But some cells shed unevenly and clump together to form a plug, or comedo, that traps oil and bacteria inside the follicle, causing it to swell. Your body responds by attacking the bacteria with white blood cells and a few weeks later, a pimple pops out. Acne ranges from milder comedonal (blackheads and whiteheads) to moderate (pustular) to severe, cystic breakouts. In many cases, several or all of these forms of acne can be present at one time.
Acne affects 85 percent of all teenagers and 20 percent of adults. It most commonly occurs on the face in teenagers and young adults, but can affect other areas such as the neck, trunk, arms and buttocks.
Dr. Desjarlais will evaluate your acne condition to establish a specific and effective diagnosis, define and eliminate potential flare factors, and explain the appropriate treatment. We have a number of therapies to treat acne – Topical acne therapies include cleansers that remove excessive surface skin oil, retinoids that unlock plugs from within the follicle, and benzoyl peroxides and antibiotics that suppress bacterial overgrowth and inflammatory activity in the oil glands. Oral acne treatments consist of various antibiotics and hormonal preparations, including oral contraceptives and Accutane.
Chemicals are especially effective in penetrating the skin to unclog pores and improve acne, skin texture and discoloration. All peels can be adjusted to your skin type and condition, making them extremely customizable. While patients see improvement with one treatment, one to six treatments may be necessary, as well as light treatment that will treat acne effectively and quickly.
Often acne can leave scars. If this is a concern please go to our Laser Treatment page and check out Skin Rejuvenation section.
Patients who have experienced severe acne may deal with the after-effects: acne scars. In most cases, patients with nodule and papule acne are more likely to experience scars from blemishes, and can be dealing with permanent reminders of a condition that may no longer actively exist. When patients are unhappy with the appearance of the texture and tone of their skin after treating their active acne blemishes, they often inquire about various treatment methods available to reduce scarring. The following laser treatments after a consult with Dr. Desjarlais may be recommended to assist you with reducing your scaring.
One or more procedures may be recommended to achieve your goals for a more youthful, contoured body. Body contouring goals may be achieved by one or more various methods. These treatment methods are none surgical and may be more safely performed in sessions. The type of treatment modality and extent of procedures being considered along with the outcome will be determined based upon the discussions and recommendations that will be completed during your consultation with Dr. Desjarlais. Improvements to your body’s shape and your overall image may be achieved by reducing excess fat and/or sagging skin and tissue. Cellulite is another very common problem that typically occurs in women, but men may also experience it as well. It usually occurs on the thighs and buttocks, and has a “cottage cheese” appearance. Cellulite looks like lumps on the skin near the upper leg and buttocks, and it can be embarrassing.
Cellulite needs to be directly treated from underneath the skin. weight, skin thickness, and age may all affect the risk of this condition. It is not dangerous or unhealthy—just problematic for patients who want soft, even, and supple skin.
These proven methods of dealing with cellulite work for patients of all ages, and can restore self-confidence for those who have struggled with cellulite and excess body fat for years.
Following a well-balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight, and exercising consistently to maintain or attain a fit and healthy body are important contributing factors when it comes to an individual’s body image.
However, heredity, changes in the body over time such as weight gain or loss, pregnancy, and even aging can result in a change in your body’s proportions and curves that may affect both your body image and self-confidence. Reshaping disproportionate curves or reducing unwanted fat cannot always be achieved through weight loss and exercise alone. Fitness and skin care have little effect on uneven contours or bulges as well as skin that lacks elasticity. Body contouring can help many people reshape body features that cannot be improved by other measures. Body contouring can dramatically improve the shape and proportion of your body, enhancing your appearance and boosting your self-confidence.
Areas that can be treated by body contouring include the neck, upper arms, male breasts, abdomen, flanks, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees and ankles.
Patients are evaluated by Dr. Desjarlais to determine the severity of the condition and to make a proper diagnosis. Patients are asked about their medical history, medication they are taking , and asked what they have tried in the past to address this condition. Once patients have been determined to be a proper candidate for treatment, the treatment plan will be worked out to meet their needs. Often it may be a combination of any of the following treatments:
Brown or Red Spots
This type of spot develop as the result of years of sun exposure. Because the effect of sun exposure is cumulative, it is your lifetime exposure that increases your risk. Even if you do not sunbathe much, years of just doing simple outdoor activities outside can add up to a significant amount of sun exposure. This type of spot often called, age spots, sun spots, are actinic keratosis (AK’s) They occur most often on areas such as the face, scalp and ears or hands. They can range in color from skin-toned to reddis-brown. They can be small as a pinhead or larger than a quarter. They should always be examined by your dermatologist as they are considered to be the first step in the development of skin cancer. Most AK’s are benign however, since there is no way to know ahead of time which ones may develop into cancer it is very important for individuals with AK’s to be under a dermatologists care.
Once Dr. Desjarlais has examined your AK’s he will determine the best treatment to remove them for you. They can safely be removed and the removal of them will not only provide you peace of mind, it will provide you with a more even beautiful skin tone. The following treatments may be chosen for this condition:
> Photodynamic therapy
> Sciton BBL Forever Young
Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a general term for a group of lifelong conditions that affect 1 in 18 people and cause the skin to become inflamed, red, dry and itchy. In some cases of eczema, a rash might develop in one area or over the entire body.
Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema and usually occurs in people with “atopic tendencies.” This means they have developed any or all of three of the following closely linked conditions: atopic dermatitis, asthma and hay fever.
Adult eczema most often develops on hands, elbows and “bending” areas, such as the inside of an elbow or back of a knee. Children with eczema often experience an itchy rash that appears on the forehead, cheeks, arms and legs for a short amount of time and affect 10 to 20 percent of all infants after exposure to a trigger such as harsh soaps, dust mites, food allergies and certain clothing materials.
Eczema’s exact cause is unknown, but evidence suggests it may be genetic because it often affects people who have a personal or family history of asthma, hay fever or other allergies. Eczema symptoms typically flare up when a person is exposed to certain triggers, which may include skin irritants, allergens, climate factors, the environment and stress.
Although there are no cures currently available for eczema, there are several treatments available to help relieve symptoms, including topical steroids, antihistamines, immunomodulators, cold compresses and other home remedies. Treatment varies depending on symptoms and triggers. No one treatment is best for everyone. The objective for our office is to make the patient as comfortable as possible working with them on a treatment plan that they are a part of. This may be to prescribe medicine that reduces itching and discomfort, clears infections and prevents additional flare-ups. These treatment options may also consist of prevention, skin care, medication and phototherapy treatments.
While everyone wants to have beautiful skin and fine pores, some individuals are genetically predisposed to having larger pores than others do. This doesn’t seem like much more than a cosmetic issue, it can actually have an effect on the skin’s health in general. Patients with larger pores are at a higher risk of developing acne, a skin condition that can result in large, painful blemishes that can become red and inflamed. Although the condition is often associated with teenagers with changing hormones during puberty, adult acne is a condition that is becoming more and more common.
Patients with enlarged pores should make sure they take proper care of their skin to keep pores clean and reduce the risk of developing infections. Often patients can find relief with over-the-counter products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, while others may require prescription strength topicals or oral medications to address their condition. Patients may also use prescription retinoids to reduce the size of pores.
Regular skin care is necessary when it comes to dealing with enlarged pores. Larger pores can also develop as you skin ages due to the decrease in laxity of your skin. When this occurs your skin loses it luster and can also be more prone to skin conditions and possibly adult acne. The following treatments are used in the treatment of enlarged pores:
One of the most common signs of aging. Most people think that this condition must be treated by “going under the knife”. This is not true anymore with the advancement in technology of laser treatments. The Skin Firming non ablative treatment approach to firmer skin utilized by Dr. Desjarlais office offered by Sciton Skin Tyte is based on the principle of select themolysis and utilizes pulsed light technology to deeply heat your skin. The procedure utilizes infrared energy to deeply heat dermal collagen. This process promotes partial denaturation and contraction of collagen. The heat also initiates the body’s natural healing process, which creates a renewed collagen foundation leading to increased skin firmness. Powerful cooling maintains the outer surface of your skin at a cool temperature before, during, and after each pulse providing the patient a comfortable and safe procedure. Skin Tyte can be provided quickly and comfortably with no down time. The end result is a more youthful appearance.
Men and women both deal with unwanted hair on the body. Whether it’s hair on the chest, face, back, legs, arms, or bikini line, many patients wax, tweeze, and shave these areas regularly to remove hair from their body. With technological advances, patients can now achieve permanent results and save time, money, and energy addressing this unwanted hair every day.
Laser hair removal is becoming increasingly popular. Patients of all skin types can benefit from this treatment .However, not all hair types can be treated, light colored hair and gray hair are often not receptive to the treatment. A consultation is required prior to your treatment.
With age, skin loses elasticity and may become drier and thinner, resulting in the formation of wrinkles, folds, and even deep furrows. Premature aging is also a problem, and can stem from habits such as smoking, genetics, and the skin type. As patients age, they begin to notice fine lines and wrinkles on their face, and other parts of the body that have been frequently exposed to the sun, including the neck, hands, and forearms.
Dr. Desjarlais can offer patients many options when it comes to anti-aging solutions. We prefer to discuss all the available treatment modalities with the patient so that the treatment plan meets the patient’s needs. Often the decision is not just based upon age of the patient, cost is an important factor in treatment plan as is the amount of time a patient has for the treatments and for the downtime. It is also very important to discuss the patient’s long term goals. If the patient desires only immediate results and does not mind having to come back every 3-6 months, then filler and toxins might be the option they chose. It may be more costly for them, but this treatment plan may best fit their life style. Other patients may prefer to have a combination plan put together with laser treatment and some filler until their own collagen fills specific areas. We are here to help you become a more beautiful you. We want you to feel beautiful and keep your skin healthy. We offer a wonderful skin care line to nourish and moisturize you skin immediately after all of our treatments.
> Botulinium Toxins (for crows feet, frown lines)