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Posts for: September, 2017

By The Fountain Clinic
September 15, 2017
Category: Skin Treatment
Tags: Chemical Peels  

Chemical PeelsIf you’re bothered by fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring or an uneven skin tone, or if you are looking for a simple way to rejuvenate your skin, chemical peels may be a good option for you.

A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by your dermatologist. This in-office treatment involves applying an acid solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin, erasing imperfections and improving skin tone and texture. As the old, outer layer of skin is exfoliated and removed, it stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells that are smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.

This time-tested, non-invasive procedure is quick—in most cases less than an hour—and yields fast results. It can drastically improve the appearance of skin marked by wrinkles, scars and other signs of aging or sun damage.

Chemical peels can improve the appearance of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Freckling

Chemical peels can be applied to many parts of the body including the face, neck, chest and hands and are available in several different strengths. Our office can help you determine the type of chemical used depending on your skin type and desired results. The best candidate for a chemical peel is a person with fair skin and light hair, although darker skin types can also achieve good results depending on their specific problem and treatment goals.

How many treatments are necessary depends on the severity of skin damage and the patient’s goals. With each treatment, scarring and other imperfections typically diminish more and more.

At your dermatologist's office, we can help you achieve your most radiant, youthful skin. Visit to learn more about cosmetic dermatology and to find out if you are a candidate for chemical peels.

By The Fountain Clinic
September 12, 2017
Category: Dermatology

Find out how this simple cosmetic dermatology procedure could breathe new life back into your skin.laser skin rejuvenation

Have years of sunbathing left you with brown, blotchy skin? Have wrinkles started to rear their ugly head? Do you still battle acne breakouts that leave discolorations behind? If so, then Dr. Curt Birchall at Rocky River Med Spa - The Fountain Clinic in Rocky River, Ohio may have just the thing to get you beautiful, radiant and healthier-looking skin.

What is laser skin rejuvenation?

This minimally invasive laser treatment is designed to improve the color, tone and texture of your skin. When the laser is passed over the skin, it heats up and removes the dead outermost layers. This cosmetic procedure also stimulates collagen production, which helps to tighten and tone your skin.

What skin issues can laser skin rejuvenation address?

Are you wondering whether this is the right treatment option for you? Dr. Curt Birchall may recommend this if you want to eliminate or even reduce the appearance of:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Sun and liver spots
  • Minor scars
  • Warts
  • Birthmarks
  • Enlarged pores

What should I expect from this procedure?

This cosmetic procedure is fast and simple and performed right here in our office. Laser skin rejuvenation treatment in Rocky River can be a great way to improve skin just about anywhere on the body or the face. Depending on the size of the treatment area, this procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

Before directing the laser over the skin we will numb the area to reduce any discomfort. Once your laser treatment is over, we will provide you with after-treatment instructions to make sure you know how to properly care for your skin. Depending on what skin problems you want to treat with laser skin rejuvenation, your recovery period could last anywhere from a week to a few weeks.

Are you interested in laser skin rejuvenation or discovering the other cosmetic dermatological services we offer? If so, then turn to the compassionate, caring expert Dr. Curt Birchall at Rocky River Med Spa - The Fountain Clinic in Rocky River, OH, who is dedicated to giving your skin the care it deserves.

By The Fountain Clinic
September 01, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Hands  

Keep Your Hands Looking YoungWhile the face may be the first to show signs of aging, a person’s hands can make someone appear older than they feel. In a person’s lifetime, the hands are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures and a lot of wear and tear. It’s no wonder the skin on our hands becomes thinner, develops wrinkles and sun spots and loses its radiance over time.     

The good news is that you can reduce signs of aging on your hands with improved care at home and the help of your dermatologist.   

Basic tips for improved hand care include:

  • Keep your hands moisturized. Dry, cracked hands appear dull and older. Applying a cream periodically throughout the day will give your hands a healthy glow and a more youthful appearance.
  • Protect your hands from the sun.  The back of the hands are extremely vulnerable to UV damage because they are almost always exposed to sun light. Take extra precautions by applying sunscreen.
  • Wear gloves. Do this during household chores or yard work to protect your hands. Also wear gloves in the winter to protect hands from cold, harsh temperatures.
  • Avoid frequent hand washing.  When you do wash, use a mild soap with warm water.

In some cases, a dermatologist may recommend rejuvenation techniques that have long been successful in treating the face.These procedures add volume to the hand and remove discoloration, wrinkles and damage to reverse telltale signs of aging. Visit your dermatologist to find out if these treatments are offered and recommended options for you.

Because we put so much emphasis on our facial skin care, the hands are often overlooked. The hands can be even more susceptible to the effects of aging, which means they need extra care and attention. Today, there are many procedures available to minimize the appearance of an aging hand. Prevention is the best medicine, but your dermatologist is also an excellent source for advice and professional treatment options.