What time of the year is best to get liposuction done? Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

What time of the year is best to get liposuction done? Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.Liposuction is a surgery that is performed to remove unwanted localized deposits of fat cells from the body. The procedure performed at Skin Specialists, PC is meant to aid in body contouring and removing areas that have had difficulty responding to exercise and diet. This effective and safe procedure can give tremendous results, however it can take some time to heal. We asked Dr. Joel Schlessinger what time of the year is the best to get liposuction done.

“Winter and spring are our busiest seasons,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger said. “Our patients wear a garment for 30 days after the procedure, which makes it challenging to do during the summer or if a trip that involves water activities is planned.”

For best results, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says you should be fully recovered and the garment should be completely off by the time you want to be in water. For this reason, it is best to have the procedure performed in the winter or spring when there is little chance that you will be around water.

“We see a huge influx of patients for liposuction procedures around late winter and early spring. They are always trying to get ready for summer, so it is best to schedule early if you wish to avoid running into the summer during recovery time.”

The procedure performed at Skin Specialists, PC is not intended to treat obesity. Learn more information about the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction here.

Now is a great time to schedule your liposuction appointment. To find out more information or set up a consultation, contact Skin Specialists, PC here.

New form of Accutane, researched by Joel Schlessinger MD, approved for use in US

Monday, November 26th, 2012

New form of Accutane, researched by Joel Schlessinger MD, approved for use in USRanbaxy Laboratories has launched Absorica, a drug used to treat recalcitrant acne, in the United States. Joel Schlessinger MD is excited about this new and effective treatment for acne.

Recalcitrant nodular acne is a severe type of acne that often does not respond to antibiotics or topical treatments. Absorica, a new version Accutane, is taken as a capsule by mouth twice daily.

Accutane is an effective treatment that heals and prevents acne breakouts on skin that may be resistant to other treatments. One of the downfalls of Accutane is that it must be taken with a large meal for best results. This version of Accutane has a better ability to be absorbed into the GI tract.

“This means that folks don’t have to take it with a fatty meal to get decent blood levels,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “In our tests, it did a fantastic job.”

Joel Schlessinger MD worked on this drug in clinical trials at the Advanced Skin Research Center in Omaha.

“The other benefit of this drug is that we hope there will be company support for indigent patients who need it.”

Currently, generic forms of Accutane are not much less expensive than the brand name drug, so it is still unaffordable to many patients.

Have you ever tried Absorica or Accutane? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

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.

What’s the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction? Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

What's the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction? Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.Many people believe the only way to achieve a smaller, flatter stomach from surgery is with a tummy tuck. However, this isn’t the case. Dr. Joel Schlessinger offers an alternative to this invasive surgery with liposuction. Read more to discover the difference between a tummy tuck and tumescent liposuction.

“Many patients come to me thinking they want and need a tummy tuck,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger, “but find that liposuction offers a less expensive and more effective result.”

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. It is often performed on patients that have sagging skin following pregnancy or major weight loss.

Tumescent liposuction is an alternative to a tummy tuck. This form of liposuction removes unwanted localized deposits of fat to help contour the body.

Why should you choose tumescent liposuction over a tummy tuck? Dr. Joel Schlessinger says tumescent liposuction can give more effective results with only a day of down time compared to a tummy tuck that can leave someone out for up to 12 weeks.

“While tummy tuck is a cute name, it leaves individuals with lifelong scars from one side to another, along with an artificial and somewhat odd appearing belly button,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“There are times when a tummy tuck is the only thing that can be used, but about 90% of the time I find that tumescent liposuction, the best and safest form of liposuction, does just as well, if not better, at about half the cost.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger performs tumescent liposuction regularly in his clinic. He also offers SmartLipo procedures, a laser surgery form of liposuction. To learn more about SmartLipo, click here.

Make a consultation today with Dr. Joel Schlessinger and find out of tumescent liposuction is right for you.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the differences between fillers and facelifts

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the differences between fillers and faceliftsDr. Joel Schlessinger performs cosmetic surgery daily at Skin Specialists PC. One of the most popular procedures is wrinkle-relaxing injections such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin and wrinkle fillers like Restylane and Perlane. However, many patients are skeptical about the use of cosmetic injections and how long they will last. Many people want to know why use fillers and wrinkle relaxers when you can get a permanent facelift?

“The simple explanation is that facelifts are going to look good at one point in time and gradually, as you change, they won’t have the ability to change with you,” says Joel Schlessinger. “That’s the reason that most people can tell when someone has had a facelift.”

Injections like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines, wrinkles and other areas in the face. It leaves the skin appearing smooth and youthful. Results can last up to six months before another injection may be needed.

Other injections like Restylane and Perlane fill in lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin looking youthful and smooth.

With permanent plastic surgeries like a facelift, the skin is pulled tight across the face to limit the appearance of sagging and wrinkles in the skin. The results are dramatic and long-lasting, but as Dr. Joel Schlessinger pointed out, this can leave your face looking unnatural.

“Many times, a facelift is the only option if people go too long without injections, but the new paradigm is to treat early so you can avoid the cost, risk and significant alteration of your appearance,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“Botox, Dysport and Xeomin as well as fillers like Restylane and Perlane provide a much more natural appearance and they can be adjusted over time, which leads to a much more graceful way of aging,” said Joel Schlessinger.

Set up a consultation today at Skin Specialists PC and determine if cosmetic injections are right 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.

Joel Schlessinger MD answers frequently asked questions about scar treatments

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Scarring can result from burns, injuries, surgeries or even acne. Unwanted scar formation is a common concern for many patients during the healing process. Fortunately, there are a variety of products available to help treat, heal, prevent and cover excessive scarring.

Joel Schlessinger MD’s recent presentation on frequently asked questions about scar treatments highlights several recommendations for products proven to help heal and prevent excessive scar formation. For personalized treatment, you should make an appointment to see your local dermatologist.

What do you use to treat your scars? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.

Joel Schlessinger MD gives advice about topical wrinkle treatments

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Joel Schlessinger MD gives advice about topical wrinkle treatmentsAs we age, our skin loses its elasticity and becomes thinner. Eventually creases and lines form in the skin. Similarly, when our skin is damaged by the sun, free radicals or other harmful environmental factors, furrows and folds begin to develop in the weakened skin. These creases, folds and furrows are also known as wrinkles.

To many, wrinkles can be seen as unsightly. While there are many cosmetic and plastic surgery options to fix these wrinkles, many people may want a less evasive way to treat and prevent future wrinkles. Joel Schlessinger MD tells us what topical products can be used to treat wrinkles.

What causes wrinkles? Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

“Wrinkles can take the form of a crease or can simply be evidenced by accelerated sun damage,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Joel Schlessinger MD says it is important to note that what works is often dependent upon the patient.

“What is important for a 25-year old is clearly not the same for a 45-year old,” he said. “The region of the country matters, too – someone in Florida, with the humidity and sun, is going to be more concerned about sun protection than someone in Minnesota, for example.”

It’s very important to note factors that have caused wrinkles in people before selecting a proper topical treatment. However, generally speaking, there are several products that have been known to make a difference in wrinkles.

Joel Schlessinger MD shares his recommended topical wrinkle treatments.

“When I see a person with wrinkles in the office, I always encourage them to try Retin A or some form of it,” said the doctor.

Retin A is a prescription cream that improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other common skin ailments like acne and dark spots. It promotes the turnover of healthy skin and the growth of collagen, leaving your complexion looking younger and smoother.

Make an appointment with Dr. Joel Schlessinger to learn more about Retin A.

“Additionally, if a patient has pigmentation issues such as brown spots, melasma (splotches) or roughness along with their wrinkles, I encourage them to try the Obagi regimen.”

The Obagi skin care line offers condition-specific skin treatments that work aggressively yet gently. With regular use of the regimen, you’ll see a dramatic improvement in skin texture and tone.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger conducted a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal that confirmed increased benefits of the Obagi regimen when used in conjunction with Botox injections. After 120 days:

  • 89 percent of participants were satisfied or extremely satisfied with overall facial appearance
  • 93 percent of participants were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the treatment regimen
  • 100 percent of participants wished to continue treatment after close of the study

For the best wrinkle treatment for your skin, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends visiting your local dermatologist for a catered skin care regimen.

What topical products do you use to treat your wrinkles? Tell us in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.