Retin-A is the topical form a compound called Tretinoin, which is a derivative of Vitamin A. It was discovered in Philadelphia by Dr. Albert Kligman of the University Of Pennsylvania, where I went to medical school. Initially, it was used to help heal acne. Adult patients who were using it reported that it also helped improve skin quality and wrinkles. How Does Retin-A Work? Retin-A is absorbed in the deeper part of the skin, in a layer called the basal cell layer of the epidermis. It is also absorbed by the fibroblasts cells within the dermis. When it is absorbed by the epidermis, the … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: What is Retin-A?
Today we’re going to talk about non-surgical methods of improving the jawline and eliminating jowls. As we age, our face changes in ways we often wish it wouldn’t. Loss of facial volume can cause parts of our face to sag and droop. Though some people think that what they’re seeing is a matter of gravity, it’s usually more a matter of loss of volume. Just as when a tulip is fresh and healthy it stands upright and erect, as it ages it starts to sag. There isn’t more gravity acting on the tulip — rather it has lost its water volume. Our faces behave in the same way. Our faces sag as we lose … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: Can jowls be improved without surgery?
There aren’t many medical practices so renowned that they need to create a special medical tourism program for people traveling great distances for treatment, but Dr. Scheiner’s reputation and results have earned that distinction and created that necessity. In fact, he has an 80% “fly-in” practice! In addition to the best in aesthetic treatments, patients from out-of-town have access to all that Tampa offers. Michelle is one of our most recent Destination Program success stories. She and Dr. Scheiner recently talked to a local news station about her experience. It’s not only inspiring … [Read more...] about Patient Success: Patient Travels from Scotland for Life Changing Procedure
Today we're going to talk about what Sculptra is and how it works to improve a person's appearance. As we age, our faces change in three dimensions. We grow into our faces until our twenties, but as we age our faces start to grow and change in different — and not always flattering — ways. Two Main Factors That Affect Facial Aging The first is something that I speak about often: it involves aging of the skin due to cumulative sun exposure. The second involves volume changes in our faces. Once we hit our thirties, the bones in our faces start to change, and so do the face’s structured fat … [Read more...] about Medical Minute: How Does Sculptra Help Reverse Signs of Facial Aging?