During our lifetime, our skin is exposed to a variety of different environmental toxins. Exposure to sunlight is one such damaging influence on our skin. One such effect of sunlight in our skin is the development of age spots. Age spots tend to be harmless, but despite that, they need looking into and warrant treatment as they can look similar to skin cancers. They occur due to overproduction of melanin pigment in the skin that is responsible for the color of the spots. Age spots are sometimes called liver spots or solar lentigines.
Once a detailed examination has been conducted, treatment options are usually discussed with the patient. One such treatment option is microdermabrasion.
Why undergo treatment for age spots?
The main problem with the development of age spots is its cosmetic appearance. It can be particularly distressing to a patient if many of them appear on the hands and their face.
Risks and side effects
If you are going to undergo microdermabrasion, it may be worthwhile making note of any risks and side effects. Following the procedure, it is not uncommon for the skin to be slightly pink and feel tight and dehydrated. This lasts for only 24 hours and can be fairly easily treated using a good quality moisturizer. Serious side-effects are uncommon and the only one of note is the possibility of the crystals getting into one’s eyes. Eye protection is therefore recommended. In some patients, the age spots are a lot more deep-seated and microdermabrasion may not be of benefit.
Patients may require 3 to 4 treatments to obtain satisfactory results.
Microdermabrasion is a popular procedure in the cosmetic world. It has benefits in managing age spots by removing them and helping the skin look clear and healthy.
Hair loss is often an avoided topic of conversation, as the general belief is that nothing can be done. Not only is hair loss distressing to the patient for cosmetic reasons, but can lead to feelings of embarrassment and decreased self-confidence. Recent developments in the treatment of hair loss have opened new doors. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a promising treatment for hair loss secondary to age-related hormone depletion (Androgenic Alopecia) and some autoimmune conditions (Alopecia Areata). we are excited to offer this innovative, safe treatment.
Hair transitions through three cycles: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Anagen is the cycle during which hair grows; therefore, the length of hair is determined by the duration in this cycle. Interestingly, 85% of your hairs are in anagen cycle at any given time. At the end of anagen, which lasts 2-6 years, the hair will transition into catagen. Catagen lasts approximately 2-4 weeks and is a short transitional time where the hair follicle is able to renew itself. The hair shaft grows upward and detaches itself from the base of the hair follicle; therefore, growth is stopped, as it no longer receives nutrients. Telogen is known as the resting phase of the hair cycle. This is the final stage when the hair will shed. Telogen lasts for approximately three months before the cycle begins again, and the hair follicle enters the growing phase (anagen).
Hair loss occurs when the hair follicles shrink over time. Adult skin is not able to make new hair follicles. The follicles can grow new hair as described in the cycles above; however, over time the hair shaft becomes shorter and finer, and will eventually stop producing hair. Even though hair may not be present, the hair follicle is still alive which suggests that it is possible for us to regenerate new hair shafts. The purpose of PRP is to stimulate the inactive hair follicles, causing them to revert to the growing stage (anagen).
Hair Loss Prevention and Regrowth
PRP is an exciting, non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions. It allows you to grow new hair, permanently, with greater coverage and density than existing hair replacement methods. We can report a 90% success rate, and patients experience a 20% growth rate or more. It is also a superb tool to stop hair loss when it starts.
Hormone and Nutrition Evaluation
Millions of people all over the world are affected by hair loss. Alopecia areata (female pattern baldness), hereditary androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) fungal infections, autoimmune disorders, traumatic damage (such as compulsive pulling), as a result of nutrient deficiencies) or chemotherapy – these are all causes of hair loss.
Proper evaluation is necessary to diagnose the root cause of any hair loss. Medical history, nutritional status and hairdressing habits all play a role in hair loss and hair quality.
Blood tests may be needed if the doctor suspects a medical illness (such as lupus) or a thyroid problem, iron deficiency or sex-hormone imbalance. Some of the testing at Doctors Studio may include:
- HORMONE TESTING (ESTROGENS, TESTOSTERONE, CORTISOL AND PROGESTERONE)
- NUTRIENT (MINERALS, VITAMINS, AMINO ACIDS, OMEGA 3 FATTY ACID LEVELS)
- BLOOD TESTS FOR ASSESSING THE THYROID FUNCTION AND IRON STATUS
- AUTOIMMUNE PROFILE
Cell therapy, the science of harnessing and using the body’s own healing and reparative properties, is the latest development in anti-aging technology. Long available as a means to stimulate healthy tissue and bone repair after injury, the technique is now being applied to heal and correct the damage of time and environmental factors to the face and body. Developed in 2010 by Dr. Charles Runels as alternatives to expensive and invasive surgical procedures, the PRP Facelift® and PRP Facial® are popular Hollywood treatments with global demand.
The PRP series of treatments get its name from its use of platelet rich plasma (PRP), which is extracted gently from a patient’s own blood. Typically after injury, these cells are stimulated to begin rebuilding lost tissues. In the case of the PRP Facelift®, the cells are reintroduced to the treatment area to stimulate and produce new collagen growth for up to eighteen months. Juvederm®, the world’s most popular dermal filler from Allergan, is used in concert with the PRP Facelift® to provide instant results and bridge the gap between the initial treatment and the final result. The process for the PRP Facial® is similar but doesn’t include injections to treat lost volume, it concentrates to improve and enhance skin. It has been used to treat acne scars, scars, skin irregularities, etc.
PRP can provide youthful appearance to the hands which is highly recommended to coincide with the facial rejuvenation.
The PRP Facial® represent the clinic’s commitment to bringing the safest, most effective, and most innovative treatments to you.