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Posted: Monday, January 1, 2024

New Year, New You

Happy New Year! If one of your New Year’s resolutions involves feeling more confident, looking your best and loving the skin you’re in, consider starting the year off with an appointment with a dermatologist. Dermatology services have become the cornerstone for many individuals seeking improvements in appearance. “Some of the most requested transformative procedures we do in the office include Botox®, dermal fillers, microneedling and chemical peels,” said Kayla Herron, certified physician assistant with Blount Memorial Physicians Group — Dermatology and Plastic Surgery.

The statistics speak volumes about the increasing popularity of aesthetic medicine. The field is growing by about 10 percent annually, with Botox® leading the pack as the No. 1 minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the United States. While ages 40-54 are the most common demographic seeking aesthetic treatments, individuals ranging from 20 to 70 years old are embracing these procedures, underlining the widespread appeal of achieving timeless beauty.

Botox®, a household name in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, temporarily paralyzes facial muscles, diminishing fine lines. Dermal fillers, another key player, act as a volumizing agent, restoring facial volume. This technique often is used to augment lips, providing a fuller and more youthful appearance. Microneedling, a rejuvenating procedure that reveals healthier, more radiant skin using a specialized device to stimulate collagen production, addresses fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and scarring. Chemical peels, employing carefully selected chemicals, play a crucial role in collagen stimulation. Chemical peels are effective in erasing dark spots, sun damage, fine lines, pore size, scarring and overall improvement in skin texture.

Patients are encouraged to view these procedures as part of a comprehensive approach to skincare. "I like for patients to leave the procedure room feeling confident, with a more refined and refreshed version of themselves. And while procedures like Botox®, dermal fillers, chemical peels and microneedling are good for antiaging, the best way to maintain your results is with a good skincare routine and the regular use of sunscreen," Herron emphasized.

To preserve and enhance the effects of dermatological procedures, key skincare products such as retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and sunscreen are recommended. These products are good for the overall health of any skin. Retinol, a topical vitamin A, chemically exfoliates the skin and increases collagen production for a younger, healthier appearance. Vitamin C acts as a potent antioxidant, improving dark spots, skin texture and overall complexion brightness. Hyaluronic acid moisturizes and hydrates, visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Regular sunscreen application, recommended every 90 minutes while outdoors, is imperative for maintaining skin health.

When it comes to dermatology, the journey to radiant skin is not merely about turning back the clock - it's about embracing the confidence that comes with looking and feeling one's best. "I am very passionate about skin health, and it is very rewarding to be able to help someone feel more confident and secure in their own skin," Herron said.

For more information or to make an appointment with Blount Memorial Physicians Group – Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, call 865-238-6400.

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