Dec 27

Dermasweep – The Next Generation in Skin Care Infusions and Microdermabrasion

Art of Skin MD and our Aesthetician Services is proud to announce the arrival of DermaSweep.  DermaSweep is a closed-system microdermabrasion and skin infusion device.  In two steps, if first clears away dull, dead skin cells and secondly, adds back specifically chosen infusions to the skin to hydrate, and treat the skin.   DermaSweep is different from other microdermabrasion systems.  It does not use particles such as crystals.  As a result of the vacuum assist technology, upper layers of the skin are safely and painlessly removed, leaving glowing, fresh, and smooth skin in its place.  This is considered the "dry" portion of the DermaSweep treatment.   The second phase of DermaSweep treatment is the "wet" or "epi-infusion" treatment.  During this portion of DermaSweep, a specially selected infusion treatment (anti-acne, hydrating, anti-aging, antioxidant) is used to hydrate the skin, leaving the appearance silky smooth and skin glowing. A short video of the procedure from the Art of Skin MD YouTube station is featured below and narrated by Dr. Melanie Palm:       DermaSweep is highly effective as a complementary treatment for the following conditions: *Fine lines from early aging *Sun-damaged or photodamaged skin *Dull-appearing skin *Acne-prone skin *Hyperpigmenation and melasma *Enlarged pores   DermaSweep is an excellent complement to most facials provided through our Aesthetician Services.  DermaSweep works well in conjunction with laser treatment and photofacials.  Rosacea and sun damage treated with IPL can also be joined with a series of DermaSweep for total skin rejuvenation.  Pigment-targeting DermaSweep infusions can complement melasma treatments such as the Spectra laser.  Hydrating infusions from DermaSweep can follow skin treated by photodynamic therapy (for precancerous skin lesion treatment) or fractionated laser skin resurfacing.   Contact the staff at Art of Skin MD or call (858) 792-SKIN (7546) to find out more about DermaSweep and incorporating this innovative procedure into your skin care regimen.    

Dec 19

Cold Weather Skin Tips – Eczema Treatment that Works!

The recent record-breaking cold weather that San Diego has been experiencing this Fall and Winter has led to a slew of skin-related rashes and conditions through our dermatology doors.  Here Dr. Palm shares some tips on how to identify if you are vulnerable to dry skin and eczema, and how to best safeguard your skin against harsh weather elements.   Here are some tell-tale signs that your skin is deprived of much needed moisture.  This leaves hands dry and even predisposed to irritating skin conditions like eczema (aka atopic dermatitis).  Affected skin often has the following symptoms:
  1. Itch
  2. Flaking
  3. Scaly
  4. Red itchy patches (eczema)
  5. People predisposed to dry skin often have a condition called "ichthyosis vulgaris."  Patients with this condition often have dry patches on the shins that resemble fish scales, which is how the condition derives its name (ichthy= fish-like).  An easy way to screen yourself is check the palms of your hands.  Patients with ichthyosis vulgaris have many more skin markings and stripes on their palms than those that are unaffected.
  Tips for winter-proofing skin:
  1. Moisturize often using specialized products.
    1. Ceramide containing products such Cerave and Cetaphil Restoraderm are especially helpful.  Ceramides are cholesterol-derived fats that normally moisturize our skin but are in short supply when skin is irritated and dry.
    2. Moisturize after hand washing
    3. Consider use of white cotton gloves at night after moisturizing in severe cases
    4. Temper the temperature of your shower
      1. Use more tepid water and moisturize after your shower or bath to seal in moisture
      2. Colloidal oatmeal added to bath water sooths dry irritated skin (Aveeno is a great brand)
      3. Use of heaters decrease air humidity.  Consider a humidifier or add plants which diffuse water into the air
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        Flowers and plants help combat low humidity levels indoors

      1. Consider decreasing frequency of topical acne or anti-aging regimens if irritation occurs
      2. Consult with professional expertise if condition worsens.  Call the staff of Art of Skin MD to schedule an appointment with Dr. Melanie Palm.Art of Skin MD skin care center

Dec 18

Winter Skin Tips with Dr. Palm: Lasers, topicals and more!

Holiday season heralds a flurry of parties, imbibing, decadent food, and cooler whether that can wreak havoc on the skin.  As Dr. Palm explains this morning on CW6 San Diego, there are both office-based procedures and at-home tips that can keep your skin glowing and dewy well through the New Year.  
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Dr. Palm prepping the patient and the Spectra laser for the CW6 San Diego segment this morning.

                                                Click on the photo to see the whole broadcast on Dr. Palm, representing Art of Skin MD with the revolutionary Lutronic Spectra laser:   Spectra Laser for skin rejuvenation san diego Decreased temps and humidity levels with fall and winter months can lead to telltale signs of skin irritation including dryness, cracking, and even eczemaHands, arms, and the face are common affected areas and the skin may appear to lack luster and feel tight.   Here are some great tips for beautifying the skin during the holiday season:   Getting that winter glow:   1.  Office-based procedures can also improve the skin’s appearance.  Laser toning using the Lutronic Spectra laser is FDA-approved for the treatment of skin pigmentation such as melasma as well as for skin texture improvement including acne scarring.  Patients have remarked to me that they notice a glow to their skin as well as pore size minimization following a series of treatment.   2.  Keep moving and stay hydrated Cardiovascular activity boosts circulation to the skin ensuring nutrients are delivered and toxins removed.  This is especially essential after holiday festivities involving alcoholic beverages.   3.  Calm redness. Products such as Avene water and anti-Rougeur cleanser and moisturizer calm dilated blood vessels.  Products containing green tea can have the same effect.   4.  Tighten up. Microcurrent device NuFace provides a visible lift to facial skin for up to 72 hours and is a perfect boost pre-holiday party.  NuFace is FDA cleared for at home use in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating and toning facial muscle In-office procedures can produce more dramatic results over time.  This includes the no-downtime, nonsurgical facelift using Ultherapy, the only FDA-approved device for skin tightening of the lower face, neck, and brows   5.  Get Lit! Winter is a good time to consider no downtime procedures from your dermatologist.  We are often least tan during this time and it is ideal for no-downtime rejuvenating treatments including IPL.  This broad-band light based treatment takes about 15 minutes to perform and works on brown sun spots and broken blood vessels.  The hands, face, neck and chest yield phenomenal results.   6.  Eliminate lusterless skin by removing excess dead skin cells.  Mild exfoliation with products like alpha hydroxyacids (glycolic and lactic acid) or Sakura silk lift dead skin cells to improve glow.  The Clarisonic Brush uses sonicating energy with more than 300 movements per second removes 6x makeup and 2x dirt of regular washing.  Use for 60 seconds.  Great for sensitive and acne prone skin.     Got questions?  Call the highly qualified staff at Art of Skin MD at (858) 792-SKIN (7546) or contact us through the Art of Skin MD webpage.      

Dec 10

Uplift with Ultherapy: The Nonsurgical, Ultrasound Facelift

Art of Skin MD and Dr. Melanie Palm are proud to unveil the ultimate in no-downtime, nonsurgical skin tightening for the neck, face, and brows....Ultherapy!   Art of Skin MD dermatologist san diego   Exclusive to our Facebook fans, Art of Skin MD followers may now enjoy a savings of $1000 off their Ultherapy treatment!!!  Just click here to follow the link to the Art of Skin MD deal savings!   brow lift special san diego Ulthera offers a no-downtime, gradual, yet dramatic, skin tightening for the neck, face, and brows.  Ultherapy is a 30-60 minute procedure that transmits ultrasound energy deep belowo the skin and fat tissue to the deep connective tissue that is the foundational structure for our face and neck.  Patients are comfortable due to Dr. Palm's strict adherence to patient needs including local nerve blocks, air cooling, and even relaxing music!  Results are visible within 3 to 6 months.   The skin tightening effects of Ultherapy can be complemented with the liquid facelift using Sculptra.  The collagen-stimulating effect of Sculptra Aesthetic results in natural-looking facial rejuvenation.  Art of Skin MD patients selecting treatment with Ulthera + Sculptra will receive a free IPL photofacial!   Check out the Art of Skin MD photo gallery for before and after Ultherapy photos.  
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Ulthera of the lower face

  Contact us through the Art of Skin MD website or call our staff at 858.792.SKIN (7546) to find out more about our Ultherapy and Sculptra specials.      

Dec 6

Ultherapy: The Ultimate Non-Surgical Facelift

Ultrasound skin tightening san diego Art of Skin MD Art of Skin MD is proud to announce the arrival of Ulthera - THE choice for a nonsurgical facelift and/or brow lift.  Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved device approved for skin tightening and lifting of the neck, lower face, and brow.  
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Before and after 1 treatment with Ultherapy to the lower face

                      Loose, lax tissue on the face and jawline got you down? Not ready for invasive surgical procedures such as a facelift? Then Ultherapy might be the answer you are looking for...here is the scoop:   1.  Ultherapy has NO downtime!  Treatment with the device takes approximately 30-60 minutes and with proper pain management (carefully administered nerve blocks), the procedure is quite comfortable. 2.  Ultherapy results are dramatic but occur gradually.  The tightening effect occurs over approximately 3 to 6 months and lasts for over a year.  For patients with pronounced skin laxity, more than one treatment may be needed for the desired skin tightening effect. 3.  Ultherapy works by targeting the deep tissues that are tightened and re-draped during a facelift, but with minimal discomfort and a fraction of the price.   Ultherapy works to create new collagen in the connective tissue that physicians treat during surgery.   Here are some great (and representative) before and after photos of Ulthera:  
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Full face treatment with Ultherapy with 1 year follow-up

 
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Brow lift 4 months after undergoing Ultherapy to the upper face

                                            Get ahead of the game in terms of skin toning and rejuvenation.  Experience Ulthera in a comfortable, caring, and enjoyable environment with Dr. Palm.  She would be happy to talk to about it....she her self has been treated with Ulthera and can give you a first hand account of the benefits of Ulthera!   Like what you are reading about Ulthera.  Contact the expert staff at Art of Skin MD through the Art of Skin MD contact page or by calling 858.792.7546.   Check out the Art of Skin MD Facebook page  to find EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS on Ultherapy that save you up to $1000 off your treatment at Art of Skin MD with expert dermatologist Dr. Melanie Palm.     Inquire about a special introductory offers when combining the tightening power of Ultherapy and a liquid facelift using Sculptra!