Sun Spots and Discoloration
Sun Spots & Discoloration: With the broad array of laser and light devices at the Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology, we can treat a variety of colored skin lesions (sun spots, spider vessels, tattoos, facial redness, rosacea, red/pink scars, and poikiloderma).
A photofacial can be an excellent treatment to help improve red complexion, enlarged pores, and irregular pigmentation on the skin. Designed to produce a more balanced skin tone, photofacial treatments are typically administered over the course of several treatment sessions until optimal results are achieved. Initial results will often be apparent after just one treatment, and most patients generally see results improve after each additional treatment session. Any discomfort experienced during and after the treatment is often minimal, and there is generally little to no downtime associated with the procedure.
During your initial consultation, our highly-qualified aestheticians will help determine if you are a proper candidate for photofacials and develop a customized treatment plan based on your unique needs and cosmetic goals.
Photo-rejuvenation Procedures (Photofacials) involve a series of full face, gentle pulsed light treatments intended to improve the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin. Photorejuvenation therapy can smooth uneven facial coloration, eliminate brown spots, reduce facial flushing, and erase visible blood vessels. Unlike laser treatments of old, newer treatments require no down-time and no need for anesthesia. No procedure has ever been developed that can accomplish so much with such low risk and no down-time. Photorejuvenation therapy was developed for the active, busy patient for whom time and appearance are essential.
Meetings… deadlines… chauffeuring the kids to soccer and karate… you’re constantly on the go. We know that it’s hard to make time for yourself. However, you deserve a little pampering once in a while. What better way to indulge yourself than to revitalize your skin and create a healthier and younger looking you?
With new lasers and light-based treatments, rejuvenating your skin has never been easier or safer. At the Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology, we can treat age- and sun-related changes in your skin, including unsightly brown spots, spider veins, and facial redness. Unlike laser treatments of old, newer treatments require no down-time and no need for anesthesia.
Dr. Crawford and the staff at the Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology are committed to integrity, service, and excellence in all that we do. All facial rejuvenation procedures are performed personally by Dr. Crawford – a board certified dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania. We provide a safe, supportive and evidence-based environment for aesthetic, laser and light procedures.
Photorejuvenation involves a series of full face, gentle pulsed light treatments intended to improve the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin. Photorejuvenation therapy can smooth uneven facial coloration, eliminate brown spots, reduce facial flushing, and erase visible blood vessels.
How Does It Work?
All laser and light-based rejuvenation procedures rely on the principle of selective photothermolysis. It is well known that certain structures – such as blood, melanin, water, and collagen – preferentially absorb certain wavelengths of light. By utilizing devices that emit light at specific wavelengths (Lasers) or specific ranges of wavelengths (Intense Pulsed Light devices), we can preferentially target unwanted structures, while leaving the healthy overlying and surrounding skin intact.
What can be treated?
With the broad array of laser and light devices at the Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology, we can treat a variety of colored skin lesions (sun spots, spider vessels, tattoos, facial redness, rosacea, red/pink scars, and poikiloderma). Be sure to ask Dr. Crawford or a staff member if you are a good candidate for laser or light-based therpies.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The total number of treatments is somewhat variable, and depends on the nature of the condition. However, most people require from 3 to 5 treatments for optimal results.
What Are the Advantages Over Other Procedures?
Photorejuvenation offers you the chance to have smooth, even-colored, blush-free skin with finer lines and a more youthful appearance. In addtion, there is no down-time from work or social activities and typically no need for anesthesia. Most patients return to work the same or next day, without concern for intrusive or judgemental stares from strangers or co-workers. No procedure has ever been developed that can accomplish so much with such low risk and no down-time. Photorejuvenation therapy was developed for you: the active, busy patient for whom time and appearance are essential.
What About the Neck or Other Body Areas?
Most skin areas can also be treated successfully, much like the face. Many patients are delighted to learn that effective treatments can often be performed on the neck, upper chest, and backs of the hands where accumulated sun damage is often most visible.
What About Rosacea?
Rosacea is a condition characterized by redness (flushing) in the central portions of the face (cheeks, chin, and nose). Intense pulsed light and laser treatments are extremely effective at eliminating visible blood vessels, reducing flushing, and minimizing general background ruddiness. Dr. Crawford has published widely on this topic, and he has successfully treated hundreds of patients with this troubling condition. Call today for an evaluation.
A New Laser at PCD: Vbeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser
The Pennsylvania Centre for Dermatology (PCD) is excited to announce yet another cutting-edge technology available to our patients. We now have the Vbeam Perfecta Pulsed Dye Laser added to our broad range of laser and light-based devices. Dr. Crawford has special expertise in using this type of laser, having performed more than 5,000 treatments with this device over the past decade, and serving as an instructor to dermatology residents in training at the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical evidences of safety and efficacy for pulse dye lasers are well documented in the scientific literature and based on accumulated data from more than 2,000 patients
In our office, the most common clinical application for the Vbeam is for the treatment of facial rosacea and visible blood vessels. Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that occurs in about 13 million Americans. Early rosacea manifests as diffuse facial redness and flushing. In later stages, larger vessels may appear on the nose, cheeks, between the brows, and on the chin. Acne-like lesions may also emerge in the same distribution. The Pulsed-dye laser is the gold standard for treatment of redness, blood vessels, and transient flushing. The newer generation of pulsed dye lasers, like the Vbeam, allow treatment with little to no downtime and no bruising. In clinical studies, there was a greater than 80% improvement in rosacea severity scores after a series of three to four sessions.
Other potential indications for the Vbeam laser include acne scarring, surgical scars, improvement in skin texture and wrinkles, photorejuvenation, pigmented lesions, post-procedure bruising, acne vulgaris, and poikiloderma.