More than 14 million people a year visit plastic surgeons to have some form of surgical skin tightening performed. While not as effective as the surgical options, the less invasive and “cutting edge” technology of radio frequency skin tightening is a great alternative for patients with mild to moderate signs of aging.

Radio frequency technologies have been around in some form or another for about 100 years. Over the past decade they have come to be a major player in the aesthetic market due to their impressive results, minimal recovery time and high level of safety. 

Close-up of patient receiving CO2 fractional laser treatment on her face.

Watch the video : The science of erbium and CO2 fractional laser resurfacing

Today, fractional lasers and laser resurfacing are what Dr. Pien and I are going to be discussing.

The Science of Fractional Lasers

Dr. Milgrom – As you know, we have over 25 different types of lasers here with many different kinds of frequencies and many different types of geometries.

 

You are shaving… You notice a few small bumps on your skin… They kind of look like pimples but not really… Are they hives, insect bites?… Nope, turns out they are ingrown hairs!

Don’t panic, ingrown hairs are actually quite common, generally harmless and easy to treat. 

What Causes an Ingrown Hair?

An ingrown hair occurs when the hair grows back into the hair follicle, or surrounding skin, instead of out of it.

There are several different things that can cause this but usually it is the result of something (dead skin / dirt) clogging the follicle and thus re-routing the natural growth pattern of the hair.

 

Spider veins, or telangiectasia, are small clusters of veins that appear as thin reddish blue lines near the surface of the skin. Areas of the body most affected by these spider-web-looking veins are the legs, hands, neck and face, particularly around the nose, cheeks, and chin. Most spider veins are harmless but some can cause pain, burning or aching. 

When found on the face or neck, many people find them unsightly and wish to get rid of them.

 

There are many different methods and treatments for removing freckles. From high tech laser treatments to low-tech DIY home remedies that you can find in your local grocery store.

Which will work for you really depends on your unique physiology. While all of the following methods work to remove freckles, you will have to experiment to see which works best for you. There is no “silver bullet” that will work 100% of the time for 100% of people. 

 

Everyone’s been there…

Maybe it’s from falling down, taking a nasty spill, a sports injury, an animal bite, surgery or doing just about anything else, injuries to the body happen. It’s just one of those things. Sometimes these injuries heal up without a problem. Other times the skin will scar, becoming a permanent reminder of the former injury.

However, for those who want to know how to prevent scarring, or reduce the appearance of a scar that is already there, there are several tips and/or scar treatments that can help.

Watch the video : Melasma : A Deep Dive into the Cause & Treatment

(The following is a transcription of the above video)

Today we’re going to be discussing melasma.

Now before we get into exactly how we treat melasma, it’s very important that we discuss first, what creates melasma. And to do that we have to take a deep dive into the physiology of the skin, precisely of the skin of the face.

Where Melasma Forms in Your Skin

So let’s take a look at a diagram of the skin.

Watch the video : Acne & Acne Scarring : A Deep Dive into the Cause & Treatment

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Today we’re here to talk about cystic acne, both what we know about the causes of cystic acne, the active condition where you have active cysts on your face and in your skin, and also what we do about the scarring that occurs after the cysts have gone away and your skin has all sorts of pockmarks on it.

Melasma is a very difficult and tricky skin condition to resolve. It appears as dark patches of pigmentation on the skin that often sneaks up onto a woman’s face. One day out-of-the-blue, she suddenly notices a dark shadow or “patch” appearing on her face.

The hyperpigmentation can vary from wide and diffuse to a bunch of smaller dark spots (like freckles) that never bothered her before, that suddenly grow bigger and darker and merge into a single larger dark patch on her face.

 

Treating eczema, a condition whose cause remains unclear, can turn out to be a rather sensitive topic.

For one thing, most over-the-counter and doctor-prescribed treatments for eczema have been proven to be ineffective – not to mention expensive and laced with side effects.

That being said, it’s important to know how to prevent the evolution of mild cases of eczema and alleviate the pain caused by the more severe ones.

Eczema Treatment Tips for Adults

The truth is modern medicine still can’t pinpoint exactly what will work for the appearance of eczema rashes on your skin.