Cary Dermatology Blog
Q: I've had Botox, and have heard more and more about Dysport. How do these products compare?
A: Botox and Dysport are both safely extracted types of botulinum toxin type A, used cosmetically for the same goal of lessening lines and wrinkles of expression. The effect of both products is very similar and their core component is the same, but comparing amounts/units differ due to the individual accessory proteins used in their formulas. For this reason, Dysport is not a preferred cosmetic injectable for patients with cows milk allergies; in this situation, Botox would be the only option. Otherwise, both Botox and Dysport are often used interchangeably as injectables for fine lines and wrinkles in areas of expression. The goal of the treatment is a softening of the lines and reduction in their presence at baseline. With regular upkeep (every 3-4 months), patients notice considerable improvement in problem areas. As with any medical procedure or medication, it is best to discuss your options with your medical provider. Together, you can pick the best option for your aesthetic needs.
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Have you been thinking that you would like to try to erase those lines between your brows? Are your crows feet getting more prominent? Worried about the cost? The physicians at Cary Dermatology are here to help.
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We often get questions about Viatmin D and our recommendation for safe sun exposure. Unfortunately, there is no safe sun exposure. There are two main ways to get Vitamin D, one from sunlight and one from food or supplements.
Sun exposure allows UVB rays to convert cholesterol to an inactive form of Vitamin D. Once the vitamin passes through the liver and kidneys it becomes active. Because of the risk of skin cancer from sunlight exposure, no recommendations can be made about the amount of sun exposure needed to reach vitamin D requirements.
Foods that contain Vitamin D include fatty fish, beef liver, egg yolks. Foods such as milk, orange juice and cereal can be fortified with Vitamin D. Again, the amount of each food to consume to obtain adequated Vitamin D levels is hard to determine and therefore dermatologists recommend getting Vitamin D in the form of Vitamin pills.
How much Vitamin D3 to take depends on what your current blood level is and your medical history. The Vitamin D council recommends 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 once daily. If your levels are low, your medical provider may increase the daily dosage.
In summary, practice safe sun by wearing sun protective clothing and using sunscreen daily, try to consume 5000IU of Vitamin D daily, and see your primary care physician for bloodwork to determine if you have adequate levels of Vitamin D in your blood.
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic acid serum is one of the top sellers at Cary Dermatology. The main reason for this is that it is a patented triple antioxidant serum that delivers 8x the skin's natural protection against UVA/UVB rays. This serum helps to neutralize free radicals caused by ultraviolet radiation, infrared radiation and ozone pollution which can lead to visible signs of aging skin.
Dr Sheldon Pinnell, then chairman of the Division of Dermatology at Duke Universit, was doing research about collagen in 1997 when he discovered how important Vitamin C is for the skin. Taking Vitamin C by mouth did not lead to high enough levels of Vitamin C in the skin to protect against free radical damage. After much study, it has been determined that 15% to 20% L-ascorbic acid is the optimum concentration that can be absorbed into the skin. Higher levels did not improve the serum. The pH of the serum is also very important for absorption and Skinceuticals Vitamin C is at the correct pH for maximum absorption.
All of Skinceuticals products are backed by science. They are tested in people, not just in a dish in a lab. They use the highest quality medical grade ingredients and have proven efficacy.
Skinceuticals products are sold through Physician practices and Medispas. They are found on the internet mostly in counterfeit form. In fact one study of internet acquired Skinceuticals products showed that 90% of them were knock-offs.
The Doctors and PAs at Cary Dermatology recommend CE Ferulic or Phloretin CE serum for patients who are out in the sun while running, golfing, playing tennis and pickleball. The serum is applied first thing in the morning and followed by a sunscreen. While exercising and sweating will cause sunscreen to run, the Skinceuticals serum has already absorbed into the skin where it provides a reservoir of electrons to quench the free radicals that are trying to damage skin.
If you want to slow the aging process while fully participating in outdoor activities, stop by Cary Dermatology to purchase topical Vitamin C Serum in the form of CE Ferulic acid or Phloretin CF. While there you can learn more about chemical peels and cosmetically elegant sunscreens and start improving your overall skin health today.
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