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By Dermatology Center of McKinney
May 12, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Dysport  

If you’re tired of lines and wrinkles, you don’t have to let them hang around any longer. Dr. James Ralston – your dermatologist in McKinney, TX – and the team at the Dermatology Center of McKinney offer several treatment options that can help.

Why Should I Consider Dysport Treatments?

Whether it’s due to frowning or deep concentration, everyone furrows their eyebrows – usually more often than they should. Over time, these furrows can lead to permanent lines between the eyebrows called glabellar lines. Sometimes, they are referred to as “11 lines,” as that’s what they look like.

Though there are many over-the-counter products that can help fight lines like these, they are not always as effective as you’d like them to be. Additionally, the more severe the glabellar lines, the less OTC products can help.

Fortunately, you have other options – one of which is a Dysport injection. Dysport injections are similar to Botox, but the two have different amounts of volume-boosting protein in them. Dysport is specifically helpful with glabellar lines, but the benefits go far beyond that.

What All Can Dysport Treatments With My McKinney, TX Dermatologist Do For Me?

Again, Dysport is typically used to smooth glabellar lines. It should be noted, though, that it is designed to treat moderate to severe lines. Mild lines can often be treated through other methods. When you visit the Dermatology Center of McKinney, Dr. Ralston can let you know which type of treatment is best for your glabellar lines.

Dysport is also used to address lines and wrinkles on the forehead as well as crow’s feet and lip wrinkles. The number of treatments you’ll need will depend on the treatment area and the severity of your lines.

Some benefits of choosing Dysport over other injections include the following:

  • It usually requires fewer injections.
  • It works quickly, often providing results after the first treatment.
  • It can be used for other conditions, such as muscle spasms and headaches.
  • There’s no downtime required.

Discover the benefits of Dysport with a visit to Dr. Ralston – your McKinney, TX Dermatologist. Schedule an appointment by calling the Dermatology Center of McKinney at (972) 548-0333.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
April 26, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Botox  

Dr. James Ralston is a dermatologist with the Dermatology Center of McKinney, serving McKinney, TX, and the general vicinity. And he offers patients treatments to correct skin problems and look and feel better about themselves. One aesthetic option is Botox, which can revitalize your look. Discover how by reading on.

Works by Inhibiting Muscle Contractions

Besides sun, cigarette smoke, and the aging process, muscle contractions are also a factor in how wrinkled your skin appears and is. Botox tackles this issue by affecting the nerves that cause muscle contractions in your face. As a result, the muscles relax, which eases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Gives You a More Youthful Appearance 

One of the main factors that affect how old or young you look is the appearance of wrinkles. More or deeper wrinkles make you appear older, possibly more so than you really are. 

With Botox, these wrinkles become less defined and possibly not prominent, giving you a more youthful appearance. 

Provides a Natural-Looking Change 

Our McKinney, TX, dermatologist can provide just the right dosage and at the correct locations to give your skin a natural appearance while still providing results. Sometimes, when you choose a surgical procedure, the results look fake, and it's noticeable that you had work done. 

When you receive Botox, when given appropriately, the results look natural. This is especially the case years later when the surgical effects don't wear off. 

Because the results aren't dramatic, you may receive treatment and keep people guessing as to whether you had any help gaining that younger-looking appearance. 

Can Be Continuously Given Safely 

If you love the appearance of more youthful skin, Botox could be a solution since our practitioner can safely administer maintenance dosages so you may maintain the results. Therefore, you'll be able to have a revitalized appearance for years to come, and our practitioner can even adjust the dosage so the results aren't as dramatic as your skin ages. 

Generally, the results last three to four months, though some people notice their skin still looks younger six months later. Before the results wear off, our practitioner can provide another treatment so you may continue to enjoy that revitalized appearance. It then looks like it's how your skin naturally is. 

When you visit our dermatologist at the Dermatology Center of McKinney, in McKinney, TX, you can receive Botox -- a treatment known for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. As a result, you'll look younger and more vibrant. And fortunately, this treatment is known to be safe for a majority of people, especially when given by an expert like Dr. Ralston. 

Contact us today for a consultation by calling (972) 548-0333.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
April 26, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Fillers  

While our Dr. James Ralston of Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, treats several health-related skin concerns, our dermatologist also realizes that aesthetics are a vital aspect of dermatology. For this reason, he offers treatments like dermal fillers. It helps to know what these are and how they work before your consultation. 

General Information 

Dermal fillers use a gel-like substance injected underneath your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and creases that tend to occur during the aging process. 

You'll have no downtime with this procedure, and the results are only temporary in most cases. Therefore, if you aren't satisfied with them, you merely wait a few months, and the effects fade. If you're satisfied with the results, you may have the injections again. 

Types of Fillers 

Different injections use different fillers.

Hyaluronic Acid 

For instance, hyaluronic acid is a common one. This substance is found in the skin naturally and plumps it. With this option, the results tend to last six to 12 months, possibly longer.

Calcium Hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite is another option. It's a substance that's in your bones naturally. Injections with this substance tend to be thicker than hyaluronic acid, allowing the results to last 12 months or longer. 

Poly-L-Lactic Acid

Our dermatologist in McKinney, TX, may recommend a poly-l-lactic acid injection. Your body doesn't produce this substance, but it's biodegradable, meaning it will break down in your body. Our practitioner may recommend this option for deeper lines. The results tend to last for two years or longer. It works slightly differently than other fillers because it breaks down within a few days after being given. However, it stimulates collagen production -- a substance your skin naturally has that maintains its firmness. 

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is also not made by the body. It's for the appearance of medium-to-deep wrinkles. It's used for lip augmentation as well. It's biocompatible and enhances the smoothness and plumpness of your skin for up to five years. This is a semi-permanent method for that reason. If you don't like the results, it must be surgically removed. 

Our Difference 

Dr. Ralston has undergone the necessary training and has a keen eye in terms of symmetry and aesthetics. While fillers aren't surgical, our practitioner understands that individuals want to look and feel better about the appearance of their skin. Therefore, he uses extreme caution and care when providing dermal fillers. 

If you'd like to try fillers, our dermatologist, Dr. Ralston, of the Dermatology Center of McKinney can assist. We can provide the treatment in our McKinney, TX, office and have you returning home the same day looking beautiful. 

Call us at (972) 548-0333.

By Dermatology Center of McKinney
April 26, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Birthmarks  
Treating Your BirthmarksDo you have a birthmark? Chances are pretty good you do. After all, most people do. Birthmarks come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and can develop anywhere on the body. While these markings typically aren’t anything to worry about, you may wish to see a dermatologist about your birthmark if it negatively impacts your appearance or begins to change appearance.

Most Birthmarks are Harmless

As we mentioned before, most birthmarks won’t cause you any harm or affect the health of your skin. Of course, some birthmarks could potentially cause complications and should be monitored by a dermatologist. For example, a strawberry mark can sometimes evolve into an open wound and become infected. If you’ve been told that your birthmark is a melanocytic nevus, then this is something that should be monitored regularly to make sure that it doesn’t develop into cancer later in life.

Treating a Birthmark

If you are feeling a bit self-conscious about your birthmark you’ll be happy to hear that many of them will fade over time. Of course, you may want to talk with your dermatologist about birthmark removal options if the birthmark you have could potentially cause some health risks for you or if your birthmark embarrasses you.

It’s always a good idea to talk to a dermatologist who can assess whether the benefits of having your birthmark removed outweigh the cons. For example, birthmarks that could potentially affect vision or hearing should be removed. Some removal methods include:
  • Corticosteroids: injections or oral steroids can stop the birthmark from growing and can shrink it
  • Interferon alfa-12: this can also shrink the birthmark (particularly if corticosteroids do not work effectively)
  • Laser therapy: can be used on certain birthmarks like port wine stains
Surgery may be necessary only if these other treatment options haven’t provided the proper results or if the birthmark is causing other health issues. The type of treatment you need will depend on your health, the type and location of your birthmark, and whether it’s causing any complications.

Whether you want to find out if you should have a birthmark removed or you just want to schedule a skin cancer screening, a dermatologist can help you make important decisions regarding treatment options and your skin health.
By Dermatology Center of McKinney
April 26, 2022
Category: Skin Treatments
Tags: Microneedling  

Dealing with issues in your skin can be frustrating and it can stop you from participating in activities that you may really enjoy. It can be difficult to deal with texture issues, wrinkles, and fine lines, and you may not be happy with your appearance. When you’re looking for treatments that are minimally invasive and give you the best results without the use of chemicals, look no further than microneedling. Dr. James Ralston at Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, can explain how microneedling can help your skin and what it is.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure offered by your dermatologist in McKinney, TX, that is also known as collagen induction therapy and can help stimulate the production of collagen in your skin, giving you a natural solution to wrinkles and issues with texture. This can help your skin become firm, giving you a more even look and reducing any issues with sagging that you might experience.

This procedure uses a small device that contains very small needles. This device is gently guided over your skin and will then cause microscopic pricks to your skin. This helps your skin generate collagen and in turn, will generate healthy, fresh skin. This is a great way to deal with early signs of aging and to treat any wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, or fine lines.

Microneedling is an effective way to get the skin that you’re looking for without the use of surgery. There’s usually little or no downtime after a treatment and your results will continue to improve over the next 6 months. Depending on how large the area being treated is, the whole procedure should take about 2 hours.

Contact Your Dermatologist Today!

Find out how you can keep your youthful skin. Contact Dr. James Ralston at Dermatology Center of McKinney in McKinney, TX, to learn about microneedling and how it can help you. Call for more information and to schedule your appointment today at (972) 548-0333.