The Secret to Flawless Skin: Microneedling
As spring turns to summer it is important to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays.
The Secret to Flawless Skin
Commonly referred to as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is used to improve overall complexion and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is achieved through the creation of microscopic holes in the skin that stimulate a natural healing ability that replaces damaged tissue with new tissue and collagen. The result is a thicker, healthier dermis that significantly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. As an added benefit, microneedling also allows for better absorption of topical gels, resulting in a more effective treatment.
How does it work?
Microneedling is based on the use of tiny needles to create micro punctures, or tiny holes in the skin. The process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and in the process produces collagen and elastin.
There is no tissue destruction with the micro needling. The small channels in the epidermis close very quickly and the skin begins a healing response right away. Depending on the depth of the skin defect, you may see only redness or you may experience some pinpoint bleeding which stops almost immediately.
These superficial micro channels also allow for topical gels and creams to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.
Before Treatment Begins
A numbing cream is used on the face prior to treatment. The face will be cleaned off and a serum with moisturizer and growth factors is applied to the skin. The device is passed gently over the skin and settings are adjusted until pinpoint bleeding is noticed.
Immediately after the procedure you will notice redness and minor swelling and a burning sensation typical of a moderate sunburn, this can last up to 3 days. It is important to use a soapless cleanser and a bland moisturizer, typically you can wear makeup on day two of recovery. It is essential to wear a minimum of spf 30 for the week following the procedure.
Sessions are typically repeated every 4-6 weeks and at least 3-5 sessions are recommended to achieve optimal results. Microneedling sessions can be combined with the topical application of growth factors in order to introduce them deeper into the skin.
Watch the full procedure Done by Dr. Patricia Dymek HERE.
The Signs, Symptoms and How to Prevent Skin Cancer
As spring turns to summer and you spend more time outdoors, don’t forget how important it is to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in both men and women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society,1 person dies of melanoma every hour. The good news is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and it can also be one of the most treatable when detected early.
Types of skin cancer
Skin cancer occurs when mutations form in the DNA of skin cells, causing them to grow out of control. Usually, the damage results from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which comes from the sun and artificial rays (tanning beds, sunlamps). Skin cancer most often appears in areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the face, head, neck, hands, lips, ears and scalp. However, the disease can also develop in other areas, such as scars, skin ulcers or in the genital region.
The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. There are also several very rare types of skin cancer that account for less than 1 percent of all cases, such as merkel cell carcinoma, cutaneous (skin) lymphoma and various types of sarcomas.
Symptoms to look for
Each type of skin cancer is different, and has unique symptoms.
Basal cell carcinomas on the head or neck may first appear as a pale patch of skin or a waxy translucent bump. You may see blood vessels or an indentation in the center of the bump. If the carcinoma develops on the chest it may look like a brownish scar or flesh-colored lesion. As the cancer develops, it may bleed, ooze or become crusty in some areas.
Squamous cell carcinomas may develop as a firm lump on the skin, and may be rough on the surface, unlike the smooth and pearly appearance of a basal cell carcinoma. If a nodule doesn’t form, the cancer may develop as a reddish, scaly patch.
Melanoma signs include new spots on the skin, or a change in size, shape or color of an existing mole.
Follow the ABCD rule for spotting melanoma:
- Asymmetry: A mole that has an irregular shape or two different looking halves.
- Border: Irregular, blurred, rough or notched edges.
- Color: Most moles are an even color, such as brown, black, tan or pink. Look for changes in the shade or distribution of color throughout.
- Diameter: Moles larger than ¼ inch (6 mm, the size of a pencil eraser) across may be suspect, although some melanomas may be smaller than this.
Most moles are benign and will not need treatment. Take note of the above possible signs of skin cancer, and get to know your body. If you observe noticeable changes in your skin or see any of the above symptoms, consult your dermatologist.
Early detection and prevention
When detected early, treatment for skin cancer may require only a simple outpatient surgery at your dermatologist’s office. If it goes undetected, skin cancer can spread. Treatments for advanced skin cancer include chemotherapy and radiation, often coupled with surgery.
If you have risk factors for skin cancer such as fair skin, advanced age, a history of sunburns or a family history of skin cancer, schedule regular yearly checkups with your dermatologist. Examine your skin head-to-toe every month. See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.
Early detection of skin cancer is important, but you can reduce your risk with a few simple steps. Here are some tips to stop skin cancer before it starts:
- Do not Burn, Stay in the shade especially between 10AM and 4PM.
- Wear protective clothing/hats when you’re in the sun.
- Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
- Don’t forget to use sunscreen on your lips, ears and hairline.
- Skip the tanning salon.
- Protect your eyes with sunglasses
- Check your moles Prevent sunburns
Whether it is the quest for youthful appearing skin, elimination of a skin growth or wrinkle, or a rash on a child, we have what you need. Please explore our website or call our office for additional information. We look forward to meeting you.