What is a PCA Skin® chemical peel and what conditions can it treat?
A PCA Skin® peel is a chemical exfoliating treatment performed to reduce superficial hyperpigmentation (brown spots), improve fine wrinkles and acne scars, correct sun damaged or acne prone skin and to enhance the general appearance and complexion of your skin. These treatments are performed by a licenced esthetician and by law are only allowed to affect the epidermis. A series of these peels can be beneficial to the skin's tone and texture.
How much discomfort should be expected when having a peel?
The level of discomfort experienced depends on the treatment. Most PCA Skin® chemical peels are gentle and create minimal discomfort. You may experience a mild burning or stinging sensation when the solution is a applied to your skin. This is temporary and will subside shortly after the procedure.
How much down time is expected with a peel?
After receiving a chemical peel, you may experience light flaking up to 5 days following the procedure. Although you may or may not actually "peel" during the first one or two treatments, you will probably experience slight exfoliation, temporary dryness, and your skin will feel tight. Some individuals may peel or experience more moderate flaking. Residual redness may be present for up to 12 hours following the procedure.
Can someone using Retin-A or Renova, Differen, Tretinoin or other prescription retinoid products have a PCA Skin® treatment?
We recommend that retinoid products be stopped 5 days prior to a peel and 5 days post treatment because of the potential irritation and uneven peel penetration.
How does laser hair reduction work?
The LightSheer® laser produces a beam of concentrated light. The light emitted by the laser is absorbed by the melanin located in the hair follicles. During the procedure, the laser pulses for a fraction of a second, long enough to heat up the hair and disrupt the follicles ability to re-grow. This process treats numerous hair follicles at the same time. Therefore, large body areas can be treated quickly and effectively. The cooling of the skin is another element of this procedure. A special contact-cooling hand piece protects and cools the upper layer of skin before, during, and after each laser pulse.
Am I a candidate for laser hair reduction?
Men and women who have medium to dark hair are the best candidates. The lighter the skin color, the more effective the treatment. Those with black, suntanned or sunburned skin cannot be treated.
Does laser hair reduction hurt?
The laser treatment may cause minor discomfort. LightSheer's® chill tip reduces discomfort during the procedure. When the pulse of light is delivered patients may experience a warm sensation and mild sting similar to the snap of a rubber band.
What is microdermabrasion?
A superficial mechanical exfoliation of the skin that utilizes crystals and vacuum pressure to gently resurface the skin giving it a beautiful glow.
What conditions can microdermabrasion treat?
The procedure has been shown to be safe and effective to reduce superficial hyperpigmentation (brown spots), fine lines, correct sun-damaged or acne prone skin, and enhance the texture and overall appearance of your skin.
What can I expect after a microdermabrasion treatment?
After treatment, you may feel a "wind-burned" sensation and slight rosy glow, much like a sunburn may appear. Most side effects are temporary and generally subside within 72 hours. Most common side effects are slight redness, tenderness, dry or flaking skin. You may resume your daily activities and return to work immediately.
What is the recovery time for an abdominoplasty?
4 weeks of no lifting greater than 10 pounds with minimal exercising for 4-6 weeks following surgery.
What is my recovery for breast augmentation?
No lifting greater than 10 pounds for 4 weeks following surgery and no excessive use of arms for one week and minimal exercise for 4 weeks.
What is my recovery time for a breast reduction?
Two weeks of no lifting greater than 10 pounds and limit exercise and activity for 4 weeks following surgery.
How do I know if I need a mole removed?
Change in color, diameter larger than the size of a pencil head eraser, irregular borders, any rapid changes in lesions need to be evaluated. ** Most insurance companies will cover removal by a plastic surgeon.
Will my insurance company cover my plastic surgery?
Some procedures are covered by insurances such as breast reductions and panninulectomies, body contouring following massive weight loss. Will need a consult with a plastic surgeon and the office will submit an authorization. Most insurance companies have certain criteria with which we need to follow.
Is there any nonsurgical treatment for Duputryn's Contracture?
Yes, FDA recently approved an injection call Xiaflex injection which can be performed in a physician office.