Sunday, July 28, 2013

Treatment for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

A common concern for a lot of people is dark circles under the eyes. There are many causes of these including volume loss, sun damage, genetics, lack of sleep, and others. We are born with a fat pad directly under the eye. Over time, due to gravity and changes in the skin, this pad descends downward toward the cheek. This leads to volume loss under the eyes which can lead to a shadow effect appearing as dark circles. Restylane is the perfect dermal filler to correct volume loss under the eyes. The advantage is that, unlike other fillers such as Juvederm, it does not lead to excess puffiness in the area. Results typically last anywhere from six to 15 months. The amount used varies from person to person. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should not be treated. Contact Dr. Alex (818-835-1833 for a free consultation.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ultraviolet Photography

UV photographs before and after
one IPL photofacial treatment demonstrate
the improvement in the level of sun damage.
Clinical photography is critical when undergoing cosmetic treatments because it monitors your progress. Photographs demonstrate the level of improvement achieved. Standardization of the photographs is very important so before and after pictures can be compared. For example, it is not a good idea to compare one photograph where makeup has been applied to one without makeup, as the one with makeup will almost always look better. Also, the skin will appear different depending on the lighting, so consistent lighting is important. Traditional photographs will demonstrate what is apparent on the surface of the skin. A new type of photograph used at A E Skin with the Canfield Visia imaging system is ultraviolet photography, or UV photography. Unlike traditional photographs, UV photographs will show skin defects that are deeper in the skin and are not visible by the naked eye. The most common defect is sun damage in the form of dark discolorations. By taking UV photos before and after a treatment we can see the level of improvement achieved with the treatment. For a free consultation, contact Dr. Alex at 818-835-1833 or

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Can IPL Photofacial Treatments be Done on Asian Skin?

A common question is whether IPL photofacial treatments can be done on Asian skin. There are six Fitzpatrick skin types: I through VI, and a person's skin type depends on the amount of pigment it contains and the person's reaction to sun exposure. Asian skin is usually type III - V. With the exception of skin type VI, all others can be treated with IPL photofacial treatments. People with darker skin have an increased risk for discoloration after the treatment. Treatment with brightening creams is recommended for four to eight weeks prior to the treatment to minimize these risks. Also, the settings are adjusted for each person's skin. We use more conservative parameters for those with darker skin and more treatments are recommended for those with darker skin. Contact Dr. Alex (818-835-1833 for a free consultation.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A E Skin IPL Photofacial Experience

Before and After 2 IPL Photofacial Treatments
The A E Skin IPL photofacial experience is fast, safe, and comfortable, with minimal downtime, and outstanding results. We start by washing your face and taking baseline photographs to monitor your progress. Then we apply some numbing cream to keep you comfortable and let that sit for approximately 15 minutes. After that we'll clean off your face with water, then alcohol, and apply some eye protection over your eyes. You will see the bright light. Just keep your eyes closed; you'll be fine. We'll apply cold gel and cold air on your skin to keep you comfortable, and when we do the treatment it feels like a hot rubber band snapping. It takes about five minutes. People tolerate it just fine. After we're done, we'll take off your eye protection, clean off your face, and allow you to cool off with the cold air for about five minutes. We'll give you sunscreen and you re good to go. Repeat treatments are typically done at four to eight week intervals with an initial series of three to five treatments. After that, maintenance treatments are done once every three to six months. Contact Dr. Alex (818-835-1833 for a free consultation.