Photo Facial (for Sun damage) – (aka Intense Pulsed Light, IPL)
Photo Facials use a laser-like Xenon flash lamp to treat irregular color, and can correct the excessive red and brown color that is often due to sun damage. This is a comfortable treatment that has no down-time and the optimal results are seen either immediately or after pigment is shed in about 10 days after the procedure. Normal skin care can resume after the treatment. Commonly treated areas include the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, and legs.
Rosacea (Red Face)
Rosacea is a common condition of dilated and broken capillaries of the face, especially the cheeks, nose and chin areas that result in a reddened face. The cause is a combination of genetics, lack of pigmentation, and exposure to sun and extremes in temperature both cold and hot. Damage from the sun’s UV light and from temperature extremes leads to inflamed blood vessels and an abundance of damaged capillaries. The skin is usually hypersensitive, often feeling hot and reacts strongly to the use of many skin products. Red wine, spicy foods and exercise are common triggers for dilating the capillaries increasing redness but are not a cause of Rosacea and are generally beneficial for the circulation.
Management of Rosacea by vascular lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments to eliminate the excess of damaged capillaries near the skin surface on the face is effective. It is important to wear a high-grade sun screen with an SPF of 40+ daily. (Rosacea is a chronic condition and if) well controlled Rosacea may go years between treatments. Use of topical 1% Metrogel is sometimes helpful for its anti-inflammatory effects, but is secondary to more effective treatments.
Uneven Pigmentation and Melasma
Areas of long term sun exposure are prone to develop darkened pigmentation that may resemble many small freckles or larger patches often on the cheeks, nose, mid forehead, and the upper lip. A reduction in pigmentation must be done gently with a minimum of irritation which would stimulate re-pigmentation. A series of light chemical peels can be effective but tends to be both too slow and irritating to be a first choice.
Pigmentation Treatment (South Beach Peel)
A south beach peel is a combination of a low intensity Photo Facial to break-up the pigment below the surface of the skin followed by a minimal depth erbium laser peel to exfoliate and shed more pigment. Shortly after the treatment the pigment will appear to temporarily darken in color and over the next 7-10 days will reach the surface of the skin and be shed, usually in the shower. There is no down time with this procedure and you may wear make-up and sunscreen immediately afterwards. Post treatment includes daily use of a high SPF sunscreen high in zinc and titanium, and a pigmentation inhibiting cream to help maintain an even skin color.