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At Southwest Michigan Dermatology, we aim to stay on top of the latest developments in skin care, light therapy, BOTOX, and more. Constantly seeking new information, we strive to keep our patients informed of our progress. On this page, we will share useful information with you. Be sure to visit this page often, as we will update it regularly!

Dermatology in Portage
6/19/2017

At Southwest Michigan Dermatology in Portage, we are always trying to find ways to increase the level of convenience for our customers. This includes a full functional and easy to navigate website that has a page available for you to print and fill out your forms beforehand to cut down on the amount of time you have to spend at the office. We have also just introduced text message reminders for our patients.

Dermatologist in Kalamazoo
5/25/2017

1. Not using enough

When the effectiveness of sunscreen is tested a lot more is used that most people will put on themselves and their children. You should, depending on your size, be using an ounce or so to cover your skin that’s exposed to the sun. 

Platelet-Rich Plasma
4/21/2017

The Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment is used in dermatology to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles and to diminish the appearance of scars and dark circles as well as treat hair loss. So, what does a PRP treatment entail? Put simply, a small sample of blood is drawn and the Platelet-Rich Plasma is extracted and applied to the skin often in conjunction with microneedling for a more pronounced anti-aging result. In this post, we will look at the two main dermatological reasons patients elect to have this safe, effective, and highly regarded skin care treatment. 

Ultherapy Kalamazoo
2/3/2017

You may be wondering – what is Ultherapy? Ultherapy is an FDA-cleared non-surgical ultrasound treatment that uses your body’s natural collagen regeneration process to gradually and carefully lift sagging skin on the neck, eyebrow, and beneath the chin and also smooth wrinkles and lines on the cleavage  also known as your décolletage. There is no downtime after an Ultherapy treatment (which typically takes 60 to 90 minutes for face and neck and 30 minutes for chest) and there are no post treatment measures. Now that you know what Ultherapy is, in this post we will answer a few frequently asked questions. 

Kalamazoo Microdermabrasion
1/9/2017

Microdermabrasion is a great non-surgical, non-invasive way to gently remove dead skin that’s on the outer layer of your face. The removal of this dead skin leaves behind a noticeably more vibrant and healthy looking face. Microdermabrasion is one of the most common cosmetic procedures worldwide because of its effectiveness and absence of risk. It is often a go to procedure for those who are looking to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blackheads, scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, acne, and uneven skin tone caused by environmental or various skin conditions. 

CoolSculpting Kalamazoo
12/2/2016

Join us for our CoolEvent to learn more about the one-of-a-kind fat cell reduction treatment, CoolSculpting!

Kalamazoo Dermatologist
11/15/2016

Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a harmless and fairly common genetic follicular skin condition often referred to as “chicken skin.” Worldwide up to 80% of adolescents and 50% of adults have KP. KP is caused by keratin buildup in hair follicles which causes white or red bumps that are reminiscent of acne. The areas that are most commonly affected are the thighs and the backs of the upper arms and. While it’s completely harmless, most people with the condition are unhappy with the appearance of their skin. 

IPL Intense Pulsed Light
10/18/2016

Say goodbye to the effects of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, vascular lesions, pigmented lesions and more. With the transformative Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial treatment, gentle rejuvenation of the skin is now easier than ever. IPL photorejuvenation is a breakthrough treatment that allows patients to transform discolored, red, blotchy skin into a radiant and smooth complexion. For those who suffer from lesions and other aesthetically displeasing skin issues, IPL photofacial treatments may be the perfect dermatological treatment.  

laser hair removal
9/27/2016

Laser hair removal targets, melanin, a pigment that gives your hair its color. When you’re having a laser hair removal treatment done, the IPL (intense pulse light) device or laser targets the melanin inside of the hair follicle in your skin. The laser creates heat which safely damages the follicle and prevents hair growth. Because of this, laser hair removal works best on skin and hair that has less melanin, which means it's best to have the treatment done in the fall or winter when you’re less likely to be tan. In this post, we will look at a couple of ways melanin affects laser hair removal treatments. 

CoolSculpting Kalamazoo
8/22/2016

Last week, Dr. Jessica E. Liggett appeared on The Lori Moore Show to talk about CoolSculpting – a fat-freezing procedure offered at Southwest Michigan Dermatology’s Laser & Skin Care Center in Kalamazoo. CoolSculpting is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat cell reduction treatment that uses targeted cooling to eliminate fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.