Called the hippest city in the Southwest, Austin, Texas is known for its cool vibe. The city is home to the SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Festival not to mention a promising artist community and more live music than just about anywhere else. These are some of the reasons that celebrities such as Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Pro Tennis player Andy Roddick choose to make their home in Austin.
And Austinites seeking skin care are looking for subtle results that fit in with their understated and active lifestyles.
With offices in Steiner Ranch and Pflugerville, dermatologist Ted Lain, MD is known by locals for his smooth touch and natural-looking results.
Dr Lain talked to Beauty in the Bag about Austin, acne and other advances in skin care. Here’s what he had to say:
1. What is trending in Austin, Texas?
Austin is a growing city with many people who have disposable income and a desire to look their best. Right now the big push is to look better … naturally. I have noticed more and more patients coming in with the idea of using Botox and fillers for rejuvenation but scared to look overdone or frozen. I think the pendulum is swinging back from the frozen/big lips/big cheeks look to a more natural, refreshed look.
2. What is your most requested procedure today?
Juvederm Voluma, the relatively new filler from Allergan, is the product I am using the most of right now. It lifts and fills with little bruising or downtime, so is perfect for both the busy mom and working professional. Restylane Silk is an exciting new product from Valeant that targets very fine smoothing and refinement of lips and fine lines. More and more fillers will be coming to the market soon, so we will have many more tools to help with rejuvenation.
3. Tell us about some of the clinical trials you are now running.
Clinical trials are exceptionally busy right now, with many large and small companies bringing innovative new products, devices, and procedures to the testing phase. We are working on new laser procedures for acne, new injectable medications for fat reduction, and new and exciting medications for chronic conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. The molecular understanding of these disease processes is getting clearer, which leads to more targeted and effective treatments.
4. What treatment are you most excited about today and why?
The treatment most aesthetic dermatologists are talking about is the new Kythera’s Kybella injectable treatment for submental fat, also known as the neck waddle. The clinical trial data is impressive, and it was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
5. What are your top tips for preventing breakouts in acne-prone skin?
The best thing to do for acne prone skin is to reduce oil production, enhance skin cell turnover, and decrease inflammation. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide cleansers and creams help with all three, as do products containing retinol or retinaldehyde. Look for these three ingredients in OTC acne products.
6. Why isn’t laser hair removal a strange gift?
Finally, laser hair removal isn’t a strange gift for someone you’re close with (i.e., for your mom, sister or best friend). I know women tend to talk about their beauty issues when they chat and getting a friend what he or she wants is always a treat – whether that’s a manicure or a laser hair removal gift card.