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Skin resurfacing – laser, light or peel?

Everyone has skin problems. Even that person who never seems to break out or have any red areas, scars or freckles. On a cellular level, collagen is depleting and skin is getting looser, wrinklier and dryer. Add on bigger issues like acne and rosacea and the treatment gets complicated. Connect your patients with the right treatment for their problem. Here are some top skin issues:

1) Color – if rosacea, hyperpigmentation or melasma is the problem, there’s a solution to drastically improve or even cure your condition. Depending on skin type, this might mean a blended approach using lasers, chemical peels and prescription medication.

– Rosacea might require the use of oral medication along with topical creams
– Hyperpigmentation, melasma and uneven skin tone could require the use of hydroquinone
– Deep chemical peels can be used to lighten hyperpigmentation, scars and spots
– Pulsed light or a pulse dye laser can be used to treat blood vessels, thickening of the skin caused by rosacea and redness


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2) Skin texture and wrinkles – everyone wants smooth, flawless skin, but when you age, wrinkles form and the elements take a toll on your overall skin health. Dead skin cells can cause skin to look drab, tired and even block absorption of the skincare products that are intended to help.
– CO2 laser resurfacing can treat moderate to deep wrinkles, fine lines and tighten loose skin
– Regular, light AHA peels or microdermabrasion can keep skin looking healthy and radiant
– Deep chemical peels like a TCA peel can remove sun damage, medium wrinkles and help smooth skin texture

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3) Acne – there is no cure all for acne. What works for one person, might not work for another. It is best to get your skin assessed and use a blended method for treatment.
– Active acne outbreaks can be maintained with medication, topical treatments and regular skin maintenance that could include light chemical peels, microdermabrasion and facials
– Isolaz and PDT (photodynamic therapy) can also keep breakouts at bay by using light therapy in combination with bacteria-reducing technology
– Acne scars can be treated with resurfacing lasers, light treatments and chemical peels, depending on the type and degree
– Deep pitted acne scars might require surgical excision and at times, dermal fillers to fix depressions

28, January, 2013Dr. Richard Schwartz

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