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BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®

Posted on: January 28th, 2016
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

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

Posted on: December 31st, 2015
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

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

Posted on: December 17th, 2015
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

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.

Causes and Treatment of Spider Veins

Posted on: November 17th, 2015
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

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

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

Causes and Treatment of Spider VeinsHere 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.

Back to School and Looking Youthful

Posted on: October 9th, 2015
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

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.

Battling Sun Damage Head On: Protect Your Hair and Scalp

Posted on: August 27th, 2015
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

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.

Protecting Your Hairbikini woman in hat sitting in beach chair

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.

Holy Moley! (Mole Removal)

Posted on: July 24th, 2015
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

Also known as “nevi,” moles are groups of darkened (pigmented) cells that can appear on various areas of the body. Moles come in many sizes and can be smooth, raised, or wrinkled. The average person has about 100 of these spots on their body! (Holy moley!)

Suspicious Moles

Unfortunately, a lot of these “beauty marks” aren’t very appealing, and some can even pose a health risk. Although most moles are initially benign, they can potentially become cancerous. Therefore, it is important to perform a self-exam once a month and have a full body skin exam every two to three years (or yearly if you have a family or personal history of skin cancer). These exams check for suspicious moles to help identify potential skin cancers so they can be addressed as soon as possible.

ABCDEs of Melanoma

Be on the lookout for the following (ABCDE) mole characteristics that may be warning signs of skin cancer: 

    • A: Asymmetry
    • B: Borders that are uneven or notched
    • C: Color variations (more than one color, or red, white, or blue)
    • D: Diameter larger than a pencil tip eraser (¼ inch or 6mm)
    • E: Evolving in any way (size, shape, color, elevation, itching, bleeding, etc.)

 

Famous Moles

Some celebrities have had their famous moles removed to ensure their safety. Ewan McGregor had several moles removed, and one of them proved to be cancerous. Enrique Iglesias had his trademark mole removed after his doctor told him it could become cancerous. Although Iglesias was nervous about having his mole removed, the quick procedure was done in five minutes.

A Simple Removal Process

We commonly perform mole removal procedures in our medical office. Mole removal is a very safe, simple, and painless process when performed by a professional. The area is numbed with a local anesthetic, and the mole is removed flush with the skin. If necessary, an excision technique and sutures may be used. We then have the mole examined to determine whether or not it is cancerous.

If you’re concerned about a mole for cosmetic reasons or suspicious characteristics, call us at (909) 981-8929 or fill out our online contact form for more information. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee looks forward to helping you achieve peace of mind and a more attractive appearance.

What Is Cryotherapy?

Posted on: July 7th, 2015
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

Cryotherapy may sound like a term coined for a superhero power, but it is a simple cosmetic treatment that permanently eliminates abnormal and diseased tissue. By utilizing non-toxic liquid nitrogen that is about -200º C, this non-invasive treatment instantly freezes the cells inside of the affected tissue.

How Is Cryotherapy Treatment Performed?

Once the targeted area is cleaned, cryotherapy is performed with a handheld device that delivers short pulses of liquid nitrogen directly to the skin. After the skin is properly treated, ointment is applied, and a bandage covers the treated area. Over the next few days, the area may blister and scab as it heals.

What Skin Conditions Are Treatable With Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy effectively treats a wide range of common skin imperfections, including:

Wartswarts on hand

Warts are small, rough growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Although most warts are not painful, their appearance on the face, hands, or feet can cause a person to feel self-conscious about their appearance.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small flaps of overdeveloped tissue that are typically found on the neck, chest, or armpits. Skin tags often cause irritation when they come in contact with clothing.

Solar Lentigines and Actinic Keratosis

These skin lesions are gray or brown spots that usually appear on the face, hands, and arms. These spots can either develop as a result of the aging process or as a result of prolonged sun exposure (hyperpigmentation). In some instances, they may also be precursors to skin cancer.

Skin Cancer

Cryotherapy can also treat some skin cancers, but only if the lesions affect the epidermis (top layer) of the skin. A consultation with Dr. Sandra Lee will determine if cryotherapy can be an effective treatment for your skin cancer lesion.

To find out if you are a good candidate for cryotherapy, feel free to contact our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee today. Dr. Lee has years of experience with the most technologically advanced laser and light-based procedures to help you achieve an appearance about which you can feel confident. Call (909) 981-8929 today, or fill out our online contact form for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Bridal Beauties

Posted on: May 21st, 2015
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

 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®

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.

Cosmeceuticals

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!

 

What Is Skin Blading?

Posted on: April 20th, 2015
By: The Office of Dr. Sandra Lee

Skin Rejuvenation in Upland, CA

When we’re young, our skin rapidly produces new, healthy cells to replace the old ones. However, as we age, this process of cellular turnover begins to slow down. This can leave us with a dull complexion as dead cells build up on the surface of the skin because they haven’t yet been replaced by new ones. Dry patches of skin may accumulate, and damage to the skin, such as sun spots or acne scarring, can become more visible over time.

Skin blading safely and painlessly removes dead, dry skin from the face to reveal the new, supple cells underneath. This procedure allows you to finally eliminate recalcitrant skin problems and achieve a smooth, youthful complexion. This also stimulates the cellular turnover process, allowing for you to maintain more radiant skin over time.

Skin Blading Can Improve the Following:Radiant Skin Upland, CA

  • Dry skin
  • Rough patches
  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines
  • Enlarged pores
  • Unwanted facial hair

Treatment

Skin blading is carried out through manual exfoliation using a sterile surgical blade. The skin is pulled tight, and our esthetician will carefully glide the blade against the skin in a motion similar to shaving. Patients can generally return to their regular activities immediately after treatment.

Here at Skin Physicians & Surgeons, we offer skin blading with a facial to hydrate and soothe dry, rough skin. We can also combine skin blading with a chemical peel to further improve wrinkles, dark spots, and acne.

If you would like more youthful, radiant skin, call us at (909) 981-8929 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you look and feel more beautiful in your own skin!

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