Common misconceptions about BOTOX© often scare people away from this safe and effective cosmetic procedure. To help shed light on some of these common myths, Joel Schlessinger MD discussed them with Yahoo Mujer for their article, “10 myths about BOTOX© you should stop believing.”
Joel Schlessinger MD explains that BOTOX© is completely safe and effective.
When performed by a certified cosmetic surgeon, this treatment is extremely effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX© works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles in the face. Because the muscles can no longer contract, the wrinkles that are caused by repetitive facial expressions relax and soften.
Botulinum toxin A is derived from bacteria and many people incorrectly believe that this makes it toxic and unsafe.
“It is absolutely not poisonous in small, cosmetic doses,” explains Joel Schlessinger MD. “In fact, it would take over 325 vials to get to the point where it could harm someone so it is extremely unlikely to cause issues.”
The fear of pain and side effects may discourage some patients, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.
There are some persistent myths that BOTOX© is extremely painful. Joel Schlessinger MD notes that side effects are rare and after a treatment, patients can return to their regular activities. The needles used to inject the treatment are very small so pain is minimal. In some cases, minor swelling and bruising may occur but these symptoms do not last long.
The best way to learn about this procedure and whether or not it is right for you is to discuss it with a cosmetic surgeon. Many spas and salons offer BOTOX© or similar treatments but they may not be certified so it is important to speak to a professional.
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In a recent article on Univision.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares steps you can take to promote healthy hair growth. In the article, he addresses several beauty myths that claim to make hair grow faster. Although there’s no magic way to have longer, stronger hair, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says you can promote healthy hair growth with the right treatments, diet and hair care.
Regular trims and brushing 100 strokes a day won’t help hair grow faster, according to Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
We’ve often heard the best way to help hair grow faster is by getting regular trims. This is one of the most common hair myths.
“Trimming the ends of your hair won’t do anything to the root, where the hair actually grows,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger says. “Regular trims only create the illusion that hair is growing faster because you stop seeing split ends. This damage makes any added length appear less noticeable over time.”
Over brushing won’t add length to your strands, either. All that combing might even be doing some damage.
“Brushing 100 strokes a day won’t help boost hair growth, either,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger adds. “In fact, brushing causes friction that leads to breakage and other damage.”
Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests using specially formulated products to achieve healthy, strong hair.
Taking care of your hair will also help prevent breakage, leading to longer hair over time.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests shampooing with Revivogen Bio-Cleansing Shampoo, a gentle, sulfate-free formula that contains bioactive nutrients to create a healthy scalp environment for hair growth. Then follow with Revivogen Thickening Conditioner, which replenishes moisture, strengthens the hair shaft and adds volume. Finally, apply Revivogen Scalp Therapy Kit to achieve best results.
There are also several treatment options available to help promote healthy hair growth. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends taking Viviscal® Professional Supplements. These dietary supplements contain clinically proven ingredients like biotin, apple extract, vitamin C and a marine complex called AminoMar to help nourish hair and promote healthy growth from within.
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If you frequently experience an itchy scalp, it could be more than just dandruff. There are many different factors that can contribute, both medical and environmental. In a recent blog post for ScarySymptoms.com called, “Itchy Scalp Causes Include Shampoos, Brushing, Diabetes,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares a few leading causes of dry, itchy scalp.
Two of the main causes of itchy scalp are dandruff and allergies, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.
Dandruff may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an itchy scalp. This common chronic scalp condition is often caused by a yeast-like fungus and is marked by dry, flaky skin and mild to intense itching. Dandruff may also be caused by conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, (eczema), and psoriasis.
Allergies to ingredients found in certain shampoos, hair care products and hair dyes can cause an itchy scalp as well, and it is also a common side effect of popular over-the-counter hair regrowth treatments. Because it can be difficult to determine what ingredient might be causing an allergic reaction, or even whether the reaction is caused by an allergy at all, Dr. Schlessinger recommends seeking a patch test from your dermatologist.
Conditions such as diabetes and lupus can cause scalp irritation and itching, as can nerve-related conditions. Lice infestations and certain infections like ringworm can also cause itching. In most cases, an itchy scalp can be treated with special hair care products and topicals, but treatment is not one-size-fits-all, and active ingredients vary greatly depending on condition. It’s important to get examined by an experienced dermatologist in order to determine the cause of an itchy scalp and receive the best treatment.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses self-care habits that could contribute to an itchy scalp.
Hair care habits could cause an itchy scalp and flaking. Aggressive hair brushing, whether brushing too much or pressing the bristles into the scalp too hard, can cause irritation. Likewise, not washing hair often enough can create a buildup of product and dead skin cells and cause itching.
For gentle hair care that is free of common allergens and gentle enough to use every day, try Free & Clear. The line includes shampoo, conditioner and even hair spray and styling gel, and it is free of sulfates, parabens and artificial fragrance.
Most moles are benign and harmless, but what about dry, scabby moles? In a recent blog post for ScarySymptoms.com called “Scabby Dry Mole: Possible Melanoma or Benign?” Dr. Joel Schlessinger weighs in on what your mole’s appearance could be telling you.
A scabby, dry mole is generally not melanoma, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
If a mole has grown dry and/or scabby recently, there could be a number of different causes, and Dr. Schlessinger reassures that it is most likely not melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Often, a mole that has grown dry and scabby is simply an irritated mole. Everyday irritation can be difficult to pinpoint, but is often caused by scratching, friction from clothing, new personal care products and prolonged exposure to chemicals like chlorine.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains seborrheic keratoses.
A mole that has grown dry and scabby may not even be a mole at all. Seborrheic keratoses can look remarkably like moles or melanoma. In reality, a seborrheic keratosis is actually a benign growth often attributed to prolonged sun exposure and genetics. Seborrheic keratoses are typically black, brown or tan in appearance and could have a raised, scaly or waxy texture. They are often mistaken for warts or moles.
Seborrheic keratoses are normally painless and will not cause cancer, but they can change in appearance suddenly, even if they have looked one way for some time. This gives the illusion of a changing mole, one that could be developing into cancer. A changing seborrheic keratosis if not usually a cause for concern or removal unless it has grown to be a cosmetic nuisance or frequently bleeds from rubbing clothing.
Pay a visit to a dermatologist like Dr. Joel Schlessinger to get any suspicious growths inspected.
While a scabby, dry mole is probably nothing to worry about, prevention is key, and Dr. Schlessinger recommends seeing your dermatologist.
He advises: “If you have something on your body that is changing and shows odd symptoms such as this [scabby, dry mole], especially if it bleeds, it is time to see your dermatologist for an evaluation.”
Minoxidil, more commonly known as Rogaine, is a topical hair growth drug that is used to treat male pattern baldness, as well as hair loss in women. One common side effect of this drug is hair growth near the areas of application, such as facial hair growth in women. Some patients have also reported that they think Minoxidil has caused their hair to turn gray. In a recent article on ScarySymptoms.com, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains a possible explanation behind this phenomenon.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains that Minoxidil could increase hair growth for both gray and colored hairs.
So far, there isn’t any clinical evidence of Minoxidil causing gray hair growth, and Dr. Joel Schlessinger hasn’t seen this effect on his patients.
“I haven’t seen the phenomenon of Rogaine [minoxidil] causing gray hair, but it is always possible that upon application it is spurring hair growth that encompasses gray hairs as well as regular colored hairs,” he tells ScarySymptoms.com.
Some patients do experience scalp irritation with liquid Minoxidil, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.
“There are two formulations of Rogaine, and the foam is a much better tolerated form,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains. “The liquid form contains propylene glycol and that tends to cause scalp irritation.”
Patients can experience different side effects to the same medication. If you have scalp irritation or other concerns related to Minoxidil, talk to your doctor about different treatment options.
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Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses hair loss from hair extensions and other styles at ScarySymptoms.com
Extensions have become wildly popular in recent years to help add volume, length and color to hair. However, before you consider trying this trend, it’s important to understand the issues that could arise. In a recent post on ScarySymptoms.com called, “Hair Loss from Clip-in Hair Extensions & Braids,” Dr. Schlessinger shares how hair extensions and tightly woven styles can cause hair loss.
Clip-in hair extensions can cause tension and pulling, cautions Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
The most important problem to keep in mind when it comes to clip-in extensions is the tension and pulling they can cause. Gradual hair loss from pulling force is called traction alopecia. It is most commonly seen in those individuals who frequently wear their hair in tight braids, buns or ponytails, but hair extensions are also a known culprit. The repetitive pulling or traction on hair roots can cause a prematurely receding hairline characterized by a sparse fringe of growth at the natural hairline. In the case of extensions, metal or plastic clips can weigh and drag hair down, causing a pattern of hair loss wherever they are placed. Extensions are also known to cause tangling, tearing and breakage when they get caught in hair, resulting in loss.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses treatment for traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia may cause scarring and permanent hair loss in some patients. For others, the condition is more temporary. The best thing you can do to address traction alopecia is remove all hair extensions and cease styling hair immediately. While permanent hair loss will not respond to topical treatments or supplements, you can prevent future loss.
For temporary hair loss from traction alopecia, certain supplements and topical solutions can help encourage healthy growth. Viviscal tablets contain a blend of vitamins and minerals that help strengthen and fortify hair at the root and promote healthy hair. These tablets nourish from within in four stages to help restore and replenish your tresses. Rene Furturer Triphasic Progressive Hair Loss Kit contains a pre-treatment, shampoo and fortifying treatment to increase microcirculation and help you achieve stronger, thicker, healthier hair.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger cites braided hairstyles as a leading cause of hair loss at his Omaha practice.
Hair extensions and tightly secured or plaited hairstyles are “a very significant cause of hair loss” at Dr. Schlessinger’s Omaha, Nebraska practice, and he recommends avoiding them if at all possible. However, if you choose to style your hair in braids or ponytails, you can secure or intertwine your stands more loosely. Dr. Schlessinger recommends styling hair in a low, loose ponytail with the hair tie away from the scalp. You can then braid the hair below the hair tie if you wish. This ensures that there is no traction or pulling between the scalp and the hair tie.
It’s often up to our parents and guardians to teach us proper hygiene as children. As we grow, good habits may fall by the wayside, or we may realize that we have gaps in our knowledge for how to effectively care for different parts of our bodies. In a recent Women’s Health Magazine article featured on lifehacker.com, Dr. Schlessinger shared tips for cleansing the face and body.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends changing out washcloths and loofahs regularly.
Showering may appear to be one of the most straightforward areas of personal care, but it’s always a good idea to return to basics to ensure you’re giving yourself the best cleanse possible. In addition to making sure the water isn’t too hot and you’re using the best cleansing products for your skin type, you’ll want to examine any tools you may be using. “Washcloths and loofahs can harbor bacteria, mold and yeast,” Dr. Schlessinger cautions, and this could harm skin in the long run.
You should replace loofahs once a month and store them outside of the moisture-filled shower if possible. Washcloths should be switched out every day and they should not be used on the face: “This is very irritating to the skin and ends up causing dry areas, breakouts and even sores.” Dr. Schlessinger recommends using your clean hands to avoid contaminating the face with impurities.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger encourages building on good habits.
Good habits build a solid foundation for good hygiene, and even if you can identify certain areas of your routine that are lacking, you can still tack positive actions onto the good habits you do have. For example, if you brush your teeth once every day in the morning, continue to do so, and add an evening teeth-brushing session. If you are used to overly hot, skin-drying showers, gradually reduce the temperature over a week.
The article stresses the importance of mastering the basics, which include, “clean[ing] yourself regularly, groom[ing] your hair neatly,” and brushing your teeth for two minutes two or three times a day. Doing so will ensure that you’re always putting your best self forward.
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Wrinkles are a part of life, but there are some habits that are more likely to cause wrinkles. Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently shared a few of these habits with Prevention.com in an article titled “6 Everyday Habits That Are Giving You More Wrinkles.” In the article, he also discusses what you can do to minimize these fine lines.
Chewing gum leads to fine lines around the mouth, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.
Chewing on a stick of gum leads to wrinkles because it forces your mouth to continually form different shapes.
“For frequent chewers, those formations end up resulting in a downward turn in the corners of the mouth, as well as a pronounced muscle at the bottom of the jawline,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger. Once these lines form, he added, they are difficult to undo.
Instead of chewing gum, choose mints, breath strips or mouth wash to freshen your breath. These alternatives don’t require continual chewing, delaying the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests putting down the smartphone for fewer wrinkles.
Constantly staring at your phone or tablet could cause wrinkles to form below your chin and on your neck. This is because looking down at your phone causes you to hold your neck at an unusual angle. The immediate results are a sore neck and strained eyes but Dr. Joel Schlessinger says other issues could develop over time, including stubborn neck wrinkles.
Dr. Schlessinger suggests looking at your gadgets in a more ergonomic way, such as with a tablet stand, which will help prevent the formation of these deep lines.
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The number of skin cancer cases is on the rise and no one is exempt, not even stars like Hugh Jackman and Kenny Rogers. The two stars, who were both recently diagnosed with skin cancer, were featured in a recent Globe article, “5 Deadly Myths About Skin Cancer,” that also features Dr. Joel Schlessinger as an expert. In the article, Dr. Joel Schlessinger reveals the truth behind several well-known myths about skin cancer.
Myths about sunscreens prevent people from properly protecting themselves, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.
Contrary to popular belief, a high SPF is not the only factor you need to look at when determining whether your sun protection is adequate. Dr. Joel Schlessinger says you must look for a product that is broad spectrum because it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It is also important to choose a water-resistant formula and to reapply at least every two hours.
There are also misconceptions about tanning and the use of tanning salons. Many people believe that using a tanning bed is safer than tanning outdoors. This, however, is untrue. You are exposed to just as many dangerous UV rays in a tanning bed as outside. No tan is a safe tan and receiving a tan does not prevent burning or protect the skin against further damage.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger reminds people that everyone is at risk for skin cancer.
It is a common misconception that only fair-skinned people are at risk of sun damage. Everyone, no matter how dark or light their skin tone, is at risk for UV damage and skin cancer. While many believe that women are more at risk, studies reveal that men often account for more cases because they are reluctant to wear sun protection.
Do you have questions about the signs or dangers of skin cancer? Ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger for the answers in the comments section.
Laser hair removal is becoming more and more popular because it saves time and effort when it comes to keeping skin smooth and hair-free. Before you decide to undergo this treatment, however, you should know what the process will involve. In a recent article on WomensHealthMag.com, Joel Schlessinger MD shares insider information about this procedure. These tips will help you determine whether this treatment is the best choice for you.
Joel Schlessinger MD outlines which patients are likely to see the best success.
Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in hair. For this reason, the procedure works best for individuals with dark hair. It is difficult for the laser to pick up blonde, grey and red hair so individuals with these colors may not experience optimal results. There are also certain machines that do not work with tan or dark skin tones because there is not enough contrast between the hair and skin colors.
Joel Schlessinger MD also wants patients to know that they will have to make multiple appointments for hair removal. The best results occur when patients make consistent follow-up appointments every four to six weeks. Certain areas such as the body can require eight to ten sessions while the face may only take six to eight sessions.
Prepare for your treatment with these tips from Joel Schlessinger MD.
Laser hair removal devices target the hair follicles so do not wax or pluck the area for a few weeks before your treatment. This ensures that follicles are in the proper stage of growth for the best results. You will, however, want to shave the area so the laser can precisely focus on the root of the hair.
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