“I Spy With My Little Eye…”

You look in the mirror and begin to notice dark spots that may not have been there before, or maybe you have had them for awhile and you finally are deciding to research ways to rid them of your skin. These dark spots you see are called sun spots, the ultimate reminder that the summer was hot and long!

The summer heat brings summer sun spots and at PVPS we offer many different treatments to help eliminate them.  Some of our most popular treatments are the BBL and the HALO. BBL has been used traditionally to treat brown and red pigmentation on the face and body and HALO resurfacing treats pigmentation, pores, fine lines, acne scars, and overall skin texture. In addition to our very popular Broadband Light Laser (BBL) and HALO resurfacing treatments, we’ve also added the NanoPeel and MicroPeel.

 The NanoPeel is best described as a ‘polishing’ of the skin in addition to treating pigmentation and is a great compliment to BBL treatments.  The NanoPeel consists of little downtime and is a great ‘over the weekend’ treatment, as far as peeling goes. The face and body (including hands, feet, etc) can be treated with the Nanopeel, but require multiple treatments for best results. The MicroPeel is a deeper laser treatment which requires more downtime and recovery, but less treatments.

To learn more or to reserve your appointment with one of our Nurse Practitioners call us today at 904-273-6200.

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Claudette Walker Written by: Claudette Walker, ARNP

Brown patches, age spots and Hydroquinone

hyperpigmentation

Why do I have brown patches and spots on my face?

This is caused by overstimulated and irregular pigment production, known as hyper-pigmentation. Some contributing factors are sun exposure, heat, injury, hormone fluctuations and pregnancy.

How can I improve this condition?

There are medical grade skin care products and treatments effective in improving and controlling this chronic condition.

What are effective products?

Hydroquinone (HQ) is a result oriented product to help suppress the pigment production. This pigment begins deep in the basal layer of your skin. It is recommended to use HQ for no more than 5 months.

What are the concerns of using HQ for more than 5 months?

Long term use of HQ alone can become non-effective in treating hyper-pigmentation.

Some studies have shown that there is a rare condition called exogenous ochronosis that was linked with prolonged hydroquinone use longer than 6 months. This can cause the skin to present with brown-grey or blue-black hyper-pigmentation and is very difficult to treat.

Should you immediately stop HQ if you’re using it for more than 5 months?

It is NOT recommended to abruptly stop HQ use, but to gradually wean off of it as you replace it with a medical grade NON HQ product such as Zein Obagi MD’s (ZO) Brightenex, Brightalive, or for a more mild condition, C-Bright maybe the best choice for you.

The danger in discontinuing HQ without weaning off and replacing it with an alternative pigment regulator could result in rebound hyper-pigmentation which means you may develop more unwanted pigment as the suppression of HQ has been removed.

Where can I go to have someone help me get on the right skin care regimen for my specific concerns?

You will find 6 very caring and qualified Medical Aestheticians at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery (pvps.com) able to improve skin conditions such as aging, hyper-pigmentation and acne by using medical grade products and treatments. You can also utilize our Nurse Practitioners for laser treatments such as the Halo and BBL, that can also help to fight hyper-pigmentation. Here at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery you have a team of experts at your fingertips!

Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation (904) 273-6200.

Kim Lindsey – Aestheticiankim

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