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Our Favorite Skincare Products Part II

The next installment of Our Favorite Products from our staff! All are available for purchase at Sherman Aesthetic Center. Time to start repairing the damage from the summer sun and get prepped for winter weather!

Allie,RN, 20s

I LOVE skin care products. As a teen, I had horrible cystic acne and took Accutane and every other topical product that my dermatologist recommended (we tried everything!). So my skincare regimen was established early. I have tried lots of products, and I can honestly say that the following products have been the BEST I have ever used. I’m not dating around with my skin care anymore!

  • I use C E Ferulic every morning. I always thought that my skin was in pretty great condition until I saw what was lurking beneath the surface. My solar damage was just about maxed out when I had my EMAGE assessment. I knew I had to do something about it, but what I didn’t expect was that antioxidants would be the answer. They actually help repair damage already done to the skin and prevent further damage from occurring. My photodamage went from 99% to 72% on EMAGE assessment in 6 months. And I have brighter, more even-toned skin to boot!


  • SkinMedica 0.5% Retinol- I recommend that everyone be on a retinol! It increases cell turnover and rids your skin of the top layer of dead skin cells. I can always tell a HUGE difference the morning after I’ve used it. My skin glows.


  • On my “off nights” from my Retinol, I use Resveratrol BE. It is a nighttime antioxidant that neutralizes the effects of free radicals. I’ve noticed that my skin is more radiant, moisturized, and has more even tone.


  • SkinCeuticals SPF 30- I like this sunscreen because it is so straightforward. Its consistency is very thin, which I had to get used to, but I love that it is so lightweight, non-greasy, and sheer. It’s perfect to put on under my makeup.



Rachel, Administrative Coordinator, 40s

I highly recommend the EMAGE analysis. I didn’t really know where my problem areas were before I had my skin analyzed. It really helped me to plan my skin care regimen!

  • My skin is very dry, and the area around my eyes has always been a problem for me. I noticed that the texture beneath my eyes was “crepey” and wrinkly. I starting using SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex. It isn’t greasy, it absorbs quickly, and a little goes a long way (so it lasts a long time!). I can tell a huge difference in the texture around my eyes, and I use it every day!


  • SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 has been so important for me with my fair skin. It protects the area around my eyes without migrating anywhere else. It’s a great base. Given my family history of skin cancer, I know that I need to protect that area…and it keeps that skin from aging so quickly.
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Our Favorite Skincare Products

Part I

This is the first in a series of our favorite skincare products at Sherman Aesthetic Center.

Many of our patients ask us what we use on our own skin every day, so here are our answers!

Each post will feature two of our staff and their favorite products, which are, of course, available for purchase at S.A.C.

Contact us at 615-297-5798 to schedule a custom skincare consultation to address your specific skincare needs!

Dr. Sherman, 50s

  • As any good plastic surgeon does, I recommend sunscreen first and foremost! It is the single most important part of your skin care regimen to prevent signs of aging and deadly skin cancers. A physical barrier sunscreen like SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is ideal. The great thing about this sunscreen is that it also has a tint that adapts to your skin tone, so you’re not left with a white sheen!
  • TNS Essential Serum is my must-have! It contains growth factors, antioxidants, and moisturizing peptides that help nourish skin and encourage new collagen production. TNS protects your investment in filler and Botox-you’re treating wrinkles, lack of support, and volume, but you need to work on the surface as well. I call this “skin fitness”! Great skin care is a journey, and TNS is an essential component.
  • Lytera is the latest player in skin lightening. It is a topical that is applied morning and night. It lightens brown spots caused by sun damage. Unlike hydroquinone, you never have to “take a break” from Lytera! It works on different pathways that lead to hyperpigmentation, including transport and deposit of melanin, as well as the brown spot that we see on the surface of the skin.


Elisabeth, PA-C, 20s

As someone who has combination skin, skin care can be a challenge. I have tried product upon product, but I finally have the perfect combination for me:

  • SkinCeuticals LHA Solution has completely changed my oily skin. I use this morning and evening, and finally my makeup will stay on throughout the day!
  • At bedtime, I use SkinMedica 1% Retinol, which not only helps control my oily skin and breakouts, it also is the product I have found to be one of the BEST anti-aging products long term.
  • In the morning, I use TNS Recovery Complex and SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF. Since I was a lifeguard for many years, I have extreme sun damage. Before I started these products, our EMAGE skin analysis machine told me that I was at 99% sun damage. Since using these repairing products, not only has my skin tone become more even, but my sun damage has decreased to 67%! Since I am still outside all the time, the Phloretin CF also helps keep my skin protected for the future.
  •  Last, and most importantly, I use Colorescience 50 SPF. It is a powder sunscreen that is waterproof (so it doesn’t run in my eyes at the beach or playing sports), and it has a little tint, so I am touching up my makeup throughout the day while getting a high level of protection!
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Kybella Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Kybella?

Kybella is an injectable that is used to reduce submental fulless- that area we all hate under our chin that will not go away no matter how much we diet or exercise!

2. What areas can be treated with Kybella?

The dreaded “double chin” is the only FDA approved area that can be treated with Kybella.

3. Are there any off-label uses for Kybella? If so, are they safe?

No, there are not any off-label uses for Kybella. Kybella has been studied for the submental area of the body-therefore the safety profile has only been established for this area.

4. Kybella vs. liposuction for double chin? Which would you recommend and what is the difference?

Kybella is a non-surgical injectable option for people who are on the go and do not have time for a more invasive procedure. With Kybella-you do not have to wear compression garmets, dressings, or have any wound site management. After a liposuction treatment, you usually need about 5 days of inactivity, but with Kybella you could go back to work the same day. The determination between which treatment you need can only be made by a trained professional as it depends on the area of treatment and expected results.

5. What is recovery like for Kybella injections?

The great thing about Kybella is that it is a NO downtime procedure! After a Kybella treatment, you may notice some bruising, swelling, numbness, and tenderness. This is only temporary, and you can still go about your normal daily activities.

6. How long do results from Kybella injections last?

This is our FAVORITE part about Kybella- it permanently destroys the fat cells!

7. What do I do if I gain weight after using Kybella?

As with any season of life- weight fluctuations are expected. The fat cells that Kybella treated are permanently gone-but this does not treat future fat cell accumulation.

8. Are Kybella injections painful?

There is slight discomfort with any injection, but in the hands of a Master Injector at the Sherman Aesthetic Center, we use techniques to create the best treatment experience. In fact, after a Kybella procedure one of our patients said, “That’s it? That was SO easy!”

9. How long is a Kybella treatment?

The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes- We weren’t joking, this is a simple procedure, perfect for those people who want a better “selfie!”

10. How many Kybella treatments do I need to see results?

On average, 2-3 treatments are required to gain the desired results. A Master Injector at the Sherman Aesthetic Center will be able to give you a customized analysis to determine the right treatment for you!

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Dr. Sherman on Nashville Channel 4 WSMV TONIGHT!


Dr. Deb will be featured on Nashville News Channel 4 this evening, July 7, 2015, to discuss Kybella, the latest injectable treatment for the “double chin”! Be sure to tune in to Channel 4 WSMV to hear about this exciting new injectable treatment from the premier Nashville injector, Dr. Deborah Sherman. The segment will air at 4 pm and 6:30pm Central Time.

Call our office to schedule a free facial analysis to find out if you are a candidate for Kybella at 615-297-5798.

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Dr. Sherman Is A Certified Kybella Trainer

Dr. Sherman is excited to offer the only FDA approved injectable drug to improve the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults. Kybella is the first FDA-approved injectable treatment to help contour and improve appearance of submental fullness, or “double chin.” This first-in-class non-surgical treatment fills an unmet need in cosmetic treatments for women and men who have concern in this area.

Aesthetic Experts Kybella Training Meeting
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Sunscreen: What You Need to Know

Summer is fast approaching!

With plans for vacation in the sun, working/playing outside, and spending some much-needed time poolside, your skin can take a massive hit. It is so important to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, not only to prevent signs of aging like wrinkles and sun spots, but also to prevent skin cancer. Studies show that those that  properly use sunscreen on a daily basis, not only look younger with less wrinkles, but also have a lower incidence of locally destructive basal and squamous cell skin cancers. Sunscreen users also have less risk for the life threatening deadly malignant melanoma. So use sunscreen for vibrant skin, health, and wellness!


Here are some tips to keep your skin healthy and youthful:

  • Find a sunscreen that will not be irritating to your skin. We recommend looking for titanium dioxide and zinc on the ingredient label. These “physical barriers” to the sun tend to be best for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Most aesthetic physicians that specialize in skin care would agree that if you can only use one skin care product, that sunscreen is by far your first and best choice.
  • Find a sunscreen that you like. The likelihood that you will actually use it increases if you like the sunscreen that you’ve purchased. There are multiple options for sunscreen, some including sunscreen with a moisturizer or in powder form. See below for some of our favorites!
  • Use SPF 30-SPF 50 broad-spectrum sunscreen. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect you from both UVA (ultraviolet rays that cause wrinkling, sun spots, and premature aging) and UVB (rays that cause sunburn). Sunscreens that boast an SPF higher than SPF 50 don’t actually give significantly more protection from the sun, so it isn’t really necessary to use higher than SPF 50.
  • Sunscreen of at least SPF 15 should be applied every day. If you are going to be outside, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, more if you’re sweating or getting wet. This is a rule that should be followed regardless of the SPF. Many makeup formulations claim to have sunscreen in them, but an SPF lower than SPF 15 gives very minimal protection. Be sure to check the label!
  • The way that you use your sunscreen is important! Use it often, and use it generously. A nice even coat of about a shot glass’s-worth of sunscreen is sufficient for most. And don’t forget to cover places like your hands, neck, ears, and the top of your head (if you’re balding or have exposed skin)! These are often forgotten but are just as susceptible to sun damage.
  • Remember that no sunscreen can ever fully protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. If you are going to be out in the sun, wear a hat and protective clothing in addition to your sunscreen.

So enjoy your summer! Get outside and play…just make sure you are properly protecting your skin. It’s worth it to look and feel good!


Here are a few of our favorites that are available for purchase at Sherman Aesthetic Center:

  • Revision Intellishade Broad-Spectrum (Original and Matte) SPF 45: This anti-aging moisturizer is a great “all-in-one” sunscreen. It not only protects from the sun with zinc and octinoxate, it reduces appearance of pore size, gives antioxidant benefits with Vitamin C, and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles (White Birch extract, Co-Q 10, Plankton Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract)! All of this with a tint to enhance your skin’s natural tone.
  • Revision Multi-Protection Broad-Spectrum SPF 50: All of the benefits of Intellishade with added Vitamin E and Pomegranate Extract for strong antioxidant benefit. This sunscreen boasts Avobenzone, Octinoxate, and Oxybenzone to protect your skin from the sun with no tint.
  • Colorescience SPF 30 & SPF 50: Sunscreen in powder form! We love this option to sweep on throughout the day. It can be swept on over your makeup without interruption. This powder sunscreen is available in clear, fair, medium, and tan tints. Dr Sherman likes to keep one in her purse and one in her car so she can reapply any time without smearing or smudging any makeup. It’s great for use on your hands to protect them from unwanted sun exposure while driving as well!
  • Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50: All physical barrier sunscreen with sheer tint universal to all skin tones. Lightweight and water-resistant up to 40 minutes. Great to put on under makeup! We love that it is non-greasy and straightforward. Fantastic broad-spectrum sunscreen!
  • Skinceuticals Physical UV Defense SPF 30: This 100% mineral physical barrier sunscreen is perfect for post-procedure, sensitive, or dry skin. It is sheer, lightweight, fragrance-free, and paraben-free. Zinc and titanium are the UVA/UVB defenders. Artemia salina, a plankton extract, protect against UV and heat stress. Great everyday moisturizer!



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Restylane® Silk FAQs

Restylane® Silk:

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Restylane Silk?

Restylane Silk is the first filler FDA-approved specifically for the lips and the lines around them. Finally, there is an effective treatment designed just for the fine lines around the mouth.

  1. How is Restylane Silk actually used in treatment?

Restylane Silk is injected with a small needle in and around the lips, a treatment that takes less than 30 minutes.

  1. What makes Restylane Silk different from other dermal fillers?

Silk is a hyaluronic acid filler with a small particle size, making it the best treatment for softening of superficial lines and natural-looking lips.

4.  What makes Restylane Silk different from Restylane or Perlane?

Restylane and Perlane have larger particle size, making them better options for other areas of the face (i.e. marionette lines, nasolabial folds, etc). Restylane Silk is ideal for the patient who wants lips that look natural and refreshed.

  1. How long does Restylane Silk last?

Restylane Silk may last up to one year

  1. Are the injections painful?

Because the lips are one of the most sensitive areas of the face, Restylane contains a numbing agent to make the treatment more comfortable. Additionally, a topical anesthetic is used to make the treatment more comfortable.

  1. Is allergy testing needed?

Allergy testing is not needed for Restylane Silk, a hyaluronic acid filler. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in your skin, connective tissue, and joints. Allergic reactions are very unlikely.

  1. Can all skin types be treated?

Yes, all skin types may be treated with Restylane Silk.

  1. How long does the treatment take?

The treatment itself typically takes only 15-30 minutes.

  1. Does Restylane Silk require any special techniques or training?

Absolutely. Because you want your lips to look normal, natural, and fresh, Restylane Silk should only be injected by a Master Injector. Your Master Injector at Sherman Aesthetic Center will use their artistic eye and professional technique to give you the most natural-looking lip , with desired fullness and contour.

  1. Can you combine Restylane Silk with other facial anti-aging treatments?

Yes!  Certainly you  may have additional filler or Botox on the day of your Restylane Silk lip treatment. However, as with any filler treatment, all laser treatments, peels, or microdermabrasion should be spaced two weeks apart from your Restylane Silk treatment.

  1. When can I return to work and resume my social life?

There is no “down-time” for Restylane Silk. As swelling and bruising are likely, you should plan around special events. As the post-treatment response depends upon the individual, plan to have your lips treated during a time when swelling and bruising will be acceptable.

  1. What are the common side effects of Restylane Silk?

Temporary bruising and swelling are the most common side effects. But remember, your beautiful lips last 6-12 months!

  1. What can be done to prevent bruising?

Two weeks leading up to your appointment, please avoid any blood thinning medications, including but not limited to: aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, arthritis medication, fish oil, and multivitamins. Remember to never stop taking any of these medications if they are prescribed to you unless you have clearance from your medical doctor. Avoid alcohol 2-3 days prior to your treatment to decrease bruising.

  1. What if I don’t like the results – can Restylane Silk be removed?

Restylane Silk may be dissolved by injecting a medication called hyaluronidase.

  1. How often can I be injected?

After your initial treatment, it is best to return for a follow-up appointment in 1-2 weeks to assess for a touch-up. Restylane Silk lasts up to one year in the lips. Your Master Injector will give you a personalized treatment plan that suits your treatment goals, schedule, pocket book, and the look you want.


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The Bro-tox Trend

The Bro-tox Trend: It’s not just for women!

“Isn’t that just for women?”

“I don’t want to look feminine.”

“Ahhh, I don’t care that much about my appearance; I’m not a high maintenance guy.”

“That’s my wife’s thing.”

We have heard these comments countless times.

For over 20 years, Botox has been used to treat lines and wrinkles, as well as a host of other medical conditions. This “fountain of youth” has often been thought of as a treatment predominantly received by women…and overwhelmingly it has been women interested in treating their wrinkles with this purified protein-until now.

The gap is being closed as more and more men come to the office, seeking the miracle treatment for their wrinkles. The stigma attached to Botox treatments for men is being broken down as men are discovering its youthful effects. In the career world, many men claim that by treating their angry lines and aging wrinkles, they have more of a competitive edge. The facial message is changed from tired and stressed to rested and refreshed. Being more approachable in the workplace has its advantages.

A high school teacher admits, “My students kept asking why I was angry all the time. I had to keep telling them I wasn’t angry! When they start saying I look mad again, I know it’s time to come back for a treatment. I keep it up to help with my 11s.”

This story isn’t uncommon. The number of men seeking Botox treatments is increasing every day, and people are noticing.

A five to ten minute treatment improves wrinkles for approximately three to four months. With no downtime, it’s a quick and easy solution.

“The men we see at the Sherman Aesthetic Center for Botox treatments all agree that no one can really tell that they’re using it, they just get asked by friends and business associates what they are doing to look so rested. Our male patients like that they still look like themselves, but better,” says Dr. Deborah Sherman.

In the last five years, nonsurgical treatments like Botox have skyrocketed in use. The truth is that men are a large part of that increase.

So go for it, bros. You deserve it!

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Restylane Silk

Welcome the latest and greatest filler: Restylane Silk.

Your Ideal Lips!

Everyone’s facial structure is different — and so is everyone’s ideal lip shape and size. Restylane® Silk is the first and only FDA-approved product specifically designed for subtle lip enhancement and the smoothing of wrinkles and lines around the mouth in patients 21 years of age and older. Restore your smile and achieve your ideal lips with Restylane Silk.

See what others are saying

In a clinical study of patients treated with Restylane Silk or no treatment, clinical investigators reported:

77% of patients treated with Restylane Silk showed at least a one-point improvement in lip fullness (measured on a 5-point scale) eight weeks after treatment.

59% of patients treated with Restylane Silk maintained lip fullness six months after treatment.

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Dermal Filler FAQs


Dermal Filler FAQs

1. What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are used to restore lost volume to the face. The most popular fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in the connective tissue of the body. Fillers can also soften lines, wrinkles, and give volume to “sunken” areas of the face. By treating these areas, a 30 minute filler session can provide a more youthful facial shape with a positive facial message.

2. How do dermal fillers work?

Hyaluronic acid fillers are “hydrophilic”, meaning they attract water from surrounding tissue. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring building block of the skin. By replacing the body’s own youthful substance, a filler treatment can reduce the appearance of folds, wrinkles, and replace facial volume, giving you a softer, more natural, youthful look.

3. What are the benefits of dermal fillers?

In the hands of a Master Injector, fillers definitely produce a softer, more refreshed appearance. They can also encourage the body to produce more collagen. This “new collagen” response is part of the body repairing itself in the injection area.

4. What are the risks of dermal filler injections?

The most common side effects of filler injections are swelling and bruising. This varies from person to person, depending on how your body responds. It is helpful to avoid any blood thinning medications 2 weeks prior to your treatment to prevent bruising. As always, consult with your physician before discontinuing any medications.

For best results, it’s very important that you see an experienced aesthetic injector with the highest level of training that understands the specific techniques that are crucial to minimize risks of complications, such as infections, and answer your questions related to your specific concerns.

5. What areas can be treated?

A Master Injector will analyze your facial structure and your concerns to develop the optimal results. When you look at a person’s face, they may look tired, stressed or timid without even speaking. At the Sherman Aesthetic Center, our highly trained aesthetic professionals will assess your personal needs to determine which facial area needs treatment to most benefit your facial message.  Common treatment areas include cheeks, mouth corners, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, wasting temples, saggy jaw lines, and the pre-jowl sulcus area. At the Sherman Aesthetic Center, in order to put your best face forward, we always prioritize which facial area should be treated first for best results within the confines of your cosmetic budget.

6. How long does a dermal filler treatment last?

The duration of the filler depends upon which filler is used and how quickly each individual metabolizes the filler. Most last from 6 months to one year. Others may last up to two years.

7. Can I be allergic to dermal fillers?

Allergies to the newest generation of hyaluronic acid fillers are extremely rare, as hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the connective tissue of your body. For this reason, allergy testing is not needed.

8. Are dermal fillers safe for cosmetic use?

Yes. Dr. Sherman believes the fillers are safe and gets filler treatments on a regular basis.

9. Can dermal fillers be used with other treatments?

Yes. Our Master Injectors commonly give Botox and filler are given on the same day in our office, though these may certainly be separated. Any laser treatments, peels, facials, etc should be spaced two weeks apart from your filler appointment. Many choose to use filler after having cosmetic surgery as well, which further adds to the natural youthful look to keep people guessing your true age!

10. Are dermal fillers only for women?

The number of men treated with filler has certainly been on the rise. Men and women alike benefit from filler. Many professionals are choosing filler as a competitive edge treatment to dress for success because your face is your “calling card”.

11. Are there any restrictions in my activity after a filler treatment?

The best thing about dermal fillers is that the results are immediate, and you can continue your daily activities without interruption. Swelling may increase with increased activity, but you may resume your normal activity (including working out!). The most important thing to remember is to minimize how much you touch your face and to sleep on your back if you can. Try not to schedule your treatment close to any special events, as swelling and bruising can occur.

12. What is the best dermal filler for anti-aging?

It depends on what feature of your face shows your aging characteristics, the amount of gravitational pull on your face in a particular area, your skin quality and thickness, and what facial feature you want to emphasize with your treatment. For some it’s their eyes, and for others it’s the mouth or cheeks. Choice of filler becomes like paint in our palette to choose the art we wish to create. Our Master Injectors, which include a Board Certified Oculofacial Surgeon, a Board Certified Physician’s Assistant, and an Aesthetic RN can help you choose the filler that creates your best look.

13. Are dermal filler injections painful?

There is some discomfort associated with filler injections. To minimize this, a topical anesthetic may be used. In most cases, the filler itself contains a numbing medication, so once the filler is injected, any discomfort is minimal. Most patients would describe the filler experience as very tolerable and some will report some mild soreness right after the filler treatment.

14. What is the best dermal filler for cheeks?

The newest filler for cheeks is Voluma which provides a great amount of “bounce” and gives a smooth lift with a natural look to the cheek area. Studies show that Voluma can last up to 2 years, depending on how your body processes filler. Your Master Injector will analyze your face with a free facial analysis to decide if Voluma is right for you.

15. How often can I have dermal fillers injected?

A Master Injector will assess your individual needs and develop a filler treatment plan that is unique to you. This is individualized to the patient, considering many factors in your personalized treatment plan. The good news is that there are some excellent filler treatment options available that can create amazing results with a well trained Master Injector using the right product with the right techniques.

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