May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and here I will discuss this subject in more depth, and give you tips on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones, and help prevent this deadly disease.
The latest statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology show that skin cancer affects one in five Americans, and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year.
Of these cases, more than 65,000 are melanoma, a cancer that claims nearly 11,000 lives each year.
However, if detected and treated in its earliest stages, melanoma is often curable with various skin cancer treatment options.
Studies reported by the American Academy of Dermatology have confirmed that sun exposure is responsible for the development of at least two-thirds of all melanomas.
Furthermore, it is estimated that 80% of a person’s lifetime sun damage occurs before the age of 18, a significant portion of which occurs during peak sun hours and in the summer.
Studies have shown that sunburn is often the result of incorrect use of sunscreen. Since people frequently apply only 20 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen, they only receive 20 to 50 percent of the SPF
UV exposure is greatest when the sun is highest in the sky between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is also greatest in the summer, at higher altitudes, and nearer the equator.
And remember that up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog.
Follow these sun protection guidelines:
• Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest
• Seek shade whenever possible
• Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
• Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses
• Follow the “Shadow Rule” — if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are likely to burn
In addition, I recommend that you conduct a monthly self exam to check for changes in moles, warts and other blemishes on the skin, especially areas which are exposed to the sun.
Detection is still the most important tool for catching skin cancer early—and treating it effectively.
In her article The Anti-Aging Challenges of Different Skin Colors – and Their Solutions, Part 1 and Part 2, Dr. Tess discussed the problems that each skin type can present to an anti-aging program. Now Dr. Tess will look at the actual benefits that the different types of skin color offer.
Regardless of a person’s chronological age, what is known as “photoaging” varies according to skin color, which, in turn is determined by the amount of pigment that is produced in the skin, and that is based on your racial heritage.
Many of you have probably noticed that people with brown skin, especially African-Americans, seem to age better than the rest of us – at least as far as how the years show up in the face.
The darker the skin, the larger the pockets in skin cells known as melanosomes, that contain the pigment melanin. In brown and black skin the melanin is packed so tightly that it absorbs and scatters more light, giving more protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The greater quantities of melanin give people with darker skin some protection against both wrinkles and skin cancer.
One study found that on average 55% of ultraviolet A rays penetrate Caucasian skin while fewer than 18% get through African-American skin. This is why photoageing is delayed in people with dark skin.
People with medium skin have beautiful exotic skin with moderate natural protection from the sun. Your aging will be slower and you will find you stay away from wrinkles and sagging compared to your friends with fair skin.
Everyone knows that Asian skin ages well. The skin’s dermis is thicker so there is less sagging that happens with aging and the skin stays tight, which is why pores appear smaller.
Asian skin also is oilier and over time, this keeps the skin from getting dry and wrinkled. In people with Asian skin photoageing is delayed and many people notice very few lines on their faces before they reach their fifties or sixties.
Very pale skin produces almost no melanin which means you basically have little or no protection against the harmful effects of the sun. There is no such thing as a safe tan. A tan is an indication that there has been sun damage on your skin cells.
Most people all over the world who were not born with fair skin go through extremes to lighten their skin. Hence, the skin lightening and skin whitening treatments and products that are readily available. It may be shocking to learn but fair skin is considered the standard of beautiful skin for most of the world.
So start appreciating your fair beautiful skin even at a young age and keep it fair for the rest of your life and you can keep yourself looking younger longer!
In this 2-Part series, Dr. Tess is sharing the advice she gave on her recent appearance on the CBS TV show “The Talk,”about the anti-aging challenges of different skin colors and the skin care products that can make each skin type younger-looking and as beautiful as possible.
In Part 1 Dr. Tess looked at the skin colors of brown, medium, and olive. Now in Part 2 Dr. Tess discusses light and fair skin colors.
4. LIGHT SKIN – APPLY PRODUCTS WITH LICORICE EXTRACT AND CHAMOMILE
Soothe a light complexion with an anti-redness lotion or moisturizer. These use ingredients like licorice root extract and chamomile to calm ruddy skin over the long term.
Licorice extract and chamomile (also called bisabolol) both have anti-inflammatory properties. Some anti-redness products are tinted green so they temporarily neutralize redness.
Visit Your Dermatologist at Least Once a Year
People with light skin may have growths on their skin that are rough, scaly and do not go away, no matter how many times you peel or apply products on them, you may have “Actinic Keratoses” or AKs, which must be treated before they turn into skin cancers.
You should also have your moles checked regularly.
Even though the signs of aging are accelerated when you have light skin, there are so many technologies, like lasers to reverse the signs of sun damage, that works so much better and safer on light skin.
5. FAIR SKIN – BUY SKIN PRODUCTS LABELED “HYPOALLERGENIC”
Look for products formulated for sensitive skin and those labeled “hypoallergenic,” meaning it’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
Fair skin was not designed to enjoy the California sun or be tanned. There is very little natural protection from ultraviolet exposure and sun damage, so the aging process is accelerated. If you’re out in the sun, wear over-sized hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect your fair skin from burning.
Skip cosmetics and skincare items containing fragrances, soap and alcohol. Fair skin is easily aggravated and can sting or burn in response to these products. Avoid tanning – get used to spray tanning instead, if you like that look. There is no such thing as a safe tan.
Time Machine by Dr Tess is our special combination of the latest technologies and expertise to address all the factors that cause aging on our skin: skin deterioration and sun damage, wrinkles, sagging, loss of volume and hyperactivity of muscles of facial expression.
Time Machine by Dr Tess will give you total and complete skin rejuvenation – more complete rejuvenation than just pulling loose skin of your face and neck (if you have face lift or neck lift).
You will have improvement on your eyelids, undereyes, cheeks, pores, wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, and overall quality of your skin!
We personalize the treatment plan for each patient and the Time Machine by Dr Tess package may be a 2 session treatment.
The reason it is called Time Machine is that you will literally look like you traveled back in time – how you looked 5 or 10 years ago!
You will look natural! There will be no alteration of how you look – it’s just restoration and turning back the clock.
We are able to do this because along with technology, we use the highest levels of expertise and artistry to create only the most natural looking results!
Come in for a free consultation and start your travel back in time! You can be 5 to 10 years younger looking in no time, no surgery required!
-Try your first Fotofacial for brighter and more even skin tone
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LED light therapy treatment evens out abnormal skin pigmentation, and softens wrinkles and fine lines, and is a common treatment offered by Estheticians at spas. However, even though helpful, the results are usually subtle and it can take a series of treatments before the results are significant.
If you are looking for a more noticeable improvement after a single treatment, the Mixto CO2 Laser is what I recommend, and my patients who have chosen this route are very happy with the results. Although you will need to be able to tolerate some downtime, the downtime is a lot less than the traditional CO2 laser treatments of the past, and the healing is much easier.
Fractional CO2 technology is a real breakthrough. For one thing it takes half the downtime to get the same results as the older CO2 treatments, and patients are able to have their Mixto procedure under local anesthesia and even drive themselves home after treatment.
Fraxel Re:Pair is a popular CO2 treatment that also treats moderate to severe wrinkles and sun damage, but the biggest difference between Mixto and Fraxel Re:Pair is that Mixto treatments cause minimal to no bleeding. As soon as the surgical removal of the tissue is accomplished, the Mixto laser cauterizes blood vessels so your skin doesn’t bleed or weep.
In my opinion the best “bang for your buck” type of treatment is the Mixto CO2 laser. You do one single treatment and remove years of sun damage and wrinkles!
But, if you don’t have the downtime, or if this treatment is not appropriate for your skin type, never fear. Fraxel Re:Store or Matrix RF are great alternatives. These treatments offer very little downtime compared to CO2 procedures. Although a series of treatments are required, time off work is not necessary and you can continue your regular activities.
Society may be kinder to men when it comes to aging, but no one is immune to the effects of time. Now more than ever, men are feeling younger, living healthier and continue to be active in the workplace and dating scene well into their 50’s, 60’s and beyond. These men want the way they feel on the inside to match the way they look on the outside.
The number of men seeking cosmetic procedures is on the rise. All the time-tested, safe, effective, no-downtime procedures that women have been taking advantage of are now available to men as well. We can give men the natural appearing results they want – without anyone else knowing they are getting cosmetic treatments.
Signs of sun damage and aging on the skin can be erased with elos laser treatments like Aurora, Polaris and ReFirme. Wrinkles, acne scars and skin sagging can be improved with a series of Fraxel treatment or laser skin resurfacing. Botox and fillers like Restylane alone or in combination can flatten wrinkles and take years off almost instantly! Of course unwanted body hair or ingrown facial hair need no longer be a concern with quick and effective laser hair removal.
Our options are more than skin deep. Ever wanted a perfect six pack and that “cut” look to your body? Liposculpture can make it possible, ONCE AND FOR ALL. In this simple and safe procedure, fat is permanently removed from bulges and problem areas that even intense diet and exercise can’t help. More than half of the liposculpture procedures we have performed in the past few months were on male necks, abdomens, love handles and chests!
Whatever you may want to improve, change, or take care of – there is no better time than now. Men – it’s finally your turn.
Testimonial from James (shown in photos)
“Dr. Mauricio, I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am for the artistic way you have sculptured my physique. The difference between my before and after photos show your amazing skills at transforming the human body. Not only do I look great, I feel great. I now demonstrate a renewed confidence and uplifted spirit in my day to day life that actually attracts people to me like never before.
The skills and deep concern for your patient’s physical and mental well-being demonstrated by you and your staff go way more than skin deep. Thank you so much for what you have done for my life. You are the premier doctor in this field.”
Very truly always your patient, James B. (Tumescent Liposculpture)
Are you looking for a solution to repair your damaged skin? Those with acne scars and sun-damage will be pleased to know about Fraxel Laser Treatments, which can target very specific areas of the skin with pinpoint accuracy. Fraxel is used to improve conditions present in superficial and deeper layers of the skin and the results are immediate. Such treatments include: skin resurfacing; treatment of wrinkles; and treatment of pigmented lesions, such as age spots, sun spots, and melasma. Fraxel is also great for removing scars resulting from acne, surgery, or trauma.
When thinking of how Fraxel works, imagine that you have a digital photograph that requires editing or a high-quality painting in need of restoration. Just as a damaged painting is delicately restored one area at a time, or a photographic image is altered, pixel by pixel, the Fraxel laser improves your appearance by affecting only a fraction of your skin at a time with thousands of microscopic laser spots. You can think of it like having digital photo-editing software for your skin!
“The unique ‘fractional’ approach is a huge step forward in providing significant cosmetic results more than any noninvasive laser treatment in the past can offer with minimal downtime,” says Dr. Tess Mauricio, Board Certified Dermatologist and owner of Scripps Ranch Dermatology and Cosmetic Center. “This advanced treatment is the first cosmetic laser to provide an effective, gradual procedure that creates new healthy tissue by stimulating the body to naturally repair aging and photo-damaged skin without significant risks or recovery time.”
After receiving Fraxel Laser Treatments, you skin will immediately feel softer and look smoother. The skin is tightened and pores are usually smaller. There is little to no down time. Those who receive the treatment can resume daily activities upon leaving the clinic. Swelling is minimal and should disappear in 2 days. The skin will have a pinkish tone for 3 to 5 days. For best results, we recommend a series of 5 treatments spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart. Call us for more details or to schedule a consultation.
Fall is right around the corner, and with that, it’s time again to think about preparing for holiday parties, family events and looking your best! Whether you have just a few weeks or up to 3 months to devote to your rejuvenation plan, our cosmetic center can customize a plan just for you and your needs. Here are some general suggestions:
If you have 2-3 Months:
- Aurora Fotofacial/RF, Polaris or Refirme
This series of treatments will get your skin glowing and erase the signs of sun damage on your skin ie.) brown spots, redness, broken capillaries, fine lines, large pores and dullness. Get your face, neck, chest hands and legs treated and show off some skin!
Your Botox effects should get you through the stressful holidays virtually wrinkle free with treatments for your forehead lines, upper lip lines, and crow’s feet. Fillers, like Restylane, can instantly soften or erase unwanted lines and plump your lips.
Liposculpture will sculpt your problem areas away so you can fit into those holiday dresses you REALLY want.
Fall/winter season is a perfect time to have sclerotherapy done as it is much easier to wear the compression stockings when the weather is cooler. Get your leg veins treated and show off those legs!
- Skin Care Products
Using the right skin care products can take years off your look! The Replenix for Dr. Tess Skin Care Line is simple to use with medical grade ingredients to improve your skin. These products are only available at our dermatology clinic, so, treat yourself to the best products available for your skin.
If You Have 1 Month or Less:
When you don’t have much time, or your holiday party is two weeks away and you want to look your best, there are still ways to achieve the look you want:
- Botox and Fillers
With the use of Botox and dermal fillers like Evolence, we can take years off your face almost instantly and wipe out that tired look. Best to give yourself 2 weeks before your big event to get these treatments done.
- ReFirme and Polaris Treatments
These treatments are noninvasive and require no downtime. They will amazingly tighten, lift and smooth your skin. I usually get treated a few days before an event to give myself a completely natural, flawless glow. My make-up goes on so well, and I feel more confident! Once you try it, you will become a believer.
We would love to create a plan especially for you, and are just a phone call away. Contact us and let us know how we can help you look your best.