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Hello Halo!! Release Your Inner Glow

4.1.18

We are so excited to share with you our newest offering, Sciton’s Halo Laser. The Halo Laser is a unique laser that targets years of damage to your skin and delivers great, glowing results with minimal downtime.

Dr. Gray receiving the Halo treatment from Renee.

As we mature, uneven skin tone, rough texture, discolorations, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging frustrate many of us. Halo’s unique delivery system has two laser wavelengths (one ablative and one non-ablative) allowing us to precisely customize treatments based on your skin’s unique issues. It is also a fractionated device, meaning we can further customize the treatment to fit your lifestyle. A light Halo treatment creates smooth, vibrant skin but is makeup-ready the next day while a more intense treatment gives your skin an incredible youthful glow with just a few days of downtime.

Why Halo?

Dermatology Center of Atlanta’s founder, Dr. Leslie Gray, says “When we decide to add a treatment here at DCA, it is never a process taken lightly. We knew it was time to add a laser treatment that could deliver more results and selfishly, it was because I was getting frustrated at some skin discolorations and wrinkles on myself.”

Dr. Gray explains what she was personally looking for in a laser: “I didn’t want a laser treatment that required me to take pain meds, numbing injections, or nerve blockers to get through it. I am a bona-fide wimp and I wanted a laser treatment that would be comfortable with topical numbing alone.”

“Also, I didn’t want a ton of downtime – a few days to a week at most. I needed something safe without a huge recovery process. I’d rather do something a couple of times instead of a super aggressive procedure with a lot of downtime and higher risks.” Dr. Gray shares. “Finally, I wanted results that I loved and the Halo gave me that.” 

Renee Sullivan, RN, DCA’s Senior Laser Practitioner explains, “As someone who exclusively does laser treatments, I knew it was time for us to add a laser that could treat more significant aging issues or sun damage. However, we wanted to make sure the laser, as well as the company behind them, was focused on safety and reliability.”

Maryellen Bishop, PA-C, DCA’s cosmetic Physician Assistant, was also involved with the final laser selection and shares her excitement. “The Halo’s versatility of delivering both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths is what I love the most. It’s the best of both worlds! We can deliver customized treatments depending on our patient’s desired downtime and needs and we’re seeing great results.”

After many months of research, brand comparisons, and interviewing multiple laser devices and companies, Dr. Gray felt confident enough with the Halo to receive a treatment herself. One of the areas that bothered Dr. Gray the most was her neck. “It felt like these horizontal lines on my neck just suddenly appeared one day.” Dr. Gray is thrilled with her results after just one treatment with the Halo laser. Just look at her VISIA results!

Interested in seeing if Halo is for you? Call our office now for your Halo Consultation and let us help you uncover your Halo Glow!

 

Dr. Gray’s neck before and after one Halo treatment.

 

DCA’s Practice Manager, Erin, before and after one Halo treatment.


Introducing Eryfotona Actinica Sunscreen – Now available at DCA

3.15.18    Written By: Kristin H. Magee, MD

The name is hard to say, but this new high protection sunscreen is easy to use. UV damage builds up over the years and can eventually lead to actinic damage (which often appears as wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer). Eryfotona Actinica is unique because it helps patients prevent early signs of skin aging and improve the condition of the damage that already exists. It incorporates DNA repair enzymes that undo damage caused by UV radiation, that’s pretty amazing.

As if that wasn’t enough, Eryfotona Actinica contains Vitamin E to help moisturize and defend skin  against free radicals and environmental damage as well as a broad spectrum SPF 50+, providing high UVB/UVA protection.

Help your skin to prevent visible signs of actinic damage caused by the sun and promote skin health. The ultra-light emulsion is easily spreadable and instantly absorbed, so you can immediately apply makeup on top without having to wait around. It’s light, creamy, and forms a protective smart pro-shield on your skin.


CORE 4: Fundamentals For Fabulous Skin

3.1.18    Written By: Leslie C. Gray, MD

Many people give up too quickly on a good skincare program because they don’t feel like they are seeing changes fast enough. It’s important to understand that there are no magic products and a good anti-aging program doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. It just needs to be done consistently, over time, and it will pay off greatly in the long run.

The Core 4 program that we utilize here at Dermatology Center of Atlanta focuses on four categories of skincare products to create a simplified path to highly effective skincare.

1. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the most important part of the Core 4. A broad-spectrum SPF 30-50 product that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is best. Look for products that are non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) to prevent break outs. There are lotions, creams, sprays, and even powders now that contain sunscreen. Find the one that feels best for you so you can easily make sunscreen part of your everyday routine.

 2. Retinoids

Retinoids exfoliate the skin and encourage cellular turnover, which leads to smoother and more radiant skin. They include retinol, retinaldehyde, or retinoic acid (like Retin-A), and are one of the most proven anti-aging products available. Retinoids also stimulate collagen formation and improve the look of fine lines, pores, and the texture of your skin. Many people may find that the effects of retinoids can be too much for their skin and skin irritation results. There are a number of product options available out there and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. We will help assess your current skin care needs and offer you several options to choose from based on your particular needs.

 3. Antioxidants

We are all vulnerable to free radicals. Daily exposure to pollutants and irritants in our environment can destroy collagen and elastin and promote wrinkle formation. Antioxidants work by acting like a sponge, absorbing the free radicals before they can hurt the skin. They can be found in many over-the-counter products as well as in medical-grade cosmeceutical lines. Keep in mind that the formulation of the product does make a difference as many antioxidants need to be at a certain concentration or pH to be most effective.

4. Topical Growth Factors

Topical growth factors are protein-based skin treatments that allow the skin to repair itself at a cellular level by increasing collagen production, reversing some of the signs of aging (including fine lines and wrinkles), and improving overall texture and tone. As with antioxidants, topical growth factors need to have a certain concentration of active ingredients in their formulation to be most effective. They can be very complex, so it is important to use a brand that practices the best harvesting techniques to ensure a high-quality grade.

Our skincare coaches at the Advanced SkinCare Center are trained by our board certified dermatologists and are passionate about helping you find the best products for your particular skincare needs. We are committed to educating each and every person about the importance of routine skin maintenance and helping you to love your skin.

Stop by our Advanced SkinCare Center to learn more about the Core 4 program. Walk-ins are welcome!


Welcome to the DCA Team Maryellen Bishop, MSHS, PA-C

2.1.18

We are so excited for you to meet Maryellen Bishop, PA-C, MSHS, the newest member of our DCA team of providers!!

Following an extensive search to find someone who shares a passion for beautiful, natural-looking aesthetics, attention to detail and the highest quality care, Dr. Gray hand-picked Maryellen to mentor in the field of cosmetic dermatology.

Maryellen has had a passion for dermatology since working as a dermatology medical assistant in the years prior to attending George Washington University, one of the most competitive Physician Assistant programs and currently ranked 3rd best in the country. During her schooling, Maryellen received training in both elective plastics and elective dermatology. Upon her graduation from PA school, she worked in dermatology and also spent a few years in emergency medicine.

Some of you may have already met Maryellen as she has spent the last several months doing her INTENSIVE mentorship with Dr. Gray. Under the tutelage of Dr. Gray, she has spent untold hours perfecting her cosmetic techniques, her dermatologic knowledge base, and her aesthetic eye. Maryellen’s commitment to her training and work ethic is second to none!

Maryellen is now accepting cosmetic patients as well as patients for routine dermatologic concerns. In addition, she will soon be adding laser patients on Mondays and Fridays.

Maryellen was chosen not only because of the traits she shares with Dr. Gray (including being a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket), but also because of her authentic passion in the field of aesthetics and how much she genuinely cares about her patients. Plus, she’s just a nice person!

Schedule your appointment with Maryellen today!


They’re Here! – Introducing our Skin Specialty Kits!

6.1.17    Written By: Leslie C. Gray, MD

We are SO excited to introduce our Kits because of what’s unique about them. ALL the products are cherry-picked – the BEST products from the BEST medical-grade skin care companies!

We always carefully choose the skin care companies whose products we offer at DCA based on the quality of their products, their effectiveness, and the scientific research behind them. But we have discovered that each of these companies has different strengths in their product lines.

To create our SKIN KITS, we worked to select the BEST products from each of these leading skin care companies that addressed each specific skin issue.

The result? We’ve taken the guess work out of designing the best skin care routine for YOUR skin care issues!

We’ve also included specific instructions on how to use the products, recommendations for advanced products to enhance your results and suggestions for specific procedures that address your skin care issue.

We are proud to introduce our DCA SPECIALTY SKIN KITS that address 4 of your most common skin care concerns:

ANTI-AGING KIT
A starter kit to begin a solid CORE 4 regimen of anti-oxidants, retinoids, and growth factor. A suggested sunscreen can be added on to complete every kit.

LIGHTEN UP KIT
To address uneven skin tone & brown spots with prescription grade treatment

ACNE KIT
For those currently undergoing acne treatment or for those who simply have acne-prone skin

POST LASER KIT
To help soothe, calm and heal skin quickly after treatment

We hope you love these Specialty Skin Care Kits as much as we do!! Come by to see our new Kits at the Advanced SkinCare Center. Our SkinCare Specialists love to teach and are always willing to educate you on your skin concerns. Let them help you find the perfect Kit for your needs.

Dr. Leslie C. Gray
Owner and Founder
Dermatology Center of Atlanta


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

5.1.17 

Did you know – Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented, and it can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.

Take simple steps today to protect your skin:

• Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
• Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
• Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
• Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
• Use sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and sun protective factor (SPF) 30 or higher.
• Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off

Quick Facts About Skin Cancer:

• Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take as long as 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.
• Even if it’s cool and cloudy, you still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage.
• Tanned skin is damaged skin. Any change in the color of your skin after time outside-whether sunburn or suntan-indicates damage from UV rays.
• Indoor tanning exposes users to both UVA and UVB rays, which damage the skin and can lead to cancer.
• A change in your skin is the most common symptom of skin cancer. This could be a new growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a change in a mole.


It takes more than good luck to have great skin!

3.1.17    Written By: Leslie C. Gray, MD

The winter months, especially in the South, can be a challenge. Our skin gets used to the heat and humidity of summer and it seems like overnight, there is cold weather and a big drop in humidity. Adjusting your skin care regimen to this change can help.

Make sure your cleanser is soap-free and without any colors or fragrances, which can irritate dry, sensitive skin. Cetaphil & Cerave are a couple of our favorite over-the-counter lines, but even Dove soap will do.

After cleansing, pat your face dry and use a moisturizer immediately. Ideally, you want to moisturize twice a day. Look for moisturizers that are non-comedogenic so you won’t be left with breakouts on your hydrated skin. If regular moisturizers aren’t doing the trick, you can boost them by adding products with hyaluronic acid before your regular moisturizer. These products are humectants, which means they attract moisture and hold it to your skin. SkinMedica’s HA5 and Skinceuticals B5 Hydrating Gel are two examples of highly effective hyaluronic acid products.

If you have specific areas of flaking around the nose area, it may be a condition called seborrheic dermatitis. This condition likes to flare in the winter.  In addition to the nose area, the eyebrows, scalp and even ears can also get scaly. Using an over-the-counter anti-dandruff shampoo as a cleanser in those areas or even 1% hydrocortisone ointment (used for just a few days) may help. If not, there are prescription products that can be used to get your skin back on track.

Come visit our Advanced SkinCare Center professionals to learn what products can help target your problem spots. It’s not luck, it’s know-how, and we are here to give you the tools for your best skin!


What you need to know: The 3 P’s to Fight Acne

1.1.17    Written By: Leslie C. Gray, MD

For some, it is just a teenaged problem. Others are plagued with it well into adulthood. Either way, if you suffer from acne, you know there are no easy answers. Having acne is frustrating at best and at its worst, it can negatively affect your self-esteem.

Below are three P’s of acne that will hopefully help you in the battle on zits.

1. PROTECT:

Against over-drying your skin. Over cleaning your skin in an effort to control your acne or harsh leave-on products can strip your skin of oil. When too much oil is removed, your skin thinks it is not making enough and oil production can actually increase – exactly what you are trying to avoid! Your skin craves “normal” so if it feels dry, do not be afraid to use a moisturizer. Bonus: Look for products that contain niacinamide, which can help to reduce inflammation.

Against yourself. NO popping!! Tempting as it is, please do not squeeze, mash, poke or prod your pimples. This causes inflammation which can lead to prolonged healing and more pimples. Infection and even scarring can also be seen. Just don’t.

Against the sun. Sunscreens (that are made for acne-prone skin and do not clog your pores) should be an essential part of your acne regimen. Too much sun on your acne can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (a fancy way to say that there are now brown spots where your red spots were). And some acne medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

2. PROVIDE:

• Good nutrition. There is evidence that in certain people, diet can negatively affect acne. Specifically, avoid foods that have a high glycemic index and can spike your blood sugar. Examples of these types of foods are pasta white bread, white rice and foods that are high in sugar. Dairy has also been found to be problematic in some. Trial and error can help you find out if this is a specific trigger for you.

• Exercise. Breaking a sweat can help your acne by reducing stress (a common trigger for flares), increasing blood circulation to your skin and it gives you a healthy glow.

• A good night’s rest. Lack of sleep can increase stress hormones that can lead to more break outs. Try to get at least 8 hours of beauty sleep a night and your skin will thank you.

3. PATIENCE

Although it can feel like it, your acne did not develop overnight and it won’t go away in a few days. With so many products available for acne treatment it takes time to figure out a regimen that works best for you. And even with prescription medicines, it can take 4-8 weeks until you BEGIN to see changes. Remember, real change can take time but the results are worth it!


The Best Chemical Peel Of 2016!

melissa_win_bestself11.1.16 – Congratulations to our very own Melissa Tyler for winning Best Chemical Peel in BestSelf magazine’s Best of 2016 contest!! We are so proud to have this talented, beautiful lady on our DCA team!
Schedule with her now to find out why her chemical peels are the BEST!!

What is a Chemical Peel?

Chemical Peels are used to minimize fine wrinkling on the face and neck, to even out the skin tone & texture and to reduce the appearance of sun damage.

We have a wide range of highly effective medical-grade chemical peels available at our Advanced SkinCare Center that we custom select for each patient. Combine that with the skill, knowledge and expertise of our doctor-supervised aestheticians and you’ll see why we were voted BEST CHEMICAL PEEL. Click here to learn more about chemical peels.


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10.01.16 – With Fall finally here, Dr. Gray shares some information on what to do if Summer got the best of your skin.

It’s that time of year when the leaves start to turn, there is a cool nip in the air and
what remains of a fun-in-the-sun summer are memories and skin that may not look as fresh as it did a few months ago.
Sun exposure can wreak havoc on our skin in ways that we can see: brown spots, broken blood vessels, dry skin. And in ways we can’t see: encouraging actinic keratosis (pre-cancers) and photo-aging.

Brown spots that popped up this summer can be lessened using at home treatments, such a bleaches or skin lighteners. The best ones contain hydroquinone but require a prescription. Lighter chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments and IPL lasers are also very effective and help to speed results.

If your broken blood vessels are now more noticeable, there really are no good creams or topical treatments to make those vessels disappear. However, laser treatments (i.e. Vbeam) are available and are highly effective.

Dry skin can worsen, especially as we head into Fall weather. Moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid are particularly effective and feel great on the skin. Use these twice a day for best results.

Too much sun can also increase your risk for skin cancer. Often the first signs of damage are actinic keratosis: small, scaly, gritty patches that feel worse than they look. You might be able to pick them off but they will keep coming back in the exact same spot. These spots are pre-cancerous and need to be checked by a dermatologist.

Fine lines, texture changes and lax skin are the signs of sun induced photoaging. Skin products containing antioxidants like vitamin C, E or niacinamide are great for preventing damage. Topical retinoids aid in restoring some of the collagen and elastin loss caused by the sun and reduce the risk of actinic keratosis as well.

Prevention is key to avoid these summer skin pitfalls. And the most important tool we have for that: sunscreen!! The DAILY use of a broad-spectrum, SPF 30-50 sunscreen should be used not only in the summer months, but year round. Find one you love, stick to it and treat your skin right!

If you need help figuring out where to start, please visit our Advanced SkinCare Center. Their purpose is to educate you on which are the best options available for your skin’s issues and then set a plan to give you fabulous looking skin!

Dr. Leslie C. Gray
Owner and Founder
Dermatology Center of Atlanta


Welcome, Dr. Meduri!

meduri_lg9.9.16 – Dermatology Center of Atlanta is proud to announce Dr. Naga Meduri as the newest addition to our qualified team. Dr. Meduri is a board certified dermatologist with over a decade of experience specializing in results-driven, compassionate, individualized dermatologic care.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Meduri joining our DCA family. Her experience and skills are what we noticed initially but it is her passion for excellence that convinced us she would be a great fit at DCA,” said Dr. Leslie C. Gray, owner and founder of Dermatology Center of Atlanta.

A graduate of Union College, Dr. Meduri earned her medical degree at the Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. After her internship in transitional medicine at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, she completed her dermatology residency at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, TX. Dr. Meduri is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a published dermatologist.

“I believe in providing evidence-based and ethical dermatologic interventions to achieve the best results in my patients. I am thrilled to be joining DCA where I know the standard of excellence matches my own,” says Dr. Meduri.

Dr. Meduri lives in Dunwoody and is married with 2 children. She is now accepting new patients.


Dr. Gray Answers….

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8.01.16 –Hoping to shine some (sun-protected) light on the subject, here are the answers to common questions I often hear patients ask about sunscreens.

DOES AN SPF 15 MEAN I CAN STAY IN THE SUN 15 TIMES LONGER WITHOUT BURNING?

Unfortunately, no. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a measure of how long you will be protected from UVB rays before you burn. It ends up being related to total solar intensity as well as time. For instance, the rays are more intense at noon in the Bahamas vs Alaska.

TIP 1:  SPF 30 to 50 products are ideal (more is not better).

SHOULD I GET A BASE TAN?

A tan is your skin’s response to deeply penetrating UVA rays to protect you from further damage. Those rays also encourage premature wrinkling, aging and can increase your skin cancer risk. A “base tan” is simply damaging your skin ahead of time so you can damage it more later. Please, no.

TIP 2:  Choose “BROAD SPECTRUM” sunscreens to ensure you are getting UVA protection along with UVB. Sunblocks like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide or sunscreens with avobenzone or ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) are good choices.

HOW MUCH SUNSCREEN DO I USE?

It takes a full ounce of sunscreen to cover an averaged sized adult to get the SPF protection stated on the bottle. If you have a bottle of sunscreen that lasts you all summer, something is wrong!

TIP 3:  To visualize: An ounce is equal to a shot glass. Just don’t drink it.

WHEN DO I APPLY SUNSCREEN?

Apply chemical sunscreens 20 – 30 minutes before sun exposure. However, physical sunblocks, which contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, take effect immediately. Remember to reapply your sun protection every 2 hours, more often if you are sweating or swimming.

TIP 4:  There is no such thing as “waterproof” sun protection but look for “WATER RESISTANT” products if you will be swimming or sweating.

BONUS TIP:  Daily activities expose us to a lot of UV radiation. Just 10 minutes a day of unprotected exposure equals 60 hours/year (or 600 hours after 10 years)! So please use an SPF 30-50 broad-spectrum sunscreen DAILY on exposed skin.

-Dr. Leslie C. Gray, M.D. Dermatology Center of Atlanta 

Summer skin needs more than simple protection.

July_2016 Total Defense Repair6.24.16 – The heat is on and summer is in full swing. When it comes to protecting your skin, you need more than a UVA and UVB sunscreen product.Go beyond UV protection to defend against harmful infrared rays and the heat of the sun while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself.

Skin Medica® TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR Broad Spectrum Sunscreen provides full coverage, helps repair damaged skin and even comes in tinted options. This sunscreen is an overachiever! Using TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR will not only protect your skin with broad spectrum UV protection, it will also defend  against harmful infrared rays and heat damage. TOTAL DEFENSE + REPAIR  contains SOL-IR Advanced Antioxidant Complex, a trio of antioxidants that help rejuvenate the skin and shield against IR-A rays and heat, repairing your skin.
Visit our skin experts at Advanced SkinCare Center to learn more or try it out yourself today!