Photodynamic Therapy for Pre-Cancerous Skin Cells

Of the many potential uses for Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), treating pre-cancerous cells is one of the most beneficial. Studies have shown that it is one of the most effective methods for this skin condition. After only a few months of treatment, pre-cancerous skin-which often presents as rough spots called actinic keratoses, or solar keratosis-frequently shows noticeable improvement.

These skin lesions can vary in size. They are often scaly and appear in areas exposed to the sun most often-face, ears, arms, etc. People who spend a lot of time outdoors are at risk of this type of cancer, particularly if they do so without sun protection. If these lesions are not treated, they can easily become cancerous. Photo Dynamic Therapy can significantly reduce the amount of pre-cancerous cells, treat any cells that are already cancerous, and rejuvenate the skin.

A light-sensitizing topical medication is applied to the areas of the skin that will be treated. Once the medication is applied to the skin, time must pass-without exposure to direct sunlight-before it is ready for the light to be used. This solution is activated by the light and proceeds to kill the pre-cancerous cells.

The treatment takes time and may call for more than one visit; each person is different. It is important to discuss any dermatological allergies and sensitivities with the doctor prior to treatment. Most people do not experience significant pain or negative reactions, but, as with any treatment, there are potential side effects.

The treated areas usually heal within a week, but they may be more sensitive to sunlight, so staying out of the sun is important. There may be some redness, swelling, and peeling. It is essential to follow the doctor’s regimen for care post-procedure. Avoid time in the sun and do not go tanning. As long as the doctor approves, use a moisturizer regularly.

The treatment is not right for everyone; simply having pre-cancerous lesions isn’t enough. The patient should not be pregnant or taking certain medications. If the person has a tan, it could affect the results, too. Most people who do undergo the procedure, however, are pleased with the outcome. The process often does more than treat the lesions; it revitalizes the skin. This is why PDT is used to treat other skin maladies, such as rosacea and acne.

If you have lesions on your skin, even if they’re small, don’t wait to have them evaluated and treated. While they may not be cancerous, they can become so. Come see us at Inverness Dermatology and Laser, and ask us about Photodynamic Therapy for pre-cancerous skin cells.


Seasonal Changes and Your Skin

Fall is here, bringing cooler and shorter days. However, it is still important to protect your skin. Cooler weather not only means drier skin requiring changes in our skin routine, but the risks of sun damage and skin cancer are still present, making UV protection as important as ever.

You still need UV protection
UV rays penetrate the atmosphere regardless of outdoor temperature. Despite increased layers of clothing, cold temperatures, wind, and sun, still affect your skin. If you have a routine for UV protection, using moisturizer with SPF or sun-protective clothing, maintain this year-round. Wearing long sleeves and pants do offer protection in the cooler months, but your face, ears, neck, and hands are often still exposed.

This is especially important if you enjoy outdoor winter sports. Snow reflects the sun, increasing the risk of sun burn, even if precautions are taken.

You may need to moisturize, more than ever
Cooler weather and can dry your skin, leading to windburned and chapped skin. A regular moisturizing routine is always recommended, but is more important in these drier months. Dry skin indicates a damaged skin barrier against infection and skin conditions like eczema.
After gently cleansing your skin, apply a thick moisturizer to your entire body on a daily basis. Many daytime moisturizers also contain SPF protection—an added benefit. If you are going to be active, and in the sun and wind, apply stronger protection and do so every one or two hours.

Tips for protection:

• Wear a protective hat and sunglasses when you can to increase protection.
• Don’t forget about your lips. Skin cancer can occur on the lips. Lip protection with SPF can soothe chapped lips from winter wind and cold, as well protect from UV rays. You can also implement a regular routine using a gentle lip scrub to remove excess dead skin prior to moisturizing the smooth, clean layer with a SPF product.
• If you don’t have a daily moisturizing routing for both your face and your body, start one. Preferably one with SPF.

Get advice from a professional
If you have sensitive skin, a history of skin problems, or you are simply concerned about any of these issues, talk to a skincare professional. Some people need professional and prescription options.

We specialize in skin care at Inverness Dermatology and Laser. We do more than aesthetics and we want to help you protect your skin year-round. So, as the weather changes, or if you have questions on anything, contact us today.

The Easy Aesthetic Treatment: Exilis Protégé

Many of us consider changing our appearance and are in search of that procedure that will give us the results we want with minimal pain, healing, and cost. New and effective methods are continuously being developed, and among them is Exilis Protégé. This procedure is a safe, effective way to contour your body and tighten your skin with radio frequency.

The Procedure

If you want to tighten and smooth your jaw or neck, shrink fat cells in your thighs and lessen cellulite, or reduce crow’s feet and other lines, Exilis Protégé may be right for you. During this painless, non-surgical procedure, radio waves stimulate new collagen growth to reduce wrinkles and tighten skin laxity. The radio frequency also shrinks fat as it helps produce more collagen.

This is a generally risk-free procedure for all adult clients who want to slow some signs of aging, and it is not only for the face. It can be used in various places on the body, including the belly, thighs, buttocks, and more. It is important to understand that this is not a weight or fat loss procedure. It is a non-surgical skin tightening and toning method. It can help you eradicate wrinkles, make your skin firmer, and all with no pain or healing time. You can get back to your life immediately.

This can be done in only a few sessions—generally four or six—every one or two weeks. Many happy clients have seen changes immediately, but most see all the changes several weeks after the rest of the treatments. The final results can last for months or years with regular upkeep.

The procedure is customized for each patient. Different radio frequencies are utilized for varying parts of the body, and depending upon how drastic the results should be. Also, each and every person’s skin is different in texture and thickness, making it more important to customize the procedure.

The Results

The clinician performing the procedure controls the process and prevents discomfort and irritation. The radio frequency does not break or damage skin, but merely passes through. Some patients experience minor redness for a brief period after the session. However, there are no needles, there is no cutting, and most patients do not need any sort of anesthetic. The technology also prevents burning and other damage by implementing a cooling agent.

This treatment is best for those with sagging skin and wrinkles who do not want surgery. Exilis Protégé is not a replacement for surgery. It is also not right for those who want drastic changes. Though the results are visible, and fat deposits can be reduced by the process, it will not have the same effects as liposuction, facelifts, or other more invasive surgeries.

If you think that Exilis Protégé is right for you, then contact us at Inverness Dermatology and Laser. Tell us about your needs, and we will help you achieve them. We will walk you through the costs, the procedure, and anything else you need to know. Call us today.

What Can You Do To Minimize the Appearance of Scars?

Scarring can occur when the skin is damaged for any reason. Many people who have scars find that their scars look unsightly, especially when the scars are on a highly visible place on the body. If you have a scar, you may be unhappy with your appearance as a result of it and you may feel very self-conscious.  Fortunately, you do not just have to live with a scar that you believe has an adverse impact on the look of your skin or on your overall appearance. You can talk with professionals who provide cosmetic and medical dermatology treatments to explore a variety of different solutions aimed at minimizing the appearance of scars.

What Can You Do To Fix a Scar That You Are Unhappy With?

When you have a scar that is making you feel uncomfortable with your appearance, you have a wide variety of different options that can be considered with the goal of fixing the scar.  You will need to consider the invasiveness of the different procedures, the recovery time, the cost, and the likely effectiveness to find out what is the right solution. Speaking with a dermatologist who offers scarring treatment can be beneficial to understand all of the options available to you so you can make an informed choice.

Options which are available could include the use of prescription creams and gels which are aimed at making scars less visible. These treatment options can often make scars less apparent and can also help you to stop itching or pain from a scar.

Laser surgery, excision, and dermabrasion are also possible procedures which can be used in order to reduce the appearance of an unsightly scar.  These procedures are often minimally invasive, with limited or no pain. The procedures can usually be performed on an out-patient basis and you will have a short recovery process or no recovery period at all, depending upon exactly what procedure you choose. A dermatologist who offers both medical procedures and cosmetic dermatology is uniquely qualified to explain all of the different choices to you for addressing a scar that you have which you are unhappy with.

One of the options which you could consider to deal with your scar is scar revision surgery.  Scar revision surgery is frequently chosen by patients who have scarring as a result of a wound or injury, or who have scars from previous surgical procedure.  Scar revision surgery can sometimes be covered by insurance, especially if the scar that you have is not just a cosmetic issue but is also causing you to experience itching, pain, and other symptoms. Scar revision surgery can also be paid for by a payment plan in many cases.

Do not live with your unsightly scar any longer, especially if it is making you feel uncomfortable about your appearance or if the scar is itchy and actually causing you physical discomfort.  Contact a professional dermatologist today to find out about scarring treatments and to choose a treatment method that is right for you.

What You Need to Know About Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that is designed to improve the appearance of the skin significantly.  Microdermabrasion is a relatively safe and effective way to leave your skin feeling softer and having a brighter appearance. If you are feeling as if your skin is not quite looking the way that you want it to, you should consider speaking with a professional about whether microdermabrasion may be the solution that you have been hoping for.

What Do You Need to Know If You Are Considering Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a process in which you will have tiny crystals sprayed onto the surface of your skin.  This process will result in the outermost layer of skin being removed.  The outer layer of your skin tends to be most affected by damage and aging while you may have younger and healthier looking skin right underneath.

Microdermabrasion is an alternative to a traditional dermabrasion procedure. When you decide to undergo a standard dermabrasion procedure in order to treat your skin, you will end up needing to get numbing medication because the dermabrasion procedure is more aggressive. Many people want to avoid the need to have their face numbed. Microdermabrasion is not as aggressive a technique for removing the outer layer of the skin. As a result, the procedure can be done without getting the numbing treatment. You will have a shorter and more pleasant recovery period from microdermabrasion than from a traditional dermabrasion procedure because the tiny crystals used to remove the skin’s outer layer are not as abrasive.

Microdermabrasion works through the use of a diamond-tipped wand applied to the top skin layer on the surface of the face. Unlike when you undergo a chemical peel to remove the top layer of skin to improve your appearance, there are absolutely no chemicals involved in the process. This makes microdermabrasion a very safe and effective approach to people who respond badly to chemical peels or who do not want to have any exposure to any type of chemicals as part of their beauty routine.

After you have undergone the microdermabrasion procedure, the outer layer of skin is essentially exfoliated away through the effective microdermabrasion technique.  Your skin will be rejuvenated as a result of your undergoing the procedure. For many people who go through the procedure, the process ends with a much more pleasing appearance.  The microdermabrasion technique can be effectively used on individuals who want to improve the look of dull or rough skin. If you have acne or if your pores are clogged, microdermabrasion may be the solution.

Microdermabrasion is not covered by insurance because the procedure is considered to be a cosmetic procedure. Still, the cost is often affordable compared with other methods of improving the look of the skin on your face. You deserve to feel satisfied and happy with your appearance when you look in the mirror and you have the option to finance microdermabrasion procedures if you want to use this technique to make your skin look better.

How Microdermabrasion works?

In theory Microdermabrasion is one of the simplest procedure available to dermatologists and cosmetic medicine professionals. In practice, the technique demands a lot of attention and expertise.

Microdermabrasion is very popular in cosmetic medicine circles because of the fact that it is one of the safest techniques that offer a wide range of benefits to the patients. In many cases, this technique is enough on its own to resurface skin and reduce wrinkles and discoloration.

For many patients, the most attractive feature of the process is the cost. Given a typical Microdermabrasion session, the apparent benefits far exceed the prices charged by the clinic. The technique is very efficient in removing early signs of aging and minor skin issues. Many people opt for the technique because of its invigorating effect on the skin. Many people have compared the procedure to getting a completely new skin

What does the process involve?

In very simple terms, Microdermabrasion strips away the dead cells and encrusted grime from the face. The main aim of the procedure is to even out the skin by removing all accumulated deposits from the pores. This leaves the skin with a clean look. The resulting improvement in softness and texture of the skin is very noticeable.

The process is carried out by using hand held natural and synthetic abrasive tipped rotary instruments. The speed of the rotation is controlled by the machine while the depth of the procedure that determines how much skin is removed, is determined by the person administering the process. The pressure applied during the process determines the depth of the abrasive action of the instruments.

Microdermabrasion is one of the few procedures in cosmetic medicine that has a very high involvement of the person providing the service. The success of the treatment is highly dependent on the skill and experience of this person.

Another attraction of the procedure is the lack of any special pre procedure preparations. This means that the patients could come in on their convenience and get the procedure done without any disruptions in their normal routine. The person administering the procedure often does a light cleansing of the skin to provide a clean surface.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Perhaps, the most important benefit of the procedure is the quick results that are visible as the patient is walking out of the clinic. This is one of the most important aspects of the procedure. The patients develop a very high level of trust in the clinic and the procedure because the impact of the procedure is very visible.

Many experts recommend that a sunscreen should be the only precaution after a Microdermabrasion session. The new layer of skin is very sensitive to elements, particularly sunlight.

The procedure is completely painless. For many people who associate pain with many cosmetic medicine procedures, this is an important factor for opting for Microdermabrasion.

The process of Microdermabrasion is highly developed to ensure the best possible skin resurfacing at the most economical costs.

Treating Sun Spots with Laser Therapy

Sun spots can occur because of age or damage from exposure to UV rays. Sun spots can be unsightly and can make you dissatisfied with your appearance, especially if the spots are not easily hidden with clothing because of the location on your body where the sun spots are located.

Fortunately, you do not have to live with sun spots. Laser therapy can easily get rid of sun spots and age spots provided that you find the right treatment and you select a qualified professional to do your sun spot treatment. Lasers, in fact, are a very effective tool to resolve problems with all kinds of skin discolorations and unwanted pigmentation.

Options for Sun Spots Laser Therapy

If you want to have sun spots removed, you need to consider the different options for the sun spots laser therapy that you plan to have done. You should find a qualified expert to explain to you how the process will work and to give you information about what you can realistically expect. For many people who are good candidates for laser therapy to remove sun spots, you should be virtually unable to see the sun spots after the procedure. While you might still have skin that is very slightly differently colored than the surrounding skin, it should blend in very well and be virtually unnoticeable. The unattractive sun spots should all but disappear for the right candidate with the right treatment performed by a professional.

One of the best ways to treat sun spots with a laser is called photorejuvenation. This uses light-based technology in order to directly target the unwanted pigmentation of the skin where the sun spot is. You should only have to undergo a few treatment sessions to be able to lighten the pigmentation on your skin and reduce the discoloration so it is virtually unnoticeable.

Treatment with a laser for sun spots typically takes just a few minutes for each session that you undergo to lighten the pigmentation. You will not have to spend hours undergoing the treatment and you can come in for a session and then move on with your busy day. The process is fairly painless and you should not experience any real discomfort either during the procedure or after the procedure has been performed. You will not have to opt for any kind of surgical solution but instead will have a quick, simple and virtually painless experience with simple laser treatment that makes a huge difference in the look of your skin.

Do not hesitate to talk to a professional about sun spots laser therapy and find the best treatment method. You deserve to be happy with your appearance and sun spots can be a sign of aging that makes you feel unsatisfied with the way that you look. A simple procedure with a laser performed by a qualified professional can restore your skin to the natural beauty that you are hoping for and you can feel prouder and happier about the way that you look.