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By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
June 14, 2017
Category: Skin Care

Have you tried multiple treatments for acne, age spots and other skin conditions but noticed no improvement? In some cases, using intense pulse light treatmenttopical medications may have irritated your skin or worsened your condition. Intense pulsed laser (IPL) offers an effective, medication-free way to treat many of these common skin issues. Our Monroe, NC, doctor, Dr. Awa Igbinadolor, explains how you can benefit from IPL treatments.

What conditions does IPL treat?

IPL is an effective treatment for many conditions, including:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Spider veins
  • Broken capillaries
  • Age spots and other dark spots
  • Hair removal
  • Skin tightening

How does IPL work?

IPL uses multiple light wavelengths to precisely target problem areas. If you have rosacea or spider veins, the heat from the laser targets the red blood cells in your blood vessels. The vessels break apart and are absorbed by your body, eliminating the redness. The laser also breaks up melanin, the pigment that causes age spots and shrinks oil glands responsible for acne outbreaks. When IPL is used for hair removal, it damages the hair follicles and prevents new hairs from growing.

What happens during a treatment session?

When you visit our Monroe office for IPL treatment, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned before your treatment. In some cases, hair may be shaved from the treatment site. A cool gel will be applied to your skin to prevent irritation, then a small handheld device will be used to send pulses of light to targeted areas. Treatment usually takes about a half hour, but may take longer depending on how many areas are being treated.

Does IPL treatment hurt?

You may feel a slight warmth when the laser is applied, although the stream of cool air directed at your skin will help reduce the sensation. Some people also report a mild stinging sensation during treatment. After your treatment, you can return to your normal activities immediately. Your skin may be a little red and sensitive at first, but these issues will probably only last a few days.

Does intense pulsed laser treatment sound like the ideal solution for you? Call Dr. Igbinadolor in Monroe, NC at (704) 225-0211 to schedule an appointment.

By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
June 01, 2017
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Psoriasis  

PsoriasisPsoriasis is a common, chronic and often frustrating skin condition that causes skin scaling, inflammation, redness and irritation. The exact cause is unknown, but psoriasis is thought to be caused by an overactive immune system, which causes the skin to form inflamed, scaly lesions. These patches of thick, red skin may be itchy and painful. They are often found on the elbows and knees, but can also form on the scalp, lower back, face and nails.

Symptoms of psoriasis are different for every person and can vary in intensity over time. Some people may even go months or years without symptoms before flare-ups return. Symptoms of psoriasis can manifest in many ways, including:

  • Rough, scaly skin
  • Cracks on fingertips
  • Simple tasks are painful, such as tying your shoe
  • Brown, uneven nails
  • Flaky skin
  • Joint pain or aching
  • Severe itching

The onset of psoriasis can occur at any age, although it most often occurs in adults. The disease is non-contagious and is thought to be genetic. Because psoriasis is a persistent, systemic autoimmune disease, people with psoriasis will have it for a lifetime. Most people who suffer from psoriasis can still lead healthy, active lives with proper management and care. 

Coping with Psoriasis: Your Dermatologist can Help

Currently, there is no cure for psoriasis, but with the help of your dermatologist, you can learn how to cope with the condition, reduce psoriasis symptoms and keep outbreaks under control for an improved quality of life. Treatment depends on how serious the psoriasis is, the type of psoriasis and how the patient responds to certain treatments.