Tucson Lifestyle December 2012 : Page 4

Your Skinformation Q A Q A I heard about a skin treatment that uses your own blood, applied to your skin, to make it look better. It sounds so strange---is it a real treatment? At first it sounded a little strange to us too, but it is actually a simple and ingenious procedure. The treatment is called PRP, and it utilizes the clear plasma portion of your blood. Plasma is rich in natural growth factors that stimulate our own stem cells to rejuvenate the skin, resulting in better tone and texture that patients love. We apply it to the skin as part of the Dermapen procedure, which takes just a few minutes and has minimal visible healing. Q A I have been waxing my bikini line for years, but I’m thinking about having laser treatment instead, as I’ve been hearing a lot about it. Does it give good results? Laser hair removal, especially for the bikini line, is one of the most popular treatments in our office. The procedure is safe and very effective for most people, and patients are thrilled to be freed from waxing or shaving. Winter is the perfect time to have laser hair removal, because you can have several treatments done before swimsuit season, and the treatment is safer when you don’t have a tan. Email your questions to: skinexperts@skinspectrum.com I am 35 years old, and I was surprised to learn that my 33 year-old friend gets Botox and filler treatments. I think that she is too young to be having these types of procedures; what do you think? Most of us start to notice aging changes on our faces in our mid-to-late twenties. Patients do have cosmetic treatments at a younger age than in the past, and many of our patients start to have procedures done in their early 30s. Their goal is often preventive maintenance, and perhaps avoiding bigger surgical procedures down the line. Our recommendations are customized for each individual, and could include lasers, chemical peels, or injectables. 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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