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Acne

Everyone has had acne at some point in their life, and everyone hates it.

We can treat acne easily and effectively with oral and topical medications as well as laser and light therapy. Some topical treatments containing medications like tretinoin, adapalene, or tazarotene can be successful in fighting acne. Products containing salicylic acid or lactic acid are known to help, and for the most severe forms of acne, a dermatologist may prescribe Isotretinoin.

Our Laser Dynamic Therapy treatment can be particularly effective for acne treatment by causing the sebaceous glands to settle down and simultaneously attacking the bacteria to reduce inflammation.

Read more about our acne treatments.

Dry Skin

Especially common in the winter around the Northwest, dry, tight, dehydrated skin can lead to itching, flaking, scaling, peeling, lines or cracks.

Extreme dry skin can be treated with moisturizers, over-the-counter creams, prescription creams and ointments, or even topical steroids. Good moisturizers can produce a seal for your skin to help retain moisture. If you have severe dry skin, you may need a moisturizer that contains urea and lactic acid.

If you have ichthyosis or psoriasis, you may need creams and ointments like anthralin or salicylic acid. If you have dermatitis, lotions with hydrocortisone can be beneficial. Acute inflammation and itchiness might be effectively treated with topical steroids.

Sun Spots

We’re not immune to sun damage just because the sun never shines in the Seattle area…

Sun spots are a common sign of aging combined with overexposure to the sun. Also called “photoaging,” this problem can be treated with IPL or photorejuvenation, laser skin resurfacing treatments, chemical peel, microdermabrasion, and a proper medical-grade skin care regimen.

During photorejuvenation, heat and light are applied to the surface of the skin, causing the vessels and extra pigmentation to be diminished or even disappear.

Read more about IPL for sun damage.

Redness

Excessive redness can be caused by a variety of conditions including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea or acne. If your redness is caused by rosacea, a condition that can produce small bumps  and visible blood vessels, you may be advised to avoid certain behaviors or triggers that aggravate your condition.

If treatment is needed, you might benefit from photorejuvenation, or intense pulsed light therapy. IPL clears away unwanted pigmentation by damaging blood vessels under the skin, stimulating the healing process. In some cases, redness can be addressed with antibiotics such as tetracycline, minocycline or erythromicin.

Smile Lines

While everyone looks better smiling, most people don’t love their smile lines. These common wrinkles are caused by repetitive movement, combined with softening and sagging of the skin.

Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can be injected into the skin (in the nasolabial fold) to increase tissue volume and smooth away your smile lines. Wrinkle fillers are made with natural substances like collagen and hyaluronic acid, and are known to replenish lost volume in the skin, while stimulating new collagen production.

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet are the fine lines that branch out from your eyes, often resembling the footprint of a bird. They appear after years of repetitive muscle movement, usually squinting. If you’re young, you can help prevent crow’s feet by wearing sunglasses and using quality skin care products.

Treatments for crow’s feet include Botox Cosmetic or laser skin resurfacing. In some cases, a surgical brow lift will be the best solution. A brow lift can address excess skin that causes wrinkling in the forehead area and eyelids.

Forehead Lines

Years of furrowing your brows can eventually produce noticeable forehead lines. These can travel across the forehead or between the eyebrows. In many cases, these lines are only seen during facial expression. In more advanced cases, the lines are always visible.

A treatment for forehead lines will often use Botox or Dysport to paralyze the small muscles in the forehead, allowing wrinkles and lines to flatten out. For smoother skin, a non-surgical option like the chemical peel or laser treatment may be used to reduce forehead lines. Alternatively, a brow lift can lift the tissue to correct lines, wrinkles and loose skin on the brow.

Thin Lips

Some people are simply born with lips that are naturally thin. Others see their lips flatten out over time, as a result of the aging process.

In either case, thin lips can be plumped up with injectable fillers made of hyaluronic acid such as Juvederm or Restylane. Using anesthetic to control discomfort, the doctor injects the filler into specific areas to enhance your lip shape and size. Alternatively, fat can be harvested from a region of your body and transferred to your lips, in a manner similar to dermal filler treatment. There are also permanent lip implants made of different materials that mimic the natural tissue.

Lipstick Lines

Also called smoker’s lines, lipstick lines are wrinkles that travel vertically across the lips. They are caused by natural aging, but can be accelerated by sun exposure and smoking.

We have treatments for lipstick lines, such as lip augmentation techniques with injectable fillers made of hyaluronic acid or collagen. Juvederm or Restylane are common products that can be used for treating lip lines. A laser treatment may also be useful for resurfacing the skin around your mouth and eyes.

Broken Capillaries

Broken capillaries can contribute to a spotty pigmentation. They are sometimes caused by rosacea, heavy alcohol consumption, facial injuries and sun exposure.

Treatment for broken capillaries may involve a laser treatment or light therapy such as IPL. During IPL treatment, light pulses from a hand-held applicator are passed evenly over your skin. The energy penetrates and damages the pigment in the broken blood vessels. As the healing process is activated, your broken capillaries will be naturally cleared away.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are spiderweb shaped clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the surface of your skin. They can be painful, are often unsightly, and occur when veins dilate under increased pressure.

Treatments for spider veins usually involve sclerotherapy or laser therapy. In sclerotherapy, a liquid chemical, or sclerosing agent is injected into the targeted spider veins. The vein walls will then swell, stick together and seal shut. After treatment, the blood flow into the vein will stop and turn into scar tissue. During laser vein treatment, bursts of light are sent through the skin to the vein. The heat from the laser causes the vessel to collapse and dissolve.

Stretched Earlobes

If you regularly wear earrings, you may eventually have earlobes that are stretched and appear to be sagging. Sagging or misshaped earlobes are becoming more common as people choose to wear oversized earrings.

If you have sagging earlobes, you may want to consider earlobe repair surgery, sometimes called an “earlobe lift.”

During this simple surgery, the tissue of the earlobe is reduced and sutures are placed to close the small incisions. A local anesthetic allows for a comfortable treatment, and the surgery is completed in under one hour.

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