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By Magnolia Dermatology
December 19, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Juvederm  

This simple cosmetic filler could just give you the rejuvenated skin makeover you’ve been looking for.juvederm

As we get older we can easily see those years and how they alter and change the contouring and appearance of our face. Suddenly, we start to see new lines and wrinkles form. Lips start to thin out and cheeks lose their fullness. If you are dealing with these issues you may think the only option is cosmetic surgery, but our Charleston, SC, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr. is here to tell you about a quick, non-invasive approach to achieving that younger appearance.

What is Juvederm XC?

This treatment employs thin injectables that when administered into deeper areas of tissue in the face can greatly reduce lines, wrinkles and folds while also restoring volume in areas of the face that have lost elasticity, which is a natural part of aging.

This cosmetic treatment is amazingly versatile. A lot of people just assume that this treatment can only reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles but it can truly do a lot more. Juvederm can even plump up the lips, improve fullness in the cheeks, reduce the appearance of superficial scars (e.g. acne scars) and improve the appearance of sagging skin.

How does Juvederm XC work?

This specially formulated gel uses hyaluronic acid, which is already naturally found within the body and plays a role in keeping skin supple and firm. As we get older our skin doesn’t produce as much hyaluronic acid, which leads to the loss of elasticity and plumpness in the skin. Luckily, by injecting Juvederm XC into the skin we can enhance it’s overall appearance.

What can I expect if I get Juvederm?

When you come into our office our Charleston skin doctor will first want to make sure that you are right for this treatment. We will examine your skin and chat with you about your goals to make sure they align with what this treatment can offer you.

Once you are deemed a good candidate the next step is to administer the injections. This only takes a few minutes to perform. Most people hear needles and worry that treatment will be painful. Luckily the gel within the Juvederm injected also contains anesthesia, which will help to ease and numb the area to reduce discomfort.

How long does Juvederm last?

Results will be different for everyone but in general Juvederm results tend to last anywhere from six months to a year. Luckily, if you are happy with the results you achieved with Juvederm you can choose to get maintenance injections to refresh your appearance every six months to one year.

Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, is dedicated to providing you with comprehensive dermatological care. If you want to chat about different cosmetic options that could improve your skin then it’s the perfect time to schedule a consultation with us.

By Magnolia Dermatology
October 04, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: botox  

Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead are usually the first signs of aging. As we age, the production of collagen botoxand elastin, which keeps the skin looking firm and supple, begins to break down, causing lines, wrinkles and sagging. As the skin loses elasticity, common activities like smiling and squinting, which exercise the same muscles over and over again can lead to wrinkles. Dr. Joseph Myers, a dermatologist at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, recommends anti-aging treatments like Botox to help keep the signs of aging at bay.

Invest in a More Youthful Appearance with Botox in Charleston, SC

Botox helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles in the face.

The most common uses for Botox include:

  • Frown lines
  • Bunny lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow's feet

By relaxing the facial muscles that cause creasing, Botox can help to slow the progression and development of deep lines and wrinkles in the face and neck.

Will Botox Make Me Look Weird or Frozen?

The key to achieving a natural and aesthetic result with Botox is to work with an experienced dermatologist with a successful track record. Your dermatologist will determine the right dosage necessary to achieve your desired results. You will not lose sensation or have a frozen expression when Botox is administered correctly.

How Long Will a Botox Treatment Last?

Everyone is different, but a typical treatment lasts between three to four months.

Find a Dermatologist in Charleston, SC

For more information about Botox and other cosmetic and anti-aging treatments, contact Magnolia Dermatology by calling (843) 769-2100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers today.

By Magnolia Dermatology
July 24, 2017
Category: Dermatologist
Tags: Acne   acne treatment  

Oh, no. You see another acne breakout starting. The American Academy of Dermatology says up to 85 percent of teens suffer from routineAcne episodes of whiteheads, blackheads and red, inflamed pustules. Though smaller in numbers, adult breakouts happen, too. Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, treats this all too common and disconcerting skin condition. He's determined to help his patients achieve the healthy, blemish-free skin they long for.

Understanding acne

Whether you nickname them zits, pimples or blemishes, acne comedones start in your hair follicles. The oil, or sebum, in hair follicles oozes out of skin pores throughout the day, but unfortunately, dead skin cells often block their exit off your face, back and chest. The result are blackheads as the surrounding air actually makes the skin cells change color. Whiteheads, those less visible acne bumps, happen when the follicles remains closed.

In addition, acne lesions often become infected and inflamed pustules. Large and red, pustules leave acne's characteristic scarring, especially as they increase in size and become hard, discolored cysts. Cystic acne is a severe form of this skin problem, but it, too, can be controlled and treated.

Treating acne

When you come to Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston to see board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Myers, he'll carefully evaluate your acne to determine its type and severity. Then, he'll present you a treatment plan tailored to reduce the appearance of your lesions, heal infection if necessary and assist you in controlling and even preventing future episodes of acne.

Dr. Myers may suggest one or more of the following, depending on your particular needs:

  • Benzoyl peroxide, a topical medication which helps clear acne lesions
  • In-office extraction of whiteheads and blackheads (sometimes called punch excision)
  • Antibiotic therapy to quell infection
  • Hormone therapy for female patients whose acne appears linked to certain hormones
  • Topical Tretinoin, a prescription Vitamin A medicine applied directly to the skin

To obviate the appearance of acne scarring, your dermatologist in Charleston offers technologically advanced and reliable laser treatments, and chemical peels.

Preventing breakouts

Acne is not your fault, but there are common sense strategies you can employ to prevent, or lessen the severity of, your breakouts. First, avoid harsh soaps. Keep your face clean, but do not wash it too frequently. Once in the morning and once at bedtime should suffice.

Additionally, avoiding picking or rubbing your existing acne lesions so they don't become inflamed and infected. Use oil-free make-up, and apply a quality sunscreen when you're outside on summer days.

Finally, do what you can to manage stress. Yes, researchers at the International Dermal Institute do say acne and stress are linked, possibly because stress chemicals such as adrenaline cause the body to release more oil to hair follicles.

Let us help you

Your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, can assist you in managing acne. Why not contact Dr. Myers at Magnolia Dermatology today for your personal consultation? Call (843) 769-2100.

By Magnolia Dermatology
June 14, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: skin conditions  

Skin conditions, whether they appear slowly over time or come on suddenly, can be both surprising and concerning. However, learning skin conditionsto identify some common skin conditions can help you assess the situation and know what to expect, how to handle it, and when to contact your doctor. Find out more about some common skin conditions with Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC.

Skin Conditions

  • Acne: Acne develops when the glands in the skin produce too much sebum, a naturally occurring oil. The oil pushes dead skin cells to the surface of a pore, causing the pore to become clogged, causing a pimple to form. Acne most commonly occurs on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back.
  • Eczema: Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, occurs when the skin has the tendency to become red, inflamed, and irritated. While eczema often affects children and infants, it also affects about 3% of adults, according to the National Eczema Association. The rash is almost always itchy and most commonly occurs on the face, neck, wrists, hands, and feet.
  • Skin Cancer: The Skin Cancer Foundation says that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Identifying skin cancer early is one of the most crucial steps in a successful treatment. Skin cancer often presents itself in the form of a new mole which will differ from a normal mole. The cancerous mole may have abnormalities in its border instead of being smooth and round or ovular, have two or more different colors within its border, be larger than the size of a pencil eraser, or evolve, change, or grow quickly. If you think you have skin cancer, you should see your dermatologist as soon as possible for testing.
  • Rosacea: This common skin condition occurs most often on the face, sometimes moving down the neck to the chest or to the ears. Rosacea causes the skin to become red, flushed, irritated, or develop a thickened or bumpy texture.

Dermatological Treatments in Charleston, SC
Treatments for skin conditions vary based on which condition your dermatologist diagnoses. Treatments may begin conservatively with lifestyle changes or prescription ointments and evolve into a skin care routine or even surgery. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best course of treatment for your skin condition.

For more information on skin conditions or their treatments, please contact Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC. Call (843) 769-2100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Myers today!

By Magnolia Dermatology
March 24, 2017
Category: Dermatologist

Find out how you can protect your skin from cancer and when to visit us for a cancer

The minute the sun comes out and the weather is nice, people flock outside to bask in the sun and soak up a little vitamin D; however, how many people do you think actually put on sunscreen before going outside? Better yet, how many people do you think bring sunscreen with them to reapply it? Chances are—not a lot of people. If you want to truly protect your skin from cancer, our Charleston, SC, dermatologist Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., weighs in on what you should be doing.

Find Some Shade: While the purpose may be to go outside and enjoy the sun, you can still do that while also seeking refuge under a beach umbrella or a restaurant awning to protect your skin. And if you are concerned about getting enough vitamin D, you really don’t need to spend much time soaking up the sun’s rays to get what you need.

Wear Tightly Woven Clothes: If you are looking for clothes that will protect you from the sun then you’ll want to look for tightly woven materials. A good way to tell how protective your clothing is to hold it up and see how much light shines through.

Sport a Hat: Whether you are gardening or just going for a jaunt around the neighborhood it’s a good idea to wear a hat before you go outside. A wide-brimmed hat is the best choice because it will be able to protect your face, ears and neck from the sun’s rays.

Don’t Forget Sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect against skin cancer. Look for a sunscreen that will provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 15 or higher. Remember to reapply every two hours, or immediately after sweating or swimming.

What Does Skin Cancer Look Like?

It’s a good idea to schedule a skin cancer screening with our Charleston, SC, skin doctor at least once a year, even if you don’t notice any changes to your skin. Of course, be sure to examine your skin from head to toe regularly and look for moles that are asymmetrical, contain multiple colors, have undefined borders or are larger than the eraser end of a pencil. If you notice any of these changes, it’s time to visit us right away.

Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, is dedicated to the health of your skin. Whether you are concerned about skin cancer or you just want to schedule a routine visit, we are here to assist you with whatever you need.

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