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Laser acne treatments

handsome African American man looking in the mirrorLasers have come into their own in the last decade. In the early years of the 21st Century, women flocked to doctors for laser treatments of all types including hair removal. In recent years, men have also discovered the wonderful world of lasers. They have found that their aesthetic concerns can also be addressed by this amazing treatment.

When asked about their physical concerns, men often complain about back acne, toenail fungus, and unwanted hair. All three of these can be expertly diagnosed and remedied by Jean L. Chapman, M.D. at LaserMed Skin & Vein. The good news is men of all ages can receive treatment for these afflictions; and whether you are male or female, there’s no time like the present to make an appointment with Dr. Chapman to discuss any skin conditions that may be bothering you.

In the past doctors used medications such as Accutane to treat acne of the face, neck, chest, and back. Now anyone with acne is considered a prime candidate for acne treatment with lasers.

before and after photos of acneThe newest technology to fight acne involves the use of lasers. Since October of 2002, different lasers have received FDA clearance for the treatment of Acne. “Combination laser treatments, like Accutane, can reduce the size of hyperactive sebaceous glands,” explains Dr. Jean Chapman of LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic. It has the major benefit of not being a drug, so it is essentially side-effect free. While the older group of acne lasers targeted the sebaceous gland, newer lasers target the P. Acnus bacterium that often resides on the skin and contributes to inflamed acne breakouts.

We’re finding most patients would prefer to avoid Accutane, consequently there is a growing demand for laser acne therapy. With the combination of multiple laser modalities targeting different symptoms we’re seeing excellent results. Dr. Chapman believes that laser treatment is the future for treating acne”.

What causes acne?

The pores in your skin contain oil producing glands called sebaceous glands that release oil called sebum. This production of sebum is normal for the development of your skin. Acne occurs when your pores become ‘clogged’ with sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria that is normally present on your skin.

Often the walls of a clogged pore can become damaged. If this occurs the bacteria and dead skin cells work their way under live skin cells. This results in an infection that is evident by the development of pimples with redness. The deeper the clogged pore the worse the infection becomes often causing a cyst.

Why does acne usually start during puberty?

For your body to properly mature it needs to release certain chemical (hormones) at certain times in your life. These hormones often referred to as sex hormones (testosterone, androgen and DHEAS) often cause your sebaceous glands to enlarge, resulting in the over production of sebum. This process usually begins at puberty.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for laser acne treatments?

If you have acne you are a candidate for laser acne treatments. These treatments represent new technology in the fight against acne. If you’ve been using any photosensitive drugs (i.e. Accutane®) you may have to wait six months before obtaining laser acne treatments. Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Chapman should be your first course of action to determine how soon you may begin treatment.

How do laser acne treatments work?

There are several different lasers that may be used to treat acne, but generally they work in one of two ways:

  • One way is for the laser to heat the sebaceous (oil) glands in your skin (without any effect on the outer layers of your skin) causing the sebaceous gland to shrink in size so that it produces less oil.
  • Some acne is caused by bacteria that are normally on your skin. When these bacteria get trapped in hair follicles without oxygen it causes inflammation. The second way lasers work is to create oxygen within the trapped pore which destroys the bacteria causing the inflammation.

Are the treatments painful?

Most acne laser treatments are not painful although some produce minimum amounts of discomfort. In these cases a cream will be rubbed on the skin before treatment which minimizes the pain.

What will I look like immediately after the laser treatment?

Depending upon the laser treatment performed your skin will have no visible reaction, to mild redness immediately afterwards. Any redness usually subsides within an hour after treatment. If it is recommended that you have Levulan treatments (a topical placed on the skin which is then activated by a laser) you will notice a sunburned appearance that will likely last a couple of days followed by peeling.

What areas can be treated using laser acne treatments?

Acne usually appears on the face, neck, chest and back. Acne laser treatments work well on all these areas.

What results can I expect and how soon?

Results vary from patient to patient and depend upon what laser treatment is recommended. Usually results will be noticed after the second or third treatment. Depending upon the laser used results will be noticeable anywhere from 3 weeks to 2 months after beginning treatments.

How long will laser acne treatments be effective?

The effectiveness varies from patient to patient but generally results are long lasting. In some cases patients will be required to undergo an occasional follow up treatment once or twice a year.

Is the treatment safe?

Yes, the treatment is very safe. These lasers are designed to control acne breakouts without damaging your skin.

How much does it cost?

The cost varies depending upon the lasers Dr. Chapman decides to use. Treatment costs can range from $75 per treatment to $400 per treatment. Most patients will be cleared with somewhere between 4-8 treatments. LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic offers Care Credit Patient Payment Plans.

Are treatments covered by insurance?

The doctor’s visit portion of the treatment will definitely be covered by your insurance. Because this technology is new, many insurance companies have not yet defined procedure codes for reimbursement of these treatments. Most of the major insurance plans have not covered the laser treatments very well so far, but patients could use Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account for these treatments.

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Hydrafacial: Freshen Up Your Skin for Summer

Close-up photo of beautiful young adult woman preparing for a facialSummertime means more time outdoors in the bright sunshine. Since 90% of skin damage is due to sun exposure, you’ll want to ensure your skin is healthy and looks and feels at its very best. When considering a facial treatment for the summer months ahead, consider opting for a treatment that has proven, effective results, yet is gentle to your skin.

A hydrafacial therapy appointment at the LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic will wake up your skin after a long winter spent mostly indoors or out in the brutally cold, drying weather. This nonaggressive facial treatment is a non-invasive therapy that targets:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brown spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Clogged pores
  • Mild acne
  • Oily skin

How Does Hydrafacial Work?

Your hydrafacial therapy is performed in-office, often within 30 minutes. A technician uses the patented instruments to remove impurities and dead skin cells. Then a serum is delivered to your freshly cleansed and exfoliated skin to moisturize, hydrate, and refresh your complexion. The results are rejuvenating and can be seen immediately.

The therapeutic procedure involves four basic steps. They consist of:

  • Cleansing and Exfoliation
  • Acid Peel
  • Extractions
  • Serum Application

The instrument used on your skin feels much like the spinning head of a toothbrush it’s that gentle. During the acid peel, your skin may tingle slightly, but it is not painful at all. Extracting grime from clogged pores is an important part of hydrafacial therapy. The accumulated dirt is extracted via a nozzle attachment that feels much like a vacuum sucking up unwanted debris. Finally, the serum is applied using vortex-fusion tools as part of the treatment. This last step infuses your skin with collagen, antioxidants, and many other wonderful hydrating agents that encourage lasting results.

Treat Your Specific Skin Concerns This Summer

Hydrafacial treatments can be tailored to fit your specific dermatological needs. For example, the Brightalive Booster serum can be used to impart a brighter skin tone and give your complexion an instant, youthful glow.

For concerns about fine lines and wrinkles, a serum with Connective Tissue Growth Factor helps maintain your skin structure and works to diminish lines and wrinkles.

The Dermabuilder Boost contains rejuvenating peptides that hydrate, soothe, and improve the skin’s texture and firmness.

If you’re looking to fade dark spots and areas of sun damage or hyper pigmentation, Britenol Boost uses natural ingredients that are known for promoting an even complexion that is more radiant.

Hydrafacial’s non-irritating treatment is used on all skin types, including very sensitive skin. Just one treatment per month will reward you with a brighter, healthier appearance with improved elasticity, texture, and diminished fine lines and wrinkles.

Jean Chapman, M.D. at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic offers her patients a wide range of treatments, including hydrafacials, Ultherapy, and various injectables. LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic is located in Johns Creek, GA. Our advanced clinic serves the Atlanta area, including Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, Cumming, and surrounding towns. Call us today to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Jean Chapman, M.D.

Please Note: This article is not meant to take the place of professional medical advice. Please consult Jean Chapman, M.D. or your personal physician for more information about your individual needs.

© 2018 LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic. All rights reserved.


medical illustration showing sclerotherapy | LaserMed Skin and Vein ClinicSclerotherapy is a medical procedure that has been in use since the 1930s. However, the first reported sclerotherapy endeavor was in 1682 by D Zollikofer in Switzerland. The technique involved an injection of acid into the troubled vein to induce a blood clot (thrombus) formation. Like varicose vein surgery, sclerotherapy techniques have evolved since that time. The latest developments for modern techniques are ultrasonographic guidance and foam sclerotherapy. Today, an injection is administered into the vessels to make them shrink. Sclerotherapy is also used to treat the lymphatic system in both children and young adults.

Should you get a Sclerotherapy?

Consultation with a dermatologist or vascular medicine expert is highly recommended before deciding on getting a sclerotherapy. The specialist can establish whether or not you should have the procedure. On the other hand, a sclerotherapy is not recommended if you have any of the following conditions:

  • If you are pregnant
  • If the troubled vein is possibly functional for future heart bypass surgery
  • If you have a history of blood clots and your overall health of the area is in question

The Procedure

During sclerotherapy a solution is injected into the bothersome vein. Typically the injection is a salt solution or an irritant. Rendering to WebMD, the preferred solution aggravates the lining of the blood vessel. The irritation causes the area to bind together and swell, which in turn forms a blood clot. Over a certain amount of time, the blood vessel converts into scar tissue that eventually fades away.

The procedure is relatively painless. It is an outpatient procedure and is performed in the doctor’s office by a surgeon or dermatologist. The injection itself is mildly uncomfortable with possible mild cramping for a couple of minutes. The overall procedure lasts about 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the number of veins needing treatment and the location of the veins. As well, your overall health plays a big factor in the time needed for the procedure.

Prior to a Sclerotherapy

Before you have a sclerotherapy, there are certain medications to avoid. As well, over the counter drugs, supplements and herbs can affect the procedure. As a rule, it is best to consult with your doctor or dermatologist beforehand. Some physicians even discourage you from taking ibuprofen, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications for 48-72 hours before sclerotherapy. If you are on any antibiotic, consult your doctor before taking. As well, lotion applied to the area is prohibited. For optimum conditions and comfort, it is recommended that you wear shorts.

Side Effects

According to MedicineNet, some patients that undergo the procedure can have adverse side effects such as:

  • Brown spots or lines at the vein area (last 3-6 months)
  • Rare ulcer formation around the injection site (superficial thrombophlebitis)
  • New spider vein formation near the treated area (generally gone after 6 months)
  • Larger injected veins may become hard and lumpy (dissolves within a few months)
  • Hyperpigmentation – dark discoloration of the injected area (disappearing within 6 months)
  • New small blood vessels at vein area, appears a few days or weeks after procedure. (gone within 3 -12 months)

Mild side effects include itching (lasting 2-3 days), light red coloration, slight swelling and mild bruising.

LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic

The friendly and professional staff at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic is dedicated to delivering the best service and customer care in skin and vein clinic industry. In fact, the staff’s cumulative experience and kindness for every client’s health and happiness create a caring and honorable atmosphere for everybody.

What is more, each individual of Jean Chapman, M.D.’s team is more than pleased to accommodate your experience by helping with all your questions and concerns. Our clinic is conveniently located in Alpharetta, Georgia which is a suburb of Atlanta, GA.

Note: This article is not meant as a replacement for professional medical advice. For further information about the procedures involved with a sclerotherapy, schedule an appointment at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic with Jean Chapman, M.D.

© 2018 LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic. All rights reserved.

Ultherapy Will Help You Look the Age You Feel

Ultherapy: A Treatment That Will Help You Look the Age You Feel

Close up portrait of a happy mid adult woman smiling with hands in hair against gray backgroundAt social gatherings, conversation often turns to discussions about the fight against aging. Someone invariably comments, “I don’t feel ___ (insert age). Why does my skin look like ________(insert descriptive words)? Dr. Jean Chapman at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic in Johns Creek, GA, offers FDA-approved Ultherapy, a non-invasive treatment for the décolletage, or chest area, which can really turn back the clock.

Christie Brinkley Is the Product Spokesperson

Christie Brinkley, a model who has always been known for her natural beauty, felt so good about the effects of this treatment that she became its product spokesperson. Ultherapy is non-invasive ultrasound technology, so there is no downtime, no pain, and no bruising. It’s an unparalleled skin-tightening treatment. Besides Brinkley, Kathie Lee Gifford sings the praises of Ultherapy. Like many of us, Christie and Kathie Lee are busy ladies who feel great and want to look great too. Christie has said, “When I look in the mirror, I want to feel like I look as good as I feel. And if you can have something done to feel more confident and better about yourself, then you feel like your face matches your spirit—and my spirit is enthusiastic and energetic.”

Ultherapy décolletage treatment is a 30-minute single ultrasound procedure used to improve the effect of lines and wrinkles on the décolleté area. It stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. The therapy is safe and there’s no downtime; moreover, Ultherapy décolletage treatment can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as an addition to the Ultherapy lifting treatments which LaserMed uses on the face and neck. Dr. Chapman remarked, “That is great news as I have long believed in the effectiveness of Ultherapy as a treatment for chest wrinkles.”

Important Information About Ultherapy

  • It’s non-invasive.
  • There’s no downtime.
  • It takes just 30 minutes.
  • It’s a single procedure or it can be added to other treatments
  • It’s a safe ultrasound treatment
  • It improves lines and wrinkles on the chest
  • It stimulates the body’s natural collagen production

Ultherapy won’t duplicate the results of a facelift, but it is a clinically-proven treatment for those who do not want surgery. Some individuals use Ultherapy to extend the effects of a previous cosmetic surgery.

LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic is proud to be a provider of Ultherapy décolletage treatment. Our office is conveniently located in Johns Creek and accessible to Alpharetta, Cumming, Sugar Hill, Roswell, and Sandy Springs. Call to make an appointment to discuss what can be done to help your “face match your spirit.”

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Botox and Injectables 101: Go With the Pro at LaserMed Aesthetic Center

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

close up portrait of a beautiful older woman smiling with hatMany individuals look in the mirror each day and see mild to severe wrinkling on the forehead, between the eyes, and around the eyes. For some, that wrinkling is a constant reminder of the aging process, and they feel the need to “do something.”

Popular Solutions

Injectables, including Botox and Juvederm, are popular temporary solutions for wrinkles. Since these products are often in the news, it’s natural for people to consider them as treatment options. However, before making an appointment for, there is one important item to consider.

Call Dr. Jean Chapman

First and foremost, it is always wise to seek treatment from an experienced doctor. At LaserMed Aesthetic Center, Dr. Jean Chapman has studied facial anatomy and is a skilled injector who serves on the National Teaching Faculty for Fillers and Botox. Dr. Chapman knows that each patient is unique. She adjusts the injection procedure for each individual she treats. Make your first appointment with Dr. Chapman, an expert injector, and put your mind at ease.

The Consultation

Reading general information about Botox and other injectables before your first appointment may be helpful. When you get the the LaserMed Aesthetic Center, you will be greeted and shown to a treatment room for your consultation where Dr. Chapman will study your facial features, ask questions about your aesthetic goals, and answers any and all questions you have about the products, treatment outcomes, and downtime. Dr. Chapman’s “bedside” manner is impeccable. She is dedicated to giving her patients a 5-Star experience at LaserMed Aesthetic Center.

One Common Question

One question patients often ask is, “Am I too young for injectables?” The truth is if the wrinkles bother you, it’s not too early. Many individuals practice what is known as proactive treatment. Even at the age of 24, if your skin is relaxed and there are lines, you may be a candidate for early treatment which will delay the need for surgery down the road.

Before the Treatment

Before the injections begin, Dr. Chapman discusses the effects of Botox or other injectables with you. No matter which treatment you are having, the results take a while to process. Botox can take up to 14 days to take its full effect. With Juvederm, collagen builds and the skin continues to smooth and get fuller. You will have to be patient to see the result. If you have questions, you can always call the LaserMed Center.

Treatment 411

The treatment begins with cleaning the area to be treated. Dr. Chapman customizes placement of the injectable to deliver the best possible outcome. She may ask you to “make a face” or “squint your eyes” to help her place the medication. There will be several injections, and each one feels like a pinch. There is not much pain associated with Botox. With other injectables, Dr. Chapman applies a numbing cream. Several of the products also include numbing agents, which last several hours after treatment to improve the patient’s comfort level. The procedure can take 10-30 minutes depending on the type of treatment the patient chooses.


You may have a bit of redness or a bump at the injection site after the treatment is concluded. These are temporary. Application of an icepack before leaving the office generally takes care of these. Sometimes there can be a bit of bruising. TV has popularized the notion that “eye-droop” is a common occurrence after Botox; the truth is, it is quite rare. Dr. Chapman will give clear post-treatment instructions which you must follow carefully. After the treatment, you can call the office at any time if you have a concern or question. The area will have to be retreated periodically to retain its smooth appearance.

Take the time today to face any fears you may have about injectables and make an appointment for a consultation with a pro, Dr. Jean Chapman, at LaserMed Aesthetic Center. At your appointment she will answer your questions and address your doubts. If wrinkles are spoiling your self-image, call us today. Dr. Chapman’s office serves patients in the Johns Creek area including Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta, Cumming, and Duluth.

© 2018 LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic. All rights reserved.

New Hydrafacial

photo of woman getting a facial | LaserMed Skin and Vein ClinicHydrafacial is an award winning skin health therapy that is combined with innovative medical technology. The revitalizing treatment can even be administered in about 30 minutes. This unique therapy offers long-term skin health and can be personalized to meet the explicit needs of all skin types. It is actually beneficial to all skin types. What is more, the results are often immediate with no touchiness or interruption from everyday activities. Quite frankly, the new hydrafacial first draws out impurities in the skin and gets rid of unwanted dead cells. Next, the process includes bathing your new skin with moisturizing, cleansing and hydrating serums. In fact, the overall experience is rejuvenating, soothing and instantaneously effective.

The Many Benefits of Hydrafacial Therapy

There are numerous benefits of acne facials and chemical peels. According to HydraFacial, the treatment is lasting as well as instant. Some of the benefits include:

  • Helps with brown spots
  • Reduces enlarged pores
  • Assists with skin texture
  • Adds firmness and elasticity
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Balances congested and oily skin
  • Promotes vibrancy and an even skin tone
  • Can be tailored to fit your specific skin needs

The Uncomplicated Procedures of Hydrafacial Therapy

Basically there are four steps to hydrafacial therapy. Each step has its own specific skin care advantages that are beneficial to the skin plus offers long lasting results.

1) Exfoliation and Cleansing

The first stage of treatment involves the use of a small “deplaning” tool that removes dead skins cells by opening up the pores and clearing the uppermost layer of makeup debris. The tool feels like a spinning toothbrush that is gently swept over the face.

2) Acid peel

The treatment consist of a gentle glycolic/salicylic acid peel. This step in the treatment is barely felt and has a slight single.

3) Extractions

This step of the therapy involves the necessary extraction of the debris in your clogged pores. The professional technician typically utilizes an advance tool called a vortex-extraction nozzle which performs like a vacuum.

4) Applying the Serum

The last step in hydrafacial therapy is for encouraging hydration and elasticity. Basically, your skin is infused with a serum that is rich in collagen and an antioxidant thus promoting amazing results. A qualified technician uses a vortex-fusion tool for lasting results.

LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic

At LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic, Jean Chapman, M.D. is renowned for providing topmost personal care and valued service. She is notable for her continual knowledge in modern aesthetic medicine as well as her hands-on experience in the latest techniques. In truth, Jean Chapman, M.D. has been accredited with more than 19 academic achievements. She is also active in countless acclaimed medical societies plus has finished more than 20 continual medical education activities.

Some of Dr. Chapman’s noteworthy achievements include:

  • National Teaching faculty for Botox and fillers
  • Principal Investigator for the Dysport FDA study
  • Board-certified by American College of Phlebology for Vein Procedures
  • Since 2002 – an active Member of American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic is conveniently located in Johns Creek, GA. This advanced clinic serves the north Atlanta areas including Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, Milton, Canton and beyond.

Additional Note: This article is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you have any concerns or questions about hydrafacial therapy, schedule an appointment at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic with Jean Chapman, M.D. or a physician in your area.

© 2018 LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic. All rights reserved.

The Benefits of Acne Facials and Chemical Peels

photo of an attractive woman with beautiful skin | Dr. Jean ChapmanAlthough the sound of having a chemical peel may sound a little intimidating, it is actually a simple procedure that offers an assortment of benefits for your skin. In fact, there are actually numerous benefits to both acne facials and chemical peels. Moreover, recent studies from WebMD show that skin peels and facials can improve the appearance and texture of your skin. In addition, chemical peels and acne facials can be done on the neck, hands and face.

Acne Facials

Recent studies show that one of the best treatments for acne is a facial. Acne facials not only help with clearing skin conditions but they help reduce anxiety and stress. Rendering to Laser Med Skin and Vein Clinic, acne facials will help sufferers improve the appearance of their skin. They can also be customized to fit the needs of your specific skin type. What is more, you can see a huge difference in your skin even after a few treatments. Some of the benefits of acne facials include:

  • Detoxifies the skin
  • Rejuvenates your skin
  • Drastically reduces acne
  • Hydrates your skin by adding moisture

Chemical Peels

One of the most popular ways to make your skin appear healthier, tighter and youthful is with chemical peels. It is the ideal method for transposing aging skin due to excess sun exposure, aging, acne or other conditions. As well, according to Laser Med, there are numerous types of skin issues that chemical peels can address. Actually, the results of a chemical peel include plump, smooth and healthy looking skin. There are many other amazing benefits of chemical peels such as:

Reduce fine lines and wrinkles – Chemical peels are renowned for reducing wrinkles and fine lines by reducing the depth and creating a more youthful and softer complexion.

Reduce the appearance of large pores – Chemical peels may assist with enlarged pores caused by acne or other conditions. The treatment includes removal of the damaged or aged skin plus the tightening of your pores for younger and healthier looking skin.

Fade acne scars – Chemical peels remove clogged pores, dead skin and the top layer of “old” skin. This process can lower acne breakouts and skin inflammation (depending on the type of acne). Some of the best chemical peels for acne problems are salicylic acid and glycolic acid peels.

Improves uneven skin tone – There are a variety of conditions that can be improved with the use of chemical peels like acne scars, age spots, sun damage, blotchy skin, uneven skin tone and Melasma (dark skin discoloration). Chemical peels reduce the pigment in the afflicted area offering a smoother skin tone.

Improve skin appearance – Chemical peels can improve your appearance by making your skin appear smoother, fresher and brighter. As well, chemical peels can offer healthier looking skin. Not only will your skin feel rejuvenated but it will seem to reverse the signs of aging.

Laser Med Skin and Vein Clinic

At Laser Med Skin and Vein Clinic, Jean Chapman, M.D. is dedicated to offering outstanding personal care and superior service. In addition, Dr. Chapman is renowned for her knowledge in newest advanced techniques of today’s aesthetic medicine. For instance, Jean Chapman, M.D. is highly accredited for more than 19 academic achievements and has finished over 20 continual medical education activities. Some of the more significant credentials and honors include:

  • A major investigator for Dysport FDA study
  • Known for a national teaching faculty for filler and Botox
  • On the board-certified by American College of Phlebology for Vein Procedures
  • Since 2002 she has been an active member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

Note: This article is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about chemical peels or acne facials make an appointment at Laser Med Skin and Vein Clinic with Dr. Chapman.

© 2017 LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic. All rights reserved.

Benefits of Facials

photo of young woman getting facial nourishing mask by beautician | Dr. Jean ChapmanA good skincare regimen will help keep your face looking beautiful for years to come. It is definitely a good idea to start getting facial treatments on a regular basis. Here are some of the key benefits of facials.

Helps Treat Acne

Acne sufferers will truly benefit from a facial. It involves gentle massaging of the skin, which helps anti-acne ingredients to reach deep into your pores. Professional dermatology centers, such as LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic, offer customized facials that are designed for your specific skin type. After a few treatments, you can expect to experience a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your skin.

Deters Skin Aging

Exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays and other environmental factors can put extra stress on your skin. The resulting fine lines and wrinkles will certainly make your face look less appealing. By implementing monthly facials into your skincare routine, you will be able to noticeably reduce the signs of aging. According to a study found in the National Library of Medicine, infusing the skin with natural antioxidants can lead to a far more youthful appearance.

Exfoliates Your Skin

Dead skin cells can give your face an extremely dull appearance. Getting a facial is a great way to exfoliate your skin. After the dead skin cells have been removed, your face will look completely rejuvenated. The bright skin underneath will finally be able to thrive.

Hydrates Your Skin

A lack of moisture will definitely cause your face to experience excess dryness. While some people are naturally inclined to have drier skin, there are plenty of other factors that can contribute to the loss of moisture. Harsh soaps and hot showers are just a couple of the common causes of dry skin. By replenishing moisture, a facial will help ensure that your skin remains looking soft and supple.

Helps Treat Eye Areas

The area surrounding your eye has a direct influence on the overall appearance of your face. Conditions, such as under-eye puffiness and crow’s feet, will ultimately make you appear older than your actual age. Dr. Jean Chapman has found that facials can work wonders on your eye area.


Over time, your body can absorb an enormous amount of toxins. Unsurprisingly, these potentially harmful substances can have a negative impact on your health. Facials have been proven to help purify your skin and regenerate damaged tissue. The relaxing strokes against the skin will greatly aid your lymphatic system’s ability to remove toxins.

If you are interested in obtaining the numerous benefits of a facial, be sure to contact LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic. Dr. Jean Chapman remains a leading professional in the field of aesthetic medicine. Our facility is located in Johns Creek and serves the entire Atlanta area, including Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell and Cumming. From treating spider veins to tattoo removal, we provide a wide variety of different services.

LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic now offers these facials:

  • Deep Cleansing 
  • Anti-Aging
  • Sensitive Skin 
  • Relaxation Facial 
  • Dry Skin Facial 
  • Back Facial

Learn more about our facials.

*This article is not meant to take the place of consulting with a doctor. To obtain professional advice, be sure to contact LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic or a certified specialist in your area.

© 2017 LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic. All rights reserved.

The Benefits Offered by Chemical Peels

photo of a woman having a cosmetic treatment at beauty salon Many people seek out chemical peels when looking for ways to make their skin appear tighter, healthier and more youthful. There are many factors that can cause our skin to appear dull. Sun damage, aging, acne and dead skin cells can all rob a complexion of its youthful glow. A chemical peel is often an ideal solution for reversing signs of aging and revealing the smooth, plump and healthy skin that is hiding under layers of damage. Many people from throughout Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, Cumming and the rest of the Atlanta area come to see Jean Chapman, M.D. here at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic in Johns Creek to learn more about chemical peels. Discover if this treatment could offer what you’re looking for.

What Types of Skin Issues Can a Chemical Peel Address?

While chemical peels are often a favorite among people who are dealing with signs of aging, this procedure is actually appropriate for people of all ages seeking to correct skin issues and imperfections. Many people who have had them are amazed by just how new their skin looks. Skin peel treatments can be tailored to correct a wide variety of skin issues. Here are some of the most common reasons why people seek out chemical peels:

  • Acne and post-acne scarring
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough patches or scaly skin
  • Sun spots
  • Freckles
  • Dark circles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles

Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, hands and décolletage area. Patients can choose the level of peel that they feel comfortable with and that they feel will help them to achieve their desired results. Peels are typically classified as light, medium or deep. Of course, it will be necessary to have your skin evaluated to confirm that a chemical peel is the best avenue for treatment based on a number of factors.

How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

A chemical peel is applied to the top layer of your skin. A non-toxic chemical solution is used to resurface the skin during the process. This solution causes the damaged top layer of skin to peel away. As a result, new cell growth and collagen production are stimulated. A layer of fresh, healthy skin is revealed.

What Is the Recovery Time Following a Chemical Peel?

It typically takes between seven and 10 days for a new layer of skin to appear following a chemical peel. Most patients will need to take time off from work or make plans to relax at home during this period. It can take up to two months for some patients to heal completely. It may be necessary to avoid direct sunlight in the months following a chemical peel due to the fact that the newly exposed layer of skin is extremely sensitive. Many patients choose to time their peels during periods of the year when they won’t be spending a lot of time in the sun.

Are You Interested in Revealing Fresh Skin Using a Chemical Peel?

Jean Chapman, M.D. and the friendly staff here at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic in Johns Creek will be happy to answer all your questions and walk you through all of the steps involved with a chemical peel. We’ll help you determine if this is the best option for correcting a skin issue or for helping your skin to achieve a healthy, youthful appearance. Our office in Johns Creek proudly serves clients from Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, Cumming and areas all throughout the Atlanta region. Call us today to learn more.

The information contained in this article is intended to be used strictly for general informational purposes only. None of the information or advice included in this article should be considered medical advice or used in place of proper medical treatments. Book an appointment with a medical professional if you are experiencing any medical issues or if you have questions regarding any of the procedures mentioned above. You can also simply call us here at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic to book a consultation.

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Tips on ways to prevent bruising from injectables

photo of a man having a Botox injection at a beauty clinicInjectables used in the dermatological field of medicine can correct deep facial lines and wrinkles, activate collagen production and generally turn back the clock on aging. LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic, located in Johns Creek and serving the Atlanta area including Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell and Cumming, offers patients anti-aging injectable treatments such as Sculptra, Selphyl, hyaluronic acid fillers, and Botox/Dysport. These injectables are safe, though they may cause a few minor side effects.

Ways to Avoid Bruising From Injectables

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the most commonly performed nonsurgical procedures in 2011 were injectable fillers and neuromodulators (such as Botox). One of the most common side effects that can occur after treatment with injectables is bruising at the injection site.

For those who want to reap the rewards offered by dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane injectables, there are some things you can do to keep bruising to a minimum.

Avoid taking certain medications: For about three days to a week prior to getting your injections, try not to take certain medicines that increase the risk of bruising. These include:

  • NSAIDs: aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen
  • Steroids, like prednisone
  • Antihistamines
  • Blood thinners (please check with your physician first)

Aspirin and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin, Advil and Aleve) are the most likely substances to cause post-injectable bruising. If you require a pain medication in the week before receiving your injectable treatment, consider using acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead.

Avoid taking certain supplements: Also, for seven to ten days before your appointment, it’s a good idea to keep away from taking these supplements, as many of them act much like blood thinners do, on a smaller scale:

  • Green tea extract
  • Fish oil
  • Ginkgo
  • Garlic
  • Vitamin E
  • Cod liver oil
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Ginseng
  • Flaxseed oil

Eat fresh pineapple: A couple of days prior to and one day after your injection appointment, eat 2-3 servings of fresh pineapple. The natural chemical, bromelain, contained in fresh (not canned or frozen) pineapple, can reduce skin inflammation and help fade bruises quickly.

Limit alcohol consumption: Wine and alcohol can increase bruise formation, much in the same way that NSAIDs and aspirin do. Avoid drinking either the evening before and after your injectable treatment.

Skip your workout: Don’t indulge in any vigorous exercise regime aside from walking for at least 24-48 hours after your injectable treatment. Your capillaries need a rest afterwards so they can repair themselves. An increased heart rate, blood pressure and flow can interfere with this healing process.

Use an ice pack: You’ll want to constrict your blood vessels, both before and after your injection to minimize bruising and desensitize the area. Arnica gel is also useful for treating swelling.

Numbing cream: There are numbing creams available that help prevent bruising and lessen discomfort during the injection treatment. Ask Jean Chapman, M.D. at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic if you require a numbing cream when receiving an injectable like Selphyl, a natural volumizer for skin.

Choose a highly qualified injectable specialist: It’s important that you seek out an experienced medical doctor who understands the techniques involved in administering micro-injections. Jean Chapman, M.D. is highly experienced in the field of aesthetic medicine and is an expert in performing the latest injectable techniques.

Though there is no guarantee that you won’t experience some amount of bruising following an injectable treatment, following the tips outlined above should help lessen your need for using concealer makeup afterwards.

Note: This article is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns about injectables, make an appointment at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic with Jean Chapman, M.D. today.

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