Advanced Skin Repair

Removal of Moles and Raised Skin Growths

The vast majority of moles and other growths on the skin tend to be benign in nature.

Moles that are newly discovered, moles that are delicate and bleed easy and moles that suddenly start rapidly growing should be assessed and removed for pathological analysis. Moles that have a "dysplastic appearance", moles that appear asymmetrical with a ragged border, a mole of multiple colours and a diameter of 6 mm or more, should be biopsied for cancerous or pre-cancerous elements.

Most benign growths tend to be either "non-dysplastic" or non-cancerous moles, warts, keratosis or skin tags.

In order to properly assess and treat these lesions a consultation is recommended.

Removal of Abnormal Blood Vessels

The most common types of vessels that can effectively be treated include:

    * Broken Capillaries also called spider veins or telangectesias on the nose, face or trunk. These lesions are commonly associated with Acne Rosacea, medication, heredity, pregnancy, age, or sun related damage.

    * Cherry Hemangiomas or red dots on the arms legs or trunk

    * Varicose Veins including spider veins on the lower legs and thighs

A Laser operates by using a pure beam of light energy to heat the blood inside the vessel and damage its inner lining. After about a month, the unwanted vessel is reabsorbed by the body leaving a blemish free surface. Typically 70- 90% of lesions can be removed in just 1-3 treatments.

By selectively heating the blood inside the vessel, and thus damage its inner lining, the laser is the safest most accurate tool used to treat these lesions. After about a month, the unwanted vessel is reabsorbed by the body leaving a blemish free surface. Typically 70- 90% of lesions can be removed in just 1-3 treatments.

Older Lasers operating on shorter wavelengths have also been effective in removal of unwanted vessels but are often associated with unacceptable amounts of redness, bruising and pain. The new fourth generation lasers effectively treat unwanted blood vessels with far less redness, bruising or pain. In addition, because the laser light is only absorbed by the blood vessel, the new lasers can safely be used in tanned skinned patients.

For finer blood vessels and the flushing we prefer the IPL laser.

Treatment of the flushed , red pigmentation of Rosacea

Rosacia is a condition more common (but not exclusively) seen in white, middle aged women. It is characterized by acne flares, related to specific triggers (spicy food, smoking, excessive sun, red wine, hot beverages), spider-like facial blood vessels and persistent facial flushing.

Treatment of the spider vessels and the flushing is performed with the 1064 YAG laser for larger vessels and the IPL laser for finer vessels and facial flushing.

Treatment of Hyperpigmentation

Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots that persist after acne pimples, surgery or cuts)

Melasma (pigment changes that occur with pregnancy, birth control pills, or with sun damage)

Photo damaged skin including freckles and solar lentigenes (brown spots) Senile and Seborrheic Keratoses (age spots).

Hyperpigmentation is best treated with a combination of facial resurfacing and hydroquinone preparations. The type of facial resurfacing treatment used will depend on the depth of the pigment producing cells. Those that are very deep may only respond to aggressive deep acid peels.

Those closer to the surface will respond nicely to the less aggressive resurfacing treatments like Micro-dermabrasion , Glycolic peels or AFA Clay-peels.

Severe or diffuse sun damaged skin, chronic skin pigmentation associated with aging and associated skin redness are best treated with the IPL laser. Larger lesions may require surgical excision or cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen.