Debunking BOTOX® Cosmetic Myths

Woman With Forehead Wrinkles Who Needs BOTOX Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. FDA-approved for use in more than 96 countries, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are performed on more than 1.5 million people annually. Despite its popularity, or perhaps because of it, there are many myths surrounding its use.  At The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, many of our clients have seen successful results with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, which is why we’d like to help dispel these misconceptions so you can better determine if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.
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Spectrum IPL Photofacial

What is IPL?

IPL (or Intense Pulsed Light) treatments are a great way to refresh your skin and maintain a youthful and healthy complexion. IPL treatments use high-intensity pulsed light therapy to safely and effectively target specific skin issues from common signs of aging to acne, veins and even unwanted hair. IPL can be used to treat any area of the body. Dr. Diwan offers IPL treatments at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center using the Spectrum IPL System.

Are IPL Treatments Right for Me?

IPL can be used to treat a number of skin concerns. Dr. Diwan may recommend an IPL for the treatment of:

  • Lines and wrinkles: IPL treatments are extremely effective at minimizing the appearance of signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Acne: IPL can be used to both kill acne-causing bacteria and fade acne scars.
  • Vascular lesions: IPL can be used to treat visible veins, such as spider veins or broken capillaries, and redness of the skin.
  • Pigmentation flaws: IPL can help correct pigmentation irregularities such as freckles, sunspots (also called liver spots) sun damage and melasma.
  • Unwanted hair: IPL can also be used for hair reduction of darker hair colors.

IPL treatments are safe for lighter skin types and can be fit easily into your normal schedule.

Is There Any Pain or Downtime Associated with IPL Treatments?

Discomfort from IPL treatments is reduced with a numbing cream during treatment of pigmentation and hair removal, and by pre-cooling the skin when treating “broken capillaries” and redness. Once your IPL treatment is complete, you will be able to return to your normal schedule with little to no downtime. You may experience some swelling and redness, but this should fade soon as your skin continues to heal.

IPL Treatments with Dr. Diwan

To schedule your personal IPL consultation at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Cleveland, please fill out our online contact form or give our office a call at 440.871.9832.

Skin Care Products

We currently offer the following skin care products at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Westlake.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are among anti-aging products that help reduce the negative effects of sun exposure, other environmental exposure, and various factors that contribute to aging skin. Free radicals eventually cause skin damage from sun exposure. Thus, removing free radicals with antioxidants helps to prevent the harmful effects of sun-exposure. Applying antioxidant creams or serums twice daily to the face help combat free radicals that are formed in the skin as a result of a variety of external and internal insults to the skin. Antioxidants help to improve the health of all different types of skin. Vitamin C and other antioxidant-containing moisturizers are available at our office.

EltaMD® Skincare

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun and maintaining a healthy, youthful complexion, EltaMD is a great option. With their innovative wound healing, sunscreen and skincare products, EltaMD makes it easier for men and women to help restore the look of their skin and protect it over the years to maintain healthy skin for life. Dr. Diwan offers the following EltaMD products at The Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Ohio: UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41, UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46, AM Therapy, Barrier Renewal Complex, Renew Eye Gel.

Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics

Get ready to look your best all year long with three amazing new products from Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. NEW Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream will cover blemishes, bruises and post-treatment redness, and even out skin tone with a fast and easy application. TANTASIA Self Tanner and Bronzer will help you keep your summer glow and look great throughout the year. POWDER ME SPF 30 is a broad spectrum protective dry sunscreen that can replenish sun-protection over makeup or on any part of your body. It doesn’t run, isn’t greasy, and travels well. Any of these products make great holiday gifts! Begin your shopping right here at our office. Call us and we’ll help you with your selection.

Nectifirm®

Nectifirm® by Revision is a specialized product that contains antioxidants and is formulated specifically for the neck. In addition to C and E, Nectifirm® also contains peptides, plant extracts and ceramide 2. These powerful ingredients address the sensitive skin of the neck reducing fine lines and crêpey skin, helping the skin to look more firm and lifted. All skin types will benefit from Nectifirm®.

Refissa® | Retin A

Retin A (generic tretinoin) has a well-established record of efficacy. Its effectiveness in treating acne, enlarged pores, oiliness of the skin, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles has been proven over the years in scientific studies. Refissa® is a special formulation of 0.05% tretinoin that is less drying and better tolerated than Retin A. Both 0.05% Tretinoin and Refissa® are prescription products and are available in our office to supplement your skin treatments and improve the health of your skin.

Revision® Skincare

Physicians and patients trust Revision Skincare for their selection of high-performing skincare products. Each skincare product uses the purest, most-effective ingredients in order to provide men and women with the beautiful, healthy skin they expect from professional skincare. Their products are all based in science and never tested on animals. Dr. Diwan currently offers the following products by Revision Skincare: Nectifirm(1.7 oz & 8 oz), Vitamin C Lotion 30%, Revox 7.

ZO® Skin Health

Developed by Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO Skin Health is known for providing comprehensive skincare products and solutions that are designed to make daily care easy and effective for men and women. Regardless of your age, ethnicity, or specific concerns, ZO Skin Health has a product to help you maintain healthy skin and a radiant, youthful appearance for years to come. Dr. Diwan offers the following ZO Skin Health products: Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System, Foamacleanse, Balatone Calming Toner, Revitatrol.

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a safe and effective exfoliation treatment for facial skin rejuvenation. This procedure is suitable for all skin types and can help to address dry and/or rough skin, acne scars, large or clogged pores, uneven skin tone, and fine lines and wrinkles. Dermaplaning is recommended for those who are looking for a non-invasive and affordable skin rejuvenation treatment that is quick, painless, and has little to no downtime.

Dr. Diwan is happy to offer personalized dermaplaning treatments to patients at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in Westlake.

How is dermaplaning performed?

Dermaplaning, sometimes referred to as blading, utilizes a surgical scalpel to gently shave the surface of the face. The sterile blade is gently brushed over the skin in light, even motions. This technique eliminates the upper-most layer of dead skin cells, as well as any peach fuzz (vellus hairs) that can trap oil and dirt.

Treatment sessions typically last about 30 minutes and multiple sessions may be recommended to maximize results. Pain and discomfort are very minimal so no anesthesia is needed. However, a topical anesthetic cream can be applied to the skin prior to treatment to ensure a comfortable experience.

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning comfortably exfoliates the surface of the face to reveal fresher and healthier-looking skin. The blade removes dry, dead skin cells which helps to improve the appearance of common concerns such as acne scars, fine wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

In addition, topical facial products (such as the skincare products you use daily) will be better absorbed and increasingly effective. Many patients notice that makeup also goes on more evenly. More powerful results can be achieved when combining dermaplaning with another facial therapy, such as a chemical peel or laser treatment.

How long is recovery after dermaplaning?

There is usually no downtime or recovery period after a dermaplaning treatment. Since this procedure is non-surgical and non-invasive, most of Dr. Diwan’s patients feel comfortable returning to work or daily activities shortly after their procedure. Some redness and inflammation may occur and the skin may be more sensitive to sunlight and skin care products for a few days following treatment. Dermaplaning often poses no serious side effects.

If you have any questions or concerns following your treatment, Dr. Diwan and her highly trained staff will be more than happy to assist and provide any needed information.

When will I notice the results of dermaplaning?

You will experience noticeable results shortly after your dermaplaning session. Your skin will look and feel more smooth and you should notice a refreshed complexion. Once any redness and swelling subsides, your face will have a healthier and more youthful appearance. Optimal results can be achieved over time with multiple treatments.

Ask Dr. Diwan about what skin treatment might be right for you at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in Westlake.

Microdermabrasion

A popular office procedure, microdermabrasion causes a gentle abrasion of the skin surface with micro crystals. This results in improvement of skin problems such as superficial pigmentation, wrinkles, superficial acne scars, pore size and acne. A microdermabrasion can be performed to treat the face, neck, chest, and/or the back of the hands.

How is a microdermabrasion performed?

The procedure is usually well-tolerated without anesthetic. If needed, the skin can be pre-treated with an anesthetic cream. The level of the treatments is gradually increased over six treatments, as tolerated, to achieve optimal results. Microdermabrasion is also known by other names such as Parisian Peel or Megapeel.  At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center, microdermabrasion is performed with a medical unit known as the Mega Peel. The medical unit allows a higher level of treatment and the ability to enhance the results patients may have experienced at non-medical facilities.

Benefits of microdermabrasion

The benefits of microdermabrasion are a result of the combined effect of the crystals, as well as the vacuum pressure, which removes  dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and pores. The vacuum enhances the results obtained by crystals alone (in microdermabrasion creams or kits).

How long is recovery after a microdermabrasion?

Little to no recovery time is necessary after a microdermabrasion treatment. This is a minimally invasive treatment and does not require any anesthetic. You may experience some minor redness or discomfort after each session, but should feel well enough to continue your daily routine as planned.

When will I notice the results of my microdermabrasion?

A series of treatments, usually six, will result in a gradual improvement in the texture and overall appearance of your skin. The benefits of microdermabrasion are a result of changes in the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin.  Maintenance treatments every six weeks (*), along with a planned skin care regimen will help to keep your skin in optimal condition.

 

 

Conditions & Solutions

Are you concerned about a specific skin condition or area but not sure what your options for treatment are? Dr. Diwan is experienced in treating a wide range of different conditions including brown spots, moles, and even excessive perspiration. Find the condition you’re looking to treat below to learn about your options with Dr. Renuka Diwan.

Brown Spots / Discoloration

Over time, brown spots may appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin. They are often called “age spots” or “liver spots.” The face, neck, upper chest, arms, and legs can be affected as a result of years of previous sun exposure. Those areas that have greater sun exposure have more spots (e.g. often on the left side of the face, especially the cheek bone.) Fortunately, these spots can be successfully treated in our office with the state-of-the-art Medlite laser. Other treatments include chemical peels and the Nu-Derm® skin care system. All treatment options will be explained in deciding which treatment is most suitable for the individual patient. Sun-protection is important to prevent the appearance of new brown spots.

Dark Circles

Dark circles under the eyes can be a challenging problem to hide with makeup. There are different reasons for the appearance of dark circles. Increased pigmentation of the skin under the eyes is one reason for the appearance of dark circles. Another reason is the appearance of “bags” under the eyes. A third reason is a loss of fullness of the upper cheek immediately below the eyes. Given the different reasons for dark circles, the correct treatment or combination of treatments must be determined for each individual. The treatment options include the use of lightening agents, laser treatment, fillers to correct the loss of fullness and surgery for “bags” under the eyes. Any of these treatments can be performed safely in our office. A consultation with Dr. Diwan will help determine the cause(s) of the problem in your case and define the best treatments for you.

Double Chin

The appearance of a “double chin” creates an older and unattractive appearance. The presence of excess fat under the chin leads to the “double chin.” Liposuction, in the office, with local anesthetic, is a simple, quick and safe solution for this contour problem. If there is significant amount of sagging skin, a neck lift may be a more suitable treatment for removal of the fat and the loose skin. Kybella®, a recently FDA-approved treatment, is injected just under the skin to destroy fat cells and reduce the double chin fat under the skin. It will soon be available at our office.

Growths, moles, and skin tags

The appearance of various kinds of skin growths on the skin is a common occurrence. Many benign (non-cancerous) growths appear over time and are more common in the elderly. Seborrheic keratosis, moles, angiomas (red-purple bumps), enlarged oil glands and skin tags are most frequently encountered. Depending on the nature of a particular growth, it can be removed in the office with quick minor surgery (a local anesthetic–numbing injection–will be used) or  treated with a laser, or burned off with an electric needle ( with local anesthetic). Each option provides excellent cosmetic results.

Hair (Excess or Unwanted)

Being overly hairy can be an embarrassing physical trait for men and women. Often inherited, excess hair growth may appear on the face, back, chest, arms or legs. Sometimes, though, excessive facial hair growth in women can be a sign of underlying hormonal disorders which must be recognized and treated. Some drugs, such as Cyclosporine, can also cause increased body or facial hair. A thorough history and examination help to determine if there is an underlying cause for the excessive hair growth, which can then be treated appropriately.

Hollowing

Hollowing of the face or loss of facial volume occurs naturally over time, as part of the changes associated with aging. Aging affects the thickness of the skin as well as the tissues underneath the skin. Loss of volume and support underneath the skin leads to loss of fullness of the cheeks, temples and the sides of the chin that are associated with youthfulness. Sunken cheeks, creating a gaunt appearance, contribute significantly to “looking older.”  Restoration of lost volume in the face is an important component of rejuvenation and helps to optimize the results from other treatments. Juvederm Voluma®, FDA -approved and utilized by Dr. Diwan since 2014, immediately restores youthful contours of the cheeks and chin. Results usually vary by individual and achieved by full correction can last for 18 to 24 months. Another effective and safe way to restore facial fullness is with Sculptra®. Sculptra is a synthetic injectable product which gradually stimulates natural augmentation by one’s own tissues. Treatments are continued until the desired result is obtained. Restoring fullness of the face also helps to take up the slackness in loose skin. The results obtained from Sculptra can last for two to three years. Periodic touch-ups help to keep up with ongoing aging. Loss of volume also affects the hands which start to look more thin and bony over time. These changes can also be treated with Sculptra. Besides being used to restore a loss of volume associated with aging, Sculptra can also be used to correct depressions resulting from liposuction, or other injuries to the deeper tissues under the skin.

Melasma

The term “melasma” refers to the patchy brown pigmentation that appears on the face, commonly associated with pregnancy or the use of birth control pills. It is also referred to as “pregnancy mask.” The pigmentation most often involves the forehead, cheeks, and upper lip and, typically, worsens in the summer. Most women have tried over-the-counter and prescription bleaching creams and chemical peels without much success. The treatment of melasma is more effective with a specially formulated combination of prescription-strength topical lotions that can be purchased in our office. Specially formulated creams can be ordered for stubborn melasma that doesn’t respond adequately to the regular prescription-strength lighteners. Laser treatment, with a fractionated laser, can be added, if necessary. The reappearance of melasma, after it resolves, must be prevented by using effective sun-protection measures. The most effective sunscreens are available at our office. Call now to start your treatment and restore the appearance of your skin.

Perspiration (Excessive)

Excessive perspiration of the underarms, hands and/or soles of feet can be an embarrassing condition. If the problem cannot be controlled with prescription antiperspirants, Botox® is a very effective alternative that can significantly reduce perspiration for several months, as long as a year or more,  at a time. Botox is injected directly in the skin, in the problem areas, with minimal discomfort, providing  great relief from an otherwise difficult problem.

Pores (Enlarged)

Skin pores are present everywhere on the skin and their appearance is a unique feature of one’s skin. Pores, which are not apparent until adulthood, become more visible on the face with continued enlargement of the oil glands in the skin. The appearance of pores can usually be improved by exfoliating with topical agents, superficial chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Continuing a maintenance treatment program helps to prolong the benefits.

Redness

Redness of the skin may affect the face and/or the neck. Redness may be a result of sun-damage, Rosacea, genetic inheritance or a combination of these factors. The sides and front of the neck, the cheeks, nose, chin and the earlobes can be affected. Redness can be improved with state-of-the-art laser treatments in our office. For some patients, small doses of Botox may be helpful. Treatment of the underlying cause of the redness and avoidance of triggers, if possible, is important.

Rhinophyma

Rhinophyma is a deformity of the nose that most commonly affects middle-aged men. Gradual overgrowth of the oil glands in the skin causes a bumpy enlargement of the lower half of the nose. The deformity may become so severe that a patient may curtail his social activities and become confined to his home. Fortunately, the disfigurement can be treated, by sculpting the nose back to a more normal shape and size, with a carbon dioxide laser. The treatment is performed in our accredited surgical office with local anesthetic (numbing injection). Healing usually takes two weeks and pinkness fades over two to three months. Sun protection is very important for at least six weeks after healing.

Scars

Scars are left in the skin as a consequence of injury. The kinds of skin injury that leave scars include conditions like acne and chicken pox; surgery for removal of moles, cancers and other growths, and accidents. Scars can have different appearances, even when caused by the same type of injury,  and not all injuries result in scars. The deeper the injury the more likely it is to leave a scar. Scars that are visible may be of cosmetic concern. Different options are available for treatment of scars, including removal of scars with special surgical techniques, laser resurfacing, and fillers for the treatment of depressed scars. A combination of treatments may   optimize the cosmetic result.

Veins

“Broken” blood vessels gradually appear on the face as a result of sun-exposure, Rosacea, heredity, or a combination of these factors. Patients are sometimes concerned about giving the impression of being heavy drinkers. Camouflage of the blood vessels with make-up becomes increasingly time-consuming and difficult. These blood vessels can be significantly improved, if not completely removed, by non-invasive treatments with the latest laser technology . The state-of-the-art laser used in the office  selectively targets the blood vessels in the skin without breaking the skin surface. The treatment is followed by mild swelling and pinkness for 1-2 days. The blood vessels gradually improve resulting in significant improvement after a single treatment. Further improvement is achieved with additional treatments, which are spaced 6 weeks apart. With the blood vessels removed, the original appearance of the skin without “broken” blood vessels is restored.

Wrinkles

The easiest way to judge a person’s age is by the presence of wrinkles. Treatment of wrinkles is, therefore, an essential aspect of rejuvenation and is frequently requested at our office. We offer a variety of simple options to effectively reverse wrinkles.

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Combination Treatments

As aging affects different aspects of your face, Dr. Renuka Diwan will often recommend combining different injectable and filler treatments with other non-surgical treatments to address each area of concern and achieve the most improvement. A combination of non-surgical treatments can help you completely rejuvenate your look without having to undergo surgery and provide better results than any one treatment alone.

How are combination treatments performed?

An example of Dr. Diwan’s strategy of combination treatments would be Botox® for treating frown lines, Restylane® or Juvederm® for smoothing away smile lines, and a laser treatment to improve the appearance of broken blood vessels (visible veins).

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These photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.
Another common example would be the treatment of deep frown lines with Botox plus a filler (Restylane, Juvederm, or Radiesse) to achieve the best result. This combination of non-surgical injectables and fillers is often referred to as a liquid facelift because it provides patients with a subtle lift without requiring any surgery or downtime.

How long does it take to recover from a non-surgical combination treatment?

Each of these treatments used by Dr. Diwan has a very limited recovery time. In some cases, none at all. Patients can return to work immediately after their treatment.

When will I notice the results of my combination treatment?

Each individual treatment will achieve results at different rates. While some treatments (such as fillers) will provide you with immediate benefits, others may take a bit more time for you to notice results.  With Botox and some laser treatments, for instance, you will likely see an immediate change in your appearance with gradual improvements over the next few weeks. At the Laser & Skin Surgery Center, you have many choices to help you look younger and enhance your appearance. The options include a complete range of both non-surgical and surgical treatments.  Our goal is to provide you with the best results possible with attention to safety, shorter recovery, and long-term improvement.

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Sclerotherapy

Spider veins—those visible dark blue or red veins that often show up on the legs—are a common problem, especially among women. While not normally physically painful, spider veins can cause problems with low self-esteem and may prevent you from wearing certain types of clothing due to embarrassment. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical injectable treatment performed by Dr. Renuka Diwan to help eliminate the appearance of these spider veins.

How is Sclerotherapy performed?

Sclerotherapy remains the treatment of choice for  patients with spider veins, and can provide extremely effective results. The results are more predictable than those from laser treatment of spider veins. Sclerotherapy is an office procedure, which involves injection of the spider veins with a concentrated salt-water (saline) solution. Other solutions are available for injection, but saline is the safest and most effective in our experience. Dr. Diwan has helped many men and women by safely and effectively treating their spider veins with saline injection sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy causes minor discomfort—similar to that from eyebrow tweezing or waxing—for most patients. If desired, Dr. Diwan can use an anesthetic cream prior to your Sclerotherapy to minimize any discomfort.

How long is Sclerotherapy recovery?

Following your treatment, you should be able to return to your normal routine with little to no downtime. You will have small bruises at the injection sites which fade over 7-10 days. Wearing long pants or a long skirt helps to hide the bruises. We recommend wearing compression hose of the treated areas for three days. Dr. Diwan will provide you with detailed care instructions once your treatment is complete.

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When will I notice the results of my Sclerotherapy treatment?

After just one sclerotherapy treatment, the problem veins often fade dramatically or disappear completely. However, it will take six weeks (*) for the final result from the treatment session to be evident. A second or third treatment may be recommended for further improvement and disappearance of the veins. The best time to have sclerotherapy is in the winter and spring, since it is easier to keep the legs sun-protected and hide the small temporary bruises.  Sun protection before and after sclerotherapy is important to minimize the risk of pigmentation, especially in darker skin types. As new veins may appear, over time, in patients with a tendency to have spider veins, additional treatments with Dr. Diwan may be necessary to keep your legs looking their best.

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Lip Augmentation

Thin lips are a common concern for many and may be the result of either genetics or age. Having fuller lips often translates into feeling more attractive, a more youthful look,  higher self-esteem, and of course–more smiles. At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, Dr. Renuka Diwan offers patients a non-surgical approach to lip enhancement, helping her patients achieve the fuller, more youthful smiles they desire.

How is a non-surgical lip augmentation performed?

The lips become thinner with age and restoring fullness is an important part of facial rejuvenation. Greater fullness and definition of the upper or lower lips can be achieved with a painless, surgery-free lip enhancement. Dr. Diwan is able to increase the fullness of the lips using dermal fillers such as Restylane®, Restylane Silk  or Juvéderm Ultra®. These fillers are safely injected into the lips to enhance their definition and size while maintaining a natural appearance and proportion. These filler injections can be repeated periodically to maintain the desired fullness of your lips. A very small amount of Botox, carefully injected in the lips, can also increase the visible height of the lip, and help to prevent too much fullness from fillers.

How long is lip augmentation recovery?

There is little to no downtime following a non-surgical lip enhancement with Dr. Diwan. You may experience some minor swelling or discomfort, but this should fade over the next couple days. Dr. Diwan will provide you with detailed care instructions.  Most patients are able to return to their daily routines.

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These photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

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These photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

When will I notice my lip enhancement results?

You will notice an immediate change in the look of your lips following your treatment. At first, they may appear a little swollen, but over the next few days, any swelling will dissipate, and your lips will appear naturally fuller.

How long will the results of my lip augmentation last?

Because the fillers used will not provide permanent results, we recommend returning for a little more filler to maintain lip enhancement every 6 months or when you notice that your lips are losing  their fullness (*).

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Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an important tool for the protection of the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Application of sunscreen on sun-exposed parts of the skin, including the lips, is essential for keeping the skin healthy and looking its best—especially for fair types of skin. Effective sunscreens help prevent:
  • Painful sunburns
  • Skin cancers
  • Accelerated aging of the skin (premature wrinkles, brown spots, and facial veins)
  • Cold sores on the lips (more frequent after sun exposure, can be prevented from being activated by use of lip sunscreen)
  • Uneven skin tone with the appearance of darker spots and  patches, especially for darker complexions

Sunscreen SPF

The SPF number on a sunscreen indicates its effectiveness against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, but not against the (equally important) UVA rays of the sun. Many different sunscreens, with a variety of ingredients, are available. The majority of sunscreens contain chemicals that absorb UVB rays—and to a lesser extent UVA rays—and in doing so are inactivated in two hours or so.  The most effective sunscreens contain zinc oxide and / or titanium dioxide. These ingredients are broad-spectrum being effective against both UVB and UVA and do not become inactivated as they protect the skin. To help you optimize the health of your skin, the best zinc and titanium containing sunscreens, such as TiZo, is available at our office. If you have had skin cancer(s) or want to prevent one, the most effective sun protection should be a part of your daily skin care regimen. The above sunscreens are also gentle enough to protect your skin after healing from corrective laser treatments, microdermabrasion or chemical peels.

Sunscreens with Zinc

Zinc-containing sunscreens available at our office have tiny particles of zinc that do not look white on the skin, have an elegant matte finish, and are applied under make-up or powder. Tinted sunscreens, free of PABA, preservatives, oils and fragrances, gentle enough for daily use on sensitive skin, and suitable for dry, normal and oily skin are also available. Some of the products are water-resistant. A new light TiZo foam sunscreen is now available. Remember to protect your lips with LipTect SPF-45. Be sure to ask for written sun protection guidelines to help you get the most benefit, when you purchase your sunscreen products.

Find the Right Sunscreen for You

For more information on sunscreen products available at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, please call our office to schedule your consultation with board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Renuka Diwan.