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Laser Scar Removal vs. Surgical

about-weight-loss-surgery-ga-1 What’s the difference between Laser Scar Removal vs. Surgical ? Laser scar treatment is a modern technique for improving all types of scars.  This also can be accomplished by time tested techniques such as dermabrasion as well. Whether your blemishes were caused by acne, a wound or a medical condition, laser treatments or dermabrasion can help reduce the appearance of the scar. Even if your scar has extended beyond where the initial injury occurred, the built up collagen that has caused this to happen can be removed with laser procedures. For more severe scars or those that are “against the grain” of facial lines see the last section below on z-plasty and w-plasty.

Of course, not everyone should get laser treatments for scar removal. If you have skin already struggling with the pressure of a condition such as psoriasis, it isn’t a good idea to use lasers to reduce scarring. In fact, scar removal on sensitive skin can just make things look and feel worse. There are also some medications that shouldn’t be mixed with laser scar removal.

The basics of how lasers remove scars is by removing layers of skin. Exposing fresh, healthy and ultimately unmarked skin below, you leave each treatment with your scar less and less visible. The laser also activates collagen cells in your skin, the very things that help your skin heal and stay firm. This means that getting laser treatments for scar removal can actually help your skin look, feel and actually be healthier and firmer.

The biggest risk you will be taking in getting laser scar removal is a change in color around the area treated. The sun often makes the color difference more obvious, too. In the case of infections post laser scar removal, antibiotics can keep you healthy and healing.

The most common type of scar removal these days is done with lasers or dermabrasion. This is a simple, low risk procedure that takes less than two hours to complete. Depending on the strength of the scar, more treatments may be needed.

For very severe scars, your doctor may recommend getting it surgically removed or re-arranged instead. Techniques such as z-plasty or W-plasty can improve the appearance of facial scars by re-orienting the scars into what are called resting skin tension lines. Your own wrinkles and facial muscles then help the re-aligned scars to heal better. This type of scar removal takes a lot longer to heal and is usually only done in severe cases. However, it is the more traditional method as laser scar removal is still a relatively new technology. What type of procedure is best for obliterating your blemish is a decision to be made with your cosmetic surgeon.

Common Acne Triggers and How to Avoid Them

If you are having a breakout of acne on your face, then chances are you have done something to help cause the acne breakout. To prevent further breakouts, it is important to understand common acne triggers and learn how you can avoid them.

One good way to avoid acne is to watch your diet. If you eat a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables you are less likely to have acne breakouts than someone whose diet is high in fats and processed foods.

Another way to avoid acne is to watch your stress level. People who have a high stress level are more likely to have breakouts than people with very low stress levels.

One other great way to avoid having acne is by making sure you have a good cleansing routine. If you keep your face clean, then you are less likely to breakout. It is very important to have a regular routine to clean your face.

If all else fails, then you should go and visit a dermatologist. They will be able to diagnose your acne problem and provide ways to fix it. You could visit our practice to find out what should be your next step preventing acne.








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Why a skin care professional can help you fight acne faster

Acne is not solely problematic for teens. Half of all women in their twenties face sporadic bouts of acne, and a quarter of forty-somethings still fight acne while keeping up with their Botox treatments, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Topical drugstore preparations may help shorten the lifespan of an isolated blemish, but such tools are limited. Benzoyl peroxide and alcohol are the chief active ingredients in most over-the-counter creams. For some troubled skin, these two ingredients cause as many skin problems as they solve. An oil-reducing skin treatment may work for a teen with overactive sebum glands, but drying agents are a poor fit for more mature skin. It’s counterproductive to seek age-defying skin treatments while parching the skin to reduce the severity of breakouts. Desiccated skin reveals all its fine lines, aging even younger skin beyond its time.

Just as a mechanic with only two tools cannot hope to restore a car to perfect condition, over-the-counter acne products cannot restore healthy skin. Dermatologists have a wealth of tools at their disposal. They combat acne with topical preparations, prescription medications and even injections of anti-inflammatory cortisone to end a painful pimple’s life quickly. Taking a multi-faceted approach to fighting acne pays off in the form of shorter, less severe breakouts.

A doctor can prescribe topical acne products containing antibiotics to kill the bacteria that cause acne. Prescription creams such as tretinoin and adapalene are more effective against acne than their drugstore counterparts. Oral medications help clear acne systemically instead of topically. Painful cystic acne succumbs quickly to cortisone injections or draining to relieve the pressure. Laser treatments and dermabrasion may help some cases of acne as well as restoring a smoother surface to previously troubled skin once the acne disappears. Dermatologists can also work with other doctors to adjust medications that might worsen acne such as birth control pills or steroids.

Other conditions such as rosacea or folliculitis mimic acne’s appearance, but require different treatment. Only a qualified dermatologist can diagnose a skin condition correctly and provide appropriate treatment, so it is vital to seek dermatological advice for any sudden rash or breakout. Trying an over-the-counter acne regimen to heal a skin problem other than acne could exacerbate the irritation and discomfort of the condition.

Healthy skin means more than simply being acne-free; a doctor’s care ensures that once the blemishes disappear, the skin beneath is vibrantly healthy. Injections of Botox or cosmetic fillers reduce the appearance of deep acne scars, while laser resurfacing smooth’s away shallower imperfections left by previous bouts of acne.

Acne may not be dangerous, but it merits a doctor’s attention. Seek a specialist in healthy skin and end the cycle of dry skin and breakouts that over-the-counter creams perpetuate.







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Fruit Facial Recipes for Vibrant, Glowing Skin!


Fruit facial recipes are ideal for treating skin problems like acne or a dull complexion. We eat fruit for its vitamins and antioxidant properties, and we can derive the same benefits by applying the sources of these nutrients directly to the skin. Perhaps the most compelling reason is that they are natural, with no chemicals or allergens. Instead of using expensive treatments that might contain harmful ingredients, try a budget-friendly natural remedy made with fruit to moisturize and revitalize all types of skin, leaving you with a gorgeous glow.

Here are some common fruit facial recipes. They are typically left on for about 15 minutes and then rinsed off with warm water.

Strawberries and papayas contain salicylic acid and are natural exfoliants. After mashing them, mix them with cornstarch, wheat flour or oatmeal to make a paste.

Peaches are rich in Vitamins A and C, and their alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) open your pores and get rid of dead skin cells.

Grapes contain several vitamins and antioxidants. Simply mash them and combine them with honey for a soothing mask.

Bananas mixed with honey (and orange or lemon juice) are gentle enough for all skin types, and they contain antioxidants to help fight acne. This mixture can also eliminate dry skin cells and help prevent wrinkles.

Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, which helps unclog pores by removing dead skin cells. Combine pineapple juice and wheat flour, or use the pineapple’s flesh mixed with honey.

Tips:
Grapefruits, oranges, lemons and limes might be too acidic, so you might not want to put citrus fruits directly on your face. Use small amounts of the juice, or combine it with wheat flour to make a mild skin treatment.

When trying new fruit facial recipes, you should check for sensitivity by testing a small bit of the mixture on your wrist before applying it to your face.







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