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

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. Patients who are interested in seeing instant results from their dermal filler would not be a good candidate for Sculptra treatments. This is because Sculptra treatments will require several sessions over a period of several months in order to see the full results. Collagen stimulators take time to produce volume, so the results will not be as fast as Botox®, Juvéderm, or other facial fillers available …
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How Long Does It Take For Results From The Radiesse Treatment To Show?

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 microspheres that supplement the skin’s structure, allowing collagen to grow naturally. By plumping wrinkles up with natural collagen produced by the individual’s own body, they appear less noticeable.

You can have a younger appearance in just one dermatological appointment. . The results of Radiesse treatments are immediate. As soon as Dr. Hartman injects the filler into the skin areas of concern to his patient, the improvement of the …
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The Various Uses of Electrosurgery in our Birmingham Dermatology Center

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 has been administered and the patient is comfortable. Electrosurgery cuts down on post-surgical discomfort, bleeding, scarring, and other complications, making it an ideal inclusion for our patients.

A variety of dermatological procedures benefit from electrosurgery, such as:

  • Skin lesion removal allows the dermatologist to remove and cauterize lesions quickly, destroying foreign cells that may exist on the skin. The alternative is curettage, in which lesions are scraped and …
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The Benefits of Chemical Peels

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 process is rather simple. A specially formulated chemical solution is applied to your skin, and allowed to remain for a specific length of time. It reacts with the skin, encouraging the upper layers to shed and hastening the generation of new cells.

Treatable Conditions

This highly customizable procedure is tailored to your needs. Various types of peels may be used to treat:

  • Areas of irregular pigmentation
  • Unwanted freckles
  • Scaly or rough areas
  • Wrinkles …
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Caring for Skin After Cryosurgery

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 stinging sensation as nerves respond to the freezing and thawing of tissue. This sensation may last only momentarily, or may last for several hours depending on the thickness and depth of the growth. Stinging sensations may also linger if several growths are treated in a localized area. Discomfort can be minimized with over the counter pain relievers.

What to Expect:

Within a few hours of treatment with liquid nitrogen, …
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Comparing DIY Mole Removal with Dermatologist Treatment

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.


Due to the ease in which information can be obtained in this age, mole removal can be made to sound far simpler than it is. Some companies manufacture home removal kits containing chemicals that essentially eat away unwanted tissue. Before applying the formulated skin cream, the “patient” must scratch the surface of the unwanted mole with a file of some type. The cream can then penetrate the mole. There are several problems with this DIY approach, which may lead to …
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Ways to Experience the Benefits of Botulinum Treatment

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 muscles are used, however, they often develop a state of constant contraction. On the skin, this looks like fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows, and at the outer edges of the eyes.

The benefits of botulinum treatment are clear, though it is important to know that the most beautiful results come from a combination of factors rather than only the solution. Tips …
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Sclerotherapy – Effective Varicose Vein Treatment

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 veins. This results in clotting, and eventually, swelling and deformation of the vein. Heredity, pregnancy, obesity, damaged veins, and venous insufficiency (a condition weakening the valves) are among the most common causes.

Treating Varicose Veins

The gold standard treatment of varicose veins, and spider veins, is sclerotherapy. It is a non-surgical, minimally invasive option. Instead of removing the vein, it is injected with a sclerosant solution, using an ultra-fine needle. Over …
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