CONTROLLING HORMONAL ACNE AND PIGMENT IN YOUR 30S AND 40S: SPIRONOLACTONE, HAIR LASER, AND FRAXEL TREATMENT PROTOCOL

Just when you thought the acne of your teens and 20s was over, a sudden outburst of pimples and breakouts is wreaking havoc on your skin unexpectedly in your 30s and 40s. As hormones begin to shift in a woman’s 30s, it is common to experience changes in the skin including pigment and acne. Hormonal acne is frequently concentrated on the lower part of the face around the chin and jaw line. Facial hair often accompanies hormonal changes which can add fuel to the fire creating infected hair follicles as hair will often grow in thicker particularly around the chin.

Fortunately, there is a protocol of care to help treat this condition beyond conventional therapy of oral anti-biotics, and topical medications. One prescription medication in particular called Spironolactone is most successful in treating hormonal acne. Spironolactone is actually a blood pressure medication which in smaller doses is proven to successfully treat hormonal acne by blocking the androgen that stimulates the production of excess hormones which produce acne. Occasionally, a routine blood test may be ordered to confirm a hormonal imbalance. While Spironolactone can take 4-6 weeks to work, it will reset one’s hormones, which in turn solves the acne problem.

Once hormonal imbalances are in check, reducing the hair permanently will reduce the breakouts so that hair follicles do not get infected leading to cystic acne. Within 4-6 treatments of Laser Hair Removal, hair is removed permanently. Fraxel Laser treatments are also beneficial as it reduces the pore size, which affects acne as well as reducing pigmentation. With the appropriate course of action and awareness of when and why acne is occurring, skin can remain clear and free of change during the time when the rest of the body is not.

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VASERsmooth Procedure for Cellulite Removal

Despite the cold temperatures of January, Spring will be here before we know it as we brace ourselves for summer and bare more skin. Cellulite is an extremely common condition that affects women of all shapes and sizes. It develops when fat cells protrude through the thin fibrous connective tissue that exists between the skin and the underlying muscle. With age, sun damage, and weight fluctuations, dimples and depressions in the skin will reveal more surface irregularities no matter how thin a person is. In order to correct cellulite, the fat must be reduced and the fibrous tissue that creates the dimpling in the skin must be loosened to enable the skin to appear flat and smooth. The skin must then be tightened.

The VASERsmooth procedure accomplishes all of these things with one device. Other treatments currently on the market such as Endermologie, Accent RF (a radio frequency device to tighten the skin), Elixis, Thermage as well as Coolsculpt to reduce the fat, only attack a single aspect of cellulite. VASERsmooth is designed to melt superficial fat, break the dimpling fibers, and tighten the skin. It is a one-time treatment performed under local anesthesia in the office. Patients can return to work the next day and results can be seen in as little as 2 weeks. Its main competition is the slightly older Cellulaze laser which is a revision of the Smartlipo device. Unfortunately, we have found the Cellulaze laser to lack in potency, safety, and efficacy compared to the ultrasonic energy in VASERSmooth. This is the hot new technology that is for the first time delivering significant and consistent results in the battle against cellulite. Go to www.pfrankmd.com to find out more about this exciting treatment.

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