Lipomas are benign (non- cancerous) fatty tumors which can appear almost anywhere on the body. They can grow very large and unsightly and some can be painful. Removal of Lipoma is done by direct excision which leaves a scar of varying length; However Dr. Shelton takes measures to make as small an incision as possible to remove the entire lipoma with excellent results and a faster recovery.  

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Give yourself a Younger Appearance with Botox™ in NYC!

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Botox™, which is the commercial name for the Botulinum Toxin, is an aesthetic dermatology treatment that is used to eliminate lines and wrinkles on the face. This treatment’s outcomes take around two days to a week to appear, and very rarely will it take over two weeks. What Botox™ does is it numbs certain muscles in the area to which it was injected, thus relaxing these muscles to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face.

Apart from being an anti-aging treatment, Botox™ is utilized to treat spasticity in the muscles of patients who are unable to sit up straight or are crooked. For this purpose, neurologists use doses as high as 400 units, whereas only smaller amounts are used in dermatology such as 100 units or a little more. Contrary to popular belief, the duration and effectiveness of Botox™ is dependent on the units that are used and not the number of injections used.

The Botox™ treatment involves an injection to deliver it to the area that needs treatment. This results in the muscles in the treatment area becoming relaxed by blocking the signals that the nerve sends to the muscle. This treatment is ideal for aesthetic corrections for muscle of the forehead, the muscles amid the eyebrows, and the muscles around the eye. Apart from this, Botox™ is also used to treat crow’s feet, horizontal lines as well as vertical lines on the forehead. While Botox™ will help in reducing the action of the muscle, the lines and wrinkles will not immediately fade away; it will take a couple of days.

Although the aesthetic outcomes of a single Botox treatment will last for around six months, the patient will have to go back for touch-up treatments to make sure the results last for a longer period of time. If a patient uses Botox™ before the lines and wrinkles become very deep, they will notice a considerable improvement in the appearance of these facial lines in a couple of days after the injection.

Pellevé is ironing the wrinkles out of New York City faces by tightening the sagging skin.

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Mankind’s history of using thermal energy to smooth creases goes way back. The first method of flattening wrinkles out of cloth was devised in China centuries ago when a pot of hot coals was pulled over stretched fabric. We came up with the flat iron concept in the 17th century, and electric irons came into being in 1882. Thus began one of the most hated chores with the most loved results.

Today we put thermal energy to use to resolve facial wrinkles. Pellevé is a revolutionary technique for improvement of mild to moderate facial wrinkles without surgery!

Here’s how it works:

  • At an initial consultation, we talk about your rejuvenation goals and medical history. Most patients are good candidates for Pellevé since it is non-surgical and no medications are needed.
  • All you need to do is drink some extra water before your treatment visit. You relax while the Pellevé hand piece glides over areas for improvement. There’s no discomfort – it feels like a warm massage.
  • Treatment takes 30 to 60 minutes. During that time the device sends radiofrequency energy deep into skin, creating a thermal reaction. This heat disrupts collagen bundles, the fibers that give your skin youthful tautness. The body calls for additional collagen production, which continues to tighten skin with a firm foundation.
  • Your skin may be a bit pink and there is a possibility of mild swelling, but it clears quickly. You may return to work or your normal activities right after treatment, and wear makeup if you’d like. There is absolutely no downtime.
  • You feel the lift and skin is visibly tighter immediately. Improvement continues for up to six months.

No wonder New York City is so excited about Pellevé. It is kind of like ironing the wrinkles out of your face from the inside – in a single safe, pain-free treatment.

JUVEDERM™ – The dermal filler that gives you the most visible youthful results, naturally!

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Dermal fillers are highly effective, safe and popular anti-aging treatments that can achieve revitalizing and youthful results. Modern cosmetic dermatology is home to many types of dermal filler. One of the most trusted ones among them is Juvederm. This is also a hyaluronic acid-based product and it is approved for use by the FDA.

The most exciting aspects of Juvederm are its benefits. Patients who opt to undergo this state of the art anti-aging treatment can expect to receive marked and beneficial results as soon as it is administered to the skin. The deep and unaesthetic wrinkles and creases in the face start to immediately smoothen and plump. Moreover, even very fine aging signs like lines near and around the eyes and mouth start to disappear due to the action of Juvederm. Furthermore, dermatologists use this dermal filler to restore volume to the lips as well.

All of these youthful and revitalizing results can be seen almost immediately following injection and patients can safely expect these beautiful and natural results to easily last for six months or more. Although the injection site may be sore initially, the Juvederm substance is consequently naturally absorbed by the body, leaving no remnants of artificiality. Patients who undergo lifting procedures such as facelifts and brow lifts, may also benefit by having more volume placed in those facial areas that have atrophied. Juvederm is an excellent filler, with the Juvederm Ultra being used for more superficial creases such as the smile folds and lips and the Juvederm Ultraplus, which is thicker, is placed deeper for more volume and both can achieve similar and youthful results. Lastly, but most importantly, since Juvederm is made of human-based and naturally-found hyaluronic acid, no allergy testing is required and is considered extremely safe. In the rare circumstance that there is too much volume or an irregularity, hyaluronidase can be injected to dissolve unwanted Juvederm, unlike some fillers that just have to be allowed to dissolve over time.

The ABCDE’s of Melanoma

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There are many forms of skin cancers and the most dangerous one among them is Melanoma. Melanoma is almost always triggered by skin cells known as melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells in the skin that contain the pigment known as melanin. Melanin is responsible for giving the skin its color as well as protecting the skin and its deeper layers from sun exposure, especially, from the dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

When the skin is exposed to excessive amounts of sun’s radiation, the melanocytes in the skin start to produce excessive amounts of melanin and as a result the skin becomes tanned. When the skin is exposed to other forms of UV rays such as from tanning booths, this same process takes place. When the skin is exposed to too much of this dangerous radiation, the melanocytes can start to grow in an abnormal fashion and become cancerous. This condition is then known as Melanoma.

The very early signs of melanoma come in the form of changes in the normal properties of a mole. These changes can be with respect to size, shape and/or color. However, sometimes melanomas can appear on the skin where no mole was present. One of the best ways to determine the danger of a mole is to follow the ABCDE rule.

  • ASSYMETRY       :  A mole needs to be regarded as dangerous if it is not symmetrical in shape.
  • BORDER               : If the edges of a mole are irregular and/or ragged, then it needs to be deemed dangerous.
  • COLOR                 :  irregular color and unbalanced shades are also warning signs of a cancerous mole.
  • DIAMETER          :  For any increase in size and diameter of a mole, medical advice needs to be sought.
  • EVOLVING          : A mole which has been subjected to significant overall changes, such as itching, growing, bleeding or hurting, in the course of weeks or months needs to be checked by a dermatologist as soon as possible.

Tips for reducing puffy eyes

One of the most common questions patients ask is what to do about puffy eyes. There are several reasons this may occur. Because the skin surrounding your eyes is thin, with many tiny vessels, that area is particularly susceptible to swelling. Sometimes the problem is occasional and fleeting, but sometimes it is chronic.

There are steps you can take to prevent or control puffiness:

  • Allergies may be partially or entirely responsible for swelling in the eye area. If you experience symptoms such as frequent sneezing or sinus irritation, speak with your physician about seasonal or environmental allergies. Treating the underling sinus condition may reduce eye puffiness.
  • Lifestyle choices can cause or exacerbate the problem. Consumption of alcoholic beverages or excess sodium increase water retention. While you may not notice systemic swelling, the sensitive eye area is particularly susceptible. Limiting your intake of these substances may help.
  • Your choice of skin care products is also important. Choose products formulated for puffy eyes, especially those containing caffeine. Many moisturizers contain humectants, which help skin hydrate. However, using these products close to your eyes can increase fluid retention.
  • Be kind to your skin. Remove cosmetic products every night. Always be gentle when cleaning your face, and avoid rubbing your eyes. Try a soothing cool compress to relive the swelling.

If the problem persists, come to our office for an evaluation. You may need a minor dermatologic procedure, or just some guidance regarding the best products and skin care regimen for you.

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Be kind to your skin. Remove cosmetic products every night. Always be gentle when cleaning your face, and avoid rubbing your eyes. Try a soothing cool compress to relive the swelling – Dr. Ron Shelton