Additional Procedures

Skin Peel's

Vivite

Vivite glycolic acid peels result in a more refreshed appearance. It is a gentle, 70% glycolic compound that helps lift unwanted dull cells off the skin surface. It helps to even out skin tone, refine skin texture, and improve oily or acne-prone skin. This peel is considered a 'lunch-time' peel because it is fast and has little to no downtime.

The Vivite Glycolic Peel utilizes exclusive GLX Technology. GLX Technology is a unique blend of alpha-hydroxy acids and antioxidants that protects the skin from environmental stress factors known as free radicals, which can prematurely age skin. GLXT Technology uses a process called partial neutralization to allow for a high delivery of glycolic compound to the skin with minimal skin irritation. The result is an effective chemical peel with virtually no redness, irritation, or peeling afterward. A treatment series usually consists of 4-6 peels one month apart.

Beta Lift

The Beta Lift salicylic acid peel comes in two concentrations, 20% and 30%. This peel is especially good for acne and acne prone skin types and can provide moderate exfoliation and skin rejuvenation. Because salicylic acid is lipid-soluble, this peel can penetrate deep into oily skin types to lessen acne blemishes, blackheads, and whiteheads.

The Beta Lift Peel is most effective when done in a series of 4-5 peels spaced one month apart.

Stronger Acid Peels

Stronger acid peels such as trichloroacetic acid and phenol are falling into disuse due to much better alternatives. They are much less dependable and have more side effects than laser resurfacing.

BLU-U®

The BLU-U is used in conjunction with Levulan (delta aminolevulinic acid) to provide a treatment called Photodynamic Therapy or PDT. It is used to treat pre-malignant actinic keratoses, acne and aging skin (facial rejuvenation).

Levulan is a photosensitizing agent. It makes the skin more sensitive to the visible light wavelength emitted by the BLU-U. Levulan is absorbed by the upper layer of skin and is broken down to protophryin IX, a precursor of red blood cells and a very potent photosensitizer. When exposed to blue light, free oxygen radicals that damage cells are released. This mechanism of action can reverse pre-malignant changes. It also kills p.acnes, the primary bacteria responsible for acne.

Procedure

The area to be treated is cleansed and Levulan is applied. Approximately one hour later, it is washed off and the area is exposed to the BLU-U for approximately 16 minutes. Patients generally notice a mild stinging sensation. A sunscreen is applied prior to leaving the office. However, the patient must remain indoors and avoid strong halogen, fluorescent, and visible (outdoor) light for 36-48 hours because available sunscreens do not protect against visible light. Visible light can cause a severe burn. Some redness and mild swelling are normal after treatment and subside within a couple of days.

The average patient requires 3-4 treatments, but this may vary depending on the problem being treated and the severity of the skin condition.

Earlobe Repair

Earlobes that have been torn or stretched by heavy earrings or trauma can be repaired and then re-pierced. The procedure, performed under local anesthesia, includes laser ablation to the surfaces of the stretched holes with a CO2 laser and closing with sutures. We recommend waiting at least 2 months before re-piercing the lobes.

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