Monthly Archives: February 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently featured in Plastic Surgery Practice

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently featured in Plastic Surgery Practice
In a recent Plastic Surgery Practice article titled “Balancing Act,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his secrets to success. The piece highlights how Dr. Joel Schlessinger balances running a successful private practice, clinical trial facility, retail store, spa and LovelySkin.com.

Attention to detail is important for success, Dr. Joel Schlessinger says.

Several skin care websites have failed over the years, but LovelySkin continues to thrive. Dr. Joel Schlessinger attributes this success to his hands-on approach.

“I am intimately involved in the everyday activities of [the site] and look over each and every email from customers,” he says. “If there is a problem, I make sure it is resolved and take a medical approach to the running of the website.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger’s personal mantra—underpromise and overdeliver—plays a key role in every aspect of his professional life.

“That’s something I live by, along with the utmost emphasis on talking about the things that can go wrong. It is so important to know this before [performing a] procedure, but most doctors forget.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also likes to incorporate the latest technology into his practice.

As a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is always looking for cutting-edge ways to improve his practice. The biggest trend today, he says, is everything noninvasive.

“Ultherapy and CoolSculpting are taking off, and that is making a huge impact on how we rejuvenate individuals. I love the Ultherapy device and feel there is so much opportunity for it to be a game changer in the future.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is also excited about promising clinical trials for psoriasis.

“I am in the midst of a slew of new drug trials for psoriasis that will change the manner in which we approach this disease,” he says.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the biggest cosmetic surgery advances of 2013

Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the biggest cosmetic surgery advances of 2013
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recently appeared on WebTalkRadio’s Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today with Dr. Barry Lycka to discuss the hottest advances in cosmetic surgery last year. From injectable fillers to cosmeceuticals, Dr. Schlessinger shared the latest and greatest in skin care.

New fillers volumize sagging skin without a facelift, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explained.

Injectable fillers are popular for patients who want to diminish the look of sagging skin without a facelift. The latest fillers are hyaluronic-based products, a substance which can be found naturally in our bodies. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is optimistic about JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, the first and only FDA-approved filler designed to instantly add volume to the cheek area.

Ultherapy was a popular procedure for Dr. Joel Schlessinger in 2013.

As a board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Joel Schlessinger has seen a great need for non-invasive options to treat the neck area. Ultherapy uses ultrasound technology to target this hard-to-treat area, diminishing sagging skin, wrinkles and other signs of aging. This procedure can also be used on the eye and cheek areas.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger warns his patients that Ultherapy will not completely eliminate the signs of aging.

“It is not quite the ‘home run’ that everybody wants,” he said. “If someone is in their 40s or 50s with good skin and collagen, they’re going to have better results than someone who is 75, has smoked all their life and sat in the sun.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger also shared the latest advances in cosmeceuticals.

BB creams are still incredibly popular, according to Dr. Joel Schlessinger. These multitasking products have been around for a few years and continue to attract attention. Many women use BB creams as a way to save time because they function as a primer, sunscreen, moisturizer, foundation and anti-aging treatment.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger has also noticed dermatology taking a more natural approach.

“There has been a very nice trend in dermatology to keep things more natural and not be so invasive,” he said. “Our patients can go home looking like nothing has been done and gradually improve over time.”

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his team featured on WOWT NBC Omaha

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his team featured on WOWT NBC Omaha

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was recently featured in a broadcast segment titled “Age Spot Treatment: Before and After” on WOWT Omaha’s Channel 6 News. Malorie Maddox, co-anchor for the evening newscasts, visited Dr. Joel Schlessinger to see if dark spots really can be reversed.

Dark spots are a common skin concern that is easily treatable, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explained.

“Just about everybody over the age of 25 has some issues with this,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger told Maddox. “A lot of people have the attitude that it’s already done. I’ve already damaged my skin. I can’t get back.”

Maddox admitted to occasionally using a tanning bed, which Dr. Schlessinger said does contribute to more prominent signs of aging.

“I think tanning beds and brown spots go hand in hand,” he said. “If you go to a tanning bed, you’re going to get brown spots.”

With very little damage done, Dr. Joel Schlessinger said Maddox would have “a real chance of bouncing back.”

To diminish dark spots, Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggested a laser treatment followed by an Obagi skin care regimen.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommended a few treatments for the dark spots on Maddox’s face. First, he took pictures with a VISIA machine to assess the health of her skin. Images from this machine are able to show wrinkles, large pores, dark spots and other forms of sun damage that isn’t always visible to the naked eye.

Then, Dr. Joel Schlessinger performed a laser treatment to diminish the look of her dark spots. The procedure was done the same day in about 10 minutes. Maddox was also put on the Obagi Nu-Derm System, which works to correct sun damage, minimize the visible signs of aging and brighten the complexion.

Maddox returned six weeks later to see if the treatments worked.

“Six weeks later, you’ve leapfrogged your peers,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger told Maddox. She went from the 30th percentile to the 80th percentile for good skin.

“You’re doing better than most people right now and that wasn’t that hard,” he said.

Dr. Schlessinger also shared the easiest way to achieve healthy skin.

“If you stay out of the sun, I can guarantee you’ll have about a 10-year difference over your peers,” he said.

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Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends avoiding certain treatments if you have sensitive skin

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends avoiding certain treatments if you have sensitive skin

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was recently featured as an expert in the article “Watch Out! Beauty Treatments That Irritate Sensitive Skin” on BeautyHigh.com. The feature explores which treatments you should avoid if you have sensitive skin. Because sensitive skin types are highly reactive and susceptible to damage, it is important to be extra cautious when treating the complexion.

Before undergoing a treatment, consider the risks, says Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Sensitive skin types do not need to steer clear of all cosmetic procedures but should be careful when choosing a treatment. Gentle facials and peels are still beneficial if they are used sparingly and performed by a professional. Do not undergo deep TCA peels or other aggressive treatments if you have sensitive skin. Dr. Joel Schlessinger also recommends being wary of mud baths.

“The warm mud can cause skin irritation,” he says. “If it becomes too hot, the mud can deplete your skin of essential moisture and even cause burns.”

If you do undergo a mud bath treatment, drink lots of water before and after and have the spa professional patch test the mud on your arm before you jump in the tub.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests avoiding certain ingredients that cause irritation.

The skin care products that are most likely to cause irritation are cleansers and anti-aging treatments. Your face wash most likely contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which dries out and irritates sensitive complexions. Anti-aging products that contain ingredients such as retinol may cause itching, peeling and dryness. You can still incorporate these items into your routine, just use them sparingly and be sure to add a soothing, moisturizing product to your regimen.

When it comes to sensitive skin, less is more. The fewer ingredients in your product, the less likely it is to contain irritating fragrances and dyes. If you have questions about ingredients in your products, ask Dr. Joel Schlessinger below in the comment section.