Thursday, 22 January 2015

What Dermatologists Do To Give You Gorgeous Skin

What Dermatologists Do To Give You Gorgeous Skin

Having healthy and clear skin is a priority for many people. Who wouldn't want to have smooth and blemish-free skin? It also doesn’t hurt that you don’t have to feel any anxiety or embarrassment when communicating face-to-face with others, either. While some very lucky people are born with flawless skin, the rest of us have to purchase endless products or seek treatment to get it. Sometimes over-the-counter products will do the job, but when they don't, a good step to take is seeing a dermatologist

Dermatology is a field that focuses on healing and treating skin conditions related to the skin, hair and nails. It’s not just anyone who can treat and figure out how to address these specific concerns. That’s what a dermatologist is for. So if your concern involves wrinkles, brown spots or acne, they’re the best people to see and talk to. Of course, these aren’t the only concerns they deal with—dermatologists can diagnose and treat over 3,000 diseases.

Below is just a couple of the most common skin concerns dermatologists address on a daily basis.

Before and after photo of acne treatments
Source: SpaMedica. This patient received acne and acne scar reduction treatments

Acne is just one of those things that always bother each and every one of us. Nobody likes it and nobody wants it. Unfortunately, many of us deal with it during puberty or even adulthood. An article by Best Health Magazine says that more than 70% of adults between ages 20-50 experience acne breakouts.

Sometimes acne can be controlled or treated with products you can buy over the counter. But when this doesn’t clear breakouts, you should consider laser acne treatments to help clear your skin. SpaMedica combines medical treatment, laser and topical solutions to treat acute acne.

Acne treatments start with a SonoPeel, an ultrasonic microdermabrasion treatment. The ultrasound waves liquefy and break up sebaceous plugs that block the exit of sebum from the hair follicle glands in your skin.

Your treatment provider then applies a mild topical chemical called keratolytic. It helps to remove your skin’s outer layer. This allows medical acne skin care products to penetrate your skin better, which in turn reduces inflammation and increase your blood flow to fight against acne bacteria. This is just the beginning of acne treatments—there are more steps involved to clear your skin. Four to six appointments gives you anywhere between 75-95% reduction of acne breakouts.

Before and after photo of brown spot removal
Source: SpaMedica. This patient received laser treatments to remove brown spots on her hand.

Brown Spots

Brown spots (also known as age spots) show up on exposed skin areas such as your face, neck, back and hands. Main causes are usually due to age, genetics or too much sun exposure. Brown spots are brown (that was a no-brainer), tan or black in colour and flat. Brown spots are typically seen in people over 50, but that doesn’t mean younger people aren’t getting them. Anyone who spends a lot of time out in the sun without any sunscreen will increase their chances of developing brown spots.

Luckily, brown spots can be treated fairly easily. By combining different laser systems, intense pulsed light and radiofrequency devices, your brown spots fade after one or two laser treatments. The results gradually improve with pulsed light. The treatment itself only takes a few minutes and you can go back to work or regular activities right after.  

Get Clear and Healthy Looking Skin Now

This is just the tip of the many concerns dermatologists see and treat. Sometimes removing small things like moles, scars and spider veins can make all the difference in your confidence and appearance. If you’ve got any dermatology-related concern, don’t hesitate to ask us questions or book your appointment online.