February 15th, 2013 Blog Admin
There seem to be so many different lasers used for laser resurfacing, with each one being touted as the best. What really is the best laser for laser skin resurfacing?
The two types of lasers most commonly used in laser resurfacing are carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium. Each laser vaporizes skin cells damaged at the surface-level.
This method has been used for years to treat different skin issues, including wrinkles, scars, warts, enlarged oil glands on the nose, and other conditions.
The newest version of CO2 laser resurfacing uses very short pulsed light energy (known as ultra pulse) or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage. Lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, or chest. One of the benefits of erbium laser resurfacing is minimal burning of surrounding tissue. This laser causes fewer side effects — such as swelling, bruising, and redness — so your recovery time should be faster than with CO2 laser resurfacing. In some cases, recovery may only take one week Ask your doctor how long recovery is likely to take for you.
If you have a darker skin tone, erbium laser resurfacing may work better for you.
Erbium laser resurfacing is designed to remove surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, or chest. One of the benefits of erbium laser resurfacing is minimal burning of surrounding tissue. This laser causes fewer side effects — such as swelling, bruising, and redness — so your recovery time should be faster than with CO2 laser resurfacing. In some cases, recovery may only take one week Ask your doctor how long recovery is likely to take for you.
If you have a darker skin tone, erbium laser resurfacing may work better for you. The laser is chosen depending on what you are trying to achieve.
February 6th, 2013 Blog Admin
Were you aware of the fact that three out of four teenagers will experience some measure of acne? This nasty problem rears its ugly head just when the teen is learning to fit in with his or her peers and beginning to develop self-esteem. That is why teen acne should be treated and not left for months or years to cause deep emotional scars as well as facial scarring. And teens are not the only victims…adult acne is a real problem for some men and women.
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands become plugged with oil, resulting in fertile ground for the production of a bacterium called P. acnes. If the pore remains open, the result is a blackhead. Conversely, if it stays closed, a whitehead is the result. The area can become filled with leaking pus and the area then becomes a breeding place for pimples. Those with very oily skin are more apt to have acne than those with drier skin.
There is a new way of treating acne and that is the FDA-approved Blue Light treatment. An LED light, this product’s single wavelength destroys the bacteria trapped in the pimples. Renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Haitham Masri utilizes this treatment in his Dearborn, Michigan, clinic with excellent results.
While Blue Light by itself is effective, results will be more effective if it is used in combination with aminolevulunic acid (ALA) or Kerastick® and Levulan®. If Blue Light is used in combination with ALA, it is a two part treatment with low downtime. The treatment may need to be repeated or combined with chemical peels or other treatments in order to achieve the desired results. The length of the treatment depends on how severe the acne is. This procedure is often covered by health insurance.
You can expect little or no redness if Blue Light is used alone, but if combined with ALA there will be significant redness, which will disappear in a few days. Blue Light is considered to be the best in acne therapy, and in the expert hands of Dr. Masri and Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery’s qualified estheticians, the outcome will be successful and pleasing to the patient. Find out more about Blue Light with Kerastick® here. For more information, please call (866) 487-3223.
February 1st, 2013 Blog Admin
It doesn’t happen overnight, but one day you may take a good look at yourself and find that what used to be a lovely little belly curve has turned into a full-blown beach ball. Perhaps you’ve tried every diet there is, have exercised, have even meditated to try to melt the fat away, but no matter what you do it’s still there. And with age it will only become more noticeable. Trying to stuff the excess skin into a girdle works for a while, but then even that becomes impossible. This is the time for a tummy tuck. In the hands of a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon, this procedure is safe and successful.
Abdominoplasty, the medical name for this operation, is the perfect solution to a sagging abdomen. One can have loose, hanging skin or quite a protrusion in that area. It is not attractive and is certainly not good for one’s general health. The solution is to get rid of that excess, drooping skin. You will have a new lease on life when you first see your more youthful, firmer tummy.
To perform a tummy tuck, the surgeon will make an incision just above the pubic area which will run from hipbone to hipbone. It is through this incision that the excess fat and skin will be removed and the underlying abdominal muscles will be tightened. Often times, another incision is made around the belly button to reposition the belly button if excess skin and fat are being removed from the upper abdomen. If you and your surgeon decide on a partial tummy tuck to address the area below the bellow button only, the additional incision will not be made.
Abdominoplasty surgery usually lasts anywhere from two to five hours, and dressings are applied to the incision area afterward. A general anaesthetic is given, or in some cases a local anaesthetic and sedation will be used.
When opting for a tummy tuck, it is imperative that you seek out a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who is also board certified. The Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery in Dearborn, Michigan, has an impressive record of successful abdominoplasty surgery. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (866) 487-3223.