Our face isn't the only skin we need to take close and careful care for as we spring into summer. Most of us are more cognizant about protecting our facial skin, but we neglect to take care of our necks, chest, and hands. Over time, exposure to sun and environmental elements can cause telltale aging changes to the chest. UV exposure damages collagen in the second layer of our skin called the dermis. This loss of support results in skin textural changes and vertical wrinkles in the decollete area. So what can be done to improve the appearance of this aged skin? Sculptra! Completed as a series of treatments, Sculptra injections to the chest promote new collagen growth, strengthening and thickening the soft tissue and skin of the chest area. This increased support and scaffolding lessens the appearance of skin irregularities and lines in the V-shaped area of the chest. Watch the YouTube video below to see Dr. Palm demonstrate how Sculptra in placed along the decollete area for chest rejuvenation: Other procedures can be combined with Sculptra treatment for total chest rejuvenation. Laser and light procedures can improve the appearance of the skin by eliminating color changes and further improving skin texture. IPL can eliminate brown spots and broken blood vessels. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) can treat photodamage and precancerous spots called "actinic keratoses." The eCO2 fractionated laser skin resurfacing procedure can smooth and tighten skin. Ultherapy can be used in the chest area to tighten and lift loose skin. Interested in more information on chest rejuvenation? Call us at (858) 792-SKIN (7546) or contact us through the Art of Skin MD Contact page.
Dysport (abobotulinum toxin A) is one of the newer "kids on the block" in terms of neuromodulators--a class of medications that relax overactive muscle movement. Available in other countries for many years, Dysport is a newer addition to American dermatologists seeking to tame stubborn wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes. Curious what proper injection technique of Dysport looks like? See how Dr. Palm performs nearly painless injections of Dysport through the short YouTube video below: The key to natural looking results following Dysport or Botox Cosmetic injections is restraint. After treatment with Dysport, a person should have relaxed facial expression--not frozen and devoid of all of those facial expressions and characteristics that communicate to others how you feel. According to FDA-approval, Dysport is approved for up to 4 months of duration. Additionally, some feel that Dysport may "kick in" a day or so sooner than Botox. Both products are quite similar and the choice of which product to use is up to the discretion of the patient and physician. Got questions? Did we pique your interest in Dysport? Call us at (858) 792-SKIN (7546) or contact us through the Art of Skin MD website.
Winter skin blahs got you down? Consider a photofacial! Also known as an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), this short, no-downtime procedure is a great way to rejuvenate the skin. A quick patient demo for treatment of facial redness is shown below on our YouTube station: Photofacial IPL is great for a variety of skin conditions, Traditionally performed at monthly intervals as a series of treatments, IPL can improve rosacea, broken blood vessels called capillaries, and even pink-brown spots left behind by acne. Not only does IPL treat red discoloration in the skin, but it also goes after brown spots usually related to sun or UV exposure, Solar lentigines, melasma, and photoaged skin looks youthful, clearer, and sometimes smoother after a series of IPL treatments. IPL can also be combined with photodynamic therapy for a more comprehensive, proactive approach to treating both skin aging and precancerous spots called actinic keratoses. Art of Skin MD will be offering a flash sale on IPL in a few weeks. Call our qualified staff at (858) 792-SKIN (7546) for details or contact us through the Art of Skin MD website.
I just arrived back from Miami for our national meeting called the American Academy of Dermatology. It was full of the latest and greatest on all the advances in Medical Dermatology, cosmetics procedures, and advances in laser technology. At the AAD, I had the privilege on lecturing several times on a variety of laser techniques. See the photos below on the packed audiences that attended the laser lectures. Melasma is a vexing problem for many women, especially in warm sunny climates. Melasma is a pigmentary disorder that is caused by a combination of a hormonal source of estrogen and sun or UV exposure. These triggers cause our pigment producing cells called melanocytes to overact, producing patchy areas of hyperpigmentation or brown spots. Below is a before and after of a melasma patient after Spectra laser treatment. Another series of well-attended lectures for which I was invited to speak was on effective laser hair removal. I addressed the ease and comfort of laser hair removal using the Lutronic Advantage - it can treat an entire male back in 7 minutes! Check out our Fuzz-Free Fridays specials on laser hair removal. Have questions? Call us at Art of Skin MD at (858) 792-SKIN (7546) or through the Art of Skin MD Contact Page.One of the most exciting and well-received information that I presented was on the treatment of melasma.