Laser Skin Care Center

About Sunscreens

Sunscreens are substances which either physically block or absorb the sun’s penetrating UV rays. The fairer your skin, the more you should use sunscreens for protection. South Floridians should be in the habit of using sunscreens on a daily basis, such as SPF 15 in a moisturizer. Sunscreens should be reapplied frequently when perspiring or swimming as the lotion is often washed away. It is important to cover all exposed areas including the lips, ears and nose. Sun rays penetrate the skin even on hazy or cloudy days, so protection should be used during these times as well. We recommend using a protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher when participating in outdoor activities. This means you will receive 30 times less sun damage than unprotected skin during a certain time interval. And yes, you will tan through sunscreens – only more slowly.

Rejuvenation – Retin – A / Renova…….

Next is the use of Retin-A/Renova – a derivative of vitamin A. It has been significant for reversing sun damage, but in and of itself will NOT return skin to the texture we strive for. Used properly it can normalize the turnover of skin causing a decrease in fine irregularities of the skin. Retin A /Renova reverses the accumulation of scales and rough formations on the skin as well as improving the circulation of the skin just below the surface. Used in combination with our skin rejuvenation program, Retin-A /Renova contributes significantly in smoothing and revitalizing your skin. Renova is Retin-A in an emollient base in order to decrease the drying and reddening effects.

Aesthetic Services provided by our professionals:

Micro-pigmentation

The art of Micro-pigmentation is a unique service having been developed over a period of about 15 to 20 years. This art requires precision and skill on the part of the operator and is fast becoming a very popular treatment within the cosmetic industry.

Micropigmentation is not to be confused with tattooing. While the principle is the same, whereby a pigment is implanted into the skin, the aesthetic result desired is obviously different

Permanent Cosmetic Makeup for eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner and full lips, offers the freedom and convenience from daily makeup application.

Athletic or sports people who tend to lose their makeup benefit greatly from these procedures.

Contact lens wearer’s benefit from having permanent eyeliner.

The physically or visually impaired can always look their best.

Alopecia sufferers love permanent makeup. Pigment can be implanted to give the appearance of brow shape and eyelashes.

Restoring pigment after surgery: Areola color replacement, restores confidence and completes the breast reconstruction,

EYEBROWS; a permanent makeup procedure can give the appearance of hair in the brow line. Anyone who desires more fullness of the brows, especially those, who use a pencil, will love this procedure, saving time everyday. Enabling the wearer to swim, play tennis or exercise without smudging or wiping off their brow.

EYELINER; also gives a subtle natural look. This procedure, as well as opening the eye, gives more color and emphasis to the eye itself.

LIPLINER; gives more definition to the shape of the lips. The colour choice can be natural or more intense.

FULL LIP; color is ideal for those who want to retain their lipstick during a corporate lunch or dinner date. In addition, a woman whose natural lips color has faded.

A little more about the procedure:

The treatment times vary according to the procedure. It is necessary to retreat the area eight weeks after the original treatment. The pigment can then be expected to last anywhere from two to five years depending on procedure and pigment color used. Gradual fading will then occur during this period.

As aging is a continual process, which means natural lightening of the skin and hair, the fading of the pigment gives the opportunity to change pigment color with each re-touch.

Dark colored eyebrows may look great on a twenty or thirty year old, but not at all flattering by the age of fifty or sixty.

The discomfort of the procedure varies from one person to another. Some discomfort has to be expected.

Choosing a Technician:

Cost should not be the most important issue when consulting a potential technician. Most important is the training and skill of the technician.

Consider training, experience and portfolio. The consultation is of vital importance where confidence in the technician is established. The shape and correct color should be decided leaving no feeling of doubt. Make sure a follow-up procedure is part of the initial cost. Also ensure that after care advice is given.

Vibraderm

This is a superior exfoliation process for removing the stratum corneum with minimal trauma to the epidermis while stimulating the dermis through increased metabolism and vibration producing new cell growth.

Vibrafusion

A versatile treatment produced by the Vibraderm Skin Station to take various topicals and Vibrafuse them into the skin. The Vibraderm provides several options that will produce gentle to aggressive Vibrafusion.

Simple Hydration

While performing a normal Vibradermabrasion and facial treatment, a gentle Vibrafusion of a moisturizer and sunscreen is desired. This treatment level is also used after a Laser/IPL/LED treatment to hydrate the skin efficiently and comfortably. The normal 2 minute zones should be adhered to during the Vibradermabrasion treatment followed by a 4-6 minute Vibraderm treatment covering the entire face, neck, and Décolleté. This treatment should take 20 minutes to do both Vibradermabrasion and Vibrafusion. Dr Elliot Battle from the Cultura Cosmetic Medical Spa in Washington DC said, “The Vibraderm Skin Station has become the favorite choice of his aestheticians, nurses and patients.” He also went on to say, “The Vibraderm is safe and effective on all skin types and can be very predictable in patient’s results.”

Facial Peels

While performing a Facial Peel with Vibrafusion, perform a normal Vibradermabrasion treatment followed by Vibrafusion of the chemical peel of your choice. An aggressive Vibrafusion of the chemical peel is not required. A normal Vibrafusion of the peel is between 3-4 minutes. Dr. Eric Bernstein, Dermatologist from the University of Pennsylvania, has not used his other microdermabrasion devices since acquiring the Vibraderm. “In my opinion, the Vibraderm is the best form of exfoliation,” he said. “After stimulating the skin and stripping off the superficial dead skin, you can infuse products directly into the dermis by using the Vibrafusion paddle.”

Brown Spots

While performing Vibrafusion with Hydroquinone for the treatment of solar lentigenies (Brown Spots), a shorter Vibradermabrasion to the localized problem area for 30-60 seconds is most effective. Follow the Vibradermabrasion with Vibrafusion for an additional 60 – 90 seconds driving in the bleaching material.

Keratosis Pilaris is a condition that 40-45% of the women over 40 are experiencing in the U.S. The Vibraderm offers a management treatment to improve the appearance of the KP for those patients. Vibradermabrasion treatments are done with the large body paddle for 3 to 4 minutes per arm. The Vibrafusionprocess for KP is typically 3-4 minutes long. Many of the physicians are utilizing the Glytone Keratosis Polaris Personal Home Kit that contains 20% Glycolic Acid for the Vibrafusion treatment. Note: KP is not just found on arms. Many patients deal with KP problems in other areas of the body and the Vibraderm Skin Station gives you the flexibility to treat where you need. Belinda Ruda, Manager of Medic Spa in Atlanta said, “I find the Vibraderm does a great job removing Keratosis Polaris (chicken Skin) and the Vibrafusion technology seems to manage the skin problem better than anything on the market.”

There are many applications for Vibrafusion not described in this list. It has been shown that up to 500% more topical will penetrate into the epidermis with Vibrafusion Therapy. Any product you choose will be more efficiently and evenly distributed into the epidermis.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are for the treatment of fine and moderately deep wrinkles is the use of chemical peels. These peels vary amongst light, medium or deep depending on the area to be peeled and the depth of the crease. We use light peels, (glycolic acid) as a maintenance peel and use medium or deep peels (TCA) intermittently as needed for deeper wrinkles. Chemical peels also treat actinic keratosis – or pre-skin cancers. On the face, chemical peels are useful especially around the eyes and mouth, but are also helpful for fine wrinkling throughout the face and neck. The particular area of the face and the depth of wrinkling determines which peel would be best suited for you.

We look at the aging process as an ongoing phenomenon. With this in mind, we believe that chemical peels should be thought of as an ongoing maintenance program. Light or medium peels done once, or twice per year can be expected to give the best results. We think this philosophy keeps your skin more natural and healthy.

Light peels can be done in the office setting without anesthesia. AHA home maintenance should be used 1 to 2 weeks prior to peel. The light chemical peel does not cause severe swelling or distortion of the skin. Mild burning occurs during the chemical peel which is generally rinsed off with water – neutralizing the acid. You might have what appears like a sunburn on the following 2-4 days, but this would not keep you from your normal activities ( assuming no sun exposure). Light chemical peels must be periodically repeated. A series of six peels is recommended, we suggest bi-weekly peels for the length of the series, then a peel bi-monthly for maintenance purposes. Maintenance lotions are also recommended between peels. Glycolic acid is an example of a light chemical peel. Jessner’s peels are also used as a light chemical peel , using lactic and salicylic acid, for problem skin.

If You’re Considering Chemical Peel…

Chemical peels use a chemical solution to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) are used for this purpose. The precise formula used may be adjusted to meet each patient’s needs. Although chemical peels may be performed in conjunction with a facelift, it is not a substitute for such surgery, nor will it prevent or slow the aging process. This brochure provides basic information about certain types of chemical peel treatments and the results you might expect. It won’t answer all your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Once you and your plastic surgeon have decided on a specific peel program, be sure to ask about any details that you do not understand.

Chemical peels are most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons — to enhance your appearance and self confidence. Chemical peels may also remove pre-cancerous skin growths, soften acne facial scars and even control acne. In certain cases, health insurance may cover the peel procedure. Be sure to check your policy and contact your insurance company before the procedure is performed.

Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. These types of peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can’t spare the time to recover from a TCA peel. AHA peels may be used to treat fine wrinkling, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Various concentrations of an AHA may be applied weekly or at longer intervals to obtain the best result. Your doctor will make this decision during your consultation and as the treatment proceeds. An alphahydroxy acid, such as glycolic acid, can also be mixed with a facial wash or cream in lesser concentrations as part of a daily skin-care regimen to improve the skin’s texture.

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)
can be used in many concentrations, but it is most commonly used for medium-depth peeling. Fine surface wrinkles, superficial blemishes and pigment problems are commonly treated with TCA. The results of TCA peel are usually less dramatic than and not as long-lasting as those of a phenol peel. In fact, more than one TCA peel may be needed to achieve the desired result. The recovery from a TCA peel is usually shorter than with a phenol peel.

All chemical peels carry some uncertainty and risk. Chemical peel is normally a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. However, some unpredictability and risks such as infection and scarring, while infrequent, are possible.

AHA peels may cause stinging, redness, irritation and crusting. However, as the skin adjusts to the treatment regimen, these problems will subside.

With a TCA peel, your healed skin will be able to produce pigment as always; the peel will not bleach the skin. However, TCA-peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for several months after treatment to protect the newly formed layers of skin.

Peel Formulas at a Glance

Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs)

  • Smoothes rough, dry skin
  • Improves texture of sun-damaged skin
  • Aids in control of acne
  • Can be mixed with bleaching agent to correct pigment problems
  • Can be used as TCA pre-treatment

Considerations:

  • A series of peels may be needed
  • As with most peel treatments, sunblock use is recommended

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)

  • Smoothes out fine surface wrinkles
  • Removes superficial blemishes
  • Corrects pigment problems

Considerations:

  • Can be used on neck or other body areas
  • May require pre-treatment with Retin-A or AHA creams
  • Treatment takes only 10-15 minutes
  • Preferred for darker-skinned patients
  • Peel depth can be adjusted
  • Repeat treatment may be needed to maintain results
  • Sunblock must be used for several months
  • Healing is usually fast

Please call 239.261.5525 to schedule your consultation.

Facial Plastic Surgery Center • 702 Goodlette Road, Suite 100 • Naples, FL 34102