Summer has arrived and the mad dash to get beach body ready has begun! Looking our best and feeling our best is a ubiquitous desire at any age. During the high summer temperatures, no one wants to wear heavy makeup or baggy clothing to cover unsightly veins, wrinkles and excess fat. Looking in the mirror and feeling confident in bare skin is a satisfying feeling.
Click here to download South Florida’s leading Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Busso top cosmetic treatment recommendations for the Summer.
When strategically applied, certain chemicals can provide fantastic, transformative results that allow you to feel more comfortable in your own skin. That is the underlying concept behind chemical peels. A chemical peel, when performed by a skilled, highly trained, and licensed medical professional, is a safe and effective way to restore your skin to its natural beauty. But what can you expect when you decide to undergo this treatment?
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes it to blister, peel off, and reveal fresh, undamaged layers of skin below. Since this skin hasn’t been exposed to the elements, it is usually smoother and tighter than the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. By removing these damaged outer layers of skin on the face, a chemical peel can smooth texture, reduce scarring, and remove blemishes to produce healthy, glowing skin.
There are three types of chemical peels Dr. Busso provides at his leading Miami cosmetic dermatology clinic, ranging from mild to strong: alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and phenol. Formula strengths for all chemical peels are personally tailored to each patient. Peels can also be combined with other procedures such as facelifts for a younger, healthier look.
How are Chemical Peels Performed?
Often, patients will undergo pre-treatment therapy to prepare the skin prior to receiving a chemical peel. When you arrive for your chemical peel, your dermatologist will begin by cleansing your skin. You may even be given a mild anesthesia depending on the level of the treatment.
In an AHA peel, the doctor will apply the chemical solution, which can cause slight and temporary stinging, redness, irritation, and flaking or crusting. You may be given a mild sedative before the treatment to help you relax. After an AHA peel, you will not need any “after-peel” ointment or covering; you can simply go on your way with your rejuvenated, fresh face. With an AHA peel, as with all chemical peels, you need to make sure you provide sufficient and effective sun protection for your new skin.
TCA and phenol peels involve a bit more than AHA peels. During TCA and phenol peels, the skin is cleansed and a solution is applied which may cause a brief stinging sensation. Petroleum jelly or a waterproof adhesive tape may be put on the skin following a phenol treatment. Phenol and TCA peels can result in tingling or throbbing, reddened skin, a crust or scab, and significant swelling which lasts about a week, depending on the strength of the peel used. With phenol, your eyes may be swollen shut at first, and you may be put on a liquid diet and advised not to talk much. Any tape used is removed after a day or two.
What About Deep Peels?
Deep peels, whether AHA, TCA, or phenol, are applied one section at a time due to their intensity and potential side effects. After a deep peel, patients can use cool compresses and heavy moisturizing creams to soothe irritated skin. Additionally, patients need to wear surgical dressings to protect wounds and promote healing after a deep peel.
Contact Dr. Busso to Schedule Your Chemical Peel
Dr. Mariano Busso is a leader in the field of aesthetic dermatology, acting as both Senior Attending of Dermatology at Mercy Hospital in Miami and Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami. A widely published and highly acclaimed professional, Dr. Busso has the knowledge and expertise to oversee your next chemical peel to ensure beautiful, long-lasting results.
To schedule an appointment for a chemical peel in Miami, call our office at 305-857-0144.
Dr. Mariano Busso’s office in Coconut Grove recently underwent exciting interior renovations. In the interest of providing patients the most comfortable experience, both lounges and treatment rooms were freshly painted and refurnished. The space now features a sophisticated, modern aesthetic to complement the vast array of treatments available.
We invite current and new patients to come see Dr. Busso’s updated office by booking an appointment online or by phone at 305-857-0144.
For more information on the remodel, download the link below for a full version of the press release published by PRWeb.
Without your nose, you wouldn’t be able to smell or taste and breathe as easily. So why do so many individuals despite their nose more than any other facial feature? Considering its prime placement in the center of the face, the nose dictates your appearance and the balance of your façade quite a bit. Thus, any imperfections stand out like a sore thumb. From the side, bumps or twists weaken an otherwise shapely silhouette or strong profile.
If you aren’t ready for a costly and painful nose job, but loathe your nose’s dissymmetry or figure, consider the following non-surgical nose job alternatives:
Non-Surgical Nose Job with Fillers
Until recently, the most popular option to alter the shape of your nose was through rhinoplasty – sometimes for cosmetic enhancement; other times to correct structural defects, deviated septum, past trauma or breathing problems. Rhinoplasty typically involves anesthesia or local sedation, incisions, bone removal, cartilage removal, grafts, straightening, stitches, bruising and painful recovery time to boot. With modern-era technology and techniques, cosmetic dermatologists can transform the appearance of the face without surgery via a non-surgical nose job. Say you dislike the protrusion or “hook” of your nose, but aren’t financially or emotionally prepared for a serious invasive cosmetic surgery. Fortunately, Dr. Busso contours the nose to enhance its shape and hide imperfections with dermal fillers. Fillers help smooth out the bridge of the nose to create an aesthetically-pleasing profile while concealing past fractures or a large tip. The process is relatively painless and does not require extensive recovery time, but offers up to two years of lasting results.
Contour and Highlight with Makeup
While this option only lasts until you wash your face at night, highlighting and contouring your nose with concealer, foundation or eyeshadow briefly mimics the appearance of a thinner nose. Follow these application steps to “fake” a nose job:
With a small angled brush, draw two straight lines down the sides of the bridge with bronzer, dark shadow or concealer two shades darker than your natural color.
Then, connect the two lines in a V-shape just underneath the tip of your nose.
Use a highlighter to fill in the sides of your nose and the flat surface between the two contour lines.
With a makeup sponge or brush, blend the harsh lines to create a shadow effect without smearing the contour.
Focus on pushing the makeup into your face, rather than spreading it around.
Finally, set your masterpiece with a loose translucent powder to keep creasing and oil at bay.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Long-term alcohol abuse is horrible for your internal system, but can also devastate your appearance. Rhinophyma, while rare, is a skin disorder classified by a large, red or bumpy nose. Rhinophyma is linked to rosacea, a chronic inflammatory skin condition, and until recently was widely associated with alcoholism in older patients. Current research says alcohol consumption does not directly cause rhinophyma¹, but over-consuming substances like alcohol and caffeine activates vasodilation – which worsens rhinophyma symptoms. Considering alcohol also triggers rosacea symptoms, cutting back on the booze is best for your skin’s health if you’re one of the 16 million Americans suffering from chronic skin redness and irritation.
As an esteemed and often-consulted dermal filler expert, Dr. Busso uses non-invasive, safe injectable gels such as Juvéderm to restructure the nose to your liking. Because they last up to two years, non-surgical nose jobs are the only alternative to rhinoplasty that offer prolonged, painless results. To schedule your non-surgical nose job appointment and put your best face forward for the New Year, call Dr. Busso’s office at 305-857-0144 today.
¹ Laun, J., Gopman, J., Elston, J. B., & Harrington, M. A. (2015). Rhinophyma. Eplasty, 15, ic25.
One of the biggest indicators of a dysfunctional thyroid is a sudden, unintended shift in weight. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of your neck. This gland produces hormones that regulate activity in your body, including your metabolic burn and your resting heart rate. When these activities slow or speed up due to a thyroid condition, patients often see weight loss or gain.
Thyroid Disorders and Weight
Weight gain is a common side effect of hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. This condition occurs when your body doesn’t make enough hormones, which slows your metabolism and caloric burn. Most commonly, hypothyroidism is caused by Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid mistakenly. The resulting damage impairs thyroid function and limits its hormone-producing capabilities.
Weight loss, on the other hand, is commonly seen in patients with hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is an overactive thyroid. Your body produces more hormones than it needs, which speeds up your heart rate and boosts your metabolism. Graves’ Disease, another immune system issue, is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism.
Consider the following indicators of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism:
Weight gain or inability to lose weight
Extreme fatigue, even after a full night’s rest
Inability to concentrate
Muscle or joint pain
Mood swings, anxiety or depression
Unexpected weight loss
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Nervousness or panic attacks
Irregular menstrual cycles
Taking full control of your health is imperative. If you showcase any of the aforementioned symptoms with no past medical issues or explanations, call your general practitioner.
If you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and still have trouble keeping weight off, Vanquish™ can help. Dr. Mariano Busso relies on VANQUISH™ Me to help patients minimize fat via multipolar radiotherapy that heats fatty tissue. Dr. Busso has perfected his personal protocol for VANQUISH™ ME treatments so well, his technique was adopted by the makers of Vanquish™, BTL Aesthetics.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Busso, call 305-857-0144.
Razor bumps are pesky, embarrassing and painful side effects from shaving. Even waxing can result in what we commonly refer to as “razor burn” – leading to ingrown hairs and potentially scarring or infected cysts.
To best eliminate these unfortunate skin ailments, consider the following shaving must-dos:
Shaving helps exfoliate dead cells from skin’s epidermis, but taking this step before you use your razor can help you achieve closer, smoother results. With a loofah or mild skin exfoliator, gently scrub the areas you plan to remove hair from and rinse with warm water. This provides your razor a clean slate to target the hairs directly instead of letting loose particles get in the way and clog your blades. Never exfoliate after shaving because the skin is highly sensitive and susceptible to irritation.
Create a Barrier
In order to help the razor gently glide over hairs, you must cover your skin with a gel or cream. Shaving gels and creams limit friction between your skin and the razor, while creating a cushion to avoid painful cuts around bumpy areas like the knees and ankles. Many high-end creams also provide moisturizing benefits even after you wash them off (with cool water).
To avoid dehydrating skin, avoid overly hot showers and opt for a comfortable warm temperature instead. After you dry off, apply an alcohol-free lotion or toner, such as all-natural witch hazel, to sooth pores – especially if your skin is prone to unsightly bumps and burns. Then, moisturize with aloe vera or a heavier cream, depending on your dryness needs.
These practices may help calm razor burns and minimize ingrown hairs, but there’s always a risk for these conditions when shaving, waxing or epilating. The no. 1 way to prevent razor bumps is by eliminating unwanted body hair via laser hair removal. Whether you’re looking to avoid razor burn, or simply want to free yourself from the confines of shaving daily, laser hair removal can keep skin baby smooth for years to come. Typically, patients see almost total removal after four to six treatments. Clinical studies show that 10 years later, 77 percent of the treated hairs were still absent.
Miami’s top dermatologist Dr. Mariano Busso uses a state-of-the-art Ellipse Laser for all of his patients’ hair removal treatments. To schedule an appointment and discuss long-term hair removal, call us today at 305-857-0144.
Veiny legs are often associated with aging. However, spider and varicose veins are fairly common. While they occur more often in women than men, around 30-60 percent of the adult population has one or both of these conditions.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small, red, purple and blue blood vessels that twist and turn. They are easily visible through the skin and typically appear on the face and legs. Varicose veins are similar, but large and raised in appearance and usually limited to the legs.
Both varicose veins and spider veins can be genetic, but also might occur from standing regularly throughout the day. Unsightly veins can also come from factors such as:
Hormonoal replacement therapy
Varicose veins are not just unattractive, but painful as well. Individuals with varicose veins often complain of aching, cramping, burning, throbbing or tingling. By elevating the legs increases blood flow, which typically helps the pain subside. Varicose veins can form thrombophlebitis, or painful blood clots with inflammation of veins. Spider veins, on the other hand, are typically symptom-free and only aesthetic.
Sclerotherapy for Varicose and Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy, developed in the 1930s, is one of the most popular and widely used treatments for varicose and spider veins. Dermatologists inject a concentrated saline solution or specially made detergent directly into the problematic vein. The process takes less than an hour, and the number of injections depends on the severity of the vein damage. Patients do not need anesthesia for this procedure, but a mild burning sensation could occur at the injection site. The vein gradually disappears over the course of three to six weeks
You can return to work and daily activities immediately, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least one week following the procedure. You may need compression bandages to assist with post-procedure healing and results. Some patients might see mild bruising or pigmentation after sclerotherapy. Side effects usually vanish in just a few days.
To talk with Dr. Busso about sclerotherapy for varicose and spider veins, book an appointment online or call us directly.
Signs of aging and tired skin can start to appear in your 20s and gradually worsen in the decades following. A regular skin care regimen helps fight off wrinkles, but sometimes a deeper treatment is needed to target and tighten more dramatically. ThermiSmooth and ThermiTight are advanced methods that use radiofrequency energy to promote collagen production. The procedures have been shown to tighten loose skin around the eyes and lips, as well as across the face.*
About ThermiSmooth and ThermiTight
TheriSmooth is the gentler of the two procedures. First, ultrasound gel is used to lubricate the treatment area. Then, a radiofrequency wand heats the tissues around the eyes. Through a controlled heat setting, the wand helps stimulate growth to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The procedure is not painful. Some patients say it feels like a warm, tingling sensation or a light massage. Unlike invasive surgeries which can keep you on bedrest for extended periods of time, ThermiSmooth patients can return to their everyday life immediately. The process can take around a half hour, but ThermiSmooth treatments should be repeated three to four times for maximal results. Results last up to two years.*
ThermiTight is a more advanced treatment that is used as a non-surgical, minimally invasive alternative to face or neck lifts. Because this procedure is more intense, patients are given a local anesthetic. Swelling is a common side effect, but should only last between five and 10 days total. Patients can expect immediate results and continued collagen production over time. *
To book a consultation with Dr. Busso and discuss ThermiSmooth or ThermiTight for younger-looking skin, call 305-857-0144 or book your appointment online.
Ellipse IPL Skin Rejuvenation offers effective treatment for sun-damaged skin. At 51 years old, I’m looking back at decades spent under the Florida sun, and those years really show when I look at my skin, especially my forearms. In my teens and twenties and during the time I spent 15 years living on a sailboat, I was proud of the fact that I could go out in the sun all day without sunscreen and not burn. Today, I cover up, wear sunscreen, and regret the arrogance of my youth.
Unlike many of Dr. Busso’s patients, I’m not overly worried about appearances. But I am worried about the possible health effects of all that sun exposure. Like smoking, sun exposure is one of those problems that catches up to you later—and we’ve all seen the damage caused by skin cancer.
Fortunately, a skin examination didn’t reveal anything dangerous, but I had plenty of red spots, brown spots, and crusty areas (keratosis) that looked unhealthy, and that had the potential to evolve into something that was unhealthy. Dr. Busso suggested his Ellipse IPL Laser could repair a lot of the sun damage by targeting the pigmented cells.
The Ellipse IPL Laser isn’t actually a laser at all, though it works much like medical lasers do. An intense pulse of light (IPL)—kind of like a camera flash—is directed at the affected area. The light is of a particular frequency that incinerates cells in a certain color range while leaving healthy cells untouched. The Ellipse’s frequency can be tuned to target spider veins, freckles, acne, hair follicles, and other types of cells depending on the desired treatment result. Ellipse IPL Skin Rejuvenation targets the red and brown spots associated with sun damage.
After shaving my arms, a very cold, transparent ultrasound gel was applied to the skin and then the laser treatment was administered in a grid style up and down each arm. Total treatment time for each Ellipse IPL Skin Rejuvenation session was about 20 minutes. I was treated three times at four-week intervals. Continue reading →
Are your aesthetic procedures working? Often, skin care regimens create subtle changes that are difficult to detect with the naked eye during the first several weeks of treatment. Physicians benefit greatly from having precise photos and digital visualizations that accurately document the progression of cosmetic and aesthetic procedures over time. At the office of Dr. Mariano Busso, we are always looking for new technologies to improve patient experience and treatment outcomes. We are pleased to announce the arrival of the 3D LifeViz™ Camera, an advanced technology and visualization software that improves our ability to assist with a number of unique skin conditions and enhance our aesthetic procedures. Continue reading →