What Is Trap Tox or Barbie Botox®, and Does It Make Sense to You?

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Trap tox involves the treatment of the trapezius muscles that connect the neck to the shoulder using toxin – the same as what we use for lines and wrinkles on the face. The trapezius muscles are a workhorse and influence many of our movements, including shrugging and lifting over the head. Often, neck tension and resultant headaches – even back pain – can be traced to overly tight trapezius muscles. This can cause significant discomfort and even disability. Because our muscles and nerves are interconnected, it’s not always obvious where the pain comes from.

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Coolsculpting® vs. Emsculpt® – What’s Best for You?

Coolsculpting® vs. Emsculpt® – What’s Best for You

When it comes to procedures that improve your shape, it’s not hard to see why non-invasive body contouring treatments have generated so much buzz. Done at your doctor’s office with no needles or scalpels, these procedures help you target stubborn areas of fat on your body, just like liposuction or other forms of mild cosmetic surgery – with little, if any, downtime. Two of these treatments are especially popular: CoolSculpting® and Emsculpt®. Both use non-invasive techniques, but the way each works is very different. Want the scoop on sculpting? We’ve got it right here.

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Maximizing Your Botox® Treatment – Dermatologist Tips

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We all know that Botox® is a great way to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, not to mention achieve a more youthful look. But if you’re like most patients, you don’t want to do it every month (or even every other month). The cost of Botox injections can add up quickly, and taking time out of your day to visit your dermatologist is inconvenient. When done correctly, you should be able to see the results of a Botox treatment for anywhere from three to four months. So, how can you increase the chances that your smoothed skin will last as long as possible? Check out these ten tips for getting the most out of your Botox injections.

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Comparing Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®

older woman receiving injection in face from doctor with white gloves When our patients want to reduce wrinkles, our dermatologists frequently recommend neuromodulator injections as a treatment. And for good reason. They’re relatively inexpensive, can be administered in the office, and have few side effects when performed correctly. Most people know neuromodulator treatments by one of the seemingly ubiquitous brand names: Botox®. But there are several others on the market as well. While they all work roughly the same way, there are slight differences between them. In this primer, we’ll compare three of the most well-known neuromodulators: Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®.

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Why You Should Wear Sunscreen in the Car

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As a health-conscious person, you’re probably already familiar with the risks of not wearing sunscreen when you step out into the sun. But should you slather on the SPF for a quick drive-thru run or weekend road trip? Yes! Your skin needs protection when exposed to the sun’s rays — including inside your car. Here’s the what, why, and how of in-vehicle sun protection.

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Lip Flip: What You Need to Know

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While it might have a funny name, lip flips have become extremely popular. Influencers on TikTok and other social media sites are singing the praises of this in-office cosmetic procedure, promoting its ability to add a full look to the lips without the swollen, artificial look that can result from too much lip filler. Is it the procedure for you? Read on to find out.

So, how does a lip flip make lips fuller without causing the “duck lips” effect that happens all too often with inexperienced injectors? The secret is neuromodulators, like Botox, which contain small quantities of botulinum toxin and “freeze” muscles when injected. During a lip flip, muscles in the upper lip are injected with this toxin, causing the lip to relax and “flip” upwards. This results in a lippier and fuller smile than before. The procedure is done in the office and has no downtime, making it an attractive option for those who want to improve their appearance with minimal fuss.

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Is IPL Worth It?

Woman receiving IPL treatment on chin by doctor with blue glove onBetter-looking skin in just a few hours? It sounds almost too good to be true. Yet that’s what intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, treatments claim to do. Also known as a photo facial, this outpatient procedure improves the look and feel of skin in just a few office visits. But is IPL worth the time and expense required? The answer depends on your individual goals and health situation. Check out our complete guide on IPL facials.

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RF Microneedling vs. Fraxel Laser – How to Choose?

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Deciding which treatment approach will work best for your skincare needs can be challenging. Sometimes, reading reviews is helpful. Looking at before-and-after photos and understanding the technology can help decide which treatment to choose, but it can still be hard! You might even get different advice from trusted providers on which strategy will work best. Many therapies have similar indications, and there might not be just one right answer! Let’s dive deep into two skincare interventions that can each be used effectively for anti-aging, scars, loose skin, and hyperpigmentation. Seeing how each treatment works may help you determine the best next move for your skincare needs!

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Why Routine Skin Exams Are So Important

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Routine skin exams can be alternately a standard part of your medical care or something you avoid at all costs! If you fall into the latter category, buck up and get it done! Regular skin exams are an easy and essential way to stay healthy and look great and can help avoid more significant problems later. It might seem like a no-brainer or something that you can do yourself, but skin exams need to be performed by a board-certified dermatologist. Detecting certain types of skin cancer can be challenging without extensive training. Skin cancer can be tricky to spot even to the trained eye, and suspicious moles may require a biopsy. Besides spotting potentially worrisome lesions, visiting the dermatologist can mean that difficult-to-see areas like the back and scalp get needed attention. A dermatologist can also offer you cosmetic consultations– expert advice on filler, BOTOX, and laser treatments that can keep you looking your best. A dermatologist can also prescribe medications and creams for aesthetic or medical purposes.

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Maximizing Your IPL or Laser Results

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If you are considering getting a skin rejuvenation treatment such as laser or IPL, there are a few essential things to consider before your appointment. Skin rejuvenation is extremely popular because people get great results and can look their best into their 50s, 60s, and even 70s. Laser therapy can be costly, and although most patients report being happy with the results, it’s worth taking some time to consider how to maximize treatments so that you get the best outcomes possible!

Let’s take a deep dive into all the critical factors that can help you decide what, where, when, and how to get all the desired benefits from your laser or IPL treatments.

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Our Locations

North Atlanta Dermatology has five locations around Northern Atlanta to serve you.

Duluth Office

3850 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, Georgia 30096

Suwanee Office

3370 Paddocks Pkwy.
Suwanee, GA 30024

Hamilton Office

3331 Hamilton Mill, Suite 1106
Buford, GA 30519

Cumming Office

1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041

Marietta Office

1519 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 175
Marietta, GA 30062