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Acne is the term for plugged pores, pimples and deeper lumps that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms.
 

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Skin Cancer

Actinic Keratosis (AK), also known as Solar Keratosis, is a precancerous lesion of the epidermis (outer layer of skin) that is caused by long-term exposure to sunlight. One in six people will develop an AK in their lifetime. AKs are not life threatening as long as they are diagnosed and treated in the early stages. If left untreated, aggressive AKs have the potential to progress into Squamous Cell Carcinoma, a serious type of skin cancer. Patients with multiple AKs have a lifetime risk of progression to Squamous Cell Carcinoma of 5% to 9%.


Basel Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. Not only is the most common skin cancer, but the most common of all cancers. Basel Cell Carcinoma affects nearly 1 million Americans each year. Men are affected more often than women, and generally occur in older individuals, although also occurring in young adults and even children. It occurs most frequently on sun-exposed regions of the body. Although, this cancer rarely spreads (metastasizes) to other organs of the body, it can cause destruction of surrounding tissue. People with one Basel Cell Carcinoma have a greater chance of developing others. Thus, early detection and treatment are needed.


Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer of melanocytes, the cells that produce dark protective pigment called melanin. Melanoma may affect anyone at any age and can occur anywhere on the body. Melanoma may spread (metastasize) to other organs, making it essential to treat this skin cancer early. Melanoma develops on the skin of approximately 53,600 Americans annually, with an estimated 7,400 dying from Melanoma every year.


Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a major type of cancer that arises from the outer epidermal layer of the skin and mucous membranes, occurring most commonly on areas exposed to the sun. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer (Basel Cell Carcinoma being the most frequent), affecting more than 100,000 Americans each year. When completely treated, the cure rate for Squamous Cell Carcinoma is greater than 95%. If untreated, Squamous Cell Carcinoma may penetrate and destroy underlying tissue. In a small percentage of cases, this tumor can spread (metastasize) to distant organs and may be fatal.


 
   

Acne

Acne is the term for plugged pores, pimples and deeper lumps that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. Since most people develop acne during adolescence, it is most prevalent in those 16 to 18 years of age. In general, it becomes less of a problem after the age of 25. However, about 15% of women and 5% of men continue to have acne as adults.

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Acne Scars

Severe acne during adolescence often leads to scarring. These scars may vary widely in shape, type and color. The good news is, most acne scars can be treated successfully using many procedures.

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Age Spots

These areas of the skin contain especially high concentrations of melanin and are typically caused by an excess of pigment commonly due to sun exposure, aging or congenital factors. They may vary widely in size, shape and depth. Some are no bigger than a fingertip or even a pinhead, while others may be as large as a hand and occur in such conspicuous places as the face, neck or arms. They can be either raised or flat and are usually a cosmetic rather than a medical concern. However, certain moles or “sun spots” can be precancerous; removing these lesions is medically necessary.

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Aging Skin

As the body ages, the appearance and characteristics of the skin change. UV exposure from the sun, toxins in the air, cigarette smoke, stress and poor nutrition accelerate the aging process. You’ll begin to see fine lines around the eyes and lips, and creases start to deepen near the mouth and between the eyes. Fortunately, laser skin resurfacing reduces wrinkles and helps reduce the signs of aging.

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Facial Veins / Capillaries

Facial veins are often related to heredity, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, sun exposure or aging. Fortunately, with the help of light and laser treatments, facial veins can be easily and effectively treated.

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Broken capillaries are tiny, dilated blood vessels that are visible through the skin. They become more common as we age and our skin becomes thinner and more fragile. Fair-skinned people are generally more prone to broken capillaries, as are people with certain medical conditions, such as Rosacea.

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Fine Lines

As we age, lines start to appear on our faces, usually around the eyes and lips. These fine lines can be softened with a variety of procedures.

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Irregular Pigmentation

Sun exposure, pregnancy and aging can cause the amount of melanin in our skin to decrease. This can lead to irregular pigmentation which generally appears as dark patches on the skin. Another cause of irregular pigmentation is inflammation. If an area of the skin becomes inflamed or red from an insect bite or from acne, a brown area can be left behind as the redness or inflammation subsides.

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Large Pores

Large pores are often an inherited problem and tend to increase with age. Unfortunately, nothing can be done about the actual size of the pores. However, with photorejuvenation, the appearance of large pores can be greatly reduced.

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Liver Spots

Like age spots, liver spots are areas of the skin that contain especially high concentrations of melanin and are typically caused by an excess of pigment commonly due to sun exposure, aging or congenital factors.

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Loose Skin

Loose skin typically is a result of the skin’s inevitable aging process. However, other factors can contribute to or hasten this condition, including sun damage. Loose skin most often is evidenced in the areas around the eyelids, eyebrows, cheeks, jaw and neck. Several procedures are quite effective in reversing the appearance of loose skin.

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Moles/Freckles

Moles are generally harmless skin lesions that are either flat or protruding and vary in color from pink flesh tones to dark brown or black. Freckles are small brownish spots on the skin, often turning darker or increasing in number when exposed to the sun.

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Port Wine Stains

Port wine stains are always present at birth and can range from pale pink to dark purple in color. A relatively rare occurrence, port wine stains appear in .3% of births and occur equally among males and females.

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease characterized by recurring reddish patches covered with silvery scales. It is not contagious.

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Rosacea/Redness

Rosacea is a facial rash that usually affects men and women in their 30s and 40s. Usually, it appears on those with fair skin, blue eyes and of Celtic origin. A characteristic of rosacea is redness in the face. It may appear as though you’re blushing. If red spots and pustules are present, they are dome-shaped rather than pointed, and there are no blackheads, whiteheads, deep cysts or lumps.

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Scars

It is important to realize that, depending on the severity of the scar, it may never be removed completely. However, a variety of procedures can minimize the appearance of scars.

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Spider Veins

Spider veins are small, enlarged superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue. They are usually found on the legs, but can occur on the face or other areas.

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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are most commonly associated with pregnancy. When weight is gained quickly, the skin can become overstretched, resulting in the production of too much collagen. This leads to the scars we refer to as stretch marks.

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Sun Damage

Exposure to the sun can have devastating effects on the skin. From freckles to skin cancer, a wide variety of problems can be attributed to overexposure to the sun.

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Tattoos

Until recently, there was no way to remove unwanted tattoos. Fortunately, with the advent of lasers, we now have the technology to erase them. That’s good news for the estimated 10 million people in the U.S. who would like to have their tattoos removed.

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Tattoo removal


Unwanted Hair

Unwanted hair can be embarrassing and inconvenient. We can successfully remove your unwanted hair with laser hair removal.

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Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a condition in which pigment cells are destroyed, resulting in irregularly shaped white patches on the skin. Any part of the body may be affected. Common sites are exposed areas, body folds, sites of injury, around pigmented moles, hair, and the retina.

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Wrinkles

As we age, fine lines begin to appear around the eyes and lips, and creases start to deepen near the mouth and between the eyes. To reduce these signs of aging, we can use a variety of procedures.

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