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By Dawson Dermatology
November 15, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: SculpSure  

Discover this incredible non-surgical way to reduce fat and boost your self-confidence.SculpSure®

Do you feel like no matter how often you workout or how well you eat that you still can’t get rid of stubborn body fat? From menopause to post-pregnancy weight, there are many scenarios in which people find it difficult to lose that unwanted fat around the stomach, sides or thighs. If this sounds like you, our Honolulu, HI, dermatologists Dr. Kevin Dawson, Dr. Douglas Chun and Dr. Sarah Grekin are here to tell you about a safe, effective way to say goodbye to fat for good.

What is SculpSure®?

This is the first FDA-cleared laser treatment used to target and kill unwanted fat cells along the stomach, waistline, thighs and even chin. By directing laser energy at these specific treatment areas, this light heats up and destroys the fall cells while its built-in cooling technology ensures that skin stays cool and safe throughout the treatment. Furthermore, the results you achieve through this cosmetic treatment are permanent.

What should I expect from my SculpSure® procedure?

If you want to treat several areas at once, this isn’t a problem with SculpSure®, which uses multiple applicators to deliver specific wavelengths to the areas you wish to target. This treatment only takes about 25 to 30 minutes to complete and you’ll most likely see results after about 6 weeks, with full results obtained around three months.

Is there a recovery period?

One of the benefits of getting SculpSure® from our Honolulu dermatologists is that this procedure doesn’t involve any downtime, which means that you can go back to your daily routine immediately after your treatment. While you may notice some swelling, redness or soreness in the area or areas that we’ve treated, these side effects are often minor and will go away after a couple of days.

Is this treatment painful?

The cooling technology within SculpSure® guarantees an easy, comfortable and non-invasive experience. While you may notice a slight tingling during your treatment, it’s usually not uncomfortable or problematic for our patients.

Do you have questions about SculpSure®? Ready to find out if it could finally give you the results you’ve been looking for without having to go under the knife? Then turn to Dawson Dermatology in Honolulu, HI today to schedule your consultation.

By Dawson Dermatology
November 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Wrinkles   Botox  

Forehead wrinkles. Crows feet. Frown lines. Dynamic wrinkles often develop from repetitive facial expression, causing these fine lines to appear visible even when theWrinkles  face is totally relaxed.

Wrinkles are a normal part of the aging process. The most common contributors to premature aging of the skin include genetics, spending too much time in the sun, smoking and poor diet.  Avoiding or limiting these activities can help prevent and lessen the effects of wrinkles.

Not all wrinkles can be avoided, and when quick, dramatic results are desired, Botox® may be a viable solution for removing wrinkles on the face caused by daily muscle contraction of your natural facial expressions. Botox® works by temporarily blocking nerve impulses, which reduces the movement of those particular muscles. With less movement, the skin surface is gradually smoothed, the lines begin to fade, and your natural vibrant skin strengthens and returns.  

During treatment, very low doses of Botox® are administered by way of small injections. FDA-approved, Botox® is a safe and minimally invasive treatment. It takes just a few minutes and can last about 3-4 months. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated as directed by your dermatologist. 

If you are interested in learning more about Botox ® cosmetic treatments, contact our office and we will be happy to answer your questions.  Younger looking skin is easily attainable with the help of your dermatologist!

By Dawson Dermatology
November 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Scars  

ScarsScars left behind from acne, surgery, chicken pox, burns or other injuries, especially when they appear on your face, can be disfiguring physically and emotionally. 

Scars are a natural part of the skin’s healing process, and most small scars fade over time to become nearly invisible. The larger and more severe the skin damage and the longer it takes to heal, however, the more prominent the scar will be. If the appearance of a scar bothers you, a visit to your dermatologist may be in order.

Today, dermatologists offer many cosmetic treatment options that can significantly reduce the appearance of large, raised scars. Although scars cannot be eliminated entirely, modern cosmetic techniques can significantly minimize their visibility for an improved appearance.  

Leading cosmetic dermatology options include:

  • Dermabrasion: A technique that involves removing the upper layer of the skin, allowing new skin to regenerate.
  • Laser scar removal: Using a high-energy light, a dermatologist can remove or reshape disfigured scar tissue. Different types of laser scar removal are used for different types of scarring.  
  • Microdermabrasion: A non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that applies microscopic crystals. This gently exfoliates and smooths the outermost layer of dead skin cells, revealing younger, healthier looking skin.
  • Chemical peels: Typically administered as a facial peel, this treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove and smooth the scarred outer layers of skin.
  • Topical cream, gel or ointment: Special creams can be applied directly to a scar to soften the tissue and promote healing.  

In some cases, more than one treatment, or a combination of procedures, may be recommended to attain your optimal results. Your dermatologist can help you determine the best treatment for your specific goals and degree of scarring.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your scars, visit your dermatologist. Most scarring is highly treatable by an expert. We can assess the scar, review treatment options, and help you select the most effective therapy for significantly reducing your scars’ visibility.  

By Dawson Dermatology
October 13, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Varicose Veins  

Varicose VeinsMany people are bothered by the small, unsightly clusters of purple, red and blue veins that commonly appear on the legs. These blemishes are called spider and varicose veins. Factors that lead to the formation of these veins include heredity, gender, and pregnancy. Prolonged standing, obesity, hormones, and physical trauma may also contribute to the development of varicose veins.

In addition to the visual appearance of the veins, many people may experience the following symptoms:

  • Leg pain
  • Leg fatigue or heaviness
  • Burning sensations in the leg
  • Swelling/throbbing in the leg
  • Tenderness surrounding the veins

Varicose veins may remain merely a cosmetic issue or can progress to more serious health complications. Delaying treatment may cause leg discoloration, swelling and ulceration, or predispose to blood clots. It’s important to consult your regular physician when you first notice signs of varicose veins.  

For patients troubled by the appearance of their veins, there is help. Varicose veins can easily be removed with the help of a dermatologist. A time-tested treatment, sclerotherapy is a simple, safe, and effective non-surgical procedure used to treat unwanted varicose veins.  

Sclerotherapy diminishes the appearance of varicose veins by injecting a “sclerosing agent” into target veins to shrink the vessels and minimize their appearance. While a specific treatment plan can only be determined following a consultation with your dermatologist, most patients notice a significant reduction, if not total elimination, of their unwanted veins over the treatment period.

Sclerotherapy has been used for generations by dermatologists to help patients eliminate spider and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance and improve your self-confidence. Visit your dermatologist for an initial consultation and find out if you are a good candidate.

Dry SkinCold winds, low temperatures and dry indoor conditions can strip the skin of its natural oils that serve as a natural moisturizer. Although the cold winter months often cause dry skin, with proper skin care habits you can have a healthy complexion that lasts all season long.

You can’t control the harsh winter climate, but you can protect your skin by learning how to manage the factors that trigger dry, flaky skin.

How Can I Protect My Skin from Dryness

For starters, apply a heavy moisturizer or cream daily to help retain moisture and keep skin from drying out. Since strong, brisk winds can cause chapped skin, it is also important to cover exposed areas by wearing a hat, scarf or mittens when going out into the cold air.

Furnaces, radiators and fireplaces that you use to heat your home during cold winter months may feel wonderful in the middle of winter, but they can be extremely drying. To add moisture back into your home, try using a humidifier. Frequent showering and hand washing can also dry out your skin. Keep skin moist with lotion or cream immediately after you shower and wash your hands to seal in moisture.

No matter what season you’re in, if your dry skin becomes inflamed or develops a painful itch, visit our practice for a proper evaluation and treatment plan. A dermatologist can help you modify your current skin regimen accordingly to help your skin stay healthy with the changing seasons.





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