This is a procedure that gradually removes dead skin cells, enhancing the look and feel of your skin. The treatment involves sessions for a series of 6 to 12 sessions. Specific improvement can be noted in the appearance of acne, sun damage, irregular skin pigmentation and blemishes, brown spots, mild scarring, superficial wrinkles and other scaly type of skin lesions. Tiny crystals are delivered at high speed through a wand type of device onto the skin surface and then immediately vacuumed off, taking the outmost layer of dead skin cells. There is also the option of a crystal-free system. There is no "down-time", no pain, no oozing. There is no anesthesia necessary. Following each session, most see some improvement in skin texture. The skin may look slightly rosy after the procedure. The most significant results are noted, after the full series of treatments it is important to follow the full schedule of sessions in order to achieve the optimum results. Microdermabrasion is an important tool in conjunction with laser resurfacing for most patients. We may recommend it to help prepare your skin for the laser resurfacing procedure. Due to different skin types and conditions, no guarantee can be made that a specific client will benefit from the treatment or that a particular result will be achieved. There are a few possible side effects that do not occur in all patients. No one can predict whether or not you will experience any of the possible side effects, so you should be aware of them. Possible side effects include, but are not limited to pain, redness, pigment changes, rash, dryness, scars, infection and bleeding. All are unlikely.
PAIN - You may feel some discomfort while the treatment is being performed. The sensation has been described by some as "Like a cat licking your face!" If the treatment is uncomfortable, the power setting can be adjusted. You should not allow the treatment to continue if it is painful. After the procedure is done, you may experience a slight "wind-burned" sensation for 24 to 48 hours. It is very important to use the recommended moisturizer twice a day for several days to reduce this irritation.
REDNESS - Following the treatment, there may be a slight pink color to your skin which could persist for a few days. Usually, you can go right back to work or your daily routine without too much redness.
HYPERPIGMENTATION - The treated areas may develop increased pigmentation (hyperpigmentation). This is very rare. It may be more likely in darker pigmented skin, following exposure to the sun and with more aggressive treatment settings, although any side effect is possible in anyone. It can occur, however, simply as a result of the treatment. It is impossible to predict exactly who will experience post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation spots, if they occur, usually fade away in 3 to 6 months or less, and medication can be given to speed up this process. In other patients, treated areas may lose pigmentation (hypopigmentation) and not tan normally. Again, these types of reactions are rare with microdermabrasion treatments, and tend to fade away, but in rare instances could be permanent.
OTHER - Microdermabrasion can stimulate an outbreak of herpes simplex virus (cold sores, fever blisters) if it is not well under control. Active herpes outbreak is a contraindication to the treatment. Microdermabrasion can also stimulate a pending outbreak of acne or make acne appear worse at first. This is due to the removal of the uppermost layer of the skin.
Dr. Cook Bolden has also been featured in Ladies Home Journal, SELF, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, O Magazine, Dermatology Times and many more!
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Skin Specialty Dermatology hits international news again!
Dr. Cook-Bolden provides tips in the May issue of Vis.A.Vis Magazine for an age-defying beauty regimen that will help you
Look Great At Any Age
Dr. Cook Bolden has also been in informative news segments in local newspapers and news across the US including The New York Post, Newsday, The Charlotte Observer, The Kansas City Star, New York Times, The Courier, special feature on CBS TV and more.
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Are you hiding out because of ACNE?
If you are 12 years of age or older and have acne, you may be able to participate in a clinical research study testing an investigational gel medication.
Do you have thickened yellow and disfigured toenails (onychomycosis/toenail fungus)?
Enrolling subjects 16 yrs or older, male or female in a research study
Dr. Cook-Bolden & Skin Specialty Dermatology Discuss Skincare in the FASHION & STYLE section of the New York Times for January 4, 2007:
Skin Deep: The Cosmetics Restriction Diet - By Natasha Singer
"Forget $200 beauty creams and medicine cabinets full of products. The best regimen for your face involves three simple steps and nothing more expensive than $30."
Are you SUFFERING with ACNE??
Are you tired of suffering with acne? Is it getting worse or not responding to treatments? We are currently enrolling for acne research studies. Free medication and compensation provided. Please call 212.223.6599. Limited space available!
New Opportunity for Fraxel Laser Treatments: see information in our Research Division
EXPERTS IN TREATING SKIN OF COLOR
Skin Specialty Dermatology featured in the New York Times, Thursday, November 3, 2005. An outstanding article on "Treating Skin of Color With Know-How" in which Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden is one of the doctors featured!
THE LATE SHIFT
Are you finding it difficult to juggle your daytime schedule to accommodate your skin, hair and nail health concerns?
We do offer limited after work and evening hours for patients who are unable to make daytime hours. Weekend appointments also available... We're here for you!
Opportunity for Laser Treatments
Would you like to improve the appearance of scars, keloids, stretch marks, prominent pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, unwanted pigmentation, or even acne? Now is the time! Call for a consultation today and ask for the COSMETIC CENTER 212.223.6599.
Clinical Research Studies
Call us about ongoing and future enrollment for clinical research studies of safe and effective treatments for dark spots, acne, razor bumps, hair loss, dry scalp and many other skin problems. All treatments and visits at no cost. To learn more, visit our Research Division.
For more information, contact us at 212.223.6599 or email now.
Enrollment in research studies is limited!
Dr. Cook-Bolden's Book
Now updated in paperback, in all major bookstores (also available in our office), find BEAUTIFUL SKIN OF COLOR: A Comprehensive guide to Asian, Olive and Dark Skin, co-authored by Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden.
A great GIFT idea!