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Botox is a nonsurgical treatment for helping you regain a more youthful appearance. It can also help you appear more rested. At Magnolia Dermatology, Dr. Joseph Myers is your dermatologist for Botox in Charleston, SC.
How can Botox treatments help me?
Botox can help you look younger, rested, and refreshed. Botox accomplishes these things by giving you smoother skin and minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Botox can help minimize frown lines, crows feet, forehead lines, and more. Botox is most often used to achieve younger looking skin on the face, neck, and chest. Following treatment, your skin will look rejuvenated.
How does Botox work?
Botox smooths out lines and wrinkles by relaxing muscle tissue. Botox is injected directly into the muscle tissue in areas where smoother skin is desired. Once injected into the muscle tissue, Botox makes it difficult for muscles to contract, which is one cause of lines and wrinkles. When muscle tissue cannot contract as readily and is more relaxed, skin will appear smoother. Additionally, the appearance of lines and wrinkles will be diminished.
Do Botox injections hurt?
Most patients experience little to no pain or discomfort when undergoing Botox treatment at our Charleston office, although some might experience mild discomfort from the injection. For patients who are concerned about discomfort, it is often possible to use a topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area prior to administering the injection. Following treatment, recovery time is minimal.
How soon will I see the benefits of Botox treatment?
The positive effects of Botox can be observed immediately after treatment. Your skin will be visibly smoother with fewer lines and wrinkles at the end of your treatment session. Plus, you continue to enjoy improved results for up to two weeks when maximum results will be visible. The results of Botox treatment usually last for several months before additional treatment is needed.
Interested? Give us a call!
Botox is an effective nonsurgical method for achieving more youthful looking skin. For treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers by calling his Charleston office at (843) 769-2100!
Botox has helped millions of patients look younger and feel more revitalized. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that over 7 million Botox procedures are performed annually. If you have wrinkles in your face, learn more about Botox and what it can do to improve your appearance. This minimally-invasive dermatological treatment is available from Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC.
How Botox Works
Botox is a substance that can freeze the neurotransmitters that cause the muscles in your face to expand and contract. That constant muscular action is what causes lines and wrinkles to form on the skin. Most of those wrinkles show up on the forehead, around the mouth, and near the eyes because that is where we show the most expression. Once injected, Botox pauses the muscle movements so that the skin will look smoother and younger.
Can Botox Help You?
Your Charleston, SC dermatologist will conduct a thorough examination to determine if you’ll be a good candidate for Botox injections. If you’ve been stressed about the lines and wrinkles that have been forming on your face over the years, Botox can help you regain confidence in your appearance. A Botox treatment session can be completed in as little as a few minutes, so you can schedule it on a lunch break. You’ll see noticeable differences after a few days.
Botox: After the Appointment
Many patients are happy to find out the length of results after just a short Botox appointment. In some cases, the results can last for up to six months before retreatment is needed. After the appointment, you must observe the care requirements provided by your dermatologist. To ensure the best results, follow these tips:
- Wait a few hours before laying down after a Botox appointment.
- Avoid strenuous exercise or movements for at least a day.
- Gently wash the face and avoid rigorous facial treatments for at least a week after the appointment.
- Schedule future follow-up appointments with your dermatologist to maintain your appearance.
Your Botox Consultation
Any questions you have about getting Botox will be answered by your Charleston, SC dermatologist. Call (843) 769-2100 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer among adults in the U.S, with about one out of every five adult Americans developing some form of it each year. Early detection of skin cancer offers the best prognosis for overcoming it, which is why it is so important to regularly check your skin for unusual changes and visit a dermatologist annually for a skin cancer screening. At Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, Dr. Joseph Myers is your dermatologist for skin cancer screenings and treatment.
Types of Skin Cancer
There are many different types of skin cancer. Two of the most common types to affect adult Americans are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Both types can develop due to chronic exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Another type of skin cancer is melanoma, which is actually the least common form but also the most deadly. In fact, it causes more deaths than any other type of skin cancer. Melanoma tends to be most prevalent among young adults in their mid to late twenties and develops as a result of extensive exposure to the sun or tanning beds.
Signs of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer signs can vary slightly among the different types of skin cancer. In general, though, any type of change in the skin is a potential skin cancer warning. Accordingly, anyone who observes a warning sign or change in the appearance of the skin should visit a dermatologist office such as Magnolia Dermatology. There, a dermatologist can perform a biopsy to determine if cancer cells are present. Some of the common signs of skin cancer include:
- Changes in the appearance of existing moles
- Sudden bleeding or itching of existing moles
- Speckled brown spots on the skin
- Patches of red or pink scaly lesions
- Waxy and translucent come-shaped growths
- Black or brown streaks under the nails
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
Several options are available for treating skin cancer, with each particular treatment being chosen on a basis of the type of skin cancer affecting a patient. At Magnolia Dermatology's Charleston office, skin cancer treatment options include:
- Mohs micrographic surgery — This method involves mapping the affected skin tissue in order to minimize the removal of healthy skin tissue.
- Radiation therapy — This method involves using radiation to target the affected area and kill cancer cells.
- Surgical excision — This method involves surgically removing a tumor from the skin.
- Cryosurgery — This is a method revolving around the action of freezing off a tumor using liquid nitrogen.
- Curettage and desiccation — This method involves scraping out a tumor, then applying an electric current to eliminate any remaining cancer cells.
- Prescription medicated creams — This option involves applying a cream to the skin to help stimulate the body’s immune system to target the cancer cells.
Concerned? Call our Charleston Office Today!
See a dermatologist for a skin cancer screening if you observe any of the common signs of skin cancer. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers, call Magnolia Dermatology at (843) 769-2100.
According to statistics published by the American Academy of Dermatology, over 14 million American patients struggle with a chronic skin condition called rosacea. The cause of this skin problem isn’t clear, but dermatologists are still finding ways to treat this often-embarrassing and chronic skin problem. Find out what solutions your dermatologist in Charleston, SC, Dr. Joseph Myers can offer you.
What Is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes patches of the skin to become red, irritated, and itchy. Symptoms include pimples that resemble acne, swelling, flushing, the appearance of tiny blood vessels on the skin, burning sensation, and eye irritation. The rash can persist for many days or even weeks, and patients are distressed by rosacea because the flare-ups are unpredictable and often happen at some of the most inconvenient moments. Rosacea is most common in patients over the age of 30 who have fair skin and a family history of this skin problem.
Can Rosacea Be Treated?
While there may be no cure for rosacea there are ways to manage this condition to reduce symptoms. These are some of the ways that your Charleston dermatologist will help you handle flare-ups:
- Oral antibiotics (to keep bad bacteria on the skin at bay and reduce inflammation).
- Topical medication to calm inflammation and redness.
- Vascular laser therapy (to reduce the appearance of blood vessels and redness).
Managing this Skin Condition
Medical experts do not have a definitive cause for rosacea, but many believe it may be related to stress, diet, and sun-exposure. Here are some tips on how to protect your skin:
- Avoid overexposure to the sun and climates with extreme weather (very hot or very cold). Wear sunscreen when outside.
- Eat a healthier diet. Reduce your consumption of spicy foods and alcohol.
- Keep a rosacea diary, noting the foods you eat, and any notable life factors that occur in advance of a flare-up.
- Do what you can to de-stress and relax.
- Examine the products you’ve been using to determine if they might be causing skin irritations. Use a mild skin cleanser and moisturizer recommended by your dermatologist.
Help for Your Skin
Instead of hiding in your home when you have a rosacea flare-up, seek help from Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr., a dermatologist serving patients in Charleston, SC. Get in touch with a friendly staff member at Magnolia Dermatology for an appointment by calling (843) 769-2100 today.
Oh, no. You see another acne breakout starting. The American Academy of Dermatology says up to 85 percent of teens suffer from routine 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.
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.
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.
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.