Posts for: November, 2017
If you’re bothered by fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, or if you are looking for a simple way to rejuvenate your skin, chemical peels may be a good option for you.
A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by your dermatologist. This in-office treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin, erasing imperfections and improving skin tone and texture. As the old, outer layer of skin is exfoliated and removed, it stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells that are smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
This time-tested, non-invasive procedure is quick—in most cases less than an hour—and yields fast results. It can drastically improve the appearance of skin marked by wrinkles, scars and other signs of aging or sun damage.
Chemical peels can improve the appearance of:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin pigmentation
- Acne scarring
- Sun-damaged skin
- Age spots
Chemical peels can be applied to many parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands and are available in several different strengths. Our office can help you determine the type of chemical used depending on your skin type and desired results. The best candidate for a chemical peel is a person with fair skin and light hair, although darker skin types can also achieve good results depending on their specific problem and treatment goals.
How many treatments are necessary depends on the severity of skin damage and the patient’s goals. With each treatment, scarring and other imperfections typically diminish more and more.
At your dermatologist's office, we can help you achieve your most radiant, youthful skin. Visit to learn more about cosmetic dermatology and to find out if you are a candidate for chemical peels.
Oh, no! Those lines between your eyebrows make you look angry, and the lines at the corners of your eyes add years to your appearance. What's the best way to eliminate facial lines and wrinkles and to help new ones from forming? BOTOX Cosmetic is an injectable aesthetic treatment that can do just that. Available from Dr. Linda Banta at Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio, BOTOX is a quick, minimally invasive way to rejuvenate your appearance and boost your self-image.
What is BOTOX?
It's an FDA-approved form of the botulinum toxin type A, says the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Banta injects it just below the skin in areas of the face that have aged and acquired fine lines through something skin doctors call dynamic wrinkling. Over time, when you smile, frown, whistle or otherwise use the muscles of your face to express your emotions, the skin moves and creases with the movement of the underlying musculature.
What results are frown lines between your eyebrows and across your forehead, "marionette" lines on the corners of the mouth, "crow's feet" around your eyes and vertical lines around the lips. While moisturizers help lessen the appearance of these wrinkles, they are still indicators of wear and tear, aren't they? If the action of the underlying facial muscles would lessen, so would the lines and creases.
The BOTOX treatment
BOTOX limits the movement of facial muscles for San Antonio area patients Dr. Banta determines are good candidates for the injections. She administers them in one quick visit and repeats them every four to six months as needed. Dr. Banta may apply a topical anesthetic or ice to the areas receiving treatments to minimize discomfort and reduce the small amount of bruising and swelling that may happen after BOTOX treatments.
After Dr. Banta injects BOTOX, patients notice a smoothing of their wrinkles fairly quickly, progressing throughout the rest of the day and maximizing in about 10 days or so.
Could you benefit from BOTOX?
Many people qualify for these amazing treatments. Dr. Banta will tell you if you are a good candidate when she sees you at Stone Oak Dermatology in San Antonio for a complimentary consultation.
For your personal consultation with Dr. Linda Banta, please call Stone Oak Dermatology at (210) 494-0504.
While the face may be the first to show signs of aging, a person’s hands can make someone appear older than they feel. In a person’s lifetime, the hands are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures and a lot of wear and tear. It’s no wonder the skin on our hands becomes thinner, develops wrinkles and sun spots and loses its radiance over time.
The good news is that you can reduce signs of aging on your hands with improved care at home and the help of your dermatologist.
Basic tips for improved hand care include:
- Keep your hands moisturized. Dry, cracked hands appear dull and older. Applying a cream periodically throughout the day will give your hands a healthy glow and a more youthful appearance.
- Protect your hands from the sun. The back of the hands are extremely vulnerable to UV damage because they are almost always exposed to sun light. Take extra precautions by applying sunscreen.
- Wear gloves. Do this during household chores or yard work to protect your hands. Also wear gloves in the winter to protect hands from cold, harsh temperatures.
- Avoid frequent hand washing. When you do wash, use a mild soap with warm water.
In some cases, a dermatologist may recommend rejuvenation techniques that have long been successful in treating the face.These procedures add volume to the hand and remove discoloration, wrinkles and damage to reverse telltale signs of aging. Visit your dermatologist to find out if these treatments are offered and recommended options for you.
Because we put so much emphasis on our facial skin care, the hands are often overlooked. The hands can be even more susceptible to the effects of aging, which means they need extra care and attention. Today, there are many procedures available to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. Prevention is the best medicine, but your dermatologist is also an excellent source for advice and professional treatment options.