Posted on: January 30th, 2017
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
Acne, whether you’re a teen or an adult, is one of the most frustrating issues we have with our bodies. Not only is acne unsightly, but it can also be a painful, chronic problem that just won’t go away. Men and women with chronic nodular or cystic acne can find that their skin woes don’t end after a flare-up. Acne that occurs deep in the tissue can lead long lasting and even permanent scarring that is an unwanted reminder of an embarrassing period in your life.
Why Do We Get Acne Scars?
Acne scars form much like scars caused from cuts or burns. It’s not the acne itself causing your scars to develop but, rather, the immune response designed to help treat your acne. Cells sent to fight your acne infection can break down the surrounding tissue. Additionally, there can be an excess or scarcity of collagen fiber that helps restore tissue, which causes poor skin texture.
Types of Acne Scarring
Just like there are various forms of acne, there are various types of acne scars. Acne commonly causes atrophic, depressed scars because there is a loss of tissue during the healing process. Ice pick and boxcar scars are two typical types of atrophic scars.
Some people will develop post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation following an acne flare, which can create the appearance of scarring. This hyperpigmentation can be short-lived or can last a while. The length of hyperpigmentation ultimately depends on your skin type.
Laser Treatments for Acne Scars
Laser treatments are gaining popularity for treating various forms of acne because of their success at killing acne-causing bacteria. Lasers are also ideal for treating new or old acne scarring that is marring your complexion. Since acne scars tend to be more superficial, laser treatments are ideal because they work just below the surface of your skin.
Lasers work by burning away the damaged skin, allowing for a more controlled healing of the area. New collagen production around the treatment areas smooths out surface irregularities. Patients with hyperpigmentation also notice a significant improvement in the quality of their skin tone.
Benefits of Laser Treatments
- Performed in-office and don’t require anesthesia
- Work below the surface of your skin, unlike some over-the-counter creams
- Can target various areas, including the face, neck, chest, and back
- Improve skin tone and texture
- Restore confidence by creating beautiful skin
If acne scarring is affecting your satisfaction with your skin’s appearance, schedule a consultation today at Skin Physicians & Surgeons. Call us at 909-981-8929 or contact us online.
Posted on: January 19th, 2017
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
Freckles, sun spots, fairy kisses… it doesn’t matter what you call them; most everyone has moles. When melanocytes grow in clusters on the skin, a mole develops, and sun exposure and hormones can cause them to take on the traditional dark color we associate with moles. Congenital nevi are moles present at birth, while dysplastic nevi are moles that occur after birth. Unfortunately, moles have the potential to be more dangerous than you think; both types of moles can turn into skin cancer over time. So, how do you know when it’s time to see your doctor?
Know Your ABCDEs
You should monitor any suspicious mole once a month and contact your health care professional if you believe any of your moles are abnormal. A simple ABCDE rule will help you evaluate your moles for possible skin cancer. The following may be a cause for concern:
- Asymmetry – one half of your mole doesn’t match the other
- Borders – your mole has an irregular border rather than smooth, round edges
- Color – your mole is a color other than brown or has inconsistent coloring such as various shades of brown
- Diameter – your mole has a large diameter or approximately 6 mm or more
- Evolving – your mole changes in size, shape, or color at any time
Avoid Developing Skin Cancer
While you can develop skin cancer without being born with moles, congenital nevi can develop into cancer. The key for any skin type is to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. UVA and UVB rays can mutate your natural skin cells, causing uncontrollable cellular growth (cancer). Don’t stay in the sun for long periods of time. Always wear a broad-spectrum UV sunscreen, and apply it regularly when exposed to the sun for more than a few hours.
See a Physician
If you believe that you have a questionable mole, schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist at Skin Physicians & Surgeons. We provide in-office screenings of possible skin cancers. We diagnose and treat all of our patients. Removing cancerous moles before they spread is the best way to keep you healthy.
Remove Unsightly Moles
Even if your mole isn’t cancerous, you can still have it removed to ensure beautiful, flawless skin. Mole removal is a simple procedure performed in our medical office. We exam all removed moles to ensure they aren’t cancerous. Great care is taken to minimize scar development to maintain the beauty of your complexion.
To schedule your dermatology appointment with a doctor at Skin Physicians & Surgeons, call us at 909-981-8929 or contact us online.
Posted on: September 19th, 2016
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
If diet and exercise have failed to yield the body contouring results you desire, it may be time to consider liposuction. However, many women and men aren’t quick to choose liposuction because of some of the less than desirable side effects that accompany the procedure. Dr. Lee believes that there is a procedure for everyone and that every patient should be able to achieve the body of his or her dreams. Tickle Lipo™ is the ideal treatment for patients looking to eliminate fat without the negative side effects of traditional liposuction.
What Is Tickle Lipo™?
Tickle Lipo™ is an FDA-approved fat removal procedure that is designed to sculpt the body with less surgery and recovery time than traditional liposuction. A vibrating cannula is able to move through stubborn fibrous tissue to break up the fat for easier removal. The vibration of the cannula blocks pain for a more comfortable procedure.
Benefits of Tickle Lipo™
Tickle Lipo™ uses only local anesthesia, so you don’t require the longer recovery period that is often associated with traditional liposuction performed using general anesthesia. Patients with busy and active lifestyles prefer Tickle Lipo™ because:
- There is little bruising and swelling
- There is no need for narcotic pain medication that may impede their ability to function normally
- They can resume normal activities almost immediately
- They can return to work the next day
The Tickle Lipo™ Difference
Many people avoid undergoing surgical procedures because they wish to avoid pain and don’t want to be put under general anesthesia. The advanced technology system of Tickle Lipo™ uses a vibrating sensation to prevent the brain from feeling pain or discomfort. This process requires less pain medication to be used throughout the procedure and your recovery.
Additionally, the built-in safety features prevent the system from damaging any surrounding tissue. The Tickle Lipo™ system is so gentle that it is the preferred treatment for sensitive areas such as the neck.
If you are looking to sculpt a new body by eliminating stubborn deposits of fat, schedule your Tickle Lipo™ consultation with Dr. Sandra Lee today. Call our office at 909-981-8929 or contact us online.
Posted on: July 19th, 2016
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
The dreaded “double chin” consists of stubborn fat accumulation beneath the chin. Men and women, even those who are fit and in good health, can be affected by a double chin. Since problem areas like the under-chin are difficult to treat through diet and exercise, people believe that they have to live with a poorly defined and chubby facial appearance. In the past, surgical liposuction was the only treatment to ensure fat removal from beneath the chin. However, this is no longer the case! A revolutionary injectable treatment called KYBELLA® has been approved by the FDA to treat this stubborn submental fat.
What Is KYBELLA®?
KYBELLA® is comprised of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule that aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, the deoxycholic acid aids in the destruction and absorption of fat cells. Once the fat cells have been destroyed, the body removes the dead cells through its natural metabolic processes. Over time, you will notice a reduction in submental fat and a slimmer facial appearance.
Am I a Candidate for KYBELLA® Treatments?
Patients considering KYBELLA® have stubborn under-chin fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. You should be in good health before undergoing a KYBELLA® treatment and should not have an infection in the treatment area. Men and women considering KYBELLA® often do not desire a procedure of invasive nature like liposuction.
Benefits of KYBELLA®
- Non-surgical treatments
- No incisions; no scarring
- Safe and effective
- Minimal side effects
- Quick treatments
- Shorter recovery period
- Fast-acting results
- Long-term correction
KYBELLA® provides the permanent, long-lasting removal of submental fat. Some patients may require multiple treatments to achieve their desired results. You should begin to see a noticeable reduction of fat beneath the chin two weeks after your procedure.
If you are looking to slim your facial appearance and improve the appearance of your double chin, schedule your KYBELLA® consultation with Dr. Sandra Lee today. Contact our office at (909) 981-8929 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.
**Before and after images provided by mykybella.com
Posted on: January 28th, 2016
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment can greatly improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the upper face. It’s an FDA-approved protein neurotoxin formula derived from botulinum toxin type A. This prescription medicine is injected directly into the facial muscles where the wrinkles appear,effectively blocking the nerve impulses to temporarily impair the muscle activity. Since muscle contractions cause these facial lines, the reduced muscle activity results in smoother skin. Candidates include individuals between ages 18 and 65 who are interested in BOTOX® Cosmetic’s ability to reduce facial lines so that they appear more youthful and rejuvenated.
Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic
- Millions of women and men alike use BOTOX® Cosmetic and experience noticeable results.
- Over 90 percent of BOTOX® Cosmetic patients report complete satisfaction with the treatment.
- BOTOX® Cosmetic can treat moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and horizontal forehead lines.
- This non-surgical treatment takes only ten minutes to perform and requires no downtime or recovery.
- Results may last up to four months.
A Similar Medicine for Similar Treatment: Dysport®
Like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® is derived from botulinum toxin type A and is a prescription medicine that is injected into the facial muscles. At Skin Physicians & Surgeons, we use Dysport® to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Dysport® injections reduce the presence of acetylcholine in the muscles, blocking muscle movement and thereby reducing the appearance of wrinkles caused by muscle movement. Results last for at least three months.
Benefits of Dysport®
- Dysport® effectively treats moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.
- The majority of patients are highly satisfied with their treatment and results.
- Results can last three to four months and sometimes longer.
With both BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®, results may last several months, after which patients may desire additional treatments. Many patients schedule regular treatment sessions for BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®.
Your unique needs are very important to us here at Skin Physicians & Surgeons, and we focus on providing each patient with caring attention and customized results. To learn more about the treatments we provide, call 909-981-8929 or fill out our contact us online to schedule your private consultation.
Posted on: December 31st, 2015
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
Like your face, your hands are quick to show the signs of aging. Hands may develop wrinkles and age spots or become thinner and bonier due to aging, sun exposure, and collagen loss. At Skin Physicians & Surgeons, we offer MiXto SX® Microfractional CO2 Laser and RADIESSE® treatments to rejuvenate your hands and reduce the signs of aging.
Signs of Aging on the Hands
Your hands can show various signs of aging including age spots, volume loss, wrinkles, and extreme dryness. Age spots, also called sun spots, are caused by prolonged sun exposure and commonly show up on older hands due to having more years of sun exposure. The skin on the back of the hands can become thin and crepey due to collagen loss. Dry, scaly skin is another sign of collagen loss. Wrinkles and fine lines may start to form, further contributing to an aged appearance.
MiXto SX® Microfractional CO2 Laser Treatment
The MiXto SX® Microfractional CO2 Laser is a new advancement in skin resurfacing that can rejuvenate aged skin on the hands. This laser uses fractional technology to administer a tightly focused laser beam in four quadrants with a matrix pattern. The rapid delivery of light provides uniform tissue ablation, immediately causing the skin tissue to tighten. This new technology also stimulates collagen production, which continues to improve the appearance of the skin over the six to twelve weeks following treatment. A single treatment with the MiXto SX® Microfractional CO2 Laser can eliminate sun spots, soften wrinkles, and minimize pores. Treatment lasts between thirty and sixty minutes and presents little discomfort and minimal downtime.
RADIESSE® is a dermal filler that can fill in deep wrinkles in the hands. The aqueous gel is filled with calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that stimulate collagen production. When injected into the skin, RADIESSE® restores volume for immediate and long-term anti-aging solutions. Like the MiXto SX® Microfractional CO2 Laser, RADIESSE® stimulates collagen production for continual improvement in skin quality over the weeks and months after treatment. Treatment with RADIESSE® is performed in-office and takes between twenty and thirty minutes.
Treatments with the MiXto SX® Microfractional CO2 Laser and RADIESSE® can rejuvenate your hands to restore a more youthful appearance. To schedule your consultation today, please call us at 909-981-8929 or fill out our online contact form.
Posted on: December 17th, 2015
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
While cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery procedures are more popular among women, many men today are taking advantage of the procedures available. Well over 1.2 million men underwent cosmetic procedures in 2014 alone, and that number continues to increase each year. Here were the top five cosmetic treatments for men in 2014 and why men choose these particular procedures.
In 2014, about 93,000 men received treatment with soft tissue fillers such as RADIESSE®, Sculptra® Aesthetic, hyaluronic acid fillers, collagen, and fat. These fillers can improve the appearance of wrinkles, volume loss, and reduced skin elasticity. Fillers can even improve face shape by augmenting the lips, cheeks, and jawline. These non-surgical treatments have a minimal recovery period and provide long-lasting results. Many men take advantage of facial fillers to add masculine definition to their faces and to combat the signs of aging that affect everyone irrespective of gender.
#4: Chemical Peels
While some men feel that chemical peels are only for women, the nearly 100,000 men who had chemical peels in 2014 know firsthand how men can benefit from them as well. Chemical peels can improve the appearance of fine lines, skin discoloration, acne, and skin texture.
Microdermabrasion treatment exfoliates the skin and removes the surface layer of dead skin cells. Using a gentle abrasive treatment to remove this outer layer of skin, microdermabrasion can treat skin discoloration, light scarring, age spots, stretch marks, blackheads, and acne. Microdermabrasion can also thicken collagen to improve your complexion. Well over 150,000 men received microdermabrasion treatments last year to soften their rough skin and to improve the appearance of their faces.
#2: Laser Hair Removal
At nearly 191,000 treatments in 2014, laser hair removal was the second most popular procedure for men. Laser energy can damage hair follicles, removing as much as 80 to 85 percent of hair over the course of several treatments. The hair that remains is much finer and grows more slowly. Laser hair removal allows men to achieve a more permanently clean-shaven appearance with smooth skin and a reduction in unwanted hair.
#1: BOTOX® Cosmetic
As the most popular cosmetic procedure for men, BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments were undergone by nearly 411,000 men last year, a number that is up 337 percent since the year 2000. BOTOX® Cosmetic blocks nerve impulses in the forehead and brow area to relax the muscles, thereby softening the face and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. This quick, non-surgical treatment has no downtime and can help both men and women look more youthful and relaxed.
Plastic surgery treatments are not just for women. Many of these procedures can help men to look more attractive, youthful, and masculine with long-lasting results. Many cosmetic procedures, including these minimally invasive procedures listed above, can significantly enhance a man’s appearance.
At Skin Physicians & Surgeons, we perform each of these treatments as well as many others to enhance your appearance. To schedule your appointment with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee, please call 909-981-8929 or contact us online.
Posted on: November 17th, 2015
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
Spider veins are small, thin veins shaped like spiky tree branches or spider webs. Most often, they are red or blue in color. These veins can occur on the legs or the face and may cover a small or large area of your skin. People who have spider veins may feel self-conscious about their appearance and desire to have them removed. Sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment for spider veins and collapses the veins so that they don’t show through the skin.
Causes of Spider Veins
Spider veins are often caused by the backup of blood. Healthy, strong veins carry the blood in your body through one-way paths. These paths are separated by valves that serve to prevent the blood from going in the wrong direction. However, sometimes these valves can weaken, causing the blood to back up. This leads to the appearance of spider veins. Other causes of spider veins include injuries, hormonal changes, and too much sun exposure.
Risk factors for developing spider veins include aging, medical problems, a medical history of weak vein valves, family history of vein problems, obesity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, sun exposure, and standing or sitting for long periods of time. While they are not typically dangerous, spider veins can cause itching or burning and are often perceived as unattractive.
Treatment With Sclerotherapy
Here at Skin Physicians & Surgeons, sclerotherapy is the preferred method for treating spider veins, especially those on the legs. This simple procedure entails injecting a liquid chemical irritant or detergent into the spider vein, causing it to collapse. The injections are nearly painless and will ensure that the vein no longer fills with blood. Patients wear compression pantyhose for the week after treatment to help keep the vein compressed. The vein fades away within a few weeks, eliminating its unsightly appearance. In more serious cases, multiple treatment sessions may be needed to eradicate spider veins. Sclerotherapy has a high success rate; however, as there is no cure for weak vein valves, spider veins can reform. Wearing compression support stockings during the day and following your doctor’s recommendations can help to prevent them from forming.
For more information about leg vein removal and treatment of spider veins or to schedule your sclerotherapy procedure, call us at 909-981-8929 or fill out our online contact form.
Posted on: October 9th, 2015
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
Right before the new school year, most moms take their kids shopping for new clothes so that they look their best when they go back to school. However, children aren’t the only ones who find themselves back at school in the fall. Being the mom of school-aged children means going to PTA meetings, participating in fundraisers, taking the kids to sports practice, and similar busy activities. All the running around can make you feel worn out and old, but by treating yourself to a few “back to school” professional skin rejuvenation treatments, you can look and feel young again. With the treatments offered by Dr. Sandra Lee and our other providers at Skin Physicians & Surgeons, you can be the hottest mom at the PTA.
Treating Acne and Discoloration
It would be nice if acne truly ended when puberty ended. As it is, acne vexes many adult women, leaving painful scars and damaged skin that doesn’t heal as well as it once did. Similarly, your freckled cheeks that were so cute when you were a child may now show sun spots and age spots, making you look weathered and old. With customized treatments involving acne treatments, chemical peels, facials, or laser treatments, our providers can resolve your skin discoloration or acne problems and completely refresh your complexion.
Eliminating Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Each new school year makes a mom feel older as she drops her children off. As you sit in the car and feel old because you now have a sixth grader, a quick glance in the rearview mirror reveals a few new wrinkles to rub it in. However, just because you feel old with a middle school-aged child doesn’t mean you have to look old! Our expert cosmetic surgeon Dr. Sandra Lee offers the MiXto SX® Microfractional CO2 Laser and other customized treatments to effectively treat your fine lines and wrinkles so that you can look and feel younger again.
Skin Rejuvenation and Softening
With all that you have to do as a mom, taking time for yourself is a rare occurrence. Let one of our providers help you look your best with our customized chemical peels and facials. With the expertise of Dr. Sandra Lee and our other providers at Skin Physicians & Surgeons, your face can look younger and feel softer, helping you feel like a whole new woman.
When you treat your children to new clothes to help them look their best for the new school year, don’t forget to treat yourself as well. You can look and feel young and beautiful with customized skin rejuvenation treatments offered by Dr. Sandra Lee and our team of experts at Skin Physicians & Surgeons. Call us at (909) 981-8929 to schedule your personal consultation today. For your convenience, you can also contact us online using the mobile app Klara, a secure platform for medical communication.
Posted on: August 27th, 2015
By: Erin Jensen PA-C
Almost everyone knows that wearing sunscreen is important for protecting your skin. But have you ever stopped to think about protecting your head? Wearing sunscreen on your face isn’t enough; your hair and scalp can also receive sun damage if they are not protected. It’s easy to forget this, but the risk of sun damage and skin cancer on your scalp is very real. Here is how to protect your hair and scalp using quality Skin PS sunscreens and skin cancer treatment.
The sun can damage your hair as well as your scalp. If you spend a lot of time out in the sun, you may have noticed your hair turning lighter. This is because strong UV rays dry out your hair, bleach it, break it down, and make it brittle and less manageable. Ideally, you should wear a hat to protect your hair and scalp when you’re out in the sun. However, if this is not an option, apply a leave-in conditioner with UV filter protection or a hydrating hair mask with UV protection to protect your hair from damaging rays of the sun.
Protecting Your Scalp
Your scalp is somewhat protected by your hair, but it is still vulnerable to sun’s ultraviolet rays. Before exposing your head to the sun, apply water-resistant zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreens to your part line or over your whole head if you have fine hair or thinning hair. To prevent premature aging, dark spots, increased blood vessels, skin cancer, and more, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. Apply this at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun and reapply it every couple hours, especially if it’s a hot day or if you’ve been sweating or swimming. At Skin Physicians & Surgeons, our experts recommend Melashade SPF30 and Antioxidant Facial Sunscreen SPF30 to prevent and reverse sun damage.
Treating Skin Cancer
If you already have signs of sun damage on your scalp, there’s a possibility you may have skin cancer. Know how to recognize the signs of skin cancer as well as what to do if you suspect a problem. At Skin Physicians & Surgeons, we can examine a concerning area or conduct a complete skin examination for you. If skin cancer is detected on your head or neck, Dr. Sandra Lee at our practice offers Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgery. This procedure is a specialized treatment created specifically for skin cancer on the head or neck, and it has an extremely high cancer cure rate (96 to 99 percent) with minimal skin removal.
For more tips on how to protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, to find out how to get our recommended professional sunscreens, or to schedule a cancer treatment consultation, call us at 909-981-8929 or fill out our online contact form.