Dr. Josephine Futrell, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatology

Expert skincare and beauty tips

5 Tips for Kissable Lips — February 4, 2018

5 Tips for Kissable Lips

Valentine’s Day will be here soon! Here are 5 tips for the most kissable lips.

1. HA5 Smooth and Plump by Skin Medica. Use every morning.
2. Vaseline every night. Use in lip corners, too.
3. Valtrex tablets – 2 tablets, twice a day at the first sign of a fever blister.
4. Juvederm Volbella for fine lines around the lip and Ultra for lip volume.
5. 4 units of Botox to decrease lip lines.

Smile!

Dr. Futrell’s Daily Skincare Routine (Video) — August 6, 2017
In the News…. — October 18, 2016
Two Minutes to Clearer Skin with Obagi — October 6, 2016
The Blue Light Special in Acne Treatment (Video) — August 4, 2016
3 Quick Fixes for Treating Acne —

3 Quick Fixes for Treating Acne

**Clinical acne facials 20% off for a limited time! Call (318) 212-3440.**

It is back-to-school time, and that means putting your best face forward.  But it can also mean embarrassing acne.  So let’s talk about quick fixes and more lasting solutions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Quick Fix 1  

Acne facials  and a process called extractions can be used to get rid of  blackheads and whiteheads.  While this may need to be  repeated, it gives almost instant improvement.  Adding salicylic acid products and RetinA can help maintain.

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Light chemical peels can also give rapid improvement.

Quick Fix 3

PDT, or what my patients call the Blue Light Special.  This is a series of in office light treatments to kill the acne- causing bacteria.  It is often combined with oral antibiotics and topical treatments for optimal results.

For more serious acne, longer term antibiotics, topical or oral retinoids, or other treatments may be necessary.  Almost all acne can be successfully treated, but it may require more than one treatment. Rather than just waiting to outgrow it and risk physical or emotional scars, treat it.  NOW.

 

Safe and effective treatments for acne scars — April 19, 2016

Safe and effective treatments for acne scars

If acne scars bother you, safe and effective treatments are available. These include: laser treatments, minor skin surgery, chemical peels and dermal fillers.  As we age, these scars may become more noticeable because of loss of skin collagen. 

The keys to effective treatment:

  1. clearing up acne first
  2. selecting the right treatment based on the type of scar

The most common types of scars are:

1. Depressed (these may be different shapes)

2. Raised (hypertrophic )

3. Discolored (red or brown)

There are many reasons to treat acne scars. Most of these involve social aspects of scaring and loss of self esteem. Keep in mind that while almost all scars can be significantly improved, there may still be residual skin changes. Many of these treatments are not covered by insurance. Some may involve several days of downtime. Always inform your doctor if you have recently taken Accutane (isotretinoin) as many treatments must be delayed after this therapy.

Treatments for depressed scars include:

  1. Acne scar surgery
  2. Laser resurfacing
  3. Dermal fillers
  4. Dermabrasion
  5. Certain chemical peels
  6. Microneedling
  7. Skin tightening

For raised scars, some of these same treatments may help. Most commonly used are:

  1. Corticosteroid injections
  2. Acne scar surgery
  3. Laser therapy
  4. Silicone gel

Discoloration (red and brown) is often the easiest to treat and may be helped by:

  1. Lasers
  2. Chemical peels
  3. Bleaching creams
  4. Microdermabrasion / exfoliation

Talk with a professional who is skilled in ALL these therapies so that you select the treatment(s) that work best for you.

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How to make your skin “Clear + Brilliant” — October 2, 2015

How to make your skin “Clear + Brilliant”

Ready to take control of the aging process? Dull skin, darkened skin, fine lines, and large pores can make your skin look less than “clear and brilliant”. While aging is a fact of life, a lunchtime laser procedure may be your fastest way to keep that glow.

How does Clear + Brilliant work?

It is a gentle laser that refreshes your skin from the inside out. The laser energy creates multiple microscopic treatment zones that are then replaced with healthy new skin.

I am in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s. Is this right for me?

No matter your age, sun exposure and lifestyle can damage your skin. “Clear + Brilliant” is designed to reverse early aging and excessive pigmentation.

How many treatments does it take?

This varies with your goals and skin care needs. For most, 4-6 treatments will give you best results. Even one treatment can help to restore glow.

Is there downtime?

While there may be light sand paper-like peeling, downtime is minimal and no time off work is needed.

Is it safe for my skin?

This laser is safe for all skin types but ask your dermatologist if it is the best treatment for you.

 

 

 

Retinoids: What the Pros Use — September 13, 2015

Retinoids: What the Pros Use

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If you were to poll 100 dermatologists, you would likely find about 99 of them use retinoids daily. So why choose this important product? And which one is right for you?

When we are young, our skin replenishes itself in an even fashion. But as we age, the replenishment often gets out of sync. The result is dull skin, wrinkles and “age spots”. Retinoids restore the orderly process, resulting in more youthful skin.

Products can be confusing. Terms like Retin-A, retinoid, retinol, Tretinoin are often used interchangeably. Some are prescription. Some are found at the cosmetic counter.

So here’s how to negotiate the confusion:

Retin A (or Tretinoin)

  • Comes in multiple strengths
  • Prescription only
  • May cause dryness, peeling or redness
  • While stronger may be more effective, it is often better to start slowly and “work up”.

Retinol

  • Similar to Tretinoin but less effective
  • Also less irritating
  • Not FDA regulated (a product that contains retinol may only have a sprinkling)
  • Often a good starting place for individuals with sensitive skin

What’s right for you? Consult your dermatologist. I often start my patients on Retin-A (Tretinoin) in their teens to cure zits-and then tell them to use it forever. I’ve been personally using the product since I was 30. My only more regular beauty product is sunscreen.

(Photo credit: mahmoud99725 / Flickr)

 

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