Blog posts for Santa Cruz Medical Spa
All of us have sun-damaged skin. We see it, it worries us, it gets worse with our favored outdoor activities and work. Studies of identical twins with varying sun exposure levels, show vastly different degrees of skin wrinkle severity and laxity. UV light damages skin,and it all adds up over time: we know it is cumulative.
Photorejuvenation has become commonly accepted as safe, reliable, and has few complications. It offers realistic hope of helping treat a variety of benign pigmented lesions, and really tough problems refractory to treatments other than laser — like melasma and rosacea.
The new powerful, 2-Joule Q-switched ND-Yag […]
Wrinkles develop as skin ages, dynamic wrinkles deepen with facial muscle contraction. Furrowed deeper over time, and often accelerated by sun damage, wrinkles become permanently visible even when facial muscles are relaxed — we term these static wrinkles.
BOTOX® is famous for wrinkle reduction, but most people are mistaken in thinking that the main benefit will be static wrinkle reduction. It helps some, in particular if BOTOX® is used repeatedly over time, some of the deeper wrinkles may not develop. Recently, Q-switched lasers are benefitting many people by tightening static wrinkles.
Combination therapy with BOTOX® and fillers like JUVÉDERM®, have long been […]
Laser machines produce light of a single frequency, while intense pulsed light (IPL) emits a full spectrum of light frequencies. These are then filtered to maximize benefit for hair removal, acne, or photorejuvenation.
IPL machines are very versatile, proven useful, and safest with lighter skin types (lighter Fitzpatrick skin types- 1,2,3). Darker skin types tend to burn with IPL, and some patients do not like the sensation of the warm crystal and gel on the skin… preferring a cleaner feel to treatment we get with laser. Furthermore, IPL penetrates 0.8 mm depth into skin, the ND-YAG penetrates 5-10mm — allowing us […]