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BOTOX® vs. Dermal Fillers: Which is Right for You?

young woman with smooth face

young woman with smooth face

When it comes to rejuvenating your appearance, innovations in modern cosmetic care have made it easy for men and women to look younger and feel more confident without having to turn to cosmetic surgery. Of the available non-surgical options, BOTOX® and dermal fillers remain among the most popular solutions and have helped countless patients recreate their more useful appearance.

However, choosing the right solution can be a challenge. If you’re weighing your options between BOTOX® and dermal injectables, here’s what you need to know.

What’s the difference?

While BOTOX® and dermal fillers both aim to help patients look younger, each offer very different methods to address the signs of aging. As a neurotoxin-based treatment, BOTOX® is uniquely able to block nerve receptors in targeted muscles.

This allows the treatment to temporarily stop wrinkles from developing and deepening, ultimately smoothing out these unwanted lines. In contrast, dermal fillers use injected gel-like substance to create volume in areas where slowing collagen production and damage has diminished an individual’s full, youthful appearance. This volume-enhancing injection can be made from a variety of substances, although some of the more popular and best known options are developed from hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance in skin.

The difference in formula also translates into a difference in results. Whereas BOTOX® looks to smooth wrinkles and fine lines by restricting muscle movement, dermal fillers add volume to sinking facial features.

If you have…

Aging affects each individual differently. While some may see fine lines and wrinkles are causing them to look older than their years, others may see aging as sagging cheeks and thinning lips. During your consultation, Madison, CT dermatologist will evaluate your appearance to identify how aging is affecting your appearance and will then make a recommendation for the right cosmetic treatment. Which treatment you’ll be recommended depends on your primary concern. 

Diminishing facial volume

Diminishing collagen production is a natural part of getting older but can significantly transform an individual’s appearance. Areas like the lips and cheeks are especially vulnerable to this common sign of aging. For these patients, dermal fillers can be an effective treatment solution by adding much needed volume without appearing cartoonish. Over the years, many of the leading brands like Juvéderm® and Restylane® have developed a full suite of dermal filler options, each tailored to meet the varying needs of different facial features. As a result, patients also have more choice in their desired formula and application options.

Crow’s feet or lines between the eyebrows

While wrinkles may start out barely perceptible, they can quickly deepen to become a dominating facial feature. Common ones like crows’ feet and “elevens” (lines between the eyebrows) typically develop as a result of continued muscle movement, which combined with diminishing collagen production causes these lines to deepen into creases.

In these instances, temporarily freezing muscle movement with BOTOX® is the best way to prevent these wrinkles from worsening. As the injections last anywhere from three to six months, the results are not permanent, allowing patients to gradually adjust injections sites in a way that slows wrinkle development without risking the frozen appearance.

Combination of Wrinkles and Thinning Facial Features

For some, the signs of aging can appear almost simultaneously. For these individuals, it can be almost impossible to prioritize one concern over another. At Aria DermSpa, our experienced dermatologist may recommend combination treatment for a fully rejuvenated yet natural looking appearance. In this scenario, wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement may be initially treated with BOTOX® or a similar neurotoxin treatment. Follow-up treatment with dermal fillers is then completed to add volume to areas like the cheeks, below the eyes and the lips.

Ready? Schedule your consultation today!

With options like dermal fillers and BOTOX®, it’s never been easier for patients to rejuvenate their appearance. At Aria DermSpa, our team is committed to helping all individuals regain lost confidence in their looks through tailored cosmetic treatments. To learn more about the advantages that come with anti-aging treatments like BOTOX® and dermal fillers, call (203) 421-6674 today and schedule your consultation with our specialist today!

How Much Weight Should You Lose Before Body Contouring Surgery?

weight loss before body contouring

weight loss before body contouring

Many patients believe they must already be at their ideal weight before they seek procedures to slim and refine their figures. However, this isn’t always the case. Treatments are available to kick-start your weight loss initiatives, as well as to firm and tighten tissue after you’ve achieved your goal weight. Whether you’ve lost five pounds or 50, there is a cosmetic therapy available to boost your confidence.
Consider the following options for any point in your road to health and wellness.

Body contouring for patients who are new to their journeys and are just starting to lose weight (zero
pounds of weight loss and up)

The following body contouring procedures can be applied any time during your weight loss journey to hone and refine your body shape. Many patients choose these procedures to motivate them in their weight loss goals and to reshape curves. While the treatments below aren’t intended specifically for shedding excess weight, they can help by reducing fat deposits in problems areas, so that when you achieve your health goals, you see the lean and toned shape you want – with a defined waist, smooth hips, and shapely legs.


CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment that uses intense cold to freeze fat cells. When frozen, fat cells are destroyed, and the body harmlessly passes them out of the system. CoolSculpting can be used in areas such as the abdomen and love handles. Coolsculpting can be applied to patients of any weight to refine their shape. As this procedure is non-surgical, there is no medical need to be at a certain weight to qualify or benefit from this procedure.


On the other side of the coin from CoolSculpting, there is liposuction. This is a minimally invasive procedure that suctions away fat with the use of a thin tube inserted into narrow incisions. Patients should be medically healthy to undergo liposuction but do not have to be at a specific weight. Patients often choose surgical fat removal to help them feel more confident in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and in maintaining their results from body contouring. Liposuction can remove more excess fat than CoolSculpting and may be recommended for patients who want more dramatic results.


Some individuals find they have pockets of fat underneath their chin that take away from their overall appearance. Kybella® is a non-surgical option for treating a double chin. Injected are placed at the tissue under the chin area to harmlessly dissolve fat cells in just a few sessions, restoring the contours of the neck and chin. As this procedure involves simple injections, patients of all sizes can benefit from Kybella® to reduce the appearance of a double chin.

Treatments for patients who have achieved their weight loss goals or who are very close – whether
that’s a loss of five pounds or 50


If your main concern is loose skin after weight loss, a minimally invasive ThermiTight treatment could be a good option. ThermiTight involves a probe that is inserted under the skin and utilizes radiofrequency energy to heat subdermal tissues. This not only produces skin-tightening effects but stimulates new collagen growth, so patients see an ongoing rejuvenation in the area where it is used. This treatment can be paired with other minimally-invasive or non-surgical procedures to minimize remaining pockets
of fat while toning the skin.

Futura Fit

For full body rejuvenation after weight loss, patients can consider the Futura Fit system. This treatment combines electrical stimulation with ultrasound technology to strengthen muscles, reduce fat, and increase definition throughout the body. With zero downtime, this is a popular body contouring treatment for those who have multiple areas of concern on their bodies. Futura Fit is recommended for patients who are near to their weight loss goals, so muscle tone is more easily visible, and results meet patients’ expectations.


A non-invasive treatment, the ZWavePro can address mild to moderate cellulite, sagging skin, and stretch marks—all common after weight loss. With no downtime, the ZWavePro can achieve comprehensive and quick results. If you have reached your goal weight and would like to see better skin tone and, ZWavePro can meet your needs.

Maintaining your Body Contouring Results

Weight loss can change your entire life. In addition to decreasing the risk of multiple chronic health conditions and diseases, extreme weight loss can also improve your energy, boost your self-confidence, and open the door to new activities and an active lifestyle you never dreamed possible. Body contouring surgery with any of the treatments above is usually suggested for patients who have kept their weight stable for at least six months. This gives their bodies time to adjust to the new weight and for any natural skin tightening to occur. If you’d like to meet with a knowledgeable professional at Aria before you have achieved your goal weight, we will be happy to consult with you and give you more information on what treatments are available and when in your weight loss journey you should pursue them.

Your Consultation with Aria DermSpa

Weight loss is a big achievement that will have numerous positive effects on your life. When you schedule a body contouring consultation with Aria DermSpa, you can take your results to the next level and enjoy your new shape even more. All consultations for body contouring are done by Dr. Donofrio to ensure that the right procedure is recommended. Schedule your consultation today to see if body contouring is right for you!

How to Prevent Summer Sun Spots

avoid sunspots

avoid sunspots

Sunspots, technically called solar lentigines, are caused when skin is exposed to the sun and show up as flat brown spots that are often mistaken for freckles or moles. Though sunspots can occur any time during the year, they are more common during the summer months due to the increased intensity of the sun and increased outdoor activity for the season. Sunspots can prematurely age the skin, and it’s likely that if you have gotten enough exposure to cause these spots, your skin is also developing other symptoms like wrinkling. Though sunspots are not technically dangerous, they can mimic cancerous lesions, and it can often be difficult to tell the difference between a harmless sunspot and potentially cancerous tissue. So how do you prevent sun spots without completely avoiding the sun this summer?

How Can You Avoid Sun Spots This Summer?

The best way to avoid sunspots is to stay out of the sun during the peak hours of the early to late afternoon. Try to schedule outdoor events for the morning or early evening hours to avoid the strongest rays of the sun. If you do need to spend time outdoors during these times, wear a hat and sunglasses, and consider carrying an umbrella or having some other form of shade. Regardless of the time you go outside, you should wear an SPF of at least 30 every day. Even if the day is cloudy, some UV rays will still come through and can damage your skin. In addition to your face, apply SPF to your neck and other exposed skin on your arms, hands, legs, and shoulders. Though all sun damage is not preventable, you can minimize it by taking these easy steps.

Keeping the skin cool after sun exposure may also reduce melanin activity and prevent some sun spots from forming. If you’ve been out in the sun and your skin feels overheated, apply a cold, wet washcloth, an ice pack, or a cooling mask to bring the temperature down. Not only does this help your skin, but it also feels amazing! You should continue to use your skin care products that contain retinol or AHA acids. Some individuals make the mistake of discontinuing these during the summer months because they make their skin more sensitive to the sun. However, if you are diligent about SPF and limiting your sun exposure, these can be powerful tools in preventing sun spots all season long.

How Can You Treat Sun Spots You Already Have?

It’s likely that you already have some sun spots on your face, neck, and chest. These will get darker each time they are exposed to sunlight. If you want to reduce the appearance of the sunspots you have, Aria DermSpa has some effective options. Skin rejuvenation treatments like chemical peels and microneedling can help trigger the skin’s healing process, stimulate collagen, and remove outer layers of skin that show the most damage from the sun. Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) and laser resurfacing treatments can also help reduce numerous signs of aging including sun spots and reveal younger, more supple skin. When you meet with the knowledgeable staff at Aria DermSpa, you can find out about the numerous treatments available to treat various signs of aging and unveil glowing skin.

Scheduling a Consultation with Aria

Not sure which treatment would be best for you or interested in learning more about what’s available? When you schedule a consultation with the staff at Aria, you can find out more about all that’s available. Many of these treatments can be used on areas of the body other than the face as well. If you have other areas of concern, such as fine lines and wrinkles, excess fat under the chin, or pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise, other treatments may be suggested as well.

Looking forward to the summer months but concerned about what the rays will do your skin? Keep up with SPF and your normal skincare routine during the summer months and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day. However, if you do find you have developed sunspots, there are ways to reduce their appearance. Contact Aria DermSpa today for more information!

Skincare Mistakes That Lead to Sun Damage

From premature aging to skin cancer, we all know that sun damage can wreak havoc on our skin. But did you know that some tried and true skincare habits might be doing your skin more harm than good? If you do any of the following, it might be time to revisit your skincare regimen.

Only lathering up when its sunny outside

Why wear sunscreen when it’s overcast or cloudy outside? UV rays can still reach your skin when skies are grey, causing untold damage when you’re least expecting it. To help protect your skin, wear sunscreen whenever you know you’ll be spending time outdoors. If you’re planning on hitting the slopes or sand, make sure to pack extra sunscreen – these vistas can cause even more sun damage as they reflect the sun’s rays.

While a higher SPF sunscreen is a good start to protecting your skin, it’s not the end all be all to blocking UV rays. Wearing a hat, bringing a lightweight cover-up and sunglasses can not only be fashionable but also highly effective in protecting your entire body. On the parts that aren’t covered, don’t forget to keep applying sunscreen throughout the day!

Don’t forget your lips and neck!

Unlike the skin on your hands and face, the skin on your lips is much thinner and more susceptible to damage. When the weather warms (and throughout the year), be sure to drink plenty of water and invest in a lip balm with sunscreen.

Like your lips, the skin on your neck is more delicate than skin elsewhere on your body and is often overlooked by routine skincare regimens. However, the thinner skin here is also more likely to show the first signs of sagging caused by both aging and sun damage. With that in mind, be sure to pay as much attention to the care you give your neck as you do to the rest of your face. Use a high SPF sunblock and reapply regularly if you’re sweating or swimming. Be

Spending too much time in direct sunlight

After being cooped up all winter, it can be especially tempting to spend every waking moment enjoying the warm weather. However, spending tons of time during the hottest parts of the day won’t quite get you the golden tan you’ve been craving. Sun exposure without the relief of shade or sun protection can leave skin vulnerable to burns and other skin damage. Instead of trying to literally soak up the sun’s rays, time your outdoor excursions before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. – the hottest parts of the day.

Over-exfoliating at night

As the days get hotter, its only natural that we start to get hotter faster. Daily scrubs and exfoliants might seem like the ideal solution for getting rid of daily grime, but when it comes to protecting your skin from sun damage, this can actually be more damaging. Exfoliating more than a few days a week exposes new skin to sun damage, which can accelerate your risk of sunburn and premature aging.

Enjoy the Sunshine Worry-free

At Aria DermSpa, our goal is to help patients enjoy beautiful skin year-round and year after year. With spring just around the corner, be sure to schedule your dermatology appointment with Dr. Donofrio and get your warm weather skin routine ready.


PRP Therapy: Is This Hair Loss Treatment Right for You?

thicker hair with PRP treatments

thicker hair with PRP treatments

Over the years, PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy has become an in-demand addition to a plethora of beauty procedures. But did you know that this innovative treatment can also be used to improve thinning hair and hair loss?

PRP: From Physical Therapy to Hair

Platelet-rich plasma therapy was originally developed by physicians to help accelerate the healing process for athletes following acute sports injuries or after surgery. Over the years, the technique has expanded beyond just physical therapy and post-surgical recovery into the realm of cosmetic care. Many state-of-the-art plastic surgery or cosmetic specialty clinics use the healing properties of PRP therapy to help patients recover faster and with fewer complications. Some of the cosmetic treatments PRP has been paired with include more intensive forms of facial rejuvenation and laser cosmetic treatment.

The success of PRP Therapy can be boiled down to the serum used. As its name implies, PRP is made up of human platelets – the patients’ to be specific. Compared to normal blood cells, platelets help facilitate blood clotting and contain unique proteins that help with the body’s natural recovery process. During PRP Therapy, a blood sample is taken from the patients and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. This creates an injectable containing an ultra-high concentration of the healing platelets, which can then be injected into the treatment area.

How PRP Helps with Hair Loss

For people experiencing premature balding or hair loss, the journey to a fuller head of hair is quite the challenge. Even with all the innovations in technology available in cosmetic care, options that help stimulate hair regrowth have been limited. Often, individuals facing these challenges are given two options – topical or oral treatment, either as a cream or pill; or hair transplantation. While topical solutions or pills can help regrow a person’s natural hair, patients must be prepared to maintain treatment permanently. In contrast, while more invasive hair transplantation options like micro-grafting or punch grafting offer longer-lasting results, the placement process is lengthy and invasive. Where these procedures miss the mark, PRP therapy shines.

Like other applications of PRP treatment, therapy for hair loss involves taking a blood sample from the patient and refining it down to separate out the platelets. The final injection product has been developed is then administered across the treatment area at intervals of half an inch or so. Once the platelet serum has been injected, the growth factors begin to stimulate collagen production, a key component to hair growth. The result is healthy, natural hair that can last for years.

The advantages of PRP treatment are seemingly endless. For starters, as the entire procedure is minimally invasive and uses a person’s own platelets, almost any patient is eligible to use PRP therapy for hair loss. Best results usually occur when the person starts PRP injections early into their hair loss and on patients showing signs of androgenic alopecia – where the hair starts to thin at the top of the head. Ultimately, the treatment gives patients the chance to restore their appearance and self-confidence, without having to worry about visible hair plugs or continued treatments.

Learn more from our Madison, CT Specialist

Our practice is built on the promise of providing exceptional care to all our patients. Starting with your consultation, Dr. Donofrio and her team will help you identify the best cosmetic solution for your concern. To learn more about the advantages of using PRP Therapy for your hair loss, we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with our specialist today.

BOTOX® or Fillers? Why Not All Injectables Are the Same

If you’re interested in addressing signs of aging such as expression lines, loss of volume in the cheeks or lips, or smoothing out wrinkles, it’s likely you’ve considered BOTOX® or dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® or Radiesse®. While both BOTOX® and dermal fillers can be injected in your dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s offices, are non-invasive, and require little if any recovery time, they are quite different. Here is what you need to know about the difference between the two treatments so you can decide which is better for your unique needs

What is BOTOX®?

BOTOX®, a purified form of the botulinum toxin obtained from bacteria, has been safely used for decades to correct wrinkles caused by repeated facial movements such as smiling, frowning, or furrowing the eyebrows. This injectable works by blocking nerve signals in muscles it is injected into, temporarily paralyzing them. When done correctly, BOTOX® does not cause the dreaded ‘frozen face’ that some have come to associate with it and instead results in a smoother, more youthful appearance.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to add volume and fullness to areas that have lost volume due to genetics, aging, or extreme weight loss. Dermal fillers can be made of a number of different substances, but the most popular and effective usually make use of hyaluronic acid, which draws in moistures and adds plumpness to the skin. Dermal fillers are most often injected into the cheek or jaw area or into the lips to add or restore volume. While they can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles due to their plumping nature, they do not work on the muscles to prevent the expressions that form these wrinkles.

How are BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers Different?

Both BOTOX® and dermal fillers are temporary, safe, and non-invasive methods of providing patients with a younger, more vibrant appearance. While the effects of BOTOX® gradually wear off, the substances used in dermal fillers are safely absorbed by the body over time. There is no downtime with either type of injectable and recovery usually involves only minor swelling or irritation at the injection sites. Most patients who get BOTOX® or dermal fillers are in and out of the office within an hour or two and experience no disruption of their normal schedules.

Both treatments can help patients achieve a younger, more rested appearance, but they do so in different ways. While BOTOX® works primarily by freezing muscle movements that lead to fine lines and wrinkles, dermal fillers are meant to fill in areas that have lost volume or fullness. BOTOX® is most often used between the eyebrows, around the mouth, and around the eyes. Dermal fillers are usually used in the lips, cheeks, and around the mouth area.

The amount of time that BOTOX® and dermal fillers last also differs. While BOTOX® injections may need to be performed every three or four months to maintain results, some fillers can last two years or longer.

How Can You Choose Between BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers?

Whether you choose a BOTOX® or dermal filler treatment depends primarily on your areas of concern and the results you want from your treatment. If the main areas you want to treat are caused by repeated facial expressions and you do not have loss of volume, BOTOX® is probably the right option. However, if you feel your lips have thinned, there are hollows in your cheeks or under your eyes, or that your face has lost some of its contour, a dermal filler is likely the right choice. In many cases, combining BOTOX® with a dermal filler can provide comprehensive results that patients love. These can be used together in what is often referred to as a ‘liquid facelift’ and is appropriate for those who want to address several signs of aging at one time.

Scheduling a Consultation with a Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon

The best way to determine if BOTOX®, dermal fillers, or both are right for you is to schedule a consultation with the knowledgeable staff at Aria Dermatology and Aesthetic Center. During your consultation, a team member will be able to examine your skin, find out what results you hope for, and further explain the differences between the injectables they offer. This will help you make the right decision that will produce results you will love! Schedule your consultation today to learn more.




























Pre-Wedding Treatment Timeline: Which Procedures to Book and When

Spring is fast approaching, and many brides are planning to make their way down the aisle and into a lifetime of wedded bliss. However, wedding planning can be stressful business, especially in the few months leading up to your big day. Between venue selection and invitations, few brides (and grooms) have time to sit and explore the best time for their pre-wedding treatment.

To help our future newlyweds, check out our guide to your pre-wedding treatments, guaranteed to help you reach a no-stress wedding day.

Dermatology Timeline

Nothing can ruin your special day quite like dull skin or an outbreak of stress-related acne. Taking care of your skin with these treatments starting months before your wedding day can remove one stressor off your plate:

12 Months before your wedding

Find a trusted dermatologist who is an expert in the treatments you’re considering. For patients who aren’t sure what they’re looking for other than beautiful skin, shop around and schedule consultations with different specialists who offer a wide range of procedures. What is important is to bring up your primary skin concerns and ask prospective specialists how you can best reach your goals.

Communicating with your dermatologist from the get-go is also extremely important. Being up front about budget, goals, wedding and honeymoon details as well as long-term treatment strategies can ensure you receive the best care possible.

For individuals looking to lose weight or sculpt their figures before their big day, setting realistic goals a year in advance is extremely important. Some body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting and liposuction require that you reach and maintain your goal weight before pursuing treatment, which can then take several months in order to achieve your ideal figure. Scheduling a consultation with a nutritionist or personal trainer now will help you reach important treatment milestones well before your big day.

Nine months before your wedding

If your wedding preparations include deep facial rejuvenation, nine months out is the perfect time to get these started. This is usually when we recommend undergoing chemical peels, microneedling with platelet rich plasma, and other more invasive treatments. Getting them completed this far out ensures your face will be well healed and at the peak of results by the time your special day rolls around.

If body sculpting was in your pre-wedding timeline, nine months out is the perfect time to start looking for an experienced specialist who can complete your desired treatment. Be sure to ask your prospective plastic surgeon about their experience, specialty and recommended treatment plan. As with a dermatologist, communicating upfront about your treatment goals and expectations will help ensure successful treatment.

Six months before your wedding

Looking at laser facial rejuvenation? Now is the perfect time to get these treatments completed before your wedding day. For patients who completed deep skin rejuvenation treatments, six months out can be a great time to complete any follow-up treatment without risking lengthy recovery. If dermal fillers were on your list of enhancements, now is the time to start exploring your options and testing out long-term treatments such as Juvéderm® or BOTOX®.

On the body sculpting side, now is the best time to have treatments completed. For liposuction, six months out should be sufficient time to heal before your big day. If you’re planning on a honeymoon right after the ceremony, you’ll want to be healed well before your blissful trip. For patients considering CoolSculpting, six months out should give you enough time to see the results of your treatment and complete all necessary treatment sessions before walking down the aisle.

Three months before your wedding

At three months to go, any long-term treatments should be on their last session. We recommend avoiding starting any big or invasive treatments to ensure your skin is healed and radiant for any pre-wedding photos. If you had dermal fillers on your list, now is the time to complete those enhancements to ensure they have plenty of time to blend in fully and enhance your features.

By three months, any body contouring procedures should be nearing completion or be in the final touch-up stage. Healing several months before your wedding day ensures that you’re primed for recovery without also having to deal with the inevitable stress of last-minute wedding errands and issues.

One month before your wedding

With just a month left, we recommend visiting your specialist for last minute touch-ups and treatments that enhance your appearance rather than diving into new treatments. During your last pre-wedding session, our specialist will also provide you with skincare recommendations for maintaining your results and avoiding unwanted outbreaks before you have a chance to walk down the aisle.

Plan Ahead with Aria Dermspa

You deserve to feel confident and beautiful on your wedding day. Start your beauty journey with Aria DermSpa by calling (203) 421-6674 today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Donofrio. Together, our team will help you create the ultimate treatment strategy that leaves your feeling your absolute best on your special day. Get started today!


Are Hormones Behind Your Adult Acne?

Doesn’t it seem like pimples have a knack for appearing when they’re least convenient? While unsightly acne may be more closely associated with puberty, adult acne is every bit as prevalent. By some estimates, adult-onset acne affects roughly 50% of women between 20 to 29 and around 25% of women 40 to 49.

Hormones: The Real Culprit

While many may associate acne with improper or ineffective hygiene, evidence suggests that the culprit behind your latest outbreak is internal rather than external.

Hormonal fluctuations are typically associated with adult onset acne. These changes in hormone balance can result from many factors, including menstruation, underlying health conditions, menopause, increased androgen levels, even stress. When these changes in hormone levels occur, they trigger skin inflammation and increase the skin’s production of sebum, an oil that keeps skin hydrated. This influx of unnecessary oil traps bacteria and dead skin cells within pores, creating pimples and blemishes that can be difficult to ignore.

Top Signs Your Acne is Hormonal

While clogged pores can be the result of an intense workout, there are several key signs that can suggest hormones are at fault. These symptoms include:

  • Recurring breakouts that appear in the same place around the same time of the month
  • Breakouts occur during high-stress times
  • The pimples that develop are not small, distinctive whiteheads or blackheads but instead are cysts below the surface that are tender to the touch
  • You’re well past puberty but still getting unsightly blemishes
  • Other members of your family show similar signs of acne

Clear Away Hormonal Acne with These Tips

While hormonal acne affects all patients differently, there are certain steps all patients can take to refresh their appearance and reset their skin. Consider incorporating the following strategies into your routine to help reset your skin and reduce outbreaks.

Start fresh with professional treatments

Hormonal acne can be further exacerbated by unfriendly skin conditions, such as blocked pores and damaged skin cells. Resetting your skin’s health with professional treatments like Dermasweep and chemical peels can help exfoliate away acne-causing dead skin and reveal healthy new skin just below the surface.

Switch up your daily skincare routine

While dirty faces may not be the cause of adult acne, an improper skincare routine may be making your skin more prone to breakouts. Rather than just buying what looks new and promising off of the drugstore’s shelf, invest in skin cleansers, toners, and moisturizers designed for your skin type and environment. If you’re especially prone to pore blockage, try to avoid oily skin care products and switch to noncomedogenic ones and update your skin care routine with changes in the weather. Not sure where to start or which skincare products you should be using? Visiting an experienced dermatologist can ensure your skincare regimen is designed for success and tailored to your needs.

Talk to a Specialist

As hormonal fluctuations can occur in sync with increasing stress at work or monthly menstruation, imbalances can also suggest more serious health problems are at play. If your skin condition continues to worsen or is unresponsive to professional treatment, it may be worth talking to your general practitioner about medications or health issues that are affecting your skin.

Get Started at Aria Dermspa

We know that adult acne can be frustrating to deal with. That’s why our specialist is committed to creating tailored skincare plans that help each patient overcome their blemishes and tackle future outbreaks.

Everything You Need to Know about Radiesse®

With so many injectable cosmetic treatment options out there, choosing the right dermal filler can quickly become an overwhelming process. If you’re looking for a dermal filler that offers long term results, consider Radiesse®® as your go-to treatment. Here’s what you need to know about this dermal filler option.

What is Radiesse®®?

Aging and the environment take a toll on skin, in particular, the ability to generate sufficient collagen and elastin. As these processes slow, damage from the external stressors and the effects of aging cause fine lines and deep wrinkles to appear above muscles that are frequently used across the face and hands. To effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it is critical that treatments include some form of collagen stimulation to help support diminished production.

Radiesse®® is a unique dermal filler that uses calcium-based microspheres to add immediate volume to the skin by creating a support system that lifts the skin. In the weeks and months following injection, these microspheres also help stimulate collagen production, improving the overall appearance of skin well into the future.

Radiesse®® Versus the Competition

Not all dermal fillers are alike. Many of the leading brands rely on a hyaluronic base to help fill in fine lines and developing creases. In contrast, the unique use of microspheres in the Radiesse® formula offers specific advantages patients would be unable to attain with other popular dermal filler options. These benefits include:

Treatment Longevity

While other dermal fillers may produce immediate results, these results tend to dissipate within several months and require frequent retreatment if patients want to keep their youthful volume. Radiesse®® treatment usually takes up to a week for results to become entirely noticeable, these results last. As Radiesse®® triggers the body’s collagen production process, the filler continues to provide results up to two years after injection.

Diverse Application

For many patients, dermal fillers as a common treatment are often thought of as just wrinkle treatment options. Radiesse®® is much more than an anti-aging solution. In addition to adding volume to the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, the injectable has successfully been used to add volume to the chin, lips, and hands. For patients who’ve lost volume in their face but don’t necessarily have wrinkles, Radiesse® can be an excellent way of softening harsh or angled features.

What to Expect During Your Radiesse®® Appointment

As Radiesse® is non-surgical and non-invasive, treatment is a quick and easy process. Once our dermatologist has identified the best placement of the filler, Radiesse® is applied with lidocaine to ensure a comfortable treatment experience. Overall injection usually takes about 30 minutes, and patients are typically able to return to their daily routine right after the treatment. Best of all, the immediate results will continue to improve the weeks and months that follow treatment.

Ready? Schedule Your Radiesse® Consultation Today!

With Radiesse®, you can restore and enjoy a more youthful appearance in just one simple treatment session. To learn more about the long-term dermal filler, contact Dr. Donofrio and her team to schedule a consultation.


Beat Dry Winter Lips with HA Fillers

Winter weather can be harsh on your skin. Although many patients know to revisit their daily skin care routine as the seasons change, few know about the importance of winter lip care. Neglecting this sensitive area of your skin can lead to unpleasant and painfully chapped lips. Instead of overapplying lip balm, which can further exacerbate your symptoms, hyaluronic acid fillers may be a better answer

What Causes Chapped Lips?

Chapped or cracked lips in the winter can be attributed to several key factors like changes in the weather and the environment. While summer weather may be warm and humid, winter weather is a stark contrast. Low to no moisture in the air, combined with the harsh effects of the sun and other environmental factors can have an intense drying effect on your lips. While the skin on the rest of your body can respond by increasing oil production, your lips don’t have oil glands, meaning they will dry out faster. Indoors, steady heater use without a humidifier can have a similar effect on your lips, leaving them vulnerable to chapping and cracking.

In addition to environmental damage, our behavior can also contribute to dry lips. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet that isn’t high in salt can be difficult around the winter months when hot beverages and heavy comfort food become dietary staples. As a result, not drinking enough water and adopting a salt-heavy diet can also contribute to developing dry, chapped lips.

Treating Chapped Lips with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Most patients are familiar with hyaluronic acid fillers as the secret to smoother skin and fuller lips. However, the same ingredient that causes the plumping and smoothing effect of fillers on the skin is also responsible for making them effective treatments for dry, chapped lips.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that helps skin cells retain moisture. Over time, environmental factors and the aging process can outpace hyaluronic acid production, accelerating the development of fine lines and wrinkles. When used to treat these cosmetic flaws, hyaluronic acid fillers help add volume to the treatment area by helping skin cells retain water. Combined with collagen production stimulation, patients are left with naturally full looking skin that is conveniently well hydrated.

Using hyaluronic acid for chapped lips has several important advantages. First, the injectable helps especially vulnerable cells stay moisturized despite changes in weather and other factors. Secondly, the temporary results make it an attractive option that doesn’t require frequent touch-ups. Most hyaluronic fillers last about six months and gradually dissipate into the skin, making it a discreet option for patients who aren’t looking to enhance their pout year-round. Finally, the minimal treatment time and ease of application make dermal fillers an excellent option for busy patients who don’t have the time to spend constantly monitoring their lips for the slightest chap or crack. Dermal fillers allow patients to complete treatment and get back to their schedule without interruption or retreatment until the spring.

Restore Your Smile Today!

At Aria DermSpa, hyaluronic dermal fillers are an excellent solution for patients looking for a simple solution that ends unpleasant and unflattering chapped lips. To learn more about this non-invasive procedure, call our Madison, CT plastic surgeon today to schedule your consultation!


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