Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses AQUAGOLD Fine Touch

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses AQUAGOLD Fine Touch

AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is a new microneedling device that boosts collagen production while treating common signs of aging.  It takes the classic microneedling process a step further by simultaneously addressing concerns like dryness and fine lines with a targeted treatment.

AQUAGOLD Fine Touch complements any in-office treatment, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

This unique device is the perfect finishing touch for your in-office treatments. AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is a glass vial topped with 20 hair-thin needles. As these needles make contact with the dermis, they deliver whatever liquid is in the vial to the complexion, such as hyaluronic acid or a topical serum.

This microneedling treatment is gentler on skin than roller techniques, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Because the needles pass over skin, AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is relatively painless. Unlike classic roller techniques that can cause microtears in the skin, this device won’t cause bleeding because it applies the microneedles perpendicular to the skin. The treatment requires no downtime so you can immediately continue with your daily routine.

AQUAGOLD Fine Touch is also innovative in that the device is an individual unit that isn’t reused from person to person. This makes the treatment sterile for each patient, unlike rollers and other techniques that require reusable units and materials. This cleanliness is ultimately why Dr. Joel Schlessinger chose to add AQUAGOLD Fine Touch to his practice.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses “flesh tunnel” reconstruction for patients with stretched earlobes

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses “flesh tunnel” reconstruction for patients with stretched earlobesCosmetic surgeons around the country are seeing an increase in the number of patients seeking reconstructive surgery to repair earlobes that have been stretched. In this blog, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses this procedure and what kind of results patients can expect.

After the earlobe has been stretched to a certain point, it will never return to its original shape, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

This practice involves placing a cone-shaped taper or larger-size tunnels into a piercing every few weeks until the hole reaches the desired effect. Once the piercing hole stretches past 1.5 centimeters, however, the earlobe will never bounce back to its original shape.

This reconstructive procedure involves bringing the ear back to a more natural shape, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Many patients seek reconstructive surgery to achieve a more professional appearance but once the damage is done, it can be hard to repair.

“I have seen more and more of these in my practice and it is becoming quite a problem,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

After reconstructive surgery, Dr. Schlessinger says the appearance of the ear is usually improved but far from perfect.

“The results aren’t ever all that great, sadly,” he says. “It is quite a difficult thing to hide or repair, and in many cases leads to a lifelong deformity.”

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the risk of infection with tattoos

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Dr. Schlessinger discusses the risks of tattoos
Whether you’re considering your first tattoo or you’re a long-time tattoo parlor veteran, it’s important to review the health risks associated with permanent ink. First, note that tattooing is not closely regulated by the FDA. Though the FDA has reviewed the contents of tattoo ink, the actual practice is generally mandated by individual county and city governments. This means that in addition to your own immune system’s reaction to the procedure, you must consider the safety and sterility of the tattooing facility, as well as the equipment and ink.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger notes that tattoo ink could be unsanitary due to unclean manufacturing processes.

The safety of your tattooing procedure begins with the sterility of the ink. The FDA does not regularly inspect ink-manufacturing plants for sanitation, and any of the ingredients or machines at the facility could harbor harmful bacteria. In a recent case, it was discovered that water used to dilute the ink was contaminated. Similar cases are reported each year. A bacterial infection could be mild to severe, ranging from a red, swollen rash with discharge to fever, chills and other flu-like symptoms. There is also a risk of bacteria spreading through the bloodstream, a potentially life-threatening condition called sepsis.

In addition, a number of viruses can be transferred to the skin via unsterile tattooing equipment. Cases of warts and more serious blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis B have been reported.

Though allergic reactions are rare, they can happen, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Even if the ink, facility and equipment are safe, there are still risks to keep in mind. Tattoo ink ingredients vary depending on brand and color, but they could contain common allergens, like nickel or mercury. Allergic reactions to tattoo ink are considered relatively rare. However, they could produce a painful, itchy rash resulting in infection, and lead to permanent scarring down the road. You could even experience an allergic reaction years after initially getting the tattoo.

Also, note that everyone heals differently, and even with proper after-care, complications could arise. There is a risk of developing granulomas, painful bumps that form when the body’s immune system attempts to ward off foreign substances like tattoo ink. The skin could also form keloids, raised, pink, shiny lesions that form within scar tissue to produce a permanent mark.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses tattoo removal.

Though the risk of infection is a real concern, the most common risk you’ll encounter is tattoo regret. Though Dr. Schlessinger has produced excellent tattoo removal results at his Omaha, Nebraska clinic, not everyone is a good candidate. The color and location of a tattoo play a large role in successful removal, and your skin may still bear some discoloration. It’s crucial to consider the health concerns of your tattoo, as well as the social and personal implications.

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Joel Schlessinger MD warns against the use of unapproved fillers

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Joel Schlessinger MD warns against the use of unapproved fillers

As injectable wrinkle fillers gain popularity, some patients are searching for an inexpensive alternative to office visits. In this blog, Joel Schlessinger MD explains how seeking treatment from anyone other than a professional could have serious side effects.

It’s important to see a board-certified cosmetic surgeon for fillers and other injectables, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

Always do your research when selecting a cosmetic surgeon. It’s important to choose someone who is board certified and has experience with fillers. If spas and offices are offering fillers at deep discounts, this should be seen as a red flag. These fillers are generally unapproved by the Food and Drug Administration or illegally obtained over the Internet.

Unapproved fillers can cause serious damage, including infection, severe allergic reactions, disfigurement and even blindness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unsafe injections are a “growing problem.” Dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons are seeing an increasing number of patients with botched fillers who are looking for a way to reverse the damage.

Choose a cosmetic surgeon like Joel Schlessinger MD, who puts your safety first.

Dr. Schlessinger has extensive experience with fillers and performs all of his own injections. His patient satisfaction rate and proven track record for success have consistently earned him the titles of Best Dermatologist and Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Omaha.

Joel Schlessinger MD and his staff as Skin Specialists P.C. take the time to consult with patients before treatment begins. Using photographs, the staff will show you where your wrinkles may be improved and discuss different options with you. You will also meet with Dr. Schlessinger, who can answer any questions you may have prior to the treatment. Learn more about seeing Joel Schlessinger MD for injectable fillers.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers frequently asked questions about SmartLipo

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

SmartLipo is a less-invasive procedure that uses laser technology to remove small areas of unwanted fat from the body. Since it was first introduced in 2006, it has quickly gained favor with patients and physicians alike for its safety level and excellent results. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger addresses your questions and concerns regarding SmartLipo.

The recovery time for SmartLipo is much faster than traditional liposuction, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

During the SmartLipo procedure, a thin laser is inserted into a small incision. The laser is able to target and liquefy fat cells so that they may then be removed using a small, sippy-straw-sized cannula. Because the cannula is so small, it can pass through the skin easily without difficulty. Thus, the recovery time for SmartLipo is significantly decreased. Patients can typically return to work one to two days after receiving a SmartLipo treatment. In fact, we have seen patients who worked the day after the procedure and even had one doctor who flew home (yes, he flew the plane) the day after the procedure!

Dr. Schlessinger safely and effectively treats areas on the back, flanks, thighs, hips, knees, chin and neck at his Omaha clinic using SmartLipo technology.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger cautions that SmartLipo is not a viable form of weight loss.

The SmartLipo procedure is not designed to remove very large areas of fat, nor is it a good way to handle weight loss. Dr. Schlessinger cautions that if you’re hoping to use SmartLipo to lose weight, you won’t. Liposuction and SmartLipo are about size, not weight. While you can elect to have SmartLipo anytime, Dr. Schlessinger recommends waiting until you’ve finished having children before seriously considering the procedure.

The best candidates for SmartLipo are those patients who lead an active lifestyle and are within 25 pounds of their goal weight, but who still struggle with stubborn, localized pockets of fat. SmartLipo is also perfect for those who would like to touch up or improve previous traditional liposuction results as SmartLipo has the finesse to improve these areas greatly.

Choose Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his team at Skin Specialists P.C. of Omaha for your SmartLipo procedure.

The key to a successful SmartLipo treatment and a quick recovery time is choosing a skilled physician with the knowledge and experience necessary to offer the best care. Dr. Schlessinger has remained on the forefront of SmartLipo technology and clinical research. His patient satisfaction has earned him Best Dermatologist and Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Omaha for several years running. At Skin Specialists P.C. of Omaha, you’ll always receive the best care and the latest technology available for all cosmetic procedures.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger answers frequently asked questions about Perlane and other fillers

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Perlane is an injectable filler made from FDA-approved hyaluronic acid. It is injected beneath the skin’s surface to treat wrinkles and folds and to add youthful volume. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses Perlane and similar fillers like Restylane, Belotero, JUVEDERM XC and JUVEDERM VOLUMA.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains hyaluronic acid and its importance for skin health.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. It is found in the joints, eyes and other areas, but the skin cells account for fifty percent of the body’s supply. In the skin, it allows the complexion’s collagen to remain hydrated and nourished. With a sufficient supply of hyaluronic acid, skin stays firm and moisturized.

As we age, we gradually lose the amount of hyaluronic acid our skin needs to maintain its structure and elasticity. Our complexion grows dry and deflated, and fine lines and wrinkles become more visible. By introducing a hyaluronic acid filler like Perlane under the skin, you can replenish some of the hyaluronic acid you need to regain elasticity and fill in folds and creases.

Results will vary depending on the individual, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Perlane and other fillers can be used to treat most areas of the face. Perlane in particular nicely fills in lines on the upper and lower lip. It performs well on even deep creases and it can be used in place of collagen implants to volumize the lips.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his staff at Skin Specialists of Omaha will help you decide on a course of treatment based on your personal goals. The course of treatment may involve just one filler injection, a series of injections or combining fillers with other procedures such as Botox. It’s important to remember that filler results will not appear overnight.

Call Dr. Joel Schlessinger at Skin Specialist’s of Omaha about your Perlane procedure.

Always choose a physician who puts your personal needs and safety first. Dr. Schlessinger is an expert when it comes to fillers such as Perlane, and he performs all of his own injections. His proven track record for success and patient satisfaction rate have consistently earned him Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Omaha, Nebraska.

Do you have a question for Dr. Schlessinger about Perlane and other fillers? Let us know in the comment section.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about CoolSculpting

Monday, May 5th, 2014

No matter how much we diet and exercise, we may still struggle with small pockets of stubborn fat. “Love handles,” “tummy pooch” and “muffin top” can leave us feeling discouraged after our exhaustive efforts. However, with the latest fat-eliminating procedure, CoolSculpting, the results we’re looking for could be more attainable than we think. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Joel Schlessinger, MD answers frequently asked questions about CoolSculpting, the noninvasive, fat-freezing treatment designed to amplify and expedite gym results.

CoolSculpting uses patented technology to safely freeze fat cells in the body, says Joel Schlessinger, MD.

CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, FDA-approved treatment that uses patented technology to safely freeze fat cells in the body while healthy skin and muscle remain intact. Once the crystallized fat cells die off, they are eliminated gradually over the next 60-90 days through the body’s natural metabolic processes. The procedure involves no incisions and no anesthesia. No fat cells are burned, shattered or extracted. Instead, an applicator is applied directly to the skin’s surface to deliver controlled cooling to targeted fat cells.

Recently, ZELTIQ Aesthetics launched the brand new CoolFit applicator designed to treat a wider range of areas on the body.

Joel Schlessinger, MD recommends CoolSculpting to those with a busy, active lifestyle.

One CoolSculpting treatment lasts for just an hour, and there is virtually no recovery time. It can be done during one’s lunch break, and all activities can immediately resume directly following the procedure. Aside from a little redness or tenderness, there are no side effects.

Since CoolSculpting does not eliminate large areas of fat, the ideal candidate is someone who already maintains a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen, but who would like a leg up when it comes to losing the last 10-15 pounds. It’s also a wonderful option for those with little to no downtime for procedures that require an extended recovery period.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger and CoolSculpting featured on KPTM Fox 42 Omaha

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and CoolSculpting featured on KPTM Fox 42 Omaha                                                                                                                                                                                       A recent segment on KPTM Fox 42 highlighted CoolSculpting as a great way to slim down in time for summer. In the segment, “Freezing Off Your Fat, See How It Works,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the benefits of CoolSculpting as well as who makes a good candidate for this procedure.

CoolSculpting can give you a slimmer figure in time for summer, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

This non-invasive procedure uses advanced cooling technology to gently and effectively eliminate fat in specific areas of the body. Dr. Schlessinger says the technology works because fat freezes just like water, but at a cooler temperature.

“That kills off the fat so it gently disappears over a period of two to four months.”

With no downtime involved, CoolSculpting is perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle.

“It’s not painful, it just feels a little different,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “It’s a suction rather than anything invasive. People go about their daily lives right afterwards with no problems whatsoever.”

With a new applicator, CoolSculpting can be used to treat other areas, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

CoolSculpting’s new CoolSmooth applicator allows for the treatment of other, non-traditional areas. Unlike regular CoolSculpting, this flat applicator used non-vacuum based cooling to target stubborn, non-pinchable fat. Its unique design fits each patient’s individual shape to provide customized treatment of problem areas.

Visit LovelySkin.com to learn more about CoolSculpting. If you’re interested in setting up an appointment, fill out an appointment request form or give us a call at 402-334-SKIN (7546).

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger weighs in on a recent study that suggests Botox could improve your mood

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger weighs in on a recent study that suggests Botox could improve your mood                                                                                                                                                               A new study out of Georgetown Medical School suggests that it might be possible to treat depression by relaxing a patient’s facial muscles with Botox. This injectable contracts the muscles, preventing patients from frowning. The research, which will be published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, followed 74 patients with major depression who were assigned either Botox or a saline placebo. Six weeks later, 52 percent of the subjects who were given Botox showed relief from depression, compared with only 15 percent of those who were given the placebo.

Similar studies have found Botox to have the same effects, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

The results of this study are not entirely unprecedented. A study at Cardiff University found that non-depressed patients at a cosmetic dermatology clinic who received a Botox injection above the eyes frowned less and felt better than those who did not receive Botox. A similar study at the University of Basel found that Botox had a more positive effect than a placebo when given to depressed patients. Further research on the effects of Botox will be able to shed more light on this issue.

Other treatments for depression use similar facial feedback, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

It’s still unclear whether Botox is an effective anti-depressant, but there are a few treatments for depression that use facial feedback in a similar way. Light therapy stimulates the retina, exciting the optic nerve and sending signals directly to the brain. This technique is used to treat seasonal depression. Another method includes direct electrical stimulation of the brain’s vagal nerve, which is thought to have anti-depressant effects.

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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.

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