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Viviscal PRO is one of the most popular products at our office. In offering patients an option for hair loss, it’s no wonder why. But what exactly is it, and how effective?

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What is Viviscal PRO?

Viviscal PRO is a 100% drug-free dietary supplement that nourishes thinning hair and promotes healthier hair growth from within.

 How does Viviscal PRO work?

Viviscal PRO is scientifically formulated with the proprietary AminoMar marine complex which helps to nourish thinning hair and encourage existing hair growth.

 How often do I need to take it?

Take one tablet twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, with food and water. It is suggested to take that dosage for at least 6 months for the best results.

How long will it take to see progress?

Patients may notice progress in as little as 3 months.

 Will I need to take it forever?

No, it is recommended to take it for 8-9 months (however, most patients continue to take Viviscal beyond that timeframe for their overall hair health). The first 6 months, twice a day. Then in the following 2-3 months, just once a day. After that, if the thinning of the hair starts again, it is recommended for the patient to find out if there is an underlying cause at play. Most of the time, if the underlying reason for hair thinning is not being managed, the excess shedding will continue.

As you can see, Viviscal PRO is an ideal option for patients looking to improve the look and feel of their hair. Contact our office today to get started.

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Get Eczema Relief With the HydraFacial Rozatrol Booster

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Adding a booster to a HydraFacial offers a variety of benefits for the skin. And with October being Eczema Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight one booster in particular, the ZO Skin Health Rozatrol.

This booster is great for eczema because it was specifically developed with the skin condition in mind. Offering a combination of redness relieving ingredients, it’s perfect for minimizing the appearance of skin redness and dryness. In doing that, the overall appearance of the skin is improved with a smoother texture and more even tone.

Overall, the ZO Skin Health Rozatrol is a phenomenal option for eczema that provides patients instant relief and cumulative benefits as they continue with the treatment. If you would like to learn more about adding the ZO Rozatrol to a HydraFacial at the Neiman Dermatology Building in Buffalo, NY, call 716-688-0020 or click here.

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Ways to Protect Your Skin as You Age

September is Healthy Aging Month, which is a great opportunity to focus on the overall well-being of your skin. Did you know that as we age, aside from those annoying fine lines and wrinkles that pop up, the risk for skin cancer also increases? The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that by the age of 70, roughly 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer. Older Woman Gardening

That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of the health of your skin. Here are some ways to do just that:

  • Avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm. This is when the sun peaks in the sky and UV rays are at their strongest.
  • Wear sunscreen daily. Even on cloudy, winter days, harmful UV rays are still prevalent. We recommend our patients wear a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30, reapplying every two hours.
  • If outside for extended periods, wear a hat with a wide brim. This will not only provide shade for your face but also increased protection from sun exposure.
  • Regular skin examinations. We recommend our patients get their skin checked for any cancerous lesions at least once a year. Patients with a history of skin cancer are advised to be seen more frequently.
  • Avoid tanning. This one cannot be emphasized enough. Aside from increasing the risk of skin cancer, it can also contribute to speeding up the aging process.

These tips will not only help to keep your skin looking its best, but also decrease your risk of skin cancer. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call us at 716-688-0020 or click here.

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DermaNail Nail Conditioner Now Available

We are excited to announce a new addition to our product offerings – DermaNail Nail Conditioner!

DermaNail Nail Conditioner is an effective option for patients dealing with common cosmetic nail problems. These may include chipping, cracking, peeling, splitting, breaking, brittle, thin, or weak nails. DermaNail’s patented formula helps to not only improve the cosmetic appearance of the nail but also its strength and stability.

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It’s important to note that this product is not a quick fix for nail problems, as it can take anywhere from 8-16 weeks for results to be seen. If you would like to learn more about DermaNail Nail Conditioner, contact our office today.

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Get Your Skin ‘Back to School’ Ready with a HydraFacial

As summer winds down and the school year begins, everyone wants clear skin to start out the semester. So, what can you do to get it? We recommend one of our most popular treatments, the HydraFacial!Woman School Library

What is a HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is a medical-grade treatment that deeply cleanses, extracts, and hydrates the skin.

How can the HydraFacial help with acne & blemishes?

During the process, pores are cleansed and debris is removed from the skin. This allows for better penetration of skincare products, which in turn, provides a highly effective treatment for acne and blemishes.

Who is a candidate for the HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is suitable for patients of all ages (12 and up) and for any skin type.

Does it hurt?

No. The HydraFacial is a gentle, non-invasive treatment.

When are results seen?

Results are seen immediately after treatment. Most patients describe their skin after treatment as having a fresh, vibrant glow.

To learn more about the HydraFacial and how it can help your skin, contact our office today.

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Benefits of Dermaplaning

If you are looking to improve the appearance of your skin, then dermaplaning may be for you. As a non-invasive treatment for the face, it is a great option for patients looking for gentle exfoliation. At the Lisa S. Ball, NP Building, our aesthetician Jamie Popp is well versed and experienced with this specific treatment.Jamie Popp Dermaplaning

Utilizing a special medical-grade scalpel, everything from dirt, oil, dead skin, and ‘peach fuzz’ are all removed during the process. This leaves the skin fresher, smoother, and brighter-looking immediately after. But those aren’t the only benefits of dermaplaning, here are some others:

  • No downtime
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Helps makeup apply better
  • Allows skincare products to penetrate deeper and enhances their absorption
  • Addresses fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps diminish the appearance of acne scars
  • Stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells
  • Leaves the skin with an overall dewy look
  • Helps to even out skin tone
  • A great add-on to chemical peels, facials, or HydraFacials

As you can see, dermaplaning has a variety of benefits. It’s important to note, however, that the skill and experience of the person doing the treatment has a big influence as well. Contact our office today to learn more about the process and schedule an appointment.

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I Had a Skin Cancer Examination and I Was Thoroughly Impressed

By John Sciria, Patient Care Coordinator at Lisa S. Ball, NP at the Neiman Dermatology Building

Working in dermatology for over 10 years, I know the significance of an annual skin cancer examination. But recently, I had my first at our office with Nurse Practitioner Lisa Ball (PhD, FNP-BC). Prior to that, I would usually just get a specific mole checked out, never a full-body exam. And I have to say, I don’t know why I waited so long.

The visit began with Lisa’s assistant Vicki gathering my medical history. From there, she then asked my reason for coming in. I explained to her that after a recent visit with my primary doctor he recommended that I get my moles checked out. After finishing with my history, Vicki then gave me a medical exam gown to get changed into and left the room.

A couple of minutes later, Lisa came in and began her examination. It was really interesting to observe firsthand as she used a dermatoscope (a handheld device used to check skin lesions) from head to toe. Throughout the assessment, she really paid close attention to hard-to-see areas such as the scalp and the back. Marked out suspicious spots, took pictures of them (for future reference), and even took a biopsy of a lesion on the back of my leg. To say she was thorough would be an understatement. Thirty minutes was allocated for my appointment, and she used every minute.

One thing I want to mention is just how good of a job Lisa did in making me feel comfortable and at ease (because let me tell you, standing in front of your boss in your underwear can be just a tad intimidating). But in all seriousness, this is something I hear all the time from her patients and it shows how great of a provider she truly is.

If you too would like to schedule an appointment will Lisa, or any of our other providers, contact our office today. Remember, when it comes to skin cancer, the best prevention is early detection!

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Getting to the Root of Poison Ivy

If you have ever gardened, hiked, or camped, odds are you crossed paths with poison ivy. And it probably wasn’t the most pleasant experience either, as it can severely irritate the skin. So, we figured to answer some common questions we get about the notorious plant so you are better equipped the next time you come in contact with it.poison ivy skin care

What is poison ivy?

Poison ivy is a member of the Toxicodendron plant family. It can grow as either a shrub or a climbing vine. Most show the three-leaflet formation typical of a Toxicodendron, although this can vary.

What causes the skin reaction?

Surprisingly, the plant itself does not cause irritation. It’s actually the allergenic oil it contains (urushiol) that does. Depending on the individual’s sensitivity and degree of exposure, the reaction can range anywhere from mild itching and redness to severe discomfort and blistering in the affected areas.

When will symptoms show?

Most people develop symptoms within 24-48 hours after exposure.

Does everyone experience a reaction?

Interestingly enough, not everyone will have a reaction to poison ivy. About 15% of people are actually not allergic to urushiol.

What to do if you believe you may have come in contact with it?

If you suspect you may have come in contact with poison ivy, wash your skin right away using lukewarm, soapy water. The sooner you can wash it, the better. Also, make sure to wash any clothing and/or footwear that may have come in contact. And if you were out with your dog, rinse them (and their leash) off, as the oil can actually stick to their fur. It’s important to note, that when handling anything that may have come in contact with poison ivy, the oils can spread to your skin. So, always make sure to wear gloves.

What to do if you develop a rash or blisters?

As with any rash, avoid touching it. This can worsen it and cause an infection. If you have any blisters, also leave them alone. Popping it can leave the exposed skin vulnerable to infection.

How can discomfort be eased or treated?

One of the best ways to soothe your skin is with short, lukewarm baths. Adding colloidal oatmeal to it will help with the itching. For further itching relief, try using a calamine or hydrocortisone cream/lotion. And then finally, if needed, an antihistamine. Just make sure not to apply an antihistamine topically, as it can worsen the rash and itch.

If you believe you may have come in contact with poison ivy, contact our office right away. Early treatment is crucial in treating the associated skin conditions.

Source: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

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The Perfect Treatment Option for Hyperpigmentation/Melasma

With July being Hyperpigmentation/Melasma Awareness Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight an ideal treatment for both conditions, the HydraFacial with the Britenol booster.

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Now while the HydraFacial itself is a great treatment for hyperpigmentation and melasma, adding the Britenol booster takes it to the next level! Containing Alpha-Arbutin and Vitamin C, this popular HydraFacial add-on was specifically formulated to address dark or brown spots that are the result of aging or sun exposure. Aside from that, it also helps to nourish the skin. This, in turn, leaves the skin radiant with a much more even tone.

If you’re looking for a brighter complexion and just overall healthier skin, then the HydraFacial with the Britenol booster is for you! Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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Fourth of July Summer Skin Care

The Fourth of July is a great time to honor our country, and also an ideal opportunity to spend some time outdoors. Whether in a backyard at a barbecue, park for a picnic, or poolside at a party, a lot of people will be outside for festivities. That means more exposure to the sun. And as we know, even if it’s not sunny out, harmful UVA and UVB rays can still prevalent. So, here are a few tips that will help keep your skin protected:

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  • When applying sunscreens, layering does not provide added SPF protection. That means that the SPF you end up with is only the strength of the highest one applied. For example, if you apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 then apply one with an SPF of 25, you will have the protection of the SPF of 30.
  • Despite that, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) still recommends applying two layers of sunscreen on all exposed areas. The second layer should be applied about 30 minutes after the first and at least 30 minutes before any sun exposure.
  • Reapply sunscreen periodically throughout the day. This is something not a lot of people do or are aware of, but it’s very important. It’s advised to reapply sunscreen roughly about every two hours or after you have been exposed to water.
  • SPF protection is on a logarithmic scale. This means there is a bigger difference between SPF 25 and SPF 30 than there is with SPF 30 and SPF 45.
  • SPF’s below 15 are essentially worthless. They simply do not provide the skin with enough protection from the sun. We recommend an SPF of at least 30 to all of our patients.
  • Don’t forget your lips. The sun’s rays can dry delicate lip tissue. Keep your lips hydrated by using a lip balm with an SPF.
  • After a long day out in the sun take a cold shower. It can decrease acne breakouts and help to better hydrate the skin.
  • If you do contract sunburn take Advil or Motrin. This will help to block the inflammation that can occur, and actually lessen the burn itself.

Remember these tips to keep your skin safe this holiday weekend and beyond!

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