Posts for: November, 2014
Last week I performed my 4,000th IPL photofacial treatment. There are a lot of things I have learned from doing so many treatments. The IPL photofacial treatment can treat many signs of aging including dark spots, redness, broken capillaries, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, loose skin, and dullness. It can also treat almost any skin type, but the right settings must be used. I have learned that the Sciton Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial we use at A E Skin allows for specific adjustments in the settings which make it both safe and effective for many patients. The small spot adaptors help to target specific areas on the skin without affecting the surrounding skin. I have learned that an IPL photofacial does not need to be painful to be effective. At A E Skin we apply numbing cream (free of charge) and use cold air to keep our patients comfortable. When we ask our patients to rate their comfort level during the treatment on a scale of 0 to 10, with zero being no pain and 10 being the worst, the average person rates it 2 or 3. So much for no pain no gain. I have also learned that increased results are seen with more treatments. Most people do an initial series of three to six IPL photofacial treatments and we see from our photographs that people that do six treatments get better results than those that do three treatments. We also see that maintenance treatments every three months help protect our patients' investments and maintain their results. One of the most important things I have learned by doing thousands of treatments is that combining the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment with other treatments such as a Micro Laser Peel and Pro Fractional Therapy along with a good skin care regimen provides even better results. This is how I developed the A E Skin Soft and Smooth Rejuvenation treatment, the combination of a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial and a Micro Laser Peel, which has become an increasingly popular treatment at A E Skin (review 1, review 2, review 3). I have also designed the A E Skin Ultimate Rejuvenation, which combines the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial, a Micro Laser Peel, a Pro Fractional Therapy treatment, and an optional brightening step (review 1, review 2). Finally, I have learned to do the treatments quickly and efficiently. While the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment itself is very fast, treatments used to take five to ten minutes whereas now they average three to four treatments. Take a look at some of our own before and after pictures and read our reviews to see for yourself what kind of a difference an IPL photofacial treatment can make for you. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
Now that the summer is over and the fall season is in full swing, it is important to know what we should be doing differently with our skin care regimen. As the weather gets colder and there is more wind, the skin tends to get more dry. So it is very important to moisturize twice daily. If your skin is still too dry, then use a heavier moisurizer or moisturize more often. Applying moisturizer to wet skin will trap the water in the skin and work better and longer. Adding products containing hyaluronic acid such as th A E Skin Hydrating Serum will help as well because it will draw more water into the skin. It is also very important to remember to drink enough water so that it can be brought to the skin. In addition to moisturizing, it is also very important to apply sunscreen every day. One of the most common misconceptions is that we do not need sunscreen when it s cold outside. Sunscreen protects us against the sun's rays, not the heat. And in the winter there is still sunlight, so we need sunscreen. As the days are getting shorter with daylight savings time, we will not need sunscreen for as long a period during the day, but we still need it to protect ourselves. It is also important to use sunscreen when it's overcast or raining because the light penetrates through and gets to your skin. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a good diet, plenty of water, enough sleep, and regular exercise combined with appropriate moisturization and sun protection and the keys to having healthy skin in the fall months. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.
Melasma is a condition where dark patches are seen on the skin with little sun exposure. The most commonly affected areas are the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip. The cause of melasma is an internal change in hormones which makes the skin more sensitive to the sun. The response is similar to a suntan, but it is in limited areas and occurs with minimal sun exposure. In melasma, the skin produces excessive pigment which is deposited in different layers of the skin. One of the most common questions people ask is if thre is a cure for melasma. Unfortunately, melasma is a condition that we control, not cure. Treatment of melasma is easier when the pigment is closer to the surface. With deeper melasma, deeper treatments such as fractional resurfacing are required. A combination approach works best. It starts with a good skin care regimen including a sunscreen, brightening cream, exfoliant, and antioxidant. After several weeks of the regimen, the skin will be prepared for treatments such as photofacials, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing. Sometimes the dark patches get darker as the pigment rises to the surface of the skin after these treatments. But this is temporary and will improve with further product use and treatments. The most difficult part of melasma is that patience is required for good results and since the problem is internal, results are non permanent and maintenance treatments are required every three to six months. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex.