Joel Schlessinger MD discusses the differences between me smooth and TRIA 4X

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

me smooth Hair Removal Device is the newest at-home hair removal laser on the market. This tool uses revolutionary technology to provide quick, easy and painless treatment. In his latest presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about how this innovative device compares to TRIA Hair Removal Laser 4X.

Unlike TRIA 4X, me smooth works on all skin tones and hair colors, Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

This at-home hair removal laser is the first and only device that is FDA cleared to be safe and effective for all skin tones and hair colors. me smooth uses Elos technology, which combines both intense pulsed light and radio frequency, to provide permanent hair reduction.

IPL energy is attracted to the pigment in the follicle, preventing dark follicles from growing back. RF technology acts as a secondary heat source to target lighter follicles. Older hair removal lasers only use IPL energy, which is only effective on light skin tones with darker hair.

According to Joel Schlessinger MD, me smooth is easier to use and provides permanent hair reduction in less time.

This at-home hair removal laser is faster, gentler and easier to use than comparable devices. Patients reported a 46% reduction in re-growth after just two weekly treatments with me smooth. Permanent hair reduction can be seen as soon as seven weeks. With TRIA 4X, the same results can take six months or longer to achieve.

me smooth also provides a completely painless experience. The TRIA laser feels like a rubber band snapping against your skin, which increases with intensity at higher treatment levels. With me smooth, the only thing you will feel during treatment is a gentle warming sensation.

Do you have a question for Joel Schlessinger MD about me smooth or at-home laser hair removal? Share with us in the comment section.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses at-home hair removal lasers and other skin care innovations

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses at-home hair removal lasers and other skin care innovations

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is always looking for the latest skin care innovations. From high-tech devices to physician-strength formulas, he likes to offer his patients the best, most advanced treatments available. In a recent interview with Dr. Barry Lycka on, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discussed the newest at-home hair removal laser as well as a few of his favorite new technologies.

Home laser hair removal isn’t just for fair skin anymore, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

As more women are looking for a way to stop shaving and waxing, the hunt is on to find an at-home hair removal laser that will work on any skin tone. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is very excited about the me smooth Hair Removal Device, which uses intense pulsed light and radio frequency to remove unwanted hair. As a bonus, this laser can be used on both light and dark skin.

Learn about the latest skin care innovations from Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says red and blue light therapy devices can also benefit the skin. Blue light is often used to treat acne and promote clear, healthy skin. The Baby Quasar Baby Blue Anti Acne Light Therapy, for example, effectively eliminates acne-causing bacteria on the face. Red light devices like Baby Quasar Plus Wrinkle Reducing Therapy treat photoaging to help you achieve a more youthful appearance over time.

The bliss fatgirlslim Lean Machine is another device that is gaining popularity. It targets cellulite and firms skin using a combination of rolling, lifting, suction and pulsing motions. Dr. Joel Schlessinger says this device is popular among those who want a simple treatment at home without expensive trips to the doctor’s office.

Do you have a question for Dr. Joel Schlessinger about the latest skin care breakthroughs? Let us know in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses a new blood-testing device that sits under the skin

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses a new blood-testing device that sits under the skin

Researchers have developed a tiny blood-testing device that sits under the skin and provides instant results sent to a mobile phone. The technology can simultaneously check for up to five different substances in the blood, keeping doctors constantly updated on their patients’ health.

This tiny device could allow doctors to monitor their patients on a new level. Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

At half an inch long, this wireless device is designed to be inserted under the skin of the abdomen, arms or legs using a needle. It can remain in place for months without needing to be removed or replaced. The data collected is sent to doctors using radiowaves and Bluetooth technology.

Joel Schlessinger MD believes this device could have a huge impact on the medical field. This specific technology is set apart from other monitoring devices because of its ability to measure several different things all at once.

Joel Schlessinger MD says this kind of technology will benefit dermatology and other specialties.

Instant medical results will allow doctors to better treat their patients. Instead of following age or weight charts, experts can treat and diagnose their patients based on their personal tolerance.

“This is potentially very cool,” says Joel Schlessinger MD. “There are huge opportunities with this type of device that will impact both dermatology and other specialties.”

Experts say this device will be especially useful for monitoring chronic conditions like high cholesterol and diabetes, as well as measuring the impact of drug treatments like chemotherapy or radiation.

This technology has already been tested in a lab and can reliably monitor cholesterol and glucose levels. Researchers hope to begin studying its effectiveness on intensive care patients, who require very close monitoring and frequent blood tests.

What do you think of this new blood-testing device? Would you be willing to try it? Share with us in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and staff attend the AAD annual meeting

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and staff attend the AAD annual meetingLast weekend, Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his staff attended the American Academy of Dermatology’s annual meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. The event, held March 1 through 5, featured the latest research in the medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions.

Throughout the meeting, Dr. Joel Schlessinger enjoyed teaching and discussing the latest technology.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger spent the weekend in several meetings with research and cosmetic companies, discussing different ways to improve dermatology. He and his staff were also given a sneak peek into the industry’s newest products.

“We looked at all the new products and will be bringing quite few to the website and into our local clinic,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

One of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s favorite new skin care lines is ClarityMD from Envy Medical. The ClarityMD Acne System contains a Deep Pore Cleanser and a Clarifying Gel, both clinically proven to fight acne three times faster than leading prescription products without causing redness, peeling or irritation.

Another favorite of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s is the NeoStrata Enlighten line. Currently available only at, this trio targets hyperpigmentation to brighten your complexion.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also stopped by the Dermablend booth, where he met the infamous Zombie Boy.

Over the weekend, Dr. Schlessinger and his staff posed for a picture with Zombie Boy, who was featured in a Dermablend video wearing the brand’s tattoo concealers. Dr. Joel Schlessinger enthusiastically supports makeup brands that help customers look and feel good about themselves.

“It is incredible to see the benefits of makeup such as Dermablend,” he said. “We are thrilled to carry this terrific line on and happy that we can help individuals with issues ranging from birthmarks or unwanted tattoos to present themselves in the way they wish.”

Did you attend the AAD annual meeting? Share your experience with us in the comments.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on the banning of French drug for acne

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Dr. Joel Schlessinger sheds light on the banning of French drug for acneBloomberg News recently reported that French health authorities are planning on suspending the sales of Bayer AG Diane-35 acne treatment. This drug, commonly used as a contraceptive, can increase the risk of blood clots.

Various sources have reported that this drug has led to four fatalities over the past 25 years. After a review of the treatment’s risks and benefits, the drug was found to be unfavorable. In a recent press conference, it was noted that this drug provides an unnecessary risk to women who use it as a contraceptive.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how this could affect the United States use of contraceptives.

“France suspending sale of acne treatment is topical in that, while this treatment is not available in the U.S., there are other drugs that have similar effects,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Diane-35 is closest to Yaz and Yazmin, two oral contraceptives that we frequently see used for acne in young women.”

The suspension of Diane-35 will take effect in three months. This drug has not been approved for use in the United States.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger believes the ban of similar drugs may be coming soon.

“This may eventually happen in the United States as these medications have been associated with blood clots and other issues in women,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“We recommend that anyone on these should be carefully screened for any clotting issues before using them.”

Learn more about other pharmaceutical drugs from Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

A new form of Accutane is now available in the United States to treat recalcitrant nodular acne. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is excited about this effective treatment – learn more about it here.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently commented on the outbreak of bed bugs across the United States and the new drugs that can be used to treat them. Read more of Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s commentary on bed bugs here.

Do you have a question about a pharmaceutical drug? Ask your questions in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses a new drug to treat bedbugs

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Joel Schlessinger MD discusses a new drug to treat bedbugsWith the recent onslaught of bedbug contaminations across the United States, researchers around the country are studying new drugs and methods to kill these parasitic creatures. One common deworming drug could be the answer to the bedbug problem. Joel Schlessinger MD shares more about this new development below.

What are bedbugs? Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

Bed bugs are parasites that feed on human blood. They typically live in houses and hide in beds and bedding. Although not necessarily nocturnal, they are active at night when they feed on their host.

Bed bug bites can cause numerous health problems, Joel Schlessinger MD explains. Skin rashes, allergic symptoms and psychological effects can affect those that have been bitten by this insect.

Joel Schlessinger MD supports the use of common deworming drug to kill bedbugs

A drug usually used to deworm humans and animals, known as Stromectol, might be the key to killing bedbugs. This drug uses a technique called xenointoxication, which means that the host poisons the guest.

The host takes a pill and goes to bed. The bedbugs will then bite the host and a few days later, the bugs will die.

Many people are terrified of bedbugs and spend thousands of dollars fighting them. The xenointoxication method is cost-effective and is very safe for almost all individuals.

“We don’t have this available in our area,” said Joel Schlessinger MD, “but I wouldn’t hesitate to use the drug in the case of a bedbug infestation.”

Joel Schlessinger MD says he has used this kind of treatment before and he has seen excellent results.

“I use it quite often to treat other conditions, such as scabies and various mite infections that occur in conditions like rosacea.”

Take other precautions to avoid bedbugs, Joel Schlessinger MD advises.

Although this medicine can help kill bedbugs, you should not rely only on this form of treatment to entirely disinfect your home.

“Most importantly, make sure the bedding is treated and any offending materials are decontaminated,” Joel Schlessinger says.

Would you ever try xenointoxication treatment? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains the mystery behind water-induced finger wrinkles

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Joel Schlessinger MD explains the mystery behind water-induced finger wrinklesAfter taking a bath, washing dishes or going swimming, you’ve probably noticed your fingers and feet forming small wrinkles in the skin. While many say that you’ve been in the water too long if your digits get “pruny,” new research shows that your body may actually be adapting to the wet atmosphere.

Joel Schlessinger MD explains that finger wrinkles may help us handle wet objects.

“The question of why fingers develop wrinkling when they are exposed to water for a period of time is something that has been debated for quite some time,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “The answer could be that this allows us to grip objects under water or with wet hands, much like a tire tread helps our tires not slip on wet roads.”

A recent article in Biology Letters, “Water-induced finger wrinkles improve handling of wet objects,” explains that the formation of wrinkles on the glabrous skin is actually an active process performed by the autonomic nervous system.

In the study, it was shown that submerged objects were handled more quickly with wrinkled fingers than with unwrinkled fingers. The study also showed that wrinkles made no difference when handling dry objects.

Evolution plays a role in our survival, Joel Schlessinger MD says.

“It is amazing to see the effects that evolution plays on our ability to survive,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “If you think of our ancestors climbing out of a river on a rock or up a tree to escape predators, this could be a very good explanation for why we all have this ‘ability’.”

While the jury is still out on the exact reason for finger wrinkling upon submersion in water, this new research is promising.

“Work still has to be done to determine whether this explanation fits, but it does seem to be a good idea, while answering a question that has intrigued many people for years!”

What other reasons can you think of to explain finger wrinkling after exposure to water? Share with us in the comments.

Learn more from Joel Schlessinger MD on his blog.

Water isn’t the only thing that can change your fingers – Joel Schlessinger MD explained in a recent blog post that dermatitis on the hands can affect your fingerprints.

Protect your fingers with the FixMySkin Healing Balms with 1% Hydrocortisone – learn more about these innovative balms invented by Joel Schlessinger MD here.

Heal your fingerprints with FixMySkin Healing Balms, invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Heal your fingerprints with FixMySkin Healing Balms, invented by Dr. Joel SchlessingerDermatitis of the hands can be painful and unsightly, but did you know that it can also affect your fingerprints? According to a recent article published in Reuters, individuals with dermatitis on their thumbs and finger pads may fail fingerprint identification tests.

Luckily, a new product invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger can help heal and soothe dermatitis so your fingerprints stay intact. Read on to learn more about this product.

What is dermatititis and how can it affect your fingerprints? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that can often result in redness, swelling, itching, lesions, oozing and scarring. There are many different types of dermatitis and the symptoms vary by each form of the condition.

Researchers in Malaysia studied fingerprints from 100 people with dermatitis on their hands and 100 people without dermatitis. The researchers found that mottling, scarring and patches of rough skin associated with this condition can change fingerprints over time.

“I often see patients who have significant dermatitis on their hands and fingers,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “This is yet one more reason to seek treatment.”

Soothe and heal dermatitis with FixMySkin healing balms, invented by Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends using a hydrocortisone-based product to heal and soothe skin that is chapped and raw.

“One great option that my son and I came up with is the FixMySkin 1% Hydrocortisone Balm. The large stick formulation was specifically developed for hands and the jar formulation is great for fingers as well,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

This product can be used to soothe chapped, dry skin before it becomes dermatitis. To use, simply rub the product onto the affected area up to three times daily for relief.

Chapped skin is more likely to occur in the colder months, so buy your FixMySkin Healing Balm with 1% Hydrocortisone today.

“This is the perfect season to use this product!” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about Clarisonic Aria

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The first step to a healthy, beautiful complexion is a proper cleansing regimen. Traditional cleansing methods can leave dirt and other impurities behind, which may cause acne breakouts and enlarged pores. Fortunately, there are several cleansing tools available to help boost your skin care routine. Joel Schlessinger MD’s recent presentation covers the Clarisonic Aria, one of the latest skin cleansing tools on the market.

In the presentation, Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about the Aria and what sets it apart from traditional cleansing methods. With three speeds to help you customize your cleansing, Clarisonic’s newest skin care tool was named one of the top splurges in Allure magazine’s 2012 Best of Beauty Awards. Other improvements on this new model include a sleek, modern design, a real-time batter life indicator, a dual-functioning stand and a USB-enabled pLink charger for easier travel.

This skin care tool comes highly recommended by dermatologists and aestheticians nationwide. The Aria cleanses with Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology, which uses a frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean the complexion six times better than with hands alone. Sonic technology also better prepares your skin for absorption of creams, serums and moisturizers.

Using the Aria can improve your complexion in more ways than one. The cleansing brush exfoliates to remove dulling skin cells while its micro-massage motion loosens clogged pores to remove dirt, oil and makeup that become trapped inside over time. Read more expert commentary from Joel Schlessinger MD on how proper cleansing and exfoliation can help minimize the appearance of large pores. For personalized treatment options, you should always make an appointment to see your local dermatologist.

What is your secret to clean, clear and beautiful skin? Do you cleanse with a Clarisonic Aria? Share your experience with us in the comments.

Electronic health record system comes to Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s dermatology clinic

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Electronic health record system comes to Dr. Joel Schlessinger's dermatology clinic
According to an article published in Modern Healthcare, nearly four in ten office-based physicians now use an electronic health record system. This is up from about one in three a year ago.

Electronic health records are a digital format of health records that can be shared across different health care settings, helping to advance the accuracy of care. These records include statistics such as demographics, medical history, medications, allergies, immunizations, lab test results, vital signs, personal statistics and billing information.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and the staff at Skin Specialists PC recently implemented an electronic health records system. This new system has given the clinic great opportunities but it has also posed some challenges.

“Pictures can be seen much better and we can take pictures of any removals so they can go into the patient’s chart immediately,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Also, I love the fact that our prescriptions are sent electronically to pharmacies – the patients love it, too!”

In the office, Dr. Joel Schlessinger and staff use iPads to take down information from patients. Although iPads aid in both speed and accuracy of clinic records, they do sometimes have issues such as disconnecting from the network.

“The biggest challenge with electronic records is to make them accessible for patients who may not be computer savvy,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger. “Many of our patients don’t even own a computer, so we help them out with the process. Luckily, we have an amazing front desk staff that is very patient.”

Although there have been some challenges, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that the clinic has been doing much better with it.

“It was brutal for the first two or three weeks, but it got much better. Now we are pretty much used to it and certainly liking most aspects of it,” he said.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says to keep on the lookout for this new system in offices around the United States.

“This is something that is coming to all medical practices soon, so while we are part of the ‘first adopters,’ it will be in many offices by next year or later.”

Do you use electronic health record systems in your practice or have you seen it in practice? Tell us your thoughts on this new system in the comments.