Dr. Ann C. Zedlitz
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About My Practice
How do you relate to your patients?I have tried every procedure that I offer so that I know what they are going through. If it's not effective or something that I would give myself or a family member, then I do not use it in my practice.
Has there been any great advice that you've received?To always remember my roots. I've come from a very poor and humble background, so I am appreciative of life and the goodness that it can hold.
What is most important to you when doing patient treatments?
Comfort. When I perform a procedure on a patient, I want them to feel relaxed. This relaxation starts with educating the patient on the procedure so that they know what to expect. They are comforted by my well-trained staff and my board certification in dermatology. My emergency medicine background helps me keep the patient relaxed and pain-free before, during and after the procedure.
What makes your practice location special?
I stay up-to-date on dermatology, always traveling and taking classes to know what’s new and innovative. I am a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. I also bring a woman’s perspective to my work; for example, I think about the fact that we want perky ears for our earrings, so I’ve been offering earlobe laser rejuvenation automatically with my face laser CO2. Women notice and appreciate things like that.
Is there anything that you are never without?A smile, because I am truly happy with the field of medicine that I am in. I love helping my patients to feel beautiful and thank each of them with a hand-written note.
Why did you become a dermatologist?
I love helping people feel more confident about themselves! In dermatology, there are so many modalities that give me the ability to help patients achieve their healthy skin goals. If you wake up and don’t like what you see in the mirror, that can set the tone for the day and maybe even the rest of your life. If I can change the reflection so that you like what you see, then I can help you feel empowered in your careers, relationships and friendships.
Are you involved in any pro bono projects?My husband and fellow dermatologist, Dr. Trent Massengale and I work together to educate the public about the dangers of excess sun exposure and the prevention and treatment of skin diseases. I also give away a basket of beauty products or a cosmetic treatment to a teacher every month to let them know they are appreciated and their job is important.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?In 2015 I was selected by my peers for the prestigious, nationally acclaimed Castle Connolly Top Doctor in the specialty of Dermatology.
American Board of Dermatology
American Board of Emergency Medicine
Affiliation:American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
A Minute With
Three words that best describe meGenuine, visionary, artist
My dream innovationA laser that gives the same resurfacing and rejuvenating results as a CO2 or dermabrasion treatment without the downtime
My ultimate skin-care adviceDaily use of topical and oral vitamin C to aid in building collagen
The best skin in hollywoodChristie Brinkley
The most unique aspect of my practicePatients can take comfort in knowing that I try every procedure on myself before I perform it on a patient. I stand by the fact that if it isn’t good enough for me, then it isn’t good enough for my patients
Career-defining procedureOne of the most impressive breakthroughs in the world of skin care has been highly effective lasers that can resurface, rejuvenate and refresh. I offer an array of lasers, from hair-removal devices to the popular CO2 fractional laser resurfacing that diminishes wrinkles, spots and sun damage along the face and chest
How i make the best first impressionI build a relationship with each patient from their initial consultation. I want to get to know them and their goals for cosmetic treatment and address any underlying causes that may be linked to their concerns. After an in-depth consultation I provide them with a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan to help them make the most informed decisions
What i love most about my professionFocusing on dermatologic education and community awareness relative to healthy skin and cancer prevention
- Dermal Fillers / Injectables
- Facial Rejuvenation
- Hair Restoration
- Laser Hair Removal
- Laser Resurfacing
- Removal (Moles, Skin Tags, Birthmarks and other Lesions)
- Scar Revision
- Vein Treatment
- Skin Care
- Skin Peels
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Fat Reduction
- Body Contouring
- Stretch Mark Treatments
- Juvederm Voluma
How many treatments would I need to have in order for the hair to disappear and never grow back?What our experts say:
I love laser hair removal. The number of treatments depend on your baseline hair and skin color. The darker the hair and lighter the skin usually requires less treatments 4-6. You generally need a yearly touch up of just one treatment. I have seen many patients (myself included) that have only had 3-4 treatments under the arms and have never had another tx. The guidelines say "permanent hair reduction" not removal. The most important thing is to have an experienced laser doctor overseeing the treatments. Many pts have had burns due to the wrong laser choice for a given skin type. Don't go for the cheapest, it may be the most expensive in the long run.
Can you tell me what a Jessner peel is and exactly how it differs from other peels that are more commonly talked about?What our experts say: Jessner's solution has been used for over 100 hundred years. A Jessner's peel is a combination of different acids to make for a superficial peel. It contains lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol in an alcohol base. I love this peel as part of a maintenance regimen. I like it for all skin types. Many of my acne patients are on these. I like to jump start things with a series of three peels three weeks apart.
For optimum results, how often should I get a chemical peel?What our experts say:
I recommend chemical peels quite often. I think chemical peels are a underutilized as a way to keep your skin looking its best. I love superficial peels once a month. The type of peeling agent depends on your skin type, dryer skin-glycolic, oily skin-salicylic.
Are there any non invasive procedures/creams that will lighten the appearance of stretch marks?What our experts say:The procedures that help with stria are fractionated 1540 laser treatments every 3-4 weeks for 5-6 treatments. This really helps blur the edges of the scar and promote collagen synthesis. It also helps to diminish the redness from blood vessels, since it helps on 2 different areas, it is my favorite procedure for stretch marks. As far as creams go, don't believe the claims on the label. I like to put my patients on a tretinoin cream to help with stria. It needs to be a strength that does not cause too much irritation, this skin is fragile to start.
Do people normally get both top and bottom lip enhanced?What our experts say:
I usually touch up both upper and lower lips. Most patients don't need both lips done equally. I like to keep a natural proportion of upper lip to lower lip of 1.5-2 to 3
What is the difference between Perlane and other fillers that are being offered by Doctors?What our experts say:
Perlane is a filler from the HA (Hyaluronic Acid) class. The fillers in the class are reversible. I like these fillers for a pt having them done for the first time. It is always good to have options, and reversibility is nice. Perlane is a filler that has a higher viscosity. This allows us to use it for structure or "scaffolding" of the face. It allows for more robust volumization when structure is lacking - loss of bone.
Is there an alternative to Retin-A that is equally as effective?What our experts say:
This is a great question. After sunscreen, tretinoin Retin-A) is the most important part of your overall skincare routine. I have pts everyday who say they can't tolerate a retinoid (Retin-A). They say it turned them fire red and made them dry and their skin peel. This is soooo commonly heard that I know before I hear the answer what happened. The irritation is usually due to a concentration that was too high for their skin. I have been using it for 10 years and still can only tolerate the lowest strength 3 times a week. That's OK. I alternate with something else like glycolic acid cream.
I recently saw a Doctor promoting a treatment called Zerona. Can you tell me what is actually is and if it can legitimately reduce the fat?What our experts say: I believe there are better alternatives. Coolsculpting, SculpSure, and liposuction to name a few.
How useful are injectables?What our experts say: As long as the results are natural, then injectables are a fabulous way to restore volume to an aging face or combat wrinkles. I never want anyone to tell when my patients have had something done. Well rested? Yes. Had work done? No! Careful placement of injections can make all of the difference, so picking the right doctor is of the utmost importance.
Does every part of your body respond to CoolSculpting?What our experts say: I like this technology. I have personally had it done to three different body areas. If the placement is correct and there is "enough" fat to fill the suction cavity, it should work on all body parts. That being said, not all areas are FDA approved. You need to be careful with nerves in the area. This device works extremely well with the right person and correct body area.
What injectable is most commonly used for lip injections?What our experts say: I love to inject lips. I love to see lips that are natural. Too many times these two sentences are not compatible. My motto is "less is more". If you can tell you've had something done, I haven't done my job. That being said, I like the HA class of fillers—Juvederm Ultra and Restylane. I dilute them depending on what I am trying to accomplish,- defining the vermillion border, rebuilding the phitrum (two vertical lines between the nose and top lip), or overall volumizing. I have turned patients away because they wanted an unnatural look.