Pigmentation and Spots
Sun spots and brown patches can develop in areas of long term sun exposure. The prevention of this sun damage requires both sun avoidance and the daily use of sunscreen. At Total Skin & Beauty, we recommend a broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen with SPF of at least 30. There are many prescription strength topical products available to fade the pigmentation once it develops. Also, there are daily skincare regimens such as Obaji, Nuderm and Lytera that even out skin tone. More aggressive treatment involves chemical peels and/or laser treatment.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL™) skin treatments, using the photo rejuvenation process, represents a breakthrough in age-defying skin care. This new technique for skin care treats skin damage – there is no disruption of the skin's epidermal surface. Intense Pulsed Light treatments address the effects of photoaging and sun damage with low risk of complications and no recovery time. Intense Pulsed Light is the "gold standard" for photorejuvenation. It produces global improvement in several areas of photoaging especially irregular dark pigmentation and blood vessels or noninvasive improvement in brown and red discoloration of the skin. This FDA-cleared, patented technology provides dramatic results for blemished skin.
What is Intense Pulsed Light?
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a laser-like machine that can correct a variety of skin imperfections such as background redness, dilated blood vessels, and many brown spots. It offers a safe, noninvasive solution to these types of red and brown skin blemishes through a process called photorejuvenation. Treatment is administered typically monthly for 5 months and is best done in the fall and/or winter months.
How is Photorejuvenation performed?
A cold gel is applied to the area to be treated, and patients may be given glasses to protect the eyes from the bright light. The smooth glass surface of the IPL hand piece is gently applied to the skin and pulses of light are applied. Patients may feel a slight sting, like the snapping of a small rubber band. Depending on the area treated, each treatment session lasts approximately twenty minutes. Typically, five sessions are performed about one month apart. Also, maintenance procedures must be performed usually on an annual basis.
What Conditions can IPL treat?
- Background Redness
- Redness Associated with Rosacea
- Dilated Blood Vessels
- Brown, Splotchy Pigmentation
What Does IPL Not Treat?
IPL is not a treatment for wrinkles.
Q Switch Yag Laser
Sclerotherapy is an injection technique used to reduce the appearance of unsightly veins on the legs. Spider veins (telangiectasisas) and small varicose veins can be effectively removed with the injection of an agent that injures the wall of the vessel. This causes the walls of the vessel to stick together, clot and then fade away like a bruise.
At Total Skin and Beauty, we have several agents available, but use a glycerin mixture most commonly. A typical treatment session lasts 20-40 minutes depending on how many vessels are treated.
Multiple injections are required in each treatment session, however most patients report little or no pain. A single treatment will result in resolution of 50-80% of treated veins. Larger patches of vessels will require more than one treatment. Bruising typically lasts 2-6 weeks after a treatment. It is recommended to wear compression stockings for one to three weeks afterwards to ensure the best result.
Because this treatment is cosmetic, it is not covered by insurance. The cost varies with the number of vessels treated.