Fall Into Beautiful Skin for the Holidays

image011Laser and light therapies are a great way to rejuvenate the skin to diminish wrinkles, scars, pigmentation conditions and much more. However, after these treatments, the new skin is more vulnerable to sun damage if it’s not protected properly. The optimal time to receive laser and light therapy treatments is during the cooler months when there are less harmful sun rays, less outdoor activities and it’s the best time to wear full-coverage protective clothing.

From now until the end of December, ask our doctors or laser technician about a special promotion on skin care that is the perfect complement to your Fraxel, IPL or Excel V fall treatment. 

FRAXEL
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Fraxel Restore Dual Wavelength System for a customized treatment to better treat fine lines and wrinkles, surface scarring, pigmentation, sun damage and pre-cancerous actinic keratosis. Dr. Lupo and Dr. Holcomb choose to use the Fraxel system because of its very high safety record and proven results for all types of skin, and because it causes minimal disturbance to the patient’s everyday life during the course of treatment.

INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) and EXCEL V
image014Both Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Excel V are used to address several skin conditions including rosacea, acne, pigmentation disorders and sun damaged skin. They are used to improve the skin’s redness, texture and tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Patients find these laser treatments are to be very simple and easy with visible improvement after a series of three to six treatments. IPL and Excel V are highly effective and safe treatments for the redness and vascular dilatation seen in rosacea that is not improved by topical and oral medications. There is no downtime after an IPL or Excel V treatment and makeup can be worn immediately after.

If you are interested in learning more about Fraxel, IPL or Excel V, contact our office to schedule an consultation with Dr. Lupo or Dr. Holcomb.

Why Radiofrequency is Best for Fat Melting

Dr Mary Lupo says Radiofrequency is Best for Fat Melting

Here at the Lupo Center, when patients are looking to reduce their body fat, we turn to BTL Aesthetics’s radiofrequency devices Vanquish and Exilis. The Vanquish device is large enough to treat the abdomen or thighs with one pass, while the Exilis device has a smaller handpiece to treat areas like the upper arms.

Many patients ask why we chose Vanquish and Exilis’s radiofrequency method (heat to destroy fat) instead of a Cryolipolyis device (cold to freeze fat) or a Diode Laser (ultrasound to dissolves fat over time).  Below are some fat facts from BTL to show why radiofrequency is the best way to trim fat both physically and economically.

PROVEN FAT FACTS:

BTL Vanquish Cryolipolysis Diode Laser
Spot Size [cm2] 2100 268 140
Fat Layer Thickness Reduction [cm] 0.54 0.4 0.31
Volume of Removed Fat [cm3] 1125.6 107.1 43.4
Volume of Removed Fat [fl oz] 38.06 3.62 1.47
Treatment Package Price $3,000 $4,200 $1,400
Price per 1 Ounce of Fat Removed $78.82 $1,159.75 $953.99

To learn more about our fat melting treatments, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.

Employee of the Month Selects Product of the Month

10% off Restorsea PRO LipMagicEmployee of the Month Selects Product of the Month

Amanda is one of our front desk receptionists, and she has been selected as the Employee of the Month! She has been rewarded with a skin care product of her choice, which will be our November Product of the Month: Restorsea PRO LipMagic.

Amanda says “I chose LipMagic because my lips tend to be dry especially during the cooler months. I’m excited to try this new lip product for extra hydration and the added benefits of smoother, plumper lips.”

For more information on Restorsea PRO LipMagic, click here.

When you purchase Restorsea PRO LipMagic, you can receive 10% off of this product through November 30, 2016. For in-office purchases, please mention this promo at checkout. For online purchases, please use the promo code “POM10“.

Facts and myths about laser hair removal in New Orleans

You may have heard laser hair removal is painful, or that it’s painless. You’ve probably seen it described as permanent, or not permanent. It works miracles, or it doesn’t work. These are a few examples of the misinformation and conflicting information that New Orleans patients are exposed to. What is the truth?

Safety

Claims that laser hair removal is unsafe for dark or sensitive skin originate from outdated information, or refer to outdated devices. Modern laser technology can be used safely on any skin type or skin tone. However, it is a precision treatment requiring good judgement. Like any laser, the device can cause burns if used improperly, so the safety is largely dependent on the quality of the provider.

Permanency

Laser energy only works on hair follicles in the active growth phase. At any given time, a certain percentage of follicles are in the resting phase. With multiple treatments at optimal time intervals, we can treat nearly all follicles, but it is technically impossible to eliminate 100 percent of follicles.

Think of it as a math equation. If you remove half, and then remove half of what is left, and keep repeating, you will eventually have almost nothing, but never reach zero. In legal terms, the result is usually described by the FDA as permanent reduction rather that permanent removal. In practical terms, it means that most patients can remain hair-free with a touch-up once a year at most.

Effectiveness

Coarse, dark colored hairs readily absorb energy, and usually respond quickly to laser treatment. Light colored, fine hairs may be less responsive. Laser hair removal can still be effective unless the hairs are completely devoid of pigment. However, more treatment sessions are needed to achieve desired results. Your dermatologist will explain the expected results and number of treatments during your consultation.

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One of the greatest benefits of dermal fillers such as Juvéderm is convenience. You can visit your New Orleans dermatologist for a short, comfortable treatment and go on about your day. There is no extensive pre- or post-treatment regimen, but there are several things you can do to ensure you enjoy the maximum benefits and minimum side effects.

Before treatment

  • Avoid optional blood thinning medications for about two weeks prior to surgery. Many common pain relievers, herbal dietary supplements, and some other over the counter products have blood-thinning properties, which makes you more susceptible to bruising.
  • You should not discontinue or pause any prescription medication without consulting with the physician who prescribed it. However, it is important to tell your dermatologist about any prescriptions, especially blood thinners.
  • Follow any specific pre-treatment recommendations that your dermatologist gives.

Post-treatment

  • Watch for any unusual side effects. Your dermatologist will discuss what to expect, and explain common side effects (if any) depending on the specific product or procedure used. If you notice anything that seems abnormal, call our office.
  • Don’t attempt to manipulate the filler. Mild swelling is normal after an injection. It will resolve quickly, but in the meantime, the area may appear over-filled. Do not attempt to use pressure to flatten it or massage the area without consulting your dermatologist. This can aggravate swelling, and may displace the filler resulting in a less desirable appearance once the swelling recedes.
  • Always contact the office if increasing pain occurs.
  • Follow any specific post-treatment instructions given by your dermatologist.

Be sure to schedule touch-up visits to maintain the results of treatment. The frequency of touch-ups will vary. Juvéderm generally lasts about six months for most patients. However, the timeline will vary depending on which Juvéderm product is used, what area is treated, and other factors. We will discuss maintenance treatments during your consultation.

Introducing Juvederm Volbella Treatment for Lips

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The Juvederm Collection of Fillers is releasing its newest injectable, Juvederm Volbella, later this month. Juvederm Volbella received FDA approval in June 2016 for use in the lips for lip augmentation, lip fullness and to soften the appearance of lines around the mouth.

Dr. Lupo and Dr. Holcomb were clinical trial investigators for the FDA approval of Juvederm Volbella, so they have seen first-hand what an amazing product this is for patients who are bothered by thin, uneven lips or the lines around their lips. The Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology’s cosmetic approach to provide patients with a natural look goes hand-in-hand with Juvederm Volbella’s soft, smooth gel, which is perfect for adding subtle volume to the lip area without a drastic change.

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Dr. Lupo and Dr. Holcomb will be discussing the benefits of Juvederm Volbella on WWLTV later this month. Follow us on social media to be notified when the feature will air. Both of our physicians have also been chosen as local trainers for Juvederm Volbella to teach other board certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons the best practices for this product.

If you are bothered by thin or uneven lips or if your mouth area is starting to show signs of aging, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lupo or Dr. Holcomb to learn more about Juvederm Volbella.