Sun Warrior

Setting my sights on summer, I made an appointment at Atlanta Dermatology & Aesthetics at Atlantic Station. Oma, the friendly office manager, welcomed me and talked to me about my schedule, my goals and my skin. I’m 55, and have spent my share of summer days on the water, sailing, paddling, in the lifeguard stand and chasing children in the yard. I wouldn’t trade those days for gold, but I now needed some magic to start to repair all that sun damage and protect my skin from the elements of the city and summer.

The office is upstairs, near the corner of 19th and Market Street. I met with Ashley Hanson who spent a half hour with me, interviewing me about my current skin care regime (Neutrogena cleanser, Revision Vitamin C Lotion, Revision Multi-Protection SPF 50 daily tinted moisturizer, a light daily exfoliant, retinol and whatever night cream is on sale that smells good). She asked me what I felt about my skin (dull, some new annoying age spots, lack of moisture) and what I was hoping for (a glow and some shred of hope). She scientifically explained how, together, we would get results. Ashley sketched out the path to my current skin condition (she literally drew a map of my skin, from the inside out). We talked about pigmentation (it starts to go early, in your 20s), collagen (the skin’s building block) and break-outs (inflammation).  She is thorough, knowledgeable and a good communicator.

Ashley decided on a Glytone GA 50% Peel which is a level 2 peel. It works to reduce those visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, photodamage. She likes to save heavier peels for cool-weather months when repairs can be managed out of the hot summer sun.  Within a week, the small amount of flaking disappeared and my skin was brighter.  And, I felt in control!

Everyone at Atlanta Dermatology & Aesthetics seemed scientific but so very friendly. Mary Carmon, FNRC, backed up Ashley’s choices for my skin and sees patients who are ready for the next step of  cosmetic and surgical repair including Botox, collagen fillers (Juvederm, Restalyne, Radiesse) and assists Dr. Sumayah Taliaferro.

Beauty (and good health) is more than just skin deep, though, and Dr. Taliaferro  brings with her an expertise in pigmentary disorders, medical dermatology, surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. She has training in the latest surgical and cosmetic procedures. Her services routinely include mole removal and surgical treatment of skin cancers, split earlobe repairs, and removal of keloids.

Dr. Taliaferro is a native of Atlanta, where she attended Benjamin E. Mays High School. She graduated with honors from Brown University and Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Her career began with residency training in the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Program, followed by a residency in dermatology at historic Howard University.

Atlanta Dermatology & Aesthetics, PC

Atlantic Station, 232 19th St. NW