FineTouch Dermatology http://www.finetouchdermatology.com Los Angeles Dermatologist, Tattoo Removal, Botox, Fraxel Laser, Skin Beauty Services Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:52:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wrinkle Treatment and Laser Skin Rejuvenation Part 3: Fraxel http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-laser-skin-rejuvenation-fraxel/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-laser-skin-rejuvenation-fraxel/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:46:08 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11831 LASER SKIN REJUVENATION FOR WRINKLE TREATMENT, UNEVEN SKIN TONE Fraxel is one of the most popular cosmetic brands for laser skin treatments, both for laser skin rejuvenation and laser resurfacing. The three Fraxel laser systems address an array of skin issues, from mild to severe, with high precision. Since Fraxel laser skin rejuvenation treatments are […]

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LASER SKIN REJUVENATION FOR WRINKLE TREATMENT, UNEVEN SKIN TONE

Fraxel is one of the most popular cosmetic brands for laser skin treatments, both for laser skin rejuvenation and laser resurfacing. The three Fraxel laser systems address an array of skin issues, from mild to severe, with high precision. Since Fraxel laser skin rejuvenation treatments are fractional, they target only specific areas and leave surrounding skin unaffected.

In “Wrinkle Treatment and Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Part 1 and 2,” we discussed the 2014 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Proceduresresults. Released by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) in July, it reveals consumers are most considering cosmetic procedures that reduce wrinkles and provide better skin tone.“Both laser resurfacing to smooth wrinkles and skin-tightening via high-frequency ultrasound have become safer and typically produce good results,” says ASDS President-Elect George J. Hruza, MD. “I would hypothesize that’s one of the reasons both are top treatments under consideration.”

We previously covered monopolar radiofrequency treatments with Thermage and laser skin rejuvenation with Spectra, a dual-pulsed, Q-switched Nd: YAG laser with four wavelength modes (532, 585, 650 and 1064 nm). In the third segment, we’ll discuss Fraxel laser skin treatment options

LASER SKIN TREATMENT WITH FRAXEL RE:FINE, DUAL AND RE:PAIR

The basis of all laser skin treatment options is to stimulate new collagen, which then addresses and alleviates the skin concern by stimulating new collagen production. Fraxel lasers are either a fractional non-ablative laser skin treatment (Fraxel re:fine and Fraxel DUAL) or ablative laser resurfacing (Fraxel re:pair).

Laser skin rejuvenation treatments target aging skin, eradicate fine lines and wrinkles, improve overall skin tone, minimize acne scarring, and more. All three are fractional photothermolysis laser skin treatments, a technology Fraxel pioneered in 2001 that treats microscopic volumes of skin with each pulse. Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology says that downtime is shorter for healing due to the laser skin treatment technique.

The re:fine and DUAL aggravate the skin’s surface and slightly below, while the re:pair ablates (vaporizes) tissue on the deer epidermis layer. Fractional non-ablative treatments are safe on all skin tones, Fitzpatrick scale I to VI. The fractional ablative treatment is safe on light to medium skin types, I to III. Each laser skin rejuvenation treatment addresses specific skin issues based on the severity of the patient’s skin concerns and skin tone. With all three, light energy heats the skin surface and/or the deeper skin layers to stimulate collage production and start the wound healing process.

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Fraxel laser skin rejuvenation breaks down the original collagen fibers of the scars and is replaced with new fibers

FRAXEL DUAL LASER RESURFACING AND WRINKLE TREATMENT

Fraxel DUAL is the most popular laser for Dr. U’s patients to treat an array of mild to moderate skin concerns with its dual lasers. The 1927 nm wavelength Thulium fiber laser works more superficially. The 1550 nm wavelength Erbium fiber laser works on deeper layers of the skin and is more intense.

Fraxel DUAL laser skin treatments are FDA approved for skin resurfacing and soft tissue coagulation procedures; treatment of periorbital wrinkles (crow’s feet); treatment of acne scars and surgical scars; and treatment of pigmented legions, including senile lentigos, solar lentigos, actinic keratosis and melasma. It also works on all skin types and areas of the body, with a typical treatment regimen of three to five sessions with intervals of two to four weeks.

Fraxel’s family of lasers addresses an array of skin conditions, from mild to severe. It’s best to consult with a dermatologist such as Dr. U to see which laser Fraxel laser rejuvenation treatment is best for you. Schedule an appointment with FineTouch Dermatology so Dr. U can explain each specific Fraxel laser and what each laser has FDA clearance for.

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Laser skin rejuvenation treatments stimulate collagen production.

 

 

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Wrinkle Treatment and Laser Skin Rejuvenation Part 2: Spectra http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-laser-skin-rejuvenation-spectra/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-laser-skin-rejuvenation-spectra/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:09:23 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11820 LASER SKIN REJUVENATION OPTIONS WITH SPECTRA AND FRAXEL Laser skin rejuvenation options with Lutronic’s Spectra laser and Fraxel lasers target aging skin, eradicate fine lines and wrinkles, treat sun damage, improve overall skin tone and more. Results from laser skin rejuvenation also improve complexion, reduce most signs of aging and minimize imperfections.Dr. Umar of FineTouch […]

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LASER SKIN REJUVENATION OPTIONS WITH SPECTRA AND FRAXEL

Laser skin rejuvenation options with Lutronic’s Spectra laser and Fraxel lasers target aging skin, eradicate fine lines and wrinkles, treat sun damage, improve overall skin tone and more. Results from laser skin rejuvenation also improve complexion, reduce most signs of aging and minimize imperfections.Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology says it’s no surprise that these laser skin treatments are two of the most popular for those considering cosmetic enhancements due to their safety and efficacy.

In “Wrinkle Treatment and Laser Skin Rejuvenation Part 1,” we discussed the survey results from the 2014 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures. Released in July by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), it reveals consumers want treatments that minimize wrinkles and improve skin tone. The two most popular procedures include ultrasound, laser, light and radiofrequency treatments for wrinkles and skin tightening (45 percent of respondents); and laser and light treatments for redness, tone and scars (41 percent of respondents).

Technological advances have improved the results of laser skin treatment and light treatment for redness, skin tone and scars.“Dermatologic surgeons are — and have been — at the forefront in developing laser, light and energy-based treatments,” says ASDS President-Elect George J. Hruza, MD. “Devices and protocols have improved significantly in the past few years, making these minimally or non-invasive procedures we perform safer and more effective than ever.”

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Laser skin rejuvenation with Spectra improves active acne, large pores, dull skin tone and skin texture.

While Thermage is an ideal monopolar radiofrequency procedure for a skin- tightening and wrinkle treatment, Dr. U says it does not address more moderate to severe skin issues. Laser skin treatment options with Spectra and Fraxel offer more ways for skin rejuvenation and laser resurfacing.

LASER SKIN TREATMENT FOR WRINKLES, UNEVEN COMPLEXION

Spectra is a dual-pulsed, Q-switched Nd: YAG laser that offers four wavelength modes — 532, 585, 650 and 1064 nm— for laser skin treatment to address an array of skin issues. These multiple laser modes and power settings maximize treatment options, and allow treatment of large areas (up to 8 mm spot size). There is little to no downtime for any of the Spectra settings, except for laser tattoo removal.

Depending on the specific nanometer wavelength used, the laser skin treatment enables laser toning and non-ablative photo-acoustic laser skin rejuvenation techniques. Dr. U uses Spectra as an effective laser skin rejuvenation treatment for pigment issues, vascular changes, non-ablative laser resurfacing and even tattoo removal. It also improves active acne, large pores, dull skin tone, skin texture, wrinkles, age spots, pigmented lesions, melasma, rosacea and photodamage.

The “Spectra mode” is ideal for non-ablative pore reduction and skin texture improvement, while the 532 nm setting is effectively treats sun spots and flat seborrheic keratosis (SK). Its 1064 nm wavelength also addresses the issue of hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, and uneven skin tone for the Fitzpatrick Scale skin types I to V.

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Laser skin treatment with Lutronic’s Spectra laser and Fraxel lasers address uneven skin tone, melasma, age spots, wrinkles and more. Image courtesy of www.newbeauty.com.

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Laser energy targets, gently breaks and ablates the pigment in melanoma for laser skin rejuvenation.

FDA APPROVALS FOR SPECTRA SKIN REJUVENATION AND LASER RESURFACING

Spectra’s 1064 nm wavelength is FDA approved for laser resurfacing of acne scars and wrinkles; and treatment of dermal pigmented lesions, including but not limited to Nevus of Ota, lentigines, nevi (moles and various types of birthmarks) and melasma. The same wavelength is also approved for the reduction of red pigmentation in hypertrophic and keloid scars where vascularity is an integral part of the scar (excludes the 650nm wavelength); reduction of benign cutaneous lesions, including but not limited to striae (stretch marks) and scars (excludes the 650nm wavelength); removal or lightening of hair with or without adjuvant preparation; and tattoo removal (dark ink: blue and black).

The 532 nm wavelength (nominal delivered energy of 585 nm and 650 nm wavelengths with the dye laser handpiece) is FDA approved for laser skin resurfacing of acne scars and wrinkles; reduction of red pigmentation in hypertrophic and keloid scars where vascularity is an integral part of the scar (excludes the 650nm wavelength); and benign cutaneous lesions, including but not limited to striae and scars (excludes the 650nm wavelength). The same wavelength is also approved for vascular lesions, including but not limited to port wine birthmarks, telangiectasias (dialated blood vessels), cherry angioma, and spider nevi and spider angioma (spider veins); epidermal pigmented lesions, including but not limited to cafe-au-lait birthmarks, solar lentiginos (sun spots), senile lentiginos (age spots), Becker’s nevi, freckles, nevus spilus, and seborrheic keratosis; and tattoo removal (light ink: red, sky blue, green).

In “Wrinkle Treatment and Rejuvenation, Part 3,” we’ll discuss laser skin treatment options more in-depth. It’s important to always consult with a board certified laser skin rejuvenation specialist such as Dr. U to determine the best course of laser skin treatment. Dr. U has helped thousands of Los Angeles residents achieve radiant, beautiful skin at FineTouch Dermatology.

 

 

 

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RADIOFREQUENCY WRINKLE TREATMENT AND LASER SKIN REJUVENATION OPTIONS

If you are thinking about booking your next dermatology appointment for a skin-tightening radiofrequency wrinkle treatment or laser skin rejuvenation treatment as top priorities to improve your appearance, you are not alone. A survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) released in July reveals that the most popular procedures that consumers are considering reduce wrinkles and provide better skin tone, inclusive of radiofrequency and laser skin treatments. Three of the top four treatments also involve lasers, light, ultrasound and radiofrequency devices. Results from the 2014 ASDS Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures survey include opinions from more than 8,300 consumers regarding cosmetic treatments in general, as well as their ratings for 10 specific procedures. For the two most popular cosmetic procedures, 45 percent of respondents are considering ultrasound, laser, light and radiofrequency treatments for wrinkles and skin tightening; and 41 percent are considering laser and light treatments for redness, tone and scars. Chemical peels and body sculpting ranked next on the list of procedures being considered.

RADIOFREQUENCY WRINKLE TREATMENT AND SKIN TIGHTENING WITH THERMAGE

If you want to fight off minimal to moderate signs of aging with skin tightening and minimize fine lines with a wrinkle treatment, Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology says Thermage is an excellent option to accomplish both. Thermage is a non-ablative, non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses monopolar radiofrequency, a form of electrical energy that is modulated in a way to heat the deeper layers of skin. This process denatures (alters) collagen within the skin, similar to creating a wound that shrinks during the healing process and tightens skin. There will be some immediate contraction of the skin tissues and further subsequent contraction as new collagen is manufactured during the repair process. Thermage skin-tightening procedures reduce the signs of aging and are also effective anti-aging wrinkle treatments. The monopolar radiofrequency provides a way to tighten the underlying tissue of the skin without surgery and the downtime associated with cosmetic surgery and other more invasive methods, such as lasers or chemical peels. Dr. U says it is not a substitute for a surgical facelift or more intense ablative laser treatment to improve more severe skin issues, but Thermage is ideal if you require a more moderate wrinkle treatment and skin tightening. Thermage tightens facial and neck skin, tightens and lifts eyelids, and reduces hooding eyelids that characteristically droop. It is also used for nonsurgical brow lifts and as a nonsurgical wrinkle treatment to tighten facial wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes, the mid and lower face, and neck. An additional benefit of Thermage is continued skin tightening over time due to collagen production. This anti-aging regimen and wrinkles treatment lasts two years or longer, depending upon physiology and natural aging process.

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Thermage is a non-ablative, non-invasive skin-tightening and wrinkle treatment that uses mono polar radio frequency. Image courtesy of Thermage.

Typically only one treatment is required, though a second treatment may be more beneficial if you have very thick skin. Results are near immediate with smoother, tighter skin and very minimal downtime. Dr. U says you can typically resume normal activity the next day following the procedure, although some redness and swelling may occur. Oral sedation and analgesia are employed on almost everyone to minimize pain due to the heat of the Thermage treatment, though additional intravenous medication is sometimes used. Thermage is FDA approved for electrocoagulation and hemostasis (skin tightening); wrinkle treatment of periorbital wrinkles (wrinkling around the eyes) and rhytids (skin wrinkles), including upper and lower eyelids; and treatment of wrinkles and rhytids. It’s also FDA approved for the temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite; temporary improvement in local circulation (blood circulation); relief of minor muscle aches and pains; and relief of muscle spasms. Since Thermage wrinkle treatment and skin tightening results are usually subtle than more invasive cosmetic treatments and manifest themselves over time, Dr. U’s portfolio of before and after patient photos give you better idea results. Studies show one in 10 patients see significant improvements at the end of the treatment; however, some people will not see much improvement immediately and need to wait three weeks to several months for maximum results.

LASER SKIN TREATMENT OPTIONS WITH SPECTRA AND FRAXEL

Two of the most popular laser skin treatment options are with Lutronic’s Spectra laser and Fraxel lasers to address uneven skin tone, age spots, wrinkles and more. Each particular laser skin treatment— including three options from Fraxel — address specific skin issues depending on severity. All of them, however, stimulate new collagen production for laser skin rejuvenation. Additionally, they can also act as an anti-aging treatment. In “Wrinkle Treatment and Laser Skin Rejuvenation Part 2: Spectra,” we’ll discuss laser skin treatment options more in-depth. It’s always important to consult with a board certified dermatologist such as Dr. U to determine the best course of treatment. Differences in skin pigment, skin type and skin issue are all guiding factors for deciding on a Thermage treatment and laser skin treatment.

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Laser Tattoo Removal for Effective Tattoo Ink Removal http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-tattoo-removal-effective-tattoo-ink-removal/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-tattoo-removal-effective-tattoo-ink-removal/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:51:06 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11808 LASER TATTOO REMOVAL SAFELY PERFORMED BY A DERMATOLOGIST It’s important to consult with a board certified dermatologist such as Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology for safe, effective laser tattoo removal treatments. Dr. U understands the nuances of tattoo color removal, how to remove large tattoos and how to remove 3D tattoos. The number of tattoo […]

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LASER TATTOO REMOVAL SAFELY PERFORMED BY A DERMATOLOGIST

It’s important to consult with a board certified dermatologist such as Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology for safe, effective laser tattoo removal treatments. Dr. U understands the nuances of tattoo color removal, how to remove large tattoos and how to remove 3D tattoos. The number of tattoo removal sessions, however, depends on a variety of factors, including your tattoo size, color, ink depth placement on your dermis and your individual physiology regarding laser tattoo treatments.

Whether your tattoos decorate your arms, legs, backs or other part of your body, the history of them is traced throughout centuries and a number of cultures. Decorative skin markings date back to 6,000 B.C. in Peru — ancient forms of tattoos, if you will. Now we have tattoos by professional artists, and while the symbolism of tattoos varies between cultures, the artful reflections are usually deeply personal.

As of 2010, 23 percent of Americans had a tattoo, according to Pew Research. For those ages 30 to 45, 32 percent had a tattoo. However, many also eventually want tattoo ink removal, whether it’s due to large tattoos inappropriate for the workplace or outdated imagery. This requires laser tattoo removal.

TATOO INK REMOVAL FOR WHAT’S MEANT TO BE PERMANENT

Unlike jewelry or clothing that are disposable and changeable fashion and cultural statements, tattoos are intended to be permanent. Though few people ever think about the possibility of laser tattoo removal when they get a tattoo, factors play into how difficult eventual tattoo ink removal could potentially be.

A tattoo machine moves a solid needle up and down between 50 to 3,000 times per minute, in which the needle penetrates a millimeter into the skin’s dermis and deposits tattoo ink. The dermis is the second, deeper layer of the skin under the epidermis. Though tattoos fade naturally over time, tattoo ink removal requires laser tattoo removal that is the only way to successfully destroy pigment cells located deep within the skin.

It is worth discussing with a tattoo artist when getting one about the dynamics that could make eventual tattoo removal treatments more difficult due to tattoo color, position and size. For example, tattoo ink removal may be easier when a more experienced tattoo artist does the tattoo since the pigment is evenly injected in the same level of the skin. However, laser tattoo removal may be more difficult on a tattoo that has been on the skin for a considerable length of time.

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Lurtonic’s Spectra is dual-pulsed, Q-switched Nd: YAG laser that offers four wavelength modes, which includes 532, 585, 650 and 1,064 nanometers, and addresses all pigment colors for effective laser tattoo removal.

FACTORS FOR TATTOO COLOR REMOVAL

Tattoo color removal is targeted specific to each color correlating to laser wavelength. Yellow and green shades are generally the most difficult for tattoo color removal, and blue and black are typically the easiest for tattoo ink removal. Though black ink is the darkest, it’s absorbs all laser wavelengths.

Dr. U uses Lutronic’s Spectra for laser tattoo removal on patients since it removes multicolored and black tattoos in laser one system. This dual-pulsed, Q-switched Nd: YAG laser offers four wavelength modes, which includes 532, 585, 650 and 1,064 nanometers, and addresses all pigment colors for effective tattoo color removal.

After each laser tattoo removal session, you need to wait at least three weeks for another treatment. The tattoo ink initially broken up needs time be absorbed and removed from the body.

To learn more about laser tattoo removal, book a consultation with Dr. U and contact FineTouch Dermatology.

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Botox Forehead and Wrinkles Fillers Treatments Increase in Men http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/botox-forehead-treatments-increase-men/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/botox-forehead-treatments-increase-men/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:27:02 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11802 MORE MEN OPT FOR BOTOX FOREHEAD TREATMENTS Botulinum toxin is currently the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure performed in men, such as a Botox forehead treatment. While many men try to maintain their appearance and youthfulness with exercise, a healthy diet and skin care regimen, more men are now turning to a skin surgeon […]

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MORE MEN OPT FOR BOTOX FOREHEAD TREATMENTS

Botulinum toxin is currently the most common minimally invasive cosmetic procedure performed in men, such as a Botox forehead treatment. While many men try to maintain their appearance and youthfulness with exercise, a healthy diet and skin care regimen, more men are now turning to a skin surgeon to improve their complexion and achieve certain facial aesthetic goals.

According to recent data from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgery, men now make up 9 to 10 percent of all cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2013. This is a 104 percent increase from 2000, showing that an increasing number of male dermatology patients seeking cosmetic procedures.

Since glowing, wrinkle-free and blemish-free skin is ideal, a Los Angeles skin clinic and skin surgeon can be excellent resources. Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology notes that Botox forehead treatments are especially popular among men to smooth their glabellar frown lines between the eyebrows to eliminate the look of being constantly angry or tired.

WRINKLES FILLERS TREATMENTS INCREASE IN MEN

More than 385,000 botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport) treatments were performed on men last year in the United States, an increase of 310 percent since 2000. Though the overall percentage of men undergoing treatment is relatively small compared with women, wrinkles fillers treatments continue to increase in popularity among men.

Innovations in dermatology also offer numerous options for surgical and nonsurgical treatments, including Botox forehead treatments. Botox injections are used as a wrinkles fillers treatment that counteract wrinkles with the temporary inability of muscle contraction. It blocks nerve cells from releasing acetylcholine, which triggers the muscles. The overlying skin thus remains crease free and appears smooth.

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Dr. U’s Botox forehead treatments with wrinkles fillers help the glabellar muscles to stay relaxed and subdue over-expressions that cause deep wrinkles.

TREATMENTS FOR WRINKLES FROM SQUINTING, ANGER IN MEN

The area of the face between the eyebrows and right above the eyes is known as the glabella. The muscles are usually engaged during anger, concentration and squinting. Usually a smooth surface, glabellar frown lines appear as vertical creases if the skin becomes too elastic. They result from the corrugator muscles between the brows contracting inward, along with the procerus muscle contracting down toward the nose. Dr. U’s Botox forehead treatments with wrinkles fillers help the glabellar muscles to stay relaxed and subdue over-expressions that cause deep wrinkles.

Studies have also shown that men often require more units of onabotulinumtoxinA than women when treating the glabella. A 2005 study by Alstair and Jean Carruthers revealed that 40-, 60- and 80 unit doses were consistently more effective than the 20 unit dose was in reducing glabellar lines. Men may often require 20 to 60 units in the superficial corrugator and procerus muscles, compared with 20 to 30 units of onabotulinumtoxinA in the same muscles in women for the forehead region. While this is not problem, it’s just important that men note the difference in potential unit requirements in Botox forehead treatments and Botox eyebrow lifts.

Dr. U also notes that most men do not want raised or arched brow. When addressing wrinkles in the forehead region, Dr. U typically does an injection about 1 centimenter above the lateral brow to maintain brow position and avoid overarching.

A skin surgeon such as Dr. U addresses an array of skin conditions in men, such as acne, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and facial symmetry. To understand the dynamics of proper skin care and options for surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic improvement, schedule an appointment with Dr. U.

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Acne Treatment Options for Severe Acne, Nodulocystic Acne and Scars http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/acne-treatment-options-severe-acne-nodulocystic-acne-scars/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/acne-treatment-options-severe-acne-nodulocystic-acne-scars/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:18:00 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11786 ACNE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SEVERE ACNE AND ACNE SCARRING In most cases, patients with severe acne and nodulocystic acne are more concerned about severe acne scaring than the ongoing acne they experience. For severe acne and severe acne scarring, a significant portion of the face is affected and there is also a lot of pain […]

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ACNE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SEVERE ACNE AND ACNE SCARRING

In most cases, patients with severe acne and nodulocystic acne are more concerned about severe acne scaring than the ongoing acne they experience. For severe acne and severe acne scarring, a significant portion of the face is affected and there is also a lot of pain and inflammation. Unless acne treatment is sought, it will not resolve on its own. Several modalities are available for severe acne treatment that address both the acne itself and acne scars.

Acne occurs at various severity levels in patients, ranging from pimples and flare-ups to chronic breakouts and nodulocystic acne with acne cysts and nodules. Due to the range of symptoms from occasional flare-ups to severe acne, acne treatment for patients are case specific.

ACNE INFLAMMATION AND ACNE SCAR TREATMENT FOR NODULOCYSTIC ACNE

Nodulocystic acne, or cystic acne, is a rare but severe form of acne. It typically develops in young men as multiple inflamed cysts and nodules, which may also turn deep red and purple. Due to the magnitude of the cysts, acne scar treatment is required to both reduce acne inflammation and scarring.

These nodulocystic cysts result from inflammation of lesions that are either papular or nodular, which are usually filled with yellow pus and can be several centimeters in diameter. Areas affected include face, chest, back and shoulders. Acne inflammation and acne scar treatment is typically done first with photodynamic treatment (PDT), followed by additional acne scar treatment. Prompt PDT acne treatment minimizes scarring and inflammation while also reducing the size of cysts and nodules.

LASER SKIN TREATMENT FOR SEVERE ACNE, NODULOCYSTIC ACNE

Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology skin clinic typically uses a two-fold acne regimen for nodulocystic acne. The first aspect includes monthly photodynamic treatments using Levulan and VBeam, or however short or long is needed to reduce inflammation and minimize the cysts. Laser skin treatment, typically with Fraxel DUAL, is then used for acne scar removal and scar improvements. Patients must first have the severe acne treated or under control before treating specifically for acne scars.

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Results of patient’s acne treatment with PDT and acne scar removal six weeks after his last Fraxel DUAL laser treatment.

Dr. Umar says his favorite type of treatment for severe acne scars is with lasers, which are essentially controlled burns to your skin. Laser skin treatment is a more modern, effective treatment for control of depth with acne scars. Though nothing will reverse or minimize acne scars 100 percent, laser skin treatment procedures can improve acne scars in texture by 60 to 70 percent improvement in texture.

One of Dr. Umar’s favorite laser skin treatment procedures for severe acne scars is with Fraxel lasers. Fraxel DUAL is a non-ablative laser treatment that induces collagen remodeling to eliminate and minimize the appearance of severe acne scars. It is suitable for all skin tones and used two laser strength to rejuvenate and refine skin, while addressing acne treatment for scarring issues.

To learn more about different acne treatment and acne scar treatment procedures at FineTouch Dermatology skin clinic, read Acne Scars treatment at FineTouch Dermatology and schedule an appointment with Dr. Umar.

 

 

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Skin Clinic Advice on Summertime Skin Care, Wrinkles and Fraxel DUAL http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/skin-clinic-advice-summertime-skin-care-wrinkles-fraxel-dual/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/skin-clinic-advice-summertime-skin-care-wrinkles-fraxel-dual/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:19:42 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11781  DERMATOLOGIST AND SKIN CLINIC ADVICE AND TREATMENTS FOR COSMETIC GOALS Beauty and a youthful appearance are paramount in society, which you may be attempting to achieve or maintain with exercise, a healthy diet and a skin care regimen that includes daily sunscreen application and wrinkle treatment. However, consulting with a board certified dermatologist and skin […]

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 DERMATOLOGIST AND SKIN CLINIC ADVICE AND TREATMENTS FOR COSMETIC GOALS

Beauty and a youthful appearance are paramount in society, which you may be attempting to achieve or maintain with exercise, a healthy diet and a skin care regimen that includes daily sunscreen application and wrinkle treatment. However, consulting with a board certified dermatologist and skin clinic for advice is often times necessary to achieve your certain cosmetic goals. A dermatologist and skin clinic can be especially helpful in the summertime when skin issues such as meslasma, uneven skin tone and wrinkles often become more problematic. Los Angeles has numerous dermatologists and skin clinics to choose from, but you should specifically look for a dermatologist and skin clinic with expertise, artistry and skill. It’s also important to consult with a dermatologist and skin clinic with your desired specialties for your cosmetic goals. Dr. Umar is a board-certified, Los Angeles-based surgical dermatologist at the skin clinic FineTouch Dermatology. Dr. Umar is an expert in laser skin rejuvenation, wrinkle treatment, acne scar removal, follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants and more. His skin clinic is ideally suited to help you achieve your cosmetic goals by providing advice and array of treatments.

MINIMIZING THE NEED FOR WRINKLE TREATMENT WITH SUN DAMAGE PREVENTION

FineTouch Dermatology skin clinic offers skin care advice and wrinkle treatment options that not only protect your skin from future damage, but can also improve appearance. Dr. Umar warns that you need to take more seriously your use of sunscreen to avoid premature aging or worse — skin cancer. A customized skin care regimen from a skin clinic that includes sun protection prevents and reduces the amount and appearance of sun damage and age spots. Sunscreen with a SPF 30+ should be applied daily on your face and areas of your body exposed to the sun. It’s also a good idea to apply sunscreen to the entire body, even under clothing, if you are wearing light clothing. Sunscreen should be applied every two hours when you are in direct sunlight, swimming or sweating.

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. A dermatologist and skin clinic can be especially helpful in the summertime when skin issues such as meslasma, uneven skin tone and wrinkles often become more problematic.

LASER SKIN REJUVENATION WITH FRAXEL RE:FINE FRAXEL DUAL AND FRAXEL REPAIR

While preventative measures are the best to avoid sun damage, many wrinkle treatment options are available from a skin clinic. This includes cosmetic injectables (Botox, Dysport), dermal fillers (Restylane, Radiesse) and an array of laser skin rejuvenation treatments such as Fraxel. Three Fraxel laser skin treatments are available: Fraxel re:fine, Fraxel DUAL and Fraxel re:pair. Fraxel DUAL is the most popular of Fraxel treatments since it offers effective laser skin rejuvenation and also works on all skin tones. Fraxel DUAL treatments at a skin clinic address arrays of skin conditions, such as mild to moderate acne scars, melasma, age spots and wrinkles. While effective, it’s important to note that patients should avoid sun exposure until skin has completely healed after Fraxel treatments. It’s best to consult with a dermatologist and schedule an appointment at a skin clinic to see which specific Fraxel laser procedure or wrinkle treatment is best for you. For more information on Fraxel DUAL laser skin rejuvenation at FineTouch Dermatology skin clinic, read aboutFraxel Laser at FineTouch Dermatology.

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Eyebrow Lift Without Surgery to Eliminate Sagging Brow, Tired Look http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/eyebrow-lift-without-surgery-eliminate-sagging-brow-tired-look/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/eyebrow-lift-without-surgery-eliminate-sagging-brow-tired-look/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:03:08 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11775 EYEBROW LIFT WITHOUT SURGERY IMPROVES SIGNS OF AGING To cosmetically create a youthful looking upper eyelid and eyebrow region, a dermatologist must thoroughly understand the dynamics of the facial area to perform an eyebrow lift without surgery. Both men and women are now opting for this nonsurgical eyebrow lift with Botox, a procedure that eliminates […]

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EYEBROW LIFT WITHOUT SURGERY IMPROVES SIGNS OF AGING

To cosmetically create a youthful looking upper eyelid and eyebrow region, a dermatologist must thoroughly understand the dynamics of the facial area to perform an eyebrow lift without surgery. Both men and women are now opting for this nonsurgical eyebrow lift with Botox, a procedure that eliminates sagging brows. An eyebrow lift with Botox thus solves the aging, tired appearance of a low or sagging brow.

To create a youthful upper eyelid region, an eyebrow lift without surgery seeks to address the three components of the “youthful triad.” This entails a full, relaxed brow that transitions smoothly toa full upper eyelid anda well-defined eyelid crease that’s low. Wrinkles and sagging wreck havoc on this area that reveal signs of aging that contradict a youthful, radiant appearance.

EYEBROW LIFT WITH BOTOX TO COUNTERACT SAGGING BROWS

When your entire forehead is sagging, it creates an angry, tired look with increased signs of aging. When the muscles in this region sag, your brows also fall slightly. Eyebrow arches flatten and lower over time, which can be improved with an eyebrow lift with Botox. Aging, environmental damage and genetics all contribute to sagging eyebrows. Wrinkles and sagging eyebrows not only contribute to making you look tired, older or permanently upset or tired, they negatively affect the appearance of the entire upper eyelid and eyebrow region.

Thankfully, a nonsurgical eyebrow lift with Botox procedure addresses these cosmetic issues. As the demand for cosmetic procedures continues to grow, more men and women are looking into eyebrow lifts with Botox in Los Angeles.

Repetitive facial expressions, such as smiling and laughing, contribute to wrinkles, lines, folds and sagging skin all over the face. Additionally, aging and environmental factors such as smoking and sun damage, also contribute to entire upper eyelid and eyebrow region. All of these factors contribute to the loss of elasticity in your skin and decreased volume that an eyebrow lift without surgery can counteract.

LIFTING OF EYEBROWS WITH BOTOX TO COUNTERACT SAGGING

Lifting of eyebrows with Botox works to counteracts the tired look by “lifting” the brows just a few millimeters, which makes a huge difference. An eyebrow lift with Botox is a similar process of Botox injections if you’ve ever had Botox to temporary counteract wrinkles, lines and folds on other facial regions.

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Both men and women are now opting for an eyebrow lift without surgery with Botox, a procedure that eliminates sagging brows.

Not only can you counteract sagging with an eyebrow lift without surgery using Botox, you can shape your eyebrow arches to create a dramatic arch, horizontal brow or flared brow shape. You are also able to choose how much you want eyebrows raised, says Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology.

A dermatologist can explain the procedure during a consultation, which is simply having Botox (or similar) injections at specific places around your brow areas to counteract the forehead sagging. Dr. Umar of has perfected the art of an eyebrow lift without surgery. Dr. Umar injects Botox into the depressor muscles on your face, which counteracts the brow’s medial ends sagging and works to “lift” your brows.

For more information on how an eyebrow lift without surgery can improve your appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Umar. To learn more about Botox, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-botox/

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Sweaty Armpits Treatment with Botox, Lasers for Hyperhidrosis http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/sweaty-armpits-treatment-botox-lasers-hyperhidrosis/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/sweaty-armpits-treatment-botox-lasers-hyperhidrosis/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:12:51 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11764 SWEATY ARMPITS TREATMENT FOR EXCESSIVE SWEATING Excessive underarm sweating is medically known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis may significantly alter your lifestyle due to limitations with clothing choices, embarrassing sweat rings on shirts and a pungent odor. Many individuals are affected by hyperhidrosis but don’t know the range of sweaty armpits treatment options with Botox and lasers […]

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SWEATY ARMPITS TREATMENT FOR EXCESSIVE SWEATING

Excessive underarm sweating is medically known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis may significantly alter your lifestyle due to limitations with clothing choices, embarrassing sweat rings on shirts and a pungent odor. Many individuals are affected by hyperhidrosis but don’t know the range of sweaty armpits treatment options with Botox and lasers to get the sweating under control.

Hyperhidrosis results from overactive sweat glands, which is easily treatable with sweaty armpits treatment procedures. Since there are two two glands in the armpit, excessive underarm sweating is common. Your apocrine gland is what produces the odor while sweating. Additionally, your eccrine gland secretes clear, odorless fluid to cool the body.

HYPERHIDROSIS TREATMENT WITH ANTIPERSPIRANTS

When multiple daily showers and deodorants don’t resolve excessive sweaty armpits, you are most likely suffering from hyperhidrosis. It affects men and women equally. While menopause, stress or medication such as anti-depressants may contribute to excessive sweating, often it is just the result of overactive sweat glands.

Hyperhidrosis treatment can usually be controlled with over-the-counter antiperspirants in the regular or prescription strength formulations. For those who need additional sweaty armpit treatment, a prescription from a dermatologist is available with a more heavy-duty aluminum-based formulation. When even prescription antiperspirants don’t work as a sweaty armpits treatment, a dermatologist can assist with either hyperhidrosis Botox treatment or laser treatment.

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When even prescription antiperspirants don’t work as a sweaty armpits treatment, a dermatologist can assist with either hyperhidrosis Botox treatment or laser treatment. Photo courtesy of newbeaty.com.

HYPERHIDROSIS BOTOX TREATMENT AND LASER TREATMENT OPTIONS

Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a formulation of the botulinum toxin type A, which is injected to the armpit region for hyperhidrosis Botox treatment. Botox blocks the nerves that control sweating by inhibiting the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter.

Without this input, the activity of sweat glands will become more regular for sweaty armpits treatment. However, hyperhidrosis Botox treatment is a temporary method to control excessive sweating since new nerves grow back that affect sweating levels. Please note that Botox treatments work for most patients but may for others if it doesn’t block the sweat ducts enough.

Laser procedures for sweaty armpits treatment requires two treatment sessions and also destroys the sweat glands. Since the sweat glands do not regenerate, laser treatments provide long-term relief from excessive sweating in a very short treatment time. Both hyperhidrosis Botox treatments and laser treatments are usually considered a cosmetic procedure, so please not that insurance will typically not cover the costs.

Laser procedures typically require just two treatments to diminish underarm sweating. Because of this, laser procedures for sweaty armpits usually offer a faster, more effective solution since you need multiple Botox injections for continuous efficacy. Laser treatments do require numbing but the only side effects are temporary pain and mild swelling.

Dr. Umar offers consultations and treatment options for numerous skin conditions, including excessive underarm sweating. He has an array of patient photos and videos that demonstrate his expertise and artistry to give potential patients a better idea of his services. He gives accurate recommendations to patients on what will work best for their goals and skin issues. Often treatment solutions vary immensely based on the severity of the skin condition and patient.

To make an appointment at FineTouch Dermatology with Dr. Umar, call (310) 318-1500. For more information on Botox, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/botox-for-excess-sweating-services/.

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Laser Skin Rejuvenation Hand Treatments with Fraxel DUAL http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-skin-rejuvenation-hand-treatments-fraxel-dual/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-skin-rejuvenation-hand-treatments-fraxel-dual/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:48:34 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11759 LASER SKIN REJUVENATION FOCUS ON HANDS With the recent influx of celebrity engagements and tabloids tracking the brides-to-be with a focus on their engagement rings, many women have thought about improving the appearance of their own hands. While manicures obviously help in appearance, hands are just as plagued with age spots, wrinkles and loss of […]

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LASER SKIN REJUVENATION FOCUS ON HANDS

With the recent influx of celebrity engagements and tabloids tracking the brides-to-be with a focus on their engagement rings, many women have thought about improving the appearance of their own hands. While manicures obviously help in appearance, hands are just as plagued with age spots, wrinkles and loss of volume as the face. Yet cosmetic injectables, dermal fillers and laser skin rejuvenation treatments counteract the signs of aging of the hands just as they do on the face.

Determining which procedures available that treat both your hands and face for rejuvenation treatments should be discussed with your dermatologist. Hand rejuvenation treatments include those with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Radiesse, Botox and Dysport hand treatments, and laser skin rejuvenation with Spectra and Fraxel DUAL.

TREATING WRINKLES AND AGE SPOTS ON HANDS

Skin forms creases that eventually become permanent wrinkles with repetitive movement of the hands. Your skin also gradually loses its elasticity and firmness due to aging. Additionally, hands may become hollow with age that reveals more wrinkles with different factors contributing to age spots on hands.

Wrinkle treatment on the hands is possible with Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA). Botox and Dysport temporarily paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles when repeatedly contracted. Botox and Dysport block nerve cells from releasing acetylcholine, which triggers the muscles, and keeps the overlying skin crease free and smooth. Botox and Dysport usually remain active in the body for three to four months. Once the results of Botox or Dysport diminish, hand wrinkles will appear similarly to before treatment. There is no downtime for Botox and Dysport hand wrinkle treatments and results are near immediate.

For gaunt, bony hands, dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Radiesse can be used to add volume to your hands. Dermal fillers hand treatments give the appearance of smoother skin on the hands and fill in the volume loss. Dermal fillers can be used alone, or in conjunction with Botox or Dysport for a more comprehensive effect. A single dermal fillers hand treatment may last anywhere from one to five years.

For age spots, they result on the skin from high concentrations or clusters of melanin. Age spots are also known as sun spots, liver spots, solar lentignes or brown spots. Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure from the sun and tanning beds, aging and genetics all play a role in the formation of age spots on the hands. Melanin gives skin its color since it’s a pigment on the epidermis that is also responsible for tans. Exposure to UV light also accelerates melanin production in order to protect deeper layers of the skin from overexposure.

Age spots on hands are usually harmless but may be lightened with skin-bleaching treatments or removed with laser skin rejuvenation treatments. However, prevention is suggested to limit their appearance on hand. Using sunscreen, limiting sun exposure and avoiding tanning beds are three of the best options. When prevention tactics don’t work or you already have moderate to severe sun spots, laser skin rejuvenation treatments with Fraxel DUAL improves the appearance of hands.

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Hand rejuvenation treatments include those with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm and Radiesse, Botox and Dysport hand treatments, and laser skin rejuvenation with Fraxel DUAL. Photo courtesy of engagementringgurus.com

 

LASER SKIN REJUVENATION TREATMENTS FOR HANDS WITH FRAXEL DUAL

Laser skin rejuvenation treatments with Fraxel DUAL effectively minimize the appearance of age spots. Lasers work two-fold by breaking up melanin and destroying melanocytes with light heat. In addition to stimulating collagen production, laser skin rejuvenation treatments also contribute to a more even skin tone, texture and color in hands. Differences in pigment, skin type and depth of age spots are all guiding factors for a laser treatment.

Fraxel Dual is a non-ablative laser treatment that is safe on all skin tones based on the Fitzpatrick scale and can be used anywhere on the body. Fraxel DUAL uses its Erbium fiber component of the laser (1,550-nanometer wavelength) to target deeper layers of the dermis and normalize the collagen density. Fraxel DUAL uses its Thulium fiber component (1,927-nanometer wavelength) to refine skin.

To learn more about hand rejuvenation treatments, make an appointment with FineTouch Dermatology. For more information on how Fraxel DUAL works on the skin, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/fraxel-dual-services/.

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Skin Clinic Tips: How to Break Three Bad Skin Care Habits http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/skin-clinic-tips-break-three-bad-skin-care-habits/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/skin-clinic-tips-break-three-bad-skin-care-habits/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 01:28:02 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11754 SKIN CLINIC TIPS ON BREAKING BAD BEAUTY HABITS The desire to create or maintain a more youthful appearance is widespread in Los Angeles. Innovations in technology at skin clinics offer various options to address specifics with both surgical and nonsurgical treatments. However, beauty starts with healthy habits. FineTouch Dermatology skin clinic offers advice on what […]

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SKIN CLINIC TIPS ON BREAKING BAD BEAUTY HABITS

The desire to create or maintain a more youthful appearance is widespread in Los Angeles. Innovations in technology at skin clinics offer various options to address specifics with both surgical and nonsurgical treatments. However, beauty starts with healthy habits. FineTouch Dermatology skin clinic offers advice on what skin care habits are bad habits that need to change. The skin clinic says the Top 3 bad beauty habits to break include not washing your face before bed, washing your face in the morning with harsh cleansers and squeezing your pores and popping zits. Not washing your face before bed:Washing your face before bed can sometimes be a tedious task that you simply ignore; however, our skin clinic advises against it. Not only do you need to remove the makeup, you also need to cleanse off the dirt and grime on your face from the whole day. Additionally, acne results when follicles are clogged. Environmental factors, whether from excessive dirt built up or makeup, are a main culprit. It’s simply too important to wash your face each night with proper skin care products. Washing your face in the morning with harsh cleansers: FineTouch Dermatology skin clinic reveals that using a harsh skin care products in the morning, such as harsh cleansers and scrubs, can strip your skin of essential oils. If you must morning cleanse due to leftover makeup or excess oil, skin doctor Dr. Umar suggests using a mild moisturizing cleanser and then applying sunscreen of SPF 30+.

SKIN DOCTOR ADVICE ON THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF POPPING ZITS

Simply put, clogged follicles result in acne. Acne is a medical skin disease known as acne vulgaris that appears where there are prevalent sebaceous follicles, such as your face, back and chest. Acne varies from mild flare-ups with a few pimples to chronic breakouts with severe inflammation. Squeezing your pores and popping zits: Acne blemishes of any form should never be squeezed, according to FineTouch Dermatology skin clinic. In fact, any skin doctor would warn against it. When you pick at a blemish zit, squeeze a white head or pop a zit, it creates a giant red spot on your face that can last for days. Not only does picking at acne blemishes make them worse, it also increases chances for acne scars. Since acne at any level can cause acne scars, how to remove acne is a high priority if you are affected by it consistently. Skin doctor Dr. Umar can recommend arrays of treatment regimens for how to remove acne depending on your acne severity. Options include topical solutions, oral medication, photodynamic therapy (PDT) procedures and laser treatments.

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Since glowing, wrinkle-free and blemish-free skin is ideal, a Los Angeles skin clinic and skin surgeon can be excellent resources.

HOW A SKIN SURGEON CAN IMPROVE YOUR COMPLEXION

Many people try to achieve or maintain both beauty and youthfulness with exercise, a healthy diet and skin care regimen. However, often times a skin surgeon is needed to improve your complexion and achieve certain facial aesthetic goals. Since glowing, wrinkle-free and blemish-free skin is ideal, a Los Angeles skin clinic and skin surgeon can be excellent resources. A skin surgeon addresses acne, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, facial symmetry and an array of skin conditions. Additionally, innovations in dermatology also offer numerous options for surgical and nonsurgical treatments. To understand the dynamics of proper skin care and options for surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic improvement, schedule an appointment with Dr. Umar. For more information about how a skin clinic and skin surgeon can improve your appearance, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-dermatologist/

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Managing Rosacea with Effective Preventive Measures, Rosacea Treatment http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/managing-rosacea-effective-preventive-measures-rosacea-treatment/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/managing-rosacea-effective-preventive-measures-rosacea-treatment/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 11:49:41 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11745 UNDERSTANDING ROSACEA AND ROSACEA TREATMENT Those affected with rosacea need to be more careful in the spring and summer since increased sun exposure, wind exposure and seasonal allergies can aggravate rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that primarily affects the face and can be subdued with proper preventative measures and rosacea treatment. Rosacea usually […]

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UNDERSTANDING ROSACEA AND ROSACEA TREATMENT

Those affected with rosacea need to be more careful in the spring and summer since increased sun exposure, wind exposure and seasonal allergies can aggravate rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that primarily affects the face and can be subdued with proper preventative measures and rosacea treatment.

Rosacea usually begins in individuals in their thirties with redness on the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. It may also appear on the chest, scalp, ears and neck. Over time, blood vessels in these areas become visible. If rosacea treatment is not sought, the flushes may turn to pimples and bumps. In more severe cases, excess tissue develops and the nose becomes swollen. The condition is characterized by repetitive flare-ups and remissions.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE ROSACEA SYMPTOMS

Redness of the face is a tall-tale sign of rosacea symptoms, which may or may not include acne-like red pimples. Rosacea symptoms, however, include sensitivity of the face. Those with fair skin who blush or flush often are thought to be at the greatest risk, but the skin condition can affect anyone. There is no cure for it but medical and cosmetic treatments are available.

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For more information on rosacea treatment, make an appointment with Dr. Umar at FineTouch Dermatology.

The appearance of Rosacea differs vastly in individuals but one of the primary symptoms is always apparent. Rosacea symptoms include pimples and/or bumps, visible blood vessels, continuous redness, and/or frequent flushing and blushing.From there, secondary symptoms also develop differently. Major symptoms are small red bumps; pink eyes; pink or red patches; itchy eyes, thick skin on and around the chin, cheeks, and forehead; swollen noses; and acne. Rosacea patients usually have redness and flushing on their cheeks and nose and chin. In advanced cases of rosacea, rosacea symptoms include a red, lobulated nose.

Other potential symptoms and indicators entail itching, burning or stinging of the skin, rough, dry skin, and eye irritation. More severe symptoms include skin thickening, facial swelling and plaques. Certain triggers classically make rosacea patients flare, such as emotions (laughter, anger, embarrassment), spicy foods, red wine, or any alcohol, and temperature extremes (sun, wind, humidity, cold).

ROSACEA TREATMENT FROM A SKIN DOCTOR

Rosacea is a complicated skin condition that requires individual treatment. Always consult with skin doctor who is a board certified dermatologist for the best course of action. Topical and oral medications are typically initially used is the condition is minor. They must be continued to keep Rosacea in remission in prevent future outbreaks.

Laser treatment is helpful for moderate to severe cases. It also prevents future outbreaks and alleviates cosmetic issues from the condition. Lasers eradicate the appearance of blood vessels and redness. In more severe cases with excess tissue on the nose, ablative laser treatment and surgery may be required.

Photodynamic therapy such as VBeam is used with Levulan, a topical photosensitizer applied 30 to 45 minutes prior to each therapy. VBeam treatment uses a 585 – 595 nanometer laser to seal off blood vessels, which are eventually absorbed and expelled from the body. It also eliminates redness.

For excess tissue growth, a CO2 laser is used. Fraxel re:repair vaporizes dermis skin for significant resurfacing. The ablative re:pair is only used on light to medium skin tones.

For more information on how to treat your rosacea, make an appointment with Dr. Umar at FineTouch Dermatology. If you are interested in learning more about rosacea treatments, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-rosacea/.

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The Best Wrinkle Treatment Starts with Prevention, Proper Skin Care http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/best-wrinkle-treatment-starts-prevention-proper-skin-care/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/best-wrinkle-treatment-starts-prevention-proper-skin-care/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 05:49:33 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11739 START WRINKLE TREATMENT EARLY AND AVOID SUN DAMAGE Finding the ideal wrinkle treatment and anti-aging skin care regimen for your skin may be rather confusing. While there are many treatments and cosmetic procedures available, one of the best precursors to wrinkle treatment is sun damage prevention. Another main component of avoiding wrinkles is a proper […]

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START WRINKLE TREATMENT EARLY AND AVOID SUN DAMAGE

Finding the ideal wrinkle treatment and anti-aging skin care regimen for your skin may be rather confusing. While there are many treatments and cosmetic procedures available, one of the best precursors to wrinkle treatment is sun damage prevention. Another main component of avoiding wrinkles is a proper skin care regimen. A dermatologist can explain the dynamics of wrinkle treatment, explain how to avoid sun damage, suggest the proper skin care regimen, and also perform laser skin rejuvenation and cosmetic injectables procedures. Since approximately 90 percent of wrinkles stem from sun exposure, anti-aging skin care should begin early. Ultraviolet (UV) light is a main culprit for causing skin wrinkles. It is the invisible radiation present in sun’s rays, as well as other manmade products such as tanning beds.

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Wrinkle treatment procedures are one of the most sought-after cosmetic treatments today. Not only do wrinkles contribute to showing signs of aging, they also affect our self-esteem and wreck havoc on a youthful, radiant appearance.

Similar to the process of aging, UV light contributes to the appearance of age spots, loss of skin elasticity and wrinkles. Chronic exposure also contributes to premature aging that includes skin texture with a leather-like appearance, deep wrinkles and crow’s feet. Another important factor to consider is that UV ray exposure may lead to skin cancer and cataracts.

SUNSCREEN AND ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE FOR WRINKLE TREATMENT PREVENTION

Anti-aging skin care means different things at different ages. While sunscreen and proper skin cleansing should be adhered to since birth, teenagers need to go beyond sunscreen. A teenage skin care regimen should include products with retinoids for treating acne with and Vitamin A products for unclogging pores and smoothing skin. Sun damage prevention and protection from UV light since childhood can prevent the adverse affects from exposure and need for extensive wrinkle treatment. Anti-aging skin care includesapplying SPF 30+ sunscreen daily to the face and areas of the body exposed to sun. If you are sweating excessively, exposed to water or in continuous direct sunlight,you will also need to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Other anti-aging skin care tactics include wearing a hat, wearing sunglasses, avoiding direct sunlight for more than two hours, seeking shade often and wearing protective clothing whenever possible.

CROW’S FEET TREATMENT WITH COSMETIC INJECTABLES FOR PRONOUNCED WRINKLES

Anti-aging skin care and prevention should start in your early twenties. In addition to choosing the right wrinkle treatment and crow’s feet treatment products, washing your face nightly is a necessity for proper skin care. Sleeping with makeup on can block pores and leave oil trapped inside, which leads to bacteria buildup and may contribute to breakouts. If your anti-aging skin care regimen and eye cream products are ineffective on your crow’s feet, consider a cosmetic injectables wrinkle treatment. Botox or Dysport for crow’s feet treatment is injected into the skin around the eyes in small doses. The formulations prevent and eradicate wrinkles due to the inhibition of acetylcholine, which blocks the neurotransmission of muscle contraction, and the temporary result is either weakening or paralyzing certain muscles. Botox and Dysport eradicate wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes for approximately three to four months. The crow’s feet treatment is also an effective wrinkle treatment that smooths glabellar frown lines between the eyebrows and eliminate crow’s feet surrounding the eyes. These injections are also becoming a popular anti-aging regimen to slow the appearance of wrinkles in the future. To get advice on an anti-aging skin care regimen and discuss wrinkle treatment options, contact FineTouch Dermatology for a consultation. For more information on Botox and Dysport for crow’s feet, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/crows-feet-services/.

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Get a Mole Check for Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/get-mole-check-skin-cancer-awareness-month-may/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/get-mole-check-skin-cancer-awareness-month-may/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 15:23:45 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11731 MOLE CHECK FOR POTENTIAL MELANOMA Get a mole check from a skin doctor this May during National Skin Cancer Awareness month. Melanoma, which only accounts for 5 percent of skin cancer cases, kills one American every hour, according to the According to the American Cancer Society. Melanoma also accounts for the vast majority of skin […]

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MOLE CHECK FOR POTENTIAL MELANOMA

Get a mole check from a skin doctor this May during National Skin Cancer Awareness month. Melanoma, which only accounts for 5 percent of skin cancer cases, kills one American every hour, according to the According to the American Cancer Society. Melanoma also accounts for the vast majority of skin cancer deaths, which is why getting a mole check is so important.

Skin cancers affect more people than lung, breast, colon and prostate cancers combined, with more than 76,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanoma in 2013. While most birthmarks — including moles — are harmless, a doctor should evaluate the birthmark when it appears. This allows a definite determination of type and if it needs monitoring or treatment. However, moles require a regular mole check for changes in size, color or texture due to the possibility of a sign of skin cancer.

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Consult with a skin doctor to have a birthmark and/or mole check on a regular basis.

LASER MOLE REMOVAL TREATMENTS AVAILABLE

Pigmented birthmarks result from an overgrowth of cells that create pigment. They include moles, “café-au-lait spots,” and Mongolian spots. When moles are harmless but the aesthetic is problematic, laser mole removal treatments offer solutions to the cosmetic issue. Laser treatments alter the tissue structure of pigmented birthmarks without an incision.

Other options for mole removal include surgical removal and cryogenic therapy. Surgical mole removal involves either cutting moles off at the base or by excising the skin around the mole. Surgically removed moles should be submitted for histological analysis to determine specific nature and for cancer cell potential.

Cryongenic therapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the mole and destroy the abnormal tissue. Liquid nitrogen is either applied topically or deeper into the skin with needles or probes if the melanocyte cluster is deeply imbedded within the skin. There is an increased chance of loss of natural skin pigmentation with cryotherapy.

Q-switch laser mole removal targets pigmented birthmarks by vaporizing melanocytes. The advantage of treatment of mole by laser instead of surgery is mainly because of less scarring and a cosmetically more appealing result

MOLE CHECKUPS WITH A RENOWNED SKIN AND REMOVAL OPTIONS

Dr. Umar, a renowned skin doctor, uses Spectra’s Q-switch Nd:YAG laser for benign mole removal. The dual mode Nd:YAG Q-switched laser has four wavelengths: 532, 585, 650 and 1,064 nanometer. The longer wavelength allows for treatment on those with darker skin and pigmented lesions.

It’s important to consult with a board certified skin doctor mole specialist to determine the best course of treatment. Differences in pigment, skin type and depth of the mole are all guiding factors for removal. To figure out the best laser resurfacing treatment, contact Fine Touch Dermatology for a consultation at (310) 318-1500.

To learn more about a mole check by a skin doctor, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/mole-removal-services/.

 

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Facial Rejuvenation Research on Facial Fat Volumization, Stem Cell Use http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/facial-rejuvenation-research-facial-fat-volumization-stem-cell-use/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/facial-rejuvenation-research-facial-fat-volumization-stem-cell-use/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 11:02:31 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11724  FACIAL REJUVENATION RESEARCH USING STEM CELLS Use fat for facial rejuvenation through the harvesting of stem cells shows promise. According to a panel of plastic surgeons who presented findings during The Aesthetic Meeting in San Francisco in April, the use of fat to add volume to the face is the best thing to happen to […]

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 FACIAL REJUVENATION RESEARCH USING STEM CELLS

Use fat for facial rejuvenation through the harvesting of stem cells shows promise. According to a panel of plastic surgeons who presented findings during The Aesthetic Meeting in San Francisco in April, the use of fat to add volume to the face is the best thing to happen to plastic surgery and surgical dermatology since the debut of the facelift and injectable dermal fillers. ” In a press release from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Val Lambros, MD, says. “It (stem cells) is truly the best substance imaginable when used appropriately and in reasonable quantities.”

Panelists also discussed the use of fat as a biologic therapy for facial rejuvenation treatments through the use of stem cell harvesting, as well as facial fat volumization best practices. The facial rejuvenation works because fat subcutaneously impacts blood vessels, which can repair tissue.

“The stem cells in fat can impact dermal thickness, collagen production and stimulation of new blood vessels — all key components of regeneration and restoration,” says panelist Steven R. Cohen, MD. Photodamage, age spots, wrinkles, scarring and pigmentation issues can be corrected through fat volumization, according to the panelists.

CAUSATION FACTORS FOR WRINKLES, PHOTODAMAGE AND SCARRING

Facial wrinkles result from repetitive facial expressions and/or aging. The brain processes environmental and emotional reactions then expresses them with movement of the body and face by triggering nerve fibers. Common, repetitive facial expressions crease the skin, which eventually become permanent wrinkles. Age also plays a factor since skin gradually loses its firmness and elasticity.

Photodamage and age spots result from years of exposure to the sun’s UV light, as well as tanning beds. Aging and genetics also play a role in the formation wrinkles, skin texture changes and age spots. Age spots are more common on those with fair skin tones, though they also appear on darker skin.

Scars result from collagen alignment differing from normal skin. Fibers are aligned rather than in basket-weave patterns, which also results in scars looking thicker than surrounding skin. After any type of injury, the body attempts to repair the issue as fast as possible. The intricate wound healing process produces excessive collagen during the remodeling phase of injury.

LASER SKIN RESURFACING OR COSMETIC INJECTABLE TREATMENTS

Though fat and stem cells from fat are apparent keys to slowing the aging process by recreating cells that are lost as a person ages, stem cell treatments are still in their infancy. Additionally, the panelists agreed that other injectables, as well as laser skin resurfacing, are important for recreating facial volume and must be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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Los Angeles patient before and after her Fraxel DUAL facial rejuvenation procedure.

Fraxel laser resurfacing treatments stimulate the body’s ability to produce collagen using light energy that turns to heat on either the skin surface or dermis skin layer. The skin treats the heat source as another injury since the area is either ablated (vaporized) from Fraxel re:pair or aggravated from Fraxel DUAL and Fraxel r:efine.

Fraxel Dual is a non-ablative laser treatment that addresses mild to moderate acne scars, surgical scars, wrinkles, melasma, photodamage, age spots and more. It incorporates the use of two laser strengths to stimulate collagen and refine skin.

To figure out the best laser resurfacing treatment, contact Fine Touch Dermatology for a consultation. To learn more about Fraxel DUAL, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/fraxel-dual-services/.

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Laser Skin Treatment Improves Photodamage in Asian patients http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-skin-treatment-improves-photodamage-asian-patients/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-skin-treatment-improves-photodamage-asian-patients/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 19:10:12 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11722 LASER SKIN TREATMENT OPTION FOR ASIAN SKIN TONES A low-energy, low-density 1,440 nanometer fractional laser is an effective laser skin treatment for treating photodamage in Asian patients, according to results of a small study. The patients had Fitzpatrick skin types III to V and had visible signs of photodamage. The patients were given four treatments […]

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LASER SKIN TREATMENT OPTION FOR ASIAN SKIN TONES

A low-energy, low-density 1,440 nanometer fractional laser is an effective laser skin treatment for treating photodamage in Asian patients, according to results of a small study. The patients had Fitzpatrick skin types III to V and had visible signs of photodamage. The patients were given four treatments with a 1,440 nanometer fractional laser at two-week intervals.

Researchers from Hong Kong Dermatology and Laser Centre, Hong Kong, conducted a prospective single-arm study of 10 Chinese patients. The study was published online March 14 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. An important factor is that the laser skin treatment targets only problems areas and leaves surrounding skin unaffected.

All fractional photothermolysis treatments, which Fraxel pioneered in 2001, treat microscopic volumes of skin with each pulse. A series of four treatments with the laser demonstrated mild improvement in texture, pigmentation and wrinkling, according to the study. Due to the fractional treatment, downtime is shorter for healing.

FRAXEL RE:FINE FOR LASER SKIN REJUVENATION

Fraxel is a brand of fractional lasers used to treat an array of skin conditions suitable for Asian patients. After just one laser skin rejuvenation treatment, skin becomes softer and smoother. Additionally, Fraxel laser treatments repair aging skin and sun damage, eradicate fine lines and wrinkles, and improve uneven complexions.

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Results of Fraxel Dual for laser skin treatment on the Asian patient to address age spots.

The Fraxel re:fine and DUAL laser skin rejuvenation treatments aggravate the surface and slightly below. The Fraxel re:pair treatment ablates (vaporizes) tissue on the deer epidermis layer. Areas treated begin the wound healing process to improve or eradicate imperfections.

FRAXEL RE:FINE, FRAXEL DUAL AND FRAXEL REPAIR LASER OPTIONS

Fraxel re:fine is the gentlest Fraxel laser. It works best on superficial treatments with its 1,410 nanometer laser. It’s effective for minor skin issues, skin rejuvenation and resurfacing. Fraxel re:fine works on all skin types and areas of the body. It targets water rather than melanin. To achieve the best results, treatments are four to six session with two to four week intervals.

Fraxel DUAL is the most popular Fraxel laser. Its dual lasers address mild to moderate skin concerns. The Erbium fiber laser penetrates deeper layers of the skin (1,550 nanometer). The Thulium fiber laser is more superficial (1,927 nanometer). To achieve the best results, treatments are three to five session with two to four week intervals.

Both Fraxel re:fine and Fraxel DUAL may be used on all skin tones and on the entire body. Fractional non-ablative treatments are safe on all skin tones, Fitzpatrick scale I to VI. The fractional ablative treatment is safe on light to medium skin types, I to III.

Fraxel re:pair is an ablative treatment that addresses severe acne scars, vascular dyschromia, pigmented lesions, rhytides, fine lines, textural irregularities and moderate to severe wrinkles and furrows in lax skin. It is a more invasive treatment that vaporizes skin with the dermis.

To make an appointment at FineTouch Dermatology with Dr. Umar, call (310) 318-1500 or (877) 337-6424. For more information on Fraxel, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/fraxel-dual-services/.

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Dr. Umar Receives the Prestigious RealSelf 100 Award http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/dr-umar-receives-prestigious-realself-100-award/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/dr-umar-receives-prestigious-realself-100-award/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 08:02:59 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11713 DR. UMAR RECOGNIZED AS TOP SPECIALIST BY REALSELF Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology is one of 100 doctors in the United States to receive the prestigious RealSelf 100 Award. The top 100 doctors out of more than 6,000 board certified specialists with a presence on RealSelf are distinguished with the award. RealSelf is the leading online community […]

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DR. UMAR RECOGNIZED AS TOP SPECIALIST BY REALSELF

Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology is one of 100 doctors in the United States to receive the prestigious RealSelf 100 Award. The top 100 doctors out of more than 6,000 board certified specialists with a presence on RealSelf are distinguished with the award. RealSelf is the leading online community helping people make confident choices in elective cosmetic procedures.

Dr. Umar is a board certified Los Angeles dermatologist and surgical dermatologist who is an expert in skin rejuvenation and follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants. He is board certified by American Board of Dermatology and American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Umar has 12 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services. He is a member of American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD).

Dr. Umar has hospital affiliations at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Little Company Of Mary in Torrance California. Dr. Umar is also a faculty member at the Harbor University of California, Los Angeles Dermatology department. Additionally, Dr. Umar is highly focused on research and teaches others in the field about FUE.

Dr. Umar with his staff.

Dr. Umar with his staff.

REALSELF OFFERS PATIENTS ADVICE BY RENOWNED PHYSICIANS

The RealSelf 100 Award is granted to doctors who demonstrate outstanding commitment to patient education and helping millions of consumers get access to reliable, expert information about cosmetic procedures, treatments and aesthetic concerns. Dr. Umar is an expert contributor to RealSelf, and to date has posted 945 answers to questions on RealSelf.

Each month people from all over world ask important aesthetic-related questions, such as “Is there a way to minimize the appearance of wrinkles?” “Can you suggest ways to avoid and treat large pores on face?” and “Am I Developing Melasma?” Dr. Umar also maintains a patient star rating of 4.5 out of five stars in RealSelf reviews. Dr. Umar was invited to join RealSelf in 2009, and has achieved “Distinguished Member” status.

SKIN REJUVENATION TREATMENTS AT FINETOUCH DERMATOLOGY

FineTouch Dermatology clinic has offices in both Redondo Beach and Beverly Hills. The dual offices are convenient to the South Bay, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Orange County, Santa Monica and the Los Angeles basin. Additionally, many patients fly to Los Angeles for his expertise from other national and international cities. Dr. Umar offers consultations and treatment options for numerous skin conditions.

He gives accurate recommendations to patients on what will work best for their goals and skin issues. Often treatment solutions vary immensely based on the severity of the skin condition and patient. He has an array of patient photos and videos that demonstrate his expertise and artistry to give potential patients a better idea of his services. One very important factor to consider is finding a Los Angeles dermatologist who is familiar with an array of skin tones.

In Los Angeles, the demographic has numerous ethnicities. Treatments that may work wonders on Caucasians may have poor results for African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics/Latinos. Genetics and skin are paramount to decipher the best plan of action.

For more information on past patient testimonials, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/testimonials/. To make an appointment at FineTouch Dermatology with Dr. Umar, call (310) 318-1500 or (877) 337-6424.

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How a Skin Doctor or Skin Surgeon Can Improve Complexion, Skin Issues http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/skin-doctor-skin-surgeon-can-improve-complexion-skin-issues/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/skin-doctor-skin-surgeon-can-improve-complexion-skin-issues/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 18:30:38 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11709 A SKIN DOCTOR APPOINTMENT FOR EDUCATION AND SOLUTIONS Understanding skin, the largest organ of our bodies, can be a bit complicated. On top of skin dynamics regarding skin care, skin irregularities and problematic skin issues, it can be a little embarrassing to discuss personal skin predicaments with friends and family. We may keep our embarrassing […]

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A SKIN DOCTOR APPOINTMENT FOR EDUCATION AND SOLUTIONS

Understanding skin, the largest organ of our bodies, can be a bit complicated. On top of skin dynamics regarding skin care, skin irregularities and problematic skin issues, it can be a little embarrassing to discuss personal skin predicaments with friends and family. We may keep our embarrassing skin issues to ourselves — all the more reason why you should see a skin doctor or skin surgeon.

While a skin doctor could easily diagnose most skin conditions at an appointment and offer dermatology treatment and cosmetic procedure options, all too often we self-diagnosis incorrectly or simply ignore problems. Whether dismissing skin flare-ups as not important, pretending an issue will go away on its own, self-treating with over-the-counter (OTC) products or Googling to attempt to find the correct answer to a question, all may lead to ineffective solutions with sometime dangerous consequences. As a result, no improvements may occur or the skin issue worsens.

However, education is a key element in skin health, prevention tactics are vital and an early diagnosis with treatment is much more beneficial than an “ignorance is bliss” approach.

In fact, you should see a skin doctor annually for a general skin test and once-over. Skin tests not only assist with allergy identification, they can also help the skin doctor detect early issues that might lead to bigger problems down the road.

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A skin doctor or skin surgeon can explain the dynamics of your skin.

SKIN ISSUES AND CONCERNS THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATELY ATTENTION FROM A SKIN DOCTOR OR SKIN SURGEON

The following skin issues and concerns warrant a timely appointment with a skin doctor or skin surgeon. These non-negotiable situations can happen to anyone, so it’s important to know the dynamics of each and also what to ask the dermatologist at an appointment.

Persistent and Worsening Acne

If your acne is a regular occurrence with large pimples, cysts and/or nodules or if OTC treatments aren’t helping, make an appointment with a skin doctor. Known medically asacne vulgaris, it ranges from occasional flare-ups of a few pimples to chronic breakouts. Due to the range of symptoms, prevention and acne treatment are case specific.

Acne can be addressed with topical products, medication, lifestyle changes and laser therapy. If you have acne scars or acne lesions that are festering, you should also see a surgical dermatologist or skin surgeon. They can recommend ways to avoid future scarring and potential treatments for existing marks. Deciding on an acne scar treatment is also dictated by the severity of scarring.

Regardless of the type of acne or cause, your body treats acne as an injury. When it heals the affected area, the repaired skin is a different consistency than surrounding skin. The collagen alignment in scars also differ from normal skin because its fibers are aligned rather than in basket-weave patterns. This results in the acne scars looking thicker than surrounding skin.

Brittle or Discolored Nails

Dermatologists and skin surgeons treat the whole body and face, which also includes your nails. While the nails are often an afterthought until the problem becomes painful, issues are often ignored for a long period of time or self-medicated with OTC products.

However, if your nails are yellowing, you have pain around nail beds, and/or if they break constantly, all warrant appointment. The root of issues may stem from an infection that requires prescription topical solutions or oral medication. Brittle nails may also signal an underlying medical condition or more serious health problem.

Skin Rashes and/or Dry Patches

While many rashes are short-term and innocuous, dry patches of skin and/or persistent or ongoing skin rashes shouldn’t be ignored. Both skin issues can stem from a more serious problem or medical condition. A skin doctor or skin surgeon should examine skin for a diagnosis, with additional tests done as needed. Causation factors may range from severe allergies to psoriasis.

Scalp Issues and/or Abnormal Hair Loss

While it’s common for occasional itchy scalps and even excess hair loss during natural hair growth cycles, ongoing scalp and hair loss issues require assistance from a skin doctor or skin surgeon. He or she may suggest an OTC dandruff shampoo for your scalp issue or prescribe something stronger for scalp application.

While hair loss may result from stress, recent surgery or hair growth cycles, a diagnosis should be made for continued hair loss if it stems from male or female patent baldness. When pattern baldness is not the causation factor, hair loss factors range from poor circulation to lupus. It’s important to understand the root issue for hair loss since it may stem from a more serious medical condition.

Severe Sweating or a Change in Perspiration

While both men and women experience overactive perspiration problems and accompanying body odor issues, they often don’t seek treatment. If you sweat excessively, your deodorant isn’t effective or you experience a change in perspiration, seek a diagnosis from a skin doctor or skin surgeon. Perspiration changes may indicate another underlying medical condition, such as infection, diabetes or a thyroid problem.

Moles

The importance of melanoma early detection and regular skin checkups with a skin doctor or skin surgeon concerning potential skin issues cannot be stated enough. Most people don’t know how crucial early detection is in treating and eliminating melanoma (that’s skin cancer). While most skin imperfections are harmless, a dermatologist should examine a birthmark when it appears.

Skin evaluation determines birthmark type or skin irregularity and if it needs monitoring or treatment. However, moles should be checked regularly for changes in size, color or texture due to the possibility of a sign of skin cancer.

SKIN ISSUE QUESTIONS TO PREP PRIOR TO AN APPOINTMENT

In addition to diagnosing skin ailments, skin doctor or skin surgeon can also offer specific advice on preventative measures, skin care maintenance and dermatology treatments. The recommendations are tailored for your skin type, age and sun damage. In addition to questions on skin care basics and skin health issues, you can also ask more specific questions.

This includes inquiring about how well you’re aging, as well as more specific options that would improve your appearance and minimize the signs of aging. Specific questions about lifestyle improvements should also be brought up for optimal health. Whether it changes to diet, exercise or skincare products, a skin doctor or skin surgeon can offer guidelines and suggestions.

Make sure to request a general skin examination and mole check regardless of why you scheduled the appointment. Additionally, inquire about any non-acne-related scars. Finally, make sure to bring a list of questions, as well as a paper and pen to write on.

For more information or questions, read our FAQ page: http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/frequently-asked-questions/.

 

To make an appointment at FineTouch Dermatology with Dr. Umar, call (310) 318-1500 or (877) 337-6424. To ask Dr. Umar a question, email drumar@finetouchdermatology.com.

 

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Men’s Skin Health Awareness Boosted by Video-Based Dermatology Education http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/mens-skin-health-awareness-boosted-video-based-dermatology-education/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/mens-skin-health-awareness-boosted-video-based-dermatology-education/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 12:50:32 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11704 MEN’S SKIN HEALTH AWARENESS INCREASED BY EDUCATION Video-based dermatology education tools improve skin health awareness in men, according to study findings published in the April issue of JAMA Dermatology. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, revealed in a recent study the importance of male video-based dermatology education. Videos targeting men not only […]

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MEN’S SKIN HEALTH AWARENESS INCREASED BY EDUCATION

Video-based dermatology education tools improve skin health awareness in men, according to study findings published in the April issue of JAMA Dermatology. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, revealed in a recent study the importance of male video-based dermatology education. Videos targeting men not only improved men’s skin health understanding of potential issues, they also increased attendance at whole-body clinical skin examinations.

The randomized clinical trial of men ages 50 or older assessed attendance at and clinical outcomes of clinical skin exams. The findings disclosed that older male patients who were exposed to video-based behavioral interventions had a better understanding of dermatology and men’s skin health awareness.

Participants were randomized to receive either a video-based intervention or brochures only, with an overall response rate of 37.1 percent. Seven months later, participants were interviewed at baseline. “Baseline attitudes, behaviors and skin cancer history were associated with higher odds of CSE (clinical skin exams) and skin cancer diagnosis,” study authors say. “A video-based intervention may increase whole-body CSE and skin cancer diagnosis in older men.”

DERMATOLOGY VIDEOS FOCUSED ON EDUCATING MEN IMPROVE PROACTIVE SKIN CARE

Men who received dermatology video materials were more likely to be concerned about skin health issues, with 62.1 percent self-reporting a clinical skin exam and 59.4 percent consenting for their doctor to provide medical information. They were also more inclined have a whole-body skin exam than those in the control group who didn’t receive dermatology videos (35.3 versus 27.2 percent).

Due to the increased awareness and exams, clinicians diagnosed two melanomas, 29 squamous cell carcinomas and 38 basal cell carcinomas. There was also higher proportion of malignant lesions in the intervention group than in the control group (60 versus 40 percent). Education on self-detection and regular dermatology checkups is vital to decrease late detection of melanoma, the study reveals.

Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology echoes the importance of video education that also targets men. While many dermatologists and plastic surgeons target mostly women, men still need marketing and educational information that deals specifically with male skin issues and concerns.

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Before and after photos track the cosmetic results of past procedures and are an important tool for men’s skin health. They give also give examples of typical before and after results, as well as difficult cases. This male patient was treated for rosacea.

MALE FACIAL REJUVENATION TREATMENT VIDEOS INCREASE DEMAND AND IMPROVE SKIN HEALTH

Dr. Umar makes it a point to also educate men with numerous dermatology videos featuring male patients. Additionally, skin care awareness for men improves melanoma early detection and increases regular skin checkups with a dermatologist concerning potential skin issues. Videos on male facial rejuvenation also improve overall skin health.

Skin evaluation by a dermatologist allows a definite determination of birthmark type or skin irregularity and if it needs monitoring or treatment. However, moles should be checked regularly for changes in size, color or texture due to the possibility of a sign of skin cancer. In addition to skin health issues, a Los Angeles dermatologist is an excellent resource for cosmetic improvements and treatments.

Dermatologists address acne, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, facial symmetry and an array of skin conditions. Innovations in dermatology also offer numerous options for men with either surgical or nonsurgical treatments. The key is finding a Los Angeles dermatologist with expertise, artistry and skill. It’s also important to consult one with desired specialties for certain skin improvements and conditions.

Prospective patients should look at photos of other patients the surgeon or dermatologist has worked on. These give an accurate description of the “starting point” of the male facial rejuvenation or other treatment. Before and after photos track the cosmetic results of past procedures. They give also give examples of typical before and after results, as well as difficult cases.

Dermatology videos are another beneficial tool to consider when choosing a dermatologist and which laser treatment, facial rejuvenation or cosmetic enhancement is ideal. Like photos, they demonstrate results. Videos are also helpful in explaining steps of a treatment and the different phases of a procedure.


Dr. Umar is a board certified dermatologist and surgical dermatologist who is an expert in skin rejuvenation and follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplants. He is also a faculty member at the Harbor University of California, Los Angeles Dermatology department. Additionally, Dr. Umar is highly focused on research and teaches others in the field about FUE.

Dr. Umar offers consultations and treatment options for numerous skin conditions. He has an array of patient photos and dermatology videos that demonstrate his expertise and artistry to give potential patients a better idea of his services.

To learn more about Dr. Umar, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-dermatologist-dr-sanusi-umar/and visit his YouTube.

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Nonsurgical Chin Augmentation Using Radiesse After Treatment http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/nonsurgical-chin-augmentation-using-radiesse-after-treatment/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/nonsurgical-chin-augmentation-using-radiesse-after-treatment/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:35:43 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11692 Nonsurgical Chin Augmentation to Improve Profile Since the jawline and chin are so important to symmetry, the wrong size or shape could be detrimental to the face. A nonsurgical chin augmentation using Radiesse is a safe and nearly painless procedure to improve facial symmetry and counteract sagging. This patient was not entirely sure of a […]

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Nonsurgical Chin Augmentation to Improve Profile

Since the jawline and chin are so important to symmetry, the wrong size or shape could be detrimental to the face. A nonsurgical chin augmentation using Radiesse is a safe and nearly painless procedure to improve facial symmetry and counteract sagging. This patient was not entirely sure of a permanent change and opted for a nonsurgical procedure. He has a weak chin and sagging jowls.

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This patient had both a sagging jawline and cheekbones before his nonsurgical chin augmentation.

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This patient wanted to improve his profile with a nonsurgical chin augmentation using Radiesse.

Dermal fillers promote a healthier, more youthful facial appearance. Dermal fillers counteract sagging, loss of volume and wrinkles due to aging. Aging naturally reduces the amount of hyaluronic acid in tissue, which results in loss of hydration. Injections along the chin and jawline in this patient augmented tissue and increased volume. Radiesse was also injected into the center of the chin to alleviate chin folds. Nonsurgical chin augmentation using Radiesse enhanced this patient’s chin to add symmetry and definition.

RADIESSE FOR STRUCTURAL CHIN SUPPORT

Radiesse injections are used for nonsurgical enhancements. Radiesse is a gel suspension filler with calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres. This dermal filler is used more than other dermal fillers for nonsurgical chin augmentations due to its ability to provide structural support. This scaffolding reshapes the chin and jawline. Radiesse also promotes collagen synthesis, which supports new collagen fibers to create contours and add volume.

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With a a nonsurgical chin augmentation, dermal fillers can be injected into both the jawline and cheekbones. This both lifts cheeks and counteracts the sagging of the lower face and prevalence of jowls for more symmetry.

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The nonsurgical chin augmentation using Radiesse treatment improved the patient’s profile.

Radiesse has a thicker consistency than Restylane or Juvéderm, which are both are hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. Radiesse injections in the chin can last from about 18 months up to three years for some patients. Injections cost about $950 per enhancement. More answers about nonsurgical chin augmentation using Radiesse is available at http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-non-surgical-chin-augmentation/.

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Treating Spider Veins on Legs with GentleYAG Laser and Sclerotherapy http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/treating-spider-veins-on-legs-with-gentleyag-laser-and-sclerotherapy/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/treating-spider-veins-on-legs-with-gentleyag-laser-and-sclerotherapy/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:00:19 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11628 SPIDER VEINS ON LEGS AND THIGHS APPEARANCE Treatment options for spider veins on legs and thighs are available to treat your unsightly veins. Spider veins on legs and thighs are the smallest type of varicose veins, though they may also occur on your face. The appearance of spider veins is thin and web-like compared to […]

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SPIDER VEINS ON LEGS AND THIGHS APPEARANCE

Treatment options for spider veins on legs and thighs are available to treat your unsightly veins. Spider veins on legs and thighs are the smallest type of varicose veins, though they may also occur on your face. The appearance of spider veins is thin and web-like compared to larger varicose veins that are usually raised and bumpy. Typically just a cosmetic issue and also the least symptomatic type of varicose veins, spider veins usually only have mild to no symptoms. While both various veins and spider veins on the legs can affect both men and women, the issue is much more prevalent in women.

Prevention tactics and a healthy lifestyle are often effective at minimizing or eliminating the formation of varicose veins and spiders veins. This includes regular exercise to maintain a strong circulatory and cardiovascular system, maintaining a healthy weight and leg elevation while resting on a consistent basis. Support stockings may also help alleviate the first symptoms of irregular veins.

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Varicose veins and spider veins in legs occur when the blood in your legs is not properly circulated and replenished from the heart. Image courtesy of www.wikipedia.com

Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology has assisted many patients eradicate their varicose veins and spider veins. To learn more about Dr. Umar’s spider vein laser treatments, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-laser-varicose-vein-removal-explained/.

WHAT CAUSES SPIDER VEINS AND VARICOSE VEINS

What causes spider veins includes weakened valves and veins in your legs, genetics, obesity and pregnancy. Occupations that require excessive standing also contribute to what causes spider veins since it increases the pressure on your leg veins.

Spider veins and varicose veins occur when the blood in your legs is not properly circulated and replenished from the heart. The one-way valves in your legs weaken to send blood back to the heart, in which the blood collects and becomes stagnant. Pressure then builds in the legs and thighs, creating the varicose and spider veins from lack of flow and fresh blood nourishment.

Other times, genetics and aging are the explanations to what causes of spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins and varicose veins often coincide with pregnancy. They may appear during pregnancy, become more visible after and then either remain the same size or disappear. However, larger spider and varicose veins may also be a sign of a more serious health concern. If you develop them suddenly or notice any dramatic changes, make an appointment with your primary care physician or dermatologist.

SPIDER VEINS TREATMENT DEPENDING ON SIZE

Dr. Umar typically treats the spider veins with the GentleYAG laser if the vein is less than 3 millimeters. The GentleYAG laser has a 1064 nanometer wavelength that safely treats all skin tones and effectively deals with both facial and leg vascular veins. This spider veins treatment targets the blood vessels underneath and singes them, which basically kills the vein.

Dr. Umar also performs sclerotherapy (injections) for larger spider veins treatment. The sclerosants damage the inner endothelium tissue that lines the blood vessels, which clears them from the skin’s surface.

To see which spider veins treatment is right for you, contact FineTouch Dermatology for a consultation. 

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Options for How to Remove Acne and Laser Acne Scar Removal Treatments http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/options-for-how-to-remove-acne-and-laser-acne-scar-removal-treatments/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/options-for-how-to-remove-acne-and-laser-acne-scar-removal-treatments/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:00:02 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11623 WHAT CAUSES ACNE AND HOW TO REMOVE ACNE Simply put, clogged follicles result in acne. Acne is a medical skin disease known as acne vulgaris that appears where there are prevalent sebaceous follicles, such as your face, back and chest. Acne varies from mild flare-ups with a few pimples to chronic breakouts with severe inflammation. […]

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WHAT CAUSES ACNE AND HOW TO REMOVE ACNE

Simply put, clogged follicles result in acne. Acne is a medical skin disease known as acne vulgaris that appears where there are prevalent sebaceous follicles, such as your face, back and chest. Acne varies from mild flare-ups with a few pimples to chronic breakouts with severe inflammation. Since acne at any level can cause acne scars, how to remove acne is a high priority if you are affected by it consistently.

Acne typically appears during puberty due to hormonal fluctuations, though acne can occur at any age. Additional elements that contribute to and cause acne include environmental factors (makeup, sweat, excessive dirt build-up, poor hygiene) and those on the cellular level process (stress, hormonal fluctuations, genetics, hyperkeratization).

Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology can recommend arrays of treatment regimens for how to remove acne depending on your acne severity. Options include topical solutions, oral medication, photodynamic therapy (PDT) procedures and laser treatments. To see results on patients from Dr. Umar’s methods of how to remove acne, visit http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/acne-services/.

SEVERE ACNE AND HOW TO REMOVE ACNE SCARS

Severe acne flare-ups, chronic breakouts and nodulocystic acne often result in acne scars. How to remove acne scars, as well as prevent future acne scars, requires a two-fold approach. The acne and accompanying inflammation must first be addressed, followed by minimizing or eliminating scarring from the acne cysts and nodules.

For addressing severe acne issues, minimizing skin inflammation and methods of how to remove acne scars, Dr. Umar often uses both PDT and laser treatments.   Monthly PDT treatments using Levulan and the VBeam laser are first used address inflamed acne cysts and nodules. It also works two-fold for a method of how to prevent acne scars. After PDT improves severe acne, Fraxel DUAL or Fraxel re:pair are ideal treatments for how to remove acne scars.

LASER ACNE SCAR REMOVAL WITH FRAXEL

For laser acne scar removal, fractional lasers offer dramatic results. Fraxel r:epair is an ablative fractionated CO2 laser treatment that vaporizes acne scar tissue. The resulting new skin fills in acne scar depressions, improves acne scar discoloration, smooths skin and improves overall skin texture. Laser acne scar removal with Fraxel re:pair may dramatically improve acne scars after just one treatment. However, treatment is only recommended for those with lighter skin tones.

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For addressing severe acne issues, minimizing skin inflammation and methods of how to remove acne scars, Dr. Umar often uses both PDT and laser treatments.

Fraxel DUAL is a non-ablative laser acne scar removal treatment that promotes collagen production and remodeling to improve acne scars. It targets deeper layers of the dermis with the Erbium laser and refines skin with Thulium laser.

Dr. Umar and FineTouch Dermatology have helped countless patients improve their skin and eradicate acne and acne scarring.

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MELASMA TREATMENT TO ADDRESS UNEVEN COMPLEXION

If you are currently suffering from the appearance of melasma on your face or body, there are effective melasma treatment options to improve your uneven complexion and hyperpigmentation issues. The most popular melasma treatments are with topical solutions applied daily and laser procedures.

Effective topical solutions for melasma treatment use hydroquinone in either 2 or 4 percent concentrations for minor to moderate melasma. The 2 percent concentrations are available over the counter, while the 4 percent concentrations require a prescription. Laser procedures are usually performed with Lutronic’s dual-pulsed Q-switched Nd:YAG Spectra or Fraxel DUAL for moderate to severe melasma treatment.

Dr. Umar at FineTouch Dermatology has helped thousands of his patients improve their complexions with melasma treatment options. Dr. Umar can tell you the best course of action for your skin, whether it’s mild to severe melasma. To learn more about melasma and melasma treatment options with hydroquinone products and laser procedures, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-melasma-treatment/.

HYPERPIGMENTATION TREATMENT FOR EXCESS MELANIN PRODUCTION

Melasma is a particular type of hyperpigmentation with brown skin blotches due to an increase in melanin production. Exactly why melasma occurs remains unknown but it can be effectively improved with hyperpigmentation treatment. Often associated with pregnancy, hormonal changes and sun damage, melasma creates a blotchy complexion and uneven skin tone.

Hormonal fluctuations, particularly progesterone and estrogen, are thought to trigger melasma flare-ups. Additionally, you have are more likely to have melasma if you have olive to darker skin tones or if you are constantly exposed to the ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light exposure triggers the production of melanin to protect skin with its “natural sunscreen” in the form of a tan. Melanocytes trigger melanin production to counteract free radical damage to skin due to excess UV light exposure.

Whatever the cause of melasma, hyperpigmentation treatment options can minimize the appearance of a blotchy complexion and improve uneven skin tone. 

LASER TREATMENTS IMPROVE THOSE DARK SPOTS ON THE FACE

A main concern with patients with moderate to severe melasma is excessive dark spots on the face that negatively affects their appearance. While melasma treatment options include hydroquinone topical solutions and chemical peels, laser treatments typically work best on excessive dark spots on the face.

Lutronic’s dual-pulsed Q-switched Nd:YAG Spectra and/or Fraxel DUAL address this hyperpigmentation issue. Both melasma treatment laser procedures eradicate extra melanin within organelles, which minimizes the appearance of dark spots on the face and improves overall skin complexion.

Dr. Umar has used both Spectra and Fraxel DUAL to improve uneven complexions and brown skin splotches associated with melasma on many of his patients. The recent approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2013 of Fraxel DUAL for melasma treatment further solidifies the efficacy of it for skin pigmentation issues.

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Melasma treatment laser procedures eradicate extra melanin within organelles, which minimizes the appearance of dark spots on the face and improves overall skin complexion.

To learn how Dr. Umar and FineTouch Dermatology can improve your melasma issues due to hyperpigmentation and the appearance of dark spots on the face, schedule an appointment for further details.

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Laser Hair Removal Treatments Address Hirsutism and Excess Hair Growth http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-hair-removal-treatments-address-hirsutism-and-excess-hair-growth/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-hair-removal-treatments-address-hirsutism-and-excess-hair-growth/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:30:29 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11595 LASER HAIR REMOVAL SOLUTIONS FOR UNWANTED HAIR Treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with laser hair removal is one of the safest, most effective treatments to permanently remove excessive, unwanted hair. Excessive hair growth in both women and men is a huge cosmetic issue for many people throughout the world. While some people simply have […]

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LASER HAIR REMOVAL SOLUTIONS FOR UNWANTED HAIR

Treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with laser hair removal is one of the safest, most effective treatments to permanently remove excessive, unwanted hair. Excessive hair growth in both women and men is a huge cosmetic issue for many people throughout the world. While some people simply have more facial and body hair than others due to genetics or hormones, hirsutism is a condition with excessive hair growth that also affects many people. Whether it’s excess hair on the body, excess hair on the face or hirsutism, laser hair removal procedures are available to permanently remove unwanted hair.

Facial and body hair is your skin’s natural protective mechanism that grows everywhere in different degrees of color, texture and consistency. However, you may have appearance issues and become self-consciousness due to your excess hair growth in unwanted areas.

It’s best to consult with a board certified dermatologist such as Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology when addressing excessive hair issues with laser hair removal. For examples of how laser hair removal permanently removes unwanted facial and body hair, read http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-hair-removal-services/.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT FOR EXCESS HAIR GROWTH

Hirsutism typically occurs in individuals with excessively high levels of androgens and/or a hypersensitivity to androgens. Though hirsutism occurs in women 90 percent of the time, men can also be affected be it. This condition contributes to excessive hair growth on certain areas of the body, usually the face and chest.

On the other hand, some people just naturally have thicker, darker hair on the face and body. Darker, thicker hair in certain normal areas of the face and body is known as either terminal hair or axillary hair, which is dependent on the exact location. While vellus hair — “peach fuzz” — grows all over the face and body, excessive hair is due to terminal, axillary or androgenic hair.

Although shaving, plucking, waxing and electrolysis are viable solutions for temporarily removing hair, they are all time-consuming hair removal procedures. Daily, weekly or monthly maintenance is also required since they are not permanent hair removal solutions, except in certain electrolysis treatments.

Laser hair removal treats your existing, visible hair each laser hair removal treatment. Laser treatments eventually result in a permanent reduction of hair and may eliminate it completely. Each laser hair removal treatment works by putting your existing hair into the telogen resting phase, which is when follicles don’t produce new hair shafts. Due to the resting and growth phases of hair, you’ll need multiple laser hair removal treatments to permanently remove unwanted hair.

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Laser hair removal puts existing hair into the telogen resting phase where follicles don’t produce new hair shafts. Laser hair removal treats existing, visible hairs that eventually leads to a permanent reduction of hair. You need multiple excess hair removal treatments for laser to be the most effective way to get rid of unwanted hair.

IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL SAFE?

Many potential patients wonder, “is laser hair removal safe?” As long as you choose a qualified dermatologist to perform the procedures, laser hair removal is very safe. Indeed, it’s also the most effective way for treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with eventual permanent results. Dr. Umar is an expert in the nuances of treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with safe laser hair removal.

Call FineTouch Dermatology to see how Dr. Umar can help you address unwanted hair.

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Skin Rejuvenation and Fraxel Laser Treatments for Numerous Skin Issues http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/skin-rejuvenation-and-fraxel-laser-treatments-for-numerous-skin-issues/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/skin-rejuvenation-and-fraxel-laser-treatments-for-numerous-skin-issues/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:59:41 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11588 SKIN REJUVENATION WITH FRAXEL LASER TREATMENTS The desire to maintain a youthful appearance and improve numerous skin conditions is widespread in Los Angeles. Innovations in skin rejuvenation technologies now allow for arrays of options to address specifics with both surgical and nonsurgical treatments. Dr. Umar at FineTouch Dermatology addresses an array of skin conditions, from […]

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SKIN REJUVENATION WITH FRAXEL LASER TREATMENTS

The desire to maintain a youthful appearance and improve numerous skin conditions is widespread in Los Angeles. Innovations in skin rejuvenation technologies now allow for arrays of options to address specifics with both surgical and nonsurgical treatments. Dr. Umar at FineTouch Dermatology addresses an array of skin conditions, from mild to severe.

This includes acne, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, facial sagging, uneven skin tone, facial symmetry and more. Dr. Umar is a board certified Los Angeles surgical dermatologist who is an expert on different methods of skin rejuvenation, including Fraxel laser treatments. For more information on Fraxel DUAL skin improvements, visit http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/fraxel-dual-services/

CHOOSING A LASER SKIN TREATMENT FOR AN ARRAY OF SKIN CONCERNS

Laser skin treatment options address a number of skin conditions, from wrinkles and sun damage to acne scars and saggy skin. Different laser skin treatments also address aging skin, eradicate lines, treat sun damage, diminish wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. Results from a laser skin treatment improves complexion and reduces most signs of aging and imperfections.

Fraxel is one of the most popular brands of cosmetic lasers for skin improvements and addressing different skin issues. Three Fraxel laser skin treatments are available: Fraxel re:fine, Fraxel DUAL and Fraxel re:pair.

All Fraxel laser skin treatments are fractional, which means each Fraxel laser treatment targets only problems areas and leave surrounding skin unaffected. Skin is smoother and softer for after just one laser skin treatment. It’s best to consult with a dermatologist to see which specific Fraxel laser procedure is best for you.

FRAXEL LASER TREATMENTS: ABLATIVE VERSUS NON-ABLATIVE

Fraxel laser treatments stimulate your body’s ability to produce collagen, which improves your skin’s overall appearance. The light energy from Fraxel laser treatments turn to heat on either your skin’s surface or dermis skin layer. Your skin treats the heat source as an injury since the area targeted is either ablated (vaporized) from the Fraxel re:pair or aggravated from the Fraxel DUAL and Fraxel r:efine.

Fraxel re:fine is the mildest, least invasive of Fraxel laser treatments suitable for minor skin imperfections. It’s an effective non-ablative anti-aging treatment that works on all skin tones.

Fraxel DUAL is a non-ablative laser skin treatment that incorporates the use of two laser strengths to stimulate collagen and refine skin. It addresses mild to moderate acne scars, actinic keratosis, melasma, photodamage, surgical scars and mild to moderate periorbital wrinkles. It also works on all skin tones.

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This Los Angeles patient had wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation using Fraxel DUAL to improve fine line and wrinkles, age spots, skin texture and pores.

Fraxel re:pair is an ablative treatment that is the most invasive and intense Fraxel laser treatment. It vaporizes skin within the dermis to address severe acne, acne scars, vascular dyschromia, pigmented lesions, textural irregularities, moderate to severe wrinkles and furrows in lax skin. However, Fraxel re:pair is not recommended for those with darker skin tones due to complications.

To see how Dr. Umar and FineTouch Dermatology can improve your skin, schedule a consultation.

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A sun protection skin care regimen prevents and reduces the amount and appearance of sun damage and age spots. Additionally being mindful with preventative measures, in addition to a customized skin care regimen, decreases your chances for developing skin cancer. A Los Angels dermatologist for sun damage and age spots can help you improve skin in a variety of ways.

AVOIDING UV LIGHT EXPOSURE TO MINIMIZE SUN DAMAGE

Yearly checkups with a Los Angeles dermatologist for sun damage and age spot prevention regimens and treatments are suggested to minimize damage and improve skin. Prevention methods include daily sunscreen application, avoiding tanning beds, wearing protective clothing and accessories, adding UV protective films to vehicles and limiting sun exposure.

Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher should be applied daily to the face and parts of the body exposed to sun. Reapplication every two hours is encouraged by a Los Angeles dermatologist for sun damage and age spot prevention to ensure protection if you get wet, sweat excessively or are in direct sunlight. Sunglasses, hats and protective clothing — especially darker clothing or that with SPF in the fabric — are also important. You can also limit your UV exposure by applying UVA film to car windows also limits your exposure.

FRAXEL TREATMENTS BY A LOS ANGELES DERMATOLIST FOR SUN DAMAGE AND AGE SPOT IMPROVEMENT

Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology uses three Fraxel lasers target different skin issues, such as sun damage and age spots, dependent on the severity of your skin issues and skin tone. Additionally, Fraxel laser treatments repair aging skin, eradicate fine lines and wrinkles and improve uneven complexions.

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Patient before and after her treatment by Los Angeles dermatologist Dr. Umar for sun damage with Fraxel DUAL.

All Fraxel laser treatments performed by a Los Angeles dermatologist for sun damge and age spot improvement— Fraxel re:fine, Fraxel DUAL and Fraxel re:pair — stimulate new collagen production. These Fraxel laser treatments also address unevenness, dark spots, acne scars and more. Light energy from the lasers heat your skin’s surface and/or your deeper skin layers.

An important factor is that they target only problems areas and leave surrounding skin unaffected. All Fraxel lasers are fractional photothermolysis treatments, which Fraxel pioneered in 2001. Due to the fractional treatment, downtime is shorter for healing since they treat microscopic volumes of skin with each pulse.

Fraxel lasers treatments are either non-ablative (Fraxel re:fine, Fraxel DUAL) or fractional ablative (Fraxel re:pair). The Fraxel re:pair ablates (vaporizes) tissue on the deer epidermis layer, while the Fraxel re:fine and re:store DUAL aggravate the surface and slightly below.

Fraxel re:pair and Fraxel DUAL treatments by a Los Angeles dermatologist for sun damage and age spots are safe on all skin tones, Fitzpatrick scale I to VI. The fractional ablative treatment is safe on light to medium skin types, I to III.

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Why Finding a Los Angeles Dermatologist is Important to Diagnose Skin Conditions http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/finding-a-los-angeles-dermatologist-to-diagnose-skin-conditions/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/finding-a-los-angeles-dermatologist-to-diagnose-skin-conditions/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:01:21 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11567 Finding a Los Angeles dermatologist is helpful to keep your skin glowing and wrinkle-free with an even complexion. Since a youthful appearance and anti-aging treatments are so important to improve appearance or maintain skin, dermatologists in Los Angeles are an excellent resource to diagnose skin conditions and improve your skin. Though you may try to […]

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Finding a Los Angeles dermatologist is helpful to keep your skin glowing and wrinkle-free with an even complexion. Since a youthful appearance and anti-aging treatments are so important to improve appearance or maintain skin, dermatologists in Los Angeles are an excellent resource to diagnose skin conditions and improve your skin.

Though you may try to maintain a youthful appearance with a healthy lifestyle, skin care regimen, regular exercise, healthy diet and prevention methods, finding a Los Angeles dermatologist is an asset to improve skin aesthetics. Dermatologists in Los Angeles address and diagnose skin conditions across the spectrum. This includes fine lines, wrinkles, folds, acne, acne scars, sagging, age spots, melasma, birthmarks, moles and more. Innovations from Los Angeles dermatologists also offer an array of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.

WHY USING SMARTPHONE APPS FOR VIRTUAL DIANOSES CAN BE HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH

Smartphone apps that diagnose skin conditions now number 250-plus. As the Internet and technology encompasses our lives, some people wrongly assume that smartphone apps can replace finding a dermatologist in Los Angeles. It’s very important to be under the guidance of medical professions, such as Los Angeles dermatologists when it relates to diagnosing skin conditions.

Though smartphone apps advice can be given in the comforts of your home or office, dermatologists in Los Angeles worry that smartphone apps that diagnose skin conditions aren’t reliable. Whether monitoring your blood pressure or weight loss, many smartphone apps are also doing virtual diagnoses.

Unfortunately, many dermatology apps are also often not created by medical professionals, according to a recent JAMA Dermatology study. The more worrisome are those that make it possible for patients to prescriptions and treatment plan from a virtual diagnosis using photos.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently does not regulate most health smartphone apps. Only those that serve medical purposes such as measuring blood pressure, sending real-time electrocardiographs to a doctor and calculating radiation dosage for a cancer patient are regulated. The accuracy and safety of such apps are limited.

FINDING A LOS ANGELES DERMATOLOGIST TO DIAGNOSE SKIN CONDITION AND IMPROVE APPEARANCE

Dr. Umar offers consultations and treatment options for numerous skin conditions. He has an array of patient photos and videos that demonstrate his expertise and artistry to give potential patients a better idea of his services. Dr. Umar gives accurate recommendations that will be most effective for each patient’s skin conditions or desire for cosmetic improvements with surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.

Surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments vary immensely based on the severity of your skin condition or cosmetic goals. When finding Los Angeles dermatologists, it’s important to find one who is familiar with an array of skin tones. Some treatments that may work wonders on Caucasians but have poor results for African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics/Latinos.

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Innovations from dermatologists in Los Angeles offer an array of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.

Radiant, smooth and blemish-free skin is achieved with numerous treatments. Dr. Umar uses his medical expertise to decipher the best treatment plan for individuals by focusing on:

  • Skin issue
  • Goal of patient
  • Skin tone
  • Treatment efficacy

Dr. Umar offers consultations for skin condition diagnosis and surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments and array of skin issues. His expertise and artistry is reflected by numerous patient photos and videos that give you a better idea of his services.

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AKN Surgery Treats Scalp Lesions for Acne Keloidalis Nuchae: Video Results http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/akn-surgery-treats-scalp-lesions-for-acne-keloidalis-nuchae-video-results/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/akn-surgery-treats-scalp-lesions-for-acne-keloidalis-nuchae-video-results/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:36:25 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11564 Dr. Umar has helped many patients who suffer from acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN) with AKN surgery. Acne keloidalis nuchae is a severe type of type of folliculitis. This chronic inflammatory condition affects hair follicles and appears as pustules, papules, scalp lesions and scalp plagues. Dr. Umar tailors his surgical procedures to individuals with a variety […]

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Dr. Umar has helped many patients who suffer from acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN) with AKN surgery. Acne keloidalis nuchae is a severe type of type of folliculitis. This chronic inflammatory condition affects hair follicles and appears as pustules, papules, scalp lesions and scalp plagues. Dr. Umar tailors his surgical procedures to individuals with a variety of AKN nonsurgical treatments and AKN surgical treatments.

AKN SURGERY OPTIONS ADDRESSING SCALP LESIONS AND PLAGUES

Despite the difficult aspects for treating acne keloidalis nuchae, there are viable treatment options for each stage of severity. AKN surgical treatments include posterior hairline migration, serial excisions and trichophytic closure. Surgical AKN treatments are appropriate for the inflammatory condition when other AKN nonsurgical treatments fail. For advanced cases, Dr. Umar combines surgical excisions and trichophytic closure combinations.

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Prior to AKN surgery, the patient had severe acne keloidalis nuchae scalp lesions.

AKN SURGICAL TREAMENT RESULTS FOR PATIENT SIX WEEKS FOLLOWING PROCEDURE

When acne keloidalis nuchae advances, the lesions grow larger. This causes pain, itching, pus discharge and possible bleeding in the region of AKN. African-Americans are those mostly affected with AKN, followed by Asians and Hispanic/Latinos. It rarely occurs in Caucasians. Acne keloidalis nuchae is a permanent, chronic condition that is difficult to treat.

This AKN patient had a flaky scalp with bleeding prior to AKN surgery. He was self-conscious due to its appearance and had inflammation and pain at the area. His scalp lesions would swell following a haircut.

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Dr. Umar permanently treats acne keloidalis nuchae with AKN surgery. Results are six weeks following AKN surgical treatment.

Results shown in the video and photos are six weeks after his AKN surgery. The AKN surgical treatment wound closed four weeks after procedure. The patient is satisfied with the AKN surgery.

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Symptoms of acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN) usually begin on the back of the head and upper portion of the neck with pustules and papules. In more severe cases of this chronic inflammatory condition that affects hair follicles, individual papules join together horizontally to form scalp lesions and scalp plagues. As this point, AKN surgical treatment is typically necessary.

Acne keloidalis nuchae is a type of folliculitis, though its precise cause remains unknown. Acne keloidalis nuchae is also known as folliculitis keloidalis nuchae, keloidal folliculitis or nuchal keloidal acne. When acne keloidalis nuchae advances, the scalp lesions grow larger. This causes pain, itching, pus discharge and possible bleeding in the region. Solid scalp lesions that are greater than 1 centimeter in diameter are known as scalp plaques. Many patients with scalp lesions and plagues often opt for AKN surgery.

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Prior to AKN surgical treatment, the patient had severe acne keloidalis nuchae scalp lesions.

 PATIENT SYMPTOMS BEFORE AKN SURGICAL TREATMENT FOR SCALP LESIONS

Prior to AKN surgical treatment, this patient’s scalp was flaky and would often bleed. It was uncomfortable for him to wear collared shirts close to his scalp due to flaking and irritation to the inflamed area on the back of his head and upper neck. His self-confidence was affected from AKN symptoms since he was embarrassed by the appearance. This patient’s scalp lesions would also swell following a haircut.

The patient sought the assistance of Dr. Umar, a board certified surgical dermatologist, to treat his acne keloidalis nuchae. Dr. Umar also has expertise in follicular unit extraction (FUE) hair transplant surgery so he combines his expertise to permanently address this condition.

AKN SURGERY RESULTS SIX WEEKS FOLLOWING AKN TREATMENT

The patient’s AKN surgical treatment was performed six weeks prior to these results. The surgical wound “filled up” three weeks after the surgery and closed four weeks after surgery. The patient is completely satisfied with the AKN treatment results.

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Before and after result for AKN surgical treatment six weeks following surgery.

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Results six week following AKN surgical treatment to address scalp lesions.

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Dr. Umar permanently treats acne keloidalis nuchae with AKN surgery. Results are six weeks following AKN surgical treatment.

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Nodulocystic Acne Treatment Using Severe Acne Treatments and Acne Scar Removal http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/nodulocystic-acne-treatment-using-severe-acne-treatments-and-acne-scar-removal/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/nodulocystic-acne-treatment-using-severe-acne-treatments-and-acne-scar-removal/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:48:33 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11546 Severe acne flare-ups and breakouts, coupled with nodulocystic acne inflammation, often result in acne scars. A two-fold approach is required to first address the severe acne and then eliminate or minimize the scarring from acne cysts and nodules. This teenage-aged patient with severe nodulocystic acne also had severe scarring from his acne. Dr. Umar first […]

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Severe acne flare-ups and breakouts, coupled with nodulocystic acne inflammation, often result in acne scars. A two-fold approach is required to first address the severe acne and then eliminate or minimize the scarring from acne cysts and nodules. This teenage-aged patient with severe nodulocystic acne also had severe scarring from his acne. Dr. Umar first treated his nodulocystic acne with monthly photodynamic treatment (PDT) using Levulan and the VBeam laser, followed by treatments of acne scarring using Fraxel DUAL laser.

The patient’s nodulocystic acne required both severe acne treatments and acne scar removal. His previous treatments failed with conventional treatments, including with oral antibiotics and creams. The patient’s parents also did not want him to use the oral prescription Accutane because of its feared side effects.

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Results of patient’s acne scar removal six weeks after his last Fraxel DUAL laser treatment.

NODULOCYSTIC ACNE TREATMENT USING A TWO-FOLD APPROACH

Acne typically appears during puberty on, as is did with this teenager. Due to the range of symptoms from occasional flare-ups to severe acne, acne treatments are case specific. Nodulocystic acne appears as multiple inflamed cysts and nodules, which may also turn deep red and purple.

This severe acne type also often leaves severe acne scarring. It requires prompt nodulocystic acne treatment to minimize scarring and reduce the size of cysts and nodules. Nodulocystic acne treatment also needs to reduce inflammation. In addition to severe acne treatment using VBeam and Levulan, it typically requires acne scar removal treatments. Fraxel DUAL laser treatments were used for acne scar treatments.

BEFORE AND AFTER RESULTS FROM VBEAM, LEVULAN AND FRAXEL DUAL TREATMENTS

Results of the patient’s nodulocystic acne treatments are shown at six weeks after his last Fraxel DUAL laser treatment following PDT treatment. He is extremely happy with his skin’s big improvement from a year ago. The patient has also gained self-confidence since other students are now complimenting him on his acne improvement.

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Results on this patient with severe nodulocystic acne and severe acne scarring are shown at six weeks after his last laser treatment for acne treatment and acne scar removal.

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Before and After Photos of Nodulocystic Acne and Acne Scar Removal Treatments http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/before-and-after-photos-of-nodulocystic-acne-and-acne-scar-removal-treatments/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/before-and-after-photos-of-nodulocystic-acne-and-acne-scar-removal-treatments/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 04:04:52 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11528 Acne is a medical skin disease that affects both men and women, known medically as acne vulgaris. Acne occurs at various severity levels, ranging from flare-ups and pimples to chronic breakouts and nodulocystic acne with acne cysts and nodules. This patient required severe acne treatment procedures for both nodulocystic acne and acne scar removal treatments. […]

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Acne is a medical skin disease that affects both men and women, known medically as acne vulgaris. Acne occurs at various severity levels, ranging from flare-ups and pimples to chronic breakouts and nodulocystic acne with acne cysts and nodules. This patient required severe acne treatment procedures for both nodulocystic acne and acne scar removal treatments.

NODULOCYSTIC ACNE SYMPTOMS WITH ACNE CYSTS AND NODULES

In the case of this patient with nodulocystic acne consisting of multiple acne cysts and nodules, Dr. Umar opted for monthly photodynamic treatment (PDT) using Levulan and the VBeam laser, followed by acne scar removal treatments using Fraxel DUAL laser. Acne scars resemble small “craters” made of scar tissue, which differ in appearance and consistency than surrounding skin.

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Before photos of teenage patient for severe acne treatment and acne scar removal.

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Patient before monthly photodynamic treatment (PDT) using Levulan and the VBeam laser, followed by acne scar removal treatments using Fraxel DUAL laser.

SEVERE ACNE AND ACNE SCAR REMOVAL TREATMENTS USING PDT AND FRAXEL DUAL

PDT is a preferred acne treatment to minimize acne scars due to its low side effects and efficacy using VBeam and Levulan, a topical photosensitizer. Levulan is applied 30 to 45 minutes prior to each therapy. The 585 – 595 nanometer laser sessions for severe acne treatment are done monthly. After PDT, sunburn-like effects are common and require patient downtime.

Fraxel DUAL laser therapy is used acne scar removal treatment. Fraxel DUAL is a non-ablative laser treatment that induces collagen remodeling to eliminate and minimize the appearance of severe acne scars.

Results on this patient are shown at six weeks after his last Fraxel DUAL laser treatment.

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Results on this patient with severe nodulocystic acne and severe acne scarring are shown at six weeks after his last laser treatment for acne treatment and acne scar removal.

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Close up photo results on this patient with severe nodulocystic acne and severe acne scarring are shown at six weeks after his last laser treatment for acne treatment and acne scar removal.

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Results of patient’s severe acne treatment and acne scar removal six weeks after his last Fraxel DUAL laser treatment.

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Wrinkle Treatment with Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Facelift Options: Part 3 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-with-laser-skin-rejuvenation-and-nonsurgical-facelift-options-part-3/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-with-laser-skin-rejuvenation-and-nonsurgical-facelift-options-part-3/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:07:56 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11048 Signs of eventual aging are unavoidable naturally in regards to facial wrinkles and uneven skin tone without the help of surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. Since many want to retain a youthful, vibrant appearance as they age without cosmetic surgery, they turn to turn wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options. In […]

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Signs of eventual aging are unavoidable naturally in regards to facial wrinkles and uneven skin tone without the help of surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. Since many want to retain a youthful, vibrant appearance as they age without cosmetic surgery, they turn to turn wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options. In Wrinkle Treatment with Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Facelift Options: Part 1 and 2, we discussed how aging and environmental damage negatively affect the appearance.

Some of the main cosmetic issues with aging and environmental damage include an uneven complexion, visible sun damage, facial volume loss, definition loss along the jowls, sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles and folds. To best retain your cosmetic appearance and fight the signs of aging, it’s suggested you follow a regimen of regular exercise, using tailored skin care products, adhere to a healthy diet, employ the daily application of sunscreen and make a minimum of a once-a-year appointment with a dermatologist.

IMPROVING SKIN WITH A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AND PREVENTATIVE MEASURES       

Though a healthy lifestyle will improve overall health and wellbeing, even prolong the appearance of aging, surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic treatments are often needed. One of the best ways to fight the signs of aging is with a tailored skin care regimen that targets specific issues with your skin and preventative measures such as a reduction to environmental damage.

Unfortunately, not even the best anti-aging lifestyle regimens can prevent aging. When skin care regimens and preventative measures still do not give you the results you desire, wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options are numerous. Spas and medical clinics offer numerous options to address wrinkles and uneven skin tone with surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic treatments.

If you do not want to do a surgical procedure or want to test options for temporary improvements, an array of anti-aging treatments and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments are available. Which route you take is best discussed with a dermatologist, such as Dr. Umar of FineTouch Dermatology.

Dr. Umar can decipher the best skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options that will help maintain a youthful appearance, counteract sagging skin, eliminate wrinkles and increase facial symmetry. Nonsurgical facelift options and wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation address the signs of aging, improve appearance or are helpful to incorporate into an anti-aging treatments regimen.

NONSURGICAL FACELIFT OPTIONS USING DERMAL FILLERS

Dermal fillers are ideal nonsurgical facelift options. This includes procedures using Radiesse, Restylane or Juvéderm injections. Nonsurgical facelift options can replenish volume loss, smooth wrinkles, plump skin and counteract sagging.

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Before and after results of a Los Angeles patient for a nonsurgical jowl lift using the Silhouette lift for nonsurgical facelift options.

Nonsurgical facelift options include:

  • Nonsurgical blepharoplasty
  • Nonsurgical cheek lift
  • Nonsurgical chin augmentation
  • Nonsurgical jowl lift

Dermal fillers are either formations of calcium hydroxyapatite or hyaluronic acid. Radiesse is a calcium hydroxyapatite-based dermal filler. Restylane, Juvéderm and Belotero are hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. Radiesse has a thicker consistency for contouring benefits. To learn more about the benefits of dermal filler, schedule an appointment with Dr. Umar.

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Wrinkle Treatment with Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Facelift Options: Part 2 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-with-laser-skin-rejuvenation-and-nonsurgical-facelift-options-part-2/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-with-laser-skin-rejuvenation-and-nonsurgical-facelift-options-part-2/#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:42:32 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=11003 Unfortunately, not even the best anti-aging lifestyle regimens can prevent aging. In Wrinkle Treatment with Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Facelift Options: Part 1, we discussed how aging and environmental damage negatively affect the skin with wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of facial volume and definition loss along the jowls. Although a healthy lifestyle can prolong […]

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Unfortunately, not even the best anti-aging lifestyle regimens can prevent aging. In Wrinkle Treatment with Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Facelift Options: Part 1, we discussed how aging and environmental damage negatively affect the skin with wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of facial volume and definition loss along the jowls. Although a healthy lifestyle can prolong the appearance of aging, oftentimes a nonsurgical cosmetic treatment or nonsurgical cosmetic procedure is needed. Fortunately, wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options are numerous.

Wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options address the signs of aging, improve appearance or are helpful to incorporate into an anti-aging treatments regimen. An array of anti-aging treatments and nonsurgical cosmetic treatments help maintain a youthful appearance, counteract sagging skin, eliminate wrinkles and increase facial symmetry.

SKIN-TIGHTENING TREATMENTS AND WRINKLE TREATMENT WITH LASER SKIN REJUVENATION

To counteract the signs of aging and environmental damage, Dr. Umar offers procedures and treatments that tighten and rejuvenate skin, replenish hydration loss and stimulate collagen production. Which option is best for you should be discussed with a dermatologist since it depends on your skin’s needs, cosmetic goals and goals.

Skin Tightening Techniques

Skin-tightening treatments, such as Thermage, tightens skin and improves skin sagging issues. It’s a non-ablative, nonsurgical cosmetic treatment technique that uses electric and magnetic energy (radiofrequency). With little downtime, Thermage works in just one treatment with little down time. However, Thermage is highly effective only if you have the first few minimal signs of aging.

Thermage addresses fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, plus has tightening effects on the upper and lower eyelids. It’s also effective on the face for eradicating fine lines, addressing jowls and for overall facial tightening.

Thermage is effective at tightening the skin at the jawline and under the jaw on the neck. This nonsurgical facelift procedure is also safe for use on the entire body. Additionally, Thermage has the potential to temporarily diminish the appearance of cellulite.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

These nonsurgical facelift procedures and wrinkles treatments work by stimulating new collagen production. The increased collagen improves complexion unevenness, minimizes age spots and diminishes wrinkles.

Popular wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation options:

  • Fraxel
  • Spectra

Fraxel also offers versatility with three laser models for wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation. This includes Fraxel re:fine, Fraxel DUAL and Fraxel re:pair for laser skin rejuvenation. The non-ablative Fraxel re:fine and Fraxel DUAL may be used on all skin types. The ablative Fraxel re:pair may only be used on light to medium skin tones.

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This Los Angeles patient had wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation using Fraxel DUAL to improve a scar, fine line and wrinkles, age spots, skin texture and pores.

Spectra offer versatility in anti-aging treatments as a nonsurgical cosmetic treatment. Spectra has four wavelengths of 532, 585, 650 and 1,064-nanometer increments. It is a dual mode Q-switched laser. It’s also effective at treating pigmented lesions and is suitable for dark skin tones.

Your dermatologist will determine which wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation options treatment should be used will be determined by Factors include the severity of your signs of aging and skin tone.

To learn more about nonsurgical facelifts and dermal fillers, read Wrinkle Treatment with Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Facelift Options: Part 3.

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Wrinkle Treatment with Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Facelift Options: Part 1 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-with-laser-skin-rejuvenation-and-nonsurgical-facelift-options-part-1/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/wrinkle-treatment-with-laser-skin-rejuvenation-and-nonsurgical-facelift-options-part-1/#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 06:10:07 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10998 Los Angeles residents are constantly on the lookout for innovative and effective nonsurgical cosmetic treatments and procedures to improve appearance. In the never-ending quest of fine-tuning beauty and seeking more ways to maintain a youthful appearance, Dr. Umar can help you with determine the best nonsurgical cosmetic treatment or procedure. Wrinkle treatment with laser skin […]

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Los Angeles residents are constantly on the lookout for innovative and effective nonsurgical cosmetic treatments and procedures to improve appearance. In the never-ending quest of fine-tuning beauty and seeking more ways to maintain a youthful appearance, Dr. Umar can help you with determine the best nonsurgical cosmetic treatment or procedure. Wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options are vast.

These anti-aging treatments and noninvasive cosmetic procedures assist you to improve you looks, maintain a youthful appearance, address sagging skin, eliminate wrinkles and increase facial.

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Effective wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation often involves the production of more collagen for youthful, radiant skin.

Your specific course of action for anti-aging treatments depends on:

  1. Skin issue
  2. Patient goal
  3. Skin tone

Contributors to the signs of aging include aging itself, genetics, reduction of muscle and environmental factors. Environmental factors range from sun damage to poor diet and smoking. For those not wanting permanent cosmetic surgery, anti-aging treatments and nonsurgical procedures are a wonderful way to see near immediate results and test different results. They are also not permanent so the effects wear off and adjustments can be made. Wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options vary based on your specific needs, level of severity for skin issues and skin tone.

THE EFFECTS OF AGING ON YOUR SKIN

The loss of bone, fat, collagen and elastin in the face, as well as the rest of the body, leads to the appearance of aging. Since collagen also hydrates skin, producing less collagen counteracts a radiant appearance. Less collagen also results in fine lines, wrinkles and folds.

Additionally, elasticity loss plays a role in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and folds. Elasticity loss also decreases definition along the jaw line, results in droopy eyes and cheeks, and has a large role in the development of jowls. It is this sagging skin — coupled with fine lines, wrinkles and folds — that wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options can help to improve and/or eliminate.

SKIN TIGHTENING, WRINKLE TREATMENT WITH LASER SKIN REJUVENATION AND NONSURGICAL FACELIFT OPTIONS

Youthful-looking, radiant skin and facial symmetry are landmarks of beauty. Aristotle defined “universal standards of beauty” in Ancient Greece using his golden mean equation. This method of defining beauty is based on a mathematic score defined by the moderation of extremes concerning symmetrical, well-balanced bodily proportions.

When skin is sagging, wrinkles are prevalent and symmetry is askew, wrinkle treatment with laser skin rejuvenation and nonsurgical facelift options can improve appearance. Additionally, how you feel about your looks can positively or negatively affect self-esteem.

Options for anti-aging treatments and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures include:

  • Skin-tightening treatments
  • Cosmetic injectables
  • Dermal fillers
  • Laser skin rejuvenation
  • Nonsurgical facelifts

To learn more about specifics for each anti-aging treatment and nonsurgical facelifts, read Wrinkle Treatment with Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Nonsurgical Facelift Options: Part 2.

 

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Treating Hirsutism and Excess Hair Growth with Laser Hair Removal http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/treating-hirsutism-and-excess-hair-growth-with-laser-hair-removal/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/treating-hirsutism-and-excess-hair-growth-with-laser-hair-removal/#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 03:55:28 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10995 Excess hair growth in women and men is an issue for many people throughout the country. Whether it’s excess hair on the face, excess hair on the body or hirsutism, hair removal treatments for excessive hair growth are available. Hirsutism is also a condition with excessive hair growth that affects many people. Treating hirsutism and […]

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Excess hair growth in women and men is an issue for many people throughout the country. Whether it’s excess hair on the face, excess hair on the body or hirsutism, hair removal treatments for excessive hair growth are available. Hirsutism is also a condition with excessive hair growth that affects many people. Treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with laser hair removal is one of the safest, most effective treatments for excessive hair.

While hair is the skin’s natural protective mechanism and grows all over the face and body, appearance issues may results from excess hair growth in women and men. Hirsutism may also be a factor concerning excess hair growth on certain areas of the body such as the face and chest.

It’s best to consult with a board-certified dermatologist when addressing excessive hair issues. While plucking, shaving, waxing and electrolysis are options for hair removal, they are all time consuming hair removal treatments. They also require daily, weekly or monthly maintenance or specific procedures.

WHAT IS HIRSUTISM AND THE CAUSES OF EXCESSIVE HAIR GROWTH?

Hirsutism commonly occurs in those with a hypersensitivity to androgens or excessively high levels of androgens. Hirsutism occurs in women 90 percent of the time, although men can also experience hirsutism.

Causation factors include:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (most common)
  • Insulin resistance
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Excessive growth hormone
  • Congenial adrenal hyperplasia
  • Tumors in the ovaries
  • Obesity
  • Specific medications

Some people just naturally have darker, thicker hair on the face and body. Darker, thicker hair in certain normal areas is known as either terminal hair or axillary hair dependent on the exact location. While “peach fuzz” or vellus hair grows all over the face and body, excessive hair is due to terminal, axillary or androgenic hair.

This leads many to seek laser hair removal treatments to address excess hair removal. Treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with laser hair removal helps both women and men remove excess hair over the entire body and face.

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The ideal of having facial and body areas free of unwanted, excessive hair can be accomplished by treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with laser hair removal.

TREATING HIRSUTISM AND EXCESS HAIR GROWTH WITH LASER HAIR REMOVAL OPTIONS

For safely and effectively treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with laser removal hair removal, Dr. Umar uses Candela’s GentleYAG Laser with a 1,064-nanometer wavelength. It’s patented cryogen cooling system offers laser hair removal treatments with comfort and safety. It’s also safe on all skin types. GentleYAG removes excessive hair, both thick and thin, all over the face and entire body.

The highly concentrated light energy from the laser beams target hair follicles. The intense light energy destroys the hair and minimizes regrowth. The pigment within the follicles absorbs the light.

Laser hair removal works for by putting existing hair into the telogen resting phase. This phase is where follicles don’t produce new hair shafts. Laser hair removal treats existing, visible excessive hair that eventually leads to a permanent reduction of hair. You need multiple laser treatments for most effective way of treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with laser hair removal.

Dr. Umar is an expert in the nuances of treating hirsutism and excess hair growth with laser hair removal.

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Belotero Lip Injections for Lip Enhancement and Belotero Smile Lines Treatment: Part 2 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/belotero-lip-injections-for-lip-enhancement-and-belotero-smile-lines-treatment-part-2/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/belotero-lip-injections-for-lip-enhancement-and-belotero-smile-lines-treatment-part-2/#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 01:22:48 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10992 In Belotero Lip Injections for Lip Enhancement and Belotero Smile Lines Treatment: Part 1, we discussed how aging, sun damage and other environmental factors affect our skin. All contribute to the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, skin’s volume loss, lips’ volume loss and skin’s elasticity loss. Thankfully Belotero injections can reverse the signs of […]

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In Belotero Lip Injections for Lip Enhancement and Belotero Smile Lines Treatment: Part 1, we discussed how aging, sun damage and other environmental factors affect our skin. All contribute to the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, skin’s volume loss, lips’ volume loss and skin’s elasticity loss. Thankfully Belotero injections can reverse the signs of aging and improve your appearance. Belotero lip injections for lip enhancement and Belotero smile lines treatment work in different ways to either add volume to the lips or around the mouth to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.

BENEFITS OF BELOTERO SMILE LINES TREATMENT FOR LIP LINES AND WRINKLES

Belotero is an injectable dermal filler that is a transparent hyaluronic acid gel formulation. Belotero is suitable for injection close to the nose and mouth for superficial lip lines and wrinkles, and smile lines. For superficial lip lines and wrinkles and smile lines, a Belotero smile lines treatment is usually ideal. Belotero treatments are typically the better option over other dermal fillers, such as Restylane or Juvéderm. This is due to Belotero’s ability to be injected closer to your skin’s surface.

While other dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvéderm help with the skin’s volume loss and deeper wrinkles, they cannot treat superficial lines such as lip lines. Restylane or Juvéderm cannot treat lip lines and wrinkles and smile lines since they are so close to the surface. Restylane or Juvéderm have a blue tinge that shows through skin if injected close to the surface since they are meant for deeper injection.

Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) injectables, such as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, are not suitable to treat the area directly around the lips. Thankfully, both Belotero lip injections for lip enhancement and Belotero for lip lines and smile lines are solutions to improve your appearance.

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Prior Belotero smile lines treatment, lip lines were challenges to address the hollows over the lateral orbital rim, tear troughs and fine lip lines.

BELOTERO FOR LIP LINES, SUPERFICIAL WRINKLES AND TEAR TROUGHS

Dr. Umar is very excited about treatments with Belotero for lip lines, superficial wrinkles and tear troughs. Belotero is FDA-approved for deep nasolabial folds like most other dermal fillers, but Belotero is also able to treat and eliminate superficial lips around your mouth and eyes.

Prior to Belotero smile lines treatment for lip lines and wrinkles, treating the hollows over the lateral orbital rim, tear troughs and fine lip lines was challenging. With only Restylane or Juvéderm options, the areas were usually ignored due to the potential appearance of unwanted “lumps” occurring during superficial fine lines treatment. The lateral orbital rim, tear troughs and fine lip lines regions were often bumpy and uneven while the rest of the face was full of volume and smooth.

Belotero for lip lines and smile lines has been dubbed “instant PhotoShop” in regards to eliminating superficial lines. Results last about six to nine months.

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Belotero Lip Injections for Lip Enhancement and Belotero Smile Lines Treatment: Part 1 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/belotero-lip-injections-for-lip-enhancement-and-belotero-smile-lines-treatment-part-1/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/belotero-lip-injections-for-lip-enhancement-and-belotero-smile-lines-treatment-part-1/#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:29:58 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10989 Skin’s volume loss, elasticity loss, and the appearance of wrinkles and folds result from aging, sun damage and other environmental factors. Aging and genetics also affect volume loss in the lips. However, Belotero lip injections for lip enhancement and Belotero smile lines treatment can reverse the signs of aging and improve appearance. Voluminous lips are […]

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Skin’s volume loss, elasticity loss, and the appearance of wrinkles and folds result from aging, sun damage and other environmental factors. Aging and genetics also affect volume loss in the lips. However, Belotero lip injections for lip enhancement and Belotero smile lines treatment can reverse the signs of aging and improve appearance.

Voluminous lips are a facial feature that is highly coveted since they signify a youthful face. Voluminous lips also add symmetry to the face. On the contrary, thin lips may create a harsher appearance. Belotero lip injections for lip enhancement can improve the issue, whether you have thin lips due to genetics or aging. Belotero is also ideal for lip lines and wrinkles as an effective Belotero smile lines treatment, in addition to Belotero as a lip enlargement treatment.

BENEFITS OF BELOTERO LIP INJECTIONS FOR LIP ENHANCEMENT

Lip augmentation and smile lines treatments with hyaluronic acid-like products such as Belotero are one of the most popular procedure methods. Hyaluronic acid is protective, lubricating and binding produced naturally in your body. Belotero is the latest innovation in injectable dermal fillers, which the FDA approved in November 2011.

Nonsurgical Belotero treatments achieve larger lips and eliminate lip lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid-like formulations have replaced older lip enhancement treatments previously done with collagen. Three of the most popular brands of lip injectables include Restylane, Belotero and Juvéderm.

Belotero is a transparent hyaluronic acid gel also suitable for injection close to the nose and mouth for superficial lip lines and wrinkles and smile lines. A golden rule in lips is the lower lip should be about one and a half times larger than the upper lip.

Belotero can improve the appearance of lips by adding:

  • Volume
  • Structure
  • Shape

Additional benefits of injectables include:

  • Scarring or other trauma correction
  • Defining lip border 
  • Eliminating lip lines and wrinkles
  • Evening out crooked lips

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    Belotero lip injections for lip enhancement and Belotero smile lines treatment can reverse the signs of aging and improve appearance.

Lip injection cost for Belotero lip injections for lip enhancement typically averages $825 per treatment. Due to the nuances of lips, the choice in a dermatologist dramatically alters the results. Dr. Umar of Fine Touch Dermatology is both skilled and artistic in his approach to lip enhancement and voluminous lips.

Temporary lip enlargement with Belotero lip injection is quick cosmetic treatment with little to no downtime. Results typically last from six months to one year.

In Belotero Lip Injections for Lip Enhancement and Belotero Smile Lines Treatment: Part 2, we’ll discuss the benefits of Belotero treatment for lip lines and wrinkles.

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Fraxel DUAL Melasma Treatment Improves Uneven Complexion http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/fraxel-dual-melasma-treatment-improves-uneven-complexion/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/fraxel-dual-melasma-treatment-improves-uneven-complexion/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 03:26:58 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10984 If you are currently suffering from the appearance of melasma on your face or body, there are numerous treatments to improve your uneven complexion and hyperpigmentation. The most popular and effective cosmetic treatments are topical solutions with hydroquinone and laser procedures such as Lutronic Spectra, Fraxel re:fine and Fraxel DUAL melasma treatment. Dr. Umar at […]

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If you are currently suffering from the appearance of melasma on your face or body, there are numerous treatments to improve your uneven complexion and hyperpigmentation. The most popular and effective cosmetic treatments are topical solutions with hydroquinone and laser procedures such as Lutronic Spectra, Fraxel re:fine and Fraxel DUAL melasma treatment.

Dr. Umar at FineTouch Dermatology has helped thousands of Los Angeles and Orange County residents achieve glowing, even complexions and radiant, wrinkle-free beautiful skin. Dr. Umar can tell you the best course of action for your skin.

WHAT CAUSES MELASMA ON SKIN?

This particular type of hyperpigmentation appears as brown skin splotches and creates an uneven skin tone and blotchy complexion. The brown skin blotches result from an increase in melanin production. The exact cause of melasma remains unknown but it is usually linked to pregnancy, hormonal changes and sun damage. It typically coincides with hormonal fluctuations, particularly progesterone and estrogen. Those with olive or darker skin tones also have higher chances of developing melasma.

Melanin production also coincides with UV light exposure since it acts a natural sunscreen to skin by means of a tan. When loss of electrons to free radicals due to oxidation in lipids within the cell membrane due to UV light exposure, melanocytes trigger melanin production to counteract the process.

Potential contributors of melasma are:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pills
  • Excessive ultraviolet (UV) light exposure
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Race

TOPICAL SOLUTIONS AND LASER TREATMENTS IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF MELASMA

Preventing excess sun and UV light exposure is one of the best ways to prevent melasma. This includes daily application of sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, especially on the face. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and every two hours if you are in the direct sun for extended periods, swimming or sweating excessively. Protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses are also recommended. Sunscreen lessens the affects of UVA and UVB light rays from triggering melanin production.

If you already have moderate to severe melasma, you have many melasma treatment options. Methods to eliminate and improve the appearance of melasma include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, Q-switched Nd-YAG and Ruby lasers, Fraxel re:fine and Fraxel DUAL melasma treatment.

Topical Treatments

  • Hydroquinone: available in 2 and 4 percent formulations

Laser Treatments

  • Fraxel DUAL
  • Lutronic Spectra

Hydroquinone is a skin-bleaching agent available in 2 and 4 percent formulations. The 2 percent formula is available over-the-counter, while the 4 percent formulation is prescription-only. Hydroquinone is used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, chloasma (also known as melasma), age spots, and acne scars.

Melasma requires specific wavelengths for laser melasma treatments. Lutronic Spectra and Fraxel DUAL melasma treatment both eradicate extra melanin within organelles.

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Melasma treatment with Fraxel DUAL removes pigmentation issues for a healthy, clear complexion.

FDA APPROVAL FOR FRAXEL DUAL MELASMA TREATMENT PROVES ITS EFFICACY

In June 2013, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Fraxel DUAL for melasma treatment. The recent approval further proves the efficacy of Fraxel DUAL melasma treatment for this specific treatment of skin pigmentation issues. Though many dermatologists previously used Fraxel DUAL to treat the uneven complexion and brown skin splotches associated with melasma, the FDA approval now makes more patients feel at ease with the treatment.

Fraxel DUAL is a non-ablative laser treatment that offers two laser strengths to stimulate collagen and refine skin. For more information on Fraxel DUAL melasma treatment, click here.

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Botox Eyebrow Lift Eliminates the “Tired Look” http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/botox-eyebrow-lift-eliminates-the-tired-look/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/botox-eyebrow-lift-eliminates-the-tired-look/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:21:52 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10982 Eyebrow arches flatten and lower over time leading many people to seek options for a brow lift without surgery. Due to genetics, aging and environmental damage, wrinkles and sagging skin result. Not only does flattened eyebrow arches affect your facial symmetry, it may make you look permanently upset, tired or older. All these issues may […]

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Eyebrow arches flatten and lower over time leading many people to seek options for a brow lift without surgery. Due to genetics, aging and environmental damage, wrinkles and sagging skin result. Not only does flattened eyebrow arches affect your facial symmetry, it may make you look permanently upset, tired or older. All these issues may also negatively affect your self-esteem. Thankfully a Botox eyebrow lift is able to temporarily eliminate the tired look as an anti-aging cosmetic solution.

Facial sagging, fine lines and wrinkles wreck havoc on a youthful, radiant appearance. All these issues can be addressed with nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedures at FineTouch Dermatology. Dr. Umar has helped countless patients in the Los Angeles region improve their appearance with treatments such as Botox eyebrow lifts.

A Botox brow lift eradicates the issue of low or sagging eyebrows by “lifting” them to their original place on the face. This eliminates the look sagging eyebrows create, which is tired, angry and the appearance of looking older. During the nonsurgical eyebrow lift, Dr. Umar injects Botox at specific points around your eyebrow region to lift the area and counteract sagging on your forehead. Additionally, Dysport may be used for the procedure.

NONSURGICAL BROW LIFT PROCEDURE ACCOMPLISHED WITH BOTOX EYEBROW LIFT

The pharmaceutical injectable Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) formulation first approved by the FDA in 2002 for cosmetic use. Botox is in the same family as Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA) and Xeomin (IncobotulinumtoxinA).

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while also being able to lift sagging skin. The combined effectiveness improves the appearance of your wrinkles and also non-surgically lifts eyebrows by inhibiting acetylcholine. Essentially, Botox blocks the neurotransmission of contraction in certain muscles and either weakens or paralyzes them.

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This patient had a Botox eyebrow lift in Los Angeles to improve the sagging and lines on her forehead.

HOW BOTOX ELIMINATES FLATTENED EYEBROWS AND SAGGING SKIN

To achieve brow lift results, Dr. Umar injects Botox into the depressor muscles on your face. This process works to lift your brows since counteracts the brow’s medial ends sagging. A Botox eyebrow lift improves your appearance for an average of three to four months. Yet depending on your body’s reaction to Botox, efficacy may be longer. Botox eliminates the tired, angry look by lifting the brows just a few millimeters, which makes a huge improvement in appearance.

In addition to counteracting a sagging forehead and flattened eyebrows, you can also “shape” your eyebrow arches with an eyebrow lift with Botox. Whether you desire a more horizontal, flared eyebrow shape or dramatic arch to “open the eyes,” Dr. Umar has perfected the art of the Botox brow. Additionally, you can choose how much you want eyebrows raised.

For more information regarding a Botox eyebrow lift to improve your appearance, contact FineTouch Dermatology.

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Acne Solutions Using Diverse Acne Treatments http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/acne-solutions-using-diverse-acne-treatments/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/acne-solutions-using-diverse-acne-treatments/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 04:22:41 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10977 Acne affects both men and women at various levels of severity. This medical skin disease, known as acne vulgaris, usually appears during puberty. However, acne can appear at any stage in life due to genetic reasons, hormonal fluctuations and lifestyle-induced factors. Acne presents itself with prevalent sebaceous follicles, typically on the face, back and chest. […]

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Acne affects both men and women at various levels of severity. This medical skin disease, known as acne vulgaris, usually appears during puberty. However, acne can appear at any stage in life due to genetic reasons, hormonal fluctuations and lifestyle-induced factors. Acne presents itself with prevalent sebaceous follicles, typically on the face, back and chest.

The appearance of acne ranges from occasional flare-ups of a few pimples to chronic breakouts. Due to the range of symptoms, prevention and possible acne scar treatments are case specific.

ACNE CAUSATION FACTORS

Clogged follicles are the main contributors to acne. Lifestyle and environmental factors, such as makeup or excessive dirt buildup, are main culprits. Cellular level processes are also acne causation factors, such as genetics, stress, hyperkeratization and hormonal fluctuations.

Hormone fluctuations during adolescence, pregnancy, polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome and menopause play a role in acne outbreaks and flareups. Two hormones that contribute to acne include insulin growth factor (IGF-1) and androgens. Androgens include testosterone, dihydrotestosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate.

Excessive sebum production is triggered by excessive androgen triggers. Excess sebum results in clogged pores. While IGF-1 stimulates the same glands involved, IGF-1 triggers result from diet choices that prompt more insulin production.

Genetics also contribute to acne. Those who develop acne at an earlier age that is much more severe than that of typical adolescence usually have other family members who had or have severe acne.

As for disorders that cause acne, hyperkeratization is one that triggers excessive keratin production of hair follicle interior linings. When cells in the area clump together and form blockages around the sebaceous duct, acne results.

Not surprisingly, stress is also a major acne contribution factor. Stress is taxing to the immune system and may result in acne breakouts. While a direct correlation is still unknown, sebum-producing cells have receptors for stress hormones.

Acne has five different types of “bumps” inclusive of:

  • Nodules
  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Cystic lesions
  • Comedones

ELIMINATING ACNE USING TOPICAL PRODUCTS, MEDICATION

Acne can be addressed with topical products, medication, lifestyle changes and laser therapy. Topical products are those that usually contain benzoyl peroxide. This may be in the form of cleansing solutions, lotions, creams and gel solutions. Topical products are generally effective for eliminating mild acne since benzoyl peroxide kills the bacterium P. acnes.

Topical or oral antibiotic medications may be effective for severe acne, though some dermatologists and doctors are curbing using antibiotics for acne solutions. Common antibiotics to treat acne include erythromycin, clindamycin and tetracycline. Oral contraceptive as part of hormonal regulation may also be used in women to reduce androgen levels

Other options include topical retinoids, such as tretinoin (Retin-A), adapaline (Differin) and tazarotene (tazorac). These retinoids assist to regulate and normalize follicle cycles. Once follicle cycles are managed, excess sebum production ceases to minimize blockages.

Oral retinoids such as isotretinoin (vitamin A derivative) reduce oil secretion. However, this acne solution route is only used for severe acne issues due to numerous side effects and complications. Brand names include Accutane, Amnesteem, Sotret and Claravis.

ACNE SOLUTIONS USING PHOTOTHERAPY, LASER

Two other acne solutions for treating stubborn acne include phototherapy and laser treatments. Phototherapy uses light (red and blue, 405 to 420 nanometer) to generate free radicals within the bacteria. The light treatment causes acne-causing organisms to self-destruct

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and Levulan is an acne solutions treatment that combines blue light (or the VBeam) with a topical photosensitizer. It addresses the root issues that causes acne and also rejuvenates skin. One of the most effective acne treatment solutions is with the use of lasers. Laser systems can effectively improve the appearance of acne scars, remove skin imperfections, eradicate wrinkles and improve overall skin tone and complexion.

Light waves from acne treatment solutions burn away the follicle sac and sebaceous gland so acne breakouts cannot occur. Laser skin treatments for acne also induce the formation of oxygen within the bacterial cells, which leads to their destruction.acne treatment

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PHOTODYMANIC LIGHT THERAPY SOLUTIONS USING VBEAM, SPECTRA

Dr. Umar at FineTouch Dermatology offers photodynamic light therapy as a preferred acne treatment. Photodynamic light therapy has a high level of efficacy and less side effects than most acne treatment options. This simple treatment regimen schedule is weekly sessions over the period of four to eight weeks.

PDT with VBeam is used with Levulan, a topical photosensitizer applied 30 to 45 minutes prior to each therapy. Sessions utilizing the blue light are done at seven-day intervals for a total of approximately four treatments. Sessions utilizing the 585 to 595 nanometer laser are done each four weeks for a three to four treatment regimen. After PDT, sunburn-like effects are common and require patient downtime.

Dr. Umar’s preferred laser treatment is Spectra VRMIII laser for acne treatment solutions. Spectra is highly effective for treating both severe and cystic acne. This method involves three to four treatment regimens with each sessions performed every two to four weeks. After the first session, skin improvement concerning acne is usually noticeable. Acne typically clears by the end of the acne treatment regimen with Spectra. A six-month maintenance session is suggested with Spectra to prevent reoccurrence.

Dr. Umar offers consultations and solutions for acne treatments, in addition to treatment options for acne scars and numerous skin conditions.

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Fraxel Laser Skin Treatment Performed During Wintertime is Ideal http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/fraxel-laser-skin-treatment-performed-during-wintertime-is-ideal/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/fraxel-laser-skin-treatment-performed-during-wintertime-is-ideal/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:36:53 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10973 With less daylight hours and less time spent outside during this season, wintertime is ideal for a Fraxel laser skin treatment at the FineTouch Dermatology. Skin after any type of laser resurfacing is extra sensitive since it is in the wound healing process to improve appearance and/or correct a cosmetic or medical issue. Winter is […]

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With less daylight hours and less time spent outside during this season, wintertime is ideal for a Fraxel laser skin treatment at the FineTouch Dermatology. Skin after any type of laser resurfacing is extra sensitive since it is in the wound healing process to improve appearance and/or correct a cosmetic or medical issue.

Winter is thus typically ideal for laser skin resurfacing since patients are less likely to expose recently treated skin to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays for the sun. After any Fraxel laser skin treatment, patients should apply sunscreen with a SPF 30+ daily to the face and areas of the body exposed to the sun. It’s also a good idea to wear broad-rimmed hats, sunglasses and protective clothing on or over areas treated with laser resurfacing.

FRAXEL LASER SKIN TREATMENT ABILITY AND EFFICACY

Fraxel lasers use the body’s natural ability to produce healthy, normal collagen tissue. The focused light energy of the lasers turns into heat on the dermal layer beneath the skin’s surface. The skin responds to the heat as in injury and in turn, begins the wound healing process. Skin produces collagen as a way to repair itself following Fraxel laser resurfacing.

With Fraxel laser treatments, monochromatic light waves that are concentrated penetrate the skin and restructure the affected or damaged tissue. Fraxel’s “fractional” targeting only treats specific areas, leaving surrounding areas undisturbed. Patients thus heal faster following laser skin treatment with less downtime.

Fraxel lasers either entail ablative or non-ablative treatments. Ablative procedures vaporize the outer layer of the skin. The removal of damaged skin allows newer cells to surface. Non-ablative procedures focus on deeper layers of the dermis to stimulate collagen restructuring and renewal.

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Los Angeles acne scar patient before and after Fraxel Dual

FRAXEL LASER SYSTEMS: FRAXEL DUAL AND FRAXEL REPAIR

Fraxel laser systems can effectively improve the appearance of scars, remove skin imperfections, eradicate wrinkles and improve overall skin tone and complexion.

Fraxel laser resurfacing treatment address a wide range of aesthetic issues in skin rejuvenation, including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Scarring
  • Pigmentation
  • Sunspots
  • Age spots
  • Large pores
  • Melasma
  • Freckles
  • Moles
  • Birthmarks

Fraxel DUAL

Fraxel DUAL is a non-ablative laser treatment that addresses mild to moderate acne scars, mild to moderate periorbital wrinkles, actinic keratosis, melasma, photodamage, surgical scars and. It incorporates the use of two laser strengths to stimulate collagen and refine skin.

Fraxel DUAL works with deeper layers of the dermis to induce and promote collagen remodeling. The Erbium aspect of the laser (1,550 nanometer wavelength) normalizes collagen density. The Thulium aspect of the laser is more superficial (1,927 nanometer) and helps refine the skin’s surface.

The Erbium fiber laser penetrates deeper to address more difficult scarring and wrinkle issues. The Thulium fiber laser can be used on the entire body. Fraxel DUAL can also be used on all skin tones.

Fraxel re:pair:                              

Fraxel re:pair is a fractionated CO2 laser that causes fractionated and microscopic zones of photo thermolysis (light-induced burns) of the superficial and deep layers of the skin. Fraxel repair is only recommended for those with lighter skin complexions, defined as Fitzpatrick I to III types.

Fraxel re:pair is an ablative treatment that address severe acne and more complex skin complexion issues. It also assists with vascular dyschromia, pigmented lesions, rhytides, fine lines, textural irregularities and moderate to severe wrinkles and furrows in lax skin. It is a more invasive treatment that vaporizes skin with the dermis.

The re:pair also has noticeable results after one treatment. This includes skin tightening, tissue shrinkage and immediate coagulation. Due to its fractional delivery, it does minimal damage to the surrounding dermis layer of acne scars or skin not treated.

For more information on Fraxel laser treatments, contact FineTouch Dermatology for a consultation. To learn more about Fraxel, click here.

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Laser Tattoo Removal: Before and After Photos of Tattoo Removal http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-tattoo-removal-before-and-after-photos-of-tattoo-removal/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/laser-tattoo-removal-before-and-after-photos-of-tattoo-removal/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:53:19 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10963 This patient had laser tattoo removal for tattoo removal on her lower abdomen. She underwent four treatments of laser tattoo removal using the Nd-YAG laser. Complete tattoo ink removal required four Nd-YAG laser treatments at FineTouch Dermatology with Dr. Umar. LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WITH ND-YAG LASER The most common form of tattoo removal is with lasers, […]

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This patient had laser tattoo removal for tattoo removal on her lower abdomen. She underwent four treatments of laser tattoo removal using the Nd-YAG laser. Complete tattoo ink removal required four Nd-YAG laser treatments at FineTouch Dermatology with Dr. Umar.

LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WITH ND-YAG LASER

The most common form of tattoo removal is with lasers, such as the Nd-YAG laser. “LASER” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers produce pulses of light energy that pass through layers of the skin. How deep they penetrate is dependent upon their nanometer strength. The energy is absorbed by the tattoo, which break the tattoo ink into smaller particles. Eventually the ink is removed from the immune system.

Laser tattoo removal with Nd-YAG is generally the safest, more effective method of tattoo removal. Tattoo ink removal using Nd-YAG has very few side effects that are usually temporary. However, those with tattoos over moles and/or birthmarks should take extra precaution before the process and consult with a dermatologist first.

Tattoo removal using the Nd-YAG laser using a process known as selective photothermolysis. The laser targets tattoo ink but does not damage surrounding skin. Tattoo removal is accomplished when the tattoo ink absorbs the laser energy and is absorbed into the body. It is eventually expelled from the body by the immune system.

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Before photos of the patient before four treatments of laser tattoo removal using the Nd-Yag laser.

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Before photos of the patient before four treatments of laser tattoo removal using the Nd-Yag laser.

BLACK TATTOO REMOVAL ACCOMPLISHED WITH FOUR TREATMENTS

The patient underwent four laser tattoo removal treatments for her black ink tattoo using the Nd-YAG laser. Though ink on the dermis layer, such as a tattoo, is difficult to remove based on a variety of factors, one of the biggest complications of laser tattoo removal is ink color.

Though black ink is the darkest in color, it’s absorbs all laser wavelengths for tattoo removal. On the other hand, green requires distinct laser strength. The Nd: YAG 1,064-nanometer laser removes multicolor tattoos. Models such as the Spectra VRM 111 have four modes of light: 1,064, 650, 585 and 532 to better address Los Angeles tattoo removal.

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This patient underwent four treatments of laser tattoo removal using the Nd-Yag laser.

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This patient underwent four treatments of laser tattoo removal using the Nd-Yag laser.

 

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Options For Longer Fuller Eyelashes http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/options-long-thick-lashes-los-angeles-info/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/options-long-thick-lashes-los-angeles-info/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 09:54:15 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10608 Long and thick eyelashes help accentuate the appearance of the eyes. They soften and enhance the feminine beauty of the face. And they also help to add a natural looking definition to the lash line. If you are like countless women who love the look of full, gorgeous lashes, you may be wondering what options […]

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Long and thick eyelashes help accentuate the appearance of the eyes. They soften and enhance the feminine beauty of the face. And they also help to add a natural looking definition to the lash line.

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there are various methods to achieve fuller, longer eyelashes (image: flickr)

If you are like countless women who love the look of full, gorgeous lashes, you may be wondering what options are available for improving your own. Here are some common options that simply help create the look of longer lashes:
(1) Mascara
Mascara is a makeup staple for most people. Some people are happy with drug store brands. Others prefer products available at high end luxury counters. Many of these items claim to lengthen your lashes. But what really happens is that they are able to coat the finely tapered tips of the hair shafts. Since these ends are normally not as visible, thickening them with mascara can make the entire lash length appear longer.
(2) False eyelash strips
For thicker, longer and more dramatic looking lashes, false eyelash strips can be used. Adhesive is used to affix the edges to the lash line. Some people cut out tufts of hair from these strips and glue them horizontally along intervals of the eyelashes. These options are great for a night out or for on camera appearances like photo shoots and videos. But for every day wear, they can be time consuming, for morning routines, especially since the process requires fine tuned hand eye coordination and patience.
(3) Extensions
Eyelash extensions need to be done by a professional. Basically they are individual hair extensions for the eyelashes. They require a very specialized glue that allows them to look extremely seamless. However, these adhesives can cause irritation. And extensions may even pull at the natural lashes causing them to shed. More medical professionals are dissuading individuals from relying on them.
(4) Latisse
Latisse is a prescription drug which can actually cause your real lash hairs to grow. The active ingredient is bimatoprost which lengthens the growth phase of the hair cycle.

Makeup Tip To Create the Appearance of A Thicker Lash Line

Length is one important feature of the eyelashes. But thickness is another. It helps create more definition around the eyes. While eyeliner can certainly help, some women prefer this to look as discreet as possible. One makeup technique that can help achieve this is what is known as tightlining.
The eyeliner is applied under the lashes around the last half to a third of the length. Here is a video example:

Surgery for Longer, Fuller Eyelashes

The possibility of actually having naturally longer hair growth is possible through transplant surgery for the eyelashes. This can be done by extracting hair follicles from the nape and inserting them into the lash line. Results are permanent and can offer much convenience in terms of time and expense.
Here is a video of one of our patients here at Fine Touch Dermatology who had this done.

For more information on transplantation procedures for the eyelashes, click here.

 

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What Cameron Diaz Has To Say About Acne In Her New Book http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-celebrity-cameron-diaz-acne-treatment-struggles/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-celebrity-cameron-diaz-acne-treatment-struggles/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 09:43:36 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10571 Former model, Cameron Diaz was originally discovered by a photographer, Jeff Dunas who offered her modeling work when she was only sixteen. More so than her appearance, he noticed a special inner quality.  In 1998, he told People Magazine, “She has an energy, an electricity in her face, a sparkle that is unmistakable.” Many people […]

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(photo: Flickr) Cameron Diaz is quite candid about discussing her struggles with acne, which is not always obvious through on camera appearances

Former model, Cameron Diaz was originally discovered by a photographer, Jeff Dunas who offered her modeling work when she was only sixteen. More so than her appearance, he noticed a special inner quality.  In 1998, he told People Magazine, “She has an energy, an electricity in her face, a sparkle that is unmistakable.”

Many people feel that Cameron Diaz’ popularity stems from her fun, lighthearted personality. And this is likely what launched her career success as a comedic actress. This week, she has all the media abuzz due to the release of her new book, titled, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body. Cameron intended this to be a guide to help women find a greater level of self acceptance with their bodies.

Although the Los Angeles celebrity radiates A-list beauty, she has had to struggle with appearance issues just like many other women. And she has decided to share various aspects of this journey in this book. One of these includes her ongoing battle with acne. This may come as a surprise to many of her fans due to the clever use of makeup and digital imaging which have been used to camouflage her less than perfect skin.

Excerpts About Acne From Cameron Diaz’s Book

Cameron reveals that she has not been able to find a real solution for her acne:

I mean, I had terrible, terrible, skin. It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away. I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long.

It was really challenging to cover them up for the cameras. It was awkward and embarrassing and frustrating, and I always felt really bad about myself.

After she hit her mid-thirties, an epiphany struck. It finally dawned on her to start being more vigilant about what she was putting into her body. Prior to this, she regularly ate greasy fast food and luckily had the type of  metabolism that could quickly burn away the excess calories.

She reported that when she started paying more attention to her diet choices, her skin started to improve. Although her condition is much better than before, she continues to struggle with adult acne.

Is It True That Greasy Food Causes Breakouts?

Most dermatologists assert that there is no evidence to support a contingency between fatty diet choices and the development of pimples. However there is research which is painting a stronger link between dairy and acne. This has to do with its effects on hormonal levels, which can cause the sebaceous glands to secrete more oil.

How To Get Rid of Stubborn Acne

Here at Fine Touch Dermatology, Dr. Umar recommends treating multiple causes of acne. This includes oil secretion, bacteria and pore blockages created by the skin itself. Lasers like Spectra can address all these components within the same session to produce remarkable and measureable improvements. Here is an example of a real patient who had this done.

For more information on comprehensive acne treatment, click here.

 

 

 

 

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What Are Your Options For Treating Dark Circles and Other Signs of Aging Under Your Eyes http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-info-treatment-of-dark-circles-undereye-wrinkles/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-info-treatment-of-dark-circles-undereye-wrinkles/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2014 23:56:59 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10565 Dark circles under the eyes are a common cosmetic concern for many people.  This issue is caused by the thinness of skin in the tear trough area. This causes blood vessels to be visible.  There are two types of dark circles: (1) blue (2) brown Blueness is caused by oxygenated blood. Dark brown circles are […]

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Dark circles under the eyes are a common cosmetic concern for many people.  This issue is caused by the thinness of skin in the tear trough area. This causes blood vessels to be visible.  There are two types of dark circles:

(1) blue

(2) brown

Blueness is caused by oxygenated blood. Dark brown circles are actually caused by hyperpigmentation due to melanin.  This can be caused by an individual’s genetics. For example, brown undereye circles are often seen in Asians and those of African descent. They can also be caused by rubbing the eyes or excessive sun exposure.

As we get older, we lose subcutaneous fat in our tear troughs. This is why dark circles occur, especially in our later years.

How to Address the Issue of Dark Circles With Makeup

Clever makeup techniques can help conceal the appearance of dark under eye circles.  The most ideal option, of course, would be the actual reversal of this phenomenon. But the use of cosmetics can offer some level of respite for going to work, taking photos, camera appearances and social occasions.

Here is a video tutorial which may be helpful.


The use of concealers and foundation to help hide the appearance of dark circles is perhaps most helpful for issues in their minor stages.  They can also provide a rather convincing effect in photos and videos.

But in face to face encounters, the use of makeup can be somewhat obvious to onlookers. And if the person has fine lines and wrinkles, these cosmetics can settle into the creases.

What to Do About Fine Lines and Wrinkles Under the Eyes

It is always best to prevent problems during early stages. If you are young enough to not have signs of aging in the tear troughs, this would probably be a great time to start taking measures to prevent them.

Since the skin under the eyes is very delicate, it is quite susceptible to damage. Therefore, using sunscreen on a daily basis would help protect this tissue from the damage caused by UV rays, which can lead to fine and deeper lines.

Damage can also arise from internal sources. This can include the heavy use of cigarettes and alcohol.  Poor diet choices eventually become quite detrimental to the skin, especially if they contribute to the formation of free radicals which damages cells.

In addition to sunscreen, it is also recommended that you use a retinol cream.  Potent strengths are available as prescriptions. And milder formulations are available over the counter.

When to Choose Cosmetic Procedures For Dark Circles and Wrinkles Under the Eyes

If prevention is too late and the issues under the eyes take on a severe appearance that you feel strongly about correcting,  cosmetic procedures may be something to consider.

Since the skin under the eyes is quite thin, most hyaluronic acid fillers would not be recommended.  They may create a bluish hue due to the Tyndall effect where light rays are bent in creating this discoloration.

Radiesse is white and opaque. It can not only fill in lines, but also act as a subcutaneous layer to help mask the appearance of dark circles.

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Los Angeles patient before and after treatment with Radiesse for dark circles and wrinkles under the eyes

To learn more about Radiesse, click here 

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Why More Women Are Getting Botox In Their Twenties http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/botox-info-los-angeles-patients-in-their-twenties/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/botox-info-los-angeles-patients-in-their-twenties/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:05:10 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10550 Botox is no longer an injection treatment for simply getting rid of crows feet, forehead lines and frown lines. In fact, it is now being used increasingly for preventing more advanced signs of aging. This is the new rationale for many young women who are still in their twenties, but opting for Botox. Usually patients […]

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Botox is no longer an injection treatment for simply getting rid of crows feet, forehead lines and frown lines. In fact, it is now being used increasingly for preventing more advanced signs of aging. This is the new rationale for many young women who are still in their twenties, but opting for Botox.

Usually patients will notice the development of wrinkles that other people would consider to be very minor or virtually unnoticeable. However, the sight of newly developed lines that had not previously existed can be distressing for the individual who has them. And these emotions are enough for them to seek the help of physicians.

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These days it seems that young women feel they need to adopt very high standards in their personal attractiveness (photo: Flickr)

Statistics on the Use of Botox

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons releases an annual Plastic Surgery Statistics Report. In the 2012 publication, statistics revealed that Botox usage among individuals in their twenties increased by 8% between 2011-2012. Therefore 92,955 procedures were performed within this age group in 2012.

However the total Botox injections administered in the United States during 2012 was about 6.1 million, making it the number one minimally invasive cosmetic treatment for all ages.

Is Botox Really A Toxin?

The scientific name for Botox is botulinum toxin type A. And the term, toxin can seem alarming to many people. Therefore, the thought of young women getting Botox treatments can seem like a particularly extreme course of action to take.

According to medical experts on Real Self, the toxic effects of Botox can be a real risk and cause for concern when it is administered in very large doses. An example might include the use of this injection to treat certain types of spasms where high doses may cause botulism type symptoms.

For those who are concerned about Botox being poisonous, the small dosages used for cosmetic wrinkle reduction would not fit under this category. According to Dr. Howard Kaplan of Celibre, Botox has a higher safety profile compared to regular asprin.  He adds that millions of cosmetic procedures have been performed using this injectable product. And none have been linked to any deaths.

Like any drug available, Botox does have side effects. If too much is used, this can cause the eyelids to temporarily droop. Also patients may experience double vision for a certain time according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is why it is important to choose a practitioner carefully. A good doctor will be able to know how much Botox to administer and anticipate the effects ahead of time.

Here is an example of an older patient who received a very positive transformation in her appearance from using Botox

 

Understanding What Happens In A Botox Treatment

Botox is different from dermal fillers.  Although it ultimately produces effects on the skin, it primarily targets the nerves which affect certain muscles.

In order for muscles to contract, they have to receive a chemical signals called acetylcholine from nerve fibers.

Botox (and its competitor, Dysport) will block the release of acetylcholine from the nerves.  The muscles are not able to receive their normal input of this neurotransmitter. Muscle relaxation is the basis for how Botox works.

Should Botox Be Used To Prevent More Serious Forms of Wrinkles

Some doctors feel that Botox can help prevent the repetitive creasing of the skin which inevitably turns into permanent lines. While this may be the case, others advise young women to hold off on the injection until they get older. In the meantime, they are encouraged to make positive and consistent lifestyle changes by wearing daily sunscreen, abstaining from cigarettes and alcohol and eating plenty of antioxidant rich foods.

To learn more about preventative measures for the skin, click here

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Do Britney Spears and Kendall Jenner Undergo Lip Augmentation Procedures? http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-celebrities-britney-spears-kendall-jenner-lip-enhancement-speculations/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-celebrities-britney-spears-kendall-jenner-lip-enhancement-speculations/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 01:42:50 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10556 Many women choose the look of fuller lips.  Thin lips can make the face appear average. And plumper lips can add a glamorous appeal, which may be a positive step for some individuals who are looking to enhance their appearance. There is no doubt that celebrities have been highly influential in shaping this beauty standard. […]

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Many women choose the look of fuller lips.  Thin lips can make the face appear average. And plumper lips can add a glamorous appeal, which may be a positive step for some individuals who are looking to enhance their appearance. There is no doubt that celebrities have been highly influential in shaping this beauty standard. Recently, there have been talks about Britney Spears and Kendall Jenner undergoing lip enhancement procedures.

Britney Spears Admits To Lip Injections in In Style Magazine

In a recent interview with In Style Magazine, Britney Spears admitted to having her lips done in the past.  She also discusses skin enhancing procedures that she enjoys getting.

In addition to her new Shiseido moisturizer and face wash, she also sees her physician, whom she references as Dr. [Raj] Kanodia, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. She mentioned that he “does fun stuff to me sometimes- I’ve had lip injections before.”  Britney goes on to discuss a peptide based face care product that he offers which she describes as green and slimy.  It is mixed and left on the face overnight.

The fact that she referred to lip enhancement procedures as “fun stuff” raised a lot of eyebrows.  After all, these injections are medical procedures. Yet, they are done to beautify the face. And also, since there are lip plumping products which are supposed to achieve a comparable effect, they are often regarded with a somewhat frivolous attitude, not unlike makeup and salon treatments.

Did Kendall Jenner Get Lip Augmentation Procedures Done

It is likely that most fans probably never knew that Britney had anything done to enhance the fullness of her lips. But with Kendall Jenner, many people are suspecting this to be the case.

The young Kardashian half sibling posted an Instagram photo of herself. Her lips not only look unusually larger than usual, but also disproportionate as well.

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image posted by Kendall Jenner on Instagram

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Kendall Jenner- Instagram photo that may be indicative of a lip augmentation procedure

 

Dr. Anthony Youn, who frequently answers media questions about cosmetic procedures, believes that Kendall had her lips enhanced.  He explains,  “Normally, unless your name is Angelina Jole, the lower lip is 50% larger than the upper lip…when this ratio is reversed, the lips look puffy and unnatural.”

How to Decide On the Best Lip Shape and Fullness

What lip enhancements can achieve may be flattering or unflattering.

Having a larger upper lip, relative to the bottom one immediately clues in other people that the person has had their lips artificially enhanced. Yet, this is such a common result that we see. This often has to do with patients emphasizing to their doctor how much they want their upper lip to be fuller and more prominent.  The inspiration for this effect is almost invariably Angelina Jolie and Scarlet Johansson.

What people seem to notice is that the upper lip of both women is full and extends farther upwards compared to most people.  However, the relative size of their top and bottom lip is about a 1:1 ratio. Also, since they were born with their lip shape and fullness, there is a natural harmony with the rest of their face.

Patients are advised to consider a minimalistic and subtle effect for their initial procedure.  A few weeks  should be allotted to evaluating images of this result. And specific areas that may benefit from more product should be objectively identified and considered with the help of the physician.  The doctor may decide to enhance the shape of the cupids bow, or to create a flattened effect depending on what looks best for the individual.

To learn more about lip augmentation procedures, click here.

 

 

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Why Water Is Good For Your Skin But Could Be Causing Wrinkles Around Your Mouth http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/treatment-wrinkles-around-mouth-from-water-bottles/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/treatment-wrinkles-around-mouth-from-water-bottles/#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2013 03:23:20 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10250 Drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day is supposed to be a healthy habit. Our bodies lose water not just from excretion, but also from breathing and evaporation from the skin. Therefore, it is important to replenish lost fluids. Water is also supposed to help hydrate the skin and keep it looking moist and […]

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Drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day is supposed to be a healthy habit. Our bodies lose water not just from excretion, but also from breathing and evaporation from the skin. Therefore, it is important to replenish lost fluids. Water is also supposed to help hydrate the skin and keep it looking moist and youthful, although it should not be regarded as an anti-aging treatment.  However, with busy on the go lifestyles, most people drink regularly from water bottles. Now more medical experts are realizing that this could contribute to the formation of wrinkles around the lips.

Why It is Possible For Water Bottles to Cause Wrinkles

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more women are seeking various forms of wrinkle treatments due to water bottles (image: flickr)

Vertical lines around the lips can result from repetitive puckering. These types of creases have most notably been seen on long term smokers. But also they can manifest by constantly drinking from straws.

A few years ago, NBC  Washington featured a segment about the skin effects of drinking from water. The clip focused on a 54 year old woman named Melissa who seems to exemplify perfect health. She is an avid triathalon runner who religiously replenishes her body with water throughout the day by drinking from water bottles. Although she does not smoke, she was astonished to discover fine creases around her lips.

Melissa’s dermatologist, Dr. Marilyn Berzin said that this scenario is increasingly becoming more and more common. Not only are older patients seeking treatment for these wrinkles, but also younger individuals still in their thirties.

Due to many factors, the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin can start to degrade. This causes a loss of firmness and elasticity. So when the skin is creased from muscle contractions, it is more difficult for it to restore its original structure and form. And these lines can become more permanently etched onto the skin.

In fact, drinking regularly from water bottles can actually be worse than smoking two to three packs of cigarettes a day. This has to do with the number of times that a person’s lips enter a puckering or pursed position. According to Dr. Berzin, drinking from water bottles on a regular basis for two years can create creases around the lips.

Individuals should be wary of any type of water bottle with a nozzle, sports top or nozzle. Opting for cups or bottles with wider mouths (e.g. Snapple bottles) can help prevent wrinkles around the mouth from developing.

How to Treat Vertical Wrinkles Around the Lips

Although lasers can help improve the appearance of fine lines, results may require multiple treatments. This is because the wavelength energy can only help to facilitate the processes that create new collagen fibers. But the rate at which this happens will differ depending on individual differences.

Therefore, dermal fillers can offer more reliability. Belotero is an injectable made of hyaluronic acid. Due to a new technology called Cohesive Polydensified Matrix, its structure is smooth and continuous due to the way the molecules are cross linked together. This is why Belotero can be injected close to the skin’s surface as a treatment for superficial wrinkles, like lip lines from puckering. With other fillers, there is a much higher risk of clumping.

To learn more about developing aging signs from smoking, click here 

 

 

 

 

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Does Jennifer Aniston Use Fraxel Laser? http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-celebrity-jennifer-aniston-fraxel-laser-treatment/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/los-angeles-celebrity-jennifer-aniston-fraxel-laser-treatment/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:24:56 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10260 At age forty four, it seems that Jennifer Aniston has not aged much since her days playing Rachel on the hit NBC series, Friends. In fact, some people feel that she may have become even better looking over time. Just two years ago, Men’s Health Magazine dubbed her the Sexiest Woman of All Time. That […]

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(image: Flickr) Jennifer Aniston’s picture perfect skin may be the result of using Fraxel laser treatments

At age forty four, it seems that Jennifer Aniston has not aged much since her days playing Rachel on the hit NBC series, Friends. In fact, some people feel that she may have become even better looking over time. Just two years ago, Men’s Health Magazine dubbed her the Sexiest Woman of All Time. That is quite a compliment. Based on a 2012 interview she had with Conan O Brien, it may very well be that Fraxel laser is the fountain of youth for this Los Angeles star.

The talk show host noted how perfect and youthful Aniston’s skin looked, saying, “There’s a lot of references in the movie,[Wanderlust] and I realize its true, just looking at you now, other characters talk about how beautiful your skin is and I see you in person and your skin is just kinda perfect. And I’m wondering how you do that.”

Jennifer responded with a discussion about how she became obsessed with lasers. For her it started when she noticed sun spots developing on her face, since she has always enjoyed being out in the California sun.

 

After having the unwanted pigmentation removed, she decided to opt for a more comprehensive treatment. She described it as being like a peel that was “extremely intense.” She said she looked like “a battered burn victim for a week. And then it starts to fall off for like eight days.”

 

What Happens When You Get A Fraxel Repair Procedure?

 

Although Jennifer Aniston never specified the name Fraxel, it is very likely that she was describing a Fraxel Repair laser treatment.

 

This laser system administers tiny columns of light wavelengths through the skin layers. The fact that Jennifer’s experience was so intense may have been due to the fact that the laser offers an ablative form of treatment. This means that cells are actually removed. Within the vertical columns of energy, skin cells are evaporated. And this actually reduces the surface area to tighten the skin.

 

The columns of light are able to reach deep layers of the skin. This explains why Fraxel laser is able to achieve remarkable results . The energy converts to heat and triggers processes that lead to the formation of new collagen fibers. As we get older, our skin produces new collagen at a much slower rate. In fact, this is actually reserved for the healing of injuries. The heat levels that are administered are processed like wounds and trauma. Collagen is then produced to help strengthen the skin and protect it from further damage.

 

Patients normally need to reserve about a week in their schedules for downtime after their Fraxel Repair laser treatment, which is what Jennifer described.

Other Things To Know About Fraxel Laser

Fraxel Repair is usually restricted to patients with fair skin. Although Jennifer Aniston may be described as someone with a warmer complexion, doctors need to use a great deal of caution when treating someone who tans easily. The laser energy is easily absorbed by general areas of melanin. And this may incur overheating and scars. For darker, or ethnic skin tones, Fraxel Dual is a much safer option.

 

To watch a video of a patient who underwent a Fraxel Dual treatment, click here.

 

 

 

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Which Celebrities Have Had To Battle Acne? http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/celebrities-and-acne-treatment/ http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/celebrities-and-acne-treatment/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:21:45 +0000 http://www.finetouchdermatology.com/?p=10378 Hollywood stars are only human. Although they may look flawless on camera, this depiction is not always accurate compared to how they appear in real life. Much of what we see is the result of makeup and digital imaging edits. In fact, there are many celebrities who have had to struggle considerably with acne. June […]

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Hollywood stars are only human. Although they may look flawless on camera, this depiction is not always accurate compared to how they appear in real life. Much of what we see is the result of makeup and digital imaging edits. In fact, there are many celebrities who have had to struggle considerably with acne.

June was Acne Awareness Month, which is dedicated to bringing awareness to the psychological and emotional consequences brought about by acne. Huffington Post decided to create a slideshow list of celebrities who are affected by stubborn forms of this condition. Being aware of how famous individuals also deal with acne can serve as a source of comfort for those who feel less than confident because of their skin.

The list includes:

(1) Cameron Diaz

(2) Alecia Keys

(3) P. Diddy

(4) Britney Spears

(5) Justin Bieber

(6) Kiera Knightly

(7) Emma Stone

(8) Salma Hayek

(9) Katy Perry

(10) Leonardo di Capprio

(11) Brad Pitt

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(photo: Flickr) Katy Perry is a celebrity who has spoken about her acne condition

Some of the celebrities listed above have endorsed commercialized acne products. But this does not necessarily mean these treatments were the sole reason they now have clearer skin. It is important to realize that the severity of acne can differ widely across individuals. And the most stubborn and challenging cases require the help of a good dermatologist, since cleansings may not produce desired results.

What Causes Acne?

Most people believe that acne is caused by dirt and makeup which becomes lodged in the skin pores. This creates the misconception that those who suffer from frequent breakouts lack proper hygiene regimens. In fact, this is untrue. Those with challenging acne issues are highly motivated to get rid of their pimples, due to the embarrassment it causes. And as a result, they will diligently make it a point to apply product and wash their faces regularly throughout the day.

The reason they continue to get pimples is because of blockages that develop from within the skin. The cells that line the follicular duct shed at a rather high rate. Also their oil glands may be very large and active due to hormonal surges. This causes the cellular debris to collect within the deeper regions of the pores, which is difficult for creams and cleansers to reach. Therefore, these types of acne cases are really the result of physiological issues and not personal negligence.

What Is the Best Way To Treat Acne

Understanding what causes acne is half the battle.  With the use of laser treatments (e.g. Spectra), it is possible to quickly  address multiple variables responsible for stubborn pimples. These include:

(1) shrinking the sebaceous glands by removing the outer layer

(2) killing bacteria

(3) unblocking deep obstructions in the pores

Getting the active acne under control should be a priority before treating the actual scars.

Also it is possible to quantify and measure the improvements that take place through digital imaging technology like VISIA. This helps to ensure that objective progress is being made.

Click here to view a video of a patient who received successful acne laser treatment results.

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