Is Mohs Surgery the Best Treatment for Melanoma Removal?

For Americans, skin cancer is the most common form of carcinoma. Out of the three main forms of skin cancer — basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma — melanoma is the worst. It affects deeper layers of skin instead of resting at the surface, as well as having the dangerous ability to spread to other areas in the body quickly.

Fortunately, melanoma is one of the rarest forms of skin cancer. There are several types of melanoma which have different warning signs and symptoms. Superficial spreading melanoma, lentigo maligna melanoma, acral lentiginous melanoma and nodular melanoma are the four main types of this rare form of skin cancer. An effective treatment to fight melanoma is Mohs micrographic surgery. It wasn’t always so effective, though. In its earlier times, Mohs surgery used to require a special chemical paste that would be applied to the skin. Due to the pain it would cause patients as well as sometimes taking days to complete the process, some surgeons refrained from using Mohs surgery. Now, surgeons simply apply local anesthetic and use microscopic excisions on cancerous cells. It is highly effective and less destructive to healthy tissue. The procedure can be completed in a day. Many dermatologists and skin cancer specialists in Los Angeles perform this surgery because of its strategic effectiveness at success.

At LA Laser Center our board-certified dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons specialize in Mohs micrographic surgery. We have the experience and skill necessary to remove such destructive and cancerous tissue before it spreads if our patient comes in as soon as possible. It is our effort to preserve as much healthy tissue as is possible and to ensure a healthy and pleasant appearance of the skin, after the removal occurs. Time is of the essence for such skin cancer treatments.

Steps During Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Removal Surgery

Unlike a few other surgical procedures for skin cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery is fast, effective, and easy to understand. Here are the four main stages which occur during Mohs Micrographic surgery which removes cancerous skin tissue.

Stage 1: Removing Cancerous Tissue

The surgeon who performs Mohs surgery removes any cancer that is visible on the skin’s surface. A thin layer of extra tissue is cut out as well. This stage of surgery is complete in just a few minutes.

Stage 2: Reviewing the Removed Tissue

The separated skin is cut into segments to help pinpoint the cancer’s location. It is then stained to highlight where the cancerous cells are, and marked on an elaborate diagram. The removed skin is subjected to freezing on a cryostat.

Outside layers are sliced away, then carefully placed on slides for further examination. Mohs map is used at this time to identify and label any cancerous tissue. If detected, all cancer cells are removed.

As you can see, stage 2 is the longest part of Mohs surgery. It can take more than an hour for the entire process to be completed. Fortunately, there will be less tissue to analyze after each repetition of the procedure.

Stage 3: Repeating Until Finished

Stages 1 and 2 are repeated until no cancerous tissue remains.

Stage 4: Repairing the Skin

The area that was operated on is now ready to begin its natural healing process.

Click here to learn more about skin cancer in general, mole screenings, the types of cancer, pre-cancerous lesions and the levels of risk associated with each.

Fight Hair Loss & See the Results with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy, is a dermatological treatment that helps skin heal faster, eliminates wrinkles, reduces dark circles under eyes, and encourages fresh hair growth in the scalp. Click here to learn more about the causes of hair loss and other potential treatments.

This treatment uses a patient’s own blood platelets to improve skin. Platelets are the cells involved in forming blood clots and scabs, and encouraging wounds to heal. Because of their role in healing damaged tissue, they exude several different growth compounds– platelet-derived growth factor, fibroblast growth factor, and transforming growth factor, among others.

When platelet-rich plasma is injected into the skin, extra fibrin begins to form near the injection sites. The growth factors exuded by platelets help boost collagen production and healing in the area, leading to a healthier appearance. The result is firmer skin, increased plumpness, filled-in wrinkles, reduced scars, and healthy scalp hair growth.

This treatment can be used by nearly anyone. It’s gaining in popularity among patients and dermatologists alike because it is long-lasting (up to eighteen months), costs about the same as other filling treatments, and offers good results with a much lower incidence of allergies or side effects. Unlike collagen treatments, PRP therapy can be safely used in patients with bovine collagen allergies. Unlike hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, which are intended for use in individual wrinkles and can leave skin with an uneven appearance, PRP injections are able to rejuvenate the entire face. Despite its overall safety, this treatment should not be used by heavy drinkers or smokers, people on anticoagulant medications, or those with cancer, liver disease, clotting disorders, or infections.

Recovery from PRP therapy is generally uneventful. Because the patient’s own cells are used, the only side effects are from the injections themselves. Patients are able to resume their daily lives immediately following the treatment, and visible results appear roughly three weeks afterward.

How Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Can Treat Acne for All Ages

While acne is typically associated with adolescence, acne can also affect adults. Acne can affect one’s confidence and self-esteem, and in severe cases it can lead to painful facial lesions and cysts.

Dermatologists have developed several ways to alleviate skin acne and other skin conditions. One affective method is acne photodynamic treatment, or PDT. This is a new procedure designed by dermatologists to combat especially resistant and stubborn cases of acne with the use of light.

With photodynamic treatment, a special agent known as Levulan is applied to the skin by a dermatologist and left there for 15 to 60 minutes. Then the dermatologist uses a light of a certain wavelength to activate the solution, causing it to be absorbed by the skin and allowing the acne cells to be targeted by the light. Sebaceous hyperplasia and acne rosacea will also be targeted by the Levulan. The photodynamic treatment will decrease skin oiliness as well as clean pores while reducing their size. Pre-existing acne scars will also reduce, as will skin wrinkles. Other conditions such as sun-damaged skin with actinic keratosis can also be treated.

PDT has significant acne treating advantages over other forms of acne therapy. PDT requires no surgery and leaves no scarring, and is much less painful than other types of treatment. Also, PDT treats the entire facial area rather than just spot treating. There is some redness and skin peeling immediately following the procedure, and patients are encouraged to avoid direct exposure to the sun for 24 hours following treatment. Over the next seven to ten days, liver spots, if present, will also darken and peel away, resulting in normal skin. For best results, having 2-3 treatments at 2 to 3 week intervals is highly encouraged.

Microdermabrasion: A Powerful Exfoliant for your Face’s Pores, Spots & Wrinkles

Microdermabrasion is a far more powerful exfoliation than anything that can be performed at home with a scrub. It is a mechanical dermabrasion, utilizing a machine in the office of a dermatologist.

Microdermabrasion is a sought-after technique, with a number of facial benefits. It will smooth rough skin and scarring, soften fine lines and wrinkles, reduce age spots (hyperpigmentation) and decrease the appearance of large pores. The use of skin-renewal products is then enhanced; and high-tech syrums can enter the deeper layers of skin and begin rebuilding collagen from the inside out. Collagen renewal is highly desirable for aging skin, as it plumps up the dermal layer, giving a smooth and youthful appearance.

The outer layer of skin is removed in microdermabrasion, which has many benefits. The outer layer of skin may become cross-hatched and wrinkled with sun exposure and aging. This can contribute to an undesirably aged appearance.

Facial scarring from acne or accidents can be of concern and can be treated with microdermabrasion. Dermatologists recognize the dramatic results that microdermabrasion can offer as a solution to these imperfections.

It usually takes only about 30 minutes for a microdermabrasion treatment, and there is no down-time for the skin to heal. For best results, a series of treatments is recommended. Usually, the esthetician will recommend the number of treatments a person will need, and can adjust accordingly for sensitive skin.

Dermatologists advise a few cautions after Microdermabrasion treatments. It is important to realize that the outer layer of skin is for protective purposes. Before it renews itself, a person must be extremely cautious about sun exposure. A gentle sun block should always be worn, even if the day looks cloudy. Also, vigorous exercise should be avoided after such a treatment, until the skin can rebuild itself.

VelaSmooth Reduces Cellulite with Light and Radio Frequency

Cellulite is a problem that plagues most women, eighty percent have some form of these rippling fat deposits. Velasmooth is a treatment that helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Cellulite is fat that is deposited directly below the dermis. The fat cells grow but the connective tissue between the fat cells does not, which creates the dimpled, ‘orange-peel’ effect that is cellulite’s calling card. The location of this fat and the appearance are what separate cellulite from normal adipose. Women from ranging from model slim to overweight can have cellulite on their thighs, hips, and buttocks, the areas typically affected by cellulite. Click here to learn more about all of the potential areas VelaSmooth is commonly used to treat.

Velasmooth uses light and radio frequency to heat fat cells. This helps release fat to the lymph nodes. The body will dispose of the fat naturally. Velasmooth also gently smooths the skin using suction. This allows the light and radio frequency to be distributed uniformly. This results in the combination of fat reduction and smoothing results in a tighter, smoother appearance. Our board-certified dermatologists will advise our patients on the optimal number of visits for best results.

During the Procedure

The client lies on the treatment table. The dermatologist passes Velasmooth hand piece over the affected area several times. There will be a feeling of massage from the suction as well as a possible feeling of warmth from the radio frequency. Patients typically experience some discomfort as this is a medical treatment and working on a deeper level than typical spa treatments.

LA Laser Center offers Velasmooth treatments at all of our offices including in California, Arizona and Nevada. For further information on this cellulite treatment contact our offices for a consultation.

Fill in Lines & Scars with Radiesse

LA Laser Center offers Radiesse for individuals who want to add volume to hollow areas of their face. The experienced dermatologists at LA Laser Center have extensive experience using Radiesse to give patients a more youthful look.

Some of the benefits of Radiesse are that it is minimally invasive and is long-lasting. The main ingredient is calcium hydroxylapatite, which is safe and in most cases non-allergy inducing. Radiesse is especially effective when used for filling in of laugh lines, perioral lines, oral commissures and depressed scars. Click here for a full list of the areas Radiesse can be used to treat.

Radiesse is meant for men or women who are unhappy with any lines on the face that have come from age. Over time, wrinkles accumulate around the mouth from smiling, laughing and talking. These lines can be filled in effectively with Radiesse injections performed by a licensed dermatologist at LA Laser Center.

Radiesse is also an ideal treatment for individuals with unwanted facial scars. The experienced dermatologists at LA Laser Center have helped many patients gain self-esteem by filling in the depressed scars that have caused them distress or discomfort.

Radiesse is a painless procedure performed by a board-certified dermatologist by injection. Prior to injecting the treatment area, the dermatologist will apply a topical anesthetic to the area. A typical procedure will take no longer than 15 minutes; patients can even come in on their lunch break for a rejuvenation treatment. Patients can expect some slight swelling or bruising for about a day after the procedure, but it should in no way interfere with their everyday activities.

Refresh your Face with a HydraFacial Treatment

HydraFacial is a facial treatment that does not use lasers. It uses hydradermabrasion to clean your face while providing instant results. Additionally, it exfoliates and hydrates the skin. As it moisturizes your face, it also extracts impurities and uses antioxidants to protect the skin. The treatment is designed to be soothing, as opposed to being abrasive. With that comfort, it provides treatment for wrinkles, lines, pores, oily skin, acne spots, and discolored spots. The results show up immediately, and they provide glowing skin that lasts for up to a week.

The best part about HydraFacial is it can be recommended for anyone. People who want to slow down the signs of aging, or just want to clean up the appearance of their face are patients that can most benefit from this treatment which rehydrates and soothes your skin. However, no type of skin type is off limits for this procedure; no matter your age or how dry your skin is. This makes the treatment ideal for everyone. Click here to learn more about LA Laser Center’s Hydrafacial treatment services.

Beginning the HydraFacial treatment will prevent you from having to resort to more abrasive techniques. That also adds to why it is such a highly recommended procedure. It is painless and quick. Plus, results show up right away. Your skin will continue to be beautiful as long as you keep up with the treatments. Another reason it is recommended has to do with the recovery process, and that is because there is none.

A treatment only last 15 minutes, and no other precautions have to be taken after that. You can put your makeup and creams on your face immediately, or get back to whatever tasks you have to do that day. There is no warning of avoiding the sun at all costs. It truly is a non-invasive procedure that does not take up much time from your day.

The end result is clean and clear skin.

Ultherapy: The Non-Invasive Neck and Facial Skin Tightener

Getting a face lift is an invasive and often painful dermatological procedure. Ultherapy offers dermatologists another way to get these results without having to perform surgery. Ultherapy uses an ultrasound in order to help tighten and lift the skin of the face and neck. A dermatologist will use this ultrasound machine to stimulate the tissues of the face below the surface. This can help to speed up the body’s natural healing process. It is very safe, and it won’t leave any of the marks or scars that surgery could. There is always risks associated when having a surgery, such as swelling, bruising or discomfort, so choosing to have Ultherapy by a dermatologist is a less-invasive choice.

After a dermatologist performs this procedure, patients can immediately go about their day. The only caveat to Ultherapy treatment is that the results are not immediate. While surgery gives instant results, this takes some time. Within two to three months, patients will start to see the changes in their face that they have been looking for. It won’t exactly look like the results of surgery, but over six months it can provide significant changes and results to those who don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure.

There is no preparation for the procedure, but dermatologists might recommend over-the-counter medication to make it more comfortable. There will be some sensation that patients will feel while they are receiving the ultrasound. It may feel stronger depending on what area is being worked on, as some places on the face are more sensitive than others. Dermatologists will work to make the whole experience comfortable, and patients enjoy going home after the procedure to see the results. This procedure may need to be repeated over time depending on a patient’s needs.

Say Goodbye to Wrinkles with Sculptra

Many people choose to undergo cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance and skin texture, elasticity and overall glow. Plastic surgery is incredibly drastic so choosing less invasive procedures that can benefit your goals for your skin may a better option for you. Sculptra is a collagen producing procedure which has been compared to Botox because the process includes injections into the patient’s skin. Dermatologists have given their seal of approval on Sculptra due to the ease of the procedure and the benefits their patients have seen. So, what exactly is Sculptra?

Consisting of Poly-L-Lactic Acid, Sculptra stimulates extra collagen production. Collagen is an element in the skin which gives an appearance of fullness and life. When men and women age certain areas of the face lose the extra collagen which results in a more “sunken” appearance. This tends to happen most under and around the eyes, cheeks and the temple area. Sculptra is to be used in an injected form within the patient’s targeted area and will help correct unwanted wrinkles, folds, and lines.

Sculptra must be administered by a board-certified dermatologist. Although it is FDA approved, the procedure must be done in the dermatologist’s office. This enables maximum light for the doctor to see. Also, before Sculptra is injected, a local anesthesia is administered to reduce any pain. The complete procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. To achieve the best results, Sculptra treatments should be completed 2-3 times.