Jessica is a board certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in non-surgical full facial rejuvenation. Dedicated to helping her patients feel and look beautiful, she has helped thousands of patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Jessica completed her doctorate at the University of South Florida, where she earned her Family Nurse Practitioner degree specializing in Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology. She then continued her training with one of the fastest-growing medical spa practices in the country, receiving hands-on training with one of the top National Trainers and Advisors for Allergan and Galderma. Her experience has given her an in-depth understanding of how standards of beauty can be achieved through individually tailored skin treatments. Jessica combines both her love of science and passion for the art of beauty to renew and rejuvenate her patients by providing evidence-based care. Her favorite treatments include botulinum toxin and full facial rejuvenation. She strongly believes that education never ceases and continues to learn and hone her own craft with the latest techniques, tools, and education. Born and raised in Florida, Jessica has deep ties within the Suncoast. Outside of work, you can find her spending time exploring the Florida coastline with her husband Brian and dog Einstein.
Cosmetics are seemingly offered everywhere and by everyone these days. Where should you go for your cosmetic needs? With so many choices it can be difficult to decide. At St. Petersburg Dermatology we have a very specific philosophy that revolves around 3 things when it comes to cosmetics. Let us share it with you and hopefully we’ll make your decision a little easier.
Botox is used to relax muscles that create lines that are caused by movement. The most common areas treated by Botox are the lines between the eyebrows (often called the “eleven” lines) and the lines at the outer corners of the eyes (“crow’s feet”). Botox cannot erase lines that are present when the face is not moving, although sometimes Botox can soften these.
Botox is generally very safe, is FDA approved, and has been used for many years. Botox is temporary, usually lasting around 3 months. It is performed with minimal discomfort and only takes a few minutes for the actual procedure.
A variety of fillers are now on the market, and can be used in several areas of the face. They are typically temporary and can last variable lengths of time.
As we age, we lose bone and fat in the face. Bone and fat are what support the skin in the face, and when they are lost, skin begins to sag and crease. While products and procedures aimed to improve texture, color, and tone of skin can help, a comprehensive anti-aging treatment plan involves addressing this lack of support underneath the skin. Fillers help to recreate the natural, youthful structure underneath the skin.
Depending on the area of the face, one filler may be more appropriate than the next. Dr. Arrington is happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding choice of filler and whether filler is appropriate for you.
Some moles, dark spots, bumps, or skin tags can be cosmetically undesirable to a patient. Unfortunately, growths on the skin don’t always appear in areas we want them! A dermatologist has many tools to treat spots on the skin that patients may want removed.
If you are bothered by a particular spot, Dr. Arrington would be more than happy to discuss cosmetic removal with you. She can also explain whether or not a removal would be considered cosmetic by your insurance company, and what the cost to you would be.
Laser Hair Reduction
Often referred to as the gold standard in hair removal, the Diode laser 810nm wavelength is highly reliable, and can address a wide range of skin types. Laser hair reduction uses technology in which a beam of light is applied to unwanted hair on various parts of the body. This light is a specific wavelength that targets the melanin—the pigment in the hair that gives it color, in the hair follicle. When the light enters the follicle, it is converted to heat energy that destroys / inactivates the follicle, preventing the hair from growing again. On average a minimum of 6 treatments are needed, spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Resurfacing with Spectrum Erbium Yag laser can improve some of the most common skin concerns and blemishes, helping achieve younger, more radiant skin. By targeting the water in your skin cells, it vaporizes the cells to remove micro-layers of skin at a time. Throughout this process, the laser light energy causes heat, which stimulates the healing process and new collagen production. Collagen is the key to strong, healthy skin, and as you age your body begins to produce less of it. With more collagen produced, we can help your skin look and feel younger.
Acne and hyperpigmentation can be difficult to treat with topical solutions alone. Photofacial Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a laser treatment using 4 broad band filters to target specific skin concerns. The treatment is nonablative, meaning the outer layer of skin is left intact, resulting in minimal side effects and little recovery time. Using laser light energy, IPL therapy targets the skin to heat and destroy visible vessels and lesions, resulting in smoother, clearer skin. IPL is great for the treatment of brown spots, rosacea, broken blood vessels, and acne. The gentle treatment can be used on the face, chest, back, arms and hands.
The Nd:YAG 1064 laser is the standard for removing vascular lesions (spider veins, telangiectasias, and cherry angiomas) on the face and chest. Also, we can use Nd:Yag 1064 in conjunction with IPL to reduce the redness that many rosacea sufferers face on a daily basis. The reason why the 1064 is considered the standard to remove facial vessels is because it’s ability to selectively heat veins resulting in removal or less visibility while protecting the skin. Whereas IPL can be used for veins but has been shown to be less effective at times in treating larger or more resistant veins.