Although acne may often seem temporary, it can leave behind scars that remain permanently. As you age and lose collagen, acne scars can become more pronounced and noticeable. Different types of acne scars warrant different treatments, and Dr. Navid Ezra at California Dermatology Institute can help decide which form of treatment is best suited to treat each specific acne scar.
Age Spots (Liver Spots)
Age spots, also commonly known as liver spots, range in size and in color from light brown to black and appear on the skin where it is frequently exposed to the sun. Despite their name, age spots are not caused by age or liver dysfunction, except that the longer you live, the more likely they are to occur.
Age spots appear most often where the skin is repeatedly exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, neck, exposed scalp, and arms. Age spots can mimic cancerous growth but in nearly all cases, they are harmless beyond any self-conscious reaction to their appearance.
Age spots are more likely to appear on people whose lifestyle exposes them to the sun. Over time, the skin loses its ability to regenerate after sun exposure and the spots appear. The best way to avoid age spots is to keep the skin from becoming overexposed to the sun by covering it with clothing or using a sunscreen with an appropriate SPF.
Dermatologists have recently made substantial breakthroughs in the realm of anti-aging. Facial fillers are a safe, proven method of preventing the effects of aging. And Botox has been tested, with its widespread use sweeping the field of skincare.
Our dermatologists at California Dermatology Institute can help with all of these options and in deciding which is ultimately best for you and your skin.
Many people are born with dark spots on their skin, often referred to as birthmarks. Birthmarks come in all shapes and sizes and are usually harmless. However, many people want to remove or lighten their birthmarks for cosmetic reasons.
Depending on the size and type of birthmark, a dermatologist can employ both surgical and non-surgical methods to remove it or lighten its imprint on the skin.
Botox® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
This is a simple, safe procedure, a few tiny injections that take about 10 minutes for men and women. Call Dr. Ezra for more information.
Brown spots on the skin can be caused by aging, sun exposure, tanning beds, or a wide array of other causes. They can, however, also be treated in a multitude of ways. A dermatologist can help you decide whether chemical peeling or another solution is best suited for your condition.
A chemical peel is a skin treatment wherein a chemical solution is applied to the skin causing it to blister and peel. This treatment can be used on the face, neck and hands, and is used to improve the skin’s appearance as new skin is less wrinkled and smoother.
Chemical peels are used to treat everything from wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging, to mild scars and certain types of acne. Other uses also include age spots, freckles, dry patches and damage to the outer layers of skin.
Chemical peels are common for all age types. Younger men and women often use chemical peels to treat acne breakouts or simply to improve the look of their skin. Those with wrinkles or uneven complexions enjoy smoother, more even toned skin that looks healthier and younger.
Dr. Navid Ezra is specifically trained to administer safe and effective chemical peels. Each patient receives a chemical treatment that is tailored specifically for their skin condition and severity.
Crow's feet are the fine lines that form around the eyes. They can arise due to multiple causes, such as sun exposure, stress, and smoking.
Currently, crow's feet can be treated topically through sunscreens and other creams, as well as with laser treatment. Botox and fillers are also common treatments for crow's feet, and have been proven to be especially effective.
Pigmentation is a condition that causes the skin to appear lighter or darker than normal. Brown patches are often referred to as hyperpigmentation.
Pigmentation is caused by increased levels of melanin, the pigment in skin that produces color. It can result from injury, inflammation, sun damages, or hormonal changes. Birthmarks and freckles are also forms of pigmentation that are often present from early in a person's life.
We use compounded creams to achieve complete resolution of pigmentary issues and get you back to looking beautiful.
Wrinkles occur when the collagen in skin begins to break down and lose structure. This occurs most often around the eyes, mouth, and lips, forehead and nasolabial folds, which are the wrinkles running from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Our dermatologist will evaluate your problem areas and suggest a tailored treatment plan specifically for you. One option is to use dermal fillers to temporarily smooth out and fill in fine lines, deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds and acne scars. Fillers can also be used to volumize and define lips, contour chins and noses and plump sunken cheeks and temples. The treatment gives the treated areas a youthful, lifted appearance.
Neuromodulators such as Botox are also an option as mentioned above. Contact California Dermatology Institute for more information.