Acne affects nearly 100% of the population at some point. For some, acne is mild and transient; for others, it can be severe and long lasting. Scarring from severe acne can be permanent and disfiguring (see section on Acne Scars). Acne usually begins around the time of puberty. Acne may improve after puberty, but for many, acne persists into and during middle age. Acne lesions form when the opening of oil glands (called sebaceous glands) in the skin become blocked. Trapped oil builds up within the gland, causing inflammation. The swelling within the oil gland can become so intense that the oil gland (and associated hair follicle) can rupture, leading to further inflammation. While the surge of hormones during puberty likely triggers this process, other factors such as stress, diet, and the influence of other hormones may also play a role. A bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes that is normally present on the skin likely plays a role in acne, but the precise link is still unclear. Any person with moderate or worse acne should be seen by one of our physician to discuss treatment options, because of the risk of permanent scarring.
Types of Acne Scarring- There are different kinds of acne scarring: ice pick scarring, atrophic scarring, and hypertrophic scarring. Ice pick scars are deep pitted scars with steep edges. Atrophic scars are pitted but have smooth borders and are not as deep. Hypertrophic scar, more common on the back and chest, are thick lumpy scars that sit above the surface of the skin.
Age spots can occur any where on the skin, but are most bothersome on the face and hands. These spots often appear darker on the hands and face where the sun has worsened their appearance. Damage from sun exposure also appears in these areas and the skin looks blotchy, discolored and even pebbly.
For most age spots, 2 and 5 treatments with the IPL Photo Facial can erase these lesions. you may have some redness and peeling for a few days. Treatments are usually 2-4 weeks apart. We often advise prescription-strength skin lighteners in addition to procedures to help lighten sun damage and maintain results.
Age Spots Treatment Pricing: $175 per 10 minutes treatment
Melasma is a common skin disorder that can be seen in both women and men around the world. While it is a universal condition that can be apparent in any ethnicity, it is most commonly seen in Asians, Hispanics, Arabs, and Africans due to the higher levels of melanin in their skin. While some with fair skin may not recognize their condition as it is less noticeable, those with a tendency to tan will notice severe discoloration in the cheeks, nose, forehead and lips as well as the upper arms. This discoloration is caused by an increased production of melanin in the skin, which can be because of an individuals heredity, exposure to the sun, or use of oral contraceptives and prescription drugs. The treatment of melasma has advanced significantly in the recent years. Sufferers now the options for chemical peel melasma treatment, skin lightening treatment, and laser treatment depending on the severity of their condition. Call today to book a free consultation to find out which Melasma treatment is right for you 602-952-8446
Skin tags are a common flesh-colored bump or tag found mostly around the neck, underarms, groin or under the breasts. Typically less than a 1/4 inch long, these benign lesions can become irritated and torn off. Sometimes they are numerous and can be of many different sizes in one area. You can clear your body of these bothersome little tags easily and painlessly, usually in just one visit. Skin Tag Removal Pricing: start at $175 per treatment
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