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By North Georgia Dermatology
June 04, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatology Care  
In dermatology, there are many fields and areas of focus. Some dermatologists find caring for rare skin conditions their calling while others are dedicated to helping your skin look its best. The latter is true for Dr. Dolan. As a cosmetic dermatologist, she performs many cosmetic-focused procedures that are best left to the care of a trained physician whose designated specialty is dermatology.

Traditional vs. Cosmetic

To understand the difference between cosmetic dermatology and traditional dermatology, you can compare and contrast two approaches between a medical dermatologist and a cosmetic dermatologist. A medical dermatologist is concerned with correcting a problem to achieve a healthy outcome. From removing a potentially cancerous lesion to helping you treat your acne, the goal is to eradicate the condition. A cosmetic dermatologist accomplishes this, but also keeps in mind your appearance. For example, a lesion may be removed in such a way to minimize scarring or recommend a treatment that is associated with smoother skin in addition to healthier skin.

Our Cosmetic Services Offered

As a cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Dolan is focused on helping you utilize at-home treatments and in-office treatments that keep you from having smooth skin that is as blemish, wrinkle and scar-free as possible. While some dermatologists are focused on solely treating diseases, Dr. Dolan as a cosmetic dermatologist also treats factors that may not be diseases, but still affect your overall well-being and self-confidence. Some examples could improve:
• Acne
• Acne scarring
• Age spots
• Frown lines
• Wrinkles
While these conditions may not threaten your health, taking steps to improve them can help you feel better about your skin.
Cosmetic dermatologists also offer several signature services that combine a dermatologist’s knowledge of the face, skin and wrinkling with the latest treatments. An example could include providing BOTOX injections to areas of facial wrinkling or sagging. Cosmetic fillers that aim to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles are another service Dr. Dolan provides that falls under the “cosmetic dermatology” category.
While there are many providers that offer such services, Dr. Dolan encourages her Lawrenceville patients to remember that each product requires not only knowledge and training, but also artistry for the exact place to inject and with how much to obtain the best results. In many instances, a cosmetic dermatologist is the right person to offer such services. Using her training and techniques, she can carefully help you achieve your goals for a smoother, younger appearance.
In addition to in-office treatments such as chemical peels, Dr. Dolan is also concerned with what factors in your environment and everyday life could be contributing to faster than normal skin wrinkling. She can discuss how your diet, stress, sun exposure and even heredity play a role in your skin’s appearance. She can also recommend anti-aging products or other skin care regimens that have been scientifically proven to help you experience results.
To learn more about cosmetic dermatology services offered at our Lawrenceville, GA dermatology office, please call (770) 962-5040 for more information.
By North Georgia Dermatology
March 18, 2014
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Dermatologist   Buford  
Buford, GA Dermatologist“Worrying will give you wrinkles and gray hair. “
How many times have you heard that one? There isn’t one way to define stress, but in general, it’s the body’s natural response to change or distress. People tend to relate stress to the following symptoms:
  • Frequent headaches
  • Feeling anxious, overwhelmed and confused
  • Tremors of the hands
  • Grinding teeth
  • Clenching jaw
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sleep issues
There are minor and major stressors, and most people can’t shake their stress. Why? It’s because they don’t know how.
If you let your stress overwhelm you and it develops into chronic stress, there can be consequences, such as depression, weight gain, anxiety and heart disease. There is one more possible negative affect chronic stress can have on you-premature aging.

It’s not just stress; it’s chronic stress that may cause accelerated aging

There has been much research focusing on the affects chronic stress has on aging and the appearance of your skin.
While wrinkles may not start popping up all at once, stress-related exhaustion can trigger an elevation in blood cortisol, which can increase blood sugar, which can damage collagen and elastin-two things that keep your face smooth and supple.
When you are stressed, your facial muscles will tense more, causing worry lines.

Sweat out the stress with exercise

If you feel like everything is building up, maybe you need to sweat it out. Exercise is a wonderful activity to unwind and de-stress. You don’t have to go out and run five miles, but a little movement can go a long way for most.
As long as your doctor states you are fit for exercise, feel free to run, jog, walk and stretch your way to a stress-free lifestyle.

What if fine lines have already set in?

If frown lines have gotten you down, talk to your Buford, GA dermatologists about cosmetic dermatology services offered at North George Dermatology. There are a number of treatment options to help your skin appear younger. Some popular wrinkle treatments include:
  • Botox - it’s an injection that relaxes the muscles, creating a softer look near the brow line, outside corner of the eyes and forehead. 
  • Restylane (non-animal Hyaluronic acid product) - restore the skin’s lost volume with gel filler.
  • Perlane/Juverderm Ultra/Voluma - if you have deeper lines or true depressions, try Perlane/Juverderm Ultra or Voluma, for replacing volume in areas that require more support.
For more information about any of our services, call one of our dermatology offices near Braselton, Buford, Lawrenceville and Dacula.
By North Georgia Dermatology
December 24, 2013
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Hangnails   Braselton  
Dermatologist BraseltonDo you ever get a nasty hangnail? That pesky little piece of skin near your nail probably isn’t what you want to see when you look at your nails. Plus, the hangnail probably hurts, right? Near Braselton, GA, dermatologists at North Georgia Dermatology have some simple tips for treating and making hangnails nonexistent.

Tip #1: Don’t Pick or Bite Your Nails

If you bite or pick at your nails, you have probably dealt with hangnails on more than one occasion. Biting or picking at your nails causes damage to the skin surrounding the nail/the cuticle; thus, hangnails occur and become inflamed when you continue to pick and pull on the attached skin, even risking infection.  Nail picking is one habit that is hard to break. If you want to stop hangnails from popping up, it’s time to kick that habit.

Tip #2: Moisturize

Just like you moisturize other areas of your body (legs, face and arms), you need to moisturize your hands regularly during the day, particularly after every water exposure. If you don’t moisturize your hands, you increase the chances of getting dry, cracked skin and hangnails. You want your hands to look and feel soft-that is why moisturizing is so important. Many hand creams are available over the counter, the thicker the better. Once a hangnail is soft enough, use clean cuticle scissors to remove it.

Tip #3: Eat Better to Build Stronger Nails

You know certain foods can make hair shinier and skin clearer. The same thing can be said for your nails. To make nails strong and less prone to producing hangnails, try eating foods that contain Biotin, Vitamin B, calcium and iron. These are generally found in ample amounts in a well-balanced diet.
Foods that are high in Vitamin B and Biotin
  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Whole-grain cereals
  • Eggs
  • Legumes
Foods that contain calcium
  • Dairy products
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Oatmeal
Foods that are high in Iron
  • Egg Yolks
  • Turkey
  • Prunes
  • Beans
Remember to take skin care seriously. It will benefit you down the road. If you have questions regarding other skin issues or treatment, contact our office at (770) 962-5040 to request an appointment. Or you can find an appointment form on our website. Feel free to check it out! Our Buford and Braselton dermatologists wish you a happy and healthy holiday!

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