Skin Cancer Screening
Acne is the most frequent skin condition in the United States. It is characterized by pimples that appear on the face, back and chest. Every year, about 80% of adolescents have some form of acne and about 5% of adults experience acne.
Acne is made up of two types of blemishes:
Whiteheads/Blackheads, also known as comedones, are non-inflammatory and appear more on the face and shoulders. As long as they remain uninfected, they are unlikely to lead to scarring.
Red Pustules or Papules are inflamed pores that fill with pus. These can lead to scarring.
Mole mapping is intended to diagnose melanoma at the earliest possible stage, by identifying new melanocytic lesions or change in pre-existing melanocytic lesions. These features may be suspicious of melanoma if the lesion also has a disordered structure clinically or on dermoscopy.
A dermatoscopy or a skin surface microscope is a noninvasive handheld magnification tool. It is directly placed on the surface of the skin of the patient to examine the key morphological structures of skin lesions that are on and below the skin surface that are not easily visible to the naked eye. It allows direct viewing and analysis of the epidermis and papillary dermis.
Sculptra has been clinically proven to be an effective, well-tolerated, and long-lasting treatment for the signs of facial lipoatrophy. (facial fat loss) It has been widely used for years in disposable stitches, soft tissue implants, and is biocompatible and biodegradable.
Botox Cosmetic is approved for the temporary treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crows feet by blocking the release of the chemical that causes the muscles to contract. Botox cosmetics enables the muscle to relax leaving the skin smoother and younger-looking.
Juvederm is a smooth injectable gel made out of hyaluronic acid. You can experience Juvederm in a quick in-office procedure here at Crystal Cove Dermatology to instantly smooth out wrinkles. Juvederm works especially well to “Plump Up” lips with a very natural look. No testing is required. Get the lips you’ve always wanted. You’ll see the difference immediately.
Restylane is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. (such as ‘smile lines’) Restylane requires no pre-testing and is proven to deliver long-lasting results.
Radiesse is a next-generation dermal filler that not only fill, but volumizes and works with your body to stimulate new collagen to deliver a natural look that lasts. This convenient treatment can restore facial volume as well as correct smile lines for the youthful look you want.
V-Beam Laser Treatment
Rejuvenate your skin with a V-Beam pulsed dye laser treatment for the redness of the face and neck or sun/age brown spots. The V-Beam laser delivers an intense, but gentle, burst of light into selectively targeted areas of the skin. The light is absorbed by specific blood vessels or pigmented areas in the dermis (skin) depending on the condition being treated. V-Beam laser treatment is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted pigment from the skin.
Skin Care Treatments
Microdermabrasion loosens layers of dead skin cells that form on the skins surface. It then suctions the skin debris. Crystals exfoliate to reveal refreshed skin. Microdermabrasion improves dull, uneven skin color, relieves clogged pores, softens rough skin, and refines pores.
Varying in severity, acne affects most teenagers as well as adults. Outbreaks can show up as whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and in some individuals, as deep painful bumps. Acne most commonly occurs on the region of the face, but can also affect the back, chest, shoulders, and neck.
PDT – Photodynamic Therapy
Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, is a specialized treatment performed with a topical photo-sensitizing agent called Levulan, activated with the correct wavelength of light. These treatments remove sun damaged pre-cancerous zones and spots called Actinic Keratoses. Sun damage, fine lines and blotchy pigmentation are also improved because of the positive effect of Levulan and the light treatment.
Sclerotherapy is the most successful method of eliminating telangiectasias otherwise known as ‘spider veins’ of the legs. Sclerotherapy is performed by a dermatologist on an out-patient basis. A concentrated salt solution is injected with a very small needle into the spider vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing the blood vessel to scar and shrink down.
Glycolic Acid Peel
A light chemical peel that is a safe and effective procedure to improve the skins texture and appearance. Glycolic acid is the most popular alpha hydroxyl acid and can be used on all skin types. Glycolic acid peels thin the top layer of skin loosening the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together, as well as increasing the production of new collagen, elastin, and other proteins. This will result in leaving the skin smoother and younger-looking.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized highly effective technique for the removal of skin cancer. Mohs surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue so that all (roots) and extensions of the cancer can be eliminated.