Tucson Lifestyle April 2012 : Page 5

Q Your Skin formation I am getting married this summer, and I will be wearing a beautiful strapless dress. Unfortunately it displays every sun spot and freckle on my chest and arms. I’m hoping there is something that can even out my skin so I won’t have to wear full-body makeup in the heat of June! Q A Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, is just what the doctor ordered. It is a laser-like treatment that gently but effectively lifts and fades brown spots, leaving the skin even and radiant. It is commonly used on areas with visible sun damage, such as the face, neck, chest, arms, back, and legs. It may take 2-3 weeks to see the results and sometimes patients may need more than one treatment so I recommend to schedule soon! I recently saw a plastic surgeon about having a facelift, but he said that surgery isn’t a good idea for me because of my other medical conditions (for instance, I take a blood-thinning medication). He recommended other treatments that don’t require surgery---can you tell me more about these? A I had dermabrasion for my acne scars about 30 years ago, and I was pleased with the results. However, in the last few years my scars have become more noticeable, so I guess the results are wearing off. Should I have the dermabrasion done again? Q A For the “aging” face with acne scars we often combine treating the scar tissue with global anti aging options. We use a variety of methods to achieve this, including lasers and other energy devices, collagen stimulators, and dermal fillers. As we age and our face sags, scars appear to deepen. Restoring lost volume and tightening the skin will not only make your scars look better, it will make you look fresher and more youthful. Email your questions to: skinexperts@skinspectrum.com We treat many patients like you, for whom surgery is not possible. Fortunately, in this day and age there are many other excellent options available. In fact, many patients experience as much satisfaction from nonsurgical treatments as they would from surgery. You can safely have procedures such as lasers and chemical peels, which cause no bleeding. Injectable treatments may cause some bruising but can often still be done. This approach is often referred to as a liquid lift. Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. SKIN Spectrum 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 www.skinspectrum.com

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