Skin Care/Laser Skin Resurfacing/Chemical Peels
Basic Skin Care
The quality, health, and appearance of your skin surface is a highly visible indication of your age and vitality. Regardless of your skin color, texture, and type, several proven measures will protect and preserve a youthful presentation. Regular cleansing, when properly performed with a quality product, opens pores allowing sebum (secretion of sebaceous glands of the skin) to drain, removes debris, and controls microbial growth on the skin.
Protection from excessive ultraviolet radiation (direct solar exposure) avoids irregular pigmentation (spots and/or patches) on sun exposed areas and minimizes the chance of mutations in deep epidermal (skin surface) cells that become carcinoma (skin cancer). Protective measures include hat, sunglasses, properly used quality sunblock, and avoiding unnecessary exposure by timing outdoor activities during hours when the sun is not high in the sky. Sun protective clothing, properly tinted windows, and shade also offer refuge.
Truly effective anti-aging meausures for the skin include protection from the sun and for many, regular use of tretinoin (all-trans-retinoic-acid), still by far and away the most successful of all available prescriptions to maintain youthful skin. Tretinoin penetrates into cellular machinery, inducing many favorable effects. Tretinoin increases collagen and elastin content of skin, thickens aging epidermis, normalizes pigment distribution, and diminishes fine wrinkling of the skin. Although surface drying of the skin may result, Dr. Laverson controls this by suspending his tretinoin formulation in a powerful moisturizer, and adding low strength anti-inflammatory components. Application of tretinoin in the evening after skin cleansing with a quality exfoliator improves penetration and increases effectiveness. Tretinoin is a prescription product, and MUST be accompanied by strong sun protection during the day because it sensitizes skin to the solar exposure.
Laser Skin Restoration/Chemical Peels
Dr. Laverson incorporates several laser platforms to accomplish what surgery cannot.
Carbon Dioxide Laser
The carbon dioxide laser tightens the skin surface and smooths surface contour creases, scars, and irregularities. This laser lightens skin pigmentation. Common indications are loose aging skin, fine wrinkles, and acne scars. This laser may be adjusted to low power for mild
wrinkles and quick healing, or more deeply for irregular contours resulting from deeper dermal abnormalities. Because of its power, the area for treatment must be anesthetized. If the laser will be used to correct a localized region of your skin surface, local anesthesia will do, but for larger areas, general anesthesia is preferred. Recovery time must be planned in advance. The carbon dioxide laser removes surface epidermis, and leaves a moist open wound that heals during one to two weeks after the procedure. Skin remains thin, sensitive, and pink for two to four months. During this time, the laser treated skin will become red and pigmented if exposed to sunlight. Sun avoidance and sun protection are important parts of post surgical care. We recommend hats, sunglasses, and The Doctor’s Wife high quality mineral cosmetics in your natural color to cover the pink and to protect your sensitive skin during healing.
Dr. Laverson owns the Iridex Varilite® semiconductor laser, a dual wavelength device which successfully treats vascular (red) lesions or vessels, brown or darkly pigmented areas, leg veins, tan spots, and moderate inflammatory acne. This office laser lightens or eliminates undesired skin pigment and small visible skin spots, birthmarks, red or violet blood vessels, and other lesions. Minimal or no discomfort is involved, and no anesthesia is required.
Laser skin restoration complements other facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift, BOTOX® Cosmetic, lip lift, and blepharoplasty. Sun exposure must be minimized until healing is complete. Good results can be maintained by skin protection and care.