Cosmetic Dermatology 2018-02-01T20:46:32+00:00

Cosmetic Dermatology

At Hancock Dermatology our dermatologist offer private and personalized treatment options to improve your appearance. They use innovative therapies for facial and skin rejuvenation to address a wide range of cosmetic concerns.

Our board certified dermatologists treat common and rare conditions that affect the appearance of your skin. Before they recommend any treatment, our doctors take a detailed medical history and find out your skin sensitivities and treatment goals.

Cosmetic dermatology conditions treated by our dermatologists include:

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  • Wrinkles
  • Photoaging
  • Dark spots
  • Volume loss
  • Spider veins
  • Acne scars
  • Birth marks
  • Cysts
  • Freckles
  • Moles
  • Unwanted pigment
  • Port wine stains
  • Skin tags
  • Scars
  • Sun spots
  • Stretch marks
  • Telangiectasia or dilated capillaries
  • Thin Lips
  • Warts
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Cosmetic Treatment Options

Botulinum toxin (BOTOX) injections are given to reduce skin creases and wrinkles that arise from squinting and frowning. It does this by reducing the ability of specific muscles of the face to contract which reduces facial expression lines and wrinkles. BOTOX blocks the impulses from the nerves that signal the muscles to contract. This non-invasive procedure does not require anesthesia and it can take a mere 15 minutes.

The improvements that develop after BOTOX injections last for 3 to 6 months. Consequently, repeated injections are required to maintain its effects.

BOTOX is used to treat:

  • Frown lines
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Lip lines
  • Crow’s feet which are lines that radiate from the corners of your eyes when you smile
  • Glabellar lines (llines that form between the eyebrows when you squint)
  • Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the armputs, palms, or other parts of the body.

Kybella is a new treatment approved for unwanted neck fat. It is a simple in-office, non-invasive procedure that requires minimal downtime and discomfort. This treatment requires only small injections and no incisions are required.

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Fillers are substances which are injected into the skin to reduce the appearance of hollows, folds and wrinkles. The filler products used by Dr. Sanford contain a local anesthetic to help ease the discomfort assocaited with the injection.

After the treatment, you can resume your normal activities after a few hours though there may be some discomfort at the injection site and a little redness, pain, swelling and/or brusing. These usually resolve after a few days.

There are many fillers available. Our dermatologist can help you make the best choice for your condition and skin type as well as based on where filler works best and how long it lasts.

Fillers are used to treat:

  • Deep wrinkles
  • Sunken eyes
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Hollow temples
  • Enhance thin lips
  • Improve other age related skin changes

Chemical peels are are applied on the skin to remove the top layer of the skin which consists of dead skin cells. They are used to rejuvenate the skin since they make it appear smoother and healthier by reducing the signs of aging and sun damage.

There are many types of peels available like glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, enzyme, amino acid, TCA, DCA and Jessner’s peels. These are usually divided into superficial peels like glycolic acid which is used for more mild conditions including early sun damage. Glycolic acid peel is applied to the skin for a brief period before it is neutralized. For optimum results a series of peels are required. The Jessner’s peel is another superficial peel which is a good option for people with pigment irregularities.

Persons with more severe sun damage or deep scars often require stronger peels like the medium depth peels. Dr Sanford uses TCA peels of various strengths as her preferred peel. Risks of a deeper peel include the risk of developing skin infection, scarring and changes in pigmentation. They also take longer to recover – about 7 to 10 days.

Our doctor will evaluate your skin and create a customized treatment plan that takes into consideration your condition and treatment goals.

Facial peels are used to treat:

  • Acne scars
  • Skin aging
  • Fine lines
  • Photoaging
  • Uneven pigmentation and other skin discolorations
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Reduce effects of sun exposure, weather and aging.
  • Xanthelasma and other skin conditions

Dr. Sanford is well trained in the use of lasers for the treatment of a wide range of conditions. She can discuss an individualized treatment plans to suit your needs and to help you achieve your individual goals. Hancock Dermatology will offer laser services in the near future.

Lasers are used to treat the following conditions:

  • Vascular birth marks
  • Pigmented lesions like post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or the dark spots on the skin that develops after acne
  • Benign growths on the skin
  • Broken capillaries
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Port wine stains
  • Photodamage
  • Skin tightening and remodeling
  • Red stretch marks
  • Telangiectasia or enlarged blood vessels
  • Rhinophyma or potato nose
  • Angiomas
  • Solar lentigos

Lasers are also used to:

  • Remove unwanted body hair
  • Remove tattoos
  • Reduce skin redness from conditions like rosacea
  • Reduce the appearance of scars from surgery, acne and other conditions

Sclerotherapy is a procedure which involves the injection of a solution into the veins to make them collapse and fade. Dr. Sanford uses a product called Asclera. This foam is injected into small veins over 30-45 minutes. Compression stockings must be worn after the procedure and 2 treatments are often required.

Scelorotherapy is used to treat:

  • Reticular veins
  • Spider veins

Collagen P.I.N. (Percutaneous Induction Needling, also referred to as PCIT, Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy… a.k.a. micro-needling) is a method of introducing a controlled wound into the skin triggering a release of growth factors, new collagen & elastin. This process causes much less damage to the epidermis than dermal rolling or lasers and other ablative treatments, which helps to protect the new skin cell growth, providing for quicker healing and a much higher success rate.

Who can be treated with Collagen P.I.N., and on what areas of the body?

Collagen P.I.N. can be used on all skin types to address a variety of concerns, most all areas of the body can be treated unless your medical provider determines otherwise.

  • Face
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Legs
  • Décolletag
  • Abdomen
  • Hands
  • Back

How many Collagen P.I.N. treatments will I need?

Typically a series of 3-6 Collagen P.I.N. treatments is recommended, depending upon your area of correction or concern. Your skincare professional will ultimately determine a treatment schedule based on your individual goals and desires. Treatments are usually spaced in 4 week intervals. Patients with deep wrinkles, advanced sun damage, stretch marks, or any type of scars, usually require 6 or more treatments to achieve the desired results.

What is the method of application for Collagen P.I.N.?
A sterile disposable needle cartridge, holding either 12 or 36 micro-needles is glided across the skin with the Collagen P.I.N. device that mechanically induces a micro injury to the desired depth chosen for your skin by your medical provider. The Collagen P.I.N. creates micro channels which allows topicals and serums to reach the true targeted areas, producing a much more efficacious result.

Will the Collagen P.I.N. procedure hurt?

Prior to your treatment with the Collagen P.I.N., the medical provider will apply a topical numbing agent. Most people say they feel almost nothing after having been pretreated with a topical numbing agent.

How long will it take for me to see results from my Collagen P.I.N. treatment?
Most all patients see results after the first Collagen P.I.N. treatment. Individual results vary depending on individual skin health. It is most common to begin to see true changes or positive results as soon as 1-2 weeks after the first treatment. Many patients comment on positive changes in even less time. Often, change is noted within just a few days!!!

How long will my Collagen P.I.N. results last?

Collagen P.I.N. produces results through the stimulation of growth factors and collagen, thereby promoting new skin cells to surface. As our skin ages, our collagen production naturally slows down. Your overall result will last longer when using an at home skin care regimen that includes a daily Retinoid product. Your medical provider is best suited to make this recommendation. New collagen & elastin formation in the skin are documented as visually and measurably improved as much as one year after just one treatment. However, a series of treatments is typically recommended for best results.

What will I look like after my Collagen P.I.N. treatment?

Collagen P.I.N. is considered a no downtime treatment. Immediately after your treatment your skin will look slightly pink to moderately red. Your medical provider will recommend skin care products for your post care based on your individual skin, which will greatly minimize these symptoms and enhance your overall results.

Can I use Makeup after having my Collagen P.I.N. treatment?

Directly after your treatment we recommend no make up for 24 hours and then using only mineral based foundation, as it cannot build bacteria. You may go back to your regular foundation 4 days post treatment.

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Cosmetic Dermatology Advice

In addition to performing procedures to improve your appearance, our skin specialists can also tell you how you can maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin.

Dr Sanford’s preferred skin care regimen includes the use of sunscreen to prevent photoaging. This sunscreen should be broad spectrum which means it offers protection against both UV/UVB rays and have a SPF of 30 or more. Sunscreen should also be applied on the neck, upper chest and hands since they are also exposed to UV damage and they tend to age faster.

A topical retinol product should be used nightly to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promote collagen production, and chemically exfoliate the skin. Occasionally, mild peeling or irritation can occur with retinol products.

Reducing the frequency of application or adding a heavy moisturizer often resolves these symptoms. A physical exfoliant is also an important part of your skin care regimen. A scrub or facial brush can be used about once weekly.