Skin problems like scars, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and poor skin texture are very common, and our patients in San Diego are no exception. Some of our patients desire to see an improvement in their skin but are not aware of some of the latest developments and innovations in the field of cosmetic dermatology. Our experienced cosmetic dermatologist at Torrey Pines Dermatology will be happy to help you on your journey to smooth, better-looking skin in San Diego. Contact us today to learn more!
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Today’s medical lasers have seen stunning advancements in their sophistication lately that has paid enormous dividends to dermatology patients. The incredible precision offered by laser technology means that only unwanted skin tissue is affected by the treatment, leaving nearby skin tissue intact and greatly speeding healing times.
Laser skin resurfacing is safe and effective for the removal of lines, wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation. The treatment is typically quite fast and involves very little downtime so that you can resume your normal activities right away in most cases.
A chemical peel procedure is a medical-grade treatment that can help enhance the appearance of your skin due to aging, scars, or sun exposure. Although an individual chemical peel’s ingredients may vary, they all work in the same basic way. A chemical solution is applied to your skin by our cosmetic dermatologist to remove varying portions of the outer skin layer to promote the formation of new skin that displays fewer imperfections.
Microneedling is another type of skin rejuvenation treatment our cosmetic dermatologist can perform that involves the controlled injury of outer skin layers. The treatment can be used to minimize the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and rough skin texture.
A microneedling procedure begins with the application of a topical numbing solution to enhance your comfort during your treatment. After that, we move the microneedling device over your skin repeatedly. This forms hundreds of tiny, virtually invisible punctures in your skin to trigger a skin rejuvenation process.
In addition to making a fine treatment in its own right, microneedling can be used in conjunction with the application of topical skin care ingredients to increase their penetration. The outer skin layer normally possesses a barrier that allows only tiny molecules to pass through. Microneedling forms channels that increase skin penetration and effectiveness.
Sculptra is a skin care innovation that involves the injection of a substance called polylactic acid. This synthetic substance is somewhat similar to that found in your body when your muscles are exercised vigorously. Once injected, this polylactic acid is gradually replaced by your own body’s collagen. Since collagen is associated with youthful skin, an increase leads to skin that displays fewer lines, wrinkles, scars, and blemishes.
The Sculptra treatment involves a series of injections given over the course of a few weeks. In between treatments, you will need to massage the treatment area to ensure that the product is distributed evenly and does not form lumps.
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Thinking about saying goodbye to your razor may sound like something that will potentially ruin your social life. If you do not have the ability to shave away unwanted hair, you are likely going to feel embarrassed. You will constantly cover areas of your body where you have that unwanted hair growth. At Torrey Pines Dermatology, we would like to tell you how you can say goodbye to your razor, as well as all of the unwanted hair you have on your body. Call us today to find out how we can help you.
Laser hair removal is a treatment that is designed to disable hair follicles in areas that receive this laser treatment. When the hair follicles are disabled, no new hair growth is possible. If you go through some kind of hormonal change in the future, like weight gain or a pregnancy, you may have some regrowth in some areas of your body. However, besides major hormonal changes that you could experience in your life, you are not likely to ever see hair growth in areas where laser hair removal treatments were done. For many of our clients, any hair growth that they do experience in the future is usually different. For example, hair that was once coarse, long, and dark will grow back much thinner and lighter. This is great because it will not be quite as noticeable as the hair was in the past.
The hair on your body goes through different growing cycles. At any one time, only about 25 percent or fewer of your hairs are going through an active growing phase. In order to get the best results, we need to use a laser on hairs that are going through an active growing phase. So this means that you will have to come back to our office at least four or five times in order to have the hair in a particular area treated. This will give us the opportunity to treat as many active hairs as possible. This will give you the longest lasting and best results.
Shaving with a razor definitely has its benefits. It allows you to remove embarrassing hair. However, it usually does not produce satisfying results. This is especially true if you have sensitive skin since you are used to dealing with things like razor rash, ingrown hairs, and other sensitivities. You can say goodbye to your razor with laser hair removal. Contact us at Torrey Pines Dermatology, proudly serving the San Diego community with an office located in La Jolla, to find out more about laser hair removal.
Many of our clients in the San Diego area ask us about alternative means to enhance their appearance without the need for surgery. Quite often, the skin is sagging or showing creases, but the problem isn’t fat cell accumulation. Rather, the problem is poor skin support and a decrease in the amount of collagen produced in and beneath the skin layers. Sound energy, when properly focused, is absorbed by dense tissue. The energy is changed to heat and motion energy. This acts as a signaling mechanism for the body to rejuvenate the affected tissues. This is the idea behind Ultherapy®. The same type of sound energy used in ultrasound imaging is used to tighten and smooth the skin.
How Can Sound Energy Help?
Ultherapy® uses specialized technology to produce highly-focused sound energy. The device used is a handheld instrument that is pressed directly onto the skin surface. When the device is properly calibrated and pulsed, the energy is absorbed by the lower dermal layers and the foundational tissues that lie beneath. This stimulates the production of collagen because the existing collagen is compressed and actually shrinks.
The Ideal Candidate
Mature adults experiencing skin sagging and folding on certain areas of the face may be ideal candidates for Ultherapy®. It’s important to understand, however, that Ultherapy® is not a fat removal procedure. During the consultation, we will examine the areas of concern and offer realistic outcome predictions.
Treatment and Results
This simple, non-surgical treatment is performed in the comfort of our office. Immediately after the treatment, some visual improvement in skin texture may be apparent, but the real magic happens over the following months.
The increase in collagen production soon results in smoother skin that is far suppler overall. Sags all but disappear, and the overall tone is better. In many cases, a single treatment session is all that is necessary for the rejuvenation process to be successful.
Since this procedure doesn’t involve surgery, abrasive skin resurfacing, or chemicals, it’s suitable for all skin tones and skin textures. The results can last for months or longer, after which the procedure can be safely repeated.
Learn More About Ultherapy®
This is a very simple cosmetic procedure that promotes natural healing and rejuvenation, as well as skin tightening. You can learn more about how it works by scheduling a consultation at Torrey Pines Dermatology in La Jolla. Contact us today to book your appointment!
Unless you have amazing genes, your skin is likely showing its age as you get older. This may be a completely normal part of life, but that does not mean that it should be accepted. Luckily, laser skin treatments now make it possible to restore a youthful appearance to your aging skin. If you are looking to get amazing results from your laser skin resurfacing treatments, then you may want to consider Deep FX and/or Active FX™.
Deep FX and Active FX™ are cosmetic procedures that use a fractional laser to repair your skin issues. Active FX™ will help eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots. If you have more severe skin issues, then you may be a strong candidate for Deep FX. While both procedures are performed in the same way, the Deep FX laser is designed to penetrate deeper into the skin. This makes it the perfect option if you have deeper wrinkles or scarred skin.
The problem with most laser skin resurfacing procedures is that they are not very flexible. If you do not have the right skin tone or complexion, then the laser will not be able to completely fix the blemishes on your skin. There can also be issues if your flaws are set too deep into the skin. These common problems with laser skin resurfacing won’t occur with Deep FX and Active FX™ thanks to the different skin penetration depths provided by both lasers. You may even be able to combine both treatments during the same appointment to get the best results possible.
The Deep FX and Active FX™ lasers can greatly improve your skin tone and texture. You may even see these changes as soon as you get home. It will take a while before your major skin problems start to disappear because the body must produce more collagen. You can expect to see your wrinkles, scars and age spots go away in the months after your Deep FX and/or Active FX™ laser skin resurfacing treatment. Your new, beautiful appearance will last for quite a long time if you maintain a good skincare routine.
Make an appointment at Torrey Pines Dermatology in La Jolla to learn more information about our laser skin resurfacing treatments. We proudly serve clients in the San Diego area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started.
Over the years, our patients in San Diego have come to rely on us for outstanding cosmetic dermatology services. Whether you are dealing with skin that has been damaged by exposure to sunlight, pollutants, or the aging process, we have numerous treatment options to suit every individual patient and their unique skin needs. Some of our most popular cosmetic treatments include laser skin resurfacing and Sculptra®, but this just scratches the surface when it comes to the first-class services we offer.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Today’s medical lasers offer an incredible level of precision that targets only unwanted skin and leaves surrounding skin tissue intact. This precision means that less tissue will require healing, and your downtime will be minimal to nonexistent, depending on the situation.
When used for cosmetic dermatology, a laser skin resurfacing treatment in San Diego involves the targeted application of thermal laser energy beneath the surface of your skin. The laser energy is carefully controlled. This treatment encourages your body to remove the unwanted skin tissue and replace it with fresher skin cells that display fewer imperfections like lines, wrinkles, scars, and hyperpigmentation. Depending on the situation, a series of treatment sessions may be required for optimal results.
Most people in San Diego have heard about dermal fillers by now. Sculptra® is a type of facial filler involving the injection of a synthetic substance called polylactic acid. This material is chemically similar to the lactic acid produced by your muscles during vigorous exercise. Once injected, the polylactic acid is gradually replaced by collagen. Sculptra® is the only product known to actually rebuild your body’s own collagen.
Skin Cancer Screening
Since skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, it is vitally important that you undergo regular screenings for skin cancer. If you do prove positive for this serious disease, you should have a high rate of treatment success before it has a chance to spread to internal organs. If you should notice any changes in a mole like a sudden change in color, size, shape, or borders, let us know right away, as this could indicate the development of skin cancer.
Learn More During a Consultation
Whether you’re interested in cosmetic dermatology, medical dermatology, or esthetician services, our team at Torrey Pines Dermatology can help you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at our office in La Jolla!
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®!