Turning Back the Clock with Phoenix Sculptra ® Aesthetic

Phoenix, AZ–  As early as 2004, doctors were using Sculptra to reduce the signs of facial wasting in chronic disease such as HIV with great success.  At Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery, patients are using Sculptra to reduce the signs of aging without surgery.  Recently, we sat down with Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Reza Rod so he could answer our questions about Sculptra Aesthetic. Question: How can a filler make your patients look younger? Dr. Rod: We tend to equate being thin with youth, but when it comes to the face, the opposite is true. Think of a what a baby looks like with his full, thick skin. The extra fat and tissue of the baby’s skin causes it to be smooth and soft. By the time someone is elderly, the skin becomes thin and losses its fullness. As we age, the fullness of the skin is lost which causes wrinkles and bones to appear. Few realize that fullness is the essence of youth in the face.   Question: How does it work? Dr. Rod: Sculptra Aesthetic differs from other aesthetic injectables because it revs up your skin’s collagen production. This helps restore your skin from the inside out by increasing facial volume […]

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What can I Expect from Tickle Lipo?

Most of us have parts of our body that we’d like to improve. Even if we exercise and eat well, we can still have problem areas. Some learn to live with their pockets of stubborn fat and some have liposuction. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were about 414 thousand liposuction cases in 2016. That makes it the most popular surgical procedure in the US.…by far. The reason that liposuction is so popular is because it works. Tickle Lipo Arizona is a simple concept that removes fat to make a person look thinner. Dr. Rod explains, “Once people decide to get lipo, they quickly discover that there are many options that all claim to be the best. Even as a plastic surgeon, I had to do try every form of liposuction before I found that Tickle Lipo works best.” Tickle Lipo doesn’t get near the advertising that other forms of lipo do but it really doesn’t need it. When patients experience Tickle Lipo they tell their friends, family, and co-workers. Dr. Rod says, “My patients are walking advertisements and they love their results. Compared to most forms of liposuction, Tickle Lipo has less bruising, less swelling, […]

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Dermacare Introduces New Alto Defense Serum

You may be familiar with the term “free radical damage,” but what you might not know is that your skin is constantly exposed to free radicals, even if you’re not spending hours in the sun. That’s because sources of oxidative stress and damage from free radicals include much more than just UV rays, although they are a large contributor. For example, if you live in an urban setting, the air pollution that constantly bombards your skin can lead to free radical damage. Cigarette smoke and visible and infrared light also contribute to oxidative stress.  Living in Arizona, especially during the summer, is extremely difficult on your skin.  The skin expects at Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery are excited to have Alto Defense Serum to help their patient’s skin combat the Arizona Sun. And while many of us believe we are taking sufficient precaution by using a daily sunscreen, that may not be enough. Sunscreens block and scatter UV rays, but are not 100% effective due to application specifics (type of sunscreen, accuracy, frequency). And, most important to consider, sunscreens do not have the ability to neutralize or short-circuit free radicals.  So what can you do to help keep you protected from free […]

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Why is the Brazilian Butt Lift so Popular in Arizona? 

The popularity of the Kardashians and Jennifer Lopez has caused buttock augmentation to become one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgical procedures performed in Arizona. In 2016, there were 18,489 Brazilian Butt Lifts preformed which is 26% more than the previous year according to  Plastic Surgery Statistics.   What is a Brazilian Butt Lift? A Brazilian Butt Lift is when fat is taken from the body and moved to the buttocks to enhance and or increase its size.  During your consultation with Dr. Rod, the best donor site for your fat will be determined.  Normally fat is removed from the abdomen with liposuction and transferred to the buttocks.   It should be noted, however, that donor fat can be taken several other parts of the body. A nice perk of the Brazilian Butt Lift is that it’s two procedures in one; butt augmentation and liposuction.  The butt lift increases the volume of the buttocks which simultaneously provides a lift to the area resulting in a shapely and plump backside.  Dr. Rod says, “Tickle lipo of the flanks, back, and abdomen during the Brazilian Butt Lift accentuate the hourglass shape of a woman’s body.  The procedure gets more popular every year.” More Information […]

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Chemical Peel from Mary at Dermacare

Chemical peels are used to treat a variety of skin issues like acne, wrinkles, discoloration and to maintain a glowing complexion. They come in a variety of strengths and combinations. It is important to seek the guidance of a professional in a medical environment to achieve the desired results and to avoid severe complications. If a chemical peel is acquired through a compounding pharmacy by a licensed physician, it is medical grade. Most chemical peels used in day spas or salons come from skincare companies and they are prepackaged. Although these types of peels are safe, they may have ingredients that can weaken the effects of the chemicals. This can make it more difficult to get the desired results from a chemical peel, as well as increase overall cost from requiring more treatments to achieve good results. If you want to see results from your chemical peel in Phoenix, come to Dermacare Cosmetic Surgery. You may experience a warm, tingling or a burning sting during the application. If you have sensitive skin, you may take Ibuprofen prior to treatment to help relieve any discomfort. After application of the peel, your skin should frost (appear white). This will subside shortly and […]

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Arizona Residents Use Botox to Treat Excessive Sweating

Sweating while you’re working out is expected, but sweating profusely out of the gym can be awkward.  If sweating is bothersome it may be hyperhidrosis which is caused by excessive production of the sweat glands.   According to Saint Louis University, it is estimated that approximately 7.8 million Americans suffer from excess sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis.   How does Botox treat excessive sweating? When Botox is injected, it temporarily blocks the sweat glands drastically reducing perspiration.  Eliminating hyperhidrosis does more than just reduce sweating; it reduces anxiety and embarrassment.   Do I need to have hyperhidrosis treatment? That’s up to you and your Dermacare provider.  Everybody sweats, especially in Arizona, but you may have hyperhidrosis if you can answer yes to these questions:   You’re frequently self-conscious about your sweating. You keep emergency deodorants, washcloths, or clothes on hand in case your sweat too much. Your perspiration interferes with your daily activities. You change your clothes several times a day or want to. Even the “Extra Strength” deodorants don’t make a noticeable difference.   Why Botox for excessive sweating? Doctors noticed Botox stopped perspiration everywhere it was injected for wrinkles and one thing led to another.  Today Botox is a […]

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Mother’s Day Week at Dermacare

Please not that these specials expired on May 31, 2017. Come back on July 1, 2017 for all new specials! Call 623-535-7050 or visit our office for  Mother’s Day Week at Dermacare! Hurry….sale ends at 5pm, May 12, 2017!

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Dr. Rod Answers Questions About Breast Implant Safety

Q: How common is breast implant surgery? A: Very! It’s one of the most common procedures I perform. In 2016, there were 290,467 breast implant surgeries according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Q: How common is breast implant removal? A: It’s rare but it can occur. In 2016, there were 28,467 breast implant removal surgeries according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Q: Are warranties for breast implant safety important to cosmetic patients? A: Shows like my beloved E’s Botched, have increased public awareness for plastic surgery complications and breast implant safety. Any surgery can have complications but a detailed examination and experience reduce risk. Cosmetic complications can be expensive if insurance doesn’t foot the bill. Manufacturers of implants offer extended warranties to patients whenever they qualify. Q: What should a patient ask before getting breast implants? A: Ask [your surgeon] what size, shape, and type is best for your body. Ask how many he or she has done and what the complication rate is. Does he or she have the appropriate credentials? Do the implants have a warranty? Q: What do the warranties cover? A: The best warranty currently offered is by Mentor. They cover the most […]

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Dysport vs Botox

Some welcome the deep furrows and lines on the face as a symbol of experience and wisdom. But for most, they’re signs of aging that they’d rather eliminate.  Botox and Dysport soften the facial lines which make us look old, without taking away our character lines. Dysport vs. Botox Botox is a household name but Dysport is lesser known.  This is largely due to the fact that Botox has been marketed in the US for about seven years longer than Dysport.  Although some would say otherwise, Botox and Dysport are very similar products.  They both use toxins to relax muscles of facial expression that cause unwanted wrinkles.  Both Botox and Dysport are extremely safe when administered by an experienced injector.   Although it takes more units of Dysport vs Botox for treatment areas, the cost comes out to be about the same in the end.  Some prefer Dysport® because the results can often be seen as much as one to two days sooner than with BOTOX®.   These differences are due to slight changes in chemical structure of the products.  Dysport has abobotulinumtoxinA and Botox contains onabotulinumtoxinA. Should I use Dysport or Botox? They are both great products.  At Dermacare we offer both products […]

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