Chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin on the face, hands, neck and chest to smooth texture, reduce scarring and remove blemishes and pre-cancerous growths to produce healthy, glowing skin. There are three different types of chemical peels: alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and phenol. They range in strength from mild to strong and are each designed to provide different results, depending on a patient’s skin condition.
A chemical peel can be used to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, freckles, scarring and blotchiness, as well as improve skin tone and texture by removing damaged layers of skin. This procedure is also now performed on younger patients looking to prevent the signs of aging from appearing too early. A chemical peel can be combined with laser treatment for optimal results.
It is important for patients to follow their doctor’s instructions after the peel and to avoid prolonged sun exposure in order to maximize the results of their chemical peel.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat spider veins by injecting a solution into the veins which causes them to gradually disappear. By injecting a sclerosing solution, the lining of the veins become irritated and eventually turns into scar tissue that then fades away. This method is the preferred treatment for spider veins and has been used since the 1930s.
This procedure is usually performed in your doctor’s office and takes no more than an hour. Most patients need 2 to 4 treatments in order to achieve desired results. There is no downtime other than avoiding strenuous activities for the first 2 to 3 days. It often takes six to eight weeks for the blood vessels to remodel and disappear.
While sclerotherapy is proven as an effective treatment for spider veins, it is not recommended for everybody. Pregnant women and those whose saphenous veins are affected are not typically eligible for this procedure. Sclerotherapy is not effective for large varicose veins and is only recommended for smaller, superficial veins. Talk to your doctor to find out if sclerotherapy is right for you.
Skin Care Products
Medical skin care products, or cosmeceuticals, are functional cosmetic products that go above and beyond their intended function of external beautification and enhancement of the skin by offering additional therapeutic and antiaging benefits. These products are formulated to improve the skin’s health and appearance as well as having positive physiological effects on the skin on a cellular level.
The following are some of the products that that we offer at Dermatology Center at Ladera:
SkinMedica’s line of professional skin care products is dermatologist-developed and available only in approved dermatology offices. The TNS Complex® features a unique anti-aging formula with Nouricel MD. Toners, peels, cleansers, moisturizers, and other products for all skin types are also available.
Manufactured by Swiss American Products, Inc., Elta MD® skin care products can be used to enhance and maintain the overall health and appearance of the skin. Products such as cleansers, moisturizers and sun blocks are specially designed to smooth, heal and protect the skin and may be applied on a daily basis.
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen was developed in Australia, the country with the strictest sunscreen standards in the world. Every sunscreen formulation they offer features broad UVA/UVB protection and a minimum of 6% Z-Cote Zinc Oxide, which provides optimal protection from UVA rays. The Blue Lizard line has a full array of formulas to safeguard even the most sensitive skin, and several of the water resistant products are designed to last an incredible 240 minutes in water—more than three times the typical water resistance of a sunscreen.
Ladera Derm private label products are personally selected by our physicians to meet the unique needs of the patients in our practice. All Ladera Derm products are non-comedogenic and can be safely incorporated into an existing skin care regimen to help patients achieve their desired results. Your doctor will help you determine which products are most appropriate for your individual skin.
Latisse is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for hypotrichosis, or inadequate eyelash growth. Latisse is a breakthrough treatment that enhances eyelashes by increasing their length, thickness and darkness through a daily treatment applied to the base of the upper lashes. This treatment contains bimatoprost, which increases the amount of hairs and the duration of the eyelash growth process.
Contact our office to learn more about the Cosmetic Services that we offer or to make an appointment.