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The Price of the Sun in Skin

As much as you loved the feel of the sun on your face and body, those golden rays probably left you with sun-damaged skin. While giving you a lovely toasted glow, ultraviolet rays also break down skin’s elastin. The results all too often go beyond the expected sagging and stretching. Skin may become fragile and tear or bruise more easily. Freckles and fine wrinkles may appear. Skin may display odd or uneven pigmentation. Worst of all, precancerous or cancerous cells may form. Using photodynamic therapy photorejuvenation to repair sun damage of all types may be an effective treatment worth considering.

Photodynamic Therapy – What Is It?

Also known as PDT or blue light therapy, photodynamic therapy is an ingenious way to treat specific areas of the skin’s surface using a photosensitizing agent and a specialized light source. The therapy is a three-step process that involves:

  • Applying a cream, liquid or injected photosensitizer to the damaged skin area. As its name implies, the photosensitizer will increase the treated area’s sensitivity to light.
  • Allowing an incubation period for the photosensitizer to act. Incubation periods range from minutes to days, depending on the agent used and the type of damage being treated.
  • Applying a specific wavelength of light. The photosensitized cells react to the light, producing a form of oxygen that destroys selected tissue.

Aesthetic and Medical Applications

Certified aesthetic professionals have been using a photodynamic therapy photorejuventation treatment to reverse sun damage and other skin imperfections for decades. It’s a safe, minimally invasive way of eliminating wrinkles, spots and undesirable textures from skin surfaces. It’s also an effective way of preventing and treating precancerous and cancerous skin lesions as well as many other conditions.

Photodynamic Therapy for Sun Damage

The most frequently cited drawbacks of sun exposure are wrinkles, fine or not-so-fine lines and wrinkles, and other blemishes that mar facial skin. However, sun damage can also include conditions like hyperpigmentation, melasma, freckles and actinic keratosis. Here’s a brief breakdown of each condition:

Photodynamic Therapy for Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation, or discolored patches of skin, can be the result of sun damage or other medical conditions. It can also result from inflammation. Overstimulated melanin production can result in brown patches, age or liver spots, sun spots, or other uneven splotches of color that are typically darker than the surrounding tissue. Hyperpigmentation can occur on any part of the body.

Photodynamic Therapy for Melasma: While not the result of sun damage, per se, melasma, known as the mask of pregnancy, resembles hyperpigmentation and is the result of hormonal changes that can leave brown splotchy patches on facial skin. Discolored patches most often appear on the cheeks, around the eyes and above the lip. It can be especially noticeable in fair-skinned women.

Photodynamic Therapy for Freckles: Freckles are actually another form of hyperpigmentation. However, because they are often so small and scattered, they qualify in a league of their own. Freckles come in two types: ephelides and lentigines. Ephelides appear instead of a tan and usually disappear in the absence of sun exposure. However, lentigines tend to be darker than the common freckle and do not fade even when protected from sun exposure.

Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis: Often appearing as little more than a rough, scaly patch or small, wart-like bump, actinic keratosis is considered a precancerous skin condition. Also called solar keratoses, the growths tend to appear on areas frequently exposed to sun, such as the face, scalp, neck, ears, lips and backs of hands. Most become red, but many remain pink, tan or flesh-colored. About 10 percent will develop into squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.

Safe, Effective and Pain-Free

A variety of safe, effective photosensitizing applications, light options and treatment regimens are readily available, each tailored to your specific application needs. The use of light allows photodynamic therapy treatments to be quick, convenient and minimally invasive. Results are rapid, with little to no side effects. Damage from sunlight doesn’t have to mar your appearance. Instead, let the photodynamic therapy light perfect it.

If you’re looking for a provider for photodynamic therapy in Beverly Hills, contact us for a consultation.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

PRACTICE POLICY UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

March 23rd, 2020

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are closing the practice until Mid April.

Your health and well-being is our primary concern and we want to do our part to make sure that you are protected.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be suspended until further notice.
  • The office will be available for Retail and PrePaid Packages as well as to answer any and all questions and concerns.
  • Virtual Consultations are available upon request.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

  • Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • As we are an accredited medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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