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The Vbeam Perfecta® Laser Technology

Facial redness and tonal concerns are at the top of many patient’s skin insecurities. Dilated blood vessels and diffuse redness are common problems; unfortunately, these problems are not always easy to cover with makeup. If you are suffering from these conditions, the Vbeam Perfecta® laser is just what you’ve been looking for. The Vbeam Perfecta® laser is a pulsed-dye laser that provides brighter, more evenly toned skin.

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How Does the Vbeam Perfecta® Laser Work?

The Vbeam Perfecta® laser sends intense pulses and micro-pulses of light into the skin. This pulsed laser energy passes through both the dermis and epidermis of the skin so that it is absorbed by the oxyhemoglobin in the blood vessels. This absorption destroys the blood vessels, which allows them to be reabsorbed by the body, resulting in a brighter complexion and more evenly toned skin. The whole procedure takes between 15 and 20 minutes to perform and is relatively painless (many patients liken the feeling of this procedure to a mild sunburn), and it is extremely safe. Because this pulsed-dye laser is non-ablative and the light is not absorbed by the surrounding tissues, these surrounding tissues remain unharmed, which leads to additional safety and comfort. Additionally, this laser’s Dynamic Cooling Device™ allows for cool bursts of cryogen to help ease any discomfort and redness. The Vbeam Perfecta® comes with minimal side effects and no downtime. You can apply makeup the very next day and enjoy your refreshed, even skin soon after the procedure.

What Can It Correct?

The Vbeam Perfecta® laser improves patient’s complexions by addressing diffuse redness, dilated blood vessels on the face, broken capillaries, facial scars, dilated facial veins, and complications from rosacea.

Am I a Candidate?

Most patients who suffer from redness and similar problems on the skin may be candidates for the Vbeam Perfecta® laser. Traditionally, patients require multiple treatment sessions with the Vbeam Perfecta®; however, the number of sessions needed will depend on the skin concern. These sessions can be repeated every six to eight weeks. The Vbeam Perfecta® laser is traditionally used on patients with pale to medium skin color; it is often not the first choice for patients with dark skin because of how the pulses respond to the melanin in the skin.

To see if you are a candidate for the Vbeam Perfecta® laser, contact Dr. Lee today by calling (909) 981-8929 to set up a consultation.

Long and Luscious Lashes With LATISSE®

As they say, the eyes are the windows to the soul, but many people who feel unsatisfied with the length or thickness of their eyelashes may think otherwise.

While there is no one particular reason for short, stubby, and thin lashes, those who wish to enhance their appearance and beautify their eyes may do so with LATISSE® treatment. LATISSE® can provide patients with naturally full and thick eyelashes without the need for multiple layers of mascara or extensions.

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Benefits of LATISSE®

LATISSE® is an FDA-approved prescription eyelash treatment designed to help patients who struggle with lash volume and thickness. Eyelashes commonly lack a luscious appearance due to being short, sparse, or lightly colored. Applying LATISSE® will not only benefit patients with fuller, darker, and more feminine looking eyelashes, it will also help cut back on the cost of eyelash extensions and the need for extensive makeup since it is a long-lasting solution.  

LATISSE® works by bolstering the hair on your eyelashes during its growth phase. It can also prolong the duration of growth so that your lashes grow thicker and longer than before. In just six short weeks of daily treatment, your upper lashes will become noticeably longer. After 16 weeks, you will begin to see permanent results with the continued use of LATISSE® treatment.

Concerns

As with all cosmetic products, some common side effects may include redness, itching, swelling, skin darkening, blurred vision, and dryness. If these or any other side effects continue to occur, you should seek medical attention immediately. Patients who have eye problems or have undergone eye surgery should also consult with their doctor before using this product. Only apply LATISSE® on the base of your upper lashes. If you wish to stop using LATISSE®, you may do so at any time; however, choosing to stop treatment will result in your lashes slowly reverting to their natural state.

If you would like to know if you are an ideal candidate for LATISSE®, please contact our office at 909-981-8929.

The Importance of Choosing Paraben- and Phthalate-free Makeup

Makeup powder products with foundation blush and brushFor many of us, cosmetics are an integral part of our daily lives. Unfortunately, the testing and manufacturing of makeup and beauty products are not as closely monitored as we think they are. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treats preservative ingredients like parabens the same as any other ingredients, and, while phthalate levels in cosmetics are measured, there is little regulation keeping these products off of the shelves.

Parabens

Parabens were introduced to the beauty industry as preservatives to keep mold and bacteria from growing on makeup and skincare products. They extend the shelf life of nearly all cosmetics, preventing microorganisms from getting into our eyes, nose, mouth, and pores; however, parabens are known to cause endocrine disruption, which can affect development, reproduction, hormone system function, and growth.  

Phthalates

These chemicals are plasticizers that are added to cosmetics, flexible plastics, adhesives, and countless other products. While cosmetics containing phthalates feel soft and may smell pretty, they could be affecting your health negatively. Recent studies have shown a link between phthalates and abnormal hormonal changes, as well as congenital disabilities, prompting some manufacturers to stop using them.

A Healthier Alternative

Parabens and phthalates are everywhere, but keeping them away from our eyes, nose, and mouth is an easy way to minimize the health risks associated with products that contain these harmful chemicals. Using mineralized makeup is the safer, healthier alternative. Not only is natural mineral makeup paraben- and phthalate-free, but it is also gentler on the skin. Some additional benefits include:

  • Oil-free formula
  • Moderate sun protection
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Appropriate for all skin types

For more information about paraben- and phthalate-free makeup, call 909-981-8929 to schedule your consultation with Skin Physicians & Surgeons.

Blepharoplasty: Subtle yet Effective

Dr. Sandra Lee patient upper-blephroplasty-aferican-americanThe first part of the body that shows noticeable signs of aging is usually the face. Facial aging typically causes tissue weakening, particularly in the delicate eye area, which can lead to loose skin. Drooping, puffy eyelids can make a person appear much older or more upset than they really are, and it can even obstruct their vision. Patients who suffer from sagging eyelids can achieve the subtle yet effective facial rejuvenation they want with upper blepharoplasty.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Upper blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery, is a procedure that enhances the eye area by correcting skin laxity and puffiness of the eyelids. Incisions are created within the natural crease of the eyelids through which excess skin is removed and remaining tissues are tightened. In some cases, excess fat on the nasal edge of the eyelid is removed for optimal results.

Benefits

Blepharoplasty brightens the face and creates a happier, younger appearance. This conservative approach to facial rejuvenation also provides the following benefits:

  • Improved vision
  • Enhanced eyelid contours
  • Imperceivable scarring

Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

Candidates for any cosmetic surgery must be in good health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. You may be considering blepharoplasty if you can relate to any of these eyelid imperfections:

  • Sagging eyelid skin that hangs over the natural fold
  • Eyelid skin that droops in front of the eye, impairing your vision
  • Puffiness of the upper eyelids
  • Skin laxity of the upper eyelids that makes it difficult to apply makeup

For more information about blepharoplasty and other facial rejuvenation options, schedule your personal consultation at Skin Physicians & Surgeons by calling 909.981.8929.

Reasons to Get Facials Regularly

Beautiful woman with facial mask at beauty salonWhile facials can be relaxing and help you de-stress after a particularly exhausting work week, they can also do much more than that. Facials have tremendous long-term and short-term effects on the wellness of your skin, which will help you look and feel refreshed and beautiful. Getting them done regularly can replenish your skin for a consistently glowing, youthful appearance. There are plenty of benefits to getting regular facials.

Oil Control

Oily skin is a challenging obstacle to tackle for people of all ages. Facials can help manage oil production, which may be caused by hormone fluctuations, weather changes, or lack of hydration.

Anti-aging

Routine facials can also help combat the natural aging process. Facials promote skin cell growth and collagen production, which contribute to healthy, youthful skin.

Deep Cleansing

Not everyone gets all the makeup grime and daily buildup off with a standard at-home cleansing routine. A facial thoroughly removes dirt and oil buildup, improving complexion and shrinking visible pores.

Healthy Skin Year-Round

The seasons can take a toll on our skin, but facials can help restore the skin’s natural balance. Issues like dry skin or dull complexion are easily avoided with regular facials throughout the year.

Quick Results

Unlike other facial rejuvenation techniques and procedures, facials offer quick, visible improvement. Depending on the components of the facial you choose, you can experience plumper, brighter, and/or smoother skin. Getting facials on a consistent basis will also help you maintain the results longer.

Rejuvenate Your Lips With Dermal Fillers

portrait of young woman with beautiful lipsThe face can show signs of aging at any point in time. Lifestyle choices, such as sunbathing and smoking, can speed up the natural aging process, resulting in fine facial lines and wrinkles. Many of these imperfections occur around the lips, causing a scowling or sad appearance. Luckily, there is a variety of dermal fillers that can instantly restore youthfulness to your face by addressing signs of aging in the lips and mouth area.

RADIESSE®

RADIESSE® is a dermal filler composed of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres in an aqueous gel. It is a synthetic product that is entirely compatible with the body. RADIESSE® also stimulates collagen production, which provides long-term rejuvenation.

Benefits

  • Smooths moderate to severe nasolabial folds, or “smile lines”
  • Treats pre-jowl folds and marionette lines
  • Long lasting (one year or longer)

Restylane®

Restylane® is a dermal filler composed of hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, so Restylane® works by replenishing the body’s supply of it to rejuvenate trouble areas of the face.

Benefits

  • Smooths moderate to severe nasolabial folds, or “smile lines”
  • Treats marionette lines
  • Corrects vertical lines on the lips
  • Lip enhancement for patients over age 21
  • Long lasting (one year or longer)

JUVÉDERM®

JUVÉDERM® Ultra and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus are dermal fillers composed of hyaluronic acid. The gel is of superior smooth consistency, which produces natural-looking results. The body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, so JUVÉDERM® restores the depleted supply for a revitalized facial appearance.

Benefits

  • Smooths parenthesis lines
  • Treats marionette lines
  • Corrects vertical lines on the lips
  • Plumps lips that have thinned over time
  • Long lasting (six months or longer)

For more information about how dermal fillers can restore youthfulness to your face, schedule your facial rejuvenation consultation with Dr. Sandra Lee, a.k.a. Dr. Pimple Popper™, or one of the other providers at Skin Physicians & Surgeons.

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.  

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