Acne Extractions, Age Spots, Rosacea, XTRAC Laser for Psoriasis
Extractions may be performed on comedone and other types of open pimples, cysts or lesions on the skin. Comedone pimples, commonly known as blackheads or whiteheads, occur when hair follicles become clogged with oil and produce small bumps on the skin. They most often appear on the forehead, chin and nose, which is where oil glands on the face are located.
Your your physician or staff member will perform extractions using a special metal instrument that presses down firmly on the targeted area of the skin to gently unclog the plug and remove any oil, bacteria or debris from the lesion. For certain types of blemishes, a sterile needle may be used to break the skin before removing any debris or buildup from the area. Extractions may be performed with steaming techniques, which help to open the pores of the skin and can lead to more aesthetically-pleasing results.
Age spots, also called liver spots, are flat brown patches on the skin that have darkened in color (“pigmented”) after exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light. They are commonly seen in people over the age of 40 on areas of skin that are frequently exposed to sunlight, such as the hands, shoulders, forearms, face and forehead. Age spots may look unattractive, but they are painless and harmless. However, their dark color can delay the diagnosis of some skin cancers. We offer treatment with lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL), microdermabrasion and also prescription medication.
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. The scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and/or eyes may also be affected. Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Many people find that the emotional effects of rosacea – such as low self-confidence and avoidance of social situations – are more difficult to handle than the physical ones. Although it can affect anyone, rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50. It is not yet known what causes rosacea and the disease is not curable, although it can be treated with topical and oral medications, laser therapy or laser surgery.
The XTRAC system uses a carefully focused beam of laser light. XTRAC is designed to quickly and effectively clear unsightly psoriatic skin plaques. The light is concentrated on the affected skin relatively sparing the normal appearing unaffected skin. The XTRAC FDA-cleared excimer laser has been proven effective for all levels of psoriasis and is excellent for hard to treat areas such as the scalp, knees or elbows. XTRAC therapy is typically covered by all major insurance companies though some costs may apply. Most patient improve over a course of 10-20 treatments given over a couple months. Side effects can resemble a sunburn and some scabbing or blistering is possible. XTRAC has also been used to treat vitiligo. Make appointment to see your dermatologist for details.