Are you a San Diego resident who is unhappy with the appearance of your skin due to a loss of facial volume? When your skin becomes thinner, the opportunity increases for the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Many patients mistakenly believe that only surgery can help this type of skin condition related to aging or extreme weight loss. Actually, facial fillers can increase facial volume and smooth away fine lines and wrinkles.
What are Facial Fillers?
If you require additional facial volume but do not want surgery, facial fillers may be right for you. These injectable substances offer a great alternative to traditional cosmetic surgery and many of the same results without the side effects and complications.
Most facial fillers are simply substances that are suspended within a gel that is injected into your face. They are safe and effective for the treatment of lines, wrinkles, and thinning skin. Treatment in San Diego with facial fillers is fast and requires little to no downtime. The product is simply injected safely under the skin and goes to work immediately restoring facial volume, offering results that are very soft and natural in appearance.
What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is a synthetic form of lactic acid. Lactic acid is a substance produced by your own body within your muscles after you exercise vigorously. It contains no animal products or human materials. The FDA granted full approval to Sculptra® for cosmetic use for patients living within the United States. Before this, it was used commonly in Europe for over a decade and is also approved for use in Canada and in over a dozen other countries.
Sculptra® works by adding volume to the skin, filling in hollows and grooves. This generates some extra lift in your face and minimizes wrinkles since they are often formed by the loss of skin volume. The product works by stimulating your own body’s production of collagen, a substance that adds volume to the skin.
What is a Hyaluronic Acid-Based Facial Filler?
Hyaluronic acid is a skin component that attracts and binds moisture within your skin cells. Getting older means less hyaluronic acid, thinner skin, and more wrinkles. A hyaluronic acid-based facial filler will attract more moisture to your skin, increasing volume and smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles.
Make an Appointment Today
If you live in San Diego or the surrounding area and are interested in facial fillers, make an appointment at Torrey Pines Dermatology in La Jolla. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more!
Body sculpting is more popular today than it was 10 years ago. This is because in recent years, many products have come to market that allow body contouring and body sculpting without the need for surgical procedures like liposuction. This has been a game changer, especially for individuals who desperately want to get rid of unwanted fat in their midsection, but are not ready to submit themselves to a surgical procedure to accomplish this goal. Two of the most popular procedures on the market today are CoolSculpting® and SculpSure®. When it comes down to SculpSure® vs CoolSculpting®, while the two procedures are designed to remove unwanted fat in a non-surgical way, both procedures use different tactics, and SculpSure® is a step above CoolSculpting® for several reasons.
As its name implies, CoolSculpting® uses controlled cooling to destroy fat cells. SculpSure®, on the other hand, uses carefully controlled heat to liquefy unwanted fat. In time, your body will safely destroy the fat and remove it through your natural waste removal process.
The CoolSculpting® procedure takes approximately one hour. During the treatment, the tissue is sucked and pulled with the goal of freezing the fat cells. This procedure is known to cause some discomfort due to the suction and other factors.
SculpSure® is a procedure that only takes 25 minutes. It is performed in the comfort of our office in La Jolla. Multiple parts of your body can be treated at the same time, and your skin is kept cool while the laser energy treats your fat cells. As such, no downtime is involved. In fact, you are able to get right back to work or your other activities once the procedure is done.
Regarding SculpSure® vs CoolSculpting®, SculpSure® wins the side-by-side comparison. The procedure takes less than half the time of CoolSculpting®. There is no tugging, pulling or numbness once the procedure is complete. Patients do not usually complain of discomfort with this treatment.
The SculpSure® treatment is overall very well-tolerated. For this reason and many others, the best bet for non-surgical body contouring is the SculpSure® procedure. When it comes down to SculpSure® vs CoolSculpting®, there’s really no competition.
Schedule a consultation with our specialist at Torrey Pines Dermatology in La Jolla to see if SculpSure® is right for you. Our team happily serves men and women in the San Diego area. Contact our office today to book an appointment!
Tightening the skin on the face is best achieved by improving the condition of the subdermal supportive tissues. Mature adults begin to notice sagging due not only to fat deposits, but also the lack of supportive tissue beneath the skin. The skin also tends to sag because of the loss of collagen and elastin. Common tightening techniques include surgery and radiofrequency or laser therapy, but the newest advancement in the industry is Ultherapy®.
Ultherapy®, also referred to as Ulthera, is so-named because it uses ultrasound energy to stimulate tissue growth and collagen production. It’s the same energy that is used in ultrasound imaging. The sound energy is at a frequency that passes through less dense tissue and is absorbed or reflected back by denser tissues. This is what gives us such clear pictures when ultrasounds are performed. Ultherapy® uses the same energy delivery principle to kickstart a skin and subdermal rejuvenation process.
How Does Ultherapy® Work?
Ultherapy® is performed using a handheld device. The ultrasound energy is delivered directly from the instrument through the skin surface. When the device is placed on the skin, the sound energy passes right through the skin without damaging it.
The energy is absorbed deeper down, mostly in the layers where skin production takes place. At these lower levels, the body is constantly producing new skin cells that slowly move upward as the older epidermal layer is slowly shed. This is also the region where collagen production takes place.
When these tissues absorb the sound energy, it stimulates a response from the body. It’s as if a slight injury has occurred, and the tissue production accelerates. Actually, there isn’t any injury, but the sound energy, converted into motion and heat energy, triggers this type of response.
Collagen production also increases, and this will eventually affect the upper dermal layers in a most positive way. The total effect of Ultherapy® is slow but steady, with most individuals achieving the desired result in the months following the treatment.
Advantages of Ultherapy®
No surgery is involved, no fat removal via liposuction is required and no plumping dermal fillers need to be injected. Unlike most skin rejuvenation techniques that only address the skin condition but not the subcutaneous tissues, Ultherapy® works to tighten the skin, as well as improve its tone and texture.
Contact Us Today for More Information
Many people, perhaps yourself included, are not familiar with Ultherapy®. But it’s rapidly becoming one of the most popular skin tightening treatments, and it may be perfect for you! Make an appointment at Torrey Pines Dermatology to learn more about this incredible treatment. Our office is located in La Jolla, and we proudly serve clients in the San Diego and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for Ultherapy®!
May is skin cancer awareness month. Skin cancer is a condition that is caused by sun damage and is becoming more and more prevalent every day. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught and treated early. We see and treat a wide variety of skin cancer in our office with either an excision or Mohs Surgery, depending on the case. Our goal is to educate our patients on how to take care of their skin in order to prevent skin cancers from developing. One of the easiest ways to ensure your skin is protected is to wear and reapply sunscreen every single day.
A broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before sun exposure 365 days of the year; yes, that even includes cloudy days! Completing daily activities such as walking the dog, taking the kids to school, and getting the mail only take up short periods of time, but add up quickly. The majority of sun damage that occurs is not from days spent at the beach, but by the added sun exposure that occurs from day to day activities over the years.
Applying a Vitamin C serum under your sunscreen can provide even more protection for your skin. UVA/UVB radiation creates harmful free radicals that over time can induce premature aging. Our Vitamin C serums, CE Ferulic and Serum 15, are antioxidants that protect against damaging free radicals while also providing anti-aging benefits. When applied daily, CE Ferulic and Serum 15 actually improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness in the skin, and brighten overall complexion.
Vitamin C serum and sunscreen are two of Dr. Richards’ “Four Core Products” that she recommends to all patients, regardless of age, gender, or skin type. It is essential to your overall health to take proper care of our body’s largest organ, the skin. Applying Vitamin C serum and sunscreen every morning should become part of your daily routine to ensure you are protecting yourself from the damage the sun can cause.
To honor skin cancer awareness month and prepare our patients for summer, we are offering 20% off all sunscreen, and 20% off our Vitamin C Serums when purchased with a sunscreen. We are also giving away Elta MD Lip Balms (while supplies last) to all patients who purchase a Vitamin C Serum and a sunscreen together. Torrey Pines Dermatology is proud to serve patients in the San Diego and surrounding areas, and we are able to ship products anywhere in the United States. Call our office today to take advantage of our skin cancer awareness month special, and don’t forget to wear your sunscreen!
There are very few words that cause as much fear or terror as the word “cancer”. Although many cancers are not terminal, when a person hears that they have cancer or that they are at risk for cancer, their thoughts immediately go to the worst case scenario.
With a lot of cancers, there are clear signs that a person has the disease. They might have tenderness in a part of their body, they might feel sick or they might see visible lumps or bumps. Unfortunately, these visible signs are not always present with skin cancer.
Skin cancer grows very slowly, and it does so without giving clear warning signs. For this reason, identifying it early and treating it when it is not life-threatening can be a challenge. Finding skin cancer early requires vigilance on your part as well as on the part of the medical professional. There are a few common things that you should look out for.
It is first important to identify the difference between melanoma skin cancer and non-melanoma skin cancer.
Melanoma skin cancer is what people think about first when they consider skin cancer. This is because it is extremely aggressive, it can grow fast and it can spread from the skin to other organs in the body. Melanoma skin cancers can begin in a normal mole or they can start on skin free of moles. An acronym ABCDE is used to help identify moles that might be melanoma. A= asymmetric, B= irregular borders, C= dark black or varied colors, D= diameter greater than 6 mm or the size of a pencil eraser, E= elevation – if a mole grows rapidly in a vertical fashion and bleeds easily, it is likely a melanoma.
Non-melanoma cancers, on the other hand, are usually classified as basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers. If caught in their early phases, they are generally considered to be relatively non-dangerous and can usually be treated with a simple surgery (either an excision or Mohs surgery if the cancer is on the face, neck or hands). Non-melanoma skin cancer is what you will most commonly see on the parts of your skin that have a lot of sun exposure. They are very common in fair-skinned individuals who have had extensive sun exposure during their lifetimes. It is very rare for this type of cancer to develop in covered places, such as the inside of your mouth.
It is important to examine your skin at least once a month. The skin of the human body is continually changing, and it replaces itself all the time. So, if you have a mark that suddenly appears on the skin or a mole that is growing or bleeding, call us at Torrey Pines Dermatology right away so we can examine it.
If you have noticed any of the above symptoms or just haven’t had your skin checked in a while, visit Torrey Pines Dermatology in La Jolla. Our team is committed to helping patients in the San Diego and surrounding areas prevent skin cancer and catch those that have already developed early. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
Skin cancer is cancer that affects the body’s largest organ, the skin. There are three common types of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma. There are also a variety of less common, but dangerous skin cancers such as Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans and Atypical Fibroxanthoma. More than one out of every three new cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer. Skin cancer cases are rising every year and are not projected to slow down any time soon. It is important to be educated in the signs and symptoms of skin cancer and to see a dermatologist if you see any suspicious moles or spots on your body.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most frequently occurring form of skin cancer. They are found in the basal layer of the skin, which is the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin). They often look like open sores, irregular red patches, or shiny bumps. The main cause of BCCs is cumulative sun exposure and there also may be a genetic predisposition in some patients. People of all ages can be affected by BCC. They almost never spread past the original tumor size, but need to be removed as soon as confirmed by a biopsy. Over four million cases of BCC are diagnosed in the United States alone each year.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. These cancer cells are found in most layers of the skin’s epidermis. They commonly look like scaly red patches, open sores, or warts, and they may look crusty and can even bleed. This cancer is mainly caused by cumulative UV sun exposure, including tanning beds. If not treated immediately after detection, they can become disfiguring and even deadly. Over a million SCCs are diagnosed each year and an estimated 8,800 people are killed by the disease.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It is most often caused by UV exposure. The growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to the skin cells triggers mutations that lead the cells to multiply at a rapid pace and form malignant tumors. They most often resemble moles and can even develop from moles. The majority are black or brown, but can also vary in color. People who burn often when exposed to the sun are at an increased risk to develop this type of cancer. Melanoma kills about 10,000 people in the United States each year. In most cases, Melanoma can be removed by a doctor on an out-patient basis. If it has metastasized, however, chemotherapy and alternate treatment methods should be considered.
Can Skin Cancer be Prevented?
The risk for skin cancer can be prevented and even removed if proper precautions are used to protect the skin. Limiting sun exposure, never tanning in tanning beds, covering up while in the sun, wearing a wide brimmed hat, and daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen are the best ways to protect yourself from skin cancer. Most of the damage the sun causes to skin is by completing daily activities such as driving to work, walking the dog, and getting the mail. Many people only remember sun protection when at the beach or spending the day outside, but it is just as important to remember sun screen and other protection techniques every day of the year, even if you’ll only be in the sun for a few minutes. It is also important to schedule an annual skin check with a dermatologist to be evaluated for suspicious spots and to detect skin cancer early.
Sunscreen is arguably the most important step in a skin care regimen. It should be applied (and reapplied) daily regardless of the extent of sun exposure. Most of the damage done to skin by the sun is accumulated over time by daily tasks we all complete, such as driving to work, walking the dog, and checking the mail. While it is also important to remember sunscreen when at the beach or spending an extended period of time outside, that is not the only time it should be used.
Sunscreen should become a part of your daily morning routine just like brushing your teeth and washing your face. It may seem like a tedious task, but the benefits far outweigh the slight inconvenience and extra two minutes it takes to apply. Skin cancer reports are on the rise and becoming more and more prevalent in the news today. Skin protection from the sun is not something to take lightly.
What Does SPF Mean?
SPF stands for sun protection factor and is a number that represents how long a person can stay out in the sun without getting a sunburn while using the product. An SPF of 30 or higher is recommended to ensure the most sun protection. SPF is only based on UVB protection (the burning rays). When looking for a sunscreen, it’s important to look for broad-spectrum. This indicates that the sunscreen protects from UVB and UVA (aging rays).
Does Sunscreen Expire?
Yes, sunscreen typically expires 3 years after it is opened (check the box or bottle it came in for the exact date), but you also have to take into account how it was stored. Sunscreen that is kept in really hot, or really cold, environments (like your car or beach bag) will start to break down and won’t provide its maximum protection. If you are unsure how long you’ve had a sunscreen or you are using one you’ve kept in an unstable environment for extended periods of time, it’s probably best to throw it away and invest in some new bottles.
Dr. Richards Recommends…
Here at TPD, we offer a physical, broad-spectrum sunscreen line called EltaMD. After a thorough skin evaluation, Dr. Richards and Christine Corso, PA-C will recommend the best product to suit each individual’s specific needs. They take into account skin type, skin conditions, amount of time spent outdoors, outdoor physical activities, and convenience. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Richards or Christine Corso and find the best sunscreen for you.
What’s the Difference Between the Sunscreen Dr. Richards Recommends and the Sunscreen I Can Get at the Drug Store?
The sunscreens offered at Torrey Pines Dermatology (EltaMD) are medical grade sunscreens that are only sold in physician offices. They are broad-spectrum and all contain high levels of zinc oxide. Sunscreens that include zinc oxide block the widest spectrum of UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide is a natural, mineral compound that maintains its protective ability in the sun. Although sunscreens you will find in the drug store are cheaper, they are not medical grade sunscreens and most do not contain zinc as an active ingredient.
This May and June, Torrey Pines Dermatology is having an Ultherapy Special. If you purchase a Full Face Ultherapy Treatment, you will receive 20 units of XEOMIN for free! Give yourself or someone you love the gift of younger-looking skin!
What is Ultherapy?
Ultherapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound technology paired with the body’s own natural healing system to tone and tighten the skin. By using ultrasound, we are able to actually see the layers of tissue being treated and ensure the energy is being directed where it will have the most effect. The ultrasound energy triggers a natural response in the skin that kick-starts the body’s healing process and promotes collagen production.
As we age, our body’s collagen production slows down and leaves us with skin that lacks laxity and strength. By targeting the deeper layers of the skin where collagen is produced, Ultherapy is able to stimulate new collagen growth that tightens the skin and leaves it feeling firm and healthy. This process occurs over time, so results can be seen over a span of up to six months. There is no downtime required after an Ultherapy treatment; you can resume your daily activities directly after your appointment.
What is XEOMIN?
XEOMIN (Zeo-min) is a form of botulinum toxin that treats fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Popular treatment areas are crow’s feet and the frown lines in between the eyebrows. Repetitive facial expressions cause lasting fine lines as we age. When XEOMIN is injected, it blocks the release of the chemicals that cause the muscle contractions, which in turn softens the fine lines around the eyes.
XEOMIN is a pure form of botulinum toxin and does not contain any accessory proteins that do not play an active role in the effect of the treatment. Results can be seen within 3-5 days and last about 3 months. After treatment, you will experience a very natural, softer, and younger-looking complexion.
We are proud to serve patients in the San Diego and surrounding areas. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how you can benefit from Ultherapy and XEOMIN!