Primary prevention is inhibiting the development of disease before it occurs and in the case of Skin Cancers it consists mainly of limiting the amount of UV exposure.
There are different types of sun exposure. The first is incidental sun exposure that is spent outdoors on sunny days for the purpose of travel and /or routine activities of daily living. The second is recreational sun exposure which takes place when people are enjoying recreational or sports activities outdoors in the sun. The third type of sun exposure is occupational sun exposure which is occurs in people working outdoors (farmer, fisherman, life guard, postal or maintenance working etc.). Finally, the fourth type of sun exposure is intentional sun exposure with the goal of getting a suntan. Since more than two decades, achieving a tan may also be obtained by the use of indoor tanning whose popularity is still increasing and has become widespread in the United States and Europe.
Sun protection behaviors that promote primary prevention are mainly described in three main categories: using sunscreen, covering up (wearing hats and protective clothing) and seeking shade.
The goal of secondary prevention is to identify and detect skin cancer in its earliest stages offering thus the possibility of better management. This can be promoted by self examination, knowing your own risk factors and visiting your dermatologist regularly for a skin check-up! Thank you to all of you, see you soon.
Clear skin is something that almost everyone wants, but few people seem to have. Genetics, environmental hazards, age and even ultraviolet rays can cause skin to look less than radiant. The good news is that smooth, clear skin may be possible to obtain by utilizing chemical peels in conjunction with microdermabrasion. Controlled damage to the skin can be used to remove old layers of skin while utilizing the body’s natural repair processes to rejuvenate your skin. The best part of this technique is that it can work for all skin types and ages.
The Basics of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels work by utilizing controlled destruction of the skin. They are designed to damage the epidermis and dermis. The body will replace the damaged skin cells after removing them, which in turn produces the clearest skin that your body can manage.
Though chemical peels do involve damage to the skin, it is important to understand that this damage is controlled. The amount of damage done during this process is limited to ensure that no scarring occurs and that only the target areas of the skin are affected by it.
Salicylic acid is the most common type of ingredient used for chemical peels, but others are available to be used. The type of chemical that will work best depends on your skin type, which is where the expertise of an experienced specialist will come in handy.
Microdermabrasion: Furthering the Body’s Repair Processes
Microdermabrasion is another controlled type of damage to the skin. It does not rely upon a chemical process, which means that it is significantly less likely to interact with melanin in the skin. The basic idea behind microdermabrasion is to utilize incredibly fine needles or cutting surfaces to perforate or remove the upper layers of the skin. This mechanical process safely destroys a light amount of skin, which allows the body to begin restoring it.
The biggest advantage of microdermabrasion is the ability to interact with the epidermis and dermis layers simultaneously. This can help remove problems in the epidermis layer of the skin, which includes discoloration of the skin, and deeper problems that may be harder to treat, which includes liver spots and some types of scars.
The other advantage of combining chemical peels with microdermabrasion treatments is the fact that the recovery period between treatments is typically shorter. This allows you to minimize redness and swelling while still enjoying smooth and clear skin.
Why Combine Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion?
The problem with microdermabrasion and chemical peels is that they can only interact with the skin so much. When combined, they can significantly reduce the risk of unwanted side effects while providing a more effective treatment. Patients typically see clearer skin when they undergo both treatments rather than only one.
The other advantage of combining chemical peels with microdermabrasion treatments is the fact that the recovery period between treatments is typically shorter. This allows you to minimize redness and swelling while still enjoying smooth and clear skin. If you are interested in the skin rejuvenating effects of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion, our team at Robert Andrews Laser and Medical Aesthetics can help. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Please call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Reduce Sun Damage with our Photofacial
Many things can happen to your face when you are out in the sun too long. Some of these effects are immediate - like a sunburn or darker freckles - but others will develop over time. You may not notice many effects of the sun when you are young, but if you spend too much time outside and catch too many rays, the skin damage will show up as you age. At Robert Andrews Laser and Medical Aesthetics we can help address sun damage on the surface and under the skin with our Photofacial treatments. Photofacial treatments can help reduce and even reverse the damage that has been left behind from years of sun exposure.
Sun damage can lead to a myriad of problems including wrinkles, large pores, age spots, uneven textures and more. These visible signs can hinder self-confidence and also make you look older or more tired than you are. A Photofacial at Medical Aesthetics of New England can help minimize the visible signs to reveal a more even skin tone that is more vibrant and younger-looking.
A Photofacial uses pulsed light technology to target the layers of tissue under the skin for optimum results. A Photofacial can help minimize the appearance of mild acne scars, enlarged pores, uneven pigmentation, redness, fine lines and wrinkles, and a number of other blemishes that keeps you from appreciating the way you look.
Photofacials are a non-invasive procedure that is a more recent breakthrough in technology. It takes years off your skin in an effective and affordable manner. The non-laser intense pulse light technology improves the appearance of sun-damaged areas by treating the broken capillaries, age spots and other areas. You will not have any downtime to recover after the treatments and can go back to your regular life. Depending on the issues you are looking to correct, we might recommend a series of treatments. This can be determined during your consultation.
If you are interested in the age-defying and skin rejuvenating effects of a Photofacial, our team at Medical Aesthetics of New England can help. Our medical staff will work with you to discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals. Together with you, we will create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and your skin concerns. If a Photofacial is not right for you, we can offer alternative treatment options to help you get the best possible results. Contact Robert Andrews Laser and Medical Aesthetics today to schedule your consultation and find out if a Photofacial is right for you.
At Robert Andrews Laser and Medical Aesthetics, we are all about helping our patient’s look and feel their very best. Offering a full menu of medical spa services, we’d love for you to come in and see what would be best for you! Call: 719-434-3075 or schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more.