Brown Spots/Photo-Damage/Age Spots
Brown spots on the skin are a common sign of aging. They are usually caused by an accumulation of sun exposure over the years, although they may be due to trauma or injury. Brown spots tend to appear on the parts of the body that are most likely to be uncovered and unprotected from the sun, such as the face, hands, arms, shoulders and feet. They vary in size, but are larger than freckles. Brown spots are very common in people over the age of 40.
While brown spots are not medically dangerous, many people who develop them find them cosmetically unappealing. Most diagnoses of brown spots can be based simply on your dermatologist’s examination of the skin in question. If the spot appears irregular, your doctor may recommend a biopsy be performed to ensure that no skin cancer is present. Avoiding spending time in the sun and regular use of sunscreen can prevent them from worsening as well as the occurrence of new brown spots.
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Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process that occurs when the skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic, allowing lines and creases to form within. Genetics, smoking and excessive exposure to the sun can also lead to the premature aging of your skin.
There are several treatment options available to help eliminate or reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, such as topical retinoids and wrinkle creams, laser treatments, chemical peels, BOTOX®, Fillers, and more. While these procedures cannot completely reverse the effects of aging on your skin, they are often effective in minimizing the appearance of wrinkles through ongoing treatments.
There are many ways to prevent or reduce the effects of photoaging on the skin which require simple lifestyle changes and adjustments that keep your skin protected from harmful substances. Your doctor will help you develop an individual plan to prevent or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and other skin changes.
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Loss of Facial Volume
As we age, our skin begins to lose its fullness, and sagging, wrinkling and hollowing may occur. However, there are a number of effective treatment methods to combat this loss of facial volume. The most common treatment option is the injection of dermal fillers.
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Redness & Rosacea
Rosacea appears on the skin of the face as areas of redness and small, pus-filled bumps similar to acne, and can affect a patient’s confidence and self-esteem as a result.
While the specific cause of rosacea is unknown, it is believed to be a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Symptoms can also be triggered by certain factors, including:
- Hot or spicy foods
- Extreme temperatures
Medication for rosacea may include topical ointments that are applied to the skin once or twice a day, as well as oral antibiotics to relieve the inflammatory symptoms of the condition. If permanent skin damage has occurred as a result of rosacea, advanced treatments such as dermabrasion or laser surgery (V-Beam) may be performed to improve the appearance of the skin.
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The Vbeam® pulse dye laser by Candela has been a gold standard laser treatment for vascular conditions for over 20 years. The most versatile of the Vbeam lasers, the Perfecta treats a remarkable array of skin conditions, from red and brown discoloration to vascular and pigmented lesions to wrinkles and acne and beyond for dramatic skin rejuvenation.
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose and spider veins. These unsightly veins are treated by injecting a sclerosant solution into the damaged veins, causing irritation and eventual collapse of the affected veins. Sclerotherapy has been used throughout the world since the 1930s and remains the primary effective treatment for varicose and spider veins.
In certain cases, we will refer you to a vascular surgeon if the physician feels that none of the treatments above are effective.
While our bodies are almost completely covered in tiny, fine hairs, for some people hair may be more noticeable or troublesome. Unwanted hair can be embarrassing for many people, especially women, and can lead to low self-confidence, restricted clothing options or constant shaving or waxing to remove the hair. These problems most often arise in people with light skin and dark hair, although anyone can experience excessive or unwanted hair on the face or body.
Unwanted hair can develop on the body from a number of different causes. Some patients may be genetically predisposed to develop excessive amounts of hair, while others may experience excessive growth caused by hormonal imbalances and bodily events such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause.
Conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome or certain medications can lead to a medical condition known as hirsutism, which involves an overproduction of male hormones in women.
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