Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?

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Each hair follicle on your body is cycled through active and resting phases. Whether you shave, pluck, or wax, this process continues. The hair grows back, and you have to remove it again. Wouldn’t you love to stop it from growing in the first place? Well, with the Skin Wellness Center of Alabama’s services of laser hair removal, Birmingham, AL area residents can! This is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic dermatology treatments, second only to injectables such as Botox® and Dysport. Although it is called removal, laser treatment actually prevents new hair growth. Concentrated laser light penetrates the follicle, reacting with the pigment. This effectively renders the follicle… read more

Do You Have a Damaged Earlobe?

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Articles, Skin Care & Protection

The earlobes are not an area that we might feel concern over injury, but there are instances when these body parts may require some sort of repair. Rather than live with an earlobe condition that makes you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable, considering having a repair procedure in our Birmingham practice. Various factors may affect the earlobe. One is direct injury, which is not very common. Typically, earlobes need repair due to stretching, splitting, or scarring. An earlobe piercing may become extensively stretched gradually because of heavy jewelry worn regularly, or immediately, by getting caught in clothing or a hairbrush. Should a piercing become so stretched that it is no longer possible to wear stud earrings… read more

Dermal Filler – Who is a Good Candidate for Sculptra Treatments?

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Sculptra is a dermal filler that has the ability to add volume by stimulating collagen. It is made from poly-L-lactic-acid, a biocompatible substance that has been used by doctors for dissolvable stitches and facial enhancement since 1999. It does not contain any bacterial, human, or animal components; therefore, it does not require allergy testing. Sculptra works deep within the dermis at the source of the signs of aging. It can help correct both deep and shallow folds in the skin for a very natural look. Sculptra is an FDA-approved injection that allows individuals to see results over a longer period, giving a more gradual change to one’s face over time.… read more

How Long Does It Take For Results From The Radiesse Treatment To Show?

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Facial lines and wrinkles are not only unattractive, but can make you look older than you feel. That’s why the Skin Wellness Center of Alabama in Birmingham offers a variety of dermal fillers and cosmetic procedures to allow you to turn back the hands of time! One popular dermal filler used in Dr. Hartman’s practice is Radiesse. Radiesse treatments offer an affordable and effective way to reduce the lines and wrinkles that can be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Radiesse treatments are essentially volumizing fillers that are injected into your skin in order to boost collagen production and fill out bothersome lines and wrinkles. The gel formula contains calcium-based… read more

The Various Uses of Electrosurgery in our Birmingham Dermatology Center

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At Skin Wellness Center, it is our intent to provide the most effective treatments available today. Whether we are correcting or managing issues such as acne or warts, or improving the tone and texture of the skin, we provide care with the result in mind. One way in which we maintain a standard of excellence is to include cutting-edge technology into treatments when appropriate. We are happy to use electrosurgery as a part of our Birmingham skin wellness treatment when appropriate. Electrosurgery is not a specific procedure. This device is used in a variety of procedures in which incisions may otherwise be made. These procedures are performed after local anesthetic… read more

The Benefits of Chemical Peels

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As the years go by, your skin changes for several reasons. Collagen reduction, loss of volume, changes in texture, and uneven tone are natural, as the composition of maturing skin changes. The cumulative damages from sun exposure, injuries, medical conditions, and other factors can hasten the aging process. Chemical peels are among the most versatile dermatologic treatments, effectively treating many common problems. Dr. Corey Hartman, in Birmingham, Alabama, offers a variety of different peels, to meet the individual needs of every patient. What Is a Chemical Peel? A chemical peels, is a great way to eliminate many superficial blemishes, while improving the overall texture and tone of your skin. The… read more

Caring for Skin After Cryosurgery

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Cryosurgery is a procedure that has been performed for over a century. In many dermatologic settings, the agent used for cryosurgery is liquid nitrogen, a liquid gas that remains at a temperature of approximately 300 degrees below zero. Liquid nitrogen has long been a safe and effective agent for removing skin growths such as keratoses and warts. One of the benefits of cryosurgery is that it is a safe, non-invasive treatment for unwanted skin growths. This treatment, however, is not right for every patient. During consultation with a patient, Dr. Hartman and Dr. Dyck will discuss the details of cryosurgery. Treating the skin with liquid nitrogen may result in a… read more

Comparing DIY Mole Removal with Dermatologist Treatment

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Many of us have moles, tiny collections of cells with pigmentation that are highly visible on the skin. A mole may be flat or raised, and may be brown, red, or black. Most of the time, moles are no more than a cosmetic issue, and many people choose to remove certain spots for an improved appearance. Mole removal  is a personal choice, but one that should be made carefully. This pertains not so much to whether or not a mole is removed, but how it is removed. THE DANGERS OF DIY MOLE REMOVAL Due to the ease in which information can be obtained in this age, mole removal can be… read more

Ways to Experience the Benefits of Botulinum Treatment

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For several years now, men and women from across the globe have restored their youthful faces with Botox®. Birmingham and Chelsea, AL area residents can enjoy the great benefits of the Botox® cosmetic solution offered at the Skin Wellness Center of Alabama. This derivative of botulinum toxin is proven to be a safe and highly effective way to handle some of the most common signs of aging that occurs on the upper third of the face. Botox® is designed to relax the muscles that tense up beneath the skin. Muscle contractions occur as the brain commands, typically in order to make facial expressions. Due to the frequency with which these… read more

Sclerotherapy – Effective Varicose Vein Treatment

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Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins, usually appearing on the legs or ankles. They often look dark blue or purple, showing through the skin surface. In addition to being unsightly, they are often painful. You may feel tiredness, burning, or itching in your legs. If this sounds familiar, visit us at the Skin Wellness Center of Alabama. With sclerotherapy, Birmingham residents can end the pain, discomfort, and embarrassment of varicose veins. What Causes Varicose Veins? The valves in veins normally only allow blood to move one direction. In your legs, the blood should move upward. When these valves become weakened, they respond to the force of gravity, allowing blood to move down the… read more