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When you're busy, it feels like you're constantly juggling priorities. With too many balls in the air, you are destined to drop one -- and as soon as one hits the ground, the rest will likely come tumbling down. The same applies for your skin care routine. When you have a ton of different skin care products staring at you from your medicine cabinet, it can all start to feel too overwhelming.

Instead of feeling bogged down or suffocated by so many options, pare down your routine. Because despite what QVC or commercials might be telling you, you only need a few key items to keep your skin healthy. You don't need any sort of twelve-step program. So grab your trash bin and get to work. First, throw out any expired products. Then, toss any ey...

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Confessions of a Skeptic: Mackenzie's Vanquish Experience

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There's something that you all should know, I am a HUGE skeptic - especially when it involves cosmetic procedures/treatments. When Dr. Cooper announced thatAtlanta Dermatology and Laser Surgery was adding the newVanquish procedure to our menu of services, I was a bit hesitant. It was hard for me to believe that a non-invasive (surgery-free) procedure was capable of producing results as amazing as the pictures showed - and on top of that, without pain? No way.

I recently have lost a little over 40 pounds and am 6 pounds away from my goal weight - but even with the weight loss and the amp up in exercise & weight training there is still that stubborn area on my tummy that doesn't seem to want to say goodbye to my waistline. So, over my lunch break one gloomy, Thursday afternoon I had Michele (our laser technician) set me up! I decided that I was going to have to test out this bad boy and see if the results really were as great as the claimed to be.

I laid down on the cosmetic table, was propped up with a comfy pillow (or two) and Michele placed the treatment piece to hover over my lower abdomen (see example in photo below). The best part about the treatment headpiece is that it is able to cover a large area at one time - I was able to treat my lower tummy area and my "love handles" in one treatment (hellooo, convenience factor). Once the treatment head was in place, Michele hit "start" and I instantly started to feel the treated area warm up - great news is it was not an uncomfortable warm but the warmth of a heating pad laying across your tummy. Once Michele got the treatment calibrated to the level it needed to be set to, she switched off the lights and I was left to nap - or ... think! Between drifting in and out of my lunch break sleeping bliss I had a few thoughts: First of all, it's true, the treatment is really comfortable, second was coming up with a plan for how I was going to break the news to Dr. Cooper that there was NO WAY that a treatment as comfortable as this could really permanently remove any fat - because "beauty is pain," right? Michele popped in and out of the room every few minutes to check on me and adjust the temperature of the treatment and after 30-quick-minutes, my first treatment was done.

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The next three Thursdays, I met with Michele for our weekly vanquish lunch-dates. In between weeks, I slowly started to think that my stomach did look a little flatter & even thought, wait are my pants looser? But, being the natural skeptic I am... I blew it off.. I was probably just standing in one of those amazing mirrors that make you look thinner (thank you so much to whoever figured THAT out) & my pants probably have always fit this way.

Finally, after my forth treatment - I decided I'd take some follow up photos just to check it out just to prove that I was correct and there was actually no results.

I am here to admit, I was wrong (ask anyone- this is not something I willingly ever admit). And, well... there really IS a noticeable difference in my waistline. Now, my results aren't finished- so I'm not going to post anything, justttt yet BUT - my fellow skeptics, Vanquish, really is just as great as it sounds. Results peak about 2 months after your fourth treatment. I am going to take photos at 1 month post treatment and 2 month post treatment and put it to the test. But, the results are noticeable - and worth every penny that I spent!

I've shown some of my pictures to patients interested in the procedure in the office and they have been in awe at my results so far - so imagine how outstanding they are going to be once they peak! Many patients have said "Sign me up!" once seeing my pictures and have been blown away by their's too!

Vanquish is truly unique. The Vanquish treatment is unlike any other non-invasive (surgery-free) procedure on the market. The results are huge, the treatment time is quick, it really is pain-free and it's been given the skeptic-Mackenzie seal of approval!

Atlanta Dermatology and Laser Surgery is the FIRST in Atlanta to offer Vanquish. For more information or to schedule a FREE consultation call (404) 296-8000. Visit our website for more information on our office & our procedures.

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1.Unless you're a vampire..you’ve been in the sun.

Visited a tanning salon or been sunburned (even if it was years ago), you need to get yourself to a skin doctor ASAP. While everyone should get their moles checked, sun-lovers especially need to make sure nothing abnormal is going on. Identifying cancerous spots early can save your life!
2. Can’t scratch that itch?

If something on your body itches for seven days or more, it’s time to call in an expert. (Tip: Skin drama can be caused by an allergic reaction to medications, so pay attention whenever you start a new prescription.) You can make a situation worse depending on what over the counter items you use.

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  • Melanoma is the rarest, but the most dangerous, form of three common types of skin cancer.
  • Melanoma accounts for just 2% of skin cancer cases but almost 10,000 of the >13,000 skin cancer deaths each year (American Cancer Society).
  • Numerous risk factors have been identified for melanoma, and the incidence appears to be increasing for people under the age of 40, especially in women.
  • Repeated overexposure to the sun is the major avoidable risk factor for melanoma - not getting sunburnt is the best prevention against skin cancer.
  • Diagnosis of skin cancer is made initially by the appearance of the skin, and confirmed by biopsy sample.
  • Self-monitoring of moles and other markings on the skin helps with early detection of skin cancer.

Treatment usually aims to completely remove skin cancer tumors, and is curative if done at the cancer's earliest stage.
Always have any suspicious moles, rashes or skin irritations looked at by a doctor. Call 770-296-8000 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Doctors at Atlanta Dermatology and Laser Surgery.

All right stop. Collaborate and listen.

We've all got caught up in the moment. Who knew you could take a sample of a Queen song and turn it into solid gold? You fell in love with Vanilla Ice, maybe a little too much. You turned that love into a forever piece of art.

Now, the tattoo you got will last much longer than Ice's career did. So what can you do? It's permanent right? Wrong. You can have it removed with Laser Tattoo Removal Treatments at Atlanta Dermatology & Laser Surgery.

What is Laser Tattoo Removal?

Laser tattoo removal is an advanced treatment designed to completely eliminate tattoos, without leaving scars or unpigmented areas of skin behind.

During a laser tattoo removal treatment, the laser’s high energy light breaks ...

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Dermatologists are seeing an increase in allergies caused by natural or organic skincare products. Botanical skincare products that contain lavender, jasmine and similar ingredients are causing consumers to develop "contact dermatitis." Natural oils, such as ylang-ylang and tea tree oil, which are often sought after in products can spark a reaction in some people.

Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the skin develops an allergic reaction after being exposed to a foreign substance. This causes the body to release inflammatory chemicals that can make the skin feel itchy and irritated. If it's an allergy, your immune system is involved. After you touch something, it mistakenly thinks your body is under attack. It springs into action, ma...

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Our ATL Skin Experts are offering you some tips to help keep your skin looking it's best.

Tip #1: Protect your skin from the sun. Always.

To protect yourself from the sun, they advise the following three methods (with maximum protection coming from using all three).

Avoid the sun during peak hours: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the sun’s ray’s are at their strongest.Clothes offer protection: Wear long sleeves, pants and hats with wide brims.Use sunscreen: Most people apply sunscreen incorrectly. Go for a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) higher than 15 and apply generously about 20 minutes before you go out and then every two hours, reapply, reapply and reapply. Water and sweat will break down your sunscre...

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You have those stubborn areas of fat that you want to lose. You are hearing all the buzz about SculpSure but you've tried Cool Sculpting and weren't impressed. What is the difference? Here's the skinny on getting rid of the fat.

Staten Island plastic surgeon John W. Decorato, M.D., a research consultant with Cynosure and one of the developers of SculpSure, says the technology is based on controlled hyperthermic, or temperature injury, to fat cells. Heating the fat cells to target temperatures, causes injury; then, the body’s immune system steps in to clear the body of those cells, and the treated area shrinks.

The basis of treatment is similar to that of CoolSculpting, according to Dr. Decorato, but while Zeltiq’s device uses...

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You only visit the Dermatologist for acne right? Wrong. Here's 5 reasons why you need to call 404.296.8000 and make an appointment.

Moles and Sun Spots

Early detection of skin cancer is a key component of treatment, which makes it even more important for individuals to schedule annual skin exams.

You should also pay close attention to the moles and sun spots on your body, calling your dermatologist right away if you notice any changes in size, shape or color.
Scar Treatment

For individuals whose scars – whether related to acne or an injury – are a cause for discomfort and self-consciousness, there are treatments available that can help to minimize their appearance.

Your dermatologist can review your scarring to help you decide...

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I must have been crazy. What was I thinking? I hate needles. I really don't feel like that emphasized that sentiment enough. I. HATE. NEEDLES. So why on earth would I book a treatment called microneedling? Honestly, I was tired of looking in the mirror at my stretch marks and cringing. I had reached my limit. (Below is a before and after picture) Click here.

I got my stretch marks with my first pregnancy and I remember the moment that my mother was with me for an OB appointment and she gasped when the Doctor lifted my shirt. They were that bad. I tried creams and they faded a little but not anything of great notice.

It was in a conversation with ATL Skin Expert, CJ Hood, that she suggested microneedling. After I pried my fingers from the...

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