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Chemical Peels Overview

Chemical Peels Overview

Chemical PeelModern life is stressful, and one of the first places where the stress shows up is your face. Combined with the rising pollution, this stress leads to dull, lifeless skin that makes you look older than your age and is also unhealthy for you. Proper skin care demands that this be taken care of, and one of the most popular ways to get rid of dull skin is getting a chemical peel.

Types of chemical peels

Chemical peel is a technique wherein chemicals are applied to the skin and left for a fixed amount of time. The time varies from a few hours to up to 14 days. In this time, the chemical peels off the skin, thereby removing dead cells and bringing fresh, youthful skin to the surface. It is a form of controlled chemical treatment as the dermatologist makes sure that the chemical is applied in the right areas and at the right concentration.

Dr. Steven Zimmet, dermatologist from Austin, TX tells us about the different kinds of peels you can get.

1. Superficial peels – These are mild peels generally containing glycolic acid or dry ice. This can be used on any skin type.

2. Medium peels – These peels go deeper into the skin and cause a 2nd degree burn of the skin. The agent used is trichloroacetic acid.

3. Deep peels – These are the strongest of all peel types and are used in extreme conditions. Also, remember that deep peels are not advised for people with darker colored skin as the chemicals used tend to bleach the skin. Even in case of fairer skin, deep peels are not used more than once as they can be  harmful.

Cost of the treatment

According to 2013 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a peel was $270. However, there is a lot of variation from state to state and this amount does not cover the following –

1. Anesthesia – The type of anesthesia you opt for will also be added to the cost discussed above. A local anesthesia is less costly than a general one.

2. Facility costs – The place where you get the peel also plays a part in the total cost of the treatment. A hospital will be more costly that a clinic.

3. Medications – Depending upon the type of peel you have used, the dermatologist will prescribe medications and you should remember to include this cost in the total.

Apart from these factors, the cost can also vary based on the qualification and experience of the person performing the procedure.

There are quite a few skin care precautions that you need to follow after you get a chemical peel. These include –

1. Clean the skin frequently. The frequency and material used to do so will be prescribed by your doctor.

2. Change the dressing regularly.

3. Keep the ski moisturized to avoid complications.

4. Avoid exposure to sun till the peel is not off completely and use sunscreen regularly once the peeling is done.

Advancements in the field of dermatology has brought to us the wonders of chemical peeling. It is a relatively simple and quick way to get younger looking skin and is much more effective than using creams and lotions. If you feel your skin is hiding your true age (the one you feel from inside), go ahead and try a chemical peel. You are sure to get a shot of confidence and discover a new you.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

Ultherapy® Skin Tightening Treatments

Ultherapy® is an innovative non-surgical dermatology treatment designed to lift, tone, and tighten skin in areas where its elasticity is reduced. The treatment involves the use of safe and effective ultrasound technology to induce the body’s natural healing process to achieve the desired aesthetic outcomes.

Ultherapy® is commonly applied in areas such as the face, neck, and chest. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing this state of the art cosmetic skin care treatment to patients in Austin, TX and surrounding areas.

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Safe FDA-cleared Technology

The device employed in the delivery of Ultherapy® treatment has been cleared by the FDA. It is designed to utilize the safe and time-tested ultrasound energy to stimulate the deeper layers of the skin that provide structural support. The key advantage of this non-invasive aesthetic dermatology procedure is that it reaches the deeper layers of the skin, including those that are usually addressed by invasive surgeries such as facelift.

Ultherapy® does not cause any adverse impact to the top layers of the skin, and achieves its aesthetic goals in a painless, non-surgical manner. Due to the advanced ultrasound technology, the dermatologist can perform the procedure efficiently. A single treatment session may take around 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the number of areas to be treated. Most people opt for one or two treatments, and full effects of the treatment appear gradually in a natural way over a period of two to three months.

Stellar Candidates

Dr. Zimmet will evaluate an individual’s skin condition and their aesthetic goals before recommending Ultherapy® to his patients in Austin, TX or surrounding communities who are looking for safe and non-invasive aesthetic skin care treatments. A standout and terrific candidate will typically have mild to moderate laxity in specific areas of the skin, and may not be willing to opt for surgical solutions.

Ultherapy® is also suited for younger people who are keen to be proactive about maintaining their youthful skin appearance for a longer time and delaying the aging signs as they develop. Busy or working people can choose this procedure because it involves no downtime, and the patient is ready to resume daily activities almost immediately.

How does it Work?

Unlike invasive surgery, lasers, peels or injections, Ultherapy® treatment relies on the impact of ultrasound waves to treat the deeper, supporting layers of the skin in a targeted manner. The waves heat the lax tissue in a gentle way to tighten loose skin without causing any cuts or disruptions on the top skin surface.

The treatment works visibly to lift and tighten loose skin, and at the same time, it also produces longer term benefits. It stimulates the natural production of new collage, which allows the skin to regain its elasticity and youthfulness.


Natural, noticeable results will appear over a period of two to three months. In some cases, the patient may continue to experience improvement in the treated areas for up to six months. Patients should maintain an active, healthy, and balanced lifestyle to prolong the effects of the treatment.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Steven Zimmet, please contact us at (512) 485-7700.

Six Key Points to Ensure an Effective Skin Cancer Check

Melanoma is the 3rd most common form of skin cancer, but it is the most dangerous. If ignored, it can spread and pose serious danger, but if caught early, the patient may need nothing more than an outpatient or in-office surgery and follow-ups. Nearly 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year, and it is critical to diagnose this cancer early. Here is a list of six important skin check signs to ensure that skin cancer is diagnose early.

1. Visit an Experienced Dermatologist

A dermatologist with focused expertise and experience in skin care can identify the earliest signs of skin cancer. It is not enough to visit a general physician or receive annually physical from a sparkling internist. Studies have shown that dermatologists are typically in a better position to diagnose skin cancers early. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) revealed that dermatologists correctly identified suspicious spots 94 percent of the time, compared to 71 percent in the case of general practitioners.

skin cancer warning signs


2. Do not Ignore Skin Check of Private Parts

Surveys indicate that 68 percent of skin checks omit private parts. Skin exams can be inconsistent because there is no official protocol for a skin cancer check in place. Experts say that it is relatively less common to get skin cancer in private parts, but melanomas still do occur in the pubic region and the buttocks.

3. The Scalp is an Important Area

Nearly one in three healthcare experts skips the scalp when checking for signs of skin cancer. Less than six percent of the melanomas may occur in the scalp, but it can spell serious trouble if it does. People with melanoma of the scalp or the neck have a much higher likelihood of dying from it compared to those who have it on their limbs, according to an Archives of Dermatology study.

4. Thorough Check of Sun-exposure History

Two in five skin cancer exams do not factor in the patient’s sun-exposure history. A detailed background check must be a vital part of any skin exam. Patient can provide critical information such as severe sunburns received as a child, use of tanning-bed, or family history of skin cancer. This information puts the dermatologist in a better position to determine the level of risk and the need for follow-ups.

5. A Detailed Foot Exam is a Must

A real foot exam is a key part of a thorough skin cancer check, but as many as 32 percent of all medical professionals ignore it. The bottom of the feet, along with nail beds and palms, is where acral lentiginous melanoma is most likely to appear. This cancer is disproportionately more common among women of color. Health experts have also expressed serious concerns about women potentially obtaining squamous cell carcinoma from popular gel-based manicures, which involve exposure to ultraviolet light.

6. Being Aware of the Next Steps

While a dermatologist is in a strong position as an expert to spot the signs of skin cancer, but people can surely help themselves too. According a study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, more than half of patients with melanoma noticed their own cancerous moles first. Taking immediate action by visiting a dermatologist in such cases can possibly save the life of that person.

Give Dad a Chiseled Chin for Father’s Day!

This Father’s Day, skip the necktie and give Dad an Ultherapy®® treatment to help keep him looking his best! One treatment can lift and tighten skin on the neck and under the chin, so Dad can get back that chiseled look from his younger years!

Contact us to book his Fathers Day Gift (512) 485-7700

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