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Jan 25 2014

What is Skin Resurfacing?

fractional laser resurfacing photoSkin resurfacing is a general term which refers to a process or procedure intended to improve the texture of the skin. Make your skin look smoother. Improve specific "textural issues" such as wrinkles, acne scars, fine lines, prominent pores, and forms of sun damage and skin aging. A skin resurfacing procedure makes your skin look smoother, more radiant, and more youthful.

There are many different devices used for skin resurfacing.

There are different intensities of skin resurfacing: mild/no downtime, moderate/little bit of downtime, aggressive/more downtime.

Each procedure really has a different goal, designed to best improve a specific combination of skin issues. One procedure may give better results for pores and brown spots. Another device may give better results for redness and acne scars. Yet another may be focused on deeper wrinkles and blotchy brown areas.

Learn what type of skin resurfacing can best help improve your particular skin issues.

Jan 10 2014

Fillers soften facial wrinkles

Are facial fillers to soften wrinkles the right treatment for you? What type of wrinkle do you want to reduce or soften? --upper lip creases or deeper fold type wrinkles that run around the mouth and chin areas? There are different fillers for different issues. Some wrinkles would be better treated with lasers or Botox or chemical peels.

Dr. Duke has been offering to her patients several different types of facial fillers for over a decade. She took on additional training at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital as a dermatology resident, chief resident, and cosmetic laser fellow.

Read on to learn if you are a candidate for facial filler treatments, what are the newest and best fillers out there, and how to decide who should do your treatment.

Nov 12 2013

Medical Microdermabrasion vs Spa Microdermabrasion

Patients sometimes ask me: is there a difference between a microdermabrasion performed at a doctor’s office and a microdermabrasion performed at a spa or salon. The answer is YES, for many reasons.

Oct 18 2013

My Coolsculpting Experience--as told by a nurse. Part I

CoolSculpting DeviceCoolSculpting is a no downtime external only treatment to decrease the appearance of discrete bulges of fat mostly on the abdomen and flank . The device, which requires no anesthesia, no needles, and no probes, works by decreasing the temperature in the applicator cups to selectively injure fat cells and not all of the other cells. Fat freezes at a higher temperature than water, which is the guiding principle for how the device safely causes the fat cells to shrivel up, die, and be slowly moved away by your own body's immune cells -- over a period of about three months. CoolSculpting is not a weight reduction program but rather reduces the areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. This blog is the first in a multiple part series describing the experience of a dermatology laser nurse. In this first segment, she describes her actual treatment experience and what the area felt like the first few days following the treatment.

Jun 24 2013

How to choose a sunscreen

Sun exposure can increase your risk of developing skin cancer and can lead to early skin aging (brown spots, thickened skin, wrinkles...). Protecting your skin from choosing best sunscreenexcess and long term sun exposure can minimize the risk of skin cancer and sun damage. Not all sunscreens are alike, and the trick is to select a the best sunscreen for your skin. Learn more about : which specific sunscreen ingredients work the best, how to read a sunscreen label, which sunscreen ingredients are safe and will not clog pores or cause breakouts, which sun protection products are best for sensitive skin, what does the sunscreen's SPF actually mean, are sunscreens really "waterproof", which is more important UVA or UVB protection, which sunscreens are best for children and teenagers, how to chose the best sunscreen, how do sunscreens prevent wrinkles and brown spots and how to treat wrinkles and brown spots if they have already happened.

Dec 03 2012

Injectables: Neurotoxins vs. Fillers

Dr. Daniella Duke, Stonington CT,  offers injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic to help her Mystic patients look as young as they feel.

Nov 03 2012

Accent Skin Tightening

Mystic dermatologist Daniella Duke performs Accent skin tightening to treat sagging skin in the face, neck, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.

Oct 07 2012

Matrix Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

Matrix fractional laser resurfacing is a great option to consider if you want to restore the beauty and appearance of your skin. Let's look at this treatment option and why you should consider it for your skin care and skin health needs.

Aug 31 2012

Facial Rejuvenation

There are many different options out there for non-surgical aesthetic enhancement. Let's take a moment right now to look at what these facial rejuvenation treatments are and how they can benefit you.

Aug 02 2012

Coolsculpting Body Contouring

Mystic dermatologist Daniella Duke is pleased to offer CoolSculpting, an alternative to surgical and laser body contouring treatments.

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