Dr. Tomeka Roberts, MD, PC is a doctor who understands how many women
struggle with self-confidence due to not looking or feeling their best. This is why she
now offers a cosmetic boutique which includes professional products and services to help
improve one's aesthetics and health. Below are just a few of the services provided in her
practice for women interested in rejuvenating their skin or addressing other health problems:
Speed up the skin renewal process with chemical peels to reveal a fresher, younger look
Skin rejuvenation refers to those techniques that reverse the visible signs of aging. In 2013, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported facial rejuvenation procedures experienced the most growth among minimally invasive cosmetic treatments.
Four of the five most popular non-invasive procedures highlighted by the ASPS were related to “facial rejuvenation”:
- Botulinum toxin type A injections (i.e. Botox)
- Soft tissue fillers
- Chemical peels
With 1.2 million chemical peels performed in the U.S. in 2013, this technique was the fourth most sought-after cosmetic procedure in the minimally invasive category.
The results of internet searches frequently connect the term “skin rejuvenation” to chemical peels. There is good reason for this.
In young, healthy tissue, the average skin cell takes about 28 days to complete its journey from the lowest layer of the epidermis to the top layer where it is shed. This process of turnover prevents dead skin cells from building up and promotes new skin cells. Cell turnover slows starting at around age 25.
Changes to this natural process are visible. When dead skin cells aren't removed as quickly, the skin may appear dull and uneven. It may feel and look rough and dry. Skin may appear blotchy, freckled or with bigger, darker “age” or “liver” spots.
Chemical peels encourage the replacement of old, dead skin cells with new, younger ones. Drs. Tomeka Robertsthrough the Cosmetic Boutique can replicate this natural process.
Various solutions may be used to reveal fresher looking skin. We determine the best solution for your skin, according to factors such as:
- Area of concern, including sun damage and lines
- Preexisting skin diseases or other medical conditions
- Lifestyle factors like smoking that may produce scars and other unwanted side effects
- Follow-up care considerations
After determining the right solution for you, Dr. Roberts delivers a tailored treatment plan. The procedure itself first involves cleansing the skin. Then the customized substance is applied to your face. Peels can also be used on the hands or other parts of the body. The solution causes the skin to slough off. Generally, within a few days to a week the dead skin cells should be removed. What you see in the mirror is smooth, less wrinkled, more youthful skin.
Find out for yourself why chemical peels have been around for more than 50 years and are continuing to grow in popularity. First, call Roberts Cosmetic Boutique at 205-518-9800 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roberts Our office is in the Women's Medical Plaza.
Botox and Fillers
Restore smooth lines, full contours of youth with Botox and fillers
The FDA approved use of botulinum toxin type A for cosmetic purposes in 2002. Around two decades later, this family of purified proteins to treat wrinkles and lines would represent the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure in the U.S.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported botulinum toxin type A accounted for 6.3 million cosmetic procedures performed in 2013. Soft tissue fillers were the second most popular treatment, accounting for 2.2 million procedures in 2013.
Botulinum toxin is an injectable. It is better known by the trade name Botox. Technically, Botox and the other botulinum toxin-based products are neuromodulators. A small amount of the purified protein is injected directly into the muscles used to make the expressions that create our “crow's feet” or “frown lines.” This treatment alters nerve activity, impeding the muscle's ability to contract in the injected area. The untreated areas of the face are not affected. You can still make a natural expressions without the telltale signs of “having work done.”
Soft tissue fillers go by many different names, including dermal fillers and wrinkle fillers. This category of cosmetic treatment involves the injection of materials to create a smoother and fuller appearance.
Various substances may be used in fillers. Some fillers are firmer than others and may be used to enhance cheekbones. Other materials may be softer and used to augment lips. Fillers also vary by the amount of time you can expect to maintain results.
The most popular dermal fillers are made from substances naturally found in our bodies, such as the natural lubricants in our joints. Accordingly, there are fewer risks associated with these types of fillers and they are biocompatible, meaning the implanted material is not damaging to existing tissues.
Drs. Tomeka Robertscan assess if neuromodulators like Botox and dermal fillers are right for you. These injectables may be used in conjunction with each other to improve the appearance of your skin dramatically. Call 205-518-9800 to discuss your concerns and goals with our compassionate team at Roberts Cosmetic Boutique.
Birmingham area benefits from knowledgeable, empathetic approach to excessive sweating relief, hyperhidrosis treatment
When we exercise, the weather is warm, or we're dealing with a heated situation, sweat comes to the rescue. If we didn't have this fluid, our bodies would overheat. In fact, when the body makes too little sweat, muscle spasms, heat exhaustion, and potentially fatal heatstroke can occur.
Some people have the opposite concern. The nerves that stimulate the sweat-producing glands may be overactive. In turn, hyperhidrosis causes individuals to perspire even when they are at rest and calm.
The International Hyperhidrosis Society categorizes the severity of symptoms on a four-point scale:
- One - Sweating is never noticeable, never interferes with daily activities
- Two - Sweating is tolerable, sometimes interferes with activities
- Three - Condition is barely tolerable, as sweat frequently disrupts day-to-day tasks
- Four - Sweat can't be tolerated, because it always disrupts daily activities
Generally, if "one" or "two"�best describes the patient's symptoms, then he or she may have mild to moderate hyperhidrosis. Severe hyperhidrosis sufferers might say "three"� or "four"� best describes the volume of sweat and its impact on daily life.
Hyperhidrosis can damage self-esteem. Those with the condition may be more prone to skin infections and conditions such as rashes and eczema.
As a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Tomeka Roberts has the clinical knowledge and experience to relieve your hyperhidrosis symptoms safely and effectively. With a focus on holistic health and wellness, Dr. Roberts is sensitive to the unique challenges and stresses caused by this condition. She will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan.
Through Dr. Roberts Cosmetic Boutique, we may prescribe stronger antiperspirants when over-the-counter options haven't been effective. Oral medications may be prescribed. When products don't work, procedures may be suggested.
As the name suggests, neuromodulators block the ability for nerves to trigger the glands that make sweat. Botox is the most recognized and oldest of the botulinum toxin A-based neuromodulators. Botox has been approved for the treatment of ancillary hyperhidrosis or underarm sweat. This solution is injected into the armpits. Since treatment is limited to the affected area, you will still sweat normally elsewhere.
The sweat glands and nerves can be surgically manipulated to treat symptoms. Iontophoresis is associated with the treatment of excessive perspiration affecting the hands and feet. A mild, low-level electrical current is conducted by ionized water delivered through the skin's surface. It's thought this therapy works when the electric current and minerals in the water block the flow of sweat to the skin's surface by microscopically thickening the outer layer of tissue.
To discuss your treatment options, call Tomeka Roberts, MD, PC, Obstetrics and Gynecology at 205-518-9800.
Dr. Tomeka Roberts also offers clinical feminine care products including
washes, shaving creams, and shaving treatments which are available upon request.