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Scar Treatment In Atlanta

Woman receiving Laser Treatment for FaceScars can be left on your skin as a result of a sore, wound, burn, blemish, or cut. Living with scar in a highly visible place like your face, neck, or shoulder can be very embarrassing, but fortunately, Dr. Chapman offer Atlanta area patients a number of treatment options to combat any worrisome scar. For example:

Laser Treatments

Laser technology can reduce the appearance of scars without harming the surrounding skin. You will notice phenomenal results in just a few treatments. Laser treatment is great for both acne and surgical scars. One of the many benefits of laser treatments is that the procedures require little to no downtime. Laser procedures are also non-invasive. There is also very little discomfort associated getting laser treatment.

Micropen

Micropen is another great option for Atlanta residents who are looking for great treatment options. Micropen, which is also known as micro-needling, is a procedure that involves using small needles to create micro-injuries on the skin. This helps the skin produce more elastin and collagen. Micropen can be used on the back, abdomen, legs, arms and hands.

Dr. Chapman will apply a topical gel to the skin and then select the right treatment depth length. After that, the pen will be pressed to the skin and moved in one direction. This process will be repeated until the entire treatment area has been covered.

There is little to no discomfort associated with getting the micropen procedure. It typically takes 15 to 30 minutes to perform a Micropen treatment. the treated skin may stay red for two to four days after treatment.

Restylane

Restylane is a type of dermal filler. It is used to add volume and fullness to the skin. Restylane can also help raise the facial skin indentation that a scar often creates. Bruising and redness may last for a day or two after this procedure. There is no downtime needed.

If you are interested in scar treatmenst then you contact Atlanta Skin Care Specialists at LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic.

The Benefits of Fotofacials

A fotofacial is a procedure that combines elements of radiofrequency energy and intense pulse light. It can be used to treat areas on the face, chest, hands, neck and arms. It helps reduce the appearance of irregular pigmentation, enlarged facial veins, fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, redness and flushing. This treatment also helps stimulate collagen production.

The radiofrequency energy and intense pulse light work together to enhance the skin. The intense pulse light helps reduce the appearance of blemishes, blood vessels, redness and brown spots. The radiofrequency energy helps stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, which promotes a more youthful appearance. New collagen production also helps reduce the size of the pores.

There are a number of reasons that people choose to come to LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic to get a fotofacial. One of those reasons is that this treatment is very gentle, and there is no downtime required. People will be able to return to their normal activities after they get this treatment. They will also be able to apply makeup. This treatment is also more cost-effective than many other cosmetic procedures.

Furthermore, this treatment is relatively painless for most people. A topical anesthetic is applied prior to treatment in order to minimize discomfort. People will get amazing results after just one treatment. However, people typically get five or six treatments. One treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete, and the treatments are typically performed once every three weeks.

The results of a fotofacial typically last six months to a year. Regular treatments will be needed in order to maintain the results of this procedure. Even though regular treatments are needed to maintain the results of this procedure, some people are able to maintain the results for longer than year. In fact, long-term follow-up studies have shown that 80 percent of patients with facial flushing and redness were able to maintain their results 18 months after their treatment. It is important to note that individual results can vary from patient to patient.

If you are looking for a clinic that offers this treatment, then you should contact LaserMed Skin and Vein Clinic. The staff members at LaserMed can give you more information about fotofacials and also some of the other services that LaserMed provides.

Winter is the Perfect Time to Get Rid of Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that eliminates varicose and spider veins. It involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, which causes the vein to scar and collapse. The blood reroutes through healthier veins, and the collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades. Sclerotherapy is a good choice for small varicose veins. This therapy is performed in our office on an outpatient basis with the largest and deeper veins being treated first, followed by the smaller veins. Each Sclerotherapy treatment lasts about 20-30 minutes, depending on the severity of the condition. After treatment, veins tend to fade within a few weeks. Some patients may see full results after one month.

For larger blue veins, foam sclerotherapy can provide longer lasting results. Foam sclerotherapy uses an emulsion of the drugs used in conventional sclerotherapy. This method requires less treatment sessions and provides faster results. Foam sclerotherapy is very useful on larger varicose veins for which conventional sclerotherapy may be ineffective. Similar to conventional sclerotherapy, during a foam sclerotherapy treatment, the diseased vein is injected with a solution that promotes vein closure. An emulsion of the same drug used in conventional sclerotherapy, which is created by mixing air with the conventional chemical, resulting in a foam solution. There is virtually no downtime associated with foam sclerotherapy and patients can typically return to their everyday activities immediately. Veins will disappear within a few weeks.

The winter months are a perfect time to begin treatments on your legs! You’ll be ready for the spring and summer and will be free of those pesky blue spider veins you long to get rid of. Interested in sclerotherapy treatments? Call or schedule a consultation with Dr. Chapman at LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic today!

Micropen for Glowing Skin

Smiling Woman on Couch | MIcropen AtlantaDesigned to treat fine lines, acne scars and improve the skin’s overall appearance, Micropen or micro-needling is a new innovation in aesthetic medicine available in the Atlanta area. In order to produce collagen and elastin, Dr. Chapman uses tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin. The appearance of softer wrinkles and a thicker dermis form from the skin’s repair process. Topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin because of the superficial micro-channels that are created by the Micropen. The Micropen can be used to treat areas on the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back and even helps to treat uneven texture, color, and tone of the skin.

During the procedure, Dr. Chapman will apply a thin layer of topical gel to your skin and select the appropriate treatment depth based on your unique needs. Next, the pen will be gently pressed against the skin while simultaneously gliding in one direction until the entire treatment area has been covered. The feeling associated with the Micropen treatment is said to be like sandpaper moving across the skin. The treatment time is usually around 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. There is no downtime for the treatment, however, patients’ skin can stay red for 2-4 days following the treatment but may completely heal in little as 24 hours.

Patients normally see an immediate “glow” to their skin. Over the course of several days and weeks, visible changes to the skin develop and continue to develop for up to six months. Depending on the treatment area, a series of 2-3 treatments spaced about 6-8 weeks apart is recommended for patients.

Interested in Micropen treatments? Call or schedule a consultation with Dr. Chapman at LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic today!

What is Ultherapy?

Ultherapy LogoInnovative and non-invasive, Ultherapy is non-surgical procedure that uses the body’s natural healing process and ultrasound in order to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin on the neck, brow, and under the chin. In one 30-60 minute session, these areas of your face can be revitalized. Although a facelift will provide the most effective results to fight aging, Ultherapy targets the deeper foundational layer of skin that is typically addressed during a facelift.

During the Ultherapy procedure, Dr. Chapman will be able to look at an image of your underlying facial skin tissue using a smooth ultrasound handpiece. From this image Dr. Chapman will then determine where to deliver small deposits of focused ultrasound energy to the deep tissue layer. Your skin will begin to produce new collagen giving you a natural toned and taut look in response to the ultrasound energy.

Patients may experience redness and some swelling after the treatment; however, there is no downtime involved with Ultherapy. Most patients can return to their normal activities directly after the procedure is completed. Ultherapy stimulates collagen production, so your face will appear younger and younger as time goes on. Over a 2-3 month period, results will continue to unfold and some patients see sustained improvement for up to six months. Natural aging will continue to occur, but results can last for years. The results of surgery cannot be duplicated by ultrasound, but Ultherapy has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery.

To learn more about Ultherapy, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Chapman, contact LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic today!

What is Sculptra?

People don’t age overnight, they age gradually. For the first time ever, there is a treatment that can gradually make you look younger. Sculptra Aesthetic is not a quick fix, it is a facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. Made with poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra is injected into the deep dermis layer of the skin to correct deep facial wrinkles and folds as well as sunken cheeks or eyes. Sculptra is made mostly of biocompatible, a biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades. Over a few months, treatments are administered to the desired area, creating results that can last up to two years. The treatment is suitable for the deep folds in between the nose and mouth called smile lines, lines framing the mouth, and chin wrinkles.

Dr. Chapman is skilled at applying Sculptra to areas that patients want to correct with a series of treatments. To learn more about Sculptra or to schedule your consultation, call LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic today.

Adapted from the following website:

http://www.sculptraaesthetic.com/default.aspx

How Tattoo Removal Works

Today, 17 percent of those who get tattoos consider getting them removed. Young people in particular get tattoos and do not realize just how permanent they are. Fortunately, technology has advanced, and removal procedures no longer leave scars. With improved laser medicine, tattoos can be completely removed.

Tattoos in the workplace:

In this economic downturn, more and more people are turning to tattoo removal in order to advance their careers. Many are afraid potential employers may see their tattoos and place them into a stereotype.  In 2012, 61 percent of human resource managers claimed that an applicant’s chances of being hired would be hindered by a tattoo.

Removal process:

Dr. Chapman uses a special type of laser that can emit short wavelength light beams in extremely short pulses. The tissue surrounding the tattoo goes undamaged because the laser delivers high intensity light accurately to the tattooed area. The ink gradually disappears over several treatments. Patients usually require 6-10 treatments to remove their tattoo fully depending on the depth, color, and location of the tattoo. Treatments are not painful, and most patients can return to work and their busy schedules directly after a treatment.

How much does treatment cost?:

The cost of tattoo removal varies depending on the size and color of the tattoo and how many treatments are required. Generally a tattoo about 3 inches in diameter done in blue or black ink will cost about $300 per session. LaserMed Skin & Vein Clinic also offers Care Credit Patient Payment plans.

Anti-Aging: Look Younger By Being Thankful?

Smiling Woman Looks Younger By Dr. Jean Chapman

I treated 150 patients this month, mostly women. Average age of 52. One of them is a dear lady who’s been a regular patient for several years. She’s moving away to Seattle, Washington next week. She came in to make sure she thanks us all for her treatments as well as our friendship. She is an attractive Greek woman who acts young and looks at least 10 years younger. I was wondering for the rest of that day what makes her look so young and charming other than her good genes. It dawned on me that what shines through were her smiles and thankfulness.  When we thank others and smile, the endorphins and other happy hormones that circulate through our body must make us look younger.

As we all sadly know, our faces head southbound when we age. The signs show earlier for some and a good bit later for others.  Nonetheless, it all seems to sag.  Most of these nice ladies I see at my office are not worried that their faces don’t look like young Audrey Hepburn or Jennifer Aniston. They are concerned that their faces appear sad, more tired and more masculine than they want. I hear a lot of them say, “I wish I looked less tired than I feel.” “I wish I didn’t look so mad to my grandchildren when I’m not.”  We all seem to agree that we want to look younger not to be vain but to be pleasant and healthy to ourselves and others. I have over ten years of experience in how to help these folks with lasers, injections, peels, special serums and other gadgets for their wishes.

But there is something more than that. There are several other key ingredients some of these patients bring to me that make my job more successful. I am beginning to believe that one of the essential ingredients is their smiles and thankfulness. When we appreciate what we have and what others do for us, we do so by smiling which changes our sad, tired, unhappy aging faces to happier, younger, and brighter faces. I am sure there are scientific reasons why that is true. It is just that no one will invest in long-term double-blinded placebo studies to explain why since there is product to be developed and thus no monetary benefit of such a study other than to know for sure that our faces will stay younger when we have more happy hormones by being more thankful and smiling.

I wish this patient the best in Seattle and hope to see her happy, pretty face again. She bought a smaller place in Atlanta to come back to visit, so I am sure we can keep up with her. Blessings cannot be contained within. It becomes a true blessing when it flows over to others and touches them. Thankfulness and smiles become blessings to those who give them and to those who receive them. Seems like a no-brainer that I should start adding this as part of my treatment plans for all my patients who come to see me in order to look younger and happier.

Ultherapy Proven Effective for Skin Tightening

Dr. Jean Chapman did a lot of research on the technology behind Ultherapy before she decided to offer it to her patients. One of the reports that really impressed her was the blind study performed by a group of dermatological surgeons in Chicago. Their objective was to assess the ability of a nonablative, ultrasound skin tightening procedure for a brow-lift in the context of a procedure for treating the full face and neck.

They concluded that the procedure was safe and effective for facial skin tightening. A single ultrasound treatment of the forehead produced brow height elevation.

For additional information about this research, you can read the entire study here.

Ultherapy FAce Tighetening Before and After

Aging Isn’t Easy: Dr. Chapman’s Aging Story & Adding Hormonal Balance Supplements

Dr. Chapman

So far, my life as a 45 year old has been equal parts great fun and despair. I’ve dedicated more time to Bible studies, prayer, and re-prioritizing my life for a bigger and better purpose. Those changes have led to more love for people and more peace in life. I view my children, family, friends, neighbors, church members, and my patients as my mission ground, devoting my life’s work to them.

Now for the yucky things…

I started to push books, magazines, and other reading materials further away in order to read clearly this year. My optometrist says holding things further away from you to read typically starts being noticeable around age 45. I am so happy to know that I am average in that department. No one wants anything to be premature in the aging process!

Regularly exercising and eating healthier food, I have considered myself fairly health-minded for most of my life. I have never smoked nor have done drugs and I have only ever tried sweet wine a few times. Nonetheless, I got hyperemesis gravidarum for both of my pregnancies as well as the resulting GERD. I have also had some myofacial pains and mild osteoarthritis. And recently, I have been suffering from pre-menopausal hormonal imbalances.

In my quest for better personal wellness and health, I have been drinking Kangen water which helped with GERD, myofacial pains, and my overall well-being. Also, I have gotten acupuncture treatments, chiropractic adjustments, and deep-tissue massages when my myofacial pains get worse. I recently tried yoga and was thrilled with how much it helped with everything including myofacial pains. I can’t wait to find a place to go regularly.

Furthermore, I have been taking herbal progesterone pellets called Progon B which greatly help my pre-menopausal progesterone deficiency and other symptoms. After taking PPIs (reflux medications) for seven years, I stopped them cold-turkey two years ago and have been taking natural digestive enzymes and probiotics which helped more than PPIs. I also started restricting my gluten intake which only further helped my GERD. Overall, these medical issues have been the single biggest challenge in my life since the births of my children. But they have also been blessings in helping me become a stronger person and a stronger believer in God.

However, I want to draw attention to how we as women are challenged by different issues related to our bodies at different stages throughout our lives. We all know what happens at puberty. Then come the body image issues in young adulthood followed by child births and finally, pre-menopausal symptoms and menopause. I had no idea what kind of surprises each stage of being a woman would bring, and I have studied medicine for a long time!!! I feel such a need to continue educating myself and encouraging other women to learn and understand their own bodies, especially when it comes to hormonal imbalances.

For the last twelve years, I have absolutely loved helping women look and feel better with non-surgical aesthetic procedures. I have gained a deep understanding of how to help women with their look, and as a result, gained national recognition for what I do. I have even had the privilege to teach medical students, medical residents, physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physicians’ assistants how to perform those procedures. In my practice, I have had many fantastic opportunities to meet women of different ages, ethnicities, and walks of life gaining further knowledge of women’s physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. Because of my own experiences and those of my patients, I have come to realize the importance of expanding my medical practice to include comprehensive anti-aging, naturopathic, nutritional, and hormonal balancing treatments.

Thanks for taking the time to read my story about aging and thanks for continuing to let me and my wonderful staff at LaserMed be a part of yours as well.

-Dr. Jean Chapman

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