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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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New protocols for office visits

May 12th, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted many changes to your normal office visit. These changes have been introduced to protect everyone’s health and safety during your visit. All of our staff have been tested for COVID-19 and are negative. They are being monitored daily as well and will be practicing safety guidelines.

  1. If you are sick, do not come to the office. Call our front desk and we will reschedule your appointment promptly once you’re healthy again.
  2. Please wear a mask to your appointment.
  3. Do not bring someone else with you to your appointment. They will not be able to enter the office and wait for you. The only exceptions are for those who require medical assistance or translation assistance. Additionally, please do not bring any pets to the office with you.
  4. The day before your appointment, as in the past, you will be called to confirm your appointment. During that call you will be asked if you have any symptoms like fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste. You will also be asked if you have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or have been traveling on a commercial airplane within the last 2 weeks.
  5. When you arrive for your appointment, please call the office from your car. A staff member will either tell you to come up to the office at that time or will ask you to wait in your car until they text you to come up. Before entering the front door of the office, you will be met by a staff member who will take your temperature with a no-touch forehead thermometer to be sure you don’t have a fever. They will again ask you if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. You will be given a mask if you don’t have one, as well as hand sanitizer since you touched the doorknob to enter the office. We will stagger appointments so that on the day of your treatment, you will not interact with any other patients.
  6. You will be taken directly to an exam room which has been cleaned and disinfected just prior to your arrival. There are also air filtration machines installed in each exam room which sterilize the air.
  7. Our medical assistants, who will be wearing N95 masks and protective eye shields, will take your history and prepare you for your visit. You will be asked to sign a new COVID-19 consent form in addition to any of the usual consent forms you may be used to.
  8. After your treatment, you will check out while in the exam room and any products you purchase will be brought to you. If you give us your credit card information the day before your appointment, we can handle the checkout without physically touching your card.
  9. Please try to make your follow up appointments during your office visit. With new scheduling changes and staggered appointments, last minute appointments may be difficult to schedule.