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Monday, July 20, 2015

Learn About Ultherapy Skin Tightening June 22 on Live At 9 Memphis

Dr. Purvisha Patel will appear on "Live At 9" WREG 3 Memphis on Wednesday, July 22 to show how Ultherapy skin tightening is done. This non-surgical treatment uses focused ultrasound for effective skin tightening from the inside out. Dr. Patel will share before and after photos and a video clip showing how Ultherapy works.

Turn back time without surgery
Dr. Patel says Ultherapy can be used on the brow, chin, neck and chest areas and after a single treatment the skin tightens over the course of several months, with no downtime. Be sure to watch Dr. Patel's segment on Live At 9 on July 22 and visit for more information.
Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates is located in Germantown and Olive Branch.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Memphis Dermatologist Shows Coolsculpting: Before and After Photos

Dr. Purvisha Patel says CoolSculpting is an effective treatment for fat reduction and body contouring without surgery. The treatments target specific, stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise, intended for those who are at a healthy weight but just cannot seem to work off certain problem areas. Coolsculpting can be used to contour the abdomen, thighs, “love handles” and other areas. Dr. Patel shows how Coolsculpting is done and the results which can be expected in this video from a recent Memphis TV appearance.

The CoolSculpting procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat. "The results are proven, noticeable, and lasting, so patients look great," says Dr. Patel. "Once the treated fat cells are crystallized  they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body. Once the treated fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good.

CoolSculpting uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells permanently, with no surgery required. The device cools just the targeted layer of fat without affecting the skin. Since fat cells are more sensitive to cold than other cells, the fat cells are destroyed without damage to surrounding tissue.
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Dr. Purvisha Patel Shows Ultherapy Facial Skin Tightening on Live At 9 Memphis

Dr. Purvisha Patel shows Ultherapy on Ch. 3 Memphis on July 22, 2015Women and men are having new kind of facial skin tightening treatment that doesn't involve surgery or lasers,” says Memphis dermatologist Dr. Purvisha Patel. “It’s called Ultherapy and it uses a technology that many women experience while they're pregnant - ultrasound.” Dr. Patel visits WREG 3’s popular morning show. “Live At 9” on Wednesday, July 22 to show viewers how Ultherapy works. Dr. Patel will also share an an animation of the treatment and actual patient's before & after photos.

Ultrasound has allowed millions of parents to view their babies during pregnancy and now ultrasound energy is being used to help men and women look younger. Instead of looking into the body, the type of ultrasound used in Ultherapy is tightens and rejuvenates facial skin for what amounts to a non-surgical facelift.

Ultherapy is a focused ultrasound treatment that stimulates the growth of new collagen deep within the skin. “This is the only non-surgical procedure that has gained FDA approval to lift the skin on the neck, chin and brow," says Dr. Patel. "Just one treatment is required in most cases and the skin gradually tightens," she says. Ultherapy works by sending targeted pulses of ultrasound energy into the skin. The system,is designed to deliver the heat at a certain depth, allowing the new collagen to actually lift the skin upward.

Ultherapy can be used on the brow, chin, neck, and chest areas. Dr. Patel says the skin which has been treated tightens progressively over the course of several months, all without surgery or downtime. Visit and call 901.759.2322. for more information. Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates is located in Germantown and Olive Branch.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dr. Purvisha Patel Shows Coolsculpting In Memphis TV Show

Memphis dermatologist Dr. Purvisha Patel shows Coolsculpting in this video from “Live At 9” on WREG 3. CoolSculpting is an effective treatment to “freeze” fat for non-surgical fat reduction and body contouring. The treatment targets specific, stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. “Coolsculpting is intended for those who are at a healthy weight but just cannot seem to work off fat in certain problem areas,” says Dr. Patel. “This can be used to contour the abdomen, thighs, ‘love handles’, arms and other areas of the body.”

Freeze Your Fat
The CoolSculpting procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat. "The results are proven, noticeable and lasting so patients can look great from every angle," says Dr. Patel. "Once the treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), they die and are naturally processed and eliminated from the body.”

Dr. Purvisha Patel describes Coolsculpting on Memphis TV show Live At 9“This technology is designed to reduce unwanted fat in specific body areas and should not be considered as an alternative to liposuction to remove larger amounts of fat,” says Dr. Patel. “With Coolsculpting we can sculpt those areas where it’s difficult to lose fat, even with dieting and exercise.”
Dr. Patel describes Coolsculpting and shows before-after photos on "Live At 9".
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ethnic Skin Care: Discoloration

Men and women with dark skin often struggle with hyperpigmentation and discoloration. Whether it’s caused by injuries, sun damage or past acne, this issue plagues a wide range of skin types. However, ethnic skin is typically more susceptible to darkening because it contains more melanin. But don’t fret. We have some foolproof ways to protect your skin’s gorgeous dark tone.

Adhere to a simple and safe skin care routine.
  • Cleanse your face one to three times a day, depending on its dryness.
  • Use GENTLE cleansers and avoid any abrasive washes, and especially cleansing puffs or loofahs
  • Try to refrain from moisturizers unless your face feels dry without them.
Pick the best products for your unique skin type.
  • There is no need to buy fancy, overpriced products – drugstore brands are fine.
  • If your skin is dry, look for products recommended for sensitive skin and make sure to avoid anything with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, as these harsh chemicals can further dry out your skin.
Helpful hint: when trying a new product, use it very sparingly at first to ensure that it doesn’t irritate your skin.

Mind your medications.
  • Many commonly prescribed drugs increase your sensitivity to the sun, making it especially important that you apply extra sunscreen or sometimes avoid the sun completely.
  • Some of the most common drugs that create sun sensitivity are birth control pills, antibiotics, acne medication and cancer drugs.
  • There are many more, however, so be sure to ask your doctor if any of your medications are on this list so you can know how to properly protect your skin.
Don’t linger when your skin is in distress.
  • The quicker you address a problem with your skin, the quicker it will go away AND the less likely it is to become an ongoing issue.
  • Taking a trip to your dermatologist will not only save your skin, but could also save you money by preventing you from having to buy tons of products to help your condition later down the road. 
Contact a specialist for prescription therapies or cosmetic surgery.
  • If you need skin care beyond what you can do yourself, seek professional treatments, both low- and high-tech.
  • Some common treatments for dark skinned patients are acne medication, facial peels, microdermabrasion and laser treatment, among others.

Tip: be sure to ask around for an expert in treating dark skin. For more complex skin treatments, make sure you are in experienced hands and will receive the best treatment to rejuvenate your skin.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Don't Sweat It! Tips on Sweat & Your Skin From Dr. Patel

Photo courtesy of flickr user Chris Hunkeler
 If you're regularly at the gym in sweaty workout clothes and sneakers, we applaud you. But while burning calories and sweating it out at your favorite hot yoga class is great for your core, it can have negative effects on your skin. When you sweat, your pores open up, releasing moisture and making your skin highly vulnerable to bacteria. You might not realize that your awesome gym routine is what is actually causing your skin to break out, so here are a few tips to help keep the breakouts at bay while you work up a sweat. Here are a few tips from Dr. Purvisha Patel on sweat and your skin.

  1. Don't wear makeup while working out. Although it is tempting to look good while you’re cranking it out on the treadmill, sweat and makeup do not mix well. Most makeup contains ingredients that clog open pores and lead to acne. If you absolutely must have something on your face, go with a loose mineral powder that shields your skin from sweat and is less likely to cause a breakout. 
  2. Wash your face before and after a workout. Rid your skin of any bacteria before and after you workout to cut down on clogged pores. Wash your face gently and avoid heavy scrubbing. Blot your face with a clean towel afterward. 
  3. Wear lightweight material. Choose a lightweight and breathable fabric such as cotton to work out in so your skin has room to breathe. Clingy, synthetic fabrics lock in moisture and can create a breeding ground for bacteria. 
  4. Keep sweat off of your face. Try to keep as much sweat off of your face as possible by wearing a headband or hair wrap. Also, avoid touching your face with your hands. You never know what kind of germs and bacteria are lurking on the gym equipment! 
  5. Cleanse your face daily. Use a cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These medications treat acne and come as lotions, gels, soaps and liquids.
  6. Wipe down the equipment. Always wipe down all equipment with a disinfectant wipe or spray before and after use. 
  7. Exfoliate your skin. Gently exfoliate your skin a few times each week with a scrub. Scrubbing your skin too hard or too many times a week can lead to dryness, so keep it gentle. 
  8. Change your workout clothes. As tempting as it may be, do not wear the same workout clothes twice in a row, especially if you sweat heavily. Make sure you wash them and your towels in between workouts.  
  9. Be careful with your towel. Do not just lay your towel anywhere. Avoid putting it on the treadmill screen, gym mats or any other equipment that may contain other people’s sweat.   
  10. Avoid equipment frictionAvoid clothes or equipment that will cause friction, such as a tight helmet. Areas that are extremely tight can retain the moisture and clog pores. If you do need to use a helmet or other restrictive equipment during a workout, make sure to cleanse your forehead well afterward. 
Sweat is natural and is healthy for you, but there are ways to keep it from ruining your skin. We want your skin to feel good and look good. Have any questions about sweat that we didn’t address here? Leave them in the comments, and we’ll try to answer them there. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

#SafeForPregnancy Skin Care Tips

Photo courtesy of flickr user Schwangerschaft 

Doctors will always tell you what to eat and how to exercise during pregnancy, but they don’t always provide you with information about the outside of your body. We all know what’s on the inside matters, but it’s always nice to look just as good on the outside. Unfortunately, when you become pregnant, there are a few changes you may have to make to keep your baby safe.

Getting a Glow
Many women have fond summer memories of laying out with their girlfriends at the pool or beach. It’s natural to be proud of your baby bump and for you to have a desire to show it off. But is it safe?

The reality is that laying out or getting a tan is never safe. It always puts you at risk for skin cancer. But when you are pregnant, your body is more likely to being burned, which could lead to hives, heat rash or melasma, which causes dark spots to appear on your face. And that’s an on top of the skin cancer risk.

Does this mean you should never go outside during your pregnancy? No! Enjoying the sunshine is still possible, but it is important that you take care of yourself and your baby first. Since pregnancy makes it easier for your body to dehydrate, it is imperative to bring more than enough water with you. It is also a good idea to set up an umbrella, sit in a cool, shaded area and wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. But if you still want a light tan to amplify your pregnancy glow, a sunless tanning lotion is a safe alternative.

Spray tanning is also a safe option because these products simply stain the skin and do not absorb into the bloodstream. Sunless tanners use DHA (dihydroxyacetone) as the active ingredient, which is safe for the skin whether you’re pregnant or not. But, doctors will tell you that you must use protection for your nose, eyes, ears and mouth when getting a spray tan, and they suggest that you wait until after your first trimester.      

Zap the Zits
When you are pregnant, your body is making extra hormones that can take you back in time to your acne-prone teenage years. The primary breakout areas are surrounding the mouth and the chin.

You may hear about oral medication that can aid in preventing or treating the breakouts, but this medicine can be dangerous for the baby. Instead of oral medication, use face soaps that are meant for a person with oily skin. Products that include either erythromycin or azelaic acid can prove to be very effective against the pesky acne and safe for your baby. You can also try Visha Skin Care’s Mommy Brightener, a new product developed by our own Dr. Purvisha Patel that is safe for treating acne and melasma during pregnancy.

Pamper Yourself Carefully
When you are pregnant, there are sure to be some days when you would love to relax and use common aromatherapy oils. But make sure you know what you’re using.  Some of these oils can be harmful to you and your baby during this time. Here are the main oils that you will want to stay away from:
  • Nutmeg - can cause hallucinations
  • Rosemary - can cause your blood pressure to rise
  • Basil - may contribute to abnormal cell growth
  • Jasmine and clary sage - known to trigger early contractions
  • Sage and rose - can cause bleeding in the uterus 
  • Juniper berry - may affect the kidneys
While it’s important to avoid the above ingredients, there is a wide selection of safe oils available to pregnant women, including lavender, citrus, spearmint and eucalyptus. It is good to remember not to mix oils and to use small dosages for short periods of time so you will not experience negative side effects.

You may also notice that the above are often found in foods, too. It is OK for you to eat foods that contain ingredients from the list of discouraged oils because the amount of these herbs in food is generally much lower and much less potent. 

What’s in the Milk?
While you are pregnant and when you are breastfeeding, you are sharing nutrients with your baby. Your body is also not as capable of fighting off infection, and your baby’s immune system is not completely developed, which means it’s important to avoid food-borne illnesses. Easy ways to prevent them are to cook all foods thoroughly and refrigerate them properly, as well as to make sure your hands and cookware are clean before making and serving food.

Seafood is a tricky food to eat during this time because there are many that are good food options as well as many potentially dangerous foods. Seafood provides a good source of omega-3 fats, and they are good for the development of an unborn baby or infant. When choosing seafood, make sure that you do not get one with a high level of mercury. Large fish like king mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish are very high in mercury and can cause damage to your child’s developing nervous system. Aside from seafood, it’s important to just have a healthy diet and include all the food groups when applicable. Check with your obstetrician for more information on a recommended diet during pregnancy.  

Have any more questions about your skin during pregnancy? Be sure to leave a comment and we will try to help you find the answers you need.