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Tumescent Liposuction: Safe and Effective

Fat removal continues to be one of the most commonly sought out cosmetic procedures. Patients who are plagued by stubborn fat deposits—the ones that are unaffected by healthy, active lifestyle choices—often feel compelled to consider liposuction. Before tumescent liposuction was developed, the biggest safety concern for liposuction patients was blood loss; however, this technique virtually eliminates that risk, providing patients with a comfortable and pleasing fat removal experience. Tumescent liposuction is a safe and effective method for fat removal with minimal recovery time.

LIPOSUCTION patient by Dr. LeeBenefits of Tumescent Liposuction

  • No general anesthesia required
  • Minimal downtime
  • Little bruising and swelling
  • Minor post-op pain and discomfort

Procedure

Tumescent liposuction involves injecting large amounts of fluid containing lidocaine and epinephrine into unwanted subcutaneous fat. Because this technique utilizes epinephrine, which constricts blood vessels, very little blood is lost during the procedure. This also helps reduce post-op bleeding, swelling, and, ultimately, pain. The lidocaine is a long-lasting local anesthetic that eradicates the need for general anesthesia, so recovery is quicker and easier. The incisions created are so minute they do not require stitches or extensive healing time, so patients can expect to be up and about sooner than if they had undergone more invasive fat removal surgery.

Results

Once the fat cells have been removed via tumescent liposuction, they do not grow back. The results of the procedure are considered permanent because the patient’s new silhouette maintains over time. Even if a patient were to gain weight after treatment, the fat distributes more evenly over the body than it did before the fat cells were eliminated.

If you wish to eliminate stubborn fat deposits, schedule your tumescent liposuction consultation with Dr. Sandra Lee today. Call our office at 909-981-8929 or contact us online.

Laser Hair Removal vs. Shaving

It’s summer, and we are all thinking the same thing: time to go all out on our depilatory routines. The more common approach to hair removal is shaving, but it becomes tiresome and, at times, painful. In 2016, over one million people tossed out their razors and opted for laser hair removal because of the striking advantages over shaving.

Laser Hair Removal

Dr. Lee_laser-hair-removalLaser hair removal has a higher initial cost than buying razors and shaving cream, but it is a smart investment. After five to eight sessions, hair is greatly reduced. One maintenance treatment may be necessary every one to two years, and this gives you invaluable freedom to enjoy your results without worrying about consistent upkeep.

 

Pros

  • Cost-effective in the long run
  • Does not damage the skin
  • Can be used to treat a variety of problem areas
  • Saves time

Cons

  • Higher upfront cost
  • Does not work on blonde or grey hair
  • Treatments can be somewhat uncomfortable

Shaving Angry young woman with foam on the face and a razor in her hand

Shaving is the tried and true method of hair removal because it’s readily available. Razors and other shaving products can be purchased almost anywhere, and they can be used in the comfort of your own home; however, it comes with its own set of drawbacks.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy
  • Can be done at home

Cons

  • Quick regrowth of hair
  • May result in razor burn
  • Can lead to ingrown hairs

If you want to remove unsightly hair permanently, please schedule a consultation today at Skin Physicians & Surgeons. Call us at 909-981-8929 or contact us online.

Which Chemical Peel Do I Need?

Having clear, smooth skin is important to most people. The entire health and condition of the skin can affect a person’s overall appearance. Many people have age spots, acne, acne scars, and sun-damaged skin, and they cannot reverse facial flaws even with a healthy skin care regimen and at-home treatments. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s annual survey unveils a rising trend in facial surgery. A commonly requested cosmetic option is a chemical peel. Chemical peels can help someone target acne, poor pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. These peels are an ideal solution for improving the face by targeting damaged and aged skin.

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Benefits of Chemical Peels:

  • Safe
  • Fast-acting
  • Minimal recovery
  • Affordable
  • Lasting results
  • Non-surgical

Types of Chemical Peels

Since there are several different options of combinations and enzymes, chemical peels are individualized to the patient, and each treatment is based on the severity of correction needed. So, which chemical peel do you need? Here are some of the available options:

    • beta lift™: This salicylic acid peel can be used on all skin types. The beta lift™ peel can remove dead skin cells, promote new skin growth, and even out the skin tone. It works by self-neutralizing the skin for a smoother look to reduce skin oils and to treat active acne, with results produced within 24 hours.

 

  • beta lift™ can target:

 

        • Acne
        • Poor skin pigmentation
    • Vitalize Peel®: This salicylic and lactic acid peel addresses mild to moderate imperfections and is approved for use on all skin types. Patients will notice a significant reduction in wrinkles, fine lines, and roughness after one treatment, and full results are achieved after three to six peels.

 

  • Vitalize Peel® can target:

 

        • Dark spots
        • Freckles
        • Fine lines
        • Acne scars
    • Jessner Peel: The Jessner Peel is a combination of resorcinol, lactic acid, and salicylic acid used to penetrate and exfoliate the outer layers of the skin. It can be used on most skin types. Typically, this is the best option for patients with oily, sun-damaged skin. Patients can use one to three layers for a light/medium peel or four to six layers for a medium/deep peel.

 

  • Jessner Peel can target:

 

      • Acne
      • Wrinkles
      • Sun damage

Your Chemical Peel Treatment

Every patient will receive a personalized treatment plan based on their goals and individual needs. You will have a consultation with a skin care professional to discuss the best type of chemical peel for your skin and to determine how many treatments you will need. Recovery is minimal, and there may be some minor redness that typically subsides in a few days. With proper skin care and avoiding unhealthy habits, such as smoking and excessive alcohol use, most patients can maintain their results for many years.

 

To learn more about chemical peels and which one is right for you, schedule your consultation at Skin Physicians & Surgeons today! We can help you achieve beautiful, smoother facial skin. Call us at (909) 981-8929 or contact us online.

Laser Hair Removal for Men

Guy Holding Head HairPortraying yourself as a groomed, well-put-together man often includes keeping the more wild aspects of your appearance in check. In recent years, maintaining the growth of their hair has become an increasingly popular practice among men. Every year, hundreds of thousands of men utilize laser hair removal. If you are tired of trying to control unruly, thick, or wild excess hair, then laser hair removal may be the right procedure for you.

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Laser hair removal is an effective treatment for lessening the amount and thickness of excess or unwanted hair growth. Laser energy heats the hair follicles, damaging them and disrupting the hair growth cycle. Most patients see a noticeable improvement in the thickness of their hair growth after just one treatment. Following multiple treatments, most people achieve smooth skin with little regrowth of hair.

Why Men Choose Laser Hair Removal

Maintaining your appearance, including grooming excess hair, has become more and more important for men. From your personal life to your business presence, keeping a well-groomed appearance can be the secret to your success. Many men choose laser hair removal over other procedures because:

  • It can be less painful than other hair removal methods such as waxing or threading
  • It is performed less often than shaving, waxing, or threading
  • It is safe to remove hair from the face, arms, legs, back, and chest
  • After your treatment cycle, your hair will require less continual maintenance and removal

Is There a Long Recovery?

When people hear laser, they may assume the procedure is in-depth and can do a lot of damage to the skin. Unlike laser resurfacing treatments, laser hair removal doesn’t require a lengthy recovery period. Most patients can immediately resume their regular activities with only some mild redness of the treatment area. You shouldn’t expose the treated area to direct sunlight, and always use sunscreen when going outside.

 
If you are looking for a more permanent solution to your excess hair growth, schedule your consultation at Skin Physicians & Surgeons today. Call us at (909) 981-8928 or contact us online.  

Treat Your Acne Scars With Lasers

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.

Before and After Acne Laser TreatmentWhy 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.

Hyperpigmentation

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.  

Do I Have a Mole or Skin Cancer?

Mole ExamFreckles, 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.

The Tickle Lipo™ Difference

Tickle Lipo™ ResultsIf 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.

Say Goodbye to Your Double Chin

KYBELLA®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® Results

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.

 
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BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment can greaBotox Before and Aftertly 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.

Rejuvenate Your Hands

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® Treatment

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.

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