestyles, IPL therapy requires no downtime and has a very low risk of side effects.

An advanced skin care regimen will help you maintain a healthy complexion, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

After receiving an IPL treatment, it is important to maintain your results with an advanced skin regimen. Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using Retin-A, Refissa, Tretinoin or an over-the-counter retinol along with a brightening system like Obagi Nu-Derm. This 7-piece system reduces the appearance of dark spots with 4% hydroquinone. With continued use, you’ll see results in as little as six weeks.

SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 is an excellent over-the-counter retinol product. It minimizes sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles by increasing cell turnover. This retinol can be mixed with Obagi Nu-Derm Blender for enhanced results.

Finally, Joel Schlessinger MD suggests applying a daily sunscreen to protect your complexion against future damage. Wearing sunscreen every day will help prevent dark spots from returning. EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen is an excellent choice because its gentle, oil-free formula won’t clog pores or cause irritation.

Do you have a question about IPL therapy for Joel Schlessinger MD? Share with us in the comments.

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.”

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

When is the best time for laser hair removal? Joel Schlessinger MD shares.

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

When is the best time for laser hair removal? Joel Schlessinger MD shares.Laser hair removal is a safe and easy procedure that gets rid of unwanted body hair. This quick procedure can give lasting results for both men and women. But, when is the best time to receive a laser hair removal procedure? Joel Schlessinger MD shares his advice on this common question.

“It is best to have laser hair removal performed in the late fall, winter and early spring rather than the summer,” said Joel Schlessinger MD.

He explains that laser hair removal requires light skin and dark hair for the most effective results. The laser targets the pigment in the hair, killing the follicle and removing the hair. However, if the skin becomes darker, it can ruin the results of a laser hair treatment.

“Sunlight causes a tan and any tan can shortstop the laser light, resulting in a burn,” Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

“While some people who are very light and don’t go out in the sun during the summer can still have it performed during the summer, this is more the exception than the rule.”

For the best results, Joel Schlessinger MD says that laser hair removal should be performed in the cooler months when there is less of a chance that you will be exposed to prolonged direct sunlight.

“The risk of treatments with laser goes up substantially in the summertime, so it is best to receive treatments in the fall, winter or spring.”

Have you considered laser hair removal? Find out if you’re a candidate for this innovative procedure here.

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.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains Ultherapy

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Ultherapy is a non-invasive procedure that lifts and tightens skin. In the video below, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how this treatment uses ultrasound to improve the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck.

When using Ultherapy, there is no need for injections as it is a non-invasive procedure that has little or no downtime! It is a very short and simple process with minimal pain or discomfort. Watch this video to learn more about the procedure from Dr. Joel Schlessinger and see real results experienced by his patients.

Learn more about Ultherapy or schedule a consultation with Dr. Joel Schlessinger and Skin Specialists PC today.

Joel Schlessinger MD covers the process of treating leg veins

Thursday, October 25th, 2012


Roughly 40% of women suffer from leg veins, but very few know they can be treated. Leg veins are extremely common for women who are constantly on their feet or working in service professions.

During this video, Joel Schlessinger MD shares the difference between varicose and spider veins as well as how they can be treated. You also get to follow Lorene, a woman battling this skin concern since high school. Watch this educational video below to learn more about treating leg veins.

If you’re interested in leg vein treatment, set up a consultation with Dr. Joel Schlessinger and Skin Specialists PC today.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about stretch marks

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Stretch marks occur when the skin is pulled by stretching or quick growth. Starting out, these marks can appear pink, reddish brown, or dark brown, then fade to a silvery color over time. Stretch marks are often associated with pregnancy, but can also be a concern for anyone experiencing a growth spurt or weight gain. Fortunately, there are numerous products available to help treat and prevent these marks.

Joel Schlessinger MD’s recent presentation on frequently asked questions about stretch marks highlights several recommendations for products proven to help minimize the appearance of unwanted stretch marks. For specific treatment options, you should make an appointment to see your local dermatologist.

What do you use to treat and prevent stretch marks? Share with us in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger speaks at RxDerm2012 meeting in Austin, Texas

Friday, September 21st, 2012

On Sept. 21, Joel Schlessinger MD spoke at the RxDerm2012 meeting in Austin, Tex. This yearly meeting consists of physicians and guests that want to learn the ins and outs of new and upcoming dermatology technologies.

This year, Joel Schlessinger MD spoke to a room of physicians about hand-held devices and top cosmeceuticals. See his presentation below.

Other speakers at this year’s conference included Peter Panagotacos, Bill Danby, Lynn Danby, Joe Eastern, Sahar Ghannam, Rhett Drugge and many more.

Did you attend RxDerm 2012? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and LovelySkin host successful Ultherapy Uplifting event.

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and the LovelySkin retail store recently hosted an Ultherapy event. This informational session offered  insight and knowledge on this groundbreaking cosmetic procedure, as well as skin care tips, special discounts, prizes, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Ultherapy is a new non-invasive way to lift and tone sagging, mature skin. With just one treatment and no downtime, your skin will gradually reflect a more uplifted, refreshed appearance. Learn more about this revolutionary non-surgical procedure here.

Event attendees also received an Ultherapy consultation as well as a $50 store or cosmetic credit for use at LovelySkin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger also selected one lucky event attendee to receive a free upper face Ultherapy treatment, valued at $1750.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger would like to give kudos to the amazing staff that helped put on this wonderful affair. Without their organization, hard work and dedication, the Ultherapy event wouldn’t have been such a wild success.

Learn how you can join our next event here.