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Dermacare Membership

A New You With a Dermacare Membership

New Year, new you. Are you ready to make your New Year awesome? There’s no better time than the present to plan for greatness. At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we have some membership plans that can help you find new confidence and support your best skin care routine.

Why Invest in a Membership?

Skin care isn’t a one-and-done task. Healthy skin needs regular maintenance along with home care products, which is why investing in a Dermacare Difference membership is so essential.

Monthly skin treatments are important because, as you age, your skin cell turnover rate naturally slows, leaving you with dull and blah-looking skin. The process of shedding the skin is called desquamation. Monthly treatments force skin cell turnover through exfoliation, which is especially important to skin prone to acne.

Dermacare Difference Membership

Are you new to skin care and esthetics? Maybe you’re looking to improve your skin on a conservative budget or want to see what a laser and skin care clinic can do for you. Our Dermacare Difference Membership is great for people just like you.

The Dermacare Difference Membership is affordable and full of value. It provides a monthly aesthetic service, which is your choice of a light chemical peel, dermaplanning exfoliation treatment, microdermabrasion, or a deep cleansing facial. These services standardly range in price from $125 to $140, but the membership costs you just $99!

In addition to the discounted monthly service, as a Dermacare Difference member, you will receive discounts on our medical-grade skin care products, laser treatments, dermal fillers, and Botox. Your skin care routine is a major factor in your skin’s appearance, and these additional discounts will help you create the best routine to achieve your best results.

Dermacare Difference Forever Young Membership

If have regularly been a skin care and esthetics patient, you may already know the value of clinical treatments. Even if you are new to aesthetics, you may be ready to take a more aggressive approach to maintaining youthful skin. Maybe you’re ready to incorporate monthly laser treatments or take the next step in your best skin care routine. You need the Dermacare Difference Forever Young membership.

The Forever Young membership provides affordable access to several different types of laser treatments. In addition to the monthly aesthetic service and larger discounts on skin care products and Botox/fillers, it incorporates four Forever Young BBL treatments and eight other laser and light treatments for 30 minutes each. These are valued at over $400 each. Not only is this membership a huge savings, but it’s also customizable, making it easy to work with your provider to create an individual treatment plan designed to achieve your skin goals.

Dermacare Difference Acne Membership

Do you have acne? Maybe you’ve tried topical and oral antibiotics and seen little to no improvement. You’ve probably used over-the-counter acne products and seen inconsistent or limited results. You might have struggled with products that initially worked but were too harsh and damaged your skin. A MedSpa acne treatmentat Dermacare takes a completely different approach — one that can make a huge difference. If you struggle with acne, the Dermacare Difference Acne Programmay be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Our acne program is a step above the rest because of our multi-pronged treatment approach. We know your skin is unique. During your consultation and initial assessment, Carrie Labert, our physician assistant who has a background in dermatology, will take an in-depth approach to pinpointing the contributing factors to your acne breakouts. A customized treatment program designed to give you the best skin care routine will be made just for you.

As a laser and skin care clinic, we are on the cutting edge of today’s medical technology. Since opening our doors in May of 2006, we have and continue to make a difference in the lives of people throughout our community and beyond. We can help you improve your health and appearance – two things that dramatically boost wellbeing.

Our Dermacare Difference memberships help keep your best skin care routine affordable and customizable, so your unique needs are best met. It’s a New Year. It’s time for a new you. Let us help revitalize, rejuvenate, and refresh your skin.


CoolSculpting Results in a More Confident You

CoolSculpting results speak for themselves and not just cosmetically.

One of the major reasons people opt for CoolSculpting is because they have exercise and diet resistant areas of fat. The most common and visible problem areas include the abdomen, arms, back, chin, and inner/outer thighs. Instead of opting for liposuction, they opt for a non-invasive, non-surgical solution that generates visible results. And there are numerous benefits to making the decision to get CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle

You’ve heard it a hundred times: The key to the body you want is balance. But a little boost to level the playing field isn’t a bad thing. That’s what CoolSculpting can do.

If you’ve fought excess fat with regular exercise and a balanced diet, you’re more than halfway to the finish line. Those areas of stubborn, clingy fat are not an indication of lack of effort. Sometimes, fat just won’t break down without extra encouragement.

CoolSculpting treatments target troublesome fat deposits, freezing fat cells so they gradually die off and leave the body through its natural elimination process, effectively destroying them forever. But CoolSculpting alone won’t solve an excess fat issue if you continue habits that encourage the body to store fat, like binging on junk food, eating lots of sugar, or consistently consuming more calories than you burn.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is vital to continued success. CoolSculpting can help sculpt away the fat deposits that refuse to budge despite diet and exercise, but diet and exercise are still vital to stopping unwanted weight gain.

CoolSculpting Results in Improved Mental Health

Self-image and self-confidence are central to mental health. When a person lacks either, their overall mental health can begin to degrade. While the way we look isn’t the make all or end all of our mental health, we can feel an immensely positive boost when we’re happy with how we look.

Our staff has helped numerous patients shed unwanted and stubborn fat deposits with CoolSculpting. The benefits to their attitude, confidence, and quality of life have been nothing short of positive, total transformations. If your confidence is suffering because of constant anxiety over your body contours, CoolSculpting can help. And the best part is it’s a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment.

Here are just a few things our CoolSculpting patients have to say about their treatments at Dermacare:

Tina is terrific, she knows what you need, and she knows how to do it! She is very knowledgeable about everything she does. She makes you feel very comfortable. It doesn’t hurt! It made my arms a little numb but only in small areas for a short period of time. Fat is melting with [the] cold temperature.”

“All of my providers were highly trained, extremely knowledgeable, and truly professional. [I’m] feeling better about myself and my appearance.”

Contact Us Today

You, too, can reap the benefits of CoolSculpting. If you’re ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and melt away unwanted and stubborn fat, there’s just one thing left to do.

Contact us to schedule your consultation. Our staff can’t wait to help you start this amazing journey where it’s not all about what you lose because what you gain will be so much more!

CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction

CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction

Today, we’re talking about CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction, which means we’re here to discuss fat.

Sometimes, fat is stubborn. Like the determined toddler who keeps throwing him or herself to the floor to get what they want, no amount of ignoring, coaxing, or common sense seems to work. It defies all logic.

The Struggle

It’s real.

You exercise regularly. You have the gym membership and the FitBit log to prove it. You had a powwow with a personal trainer to discuss the fat deposits you just can’t shed. The fat that’s kicking and screaming like that toddler with every workout just won’t give. And the neighbors can attest to your consistently taking that miles-long jog or walk. But the fat that lingers on the back of your arms, in between your thighs, and along your back and abdomen just won’t fade.

You eat right, too. Your husband (or wife) can still be heard grumbling about the lack of junk food in the cupboard. Clean eating, fresh eating, green eating, cleanses, fad diets, meal replacement shakes – you’ve done it all. Despite grudgingly downing foods you dislike – foods that remind you of the ones that kept you stuck at the table as a child because mom said you had to finish everything on your plate – you’re not seeing positive results in the mirror. These foods are apparently the secret ingredient to fat loss, and while your doctor is raving about your great strides in a healthy lifestyle, you just want to look in the mirror and not see a muffin top (or bra fat) peeking out from your favorite outfits.

So what can you do about it? How about we start with what you don’t have to do?

Liposuction Is Not the Only Option

The traditional approach to ridding the body of stubborn fat is liposuction. A cosmetic surgery, liposuction involves going under the knife to have fat deposits broken down and “sucked” out. It’s the most common cosmetic surgery in both America and the United Kingdom.

As a procedure, liposuction is purely cosmetic. It is not a weight-loss method, nor is it an obesity treatment. It does not remove cellulite, dimples, or stretch marks.

Many risks accompany liposuction. Since is it an invasive surgery performed using anesthesia, basic surgical risks (and costs) are factors. Risks of infection and scarring are also present. Recommended recovery time after surgery is at least one week, sometimes two.

CoolSculpting vs. Liposuction

If you can relate to the dilemma described at the outset of this blog, then CoolSculpting may be for you. CoolSculpting has the best results for patients who have diet and exercise resistant areas of fat that they would like to eliminate. As compared to liposuction (an invasive surgery), CoolSculpting is non-surgical, has none of the associated risks of surgery, and has no prescribed downtime.

You don’t have to continue fighting stubborn fat. There is a solution. Find out if you’re a good candidate for CoolSculpting today by contacting us, or learn more about it first by reading What Is CoolSculpting?

How to Recognize and Treat Melasma

Melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) is a patch of hyperpigmentation that appears on the face and neck. It’s an incredibly common skin problem. You can recognize it by its patchy brown, blue-gray, or tan blemishes on the skin. These spots usually appear on the forehead, cheeks, bridge of the nose, chin, and above the upper lip. They can also appear on the body, particularly in areas that get lots of sun.

Melasma predominately occurs in women, usually ages 20-50. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, just 10% of melasma cases occur in men. The condition often appears suddenly.

What Causes Melasma?

Occurrences of melasma are often due to the perfect storm of hormonal changes and sun exposure. Ultraviolet light stimulates the melanocytes. It doesn’t take strong or lengthy UV exposure to cause melasma, which is why the blemishes can return shortly after fading or worsen during the summer months.

Genetics and skin care products can also cause or inflame the condition. People with darker skin tones are more likely to develop it, as are people with a blood relative who has melasma.

Pregnant women are more prone to melasma. It’s often referred to as pregnancy mask or chloasma. Birth control pills or hormone replacement medications can also trigger it.

Melasma Treatments

Melasma is difficult to treat, but you can find relief. Use of a strict sunblock is a must, as is the selection of the right skin care products. Some products can increase or inflame the patchy blemishes that are melasma. In fact, some of the makeup you may be using to hide those spots could be causing them to worsen.

Successful melasma treatments require a tailored approach – an approach we specialize in at Dermacare. Those unwanted spots can sometimes be lifted with chemical peels.

BBL light treatments are also effective and can decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation. In some instances, we find that a custom combination of BBL and chemical peels produces the best results for some patients.

Skin care products are also important to melasma treatments. Since some products can increase the appearance of melasma or trigger an episode, choosing products that don’t inflame the condition while simultaneously promoting better skin health is important. But how do you choose? With the literally thousands of products available, where do you start?

Schedule Your Dermacare Consultation

Our complimentary Dermacare Consultation is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal. Not only can we discuss your melasma and medical history to start formulating a custom treatment plan based on your desired outcome, but we can also start pinpointing the factors contributing to your melasma episodes.

We use an Emage 3-D Imaging system, which allows us to see under the surface of your skin. Our staff are all highly trained medical experts, and we know medical grade skin care products – the kind of products that work to actually improve skin cells’ function. Our approach isn’t merely aesthetic. We work to improve the health of your skin because healthy skin naturally looks great!

Be sure to follow us as we take a closer look at the skin care products we champion and provide more skin care tips. In the meantime, if you suffer from melasma, contact us to schedule your personal melasma treatment consultation.

Sclerotherapy for Leg Veins

Did you know the average person takes between 6,000 and 9,000 steps every day? Setting a goal of taking approximately 10,000 steps per day is considered good for your health. But helping you step isn’t all your legs do. They support your weight and keep you moving. They help you swim in the ocean and enjoy the thrill of a mountain hike. They take you everywhere. Your legs are amazing, but sometimes you don’t want to show them off thanks to the appearance of short and jagged blue or red lines. Visible leg veins can cause cosmetic embarrassment and symptomatic discomfort. Luckily, there’s sclerotherapy for varicose veins.

Common Types of Leg Veins

The unwanted appearance of leg veins is common, and the exact cause varies from person to person. For some, heredity, hormonal changes, and postmenopausal hormonal replacement are to blame. For others, excessive weight, a history of blood clots, or the use of birth control is a factor. But for many, occupations that keep them on their feet and normal sun exposure are responsible for the three most common types of visible leg veins.

#1: Spider Veins – Telangiectasias

Spider veins are a type of vessel found close to the skin’s surface. They are branch-like fine lines that are red or blue and can look like small spider webs. While usually non-symptomatic, they are commonly visible on the legs and sometimes face. They can cover small or large areas.

#2: Reticular Veins

Reticular veins are slightly bigger vessels that are sometimes referred to as feeder veins. They are blue and green and enlarge due to increased vein pressure. They can co-occur with spider veins.

#3: Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are the largest and most visible veins. They are large blue and purple and can protrude from the skin and twist or bulge. They commonly occur on the legs and can be both embarrassing and painful.

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an injectable vein treatment for uncomplicated spider and reticular veins. The treatment works by injecting a “sclerosing” solution into the affected veins. The solution causes the veins to close, allowing them to be absorbed by the body over time. It’s one of the treatments of choice for small to medium varicose veins.

At Dermacare of Hampton Roads, we use Asclera® during our sclerotherapy procedure. Asclera® is a prescription strength injection designed to perform sclerotherapy for reticular and telangiectasias veins. It can treat two types of veins:

  1. Spider veins, which are very small varicose veins that measure less than 1mm in diameter.
  2. Reticular veins, which are small varicose veins that measure 1-3mm in diameter.

What to Expect

Sclerotherapy is performed in our office and doesn’t require anesthesia. You can expect to lie on your back during the procedure with your legs slightly elevated. After cleaning the target area, one of our highly trained staff will carefully perform the treatment. Some patients experience mild stinging or cramps at the injection site.

After the procedure, you’ll be able to walk and move normally. Activity after treatment is important to prevent the formation of a blood clot. You’ll be asked to wear compression bandages or stockings full-time for approximately two weeks after the procedure, then half-time for an additional two weeks. Compression is important to successful treatment.

It’s also important to avoid sun exposure after treatment, making the fall and winter months the perfect time to undertake sclerotherapy for varicose veins. If you spend your summers hiding spider and reticular veins, contact us today to find out if our sclerotherapy treatment can help!

Does Coolsculpting Work

Does CoolSculpting Work?

Stubborn fat. It’s a problem. Getting rid of it is a battle people just like you fight to win. But sometimes fat deposits are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Sometimes you can do everything right and still have unwanted fat in common problem areas. You might have heard of a solution to this problem — CoolSculpting. Does it work?

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The Smart Beauty Guide to Lip Injections

Your lips are one of the most prominent features of your face. Dressing them up is part of dressing for any occasion. As you age, you may notice a loss of fullness and volume. While this is a perfectly natural part of aging, it’s not a part you have to live with indefinitely. You can safely regain lost volume and fullness with lip augmentation and injectables.

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Dermal Fillers

An Introduction to Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are a safe, effective, and non-surgical way to replace lost volume, augment facial features, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. They can reduce the signs of aging and help you achieve a natural outcome. In this introduction, we’ll cover the best dermal fillers plus why and how they are used.

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