Although acne may often seem temporary, it can leave behind scars that remain permanently. As you age and lose collagen, acne scars can become more pronounced and noticeable. Different types of acne scars warrant different treatments, and Dr. Navid Ezra at California Dermatology Institute can help decide which form of treatment is best suited to treat each specific acne scar.
Age Spots (Liver Spots)
Age spots, also commonly known as liver spots, range in size and in color from light brown to black and appear on the skin where it is frequently exposed to the sun. Despite their name, age spots are not caused by age or liver dysfunction, except that the longer you live, the more likely they are to occur.
Age spots appear most often where the skin is repeatedly exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, neck, exposed scalp, and arms. Age spots can mimic cancerous growth but in nearly all cases, they are harmless beyond any self-conscious reaction to their appearance.
Age spots are more likely to appear on people whose lifestyle exposes them to the sun. Over time, the skin loses its ability to regenerate after sun exposure and the spots appear. The best way to avoid age spots is to keep the skin from becoming overexposed to the sun by covering it with clothing or using a sunscreen with an appropriate SPF.
Dermatologists have recently made substantial breakthroughs in the realm of anti-aging. Laser technology has progressed wonderfully. Facial fillers are a safe, proven method of preventing the effects of aging. And Botox has been tested, with its widespread use sweeping the field of skincare.
Our dermatologists at California Dermatology Institute can help with all of these options and in deciding which is ultimately best for you and your skin.
Many people are born with dark spots on their skin, often referred to as birthmarks. Birthmarks come in all shapes and sizes and are usually harmless. However, many people want to remove or lighten their birthmarks for cosmetic reasons.
Depending on the size and type of birthmark, a dermatologist can employ both surgical and non-surgical methods to remove it or lighten its imprint on the skin.
Botox® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
This is a simple, safe procedure, a few tiny injections that take about 10 minutes for men and women. Call Dr. Ezra for more information.
Brown spots on the skin can be caused by aging, sun exposure, tanning beds, or a wide array of other causes. They can, however, also be treated in a multitude of ways. A dermatologist can help you decide whether laser treatment, chemical peeling, or another solution is best suited for your condition.
Cheek and Chin Enhancement
As people age, they often develop sagging cheeks and pouches of fat in the lower face. These conditions can give a less appealing, often out of shape appearance.
Our dermatologists at California Dermatology Institute use several methods to help enhance the face and restore a young, chiseled jawline and an overall more appealing face. Doctors use procedures including microliposuction and cheek injections such as Kybella to help enhance the chin and cheeks.
A chemical peel is a skin treatment wherein a chemical solution is applied to the skin causing it to blister and peel. This treatment can be used on the face, neck and hands, and is used to improve the skin’s appearance as new skin is less wrinkled and smoother.
Chemical peels are used to treat everything from wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging, to mild scars and certain types of acne. Other uses also include age spots, freckles, dry patches and damage to the outer layers of skin.
Chemical peels are common for all age types. Younger men and women often use chemical peels to treat acne breakouts or simply to improve the look of their skin. Those with wrinkles or uneven complexions enjoy smoother, more even toned skin that looks healthier and younger.
Dr. Navid Ezra is specifically trained to administer safe and effective chemical peels. Each patient receives a chemical treatment that is tailored specifically for their skin condition and severity.
Crow's feet are the fine lines that form around the eyes. They can arise due to multiple causes, such as sun exposure, stress, and smoking.
Currently, crow's feet can be treated topically through sunscreens and other creams, as well as with laser treatment. Botox and fillers are also common treatments for crow's feet, and have been proven to be especially effective.
Dermal Fillers are used to create volume in the skin to provide a natural lift and to smooth wrinkles on the face. Dermal fillers have been proven effective for those who wish to smooth away worry lines, reduce crows feet, or add volume to their lips and cheeks. Depending on the areas being treated and your goals, we will recommend different products.
Dysport® is a prescription injection for temporary improvement in the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults less than 65 years of age.
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Aging of the face is inevitable, over time the skin begins to loosen on the face and neck. Crow’s feet appear at the corners of the eyes. Fine forehead lines become creases and then, gradually, deeper folds. The jawline softens into jowls, and beneath the chin, another chin or vertical folds appear at the front of the neck. Heredity, personal habits, the pull of gravity, and sun exposure contribute to the aging of the face. As the aging population grows, it is obvious why rhytidectomy has become the third most desired facial plastic surgical procedure.
Juvederm is a series of injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that is used to provide 9-12 months of rejuvenated skin. The procedure temporarily reduces facial wrinkles and lines, delivering smooth, youthful looking skin.
Symptoms necessitating juvederm include facial wrinkles, folds around the mouth, nose and forehead, and scars caused by acne.
As juvederm treats both acne and signs of aging, it is a popular procedure for patients of all ages. For most, juvederm is used to lift cheeks, smooth lines around the mouth and lips, and reduce wrinkles. It is also an ideal treatment for anyone looking to improve the appearance of scars on the facial region.
Juvederm voluma is a treatment aimed at boosting the volume in a specified facial area to help sagging and improve the contouring of the face. The juvederm gel is injected directly into the affected area, and delivers a healthier, more youthful looking appearance to the skin.
This treatment is popular with those whose facial characteristics are showing signs of aging. It is the ideal treatment for those seeking more volume in their skin, and who want to boost the firmness in their cheeks. A typical procedure should last no more than 30 minutes and is painless during and after treatment.
Kybella® is a formulation of a naturally occurring-substance (deoxycholic acid) that targets and destroys fat cells in the area where it’s injected. Once those cells are destroyed, they can no longer store or accumulate fat. Once the aesthetic response is achieved with Kybella®, re-treatment is not expected to be required.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattoos that become unwanted or unsightly can be removed through a series of options, including laser tattoo removal. There are many reasons individuals seek to remove their tattoos. Often these fall under the categories of tattoos that have lost color, lost meaning or are placed in areas that could impact a career.
There are several options for removing your tattoos, the most effective of which is laser removal. Laser removal targets the ink with highly concentrated light that breaks the ink into tiny fragments that are then cleared by the patient’s immune system. Our dermatologists use the highly advanced AlexTrivantage laser from Syneron Candela to effectively lighten and fully remove tattoos.
Microneedling is the use of small needles to cause tiny punctures in the skin for therapeutic purposes. Microneedling devices cause patterns of tiny holes that stimulate healing in the skin. This healing process rejuvenates the skin, producing healthier looking skin and an even texture and tone.
Symptoms necessitating microneedling include uneven skin texture and pigmentation, scars, aged skin, fine lines and wrinkles and stretch marks.
Both younger and older adults can benefit from microneedling. For those suffering from signs of aging, microneedling can help to restore the firmness and contours of the skin. It’s also perfect for this who suffer from overexposure to the sun, scars or uneven skin textures and coloring.
Pigmentation is a condition that causes the skin to appear lighter or darker than normal. Brown patches are often referred to as hyperpigmentation.
Pigmentation is caused by increased levels of melanin, the pigment in skin that produces color. It can result from injury, inflammation, sun damages, or hormonal changes. Birthmarks and freckles are also forms of pigmentation that are often present from early in a person's life.
We use a combination of lasers and compounded creams to achieve complete resolution of pigmentary issues and get you back to looking beautiful.
Sclerotherapy is a chemical injection that is used to treat and eliminate varicose and spider veins. The chemical effectively eliminates the vein by creating scar tissue that blocks the vein, causing it to close and wither.
Symptoms necessitating sclerotherapy include enlarged veins on the legs and feet, discoloration of the skin, itchy or swollen legs and webs of large red and blue veins throughout the lower body.
Varicose veins often appear on older individuals of both genders. This procedure helps to reinvigorate confidence and self-esteem by eliminating unsightly veins that can cause embarrassment, particularly when wearing shorts, skirts, bathing suits and dresses. Sclerotherapy also brings a more youthful appearance back to the legs and feet.
Our dermatologist is specially trained to administer the injection into the affected areas. The chemical injection, which contains sclerosant, is administered into the vein, damaging and scarring it. The damaged vein then closes, causing it to fade away.
Wrinkles occur when the collagen in skin begins to break down and lose structure. This occurs most often around the eyes, mouth, and lips, forehead and nasolabial folds, which are the wrinkles running from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Our dermatologist will evaluate your problem areas and suggest a tailored treatment plan specifically for you. One option is to use dermal fillers to temporarily smooth out and fill in fine lines, deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds and acne scars. Fillers can also be used to volumize and define lips, contour chins and noses and plump sunken cheeks and temples. The treatment gives the treated areas a youthful, lifted appearance.
Neuromodulators such as Botox are also an option as mentioned above. Contact California Dermatology Institute for more information.