Tucson Lifestyle May 2015 : Page 5

For Your Skinformation. Q A A few months ago I was diagnosed with skin cancer on my cheek. I had surgery and fortunately my doctor was able to remove it completely. However, now I have a scar from the surgery that is very noticeable, and I’d like to know if there is anything you would recommend for it. Yes, skin cancer is all too common in Arizona, so we treat many patients with stories just like yours. Treatment can dramatically improve a scar, whether it is flat, raised, depressed, discolored, or all of the above. In most cases, we use the SCAAR FX, a remarkable laser that was designed specifically to improve scar tissue. In order to achieve maximal improvement, the treatment plan may also include other lasers, injectables, and topical products. Q A My mom recently had some major plastic surgery done on her face, and she looks great, but it made me realize that I don’t want to go through that. On the other hand, I do want to look good as I get older, and I wonder if I should be doing anything now (I’m 34 years old) to avoid needing major work later. It’s wise to think about these things and start taking care of your skin while you are young. Up until the age of 40, our facial appearance is largely due to genetics, but our skin’s natural ability to renew itself starts to decline in our 20’s. For patients in their 20’s and 30’s, we recommend gentle lasers and exfoliation to maintain and stimulate skin renewal. These treatments have minimal or no visible healing, and bring out the best in your skin. Of course, sun protection, healthy nutrition, and quality skincare products are essential. Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. Faiyaaz Kalimullah, M.D. ® © 2014 Skin Spectrum 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 skinspectrum.com

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