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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.


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.  

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.

Top Five Cosmetic Treatments for Men

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.

#5: Fillers

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.

#3: Microdermabrasion

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

BOTOX® Cosmetic Before & After PhotosAs 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.

Back to School and Looking Youthful

Look Younger with Cosmetic TreatmentsRight 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.

Bridal Beauties

 Cosmetic Treatment for Weddings

With wedding season coming up, many brides-to-be and their bridal parties are doing everything they can to look their best. From mandatory gym time and strict diets to dedicated skin care routines and spray tans, women put themselves through a lot to prevent taking unappealing wedding pictures that would live on in infamy. With the advent of Beautiful bride and bridesmaidshigh-resolution cameras and most brides being over 25 years old, signs of aging are also an increasing concern. Many prenuptial regimens now include cosmetic treatments so that brides and their bridesmaids project a youthful and radiant appearance on the big day.

The following are some of the most popular treatments bridal beauties undergo to get wedding-day ready.

MiXto SX® CO₂ Laser Treatment

One of the most popular treatments for fiancées and bridal parties is MiXto SX® CO₂ laser skin resurfacing. This fractional laser treatment takes just 30 to 60 minutes and provides amazing skin tightening and resurfacing results with very little patient discomfort or downtime.

MiXto SX® treatment can improve the following:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Sun spots
  • Enlarged pores


JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus XC are made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the skin that hydrates and delivers nutrients to the cells. These formulas are injected beneath the skin to fill wrinkles and hollows to create a smoother, more natural look and feel.

JUVÉDERM® injections can improve the following:

  • Lines from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Thin lips
  • Vertical lip lines
  • Hollows under the eyes

Tickle Lipo™

Tickle Lipo™ can slim down those stubborn problem areas of fat with just local anesthesia, less patient discomfort, and a faster recovery than traditional liposuction.

MedSpa Services

We offer medspa services, including chemical peels, facials, and skin blading, for those want more subtle facial rejuvenation.


Our cosmeceuticals treat a variety of signs of aging, including photoaging, sun spots, acne, and fine lines. Our physicians can determine the right products and treatment regimen for your unique needs and goals.

It’s best to start a healthy skin care regimen and any series of treatments at least six months prior to the wedding, and all treatments should be done at least one month before the big day. Liposuction should be performed at least four to six months before a big event to allow for all swelling and bruising to resolve.

If you’re interested in attaining a rejuvenated, radiant appearance for your big day, contact Skin Physicians & Surgeons in Upland. Call (909) 981-8929 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your consultation and get wedding-day ready!


Gorgeous Skin at Any Age

Part 2: 40s and Beyond

A beautiful woman's face with white lines creating a grid on her cheek, on a white backgroundThere’s no doubt that your skincare regimen has a profound effect on how your skin ages. In your 20s and 30s, combating the many harmful elements that contribute to aging will help keep your skin youthful and vibrant, and there are specific products and treatments that are ideal for repairing and maintaining skin health later in life.

You may have seen our previous blog on the essential skincare tips to follow in your 20s and 30s, and here are ways to achieve and maintain gorgeous skin in your 40s and beyond.

In Your 40s: Brighten and Repair

Brighten With Antioxidants

As you get older, your skin’s cell turnover process and oil production slow down, which can lead to skin that is rough and dull. Antioxidants, such as vitamins and green tea polyphenols, help lighten dark spots and soothe the skin to make it brighter with a more even skin tone.

In addition to using our C Emollient Gel to stimulate collagen and even out your skin tone, washing your face with our C Emollient Cleanser first will help brighten and smooth the skin without stripping its natural oils and drying it out.

Repair With TNS Recovery Complex

If you didn’t notice them in your 30s, you will almost definitely see fine lines and wrinkles on your face in your 40s. Skin Medica’s TNS Recovery Complex provides your skin with growth factors, antioxidants, proteins, and collagen to rejuvenate all aspects of your skin, including discoloration, wrinkles, fine lines, and skin firmness.

In Your 50s and Beyond: Reverse Damage and Lift

Reverse Damage With Laser Treatment

People in their 50s and even those in their 30s and 40s may benefit from reversing skin damage with the Mixto Fractional CO2 Laser. This procedure tightens the skin to improve wrinkles, acne scars, and pores while lightening dark spots.

Lift With Cosmetic Surgery

After a certain age, the skin may be stretched out, and the damage done to it cannot be adequately repaired with lasers or products. For those who want significant improvement to the appearance of their eyes, eyelid lift surgery (blepharoplasty) is available. This procedure eliminates drooping upper eyelids and bags beneath the eyes to restore an alert, rejuvenated appearance.

If you would like more information on how to have youthful, radiant skin at any age, please call us at (909) 981-8929 or fill out our online contact form. Our online skin care product store offers many rejuvenating formulas, and one of our board-certified dermatologists can help determine the best treatment or products for your individual needs. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you look and feel more beautiful in your own skin!

A Glass of Wine a Day to Keep the Doctor Away?

Grapes and a glass and bottle of red wine on a white backgroundThe aging process and environmental factors can cause the skin to lose its radiance, and wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots develop. Unfortunately, our skin doesn’t age like a fine wine, but studies show that drinking wine in moderation may help improve skin appearance and provide other health benefits.


Skin Health

Research has suggested that certain compounds, such as resveratrol and procyanidin, found in red wine may slow the aging of the skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots. One study evaluated the effects of a dietary supplement containing resveratrol and procyanidin and found that the participants’ skin moisturization and elasticity had improved, while the appearance of roughness, wrinkles, and age spots had diminished.

Heart Health

Moderate alcohol consumption has been shown to have many Two glasses splashing red wine into a heart shape on a white backgroundbenefits for the heart and circulatory system, including:

  • Lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol

  • Raising “good” HDL cholesterol

  • Reducing the formation of blood clots

  • Preventing artery damage

*Although red wine is believed to have these health benefits, drinking more than one glass (women) or two (men) per day has been shown to have detrimental health effects. Consult with your general physician before consuming alcohol on a regular basis.  

How the Doctors at Skin Physicians & Surgeons Can Help

Here at Skin Physicians & Surgeons, we offer nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, such as fractional CO2 laser treatment and chemical peels, to effectively improve wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and other signs of skin aging and damage. We also carry carefully chosen cosmeceuticals that treat a variety of skin problems for all skin types.

To schedule your consultation with Skin Physicians & Surgeons, please call (909) 981-8929 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you achieve beautiful, healthy skin.

How to Get a Great Sunless Tan

A woman's tan legs on a white backgroundPopular culture has labeled tan skin as desirable, and many women go to great lengths to achieve a sun-kissed glow. However, those who achieve bronze skin from indoor tanning beds and the sun’s natural rays are putting themselves at a high risk for developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The ultraviolet radiation from sunshine and tanning beds causes DNA damage to skin cells, which can lead to genetic defects that develop into cancerous tumors. Not only is tanning detrimental to your health, it also leads to significant signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and sun spots.

Fortunately, a natural-looking tan can be achieved safely with sunless tanning products. Follow these simple tips to get a great sunless tan.

Choose the Right Product

When it comes to self-tanning products, all sunless tanners are not created equally.

Daily moisturizers, such as Jergens Natural Glow, are great for beginning self-tanners. Even if a moisturizer is not applied perfectly, any blotchiness or streaking will be subtle and even out more quickly than with more intense sunless tanning products. These moisturizers have less of the active tanning ingredient so that they gradually create a natural-looking tan, and they are great for taking the place of your daily moisturizer to hydrate your skin.A woman applying sunless tanning lotion with her hair up in a towel

Lotions and creams are fitting for people just starting a self-tanning regimen as well as for more experienced self-tanners. These formulas show a hint of shading when they are first applied so that you can see any uneven areas, and they easily blend into the skin without drying too quickly.

Mousses and gels are ideal for people who are more experienced with self-tanning products because these lightweight formulas dry faster than moisturizers and creams. Sunless tanning mousses and gels can be layered to create more intense tans and custom contouring.

Cleanse and Exfoliate

Before applying your sunless tanning product, be sure to prepare your skin by showering and thoroughly exfoliating your skin each time. This will remove dead skin cells so that healthy skin will absorb the tanning formula more evenly and last longer. Be sure you are completely dry before you begin applying your sunless tanning product.

Apply Evenly With Gloves

Use disposable, powder-free gloves when applying tanning products to avoid staining your hands, and the smooth surface of the gloves will help you apply the product more evenly. Be sure to spread the product over your skin evenly in a circular motion, using it sparingly around your ankles, knees, and elbows.

Buff Uneven Areas

If you notice areas that are blotchy or have too much color the next day, take a damp washcloth and buff the area to even out the color. For spots or streaks that are difficult to remove, create a paste from water and baking soda and use a washcloth to gently buff these areas with the paste.


Once you have achieved the faux glow you desire, be sure to apply lotion to moisturize your skin after every shower to help the tan last.

At Skin Physicians & Surgeons, we offer a variety of cosmeceuticals to protect and heal the skin from sun damage. These include face and body sunscreens like MelaShade™ Antioxidant Facial Sunscreen SPF 30, as well as the TNS Recovery Complex, the Skin Medica Lytera, and topical tretinoins to improve dyspigmentation, wrinkles, and skin firmness. Our medspa also provides chemical peels and microdermabrasion to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and acne, and we have a variety of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures to improve signs of aging.

If you have signs of aging, whether from sun damage or the natural aging process, Skin Physicians & Surgeons in Upland, CA can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. Please call (909) 981-8929 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation and discover the best treatment options for your individual needs.

What Is a Physician Assistant?

In honor of National PA week I thought I’d take a moment to explain exactly what a PA is and does.

A physician assistant is a licensed and highly skilled health care professional, trained to provide patient evaluation, education, and health care services. A PA works with a physician to provide medical care and guidance to patients. A PA must attend a specialized medical training program associated with a medical school, which includes classroom studies and clinical experience. I personally have a bachelors degree in biology and also received my masters degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Southern California. I have been formally trained in dermatology by Dr. Rebish and Dr. Lee. Each PA must be supervised by a physician, and the supervising physician must always be available to the PA should the need arise.

A PA performs many diagnostic, preventative, and health maintenance services. As a physician assistant in dermatology, here are some services I provide:

  • Perform full body exams for skin cancer screening
  • Diagnose skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis, skin cancer, rashes, etc.
  • Instruct and counsel patients on their medical conditions
  • Perform laser treatments, such as laser hair removal, VBeam laser for blood vessel removal, and sun spot removal with the MiXto laser
  • Perform minor surgical procedures
  • Write prescriptions
  • Act as first or second assistant during surgery
  • Perform cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, Dysport, Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane injections.

Frequently Asked Questions about Physician Assistants:

1. Are you a doctor? No, I am what is referred to as a mid-level practitioner, similar to a nurse practitioner. I am able to see patients, write prescriptions, and order tests.

2. Will you become a doctor? No, I have completed my formal training and passed national certification boards for physician assistants. I am not an intern or studying to be a doctor.

4. Are you a nurse or medical assistant? No, I have a bachelors degree in biology and have completed post-graduate training in a physician assistant program. I am board certified as a physician assistant.

5. What is the difference between a physician and a physician assistant?
The main difference between a physician and physician assistant is the amount of time spent in training. Physicians spend more time in school and also have to go through internships and residencies. Physicians can practice independently while PAs work with physicians and are ultimately under the physician’s supervision.

6. Do I have to see the PA? No. It is completely your choice on which provider you would like to see. 

7. What does PA-C mean? It means physician assistant-certified. It means the person has graduated from an accredited program and has passed testing by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

8. Can you prescribe medications? Yes. I am able to recommend medications and write prescriptions.

9. How long have PAs been around? Since the 1960s physician assistants have helped expand the delivery of quality medical care.

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I absolutely love my job and could not imagine doing anything else.

I love being to work as a team with the physicians and other PA in our office to provide the best possible care for all of our patients.

Erin Jensen PA-C


If you are interested in any procedure or would like more information, feel free to schedule a consultation with our physicians or physician assistant by calling (909) 981-8929 or filling out our online contact form.

Join Us at The Envy Party!

On Thursday, October 10th, 2013, Skin Physicians & Surgeons will be hosting our annual patient appreciation event: The Envy Party! It will be held from 4pm until 7pm at our office, located at 859 E. Foothill Boulevard in Upland. Come join us for an evening of food, entertainment, treats, and discounts as we show our gratitude to our patients and the community.

Gift basket with green polka dot ribbon filled with skincare products With all of the awesome gifts and offers, you won’t want to miss out on this spectacular event! In addition to a free skincare goody bag, our guests will be able to partake in the variety of FREE services provided by our outdoor vendors. From relaxing massages to sunkissed spray tans and beautiful eyelash extensions, our guests will leave looking and feeling amazing. Come enjoy frozen drinks from the Margarita Man and delicious In-N-Out food as you listen to our DJ’s amazing beats, and don’t forget to take a picture in our photo booth! We will also be having a raffle, which includes prizes like Botox® Cosmetic and injectable filler treatments, skincare and makeup products, a Latisse Eyelash Lengthening kit, a Vitalize Peel, discounts on liposuction and other procedures, gift baskets, and much more! And the festivities don’t end there…

If you’re tired of looking tired and want to reverse the signs of aging, October 10th is the time to learn about treatment options and take advantage of all our amazing offers. Our doctors, physician assistant, and esthetician will be performing cosmetic demonstrations and explaining more about the details of each product. The rooms inside our office building will be featuring information on different treatments so our guests can gain all of the knowledge necessary to decide the right option for their needs. We are having more specials than ever before at this year’s event, with discounts up to double what we offered in previous years. To LIKE us on Facebook and check out all of our beauty specials, click here.

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Don’t make your friends envy you, bring them along! It’s definitely true that more is merrier because our patients who bring a non-patient friend receive a $50 gift card just for RSVPing and signing in with them. Patients can bring up to 2 friends and earn up to $100 in gift cards! You and your friends are sure to have a fabulous time at The Envy Party as we celebrate YOU, our amazing patients.

To be eligible for these great deals and gifts, an RSVP is a MUST. Please visit or call our office at (909) 981-8929 to let us know you’re coming. Even if you can’t make it to the event on October 10th, feel free to stop by our office during the week of October 7th through 11th to take advantage of all these fantastic discounts. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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