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Month: December 2018

Can Laser Treatments Reduce Scars?

Can Laser Treatments Reduce Scars?

Did you have acne as a teenager that left you with unwelcome acne scars that have become more apparent with age? If you are ready to remove these or any other scars, there are a range of effective options available, including laser technology. But can laser treatments really reduce scars.

Why you get scars
Scars occur as a result of the natural wound healing process that takes place when there is any type of injury to the skin. Scar tissue is comprised of collagen, which is the same protein found in skin, but the collagen in scar tissue is composed differently.

Can Laser Treatments Reduce Scars?
Thanks to advancements in laser technology, laser scar treatment is now a reality. There are several laser technologies that can be used to minimize the appearance of scars, including the Halo laser and the Vbeam pulsed dye laser. It typically takes a series of 4-5 sessions done over a period of several months, to achieve the desired scar reduction.

The Halo hybrid fractional laser is an innovative device from Sciton, which can be used to effectively treat mild to moderate acne scars. The Halo combines ablative and non-ablative lasers that pulse at the same time, treating the outer layer of skin, while stimulating collagen production in the deep layers. The combined action reduces the appearance of scars.

The Vbeam pulsed dye laser treats scars by delivering intense pulses of light to targeted areas of the skin. The laser energy is absorbed by the scar tissue and this process helps to break down the tissue, making scars less visible.

Are you ready to try laser scar removal? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Washington, DC area, Capital Laser & Skin Care, Chevy Chase, MD, is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.capitalskinlaser.com, or by calling (301) 760-2218.

How can I enhance my microneedling treatment?

How can I enhance my microneedling treatment?

Microneedling is a popular skin treatment that restores younger looking skin, and makes the complexion fresher and brighter. Recently, physicians have been combining microneedling with other treatments to achieve even better skin rejuvenation results. But just how can you enhance your microneedling treatment.

Microneedling
Microneedling (collagen induction therapy), is a skin rejuvenation technique that uses a roller device with tiny needles to make micro-injuries on the surface of the skin. These microscopic injuries kick-start the skin’s repair process, which generates cell renewal, along with the production of collagen that makes the skin plumper and firmer.

When performed alone, microneedling can treat a variety of skin irregularities including fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, acne scars, enlarged pores, and stretch marks. However, it’s possible to get even more powerful results by combining microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) energy, or platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

Microneedling and RF energy
RF Microneedling uses advanced radiofrequency energy alongside microneedling, to revitalize skin tone and texture. RF energy is used in skincare to heat the deep tissues and stimulate collagen, so combining it with microneedling delivers optimal collagen induction. It also treats skin issues such as scars, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Microneedling and PRP
PRP is a procedure in which the patient’s own platelets are used to accelerate healing. Platelets are derived from the blood and are loaded with growth factors, so when injected into the skin, they trigger the growth of new cells. When PRP is applied after microneedling treatment the platelets are able to penetrate deeply into the skin through the micro-injuries created. As a result, the skin rejuvenation results are more dramatic.

Are you interested in microneedling skin rejuvenation? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Nashville, TN area, Image Surgical Arts is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.imagesurgicalarts.com, or by calling (615) 436-5992.

Can Eyelid Surgery Improve My Vision?

Can Eyelid Surgery Improve My Vision?

Have you been having problems with your eyesight and wonder if eyelid surgery can improve your vision? Eyelid surgery is commonly performed to improve the appearance of the eyelids, and give the eyes a more alert, youthful appearance. But can eyelid surgery improve your vision.

Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is generally done for cosmetic reasons, and removes extra skin and fat from the upper and lower eyelids.

Blepharoplasty is done on an outpatient basis, under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. For upper eyelid surgery the plastic surgeon will make an incision along the crease of the eyelids and trim excess skin and fat. With lower eyelid surgery, an external incision is made along the eyelid margin just under the eyelash.

Can Eyelid Surgery Improve your vision?
Eyelid surgery can improve your eyesight in certain circumstances, specifically if you have excess skin on the upper eyelids. When the upper eyelid skin is saggy or droopy it causes the lid to fall down to a lower position than normal. Drooping eyelids (ptosis) can affect one or both eyes, and in severe cases the lid can cover a part of the pupil and obstruct vision. If it does, eyelid surgery can restore your vision.

Eyelid surgery can help vision problems caused by ptosis, because it removes the overhanging skin from the upper and outer parts of the field of vision, so patients should experience improved vision. However, blepharoplasty won’t help if poor vision is not due to eyelid problems (click here to learn more).

Do you think eyelid surgery can help your vision problem? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Roseville, Rocklin, and Loomis, CA areas, Dr. Rudy Coscia is our featured board certified plastic surgeon.

You can reach Dr. Coscia at www.drrudycoscia.com,or by calling 916-773-5559 for the office in Granite Bay or 916-929-1833 for the Sacramento location.

How Can I Treat My Melasma?

How Can I Treat My Melasma?

If you have dark spots on your face or body that have been diagnosed as melasma, you are probably anxious to find a solution for the discoloration on your skin. The good news is, melasma does not pose any health risks, and it can be treated. But how can you treat melasma.

What exactly is melasma?
Melasma is a common skin condition characterized by dark patches that are typically gray-brown in color. The patches usually appear on the areas of the body that are often exposed to the sun, such as the cheeks, chin, and forearms. Melasma is mainly caused by hormones, but may also be due to sun exposure or genetics.

How can I treat my melasma?
There are various options for treating melasma, including the Melanage Peel, which reduces the discoloration.

The Melanage Peel involves the application of a masque during an office visit to your dermatologist. Depending on the patient’s skin type, and the severity of the melasma, the masque may be left in place anywhere from 5-10 hours. Patients leave the office with the masque still on their skin, and are given instructions for removing it at home. They are also given a skin care regimen to follow.

There may be some peeling and mild redness in the week following treatment, and after this, patients will notice that their dark spots are a lot lighter than before. The Melanage Peel is a safe, non-irritating treatment that can be used on all skin types.

Are you interested in the Melanage Peel for melasma? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, Capital Skin & Laser, Chevy Chase MD, is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.capitalskinlaser.com, or by calling (301) 760-2218.

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