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    When you visit us for your aesthetic needs, we make you feel at home in our private, modern facility. We understand that our patients have busy lives and specific needs. Arriving for your appointment in our practice near Nashville, you are greeted by a friendly staff member.

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    Both men and women in the Nashville area visit Franklin Skin & Laser for fat reduction treatments. CoolSculpting® may be ideal for the individual who is close to his or her ideal body weight but is able to “pinch an inch.” If you notice bulging around your mid-section, sides, thighs, or if you have smaller pockets of fat under the chin or the back of theI knees, but do not want to go through the downtime and expense of surgery, CoolSculpting® could be the perfect treatment for you. Call today for your free consultation and learn more about your options for body contouring at (615) 595-8177.

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    Laser hair removal has evolved quite a bit over the years. Today, treatments are more suitable for a wider variety of skin tones.

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    We are happy to offer Exilis in our Nashville practice and our patients love the results that can be achieved with this technology.

  • Because looking younger never gets old

    When you visit us for your aesthetic needs, we make you feel at home in our private, modern facility. We understand that our patients have busy lives and specific needs. Arriving for your appointment in our practice near Nashville, you are greeted by a friendly staff member.

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Acne and Rosacea Franklin

“This place is amazing!”

The entire staff are all very cool and down to earth, and will make you feel very comfortable once you are there. Dr Bengelsdorf is without a doubt a perfectionist, which makes him very easy to trust with the end results! Highly recommended!

* Results are not guaranteed and vary from person to person

by : A. Hampton

Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting around 40 to 50 million Americans. It’s estimated 85 percent of 12 to 24 year olds will experience at least minor acne, but you can develop the condition at any age.

Rosacea affects an estimated 16 million Americans. Like acne, this condition can arise at any age but typically appears between the ages of 30 and 60.

Acne and rosacea share common characteristics, such as redness and the presence of pus-filled lumps. Both conditions are distinct. While they usually appear separately, you can have acne and rosacea at the same time.

To understand therapies for acne, rosacea, or both is to understand the cause of your troubling and uncomfortable symptoms.

The truth about acne

Greasy foods are not to blame for acne. Instead, acne develops when pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Hormonal changes with the onset of puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can result in more pore-clogging oil. Bacteria thrive in these areas and cause inflammation, which appears as red pimples or tender, pus-filled lumps and large, solid lumps under the skin (cysts and nodules respectively).

Whiteheads and blackheads are less serious types of acne than cysts and nodules, which can leave scars behind long after your last outbreak. Whiteheads occur when the pore becomes so plugged up that the follicle wall bulges. If the plug is instead open at the surface and exposed to air, it will darken and produce a blackhead.

Stress, some dairy and carbohydrate-rich foods, and medications such as corticosteroids can trigger or make existing acne worse.

Getting to the root of rosacea

While there are many unknowns associated with this condition, rosacea is linked to problems with the way facial blood vessels dilate. Excess blood is brought to the surface of the skin, which results in characteristic flushing and redness. A number of factors are thought to trigger this rush of blood and to aggravate existing symptoms, including:

  • Hot or spicy food and drink
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sun exposure
  • Stress
  • Hot baths or saunas
  • Medications such as prednisone or blood pressure pills that dilate blood vessels

Research suggests rosacea may be inherited. Some ethnicities appear more prone to rosacea, including those of Irish, English, Scandinavian, Welsh, Scottish, or Eastern European descent. A fair complexion is considered a risk factor.

The importance of visiting a specialist

Rosacea is often mistaken for acne. Likewise, you may think rosacea is your problem when actually; acne is responsible for your symptoms. For the appropriate care to manage, relieve, or lessen your symptoms effectively, seek the expertise of your cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic surgery specialists in the Nashville area, Franklin Skin & Laser.

A board-certified surgeon, Dr. Steven Bengelsdorf differentiates between these two conditions and others with similar skin-related symptoms such as eczema, lupus, or seborrheic dermatitis. Dr. Bengelsdorf will oversee therapies or administer treatments, which may include:

  • Medicated creams, gels, or lotions
  • Oral or systemic medications
  • Laser therapy
  • Light-based therapies such as photorejuvenation
  • Chemical peels
  • Abrasion techniques

Dr. Bengelsdorf may recommend proven, safe medical-grade skin care products and lifestyle modifications for at-home care and maintenance of results seen with in-office treatments. Don’t wait another day for the therapies that will help you look and feel better. The sooner you schedule a consultation by calling (615) 595-8177, the greater your odds of preventing serious complications such as scarring, lasting facial swelling, and tissue buildup.

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     Franklin, TN 37064
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