Are scars the reason why you wear long-sleeved clothes, caps, and jackets all the time? Well, a scar at the wrong body part, like severe acne on the face, is likely to lower your self-esteem. Some good news for you is that dermatologists can help you to alleviate the effects of scars. Please keep reading to know how dermatologists will return your skin to its glorious self.
Why You Should Visit a Dermatologist
If you have a scar visiting a dermatologist is the safest way of getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. Scars can be complex; that is why you need a qualified doctor to assess your health and the spot on your body. Each type of scar requires specific treatment. Age and the scar duration influence the kind of treatment to be used on the fault.
A certified dermatologist will give you the following information:
The type of scar that you have
The probability of the scar fading away with time
The ideal treatment procedure for the scar
The ideal time to treat the scar to garner good results
It is essential to undergo an examination under a dermatologist because some types of cancer appear like scars. If you experience any scars which are not injury-related, book an appointment with a certified dermatologist immediately.
Types of Scars
There are many types of scars; determining the one you are suffering from helps dermatologists formulate a suitable treatment. The scars occur in various sizes and shapes. Here are some of the common types:
Keloid scar: it’s the most common scar, usually occurs when you suffer from an injury. The scar is firm, and it’s either dark red or pink. Keloid is a result of the secretion of excess collagen by your skin. Scars may extend further from the area of injury.
Contracture scar: the scar is a result of a severe burn. It runs deep in the skin and can cause skin tightness. In extreme cases, the scar inhibits movement.
Hypertrophic scar: it shares similar traits with the keloid scar, but it does not extend beyond the first point of injury. Many people confuse it with a keloid scar; ensure your doctor takes a keen look at the scar to eliminate the wrong diagnosis.
Acne scar: severe acne leads to acne scarring, which leaves permanent marks on your face. Laser resurfacing and dermabrasion can be used to water down the acne appearance.
How Does a Dermatologist Prevent and Treat scars?
Dermatologists employ various means to injuries to lower the odds of occurrence of scars. Below are some methods.
Pressure Therapy: the doctor applies pressure on the wound as it heals to prevent a scar, pressure also wades off a keloid from recurring after surgery. Elastic stockings, earrings, and bandages are used to apply pressure.
Silicone Gel: you can apply gel to reduce the size, swelling, hardness, and stiffness of scars. Gel sheets are self-adhesive and thin; they are ideal for use after your wound has healed.
Corticosteroid Injections: dermatologists inject the scar to reduce its size and ease itching and pain. The injection can reduce the size of the scar by up to 50%.
Laser treatment: it’s a type of treatment where focused light treats damaged skin cells without damaging the surrounding tissues.
Preparation for Scar Treatment Using laser
When you settle down for laser treatment to remove your scars, the doctor will supply you with guidelines to follow in the build-up to the procedure. Here are some of the policies:
Quit smoking for at least two weeks before undergoing treatment
Do not take supplements, aspirin, or medication that can stall the healing process
Wear sunscreen and stay away from sunbaths
Avoid skincare products made up of glycolic acid and retinol for up to four weeks before your treatment.
How Treatment of Scars Using Laser Works
Laser treatment reduces the severity of a scar; it does not make the scar disappear completely. When you suffer an injury, a scab forms covering the loose skin; this is a protective move that protects the body from germs. Eventually, the scab falls off, leaving behind a scar. With time the scar also fades, but it leaves an indelible mark.
Lasers work by removing the exposed skin surface to smoothen the skin’s appearance and tone. The lasers can also reduce skin redness by targeting blood vessels found in the scar tissue. A dermatologist can spark the release of new skin cells by penetrating the skin surface using a laser.
Types of laser treatment
A chat with your dermatologist will reveal several laser treatment options. Some of the most notable ones include:
Laser resurfacing: also known as ablative resurfacing, this treatment option clears wrinkles and upgrades the state of warts and scars. It works by eliminating damaged skin cells from the skin surface. The operating dermatologist may use an erbium laser to remove surface scars and a carbon dioxide-based laser to eliminate deeper spots. The laser clears the top damaged skin layer while tightening the middle level making the skin smoother. Treatment may take a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size and shape of the scar. A doctor administers anesthesia before commencing the procedure. The average healing time ranges from 4 to 10 days.
Fractional laser resurfacing: in this treatment option, the doctor penetrates a deeper skin layer using a laser. The aim is to stimulate skin cell renewal and collagen production, which make the scars less prominent. Fractional resurfacing has a shorter healing period because the laser does not damage the skin’s top layer.
Non- ablative laser therapy: your doctor uses an infrared heat laser to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. The procedure stimulates the manufacture of collagen and skin cell renewal to restore the damaged skin.
Morpheus 8: approved by the FDA as a Subdermal Adipose Remodeling Device because, at its most powerful settings, it sculpts the fat under the skin. When used at lower settings, it can significantly decrease the appearance of scars.
Dermatology Institute of Southern California can help you get rid of that scar that is causing you sleepless nights. We have a highly skilled group of dermatologists who will diagnose the type of scar you have and make a treatment plan. Contact us today to start your journey towards smoother skin.
As we prepare to enter the final stretch of the year, the weather begins to cool down, the streets become covered in leaves, and we start to see lots of pumpkin themed products all around. Fall has arrived!
With the change in the environment, certain cosmetic procedures begin to increase in popularity. Treatments that otherwise may have required a bit of extra planning and moving things around schedule-wise now become much easier to accommodate thanks to longer nights, cooler temperatures, and warmer clothing. Additionally, other treatments see a surge in numbers to ensure that our skin heals and looks its absolute best just in time for the holiday season, the beginning of the new year, and other big events composed of large gatherings and constant photo taking and video recordings.
No matter what the reason is, here are the top 4 procedures that are the most popular during the season of Autumn:
No matter what the concern you may have, odds are that there will be a laser available for you that can help. A consultation with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Daniel Behroozan, will allow you to determine which laser will best help you achieve your skin care goals.
Why treat your skin at this time of year?
Depending on the laser used or the condition treated, the healing process may vary between a couple of days to a couple weeks. One of the most important aspects of the healing phase is to limit sun exposure as much as possible. During the fall, days become shorter while night starts to set in earlier, which makes it a lot easier for some people to keep an eye on the amount of sun exposure they are getting. For example, since the sun starts to set a lot earlier, you may encounter a lot less sunshine while you are driving home from work as opposed to the summer, when the sun stays out quite late and can shine directly on you when you’re in the car. Sunscreen with SPF 30+ should always be worn no matter the time of the year that you receive a laser treatment.
Regardless of the laser or treated condition, the best results require no tanning. Skin should be at its normal complexion, and this is generally more feasible to obtain after the summer is over, as tanning is less prevalent in the fall.
Additionally, some lasers or conditions may require a series of treatments every couple of weeks instead of just one session. Many patients opt to start this process during autumn in order to ensure that the full series has enough time to be performed and healed before the later stages of winter and the holiday season.
Scars and stretch marks are some of the most difficult skin conditions to treat, and thus there are many options available. Lasers, microneedling, and injectable fillers are only some examples of treatment options that can address scars and stretch marks. It is very common for more than one treatment option to be combined in order to obtain the best cosmetic outcome for treating a scar/stretch marks. Multiple sessions over a long period of time are usually needed as well. The treatment plan that is selected varies depending on the kind of scar, the size, location, and how old the scar is. A board-certified physician like Dr. Daniel Behroozan will assist you in selecting the right treatment for you.
Why treat your skin at this time of year?
The earlier scars and stretch marks are treated, the better the results will be in reducing their appearance. As a result, treatment should be started as soon as possible. That being said, fall does have certain benefits that can assist with this. Like lasers, limiting sun exposure is critical – arguably even more so with scars. The decrease in sunlight during the fall and winter helps manage the amount of sun exposure you receive, which is especially important since the healing period can be lengthy depending on the scar/treatment used.
In addition, scars need to stay moisturized as well. It is a common belief that scars should be allowed to air out, but this is not the case. Dried out wounds can cause scabbing which can result in even more scarring. Moisturizing the scar ensures that the skin heals better, and the lower temperatures of the autumn time facilitate this as the skin does not dry out as fast. The warmer clothing that is common in the fall, such as tops with long sleeves and thicker fabrics, also help retain moisture, limit sun exposure, and avoid any outside irritation to the treated area, such as accidental bumping or scratching from objects.
Laser Hair Removal is composed of heat from a laser’s light being targeted onto the region that has unwanted body hair. The hair follicles in this area absorb the light, and the follicles are then destroyed in order to prevent hair from growing. Laser Hair Removal can be performed on almost any part of the body that has unwanted body hair you wish to address.
Why treat your skin at this time of year?
Laser Hair removal requires a series of treatments that will need to spaced out every few weeks. On the average, 4-6 treatments will be needed, but this varies depending on the treated area, amount of hair, skin tone, and other factors. Lots of patients prefer to start the treatment after summer in order to ensure that the entire session is completed in its entirety in time for the next spring season, and before shorter clothing starts to come back around.
While we’re on the subject of clothing – like the previous procedures mentioned above, the recovery process requires limited sun exposure as well. This is even easier to accommodate with Laser Hair Removal thanks to the cooler temperatures bringing about warmer clothing and outfits that expose less skin. A Laser Hair Removal series can be completed in its entirety without anyone ever knowing!
A Blood Facial is a microneedling treatment that has been combined with PRP (platelet rich plasma). This procedure starts off with your own blood being drawn from your body. The platelet rich plasma is then separated from the rest of the drawn blood using a centrifuge, and is then injected into areas of your face. Then, microneedling is performed on your face, which is composed of many tiny needles puncturing the skin. The Blood Facial helps rejuvenate the skin on the face, and can treat a multitude of conditions such fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, skin tone evenness, and much more. The Blood Facial also has no downtime.
Why treat your skin at this time of year?
Like the other 3 procedures mentioned above, limiting sun exposure is vital during the aftercare of a Blood Facial. The autumn and winter seasons are great times for the Blood Facial due to the change in factors that allow for less sun exposure to the face (eg: most people do not go to the beach as frequently during this time, the sun begins to set by the time you get off work, etc). As always, sunscreen should always be worn no matter what time of year you receive any of these treatments.
Because this procedure is minimally invasive, the Blood Facial is a favorite of many patients since it allows one to obtain great results in a shorter time frame. This treatment becomes very popular right before the holiday season as well, as many patients report their skin having a bright, radiant, and glowing complexion after a Blood Facial. This makes the Blood Facial perfect to receive before the large family gatherings and end of the year work events that frequently take place at this time of year.
Speaking of holidays – there is a certain holiday that takes place in the autumn that is extremely popular. This particular holiday involves lots of pumpkins, candy, and people dressing up in costumes of scary figures like ghosts, zombies, and vampires.
Because of this holiday and its close connections with vampires, numerous patients who enjoy this particular October event LOVE to receive the Blood Facial during autumn to really get in the holiday spirit during this time (in addition to all the benefits this treatment provides, of course!)
All 4 of these procedures are offered by Dr. Behroozan at the Dermatology Institute of Southern California. You can select from one of two convenient locations in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, and our team is always available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have in regards to your skin care goals. We are just a quick message or phone call away!
Lasers are astounding. They are essentially devices that emit beams of light, and have no shortage of applications in the real world. From serving as a harmless toy for cats, to cutting through thick sheets of metal, it comes as no surprise that lasers have many practical applications in the medical field as well.
Some of the medical applications of lasers include correcting vision via eye surgery, destroying cancerous tumors, and breaking up kidney stones. Lasers are also extremely beneficial when it comes to skin care as well, being used to treat conditions such as acne, wrinkles, hair removal, and even body fat reduction. In 2017, laser-based medical procedures grew over 17% according to the ASDS, and have been consistently increasing in popularity for many years. These procedures are clearly in high demand – but there are also a few misconceptions about these procedures that you may not be aware of. Here are 4 common myths about laser treatments:
Myth #1: All Lasers are the Same
The concept of lasers for skin treatments is simple – use the beam of light to improve the skin and remove things we don’t want. You’ve probably heard of many different lasers that all say they can reduce wrinkles or brighten up your skin tone; however, this does not mean that lasers are a “one size fits all” deal.
The laser being used must match your exact skin type, color, and condition. A laser that works for one person does NOT mean that it will work for a second person, even if they are both getting the exact same condition treated. Different lasers must be used in order to treat the huge variety of skin types that are available, as well as the severity of the treated condition. Even if two people are receiving the same exact laser, the settings can differ as well. For instance, one person may require a stronger pulse while the other may require a wider beam that is less aggressive. Looking at many before and after photos of a laser can give you an idea of whether or not that device may be suitable for you.
While it is true that lasers can be used as weaponry, and are a favorite of many comic book superheroes and popular movie villains, a correctly performed laser treatment should not be painful. During treatment, many patients report a slight feeling that is comparable to a rubber band being snapped against the skin. Many of these same patients also report getting used to this feeling within a few minutes and not feeling it as much anymore. Other patients even report that the sensation may feel a bit cool and tingly as well.
For lasers that contain a bit more strength, or when being used on sensitive skin areas, topical anesthetic can be applied, and is also available per patient request as well. Laser procedures from an experienced physician that are being correctly performed should NOT involve any burning or intense levels of pain during treatment. This leads us into the third misconception…
Myth #3: All Laser Providers are Experienced
When it comes to laser treatments, the person behind the device is more important than the laser itself. Lasers are variable, and need to be adjusted to match your exact skin type, texture, and condition that are all unique to you.
Additionally, it is also a matter of patient safety. While medical spas and other locations without a licensed physician on site may offer laser treatments for a lower price, the staff may have less experience with these lasers and/or skin variations. When used incorrectly, lasers can cause lasting harm such as scarring, burning, and permanent nerve damage. Unfortunately, botched laser procedures do happen, and almost always involves a person performing the treatment without the adequate knowledge that’s required.
A licensed physician who has had extensive experience with many different skin variations, and who understands the techniques of the laser being used, will give you the best chance of obtaining your desired result. Receiving your treatment from a properly certified physician also ensures that you are being safely treated at all times. When it comes to your health and safety, would you want to risk permanent damage only to save a small amount of money?
Myth #4: The Latest Device is the Best Device
Lasers have come a long way since their initial conception in 1960. Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, especially during our era, and lasers are no exception. Existing lasers are being improved upon, and brand new ones continue to enter the market. It may be tempting to opt for the latest device that is constantly being advertised your way, but remember that like most new things, it has not had the benefit of time yet.
While it is true that new devices are thoroughly tested and inspected before being publically available, the sample size is much smaller when compared to the mass public. Certain side effects or varied results may appear when applied to public use that did not manifest during testing due to the smaller sample size. On the other hand, a laser that has been available for a longer time has treated hundreds of thousands of patients, and has extensive documentation and reviews available for you to research.
Additionally, because that laser is brand new, this means that the person conducting the treatment is also new to the device. Lasers are NOT universal, and being well experienced in one laser does not necessarily translate to another device. Proper training and experience with using the selected device is still required in order to ensure best results, as well as safety – both of which can only develop after having spent a lot of time with said device.
The purpose of this information is not to scare you away from receiving your desired treatment – but simply to ensure that you are well informed. Knowing what to look for when choosing your provider for your laser treatment helps ensure that you will reach your skin goals easily and to their full potential. Instead of trying to decide which specific laser to get for yourself, try to focus on what your intended goals are, and which laser is the best candidate for you. For even more information about laser skin treatments, click here.
Dr. Behroozan has a number of lasers available to treat many different conditions at the Dermatology Institute of Southern California, and is always available to discuss what your options are to meet your needs. Our dermatology team is excited to help you on your skin care journey, and contacting us is just one click away!
The aging process affects many aspects of our face, but one of the most noticeable changes is the loss of volume. Several injectable fillers, including others from Juvederm®, have been developed to replace lost volume in the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but no filler has before now been FDA-approved for use in the cheek area.
Juvéderm Voluma™ XC is the first and only FDA-approved filler to treat volume loss in the cheek area (apex, apple, and hallow). It is different from Juvederm XC as Juvederm XC is for use in a different area of the face; it is only used to smooth wrinkles away from the nose and mouth area. Instead of using the filler as merely a way to fill wrinkles, Voluma™ XC will gently lift the face and replace lost volume using hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring, hydrating compound in the skin. As the skin ages, it loses HA molecules, causing the skin to lose structure and volume. By injecting Voluma™ XC, a skilled doctor can help restore the lost volume in the cheeks, lifting the face and giving patients a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
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